Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson is a Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law and an expert in the areas of election law, constitutional law, legal history, and employment discrimination. Tolson is an active member of ACS and has demonstrated a deep commitment to its amplifying its network beyond the national nonprofit’s West Coast affiliates.

Previously, Tolson was the Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights at Florida State University College of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Tolson’s research has been featured in the nation’s leading law reviews, including The Notre Dame Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, and she has served as a contributor and issue expert for various media organizations, including Reuters, Bloomberg Law, The Hill, and HuffPost.

Tolson clerked for both the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She earned her B.A. from Truman State University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Alice O’Brien

Alice O’Brien serves as General Counsel to the National Education Association which represents three million educators who serve in our nation's schools and institutions of higher education.  She has served in that role since March of 2010.  Prior to that, Alice served as the Chief Counsel to the California Teachers Association (from 2008-10) and as an associate and then member of the labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser PLLC.(from 1995 until 2008).

During her tenure at NEA, Alice has expanded the civil rights and student rights legal advocacy of the union including by creating Law Fellowships devoted to that work.  Alice is currently leading NEA's legal efforts to ensure that schools and colleges reopen safely in a manner that protects students, staff and the surrounding community.  Alice also has overseen the defense of NEA and its affiliates against the array of litigation brought against public sector unions in the wake ofJanus v. AFSCME, as well as challenges to the rollback of public sector collective bargaining rights in Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, and challenges to the rollback of payroll deduction dues arrangements in Alabama, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina.  Alice also has expanded NEA’s judicial nominations work.

Alice earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Michele Goodwin

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California. She is also the first law professor at the University of California, Irvine to receive this award. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center (the organization central to the founding of bioethics). She is an American Law Institute Adviser for the Restatement Third of Torts: Remedies.

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Hon. Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.

Donald B. Verrilli Jr. served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016.  His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act, for marriage equality, and in favor of federal preemption authority in the immigration field. In 2017, Verrilli was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School, and was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and earned his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University.   He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983-1984.

Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman is the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law and Director of the Program on Law and Government at Vanderbilt Law School, where his current research focuses on constitutional, administrative, and foreign relations law. He also serves on the ACS board of academic advisors, and as the ACS faculty advisor at Vanderbilt. In 2017, Sitaraman was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Sitaraman also served as Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s Policy Director during her successful campaign for the Senate, as her Senior Counsel in the Senate, and as an adviser to Warren when she was chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

Sitaraman’s most recent book is “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic.” His previous book, “The Counterinsurgent‘s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars” was awarded the 2013 Palmer Prize for Civil Liberties. He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, principal of the Truman National Security Project, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining Vanderbilt‘s law faculty, Sitaraman was the Public Law Fellow and a lecturer at Harvard Law School and a law clerk for the Hon. Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

An Eagle Scout and a Truman Scholar, he earned his B.A. in government magna cum laude at Harvard, a master‘s degree in political thought from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (where he was the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar), and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.