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.
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 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.
Former U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is Of Counsel in New York for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice and Stroock’s Internal Investigations Unit. She is now engaged in arbitration and mediation with AAA, ICDR, FedArb and CPR. She has also served as an adjunct professor of law at several New York City law schools. In 2017, Scheindlin was appointed to the ACS board of directors.
Scheindlin presided over numerous criminal and civil cases over her 22 years on the bench in the Southern District of New York. She also served as a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation.
Scheindlin has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including After #MeToo We Can’t Ditch Due Process, an op-ed in The Guardian; Trump’s Crazy Choices for the Courts, an op-ed in the New York Times; The Impact of Race and Policy in the National Black Law Journal; and Hard Talk: Will Policy Body Cameras Improve Accountability? In Americas Quarterly.
Scheindlin chairs the Federal Courts Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System and co-chairs the Diversity Task Force of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. She co-chairs the Women’s Initiative of the New York State Bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. She also serves on the board of directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Bronx Defenders and the Justice Resource Center. She served for seven years on the advisory committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Scheindlin has earned numerous honors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Criminal Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.
Scheindlin received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell University, her M.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. from University of Michigan in history and Chinese studies.
Marc M. Seltzer is a partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and is the resident head of the firm’s Los Angeles, California office. He has litigated complex business cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. In 2016, Seltzer was appointed to the ACS board of directors.
Seltzer is co-author of treatises on California Federal Civil Rules and California’s antitrust laws. He has written and lectured on complex litigation matters. His articles include Choosing Between Class and Derivative Actions, Measures of Damages in Private Actions for Violations of the Federal Securities Laws: The Basic Rules and Selected Problems, and Shareholders’ Derivative Suits in Contests for Corporate Control.
Seltzer has been honored with the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles’ Bruce I. Hochman-Maimonides Torch of Justice Award and the American ORT Jurisprudence Award. Lawdragon named him one of the “500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers,” and one of the “100 Lawyers You Need To Know in Securities Litigation.” Law360 named him a “Class Action MVP” and “Competition MVP,” and he has been named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. He has also been named to the "International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists."
Seltzer also serves on the board of trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the National Equal Justice Library, the American Friends of Hebrew University (Western Region), Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library and the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Seltzer received his J.D. from UCLA and his B.A. from University of California at Berkeley.
Melissa Murray is a Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network. Previously, Murray was the Alexander F. And May T. Morrison Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She teaches courses on family law, constitutional law, criminal law, reproductive rights and justice, and feminist legal theory. Her research considers the legal regulation of sex and intimacy, including issues involving marriage and its alternatives, caregiving, and reproductive rights and justice. She is a co-author of “Cases and Materials on Reproductive Rights and Justice,” the first reproductive rights and justice casebook. A member of the American Law Institute, in 2017, Murray was appointed to the ACS board of directors.
Murray received her J.D. from Yale Law School and was a NAACP-LDF/Shearman & Sterling Scholar. She received her B.A. in history and American Studies with distinction from the University of Virginia. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Hon. Stefan R. Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.