Ileana Thompson

Ileana Thompson joined ACS in June 2020 and currently serves as the Fellow for the Department of Network Advancement and the Department of Policy and Program.

Prior to joining ACS, Thompson was a Student Defender within the Student Legal Aid Office at the University of Maryland; and a Research Assistant at The Learning to Talk Lab.

Thompson received her B.A. in Hearing and Speech Sciences with an Honors Citation, along with two Minors in Spanish Literature Linguistics & Culture, and Law and Society from the University of Maryland, College Park. At the University of Maryland, she was named a Joel and Kim Feller MLAW Endowed Scholar, and served as a Section Leader within the Honors College, and a peer advisor within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. For leisure, Thompson enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and traveling to new places.

Chris Lin

Chris Lin joined ACS in March 2020 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Chapters for the Northeast Region. In this role, he advances the next generation of progressive leaders by supporting existing ACS chapters, cultivating opportunities to expand the ACS network, and building sustainable relationships to further ACS’s mission while promoting diversity and inclusion.

Before attending law school, Lin worked in federal government in D.C. and then local government in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He also used to serve on the board of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats as its Minority Outreach Coordinator.

Lin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He then obtained a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown, with a concentration in Homeland Security. He earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was President of the ACS Student Chapter and the Temple Law Democrats. Lin obtained a Peggy Browning Fellowship to advance workers’ rights, and as a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow assisted ACLU-PA’s effort to clear the criminal records of the indigent. Lin is currently an elected committeeperson and active with APABA-PA and APALA-Philly.

Lin is based in Philadelphia, where he is always looking for new recipes and boardgames to try.

Valerie M. Nannery

Valerie M. Nannery joined ACS in 2019 and serves as Director of Network Advancement. She oversees the State Attorneys General Project.

Before joining ACS, Nannery was an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Advocacy Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where her practice was focused on federal affirmative civil litigation of constitutional and administrative law issues. Prior to her work as an Assistant Attorney General, Nannery was a fellow in the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Previously, she practiced at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. and at Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. She began her legal career as the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen.

Nannery is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University.

Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin

Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin joined ACS in July 2019 and currently serves as the Network Advancement Fellow. Hufford-Bucklin contributes to research, logistics and strategy on two principal projects: ACS’s State Attorneys General project, which aims to advance progressive legal policy on the state and local level through the offices of state Attorneys General, and ACS’s Pro Bono initiative, which connects volunteers with opportunities for legal activism.

Before joining ACS, Hufford-Bucklin worked in the law libraries at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Goodwin Procter LLP. Hufford-Bucklin graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Political Science, summa cum laude, where she was a research and teaching assistant for the Law and Public Policy program. She is originally from the Philadelphia area.

Jordan Blisk

Jordan Blisk joined ACS in July of 2019 and currently serves as an Assistant Director of Chapters. In this capacity, he helps to advance the next generation of progressive leaders by managing existing ACS student and lawyer chapters, working to strategically expand ACS’s network, and developing a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive legal community throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

Prior to ACS, Blisk was an associate attorney specializing in family law and estate planning. He also served in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Journeyman and has been interviewed by WNYC, NPR, BBC, and Buzzfeed on the issue of transgender military service.

Additionally, Blisk currently serves as the Executive Director and Board Chair for the Colorado Name Change Project and as a board member and Social Media Chair for the Colorado LGBT Bar Association. He is an LGBTQ+ speaker and writer who has delivered a keynote Address at Virginia Tech and written publications for the ACS’s InBrief blog and LGBTQ Nation.

Blisk earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School and his B.S. from Ball State University. He is based in Denver, where he enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his two dogs, Hamilton and Huxley.