Violet S. Rush (Cherokee Nation citizen/Muscogee Creek) joined ACS in August 2019 as the Law Fellow for the organization’s Policy and Program department. To support the department, Violet assists in editing the organization’s Supreme Court Review and researches legal issues relevant to ACS’s mission and strategic vision.
Prior to joining ACS, Violet interned at the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and worked as an extern for the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, focusing on Indian Child Welfare cases. During her 1L summer, she interned for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.
Violet earned her J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law (TU Law) in May 2019, where she received a certificate in Native American law. During law school, she was the Executive Editor of the Tulsa Law Review—TU Law’s academic legal journal. She co-founded TU Law’s If/When/How chapter and served as the Vice President of her school’s Native American Law Student Association. To date, she has co-authored an article on indigenous justice systems for the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology, and her Comment was published in the May 2019 issue of the Tulsa Law Review.
Sara Evall joined ACS in August 2019 and currently serves as the Policy and Program Fellow. Sara supports the Policy and Program staff in coordinating events and releasing publications.
Prior to joining ACS, Sara was a Policy and Advocacy Intern at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and an Individuals at Risk Program Intern at Amnesty International. Sara spent most of her time in college doing research on the refugee crisis abroad and working with resettled refugees in Durham, North Carolina.
Sara graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Refugee and Migrant Studies, magna cum laude. She received distinction for her thesis on how the deprivation of the right to work acts as a barrier to autonomy for Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Jordan. In her free time, Sara loves to travel, cook (but mostly eat), read, and watch space movies.
Debra Perlin joined ACS in June 2017 and currently serves as Director of Policy and Program. She oversees the development of policy on national security, separation of powers, and administrative law issues. This portfolio includes extensive work on topics related to workers’ rights and economic justice, environmental law, and technology law, among others. She also represents the organization in coalition meetings and works with experts in the field to develop issue briefs and blog posts.
Before joining ACS, Perlin was the Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a Justice Advisor at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Perlin received her J.D. cum laude from Boston College and her B.A. in International and Global studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies summa cum laude from Brandeis University.
Christopher Wright Durocher joined ACS in 2014 and currently serves Senior Director of Policy and Program. He oversees the development of policy related to a wide range of criminal justice and access to justice issues. He works directly with scholars and experts to develop issue briefs and blog posts, manages and directs relationships with various coalition partners, represents the organization in coalition meetings, and develops and implements national programming related to the criminal justice and access to justice portfolios.
Before joining ACS, Wright Durocher was Government Affairs Counsel for The Constitution Project, where he oversaw the organization’s federal strategy on criminal justice issues, including the death penalty, right to counsel, and sentencing. Prior to this, Wright Durocher practiced as an associate at Mayer Brown LLP and as a senior associate at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC.
Wright Durocher received his J.D. from Boston University and his B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross.
Kara Stein joined ACS in April 2010 and currently serves as Vice President of Policy and Program. In this capacity, she supervises the creation and execution of the organization’s substantive national programming, including the national convention and publications, coordinates the activities of national projects with student and lawyer chapters, and maintains relationships with practitioners, academics, public interest groups, and public officials.
Before joining ACS, Stein was the Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). In that role, she was responsible for coordinating the Committee's amicus participation in cases concerning church-state separation, religious liberty, and civil rights, and worked closely with AJC’s regional offices to implement organizational policy, particularly in the area of immigration. Before joining AJC, Stein was an associate at Flemming, Zulack, Williamson and Zauderer, a litigation boutique in New York.
Stein received her J.D. from New York University, her M.P.A. from Harvard University, and her B.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University.