Bridget Lawson joined ACS in 2020 as the Law Fellow with the Policy & Programs team. In this position, they work directly with scholars and experts to develop issue briefs, review journals and blog posts.
Lawson is a 2020 graduate of the Willamette University College of Law with a focus on criminal justice, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ rights advocacy. They are an ACS Next Generation Leader and served as President of the Willamette student chapter of ACS in 2019-2020.
Lawson received their B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon in 2016.
Lindsay Langholz joined ACS in September 2019 and currently serves as Director of Policy and Program in charge of the “Democracy and Voting” and “Equality and Liberty” portfolios. In this capacity, she works with legal scholars and advocates to protect and expand the right to vote, ensure that our elections are fair and accessible, and promote laws and policies that protect individual liberty and address inequality resulting from discrimination. She represents the organization in coalition meetings and works with experts in the field to develop issue briefs and blog posts.
Before joining ACS, Langholz directed voter protection programs on behalf of two presidential campaigns, a national party, and two state party organizations. She has also advised nonprofit voting rights organizations, managed several political campaigns, and worked as a campaign coordinator for the AFL-CIO.
Langholz received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.A. in Politics from New York University.
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 assited in editing the organization’s Supreme Court Review and researched 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 served as the Policy and Program Fellow. Sara supported 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.