Tom Wright joined ACS in September 2017 and currently serves as the Law Fellow. He provides support to the Department of Policy and Program through researching substantive legal topics, editing ACS publications on cutting-edge issues, and writing the annual programming guide for ACS student and lawyer chapters nationwide.
Prior to joining ACS, Wright served as a staff attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C.
Wright received his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2017, and his B.A.s in communication and political science from the University of Missouri in 2014. During his time at Mizzou, he served as the president of the ACS student chapter and note and comment editor of the Missouri Law Review.
In his free time, Wright likes cheering for the Missouri Tigers, watching TV and movies, and visiting craft breweries.
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.