Doris Zhang

Doris Zhang joined ACS in September 2022 as a Policy and Program Associate.
Prior to joining ACS, she served as an intern at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, working with the communications teams to publicize the organization's litigation on behalf of journalists. She has also interned with PEN America, Planned Parenthood, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng.
Doris earned a B.A. in Philosophy (Honors) and Math from Georgetown University in May 2022. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Juma

Michelle Juma (she/her) joined ACS in August 2022 and serves as the 2022-2023 ACS Law Fellow. Michelle is a 2022 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where she served as a Staff Editor for the American Journal of Criminal Law. She spent her entire career, before and during law school, dedicated to public service work. She has previously worked for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas, the City of Austin, the progressive Travis County District Attorney's Office, and the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. Holding both American and Canadian citizenship, Michelle received her B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies from Ontario Tech University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Lindsay Langholz

Lindsay Langholz joined ACS in September 2019 and currently serves as Senior 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.

Valerie M. Nannery

Valerie M. Nannery joined ACS in 2019 and serves as Senior Director of Policy and Program. 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 an elected member of the American Law Institute, and 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.

Violet S. Rush

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

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.