Emma Gomez

Emma Gomez joined ACS in July 2019 and currently serves as the Strategic Engagement Fellow.

Prior to joining ACS, Emma was an intern at Physicians for Human Rights, The Synergos Institute, and DLA Piper.

Emma received her B.A. in human rights and political science from Columbia University. At Columbia, she was a trip leader for the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program and a member of the Roosevelt Institute. She is originally from North Carolina.

Harry Baumgarten

Harry Baumgarten joined ACS in May 2019 as Director of Strategic Engagement. His work focuses on judicial nominations before the U.S. Senate and strengthening the ACS professional pipeline.

During more than three years in Congress, Baumgarten served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Acting Legislative Director and Counsel to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. He advised them on judiciary, oversight, and foreign policy, oversaw the drafting of more than 25 bills, managed legislative teams, and negotiated legislation that passed the House of Representatives. He also led the Congressional Black Caucus’ Immigration Working Group in opposing the Muslim ban, public charge rule, proposed changes to the Diversity Visa Program, and termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti and Sudan.

Following the 2016 elections, Baumgarten was dispatched as an election observer in service to the Committee on House Administration to help ensure that the House of Representatives could certify the results of a California general election to Congress.

Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Baumgarten served as Partner Legal Fellow at the Campaign Legal Center where he helped launch the Voting Rights Institute, reviewed alleged violations of voting rights law, and assisted with amicus briefs for redistricting and apportionment cases that were heard before the Supreme Court.

Baumgarten received his J.D./M.P.P. from Georgetown University and his B.A. with honors from the George Washington University. While in law school, Baumgarten served as ACS Chapter President, Student Managing Editor of the Food and Drug Law Journal, and a member of the Student Bar Association’s Rank and Tenure Committee. He also served as Senior Print Editor for the Georgetown Public Policy Review at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright joined ACS in September 2017 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Strategic Engagement.  He helps manage ACS's work concerning judicial nominations, strengthening the ACS legal professional pipeline, and ACS’s Path to the Bench Initiative.

Tom was previously the law fellow at ACS. 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.

David Lyle

David Lyle joined the American Constitution Society as Senior Counsel for Strategic Engagement in 2013, having served as the organization’s deputy director from 2002-2011. He directs ACS’s work on state courts, which emphasizes the role money and politics play in distorting justice.

Prior to rejoining ACS, Lyle founded the Courts Matter project at Media Matters for America. He also worked as a principal in a political consulting firm, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as counsel to U.S. Representative Don Johnson, of Georgia, and an associate at Arnold & Porter.

Lyle received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. in history from the University of Georgia. He clerked for the Hon. John C. Godbold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Jill Dash

Jill Dash joined ACS in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Engagement. She oversees ACS’s work on issues surrounding the judiciary and the rule of law.  She also manages ACS’s Path to the Bench Initiative, as well as the ACS nationwide professional pipeline from law students to senior attorneys.

Before joining ACS, Dash was a litigator at Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP in various areas including securities, tort litigation, and civil rights. Previously, she practiced at the Federal Trade Commission Division of Advertising Practices and at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She is the President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia for 2019-2020.

Dash received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. in American Studies magna cum laude with distinction from Cornell University. She clerked for the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and two girls.