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, 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.
Baumgarten received his J.D./M.P.P. from Georgetown University and his B.A. with honors from the George Washington University.
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 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.
Zachary Gima joined ACS in February 2012 and currently serves as Director of Strategic Engagement. He helps members leverage the ACS network into career development by managing ACS’s Next Generation Leaders program, working with student and lawyer chapter leaders to obtain judicial clerkships, and organizing policy calls for ACS members to stay informed of developments in the legal landscape.
Before joining ACS, Gima was a legal fellow for U.S. Senator Chris Coons, of Delaware. He previously held positions at the Delaware Democratic Party, the American Association for Justice, and Public Citizen. He is the immediate past-chair of the Temple Law Alumni Association, D.C. Chapter.
Gima received his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and his B.A. in political science and in psychology from Tulane University.