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.

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.

Zachary Gima

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.