December 1, 2023

Roscoe Jones Jr. Elected Chair of ACS Board of Directors

Nancy Rodriguez,

Roscoe Jones, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Policy Practice Group, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Washington, DC – The American Constitution Society Board of Directors is pleased to announce Roscoe Jones Jr. has been elected chairman of the Board. Jones is the first Black male to serve in this role and succeeds Peter Karanjia, whose term concluded today. Karanjia will remain on the Board.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as Chair of the ACS Board of Directors, particularly at such a pressing time for our country,” said Jones. “Not since ACS was launched in 2001, has our mission and the progressive legal movement been so important in upholding the rule of law, vindicating our fundamental freedoms, and safeguarding democracy.”

Jones is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Policy Practice Group, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he helps clients navigate complex public policy matters and congressional investigations. Previously, he served three U.S. Senators and a member of Congress in senior roles and worked in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He teaches at the University of Michigan Law School, and previously taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center, amongst others. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Judge Carl E. Stewart and U.S. District Court of Maryland for Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Jones graduated from Stanford University and the University of Virginia Law School. (Full bio can be read here.)

“It has been a privilege to serve as Chair these past four years, helping to see ACS through the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential transition, and the incredible growth of our Path to the Bench initiative,” said ACS Board of Directors member Peter Karanjia. “I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board, working with Roscoe, and supporting our staff, our chapters, and our members as we head into a most consequential year for our democracy and the rule of law.”

“I am grateful to Peter for his stewardship of the Board these past four years, including throughout my tenure at ACS thus far, and that he will remain on the Board so that we may benefit from his continued leadership and expertise,” said ACS President Russ Feingold. “As a Board member, Roscoe has been an instrumental leader, serving on our Executive, Fundraising, and Diversity Committees. His experience and deep commitment to the growth of this organization, make him exceptionally well positioned to serve as our Board Chair as we continue to build the progressive infrastructure necessary to secure the promise of a multiracial democracy and defeat authoritarianism in the United States.”


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