State AG Project Council of Advisors

The State Attorneys General Project’s Council of Advisors offers advice and support for the mission of the Project. Comprised of former state attorneys general and former staff from state attorney general offices, the Council of Advisors generate ideas, participates in programming and events, and helps connect the Project with current and former state attorneys general and their staff. The members serve in their individual capacities, and do so on a volunteer basis.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

Member, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN; former Tennessee Attorney General; former Director, Department of Law, Metropolitan Nashville Government

Robert E. “Bob” Cooper, Jr. served eight years as Tennessee Attorney General (2006 to 2014) and four years as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (2002 to 2006). Bob served as chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013. He served as Director of the Metro Nashville Department of Law from November 2019 through June 2020.
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Terri Gerstein

Terri Gerstein

Director, NYU Wagner Labor Initiative, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Former Labor Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Terri Gerstein is the Director of the NYU Wagner Labor Initiative at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She was recently the Director of the Project on State and Local Enforcement at the Harvard Law School Center for Labor & a Just Economy, and was a Senior Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute. Previously, she was an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow, and worked for over 17 years enforcing labor laws in New York State, including as the Labor Bureau Chief for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and as a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor. Before her government service, Terri was a nonprofit lawyer in Miami, Florida, where she represented immigrant workers and also co-hosted a Spanish language radio show on workers’ rights.
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Terry Goddard

Goddard Law Office PLC; Former Arizona Attorney General; Former Mayor, Phoenix, Arizona

Terry served as the Arizona attorney general from 2003 to 2011, addressing major issues ranging from the fallout from the mortgage crisis to border security and money laundering, protecting consumers and the environment. His fellow attorneys general saluted his anticrime successes in 2010 with the Kelley-Wyman Award, the National Association of Attorneys General’s highest recognition.
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Fadwa Hammoud

Managing Member, Miller Johnson Law Firm, Detroit Office

Fadwa Hammoud is a Managing Member of the Miller Johnson Law Firm’s Detroit Office. Miller Johnson is among the fastest growing law firms in the state, boasting double-digit growth in employees and revenue gains over the past 24 months and maintaining its mission of giving back to the communities it serves and serving clients to help them achieve their goals. In her capacity, she helps lead key lines of service for the firm, including crisis management, dispute resolution, intellectual property, health care, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and education law.
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Michelle Kallen

Partner, Jenner & Block

Michelle Kallen is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP. She served as Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitor General of Virginia. In that role, she represented the Commonwealth in litigation involving the Equal Rights Amendment, the Covid-19 pandemic, election and redistricting matters, and other constitutional or high-profile matters. In 2022, Michelle served as Special Litigation Counsel in the United States House of Representatives Office of the General Counsel representing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol in litigation. She successfully defended the Select Committee against attempts to block subpoenas, and an effort to compel testimony from 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers a prosecution for contempt of Congress.
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Jonathan Miller

Chief Program Officer, Public Rights Project; Former Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Jonathan Miller is an experienced litigator and government attorney who has committed his career to public interest endeavors. As the Chief Program Officer of Public Rights Project, Jon oversees an active docket of litigation, amicus writing, and other advocacy. His portfolio has included litigation challenging the Trump administration's deployment of federal agents to Portland, Oregon as well as amicus briefs defending worker protections and eviction moratoriums implemented during the pandemic.
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Bethany Davis Noll

Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law; Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law

Bethany Davis Noll is the Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU Law and co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Prior to joining the Center, she was Litigation Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity. She previously served as Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she filed briefs in major environmental cases in the Supreme Court and earned the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for her work.
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Jimmy Rock

Partner, Edelson PC

Jimmy Rock is a partner at Edelson PC where his work focuses on consumer protection and environmental cases. He also leads the firm’s Public Clients litigation group. Prior to coming to Edelson PC, Jimmy spent twelve years with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where he helped to start OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection and transform it into one of the preeminent State AG consumer practices. He also served for five years as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General managing OAG’s Public Advocacy Division, a 40+ lawyer group that enforced the District’s consumer protection, antitrust, workers’ rights, housing, nonprofit and environmental laws. Jimmy graduated with honors from Emory University’s School of Law and also has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
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Carolyn Shapiro

Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Strategic Initiatives, and Founder & Co-Director, Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTS), Chicago-Kent College of Law; Former Illinois Solicitor General

Carolyn Shapiro is the founder and co-director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS). Her scholarship is largely focused on the Supreme Court, its relationship to other courts and institutions, and its role in our constitutional democracy. She teaches classes in legislation and statutory interpretation, constitutional law, employment law, and public interest law and policy.
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