Board of Directors

  • James Kwak
    Hartford, CT
    Chair

    James Kwak has been a member of the board of directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights since 2013 and the board chair since 2019. He is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and the author or co-author of three books: 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters To You, and Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality.

    James's articles have appeared in many publications, including Democracy, The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, Finance and Development, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, and on the web sites of The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, NPR, Foreign Policy, and The Financial Times.

    He has an A.B. in social studies from Harvard, a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Before going to law school, James worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company and co-founded Guidewire Software. He endowed the Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins Fellowship, which enables attorneys early in their careers to work at the Southern Center for multiple years.

    He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. 

  • Maureen F. Del Duca
    Washington, DC
    Immediate Past Chair

    Maureen Del Duca is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of AOL Inc., Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation, for Marriott International, Vice President of Litigation for MCI, Inc., Chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a partner in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Leonard I. Garth in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Maureen was also a Supervising Attorney with the Appellate Litigation Clinic of the Georgetown University Law Center, representing indigent prisoners in criminal, civil rights, and habeas appeals.  Maureen is a member of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association, and she serves on the Boards of Directors of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, the Ivymount Corporation, and the Ivymount School.  Maureen was named one of Washington, DC’s Most Influential In House Lawyers by the National Law Journal, and, along with her mother, Frances Del Duca, was the co-recipient of the 2011 Sylvia H. Rambo Award.

  • C. Allen Garrett Jr.
    Atlanta, GA
    Vice Chair

    Allen Garrett is a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton and has significant experience in complex business litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters. Substantive areas of experience include antitrust and trade regulation, commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions (including "no injury" class actions), commercial insurance coverage disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, products liability, toxic torts, and trade secret litigation. His trial level experiences include state and federal court actions in numerous jurisdictions, as well as actions consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. In recent years Allen has litigated a number of cutting-edge issues in connection with state consumer fraud statutes, federal jurisdictional disputes, and the protection of competitively valuable information.

    Allen has litigated matters involving consumer protection statutes of numerous states, including several multidistrict cases, and has specific expertise regarding California's consumer protection laws. In addition to consumer fraud class action, he has defended punitive class actions and other multi-claimant actions brought by businesses, and he also has experience with franchise disputes. Recently, he has begun to counsel clients regarding the drafting and enforcement of class-action waivers, forum selection clauses, and choice-of-law provisions that increase the likelihood of defeating class certification. Allen has extensive appellate litigation experience. In addition to briefing appeals to the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts, he has argued a number of appeals and provided advice in connection with countless others. Allen frequently has lectured on appellate briefing issues and recently was a member of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute panel on the topic of "Writing the Winning Brief." His appellate brief-writing skills have been praised by professional appellate consultants.

    Allen also has participated in significant pro bono matters at both the trial and appellate level, including in recent proceedings before the United States Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. As a result of his continuing commitment to pro bono matters he received the firm's Managing Partners' Pro Bono Award in 2007.

  • Michael A. Caplan
    Atlanta, GA
    Treasurer, Audit & Finance Committee Chairperson

    Mike Caplan, a founding partner of Caplan Cobb, specializes in complex business litigation, constitutional law, and appellate practice. Mike’s work has been the subject of numerous news articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times, the Republic, and the Fulton County Daily Report. Mike has also been selected as one of 40 “On the Rise” attorneys under 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report, among the “Legal Elite in Business Law” by Georgia Trend Magazine, and a “Rising Star in Business Litigation” by the Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2014, Martindale-Hubbell honored Mike with its highest rating of AV Preeminent for his legal ability and professional ethics.

    Prior to founding Caplan Cobb, Mike practiced at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. A New Orleans native, Mike received his undergraduate, J.D., and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Georgia, where he served on the Georgia Law Review and was inducted in to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. Mike and his wife, Anna, live in Decatur with their three children.

  • E. Michelle Drake
    Minneapolis, MN
    Secretary

    E. Michelle Drake is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. With career settlements and verdicts valued at more than $150 million, Michelle has had great success at a young age and in a wide variety of cases.

    Michelle focuses her practice primarily on consumer protection, improper credit reporting, and financial services class actions. Michelle is empathetic towards her clients and unyielding in her desire to win. Possessing a rare combination of an elite academic pedigree and real-world trial skills, Michelle has successfully gone toe-to-toe with some of the world’s most powerful companies.

    Michelle helped achieve one of the largest class action settlements in a case involving improper mortgage servicing practices associated with force-placed insurance, resulting in a settlement valued at $110 million for a nationwide class of borrowers who were improperly force-placed with overpriced insurance. Michelle also served as liaison counsel and part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of consumers harmed in the Target data breach, a case she helped successfully resolve on behalf of over ninety million consumers whose data was affected by the breach. In 2015, Michelle resolved a federal class action on behalf of a group of adult entertainers in New York for $15 million. Most recently, Michelle has been successful in litigating numerous cases protecting consumers’ federal privacy rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, securing settlements valued at over $10 million on behalf of tens of thousands of consumers harmed by improper background checks and inaccurate credit reports in the last two years alone.

    Michelle was admitted to the bar in 2001 and has since served as lead class counsel in over fifty class and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, various states’ unfair and deceptive trade practices acts, breach of contract and numerous other pro-consumer and pro-employee causes of action.

    Michelle serves on the Board of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, is a member of the Partner’s Council of the National Consumer Law Center, and is an At-Large Council Member for the Consumer Litigation Section for the Minnesota State Bar Association. She was named as a Super Lawyer in 2013-2019 and was named as a Rising Star prior to that. Michelle was also appointed to the Federal Practice Committee in 2010 by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She has been quoted in the New York Times and the National Law Journal, and her cases were named as “Lawsuits of the Year” by Minnesota Law & Politics in both 2008 and 2009.

    Michelle began her practice of law by defending high stakes criminal cases as a public defender in Atlanta. Michelle has never lost her desire to litigate on the side of the “little guy.”

  • Bill Abrams
    Seattle, WA and Stanford, CA

    William (Bill) Abrams is a trial and appellate lawyer who Chambers USA calls a “wizard of the patent bar” and a “courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.” Mr. Abrams’ representation of inmates in Alabama and Texas who were convicted of capital murder and have challenged their convictions and death sentences goes back twenty years, and led to his work on the SCHR Board. Mr. Abrams is a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Seattle and has been on the Stanford faculty since 1996, where he teaches courses on the death penalty, policy, civil rights, and technology and society. He was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Magazine, a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 75 IP Lawyer by The Daily Journal, and has been named to Best Lawyers, Chambers rankings, and other recognitions.

    Mr. Abrams has been lead counsel in over 100 patents, trade secrets and other IP cases since 2000, including trials, arbitrations, and appeals in federal and state courts involving patent infringement, trade secrets, interference and business torts, technology transfer and licensing, trademarks and advertising, and copyright. He has also been litigation counsel and advised companies and individuals in defamation, First Amendment and cases involving media, and in privacy matters. Mr. Abrams also has extensive experience in public interest and Constitutional litigation in trial and appellate courts.

    Mr. Abrams devotes a significant part of his practice to pro bono matter and has handled a number of high-profile pro bono matters through the US and California Supreme Courts, particularly involving the death penalty, education, rights of children and youth, immigration, and foster care and children’s welfare. He was counsel for amici curiae in the Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit in Reno v. Flores, which led to the Flores Settlement Agreement that provided protections for unaccompanied migrant children seeking to enter the United States. Mr. Abrams was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer magazine for his representation of group foster homes against the state of California for the state's failure to provide funding for the care of foster children as required by the Child Welfare Act. He received the State Bar of California Wiley Manual Award for pro bono legal representation and is a Daily Journal Pro Bono Achievement Honoree. Mr. Abrams is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Youth Law Center; former Co-Chair of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services; served on the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project; is counsel for defendants in capital cases in Alabama, is counsel for a man convicted of murder in California who is asserting wrongful conviction claims; and is counsel for a Nicaraguan national seeking asylum in the United States. Mr. Abrams also served on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School.

  • Dr. Janet Dewart Bell
    New York, NY
    Development Committee Chairperson

    Dr. Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist and communications strategist with a multimedia background, as well as experience in policy advocacy, strategic planning, fund development, media training, and education. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. She earned her doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University.

    She has been a key strategist and senior executive at a number of national organizations, including The Opportunity Agenda, PolicyLink, the National Urban League, and National Public Radio (NPR). She was Director of Communications and Public Relations for District Council 37, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in New York City. As a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she developed and taught a course on Effective Advocacy and co-taught a constitutional law course with her husband Professor Derrick Bell.

    Bell established the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race in American Society at the New York University School of Law, now in its twenty-third year, and notes proudly that SCHR’s Stephen Bright was the 2014 lecturer. Along with other lead donors, she helped establish in 2012 the Derrick Bell Fund for Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to honor Professor Bell’s memory. She has also endowed a scholarship at Baruch College, where she earned her Master’s.

    She developed and managed The Opportunity Agenda’s acclaimed Communications Institute, a four-day, intensive multi-media training for social justice advocates. As Director of Communications at PolicyLink, Bell was instrumental in developing the organization’s collaborative approach to advocacy and communications and developed the trademark “Lifting up what works.”® As Director of Communications at the National Urban League, she was the League’s chief communications strategist and editor of The State of Black America. As part of AFL-CIO delegations, she has taught trade unionists in Morocco and Tunisia.

    Among her awards and honors are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and a Peabody for programming for National Public Radio.

    She hosts an annual New York event for SCHR.

  • James Boswell
    Atlanta, GA

    Jim Boswell is the Team Leader of King & Spalding's national Healthcare Team. His practice is devoted to handling litigation and investigations on behalf of healthcare industry clients. Jim has particular expertise in handling managed care litigation on behalf of healthcare provider clients. He has also served as counsel in False Claims Act lawsuits in Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, New York and Texas.

    An experienced healthcare litigator, Jim regularly handles jury trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations and appellate arguments regarding specialized healthcare issues. He joined King & Spalding in 1992 after clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and became a partner of the firm in 1999.

    Jim has been listed in Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors, he chaired their Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group from 2009-2012. In 2008, Jim was recognized as one of 12 “Outstanding Healthcare Litigators” nationwide by Nightingale’s Healthcare News. He is a past Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Jim is also a frequent speaker and presenter.

  • U.W. Clemon
    Birmingham, AL

    After nearly 30 years on the federal bench, U.W. Clemon, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District, returned to the practice of law in 2009 with the law firm of White Arnold & Dowd P.C. Judge Clemon is an active member of the firm’s civil litigation group, serving clients in corporate and commercial litigation, environmental torts, personal injury, employment and labor, class actions and multi-district matters.

    In the white collar criminal group, Judge Clemon defends both individuals and organizations accused of wrongdoing. His practice also includes arbitration and mediation matters, along with service as an appointed Special Master in complex civil actions.

  • Mawuli Davis
    Atlanta, GA

    Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, co-founder of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, leads the Firm’s Criminal Defense and Trial Divisions. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Georgia State University’s College of Law. Attorney Davis co-founded the Davis Bozeman Law Firm in 2007 with his friend and law school classmate, Attorney Robert Bozeman, who leads the firm’s Civil Division. The Davis Bozeman Law Firm handles personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense and civil rights cases. With a combined 25 years of experience practicing law, The Davis Bozeman law firm is a community based firm.

     

    In August of 2012 Attorney Davis was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer Magazine. This is one of the highest honors that an Attorney under forty or with less than ten years in practice can receive. Less than 3% of lawyers in Georgia receive this honor. Last year, Attorney Davis was named Civil Rights Attorney of the Year by the Gate City Bar Association and currently Attorney Davis is a reoccurring legal guest commentator on truTV’s In Session. Attorney Davis is described as an “activist attorney” because of his passionate work in the community and advocacy in the courtroom to save young African American men.

  • Rajesh De
    Washington, DC

    Rajesh (“Raj”) De is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown, where he leads the firm’s global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and co-leads its National Security practice. Raj focuses his practice on cutting-edge legal and policy issues at the nexus of technology, national security, law enforcement and privacy. Raj has held senior appointments in the White House, the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. Raj returned to Mayer Brown in 2015 after serving most recently as General Counsel at the United States National Security Agency (NSA). As General Counsel of the NSA, Raj served as the agency’s chief legal officer and senior advisor to the NSA Director, supervising an office of approximately 100 lawyers and staff. Prior to his service at the NSA, Raj served in the White House as Staff Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States, where he was responsible for managing all written material provided to the President. Prior to this role, Raj served at the Department of Justice as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, where he worked closely with the Attorney General and with senior DOJ leadership, litigating components and enforcement agencies on policy development and implementation across subject areas that included civil rights, criminal justice, national security and civil litigation. Raj started his career at the Department of Justice, where he was a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

    Raj has also had significant congressional experience over the course of his career. He served as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (known as the “9/11 Commission”), and as Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Raj also served as General Counsel to the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a bipartisan blue-ribbon panel charged with making recommendations to the President and Congress.

    Raj has testified before Congress, and he has been quoted in numerous media outlets on a range of legal and security topics, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.

    Raj has received a number of honors for his public service, including the following: US Attorney General’s John Marshall Award; Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service; National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal; National Security Agency Intelligence Under Law Award.

    Raj serves as an advisor to various public and private institutions, including: Member, Aspen Homeland Security Group; Board of Directors, The Constitution Project; Board of Advisors, NYU School of Law Center on Law and Security; Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; Senior Advisor, Homeland Security and Defense Business Council; Member, Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel’s External Advisory Board.

    Raj clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. He graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

  • David DeBruin
    Washington, DC

    David W. DeBruin is a litigation counsel who has served as the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block LLP, where he has practiced law for almost 30 years. Earlier in his career, David clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court. David then served as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Board of PDS.

    David maintains an active litigation practice at Jenner & Block, including substantial pro bono work. He was recognized by the District of Columbia Bar as its 2009 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, and he received the 2013 Frederick Douglass Equal Justice Award from the Southern Center in recognition of his leadership and commitment to pro bono capital defense on behalf of many facing the death penalty. David has been successful in several capital cases. He also previously served as a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.

  • Ronan Doherty
    Atlanta, GA

    Ronan Doherty is a partner at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta, GA.  His areas of concentration include business torts, including antitrust, RICO, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference with business relations. Ronan also has litigated a number of intellectual property cases, including trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes. In addition to his business litigation practice, Ronan has performed a significant amount of pro bono work, accepting appointments from both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. His pro bono cases include successfully representing a man wrongfully detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Ronan also represented the Canadian government on amicus curiae filings advocating habeas corpus relief to remedy violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

    Ronan received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and was inducted in to the Order of the Coif.  Following law school, Ronan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Stanley F. Birch and the Honorable Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Ann Fort
    Atlanta, GA

    Ann Fort is a Partner at Eversheds-Sutherland (US) LLP in Atlanta. As a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a seasoned litigator involved in complex civil matters, she protects the intellectual property rights of numerous clients in the United States and abroad. An active leader in Sutherland’s pro bono program, Ann recently achieved clemency for a pro bono client (one of SCHR’s former clients, in fact) on death row, representing him for more than 11 years before he was ultimately granted clemency just hours before his scheduled execution. She serves on American Bar Association and Georgia Bar committees charged with considering capital defense representation and related policy issues.

  • James M. Garland
    Washington, DC
    Nomination & Governance Committee Chair

    James M. Garland is a partner in Covington & Burling’s Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense.  He regularly advises clients on law enforcement compliance and national security-related matters, including with respect to issues involving electronic surveillance, cyber-security, and data privacy.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights and capital defense cases.  From 2009 to 2010, Jim served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He is a Barrister in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Vivianne Guevara

    Vivianne Guevara is the Director of Client and Mitigation Services at the Federal Defenders of New York in the Eastern District. Prior to joining The Federal Defenders, Vivianne was an Investigator and Social Worker at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where she supported litigation that challenged conditions in juvenile and adult jails and prisons in Georgia and Alabama, the provision of indigent defense in Georgia, and the proliferation of debtor’s prisons in Georgia. She also worked with clients individually to reduce the impact of the collateral consequences that resulted from civil and criminal court involvement. Vivianne began working in public defense as a Social Worker at the Bronx Defenders, where she worked with clients charged in domestic violence and mental health courts. 

    While working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Vivianne was an Outreach Specialist at The Bowery Residents’ Committee where she worked one-on-one with persistently homeless individuals on the streets and in the subways of New York City. She interned at the Dr. Susan McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn and worked on case management and discharge planning with clients suffering through long-term dementia, terminal illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, and short-term rehabilitation.  

    Vivianne is a graduate of New York University, Columbia University’s School of Social Work; she is also a circlekeeper and peacemaker with training and certification in Restorative Justice and Restorative Circles. Vivianne is proud to serve on the Board of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

  • Katharine Huffman
    Washington, DC
    Development Committee Chairperson

    Katharine Huffman, a Principal at The Raben Group, a DC-based public policy firm founded by former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Robert Raben, began her legal career as a civil rights litigator and Soros Justice Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights.  Prior to joining The Raben Group, she served as the Director of State Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, founding the organization’s New Mexico office and managing its state-level work across the country.  Katharine currently focuses on constitutional and justice issues at The Raben Group, working with a variety of nonprofit advocacy organizations to identify policy goals, develop short- and long-term strategic plans, and build organizational programming and resources.  In 2008, Katharine led SCHR staff in the effort to develop its first 5 year strategic plan. 
    Katharine is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Music from Emory University, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar; and her law degree from the Yale Law School.  Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Katharine was elected to the SCHR board in June 2009.

  • Mary Kennedy

    Mary Kennedy has been defending people charged with criminal cases in the District of Columbia since 1987. She spent eleven years at the Public Defender Service in DC and was the training director and lead attorney for homicides during the last four years.  Ms. Kennedy now runs a probono criminal defense trial program at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP. Lawyers from the firm and Ms. Kennedy are assigned to represent clients charged with criminal offenses in Superior Court.  The cases range from simple possession of drugs to complex homicide cases.

     

    Ms. Kennedy earned a BA from Swarthmore, a JD from NYU and an LLM in trial advocacy from Georgetown.    She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Ms. Kennedy is married to the Honorable Gerald Fisher, Presiding Judge of the Probate Division in  Superior Court.  Judge Fisher and Ms. Kennedy are the proud companions to two adorable dogs, Kai and Roscoe, a relatively snarky chestnut mare named Autumn and a charming gelding named Quint.

  • Joe Loveland
    Atlanta, GA

    Joe Loveland is a senior trial lawyer in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office who serves as lead trial and appellate counsel on major litigation.  He has also served as trial and appellate counsel in a number of habeas corpus capital cases.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Loveland is a member of the bars of both Georgia and Texas.  

    Mr. Loveland is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  He served as Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Committee.  He is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee of the National Center for State Courts, and was a founding member and former Chair of the Board of Georgia Appleseed.

  • Lauren Sudeall
    Atlanta, GA

    Lauren Sudeall is an associate professor and the founding faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice at the Georgia State University College of Law. Her research focuses on access to the courts, both civil and criminal, and how lower-income individuals engage with the legal system, either through counsel or on their own. Her scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review, among other publications.

    Before joining the academy, Sudeall clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights, where she represented indigent capital clients and litigated civil claims regarding the right to counsel. She serves on the Southern Center’s board of directors and on the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar of Georgia. In recent years, she has also served on the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants and as chair of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law. Sudeall graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as treasurer of the Harvard Law Review, and received her B.A. with distinction from Yale University.

  • Alexander Rundlet
    Miami, FL

    Alexander is a trial lawyer at Barzee Flores, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, aviation litigation, and class actions. Alexander also has extensive criminal defense experience and handles matters in the State and Federal courts. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (B.A., History, 1992) and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1999). Alexander is a member of the Georgia Bar (admitted 2000); the Alabama Bar (admitted 2001); the District of Columbia Bar (admitted 2001); and the Florida Bar (admitted 2003). He is also a member of the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Maryland and the Northern District of Georgia, and a member of the Bars of United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.

    Alexander has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aviation Section of the American Association of Justice and an officer of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Miami-Dade Justice Association; the Cuban American Bar Association; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


    Prior to law school, Alexander was a Health Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, where he provided health care to a population of approximately 50,000.


    In law school, Alexander was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Public Interest Scholarship; was a Senior and Comments Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; and was the recipient of the Law School’s Jefferson B. Fordham Human Rights Award. After law school, Alexander clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis (who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) while Judge Davis was a district court judge on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


    Following his judicial clerkship, as a Soros Post–Graduate Justice Fellow, Alexander worked as a Staff Attorney at SCHR, between 2000 and 2003, where he represented individuals in misdemeanor and felony cases and represented individuals on death row in Georgia and Alabama in capital post–conviction proceedings. As a Soros Fellow, Alexander also was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Indigent Defense Committee and worked with a coalition of lawyers who, through a coordinated campaign of class action litigation, public education and lobbying efforts in the Georgia General Assembly, brought about sweeping criminal justice reform in Georgia. He has appeared before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is married and has one daughter.

  • L. Chris Stewart
    Atlanta, GA

    L. Chris Stewart is Managing Partner of Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys, a personal injury litigation law firm. Chris focuses primarily on cases related to auto/trucking collisions, wrongful death, and premises liability with a specialty in sexual assault. Chris has received multiple jury verdicts and settlements for millions of dollars for his clients, including one of the largest premises liability verdicts of 2010 in the state of Georgia, a record $5.1 million pre-trial settlement in 2011 and a 2013 Camden County record jury verdict of $1.5 million for sexual assault.

    Chris is regarded as one of Georgia’s top injury trial lawyers. In 2014, Chris received the Esquire Award from the National Bar Association’s Small Firms/Solo Practitioners Division for his professional achievements, numerous political/social causes affecting the African-American community, and mentorship of other attorneys. He was selected as a 2011-2014 Super Lawyer for the State of Georgia. In addition, in 2012 Chris was named on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Who’s Who in Law as a top Georgia attorney. He was also a finalist for Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40. Chris is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee. Chris formerly worked for the law firm of Morgan & Morgan where at the age of 29 he made partner. While at Morgan & Morgan, Chris represented over 2500 clients and has the Atlanta offices largest jury verdict.

    Born and raised in Southwest Atlanta, Chris is extremely active in the Atlanta community. He tutored at Perkerson Elementary School and is Co-Chair of “If you can see it, you can be it,” a program focused on motivating inner city elementary school children to become lawyers. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Villages at Carver YMCA, as Regional Director for Region XI (Georgia, Florida & Alabama) of the National Bar Association, and as the 2011-2012 President of the Gate City Bar Association, Georgia’s largest and oldest African American Bar Association.

    Chris earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology with honors from Xavier University, a Master’s of Science in Public Health from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.

  • Donald Verrilli, Jr.
    Washington, D.C.

    Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, and the founder of its Washington, D.C., office. In addition to handling matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the courts of appeals, Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

    Mr. Verrilli is one of the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016. During that time he argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, was responsible for representing the United States government in all appellate matters before the High Court and in the courts of appeals, and was a legal advisor to President Barack Obama and the Attorney General.

    Mr. Verrilli’s landmark victories include his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius and King v. Burwell; his successful advocacy for marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and United States v. Windsor; and his vindication of federal immigration authority in Arizona v. United States. He also achieved important victories in two patent cases, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, in a case vindicating the president’s foreign affairs authority in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and in numerous cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance.

    In addition to these matters, Mr. Verrilli’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments have included cases involving antitrust, copyright, telecommunications, the environment, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers, criminal law and other federal constitutional and statutory matters.

    Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled President Obama, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

    Before joining the government, Mr. Verrilli spent two decades in private practice representing companies in their most high stakes matters, particularly in the areas of media and entertainment, telecommunications and First Amendment law. During this time, Mr. Verrilli argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established in 2005 that file sharing services were subject to the copyright laws, and FCC v. NextWave, which established that the bankruptcy laws allow FCC licensees to keep their licenses while reorganizing. He also achieved a landmark victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Wiggins v. Smith, a case that established the standards for effective assistance of counsel in capital sentencing proceedings.

    While in practice previously, he taught First Amendment law for many years at the Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Henry Weinstein
    Irvine, CA

    Professor Weinstein has worked for the Los Angeles TimesNew York Times, San Francisco Examiner and Wall Street Journal and has written more than 3,000 stories, reporting on the ground in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada. He also has written about events and issues in other countries, and for a variety of publications, including California LawyerJuris DoctorThe NationNew Times, the Saturday Review of Education and the Saturday Review of Science.

  • Elizabeth Zitrin

    Elizabeth Zitrin, a California attorney, is President of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She has pioneered collaborations between the death penalty abolition movement in the US and the international abolition community, convening the World Coalition’s only General Assemblies held in the United States, and organizing international forums on the death penalty, with emphasis on law enforcement allies. Ms. Zitrin hosted the first US mission of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She has represented the World Coalition at the United Nations and other international bodies and continues to focus on the building of bridges among attorneys and activists in the international abolition movement. Ms. Zitrin managed Justice Advocates and Law Enforcement Outreach projects bringing the voices of exonerees and law enforcement professionals to the public debate in the US. She practiced criminal defense law in San Francisco. In addition to the Board of SCHR, she serves on the Board of the Northern California Innocence Project. Ms. Zitrin holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.