People

The list of confirmed attendees is below. We will add photos, biographies, and additional participants as we receive them.

As noted elsewhere, attendees and speakers from across the political spectrum—and of a variety of opinions about whether to push for a Constitutional Convention—are invited to participate in the conference. Participants' inclusion on this list should not be taken to indicate that they or any organizations with which they are affiliated officially support or oppose holding a Constitutional Convention.

  • John S. Baker, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Catholic University of America Law School

    John S. Baker

    Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Catholic University of America Law School

    Dr. John Baker is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Catholic University of America Law School. He is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University Law School, where he was previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law. He has also taught for Georgetown University Law School, Tulane Law School, George Mason Law School, Pepperdine Law School, New York Law School, Hong Kong University, and the University of Dallas. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) since 1999... (show more)

    Dr. John Baker is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Catholic University of America Law School. He is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University Law School, where he was previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law. He has also taught for Georgetown University Law School, Tulane Law School, George Mason Law School, Pepperdine Law School, New York Law School, Hong Kong University, and the University of Dallas. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) since 1999 and has lectured at universities and research institutes in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where he was a Fulbright Fellow (2006).

    Professor Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas. He also earned a Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London. (hide)

  • Andy Biggs, Arizona State Senate

    Andy Biggs

    Arizona State Senate

    Senator Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and has lived in Gilbert with his family for the past 25 years. He is married to Cindy and they have six children.

    Andy is a retired attorney. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, Washington, and New Mexico. The Senator has a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from BYU and a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He earned a M.A. in Political Science from ASU and has done additional graduate work there.

    Senator Biggs served Legislative Distri... (show more)

    Senator Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and has lived in Gilbert with his family for the past 25 years. He is married to Cindy and they have six children.

    Andy is a retired attorney. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, Washington, and New Mexico. The Senator has a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from BYU and a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He earned a M.A. in Political Science from ASU and has done additional graduate work there.

    Senator Biggs served Legislative District 22 in the State House of Representatives for eight years before being elected to the State Senate in November of 2010. He is the Senate majority Leaders as well as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary and Government Reform Committees. He serves on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Capital Review as well as numerous statutory committees and subcommittees.

    Andy has earned the designation "Champion of the Taxpayer" from Americans for Prosperity for his cumulative service in the state legislature and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a "Friend of Liberty." (hide)

  • Christopher Blazejewski, Rhode Island State Representative

    Christopher Blazejewski

    Rhode Island State Representative

    Chris Blazejewski is a Rhode Island state representative serving the communities of Providence and East Providence. A lifelong Rhode Islander, he is a community activist, nonprofit founder, and attorney licensed to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He was elected on November 2, 2010, with over 71% of the vote. During the 2011 session, he oversaw the passage of legislation promoting social ventures, renewable energy, open space preservation, and electoral reform.

    The first in his family ... (show more)

    Chris Blazejewski is a Rhode Island state representative serving the communities of Providence and East Providence. A lifelong Rhode Islander, he is a community activist, nonprofit founder, and attorney licensed to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He was elected on November 2, 2010, with over 71% of the vote. During the 2011 session, he oversaw the passage of legislation promoting social ventures, renewable energy, open space preservation, and electoral reform.

    The first in his family to attend college, Chris received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Chris clerked for the Rhode Island state courts and taught undergraduate courses in economics, ethics, and law. After graduating from law school, Chris started a nonprofit organization providing free college counseling to diverse Rhode Island public high school students. He also co-founded the Providence chapters of Drinking Liberally and Young Lawyers for Obama.

    Now an attorney in private practice at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Chris represents Rhode Island and Massachusetts businesses and nonprofits. He is married to Ami Gada, a high school history teacher and urban education policy specialist. (hide)

  • Roman Buhler, National Director, Madison Amendment Coalition

    Roman Buhler

    National Director, Madison Amendment Coalition

    Roman Buhler is a veteran Committee Counsel for Congress who currently serves as National Director of the Madison Amendment Coalition to restore a constitutional balance of state and federal power.

    From 1989 to 2003 and again in 2007 he served as Counsel to the Committee on House Administration.

    During that time he was responsible for oversight of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and was one of the key drafters of the bipartisan Help America Vote Act (HAVA) enacted by Congress in 2... (show more)

    Roman Buhler is a veteran Committee Counsel for Congress who currently serves as National Director of the Madison Amendment Coalition to restore a constitutional balance of state and federal power.

    From 1989 to 2003 and again in 2007 he served as Counsel to the Committee on House Administration.

    During that time he was responsible for oversight of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and was one of the key drafters of the bipartisan Help America Vote Act (HAVA) enacted by Congress in 2002.

    The Election Assistance Commission Standards Board, composed of representatives from each state, was his original concept.

    In 2003 he left Congress to start a lobbying and political consulting practice.

    Since leaving Congress he has continued to ask the question "How can we make Congress more accountable?"

    Now he travels the country talking to elected officials at meetings of state legislators exploring their interest in constitutional reform that would reaffirm the power of states to safely propose an individual Amendment to the U.S. Constitution without the risk of a runaway convention.

    Buhler graduated from Stanford University, the University of Southern California Law School and the Harvard Univeristy program for senior managers in government. He worked as an attorney and a political consultant in California before moving to Washington D.C. He lives with his wife, Mary, in McLean Virginia. (hide)

  • Eric Byler, Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Coffee Party

    Eric Byler

    Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Coffee Party

    Eric was nominated for a 2003 Independent Spirit Award for his debut feature film Charlotte Sometimes, hailed by Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers. He and his partner Annabel Park founded Coffee Party USA in 2010, soon after the debut of their award-winning film 9500 Liberty, which documents the only 8 weeks in U.S. history when an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented. A proud member of the Directors Guild of America, Eric has won 16 film festival awards for his 5 fi... (show more)

    Eric was nominated for a 2003 Independent Spirit Award for his debut feature film Charlotte Sometimes, hailed by Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers. He and his partner Annabel Park founded Coffee Party USA in 2010, soon after the debut of their award-winning film 9500 Liberty, which documents the only 8 weeks in U.S. history when an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented. A proud member of the Directors Guild of America, Eric has won 16 film festival awards for his 5 films, which also including Americanese and Tre. Eric and Annabel have also teamed on hundreds of web videos, including dozens for Coffee Party USA, reaching millions of Americans. In January of 2011, they helped to organize the For The People Summit, marking the first anniversary of the "Citizens United" Supreme Court Decision. (hide)

  • Timothy P. Carney, Awaiting affiliation

    Timothy P. Carney

    Awaiting affiliation

    Awaiting biography.

  • David Cobb, Move to Amend, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee

    David Cobb

    Move to Amend, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee

    David Cobb is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has dedicated his adult life and legal practice to making the promise of a democratic republic a reality in the United States. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.

    David was born in San Leon, Texas and worke... (show more)

    David Cobb is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has dedicated his adult life and legal practice to making the promise of a democratic republic a reality in the United States. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.

    David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a construction worker before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful trial law practice in Houston for a decade before devoting himself to fulltime activism to achieve genuine democracy in the United States.

    In 2002 Cobb ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket. He initiated a recount in Ohio that helped to spark a growing movement to end the use electronic voting machines (often called "black box" voting systems). He is currently a national spokesperson for Move To Amend, a national coalition calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish "Corporate Personhood," which is the legal doctrine that allows corporations to overturn democratically enacted laws seeking to protect citizens from corporate harm and abuse.

    He travels extensively across the country delivering lectures, conducting workshops, and assisting communities to become connectted to the growing democracy movement in the United States. (hide)

  • Derek Cressman, Regional Director of State Operations for Western States for Common Cause

    Derek Cressman

    Regional Director of State Operations for Western States for Common Cause

    Derek Cressman serves as Common Cause's Regional Director of State Operations for Western States. He is leading Common Cause's efforts to restore the Constitution with an amendment that reverses the Citizens United v. FEC ruling and he has spoken extensively on the topic.

  • Steve D'Amico, Former Massachusetts State Representative

    Steve D'Amico

    Former Massachusetts State Representative

    During his four years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (2007-2010) Steve D’Amico helped lead the fight to close more than $500 million in corporate tax loopholes, and helped win transparency reforms that make public the names of companies that receive taxpayer subsidies. Mr. D’Amico served on the Joint Committees for Health Care Financing, Revenue and Consumer Affairs, and on the House Committee on Global Warming.

    Prior to this election the House Steve spent 20 years in the private... (show more)

    During his four years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (2007-2010) Steve D’Amico helped lead the fight to close more than $500 million in corporate tax loopholes, and helped win transparency reforms that make public the names of companies that receive taxpayer subsidies. Mr. D’Amico served on the Joint Committees for Health Care Financing, Revenue and Consumer Affairs, and on the House Committee on Global Warming.

    Prior to this election the House Steve spent 20 years in the private sector as a sales executive for the Allied Group in Providence and 10 years in social action as a community organizer in Providence and Boston. (hide)

  • Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute

    Nick Dranias

    Goldwater Institute

    Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is Director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute. Dranias led the Goldwater Institute's challenge to Arizona's so-called clean elections law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Using the centuries-old federal All Writs Act, he persuaded the Supreme Court to block the issuance of equalizing funds to government-funded "clean" candidates even be... (show more)

    Nick Dranias holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is Director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute. Dranias led the Goldwater Institute's challenge to Arizona's so-called clean elections law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Using the centuries-old federal All Writs Act, he persuaded the Supreme Court to block the issuance of equalizing funds to government-funded "clean" candidates even before the Court accepted the case for review. He has also authored numerous scholarly articles in law reviews and bar journals, including the Penn State Law Review article, Past the Pall of Orthodoxy, which challenges bar admission restrictions limiting the practice of law to graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, the Texas Review of Law and Politics article, Consideration as Contract, which makes the case for a natural law of contracts, and the Phoenix Law Review article, The Local Liberty Charter: Restoring Grassroots Liberty to Restrain Cities Gone Wild, which argues that applying principles of limited government to cities, counties and towns is not only the right thing to do, but a practical necessity. He has also authored numerous public policy reports, including The Land Of 10,000 Lakes Drowns Entrepreneurs In Regulations, a study that shows how regulations block the path to the American Dream, and how those barriers can be removed, 50 Bright Stars: An Assessment of Each State's Constitutional Commitment to Limited Government, which reveals that 48 out of 50 states offer a stronger guarantee of limited government under their state constitutions than does the federal government under the U.S. Constitution, and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: A Case for Limiting Campaign Finance Regulations, which defends the Supreme Court's decision to protect campaign spending by corporations and other associations of individuals as essential to protecting free speech. Dranias' latest work is Federalism DIY: 10 Ways for States to Check and Balance Washington, which provides specific guidance to legislators and litigators on restoring balance in the relationship between the states and the federal government. (hide)

  • David Eisner, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center

    David Eisner

    President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center

    David Eisner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only American organization dedicated to illuminating the ideals of the U.S. Constitution and inspiring active citizenship. The Center’s museum is one of America’s most interactive and engaging history-based experiences, housed in a Pei-Cobb building across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – and the Center also undertakes significant national education initiatives and serves as a v... (show more)

    David Eisner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only American organization dedicated to illuminating the ideals of the U.S. Constitution and inspiring active citizenship. The Center’s museum is one of America’s most interactive and engaging history-based experiences, housed in a Pei-Cobb building across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – and the Center also undertakes significant national education initiatives and serves as a venue for national public engagement on Constitutional issues.

    Eisner was appointed in November 2009 by the Center’s Board of Trustees, chaired by President William J. Clinton, and including, among many others, former President George H.W. Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Pennsylvania Governor Rendell, Vanguard founder John C. Bogle, Amway founder Richard DeVos, Citizens Financial Group Chairman and CEO Ellen Alemany, National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith and film, television and theater producer Marc Platt.

    Since assuming leadership, Eisner has worked with the board to craft a five-year strategic plan, won the coveted museum accreditation from the American Association of Museums, reinvested in relationships with other Philadelphia institutions, particularly those on Independence Mall, strengthened the Center’s staff in communications, sales, marketing, development, exhibits and public engagement, and begun a significant new branding initiative for the Center. Recent participants in public engagement activities at the Center include (in addition to board members): President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Stephen Breyer, John McCain, Larry Summers, Gary Locke, Steven Spielberg and many others.

    Eisner assumed leadership of the Center following a five-year tenure as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the independent federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and the rest of America’s national service programs. Appointed by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Eisner is widely credited with strengthening the agency’s accountability, improving customer service, increasing public trust, and positioning CNCS for significant growth.

    Eisner previously held senior executive positions at America Online, Time Warner, Fleishman-Hillard and the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, after starting his career as press secretary for several members of the U.S. Congress.

    Eisner chairs the Pennsylvania Governor’s State Service Commission (PennSERVE) which oversees AmeriCorps funding in the state, and serves on the boards of Points of Light Institute, Public Allies, and Our Good Works. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Lori, and their four children. (hide)

  • Emily Ekins, Cato Institute

    Emily Ekins

    Cato Institute

    Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, including the Tea Party movement, public opinion, regulation, and political institutions. In addition, Ekins studies how individuals' expectations of their own economic future shape their political behavior. She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has also appeared in the Washington Post and Politico. Ekins is pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University ... (show more)

    Emily Ekins is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, including the Tea Party movement, public opinion, regulation, and political institutions. In addition, Ekins studies how individuals' expectations of their own economic future shape their political behavior. She has discussed her research on Fox News and Fox Business, and her research has also appeared in the Washington Post and Politico. Ekins is pursuing her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. (hide)

  • Stephen Erickson, President, Rebuild Democracy

    Stephen Erickson

    President, Rebuild Democracy

    Stephen is President of Americans United to Rebuild Democracy (www.RebuildDemocracy.org), an alliance of conservatives, progressives and centrists for comprehensive election reform including congressional term limits, clean elections and and end to gerrymandering. Stephen is a veteran of the Term Limits Movement who has published for the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. He served briefly as Resident Scholar at US Term Limits. Stephen was President of the UMASS Republican Club and ran twice for St... (show more)

    Stephen is President of Americans United to Rebuild Democracy (www.RebuildDemocracy.org), an alliance of conservatives, progressives and centrists for comprehensive election reform including congressional term limits, clean elections and and end to gerrymandering. Stephen is a veteran of the Term Limits Movement who has published for the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. He served briefly as Resident Scholar at US Term Limits. Stephen was President of the UMASS Republican Club and ran twice for State Representative as the Republican candidate in the Massachusetts' 2nd Hampshire District. Stephen has worked in real estate, taught high school social studies and served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Franklin Pierce College teaching American History. He considers himself an economic and constitutional conservative, a foreign policy moderate, and a liberal on most social issues. Stephen, with his family, lives in Portsmouth, NH. (hide)

  • Bruce Fein, Chairman, American Freedom Agenda

    Bruce Fein

    Chairman, American Freedom Agenda

    Bruce Fein is Chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, founder of Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc., and The Lichfield Group, author of “American Empire Before the Fall,” Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and weekly columnist for The Washington Times.

    Mr. Fein graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1972, served as in the Reagan adminstration as special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and the A... (show more)

    Bruce Fein is Chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, founder of Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc., and The Lichfield Group, author of “American Empire Before the Fall,” Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and weekly columnist for The Washington Times.

    Mr. Fein graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1972, served as in the Reagan adminstration as special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, Assistant Director for the Office of Legal Policy, Associate Deputy Attorney General, General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission, Counsel to the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Guest Lecturer at the Brookings Institute. (hide)

  • Alexandra Filindra, Assistant Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and Research Associate with the Center for Human Development at Brown University

    Alexandra Filindra

    Assistant Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and Research Associate with the Center for Human Development at Brown University

    Dr. Filindra is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at WiIliam Paterson University of New Jersey and a Research Associate with the Center for Human Development at Brown University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. Her specialty is American Politics and immigration politics and policy. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the Harvard Education Review, the Journal of International Migration, and others.

  • George Friday, National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Coordinator for the Independent Progressive Politics Network

    George Friday

    National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Coordinator for the Independent Progressive Politics Network

    George Friday holds degrees in Political Science, Economics, and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she graduated in 1982.

    She began her career as Phone Canvass Director for National Peace Action in the latter half of the 1980s and Program Director of the Piedmont Peace Project in North Carolina in the first half of the 1990s. In 1997 she was a co-founder and trainer for the Women of Color Fundraising Institute; a collaborative project of the Boston ... (show more)

    George Friday holds degrees in Political Science, Economics, and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she graduated in 1982.

    She began her career as Phone Canvass Director for National Peace Action in the latter half of the 1980s and Program Director of the Piedmont Peace Project in North Carolina in the first half of the 1990s. In 1997 she was a co-founder and trainer for the Women of Color Fundraising Institute; a collaborative project of the Boston Women's Fund and the Haymarket People's fund to provide intensive and innovative training in fundraising, skill and resource development to build and support powerful social change organizations. Since then George consulted nonprofit organizations seeking to build capacity and organizational strength while acknowledging and addressing issues of oppression and privilege in ways that build community.

    She is the National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Coordinator for the Independent Progressive Politics Network. George co-chairs the Green Party US Black and Women’s caucuses and the North Carolina Green Party. George has served on several boards and Steering Committees including the Institute for Southern Studies, FairVote, the Grassroots Policy Project, American Friends Service Committee, United for Peace and Justice, the US Social Forum National Planning Committee, and Move to Amend. (hide)

  • Shane Larson, Communications Workers of America

    Shane Larson

    Communications Workers of America

    Shane Larson has served as the Legislative Director for the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA) since April of 2010. Shane, a native of South Dakota, attended Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, earning a BSFS in International Politics.

    Shane began his career working for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) in Washington, D.C. and South Dakota serving as Deputy Press Secretary in his Senate office and Communications Director on his 1998 re-election campaign. ... (show more)

    Shane Larson has served as the Legislative Director for the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA) since April of 2010. Shane, a native of South Dakota, attended Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, earning a BSFS in International Politics.

    Shane began his career working for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) in Washington, D.C. and South Dakota serving as Deputy Press Secretary in his Senate office and Communications Director on his 1998 re-election campaign.

    In 1999, Shane was hired by the Association of Flight Attendants as the Senior Government Affairs Representative, eventually becoming Director of Government Affairs. During his decade at AFA-CWA he developed membership training programs that resulted in a meaningful increase in the number of AFA-CWA members that have become involved in the legislative and political process. He was responsible for a number of important legislative victories including the decade’s long goal of flight attendant certification, legal seniority protections for airline employees in an airline merger and the long sought goal to correct the FMLA to guarantee full time airline employees qualify for coverage.

    He also serves on the National Executive Board of Pride at Work, the LGBT constituency group of the AFL-CIO. (hide)

  • Lawrence Lessig, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    Lawrence Lessig

    Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    Having spent much of his career exposing the illusion of copyright law's action, Lawrence Lessig's current work in institutional corruption probes the decisions of institutions who gamble public trust on failed wars and special interests. Lessig directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, professes at Harvard Law School and champions the necessity of democratic citizenship through his leadership of the Fix Congress First movement. He also serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLi... (show more)

    Having spent much of his career exposing the illusion of copyright law's action, Lawrence Lessig's current work in institutional corruption probes the decisions of institutions who gamble public trust on failed wars and special interests. Lessig directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, professes at Harvard Law School and champions the necessity of democratic citizenship through his leadership of the Fix Congress First movement. He also serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, Change Congress, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House and iCommons.org, and the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation.

    Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig founded Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society and was Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Among his achievements are the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. (hide)

  • Sanford Levinson, Professor, University of Texas Law School

    Sanford Levinson

    Professor, University of Texas Law School

    Sanford Levinson is a member of the faculties of the University of Texas Law School and Department of Government of the University of Texas at Austin and, in fall 2011, will be a visiting professor of law at the Harvard and Yale Law Schools. He is the author of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Fix It) and a forthcoming book tentatively titled America the Ungovernable? (Oxford University Press, 2012).

  • Ben Manski, Executive Director, Liberty Tree Foundation

    Ben Manski

    Executive Director, Liberty Tree Foundation

    Ben Manski is an attorney and pro-democracy advocate. He is the executive director of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a strategy center he founded in 2004, as well as principal attorney at Manski Law, LLC, and an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. Manski serves on the executive committee of the Move to Amend coalition. He is chair of the 2011 Democracy Convention.

    Politically engaged since his early childhood in Israel and Wisconsin, now in his mid-30s, Ben Manski has worked for a ... (show more)

    Ben Manski is an attorney and pro-democracy advocate. He is the executive director of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a strategy center he founded in 2004, as well as principal attorney at Manski Law, LLC, and an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. Manski serves on the executive committee of the Move to Amend coalition. He is chair of the 2011 Democracy Convention.

    Politically engaged since his early childhood in Israel and Wisconsin, now in his mid-30s, Ben Manski has worked for a variety of causes, notably serving as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, national director of the Campus Greens USA, and as Midwest Director for the Nader 2000 campaign. In 2001-2002, he was a co-founder the major U.S. peace organization, United for Peace and Justice. Manski was a primary figure in the student movements of the 1990s, serving then as national coordinator of the Democracy Teach-Ins and the group 180/MDE in the lead-up to the Seattle WTO protests. At that time, Manski was also prominently involved in other social change movements, and worked in the employ of various labor, environmental, and pro-democracy organizations.

    Since the early 1990s, Manski has been a featured speaker on scores of campuses and at hundreds of events, from Barcelona to Caracas to Seattle, and has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, The Progressive, Mother Jones, The Call, In These Times, among others, as well as on National Public Radio, Air America, Pacifica, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, as well as a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Week in Review". Ben Manski has published widely, including contributions to Campus Inc.: Corporate Power and the Ivory Tower, TNI's Yearbook on Public Services, and IPS' Mandate for Change, released earlier this year. He is currently working on his first book, a history of militia law and the National Guard.

    Recent priorities for Manski have included his efforts as national coordinator of the No Stolen Elections! movements in 2004 and 2008, his role in organizing the Local Democracy Network to support local approaches for achieving a green economic transition, and his work in building Bring the Guard Home! It's the Law, a multi-state campaign designed to reform state statutes to impede the unlawful deployment of National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    In 2009, Ben Manski opened his firm, Manski Law, LLC, specializing in non-profit, coop, and public sector law. In 2010, he sought election to the Wisconsin State Assembly on behalf of the Green Party, coming in second of four candidates, and winning 31% of the vote; this was the best showing by an independent party candidate in Wisconsin since 1946. Manski also serves on the sociology faculty of Madison College, and as CVO of PosiPair.com, a green internet startup owned with his wife, Sarah. (hide)

  • John Marion, Common Cause of Rhode Island

    John Marion

    Common Cause of Rhode Island

    John Marion is executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island. He has spoken and published on topics including ethics in government, judicial merit selection, and money in politics. Mr. Marion's comments on government reform have been featured in local, regional and national media. In addition to his work with Common Cause, he serves on the board of Access/RI, the state's freedom of information coalition.

  • Mark Meckler, Co-Founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots

    Mark Meckler

    Co-Founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots

    Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He started his career and practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years has specialized in Internet advertising law. He's owned a variety of businesses from manufacturing to food service, and has served clients across many industries. Prior to helping launch the tea party movement, Mark was not politically active. He's registe... (show more)

    Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He started his career and practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years has specialized in Internet advertising law. He's owned a variety of businesses from manufacturing to food service, and has served clients across many industries. Prior to helping launch the tea party movement, Mark was not politically active. He's registered as an "independent" voter and has been for the last nine years. Mark is a Co-Founder and National Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, and appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He's highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. His joint opinion editorials with Jenny Beth Martin regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children. (hide)

  • Bill Norton, Constitutional Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots

    Bill Norton

    Constitutional Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots

    Bill Norton has been volunteering with the National Center for Constitutional Studies, or NCCS, for 10 years updating educational material related to the Constitution. He has been a presenter for the organization for 3 years.

    He was briefly mentored by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, founder of NCCS, and Earl Taylor JR., the current president of NCCS.

    He is the chairman of the Arizona State Constitutional Commemoration Committee and the founder of Constitution Week USA, the largest celebration on t... (show more)

    Bill Norton has been volunteering with the National Center for Constitutional Studies, or NCCS, for 10 years updating educational material related to the Constitution. He has been a presenter for the organization for 3 years.

    He was briefly mentored by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, founder of NCCS, and Earl Taylor JR., the current president of NCCS.

    He is the chairman of the Arizona State Constitutional Commemoration Committee and the founder of Constitution Week USA, the largest celebration on the Constitution in the nation.

    Bill is the National Support Team Constitutional Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.org.

    He is a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

    Bill has owned a contracting company in Arizona for 22 years and currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Ingra and four small children. (hide)

  • Curtis Olafson, North Dakota State Senator and National Spokesman, RestoringFreedom.org

    Curtis Olafson

    North Dakota State Senator and National Spokesman, RestoringFreedom.org

    North Dakota State Senator Curtis Olafson has been a member of the North Dakota Senate since 2006 and serves as the vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his first session, he was named the “2007 Legislator of the Year” by the North Dakota Township Officers Association. Senator Olafson is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. He is an entrepreneur with interests in farming, ranching, and construction. His business is headquartered on th... (show more)

    North Dakota State Senator Curtis Olafson has been a member of the North Dakota Senate since 2006 and serves as the vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his first session, he was named the “2007 Legislator of the Year” by the North Dakota Township Officers Association. Senator Olafson is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. He is an entrepreneur with interests in farming, ranching, and construction. His business is headquartered on the original homestead settled by his pioneer grandparents who emigrated from Iceland to North Dakota in 1883. They arrived in North Dakota with only 65 cents left in their pockets and a few meager belongings. Senator Olafson is a 3rd generation American and is committed to preserving America as a land of opportunity.

    Senator Olafson was the first legislator in the nation to pass the National Debt Relief Amendment in his home state of North Dakota and was instrumental in securing passage of the amendment resolution in Louisiana after testifying in both the House and Senate Committee hearings. Senator Olafson has achieved success in debunking the Article V amendments convention myths as he has worked to recruit his fellow state legislators from across America to support the National Debt Relief Amendment. Senator Olafson has assumed the position of National Spokesman for the National Debt Relief Amendment on behalf of RestoringFreedom.org, and has published numerous articles and appeared as a guest on various talk radio venues in support of the amendment. (hide)

  • Michael D. Ostrolenk, National Director, Liberty Coalition

    Michael D. Ostrolenk

    National Director, Liberty Coalition

    Working to promote civil liberties, Mr. Ostrolenk co-founded and is National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and human autonomy (2005- present). He is presently the coalition coordinator and public policy counsel for the Campaign for Liberty working on transparency and open government issues. He also sits on the Steering Committee for Openthegovernment.org.

    Michael advocated for American national security interests as... (show more)

    Working to promote civil liberties, Mr. Ostrolenk co-founded and is National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and human autonomy (2005- present). He is presently the coalition coordinator and public policy counsel for the Campaign for Liberty working on transparency and open government issues. He also sits on the Steering Committee for Openthegovernment.org.

    Michael advocated for American national security interests as a co-founder of the American Conservative Defense Alliance, which worked to promote a traditional conservative foreign and defense policy (2008- 2010).

    Michael also consults for HSLEADER (2007-present) and is a registered Personal Protection Specialist in the State of Virginia. He is a member of Class 62 from the Executive Projection Institute and the Nine Lives Associates. Michael is also a graduate of SEAL FIT Academy Class 12. He has written for a wide variety of publications ranging from USA Today to The American Conservative Magazine and speaks frequently about health-care, foreign policy and national security related issues. (hide)

  • Annabel Park, Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Coffee Party

    Annabel Park

    Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Coffee Party

    Annabel is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Coffee Party, a growing grassroots democracy movement with over 500,000 people in the network. She co-directed a ground-breaking documentary about America's culture war over immigration, 9500 Liberty, with Eric Byler. She studied philosophy at Boston University and political theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Houston, TX when she was nine years old with her family. She grew up working ... (show more)

    Annabel is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Coffee Party, a growing grassroots democracy movement with over 500,000 people in the network. She co-directed a ground-breaking documentary about America's culture war over immigration, 9500 Liberty, with Eric Byler. She studied philosophy at Boston University and political theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Houston, TX when she was nine years old with her family. She grew up working at a truck diner owned by her parents. (hide)

  • Richard Parker, Paul W. Williams Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School

    Richard Parker

    Paul W. Williams Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School

    Awaiting biography.

  • Mary Penrose, Texas Wesleyan Law School

    Mary Penrose

    Texas Wesleyan Law School

    Professor Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose joined the Texas Wesleyan law faculty in 2009 after teaching nine years at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Professor Penrose taught Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Gender Discrimination and International Human Rights at OU. She continues to practice in federal court with an emphasis on federal habeas corpus representation of Texas Death Row inmates and Title VII and Title IX litigation challenging gender bias and discrimination in the wo... (show more)

    Professor Mary Margaret "Meg" Penrose joined the Texas Wesleyan law faculty in 2009 after teaching nine years at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Professor Penrose taught Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Gender Discrimination and International Human Rights at OU. She continues to practice in federal court with an emphasis on federal habeas corpus representation of Texas Death Row inmates and Title VII and Title IX litigation challenging gender bias and discrimination in the workplace. Professor Penrose earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude and served as the Managing Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. Thereafter, she received her LL.M, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. (hide)

  • Barbara Perry, Professor, University of Virginia's Miller Center

    Barbara Perry

    Professor, University of Virginia's Miller Center

    Barbara A. Perry is a Senior Fellow in the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. Previously, she served as the Carter Glass Professor of Government at Sweet Briar College, where she founded the Center for Civic Renewal. She was a Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she received the Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding Fellow in 1994-95. She served as the Senior Fellow for civics education at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center and is a Non-re... (show more)

    Barbara A. Perry is a Senior Fellow in the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. Previously, she served as the Carter Glass Professor of Government at Sweet Briar College, where she founded the Center for Civic Renewal. She was a Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she received the Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding Fellow in 1994-95. She served as the Senior Fellow for civics education at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center and is a Non-resident Fellow there. Dr. Perry is the author of eight books. (hide)

  • Glenn Reynolds, Professor, University of Tennessee School of Law; founder of Instapundit blog

    Glenn Reynolds

    Professor, University of Tennessee School of Law; founder of Instapundit blog

    Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee.

    He is the author of numerous articles on constitutional law from a systems perspective, including Chaos And The Court (Columbia Law Review, 1991), Is Democracy Like Sex? (Vanderbilt Law Review, 1995) and Divine Operating System (Tennessee Law Review, 2011), as well as extensive scholarship on the Second Amendment and various law and technology issues. He writes regularly for such mainstream ... (show more)

    Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee.

    He is the author of numerous articles on constitutional law from a systems perspective, including Chaos And The Court (Columbia Law Review, 1991), Is Democracy Like Sex? (Vanderbilt Law Review, 1995) and Divine Operating System (Tennessee Law Review, 2011), as well as extensive scholarship on the Second Amendment and various law and technology issues. He writes regularly for such mainstream publications as The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and the Washington Examiner. He is a Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics. Reynolds is also the founder of the pioneering InstaPundit weblog, and hosts "InstaVision," a program about politics, technology, and culture, for PJTV. (hide)

  • Robert Richie, Director, FairVote

    Robert Richie

    Director, FairVote

    Rob Richie has directed FairVote since 1992. His writings have appeared in the nation's leading newspapers and in nine books, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal about establishing a national popular vote for president and of Whose Votes Count about the case for proportional voting and ranked choice voting. He has been a guest on NPR's All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NBC News, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg News, Democracy Now ... (show more)

    Rob Richie has directed FairVote since 1992. His writings have appeared in the nation's leading newspapers and in nine books, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal about establishing a national popular vote for president and of Whose Votes Count about the case for proportional voting and ranked choice voting. He has been a guest on NPR's All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NBC News, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg News, Democracy Now and MSNBC and addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, National Association of Counties, National Association of Secretaries of State, Free Press, National Latino Congreso and National Conference of State Legislatures. He serves on the Citizens in Charge Foundation board and the Haverford College Corporation. He and his wife Cynthia Terrell have three children. (hide)

  • John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute

    John Samples

    Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute

    John Samples directs the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute. His book The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History has recently appeared from Cato. An earlier work The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Samples co-directed the Brookings-Cato project on the decline of electoral competition which led to a volume he co-edited entitled The Marketplace of Democracy (2006). He has edited three... (show more)

    John Samples directs the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute. His book The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History has recently appeared from Cato. An earlier work The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Samples co-directed the Brookings-Cato project on the decline of electoral competition which led to a volume he co-edited entitled The Marketplace of Democracy (2006). He has edited three other books for the Cato Institute, including a volume on James Madison while also writing extensively for popular political publications and leading newspapers. Samples currently teaches a course on constitutional interpretation at Georgetown University. He received a PhD in political science from Rutgers University. (hide)

  • David Segal, Former Rhode Island state representative and candidate for Congress; conference organizer

    David Segal

    Former Rhode Island state representative and candidate for Congress; conference organizer

    David Segal is a former Democratic Rhode Island State Representative, and served on the Providence City Council as a member of the Green Party. During his eight years as an elected official he oversaw the passage of legislation promoting economic justice, renewable energy and open space, banking reform, affordable housing, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform, and a variety of other progressive causes. He recently ran in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's first Congressional seat, supported by much of t... (show more)

    David Segal is a former Democratic Rhode Island State Representative, and served on the Providence City Council as a member of the Green Party. During his eight years as an elected official he oversaw the passage of legislation promoting economic justice, renewable energy and open space, banking reform, affordable housing, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform, and a variety of other progressive causes. He recently ran in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's first Congressional seat, supported by much of the netroots and organized labor. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, and in a variety of online publications. He has a degree in mathematics from Columbia University. (hide)

  • Kathryn A. Serkes, President, Square One Media Network

    Kathryn A. Serkes

    President, Square One Media Network

    President of Square One Media Network, an advocacy and political consulting firm, she is also founder of TakeBackWashington.org, and is Co-Chair & Founder of the Doctor Patient Medical Association—harnessing the power of the grassroots movement and doctors who are fleeing the AMA—to protect freedom in medicine for doctors AND patients.

    She represented the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons during it’s litigation against the Hillary Clinton and the White House Health Care T... (show more)

    President of Square One Media Network, an advocacy and political consulting firm, she is also founder of TakeBackWashington.org, and is Co-Chair & Founder of the Doctor Patient Medical Association—harnessing the power of the grassroots movement and doctors who are fleeing the AMA—to protect freedom in medicine for doctors AND patients.

    She represented the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons during it’s litigation against the Hillary Clinton and the White House Health Care Task Force, and helping to spur the national coalition that lead to the defeat of the Clinton health plan. She has been one of the chief leaders of the opposition to ObamaCare in 2009 to the present, organizing physician & grassroots rallies and town meetings across the country.

    Ms. Serkes sits on the Health and Human Services Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the largest bi-partisan association of state legislators. She is founder and chair of the "Coalition Against Prosecutorial Abuse" to rein in government trial lawyers—the criminal companion to civil tort reform; "Hands Off Our Kids Coalition" to halt government pediatric vaccine mandates and other government violation of parental rights. (hide)

  • Michael Stern, Blogger, PointOfOrder.com

    Michael Stern

    Blogger, PointOfOrder.com

    Michael Stern is an attorney specializing in legal issues related to Congress and the legislative process, including congressional ethics, elections, constitutional amendments and separation of powers. He served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Deputy Staff Director for Investigations for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Special Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Stern is a graduate of Haverford College and the Universit... (show more)

    Michael Stern is an attorney specializing in legal issues related to Congress and the legislative process, including congressional ethics, elections, constitutional amendments and separation of powers. He served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Deputy Staff Director for Investigations for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Special Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Stern is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced at the law firm of Shaw Pittman. He blogs about congressional legal issues at www.pointoforder.com. (hide)

  • David Swanson, Progressive Democrats of America and Democrats.com

    David Swanson

    Progressive Democrats of America and Democrats.com

    David Swanson is the author of "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org

  • James S. Turner, Chair, Citizens for Health

    James S. Turner

    Chair, Citizens for Health

    Co-author of "Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life," he is Chair of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options. One of the original Nader’s Raiders and long-time advocate of informed choice for safe food, drugs and other consumer products, he has authored The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration and Making Your Own Baby Food.

    As a partner in the Washingto... (show more)

    Co-author of "Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life," he is Chair of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options. One of the original Nader’s Raiders and long-time advocate of informed choice for safe food, drugs and other consumer products, he has authored The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration and Making Your Own Baby Food.

    As a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner (organized in 1973), Jim represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before and/or advised the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research.

    Jim helped organize the successful campaign to lobby Congress for passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and lead the legal team that in 1996 persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution. He is a graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and served as a gunnery and nuclear weapons handling officer on ships in the U.S. Navy. (hide)

  • Laurence H. Tribe, Professor, Harvard Law School

    Laurence H. Tribe

    Professor, Harvard Law School

    Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, has taught at its Law School since 1968 and was voted the best professor by the graduating class of 2000. The title "University Professor" is Harvard's highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 70 professors in all of Harvard University's history. Born in China to Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard at 16; graduated summa cum laude... (show more)

    Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, has taught at its Law School since 1968 and was voted the best professor by the graduating class of 2000. The title "University Professor" is Harvard's highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 70 professors in all of Harvard University's history. Born in China to Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard at 16; graduated summa cum laude in Mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in Law (1966); clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts(1966-68); received tenure at 30; was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 38 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010; helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands; has received ten honorary degrees, most recently a degree honoris causa from the Government of Mexico in March 2011 that was never before awarded to an American; has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court); was appointed in 2010 by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to serve as the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice; and has written 115 books and articles, including his treatise, American Constitutional Law, cited more than any other legal text since 1950. Former Solicitor General Erwin Griswold wrote: "[N]o book, and no lawyer not on the [Supreme] Court, has ever had a greater influence on the development of American constitutional law," and the Northwestern Law Review opined that no-one else "in American history has… simultaneously achieved Tribe's preeminence… as a practitioner and… scholar of constitutional law." (hide)

  • Cenk Uygur, Host of The Young Turks

    Cenk Uygur

    Host of The Young Turks

    Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks, the first ever live, daily web television talk show. The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world. The show is one of the Top 50 YouTube Partners, with over 28 million views a month and half a billion video views total on the The Young Turks YouTube Channel.

    Cenk Uygur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a lawyer, television writer and television host bef... (show more)

    Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks, the first ever live, daily web television talk show. The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world. The show is one of the Top 50 YouTube Partners, with over 28 million views a month and half a billion video views total on the The Young Turks YouTube Channel.

    Cenk Uygur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a lawyer, television writer and television host before starting The Young Turks. Cenk also blogs on Huffington Post, Daily Kos, ABC News and Politico. (hide)

  • Bill Walker, Friends of the Article V Convention

    Bill Walker

    Friends of the Article V Convention

    For nearly twenty years Bill Walker has been an Article V Convention advocate. During that time he has been responsible for several historic firsts concerning the convention. Among these are (1) establishing state initiatives can be used to cause legislatures to submit Article V Convention call applications; (2) filed the first two federal lawsuits in United States history regarding the peremptory obligation of Congress to call a convention as well as discussing the operational aspects of a convention, all bas... (show more)

    For nearly twenty years Bill Walker has been an Article V Convention advocate. During that time he has been responsible for several historic firsts concerning the convention. Among these are (1) establishing state initiatives can be used to cause legislatures to submit Article V Convention call applications; (2) filed the first two federal lawsuits in United States history regarding the peremptory obligation of Congress to call a convention as well as discussing the operational aspects of a convention, all based on over 208 Supreme Court rulings; (3) was the first citizen in United States history to appeal his case to the Supreme Court with the result the government for the first time in United States history acknowledged the terms and conditions of an convention call by Congress; (4) helped co-found the first national non-partisan group Friends of the Article V Convention (FOAVC) dedicated to causing Congress to call a convention as required by the Constitution; (6) helped gather into a single photographic collection taken from official government records, for the first time in United States history, the actual texts of the over 700 applications from 49 states submitted to Congress for a convention, a number some 20 times the constitutional requirement; (7) has written numerous articles correcting the misinformation and myths surrounding a convention using no more than public record to disprove these misstatements; (8) recently wrote an article discussing the operational aspects of the convention in which he proved there are no “questions” concerning the convention, that already well established constitutional principles have already answered such questions; (9) presented in his article, for the first time in United States history, a political solution to the desire of some for the states to regulate the convention agenda (also applicable to Congress) in real time based on Supreme Court decisions and (10) was a guest panelist at the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Symposium in Lansing, Michigan in 2010 which had as its subject the Article V Convention. Mr. Walker has been a guest on numerous public medias discussing all aspects of an Article V Convention. (hide)

  • Art Wittich, Montana State Senator

    Art Wittich

    Montana State Senator

    Senator Art Wittich serves in the Montana State Senate, a citizen legislature with biennial sessions. In 2011, he sponsored 2 bills calling for an Article V Amendment Convention (i.e., SJ 4 for a federal balanced budget, and SJ 5 for federal term limits). SJ 4 passed both the State Senate and House, and was conveyed to Congress. Senator Wittich has practiced law for over 26 years across Montana, the West, and Washington, D.C. He resides in Bozeman, Montana.

  • Brenda Wright, Director of Democracy Program, Demos

    Brenda Wright

    Director of Democracy Program, Demos

    Brenda Wright is the Director of the Democracy Program at Demos. She has led many progressive legal and policy initiatives on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting, and other democracy and electoral reform issues over the past two decades. She has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Randall v. Sorrell (campaign finance) and Young v. Fordice (voting rights). She has written extensively on democracy and voting rights issues and testifies regularly before Congress, f... (show more)

    Brenda Wright is the Director of the Democracy Program at Demos. She has led many progressive legal and policy initiatives on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting, and other democracy and electoral reform issues over the past two decades. She has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Randall v. Sorrell (campaign finance) and Young v. Fordice (voting rights). She has written extensively on democracy and voting rights issues and testifies regularly before Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures.

    Before joining Demos, Brenda served as Managing Attorney at the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. Brenda also served previously as Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Board of Directors of Common Cause Massachusetts and the advisory board of the Prison Policy Initiative. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. (hide)

Organizers

The conference was organized by Joseph Mornin, Szelena Gray, and David Segal.