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Watch Akhil Amar, Ron Klain, Dahlia Lithwick and Doug Kendall speak at the launch of Constitutional Accountability Center.

Remarks of Doug Kendall

Doug is the Constitutional Accountability Center’s founder and President. He previously was founder and Executive Director of Community Rights Counsel (CRC), CAC’s predecessor organization. As CRC’s Executive Director, Doug represented local government clients in state and federal appellate courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Doug is co-author of three CRC books and lead author of numerous CRC reports and studies. Doug has appeared on the television broadcasts Nightline, 20/20, World News Tonight, Inside Politics, and Burden of Proof and radio broadcasts such as NPR, CBS News, and the Sam Seder Show. His academic writings have appeared in the Virginia Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. His commentary has run in The New Republic, Slate and dozens of major papers, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times. Doug received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.



Remarks of Akhil Amar

Akhil is the Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (Aspen, 2000). He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), and most recently, America’s Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005).

Remarks of Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia is a senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, writes the column "Supreme Court Dispatches" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues. Before joining Slate, she worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nev., and clerked for Procter Hug, chief justice of the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1996. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Newsweek, Commentary, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle and on She is a weekly legal commentator for the NPR show, Day to Day. She is co-author of Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World (Workman Publishing, 2003), a legal humor book, and I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (Little, Brown & Co., 1992). Dahlia was awarded the Online News Association's award for online commentary in 2001. She received a B.A. degree in English from Yale University in 1990 and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1996.

Remarks of Ron Klain

Ron is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of an investment firm, Revolution LLC, and an informal adviser to Senator Evan Bayh. He graduated from Georgetown University summa cum laude in 1983, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987, where he won the Sears Prize and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He went on to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the Court’s 1987 and 1988 Terms. He held various leadership positions on Capitol Hill, including Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He served in the Clinton Administration as Associate Counsel to the President, directing judicial selection efforts during the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ron left the judicial selection role in 1994 to become Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno. In 1995, he became Assistant to the President, and Chief of Staff and Counselor to Al Gore. He was General Counsel to Al Gore's recount committee in the 2000 election aftermath. During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Ron worked as an advisor to Wesley Clark and later Senator John Kerry.

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