Elizabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s President. From 2008-2016, she served as CAC's Chief Counsel. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Yale Law School, Wydra joined CAC from private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco, where she was an attorney working with former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan in the firm’s Supreme Court/appellate practice. Wydra’s legal practice focuses on Supreme Court litigation and high-stakes cases in the federal courts of appeals. She has represented CAC as well as clients including congressional leaders, preeminent constitutional scholars and historians, state and local legislators and government organizations, and groups such as Justice at Stake, League of Women Voters, and AARP. Wydra appears frequently in print and on air as a legal expert for outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, FOX, BBC, and NPR.
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Judith is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Constitutional Accountability Center. Prior to joining CAC, Judith served as the Legal Director of People For the American Way, where she focused on constitutional and civil rights issues, federal and state legislative activity, and judicial nominations. Judith has a particular expertise in First Amendment issues and has litigated numerous cases involving religious liberty and the separation of church and state. Previously, Judith was a partner at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin and a law clerk for Chief Judge Joseph S. Lord, III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judith has served as a member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Task Force on Sexual Orientation and the Legal Workplace, and as a mediator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She has also served on the boards of directors of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Women's Legal Defense Fund (now the National Partnership for Women and Families). Judith is a recipient of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Attorney Appreciation Award, the Whitman-Walker Clinic Gene Frey Memorial Award for Community Service, and the Women's Legal Defense Fund Volunteer Attorney Award. Judith has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide and been quoted frequently in the print media. She has blogged for Huffington Post and other sites and her writings have been published in USA Today, the New Republic, the Detroit Free Press, the Virginian-Pilot and various other publications. Judith received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and she was a Winston Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University.
Aneesa is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Development Manager. Prior to joining CAC, Aneesa served as the Individual Giving Manager at Demos, a public policy think tank based in New York City. Aneesa began her career in public policy – first as a Legislative Aide for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, where she worked on education and labor issues, and then as an Education Research Analyst for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in D.C., where she focused on assessment and accountability. A native of Maryland, Aneesa received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Government and Politics and her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Brian is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Appellate Counsel. Before joining CAC, Brian was an Attorney-Advisor at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch. Hired as the Board’s first employee in 2013, Brian helped review the legality, constitutionality, and policy implications of federal antiterrorism measures in order to ensure the adequate protection of civil liberties and privacy; he also contributed to public reports issued by the Board that have influenced recent debates and reforms concerning the government’s surveillance powers. Earlier in his career, Brian was the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he was the lead author of numerous briefs successfully opposing Supreme Court review as well as a merits-stage amicus brief on which the Court’s majority opinion relied. Brian served as a law clerk for Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor for the Yale Law Journal. Brian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David is Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights & Citizenship Program at CAC. He is an experienced constitutional litigator and scholar. He is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations?: Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), as well as the lead author of CAC’s Text and History Narrative Series, including, most recently, Perfecting the Declaration: The Text and History of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. His academic writings have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, and the John Marshall Law Review. David has also written commentary for the L.A. Times, USA Today, the New Republic and Slate, as well as numerous legal blogs, including Scotusblog, Balkinization, and ACS Blog. David joined CAC after serving as Program Director of Cardozo Law School's Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, and as an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he worked with Burt Neuborne on campaign finance and voting rights cases. Previously, David was an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law and practiced law at Emery Cuti Brinckerhoff & Abady, PC, where he litigated a wide range of constitutional and civil rights cases. David has also served as an attorney fellow for the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy and as a law clerk for the Hon. Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor on the Yale Law Review. Before receiving his law degree, David worked as a paralegal for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped Kathryn Kolbert prepare the briefs and argument in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In 1993, David and Ms. Kolbert co-authored an article in the Temple Law Review titled "Responding to Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Establishing Neutrality Principles in State Constitutional Law." David received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Brianne is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Chief Counsel. Before taking her current role, Brianne served as CAC's Appellate Counsel. Brianne joined CAC from private practice at O'Melveny & Myers (OMM), where she was Counsel in the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. From 2009-11, prior to joining OMM, Brianne was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, a law clerk for Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a law clerk for Judge Jed S. Rakoff on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Brianne’s academic writings have appeared in, among others, the Yale Law Journal, the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Washington Law Review, and the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, and her popular writings have appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, the LA Times, Slate, The New Republic, CNN.com, and Reuters, and on numerous blogs, including Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog, ACSblog, and Balkinization. Brianne received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.A./B.S. from Emory University. Her master's thesis in political science examined judicial behavior on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kristine is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Director of Constitutional Messaging. Prior to joining CAC, Kristine served as a federal policy counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she was responsible for advancing and protecting abortion health policy at the federal level. Prior to that, she held several positions with the American Constitution Society, where she organized ACS’s lawyer chapters, promoted ACS’s network on Capitol Hill, and led the organization’s judicial nominations advocacy. Before moving to D.C., Kristine worked on several local, state, and presidential campaigns around the country. After graduating from law school, Kristine joined Orlando’s premiere real estate law firm, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. as an associate. Kristine received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Before joining Constitutional Accountability Center, Si was Public Policy Counsel to the National Senior Citizen Law Center. Si served as Associate Director of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Domestic Policy Staff (1977-81), as a partner in Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy LLP (1981-2002), and as Senior Counsel to Sidley Austin LLP (2002-2006). He is a Trustee of the Center for Law and Social Policy and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, The American Prospect, Roll Call, Slate, The Hill, Newsweek/ Daily Beast, Politico, The New Republic, the Huffington Post, as well as law reviews. Si writes frequently for the American Constitution Society’s ACS Blog and has published several ACS issue briefs, including “Mandatory Health Insurance: Is It Constitutional?”, which was released during the Senate health care reform debate in December 2009, and "The Health Reform Lawsuits: Unraveling a Century of Constitutional Law and the Fabric of Modern Government," published in February 2011. His Atlantic article, “The Most Dangerous Branch?”, has been republished in two anthologies, The Best American Political Writing 2003 Royce Flippin, ed. (Avalon Press 2003), and Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2d ed., Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds. (CQ Press 2003). He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was Note & Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Nina is Constitutional Accountability Center's Research and Administrative Associate. Nina graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2015 with a B.A. in Public Health and Psychology with a concentration in health policy. While at Tufts, she founded the university chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and worked with the ACLU of Massachusetts to design the first undergraduate chapter in the Greater Boston area. She also held internship positions at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Boston Children’s Hospital. Following graduation, Nina worked as a paralegal at Rose, Chinitz & Rose, primarily assisting with cases involving employment litigation and higher education law.
Doug is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Director of Communications. From 2010-2016, he served as CAC's Press Secretary. Prior to joining CAC, Doug served as Assistant Director of Communications for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as Media Relations Director for American Rights at Work. Doug’s writing has appeared in several outlets including the Cincinnati Enquirer, New York Times, Washington Post, and POLITICO. Doug’s prior work includes having helped manage the gun violence prevention movement’s response to the massacre at Virginia Tech – which, at that time, had sustained the most fatalities by a single shooter in American history – as well as the media strategy around the landmark Second Amendment cases District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. Doug is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in linguistics (high honors).
Leslie is CAC’s Deputy Communications Director. Previously, she served as the longtime Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee, leading media strategy for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, passage of the Homeland Security Act, the reorganization of the intelligence community and the investigation of the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. She began her career covering the Georgia state legislature for United Press International and later joined USA Today as a congressional and political correspondent with a particular interest in women in politics. She covered four presidential campaigns, including the groundbreaking VP run of Geraldine Ferraro, and reported on landmark legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Welfare Reform Act and the 1992 Voting Rights Act amendment. Most recently, Leslie served as Communications Director for the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and led a communications team of three at an internet consultancy. Her writing has appeared in national outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, CNN and others. She is a longtime volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Leslie graduated from Stanford University with a degree in History and a minor in Classics.
Tyler is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Communications Associate and Web Manager. Tyler has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (CMC), where he majored in Philosophy and Public Affairs. While at CMC, Tyler co-founded the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also served as the managing editor for CMC’s student-run publication, The Forum, and worked as a writing consultant for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
Elisabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Policy Counsel. Prior to joining CAC, Elisabeth was Federal Relations Counsel for the American Association for Justice, where she focused on constitutional rights, civil procedure, consumer protection, and civil justice. At AAJ, she also helped respond to proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure limiting access to the courts. Elisabeth also spent several years working on Capitol Hill, first as Judiciary Counsel to Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson and then as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, where she developed expertise in access to justice issues and courts policy. From 2005-2008, Elisabeth was in private practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Elisabeth received her J.D from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.
Brian Yourish is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Office Manager. Prior to joining CAC, Brian was the Office Manager at The Constitution Project, a D.C.-based nonprofit, where he was responsible for daily office operations, including office management, technology support, human resources, and vendor relations. Brian previously worked as the Legal Assistant with the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Brian was the Climate Change Program Administrator at the Vancouver, Canada-based David Suzuki Foundation. He received his B.A.