Doug Kendall (1964-2015)

Founder and CAC’s first President

Doug Kendall, Constitutional Accountability Center’s Founder and first President, passed away on September 26, 2015. To read CAC’s statement on Doug’s life and work, click here.

Doug was a litigator, author, activist, and non-profit entrepreneur. Before he founded CAC, Doug founded Community Rights Counsel (CRC) and directed CRC for more than a decade before CAC’s launch. In 2011, the National Law Journal recognized Doug as a “legal visionary” for CAC’s success in “reclaiming the Constitution for the legal left.”

Doug represented clients in state and federal appellate courts around the country and co-authored more than four dozen briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court, representing clients including the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities, the League of Women Voters, the American Judicature Society, and many of the nation’s preeminent constitutional scholars.

Doug was regularly called on to speak as an expert on a wide range of legal topics.  He was quoted in more than 500 national news stories, appeared on television dozens of times, and been an on-air guest on NPR more than a dozen times. His commentary ran in The New Republic, Slate, and dozens of major papers, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times. Doug contributed regularly to Huffington Post, where his commentary on legal developments was regularly featured on the site’s homepage. Doug was the co-author of three books, and the lead author of numerous book chapters, reports, and studies. His academic writings appeared in scholarly journals, including the Virginia Law Review.

Doug received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.