Judith E. Schaeffer
Judith retired in February 2018 after nearly ten years of service as 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.
Judith 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.