Advisory Council

  • Roy L. Austin, Jr., Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Trial Litigation practice; former Deputy Assistant to President Obama for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Nicole Austin-Hillery, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch US Program; Board Member, Washington Bar Association, the first African-American bar association.

  • Claude Bailey, Partner, Venable State and Local Government Practice; former Counsel to DC Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly; Board of Deacons, Metropolitan Baptist Church.

  • Allyson Baker, Partner, Venable Litigation Department; former Enforcement Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Michael Baratz, Partner, Litigation and International Departments, Steptoe and Johnson; former 5th grade teacher, Temple Sinai Religious School.

  • Daniel Bress, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, Litigation Department; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law; Member, Agudas Achim Synagogue.

  • Jonathan Cedarbaum, Partner, WIlmerHale Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments; former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Barry Coburn, Partner, Coburn & Greenbaum; Member, Board of Directors, Council for Court Excellence; active in the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

  • Danielle Y. Conley, Partner & Co-Chair, Anti-Discrimination Practice, WilmerHale; former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General.

  • Stephen I. Danzansky, Member, National Advisory Board, Community Renewal International; former Cabinet Secretary, President George H.W. Bush; former Special Assistant for Economic Affairs, President Ronald Reagan; former Member, DC Board of Elections; former Managing Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

  • Daniel Edelman, Senior Counsel, Katz, Marshall & Banks; Member, Board of Directors of the UDC School of Law Foundation; former recipient of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s pro bono award.

  • Andrew Eskin, Former Partner, DLA Piper (Federal Law and Policy Group); Adjunct Professor, Stanford-in-Washington, and George Washington University Law School – and three-time Ironman triathlete.

  • David Farber, Partner, King and Spalding; American Jewish Committee Board of Governors; former Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

  • John Freedman, Partner, Arnold & Porter; Co-Chair, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

  • Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumers League; former Eastern States Civil Rights Counsel, Anti-Defamation League; former president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Women's Bar Foundation.

  • Andrew Herman, Partner, Miller & Chevalier; Founding Board Member, Slim Peace Groups.

  • Darcy Hirsh, JCRC Director of District of Columbia and Virginia Government and Community Relations; former Associate Director, Anti-Defamation League DC Region; former Director of Day School Advocacy, UJA-Federation of New York; Co-Chair, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy NoVA Chapter.

  • William Jaffe, Office of General Counsel for the DC Public Schools; former lawyer, Legal Aid Society of New York, Office of the DC Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Mark Kahan, Chairman, Covington Fabric & Design LLC; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University; Board of Directors, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; Board of Directors, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; Founder, Former Vice Chairman, Former Chief Operating Officer and Former General Counsel, Spirit Airlines.

  • June Kress, former Executive Director, Council for Court Excellence; former Senior Policy Analyst, US Department of Justice; former intergovernmental executive, DC Council Judiciary Committee; Board of Directors of Anne Frank House, National Child Research Center, Adas Israel Sisterhood.

  • Karen Lash, Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of The Justice in Government Project at the American University Justice Programs Office; former Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR); former Deputy Director, Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice; former Associate Dean, USC Gould School of Law.

  • Susan M. Liss, former Executive Director, Justice at Stake; former Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; former Director of the Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice; Director of Federal Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Chief of Staff to Tipper Gore and Counselor and Traveling Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore; Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy and Chief of Staff to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice; Winner of American Jewish Committee (Washington region) Learned Hand Award, 2009.

  • Carol Mates, Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center; lecturer, International Law Institute; officer, American Bar Association International Law Section; retired legal counsel, International Finance Corporation (of the World Bank).

  • Christopher McCannell, Partner, Eris Group; Member, Board of Directors, JCRC.

  • Dan Neustadt, Associate, Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Group

  • Michael Nilsson, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis; former Member, Board of Directors of the Sitar Arts Center, a nonprofit arts education center.

  • Kathryn A. Oberly, former Associate Judge, DC Court of Appeals; former Vice Chair and General Counsel, Ernst & Young, former partner, Mayer, Brown & Platt; former US DOJ Assistant to the Solicitor General and Trial Attorney; Council Member, American Law Institute.

  • Ellen Oberwetter, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP; Board Member, Washington Urban Debate League

  • BB Otero, President, Otero Strategy Group; former Deputy District of Columbia Mayor for Health and Human Services; former President and CEO, CentroNía, a nationally recognized, multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education.

  • Thorn Pozen, Founding Partner, Goldblatt, Martin & Pozen; Board Member, Appleseed Center for Law; Board Member, JCRC.

  • Harvey Reiter, Partner, Stinson, Leonard, Street; former President and Member of Executive Committee, JCRC; former Chair, Commission for Law and Social Action of the American Jewish Congress National Capital Region.

  • Thomas Riesenberg, former Deputy General Counsel, Ernst & Young; former Assistant General Counsel, SEC; Board Member, JCRC.

  • Seth Rosenthal, Partner, Venable Litigation Department; Member, Advisory Committee of the DC Bar Foundation.

  • Robert Rozen, retired Partner, Ernst & Young; former Legislative Counsel to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell; former Board Chair, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

  • Steven Salky, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder; President, Everybody Grows.

  • James Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation; Chair, DC Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services; Member, DC Access to Justice Commission; former General Counsel, DC Public Schools; former Managing Partner, Arnold & Porter.

  • Nina Simon, consumer protection lawyer; former Director of Litigation, Center for Responsible Lending; former Senior Litigation Counsel, Center for Responsible Lending
    Senior Litigation Counsel; former Staff Attorney, Legal Counsel for the Elderly.

  • John H. Sturc, Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; former Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Financial Stability; former Associate Director, SEC Division of Enforcement.

  • Kenneth Trombly, Partner, Trombly & Singer; Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

  • Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress.

  • Roger Zuckerman, Founding Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder; Founder and Chair, Zuckerman Foundation for Educational Excellence, Stanton Elementary School.