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Ms. Lauren Aguiar, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom, LLP
The Hon. Stephanos Bibas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
After graduating from Yale Law, Judge Bibas clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court and was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, Judge Bibas served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted the world’s leading expert in Tiffany stained glass for hiring a grave robber to steal priceless Tiffany windows from cemeteries. Before his tenure at Penn Law, Judge Bibas taught at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law and was a research fellow at Yale Law School. He has published two books and more than sixty scholarly articles.
Mr. Michael DeSanctis, Partner, Munger, Tolles, & Olson, LLP
Michael is a trial and appellate litigator whose practice has focused primarily on government-interfacing controversies in an array of industries including defense and aerospace, media and communications, technology and entertainment, and white collar defense. In addition, Michael had dedicated over 5,000 hours over the course of his career to providing pro bono legal assistance in the areas of election law and voting rights, indigent criminal defense and death penalty representation, public housing, immigration, child custody and welfare, and free speech. Most recently, Michael argued and won Brumfield v. Cain, in which the United States Supreme Court addressed the standards by which state courts must assess the intellectual disabilities of capital defendants. He also is an active member in the St. Matthew’s homeless outreach project, providing meals, clothing, and companionship to homeless men and women in the nation’s capital.
Mr. Steven Eppler-Epstein, Former Executive Director, Connecticut Legal Services
Ms. Ana Lise Feliciano Hansen, Staff Attorney, Mobilization for Justice
Mr. Sam Hirsch, Partner, Jenner & Block
Mr. Hirsch has significant experience in environmental litigation, having led ENRD – considered the US’s largest environmental “law firm.” He has worked on cases that cover nearly the entire range of federal environmental and natural-resources statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, NEPA, CERCLA, the Oil Pollution Act, RCRA, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Lacey Act.
Mr. Hirsch also served as deputy associate attorney general at the Department of Justice from 2009 to 2014. During that time, he supervised ENRD, the Civil Rights Division, the Office of Tribal Justice and the Access to Justice Initiative on all high-profile matters.
Mr. Hirsch began his legal career at Jenner & Block and was instrumental in creating the Election Law and Redistricting Practice. He gained a national reputation as one of the leading lawyers in the field, having litigated voting-rights and redistricting cases in nearly 20 states, including cases under Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, as well as cases raising constitutional claims under the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, and Article I’s Elections Clause.
He is a sought-after speaker and author who has lectured and written on redistricting and election law for audiences at Harvard University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the London School of Economics, the Brookings Institution, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the American Mathematical Society and more.
The Hon. Lisa Foster, Retired, Former Director, the Office for Access to Justice in the Justice Department
Ms. Christine Pantoya, Senior Vice President of Mobile Strategy, National Basketball Association
Mr. Eric Powell, Director, AMZL Flex Business and Operations at Amazon
Prof. Rebecca Sandefur, Professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Ms. LeElle Slifer, Counsel, Burns Charest
Mr. Derek Davis, ex officio, Executive Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School