Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.
Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.
He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights
Daniel Abebe is the Vice Provost and a Professor of Law at The University of Chicago School of Law. He is an expert on constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and the way political and social institutions interact.
Abebe’s research has been published in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, and the Virginia Journal of International Law.
His current research projects include examining the President’s authority to withdraw the US from a treaty; evaluating ethnic federalism as a form of constitutional design; and considering the impact of dejudicialization in international politics.
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions
Jamal Green is the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, law of the political process, First Amendment, and federal courts. Prior to his current role, Greene served as a law clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for the Hon. John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and is a frequent media commentator on constitutional law and the Supreme Court.
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law, Constitutional theory, First Amendment law, Supreme Court
Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In this capacity she is a legal advocate on behalf of the rights of communities of color, especially in the areas of social justice, equal economic opportunity, criminal justice and judicial diversity, among others.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Clarke spent several years at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she helped lead the organization’s efforts in voting rights and election law reform across the country. Before joining the LDF, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she served as a federal prosecutor, handling cases of police brutality, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Clarke is a regular contributor to a number of outlets including CNN, MSNBC and TV One as well as a 2017 recipient of Quinnipiac University’s Thurgood Marshall Award, among others.
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, police brutality, civil liberties, hate speech, civil litigation, diversity
Roula Allouch is an attorney with the law firm Graydon, practicing in commercial litigation, employment law and civil rights. She earned her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky School of Law in 2006. Allouch is the Chair of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). At CAIR, she monitors and analyzes policies and statements that foster discriminatory behavior toward American Muslims. She is based in Cincinnati, OH.
Chair of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Enrique Armijo is an Associate professor of Law at Elon University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is also an affiliate fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Armijo is an expert on the media and internet law, the First Amendment, and international freedom of expression.
He has advised government officials, leaders and NGO’s in various countries on matters of media and internet law. The Federal Communications and Federal Election Commission have referred to Armijo’s work for rulemaking proceedings. He is now exploring the connection between freedom of speech and new technologies. He has contributed his expertise to numerous news organizations including WNYC’s ‘On the Media’, heard here.
Associate Professor of Law, Elon University
Areas of expertise: Media and Internet Law, The First Amendment and International Freedom of Expression.
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor in the practice of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
She served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and academia. She has chaired two NGO boards focused on human trafficking and religious freedom.
Additionally, Bibbins Sedaca has led local governance programs in Ecuador, managed aid programs for displaced citizens in Kosovo and advised the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.
Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs
Jenny S. Martinez teaches international law, international human rights law, constitutional law, and civil procedure at Stanford Law School. She is an expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war. Her research focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing and protecting human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten 19th-century international tribunals involved in the suppression of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through her work on contemporary institutions like the International Criminal Court and the role of courts in policing human rights abuses in connection with anti-terrorism policies.
Martinez has written extensively on national security law and the constitutional separation of powers. She is the author of The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law and numerous articles in leading academic journals. Her op-eds have been published in The New York Times and Washington Post, and she has been an expert commentator for both print and broadcast media.
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Professor of Law, Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy at Stanford Law School
Areas of Expertise: Civil Procedure and Litigation, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International Law
Faiza Patel is the co-director of the non-partisan public policy institute the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights norms and fundamental freedoms.
She has testified before Congress opposing police surveillance of Muslims and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.
Patel has been a guest on number of television programs, including ABC’s Up Close, Bloomberg TV and Current TV.
Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Areas of Expertise: Civil Liberties, Islam in America, Counterterrorism Laws, Law, National Security
Location: New York, NY
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Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, Nightline, ABC, CBS and NBC, and is a frequent guest on NPR’s Tell Me More.