Kristen Clarke

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.

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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

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Info:
Email: DRobinson@LawyersCommittee.org
Twitter: @KristenClarkeJD

Faiza Patel

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

Contact Info:

Please contact the Brennan Center’s communications manager, Seth Hoy

Email: seth.hoy@nyu.edu

Phone: (646) 292-8310

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Margaret Russell

Margaret Russell is a professor of constitutional law at California’s Santa Clara University, where she has taught for the past twenty-five years. She specializes in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of speech, racial equality, sexual orientation equality and the Supreme Court.

Russell has appeared as a guest on KQED’s The Forum with Michael Krasny. She alsospoke to Tell Me More’s Michel Martin following the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, saying, “And as attitudes change among everyday people in the population, that will actually mean that they’re not counting on a court to be some royal, hierarchical, moral decision-maker, but rather people are changing their minds.”

Margaret Russell

Professor of Constitutional Law, Santa Clara University

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Racial Equality, Sexual Orientation Equality, Supreme Court

Location: Santa Clara, CA (in Tanzania on a fellowship 1/14-6/14)
Contact Info:

Email: mrussell@scu.edu

Phone: (408) 554-5234

Heard on KQED: 

The Forum: Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny

Updated March 2015