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
Ayesha Bell Hardaway is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic. As a member of the faculty, Hardaway has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation, and criminal justice. Hardaway was recently selected to serve on the Independent Monitoring team appointed to evaluate police reforms to be implemented by the Cleveland Police Department under a federal consent decree. Her upcoming article on reparations will be published by the New York University Review of Law & Social Change later this month.
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Hardaway practiced in the Litigation Department of Tucker Ellis LLP. Her six years at the firm were devoted to defending major electrical, automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturers during all phases of litigation as trial counsel and National Coordinating Counsel. Hardaway represented those clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. Before her time at Tucker Ellis, Hardaway was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County and handled a variety of criminal matters, including juvenile delinquencies and general felonies.
Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Areas of Expertise: Health law, constitutional law, criminal law, race and the law, and civil litigation
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