Elizabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s President. From 2008-2016, she served as CAC's Chief Counsel. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Yale Law School, Wydra joined CAC from private practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco, where she was an attorney working with former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan in the firm’s Supreme Court/appellate practice. Wydra’s legal practice focuses on Supreme Court litigation and high-stakes cases in the federal courts of appeals. She has represented CAC as well as clients including congressional leaders, preeminent constitutional scholars and historians, state and local legislators and government organizations, and groups such as Justice at Stake, League of Women Voters, and AARP. Wydra appears frequently in print and on air as a legal expert for outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, BBC, and NPR.
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Judith is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Constitutional Accountability Center. Prior to joining CAC, Judith served as the Legal Director of People For the American Way, where she focused on constitutional and civil rights issues, federal and state legislative activity, and judicial nominations. Judith has a particular expertise in First Amendment issues and has litigated numerous cases involving religious liberty and the separation of church and state. Previously, Judith was a partner at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin and a law clerk for Chief Judge Joseph S. Lord, III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judith has served as a member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Task Force on Sexual Orientation and the Legal Workplace, and as a mediator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She has also served on the boards of directors of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Women's Legal Defense Fund (now the National Partnership for Women and Families). Judith is a recipient of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Attorney Appreciation Award, the Whitman-Walker Clinic Gene Frey Memorial Award for Community Service, and the Women's Legal Defense Fund Volunteer Attorney Award. Judith has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide and been quoted frequently in the print media. She has blogged for Huffington Post and other sites and her writings have been published in USA Today, the New Republic, the Detroit Free Press, the Virginian-Pilot and various other publications. Judith received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and she was a Winston Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University.
Brianne is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Chief Counsel. Before taking her current role, Brianne served as CAC's Appellate Counsel. Brianne joined CAC from private practice at O'Melveny & Myers (OMM), where she was Counsel in the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. From 2009-11, prior to joining OMM, Brianne was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, a law clerk for Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a law clerk for Judge Jed S. Rakoff on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Brianne’s academic writings have appeared in, among others, the Yale Law Journal, the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Washington Law Review, and the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, and her popular writings have appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, the LA Times, Slate, The New Republic, CNN.com, and Reuters, and on numerous blogs, including Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog, ACSblog, and Balkinization. Brianne received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.A./B.S. from Emory University. Her master's thesis in political science examined judicial behavior on the U.S. Supreme Court.
David is Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights & Citizenship Program at CAC. He is an experienced constitutional litigator and scholar. He is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations?: Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), as well as the lead author of CAC’s Text and History Narrative Series, including, most recently, Perfecting the Declaration: The Text and History of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. His academic writings have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, and the John Marshall Law Review. David has also written commentary for the L.A. Times, USA Today, the New Republic and Slate, as well as numerous legal blogs, including Scotusblog, Balkinization, and ACS Blog. David joined CAC after serving as Program Director of Cardozo Law School's Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, and as an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he worked with Burt Neuborne on campaign finance and voting rights cases. Previously, David was an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law and practiced law at Emery Cuti Brinckerhoff & Abady, PC, where he litigated a wide range of constitutional and civil rights cases. David has also served as an attorney fellow for the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy and as a law clerk for the Hon. Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor on the Yale Law Review. Before receiving his law degree, David worked as a paralegal for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped Kathryn Kolbert prepare the briefs and argument in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In 1993, David and Ms. Kolbert co-authored an article in the Temple Law Review titled "Responding to Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Establishing Neutrality Principles in State Constitutional Law." David received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Doug is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Director of Communications. From 2010-2016, he served as CAC's Press Secretary. Prior to joining CAC, Doug served as Assistant Director of Communications for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as Media Relations Director for American Rights at Work. Doug’s writing has appeared in several outlets including the Cincinnati Enquirer, New York Times, Washington Post, and POLITICO. Doug’s prior work includes having helped manage the gun violence prevention movement’s response to the massacre at Virginia Tech – which, at that time, had sustained the most fatalities by a single shooter in American history – as well as the media strategy around the landmark Second Amendment cases District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. Doug is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in linguistics (high honors).
Before joining Constitutional Accountability Center, Si was Public Policy Counsel to the National Senior Citizen Law Center. Si served as Associate Director of President Jimmy Carter’s White House Domestic Policy Staff (1977-81), as a partner in Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy LLP (1981-2002), and as Senior Counsel to Sidley Austin LLP (2002-2006). He is a Trustee of the Center for Law and Social Policy and a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, The American Prospect, Roll Call, Slate, The Hill, Newsweek/ Daily Beast, Politico, The New Republic, the Huffington Post, as well as law reviews. Si writes frequently for the American Constitution Society’s ACS Blog and has published several ACS issue briefs, including “Mandatory Health Insurance: Is It Constitutional?”, which was released during the Senate health care reform debate in December 2009, and "The Health Reform Lawsuits: Unraveling a Century of Constitutional Law and the Fabric of Modern Government," published in February 2011. His Atlantic article, “The Most Dangerous Branch?”, has been republished in two anthologies, The Best American Political Writing 2003 Royce Flippin, ed. (Avalon Press 2003), and Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2d ed., Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith, eds. (CQ Press 2003). He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was Note & Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Kanessa is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Office Manager. Kanessa has more than 18 years of experience in the administrative field and utilizes her vast experience to handle the day to day operations of our office. Prior to joining CAC, Kanessa worked as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Policy & Development for Amtrak.
Kelly is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Opinion Shop Director. Before joining CAC, Kelly held a variety of communications and research positions in Washington, D. C. She began her career at The Brookings Institution, and then moved to the Alliance for Justice where, as Press Secretary, she worked on a number of high profile legal advocacy issues including judicial nominations, political speech, and habeas corpus protections. After leaving AFJ, Kelly worked to increase voter engagement among unmarried women and other underrepresented members of the electorate, and then served as Communications Director for iCivics, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s civic learning initiative, where she found herself writing speeches for and traveling the country with the Justice to promote civic knowledge. Kelly has also served as a communications consultant, providing expert speechwriting, writing, and editing for a number of nonprofit clients. Her words on behalf of others and herself have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Huffington Post, the American Bar Association’s Judges’ Journal, and even a TED Talk, among other outlets. Kelly has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Carleton College.
Brian Frazelle is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Appellate Counsel. Before joining CAC, Brian was an Attorney-Advisor at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch. Hired as the Board’s first employee in 2013, Brian helped review the legality, constitutionality, and policy implications of federal antiterrorism measures in order to ensure the adequate protection of civil liberties and privacy; he also contributed to public reports issued by the Board that have influenced recent debates and reforms concerning the government’s surveillance powers. Earlier in his career, Brian was the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he was the lead author of numerous briefs successfully opposing Supreme Court review as well as a merits-stage amicus brief on which the Court’s majority opinion relied. Brian served as a law clerk for Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor for the Yale Law Journal. Brian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elisabeth is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Policy Counsel. Prior to joining CAC, Elisabeth was Federal Relations Counsel for the American Association for Justice, where she focused on constitutional rights, civil procedure, consumer protection, and civil justice. At AAJ, she also helped respond to proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure limiting access to the courts. Elisabeth also spent several years working on Capitol Hill, first as Judiciary Counsel to Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson and then as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, where she developed expertise in access to justice issues and courts policy. From 2005-2008, Elisabeth was in private practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Elisabeth received her J.D from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.
Kristy is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Research and Administrative Associate. Prior to joining CAC, Kristy worked as a pro bono and appellate legal assistant at Sidley Austin LLP, primarily managing in forma pauperis Supreme Court cases on behalf of the Northwestern Law School Supreme Court Practicum, managing the Practicum itself, and performing research for Supreme Court amicus briefs for organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Kristy also assisted attorneys in federal appeals, numerous D.C. Bar pro bono cases, and community outreach activities. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, where she triple majored in Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
Aneesa is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Development Manager. Prior to joining CAC, Aneesa served as the Individual Giving Manager at Demos, a public policy think tank based in New York City. Aneesa began her career in public policy – first as a Legislative Aide for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, where she worked on education and labor issues, and then as an Education Research Analyst for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in D.C., where she focused on assessment and accountability. A native of Maryland, Aneesa received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Government and Politics and her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tyler is Constitutional Accountability Center’s Opinion Shop Associate. Tyler has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (CMC), where he majored in Philosophy and Public Affairs. While at CMC, Tyler co-founded the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also served as the managing editor for CMC’s student-run publication, The Forum, and worked as a writing consultant for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
Nina is Constitutional Accountability Center's Research and Administrative Associate. Nina graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a B.A. in Public Health and Psychology with a concentration in health policy. While at Tufts, she founded the university chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and worked with the ACLU of Massachusetts to design the first undergraduate chapter in the Greater Boston area. She also held internship positions at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Boston Children’s Hospital. Following graduation, Nina worked as a paralegal at Rose, Chinitz & Rose, primarily assisting with cases involving employment litigation and higher education law.