Chairman & Co-Founder
Former National President of Common Cause and two-term Attorney General of Massachusetts
Scott has had a long and successful career as a public defender, civil rights attorney, Middlesex District Attorney and Massachusetts Attorney General. While Attorney General, Scott was elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General. He was recognized for being one of the first Attorney Generals to sue the tobacco manufacturers on behalf of children and public health, and for his pioneering use of Chapter 93A to promulgate handgun safety regulations. From 1999-2002, Scott served as President of Common Cause, the national government and corporate watchdog group.
Today, Scott serves as Senior Counsel at Casner & Edwards and continues to be involved in public policy reform. He has previously served as the head of Governor Romney’s Commission on Corrections Reform (2003-2005) and as a member of the SJC Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB). He was also chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Pension Reform, vice-chair of the Ethics Resource Center, and chair of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Lawand Public Policy at Boston College Law School, among other distinguished positions. Scott has authored numerous articles on corporate and nonprofit governance and routinely appears on television as a commentator and news analyst.
Founder & Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools; Former Associate General Counsel for Litigation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Gary’s career has been as a cutting-edge social justice law reform lawyer, advocate, author, and founder of advocacy organizations, and as a federal senior executive.
Before founding Citizens for Effective Schools, a national advocacy organization for school improvement, he was the Associate General Counsel for Litigation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Deputy Executive Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Gary served as General Counsel and Director of Litigation at the National Veterans Legal Services Program and as Associate Director for Litigation of Greater Boston Legal Services. He was the lead founder of the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and co-founded the Boston Bar Association’s Environment Committee.
Gary has published extensively. His article, "Why the No Child Left Behind Act Needs To be Restructured To Accomplish Its Goals and How To Do It" was featured in the University of the District of Columbia Law Review. His law review article, "A New Legal Duty for Urban Public Schools: Effective Education in Basic Skills," was featured in the New York Times, published in the Texas Law Review and has been widely recognized for its call to hold urban public schools legally accountable for effectively educating all students. His article “Inter-Neighborhood Denials of Equal Protection in the Provision of Municipal Services,” published by the Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review, is considered the seminal law review article on environmental justice. He has previously been a contributor to Huff Post.
Among the honors he has received is the Presidential Rank Award recognizing development of “one of [the] finest law offices in the [federal] Government.” His work in Boston earned him recognition in a Boston Globe editorial, which described Gary as “one of Boston’s prized lawyers [who] had more impact on city and state government … over the past decade [than all but a] few people in or out of the legal community.”
Gary was a Graduate Research Student” at the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.
Former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Justice Duffly served as an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until her retirement in 2016. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court in 2011, Justice Duffly served as associate justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, and Massachusetts Appeals Court. She is past President of the National Association of Women Judges and founding member of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. She currently serves as an elected member of the ABA Council of the section on Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Throughout her career as a lawyer and a judge, Justice Duffly sought to promote equal access to justice and a diverse legal profession. She became the first female litigation partner and the first partner of color at Warner & Stackpole (now K&L Gates). As the first Asian American woman appointed to any court of the Commonwealth in its history, Justice Duffly has served on numerous boards and committees that sought to promote equal access to justice, including the Boston Bar Association's committees on pro se litigation and attorney volunteerism; the Volunteer Lawyers Project; Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; the Probate and Family Court's committee on pro se access to the courts; and the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on substance abuse.
Healthcare and political entrepreneur
Evan Falchuk is an accomplished healthcare and political entrepreneur and attorney, whose passion is causing trouble - for good causes. In 2013, Evan founded the United Independent Party and in 2014 was its candidate for Massachusetts Governor. In 2015, he led the effort for a statewide ballot initiative to prevent the use of taxpayer money on the proposed Boston 2024 Olympic Games. In 2020, he was the Chair of the Board of “Yes on 2,” the statewide ballot campaign to improve our democracy by implementing ranked choice voting in Massachusetts.
From 1999-2013, Evan was the Vice-Chairman and President of Best Doctors, Inc., the pioneers of the expert medical opinion industry. Under his leadership, the company grew from a startup to more than $100 million in revenue. From 1994-1999, Falchuk was an attorney in Washington D.C. at Fried, Frank. Since 2016, Evan has been the CEO of VillagePlan, a fast-growing company that delivers expert help for families facing the challenges of caregiving. Evan also serves an advisor to startups and academic institutions.
Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Raised in New York City, Nick graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), the University of California, Berkeley as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and finally from Harvard Law School in 1968. After serving as clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Nick worked as a legal-aid lawyer in Alhambra, California. He joined Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. as an associate in 1970 and became a partner in 1976.
Nick’s practice at Covington focused primarily on federal and state regulation of public utilities. He also worked pro bono on immigration cases, and served on the boards of several non-profits, including the DC Appleseed Center, the Bishop John T. Walker School, the DC Education Compact, and Citizens for Effective Schools.
Since retiring in 2007, Nick has worked on climate change issues with various environmental groups and as a senior fellow at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
He and his wife Susan live in Washington D.C. Their daughter Sarah, her husband George, and their two children live in lower Manhattan. By way of diversions, Nick bicycled from Seattle to Washington, D.C. with an American Lung Association group in 2007, and has continued, for many years, an ongoing effort to master Chinese.
Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School; Counsel, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Eugene R. Fidell is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School, and of counsel at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP. His specialty is military justice, which he has taught at Harvard, Yale, New York University, and American University, and which he continues to practice. Gene was born and raised in New York, attended public schools, and graduated from Queens College (Class of 1965) and Harvard Law School (Class of 1968). He spent his summers in law school working at the Vera Foundation in New York City. After service in the Coast Guard (1969-72), he practiced for many years in Washington, DC. He represents both Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and Lt. Colonel Eugene Vindman.
He and his wife Linda Greenhouse split their time between Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut. Their daughter Hannah Fidell is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband Jake Longstreth and daughter Lizzy. Gene co-founded the National Institute of Military Justice, an NGO he headed from 1991 to 2011. He wrote Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2016) and is a co-author of Military Justice: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. 2020). Since 2014, he has edited the Global Military Justice Reform blog, globalmjreform.blogspot.com.
Carmen Francella III is an Associate in the Boston, Massachusetts office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice involves a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including government investigations and white collar criminal defense.
Carmen has experience defending corporations, executives, managers and other individuals during investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and various other federal and state agencies. He also regularly conducts sensitive investigations for large corporations, colleges and universities, and other private and public entities.
Carmen’s civil practice involves employment litigation, where he focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has experience defending clients in hostile work environment, wrongful termination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, and alleged wage and hour violation claims. Additionally, he has represented companies, executives and other professionals in a broad range of complex commercial matters including contractual, trade secret, and other business torts.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Carmen was an Associate at Casner & Edwards LLP in Boston, where he conducted independent and internal investigations related to sexual misconduct, allegations of race discrimination, and allegations of sexual harassment under Title IX. Other experience includes working as an investigator for the Office of Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
Carmen earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School, where he was recognized as Best Oral Advocate and served as a member of the National Moot Court Team. He earned his BA from Siena College.
General Counsel Emeritus at Trammo, Inc.
After graduation from Scarsdale, New York public schools, Fred attended Harvard College (AB ‘66) and Harvard Law School (JD ‘68). He was a Fulbright Scholar to Belgium (1968-1969), studying Common Market (now EU) law and the Legal Aid system of Belgium. He returned to teach American history at a highschool in Trenton, New York in a Great Society Anti-poverty program.
Fred’s legal career started in 1970 at Trammo, Inc., a commodity trading firm in New York City. In 1974, he became general counsel and today serves as a director of the company and General Counsel Emeritus.
Fred has served on several not-for-profit boards, including as Chairman of The New Jewish Home, and as a Board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and Theodore Gordon Fly-Fishers.
Besides his three grandchildren, his passion is fly fishing having travelled the world in search of trout. A sports lover, Fred has run two New York City Marathons and has enjoyed skiing, windsurfing, swimming, tennis, squash and more. He has been happily married to his wife Joan for 49 years.
“I have been profoundly distressed by the attacks on our democratic institutions and social and political norms. When my grandchildren ask me what I did when Donald Trump was in office, I want to tell them I stood up with others in fervent opposition.”
Former Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s International Finance Subcommittee; retired partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Stan graduated summa cum laude and Valedictorian of his class at Trinity College in Connecticut in 1963. Before attending Harvard Law School in 1965, he completed a two year sojourn at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. At Cambridge, he earned a masters degree in economics.
As a lawyer, Stan worked on international business transactions at Milbank Tweed and then Bryan Cave, where he retired as a partner in 2008. A prolific writer, he has published over a hundred articles on international trade, boycotts, bribery, export controls and economic sanctions. As a government official, he helped develop and implement regulations relating to these issues and was a member of the first U.S. delegation to China in the late 70s to open up trade with that country.
Urban issues have been a passion throughout Stan’s legal career. As a Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard's Kennedy School in 2016-17, Stan spent his time working on urban renewal projects. He produced a Kennedy School Working Paper on urban development in Washington, D.C.
Stan is the immediate past president of The Singing Capital Chorus, a men's acapella chorus, and a current or past member of many boards including, the Studio Theater in Washington, The Intersector Project, a multisector public policy collaborative, the Potomac Boat Club, where he has medaled in numerous rowing regattas, the Cambridge University Alumni Association and Trinity College.You can hear about Stan’s career in his own words in this recent Trailblazer’s interview.
Former Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Jim graduated from Brown University in 1965 and then spent two years on active duty in the United States Navy. After leaving active service, he graduated, magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1970 where he was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review. He then spent the following years as a law clerk to the Hon. George E. MacKinnon at the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Colombia Circuits. In 1971, he joined the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana and Gould where he remained, first as an Associate and then as a Partner, for fourteen years. In 1965, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court and in 2001 as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court where he served until 2011. Along the way, he taught a course in the law of the First Amendment for ten years at Boston College Law School and in Advanced Torts for two years at Northeastern University Law School. Following his retirement from the Court, Jim spent 3½ years as one of the founding members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Retired Managing Attorney, Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Tom has lived in Massachusetts since 1961 when he arrived from New York City to attend college and then law school. Today, he and his wife reside on the North Shore. His children and grandchildren live elsewhere in Massachusetts.
For nine years, Tom served as Managing Attorney of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children. He retired in 2015, but continues to volunteer on issues of school discipline and special education. Previously, he worked at the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, enforcing Section 504, Title VI, and Title IX.
Earlier, Tom worked at the state agency, Massachusetts Office for Children, the Massachusetts Advocacy Center, and the Boston University Legal Aid Program. He commenced his legal career at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where he specialized in employment discrimination litigation.
A graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School, Tom has taught education law at Boston College Law School and at Tufts University.
Former Managing Partner, Ropes & Gray
John Montgomery is a retired partner and former managing partner of Ropes & Gray. Prior to joining the firm in 1982, John served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He left the firm in 1990 to serve as First Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts and returned to Ropes & Gray in 1992.
John’s litigation practice has included a variety of complex matters, and he has tried cases and argued appeals in Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. His experience includes two successful arguments in the United States Supreme Court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Emeritus Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He retired as a partner in 2013, but he continues to be active in pro bono and other public interest matters, including with Lawyers Defending American Democracy. John twice has been named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, most recently in 2016 for his work in litigation against Backpage.com involving online sex trafficking of children. In the last several years, he has appeared in two films: I Am Jane Doe, a documentary concerning the early stages of the litigation against Backpage.com (available on Netflix) and Day Job: the Movie, a “mockumentary” spoof on the musical sideline of a friend and Ropes & Gray partner (available on Amazon.
Past President, Illinois State Bar Association; Former Partner, Quinlan & Carroll, Ltd.
Cheryl Niro is a skilled strategic advisor with expertise in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, and organizational planning. For many years, she served as the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the American Bar Association. In this role, Cheryl worked with the Executive Director and the ABA’s senior staff to facilitate long and short-term strategic planning and decision-making for the future of the association. She is also a past member of its Board of Governors.
Cheryl was the second woman President of the Illinois State Bar Association, started the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and has been a practicing attorney across many fields of law. She has been a sole practitioner, practiced in a large firm, served as council for the government, worked for not-for-profit organizations and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University's College of Law, and Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL).
President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership
As President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren consults, speaks, trains, and provides expert witness services on such workplace culture topics as developing a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace culture, minimizing the impacts of unconscious bias, and strengthening multi-generational relationships.
Lauren is the author of 4 books, including The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace.
As a former law firm equity partner, Lauren managed a diverse environmental law practice and was recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Her numerous leadership roles within the American Bar Association, include membership of the Board of Governors and the ABA’s Journal Board of Editors. She currently is Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus and member of the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. She is a former president of the Boston Bar Association and a former trustee of Clark University.
The recipient of many awards, Lauren received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, and was named by Public Media’s Next Avenue as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Aging. More information can be found at www.RikleenInstitute.com.
Retired Voting Rights Attorney
Until her retirement in 2015, Estelle H. Rogers was the Legislative Director of Project Vote, a national nonpartisan organization promoting civic engagement, improved election administration, and voting rights. Her work on voting issues began in the summer of 2004, when she was counsel to a nationwide voter registration drive encouraging poor and minority communities to participate in the 2004 election.
From August 2003, through July 2004, Estelle was the Advocacy Legal Specialist in Moscow, Russia, on behalf of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Rule of Law Initiative, directing a program to train Russian lawyers in public interest law. Before her time in Moscow, she held executive positions at several progressive advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.
Rogers served in the policy-making House of Delegates of the ABA for 27 years. She chairs the ABA’s Standing Committee on Election Law and has chaired the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law. She also co-chairs the Women’s Caucus.
Estelle has written and spoken extensively, particularly on voting rights, bioethics, and reproductive freedom, including numerous media interviews and presentations to conferences, law schools, universities, and legislative bodies.
In retirement, Rogers has relocated to Sonoma County, CA. She serves on the Boards of Directors of her local food bank, her county museum, and the political arm of Planned Parenthood in Northern California. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland Law School, she is the mother of two grown daughters.
Emanuel (Manny) Rouvelas is a partner in K&LGates, a global law firm and is consistently ranked as one of the country's top lawyers in both maritime law and government affairs. He has traveled globally to more than forty countries advising clients and working with US and foreign governments. In its thirtieth-year anniversary edition, Legal Times newspaper recognized him as “one of the greatest Washington lawyers of the past 30 years,” a “legal visionary,” who helped turn Washington, DC's legal and lobbying community into an international powerhouse.
Prior to entering private practice, Manny was counsel to the US Senate Committee on Commerce and had lead staff responsibility for the enactment of thirty-two public laws, including major maritime and foreign commerce legislation.
Manny has served as an advisor to two US presidential transitions, a bipartisan Congressional caucus, an executive branch reorganization, several senators and congressmen, and many political campaigns. He has twenty-years’ experience serving on the boards of directors of three US public companies and thirty-five years of service on the boards of directors or advisors of nonprofit charitable organizations, currently including The National Hellenic Society, Washington Monthly magazine, National Vote at Home Institute, and Lawyers Defending American Democracy.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington (BA, 1965), Harvard Law School (JD, 1968), and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program, 1996).
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