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Susan Carle

Susan teaches and writes about civil rights legal history, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and the history and sociology of the legal profession. She is the author of Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. In 2014 she received the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for "the author of the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.” She has published numerous articles examining lawyers’ conceptions of their professional obligations to further the public interest in journals including the Cornell Law ReviewFordham Law JournalFlorida Law ReviewHarvard Journal of Gender and the LawAmerican University Law Review, and Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She is also editor of Lawyers’ Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice (NYU Press Critical America Series 2005), which collects work in the emerging field of critical legal ethics scholarship.

In 2001, her paper entitled “Race, Class and Legal Ethics in the Early NAACP” received the Association of American Law Schools’ Best Scholarly Paper Award, and in 2006 she received the Jean and Edgar Kahn National Equal Justice Library Award for distinguished scholarship on the subject of access to justice. She has served as this law school’s first Associate Dean for Scholarship and as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility and its Professional Development Committee, and is a member of the legal ethics advisory committee of the National Disability Rights Network.

Susan attended Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After graduation she clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then worked as an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and at the leading union-side labor and employment law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser. She was W.M. Keck Fellow in Legal Ethics at Georgetown University Law Center from 1995-97, and in 2006 served as Visiting Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School.

Getulio P. Carvalho

Getulio Carvalho is a widely published researcher and author on issues of accountability in Latin America, with a special emphasis on governance in Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (UCONN), where he lectured at the Institute of Public Service prior to receiving his degree. Carvalho began his career as an associate professor at the Brazilian School of Administration of the Getulio Vargas Foundation and rose to become department head and then assistant dean. He subsequently directed the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics education and training department and was appointed deputy secretary general at the Education Ministry of Brazil. In 1987 Carvalho joined the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., where he remained until 1998. During this time, he served as the director of the Department of Education. Most recently he worked as the General Manager of Vitae in São Paulo, an affiliate of the Lampadia Foundation, which funded cultural and educational projects in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Carvalho’s publications include books and articles on Petrobrás, transnational enterprises, public budgeting, and systemic corruption. The Getulio P. Carvalho Pre-doctoral Fellowship for U.S.-Brazilian Relations helps fund UCONN graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement and an interest in Brazilian history, politics, diplomacy, trade, energy, natural resources, environment, or other areas of research linked with U.S.-Brazilian relations. 

Richard Foos

Richard Foos has been in the entertainment business for over thirty-five years starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, and eventually growing it into the well-known audio label which was sold to Time Warner in 1998. Since then, Foos and his partners started another company, Shout! Factory. Now in its 11th year, Shout! is one of the leading independent video and music companies in entertainment. Grounded in the belief that social values and business values must be aligned, he believes in giving back in all his business concerns. To this end, he serves on the boards of the Little Kids Rock, The Nation Institute, Government Accountability Project, Chrysalis and other non-profits that share a commitment to social progress. A resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Foos is an alumnus of Beverly Hills High School and Whittier College.

Patrice McDermott

Patrice has led OpentheGovernment.org coalition as its Executive Director since July 2006. She previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association Washington Office, where she had lead responsibility for government information and privacy policy, and e-government policy issues. She joined ALA in December 2001, after having served for 8 years as the senior information policy analyst for OMB Watch. Dr. McDermott is the author of Who Needs to Know? The State of Public Access to Federal Government Information.

On March 16, 2011, she received the James Madison Award from the American Library Association in recognition of her work to champion, protect, and promote public access to government information and the public’s right to know. She was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in 2001. Dr. McDermott is a frequent speaker on public access and open government issues. Patrice was awarded her doctorate from the University of Arizona in political science and received an M.Ln. in library and information management from Emory University and an M.A. from Brown University. She is a graduate of Florida State University.

Mark C. Niles

Mark Niles is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. He recently returned to WCL after three years as Dean and Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.

He teaches and specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, governmental liability, and law and literature. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Dean Niles served as a clerk for the Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr., of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; as a litigation associate at the D.C. firm of Hogan and Hartson; and as a staff attorney in the civil appellate division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served as the Reporter for the Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association. He spent twelve years as a professor at WCL, the last six as full professor and associate dean for academic affairs.

Richard Salzman

Richard Salzman is a former president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, and has worked extensively as co-counsel with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a partner in the firm of Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman, PLLC, and a 1988 graduate, with honors, of the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Salzman has been litigating employment/civil rights claims in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia since 1989. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Supreme Court, Maryland and California bars.

Scott Siegler

Scott Siegler formed Mediasiegler, Inc. in 2010 after 7 years as a managing partner at ZelnickMedia, the NY-based investment/management firm. While at that firm he focused on ad-supported media and was responsible for a number of the firm’s media investments, including OTX, ITN Networks, SkyMall, and Cannella Response Television. The investment thesis for all four shared a similar perspective on the broadcast television ad marketplace: that the market was highly inefficient and that more efficient alternative advertising models stood to benefit.

Prior to joining ZelnickMedia, Mr. Siegler was president/COO of Knowledge Broadcasting, an internet content and technology company backed by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe.  From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Siegler founded and ran the television production entity Granada America, a division of ITV plc. ITV is the largest broadcast production/distribution company in the UK. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Siegler was president of Columbia Pictures Television and oversaw the combined television operations of the studio when it was renamed Sony Television. At the conclusion of his presidency, Mr. Siegler was involved as an operating partner, a board member or a seed investor in several game and internet ventures, including Tsunami Media, American Cybercast, Netscape Communications, and Pandora Music.

Mr. Siegler holds an M.F.A. in theatre arts from Brandeis University, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Union College (Phi Beta Kappa). He also attended the American Film Institute under a directing fellowship.

Bradford S. Weeks, M.D. 

Bradford S. Weeks, M.D. is the founder of Alternative Health Advocates, LLC  (AHA) and the Washington Integrative Medical Association (WIMA) on Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle. After a thirty year career in holistic, integrative medicine, he has focused on the national crisis of health care reform, safeguarding health care freedom and whistleblowing as regards integrity in government agencies involved with medical science. He currently advocates for “centisble” (safe, effective and cost-effective) treatment options through his blog www.weeksmd.com, his medical newsletter Centsible Health News and with The Corrective Health Institute – a multi-disciplinary effort committed to developing and promoting effective and cost-effective, non-patented, treatment protocols free from the for-profit influence of Big Pharma.

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