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Board of Directors

DAVID CODELL, President

David Codell received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Harvard College, and his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Supreme Court Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Mr. Codell served as a law clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before opening his own law office in 2003, Mr. Codell practiced constitutional law in association with Harvard University Professor Laurence H. Tribe in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a partner at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he practiced in the litigation, intellectual property, and appellate practice groups.  In 2013, Mr. Codell served as Visiting Legal Director and Senior Scholar of Law at the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy.  In 2014, Mr. Codell became Constitutional Litigation Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), litigating cases seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Utah, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, and Tennessee.  In the Tennessee case, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that same-sex couples throughout the nation have a constitutional right to marry. Mr. Codell's practice focuses on constitutional and appellate litigation, entertainment litigation, and business litigation.  Representing clients in state and federal courts, both at the trial-court and appellate level, Mr. Codell has secured numerous precedent-setting victories. Mr. Codell has represented major clients in the television, motion picture, recording, and advertising industries in disputes concerning the First Amendment, copyright law, antipiracy and internet issues, idea origination, defamation, rights of publicity, talent contracts, profit participation, employment discrimination, and insurance. Mr. Codell also has significant experience in class action and securities litigation, as well as extensive experience in appellate litigation, having handled a wide variety of appellate matters involving constitutional issues, business disputes, employment law, land use, securities law, and arbitration.

CAROLINE MALA CORBIN, Vice President

Caroline Mala Corbin is Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. She teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, the Religion Clauses, the Free Speech Clause, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues. Professor Corbin’s articles have been published in the New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Emory Law Journal, among others. Her writing has also appeared in the online editions of the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Texas Law Review. As well as writing for blogs such as SCOTUSblog, ACSblog, and Jurist, Professor Corbin is a frequent commentator for local and national media on First Amendment questions.

 

Professor Corbin joined the Miami law faculty in 2008 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia Law School. Before her fellowship, she litigated civil rights cases as a pro bono fellow at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and as an attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. She also clerked for the Hon. M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Corbin holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She was a James Kent Scholar while at Columbia Law School, where she also won the Pauline Berman Heller Prize and the James A. Elkins Prize for Constitutional Law.

KASPAR STOFFELMAYR, Treasurer and Secretary

Kaspar Stoffelmayr is litigation partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP in Chicago, where has practiced since 2000. His primary areas of practice are mass tort, product liability, and class action defense, patent litigation, and commercial disputes. Kaspar graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors in 1996 and clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He previously received a B.A. with honors from Grinnell College and an M.A. from the University of Washington.

DAVID CHIVERS

David Chivers is a practicing trial attorney and former judge in the Massachusetts worker’s compensation system. He is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School with an undergraduate degree in journalism from Boston University. David has been active in politics and government since high school, serving as an intern in the U.S. Congress while in college, running for state representative when he was 22, and regularly being elected to town and state political committees. Most recently he served as a delegate to the 2016 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention. David practices law in Springfield, Massachusetts, and serves on the board of Greater Worcester Humanists, a chapter of the American Humanist Association. He also writes frequently for The Humanist magazine, and has written for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and numerous other publications. He also wrote and published five novels.

GORDON GAMM

Gordon Gamm served eight years on the board of the American Humanist Association and was chair of the committee to write Humanist Manifesto III. As an attorney, he has represented many humanist and secular organizations on several amicus curia briefs in the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and in other matters. He founded the Bragg Symposium on Humanism in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Boulder International Humanist Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He majored in philosophy at the University of Michigan and graduated from Tulane University Law School where he studied comparative law. He is also a graduate of The Humanist Institute.

ANNE HARVEY

Anne Harvey is an Ohio lawyer who practices family law and appellate law. She is a board certified specialist in family relations law. She also has significant trial experience as a public defender in criminal cases. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where she was a member of the school’s law review (and where she was the youngest graduate in her class). She also received her undergraduate degree of the University of Dayton. Anne raises service dogs and is fluent in American sign language. She is also conversant in Spanish in anticipation of a move out of the country in retirement.

BETTY HILEMAN

Elizabeth (Betty) L. Hileman graduated from Albany Law School in Albany, New York in 1984.  She was the founder and managing shareholder of Hileman & Associates, P.C. in Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided quality community association legal services in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1988.  Betty is a member of the bar in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, as well as the state of New York, and is admitted to practice before all the relevant courts in those jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States. After she was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 2003, she provided pro bono legal services to the American Humanist Association by filing several Amicus Briefs on Separation of Church and State issues including the Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools; Ten Commandments monuments; Crosses on Federal land and Marriage equality. She is currently Of Counsel with Cameron Mericle, P.A. in Greenbelt, Maryland.

MAHA KAMAL

Maha Kamal practices law in Denver, Colorado, where she focuses on family law, civil rights, and immigration advocacy. Ms. Kamal also serves on the Colorado Supreme Court's Chief Justice's Commission and the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the largest literary arts center in the Rocky Mountain West. She completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she focused on civil rights law and international criminal law. During this time, she worked at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands for the Office of the Prosecutor. Ms. Kamal received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she focused her studies on Western European Politics and Spanish. Inspired by her family law practice and passion for humanism, Ms. Kamal has also written and illustrated a children's book for secular parents called The Book of Big Questions.

VIC SCHACHTER

Vic Schachter is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law. Over the past 50 years, he has been a litigator representing employers, specializing in employment law, labor relations, collective bargaining, equal employment/ harassment matters, privacy, trade secrets, unfair competition, wage/hour matters, and related litigation. During his 17 years as a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick and West, he served as Chair of its Employment Practices Group. Mr. Schachter recently retired from his law practice to devote himself to the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), an NGO dedicated to promoting peaceful, effective and timely dispute resolution around the globe. He is the Founder and President of FSRI, and has led rule of law initiatives promoting judicial reform, alternative dispute resolution and judicial case management throughout Asia, South America, Africa and Southeastern Europe. He has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 25 years, and has been repeatedly listed in International Who’s Who Legal: USA-Management Labour and Employment. In 2008, Mr. Schachter was recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his global service in judicial reform, rule of law and mediation building. His work has been reported in numerous publications and news articles, and he has appeared frequently in radio and television programs. Mr. Schachter has also written many articles in employment law and professional publications, and has spoken widely before management, legal, human rights and university groups.

MONICA MILLER, Executive Director

Monica Miller serves as the Executive Director of the Humanist Legal Society. As Legal Director of the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, she oversees all of the center's constitutional litigation. Learn more about Monica here.

IZZY OLDFIELD, Coordinator

Izzy Oldfield is the Coordinator at the Humanist Legal Society and the Paralegal at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

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