Jay Alan Sekulow
American Center for Law and Justice
Jay Alan Sekulow is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), an international public interest law firm and educational organization. He is also chief counsel of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ).
The National Law Journal has twice named Mr. Sekulow one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States (1994, 1997). He is also among a distinguished group of attorneys known as "The Public Sector 45" named by The American Lawyer (January/February 1997). The magazine said the designation represents "45 young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives."
Mr. Sekulow serves as a faculty member in the Office of Legal Education for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he provides legal expertise to federal prosecutors on the issue of obscenity. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Sekulow graduated cum laude receiving a bachelor's degree and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Mercer University where he served on the Mercer Law Review as an editorial staff member.
This term, Mr. Sekulow argued Gary Locke, Governor of Washington v. Joshua Davey, December 2, 2003 (for respondent).
Regional Manager for Large and Mid-Size Law Firm Account Management
Caroline Sattari has been with West since 1986. She's held various positions with the company, including account executive, account manager, education coordinator, and marketing program manager. She is currently regional manager for account management for Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Ms. Sattari received her undergraduate degree in education with highest honors from the University of Minnesota. She holds her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in 1986.
Legal Times and Influence
Ann Pelham has been the publisher of Legal Times since September 1998 and is the founding publisher of Influence. After stints at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and Congressional Quarterly, she joined Legal Times as a reporter in 1988, inaugurating coverage of the federal courts in the District. She served as managing editor and executive editor of the legal weekly before becoming associate publisher in 1996.
Ms. Pelham is a graduate of Duke University.
Michael Newdow, a former emergency room doctor and avowed atheist, has spent the last several years challenging recitation of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance at his daughter's public school. In March his case against the Pledge came before the Supreme Court.
Dr. Newdow is a graduate of Brown University and the University of California at Los Angeles medical school. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1988.
This term, Dr. Newdow argued Elk Grove Unified School District, et al. v. Michael Newdow, March 24, 2004 (for respondent pro se).
Appellate Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Society of D.C.
Barbara McDowell joined the Legal Aid Society of D.C. in April 2004. Prior to her current position, she spent nearly seven years in the Office of the Solicitor General of the Department of Justice, where she argued 18 cases in the Supreme Court and briefed other cases that were argued by her colleagues. Before joining the Solicitor General's office, Ms. McDowell was a partner in the issues and appeals section of Jones Day.
Ms. McDowell served as a law clerk to the Honorable Byron White in the U.S. Supreme Court, to the Honorable Ralph Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and to the Honorable Jose Cabranes of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from Yale Law School and her B.A. degree in 1974 from George Washington University.
This term, Ms. McDowell argued Olympic Airways v. Husain, November 12, 2003 (for United States as amicus curiae) and Household Credit Services v. Pfennig, February 23, 2004 (for United States as amicus curiae).
Deputy Solicitor General
U.S. Department of Justice
Thomas Hungar rejoined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2003, as deputy solicitor general. He had previously served as assistant solicitor general from 1989 to 1994.
Before rejoining the Department of Justice, Mr. Hungar had been co-chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's appellate and constitutional law practice group.
Mr. Hungar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy in the U.S. Supreme Court from 1988 to 1989 and to the Honorable Alex Kozinski in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1987 from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Mr. Hungar graduated with a B.S. degree in 1984 from Williamette University.
This term, Mr. Hungar argued Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation v. Environmental Protection Agency, October 8, 2003 (for respondent); J. Elliott Hibbs, Director, Arizona Department of Revenue v. Kathleen M. Winn, January 20, 2004 (for petitioner); and Republic of Austria v. Maria Altmann, February 25, 2004 (for United States as amicus curiae).
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Based in Washington, D.C., Miguel Estrada is co-chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's appellate and constitutional law practice group and a member of its business crimes and investigations practice group.
From 1992 until 1997, Mr. Estrada served as assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. He previously served as assistant U.S. attorney and deputy chief of the appellate section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. In those capacities, Mr. Estrada represented the government in numerous jury trials and in many appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Estrada practiced corporate law in New York with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Mr. Estrada served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy in the U.S. Supreme Court from 1988 to 1989 and to the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit from 1986 to 1987. He received a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Estrada graduated with an A.B. degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1983 from Columbia College, New York. He is fluent in Spanish.
This term, Mr. Estrada argued Aetna Health Inc. v. Juan Davila;CIGNA HealthCare of Texas Inc. v. Ruby Calad, March 23, 2004 (for petitioners).
Supreme Court correspondent
Legal Times and American Lawyer Media
Tony Mauro has covered the Supreme Court and legal affairs for USA TODAY and Gannett News Service for the last 22 years. For the last 14 years, he has also written a regular column for Legal Times and the American Lawyer chain of newspapers. Born in New York, Mauro holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University, and a master's degree from the Columbia
University Graduate School of Journalism.
He is a contributing (chapter) author to three books: A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court, which received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, Reason and Passion, a tribute to Justice William Brennan Jr., and The Burger Court, edited by Bernard Schwartz. Mauro also serves on the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and is a longtime member of the American Bar Association Conference Group of Lawyers and Representatives of the News Media.