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ACS Congratulates Board Members on New Endeavors
[February 01, 2014]

ACS Congratulates Board Members on New Endeavors

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy issued the following news release: The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is proud to congratulate two members of our Board of Directors on their recent career changes. Both Philippa Scarlett and Pamela S. Karlan have left their previous positions to join the U.S. Department of Justice. Scarlett now serves as a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice and Karlan serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for voting rights in the Department's Civil Rights Division.

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson lauded the former Board Members' moves as outstanding news.

"ACS is thrilled to see its Board Members moving on to undertake such crucial work," Fredrickson said. "The ACS network is diverse, extraordinarily talented and growing. We couldn't be prouder of what our members have achieved and will continue to accomplish. We are certain both Philippa and Pamela will use their diverse legal backgrounds and experience to advance the mission of the Department of Justice." Before her appointment to the Department of Justice, Scarlett was a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where her practice consisted of high-stakes trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts on subject matters including complex commercial litigation, antitrust, and civil rights.

In the past, Scarlett served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Ann C. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Philippa's pro bono work included winning asylum in the U.S. for survivors of torture, successful and award-winning poverty law impact litigation, and advocacy for Haitian orphans. She represented 37 former senior officers and civilian leaders of the U.S. military as amici supporting the University of Texas at Austin and its race-conscious university admissions policies before the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, she represented the League of Women Voters in the voting rights case Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is follow-on litigation to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.

Karlan, a productive scholar and award-winning teacher, is taking a leave of absence from Stanford Law School faculty to join the Justice Department. She is one of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as the ACS publication Keeping Faith with the Constitution ( She also served as co-counsel to Edith Windsor in the landmark case U.S. v. Windsor.

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