Farah Brelvi, Chair, was a co-founding Board member of Muslim Advocates, the first national 501(c)3 organization of Muslim lawyers to advocate for equal protection on the basis of religion and the full integration of American Muslims into U.S. civil society. In addition to serving on the Board of Muslim Advocates, she has also served on the Board of Amnesty International USA and the Advisory Board of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers. A Columbia Law School graduate, Ms. Brelvi was a Litigation Associate and a Senior Associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACLU Northern California.
William Aceves, Vice Chair, is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at California Western School of Law. Professor Aceves frequently works on projects involving the domestic application of international law and has represented several human rights and civil liberties organizations as amicus curiae counsel in cases before the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has authored numerous publications on human rights and international law including The Anatomy of Torture, the Amnesty International USA Safe Haven report, and is coauthor of The Law of Consular Access. He serves on the National Boards for the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Law Students Association, and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He has also served on the National Board of Amnesty International USA and currently serves as the AIUSA Ombudsperson. Professor Aceves has appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Migrants, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.
Tyler Giannini is a Clinical Professor of Law and a Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. He also co-directs the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Harvard in 2004, he was a founder and director of EarthRights International (ERI), an organization at the forefront of efforts to link human rights and environmental protection. Mr. Giannini spent a decade in Thailand with ERI conducting fact-finding investigations and groundbreaking corporate accountability litigation. He serves as co-counsel in many landmark Alien Tort Statute (ATS) cases and has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs, publications and reports. Mr. Giannini teaches in the fields of business and human rights, human rights and the environment, human rights in contemporary South Africa, human rights in Southeast Asia, and ATS litigation. Mr. Giannini holds graduate degrees in law and foreign policy from the University of Virginia where he served on the law review and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Joan M. Haratani is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis in San Francisco. Over three decades, Joan has honed crisis management and courtroom skills in high-exposure cases, including some of the largest mass tort litigations in the United States. Joan focuses much of her practice on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Joan has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and as a “Top 75 Women Litigator” by the Daily Journal. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Asian Americans in America by Avenue Asia Magazine. Joan has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and as president for the Bar Association of San Francisco, the first woman of color to hold that position. She is also a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, as well as past regional governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a past board member of several philanthropic organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northern California.
Rochelle King is Global VP of Product Design and Insights at Spotify, where she oversees the teams responsible for product experience as well the data scientists and user research teams that help Spotify understand its user needs and product performance. She has been a part of the tech industry for almost 20 years, starting in semiconductors and then moving to the Internet industry as it was just beginning to take off. Prior to Spotify, Rochelle was VP of User Experience and Product Services at Netflix where she oversaw the Design, Enhanced Content, Content Marketing, Content Operations and Localization organizations. Rochelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and two graduate degrees from Stanford University. She’s a member of the Advisory Board for the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, an effort by the city of New York to engage the tech industry and develop more opportunities for New Yorkers in Tech. Rochelle is currently working on the book Designing with Data, to be published by O’Reilly Media in 2017.
Ajay Krishnan is a partner at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters in San Francisco. His litigation practice focuses on the issues that technology companies face. In 2017, Mr. Krishnan, along with four colleagues from his firm, received California Lawyer Magazine’s Attorney of the Year award for their success at trial in a landmark case involving the ability to assert intellectual property rights over a computer’s user interface. Mr. Krishnan is also heavily involved in the work of the ACLU of Northern California. He has served on the organization’s Board of Directors for seven years, including for five years as a Vice Chair and as Chair of the Legal Committee. He has also been litigating cases in conjunction with the ACLU of Northern California for over a decade, including a successful challenge to the regulations governing free speech activity at the Golden Gate Bridge, a successful challenge to California’s previously unregulated practice of transferring prisoners out of state, and an on-going challenge to California’s lethal injection protocol. Mr. Krishnan is also the longest-serving member of the Executive Board of the Bay Area Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and a former Vice Chair of that Board.
Mina Titi Liu, Governance Chair, is the Director of International Public Interest Initiatives at the Levin Center at Stanford Law School. She develops and implements programs that support students who are pursuing a career path in international public interest lawyering and serves as a resource for leading practitioners in the field, with a focus on transitional societies. Ms. Liu was the law and rights program officer for the Ford Foundation in Beijing, China and a State Department and USAID consultant. She has been extensively published in the US and in China on the relationship between litigation and social change. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to promote, advance and represent the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Prior to joining the Caucus, she was the Garvey Schubert Barer visiting professor in Asian Law at the University of Washington. Ms. Liu holds a juris doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
James Mintz, Treasurer, founder and president of the James Mintz Group, has spent more than thirty years conducting investigations all over the world, primarily for law firms and general counsel. He helped pioneer the use of sophisticated resources by law firms in the 1970s as an in-house investigator at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross. Prior to founding the Mintz Group in 1994, he co-founded The Investigative Group, Inc. in 1984, serving as its president and co-owner for a decade. He is a founding member and director of the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General. Mr. Mintz was a journalist prior to becoming an investigator and is currently an adjunct professor in the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism in the Columbia University Journalism School. Mr. Mintz and his firm worked closely with CJA on Doe v. Constant, our case against a former Haitian death squad leader, as well as Doe v. Saravia, our case against one of the architects of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The firm is currently working with CJA on Ahmed v. Magan, our case against a former commander in the brutal Siad Barré regime.
Joey Neugart, Secretary, was the Deputy Chief of Staff at Change.org, the world’s leading internet platform for social change. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel of Singularity University, one of California’s first benefit corporations focused on educating, inspiring, and empowering leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Earlier in his career, Mr. Neugart specialized in foundation, nonprofit, and social enterprise law at the San Francisco boutique of Adler & Colvin, was an adjunct professor at USF, and practiced as a transactional attorney and a member of the Pro Bono Committee at the global law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. While studying law, Mr. Neugart worked at the Political Asylum Project of Austin, spent a summer in Monterrey, Mexico, as a Latin American Democracy Fellow, wrote his seminar paper on the Alien Tort Statute, and contributed to an ATS amicus brief as a member of the transnational worker rights clinic. Mr. Neugart previously served on the Advancement Committee for the San Francisco-based nonprofit Asylum Access. Mr. Neugart is admitted to the bar in the states of California and Texas and is a solicitor registered with the Law Society of England and Wales. Mr. Neugart graduated from Texas A&M University and received his law degree from the University of Texas.
C. Dixon Osburn, President and Executive Director, has more than 20 years of legal and political advocacy experience. He was co-founder and Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national security and human rights organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and end sexual orientation discrimination in our armed forces. Most recently, Mr. Osburn served as the Director of the Law & Security program for Human Rights First where he led efforts to align U.S. counterterrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture and armed drones. Mr. Osburn has published extensively and served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio and on television. He currently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum and is a Member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund. Mr. Osburn received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and his AB with distinction from Stanford University.
Jane Rocamora, Audit Committee Chair, Senior Attorney and Clinical Supervisor at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic of Greater Boston Legal Services, has spent more than two decades litigating civil, criminal, immigration and human rights cases. She worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Program in Rwanda investigating genocide and massive human rights violations and collaborating in the efforts to rebuild a decimated judicial system. In 2000, Ms. Rocamora was appointed Acting Chief of the Judicial Support Section in Kosovo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She was a Co-Founder of the International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, which originally focused on establishing criminal defense principles and practices at the international criminal tribunals. She previously worked with the Coalition on Women’s Human Rights in Conflict Situations in Montreal, Canada, which focused on ensuring accountability for gender crimes within prosecutions at the international criminal tribunals.
Dr. William F. Schulz is a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves as Affiliated Professor of Preaching and Public Ethics at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and is the President Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. As Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 1994-2006, he led missions to Liberia, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, and Sudan and throughout the United States promoting human rights causes. Subsequent to that, he was an adjunct professor at N.Y. University’s Wagner School of Public Policy; a visiting professor at the University of Chicago; and served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and consultant to a variety of prestigious foundations. He is the author of two books on human rights, In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All and Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights and contributing editor of two more. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Dr. Schulz was President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 1985-93. He has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and many other organizations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Schulz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, and holds a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, as well as eight honorary degrees.
Caroline L. Scullin is Senior Vice President of Communications for the Export Import Bank of the United States. Ms. Scullin has more than 20 years of strategic communications and external relations experience with an established track record of tackling complex, high-profile projects and issues. Ms. Scullin served as Vice President for External Relations at The Wilson Center, the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues; Communications Director for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy; and as Director of Public Relations for the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). From 2001 until 2007, she operated her own project management consulting practice serving a wide range of clients – from Fortune 100 corporations to international non-governmental organizations. She also spent more than a decade as Chief Aide and Press Secretary to the Honorable Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan. A graduate of Georgetown University, for over a decade Ms. Scullin has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association.
Wilma B. Wallace, Event Committee Chair, was Vice President of Global Responsibility, Business and Human Rights at Gap Inc., a publicly traded, San Francisco based retailer. Prior to joining Gap Inc. in 1994, Ms. Wallace practiced with the law firms of Folger & Levin and Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe where she focused on commercial, intellectual property, and employment litigation. From 1994-2014, Ms. Wallace served in a variety of legal and compliance roles for the Company, most recently as the Deputy General Counsel at Gap Inc. before transitioning to her current role overseeing the Company’s Global Business & Human Rights function. Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of the Bar Association of San Francisco and is a frequent speaker on diversity, inclusion, and women’s’ leadership issues. Ms. Wallace is also a Governor appointee to the California Citizens Commission and a member of various professional and community African-American affinity and progressive organizations. Ms. Wallace received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.