Board of Advisors
Douglas A. Berman
Douglas A. Berman is William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law at Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University. Professor Berman is one of the leading experts on sentencing in the United States. He is the co-author of a casebook, Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes and Guidelines (Aspen 2d ed. 2007), has authored publications on a wide variety of criminal law and sentencing topics, and is the creator and sole author of the widely-read and cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy.
Paul D. Clement
Paul D. Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. He served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008 , and spent nearly eight years in various leadership positions in the office. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at both NYU and Georgetown. He has argued more than 50 cases before the Supreme Court, and many of the government’s most important cases in lower courts.
James Forman, Jr.
James Forman, Jr., is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and education law. He previously worked at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where he represented juveniles and adults in serious felony cases, and served as training director for new attorneys. He co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, which combines education, job training, counseling, mental health services, life skills, and dormitory living for school dropouts and youth who have previously been incarcerated.
Jorge Montes is Chairman of the Prisoner Review Board of the State of Illinois. He has been Chairman since 2004 and a member of the board since 1994. He also co-chairs the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Parole and Probation Committee. Previously, he has been a supervising litigation attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and a spokesperson for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Mr. Montes also has been a member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Board of Education.
Cristina Rodríguez is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. An expert on the effects of immigration on society and culture, as well as the legal and political strategies societies adopt to absorb immigrant populations, Rodríguez joined Yale Law School in 2013 after serving in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. She previously taught law at the New York University School of Law. Her research interests include constitutional law and theory; immigration law and policy; administrative law and process; language rights and policy; and citizenship theory. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale and also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Letters in Modern History. Following law school, Rodríguez clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
J. Scott Thomson
Scott Thomson is Chief of Camden Police Deparment, and has served in that position since August 2008. He has been in Law Enforcement since 1992. He holds an MA in Education from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rutgers University. He ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department, serving in various operational and investigative positions and commands and receiving several commendations such as the Narcotic Detective of the Year in 1999 from the NJ County Narcotic Commanders Association. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters. In 2011, Chief Thomson received the Gary P. Hayes Award from the Police Executive Research Forum.
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