Newly Elected Council Members

Ivan K. Fong

Fong Ivan Fong is Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel at 3M, where he oversees all legal, legal policy, compliance, and government affairs matters for the company. In 2014 he was named one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal.

Prior to joining 3M in 2012, Mr. Fong served for more than three years as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Before that, he was Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc. He also was previously Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE Vendor Financial Services; Chief Privacy Leader and Senior Counsel, Information Technology of GE; and Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also has been a partner with Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Fong is on the Members Consultative Group for ALI’s Principles of the Law, Data Privacy project.

He served as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He holds a B.C.L. from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a registered patent attorney.

Steven S. Gensler

Gensler Steven Gensler is the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship and the Welcome D. and W. DeVier Pierson Professor of Law at The University of Oklahoma College of Law. He teaches courses on civil procedure, conflict of laws, federal courts, complex litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 2005 to 2011, and currently serves as a member of the Local Civil Rules Committee for the Western District of Oklahoma and as the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Civil Procedure Committee.

Professor Gensler is the author of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Rules and Commentary and a variety of articles on federal and Oklahoma practice and procedure. His recent scholarship has focused on the rulemaking process, electronic discovery, and case management. He is on the Members Consultative Groups for ALI projects on Conflict of Laws, the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He previously was on the MCG for Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign in 1988, Professor Gensler began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Kathryn H. Vratil on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and to Judge Deannell Reece Tacha on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He then worked as a litigation associate in Milwaukee, WI, for four years. He joined the University of Oklahoma law faculty in 2000 after serving two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. During 2003-2004, he was the Supreme Court Fellow at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Samuel Issacharoff

IssacharoffSamuel Issacharoff is the Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His wide-ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, constitutional law (particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems), and employment law. He is a pioneer in the law of the political process, where his casebook Law of Democracy (co-authored with Stanford’s Pam Karlan and NYU’s Rick Pildes) and dozens of articles have helped to create a vibrant new area of constitutional law. He is also a leading figure in the field of procedure, both in the academy and outside. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Issacharoff was the Reporter for the ALI’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. He serves as an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts, and the Principles of the Law, Election Law. He is also a member of the Regional Advisory Group for Region 2, which identifies potential candidates for ALI membership in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont.

Professor Issacharoff is a 1983 graduate of Yale Law School. After clerking for Judge Arlin M. Adams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he spent the early part of his career as a voting rights lawyer. He then began his teaching career at the University of Texas in 1989, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, he moved to Columbia Law School, where he was the Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence. He joined NYU Law in 2005 and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the Fall of 2008.

Kathleen M. O’Sullivan

OSullivan Kathleen (Katie) O’Sullivan is a partner and co-chair of the appellate practice at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, where she represents clients in a wide range of complex litigation in trial and appellate courts across the country. At the trial court level, she has represented clients facing class actions pending in multi-district litigation and involving parallel state and federal investigations. She is also experienced at managing large electronic discovery teams. At the appellate level, she has worked on appeals across a broad spectrum of legal issues, including class certification, constitutional law, election law, employment law, and product liability.

Ms. O’Sullivan is an attorney member and the current Chair of the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct. She served as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2010 to 2013, and was a member of the Ninth Circuit Attorney Admission Committee from 2009 to 2012. She has been active in the Washington State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Associations, and in speaking to lawyers and judges on issues including appellate practice, class actions, judicial and legal ethics, and electronic discovery.

She serves on the Members Consultative Groups for ALI projects on Election Law and Government Ethics, and previously was a member of the MCG for Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.

After receiving her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, she was a law clerk for Judge Harold Greene on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Judge Margaret M. McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.