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James B. Comey

James B. Comey

James B. Comey, Jr., was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI on September 4, 2013.

A native of Yonkers, New York, Director Comey graduated from the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, he worked as a federal prosecutor in both the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia. He returned to New York in January 2002 to become the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 2003, he became the deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Director Comey left the Justice Department in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel.

William C. Hubbard

William C. Hubbard

William C. Hubbard is President of the American Bar Association and a partner in the Columbia, S.C., office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough where he focuses on business litigation. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1996 and has served on the ALI Council since 2003.

As ABA President, Mr. Hubbard established the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which will make recommendations on providing affordable legal services to the poor and middle class. He is also emphasizing the ABA’s advocacy on criminal justice and sentencing reform, strengthening its efforts on behalf of domestic violence victims, promoting pro bono representation of unaccompanied minor immigrants, and leading the ABA’s commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June 2015.

Mr. Hubbard is Chairman of the Board of the World Justice Project.  In 2007, he received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. After law school, he clerked for Judge Robert F. Chapman of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

He has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA—two years as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates (2008-10); past President of the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment; Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (1987-88); and service on the ABA Board of Governors and the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.

Margaret H. Marshall

Margaret H. Marshall

Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall is Senior Counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart. Appointed Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1999, she was the first woman to serve in that position, and the second woman appointed to serve as an Associate Justice (1996) in the Court’s then 300-year history. Elected to the American Law Institute in 1990, she has served on the ALI Council since 1999.

Born and raised in South Africa, Chief Justice Marshall obtained her baccalaureate from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She was President of the National Union of South African Students, a leading anti-apartheid organization at the time. In 1968 she came to the United States to pursue graduate studies. She received a master’s degree from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She became a United States citizen in 1978.

Following her graduation from Yale, Chief Justice Marshall practiced law in Boston and became a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart. In 1992, she was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Harvard University, the first woman to hold that position. Elected to the American Law Institute in 1990, she has served on the ALI Council since 1999. Chief Justice Marshall serves as the Senior Fellow of the Corporation of Yale University, the governing board of the University. She is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School.

George J. Mitchell

George J. Mitchell

George J. Mitchell entered the U.S. Senate in 1980 and went on to an illustrious tenure that spanned 14 years. In January 1989, he became Senate majority leader and held that position until he left the Senate in 1995. Earlier he had served in the District of Maine as U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Judge.

From 1995 to 1999, he chaired peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, for which he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the U.S. government bestows, as well as the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Truman Institute Peace Prize, the German (Hesse) Peace Prize, and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.

In 2000-01, at the request of President Clinton and Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Senator Mitchell served as chairman of an international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East.  At the request of President Obama, he served in 2009-11 as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East.

Senator Mitchell has also served as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, and as chairman of the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of crises in international affairs. He is now Chairman Emeritus of the global law firm DLA Piper. In 2008, Time magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Olympia J. Snowe

Olympia J. Snowe

Former United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013 and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. She was the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected, in 1978 at the age of 31, Senator Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than any other person since World War II, and is the third longest serving woman in the history of the Congress.

While in the Senate, she built a reputation as one of the Congress’ leading centrists, co-chairing the Senate Centrist Coalition from 1999-2006. In 2005 she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators.

Senator Snowe currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and Aetna, Inc., a non-voting observer of the Board of Directors of Synchrony Financial, a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe, LLC. She also serves on a number of non-corporate boards including the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the National Institute for Civil Discourse’s Board of Advisors, and the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group.

Larry W. Sonsini

Larry W. Sonsini

Larry W. Sonsini is Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Working in the firm’s Palo Alto, CA, office, he has been involved in many of the most notable IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions in the Silicon Valley and beyond, and has gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Elected to the American Law Institute in 1990, Mr. Sonsini will become a Life Member this year.

In addition to his duties at the firm, which included serving as chief executive officer for more than 30 years as well as chairman, Mr. Sonsini served as a member of the NYSE’s board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and was chairman of the NYSE’s Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008. He also teaches securities law at Stanford Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law. Previously, he was a Trustee of University California at Berkeley and is currently he is a Trustee of Santa Clara University.

Sri Srinivasan

Sri Srinivasan

Sri Srinivasan is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 2011-2013, he was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. Judge Srinivasan was elected to the American Law Institute in October 2014.

Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Srinivasan argued 25 cases in the United States Supreme Court. Previously, he was firm-wide Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group of O’Melveny & Myers, and served as the Hiring Partner for the Washington, DC, Office.

He has also served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, and was a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Judge Srinivasan was a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Stanford University. Judge Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh, India, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas.

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