Featuring Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center, in conversation with Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society and Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President, Federalist Society, Honorary Co-Chairs: A Madisonian Constitution for All
Caroline Fredrickson joined ACS in 2009 and serves as president. She oversees the group and provides a steady hand of leadership to the nation's leading progressive legal organization.
During her tenure, Caroline has helped grow ACS, which now has more than 40 lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of members throughout the nation. She is an eloquent spokesperson for ACS and the progressive movement on issues such as civil and human rights, judicial nominations and the importance of the courts in America, marriage equality, voting rights, the role of money in politics, labor law, anti-discrimination efforts, and so much more.
She has been widely published on a wide range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, including a notable and well-covered appearance on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor in 2012 defending the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Caroline is author of Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over (The New Press, 2015).
Before joining ACS, Caroline served as the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.
Caroline graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and East European Studies in 1986 and from Columbia University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. In law school, she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, served on the Columbia Law Review and co-founded the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Following law school she clerked for James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She currently is a member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Advisory Board. In 2013, Caroline is a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), which includes 50 government and 40 public members. Caroline is a co-chair the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. In 2015 Caroline was named a Demos Senior Fellow, and appointed a member of the Yale Les Aspin Fellowship Committee. Follow her on Twitter and visit the "Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run," Facebook page.
Lee Liberman Otis
Senior Vice President and Faculty Division Director, The Federalist Society
After graduating from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Law Review, Ms. Otis clerked for Judge Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Court of Appeals, served as a Special Assistant at the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese, and returned to clerk for Justice Scalia after his appointment to the Supreme Court. She then joined George Mason University School of Law as an Assistant Professor, where she taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Appellate Advocacy and Legislation. She went on to serve as Associate Counsel to President George H.W. Bush, to practice appellate litigation at the Washington office of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, and to serve as Chief Counsel to the Immigration Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, General Counsel of the Department of Energy, and most recently as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Otis has been an important member of the Federalist Society team since the organization's beginnings 25 years ago. Together with David McIntosh, she led the effort to start what became the Chicago chapter of the Society. She also helped organize the Society's first conference at Yale, its second conference at Chicago, and its first Lawyers Division chapter in Washington DC, as well as the effort to incorporate the Society, recruit its permanent staff, and obtain its early funding. She was a Founding Director of the Federalist Society.
Together with Federalist Society Chairman and Northwestern University School of Law George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law Steven G. Calabresi and Federalist Society Director and former Congressman David McIntosh, on April 26, 2007, Ms. Otis was awarded the Heritage Foundation's Henry Salvatori prize for citizenship for her work in connection with the Federalist Society.
Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. He is also a Professor of Law at
The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic.
Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. His new book, Louis D.
Brandeis: American Prophet, was published on June 1, 2016, the 100th anniversary of Brandeis's
Supreme Court confirmation. His other books include The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries
that Defined America, the best-selling companion book to the award-winning PBS series; The Most
Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Freedom and Security in an
Anxious Age; and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, which The New York Times
called the definitive text in privacy perils in the digital age. Rosen is coeditor, with Benjamin Wittes, of
Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, the proceedings of the Brookings Project on
Technology and the Constitution.
His essays and commentaries have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, on National
Public Radio, in the New Republic, where he was the legal affairs editor, and in The New Yorker, where
he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the ten best magazine journalists in
America, and the Los Angeles Times called him the nation's most widely read and influential legal
Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, explains how the new commission “A Madisonian Constitution for All” seeks to interpret the Constitution’s establishment of a deliberative republic in favor of direct democracy.