The American Constitution Society has brought on eight new board members, including frequent U.S. Supreme Court advocate Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown, the co-head of the securities-litigation practice at Latham & Watkins, and a former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
In addition, Goodwin Liu has stepped aside as chair of the board after his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, a spokesman for the liberal legal organization said. Liu, a law professor and associate dean at the University of California at Berkeley, faces a difficult confirmation process in part because of his membership in advocacy organizations. He remains an ACS board member.
ACS has strong ties to the Obama administration. Lisa Brown, the White House staff secretary, is a former executive director of the group, and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. is a former board member.
The new board members, besides Pincus, are: Lisa Blue-Baron, a name partner at Baron & Blue in Dallas; David Brodsky, a partner at Latham & Watkins and co-chair of its securities-litigation group; Elizabeth Cabraser, a name partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Shauna Marshall, a law professor and academic dean at the University of California Hastings College of Law; Ramona Romero, corporate counsel for logistics and energy at Dupont and former president of the Hispanic National Bar Association; Philippa Scarlett, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis; and Daniel Tokaji, an associate law professor at Ohio State University.
Antonia Hernández, president of the California Community Foundation, is serving as acting chair.