For our first episode covering Free Speech on College Campuses, we are honored to sit and discuss with experts Dr. Stefanie Lindquist and Dr. Joseph Russomanno. View their bios below!
Dr. Stefanie Lindquist
Dr. Lindquist is currently Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science at Arizona State University. She previously served as interim dean, associate dean for outreach, and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, and then served as Arch Professor and dean of the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs from 2013-2016. Before her time at the University of Texas, she also served as associate professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Lindquist is widely recognized as an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, administrative law, and constitutional law. Her book "Measuring Judicial Activism" is the first publication to define the term quantitatively. At Vanderbilt University, Dr. Lindquist was awarded the Robert Birkby Award for Excellence in Teaching Political Science. At the University of Georgia, she won the Richard B. Russell Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching along with being named Professor of the Year by the Department and Public Administration graduate students.
After law school, Dr. Lindquist spent time clerking for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. Later, she practiced law at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C. During her time in D.C. she also served as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center where she assisted committees of the Federal Judicial Conference in addressing questions of judicial administration.
Dr. Joseph Russomanno
In 1994, Dr. Russomanno joined the Cronkite School as a faculty member. He earned a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcasting, from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where his work emphasized First Amendment theory and media law.
His career in broadcast journalism includes working at four different TV stations. He has worked as a news reporter, news writer, newscast producer and executive producer. His on-site assignments included the coverage of the 1987 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Washington, D.C., Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif., and Super Bowl XXII in San Diego. He received several awards for his work as a broadcast journalist which includes a regional Emmy award.
Since joining the Cronkite School faculty, Dr. Russomanno’s teaching and research focus on First Amendment law and theory. His publication record includes four books and articles appearing in journals such as Communication Law and Policy, Hamline Law Review, Communications and the Law, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and the Journal of Communication Inquiry. His opinion columns have been featured The Arizona Republic and Time.com. Dr. Russomanno has been interviewed several times by the news media on matters related to media law and First Amendment issues.
Dr. Russomanno’s international work includes invited appearances at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal; La Universidad del Noroeste and Televisa in Hermosillo, Mexico; and the Oxford Round Table on Freedom of Speech and Press at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Cisco is currently head of marketing and communications at the MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund). He previously worked as Brand Manager for Walt Disney Studios, before working for Warner Bros. Entertainment. He worked as Director of Global Brand Marketing at DC Comics and the Director of Trade Marketing at Warner Bros. Entertainment for over a decade combined. Now, he is venturing into the E-sports business as an investor with his business partner.
Harris is an eSports attorney at ESG Law, the leading law firm in the eSports industry. His expertise is in corporate and intellectual property law. He played an active role in the acquisition of H2K Gaming (one of Europe's premier League of Legends teams.) Eventually, he joined H2K Gaming as its Chief of Operations and Associate General Counsel. Upon leaving H2K in December 2016, he provided legal services to other aspects of the eSports community. With ESG, Harris represents 7 of 10 North American League Championship Series teams, 6 of 12 Overwatch League and their non-endemic partners, such as the owners and ownership groups of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and others. Harris has worked directly with game developers and league operators to negotiate for fairer revenue sharing and governance agreements on behalf of ESG's clients.
Dr. Gary Marchant
Gary Marchant is a Regent's Professor of Law and director of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. His research includes legal aspects of genomics and personalized medicine, the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, and governance of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.
He teaches courses in Law, Science and Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, Health Technologies and Innovation, Privacy, Big Data and Emerging Technologies, and Artificial Intelligence: Law and Ethics at the college of law. He was named a Regents' Professor in 2011 and also is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences, a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and is a Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies Law and Ethics with the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU.
Professor Marchant was a partner of Kirkland & Ellis (Washington, D.C. office) in 1999, where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. During his time at Harvard Law School, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He was also awarded the Fay Diploma which is awarded to the top graduating student at Harvard Law School.
Professor Marchant continues to frequently lecture on the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He has authored 150+ articles and book chapters on emerging technologies. Thus far, he has served on five National Academy of Sciences committees and has organized several academic events and conferences on law & science issues.
Steven M. marks
Steven M. Marks is Chief of Digital Business and General Counsel at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in Washington, D.C. The RIAA is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States, and its members consist of record labels. The RIAA is also responsible for certifying Gold and Platinum albums and singles in the United States.
Before joining the RIAA, Marks served as law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Mark received his B.A. from Duke University and graduated from Duke Law School, participating on the Duke Law Journal as Articles Editor. Marks is also a musician.
At the RIAA, Marks oversees music industry initiatives with a focus on digital music marketplace growth and the development of new revenue streams. Marks heads the RIAA’s business affairs, legal, litigation, and technology departments. Marks is the leader behind the creation of internet radio license and SoundExchange, serving on its Board of Directors and as Chair of SoundExchange’s Licensing Committee. During his time at RIAA, Marks is the mind behind many historic agreements with music publishers, songwriters, digital music services, and mobile phone companies. Marks led negotiations resulting in the groundbreaking agreement with Internet service providers to create the Center for Copyright Information which is a platform that educates consumers about online uses of music and films, serving as Vice Char of CCI since 2011. Most recently, he and the RIAA were an integral part of the Music Modernization Act’s success. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) just recently passed Congress by the end of September 2018 and has made its way into the White House.
Chief Justice (ret.) Ruth V. Mcgregor
Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor (Ret.) served on the Arizona Supreme Court from 1998-2009 and was also a judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1989 until 1998. She served as Chief Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1995-1997. Before her appointment to the bench, Justice McGregor worked in private practice of law at Fennemore Craig law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. She served as law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during her first on the United States Supreme Court.
Justice McGregor received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia. Justice McGregor continues her work by dedicating herself to activities involving legal education and organizations dedicated to ensuring an impartial judiciary. She has served as an officer and a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation, as a Board member for the National Association of Women Judges, as a board member of the Conference of Chief Justices, and on the Legal Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Justice McGregor also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Future of Arizona and of Justice at the Stake, which is a section delegate for the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and as Chair of the O’Connor Advisory Committee.
Judge JaneT Barton
Judge Janet Barton is the presiding judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court. She was reappointed last year by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales. Her reappointment runs through June 30, 2021. She was first appointed presiding judge in July 2015, while appointed as Superior Court judge in 2000 by then Governor Jan Brewer. Prior to her appointment, Judge Barton was a partner at Snell & Wilmer, working in commercial litigation, specializing in state and local tax cases.
Judge Barton received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1975 at the University of Kentucky. She also received her J.D. with distinction at the University of Kentucky in 1985.
She was an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in the fall semester of 2011. She is also Chair of Maricopa County Superior Court’s Jury Advisory Committee (2006-present).
John Dacey is the Executive Director and Legal Team of Abolish Private Prisons. He worked for 12 years at legal aid and public interest firms where he handled class actions and other cases for the poor and people with disabilities in matters concerning poverty and disability programs, particularly Medicaid, and jail conditions.
Since 1990 John has been in private practice in Phoenix where he represents businesses, particularly nonprofits,that provide medical, behavioral health and developmental disability services. His work includes trials in state, federal, and tribal courts. John served as a state court judge pro tem and a federal court-appointed mediator to mediate inmate lawsuits over medical care and religious freedoms.
For the last five years John has been building a litigation challenge to the constitutionality of private for-profit prisons. He founded Abolish Private Prisons, a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation, in 2015.
Robert Craig graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2012. He clerked for Judge Andy Hurwitz on the Ninth Circuit for one year followed by a three-year clerkship with Judge James Soto of the District Court of Arizona. He volunteered with Abolish Private Prisons over the fall of 2017 and joined the team full-time in 2018.
Immediately after graduating from the University of Arizona, Robert taught fifth-grade in Phoenix for two years as part of Teach For America. That experience sparked a passion for working with underserved communities that continued through law school, during which he worked for the School District of Philadelphia's General Counsel Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Civil Practice Clinic. He is now John Dacey’s Staff Attorney at Abolish Private Prisons.