Vik Amar

Vik Amar

Dean Amar joined the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign as its dean in 2015, after having been a professor of law for many years at law schools in the University of California System, most recently the UC Davis School of Law, where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Amar is one of the most eminent and frequently cited authorities in constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. He has produced several books and over 50 articles in leading law reviews. He is a co-author (along with Jonathan Varat) of Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials  (Foundation Press, 15th ed. 2017) and a co-author on multiple volumes of the Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure Treatise (West Publishing Co.). He is also the co-author of a one-volume treatise on American Civil Procedure. He writes a biweekly column on constitutional matters for Justia.com and a monthly column on legal education for abovethelaw.com, is a frequent commentator on local and national radio and TV, and has penned dozens of op-ed pieces for major newspapers and magazines.

Amar earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his juris doctor from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Yale Law Journal. He then clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he handled a variety of complex civil and white collar criminal matters.

It appears that dean Amar was the first person of South Asian heritage to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was the first (and is currently the only) American-born person of Indian descent to serve as a dean of a major American law school. Follow Dean Amar’s bi-weekly column on Justia.com and his monthly column on Above the Law, and read archived posts from his FindLaw.com column.


William Barnett

William Barnett

William Barnett is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership, Strategy, and Organizations at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. After receiving his PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, Barnett was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business.

In 1991, Barnett came to the Stanford Business School as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1994 and received tenure in 1996, and has been a full professor since 2001.

Barnett has also twice been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Barnett serves as a senior or associate editor for several academic journals.

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Lanhee J. Chen

Lanhee J. Chen

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School.  Chen is also a Counsel at the law firm of Arent Fox LLP and a Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has worked in government, the private sector, and academia.

He has advised four presidential campaigns, including as policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, where he served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser; a senior strategist on the campaign; and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy.  Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney’s 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.

Chen serves as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.  He is also a Senior Adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, an Aspen Institute program, co-chaired by Hank Paulson and Erskine Bowles, that draws together a diverse range of distinguished leaders and thinkers to address significant structural challenges in the U.S. economy.

Chen was honored in 2015 as one of the POLITICO 50, a list of the “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.”  He earned a similar honor in 2012 when he was named one of POLITICO’s “50 Politicos to Watch.”

Chen’s writings have appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg View.  He has been a CNN Political Commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on nearly every other major television network.  Chen is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Salem Media Group.

In the Bush administration, Chen was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services. His private-sector experience includes having been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced business litigation. Chen was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and worked as a health policy advocate for a major business group in Washington, DC.

In 2017, Chen was the William E. Simon Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. At Stanford, he also serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Haas Center for Public Service and is an affiliate of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.  An eight-time winner of Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Chen’s scholarship has appeared or been cited in several of the nation’s top political science journals.

Chen serves in a variety of leadership roles in nonprofits and community-based organizations.  He is Chair of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley, a Director of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), serves on the Board of Trustees of the Junior Statesmen Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare. He is also a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans.

Chen frequently provides advice to companies and governmental entities on a wide range of contemporary public policy issues and is the founder and president of Launch Policy Strategies, a strategic consulting company. In addition, he is a member of both the International Advisory Council and the Health Advisory Board at APCO Worldwide, an international public affairs and communications firm.

Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

A native of Rowland Heights, California, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.


Michelle Darby

Michelle Darby

Michelle Darby is a director, playwright, teacher, actor and singer. She co-created a personal storytelling course at Stanford University – StoryCraft, which she has taught for the past six years.

In 2016 and 2017 she directed and coached stories for Stanford University’s Beyond Sex Ed, a required performance/educational event for all Freshman, and co-created another StoryCraft class – StoryCraft: On Sexuality. She was the Artistic Director of Just West Theater Company in Tallapoosa Georgia and taught and coordinated a required freshman course, Compelling Communications, at the Academy of Art University.

Darby has taught and directed for middle schools, high schools, university students, and professional actors.


Jeffrey Engel

Jeffrey Engel

Jeffrey A. Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. A Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, he studied at Cornell University, Oxford University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which he received his PhD in American History in 2001.

Having previously taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M University where he was the Kruse ’52 Professor, Engel is author or editor of ten books on American foreign policy, including his latest, When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.

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R. Scott Evers

R. Scott Evers

Scott Evers is an award-winning writer and director of documentary films. He is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and Emmys for films on America’s social ills of youth violence, poverty, and HIV/AIDS.

He founded the Amitist Organization, a coalition focused on media campaigns to educate youth for health and well-being.

Current work includes countering messages of violent extremism and radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.


John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, served as President of Stanford University from September 2000 until August 2016. In 2017, he initiated the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world, and he currently serves as Director of the program.

Hennessy joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977. In 1981, he drew together researchers to focus on a technology known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), which revolutionized computing by increasing performance while reducing costs. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry cofounding MIPS Computer Systems in 1984. He served as chair of Computer Science, dean of the School of Engineering, and university provost before being appointed as Stanford’s 10th president. As president he focused on increasing financial aid and on developing new initiatives in multidisciplinary research and teaching. He was the founding board chair of Atheros Communications, one of the early developers of Wi-Fi technology, and has served on the board of Cisco and Alphabet (Google’s parent company). He is the coauthor of two internationally used textbooks in computer architecture.

His honors include the 2012 Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the ACM Turing Award (jointly with David Patterson). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Philosophical Society. Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the Stony Brook University.


Amb. Christopher R. Hill

Amb. Christopher R. Hill

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is currently the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.  Prior to this position, he was the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University, a position he held from September 2010 to December 2017.

In addition to overseeing the University’s Global Engagement, Ambassador Hill is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs.

Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until Augut 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009, during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously, he served as the US Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000.

Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul, and Tirana, and on the Department of State’s Policy Planning staff and in the Department’s Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues.  He also served as the Department of State’s Senior Country Officer for Poland. Ambassador Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer where he supervised credit unions in rural Cameroon, West Africa.

Ambassador Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in Economics. He received a Master’s degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian.


Scott James

Scott James

Scott James is an author and veteran journalist, best known for his stories in The New York Times.

He has received three Emmy awards for his work in television news, and is also the author of two bestselling novels, “SoMa” and “The Sower,” which he wrote under the pen name Kemble Scott.

He’s currently at work on a new non-fiction book about one of America’s deadliest tragedies.


Armen Keteyian

Armen Keteyian

Armen Keteyian is widely recognized as one of the finest journalists of his generation and a highly respected authority on the most pressing issues in the world of sport. An 11-time Emmy award winner, he is currently a CBS News correspondent based in New York. He is also a longtime contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes.” He was the lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” from 2013 to 2017 and the Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News in New York from March 2006 until November 2012.

Most recently, he was Executive Producer and lead writer on the Showtime documentary “Lawrence Phillips – Running for his Life,” a searing look at the troubled life of the former University of Nebraska running back.

From 2008-2010 Keteyian won three straight Emmy awards for his reporting in the prestigious “Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast” category for stories that aired on the CBS Evening News. In September 2011 he was honored for his revealing 2010 story “Photocopiers: Hidden Dangers.” In September 2010 he was honored for “Rape in America: Justice Denied,” a five-month 2009 investigation into the startling backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in this country. In 2009 he was honored for “V.A. Suicides – Cover-Up Exposed” that aired in 2008.

From December 1997 to March 2006, Mr. Keteyian was a special features reporter for CBS Sports in New York where he roamed the sidelines of top NFL games and covered the league for The NFL Today. He also regularly covered the NCAA Basketball Tournament and anchored the network’s award-winning coverage of the Tour de France. During that period he was also a featured correspondent for HBO Sport’s award-winning magazine show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

In July of 2002, HBO Sports, as part of its highly-acclaimed “Sports of the 20th Century” series, aired a documentary co-produced and co-written by Mr. Keteyian entitled A City on Fire: The Story of the ‘68 Detroit Tigers.

Prior to joining CBS and HBO, Mr. Keteyian worked as a network correspondent for ABC News in New York for eight years (1989-97). During that time he wrote and reported more than 400 stories on a wide variety of sports-related issues for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News broadcasts. Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Keteyian worked as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York for seven years (1982-89) specializing in investigations. While there he reported on subjects ranging from corruption in college football and basketball, to sports gambling in America, to point shaving scandals, to the widening use of steroids in professional and amateur sports.

Mr. Keteyian has also written or co-written 10 books including the instant New York Times bestseller “The System,” a look deep inside big-time college football. Among his previous books are “Why You Crying,” the New York Times bestselling autobiography of actor/comedian George Lopez; Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA, a critically acclaimed account of the rise of the NBA under David Stern; the New York Times bestseller Raw Recruits, and the autobiographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary. He is currently working on a biography of Tiger Woods with co-author Jeff Benedict to be published by Simon & Schuster in late March 2018.

Mr. Keteyian began his career as a sports and feature writer in San Diego. A native of Michigan, he graduated cum laude in 1976 with a BA in Journalism from San Diego State where he started as an infielder on the baseball team. He lives in Fairfield, CT. and San Clemente, CA., with Dede, his wife of 37 years.