Administrative Conference Appoints New Members


Contact:  Megan Kindelan

Administrative Conference Appoints New Members
Renowned Experts Will Work to Improve the Administrative Process

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 – The Administrative Conference of the United States today announced the appointment of new public members, a senior fellow and a special counsel to the Conference:

Public Members

  • Boris Bershteyn, Former General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget; now returning to private practice (ACUS Council Member 2011-2013).
  • Lisa Brown, Vice President and General Counsel, Georgetown University; Former Assistant to President Obama and Staff Secretary in the White House.
  • Viet D. Dinh, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Founding Partner of Bancroft PLLC; Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy; Former Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.
  • Lisa Heinzerling, John Carroll Research Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Former Associate Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy.
  • Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President, Federalist Society; Former General Counsel of the Department of Energy.
  • Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke University; Former External Affairs Administrator at the Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Jeffrey A. Rosen, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Former General Counsel of the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget.

Senior Fellow

  • H. Clayton Cook Jr., Counsel, Seward & Kissel LLP (ACUS Senior Fellow 1988-1990; ACUS Public Member 1980-1988).

Special Counsel

  • Curtis W. Copeland, Former Specialist in American Government at the Congressional Research Service and the Government Accountability Office (Retired).

The Conference has also entered into liaison arrangements with the Partnership for Public Service (headed by Max Stier, ACUS Public Member 2010-2013), and the American Law Institute.

Members of the Administrative Conference donate their time and expertise to help improve government processes.  As a public-private partnership, the Administrative Conference brings together more than 150 agency heads, general counsels, law firm partners, public interest advocates and legal academics.

“The Conference’s work is the result of collaboration across agencies, academia, business, and the nonprofit sector to debate and reach consensus on improvements to federal agency procedures,” said Paul R. Verkuil, Conference Chairman.  “I am heartened that our new members, who are all leaders in their fields, have agreed to contribute their expertise and energies to help us succeed in our mission.”

About ACUS

The Administrative Conference of the United States is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for improvement of federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics, and other experts from the private sector with diverse views and backgrounds.  With the exception of the Chairman, all Conference Members are unpaid.

The Conference is committed to promoting effective public participation and efficiency in the rulemaking process by leveraging interactive technologies and encouraging open communication with the public, making improvements to the regulatory process by reducing unnecessary litigation, and improving the use of science and the effectiveness of applicable laws. Learn more at

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