Lawyers Defending American Democracy was conceived by a diverse and nonpartisan group of attorneys, including former federal and state judges, United States Attorneys, managing partners of large law firms, law deans and other distinguished lawyers from around the country.

As members of the legal community, we have a unique responsibility to defend the Constitution and the underlying values and norms on which our democracy depends. As such, we believe the virtually unprecedented assaults on our democracy by our President must not stand.

We have authored an open letter demanding that President Donald Trump honor the fundamental principles, norms and values of our democracy, and urge the legal community – in particular, members and leaders of America’s national, state and local bar associations, law schools, law firms and fellow lawyers nationwide – to join us in speaking out against the threats to our democracy.

You may view our open letter by following this link, and add your signature by clicking here.

Wherever you live and work – be it in cities, towns, rural areas, or the suburbs – American democracy needs to hear your voice.

We hope you’ll join us.


Steering Committee Members 

Robert Dell – Retired Global Chair of Latham & Watkins; Tiburon, CA
Fernande (Nan) R.V. Duffly – Former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal – Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights.
Nicholas Fels – Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Eugene Fidell – Counsel at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Washington, DC, and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School
Ruth Ellen Fitch – Retired partner, Palmer & Dodge; retired President/CEO The Dimock Health Center
Scott Harshbarger (Chair) – Former National President of Common Cause and two-term Attorney General of Massachusetts
Fred Kellogg – Former U.S. Attorney, Advisor to U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson
Fred M. Lowenfels – General Counsel Emeritus at Trammo, Inc., New York
Thomas Mela – Former Director of the Children’s Law Support Project; former General counsel for the Massachusetts Office for Children and Chief Attorney for the New England Office of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights; Newbury, MA
James F. McHugh – Former Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
John T. Montgomery – Ropes & Gray, former managing partner (retired)
Gershon M. (Gary) Ratner – Founder and Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools; former Associate General Counsel for Litigation, U.S. Dep’t of Housing & Urban Development
Lois Schiffer – Former Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, US Department of Justice and former General Counsel, NOAA
Scott Harshbarger (Chair) – Former National President of Common Cause and two-term Attorney General of Massachusetts
Evan Falchuk – Former independent gubernatorial candidate for Massachusetts and founder of the United Independent Party; Auburndale, MA
Fred Kellogg – Former U.S. Attorney, Advisor to U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson
Fred M. Lowenfels – General Counsel Emeritus at Trammo, Inc., New York
James F. McHugh – Former Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
John T. Montgomery – Ropes & Gray, former managing partner (retired)
Gershon M. (Gary) Ratner – Founder and Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools; former Associate General Counsel for Litigation, U.S. Dep’t of Housing & Urban Development
Lois Schiffer – Former Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, US Department of Justice and former General Counsel, NOAA