About Us

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.

Since our founding in January 2019, we have authored multiple Open Letters and Statements demanding President Donald Trump and Congress 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 read our Open Letters and Statements by following this link.

If you are an attorney and interested in joining and supporting our mission, we hope you’ll consider signing our latest Open Letters and our Call for Action.

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

Steering Committee Members 

Scott Harshbarger, Chairman – Former National President of Common Cause and two-term Attorney General of Massachusetts
Charles BaronEmeritus Professor Boston College Law School
Fernande (Nan) R.V. Duffly– Former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal – Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
Evan Falchuk – Former independent gubernatorial candidate for Massachusetts and founder of the United Independent Party
Nicholas Fels – Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Eugene R. Fidell– Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School, and counsel, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Carmen F. Francella – Boston, MA
Fred M. Lowenfels– General Counsel Emeritus at Trammo, Inc.
Stanley J. Marcuss – Former Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s International Finance Subcommittee; former Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Commerce Department; former partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; former Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School; retired partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
James F. McHugh – Former Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Thomas Mela – Retired Managing Attorney of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children
John T. Montgomery– Ropes & Gray, former managing partner (retired)
Gershon M. (Gary) Ratner – Co-founder, LDAD; Founder & Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools; former Associate General Counsel for Litigation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; former Associate Director for Litigation, Greater Boston Legal Services
Emanuel L. Rouvelas – Washington, DC
Lucien Wulsin
 – Founder and retired Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP)