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Susan M. Liss, New Executive Director
Justice at Stake's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Susan M. Liss was selected to assume the role of Executive Director of Justice at Stake. Liss joined the organization full-time on February 16.
Liss brings to her new role an unparalleled combination of strong leadership, passionate commitment to issues of justice and democracy, and dedication to the cause of fair and impartial courts. She previously served as Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, overseeing all operations of a $34 million dollar organization with global reach. She has held numerous posts in government service, and has also previously led the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a JAS partner organization that also works on fair-courts issues.
“We could not be more enthusiastic about the selection of Susan Liss to lead Justice at Stake at this critical juncture in its history,” said Mark Harrison, Justice at Stake Board Chair. “This choice is emblematic of an exciting new direction for JAS, and the start of a new chapter in our leadership of the fair-courts field. Under Susan’s proven leadership, we are absolutely confident that Justice at Stake can drive major and lasting reforms that will protect fair and impartial courts well into the future.”
“It is a great privilege to accept this opportunity to lead Justice at Stake as its Executive Director,” Liss said. “I have watched with great concern as our courts at all levels have come under attack by special interests, while the flow of money into judicial elections has continued to increase. JAS has grown into the most credible bipartisan organization fighting back against these harmful influences. I believe deeply in its mission, and am eager to work with the JAS staff to fight harder than ever to protect the courts that protect all our rights.”
Liss assumed the Executive Director duties at JAS from Liz Seaton, the former Interim Executive Director of JAS, who returned to her prior role as Deputy Executive Director. Longtime Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg departed the organization to assume the role of President of Appleseed in August of 2015.
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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is Justice at Stake's first Honorary Chair. Justice O’Connor, America’s first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and retired in 2006. She is one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for fair and impartial courts.
Fair, impartial courts protect the rights of every American. But across America, special interests are spending millions on elections and demanding that our courts answer to narrow, partisan agendas, not to the law.
Justice at Stake educates Americans about the crucial role of state and federal courts, defends judges from threats and intimidation, promotes diversity, and advocates reforms to keep campaign cash out of the courtroom. Our goal is fair, impartial justice for all. Learn more