Judge Timothy K. Lewis Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Constitution ProjectOn January 5, 2010 by Schnader in Alternative Dispute Resolution
January 5, 2010 – Washington, D.C.: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is pleased to announce that the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, co-chair of the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Constitution Project. Judge Lewis currently serves as the co-chair of the Constitution Project’s National Right to Counsel Committee, which released the ground-breaking “Justice Denied,” report in April 2009 detailing the endemic and systemic failures of the indigent defense system and offering twenty-two specific and urgently needed reforms to fix them. Since the report’s release, Judge Lewis and his fellow Committee members have been actively advocating on behalf of the report’s recommended reforms. He will continue to serve in that role in addition to serving on the Constitution Project’s board.
Founded in 1997, the Constitution Project is a bipartisan organization that seeks to develop and promote consensus solutions to difficult legal and constitutional issues. It does this through constructive dialogue across ideological and partisan lines, and through scholarship, activism, and public education efforts. The Constitution Project has earned wide-ranging respect for its expertise and reports and has sought to employ practical research and supporting resource materials as a means to incorporate constitutional issues into the country’s regular political debate. The media, government officials, and interested organizations frequently call on the Project for information, interviews, and speaking engagements. The organization’s experts have testified before federal and state legislative committees and the group’s work has been cited in numerous reports and studies by government agencies, the media, and law and policy organizations. Further, the Project’s blue-ribbon committee members frequently write opinion pieces and are often quoted in news articles. The organization also sponsors events and panels on important legal issues of the day and files amicus curiae briefs in important court cases urging adoption of its consensus reforms.
The Honorable Timothy K. Lewis is co-chair of Schnader’s Appellate Practice Group, and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Consistently active in public service throughout his career, Judge Lewis has been asked to serve in a variety of roles, including serving as the U.S. representative on an international faculty of judges and mediators during a U.S. AID-sponsored Mediation Roundtable in the Republic of Croatia in December 2002; traveling to Moscow in February 2008 to serve as a delegate at the second meeting of the U.S. – Russia Roundtable on Democracy and Human Rights, co-sponsored by the Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights of the Russian Federation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he also delivered the opening statement on behalf of the U.S. delegation; and, chairing and moderating a series of national town meetings and congressional-style hearings called by Amnesty International on the subject of “Racial Profiling, Pre- and Post-9/11” in the fall of 2003. Judge Lewis has also served in a variety of teaching and faculty roles, including teaching “Advocacy and Adjudication” as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and serving as a former member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago School of Law. Further, Judge Lewis has trained Department of Justice attorneys in mediation at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and served as an instructor in trial advocacy at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. In addition to his faculty roles, Judge Lewis has served as a guest lecturer, moot court judge, and commencement speaker at various law schools, including the University of Pittsburgh, the Georgetown Law Center, Duquesne, Temple and Harvard.
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