Who We Are
Eric Glitzenstein - Board of Directors
Mr. Glitzenstein has been practicing public interest law in Washington,
D.C. for more than 25 years. He worked for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen
Litigation Group for many years, and in 1993, he and Katherine Meyer started
their own public interest law firm. Mr. Glitzenstein specializes in animal
and wildlife protection, endangered species law, environmental law, and
open-government issues. He has testified before Senate and House Committees
on such issues as the Endangered Species Act, Superfund, and the Federal
Advisory Committee Act.
Mr. Glitzenstein has taught Public Interest Advocacy and Civil Litigation
as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Additionally,
he has taught Litigation Strategy at the Annual Conference on the Freedom
of Information Act and Privacy Act sponsored by the American Civil Liberties
Union and has been a visiting instructor at St. Petersburg Law School
in Russia. He has authored publications appearing in the Westview Press,
and in the following law reviews and journals: Endangered Species Update,
Ecology Law Quarterly, American University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review,
the American Civil Liberties Union's Handbook on Open Government Law,
and Animal Law. He has appeared on CNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and
Katherine Meyer - Board of Directors
Ms. Meyer has been practicing public interest law in Washington, D.C.
for over 30 years. After working for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Litigation
Group for more than a decade, she and Eric Glitzenstein started their
own public interest law firm in 1993. Ms. Meyer specializes in animal
and wildlife protection, endangered species law, environmental law, public
health and open-government laws, including the Freedom of Information
Act. She has represented a broad spectrum of grassroots animal protection,
wildlife, environmental, and public health groups as well as writers,
historians, and journalists seeking access to government information.
Ms. Meyer has taught Civil Litigation and Public Interest Advocacy for
the Public Interest Law Scholars Program at Georgetown University Law
Center, and co-authored the Litigation Strategy Chapter for the American
Civil Liberties Union's Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Handbook.
She has been on the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife and the
Center for Auto Safety, and also served on the Advisory Committee on Procedures
for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has testified
before Congress on many occasions and has appeared on television and radio
programs, including "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America,"
CNN, National Public Radio and "Cross-Fire."
Patti Thompson - Board of Directors
Ms. Thompson was Director of Science and Conservation for Save the Manatee
Club, a non-profit advocacy organization, and worked for SMC for more
than 16 years. Her areas of expertise include manatee biology and aquatic
habitat conservation. Her efforts are focused primarily on policy and
regulatory issues relating to manatee and habitat protection on both state
and federal levels. She has a BS in Zoology (a specialized degree in Biological
Sciences), from the University of Central Florida (1988) and worked toward
an MS in Biology at UCF, prior to obtaining employment at SMC. Patti is
a member of the Florida Manatee Recovery Team and received an award for
"Outstanding Contribution to Sirenian Conservation," at the
International Sirenian Workshop, 15th Biennial Conference on the Biology
of Marine Mammals, in 2003. Although manatee protection is her forte,
she is actively involved in efforts to protect all endangered species.
D.J. Schubert - Board of Directors
Mr. Schubert is a wildlife biologist employed by the Animal Welfare Institute,
a non-profit animal protection organization headquartered in Washington,
DC, where he works on a variety of national and international wildlife
issues. D.J. has a BS in Wildlife Biology from Arizona State University.
His career in the animal protection movements spans more than 20 years
and a number of advocacy campaigns. Such campaigns have involved a wide
array of species and issues including Yellowstone's bison, mountain lions,
argali sheep, predator control, black and grizzly bears, sport-hunting,
squirrels, coyotes, ungulate management, whales, off-road vehicle management,
koalas, international wildlife trade, wild horses and burros, deer, airport
bird control, elk, beavers, endangered species conservation, and migratory
birds. He has been employed by several organizations with his responsibilities
ranging from undercover investigations to managing the Cleveland Amory
Black Beauty Ranch, a national animal sanctuary. His educational background,
broad range of experiences, along with his interest in the law has allowed
him to effectively combine science and law in his wildlife advocacy campaigns.
Clarence M. Ditlow – Board of Directors
Mr. Ditlow is the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, founded by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader, and he is one of the country’s leading public interest advocates. He holds a degree in chemical engineering, a masters in law from Harvard Law School, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He directs the Center for Auto Safety in improving auto safety, reliability and efficiency, his organization has played a major role in initiating numerous recalls of defective automobiles and parts over the years. Mr. Ditlow also led efforts to have "lemon laws" enacted in all 50 states to afford consumers effective redress for defective cars. He has testified over 50 times before Congressional Committees on a variety of issues, including auto safety and warranties, air pollution, consumer protection, fuel economy, energy conservation, patents and inventions, and he was the leading consumer advocate involved in the passage of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the fuel economy provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. He is the author of numerous publications on consumers, auto safety, air pollution and transportation, and is frequently quoted in the press on these and other related subjects. Mr. Ditlow is also on the Boards of Directors for Friends of the Earth, and Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.
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