Hon. Edwin Meese III
Edwin Meese III served as the seventy-fifth Attorney General of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. Before serving as Attorney General, he was counselor to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1985. In this capacity he functioned as the president’s chief policy adviser and had management responsibility for the administration of the cabinet, policy development, and planning and evaluation. During the time he held both these positions, Meese was a member of the president’s cabinet and the National Security Council.
Mr. Meese served as Governor Reagan’s executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 1969-1974 and as legal affairs secretary from 1967-1968. Before joining Governor Reagan’s staff in 1967, he served as deputy district attorney of Alameda County California.
Mr. Meese is a distinguished fellow and holder of the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation; a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; a member of the Board of Regents of the National College of District Attorney; and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies, University of London. He has authored many scholarly books on American government, most recently The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.
He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jack Park, General Counsel
- US Army JAG Corps
- Chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Military Law Section
- Visiting Legal Fellow for the Center for Judicial and Legal Studies at the Heritage Foundation
Jack Park is the General Counsel for the American Constitutional Rights Union and works on ACRU’s Military Votes Project. Since the beginning of 2019, he has been in private practice in Gainesville, GA. There, Jack specializes in appellate and amicus work for ACRU, The Buckeye Institute, the Southeastern Legal Foundation, and others, as well as doing civil and constitutional litigation.
Jack served in the US Army JAG Corps on both active duty and in the Reserves. He represented the Government in appeals from court-martial convictions while on active duty and helped with instruction in criminal trial advocacy and other subjects at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School while in the Reserves. Jack also served as Chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Military Law Section for several years and helped organize the Section’s annual Military Law Symposium, which was held for the 30th time in 2019. He is presently a volunteer with the Georgia State Defense Force.
After his release from active duty in 1985, Jack worked for the Birmingham, AL, law firm now known as Bradley. During his time there, concentrated his work on government contract and construction law cases. In 1995, he began working for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. There, defended the State, its agencies, and officials when they were sued in voting rights, redistricting, and election law cases, institutional reform litigation, employment discrimination, and construction matters. For 22 months from 2007 to 2009, Jack worked as Special Assistant to the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community. He worked with the Inspector General and the office’s auditors, investigators, and support personnel to monitor the Corporation’s activities, report to Congress when appropriate, and assist in audits and investigations of the activities of the Corporation’s grantees. Jack then worked as a Visiting Legal Fellow for the Center for Judicial and Legal Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He assisted the other attorneys in the Center, including its Chairman, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, working on the Center’s Supreme Court, overcriminalization, civil rights, and civil justice projects. From May 2011 until the end of December 2018, Jack served as of counsel for the Atlanta law firm of Strickland Brockington Lewis. He served as a deputy attorney general for the State of Alabama to assist it in its work on and litigation involving the 2010 round of redistricting and worked on redistricting matters for the State of Georgia and Gwinnett County.
Jack is also widely published. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1977 with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.
Ambassador Curtin Winsor, Jr.
Curtin Winsor, Jr. was selected by President Reagan to be U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica from 1983 to 1985. He served there during the Contra war in Nicaragua and his mission also included the reform of Costa Rica’s economic structure. Ambassador Winsor also served as Senior Consultant on Central America to the Under Secretary of Defense from 1985 to 1987.
He served as Manager for International Affairs at the Washington Office of the Chase Manhattan Bank from 1973 to 1979. At the request of Chase’s Chairman, David Rockefeller, he served as Deputy Director of the Alliance for Free Enterprise, an entity formed to support free trade and free market issues, from 1979 to 1983.
Ambassador Winsor received his B. A. from Brown University in 1961, his M. A on Latin American Area Studies in 1964, and his Ph.D. in International Studies from the School of International Service of American University, Washington, D.C. in 1971.
Hon. Charles J. Cooper
Charles J. Cooper is a renowned civil and constitutional lawyer. As chairman of Cooper & Kirk PLLC, he has represented a variety of private and government clients and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The National Law Journal named him among the 10 best civil litigators in Washington, D.C. After serving as a clerk to Judge Paul Roney in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist, Mr. Cooper worked in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Reagan Administration. Mr. Cooper has B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Alabama.