Bill Quigley is a law professor and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. Bill has been an active public interest and human rights lawyer since 1977. Bill has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, human rights, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. Bill has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana where he was General Counsel for over 15 years. He has been an active lawyer with School of the Americas Watch and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Bill served as Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC from 2009 to 2011 before returning to Loyola. He has served as an advisor on human and civil rights to Human Rights Watch USA, Amnesty International USA, and served as the Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
Jamie Underwood is a partner on Alston & Bird, LLP’s IP Litigation Team, where she spearheads the firm’s Section 337 practice. Jamie focuses on working with both complainants and respondents to resolve investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission and related matters before customs and the Federal Circuit. She also litigates in other appellate and trial courts, where she handles a variety of IP, antitrust and complex commercial disputes. In addition, Jamie advises clients on legislative and policy issues before Congress, federal agencies and the administration. Her work and leadership have been recognized by Chambers USA and the IAM Patent 1000. She serves on the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s board of governors, on IPO’s ITC Committee and on the ITC Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee. She has also participated in multiple World Trade Organization Ministerial Conferences as an NGO delegate.
Amol Mehra, Esq. is the Executive Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), an organization harnessing the collective power of progressive organizations to push governments to create and enforce rules over corporations that promote human rights and reduce inequality. Amol is an international human rights lawyer by training, focusing on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Amol has worked to build accountability frameworks in both domestic and international arenas, including over private military and security companies, around supply chains and extractives industries, and has worked to strengthen measures related to non-financial disclosure, anti-corruption, procurement and due diligence regimes. In addition to his work as Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Amol serves on the Advisory Council for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, as a Coordinating Member and Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA, an Advisory Board Member of Lawyers for Better Business (L4BB), on the Advisory Council for the Ranking Digital Rights Project, and on the Advisory Council for the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern. Amol's writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Forbes Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership Section, the Hill, NPR, CSRWire and the Guardian Sustainable Business Section as well as in various legal journals and periodicals. Amol holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a Honors in International Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Marco Simons is the Americas Regional Program Director for Earthrights International. Marco has served as counsel on transnational corporate accountability cases including Doe v. Unocal, Wiwa v. Shell, Bowoto v. Chevron, and Maynas Carijano v. Occidental Petroleum, and submitted amicus briefs in numerous other cases. He has written or coauthored several articles and publications on corporate accountability for earth rights abuses as well as taught college and law school courses on human rights. Marco previously worked for ERI on the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights after graduating from Yale Law School. Prior to returning to ERI, he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked for the civil rights law firm Hadsell & Stormer, which was co-counsel on Doe v. Unocal and Bowoto v. Chevron.
Mr. Collingsworth is a labor and human rights attorney specializing in trade and international labor rights issues. He was General Counsel of the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) from 1989 to 2006. He was made Executive Director of the ILRF on September 1, 2001. In April 2007, the litigation practice of ILRF became International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates), and Mr. Collingsworth decided then to focus primarily on human rights litigation and left the ILRF to head up IRAdvocates as Executive Director. From 2008 through 2015, he was the managing partner of the D.C. office of Conrad & Scherer, LLP.
Chris Byrnes is an intellectual property and international trade lawyer with experience organizing interfaith social justice movements. He has worked with a variety of artists, academics, and activists across the U.S., Middle East and South Asia to protect civil liberties of religious minorities, to promote equal access to knowledge and technology, and to prevent corporate capture of public policy. Chris received his J.D. from Georgetown University, his M.T.S. focusing on liberation theologies and praxis from Harvard Divinity School, and his B.A. in Physics and B.A. in Religion from Denison University. He is licensed to practice law in D.C., Maryland, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.