Anthony Dick


Anthony Dick is an attorney in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on constitutional and appellate litigation. He has argued multiple cases in different U.S. Courts of Appeals, and he has authored successful briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States at both the certiorari and merits stages. He has written articles that have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review Online, SCOTUSblog, and The Washington Times. In December 2012, Forbes Magazine named him to its “30 Under 30: Law & Policy” list of “today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars.”

Anthony is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Stanford Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then for Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on the Supreme Court of the United States. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and three sons.


Harvey Silverglate


Harvey Silverglate was born in New York (1942) and was educated at Bogota (N.J.) High School (1960), Princeton University (1964), and Harvard Law School (1967).

As Counsel to Boston’s Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Silverglate specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. He has assisted students in trouble since 1969, when he represented student anti-war protesters on trial. He has taught at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (a public secondary school), the University of Massachusetts College III (in Boston), and Harvard Law School. Silverglate has also served on the Board of the ACLU of Massachusetts for over three decades, including two terms as Board president. He is a long-time affiliate of Harvard College’s Dunster House, where he conducts student “law tables.”

A criminal law and civil-liberties columnist for The Boston Phoenix for nearly four decades, Silverglate now regularly contributes to WGBH News. He has been published in The National Law JournalInc. magazine, The Wall Street JournalThe Boston GlobeThe Boston HeraldThe Philadelphia InquirerHarvard Law ReviewThe New York Times Book ReviewMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly,Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law ReviewMedia Studies JournalCato JournalCato Supreme Court Review, Wilson QuarterlyThe Chronicle of Higher EducationReason magazine, and elsewhere. Silverglate is also the author of The Shadow University (with Alan Charles Kors, 1998) and Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (2009). He has lectured and debated at the Ford Hall Forum, the oldest independent forum in the nation devoted to free speech.

Silverglate chaired the Independent Privacy Board of Predictive Networks, Inc., from 2000 until 2002. Earlier, he was litigation counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, advocating freedom in cyberspace. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.

Silverglate lives with his wife, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, in Cambridge. Their son Isaac Dorfman Silverglate lives with his wife Annette Morales and their two children in New York City.


Barbara Bishop

Barbara W. Bishop is an attorney in New York specializing in employment law, particularly in the financial services industry and within a regulatory environment. After a period in the District Attorney’s Office (including in the Rackets Bureau) and other government jobs, Bishop joined Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., a global investment bank, where she became a senior managing director and spent 23 years. There, Bishop headed the global futures and foreign exchange practices and developed the employment practice, handling transactional, contractual, and advisory work on a global basis. She also practiced in litigation and arbitration, and in regulatory areas including internal investigations and anti-money laundering. Bishop was a member of the Internal Audit Committee, the Retail Products Committee, the Global Compliance Committee, and she created and co-chaired the bank’s Diversity Committee. Bishop was also the firm’s Acting Global Head of Human Resources for a 16-month period, during which time she served on the Firm’s Operations Committee. Bishop was appointed to the firm’s President’s Advisory Council.

After her time at Bear Stearns, Bishop served in a number of roles including as general counsel of two different small broker/dealers; as counsel and later as interim HR head, Americas for a banking entity with foreign banks’ ownership, where she audited employment practices and developed a post-2008 compliant compensation program for worldwide implementation. Following that, she provided services for a large hedge fund, and today, she practices in areas of employment law, investigatory matters, and related nonprofit issues.

Bishop is a graduate of the Solebury School in New Hope, Pa., Stanford University, and New York University School of Law. Her late husband, like Barbara, was a former Rackets Bureau ADA who transitioned to and practiced law on Wall Street. She is the mother of two sons, neither of whom shows any interest in legal careers (although one did go to law school) — the older working in real estate management and the younger in investment banking.


John Ellis

John has over 35 years of experience in technology startups and computer-science research, in entrepreneurial, managerial, and technical roles. He co-founded two big-data Internet startups, ad network Turn and online marketer Post Communications, both with successful exits. He led the product and technology turnaround of tarnished search pioneer Alta Vista, ending with an acquisition by Overture and then Yahoo.

Most recently, John was a partner at accelerator Tandem Capital, working in-house with early stage startups on their business and product plans, team building, and fund raising. He identified the Tile team and helped them launch one of the largest crowdfunding campaigns for its wildly popular Bluetooth tracker, and he worked closely with the PacketZoom founder to develop a successful product and business plan for his core networking technology.

John consulted for Amazon’s A9 division for many years, improving team and software processes, leading ad-tech recruiting, and providing detailed guidance on Amazon’s first implementation of machine-learned ranking of search results.

As Entrepreneur in Residence at New Enterprise Associates, he led the launch of Data Domain, an enterprise storage provider acquired by EMC in 2009 for $2.1B.

John spent over 15 years at Xerox PARC, Digital Equipment’s Systems Research Center, and Yale University, researching compilation for VLIWs, programming environments, distributed computing, garbage collection, and wireless PDAs, and receiving two patents in programming-language implementation. He received a BSE from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, and his dissertation won the 1985 Association for Computing Machinery Best Dissertation Award and was published by MIT Press.


Richard Losick

Richard Losick is the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology, a Harvard College Professor, and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University. He received his A.B. in Chemistry at Princeton University and his Ph.D. from MIT and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. Losick is a past Chairman of the Departments of Cellular and Developmental Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He teaches the introductory course on chemistry, molecular and cellular biology for freshmen at Harvard College and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Losick is a recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Selman A. Waksman Award of the National Academy of Sciences,  the Canada International Gairdner Award, and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry of Columbia University.


Joseph Maline

Joseph Maline is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a Director of Professional Services at immixGroup, responsible for the management of immixGroup’s internal IT staff and computer systems, and working with the immixGroup Solutions line of business in the design, development, and implementation of technical solutions for immixGroup’s clients. As CTO, Mr. Maline oversees all internal IT projects, including technical decisions, project management, and delivery of solutions for the business.

immixGroup is a government business consultancy headquartered in McLean, Virginia, delivering a variety of strategies and services designed to help IT manufacturers Grow and Manage their government business and Government customers more efficiently procure the products and services they require. Working with over 150 IT manufacturers and nearly every government agency, immixGroup has the flexibility to offer its clients the ideal program and growth strategy, whether they sell direct or through the channel, offer emerging or mature technologies, own their own government contracts, or none at all. immixGroup’s clients include Fortune 1000 corporations, federal and state governments, and rapidly growing middle-market companies in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, and service industries.

Mr. Maline graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in the history and sociology of science and from Harvard University with a master’s degree in the history of science. Before joining immixGroup, Mr. Maline served as the CTO of Management Information Consulting, Inc. (MIC), an e-business, systems integration, and information technology consulting firm. He is married with two children and lives in Herndon, Virginia.


Marlene Mieske

Marlene Mieske is a registered nurse who has spent the past 35 years working with the mentally ill in Boston and New York City. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was involved in implementing the de-institutionalization and community mental health policies of that time. She went on to coordinate the Special Studies Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. During that time, the clinic conducted the NIMH fluphenazine-decanoate study along with other significant clinical research involving schizophrenia and major depression.

In New York City, Mieske became the first director of psychiatric nursing at Lenox Hill Hospital. In that role, she was instrumental in opening the first psychiatric inpatient unit as well as the first support group for hospital staff taking care of AIDS patients in the early 1980s. After leaving Lenox Hill, she continued her commitment to the mentally ill by working in a day treatment program for people challenged by mental illness and drug addiction.

Presently, Mieske’s focus has shifted to supporting the mentally ill in a broader context. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Fountain House—a club house for the mentally ill in New York City—she is developing and implementing a special education project to help reduce the stigma of mental illness among health care providers and the general public. Mieske’s other interests include participating on the board of PROMISE, at Columbia Presbyterian hospital which supports undeserved children with attention and learning disabilities, and serving on the board of advisers at the New York Civil Right Coalition.

Mieske is a graduate of Albany Memorial School of Nursing and earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from Boston College, with honors. She is married with two sons and resides in New York City.


Daphne Patai

Daphne Patai is professor emeritus of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

She is the author and editor of twelve books, among them are “The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology” (1984), “Brazilian Women Speak: Contemporary Life Stories” (1988), “Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History” (1991, co-edited with Sherna Berger Gluck), “Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals: British Women Writers 1889-1939” (1993, co-edited with Angela Ingram), and “Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism” (1998). Her 1994 critique of women’s studies programs, written with Noretta Koertge, was reissued in a new and expanded edition in 2003 as “Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women’s Studies.” She also co-edited with Will H. Corral a large volume of essays criticizing contemporary theory fads. Titled “Theory’s Empire: An Anthology of Dissent,” it was published by Columbia University Press in 2005.

Long concerned about the attack on free speech on American campuses, Patai has been involved with FIRE since its inception. Years in the academic world (including ten years spent in a women’s studies program) have alerted her to the dangers of politicizing education. Her articles on these and other problems in higher education have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and

Patai’s most recent books are collections of her essays: “‘What Price Utopia?’ Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs” was published in 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield, and História Oral, Feminismo e Política was published in 2010 by Letra e Voz in Brazil.


Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, all with an eye toward understanding the personal and social meaning of life in a dynamic, commercial culture.

Postrel is the author of “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion”, published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. Her previous books are “The Substance of Style” (2003) and “The Future and Its Enemies” (1998).  She is writing a book on the history of textiles, technology, and trade, to be published by Basic Books in the U.S. and Hachette in the U.K. She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.

From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine and vice president of the Reason Foundation.

She has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP. Her work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. Her website is at


Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Nicholas Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown and a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. His articles are generally published in the nation’s top law reviews (including the Harvard Law Review and Stanford Law Review), and they have been cited by the nation’s top courts (including the United States Supreme Court). Most relevant to FIRE, he recently published a short piece in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy about the lack of Intellectual Diversity in the Legal Academy.

Rosenkranz is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled “The Subjects of the Constitution,” was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is among the most downloaded articles about constitutional interpretation or judicial review in the history of SSRN. The second installment, “The Objects of the Constitution,” was published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.

Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1999–2000) and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2001). He served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (November 2002 – July 2004). He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the House Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee, regarding the Obama Administration’s use of bank settlement agreements to circumvent the Appropriations Clause. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rosenkranz is a founding member of Heterodox Academy and a member of its Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federalist Society and as the faculty advisor to the Georgetown chapter.