The legal team behind Gary v. Snyder includes attorneys from Public Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP, Miller Cohen PLC, and law professors Evan Caminker and Erwin Chemerinsky.


Public Counsel is the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals: protect the legal rights of disadvantaged children; represent immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; and foster economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation. Through a pro bono model that leverages the talents and dedication of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, along with an in-house staff of more than 75 attorneys and social workers, Public Counsel annually assists more than 30,000 families, children, immigrants, veterans, and nonprofit organizations and addresses systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy.

  • Mark Rosenbaum is the Director of Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project. He has argued four times before the United States Supreme Court, more than 25 before the Ninth and Sixth Circuit federal Courts of Appeal, three before the California Supreme Court and before the United States Court of Military Appeals. (more)
  • Kathryn Eidmann is a Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project, where she brings economic justice impact litigation with a focus on education equity.  She has developed and led class action cases on behalf of low-income students, including a statewide challenge to lost learning time in high-poverty schools (Cruz v. California), and Compton Unified School District’s failure to accommodate students who are impacted by exposure to trauma (Peter P. v. CUSD).  Prior to joining Public Counsel, Kathryn worked for the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
  • Annie Hudson-Price is a Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project.  She has worked on economic justice impact litigation cases, including a lawsuit against the Compton Unified School District for failing to accommodate students who are impacted by exposure to trauma (Peter P. v. CUSD) and a case challenging the systemic discrimination against women in California’s worker’s compensation scheme (Page v. Parisotto). Annie joined Public Counsel as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
  • Alisa Hartz is a Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project. She has worked on economic justice impact litigation cases, including educational equity cases and an action against the County of Los Angeles for failing to connect mentally disabled homeless prisoners with essential services upon their release from jail.  Alisa served as a law clerk to the Hon. Dean D. Pregerson of the District Court for the Central District of California and the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She is a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA), Brown University (PhD), and the UC Irvine School of Law (JD).


With 1,900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide, Sidley Austin LLP has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. Sidley’s lawyers and staff devote more than 100,000 hours to pro bono projects annually, and play a vital role in people’s lives throughout the world, including through death penalty appeals, political asylum matters, civil rights litigation and veterans benefits appeals. Our annual pro bono reports provide a sample of the pro bono projects that Sidley lawyers have undertaken in recent years. Sidley has for the sixth year in a row received the most first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms “with the greatest global reach and expertise.”

  • Carter G. Phillips is the chair of the firm’s Executive Committee and was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012. He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court. (more)
  • Michael C. Kelley has more than 35 years of experience handling complex and high-stakes disputes for clients, many of which have involved both litigation and regulatory risks. These matters require aggressive and creative advocacy as well as strategic vision and judgment to achieve the clients’ objectives. (more)
  • Mark Haddad leads the Supreme Court and Appellate practice in the Los Angeles office and is a co-leader of Sidley’s global Appellate practice. He also serves on Sidley’s Committee on Professional Liability and Risk Management. (more)
  • Joshua E. Anderson has extensive experience handling the defense of class actions, appeals and complex, multi-party litigation in federal and state trial courts. With a passion for providing creative solutions to complicated legal issues, Josh has substantial experience in the areas of insurance, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and consumer fraud. (more)
  • Alycia A. Degen focuses on the defense of class actions, product liability and mass tort litigation, and complex civil and appellate litigation in federal and state courts. Alycia leverages the appropriate experience throughout Sidley to find creative, cost-effective solutions to difficult legal issues, particularly in regulated industries. (more)
  • Scott R. Lassar is a partner in the Chicago office and a global co-leader of the firm’s White Collar practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. (more)
  • Tacy F. Flint’s practice spans a wide range of legal issues, including antitrust law, federal preemption, state and federal tax law, securities laws, injunction standards, contract disputes, federal jurisdiction and the First Amendment. (more)


Bruce Miller, co-founding partner of Miller Cohen, PLC, has been a labor and civil rights lawyer for more than fifty years. Working with the American Federation of Teachers he has amassed a great deal of experience dealing with issue involving the education of children.  His civil rights experience is derived from his early extensive  work with the NAACP.  He is rated among the top 100 lawyers in Michigan.


Evan H. Caminker, the Branch Rickey Collegiate Professor of Law, served as dean of University of Michigan Law School from 2003 to 2013. He recently spent a year serving as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Detroit office, where he specialized in appellate litigation. (more).

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. (more)