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George Washington University Law Professor Spencer Overton, Esq. is Interim President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and was elected to its Board of Governors in 2013. Professor Overton is on sabbatical from his position as a tenured Professor of Law at George Washington University. Here, Overton founded and led the Political Law Studies Initiative, which provides an extensive curriculum, regularly hosts panels and conferences, and provides a neutral venue for government officials, scholars, practitioners, and policy advocates to develop ideas and create bipartisan professional networks. He is also a Senior Fellow at Demos. Professor Overton served as a member of the Obama campaign, transition, and Administration from 2007-2010, first as chair of Government Reform Policy for the Obama presidential campaign, then as the Administration's Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.
Barbara L. Johnson is Acting Chair of the Joint Center Board of Governors and a partner in the Employment Law Department at Paul Hastings. Ms. Johnson is a nationally known employment jury trial and class action lawyer representing employers. She regularly tries cases in various state and federal courts, raising issues of alleged race, age, gender, and disability discrimination, wage and hour violations retaliation, breach of contract, and various employment torts. Ms. Johnson has tried more than 25 employment law cases.
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