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PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD

​Board Member Biographies

David Medine, Chairman, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

David Medine started full-time as Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on May 27, 2013. Previously, Mr. Medine was an Attorney Fellow for the Security and Exchange Commission and a Special Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2002 to 2012, he was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale where his practice focused on privacy and data security, having previously served as a Senior Advisor to the White House National Economic Council from 2000 to 2001. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Medine was the Associate Director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where, in addition to enforcing financial privacy laws, he took the lead on Internet privacy, chaired a federal advisory committee on privacy issues, and was part of the team that negotiated a privacy safe harbor agreement with the European Union. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Medine taught at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law. Mr. Medine earned his B.A. from Hampshire College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.


 

Rachel L. Brand, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Rachel Brand has served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board since 2012.  In addition to her service on the PCLOB, Ms. Brand is vice president and chief counsel for regulatory litigation at the National Chamber Litigation Center, the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Her prior government experience includes serving as the Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice after being confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President George W. Bush.   In that capacity, Brand served as chief adviser to the Attorney General on issues including counter-terrorism policy and oversaw the development of all regulations promulgated by the Department of Justice.  She also managed the Department's role in selecting federal judges and prepared Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito for their U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.  Earlier in her career, Brand served in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House.  Brand was a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and to Justice Charles Fried of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  Brand graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Morris.


 

Elisebeth Collins Cook, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Elisebeth Cook has served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board since 2012.  She is also a counsel at Wilmer Hale. Previously, Ms. Cook served as the Republican Chief Counsel, Supreme Court Nominations, for the Committee on the Judiciary in the United States Senate. She also served as Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice.  At the Department, she spearheaded initiatives and provided advice relating to national security, judicial nominations, DOJ regulations, civil justice, civil rights, violent crime and other issues. Ms. Cook was a clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and to the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


 

James X. Dempsey, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

James Dempsey has served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board since 2012.  He is also Vice President for Public Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization focused on privacy, national security, government surveillance, and other issues affecting the future of the Internet. Mr. Dempsey joined CDT in 1997, holding senior roles in the organization, including Executive Director (2003-2005) and head of CDT's West Coast office in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining CDT, he served as Deputy Director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies and Special Counsel to the National Security Archive. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Dempsey was Assistant Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. From 1980 to 1984, he was an associate at Arnold & Porter, LLP. Mr. Dempsey clerked for Judge Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has been a member of several bodies addressing privacy and national security issues, including the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee advisory board, the Industry Advisory Board for the National Counter-Terrorism Center, and the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Working Group, among others. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.​


 

Judge Patricia M. Wald, Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Patricia M. Wald has served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board since 2012.  She served for twenty years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, from 1979 to 1999, including five years as Chief Judge. Since that time, she has served in various capacities including as a Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a Member on the President's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Prior to joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia, Judge Wald was the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice. She also previously worked as an attorney at the Mental Health Law Project, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, the Office of Criminal Justice at the Department of Justice, and co-director of the Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Research Project. Judge Wald is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Philosophical Society, and serves on the Open Society Institute's Justice Initiative Board. Since July 2010, Judge Wald has been a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Judge Wald clerked for the Honorable Jerome Frank on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and received her B.A. from the Connecticut College for Women and her J.D. from Yale Law School.