FOUNDER + PRESIDENT
Prior to founding Clause 40 Foundation and its sister organization Due Process Institute, Shana served as a Policy Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In that capacity, she led many of the organization's criminal justice reform strategies and led their strategic partnerships with other organizations on legislative initiatives designed to prevent the further erosion of civil liberties in our criminal justice system.
Prior to moving to D.C., Shana practiced as a defense lawyer representing individual and organizational clients in criminal cases. She also served as pro bono immigration counsel for political refugees seeking asylum.
Shana received her J.D., magna cum laude, and served as a Law Review Note Editor. Following law school, Shana clerked for Justice Joette Katz on the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Before she found her calling as a defense lawyer and legal reformer, Shana received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing and taught literature and writing at several Louisiana colleges.
Shana lives with her husband (who has helped to prevent over a dozen state-sponsored capital deaths) and two mischievous french bulldogs in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of D.C. When she’s not fighting on behalf of fundamental fairness, Shana dreams of trips to the Arctic Circle to view the aurora borealis.
For more than 12 years, Jonathan was a researcher and writer at the Cato Institute, where he focused on criminal law, policing policy, and civil liberties. In late 2019, he left the think tank world to pursue independent writing projects and other research ventures outside of the strictly libertarian mold.
Jonathan is thrilled to work with Clause 40 Foundation to explore the ways the due process principles of Magna Carta can inform and protect individual rights and civil liberties today.
Before coming to Washington, D.C. in 2007, Jonathan worked full-time as a bartender to put himself through Indiana University-Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in history and African-American studies. He was persuaded to forgo law school but is nevertheless mistaken for a lawyer at dinner parties and on the Internet.
Jonathan lives with his better half, who is an immigration journalist and podcaster, and their adorable grey tabby. In his spare time, Jonathan watches entirely too many sporting events, including Major League Baseball, professional and college football and basketball, open-wheel auto racing, and Premier League soccer. He also plays poker and absurdly complicated board games when given the opportunity.
Favorite fun fact of the moment: Cleopatra’s reign is far closer in time to the present day than it is to the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Melissa is a law student at The George Washington University Law School. She and her family came to the United States from Cuba and that unique perspective shapes her desire to work with Clause 40 Foundation in its efforts to support the fundamental Constitutional rights available in the American criminal legal system that are unfortunately lacking elsewhere in the world. She believes that an individual’s due process rights are an essential component of any legitimate criminal legal system and agrees with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Kevin is a law student studying at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His undergraduate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Forensic Psychology focused on criminological theory and helped to raise his awareness of the injustices prevalent within our criminal justice system. He looks forward to aiding Clause 40 Foundation’s efforts to ensure the proper role of our due process rights enshrined in the Constitution. To him, erring on the side of individual liberty is not only the moral choice but also strengthens the legitimacy of our criminal justice system in the eyes of our citizens.