Published June 17, 2017
WASHINGTON – Ambassador (ret.) Keith M. Harper, a partner at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP, has joined the board of directors for the American Constitution Society.
“The ACS Board provides the thought leadership and engagement in local, state and national issues that make the law a force for positive change,” said ACS President Caroline Fredrickson. “Ambassador Keith Harper bring serious firepower to the ACS board.”
Ambassador (ret.) Keith M. Harper is a partner of Kilpatrick, Stockton & Townsend LLP and has focused his legal career on litigation, Native American affairs and the representation of tribes and individual Indians. Ambassador Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has had a more than 20-year distinguished career, and served as class counsel for the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit, Cobell v. Salazar, which in 2009 was settled for $3.4 billion, representing the largest class action settlement against the United States in history.
Prior to retuning to the private sector, from 2014 to 2017 Harper served as the U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Ambassador Harper served as Chair for Native American policy in the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign and was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition team in the Energy and Environment Cluster.
Ambassador Harper has taught as an adjunct professional lecturer at American University Washington College of Law and as an adjunct professor at Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He has also served as law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce of the Second Circuit.
Ambassador Harper is enthusiastic about ACS’s work. “ACS’s work plays a critical role in protecting the independence of the courts and the accountability of the executive branch,” said Harper. “I look forward to expanding ACS’s presence in the Native American legal community by promoting scholarship on critical legal issues.”