Policy Experts

Ken Blackwell

blackwellKen Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site Townhall.com and his columns frequently appear in The Washington TimesNew York Post, and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.

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Kenneth A. “Ken” Klukowski

klukowskiKenneth A. (Ken) Klukowski is General Counsel and a Fellow with the American Civil Rights Union. He is also Senior Counsel and Director of Strategic Affairs at Liberty Institute, and Legal Editor for Breitbart News Network. Klukowski has served as Special Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, and worked on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. His columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and other national publications, and his amicus briefs and eight law review articles have been cited by various federal courts and top legal journals.

He has participated in numerous Supreme Court cases, and lectured and debated at over seventy law schools nationwide. A national bestselling author, his most recent book is Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America, published by Simon & Schuster. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, studied history at Arizona State University, earned his law degree from George Mason University, and served as a law clerk to Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Jan LaRue

larueJan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the ACRU. She formerly served as Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women, Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council, and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. She is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, and co-author of How to Protect Your Child in an X-Rated World. She has spoken, debated, and written extensively on abortion, pornography, judicial activism and nominations, freedom of speech, and religion.

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J. Christian Adams

adamsJ. Christian Adams is the President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He also serves as legal editor at PJ Media and appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He also serves on the Policy Board of the American Civil Rights Union. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.

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Jan Tyler

adamsJan Tyler is Florida Director for the ACRU’s Voting Integrity Institute which promotes election-related research and legislative initiatives in the various states.

Ms. Tyler served two terms as an elected City and County of Denver Election Commissioner (1995-2003) and has been designated as an expert witness by the Denver District Court.

She pioneered ElectionNeutralityNow (2006-2008), a blog devoted to voting integrity issues and was a featured columnist on national election reform for Examiner.com.

As a program analyst under the Federal Voting Assistance Program, Ms. Tyler assisted 18 states with the implementation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, on behalf of military and overseas voters.

Ms. Tyler has travelled extensively as an election observer participating in 13 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Election Observation Missions to eight countries.

In Memoriam

John Armor


John Armor was of legal counsel to the ACRU from its inception in 1999 until his untimely passing in August 2010. He held a B.A., Yale, 1964 and J.D., Maryland Law School, 1970 and had a long and distinguished legal career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, is available here.

A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences (right).

Armor, on behalf of the ACRU, was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000. He was a well known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements and represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

Final Articles by John Armor