Terence J. Pell is CIR’s President. Mr. Pell received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 1996, his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1981, and his B.A. from Haverford College in 1976.
Prior to working for CIR, Mr. Pell worked as an attorney with the firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn. From 1985-1988, Mr. Pell was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. He later served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He joined CIR in 1997.
Michael E. Rosman is CIR’s General Counsel. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1981, majoring in economics and political science. He received his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School. Mr. Rosman worked as an associate at Rosenman & Colin in New York City from 1984-93.
Mr. Rosman joined CIR in March 1994. Mr. Rosman is the author of several articles, including: “Ambiguity and the First Amendment: Some Thoughts On All-White Advertising,” 61 Tenn. L. Rev. 289 (1993); and “Standing Alone: Standing Under The Fair Housing Act,” 60 Mo. L. Rev. 547 (1995), “Thoughts on Bakke and Its Effect on Race- Conscious Decision-Making,” 2002 U. Chi. Legal F. 45 Book Review of Kent Greenawalt’s Fighting Words, 13 Constitutional Commentary 317 (1996)
Mr. Rosman has litigated throughout the federal court system, and has argued many times in the federal courts of appeals. He also successfully argued on behalf of CIR client Tony Morrison in the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of United States v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598 (2000).
Christopher J. Hajec is one of CIR’s Associate Counsels. Chris comes to CIR from the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy, where he served both as a defense attorney and as appellate government counsel. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Miami and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1990. He joined CIR in September 2004 and was admitted to the D.C. Bar in May 2005.
Michelle A. Scott is one of CIR’s Associate Counsels. Michelle was formerly a litigation associate with Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram, P.C. before joining CIR in 2005. She has a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University and received her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1995. She is a member of the Bar of Iowa, Ohio, Illinois and the District of Columbia.
Brian K. Miller is CIR’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs. He joined CIR after receiving his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2015. While in law school, he worked for GMU researching law and religion, clerked for the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Religious Freedom Program, and clerked for the Pacific Legal Foundation. He has written extensively on the First Amendment and other constitutional issues in law reviews, for the Federalist Society, National Review, and many others. He is a member of the Bar in the Commonwealth of Virginia.