The Center for Justice & Democracy has a dedicated professional staff committed to protecting the civil justice system.
Joanne Doroshow is the founder and executive director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and co-founder of Americans for Insurance Reform (AIR). She is also Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where she teaches "Civil Justice Through the Courts." An attorney, Doroshow has worked on civil justice issues since 1986, when she directed an insurance industry and liability project for Ralph Nader. Together, they developed some of the first educational materials used to fight "tort reform" around the country including Goliath: Lloyd's of London in the United States (1988) and Safeguarding Democracy: The Case for the Civil Jury (1992).
Doroshow founded CJ&D in 1998. As CJ&D Executive Director, she has testified before the U.S. Congress many times and appeared before numerous state legislatures around the country. She has written or co-authored numerous CJ&D studies and White Papers on civil justice issues including Premium Deceit: The Failure of "Tort Reform" to Cut Insurance Prices, The CALA Files: The Secret Campaign by Big Tobacco and Other Major Industries to Take Away Your Rights, The Bitterest Pill, and The Racial Implications of Tort Reform. She also edited Lifesavers: CJ&D's Guide to Lawsuits that Protect Us All, The Secret Chamber, Workers Compensation- A Cautionary Tale, How the Civil Justice System Protects Environmental Health and many other CJ&D publications.
Doroshow is a nationally recognized civil justice expert, frequently appearing on television and radio programs on CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. She is regularly quoted in newspapers nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times. Doroshow has film and television production experience as well. She was one of the producers of the 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary, The Panama Deception, and has worked on the theatrical, broadcast and video distribution of a number of films. In 1994 and 1995, she was a Segment Producer and Coordinating Producer for TV Nation, the Emmy Award-winning humorous political show by Michael Moore. She was also a Coordinating Producer of the documentary SiCKO (2007) and an Associate Producer of Fahrenheit 9/11.
From 1981 through 1985, Doroshow was lead counsel and spokesperson for TMI Alert, a community group working to block the restart of the TMI-1 nuclear reactor after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident and whose case reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1992, she worked on the successful Supreme Court appeal of the Karen Silkwood case. From 1989 to 1990, Doroshow was the director of California-based Bhopal Justice Campaign, a coalition of community groups and leaders fighting for statewide support for victims of the India gas disaster.
Emily is an attorney who is one the organization's principal writers and analysts. Prior to joining CJ&D in 2000, Emily was a volunteer attorney with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Community Outreach Law Program, Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She was a student law clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis and New York County Civil Court Justice Alice Schlesinger, a Mediator with the Brooklyn Law School Mediation Clinic, and an intern with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1998.
Daniel coordinates CJ&D's membership program, designs all publications and educational material, and oversees the administrative aspects of the organization. Before joining CJ&D in 2006, he helped organize educational programs and events for Fordham Law School's Career Planning Center. As a street photographer, Daniel has built a worldwide following documenting the more marginal aspects of the urban landscape, as well as controversial artworks, political protests, and city living. Daniel studied Anthropology and Religious Studies at SUNY New Paltz, and currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of Take Back the News.
Nicole Reustle is an attorney with a background in political campaigns, legislative advocacy and activism. Prior to joining CJ&D, Nicole worked as a political campaign professional, including as the campaign manager for a southern congressional candidate, and Turnout Coordinator for the New York Democratic Campaign Committee. In addition to her political work, Nicole also brings significant legislative advocacy and policy experience to CJ&D. As a clinician with the New York Civil Liberties Union, she worked to draft and advocate for meaningful changes to NYC’s school safety system and close the school to prison pipeline. Before graduating law school, Nicole worked on high-profile tort litigation and organized grassroots community events as a fellow with Battleground Texas. Nicole holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. from Ithaca College, where she studied Political Science and Speech Communication.
Jocelyn Bogdan, Of Counsel
Jocelyn Bogdan is an attorney passionate about consumer rights. Prior to coming to CJ&D, Jocelyn worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights both as a Post Graduate Fellow and, before graduating from Cardozo School of Law in 2010, as an Ella Baker Fellow. Her political experience includes a stint with the Maryland Democratic Party as Field Director, and in Wisconsin as Regional Field Director during the 2004 Presidential election campaign. Her international work includes working with CARE International in Uganda and internships with the UN High Commission for Refugees and with the Kenya Human Rights Commission.