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Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee assists the Grant Committee of the Board of Directors in the review and selection of the Foundation’s annual grant recipients. Advisory Committee members are past Directors of the Foundation’s Board as well as any individuals subsequently nominated by the Foundation’s Board.

Sarah (Sally) Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, teaches in the areas of church and state, property, and legal history in the law school, and American religious and constitutional history in the history department. Sally served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.

Doug Hallward-Driemeier is head of the Appellate and Supreme Court practice at Ropes & Gray LLP, and Managing Partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Doug first worked with Barbara while he was at the DOJ Civil Appellate Staff and she at the Solicitor General's Office. Doug later succeeded Barbara both as Assistant to the Solicitor General and as member of the Board of Trustees at their church, Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, in Bethesda, Maryland. Doug has argued over 60 appeals, including before every federal circuit and 16 times before the United States Supreme Court. He served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.

Jeffrey Lamken is a nationally recognized appellate lawyer. He has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and briefed dozens more on a wide range of topics, including administrative law, the First Amendment, antitrust, bankruptcy, civil rights, criminal procedure, energy law, intellectual property, search and seizure law, separation of powers, and telecommunications. Jeff served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.

Hayley Maclean Coker, Barbara McDowell’s niece, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in private practice in Sacramento, California. She completed medical school and residency at the University of California, Davis. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she also competed on the women’s water polo team. Hayley had the pleasure of living with Barbara and Jerry for a summer while completing a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. Haley served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.

Matthew Roberts served as Special Counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission before retiring from federal service in July 2019. Prior to his role with the Sentencing Commission, Mr. Roberts worked as a Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the U.S. Department of Justice, from 2011 to 2017, where he focused on issues involving national security law. Before joining OLC, Mr. Roberts served for more than 12 years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, where he had the privilege to be Barbara’s colleague and to present 30 oral arguments and file hundreds of briefs on behalf of the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court. He served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.

Rebecca Tarneja, Barbara McDowell's niece, is an attorney at Cooley LLP, where she handles a variety of complex business and commercial litigation matters. She is also active in pro bono, litigating several high-profile cases with the ACLU. During and after undergrad, Rebecca moved to Washington, D.C., where formed indelible memories with Barbara and Jerry. Barbara was and remains a big influence on Rebecca's pursuit of the law and social justice. Rebecca served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation from 2009 to 2021 before transitioning to the Advisory Board.