Philip Hamburger, President

Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Dr. Philip Hamburger is a scholar of constitutional law and its history at Columbia Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Before coming to Columbia, he was the John P. Wilson Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He also taught at George Washington University Law School, Northwestern Law School, University of Virginia Law School, and the University of Connecticut Law School. Dr. Hamburger’s contributions are unrivaled by any U.S. legal scholar in driving the national conversations on the First Amendment and the separation of church and state and on administrative power. His work on administrative power has been celebrated by organizations like the Manhattan Institute and the Bradley Foundation, among others.

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Mark Chenoweth

Executive Director & General Counsel

NCLA's Executive Director and General Counsel, Mark Chenoweth, has observed the administrative state up close and personal from perches in all four branches of the federal government. Mark served as the first chief of staff to Congressman Mike Pompeo, as legal counsel to Commissioner Anne Northup at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to the Hon. Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 


Mark has worked in several different roles in the private sector as well.  He began his legal career in D.C. as a regulatory associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He then returned to his home state of Kansas to serve as in-house counsel for Koch Industries. Most recently he spent over four years as general counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation.


Mark is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, where he co-founded the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and became a Tony Patiño Fellow. He is slated to serve as an adjunct professor at Antonin Scalia Law School in the Fall. Mark has been widely quoted and/or published in newspapers and websites including the New York TimesSan Francisco ChronicleNew Hampshire Union Leader, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He has also had recurring op-eds in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and at (202) 869-5209


Margaret a. Little

Senior Litigation Counsel

Peggy Little, Senior Counsel, comes to NCLA with over three decades of experience as a trial and appellate litigator in complex, high-stakes regulatory, mass-tort, class-action, products liability, securities, commercial and civil rights litigation representing individuals and high-profile litigants including Fortune 50 companies, financial institutions, public companies, and universities in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.   

Peggy is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize.  She was a law clerk to the Hon. Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to starting her own trial and appellate law firm in 1997, where she was appellate consulting counsel to the New Haven firefighters in Ricci v.DeStefano, a landmark 2009 United States Supreme Court decision, Peggy was a partner at Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn in New Haven, Connecticut.   From 2004 to early 2018, Peggy directed, part-time, the Federalist Society Pro Bono Center.

Peggy has participated in many national conferences and symposia addressing issues of current importance in constitutional law – specifically state and federal constitutional questions regarding the separation of powers and the first amendment – and regularly speaks, blogs and publishes on the topic of the unconstitutional exercise of governmental power.   In May of 2017, she presented her paper, Pirates at the Parchment Gates, to a conference of state and federal judges at the Law and Economics Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School.  Her work has been published by law reviews, legal publications, the Federalist Society, the Wall Street Journal, Law and Liberty and the Manhattan Institute.                                          (202) 869-5212 


Michael P. DeGrandis

Senior Litigation Counsel

Prior to joining NCLA as Senior Litigation Counsel, Mike DeGrandis specialized in complex commercial litigation defense, spending most of his legal career at Hunton & Williams LLP, before starting his own law firm. Through the course of his private litigation practice, Mike developed expertise in developing and implementing strategies to mitigate risk for organizations under acute regulatory pressure, to conduct precise large-scale internal corporate investigations, and to execute dynamic offensive and defensive discovery and e-discovery tactics.

Preceding his legal career, Mike served as Vice President of Research & Development at the National Center for Housing Management. Mike designed educational programs to teach federally subsidized affordable housing managers how to comply with frequently litigated statutory authority such as the Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Acts, and how to implement complex Department of Housing and Urban Development rules, regulations, and guidance.

Mike is a graduate of the Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of George Mason Law Review. Prior to his tenure as Editor-in- Chief, George Mason Law Review published his casenote, Atkins v. Virginia: Nothing Left of the Independent Legislative Power to Punish and Define Crime, 11 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 805 (2003), which continues to be cited by courts and legal scholars. Mike graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, with a B.A. in Politics.                                    (202) 869-5208


Richard O. Faulk

Senior Litigation Counsel

Richard O. Faulk is Senior Litigation Counsel for NCLA. In his 40-year legal career, Mr. Faulk has played a lead role in obtaining landmark decisions in many trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. In addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Faulk has handled appeals and participated as amicus curiae in the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits, as well as trial and appellate courts in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. He is board-certified as a specialist in federal and state appellate practice by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Faulk has spoken and written strongly regarding the Administrative State. In August 2016, he wrote a definitive analysis of the problems and dangers of judicial deference to regulatory agencies. See America’s Administrative State: Tracking the Origins and Consequences of Judicial Deference to Federal Agencies, 196 Critical Legal Issues Working Paper Series (Wash. Leg. Found. 2016). Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Energy and Environment for the Law & Economics Center of George Mason University School of Law, where he participated in judicial, state attorney general, congressional staff programs and education conferences. Mr. Faulk has authored many authoritative articles for law reviews and journals. In 2015, he won his fourth William Burton Legal Writing Award at the Library of Congress.

Mr. Faulk is recognized as a leading lawyer by major lawyer-ranking organizations. He has been listed in the Chambers USA directory of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004, as well as Best Lawyers since 2008 and Super Lawyers since 2009. Mr. Faulk received his B.M. from the University of North Texas and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law.                        (202) 869-5216


Caleb Kruckenberg

Litigation Counsel

Caleb Kruckenberg, Litigation Counsel, comes to NCLA with broad legal experience, often adverse to the government. Caleb developed his principled opposition to the administrative state from his experiences as a criminal defense attorney, after witnessing one too many prosecutions arising from technical violations of impenetrable regulations.

Before joining NCLA, Caleb represented clients in diverse matters at both the trial and appellate level in a variety of jurisdictions. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, then served as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of New Mexico. He later transitioned to serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico. Most recently, Caleb worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Philadelphia, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Caleb is at home in almost any legal forum, and has tried cases before juries and argued appellate matters all over the country, sometimes in the same week. Caleb received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was the Lead Articles Editor of the Temple Law Review. He also holds a B.A. in fine art from the University of Kansas. In a prior life, Caleb studied figurative painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which was founded in 1805 and was the first art school in the United States.                                      (202) 869-5217


Judy Pino

Communications & Marketing Director

Judy Pino is Communications & Marketing Director of the New Civil Liberties Alliance. She is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of combined experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors and has appeared as guest in top-tier media including FOX, MSNBC and CNN amongst others, talking about issues that impact the daily lives of Americans —especially as it pertains to our Constitutional freedoms.

She began her career in South Florida as news director for WJAN AmericaTeve 41, where she built and ran daily operations for the station’s first news broadcast. Judy eventually went on to become news anchor and received the “Communicator Award” for news coverage of Guantanamo Military Base in Cuba. Judy has appeared on numerous expert panels and also worked for the Miami Herald Newspaper, ABC, Univision, and Telemundo as a journalist, host, and producer.

From 2003-2009 she served as media liaison at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC, where she won "Aurora" and "Telly" awards for two environmental film documentaries produced and directed by her. She is also a recipient of the EPA Gold Medal of Excellence.

As Communications & Marketing Director for the nonprofit organization, The LIBRE Initiative, Judy ran national operations of press, marketing and digital strategy turning LIBRE into the go-to-resource for media on issues affecting Hispanic Americans and economic freedom.

Judy is a graduate from the University of Miami with a B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.                                      (202) 869-5218