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POGO Fellows

At any given time, the Project On Government Oversight hosts a variety of fellows and advisors ("fellows") to help bring additional practical experience, specialized expertise, and (in special cases) independent counsel to further our mission and goals. The views and opinions expressed by these fellows do not necessarily reflect the official stances, views, or positions of the Project On Government Oversight, unless explicitly stated.

Lou Fisher

Lou Fisher

Scholar in Residence for The Constitution Project at POGO

Louis Fisher is Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project. Previously he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and Specialist in Constitutional Law (the Law Library, from 2006 to 2010. During his service with CRS he was research director of the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, writing major sections of the final report.

Dr. Fisher has been invited to testify before Congress about 50 times on such issues as war powers, state secrets privilege, NSA surveillance, executive spending discretion, presidential reorganization authority, Congress and the Constitution, the legislative veto, the item veto, the Gramm-Rudman deficit control act, executive privilege, executive lobbying, CIA whistleblowing, covert spending, the pocket veto, recess appointments, the budget process, the balanced budget amendment, biennial budgeting, and presidential impoundment powers.

He has been active with CEELI (Central and East European Law Initiative) of the American Bar Association, traveling to Bulgaria, Albania, and Hungary to assist constitution-writers, participating in CEELI conferences in Washington, D.C. with delegations from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Romania, and Russia, serving on CEELI “working groups” on Armenia and Belarus, and assisting in constitutional amendments for the Kyrgyz Republic. As part of CRS delegations he traveled to Russia and Ukraine to assist on constitutional questions. For the International Bar Association he helped analyze the draft constitutions for Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Fisher’s specialties include constitutional law, war powers, budget policy, executive-legislative relations, and judicial-congressional relations. He is the author of more than 400 articles in law reviews, political science journals, encyclopedias, books, magazines, and newspapers.

Mort Rosenberg

Mort Rosenberg

Constitution Project Fellow

Mort Rosenberg was a senior legal analyst with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for 35 years specializing in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and process, congressional practice and procedure, and labor law, and in the problems raised by the interface of Congress and the Executive which involved the scope of congressional oversight and investigative prerogatives, the validity of claims of executive and common law privileges before committees, enforcement of subpoenas, and issues raised by the presidential exercise of temporary and recess appointment. He also served extended details as legal counsel for a special investigative committee and as a legal advisor to the House General Counsel. Since his retirement from CRS in 2008 he has undertaken a variety of consulting projects and assignments that have tapped into his experience and expertise in constitutional, congressional and administrative law, practice and procedure. This has included an engagement by the Constitution Project to research and write a monograph on congressional investigative oversight in 2009 which was updated and expanded and published in May 2017 entitled "When Congress Comes Calling: A Study on the Principles, Practices. and Pragmatics of Legislative Inquiry." He also served as a consultant to the general counsel of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and its private counsel in the preparation of briefs and for oral argument before the Supreme Court in Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB (2010); and in preparing and submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in NLRB v. SW General (2017) which was cited five times by the majority opinion. He is presently of counsel to the law firm Barnett Sivon & Natter, Washington, D.C. and a Constitution Project Fellow.

Andrea Noble

Stephen Vladeck

Supreme Court Fellow for The Constitution Project at POGO

Steve Vladeck is the Supreme Court Fellow for The Constitution Project at POGO. Vladeck is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. Steve is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, and is also a senior editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy; a contributing editor to the Lawfare blog; a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; a fellow of the Fordham University School of Law Center on National Security; and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Steve’s prolific and award-winning scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, among others. Steve has also published short-form writing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal, MSNBC.com, Slate, and BuzzFeed. Steve graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Eleventh Circuit.