Board Member Bios

Elizabeth Cabraser
Elizabeth J. Cabraser

Ms. Cabraser has fought to advance and preserve justice in hundreds of complex consumer fraud, securities, personal injury, employment, environmental, and antitrust cases across America, including multi-state tobacco, Vioxx, Breast Implants, Fen-Phen, Exxon Valdez, BP Gulf Oil Spill, Toyota sudden acceleration, the Bank of New York Mellon FX transaction overcharges, and historic Holocaust litigation for nearly four decades. She presently serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation's highest profile civil cases, including the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” and Fiat Chrysler Ecodiesel emissions MDLs, national opiates litigation, the GM ignition switch defect MDL, and the Takata defective airbag litigation. Ms. Cabraser also teaches complex, multidistrict, and class action litigation courses as a Lecturer at Berkeley Law and an Adjunct at Columbia Law School. She served on the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee from 2010-2017.

Steven Gensler
Steven S. Gensler

Mr. Gensler is a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he holds the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law. In 2023, he was named as a David L. Boren Professor by the University of Oklahoma. From 2005 to 2011, Gensler served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. In 2015, Gensler was elected to the Council of the American Law Institute. 

Peter Krause
Peter A. Kraus

Mr. Kraus is a founding and managing partner of Waters, Kraus & Paul. A native of Dallas, Texas, Peter earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Texas. He began his career as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C., and has since focused his practice on toxic torts and pharmaceutical injury litigation. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, a board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. Peter is active in the community as well, serving as chairman of the board of the Greenhill School and a board member of the Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Rebecca Love Kourlis
Hon. Rebecca Love Kourlis (Retired)

Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis believes in the foundations of the American legal system and has dedicated her career, both in and out of the courts, to ensuring that the system provides justice for all. She served Colorado’s judiciary for nearly two decades, first as a trial court judge and then as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. In January 2006, she resigned from the Supreme Court to establish the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), where she served as Executive Director through 2019. Her work at the helm of IAALS focused on creating a legal system that works for all people by being accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable. Her legal experience includes practice with a regional firm, a national firm, and a small practice in rural northwest Colorado where she worked in natural resources, water, public lands, oil and gas, and mineral law. She attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Judith A. Miller
Judith A. Miller

Ms. Miller currently serves on the Defense Science Board Strategic Options Task Force, and recently served as the co-chair of its Task Force on Department of Defense Dependencies on Critical Infrastructure. Ms. Miller was formerly Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and board member of the Bechtel Group, and a partner with Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Law Institute, serving on its Council and Executive Committee, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Ms. Miller is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the Bronze Palm to that medal. She is a Yale Law School graduate and was the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia 2006 Woman of the Year.

John B. White
John B. White

Mr. White is managing shareholder of John B. White, Jr. P.A.  Mr. White’s legal career spans 45 years and has resulted in hundreds of jury trials with numerous verdicts and successful settlements, including a $327-million jury verdict against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2011. Mr. White was appointed as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank in 2017. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America since 2007 and a South Carolina Super Lawyer since 2008. He serves on the state’s chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice, as well as in leadership positions on numerous boards and legal associations. After receiving a B.S. degree in biology at Wofford College in 1972, White served in the U.S. Army before entering the University of South Carolina School of Law. He received his law degree in 1975 and was acknowledged with the Platinum Compleat Lawyer Award from the Alumni Council in 2020.