October 06, 2015

Monica Hopkins-Maxwell

Monica Hopkins-Maxwell, Executive Director 

Monica Hopkins-Maxwell became the Executive Director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital in 2014. Monica served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho since 2008 in which time she oversaw sweeping statewide victories, particularly in the areas of criminal justice reform, LGBTQ equality, immigrants’ rights and upholding the First Amendment.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Monica had a distinguished career in the nonprofit sector which included executive and development positions. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and has been a recipient of numerous awards including the Idaho Business Review’s “Accomplished Under 40” and Women Making History Award. In 2008, she was a Rotary Group Study Exchange participant in Sri Lanka and in 2012-13, she was a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow for LGBTQ Advocacy.

Monica holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science from Boise State University.

Arthur B. Spitzer, Legal Director

Arthur B. Spitzer was born in Brooklyn, which explains a lot. He was raised in Queens and graduated from Bayside High School, Cornell University, and Yale Law School. After clerking for Judge Walter K. Stapleton (then D. Del., now 3rd Cir.), he practiced for several years at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) before assuming his current position on April Fool’s Day, 1980. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a Master at the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. His dog’s name is Justice. He is not related to former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer.

Brigid Slipka, Director of Philanthropy

Brigid Slipka joined the ACLU-NCA as the Director of Philanthropy in October, 2014. She had previously raised funds for the Smithsonian, California Institute of the Arts, and Yale University. A self-professed philanthropy nerd, Brigid has written on the theory and practice of giving. She serves on the board of GiveWell. Brigid received her BA from Kenyon College and has an MFA and an MBA from Yale. She may be reached at

Scott Michelman

Scott Michelman, Senior Staff Attorney

Scott’s docket as an impact litigator has spanned a broad range of civil rights/civil liberties issues, including access to the courts, discrimination and selective enforcement, freedom of speech and press, habeas corpus, immigrants’ rights, judicial secrecy, political protest, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, privacy rights, religious freedom, the rights of medical marijuana patients, sentencing law, unreasonable search and seizure, and workers’ and consumers’ rights. Scott teaches Civil Rights Litigation at Harvard Law School and Constitutional Law at American University Washington College of Law. He has been quoted by national radio, television, and print media outlets, including NPR, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Associated Press, Reuters, and National Law Journal, and his commentary and opinion have appeared in SCOTUSblog, Slate and the Huffington Post. Scott has argued before the United States Supreme Court, five federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and numerous other federal and state courts around the country. Before joining the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, Scott was an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group and with the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project. Scott graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he went on to clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A member of the British royal family once broke his thumb playing football under Scott’s supervision. He may be reached at

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