G. Alan Tarr
Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies
Board of Governors Professor of Political Science
Dr. Tarr serves as editor of Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States, a 50-volume reference series (Oxford University Press). He is the author of Without Fear or Favor: Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability in the States (Stanford University Press), Understanding State Constitutions (Princeton University Press), and Judicial Process and Judicial Policymaking (Cengage). He is co-author of State Supreme Courts in State and Nation (Yale University Press) and American Constitutional Law (Westview). He is co-editor of the three-volume State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century (State University of New York Press); Constitutional Dynamics in Federal Systems: Subnational Perspectives (McGill-Queen’s University Press); Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (McGill-Queen's University Press); and Federalism, Subnational Constitutions, and Minority Rights (Praeger). He served as editor and contributor to Constitutional Politics in the States (Greenwood) and Federalism and Rights (Rowman & Littlefield). Three times the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he also has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ottawa and the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He has lectured on state constitutionalism and federalism throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Robert F. Williams
Associate Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies
Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor Williams is the author of State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis), the nation’s leading casebook on the topic, now in its fourth edition; of The Law of American State Constitutions (Oxford University Press); The New Jersey State Constitution (Oxford University Press); and more than 40 articles on state constitutional law in law journals and social science publications. He has lectured on state constitutional law throughout the United States and internationally. He is co-author of Legislative Law and Statutory Interpretation: Cases and Materials (Lexis) and co-editor of Federalism, Subnational Constitutions, and Minority Rights (Praeger). He serves as faculty advisor for the State Constitutional Law issue of the Rutgers Law Journal, and in 2013 the annual lecture in state constitutional law was named after him. Prof. Williams has been active as counsel in many public interest cases. He received his B.A. cum laude from Florida State University, his J.D. with honors from the University of Florida, where he was executive editor of the law review. Prof. Williams also received master’s degrees in law from New York University (1970) and Columbia University (1980). He teaches Civil Procedure, Legislation, State Constitutional Law, and New Jersey Constitutional Law.
Sylvia S. Somers
Administrative Assistant, Center for State Constitutional Studies
Ms. Somers received her B.A. in Sociology from Old Dominion University and pursued graduate studies in Social Work before eventually changing fields. She was a Technical Editing Supervisor at RCA where she was a recipient of the "Aegis Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance" presented by Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, U.S. Navy. She began working with Rutgers University Law School – Camden in the Office of Communications, Publications, and Events, was later on the staff of Criminal Law Forum: An International Journal, and since 1998 has been on the staff of the Center for State Constitutional Studies.