Council Nominees

Allison H. Eid was sworn in as a judge on the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals on November 3, 2017. Prior to joining the Tenth Circuit, Judge Eid served as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, where she chaired the Water Court Committee and served as the state court representative to the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Before being named to the Colorado Supreme Court, Judge Eid served as the Solicitor General of the State of Colorado, representing Colorado officials and agencies in state and federal court. She was also a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, teaching Constitutional Law, Legislation, and Torts, and writing and speaking on the topic of federalism.

Judge Eid practiced commercial and appellate litigation with the Denver office of Arnold & Porter. She clerked for the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. She graduated in 1991 with High Honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was Articles Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. 

Judge Eid earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies (With Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) from Stanford University in 1987. Prior to law school, she served as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. She is a member of the American Law Institute, studied comparative law in London as a Temple Bar scholar, and served on the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, established by Congress in 1955 to prepare the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Eid grew up in Spokane, Washington. She and Troy, her husband of 29 years, have two children.

Education: Stanford University, A.B.; University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

Daniel C. Girard represents plaintiffs in class action lawsuits.  He is the managing partner of Girard Sharp LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm. 

He has served as lead attorney in a range of cases, including class actions arising under the securities, commodities, antitrust, predatory lending, telecommunications, privacy and civil rights laws.  His clients in litigation matters have included the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, the American Federation of Government Employees, Fireman’s Fund of America, Inc. and Allianz, A.G.

Daniel is a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.  He served on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 2004-2010, and on the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System from 2007-2016.

Daniel is a 1984 graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1979, where he majored in American History.

Education: Cornell University, B.A.; University of California at Davis School of Law, J.D.

Thomas M. Hardiman was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on January 9, 2007 and was confirmed by the Senate (95-0) on March 15, 2007.

Prior to becoming a circuit judge, he served as a trial judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as of November 1, 2003. Before taking the bench, Judge Hardiman was in private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1990-1992 and in Pittsburgh from 1992-2003.

In 2008, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Hardiman to the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Hardiman was appointed Chairman of the IT Committee in 2013, and he continues to serve in that capacity. Judge Hardiman teaches a seminar on Advanced Constitutional Law at Duquesne University School of Law. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1990 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Judge Hardiman’s chambers are in Pittsburgh, where he resides with his wife and three children.

Education: University of Notre Dame, B.A.; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Pamela S. Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and a founder and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. The Clinic has represented parties in more than fifty merits cases and amici ranging from the bipartisan leadership of the House Judiciary Committee to labor unions, and from overseas voters to survivors of torture. Professor Karlan herself has argued eight.

Her primary scholarship involves constitutional litigation, particularly with respect to voting rights and antidiscrimination law. She has published dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author of three leading casebooks as well as a monograph on constitutional interpretation—Keeping Faith with the Constitution (Oxford University Press).  She has received numerous teaching awards.

Professor Karlan received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Yale. After clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Abraham Sofaer and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, she practiced law at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on employment discrimination and voting rights. Her public service includes a term as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which implements and enforces the State’s campaign finance, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws. She also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. There, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Department’s highest award for employee performance) for work in implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the John Marshall Award for Providing Legal Advice for her work on Title VII and gender identity.

Professor Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the American Constitution Society. In 2016, she was named one of the Politico 50 — a group of “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics”; earlier in her career, the American Lawyer named her to its Public Sector 45 — a group of lawyers “actively using their law degrees to change lives.”

Education: Yale University, B.A.; Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, M.A.; Yale Law School, J.D.