John Vail is an original member of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, where he is Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel. He litigates issues dealing with the right to jury trial and the right of access to courts, appearing in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including the Supreme Court.
Mr. Vail has written broadly with regard to these topics, in popular and academic publications. In speaking engagements he both informs and amuses audiences. He has shared his insights with law students as Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School.
Prior to his current employment Mr. Vail worked with legal aid organizations in Tennessee, New Mexico, and North Carolina for seventeen years, with time out doing human rights work in Eastern Europe.
He has been recognized by the legal services community for “inspired vision and outstanding leadership” and has received the Public Justice Achievement Award from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his “outstanding work and success” in preserving the right of access to justice.
Mr. Vail is a graduate of the College of the University of Chicago and of Vanderbilt Law School.