Mark Agrast

Mark Agrast is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focuses on the Constitution, separation of powers, terrorism and civil liberties, and the rule of law. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Agrast was Counsel and Legislative Director to Congressman William D. Delahunt of Massachusetts; a top aide to Congressman Gerry E. Studds; and practiced international law with the Washington office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. During his years on Capitol Hill, Mr. Agrast played a prominent role in shaping laws on civil and constitutional rights, immigration, and criminal justice, and was also responsible for legal issues within the jurisdiction of the House International Relations Committee including the implementation of international agreements on human rights and intercountry adoption. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he received his B.A. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1978 to 1981, and received his J.D. in 1985 from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar and is admitted to practice in Ohio and the District of Columbia. Mr. Agrast has been a leader in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, where he is currently chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration, a member of the Commission on the World Justice Project, and a member of the House of Delegates. He is a past member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee.