Tara Ross is the author of The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule (2017), We Elect A President: The Story of our Electoral College (2016), and Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College (2d ed. 2012). She is also a co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State (2008) (with Joseph C. Smith, Jr.).
As a lawyer and writer, Tara focuses on the intersection among law, public policy, and constitutional history. She often appears as a guest on a variety of talk shows nationwide to discuss these matters and regularly addresses civic, university, and legal audiences. Her work has been published in several law reviews and newspapers, including the National Law Journal, USA Today, the American Enterprise Online, National Review Online, WeeklyStandard.com, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, The Washington Times, and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
Tara is a retired lawyer and a former Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics. She obtained her B.A. from Rice University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Tara and her husband Adam reside in Dallas with their two children.
Trevor Santos serves as the Director of Government Relations – State Affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
Trevor focuses on state legislation and regulations affecting the lawful commerce in firearms and ammunition products, hunting, and the shooting sports, handling issues for NSSF primarily in the southeast and west coast regions.
Prior to joining NSSF, Trevor worked for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) as a State Lobbyist, serving as NRA-ILA’s primary liaison between the NRA and elected and agency officials and their staff at the state level to convey the NRA-ILA’s position on proposed legislation, ordinances, and regulations that related to the Second Amendment and hunting issues.
Chris Bird, Author of Surviving A Mass Killer Rampage: When Seconds Count The Police Are Still Minutes Away & Thank God I Had A Gun.
Chris has been a journalist for 35 years and a handgun shooter for more than 50. He was born in England and his interest in shooting has steered him through the bureaucratic red tape of owning handguns in England, Canada, Australia and the United States. As a commissioned officer in the Royal Military Police of the British Army in the 1960s, Bird was stationed in Berlin, West Germany, and Belgium, serving as company weapon-training officer and winning awards for shooting in competition. After leaving the military, Chris became a journalist and worked as a crime and investigative reporter in both Vancouver & Texas…and with that kind of background and experience he has a unique voice when it comes to our topic today and the fears we face as news of jihad being waged in Paris and San Bernardino. We met Chris at the 2015 Second Amendment Foundation Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC).
Jeff Fine is the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court where he serves the fourth largest metropolitan population in the United States. His primary focus in the courts has been leading teams that improve efficiency, access to justice and customer service. He also has a track record of protecting tax dollars by championing smart initiatives based on best practices and leveraging of technology.
Jeff has over 20 years of leadership experience in the courts as an administrator, judge, hearing officer, supervisor and enforcement officer with prior experience as a police officer and corrections officer.
He is also a military veteran with 28 years of combined active and reserve duty in the United States Air Force including deployment in support of the War on Terrorism. Jeff currently serves as a member of the Arizona Fair Justice for All Task Force, Arizona Digital Evidence Task Force, Arizona Committee on Limited Jurisdiction Courts, Arizona Committee on Judicial Education and Training, Arizona Commission on Access to Justice Limited Jurisdiction Workgroup, Arizona Judicial Staff Education Committee, Maricopa County Justice Coordinating Committee and Maricopa County Smart Justice Council.
The story of Jeff Fine is one of family, faith and decades of service to his country and community as a police officer, court administrator, justice of the peace, hearing officer, court enforcement officer and corrections officer. He is also a decorated military veteran with over two decades of combined active and reserve duty in the armed forces including deployment in support of the War on Terrorism in the Middle East. He knows firsthand what it means to serve and defend our country, uphold our laws and administer justice, and he cares deeply about our country and community.
Jeff was the Republican nominee for Clerk of the Court in 2018 and won the General Election in Maricopa County where he now serves the fourth largest metropolitan population in the United States. His primary focus in the courts has been leading teams that improve efficiency, access to justice and customer service. He also has a track record of protecting tax dollars by championing smart initiatives based on best practices and leveraging of technology. Because of his experience and commitment to improvement, Jeff is regularly asked to present at court training events both locally and nationally and has served on over a dozen state and county task forces and committees.
His hobbies include target shooting, classic American vehicles, American motorcycles and serving as volunteer director of video ministries and as a men’s group leader for Summit Community Church. He is married to Kori Fine, a nurse educator with Grand Canyon University. He and his wife have four children including a daughter in the armed forces and one grandchild.
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