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John Vanderstar

John Vanderstar, American lawyer. Recipient Alan Barth award, American Civil Liberties Union National Capital Area, 1984, Finoly Bradley Volunteer award Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, 2004.


  • Vanderstar, John was born on September 17, 1933 in Jersey City. Son of John Vanderstar and Rosemarie (Torraco) Legette.

  • Education

    • Princeton University (Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 1954). Harvard University (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1961).


    • Worked at Covington & Burling. Admitted to the bar, 1961, District of Columbia. Developments Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1960-1961.

      Member of the Board, 1970-1980 and Chairman, 1976-1978, American Civil Liberties Union, National Capital Area. Member of the Board, 1979-1994, Vice President-Finance, 1985-1987 and General Counsel, 1992-1994, National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund. Former Member of the Board, Legal Counsel for the Elderly.

      Former Chairman of the Board, National Social Science and Law Project. Member, Board of Governors, District of Columbia Bar, 1985-1988. Former Chairman, Judicial Evaluation Committee.

      Former Member, Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution, Litigation Division. Former Adjunct Professor, Antitrust, Georgetown University Law Center. Author: "Litigation in the United States," in the journal of The Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Kokusai Shoji Homu, Volume 18, Nos.

      3,4,5,6, (March, April, May, and June 1990).


    President American Civil Liberties Union National Capital Area, Washington, 1976-1978, board directors, 1971-1978. Board directors National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York City, 1979-1994, Planned Parenthood Metro. Washington, since 1998.

    Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1954-1958. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar (Board of Governors 1985-1988).


    • Married Beth S. Vanderstar, November 7, 1956 (divorced October 1984). Children: Pippa, Alexandra, Thankful, Eliza. Married M. Elizabeth Culbreth, March 16, 1985.
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    Born September 17, 1933