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Officers & Board of Trustees
James W. Porter II, Chairman
Birmingham, Alabama

Mr. Porter is a member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. He served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama; appointed Trustee to Alabama Trust Fund Board; founding Trustee, NRA Foundation; former Chairman and present member, NRA Finance Committee; longtime Chairman, NRA Legal Affairs Committee; longtime Chairman, NRA Industry Relations Task Force; Chairman, American Firearms and Shooting Foundation; legal advisor/counsel to NRA in federal court litigation; Vice President, Alabama Rifle & Pistol Association; member, International Municipal Lawyers Association; member, Defense Research Institute; member, Alabama Bar Association (Former Chairman, UPL Committee); former Law Clerk for the Honorable Virgil Pittman, US District Court Judge. Mr. Porter received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law.

M. Carol Bambery, Trustee
DeWitt, Michigan

Mrs. Bamberry is a member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. She was appointed by Governor Engler as legislative liaison to Department of Natural Resources; served as General Counsel, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) for twelve years representing 475 hunting/fishing nonprofit organizations; conducted statewide impact litigation on hunting/firearm issues; worked with legislature on hunter/firearm issues including carry concealed reform (1997); helped write and pass Michigan Sport Shooting Range Protection Act (1994); contributor to MUCC's monthly magazine on firearm-related issues; adjunct professor Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Board Member of Governors Alumni (1993-present); teaching Second Amendment law; preparing Second Amendment textbook for law school classrooms; currently lobbying Michigan Legislature to recognize "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Week;"NRA committee member, Hunting & Wildlife Conservation; Cochair MUCC Sport Shooting Range Committee; contributor to Range Protection Handbook; appointed by Governor Engler, Commissioner, Michigan Environmental Code Commission; member, Michigan Bar Association; received law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Cooley Law School Conservation Lawyer of the Year (1988).

Robert K. Corbin, Vice Chairman
Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Corbin is a former President of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Born in Indiana, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he earned Bachelor and Law Degrees from Indiana University. An Arizona resident for nearly thirty years, he has served in a number of political offices, including three terms as Attorney General of Arizona. He has held a number of positions in the National Association of Attorneys General and was appointed by President Reagan to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Advisory Board. Among his many honors is the "Earl Warren Award", presented by the American Criminal Justice Association for outstanding contribution to criminal justice.

Charles L. Cotton, Trustee
Friendswood, Texas

Current member of the National Rifle Association's Board of Directors. Married with two sons. Committees: Finance, Legal Affairs, Bylaws and Resolutions, Action Pistol. Civil trial attorney and partner with successful Houston, Texas law firm. Consulted with Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate sponsors of Texas' Concealed Handgun License (CHL) bills from 1993 through 1997, 1999, and 2003. Contributed language to the CHL statute and its amendments, and testified for CHL and anti-lawsuit legislation. At the request of the CHL authors, testified on implementation of the Texas CHL statute. Second Amendment advocate as interviewee on television, radio and talk shows and newspaper articles both before and after passage of Texas CHL statute. Seminar speaker on Texas' CHL statute and Texas firearms laws and state constitutional protections. Competitive shooter, hunter, collector and NRA Certified Instructor. Member TSRA, IDPA, IPSC, NSSR, LEAA, co-founder and Match Director of PSC-IDPA Match.

Robert J. Cottrol, Trustee
Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. Cottrol is a professor of law and history at George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C. He holds Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in American Studies from Yale University and a Law Degree from Georgetown University. His publications on the right to bear arms include: The Fifth Auxiliary Right, Yale Law Journal; The Second Amendment: Toward an Afro-Americanist Reconsideration, Georgetown Law Journal; Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment (Garland Publishing, Inc.) which was selected by the History Book Club; Second Amendment article in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (Oxford University Press). Professor Cottrol is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve Retired.

Robert Dowlut, Trustee
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Dowlut received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1979 and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. His publications include The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: A Right to Self-Defense Against Criminals and Despots, 8 Stanford Law & Policy Review 25 (1997); Bearing Arms in State Bills of Rights, Judicial Interpretation and Public Housing, 5 St. Thomas Law Review 203 (1992); Federal and State Constitutional Guarantees to Arms, 15 Univ. Dayton Law Review 59 (1989); The 2nd Amendment: To Keep and Bear Arms, 8 San Francisco Barrister Law Journal 8 (1989); The Current Relevancy of Keeping and Bearing Arms, 15 Univ. Baltimore Law School Law Forum 32 (1984); The Right to Arms: Does the Constitution or the Predilection of Judges Reign?, 36 Okl. Law Review 65 (1983); State Constitutions and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 7 Okl. City Univ. Law Review 177 (1982); The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution Guarantees an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms, THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, Report of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution 83 (97th Congress, 2d Session, Feb. 1982) (co-author). Mr. Dowlut's writings have been cited by twelve courts: Tyler v. Hillsdale County Sheriff's Dept., 775 F.3d 308 (6th Cir. 2014); State v. Jorgenson, 312 P.3d 960 (Wash. 2013); Gamble v. United States, 30 A.3d 161 (D.C. 2011); United States v. Cane, 573 F.3d 1037 (10th Cir. 2010); Posey v. Commonwealth, 185 S.W.2d 170 (Ky. 2006); State v. Hirsch, 114 P.3d 1104 (Ore. 2005); Mosby v. Devine, 851 A.2d 1031 (R.I. 2004); State v. Hamdan, 665 N.W.2d 785 (Wis. 2003); United States v. Emerson, 270 F.3d 203 (5th Cir. 2001); United States v. Emerson, 46 F.Supp.2d 598 (N.D. Tex. 1999); State v. Comeau, 448 N.W.2d 595 (Neb. 1989); State ex rel. City of Princeton v. Buckner, 377 S.E.2d 139 (W. Va. 1988). Mr. Dowlut worked in the NRA's Office of General Counsel for 37 years, retiring after 17 years as General Counsel. He served with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and with the Army Reserve's 12th Special Forces.

Graham Hill, Trustee

Mr. Graham Hill is a Benefactor member nominated by Nominating Committee and petition. Chairman NRA Legislative Policy Committee and Federal Affairs Subcommittee. Born and raised in Texas hunting and shooting, active Texas hunter, NFA owner, AR-15 enthusiast, disabled 3-Gun and shotgun competitor, concealed carry permitted, attorney. Endorsed by FCSA and FCI. Board of Directors of American Suppressor Association, President Fifty Caliber Institute, co-founder, past President and Board of Directors Washington Safari Club. Twenty-five years legal experience in federal regulations and Congressional legislation, helped improve interstate firearm transportation laws and federal land access. NRA Disabled Shooting Sports Committee member. President George W. Bush appointee to National Council on Disability. Assisting NRA with developing instructor curriculum for disabled shooters, wheelchair concealed carry program, and other disability program initiatives. Co-host NRA's National Disability Awareness Tournament. Former Vice Chairman, NRA President's Special Advisory Committee on Disabled Shooting; Life Member NYSRPA, TSRA, SCI, FCSA, DSSA Honorary Life member.

The Honorable Curtis S. Jenkins
Forsyth, Georgia

Mr. Jenkins was first elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2008. He currently serves on Legislative Policy and Legal Affairs Committees. Mr. Jenkins is a relentless Second Amendment defender and strict constitutionalist. He authored nation's first law prohibiting frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers, which was adopted by 33 states and Congress, signed by President Bush. He was a member, Georgia House of Representatives 1989-2005 (100% NRA A+ rating), served as Chairman-Special Judiciary Committee. Mr. Jenkins received the NRA legislative leadership award, is a Benefactor member, a hunter, shooter, collector. As a Boy Scout leader-he has helped facilitate shooter training and led Whittington Center trips. He is a NRA Certified Instructor-Rifle/Shotgun. Served as member Board of Directors for the Georgia Wildlife Federation, he is a member-Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, President-Monroe County Sportsman's Federation (organized competitive shooting, NSSF "Hunting & Fishing Day" events),and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff. He is an Honorary Life member-Georgia Sheriffs Association. Also a member-GSSA, TSRA, CRPA, NYRPA, FCSA, DU, NWTF, GWF. Referral Attorney-NRA and Police Benevolent Associations. Mr. Jenkins also serves as a member-Individual Rights Section and Advisory Committee on Legislation-State Bar.

Robert E. Sanders, Trustee
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Mr. Sanders is a member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors, a trustee of the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund and currently serves on three of the Association's committees, Legal Affairs, Law Enforcement and Urban Affairs. His practice involves defense of criminal prosecutions, criminal appeals and administrative law involving firearms matters. He was an adjunct professor of law and criminal justice at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to the practice of law, Mr. Sanders had a twenty-four year career in Federal law enforcement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Beginning as a special agent, he rose through the ranks to become the Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, the highest executive law enforcement position in ATF. He was appointed a Commissioner by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to serve on the Commission for the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement. The Commission's 2000 report, "Law Enforcement in a New Century and a Changing World," contained findings, conclusions and recommendations concerning the role of federal law enforcement agencies their interactions, cooperation and coordination with U.S. and foreign intelligence communities and with other federal, state and local policing organizations. Mr. Sanders is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is Associate Counsel to the National Association of Treasury Agents.

William H. Satterfield, Trustee
Birmingham, Alabama

Mr. Satterfield is a current member of the National Rifle Association's Legal Affairs Committee. He is Of Counsel in the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group of Balch & Bingham LLP. A native of western Kentucky, he earned his bachelor of industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA degree from Indiana University. Commissioned through ROTC, he served on active duty in the Signal Corps in Thailand and Viet Nam, and he is a Colonel (Retired) in the Army Reserve. Following his active service, he earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. During the Reagan Administration, Mr. Satterfield served in Washington as Associate and Deputy Solicitor in the Department of Interior (1981-1984), and as General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (1984-1986). Since 1986, he has been engaged in the private practice of environmental, natural resources, energy, and public utility law, and he deals with complex legislative and regulatory matters at both federal and state levels. He is an NRA Endowment member and a Life Member of Safari Club International and the Reserve Officers Association. He is former Counsel, Board member, and Executive Committee member of the National Waterways Conference. He currently serves on the Board of the Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway Association and on the Foundation of Highlands United Methodist Church. Mr. Satterfield is a long time member of the American and Alabama Bar Associations, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 1989 to the present.

Stefan Tahmassebi, Secretary
Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. Tahmassebi is the Deputy General Counsel for the National Rifle Association. A member of the Virginia Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association and various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, he received his J.D. in 1987 from Georgetown University Law Center.

Wilson H. Phillips Jr., Treasurer
Vienna, Virginia

Mr. Phillips is also Treasurer of the National Rifle Association. A 1970 graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Winston Salem, New York and Washington, D.C. He subsequently was a partner in a Washington, D.C. CPA firm and has served as Chief Financial Officer of not-for-profit and professional service organizations. He also currently serves as Treasurer for The NRA Foundation, Inc. and the NRA Special Contribution Fund.