James Wootton, Chairman

James Wootton is a nationally recognized expert in law and public policy. He has helped create and grow a number of national organizations and has had leadership positions in government and non-profit organizations dealing with legal policy.

Wootton is currently chairman of the Partnership for America, a non-partisan public policy organization which promotes healthcare and legal reform and president of the Access to Courts Initiative. Wootton is a former partner of Mayer Brown LLP where he led the “Better Way" project to develop an alternative compensation system for prescription drug injuries.

Wootton joined the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform in 1998 and was the Chamber's lead negotiator of the Y2K Liability Act of 1999.

As president of Safe Streets, Mr. Wootton was principal drafter and advocate for the truth-in-sentencing provisions of the 1994 Crime Bill. In the following three years 37 states adopted truth-in-sentencing laws.

As a political appointee in the Reagan Justice Department Wootton helped create numerous national programs including: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime; National Court Appointed Special Advocates; National Child Safety Center; Child Safety Partnership; National Partnership to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program.