Policy Advisors

Morton Rosenberg

Morton Rosenberg, a graduate of New York University (BA, 1957) and the Harvard Law School (LLB, 1960), was a Specialist in American Public Law with the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress for thirty-five years.  He currently serves as a Policy and Legal Advisor at Good Government Now and a Constitution Fellow at The Constitution Project.  He authored the “Inherent Contempt Procedure Rule for the U.S. House” Good Government Now is recommending to develop an effective capability for the House to enforce its subpoenas and contempt citations.

Mr. Rosenberg specialized in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and process, congressional practice and procedure, and labor law, and in the problems raised by the interface of Congress and the Executive which involve the scope of the congressional oversight and investigative prerogatives, the validity of claims of executive and common law privileges before committees, and issues raised by the presidential exercise of temporary and recess appointment power.

He is the author of a number of journal articles on separation of powers and administrative law issues including “Whatever Happened to Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking?: A Review, Assessment, and Proposal for Reform,” 51 Adm. L. Rev. 1051 (1999); “Congress’s Prerogative Over Agencies and Agency Decisionmakers: The Rise and Demise of the Reagan Administration’s Theory of the Unitary Executive,” 57 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 627 (1989); “The Airports Authority Case: Separation of Powers Revisited,” CRS Review (September 1991) (with Johnny Killian); and “Beyond the Limits of Executive Power: Presidential Control of Agency Rulemaking Under Executive Order 12,291,” 80 Mich. L. Rev. 193 (1981). Mr. Rosenberg was named the recipient of the 2004-2005 Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Public Service by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice in November 2005.

Michael L. Stern

Michael L. Stern specializes in legal issues affecting Congress and the legislative process, including congressional ethics, elections, investigations, lobbying and constitutional reform. He is the author of the “Rule on Information Requests and Subpoenas to the Executive Branch” Good Government Now is proposing to strengthen enforcement of congressional subpoenas of federal government officials.

Mr. Stern served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. He later served as Deputy Staff Director for Investigations for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Special Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Prior to his congressional service, he was an associate at Shaw Pittman and clerked for Chief Judge Charles Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has co-chaired the D.C. Bar’s Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section and served on the ABA Task Force on Lobbying Reform.

He currently serves on the board of the Committee for a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment, is a founding member of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, and sits on the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Haverford College where he majored in History. He blogs about congressional legal issues at www.pointoforder.com.

Dr. William J. Murphy

Dr. William J. Murphy  is an energetic advocate for good government, the rule of law, and sound national security policies.  He is the founder and president of Good Government Now where he advocates for proposals to strengthen congressional institutional capacities for oversight and investigation of the executive branch.  

Dr. Murphy is active with several advocacy and policy research organizations. He is a policy advisor to The Center for Constitutional Reform at The Heartland Institute and a Co-Chair of Physicians Against Drug Shortages, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting competition in the pharmaceutical and medical product markets. He is a Heritage Action for America Sentinel and a District Captain for the Convention of States Project.  

He is an Associate Professor of Social Science at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI where he teaches American government, economics, and U.S. national security policy.  He previously served as a lecturer in the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania, an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University, and a visiting professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.  

Dr. Murphy’s current research interests include options for improving the effectiveness of congressional information requests and subpoenas of federal officials, developing viable inherent contempt enforcement capacities for Congress, ensuring the faithful execution of the criminal contempt of Congress statute, and strengthening civil judicial enforcement of congressional subpoenas of federal officials.

Dr. Murphy holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an A.B. in Government from Harvard College.  Dr. Murphy is also a veteran of enlisted and officer service in the armor branch of the United States Army from 1988-1991, including assignments as a tank platoon leader and battalion staff officer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.