The psychedelic bar association

Stewardship

The Psychedelic Bar Association Board stewards the purpose of the organization, which includes the PBA Mission, Vision, and PBA North Star Invitation.

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Founding Board Co-Chair

Ismail Ali

Ismail Lourido Ali, JD (he/him/they/them) has been utilizing psychedelics in celebratory and spiritual contexts for over 15 years, and has been actively participating in the drug policy reform movement since 2013. He is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Founding Board Co-Chair

Nicole Howell

Nicole Howell (she/her) practices law, inquiry, meditation, journeying, and being here now. She is the co-founder of Clark Howell LLP, California’s leading women-owned law firm serving the cannabis and hemp industries and leaning into discussions around the culture and ethics of psychedelics legalization and commercialization.

Founding Board Member

Hadas Alterman

Hadas Alterman is a Founding Partner at Plant Medicine Law Group. She has a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a B.A. in Community Studies/Agriculture & Social Justice from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Hadas advises cannabis and psychedelic companies on a multitude of legal issues.

Founding Board Member

Ariel Clark

Ariel Clark (she/they) is an attorney, activist, and the co-founder of Clark Howell LLP, a women-steered law firm focused on cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics. Ariel walks the Red Road and is on a healing path. She is biracial, Odawa Anishinaabe and mixed European descent.

Founding Board Member

Terry Gross

Terry Gross has engaged in significant complex litigation on behalf of private clients and civil liberties organizations for over 35 years. Mr. Gross was the first general counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization focusing on first amendment issues surrounding Internet-based technology.

Founding Board Member

Craig Guthery

Craig Guthery has over twenty years of experience as a general commercial litigator, representing a wide variety of corporate and individual clients. He has significant expertise in matters involving science and technology, particularly in the areas of computer software and services, the Internet, and biopharmaceuticals.

Founding Board Member

Roman Haferd

Robert “Roman” Haferd (he/him) is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, where he has helped build a nationally-recognized restorative justice program inside Washington DC’s Justice Department.

Founding Board Member

Kathryn Tucker

Kathryn L. Tucker, JD is Director of Advocacy with the National Psychedelics Association.  Tucker has 30 years of experience in developing bold multidimensional advocacy strategies to advance social change.

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Founding Board Co-Chair

Ismail Ali

Ismail Lourido Ali, JD (he/him or they/them) has been personally utilizing psychedelics in celebratory and spiritual contexts for over fifteen years, and has been actively participating in the drug policy reform movement since 2013. As the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Ismail advocates to eliminate barriers to psychedelic therapy and research, develops and implements legal and policy strategy, and supports MAPS’ strategy, organizational development, and ethics work. Ismail presently serves on the Board of Directors for Sage Institute in the California bay area. Ismail advises, is formally affiliated with, or has served in leadership roles for numerous organizations in the drug policy reform ecosystem, including Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Chacruna Institute, and the Ayahuasca Defense Fund. In addition, Ismail works with clients on matters related to the religious use of psychedelics as sacrament.

Founding Board Co-Chair

Nicole Howell

Nicole Howell (she/her) practices law, inquiry, meditation, journeying, and being here now.  She is the co-founder of Clark Howell LLP, California’s leading women-owned law firm serving the cannabis and hemp industries and leaning into discussions around the culture and ethics of psychedelics legalization and commercialization.  Nicole has been working against prohibitionist drug laws since the beginning of her career and is passionate about the cognitive, therapeutic, and spiritual healing that results from the perspective shift psychedelics provide.  Today, Nicole’s sincere hope is to be a part of finding solutions to the question of how to harness “just enough” of the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that exists in our culture and markets to fuel thoughtful access while not letting a free market, free-for-all swallow the movement whole.  She believes unequivocally that when we show up with a beginner’s mind, and with curiosity, honesty, and generosity, we are capable – individually and collectively —  of transformation beyond limit.  Nicole has been recognized as one of the top 75 “Most Important Women in Cannabis” by Cannabis Business Executive, of the “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers” by MG Magazine, annually ranked by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012, and recognized for several years running as an “Attorney to Watch” by Chambers and Partners USA.  Nicole regularly speaks, teaches, and writes on the topics of cannabis and hemp law and business, and drug policy reform for plant medicines and other emerging therapeutics.  She currently serves on the board of the North Star Project.  She lives in the mountains by a sweet creek and is available worldwide by the magical power of the internet.

Founding Board Co-Chair

Hadas Alterman

Hadas Alterman is a Founding Partner at Plant Medicine Law Group. She has a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a B.A. in Community Studies/Agriculture & Social Justice from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Hadas advises cannabis and psychedelic companies on regulatory compliance, policy advocacy, risk management, strategic planning, alternative finance structures, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and transactional matters. Prior to founding PMLG, she worked with a leading cannabis law firm in San Francisco. Hadas has led clients through successful cannabis license applications in California, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; served as counsel to equity applicants in Oakland and San Francisco, and works with legacy growers in the Emerald Triangle. Hadas is a former restorative justice practitioner and community organizer dedicated to using the law to expand equitable access to plant medicine. Hadas was the Policy Director of NYMHA, an organization that she co-founded that successfully lobbied for the introduction of a New York bill to decriminalize psilocybin by statute, and serves on the Equity Subcommittee of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board.

Founding Board Member

Ariel Clark

Ariel Clark is one of California’s most dedicated business and regulatory attorneys advising clients in highly regulated and emerging ecosystems.

For over a decade, Ariel has been in the trenches of cannabis law and drug policy reform, helping to enact ecosystem-defining regulations while being deeply committed to her clients — leading operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and healers. When the idea of a robust, diverse, and regulated cannabis supply chain was considered impossibly out-of-the-box, she committed her practice to be of service to the plants and communities she is in deep connection with — foresight that was recognized by Rolling Stone, which named her one of 18 “Women Shaping The Culture of Tomorrow.” Ariel’s hard work, intelligence, and tenacity have earned her a national reputation as one of the fiercest lawyers working on drug policy reform and healing technologies. Ariel’s extensive legal and political expertise provide valuable counsel to other trailblazers building successful, impactful, and mindful organizations and offerings.

Ariel is General Legal Counsel to Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and is a member of the Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. She is a founding Board Member of the Psychedelic Bar Association (PBA), serves as the Board Steward of PBA’s Religious Use Committee, and serves as the Lead Astral Projector of PBA’s Legislation and Regulation Committee. She co-founded and served on the Executive Committee of the Cannabis Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She also co-founded the Cannaboss Womxn’s Circle, an active community of professionals collectively advancing feminine leadership in the cannabis ecosystem. Ariel’s other affiliations have included the International Cannabis Bar Association, California Native American Cannabis Association, California and National Cannabis Industry Associations, and California Growers Association.

Ariel has been involved in numerous policy-change organizations, one of which was the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, which Ariel founded and ran. The Task Force was instrumental in the passage of Measure M, which authorized the creation of a legal, regulated industry in LA. Over the last ten years, she has advised many other trade associations and drug policy reform organizations on regulatory and legal issues. Ariel regularly guest lectures at universities and law schools, including Columbia, Yale, and Harvard, and participates in community gatherings, conferences, and festivals.

Ariel’s nationally-recognized leadership is reflected in her inclusion in, among other accolades, Cannabis Business Executive’s “75 Most Important Women in Cannabis”; mg Magazine’s “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers”; Cannabis Law Report’s “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers”; and Entrepreneur’s “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders.”

Prior to founding Clark Howell LLP (originally Clark Neubert LLP), Ariel captained her own firm and worked with California Indian Legal Services in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Eureka. Her holistic, forward-thinking, and thorough approach to law – coupled with deep policy expertise and progressive vision – is of enormous benefit to clients, colleagues, and fellow paradigm-shifters.

Founding Board Member

Terry Gross

Terry Gross has engaged in significant complex litigation on behalf of private clients and civil liberties organizations for over 35 years. Mr. Gross was the first general counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization focusing on first amendment issues surrounding Internet-based technology. He is a founding board member and vice-president of the Burning Man Project, was its General Counsel for over twenty years. Mr. Gross advises and litigates extensively in the blockchain and cryptocurrency area, representing blockchain luminaries in various litigation and business matters, and is General Counsel and a founding director of the EOS Alliance, a nonprofit addressing governance issues in EOS cryptocurrency, and is General Counsel of Helios, an entity dedicated to furthering the EOS ecosystem. He is also the Executive Director of the Brock Pierce Foundation, with a philanthropy focus on environmental issues, plant medicine and social justice. Mr. Gross regularly litigates cases in which he defends constitutional rights, such as representing non-traditional religions in various types of litigation raising issues of religious freedom, due process, and improper government activity, both in affirmative lawsuits and in defending damage lawsuits by ex-members; represents journalists and news organizations; and recently had a victory in a wrongful conviction case. Mr. Gross also has an active practice representing victims of clergy abuse and sexual abuse.

Founding Board Member

Craig Guthery

Craig Guthery has over twenty years of experience as a general commercial litigator, representing a wide variety of corporate and individual clients.  He has significant expertise in matters involving science and technology, particularly in the areas of computer software and services, the Internet, and biopharmaceuticals.  In 2018, Mr. Guthery expanded his practice to include advising and counseling psychedelic-assisted therapy providers in international settings.  Before venturing out on his own, he was a partner at FH+H and Special Counsel at Cooley.  He practices primarily in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Founding Board Member

Roman Haferd

Robert “Roman” Haferd (he/him) is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, where he has helped build a nationally-recognized restorative justice program inside Washington DC’s Justice Department.  In the psychedelics space, Roman serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Plant Medicine Coalition, a non-profit hub and advocacy organization that promotes safe, equitable access to psychedelic and plant medicines.  In 2020, Roman was a Steering Committee Member of the successful Decriminalize Nature DC campaign to pass Initiative 81, the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act, which made entheogenic substances among the lowest law enforcement priorities in Washington DC.  Prior to joining the AG’s office, Roman worked as a Senior Program Associate with the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, an Oakland, California-based research and innovation institute. Roman has also represented civil rights plaintiffs in cases around the country involving deprivations of Constitutional rights and law enforcement misconduct.  He previously worked as a Senior Associate in the Litigation & Controversy Department of international law firm WilmerHale LLP’s Washington, DC office.  Roman has a Bachelors of Arts from Bucknell University in Economics and Philosophy, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Founding Board Member

Kathryn Tucker

Kathryn L. Tucker, JD is Director of Advocacy with the National Psychedelics Association.  Tucker has 30 years of experience in developing bold multidimensional advocacy strategies to advance social change. Her work in recent years has focused on advocacy to open access to psychedelic substances shown to be remarkably effective in relieving non-physical suffering in patients facing life threatening conditions. She developed and leads the effort to compel DEA to open access to promising investigational psychedelic drugs (psilocybin and MDMA) pursuant to state and federal Right to Try laws. This includes federal court litigation,  AIMS et al v DEA, prompting the introduction of the first bipartisan bicameral bill introduced in the US Congress that would ensure access to eligible psychedelic drugs, the Right to Try Clarification Act.

Tucker is a founding board member of the Psychedelic Bar Association and Co-Chairs its Litigation and Advocacy Committee. She is a Founding Member of the Initiative on Psychedelics and Healing of the Global Wellness Institute.  Prior to joining NPA, Tucker served as Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project a Visiting Sponsored Project of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. Tucker founded the ELLP during her tenure as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), the nation’s oldest disability rights advocacy organization. Tucker served two decades as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices, working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Prior to that, Ms. Tucker practiced law with Perkins Coie. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Tucker has held faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark Schools of Law, teaching in the areas of law, medicine and ethics, with a focus on the end of life.  Professor Tucker was named a Fulbright Specialist to share her scholarship abroad with appointments at the University of Auckland, University of Otago, and Canterbury University in New Zealand.