The Advisory Council is comprised of distinguished leaders from areas such as education, business, government, law enforcement, health and public policy who are committed to the regulation and safety of alcohol. They work to educate the media, policy makers, state regulators, educators and the public about the regulation of alcohol, safe and responsible consumption of alcohol, underage drinking, drunk driving and the effects of alcohol consumption.
Brannon P. Denning
Denning is professor and director of faculty development at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, where he teaches constitutional law and related courses. Prior to joining the Cumberland School of Law in 2003, Denning taught at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois.
Professor Denning has written extensively on the Commerce Clause and the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine. He was a collaborator with the late Boris I. Bittker on Bittker on the Regulation of Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Aspen Law & Business, 1999), which he continues to supplement annually. His articles have appeared in Constitutional Commentary, Foreign Affairs, the Minnesota Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review andthe Wisconsin Law Review, among other journals and periodicals.
In 1992, Denning earned his B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He received a J.D., from the University of Tennessee in 1995; and an LL.M. from Yale University in 1999.
James E. Hall
Hall is a leading expert on crisis management and government relations as well as transportation safety and security. Hall was nominated by President Clinton to the National Transportation Safety Board in 1993, became the Board’s chairman in 1994 and led the Board through January 2001. During his chairmanship, Hall worked tirelessly to improve safety in all modes of transportation. Under Hall’s leadership, the NTSB issued landmark safety studies on commuter airlines, the air tour industry, the performance and use of child restraint systems, personal watercraft, transit bus operations, passive-grade railway crossings and the dangers posed to children by passenger-side airbags in automobiles.
Hall began his career in Washington, D.C., serving as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations and a member of the staff of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. He maintained a private legal practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before serving in the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter. Hall served as director of Tennessee’s Planning Office for five years. In 1987, he helped develop and lead the Drug Free Tennessee program, the state’s first comprehensive effort to combat the problems of drug abuse which continues to operate today. Hall also served as chief of staff for Senator Harlan Mathews before being appointed to the NTSB.
Today, Hall serves as an adviser to governments and private clients on transportation safety and security, crisis management and government relations. Hall is a University of Tennessee Trustee, serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations and has served on the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee on Combating Terrorism and the Aviation Institute Advisory Board of George Washington University. Hall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1973, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Vietnam in 1969.
During his eight-year tenure as Rhode Island Attorney General, Lynch successfully defended legal attacks by economic interests against Rhode Island’s alcohol regulatory structure and spearheaded a number of important alcohol initiatives.
Lynch’s leadership on important legal and social issues earned him the respect of his peers throughout the nation and led to his induction as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in 2008. As part of his work with NAAG, Lynch sat on the Youth Access to Alcohol Task Force as well as the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws Task Force, including the Law Enforcement Subcommittee and the Public Education Subcommittee. Lynch was also an avid participant and supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Youth in Action program.
A 1987 graduate of Brown University, Lynch earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School. As a Special Assistant Attorney General from 1994 to 1999, he prosecuted cases at every level of Rhode Island’s criminal justice system and led the State’s prosecution of gang-related offenses. Lynch worked for one of Rhode Island’s top law firms until the 2002 election, which led to his first swearing in as Rhode Island Attorney General in January 2003.
Jerry A. Oliver, Sr.
As a former police chief, Oliver brings more than 35 years of experience in the public service and law enforcement sectors to the Advisory Council. In his many years of service, Oliver has served as the Assistant Chief of Police in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona; the Director of Drug Policy in Memphis, Tennessee; and Chief of Police in three cities: Pasadena, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Detroit, Michigan.
In 2006, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Oliver as Director of the Department of Liquor License and Control which is responsible for nearly 11,000 licensees.
Oliver completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Public Finance), both from Arizona State University.