The Staff

Gore Susan Pillar of LawSusan Gore - Director

Susan Gore‘s enthusiasm for Wyoming’s founding principles led her to start Wyoming Liberty Group in 2008. Together with a few friends, she set out to provide well researched information and innovative policy solutions in issues key to quality of life. Her optimism regarding the potential of individuals and lively communities comes in part from her background in the pioneering high tech manufacturing culture of her family company, W.L. Gore & Associates.

Since its founding Wyoming Liberty Group has been a champion of freedom in matters such as free speech and association, health care choice, property rights, Second Amendment rights, government transparency, and parental control of their children’s education. Pillar of Law Institute was formed to create greater advocacy of political free speech cases to assure the liberty on which the founding of our country is based.


Barr Ben Pillar of LawBenjamin Barr - General Counsel

Benjamin Barr is a Washington, DC based attorney whose practice focuses on preserving political First Amendment liberties. Barr directs the Institute’s national litigation practice.

Barr is an expert in free speech and election law, having served as counsel to two chairmen of the Federal Election Commission. He has represented individuals and groups in First Amendment challenges in courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court favorably cited his First Amendment work in the context of campaign finance reform in Citizens United v. FEC. Along with Stephen Klein, he generated the First Amendment defense framework for former Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s exoneration.

His writings have been featured in numerous popular national publications and he has made media appearances on PBS, NPR, and other outlets in favor of First Amendment freedoms. Barr is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Klein Steve Pillar of LawStephen Klein - Attorney

Stephen Klein is an experienced free speech attorney, and has successfully fought for the First Amendment rights of his clients against local, state and federal regulators.  As a lobbyist, Steve’s advocacy has led to the successful amendment of state laws to respect political engagement and prevented the enactment of laws that burden it. Steve has published articles in several legal journals, and frequently appears in newspapers and on radio to discuss free speech and other liberty interests. Steve earned a bachelors degree in politics at Hillsdale College and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review.


Ludtke Mandy Pillar of LawMandy Ludtke - Administrative Assistant

Mandy Ludtke brings her experience in the fields of corporate sales and hospitality to the Pillar of Law Institute where she is the Outreach and Events Coordinator. Mandy is a capable administrator and organizer and can answer any question regarding our events.

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