Charles M. Davidson is a Director of the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School. Charles oversees all aspects of the program, including its focus on broadband policy. The ACLP has published a number of papers and has hosted interdisciplinary public policy events on an array of broadband issues, with a particular emphasis on promoting broadband adoption and utilization.

Prior to joining the ACLP, Charles served as a state regulatory utility commissioner and held a variety of positions in government and the private sector. His government work included serving as the Executive Director of Florida’s Information Technology Taskforce and as the Staff Director of the state’s first Committee on Information Technology. In the private sector, Charles was an attorney in the New York offices of Baker & McKenzie and subsequently Duane Morris. He also served as the Chairman of ITFlorida, a nonprofit organization that promotes innovation in the state’s high-tech sector.

Charles speaks and writes frequently on technology and public policy issues, and has provided expert testimony before numerous state and federal bodies, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Communications Commission. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Charles holds a Masters of Law in Trade Regulation from New York University, a Masters in International Business from Columbia University, and undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Florida, where he served as a fellowship instructor at the College of Law. He also served as a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law.


Michael J. Santorelli is a Director of the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School. In that capacity, he oversees all aspects of the ACLP’s research and scholarly writing, as well as developing and maintaining the ACLP’s core program. Michael writes widely on broadband, telecommunications, wireless, and Internet law and public policy issues.

Immediately prior to joining the ACLP, Michael was the Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Committee on Technology in Government. As its lead staffer, he was responsible for organizing hearings, preparing policy papers on a diverse array of topics, and advising Council Members on communications issues. Other duties included drafting legislation and working with local stakeholders – corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals – to develop strategies for spurring the use of new technologies across the city.

Michael received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University, and his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School.

Alumni Study Group

The ACLP Alumni Study Group brings together NYLS alums working in and around the telecom, electric, and other regulated industries for interdisciplinary scholarship and debate, student mentoring, professional development, and other activities aimed at supporting further contributions to their field of expertise, to their alma mater, and to the meaningful evolution of law and policy. Members include:

Claude Aiken

Matt Gerst, CTIA-The Wireless Association

Lisabeth Jorgensen, Public Utility Law Project of NY

Jennifer Manner, EchoStar

Robert Mayer, U.S. Telecom Association

Joseph Miller, WashingTECH

Lesley O’Neill, Bloomberg LP

Glenn Richards, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Michael J. Santorelli, ACLP at New York Law School

Steven Shparber, PJM Interconnection

Amie Stepanovich, Access

Jeremy Susac, SunStreet Energy

Trevor Timm, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Richard Windram, Verizon