Welcome Interstate Compact Guru Rick Masters to the Team!
September 21, 2016
Compact for America Educational Foundation is proud to announce that Attorney Rick Masters has joined its Council of Scholars to serve as an outside peer reviewer.
Rick Masters is perhaps the nation's leading expert on the law of interstate compacts.
He is General Counsel to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision providing legal guidance concerning the compact and its administrative rules, including application and enforcement, to the member state commissioners of ICAOS and other state officials. Rick is also a recognized subject matter expert in the field of interstate compacts and provides legal advice to several other compact governing boards and agencies. He has testified frequently before state legislative committees concerning a wide variety of compact legislation and has also provided testimony to the U.S. Congress concerning compact consent legislation and related interstate compact legal issues. Rick has been counsel of record in a number of federal and state cases involving important interstate compact issues including a recent published decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth (10th) Circuit upholding the validity of the regional low-level radioactive waste compacts to which most of the states are members.
Rick has been involved in extensive research and writing in the field of interstate compacts and has published a wide variety of law review and other legal articles, bench books used by state court judges, and other publications concerning the law and use of interstate compacts. He is also the co-author of the most comprehensive compilation of legal authorities and commentary on the subject published by the American Bar Association in 2006 entitled The Evolving Use and Changing Role of Interstate Compacts: A Practitioner’s Guide.
Rick received his Juris Doctorate from the Brandeis School of Law of the University of Louisville and his B.A. from Asbury University. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and previously served as General Counsel to the Council of State Governments. He also just completed a four (4) year term as a Commissioner of the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission.
Rick's service on the Council of Scholars is focused on reviewing the legal analysis supporting the various compact projects advanced by the Foundation as an outside expert. His service should not be construed as a personal endorsement of their public policy merits; nor should any entity with which he is affiliated be regarded as doing so.