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   We would like to introduce you to the Founding Members of Friends Of the Article V Convention and tell you something about each of them.


Thomas E. Brennan, Former Chief Justice, State of Michigan, 1967 to 1973. A Founding Member of Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, the largest accredited law school in the United States, Mr. Brennan has advocated the calling a convention since 1982. His latest article on the issue was published in March, 2007 in the Harvard Law School Journal of Law and Public Policy. Several of his articles are available on the FOAVC Articles Page, and his blog "OldJudgeSays" can be seen here .

Also, co-Founder, Judge Thomas E. Brennan  is leading an effort to organize a virtual Article V Convention on the Internet.

Every American citizen is welcome to register as a Delegate and participate in the great work of drafting, debating, and deciding upon necessary amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

FOAVC.ORG remains non-partisan, and neither supports or opposes any specific Article V Amendments.
However, for anyone who would like to explore the drafting and debating upon specific amendments, Convention USA invites you to visit the web-site.

Byron De Lear

Byron DeLear is a twice former US House candidate and is currently running for the Missouri House of Representatives, 79th District. He has been a featured speaker at several international events including the 2006 World Peace Forum. In addition to his extensive commitment as a civic activist, Mr. De Lear is also successful media producer in music, television and radio. He can be contacted at .


Joel S. Hirschhorn, is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. He has written several recent articles in support of the calling of convention.  His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the National Governors Association. Links to his book and articles are located on our Links Page. His articles are available on our Articles Page.


Dennis Murphy is a business owner and longtime political activist living in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the current state director of the Nebraska Minutemen, former state chairperson of the Nevada Reform Party, and an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. His business interests include an ongoing project in the People's Republic of China where he has traveled extensively and gained a unique, global perspective of the U.S. political system. Mr. Murphy is also the publisher of a new website focusing on lifestyle options for retiring baby boomers ( You can contact Mr. Murphy at Links to the Nebraska Minutemen can be found on our Links Page. Mr. Murphy is the FOAVC National Director for State FOAVC Chapters.


Bill Walker is a former journalist and newspaper publisher. He was graduated from Washington State University with a BA in journalism. He has brought two federal lawsuits, Walker v. United States (2000) and Walker v. Members of Congress (2004), the last taken in appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. The two lawsuits dealt specifically with the obligation of Congress to call an Article V Convention. Walker v. United States was the first such lawsuit in American history. A link to his site giving details of the lawsuits can be found on our Links Page.