Equal Justice Works’ Board of Directors is a diverse group comprised of national leaders from law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, and the public interest sector. Committed to enabling the next generation of great lawyers to serve vulnerable communities and causes, our Board is dedicated to ensuring all individuals have access to equal justice.
Randal S. Milch, Chair
Brackett B. Denniston, III, Secretary
Michael L. Lehr, Treasurer
Sheila C. Cheston
John Michael Farrell
Ivan K. Fong
Kathryn J. Fritz
Frank R. Jimenez
Michael D. Jones
Judith L. Lichtman,
Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall
M. Randall Oppenheimer
Carter G. Phillips
Sharon R. Ryan
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
John F. Schultz
Jonathan D. Selbin
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Mark D. Wasserman
Hon. Ann Claire Williams (Ret.)
Julia R. Wilson
Vivian T. Wong
Sheila C. Cheston
Sheila C. Cheston is corporate vice president and general counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security. Cheston oversees all of Northrop Grumman's legal matters. She is also a member of the company's corporate policy council.
Cheston joined Northrop Grumman from BAE Systems, Inc., where she was executive vice president responsible for strategy and planning, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and all legal matters associated with BAE Systems Inc.; she also served as a member of its board of directors. Previously, Cheston was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was chair of the firm's International Aviation, Defense and Aerospace Group.
She has held key leadership positions in the U.S. government, including general counsel of the United States Air Force where she oversaw approximately 1,500 lawyers stationed worldwide, and special associate counsel to the President of the United States.
Cheston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law. She is a fellow of the American Bar and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Cheston also serves on the Board of Advisors, National Military Family Association.
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Brackett B. Denniston, III
Mr. Brackett B. Denniston, III, served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of General Electric Company from February 2004 to November 1, 2015. Mr. Denniston was responsible for the worldwide GE legal organization and for all GE legal operations. Prior to joining GE in 1996, Mr. Denniston served as the Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993 to 1996. He was a Partner and an associate at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar in Boston from 1974 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1993) where he specialized in complex financial and securities matters and litigation. He represented parties in matters ranging from insider trading cases, pharmaceutical prosecutions, securities fraud and banking cases. From 1982 to 1986, he served as the Chief of the Major Frauds Unit in the United States Attorney's Office, where he was In charge of prosecutions relating to securities and financial fraud and also responsible for white-collar crime prosecutions.
In addition to his work at GE, Brackett is a recognized leader in promoting pro bono throughout the profession. He has received awards form the Pro Bono Institute, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and Kids in Need of Defense. Brackett serves on the boards of the Pro Bono Partnership, a nonprofit that provides transactional pro bono opportunities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and TrustLaw, a global pro bono clearinghouse created by Thomson-Reuters’ Foundation. He was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance for his role in over one hundred successful prosecutions and was recognized by Equal Justice Works in 2015 as its Scales of Justice Honoree. Mr. Denniston is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the "Harvard Law Review".
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John Michael Farrell
John is a senior partner on KPMG’s U.S. Firm executive leadership team. He is the National Managing Partner – Innovation and Enterprise Solutions, responsible for cultural, strategic and financial advancement of the Firm’s innovation program and outcomes.
John assists Fortune 1000 businesses with strategic transformational efforts, focusing on improving and sustaining performance through: leadership and cultural alignment; target operating model enhancement (e.g., global business services, centers of excellence, business partnering); process and technology improvement; and predictive performance/risk data analytics.
He also assists client senior leadership teams and boards of directors with strategic enterprise risk assessment and management programs [ERM] driving prioritization and focus on enterprise level issues that can be managed and communicated. He facilitates F1000 companies to achieve practical ERM programs architected to meet governance, regulatory and business performance requirements.
Ivan K. Fong
Ivan Fong is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel for 3M. Previously, Fong served as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he has been responsible for advising DHS’s senior leadership on all significant legal, policy, and operational issues and leading over 1,800 lawyers.
Prior to joining DHS in 2009, Fong was the chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc., a $91 billion global healthcare company, where he was named one of the “Most Influential General Counsel” by the National Law Journal. He was previously senior vice president and general counsel of GE Vendor Financial Services and prior to that was GE’s first chief privacy leader and senior counsel, information technology. Fong has also served as deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice; a partner with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.; and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
Ivan holds a B.C.L. with first-class honors from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He received his J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and an S.B. in chemical engineering and an S.M. in chemical engineering practice from MIT. He is a registered patent attorney.
Kathryn J. Fritz
Kathryn Fritz is a partner in the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Privacy Groups and serves as Managing Partner of Fenwick & West, a law firm specializing in technology and life sciences matters.
Ms. Fritz’s practice concentrates on business and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trademark, right of publicity and copyright, especially as applied to new technology areas. She has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the country and through alternative dispute mechanisms. She has represented and advised software publishers, computer hardware manufacturers, gaming and digital media companies, entertainment companies, traditional media publishers and consumer products companies on a wide variety of commercial and intellectual property issues, including copyright, defamation, trademark, trade dress, advertising, right of publicity, trade secret and unfair competition matters.
Ms. Fritz received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1981 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a University of California Regents’ Scholar. She received her J.D., cum laude, in 1985 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Research Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.
Michael J. Holston
Michael J. Holston is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Merck. In addition to the Office of the General Counsel, he oversees the Company’s Global Security and Global Safety & the Environment organizations and is a member of Merck’s Executive Committee.
Before coming to Merck, Mike served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Prior to his role with Hewlett-Packard, Mike was a partner in the litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mike practiced at Drinker Biddle & Reath from 1993 to 2005 and was a managing partner of the firm from 1999 to 2005. From 1990 through 1993, Mike served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice. He began his career as an associate at Drinker Biddle from 1987 to 1990.
Mike has a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and also a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
Sherrilyn Ifill is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) the nation's premier civil rights law organization. Her career has been committed to civil rights law, first as a fellow at the ACLU and then as a young litigator at the LDF, which she now leads. For 20 years Ms. Ifill was a tenured Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she taught a variety of courses, and continued to litigate and consult on a broad and diverse range of civil rights cases with her students. Ifill is an author and a frequent media commentator on matters involving race and civil rights. Ms. Ifill has served on the board of the Open Society Foundation for 10 years, first in Baltimore, then on the U.S. Programs board, which she chaired for 2 years. She is now a member of the global board of the Foundation. Ms. Ifill is a graduate of Vassar College, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Frank R. Jimenez
Frank R. Jimenez is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Raytheon Company, a leader in the defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets. As Raytheon’s chief legal officer, Frank is responsible for legal and regulatory affairs, corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and corporate activities in risk management, real estate, sustainability, safety and environmental quality.
Frank previously served as General Counsel for U.S. public companies Bunge Limited (agribusiness and food), Xylem Inc. (fluid technology), and ITT Corporation (multi-industrial), where he managed the 2011 spin-offs of two public companies, Xylem and Exelis Inc. (defense technology).
In prior public service, Frank served as the 21st General Counsel of the Navy, one of seven Senate-confirmed Pentagon civilians of four-star equivalent rank overseeing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps; Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) of the U.S. Department of Defense; Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy; Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting General Counsel for Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Previously, he was a litigation partner at Steel Hector & Davis (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Miami, FL, and clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, CA.
Frank graduated from the University of Miami and the Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone and Benjamin N. Cardozo moot court prizes. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Pro Bono Partnership and the Atlantic Legal Foundation.
Michael D. Jones
Michael Jones has a national trial practice that has ranged from New York to Hawaii. He has tried cases in Baltimore, Maryland, New Orleans, Louisiana, Bisbee, Arizona, Queens, New York, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Blackburne County, Indiana, Oxford Mississippi, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. He has conducted arbitrations in Orlando, Florida and Washington, D.C, and has won numerous cases on dispositive motions in a variety of jurisdictions, including Mississippi, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, and Washington, D.C.
In 2007, Mr. Jones was named a Leading Lawyer, and selected as one of the top 10 business litigation attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Legal Times. In addition, Mr. Jones was selected as one of the top 10 trial attorneys in the nation by The National Law Journal in their feature, “Winning: Successful Strategies From 10 of the Nation's Leading Litigators.” He was also chosen as one of the 75 Best Lawyers in Washington by Washingtonian magazine. In 2003, Mr. Jones was recognized as one of America's Top Black Litigators by Black Enterprise. Most recently, Mr. Jones successfully represented NL Industries in a closely watched lead paint case in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that was the subject of national media attention. He was featured in the American Lawyer’s “Top Guns” article, naming Kirkland the “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2008.
Mr. Jones holds a BA from Dillard University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for Trial Advocacy. He also serves on the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Dillard University, and the D.C. Council for Court Excellence.
Michael L. Lehr
Michael spent the first 11 years of his legal career as a trial lawyer, including five years as a federal prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and the U.S. Attorneys Office in Washington, D.C. Since late 1984, Michael has worked as a transactional attorney, focusing his efforts on the structuring and execution of complex securitizations and real estate financings, usually involving tax exempt obligations.
Judith L. Lichtman
Judith L. Lichtman has been a guiding and influential force in the women's movement for more than 30 years. She recently stepped down as President of the National Partnership for Women & Families and is presently Senior Advisor at the Partnership. Ms. Lichtman's vision and the National Partnership's strength and direct leadership have resulted in the passage of some of the most important legal protections for American women and families, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993. In 1996, the National Partnership helped shape key provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that make it easier for women and their families to get and keep health coverage. More recently, Ms. Lichtman has led efforts to promote patient protections and to bring paid family and medical leave to California. Before joining the National Partnership, Ms. Lichtman worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Jackson State College, the Urban Coalition, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as legal advisor to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In 1974, Lichtman became the Executive Director and first paid staff person for the Women s Legal Defense Fund (WLDF), which became the National Partnership for Women & Families in February 1998. Ms. Lichtman received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall
Judge Marshall was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President Jimmy Carter. She became the seventh woman of color to serve as an Article III judge in the country. In 2001, she became the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Central District of California (and the first woman of color to serve as Chief Judge in any federal district west of the Mississippi). She earned her undergraduate degree and J.D. from Howard University. She began her legal career as a Deputy City Attorney, being the first woman hired as a lawyer by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. She later entered private practice with Johnnie Cochran and Nelson Atkins. She left private practice for the bench, serving as a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner, Inglewood Municipal Court Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, and United States District Judge.
Judge Marshall has long been active in the legal community–locally, nationally, and internationally, chairing and participating in committees and boards for the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the International Association of Women Judges. Judge Marshall is Chair of the Ninth Circuit Pacific Island Committee. Judge Marshall has also been active in the local non-legal community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Weingart Center, a non-profit facility for the homeless, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and currently serves on the RAND Institute for Civil Justice Board of Overseers and as a board member of Equal Justice Works.
Randal S. Milch
Randal S. Milch is a Distinguished Fellow at the N.Y.U. Center on Law and Security. He previously served as the executive vice president, Strategic Policy Advisor to Verizon’s Chairman and CEO. Prior to that, he served as Verizon’s executive vice president, public policy and general counsel. Over his 21-year career with Verizon and its predecessor companies, Milch resolved key legal and policy issues that paved the way for Verizon's transition from a regulated phone company to a premier technology company in the digital age. Before joining Verizon, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. Milch's practice centered on complex federal litigation and international arbitration. Milch began his legal career as a clerk to Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Milch holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.
M. Randall Oppenheimer
Randy Oppenheimer is the Firmwide Chair of the Litigation Department at O’Melveny & Myers. He has emphasized national trial practice, litigation and counseling involving the business community, the energy, financial services, investment and entertainment industries, intellectual property issues, environmental issues, and antitrust and regulatory matters. Randy was among the Firm’s partners featured by The American Lawyer when it chose the Firm to receive the Litigation Department of the Year Award in 2004, and, again, when it chose the Firm as a Finalist in 2011. He has been named a member of the Lawdragon “500 Leading Litigators in America”; included in the Chambers USA “National Practice Leaders” directory as a leader in Litigation; and named a “Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. While covering one of his trials, the Washington Post reported on what they described as Randy’s “razor-sharp intellect . . . [and] dignified delivery” in the courtroom. He has served on the Firm’s Compensation and other committees and was awarded the 2008 O’Melveny & Myers Values Award in recognition of his practice excellence and contributions to the Firm.
Carter G. Phillips
Carter G. Phillips is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. He served as law clerk to both Judge Robert A. Sprecher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Phillips was an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice for three years and argued nine cases before the Supreme Court during that time.He has also argued 75 cases before that Court while in private practice, for a total of 84 arguments in that Court. Mr. Phillips has argued over 125 cases in U.S. courts of appeals, including at least one in every Circuit.
Mr. Phillips is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyer, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.He is the current Chair of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He serves as Treasurer and on the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the public policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and joined the Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in 2016.
Mr. Phillips graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and received his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from Northwestern University School of Law.
Margaret Raymond was named Dean of University of Wisconsin Law School in July 2011. As Dean, she serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, fundraising, budget planning and management, curriculum and student academic affairs. Dean Raymond received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. She served as a law clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and the late Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkships, she practiced as a commercial litigator and a criminal defense lawyer. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa from 1995-2011, where she was named the William G. Hammond Professor of Law and was honored with the law school's Collegiate Teaching Award. While at Iowa, Dean Raymond held a number of campus leadership roles, including president of the University Faculty Senate. Dean Raymond's scholarship focuses on constitutional criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the professional responsibility of lawyers. She is the co-author of a Professional Responsibility casebook, The Law and Ethics of Law Practice (with Hughes, 2d ed. 2015).
Sharon R. Ryan
Sharon Ryan joined International Paper in 1988 as an attorney in the Land and Timber/Forest Products Division. In 1992, she was named vice president and general counsel of Masonite Corporation, an International Paper subsidiary. In 1997, Sharon was named general counsel - Building Materials Group, adding Wood Products and Decorative Products to her Masonite responsibilities. She became general counsel of Consumer Packaging and Corporate Sales & Marketing in 2000, and in 2005, expanded her responsibilities to include IP’s Papers businesses and Wood Products business. Sharon was promoted to associate general counsel - Corporate Law in 2006, in 2009 assumed the additional role of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She was appointed vice president in February 2011 and, in May 2011, was also named acting general counsel and corporate secretary.
Sharon was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary November 1, 2011. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Board of Directors, National Association State Courts and has been appointed to the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission
Prior to joining International Paper, she was a real estate attorney with Baker, Smith & Mills in Dallas, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 1981. In 1985, she received her JD degree from Boston College Law School where she was an editor for the Boston College Law Review.
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Aetna Inc., reporting to the company’s Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini. He is the Chief Legal Officer of the company with worldwide responsibility for leading its legal operations, including formulating corporate legal policy. In addition, he oversees the Corporate Secretary and Compliance functions. He is a member of the Executive Committee, the senior governing body of the Company.
Mr. Sabatino joined Aetna from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., where he served as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. He joined Hertz in 2015 after serving as Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Chief Administrative Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Previously, in 2010, Mr. Sabatino was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of UAL Corporation and United Airlines, Inc., and was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Schering-Plough Corporation from 2004 through 2009. He also has held General Counsel positions at Baxter International and American Medical International.
Mr. Sabatino has received numerous awards from his peers, including Inside Counsel’s Transformative Leader Award (2012), the National Bar Association Gertrude E. Rush Award (2013) and the Equal Justice Works Scales of Justice Award (2014).
He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society (the Brookfield Zoo), the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works, and the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
Mr. Sabatino earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
John F. Schultz
John Schultz is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
He held the same role at HP, prior to the company’s separation into two companies – Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. John joined HP in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Investigations and Global Functions, managing all major litigation filed against the company globally, including intellectual property, government investigations, and commercial and employment disputes.
Before joining HP in 2008, Schultz was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan Lewis focusing on complex litigation, including defending consumer class-action, fiduciary liability, and technology-related commercial litigation. He also worked at Drinker Biddle & Reath for 14 years, where he specialized in commercial and product liability litigation.
John holds a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Jonathan D. Selbin
Jonathan Selbin is a senior partner in Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s New York office. He chairs the firm’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group, and is a long-time member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Selbin litigates consumer protection and defective products class action lawsuits against many of the nation’s most prominent corporations, and has been appointed by courts around the country to lead such litigation on behalf of consumers. He has argued and obtained favorable appellate opinions in multiple Courts of Appeal, including in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. His work on behalf of consumers was featured in a September 2014 Forbes article and a March 2016 National Law Journal article.
Together, cases in which Jonathan has played a lead role have resulted in court-approved class action settlements with combined total payouts to class members exceeding $3.0 billion in cash, plus other relief, such as extended and enhanced warranties.
Jonathan is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and clerked for Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California from 1993-1995.
In 2017, Jonathan and his family founded the Selbin Voting Rights Fellowship at Equal Justice Works, funding a two-year Fellow working to ensure fair access to voting in North Carolina.
William Treanor is currently the Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center at Georgetown University. In 2010, Mr. Treanor joined the Georgetown University Law Center from Fordham Law School, where he had been dean of the law school since 2002 and Paul Fuller Professor. He had been on the Fordham faculty since 1991. He has also been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne.
From 1998-2001, Mr. Treanor served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice. From 1987-1990, he was associate counsel, Office of Independent Counsel, during the Iran/Contra investigation, and in 1990 he served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, Misdemeanor Trial Unit, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Treanor was law clerk to the Honorable James L. Oakes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Brattleboro, Vermont. He has published widely, with a focus on constitutional law and legal history.
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016. His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act, for marriage equality, and in favor of federal preemption authority in the immigration field.
Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.
Mr. Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.
He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School and his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University. He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1983-1984.
Mark D. Wasserman
Mark Wasserman has been the Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP for 12 years and is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Eversheds Sutherland Limited. He leads the firm’s lawyers and staff in collaborating to provide high quality, efficient and creative service to the firm’s clients.
With more than 30 years of experience, Mark is a seasoned corporate lawyer who has represented and advised private and public companies, both in the United States and internationally. He has counseled clients on a broad spectrum of business matters, especially mergers and acquisitions and issues relating to federal and state securities laws.
Prior to being elected Managing Partner in 2005, Mark served as co-chair of Eversheds Sutherland (US)’s Corporate Transactional team and was a member of its Executive Committee.
Mark serves as Chair of Emory University’s Law School Advisory Board, and is also a member of Emory’s Transactional Law Advisory Board. Mark participated in the Stanford University Women in Law Hackathon, is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
An advocate for pro bono, Mark is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee for Equal Justice Works and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) and has spoken at the PBI Annual Conference, as well as presented “Pro Bono for In-House Attorneys” for the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter.
Most recently, Mark was selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2017. He was also recognized with the Distinguished Leader award by the Daily Report, which honors lawyers who demonstrate clear leadership skills that helped their firms achieve impressive results in 2016.
Mark received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and his M.A. and B.S., summa cum laude and with highest honors, from Clemson University.
The Honorable Ann Claire Williams
Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) will be joining the law firm of Jones Day in 2018 to lead its efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa. On November 10, 1999, Ann Williams was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President William J. Clinton. Judge Williams became the first African American ever appointed to the Seventh Circuit and the third African American woman to serve on any United States Court of Appeals. Judge Williams had previously been appointed in 1985 by President Ronald W. Reagan to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was the first African American woman appointed to a district court in the Seventh Circuit, which includes all federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
In addition to her memberships in various bar groups, including the Chicago, Women’s, Cook County, Black Women Lawyers, Federal, and American Bar Associations, Williams also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Equal Justice Works, and Just the Beginning Foundation.
Before becoming a lawyer, Ann Williams began her career as a music and third grade teacher in the inner city public schools of Detroit, Michigan, after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Michigan while working full time. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
Kendall Williams is a 3L at the University of Texas School of Law. Currently, she is working as a legal intern in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Following graduation she will join the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs as the Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow. While at UT Law she served as President of the Texas Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS), Vice President of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, UT Law's NBLSA chapter, and is a board member of Texas Law Fellowships, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors public interest fellowships for students at the University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Williams has been able to support the public interest community by participating in the UT Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, serving as a co-director of the 2016 Getting Radical In The South (GRITS) Conference and working as a Public Service Scholar with the William Wayne Justice Center. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Williams spent her legal summers at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Brennan Center for Justice. She is currently on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee. Prior to law school, Kendall worked for several years in higher education. She is an author and advocate for issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the University of Southern California, earning her B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity and a minor in International Relations. She earned her M.A. from Columbia University in Organization and Leadership Development.
Julia R. Wilson
Julia R. Wilson is the CEO of OneJustice, where she leads the organization’s work to bring life-changing legal help to Californians in need through a statewide network of law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, and 100+ nonprofit legal organizations. Ms. Wilson started her legal career providing direct legal services to low-income children and families at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, including two years as an Equal Justice Works (then NAPIL) Fellow. She also previously served as Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), the statewide membership and trade association for the civil legal aid nonprofits throughout the state. Ms. Wilson was named one of the 2012 Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal for her leadership at OneJustice and received a 2010 CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) Award from California Lawyer magazine for her work at LAAC on the successful passage of AB 590 (Feuer), which created the Shriver Civil Counsel Act to increase representation for low-income Californians in civil matters affecting basic life necessities. Ms. Wilson graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Linguistics in 1992 and with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1998.
Vivian T. Wong
Vivian Wong is a 2L at UCLA School of Law in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program with a Critical Race Studies specialization. As a woman with a disability, Vivian understands the challenges young people face in navigating labyrinthine systems on top of social stigmas and internal confusion. Prior to law school, she received a Stanford Public Interest Network Fellowship to help first-generation, low-income students to apply and prepare for college. She worked closely with students who grappled with abusive families, unstable homes, gang violence, and anxiety over poverty and legal status. Last summer, she clerked at the National Center for Youth Law where she worked on impact litigation addressing school force-out issues that disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. At UCLA, she is involved with the Disability Law Society, Criminal Justice Society, National Lawyers Guild, as well as the UCLA Law Review. She earned a B.A. in International Relations and French from Stanford University. Through a career in holistic advocacy, she hopes to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and ensure all youth of color and with disabilities receive a quality education. She aims to amplify the voices of youth and equip them with the tools and strength to become leaders in the pursuit of justice.
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