Board of Directors
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.
Kim Koopersmith, Chair
Randal S. Milch, Vice Chair
Judith L. Lichtman, Secretary
Michael L. Lehr, Treasurer
Sheila C. Cheston
Brackett B. Denniston III
Paul T. Friedman
The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes
Michael J. Holston
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
John F. Schultz
Mark D. Wasserman
The Honorable Ann C. Williams
Julia R. Wilson
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.
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.
Paul T. Friedman
Paul T. Friedman is a partner with Morrison & Foerster and heads the firm’s global compliance practice. He specializes in conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies and board committees, including cross-border investigations that are regional and global in scope. These investigations focus on corruption issues, alleged price-fixing by cartels, and other significant compliance issues. He frequently represents clients in government investigations. Mr. Friedman is the firm’s managing partner for Europe and assists clients who need investigation and compliance assistance in EMEA.
In his 30+ years with the firm, Mr. Friedman has represented a wide range of companies, including some of the largest global companies, audit and special committees, individual directors and officers, venture capital firms, investment banks and law firms. He is a frequent speaker on the FCPA, cartel issues, securities litigation, cross-border litigation and investigations.
Mr. Friedman is chair of the Morrison & Foerster Foundation, which makes several million dollars in charitable contributions annually; over the Foundation’s 28-year history, it has donated more than $40 million, primarily to local nonprofit organizations serving our communities’ disadvantaged children and low-income individuals seeking meaningful access to justice. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Compensation Committee and board of directors. Mr. Friedman was recognized in BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star Team 2006 and 2010 surveys for consistently delivering superior client service.
The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes
Sven Erik Holmes is the Vice Chair – Legal, Risk and Regulatory for KPMG LLP. In this role, he oversees the Firm’s risk management functions as well as its office of general counsel, office of government affairs, security department and ethics and compliance program. Judge Holmes also serves as KPMG’s Chief Legal Officer, Counsel to the Board of Directors and as a member of the Management Committee. Judge Holmes was a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP when he was appointed by President William J. Clinton as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, where he served for ten years, the last three as Chief Judge. Judge Holmes served in a number of key positions in law, government and academia prior to joining the Firm, including: Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, 1999-2005; General Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1987-1989; Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition (Iran-Contra Investigation), 1987; Executive Director, Democrats for the 80’s (Independent Political Action Committee), 1983-1985; and Administrative Assistant, Oklahoma Governor David L. Boren, 1975-1977. Judge Holmes has received a number of awards including, Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (2009); National Law Journal’s Americas 50 Outstanding General Counsel (2014); and Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting (2007). He is a Member of the Board of Directors for Equal Justice Works, and a Member of the Boards of Trustees for St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Ford’s Theatre. Judge Holmes received his A.B. from Harvard University, his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, and New York bars.
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.
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.
Kim Koopersmith is the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. As chairperson, Ms. Koopersmith guides the strategic direction of the firm and heads its management committee. She plays a leading role in ensuring the firm's continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence.
Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Koopersmith was the firm’s United States managing partner, overseeing operations, client service, finance, recruitment and professional development. During her tenure as U.S. managing partner, she played a key role in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership. For many years, Ms. Koopersmith was also a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters and served as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Koopersmith has helped pioneer many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent. She has overseen the creation of the Women’s Professional Development Initiative and development of the firm’s core competency program. She has also been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including the firm’s participation in numerous scholarships and pipeline efforts.
Ms. Koopersmith has received industry and media recognition for her efforts and accomplishments in making Akin Gump a diverse and dynamic organization. In 2011, she was the recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity [have] carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” More recently, Law360 selected her as one of its “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners,” citing “almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.”
As a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation practice, Ms. Koopersmith focused on litigating complex commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, in federal and state courts; representing creditors’ committees in complex bankruptcy proceedings; and representing foreign interests litigating claims in the U.S. courts.
Ms. Koopersmith is involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities, including serving on the board of Equal Justice Works, which works to facilitate opportunities and financial support for law students and law school graduates who seek to pursue a career in public service. She is also on the board of Her Justice, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence.
Ms. Koopersmith received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and her J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law in 1984. She is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.
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.
Telana McCullough is a 2L at Oklahoma City University School of Law where she is the 2014-2015 President of the Public Interest Law Group. Telana is with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement this semester. Last summer, she interned with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma where she assisted in providing legal services to women in ReMerge. ReMerge is a comprehensive diversion program designed to transform pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration for non-violent offenses into productive community citizens. Telana has also served as a Global Justice Volunteer where she trained in Manila, Philippines with young adult leaders from around the world and interned with the Center for Changing Lives in Chicago, IL. Additionally, Telana has served as an intern and reading program coordinator for Project Transformation in Dallas, TX and interned with the General Board of Church and Society where she was placed at the NAACP Washington DC Legislative Bureau. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Telana is in law school because she wants to help make justice more accessible for society's most vulnerable people, especially those who are limited by a lack of socioeconomic resources.
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.Back to top
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.
Kathryn Ruemmler is a partner in the Litigation Department and the global Co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP.
Ms. Ruemmler rejoined the firm after serving for more than five years in the Obama Administration, first in the Department of Justice and later as Counsel to the President. Ms.Ruemmler has built a reputation as a respected and formidable litigator with an unusual breadth of experience in crisis management, policy development and regulatory and enforcement matters. She has particular expertise in white collar criminal defense, SEC and other agency enforcement matters, congressional and internal investigations, and at trial.
As President Obama’s chief lawyer, Ms. Ruemmler was one of his most senior advisors, providing strategic advice on all legal matters implicating domestic and foreign policy and national security. She advised on all significant litigation matters, including the most high profile and consequential cases heard by the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Ruemmler also managed the Administration’s response to congressional and other investigations and was responsible for the selection and nomination process of all federal judges. She managed a team of approximately 45 lawyers and staff in the White House Counsel’s office and frequently dealt with agency general counsels on their most difficult legal problems. Ms. Ruemmler worked closely with members of the President’s Cabinet to manage a number of challenges ranging from the defense and implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the public debate arising from the unauthorized disclosure of government surveillance activities. President Obama described her as having “an uncanny ability to see around the corners that no one else anticipates.”
Prior to the four and a half years Ms. Ruemmler was in the White House, she served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, joining the Justice Department on the first day of the Obama Administration as its highest-ranking political appointee. In that role, she was the Deputy Attorney General’s primary advisor on a broad range of criminal policy, law enforcement, national security and civil litigation matters. She worked closely with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in the overall management and supervision of the Justice Department’s components, including the United States Attorney’s Offices.
Ms. Ruemmler has significant jury trial experience and has tried more than 20 cases to verdict both inside the government and in private practice. She worked for six years as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. and later as the Deputy Director of the Enron Task Force. Ms. Ruemmler was one of the lead prosecutors in the high profile and successful securities fraud prosecution of former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. She delivered the closing argument in that case and received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice’s highest award, for her performance.
As a litigation partner at Latham from 2007 to 2009, Ms. Ruemmler represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of criminal and civil enforcement matters, internal investigations and at trial. She handled many complex financial cases and matters involving allegations of healthcare fraud, insider trading, the FCPA and antitrust violations.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Ruemmler served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton where she defended the White House and the Office of the President in a variety of independent counsel and congressional investigations. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Back to top
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.
Laura Stein is Senior Vice President-General Counsel for The Clorox Company. Among other responsibilities, she chairs the Clorox women's employee resource group and co-sponsors the company's social responsibility program. Previously, Ms. Stein was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of H.J. Heinz Company from 2000 to 2005. At Heinz, she was President of Heinz's Global Organization for the Advancement of Leadership for Women and a Director of the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation. Prior to Heinz, Ms. Stein was Assistant General Counsel at Clorox and before that she was a lawyer with Morrison & Foerster LLP. Ms. Stein is a Director of Franklin Resources, Inc. (a global investment management organization known as Franklin Templeton Investments). Ms. Stein is chair of the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She chairs the ABA Asia Law Initiative Council and co-chairs the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board. Ms. Stein is a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA Center for Rule of Law Initiatives Board and the State Bar of California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services. Previously, she was chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, a member of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and Vice-Chair of the East Bay Community Law Center, among other roles. Ms. Stein holds a B.A. and M.A. from Dartmouth College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Deannell Reece Tacha
Dean Tacha is Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law and professor of law. Previously, she was a Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth
Circuit, since January, 1986. She served as Chief Judge from January 2001 through 2007. During her distinguished career, she served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and was named in 2006 by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Conference's Executive Committee. Previously, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed her to serve two terms as Chair of the Conference's Committee on the Judicial Branch which oversees the federal judiciary's relationship with Congress and the executive branch. She also was a member of the United States Sentencing Commission which is responsible for studying and making recommendations to Congress about federal sentencing policy. Dean Tacha earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1968 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1971, and was a White House Fellow (1971-1972).
William M. 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.
Mark D. Wasserman
Mark D. Wasserman is a member of the Executive Committee and is the Managing Partner of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. As Managing Partner, he provides strategic leadership to the firm, focusing on client service, professional development, financial management, pro bono and diversity activities for the firm. In addition to his role as firm managing partner, Mr. Wasserman's corporate practice focuses on private and public company mergers and acquisitions both in the United States and internationally. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Georgia Super Lawyers. Mr. Wasserman sits on the boards of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Clemson University Research Foundation and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wasserman earned a B.S., summa cum laude and M.A from Clemson University, and his J.D at Emory University School of Law.
The Honorable Ann C. Williams
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.
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.
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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.