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.
Randal S. Milch, Chair
Judith L. Lichtman, Secretary
Michael L. Lehr, Treasurer
Sheila C. Cheston
Brackett B. Denniston, III
Kathryn J. Fritz
Michael D. Jones
Telana V. McCullough
M. Randall Oppenheimer
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
John F. Schultz
Mark D. Wasserman
The Honorable Ann C. Williams
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.
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".
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.
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 V. McCullough
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.
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.
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.
Laura Stein was named executive vice president – general counsel of The Clorox Company in February 2015 and added responsibility for corporate affairs in February 2016. She began overseeing worldwide legal, ethics and compliance, corporate secretary, corporate communications, crisis management, risk management, and internal audit matters in 2005 as senior vice president – general counsel and corporate secretary. Stein serves on the Clorox executive committee, chairs the Clorox women’s employee resource group, and co-sponsors the company’s social responsibility and enterprise risk management programs, among other responsibilities. She also works closely with Clorox’s board of directors on governance matters.
Previously, Stein was senior vice president – general counsel of the H.J. Heinz Company, a member of the Heinz senior management committee, a director of the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation and president of the Heinz women’s group, among other responsibilities. Before her tenure at Heinz, she served as an assistant general counsel – regulatory affairs at Clorox and a corporate lawyer with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Throughout her career, Stein has served on many boards and been active in professional organizations. She currently is a director of Franklin Resources Inc. (a global investment organization known as Franklin Templeton Investments) and Canadian National Railway Company (CN, a North American transportation company) and was previously a director of Nash Finch Company (a large food distributor). She is co-chair of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board and is on the board of Equal Justice Works, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the Harvard Law School Program on the Future of the Legal Profession and the International Association of Women Judges. She is a member of the American Law Institute Council and the executive committee of the Association of General Counsel. Previously, Stein was chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Association of General Counsel, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, the ABA Asia Rule of Law Initiative and Equal Justice Works; vice-chair of the East Bay Community Law Center; co-chair of the General Counsel Committee of the ABA Business Law Section; and a director of Global Education Partnership, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She previously served on the advisory boards of ABA DirectWomen, the ABA Center for Human Rights, and the LexMundi Foundation, and on the State Bar of California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services, the ABA Section of International Law Council and the ABA Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Justice. Stein previously participated in the Diversity and Flexibility Connection of the Project for Attorney Retention.
Stein’s work has been recognized by numerous organizations. She has received the ABA Margaret Brent Award, the Legal Momentum Women of Achievement Award, the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award, the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award and the Corporate Board Member America’s Top General Counsel Recognition Award. The National Law Journal has named Stein as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America. The Harvard Law Bulletin has highlighted her as one of 50 alumnae who “have used their law degree to take them to extraordinary places.” She has also been named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and one of Pennsylvania’s Best Women in Business by Pennsylvania’s governor.
Stein received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she earned undergraduate and master’s degrees. She speaks six languages and has lived in China and Italy.
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 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.
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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