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
Margo R. Ahn
Sheila C. Cheston
Lauren A. Fisher
Paul T. Friedman
The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall
M. Randall Oppenheimer
Donn P. Pickett
Kathryn H. Ruemmler
Thomas J. Scherer
Mark D. Wasserman
The Honorable Ann C. Williams
Julia R. Wilson
Margo R. Ahn
Margo Ahn handles business immigration and foreign investor cases for Peng & Weber, PLLC and volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem on juvenile dependency cases. Margo is a 2014 graduate of Valparaiso Law School, where she was named a Jurist Merit Scholar and Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) Fellow. During law school, Margo represented clients facing asylum through the Valparaiso Immigration Clinic and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Before attending Valparaiso, Margo worked with adult learners as a job training instructor for Seattle Goodwill, as well as a teacher in the Korean public school system. Margo holds an M.A. from the New School in New York and a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Ramón P. Arias
Ramon P. Arias is the former Executive Director of Bay Area Legal Aid and a leader in the national civil justice community. After graduating from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law in 1978, Mr. Arias worked for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) as a Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney, Director of CRLA's Migrant Farm Worker Project, and Regional Counsel. In 1988, Mr. Arias joined the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation as Executive Director, a position he held for the next 12 years. In 2000, Mr. Arias helped establish Bay Area Legal Aid and was selected as its first Executive Director. With offices in San Francisco, Marin, Richmond, Oakland, San Jose and San Mateo, and with a staff of over 100 legal services workers, BayLegal is the region's largest provider of free civil legal services. Currently, Mr. Arias serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the CRLA Foundation and has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, and a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Loan Repayment.
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.
Lauren A. Fisher
Lauren A. Fisher is a recent graduate of the Universityof Houston Law Center. After taking the bar, Lauren will join Lone Star Legal Aid as a fellow in their family law section. At UHLC, Lauren was the President of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO), a Rosenberg Child Law Scholar, and an Articles Editor for the Houston Journal of Health Law Policy. During her time in law school, she clerked for the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City and the Office of the Public Advocate in Maricopa County and completed over 500 hours of work in the clinical programs. Lauren was recognized by the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Access to Justice for her pro bono service as a law student, and she was recognized by the University of Houston for her service to the law school. Before entering law school, Lauren worked at the ProBAR Children’s Project, a project of the ABA Commission on Immigration on the Texas-Mexico border. At ProBAR, she provided legal services and "Know Your Rights" to children in immigration detention. A native of South Texas, Lauren received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Masters in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
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.
Rachel Kronowitz is a founding partner and Vice Chair of Gilbert LLP focusing on strategic risk management. She assists corporations in evaluating their existing insurance portfolios, addressing their insurance and risk transfer needs, and recovering from insurers when significant losses occur. Prior to joining Gilbert LLP, Ms. Kronowitz was a partner in the Complex Dispute Resolution Group at Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, DC. Previously, she was affiliated with the Washington firm Covington & Burling. Ms. Kronowitz is a frequent speaker on risk management and insurance recovery topics to a wide variety of audiences, including the Association of Financial Professionals and the Reinsurance Association of America. She has authored many articles on insurance and risk management-related topics, including climate change and strategic risk management. Ms. Kronowitz also serves as Vice-chair on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Women's Foundation and is an active participant of the Georgetown Day School PSA.
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 the former executive vice president, Strategic Policy Advisor to Verizon’s Chairman and CEO. Prior to that, he had served as executive vice president, public policy and general counsel from October 2008. 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.
From 2006 until October 2008, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon Business, responsible for all legal services and external affairs support for the company’s global enterprise carrier. Before that, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon's domestic telecom business. He was appointed to the latter position in 2000, upon the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Before the merger, Milch was associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. Previously, Milch served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc. He began his telecommunications career as counsel to the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland in 1993. Prior to his role with Bell Atlantic, 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.
Donn P. Pickett
Donn P. Pickett is co-chair of the Bingham McCutchen's Litigation Area. He was the vice chairman of the firm from 2002 through 2008, and was the immediate prior chairman of the legacy firm McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen. Mr. Pickett concentrates his work in antitrust, intellectual property and securities litigation, and has developed extensive experience in the defense of class actions. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. With over 30 years as a corporate litigator, Mr. Pickett has developed a unique style to the management of large cases. His case management emphasizes Bingham's overall approach: responsible, lean and effective staffing, extraordinary responsiveness, early attempts to resolve matters especially through mediation, discriminate use of discovery, creative motions practice, avoidance of unnecessary costs, strict budgeting and close client communications with active in-house participation. He is an accomplished jury trial attorney and has tried a large number of cases in federal and state courts, including major jury trials in antitrust, patent infringement and securities cases. Mr. Pickett also has extensive experience in counseling clients on antitrust issues and representing them in negotiations and proceedings with state and federal regulatory agencies. In particular, he has handled multiple matters involving the nexus between intellectual property rights and antitrust policy. Mr. Pickett regularly teaches trial practice and complex litigation courses for the ABA, PLI, CEB, the State Bar of California and others. He has been a coordinator of the firm's renowned Trial Practice Program for over 20 years. He has also led numerous programs, as well as seminars for clients, in the antitrust, intellectual property and securities litigation areas. Mr. Pickett is recognized as a "Best Lawyer" in both commercial litigation and antitrust law by the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Pickett is also recognized in the Chambers USA Guide as one of California's top antitrust, as well as one of the state's top commercial litigation lawyers. Mr. Pickett graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a Bachelor's degree and received his law degree from Yale Law School.
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.
Thomas J. Scherer
Thomas J. Scherer was appointed General Counsel and Senior Vice President of AIG PC in January 2010, after joining American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in July 2009 as Deputy General Counsel.
Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Scherer was Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer at Swiss Re Group, where he served in various other roles including Chief Operating Officer for Swiss Re’s Capital Markets division, Group Deputy General Counsel, and General Counsel for the Americas and Financial Markets. Prior to that Mr. Scherer was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, holding legal and compliance roles in New York and Hong Kong. He started his legal career as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Scherer graduated from Princeton University in English Literature and earned his J.D. degree at Columbia. Before law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army in infantry, intelligence and general staff jobs, primarily in Germany.
Mr. Scherer is a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the National Humanities Center, an institute for advanced studies in the humanities, and is on the board of Equal Justice Works, which promotes careers and fellowships in public interest law, and the Royal Shakespeare Company America.
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.
Dan K. Webb
Dan Webb, a partner in the litigation department, serves as firm chairman and is a member of the Executive Committee at Winston & Strawn LLP. His trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Mr. Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
In addition to his work for corporate clients, Mr. Webb is dedicated to community service and pro bono representation. In 2008, he chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s second annual Campaign for Justice, which raised a record amount of money from more than 40 law firms to help decrease the number of regional aid attorneys leaving Chicago organizations for more lucrative opportunities. Mr. Webb received a J.D. in 1970 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.
Beth A. Wilkinson
Beth A. Wilkinson is a Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, focusing her practice on general litigation. Prior to joining Paul Weiss, she served as Executive Vice President - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae. At Fannie Mae, she had oversight and management responsibility for all legal issues, strategies, services and resources. Additionally, she served as the business-oriented, senior legal advisor to the board of directors, chief executive officer, and members of the senior management team. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Wilkinson was a partner and co-chair, White Collar Practice Group for Latham & Watkins, LLP Washington, D.C. Before joining Latham, Ms. Wilkinson served as special counsel to the deputy U.S. attorney general. During her tenure at the Department of Justice, Ms. Wilkinson was appointed principal deputy of the Terrorism & Violent Crime Section and a prosecutor on the trial team in U.S. v. McVeigh and Nichols. Ms. Wilkinson served in the United States Army as an assistant to the general counsel of the Army for Intelligence & Special Operations. While in that position she was selected to serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida to assist in the U.S. v. Noriega case. Ms. Wilkinson joined the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Ms. Wilkinson twice received the Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award, the only two time recipient in the history of the Department of Justice. Ms. Wilkinson has a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.
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.