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Equal Justice Works Announces Three New Board Members: Jim Chosy, Molly Giguiere, and Teresa Younger

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2024—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that Jim Chosy, Molly Giguiere, and Teresa Younger have been named to the organization’s board of directors. 

“We are honored to welcome Jim, Molly, and Teresa to the Board of Directors,” said Verna Williams, CEO of Equal Justice Works. “Their diverse expertise—from corporate law, to serving as an Equal Justice Works Student Fellow, to nonprofit leadership—paired with their advocacy, passion for public service, and unique perspectives make them strong additions to our dynamic and knowledgeable Board. I look forward to working with them as we further the access to justice movement and support public interest lawyers and leaders across the country.” 

 

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Jim Chosy is the Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Bancorp. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and serves on the Managing Committee, comprised of the senior-most executives within the organization.  

Jim has demonstrated a strong commitment to service throughout his career, including his involvement with the Fund for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. 

Equal Justice Works recognized Jim’s dedication to public interest law and pro bono in 2023 by presenting him with the Scales of Justice award. 

“I am honored to join Equal Justice Works’ Board of Directors and grateful for the opportunity to deepen my longstanding engagement with the organization,” said Jim Chosy. “I am inspired by EJW’s mission of pursuing equal justice through developing the next generation of public interest lawyers, and am proud to serve and eager to contribute in this new capacity.” 

I am honored to join Equal Justice Works’ Board of Directors and grateful for the opportunity to deepen my longstanding engagement with the organization

Jim Chosy /
Equal Justice Works Board of Directors

 

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Photo of Molly Giguiere

Molly Giguiere is a law student representative on the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors. She joins the organization from the University of San Francisco School of Law. 

Molly’s commitment to public service is evident in her many activities.  At present, she serves as the president of the Women’s Law Association, the Social Media Chair for the Public Interest Law Foundation, and an Events Coordinator for the Disability Rights and Advocacy Student Association. In addition, Molly competes in Moot Court and advocates for Afghan women through the International Human Rights Clinic. During her 1L summer, she was an Equal Justice Works Student Fellow in the Disaster Resilience Program, where she worked with Disability Rights California to address the needs of people with disabilities concerning natural disasters in California. 

“I know first-hand how difficult it can be to want to pursue a career in public interest, but have financial barriers in your way,” said Molly Giguiere. “I wanted to come to law school not for the academic exercise of it all; with the power of legal education [comes]…the responsibility to use our skills to give back and create a more equitable and just society. Being in law school now, I understand more than ever the importance of an advocate’s lived experience. Yet it is those of us with lived experience who are held back the most by the lack of financial resources to pursue the very careers that drew us to become attorneys in the first place. [Equal Justice Works] helped me through my own fellowship achieve my dreams, and I am so proud to be on the board to pay this gift forward to others.” 

I know first-hand how difficult it can be to want to pursue a career in public interest, but have financial barriers in your way. I wanted to come to law school not for the academic exercise of it all; with the power of legal education [comes]...the responsibility to use our skills to give back and create a more equitable and just society.

Molly Giguiere /
Equal Justice Works Board of Directors

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Photo of Teresa Younger

Teresa Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women (MFW). She is an activist, advocate, and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Before joining MFW, Teresa led the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut.   

A thought leader at the critical intersections of gender and race, Teresa has worked on initiatives to shape and change the narrative of women and girls, including the Women’s Funding Network, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Philanthropy New York, Black Girl Freedom Fund and Funders for Reproductive Equity. She was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” and to the “Top 100 Leaders in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy. 

Teresa also lends her expertise to a number of boards including the Ethel Walker School, Essie Justice Group and Hedgebrook. 

“Equal Justice Work has a legacy of Fellows on the leading edge of legal strategies,” said Teresa Younger. “I look forward to supporting Equal Justice Works and the future of those Fellows as they push the limits of how they use their legal degrees. I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of Equal Justice Works.” 

I look forward to supporting Equal Justice Works and the future of those Fellows as they push the limits of how they use their legal degrees.

Teresa Younger /
Equal Justice Works Board of Directors

To see the rest of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors, click here. 

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