Equal Justice Works Introduces Inaugural Alumni Advisory Council Members

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WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 21, 2021—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced the inaugural members of the Equal Justice Works Alumni Advisory Council.

The Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) is a non-fiduciary advisory board comprised of a diverse group of 15 Equal Justice Works alumni who provide advice and counsel in support of the organization’s alumni engagement initiatives. AAC members work in partnership with the director of alumni relations to:

  • Build lifelong relationships between Equal Justice Works, its Fellowship alumni, and current Fellows through programming, communication, and volunteerism
  • Advance and promote Equal Justice Works mission and programs
  • Represent the interests and concerns of alumni, while also representing interests of Equal Justice Works to its alumni

The AAC was appointed through an open call and competitive selection process led by the council selection committee comprised of Equal Justice Works staff.

“Equal Justice Works is proud to introduce the new members of its Alumni Advisory Council,” said Lynbea Toombs, director of alumni relations at Equal Justice Works. “With the establishment of this new council, I am excited about the opportunities that will arise from the council’s leadership. Our overall goal is to build, strengthen, and engage our alumni network and advance our mission and programs in ways that bring value to our alumni and the broader Equal Justice Works community. We are grateful for the council’s commitment to the organization, and we look forward to leveraging their unique perspectives and talents to uplift our mission and shared vision of achieving our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.”

AAC members are appointed to serve three-year staggered terms and may be reappointed for one additional consecutive three-year term. Members are reflective of the diverse strengths, Fellowship programs, geographic distribution, professional accomplishments, and public interest disciplines of the Equal Justice Works alumni community.

“I am thrilled to welcome the inaugural members of the Alumni Advisory Council,” said Annie Lee, civil rights attorney at the U.S. Department of Education and chair of the Alumni Advisory Council. “Together, we will assist with recognizing alumni achievements and foster stronger alumni-Fellow relations. This is just the beginning for the AAC, and I hope it will continue to advise and support Equal Justice Works in the decades to come.”

Below is a list of the members of the Alumni Advisory Council:

Executive Committee Members:

  • Annie Lee, 2014 Fellow
    Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education
  • Antoinette Balta, 2011 Fellow
    Executive Director and Co-Founder, Veterans Legal Institute
  • Keith Hoffmann, 2014 Fellow
    Civil Rights Advocate, Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
Photo of Executive Committee members. L–R: Annie Lee, Antoinette Balta, Keith Hoffmann.

Alumni Advisory Council Members:

  • Heather Abraham, 2016 Fellow
    Director of the Civil Rights & Transparency Clinic and Associate Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Andrew Cederdahl, 2016 Fellow
    Assistant Iowa Attorney General, Iowa Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Division
  • Laura Huizar, 2012 Fellow
    Immigrant Worker Justice Program Director, National Employment Law Project
  • Meghan Kempf, 2012 Fellow
    Associate Director of Policy: IDD and Mental Health Services, Office of Chief Counsel, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Photo of AAC members. L–R: Heather Abraham, Andrew Cederdahl, Laura Huizar, Meghan Kempf.
  • Samantha Kubek, 2016 Fellow
    Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor/Director, Hofstra Law School
  • Runako Kumbula Allsopp, 2002 Fellow
    Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Alicia Moon, 2014 Fellow
    Deputy Legal Counsel, Executive Office of the Governor, State of Michigan
  • Aurora Martin, 1999 Fellow
    Co-Executive Director and Founder, Front and Centered & PopUp Justice
Photo of AAC members. L–R: Samantha Kubek, Runako Kumbula Allsopp, Alicia Moon, Aurora Martin.
  • Michael Pope, 2010 Fellow
    Executive Director, Youth Represent
  • Erik Provitt, 2017 Fellow
    Identity and Fraud Consultant, Equifax
  • Timothy Riveria, 2007 Fellow
    Associate Attorney, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins, LLP
  • Jeremy Rosen, 2000 Fellow
    Director of Economic Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Photo of AAC members. L–R: Michael Pope, Erik Provitt, Timothy Riveria, Jeremy Rosen.

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About Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for public service into a lifelong commitment to equal justice. As the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, nonprofit legal aid organizations, and supporters to promote public service and inspire a lifelong commitment to equal justice.

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