Equal Justice Works Names Four New Members to its Board of Directors

/ Press Release

Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that Carter G. Phillips, Margaret Raymond, Sharon R. Ryan, and Jonathan D. Selbin have been named to the organization’s board of directors.

Carter G. Phillips

Mr. Phillips is the immediate former chair of the Sidley Austin LLP Executive Committee and is now the Chair Emeritus as he returns to the full-time practice of law. He was the managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 2012.  Prior to Sidley, Mr. Phillips served as Assistant to the Solicitor General and as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court.

He has argued 75 cases before the Supreme Court since joining Sidley, which is more than any other lawyer while in private practice, and 9 cases as Assistant Solicitor General, for a career total of 84 arguments before that Court.

Mr. Phillips earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.

Margaret Raymond

Ms. Raymond is the Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. In this role, she serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school, with responsibility for faculty and staff development, budget planning and management, and student academic affairs.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Raymond was a faculty member at the University of Iowa, where she was named the William G. Hammond Professor of Law and was honored with the law school’s Collegiate Teaching Award. She began her career as a law clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and the late Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Raymond earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Sharon R. Ryan

Ms. Ryan currently serves as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at International Paper. She has worked in various capacities and businesses at International Paper, including Vice President and General Counsel of the Masonite Corporation, General Counsel of Consumer Packaging and Corporate Sales & Marketing, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Before joining International Paper, she was a real estate attorney with Baker, Smith & Mills in Dallas, Texas.

In 2012, Ms. Ryan was appointed to the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission. She has made significant contributions to advance the quality of justice in the state of Tennessee, including facilitating the placement of an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. She was also a driving force behind International Paper’s decision to partially fund a free civil legal helpline, 1-844-HELP4TN.

Ms. Ryan earned her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Jonathan D. Selbin

Mr. Selbin is a senior partner in Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s New York office. He chairs the firm’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group, and is a long-time member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has argued and obtained favorable appellate opinions in multiple Courts of Appeal, including in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. Before joining Lieff Cabraser, he clerked for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California.

In 2017, Mr. Selbin and his family founded the Selbin Voting Rights Fellowship at Equal Justice Works, funding a Fellow’s two-year project on fair access to voting in the state of North Carolina.

Mr. Selbin earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from University of Michigan and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

The full list of Equal Justice Board of Directors can be found here.

We are honored to welcome these impressive leaders to the Equal Justice Works Board. Each new member brings a wealth of experience, unique perspective, and a commitment to pro bono and public service. When combined with our existing Board of federal judges, general counsel, private law firm leaders, law school deans, law students and public interest executives, we have assembled an unbeatable combination of talent to pursue our ambitious growth strategy.

David Stern /
Executive Director, Equal Justice Works

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