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WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 18, 2020—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that Ernest LaMont Greer, Jami Wintz Mckeon, and L. Song Richardson have been named to the organization’s board of directors.
“We are honored to welcome to our Board these highly respected leaders who share our commitment to public service and equal justice,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “Each new member brings tremendous experience and insight from their respective fields that will help strengthen our work to mobilize passionate public service leaders who can support communities in the face of COVID-19, racial injustice, and other pressing legal issues.”
Ernest LaMont Greer is co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he plays a key role in the strategic direction of the firm and firmwide day-to-day operations. He previously served as vice president of the firm, co-chair of the U.S. Strategic Committee, and Atlanta Managing Shareholder. An outstanding leader and champion for his community, Ernest serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, Achieve Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Greenberg Traurig has sponsored more Equal Justice Works Fellows than any other firm. Since 1999, the firm has invested more than $13 million to support more than 170 Equal Justice Works Fellowships.
“I’m excited to work with my fellow board members to continue to public service and equal justice for all,” Ernest said. “In my practice and through my various roles at Greenberg Traurig, I have always been dedicated to creating an environment where every attorney feels included in all levels of the organization. Becoming a member of the Equal Justice Works board provides the perfect opportunity to continue promoting a diverse, equal legal industry on an even larger scale.
Jami Wintz Mckeon is the Chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. Prior to assuming the role of chair, Ms. McKeon held many different management positions at Morgan Lewis, including as a member of the firm’s Advisory Board, Compensation Committee and leader of the Litigation Practice. She has served on several nonprofit boards and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to pro bono and diversity. At Morgan Lewis, she has spearheaded a number of pro bono initiatives, achieving 100% participation in the firm’s global 20-hour pro bono challenge, and most recently established and co-leads the firm’s Mobilizing for Equality Task Force.
“The passion Equal Justice Works demonstrates in everything they do for our underserved communities is a passion we share at Morgan Lewis,” said Jami. “We both are dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice for all, and committed to doing all we can to manifest lasting change. I am honored and humbled to join this wonderful and respected board at such a critical time. It has never been more important that we all work together.”
L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law). She is a leading expert on the impact of implicit racial and gender biases in a variety of contexts, including emerging technologies. Prior to UCI Law, Dean Richardson was a partner at a boutique criminal law firm and worked as a state and federal public defender. She was also an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Dean Richardson is a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools.
“I am incredibly grateful to be joining the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors, and to be working alongside such an impressive group of individuals,” said Dean Richardson. “It is an honor to support the organization’s efforts to bring equal access to justice to underserved people and communities across the country and to create more opportunities for law students and lawyers to serve these communities.”
The full list of Equal Justice Board of Directors members can be found here.
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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