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Former Mayor of New Orleans and President and CEO of the National Urban League joins the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2021—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president and CEO of the National Urban League, has been named to the organization’s board of directors.
“Marc embodies the spirit of service and we are honored to welcome him to our board of directors,” said David Stern, executive director of Equal Justice Works. “His passion for equal justice coupled with his strategic brilliance will be valuable as we advance our efforts to mobilize public service leaders who will bring justice to communities in need.”
Since 2003, Marc has served as president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL), a civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice. Under his leadership, NUL has expanded the reach of its services through an empowerment agenda that focuses on closing the economic gap between white and Black Americans, as well as creating a framework to develop policies that serve low-income communities and communities of color.
Before joining NUL, Marc served two terms as the mayor of New Orleans, during which time he focused on addressing the city’s unemployment and crime rates. While he was mayor, the city won the All-American City Award and the City Livability Award. He also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors and as a Louisiana state senator. During his time as a state senator he was named Legislative Rookie of the Year, Education Senator of the Year, and Environmental Senator of the Year. He also received the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal services while a private lawyer.
“It is an honor to be selected as a member of the Board of Directors for Equal Justice Works,” Marc said. “Equal representation under the law is one of the nation’s highest ideals but one we too often fail to uphold. Few legal organizations have done more to defend the rights of underserved communities and develop future leaders in the public service sector. I look forward to being a part of this worthy mission.”
Equal representation under the law is one of the nation’s highest ideals but one we too often fail to uphold. Few legal organizations have done more to defend the rights of underserved communities and develop future leaders in the public service sector.
Marc H. Morial /
National Urban League
Marc has received numerous accolades including being recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine and as one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Executives by the NonProfit Times. He currently serves as an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Black Leadership Forum, and Leadership 18, and is a board member of the Muhammad Ali Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
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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