2022 Equal Justice Works Fall Events Highlights

Each fall, Equal Justice Works hosts a series of events for our community—Fellows, alumni, law students, sponsors, and law school professionals—to build their skills, enhance their understanding of our mission, and expand their networks. This year we hosted the Conference and Career Fair for law students, law school professionals, and public interest employers; the Scales of Justice, our annual fundraiser; and our multi-day Leadership Development Training for our Fellows.

This year, the Conference and Career Fair was split into two separate events, allowing participants to take full advantage of the opportunities for networking, learning, and interviewing. From September 21–23, the Equal Justice Works Conference kicked off our 2022 event season with a series of 13 virtual panel discussions. Over three days, we welcomed more than 3,800 attendees to the Conference, and facilitated over 4,200 virtual interviews and 800 table talk meetings, which included issue-specific seminars and information sessions on our programs.

On October 11, we welcomed over 600 attendees, including Fellows, supporters, and law professionals, to Washington, D.C., for the Scales of Justice, our first in-person event since 2019. This annual fundraiser allowed our community to come together and hear from a series of speakers as we recognized this year’s honoree, Teresa Wynn Roseborough of The Home Depot, with the Scales of Justice award.

Emcees Michel and Billy Martin hosted the show, setting the stage for speakers such as the new CEO of Equal Justice Works, Verna Williams. Our speakers included Ivan Fong, chair of the Equal Justice Works Board of Directors and executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Medtronic; Ernest LaMont Greer, Equal Justice Works board member and managing partner of Greenberg Traurig, LLP; and Mark Wasserman, member of the Equal Justice Works Board of Counselors and managing partner and co-chief executive officer of Eversheds Sutherland.

The program featured 2022 Text-to-Give Fellow Alexandra Zaretsky, 2021 Fellow Joey Carrillo, and a fireside chat-style video featuring 2012 Fellow Hillary Schneller and 2021 Fellow Ndome Essoka, discussing the intersection of reproductive rights and maternal health.

From October 17–19, Equal Justice Works hosted our virtual Leadership Development Training for Fellows to network and grow their skills through a series of sessions led by Fellow alumni and other legal professionals. Verna Williams, the new CEO of Equal Justice Works, kicked things off by sharing her ideas and vision for the organization moving forward.

Screenshot of the group Zoom screen with the 2022 Leadership Development Training attendees
Screenshot of the 2022 Leadership Development Training attendees in the virtual welcome webinar.

Throughout the event, Fellows heard from a number of distinguished professionals, such as Mónica Ramírez Almadani, President and CEO of Public Counsel; and Marc Morial, CEO and President of the National Urban League and Equal Justice Works board member. Fellows also had the chance to attend affinity group sessions based on their interests and project backgrounds, where they could learn about their issue area and discuss intersecting problems with like-minded colleagues.

Closing out the 2022 event season was the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, held virtually from October 20-22. Thanks to the broad accessibility of the virtual format, a record 3,000+ attendees logged on to the event this year! Students met with 243 employers from across the country, offering over 400 available jobs.

Equal Justice Works is incredibly grateful to have such a dedicated and wonderful community that is passionate about our mission and expanding access to justice. We want to thank all participants and attendees for your time and support that made this year’s fall events successful for our organization.

See you in 2023!

On October 11th, 2022, Equal Justice Works gathered hundreds of leaders and supporters from the legal community for the first in-person Scales of Justice since 2019. This year’s event gathered our community of Fellows, Alumni, and supporters in Washington, D.C., to support our mission and to honor Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at The Home Depot.

Thanks to generous event sponsors and donors, we raised more than $2.9 million to support our efforts to mobilize a community of lawyers committed to public service and equal justice! 

This was a landmark year for Equal Justice Works and the Scales of Justice event, as we introduced our new CEO, Verna Williams, to our community for the first time in person. During her remarks, Verna touched on what drew her to Equal Justice Works and the recent successes of the organization. She also shared her vision for the future of Equal Justice Works: “Looking forward, I see great opportunity ahead for this organization and the communities we serve.”

During the program, we highlighted the incredible work of our Fellows, including 2021 Fellow Joey Carrillo’s work, which provides identity-affirming legal services, outreach, and education for low-income LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence in Chicago. Joey also spoke at the event, and shared stories from his clients who benefit directly from the services that he provides through his Fellowship. Joey’s project is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, and he invited Ernest LaMont Greer, the co-president of Greenberg Traurig and Equal Justice Works board member, to the stage to share that as of this spring, Greenberg Traurig will have sponsored 200 Fellows with Equal Justice Works!

Our 2022 Text-to-Give Fellow, Alexandra Zaretsky, took the stage to discuss her project reuniting refugee families by exposing and challenging anti-Muslim immigration policies. In response, attendees texted in donations totaling more than $76,000 to fund one more 2023 Fellow who will pursue their passion to help individuals and communities in need.

We also shared a video in conversation 2012 Fellow alumni Hillary Schneller and 2021 Fellow Ndome Essoka, who discussed their important work advocating for reproductive justice and maternal health care. In this fireside chat, Hillary and Ndome spoke to the recent developments challenging reproductive rights and other intersecting issues, such as maternal healthcare.

During the award presentation, Teresa was introduced by her long-time colleague from Eversheds Sutherland, Mark Wasserman. She then took the stage to speak about the importance of public interest work in achieving justice. During her remarks, she touched on some of the incredible work that our Fellows do to advocate for their causes. She cited projects that focus on youth with behavioral and mental needs;  aim to stop the solitary confinement of children in Georgia’s prisons; and help people navigate complicated property laws, such as Heirs’ law, to ensure that generational wealth is passed down. She also discussed the importance of using the law as a tool of empowerment to create equal access to justice for all.

Teresa stated in her remarks that, “No single person… can fix the tremendous problems before us. None of us alone can do the great things that need to be done to make our country and our world what they were intended to be. But if each of us will simply bite off what we can chew, I believe we can achieve equal justice for all.”

The program was rounded out with special appearances from General Counsel and Secretary, Medtronic, Inc., Ivan Fong; Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Mark Wasserman; and co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP Ernest LaMont Greer. The 2022 Scales of Justice event was co-hosted by emcees Michel Martin, Weekend Host of All Things Considered and Consider This from NPR, and Billy Martin, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg.

Huge thanks to everyone who made this program possible: Champion of Justice sponsors The Home Depot and Greenberg Traurig, LLP, our other incredible event sponsors, the 2022 Steering Committee, and all who attended and supported The Scales of Justice!

The generosity and dedication of our community is greatly appreciated and will help to bring us closer to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

If each of us will simply bite off what we can chew, I believe we can achieve equal justice for all.”

Teresa Wynn Roseborough /
2022 Scales of Justice Honoree

Teresa Wynn Roseborough is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at The Home Depot

Photo of Teresa Wynn Roseborough

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2022—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that it will honor Teresa Wynn Roseborough, executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of The Home Depot, at the Scales of Justice event on October 11, 2022.

“Teresa’s enduring commitment to pro bono, work to promote diverse workplaces, and firm belief that the law must be used to promote justice and improve lives, all make her a deserving recipient of this honor, and we are thrilled to celebrate her contributions at this year’s Scales of Justice,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “She is a leader among general counsel and an outstanding example of how those in the legal profession can connect with and serve the communities where they live and practice law.”

Teresa’s enduring commitment to pro bono, work to promote diverse workplaces, and firm belief that the law must be used to promote justice and improve lives, all make her a deserving recipient of this honor, and we are thrilled to celebrate her contributions at this year’s Scales of Justice.

David Stern /
Executive Director, Equal Justice Works

A supporter of Equal Justice Works for nearly 25 years, Teresa served on its Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006. She has been a member of the organization’s Annual Dinner Steering Committee since 2012, and a member of its Board of Counselors since 2016

Each year, Equal Justice Works presents the Scales of Justice Award to a leader in the legal community who exemplifies a high level of commitment to public service and pro bono; shares the organization’s values of service, community, opportunity, passion, and equal access to justice; has upheld the organization’s mission and vision throughout their career while also supporting the organization; and has set a strong example for how legal professionals can contribute to efforts in the public interest.

“The only way to make the vision of equal justice for all a reality is for people to have equal access to lawyers and our justice system,” said Teresa. “Lawyers are critical players in fulfilling the promise of equal justice for all. Beyond increasing access, we must also work to ensure that the law structurally supports equal justice, and that we dismantle artificial boundaries to our justice system. I am proud to support Equal Justice Works and am honored to be a part of this community.”

The only way to make the vision of equal justice for all a reality is for people to have equal access to lawyers and our justice system.

Teresa Wynn Roseborough /
executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary, The Home Depot

At The Home Depot, Teresa has been a leading voice for expanding the company’s pro bono work and commitments related to social equity efforts in the United States. Since 2013, The Home Depot has sponsored six Equal Justice Works Fellows, and today currently cosponsors two Equal Justice Works Fellows with Eversheds Sutherland. Raneem Ashrawi  advocates for Georgia youth with behavioral and mental health needs, and Eliza McDuffie’s Fellowship project focuses on ending the solitary confinement of children in Georgia’s adult prisons.

“Our Fellows have made us all so incredibly proud to be associated with their work and we are grateful for their leadership and service to our home state of Georgia,” said Teresa.

Before joining The Home Depot, Teresa held several positions at MetLife, including senior chief counsel and deputy general counsel, and she was formerly a partner in the firm that is now Eversheds Sutherland. Teresa began her career in public service working as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice during the Clinton administration. She also served as a law clerk for Judge James Dickson Phillips of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court.

Teresa has earned numerous accolades for her leadership and pro bono work, including recognition as one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal and as one of America’s top Black attorneys by Black Enterprise. She has also served as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., and a co-chair of the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  She is presently Chair of the Board of Advisors of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.

Click here for more information about the Scales of Justice event.

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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 equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. 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 a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.

Contact
Heena Patel
Marketing and Communications Director
Email: [email protected]

Hundreds of friends and leaders from all corners of the legal community tuned in on October 12, 2021, for the Scales of Justice—a virtual event to support our mission, celebrate the work of our Fellows, and honor Brian Ellis, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Danaher Corporation, with the Scales of Justice Award.

Thanks to generous event sponsors and donors, we raised more than $3.3 million to support our efforts to mobilize a community of lawyers committed to public service and equal justice!

During the program, we highlighted Equal Justice Works Fellow Charlie J. Isaacs and the incredible work he is doing to protect tenants from landlord abuse and discrimination. We also heard from Fellow alumni Antonia Fasanelli, Diego Cartagena, Keegan Warren-Clem, Michael Pope, and Tirien Steinbach, who shared how their Fellowships launched their careers as public service leaders and how they are continuing to make an impact in our communities, our justice system, and our country.

We also heard from our 2021 Text-to-Give Fellow Fernanda Herrera Spieler, who spoke about how her parents’ experience as undocumented workers inspired her to fight for the rights of immigrants and ensure that all workers are equally protected by our justice system. In response, attendees texted in donations totaling more than $85,000 to fund one more 2022 Fellow who will pursue their passion to help people in need. 

A memorable moment in the program occurred when former board member Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) popped in to celebrate two major milestones for Equal Justice Works—executive director David Stern’s 30 years of service, and the organization’s 35th anniversary.

During the program, attendees had the opportunity to watch 2021 Scales of Justice honoree Brian Ellis in conversation with Judge Williams. Brian reflected on his family values; discussed his commitment to pro bono work and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and offered the following advice to Fellows:

“Just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep pushing because without you making a difference, we would be in a difficult place in many spaces. Keep knocking it out of the park. We’re here to support you.”

The program was rounded out with special appearances from Danaher Corporation president and CEO Rainer M. Blair; Equal Justice Works board member and co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Ernest LaMont Greer; and 2021 Steering Committee member Gregg F. LoCascio, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Huge thanks to everyone who made this program possible: Champion of Justice sponsors Danaher Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Kirkland & Ellis, Williams & Connolly LLP, and our other incredible event sponsors; the 2021 Steering Committee; and all who attended and supported The Scales of Justice!

Check out the full program here. 

The generosity and dedication of our community is helping to bring us closer to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

Fellows—Just keep doing what you're doing. Keep pushing because without you making a difference, we would be in a difficult place in many spaces. Keep knocking it out of the park. We're here to support you.

Brian Ellis /
Danaher Corporation Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Brian Ellis of Danaher Corporation to be recognized for his commitment to public service at the Scales of Justice virtual event.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2021—Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that it will honor Brian Ellis, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Danaher Corporation, at the Scales of Justice virtual event on October 12, 2021.

Photo of Brian Ellis
Photo of Brian Ellis

“Brian is a true believer that lawyers can play a critical role to help disadvantaged communities achieve justice in society,” said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. “Brian has been a champion for pro bono throughout his career and an example to others of how a lawyer can find many opportunities to be a force for good in the world.  We are excited to recognize Brian’s demonstrated commitment and service at this year’s Scales of Justice event.”

Each year, Equal Justice Works presents the Scales of Justice Award to a leader in the legal community who exemplifies a high level of commitment to public service and pro bono; shares our values of passion, community, service, opportunity, and equal access to justice; has upheld the Equal Justice Works mission and vision throughout their career while also supporting the organization; and has set a strong example for how lawyers and legal professionals can and should contribute to efforts in the public interest and toward greater access to justice for all.

Throughout his career, Brian has been a powerful force in driving pro bono initiatives. At Danaher, Brian’s global legal teams support pro bono initiatives across the United States, including support for nonprofit organizations. Danaher currently sponsors Equal Justice Works Fellow Sabrina Bernadel, whose project is focused on providing legal services and legislative advocacy for girls of color to ensure access to education that is free of discriminatory discipline, harassment, and violence from school-based police.

“My deep and abiding belief is that everyone deserves a fair shot at living life to their fullest potential,” said Brian. “I’ve spent years in private practice and government service where I’ve fought for the defenseless and tried to level the playing field of a very challenged criminal justice system. For the last several years, I’ve been unable to dedicate the amount of time I’d like to pro bono work or public service, so I’m grateful for the mission and scale of Equal Justice Works and humbled to be a small contributor to its work.”

Prior to his role at Danaher, Brian was the general counsel at Medtronic’s Restorative Therapies Group, where he was an active participant in the company’s pro bono program. Under his direction, the company created partnerships with a local hospital system to provide legal services to patients whose long-term care and recovery were directly impacted by their ability to address various legal challenges.

As a leader in the legal profession, Brian has also shown an exceptional commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. At Danaher, Brian is the executive sponsor for the company’s Black & Friends affinity group, and convened the first meeting among African-American Male General Counsel to address diversity and social justice issues. During his time at Medtronic, he created and led Medtronic’s African Descent Network, which supported hundreds of community organizations in expanding access to health services for underserved communities across the country.

“I’ve tried to mentor people who, like myself, always felt out of place and alone because of their differences,” said Brian. “I am proud of the many women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people I’ve mentored and sponsored over the course of my career. For as much as I’ve poured into them, I have learned and grown exponentially more.”

Brian has earned numerous accolades for his leadership and pro bono work, including recognition as one of Savoy Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America, as the 2019 Rising for Justice honoree, and as one of the 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers, just to name a few. Brian also serves on the board of directors at Entergy Corporation and is a member of the Equal Justice Works Annual Dinner Steering Committee. 

Click here for more information about this year’s Scales of Justice event.

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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 equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. 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.

Contact
Heena Patel
Marketing and Communications Director
Email: [email protected]

For the last several years, I’ve been unable to dedicate the amount of time I’d like to pro bono work or public service, so I’m grateful for the mission and scale of Equal Justice Works and humbled to be a small contributor to its work.

Brian Ellis /
2021 Scales of Justice Honoree