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Anthony Herman

Tony Herman is a high profile commercial litigator at Covington & Burling LLP and the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission. He was at Covington for over 20 years prior to his work at the FEC and has since returned to the firm. In addition to a busy commercial litigation practice, Tony has litigated numerous civil rights cases and has a substantial pro bono practice. His commitment to the community is reflected in his former position as chair of Covington’s Public Service Committee, as well as his many board positions for organizations such as the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Bread for the City. He was honored with the Legal Aid Society's Servant of Justice Award in 2009 and was named as a top Washington pro bono lawyer by the Washington Business Journal. Tony graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He joined Children's Law Center's board of directors in 2009 and became chair of the board in 2011. He has two adopted children.

 

   
Jessica Abrahams
Jessica Abrahams is a partner in the Government Contracts practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where she is Co-Chair of the firm's Government Contracts/Corporate Initiative and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Jessica has been involved in pro bono work with Children’s Law Center for a number of years, and she was named the DC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2000 for her child advocacy work. She serves on the boards of the American Jewish Congress and the Weizmann Institute of Science, and she was a founding member of Advising Women Executives. Jessica holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Wellesley College. She joined Children's Law Center's Board of Directors in 2010.
 
 

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Thomas N. Bulleit
Tom Bulleit is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP and a former partner in the health law practice at Hogan Lovells LLP, as well as past chair of the DC Bar Health Law Section. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Bailey Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Tom earned his JD at the University of Michigan Law School and his BA from Yale University. In law school, he represented children and families in child protective proceedings as a student attorney in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Tom joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 1999 and served as the chair from 2002 to 2005. He is a fourth generation Washingtonian.

 


H. Guy Collier
Guy Collier is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he specializes in health law. He is chair of the firm’s Global Pro Bono and Community Service Committee as well as past-chair of the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee and a current member of the board of governors of the DC Bar. He previously served in the Office of General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services and at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington. Guy serves on the board of trustees of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and is president of the board of directors of the University of Richmond Law School Association. He earned his JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2008 and was chair of the board from 2009 to 2011. Guy and his wife Catherine together have six daughters, one grandson, three dogs, and two rabbits.
   

A. Patrick Doyle
Pat Doyle is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he specializes in banking and financial services regulation and serves as co-head of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group. He also is a member of the Executive Counsel of the Banking Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association. Over the years, Pat has been involved in pro bono initiatives designed to help bring banking services to underserved communities. Pat earned his JD from the Syracuse University College of Law. He joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2011. Pat is married to Elizabeth Downes who is an active pro bono lawyer with Children’s Law Center.


Evan R. Farber
Evan Farber is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Advisory Board Company, a global technology, research, and consulting firm partnering with 140,000 leaders in 3,700 organizations across health care and higher education. Previously, Evan was a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells US LLP). He serves as a member of the board of trustees for Concord Hill School. He earned his JD from the George Washington University Law School. He joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2009. Evan resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Amanda, and two sons.
 
Joseph C. Figini
Joe Figini is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel at CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. Prior to his tenure at CGI, Joe practiced technology law at the Washington DC law firm Shaw Pittman LLP. Joe is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association and the NVTC General Counsel Forum. He also is a 1998 recipient of the Frederick B. Abramson Award from the D.C. Bar. He earned his JD from University of Michigan Law School and in 2009 joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors. Joe is an adoptive father of a beautiful son named Isaac.
 
  Melissa Galetto
Melissa is an assistant general counsel at Ernst & Young LLP, where she supports the firm's tax practice.  She previously spent eight years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she focused on tax controversy and litigation matters.  It was at Skadden that Melissa first became involved with Children's Law Center, first taking on guardian ad litem and caregiver cases, and later serving as Skadden's representative on the CLC advisory board. An avid theater fan, Melissa also serves on the board of directors of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. She joined Children's Law Center's board of directors in 2013. Melissa is a Capitals season ticket holder, a recreational runner, and an avid wine taster.

   
  Wendy Goldberg
Wendy currently serves on the boards of the DC Promise Neighborhood, Children’s National Medical Center, RaiseDC, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Health Leads. She is the board chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood and the Children’s National Advocacy and Public Policy Institute, the co-chair of RaiseDC, and the Mid-Atlantic board chair of Health Leads. Wendy joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2013. Wendy and her husband, Fred, have five children. 
   

Justin Gray
Justin Gray is President and CEO of Gray Global Advisors, LLC, a full service business advisory firm that specializes in the strategic implementation of government affairs and business consulting services for public and private corporations, foreign governments, educational institutions, trade associations, foundations, and nonprofits. He also serves on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for Riverview School, and the Board of Trustees of Operation Understanding. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University. Justin joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2012.
   

Nina Gross
Nina Gross is a Director of Forensics & Dispute Services in the Deloitte & Touche Washington, DC office. She also is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Creditors Rights and Insolvency Committee. She previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the US Securities Exchange Commission.  Nina earned her JD from the George Mason University School of Law and has over twenty years of experience in law and public policy. Nina joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2006.

 

Ed Lazere
Ed Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which engages in research on budget and tax issues in DC, and works to support the advocacy efforts of nonprofits like CLC.  Ed currently serves on the board of the DC Primary Care Association and the Consumer Health Foundation.  He holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. He joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in September 2006. He has served as a licensed foster parent, has been a cub scout den leader for 10 years and is a member of the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) for his son’s school. 

 

May Liang
May is currently general counsel and chief financial officer of OpenConcept Systems Inc. She previously served as general counsel and chief financial officer for Total Music, LLC a digital entertainment service, executive director of the Epilepsy Therapy Project, and vice president and associate general counsel at America Online, Inc. May sits on the advisory board of the YMCA – Fairfax County and is a member of the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation, INC.spire, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. She also serves on the board of trustees of Sidwell Friends School. She is a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and co-chair of its executive committee. In addition, she is a member of the Stanford University Special Gifts Committee and the Sidwell Friends National Leadership Gift Board. May holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and political science from Stanford University and received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2008 and currently serves as the board treasurer. May is married to Jim Lintott, and they have two children, Jade and Marcus.
 
Margaret J. McKinney
Meg McKinney is a founding partner in Delaney McKinney, LLP. Her entire career has been devoted to the practice of family law in DC and Maryland. She has been active in the DC Bar, including tenure as the Family Law Section co-chair, and has served on numerous court and city-wide committees. She received her BA in political science, magna cum laude, and her JD, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School. Meg joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors 2008.
 

Carmen G. McLean
Carmen G. McLean is a partner at Jones Day, where she specializes in antitrust litigation and electronic discovery counseling. She also has experience in a broad range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters. Carmen has been actively involved in pro bono work with CLC for a number of years, including representing a grandmother in one of DC’s first third-party custody cases under the Safe and Stable Homes Act. Carmen received her JD from Georgetown University. She joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2009 and served as chair of Children's Law Center's Advisory Board in 2011.
   
Robin Rooks McQueen
Robin McQueen is the Vice President of External Relations for the Truman National Security Project. She previously was the Development Director of the Center for American Progress. Prior to CAP, Robin was with several progressive and nonprofit organizations such as Women’s Voice, Women Vote and the Human Rights Campaign. She serves on the boards of the Rosemount Center and Step Afrika! Robin earned her BA in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. She joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2012. She and her husband can be found most weekends spending endless hours chasing her busy toddler around Rock Creek Park.
   
Alan A. Pemberton
Alan Pemberton is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's Government Contracts practice group and chairs the firm’s Public Service Committee. Alan has handled several prisoners’ rights and civil rights matters on a pro bono basis. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Committee on Pro Se Litigation. He also is a member of the board of Bread for the City, Inc., The Covington & Burling Public School Project, Inc., the Indigent Civil Litigation Fund, Inc., and is on the planning committee of the Washington Lawyers Committee.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Alan joined the Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2011. He and his wife Miriam live in Silver Spring and have two daughters who are splendid adults.
   
 

Bizunesh (Biz) Scott
Bizunesh “Biz” Scott is a partner at Steptoe, where she is a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs department. She previously served as Chief Counsel to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. She earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and her BA from Marquette University. Biz joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2012.

   

Theodore D. Segal
Ted Segal is a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where he serves as chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee.  He also is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and general counsel to MorganFranklin Consulting.  Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, he was a partner at DLA Piper where he headed the firm’s Washington office.  Ted serves on the board of trustees for The Foundation for the National Archives. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and his JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He joined Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors in 2013 and served on the benefit host committee in 2012. A native Washingtonian, Ted is married and has two wonderful children.

   

Nancy Sidamon-Eristoff
Nancy Sidamon-Eristoff has served as an account executive for McCann-Erickson and as a marketing associate for Christie’s. She currently serves on the founder’s board of St. John’s Community Services and previously served on the board of directors of Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. She holds a BA from Princeton University and an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Nancy joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2006, chaired the benefit in 2009, and has been a member of CLC's benefit host committee since 2004. Nancy lives in Washington DC with her husband and three children.  
   

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Page Lane Smith
In her professional capacity, Page Lane Smith was a marketing and management consultant to law firms prior to joining Prentice Hall Law & Business as associate editor for two legal trade journals. She remains active at Georgetown Ministry Center, where she served on the board and its executive committee. Page is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined Children’s Law Center's board of directors in 2011 after serving on the Helping Children Soar Benefit host committee for several years. Page is a mother of five. She and her husband have been active residents of the District for more than 26 years.
   

 

Shana C. Smith
Shana C. Smith is vice president, corporate counsel and assistant secretary of NII Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of mobile communications services in Latin America and a Fortune 500 company. Prior to working at NII, Shana served as corporate counsel, securities and finance of Sprint Nextel Corporation and at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, where she had the opportunity to serve as a pro bono guardian ad litem. Shana is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland, where she received a BA in journalism. She joined Children’s Law Center’s board of directors in 2012. Shana lives in DC with her husband and son.

 

   
  Catharine E. Snowdon
Katie Snowdon is a private trustee managing a long-term client's family office. She is a banker by trade, having managed personal trust departments in Boston and Washington for more than three decades. Both Katie and her husband Dick have been extensively involved with Children’s National Medical Center, Arena Stage, The Black Student Fund, The Washington National Cathedral, and its schools - Beauvoir, NCS, and St. Albans. Katie received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and her CFSC Diploma from Northwestern University. Katie joined Children’s Law Center's board of directors in 2011 after being on the benefit host committee in 2009 and 2010. She is the stepmother of three adult children, four grandchildren and the mother of Alexander, a student at Vanderbilt University.
   
 

Peter Winik
Peter L. Winik is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he has practiced since 1980. While at the firm, he has served as deputy managing partner of the firm's Washington D.C. office, global co-chair of the Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Calls Action Practice Group, and chair of the Washington office's Litigation Department. Peter currently serves on the Boards of Ingenuity Prep, a D.C. charter school, and the Union of Reform Judaism. A licensed pilot, he regularly volunteers to fly medical patients and their families for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. He is also past president of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Peter earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University. He joined the Children's Law Center Board in 2013. Peter and his wife, Sylvia live in Bethesda, MD and have two adult children.  

 

Steptoe & Johnson has had a very close relationship with the Children's Law Center since its formation. The cases CLC refers are truly compelling, and the many attorneys who have worked on them over the years have been deeply touched by the experience. It is also a pleasure to work with the CLC staff, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable, and always ready to mentor pro bono attorneys.

-Barbara Kagan
Public Service Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
 

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