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Jennifer Giordano is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the Firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. She is an experienced antitrust litigator and trial lawyer who has successfully defended clients in cutting-edge federal antitrust cases at both the trial and appellate level. She focuses on complex antitrust cases, including multidistrict litigation, class actions, and strategic business-to-business litigation.

Her pro bono work includes working with the Children’s Law Center of DC as an advocate for children, working with The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project to try to overturn wrongful convictions, and working with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project to assist victims of domestic violence. Jenn graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in 1996 and received her J.D with honors in 2001 from George Washington University Law School.

Jenn Giordano serves on the Grant Committee of the Board. 

Joshua Hauser, a Management Consultant with JKD Consultants Inc., served as a Director on the Boards of technology-based public companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan, and of private companies. Joshua has been successful with respect to mergers and acquisitions, shareholder liquidity transactions, new product introductions, and operational improvements in a business-to-business environment. He has experience in both large, public entities, smaller private companies, and start-ups.

Edward Krugman retired from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP at the end of 2016 after 37 years with the Firm (30 as a partner). While at Cahill he litigated in areas ranging from antitrust to contested takeovers to securities fraud to insurance and reinsurance coverage, appearing in state and federal courts throughout the country, at trial and on appeal, and before numerous domestic and international arbitration tribunals.

Since retiring from Cahill, Ed has been a volunteer Senior Attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, on whose Board he has sat since 2006. He served on the Board of Gay Men’s Health Crisis from 2012 to 2018. At NCLEJ, Ed conducts class action and other impact litigation in the areas of public benefits, disability rights, racially discriminatory policing, and legal financial obligations.

Ed received his J.D. in 1978 from Yale Law School, where he was Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and he clerked for the late Irving R. Kaufman, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received a B.S. with Special Honors in Mathematics in 1971 from C.C.N.Y. and a Ph.D in Mathematics from N.Y.U. in 1975.

Ed Krugman serves on the Finance Committee of the Board. 

Elizabeth (Beth) McCallum is a partner in the Baker Hostetler law firm, where she practices primarily in the areas of commercial and antitrust litigation. Beth has devoted substantial time to public service work over the course of her career, including representing a class of students attending the Baltimore City public schools in a challenge to the constitutionality of the education providing to those students since 1996; filing numerous amici briefs in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal in cases involving the rights of people with disabilities; and successfully challenging a Tennessee statute imposing restrictions on reproductive rights under the Tennessee constitution. 

In 2005 she was awarded the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, given each year to five individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.  She [also] serves on the Boards of the David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the Washington Lawyers Center for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Beth McCallum is the Board Treasurer and serves on the Executive, Finance, and Grant Committees of the Board. 

Bill O'Reilly retired from the partnership at the Jones Day law firm in 2019. He was in the Business and Tort Litigation Practice, with a focus on antitrust, class actions, consumer protection, and other complex litigation. After 20 years at Jones Day (including practicing with Barbara McDowell during her time at the firm), Bill left to serve from 2006-2008 as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Ethics Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

After returning to the firm, Bill continued an active commercial litigation practice, as well as a substantial pro bono practice, including the supervision of police misconduct cases brought by the firm, in which the team achieved significant results at trial and through settlement. He also was deeply involved in the firm’s pro bono work at the Texas/Mexico border, which included providing migrants with both general legal advice and representation. He has continued that work since his retirement.

Bill is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is a former member of the Board of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

Bill O'Reilly serves on the Grant Committee of the Board. 

Brett Rogers is General Counsel of Brown Advisory, a global investment and strategic advisory firm. In this role, he leads the groups responsible for management of legal matters, regulatory compliance, code of conduct and ethics oversight, internal audit, risk management and corporate secretarial functions.  Before joining Brown Advisory in 2009, Brett was director and global head of risk management governance in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management Division and chief compliance officer of the Germany Funds, a NYSE-listed complex of closed-end funds. While at Deutsche he also served as deputy chief compliance officer of the DWS/Scudder family of mutual funds and chief compliance officer of Deutsche Asset Management (Japan) Limited. 

Brett serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Baltimore Chesapeake Outward Bound School, an educational organization that delivers active learning through expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service, and the Kasina Foundation, a grant-making organization focused on improving the financial literacy of children. Brett graduated from Georgetown University with Honors in English, earned his MBA from the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business, and his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Brett and his wife Vicky live in Baltimore with their two daughters.

Brett Rogers is the Board Secretary of the Foundation and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board.

Deborah Shefler started her legal career in the Honors Program of the US Department of Justice, litigating pattern and practice cases in the Civil Rights Division’s Employment Section. She handled cases against public and private employers and defended challenges to the federal government’s affirmative action requirements for contractors. After moving to California, she worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District, handling a wide variety of civil suits against federal agencies.

Following 11 years with the government, she shifted to private practice and became a commercial litigation partner in the firm of Steinhart and Falconer, which was acquired by Piper Rudnick LLP. She spent the last 20 years of her career in the Law Department of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., where she defended the company in state court and litigated rate and other regulatory matters before the CA Public Utilities Commission. Deborah volunteered for over 20 years as an arbitrator/mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court, and as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the US District Court.

Since retiring, Deborah has served on several boards, including as President of the League of Women Voters of Oakland. For several years she was president of the board of an NGO that trains health care providers in developing nations to screen for the precursors of cervical cancer. She is currently a board member of Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation, which provides financial support to a health care and community development facility in Uganda. She earned her JD from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Deborah grew up in Arlington, VA, and now lives with her husband Stephen in Oakland, CA.

Deborah Shefler serves on the Grant Committee of the Board. 

Laura Shores is a nationally recognized trial lawyer whose practice focuses on antitrust litigation and government investigations. Her experience includes substantial antitrust class action experience representing clients in the life sciences industries, as well as the representation of individuals in criminal cases at trial and on appeal. Laura has represented victims of gender discrimination on a pro bono basis at trial and on appeal; she currently represents an Alabama prison inmate in a high-profile civil rights lawsuit against the State of Alabama.

Laura graduated from Smith College in 1985. After earning her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1988, she clerked for the Hon. Robert S. Vance at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She lives in Washington with her partner, Heather, and their two children, Abby and Johnny.

Laura Shores serves on the Finance and Grant Committees of the Board. 

Peggy Moran Zwisler retired from the partnership at Latham & Watkins LLP in December 2019. Prior to joining Latham in 2005, she had practiced at Howrey LLP for many years, and was one of the first women to join the firm as an associate in 1976.

For over 40 years, Peggy was an antitrust trial lawyer, appearing in federal district courts and courts of appeals throughout the country before juries and judges and achieving precedential and significant victories for her clients. She also had an extensive class action defense practice across a range of industries as diverse as cars and cranberries. At both firms, Peggy’s pro bono interests included litigating cases addressing homelessness, employment discrimination and civil rights.

Peggy graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1971 and received her JD from the George Washington University Law School in 1976, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and led the National Moot Court team. In 2014, the GW Law Association of Women and the GW Law Alumni Association honored her with the Belva Lockwood Award, recognizing her long and successful career as a woman trial attorney.

Peggy Zwisler is the Board Vice Chair and serves on the Executive and Grant Committees of the Board. 

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