Brad Karp Elected New Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center Board of Directors is delighted to announce that it unanimously elected Brad S. Karp as the third Chair of the Board in the organization’s 45-year history. Board Vice Chair Mary Beth Forshaw said “we are thrilled to have Brad at the helm of this terrific organization and could not have asked for a more capable or committed person to serve in this role. Since joining the Board in 1998, Brad has been a devoted advocate for LAC and its mission and has made exceptional contributions to LAC’s work and the social justice landscape at large.”

Mr. Karp said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with my colleagues on the Board and the incomparably talented and dedicated staff of the Legal Action Center to help further its vital mission. Every day, the Legal Action Center works to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities in New York and across the country. I am humbled to follow both Dan Mayers, who guided this organization with exceptional vision and skill for 20 years, and Arthur Liman, Legal Action Center’s Founding and 25-year Chairman and my mentor at Paul, Weiss.”

Paul N. Samuels, President and Director of the Legal Action Center said, “We are thrilled that Brad has been elected Chair of the Board. His passion for LAC’s mission is second to none. Brad has been a tireless champion of Legal Action Center’s legal and policy advocacy for nearly 20 years. Our entire staff is excited to work even more closely with him in the coming years.”

Mr. Karp has been Chair of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison since 2008 and has achieved national prominence as both a litigator and corporate adviser. He has been profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the nation by several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crain’s, and The National Law Journal. Mr. Karp is a frequent lecturer and writer, having spoken at more than 400 conferences and published more than 500 articles on business litigation and securities law issues. Mr. Karp has lectured on business litigation and securities litigation at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. For the past 32 years, Mr. Karp has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Review,” which analyzes developments in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his esteemed professional endeavors, Mr. Karp is an active member of his community, steadfast in his philanthropy and commitment to justice. In addition to serving as chair of the board of the Legal Action Center, Mr. Karp serves on the board of The Partnership for New York City, Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Harvard Law School Council, the American Constitution Society, Junior Achievement Worldwide, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., American Friends of The Hebrew University, the New York Bar Foundation, the Program Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Economic Club of New York, the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Inn of Court, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr. Karp also is a founding member of the PriceWaterhouse Leaders Council examining financial services industry regulatory reform. Among his many other awards, Mr. Karp received the Legal Action Center’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Award in 2007.

Mr. Karp succeeds Dan Mayers, who served as Chairman of The Legal Action Center since 1998. Mr. Mayers succeeded Legal Action Center’s Founding Board Chair Arthur Liman. Under Mr. Mayers’ tenure, LAC significantly expanded its national policy portfolio and won landmark lawsuits that firmly established the civil rights and privacy of people with addiction histories, HIV, and criminal histories who are seeking to lead productive lives. Mr. Mayers is a retired senior partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (now known as WilmerHale). Mr. Mayers also has served on the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Educational Television Association, the Visiting Committee of the Board of Overseers of Harvard Law School, and the Sidwell Friends School, and as Chairman of The Survivors Fund, an organization established to help victims and families directly affected by the September 11 Pentagon attack. In 2009, Mr. Mayers received the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award for his exceptional contributions to social justice in the Legal Action Center’s areas of focus. Mr. Samuels said, “It is impossible to convey the depth of Mr. Mayers’ contributions to the Legal Action Center or our gratitude for his invaluable leadership.”


About the Legal Action Center: Established in 1973, the Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

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