Board of Directors
Ken Briggs of Detroit, Michigan, is a licensed electrician who has served as Business Representative for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58, since 1997. He has also been a delegate to the National Building Trades Conference and the Electrical Workers’ Minority Caucus. Ken’s community leadership has included service on Detroit Public Schools’ A. Phillip Randolph TIE Advisory Board, the Detroit Equal Opportunity Recruitment Advisory Board, Goodwill Industries’ Employment Advisory Board, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and activism with Focus: HOPE of Detroit, Jobs with Justice, and NAACP.
William Goodman of Detroit, Michigan, practices civil rights law in the firm of Goodman and Hurwitz, PC. His past achievements include almost ten years in New York City as legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he led the Center’s work representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange and the wrongfully convicted teens in the notorious “Central Park jogger” case. Bill earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Holly Herndon of San Francisco, California, practices labor and employment law with the firm of Beeson, Tayer and Bodine. Holly’s experience in Rhode Island, Michigan and California includes representing labor unions and individual plaintiffs in discrimination cases as well as class-action discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits. Holly has also worked with the Sugar Law Center on Living Wage, WARN Act and related issues addressing workers’ rights. She earned her J.D. from Boston College and her B.A. from David Lipscomb University.
Julie Hurwitz of Detroit, Michigan, practices civil rights law in the firm of Goodman and Hurwitz, PC. Julie served as executive director for the Sugar Law Center for the first several years of its existence and again from 1998 to 2004. As director of the Center, she testified before the US Congress about plant closings and corporate accountability, and represented thousands of working people and their communities. Clients in her private practice include victims of police misconduct and targets of attempts to stifle press freedom. Julie earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Joseph Lipofsky of New York, New York, is an attorney with Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP specializing in antitrust litigation. Joe’s past experience includes serving as Deputy Counsel to the Attorney General of New York, as an attorney and Executive Director with legal service programs in New Jersey, Missouri, and Michigan, and representing labor unions. His professional affiliations include: the American Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section; the National Lawyers Guild; and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Joe also serves as a Board Member for Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. He earned his B.S. in Commerce from Rider College and J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall Law School.
Jeanne Mirer of New York, New York, practices civil rights and employment law. Among her clients are Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who have taken to court the U.S. chemical companies that profited from manufacturing the poison. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Law Association, and the NAACP. Jeanne has been a moving force in the founding and leadership of the International Commission for Labor Rights. She earned her J.D. from Boston University and B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jerome L. Reide of Lansing, Michigan, is an attorney whose practice includes public policy advocacy, civil rights, and probate matters. Jerome is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. He is also Chair of the Legal Redress Committee of the Michigan State Conference NAACP, and serves on the Council of the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR). Jerome recently served as co-editor for an issue of IRR’s Human Rights magazine that covered human rights in natural disasters: http://www.abanet.org/irr/hr/fall06/home.html.
Sue Marx Smock of Washington, DC, is a consultant with the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. Retired from her position as the dean of Wayne State University’s College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, Sue is a member of the Urban Affairs Association and serves on the boards of the Coalition of Women’s Organizations and the Women’s National Democratic Club. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Wayne State University.
Mark Stern of Somerville, Massachusetts, practices labor and employment law, and housing law in his own firm. He specializes in discrimination, civil rights and democracy cases. Mark is a member of the Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, the Advisory Board for Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Somerville Project, and the Workers’ Rights Advisory Board of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. He volunteers for the Somerville Human Rights Commission and Somerville Homeless Coalition. He has contributed articles on issues of race and the law to the Somerville Journal and the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, and articles about his practice and cases have been featured in both papers and the Boston Globe. He organized and acted as Counsel for the Tenants First Coalition in the 1970s, and has represented, among others, Local Unions of the United Electrical Workers and Teamsters.
David D. Whitaker of Detroit, Michigan, has served since 2003 as chief legal advisor for the Detroit City Council and head of the Council’s Research and Analysis Division. David has successfully litigated major issues as Special Co-Counsel to the City Council. He also serves as a trustee of the Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church, on the Board of Advisors of Evergreen Children’s Services, and serves as a case evaluator for Wayne County Mediation Tribunal. David earned his J.D. from Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law) and his B.S. from Eastern Michigan University.