5 Nonprofit Leaders
51. Michael Horvitz ’75
Supporter of American Cultural Institutions
Parkland Management Co. Chairman, Michael Horvitz ’75 has an extensive history on the boards of some of America’s most prominent cultural institutions, including the Milton A. and Charlotte R. Kramer Charitable Foundation, the Musical Arts Association, the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Frick Collection.
52. Jane Genster ’76
Focused on Education
Jane Genster ’76 is retired president and CEO, and continuing board member of Cristo Rey Network, a national network of 32 Catholic inner-city high schools that integrate rigorous academic preparation with four years of real-world work experience to prepare students from economically disadvantaged families for college. She is a former vice president and general counsel at Georgetown University.
53. David W. Carr Jr. ’83
Preserving the Environment
David W. Carr Jr. ’83 is general counsel and a public lands and renewable energy policy expert at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville.
54. Katie Redford ’95
Merging Human Rights and the Earth’s Rights
The road to the pioneering Doe v. Unocal and EarthRights International began with two first-year law students, Katie Redford ’95 and Tyler Giannini ’95, studying human rights abuses in Burma related to the logging industry. There, they learned that additional human rights abuses — murder, rape and forced labor — were associated with a pipeline being built by the American-owned oil company Unocal, in association with the French-owned company Total.
Redford wrote a paper in her third year advancing her belief that American corporations could be sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act. The act, dating back to 1789, provided jurisdiction for “aliens” (someone who is not a citizen or national) to sue for “violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”
A year after graduation, Redford put her theory to the test. In Doe v. Unocal, she and Giannini helped plaintiffs sue in California’s state and federal courts, resulting in an unprecedented settlement. Business Week reported a $30 million agreement was reached, calling it “a milestone in human rights advancement.” The onus of corporate accountability for human rights had shifted.
EarthRights International, which Redford and Giannini founded with Redford’s husband, Ka Hsaw Wa, while working on the case, was the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service. Today, the group has offices in Thailand, Peru, Myanmar and Washington, D.C. Redford is director of the organization. Giannini is a clinical professor of law and co-director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and its International Human Rights Clinic.
Redford has returned to the Law School frequently as a speaker and co-teacher of the International Human Rights Clinic.
55. Tim Phillips ’97
American Cancer Society
Tim Phillips ’97 is general counsel and assistant secretary of the American Cancer Society Inc. and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Previously an attorney at Troutman Sanders, Phillips also serves on the board of visitors of the Georgia state UIniversity School of Law, the board of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the advisory board of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and the boards of several veteran service organizations in an advisory capacity. He is counsel to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
5 Educational Leaders
56. Gloria Cordes Larson ’77
Shaping Bentley University
Gloria Cordes Larson ’77 was president of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, for 11 years and is now president-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Bentley, Larson took over a regionally recognized business school and turned it into a nationally ranked university. In 2011, the school launched its Center for Women and Business and, upon her retirement, renamed the center in Larson’s honor.
57. Blake Morant ’78
Dean of Two Law Schools
Blake Morant ’78 recently announced he’s stepping down as dean of the George Washington Law School, a role he assumed in September 2014. He is the first African-American dean of the top-25 law school. He previously served as dean of Wake Forest University School of Law for seven years and as president of the Association of American Law Schools.
58. Elizabeth Garrett ’88
President of Cornell
Elizabeth Garrett ’88 was president of Cornell before her untimely death in March 2016. She took her post in July 2015, after serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California and starting her teaching career at UVA Law.
59. James E. Ryan ’92
The ninth president of the University of Virginia, James E. Ryan ’92 previously served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a professor at UVA Law.
60. M. Elizabeth Magill ’95
Stanford and University of Virginia
M. Elizabeth Magill ’95, dean of Stanford Law School from 2012 to March 2019, will become provost of the University of Virginia this summer. She was previously vice dean and a professor at UVA Law.
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