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August 13, 2014

National Leadership Roles: Motley Rice attorneys to serve legal organizations

Three Motley Rice members recently accepted new roles with several national legal and advocacy organizations. 

Motley Rice member attorney Jodi Westbrook Flowers was appointed for a one-year term to the Human Rights Advisory Council for the American Bar Association. Flowers leads the firm’s anti-terrorism and human rights practice group, and represents clients who have suffered losses due to GM ignition switch defects.

Member Anne McGinness Kearse, who plays a central role in the firm’s catastrophic injury, toxic tort and asbestos practices, has been elected as vice president of Public Justice, America’s public interest law firm that fights against injustices through precedent-setting and social significant litigation. Kearse previously served as treasurer on the organization’s Executive Committee.

Kearse also is now chair of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), which provides a forum for members to exchange relevant information "on the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, pesticides and herbicides, consumer products, industrial pollution, and other environmental poisons."

Member Don Migliori is now on the American Association for Justice’s Executive Committee, which oversees management of the Association. The AAJ is an advocacy organization that supports trial lawyers and works to ensure justice through the legal system for persons injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. Migliori plays a key role in many of the firm’s litigation areas, including pelvic mesh, asbestos, aviation and tobacco litigation.