The Equal Justice Coalition is managed by its Legislative Committee, comprised of staff and attorney representatives from the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts legal services programs, as well as other attorneys in private practice.
Louis Tompros, Chair Partner WilmerHale
Louis Tompros is a partner at WilmerHale whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has represented clients in patent disputes involving a variety of technologies, including first-chair trial experience and multiple arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Pro bono representation is also an important part of Louis’s practice. In 2004, he represented a group of gay and lesbian service members in one of the first challenges to the constitutionality of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, in association with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, he has represented an artist whose artwork was damaged on loan to a museum, a disability rights author and advocate in a copyright dispute with her publisher, and a prominent literary journal in a copyright dispute with an electronic database service. He has also represented local Boston schools, employees in unemployment insurance claims and appeals, public housing tenants facing eviction, and public advocacy groups submitting amicus briefs on criminal defense and electronic privacy issues.
Louis is a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School, where he teaches a course on patent trial advocacy. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Law School on the topics of discovery and civil procedure, and at the Harvard Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth on the topics of intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements, and non-competition agreements. Louis received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 2000, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003. Following law school, Louis clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and for the Honorable Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Catherine Rizos, Acting Director
Catherine Rizos is Communications Manager at the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) and is currently serving as Acting Director of the Equal Justice Coalition (EJC). She directs MLAC’s communications and media outreach, works with the legislative campaign for civil legal aid coordinated by the EJC, and provides communications support to MLAC-funded programs. She also manages the websites, social media channels, and print and electronic publications for MLAC and the EJC. Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington.
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