Media Release: NYLPI Board of Directors Selects Lorraine McGowen as Board Chair


N E W S   R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release

Erin Gaffney
212 784 5720
[email protected]



New York, NY – June 22, 2023 — The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Board of Directors announced that Lorraine McGowen will assume the role of Board Chair at the close of its Annual Meeting today.

“I’m so pleased to welcome Lorraine McGowen as the new NYLPI Board Chair,” said current Board Chair, partner at Jenner & Block, and City Bar President Susan Kohlmann. “Lorraine has been a highly engaged leader on our board, and her outstanding leadership and unwavering dedication to NYLPI’s mission is extraordinary. I am confident in our future and in Lorraine’s leadership as we continue to grow and expand our impact.”

McGowen brings a wealth of experience as a NYLPI Board member and Executive Committee member for over a decade, a leading restructuring partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and a respected advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the legal profession.

“I’m grateful for Susan’s leadership and humbled to take on the Chair role following her tenure. I am excited to help drive the organization’s continued growth and evolution and look forward to working with my fellow Directors and the entire NYLPI team to expand our reach in the years ahead.  NYLPI’s work in partnership with communities to dismantle racism and achieve health, disability, immigrant, and environmental justice could not be more important in these times of growing challenge.”

As a member of Orrick’s Management Committee and Partner in Charge of its global DEI Initiatives, McGowen creates programs for the legal profession and the community. She was selected as a 2019 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2022, 2018, and 2015 and received Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion Award and the New York City Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion 2012 Champion Award. IFLR1000 Rankings named McGowen a leading lawyer in the U.S. She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member and serves on the board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and as a Vice President of the New York City Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.

“This is a significant moment for our organization. I’m deeply grateful to Susan for her vision, dedication, and passion,” said McGregor Smyth, Executive Director, “and I am excited for what the future holds under Lorraine’s leadership. Lorraine brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic vision to our organization, which will be critical to our ability to scale and meet the growing demand for our work activating the power of New York communities to achieve justice and lasting change.”

About New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)

Founded in 1976 by leaders of the bar, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a community-driven civil rights organization that pursues justice for all New Yorkers. NYLPI works toward a New York where all people can thrive in their communities, with quality healthcare and housing, safe jobs, good schools, and healthy neighborhoods. In NYLPI’s vision, all New Yorkers live with dignity and independence, with the resources they need to succeed. NYLPI’s community-driven approach powers its commitments to civil rights and to disability, health, immigrant, and environmental justice. NYLPI seeks lasting change through litigation, community organizing, policy advocacy, pro bono service, and education. 




Take Action

Here’s what you can do right now for justice in New York…

Stay up to date

Get updates on our cases and campaigns, and join us in taking action for justice…

Stay Connected

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and opportunities to take action from our team.

Thanks! We’ll be in touch soon!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!