General Counsel, Americorps
Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m.
Fernando Laguarda has been general counsel at AmeriCorps since January of 2021. Prior to government service, he was faculty director of the Program on Law and Government and a professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he launched the law school’s LLM in legislation, and founded the nation's first student-centered initiative to study the work of government oversight. Laguarda worked previously for nearly 10 years in the telecommunications industry and for 15 years as a partner at two different Washington, D.C. law firms focusing on technology and competition law.
General Counsel, Amazon
David Zapolsky joined Amazon.com in November 1999 as associate general counsel for litigation and regulatory matters. He now oversees the company’s legal, policy, compliance, and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Amazon.com, Zapolsky was a partner at the Seattle offices of Dorsey & Whitney and Bogle & Gates. Before moving to Seattle from New York City in 1994, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and later practiced law at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.
Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham University
Tanya Katerí Hernández teaches anti-discrimination law, Critical Race Theory, and trusts and wills. She is an internationally recognized comparative race law expert and Fulbright Scholar. She has previously served as a Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; a faculty fellow at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and as a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hernández’s book, "Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality," is the first comprehensive book on anti-Black violence in the Latinx community.
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