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Leadership Transition at Public Counsel

Margaret Morrow is stepping down from her role as President and CEO after five years of leading Public Counsel.


A message from our President and CEO:

Earlier this fall, I informed our Board of Directors and our staff that after leading Public Counsel for five years, I plan to step down as President and CEO in early 2021. I intend to remain in my position until my replacement is appointed. The Board has hired the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, and a national search is underway. We would love for any interested candidate or party to reach out to Heidrick & Struggles by clicking here.

When I came to Public Counsel in January 2016, after 18 years of service as a federal judge, I was drawn by the opportunity to bring justice and equality to all people in our community. The past five years have been some of the most rewarding of my long legal career, and it has been one of the privileges of my life to work alongside the dedicated staff of Public Counsel. They are courageous and tenacious advocates for our clients, and I am so happy I could contribute in some small way to their efforts to help our clients achieve the stable, hopeful futures they deserve.

In recent years, the world has become a scarier and less secure place for many of our clients. I am immensely proud of how our staff responded to the unforeseen challenges of these times – rapidly mobilizing to safeguard justice on many fronts. From setting up mobile legal clinics at LAX in response to successive “travel bans,” to standing with DACA recipients as their legal protections were unjustly stripped away, to advocating for our clients to stay housed in the middle of a pandemic, our staff, clients, and pro bono volunteers have shown unbelievable strength and bravery. I am so honored to have been able to support their efforts.

When someone begins working at Public Counsel, they quickly learn that it’s more than just a place to work – it is a way of life. Many of our team members have been involved with Pubic Counsel for ten, twenty, thirty years, or more. For our staff, supporters, and board members, their longstanding commitment to Public Counsel is born of a deep-seated belief that our work makes our communities stronger and our nation more just. When I pass the torch to the next leader of this great organization, I will continue to be a proud former board member and a life-long supporter.

Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve as Public Counsel’s President and CEO, and thank you for the incredible support you have given our clients and mission during my time at the helm. I look forward to seeing the next chapter unfold for this remarkable organization.


Margaret M. Morrow

President & CEO

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