Winston Withers & Associates, L.L.C.
1730 M Street, NM., Suite #413
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-887-8202 (0) 202-478-6171 (Fax)
Legal, Management, Policy and Administrative Experience:
April, 2001 —
Principal and Co-founder, Winston Withers & Associates LLC
Washington, D.C.
Assists businesses, educational and non-profit organizations in understanding and
developing equity, diversity and equal opportunity management and organizational
strategies consistent with legal requirements, corporate governance.principles and best
2001 — 2002
Research Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University
Washington, D.C.
Taught a variety of seminars and courses on advanced constitutional, civil rights and
education law and, conducted legal research on issues involving education, race, public
policy and the law and related fields.
-1993 — 2001
Under Secretary (from 2000 to 2001) and GeneralCounsel of the States
Department of Education (positions held concurrently for one-year)
The Department of Education administers a budget of $34 billion and oversees 200 federal
education programs and 5,000 employees in its headquarters and regional offices. The Under
Secretary/General Counsel is nominated and appointed by the President of the United States and
confirmed by the United States Senate.
Scope and nature of Under Secretary duties performed: Served as a principal advisor to the
Secretary on matters of education and management policy and operations. Served as Co-Chair
(with the Deputy Secretary of the Department’s Executive Management Committee and the
Information Technology Investment Review Board. Represented the Department on the
President’s Management Council and worked with the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on
strategic initiatives that help define a broad, coherent vision for achieving the National
Education Goals and the Secretary’s priorities.
June, 1993 to January, 2001
General Counsel of the United States Department of Education,
Scope and nature of General Counsel duties performed: Served as the principal legal officer of
the Department; provided the overall direction, supervision and coordination of all legal
activities including: managing 109 employees, 85- of whom-are lawyers; providing legal advice
directly to the Secretary of Education and other senior-level officials; supervising
administrative, federal, and state court litigation (directly approving and communicating the.
legal positions of the Department to the Attorney _General and the Solicitor General of the
United States). The areas in which legal advice is sought and provided include
elementary/secondary, higher education, and student financial assistance programs, government
contracts, grants, civil rights enforcement, real property, privacy and freedom of information act
requirements, employment and labor disputes, ethics, regulations, legislation, financial auditing
practices, and information technology. Responsibilities delegated by-the Secretary of Education
included oversight and supervision of a wide array of management, policy, and strategic
planning activities such as oversight of the Office of Management; representing the Secretary
on the President’s Management Council; membership on the Labor-Management Partnership
Council; the Executive Resources Board and the Performance Review Board; co-chairing (with
the Deputy
Secretary) the Executive Management Council and the Information Technology Investment
Review Board. Served with the Deputy Secretary as a principal policy adviser to the Secre
August 1997 to December 1998
Exeeutive Director, One America in- the 21’s Century: the President’s-Initiative ?II Race,
The White House, Executive Office of the President, (while on leave from position of General
Counsel to the U.S.-Department of Education)
July 1996 to August 1997
Under Secretary (Acting), U.S. Department of Education, (held concurrently with position of
General Counsel)
1990 to 1993
Associate Professor of Law, (Assistant Professor, 1990-1992), the W
Law, American University, Washington, D.C.
1988 to 1990
Deputy Director for Public Policy, the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (now the National
Partnership for Women and Families) Washington, D.C.
1986 to 1988
Deputy Director, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Washington, D.C.,
1980 to 1986
Assistant General Counsel, Division of Educational Equity, Office of the General Counsel,
U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
1979 to1980
Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant to the Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, Washington, D.C.
1977 to 1979
Special Assistant to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health
Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.
1969 to 1974
Director of Equal Educational Opportunities Project and Research Associate, Council of
the Great City Schools, Washington, D.C. (non-legal management position)
Other Education, Research and Teaching Experience:
1968 to1969
Research Assistant, President’s Commiscion on the Causes and Prevention of Violence,
1966 to 1968
School Resource Volunteer Teacher, John Muir School, Berkeley Unified School District,
Berkeley, California.
1964 to 1966
Research Assistant, School
Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor degree awarded May 1977
Desegregation Evaluation Institute, Howard Universi
Academic Honors:- Case and-Notes-Editor and Member of the Executive
_ _ _ Board of Law and Policy’in International Business
1976-77, Member of the Staff, 1975-76.
Howard University, College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts degree awarded June 1966
Academi•c Honors: Magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Member, Board of Direutors, National Public Radio, 2001-Present
Chair, Governance Committee
Member; Executive Committee
Member, Audit Committee and Finance and Administration Committee
Member, Board of Trustees, the Southern Education Foundation, 2001-Present
Member, Board of Directors, The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit, 2004-Present
Member, Board of Dkectors, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2002-Present
Fellow, the American Bar Association Foundation, 1993-Present
Member, Board of Directors, Partners for Democratic Change, 1999-2004
Chair, the General Counsels Section, the Federal Bar Association, 1993-1997
President (1990-92) and Member, Board of Directors, the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), 1987-
President/Chairperson (1992-93) and Member, Board of Directors, National Capital Area, American
Civil Liberties Union, 1987-1993
Member, Board of Directors, Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington, 1991-1993
Treasurer (1991-93) and Member,lioard of Directors, Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law
(National) and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1989-1993
Member, Board of Directors, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington, D.C., 1991-1993
Vice President, Board of Trustees, Trust -for Affordable Housing, Washington, D.C.,
Member, Special Committee on Gender Bias of the D.C. Circuit Task Force on Gender
And Racial Bias, 1992-1993
Member, District of Columbia Bar (Admitted December 1977)
Member, United States Supreme Court Bar
Member, the Washington Bar Association
Member, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Member, District of Columbia Bar Foundation, _ 1992-1993
The Thurgood Marshall A ard, the District of Columbia 113,r June 1999
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award ,_ American Bar Association Commission
on Women in the Profession, August 1998
Doctor of Humane Letters, Southeastern University, June 1998
Doctor of Laws, Essex County College, June 1998
Doctor of Laws, University of the District of Columbia School of Law, May 1998
Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement in Law and Public Service, Howard University,
Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, May 1997
Inaugural North Star Award, Washington College of Law, American University, March, 1997
Charlotte E. Ray Award, Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC),
Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association, March 1994
Edwin D. Wolf Award, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law une 1993
Faculty Awärd; Black American. Law Students. Washington College of Law,
American UniVersity, May 1992
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, 1987
Women’s Legal Defer– Fund
“Rural Schools in America: Will No Child Be Left Behind? The Elusive Quest for Equal Educational
Opportunity,” 82 Nebraska Law Review 401 (Fall, 2003).
“Achieving Excellence and Equal Opportunity in Education: No Conflict of Laws,” 53 Administrative
Law Review 997 (2001)
“Race and Health in America,” Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American
Medical-Colleges (October, 1998)
“Fulfilling the Promise of Brown,” 96 Teachers College Record 757 (Summer 1 -995); reprinted in
Brown v. Board of Education. The Challenge for Today’s Schools, New Yorlc: Teachers College Press
“Understanding the Civil_Rights Agenda,” Civil Rights Perspectives” publication- of-the Leadership
Conference Education Fund (Oct. 1992)
“The Value and Challenge of Diversity in the Legal Academy: Expanding Our Vision of Law and
Justice.” The Advocate. (Spring 1992)
“The Education President Presents a Strategy for the Year 2000: Smoke, Mirrors, and Very Little
Light,” Commentary. Committee Report, Vol. 5, Nos. 38c4. Published by the Lawyers’ Committee for
Civil Rights Under Law (Summer/Fall 1991)
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Title VII, Section 1981; and the Intersection of Race and Gender in
Civil Rights Act of 1990,”_79 Calif. Law Rev, 775 (1991)
“An Anti-Discrimination Legal Construct that Disadvantages Working Women of Color,”
24 Clearinghouse Review 403 (1991)
“Equality, Diversity and Opportunity: Civil Rights and Affimative Action in the 1990s,” 18 Journal of
Intergroup Relations 22 (1991)
“A Turn to the Right: Civil Rights in the Supreme Court, The 1988-1989 Term” (co-author, Claudia. A.
Withers). Legal Report, Quarterly Report of me Society for Human Resource Management, (Fan,
Chapter XIV. “Employment” (co-author, Claudia A. Withers). One Nation. Indivisible: The Civil
Rights Challenge for the 1990s (Washington, D.C.: The Citizen’s Commission on Civil Rights, 1989),
pp. 190-214.
“Fulfilling Brown’s Promise: The ‘Second Generation’ Fight for Educational Opportunity”. Committee
Report Vol. 1. No.3, (Washington, D.C.: Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Summer