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Career News: Nicole Gordon

Nicole Gordon (Law, 1977), an attorney and the founding Executive Director of New York City’s Campaign Finance Board, recently accepted a position at The Marshall Project as Executive Director. Gordon will manage The Marshall Project’s non-editorial functions, including development, strategy, human resources, compliance and finance.

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit news organization, edited by Bill Keller, former Executive Editor of The New York Times, that will focus on the American criminal justice system, using both traditional and digital journalism tools to help spark a national conversation about America’s criminal justice system. The Marshall Project's Founder and Publisher is Neil Barsky.

“Nicole Gordon brings the same level of professional excellence to The Marshall Project’s management as Bill Keller brings to editorial,” said Neil Barsky. “With our senior management team now in place, we are moving full speed ahead toward our launch later this year.”

Earlier, The Marshall Project announced the hiring of Gabriel Dance and Tim Golden as Managing Editors.

“I am excited to join The Marshall Project as it pursues its mission to shine a light on the criminal justice system through innovative, high-impact journalism,” Gordon said. “I care deeply about the subject matter and believe we can make a meaningful impact.”

Previously, as vice president of the JEHT Foundation, Gordon oversaw funding of a wide range of criminal justice projects, including evaluating promising reforms in prisoner re-entry policy across the country. She chaired the Accountability Task Force of the New York State Office of Public Safety and, most recently, assisted the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City Department of Investigation on special projects.

Gordon is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. She received the Outstanding Service Award of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, the Columbia Law School Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility, and a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship at Harvard Law School. She produced “An Empire of Reason,” an Emmy-award winning documentary about the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Submitted on Apr 11, 2014

Career News: David Waxse

Scott E. DuPree ’89 LAW writes, "The Johnson County Bar Association has awarded the 2014 Justinian Award for Professional Excellence to Judge David J. Waxse '70 LAW, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. According to the Association, “the Justinian Award is the premier award for members of the Johnson County Bar Association and is awarded to those attorneys who have exemplified . . . Integrity; Service to the Community; Service to the Legal Profession; Warmth, Friendliness and Camaraderie.”

Before taking the bench, Judge Waxse was a partner and General Counsel at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.. In nominating Judge Waxse for this distinction, SHB partner Gene Balloun and former partner and current Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Tim O’Brien, wrote in part:

"...For more than 43 years, Judge David J. Waxse has had an exemplary career as an outstanding lawyer, a thoughtful and influential judge, an insightful legal scholar and teacher, and a leader in our community. We have witnessed his great skills, keen mind, and stellar character over many years of practicing alongside him, and can think of no one more deserving of recognition for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession. . . . Although Judge Waxse has officially retired, he is still serving the Court on recall status. He will continue carrying a substantial docket on a volunteer basis, receiving no compensation other than his earned retirement pay. . . . Judge Waxse’s life and career consistently demonstrate the finest qualities and highest standards of personal and professional integrity, service to the community (local, state, national and international), service to the legal profession (benefitting both the present bar and future generations of aspiring lawyers), and collegiality, warmth, friendliness, and camaraderie. His example will merely enhance the prestige and honor of this distinguished award..."

Judge Waxse’s former partners noted that “long before becoming a lawyer” he began his service to the community. “While attending Columbia Law School, he was a teacher at one public elementary school and Dean of Students at another. . . . After Judge Waxse started his practice in Kansas, he was contacted by a former student in New York City who was homeless and desperate.” Judge Waxse found her a home, helped her obtain further education, and ultimately helped his former student get on her feet."

Submitted on Apr 09, 2014
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