When Lorelie Masters isn’t fighting with insurers for her policyholder clients, voting rights and women’s rights pro bono causes dominate her agenda.
Over the past few years, the Jenner & Block partner has dedicated countless hours to election issues in Washington, advocating on behalf of residents of a city denied full congressional representation.
In 2010, as Congress mulled changing that, Masters provided pro bono counsel to the non-profit DC Vote, on whose board she had served for six years. “I’m a D.C. resident, and I feel passionately that we don’t have what all the other citizens in the United States have, which is full representation,” she said.
Separately, Masters represented a special committee of the D.C. Council in an investigation into voting-machine irregularities spilling out of the 2008 election.
Outside of election law, Masters has focused on public interest work on women’s issues, particularly with respect to how they affect the legal profession. After a two-year stint as president of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C., Masters was appointed to an American Bar Association panel that looks into women’s status in the legal sector.
As part of that work, Masters is chairing a committee that is in the midst of researching the experiences of women in-house lawyers of color. While the data are preliminary, Masters said, “our survey respondents have expressed concerns about whether they’re advancing at the same rate as others in similar positions.”
A report on those findings is expected to be released sometime before the ABA’s midyear meeting next February. — Nate Raymond