Thursday, February 9, 2017

Greg Little Catches the Education Law Bug

Two years ago, working as pro bono counsel with the Education Law Center, Greg Little led a major litigation effort to force the state of New York to fairly fund education in its small cities.  At the time, Greg was a partner at White and Case.  Greg must have caught the education bug.  He is stepping down from his lofty position at White and Case and joining the Education Law Center to serve as its chief trial counsel.  Good news for education rights.  Bad news for states that fail to honor their constitutional obligations to their students.  I would also imagine that his unique experience will well situate him to secure even more pro bono assistance from law firms.  No one can accuse him of asking for something he was not willing to do himself.  The Education Law Center released this notice yesterday:

Gregory G. Little, a former partner at the international law firm of White & Case, has joined Education Law Center to serve as Chief Trial Counsel. Among the nation's most experienced trial lawyers, Mr. Little will lead ELC's efforts to enforce the education rights of public school children through legal advocacy and litigation.

Mr. Little has served as lead counsel in more than 50 trials in state and federal courts throughout the country and has achieved favorable outcomes in some of the most challenging and high profile commercial disputes in the U.S.

During Mr. Little's 35-year career as a trial lawyer he has represented major companies operating in the financial services, pharmaceutical, automobile, banking, tobacco, energy and utility industries, both from the U.S. and countries across the globe.

In addition to his work in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, Mr. Little has represented his clients in crisis management and has dealt extensively with media outreach in the U.S. and throughout the world. Mr. Little has also served as Senior Trial Counsel for the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Associate General Counsel for Philip Morris.

Mr. Little will utilize his extensive experience as a litigator and legal strategist to advance ELC's mission of ensuring equal educational opportunity for all public school children. Founded in 1973, ELC is among the most prominent and effective advocates for education equity in the U.S., especially for the millions of public school children at risk from family and community poverty, those who need to learn English, students with disabilities, and students of color.

At White & Case, Mr. Little coordinated the firm's substantial pro bono commitment to ELC, which currently includes serving as lead counsel in the New York "Small Cities" school funding litigation and in a class action lawsuit against the State of Michigan over the special education needs of children poisoned by lead in the drinking water in Flint. He has also served on the ELC Board of Trustees since 2013.

"We are thrilled that Greg is joining ELC as our Chief Trial Counsel," said ELC Executive Director David Sciarra. "Children in New Jersey, Michigan and New York have already benefited from his outstanding legal representation in cases involving egregious violations of their rights to education. Greg will be instrumental as we gear up to defend public education from coming efforts to delegitimize, destabilize and defund our public schools."

"I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my career to be in the right place at the right time, and this is certainly one of those times," said Mr. Little. "Joining ELC as Chief Trial Counsel at a time when public schools are under unprecedented attack is a great honor and I look forward to working with ELC to pursue legal remedies whenever and wherever legislators, governors and/or the Trump Administration attempt to undermine the education rights of our nation's public school students."

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