SANFORD J. LEWIS is an attorney with over 40 years of experience in public policy related issues, including environmental law, securities law and public policy campaigns. He is the director of the Shareholder Rights Group and a leading national expert on shareholder proposals and corporate duties of disclosure of environmental and social issues in securities filings.
Previously he was the founder and director of the Good Neighbor Project for Sustainable Industries, a project of the nonprofit Tides Center and a part time instructor of Environmental Law in graduate programs at Tufts University and U.C.L.A. The Good Neighbor Project involved community-based negotiations with corporations on environmental and economic issues, as embodied in Good Neighbor Agreements and Corporate-Community Compacts. He is the author of the Good Neighbor Handbook: A Community-based Strategy for Sustainable Industry. The Good Neighbor Project (GNP) helped neighbors and workers to negotiate for clean, stable and fair local industries.
He was attorney and lobbyist for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group from 1983 to 1986. In that capacity he was a coauthor of a Massachusetts hazardous waste cleanup ballot initiative, supported by a landslide vote of 74% of voters in November 1986. He was also a leading advocate for numerous Massachusetts laws and regulations, including the state Superfund and hazardous waste management rules.
In his capacity as legal director for the National Toxics Campaign Fund he wrote the legal chapters of the citizens’ handbook “Fighting Toxics” published in 1990 by Island Press. He was coauthor of “From Poison to Prevention” and “Shadow on the Land,” seminally important policy reports on hazardous waste reduction, and agricultural chemicals policies, respectively. During 1991 he wrote “Border Trouble,” which detailed for the first time the water quality problems along the U.S.-Mexico border due to industrial development in that region. In 1992, he coauthored “Inconclusive by Design,” which identified waste, fraud and abuse in federal environmental health research studies around hazardous waste sites.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. ‘83) and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Urban Communications from Cook College, Rutgers University.
SHAREHOLDER ADVOCACY LEGAL FELLOWS
in Partnership with Rhia Ventures and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Antonio Pontón-Núñez is focusing in his shareholder advocacy legal fellowship on digital economy risk management including content management, hate speech, bias and privacy issues. Antonio is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where he was the executive articles editor of the CUNY Law Review and a student-attorney in the Human Rights & Gender Justice Law Clinic. Antonio served as a law clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. His legal experiences also include internships with the New York State Court of Appeals, the National Employment Law Project, Legal Services NYC and LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He recently co-authored Automating Judicial Discretion: How Algorithmic Risk Assessments in Pretrial Adjudications Violate Equal Protection Rights on the Basis of Race in the MinnesotaJournal of Law & Inequality. Antonio holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Originally from Puerto Rico, he lives with his partner in Central Pennsylvania.
Brittany Blanchard Goad is focusing in her shareholder advocacy legal fellowship on cutting edge issues of fiduciary duty and on reproductive rights. Brittany graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of law in 2021 and received her Bachelor’s of Social Work summa cum laude from UGA in 2018. She interned with the local domestic violence shelter, Project Safe, and the UGA Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (“CEASE”) Clinic. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) in juvenile court. After law school, she worked as a business litigation attorney. Brittany utilizes her background in social work and the law to zealously advocate for social justice issues. She is now a proud resident of Colorado with her husband, Ashton. They spend their weekends hiking, camping, and snowboarding.
Kendall McPherson is focusing her shareholder advocacy legal fellowship on climate and environmental shareholder proposals, and other ESG related proposals.Kendall is a recent graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. She also received her Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and has a B.A. in Marine Science from Boston University. She specializes in ESG issues and the no-action process, with a focus on climate and environmental proposals. In law school, she interned at As You Sow, Conservation Law Foundation, and with Sanford Lewis. Her passion for environmental advocacy and ocean conservation is what brought her into this field of work. She currently lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and spends her free time out on the water or exploring the island.