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Philip Howard, Founder & Chair - Common Good

I’m very active in trying to organize an overhaul of American government to radically simplify it and to restore responsibility. Human responsibility is the main mechanism by which things get done...not endless bureaucracy.
Philip K. Howard graduated from Yale University and later earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia. His first public policy job was an internship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked for the acclaimed Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner. Philip then went to work as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and became active in civic affairs, leading a number of battles against Manhattan developers like Harry Helmsley. In 1983, he and two colleagues founded the law firm Howard, Darby & Levin. When the firm merged with the DC-based firm Covington & Burling in 1999, Philip became Vice-Chair. Philip has spearheaded multiple civic projects, including the initiative to save Grand Central and build the National September 11 Memorial. In 2002, he founded Common Good, a nonpartisan reform coalition aimed at restoring common sense to the legal system. He is the best-selling author of four books on legal reform, including The Death of Common Sense, The Collapse of the Common Good, Life Without Lawyers, and The Rule of Nobody . Philip has also advised national political leaders on legal and regulatory reform for 15 years, including Vice President Al Gore and numerous governors.
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