Alumni Serve Their Alma Mater as GW Trustees

Three GW Law alumni have recently been elected as new members of the George Washington University Board of Trustees. Grace Speights, JD ’82, Mark Chichester, JD ’93, and Weston Burnett, JD ’75, LLM '83, will use their unique perspectives and breadth of expertise to assist the Board of Trustees and the GW community as a whole. Read more about the three new members below.

Mark Howard Chichester

Mark Howard Chichester, BBA ’90, JD ’93, is co-founder and president of Atlas Research, a Washington, D.C.-based health care management consulting firm that partners with public and private sector clients to find creative solutions to complex health care challenges.

Before co-founding Atlas Research, Mr. Chichester was a Vice President and the Executive Director of the Socrates Society at The Aspen Institute, where he developed and oversaw a portfolio of programs and seminars on contemporary leadership issues including bioethics and health care, climate change and energy sustainability, international security, media, religion, leadership, democracy, technology, and innovation.

Mr. Chichester also holds a faculty appointment in the Health Systems Administration Department at Georgetown University, where he has lectured on global health and public-private partnerships in public health.


Weston Burnett

Weston Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83, is managing partner of Cohen & Burnett, P.C. and President and CEO of OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management, LLC.

Mr. Burnett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Philosophy, and Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1972. An expert in international law, including the law of war and the law of sea, he previously served active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring as a senior captain in 2000. After retirement, Mr. Burnett joined I. Mark Cohen's law practice and became a Certified Financial Planner.

Mr. Burnett collaborated with I. Mark Cohen in 2010 to write the book Lessons to My Children: Simple Life Lessons for Financial Success, Wealth, and Abundance.

In April 2010, he was bestowed the George Washington University Alumni Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional service to the entire GW community.


Grace Speights

Grace Speights, JD ’82, is a partner in Morgan Lewis’ labor and employment law practice; deputy national leader of the labor and employment law practice; managing partner of the Washington, D.C., Office; chair of the firm’s systemic employment litigation practice group; co-chair of the firm’s diversity committee; a member of the firm’s partner compensation committee and a member of the firm’s promotions committee.

Ms. Speights’s practice focuses on counseling and defending clients in connection with employment discrimination claims, primarily involving class action litigation, and on counseling clients regarding diversity best practices.

She joined Morgan Lewis in 1984, after having clerked for the late Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Speights has also served on the adjunct faculty of the Washington College of Law of the American University.

Ms. Speights serves on the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission, the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.