The Center for American and International Law (“CAIL”) announced the election of Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Mary Kay Inc., as the new vice-chair of its board’s executive committee during CAIL's virtual board meeting held on December 9. CAIL also announced the election of three new trustees, the Hon. Gregg J. Costa, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Carlos Hernandez, the former CEO of Fluor Corporation, and Craig S. Morford, the vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
"As we come closer to celebrating CAIL's 75th anniversary, we are proud to continue building on CAIL's rich tradition of high caliber leadership," shared T.L. Cubbage, CAIL president. "Our new trustees greatly enrich our organization with their distinguished accomplishments, diverse perspectives, and the expansive range of their legal and business experience."
The new board appointments come on the heels of the recent appointment of Randall Ebner, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation, as chairman in October.
About Julia Simon - Simon is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Mary Kay Inc., overseeing the company's Legal Department, Risk Management, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Social Responsibility functions. Her teams protect the company's reputation and operations in nearly 40 markets around the globe. Simon has been recognized by D CEO Magazine and the Association of Corporate Counsel as Best Deputy General Counsel in 2015 and by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader in 2010.
About the Hon. Gregg J. Costa - Costa is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He grew up in Richardson, Texas, and attended the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the Supreme Court. He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of Solicitor General. After his time in Washington, he returned to Texas, where he was in private practice before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney. President Obama appointed Costa to the district court in 2012 and the court of appeals in 2014.
About Carlos Hernandez - Hernandez is the former Chief Executive Officer of Fluor Corporation, one of the largest NYSE-listed engineering, procurement, and construction companies. During most of his 12-year tenure with Fluor, Hernandez was Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Fluor, Henandez was the general counsel and secretary for Arcelor Mittal Americas, a global steel company. Among his many honors and awards, he is the recipient of the Robert H. Dedman Award for Ethics and Law, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Corporate Counsel Diversity Award, and the Purdue Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.
About Craig S. Morford - Morford is the vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Morford joined ExxonMobil in 2019 as deputy general counsel after previous roles with the United States Department of Justice and in private industry. For more than 20 years, Morford advanced through the Department of Justice with assignments as U.S. Attorney in Michigan and Tennessee and first assistant U.S. attorney in Ohio. In 2007, he was appointed as Acting Deputy Attorney General by President George W. Bush. From 2008 until joining ExxonMobil, Morford served as the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for Cardinal Health, a multinational health care services company.
About The Center for American and International Law - Founded in 1947, The Center for American and International Law is a nonprofit institution based in Plano, Texas, dedicated to improving the quality of justice by providing continuing education to lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world. Since its founding, CAIL's educational institutes have established internationally recognized forums and educational programming addressing law enforcement administration, energy law, international and comparative law, transnational arbitration, law and technology, criminal justice, and other relevant topics. In its 74-year history, CAIL has served tens of thousands of lawyers and law enforcement officers from all 50 states and 130 countries. Visit cailaw.org to learn more.
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