June 8, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam (D-VA) announced today the reappointment of Cohen Milstein partner S. Douglas Bunch to a second four-year term on the Board of Visitors of William & Mary, the second oldest university – and first law school – in the nation. The appointment comes as the university, like all academic institutions, reimagines what learning looks like in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Serving on William & Mary’s Board of Visitors for the last four years has been an incredible privilege that’s allowed me to give back to an institution that has had such a profound impact on my life,” said S. Douglas Bunch, a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group. “I’m grateful to Governor Northam for his continued trust and confidence in me, and I don’t take lightly the responsibility I carry in helping William & Mary navigate a new reality in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Bunch graduated summa cum laude from William & Mary in 2002, where he earned a B.A. in Government and Classical Studies. Subsequently, Mr. Bunch attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, from which he graduated in 2003 with an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. Following his return to William & Mary, Mr. Bunch earned a J.D. from William & Mary Law School in 2006.
Mr. Bunch joined Cohen Milstein in 2006 and became a partner of the firm in January 2016. He is a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice, where he litigates federal securities class actions on behalf of defrauded investors. He was instrumental in successfully litigating the suits that followed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, including on behalf of public pension funds and other institutions that purchased defectively-issued mortgage-backed securities. His work in the courtroom has been recognized on numerous occasions, most recently by Benchmark Litigation, which named him to its 2019 “40 & Under Hot List,” and Super Lawyers Magazine, which designated him a 2020 “Super Lawyer.”
Mr. Bunch is also co-founder and chairman of Global Playground, Inc., a nonprofit that builds schools in the developing world, and serves on the board of Virginia21, an organization that advocates on behalf of the interests of college and university students in Virginia. In 2011, Mr. Bunch received William & Mary Law School’s inaugural W. Taylor Reveley III award, recognizing alumni who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to public service.
William & Mary is one of eight U.S. institutions to be designated a “public ivy,” and has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top public universities. Included among its alumni are three presidents of the United States, namely Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler. Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates currently serves as the university’s Chancellor. The Board of Visitors, which governs the university, is composed of seventeen individuals appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Virginia.
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