NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Rochon as the organization's first-ever general counsel. Rochon, a litigator with experience that runs the gamut from complex contractual disputes to intellectual property, will join Girl Scouts on Oct. 1.
"Jennifer is one of the nation's best lawyers and we're very pleased to have her join the Girl Scout Movement," GSUSA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez said. "With the creation of the general counsel position and the hiring of Jennifer, we have added a vital new center of expertise and insight that will serve Girl Scouting well for years to come."
Rochon is currently a litigation partner at the New York City-based law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, managing approximately 375 attorneys in offices in New York, California, and Paris. Rochon has extensive experience in a broad array of complex commercial and regulatory matters, including conducting trials and arbitrations and managing high-profile cases. Over the years, she has represented companies in various commercial settings, as well as those involved with nonprofit organizations.
"As a third generation Girl Scout, this organization holds a special place in my personal family history," Rochon said. "I am very proud to be a part of its mission to promote leadership and empower girls and women throughout the world."
In addition to her legal work, Rochon also chairs the Kramer Levin Women's Initiative Committee, which focuses on improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women attorneys, promoting women in leadership roles, and creating effective business networks for women. She is also a member of the Leadership 35 Advisory Committee to the National Women's Law Center. Rochon began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Rochon received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan, and her law degree from New York University.
About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U or visit us at www.girlscouts.org or on Twitter at @girlscouts.
SOURCE Girl Scouts of the USA