ARB BOARD MEMBERS
Paul M. Igasaki, Chair
Paul Igasaki was appointed Chair & Chief Judge of the Administrative Review Board in February, 2010. He was previously Deputy CEO of Equal Justice Works, a non-profit public interest organization. From 1994 to 2002 he served as Chair, Vice Chair and Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission appointed by President Bill Clinton. He also served as Executive Director of Asian Law Caucus, a San Francisco-based civil rights firm; as Washington Representative of the Japanese American Citizens League, a civil rights organization; as liaison to Asian Americans for the Mayor of Chicago and counsel to the Chicago Commission on Human Relations; as Staff Director of the American Bar Association pro bono project; and as Staff Attorney and Fellow to Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and King Hall, the University of California, Davis Law School.
E. Cooper Brown, Member
E. Cooper Brown was appointed Vice Chair of the Administrative Review Board in January, 2010. He was reappointed as a Member of the ARB in January, 2016. Prior to his appointment, Judge Brown served as Chief Administrative Appeals Judge of the District of Columbia’s Compensation Review Board, responsible for agency appellate adjudication of workers’ disability compensation claims. Judge Brown previously served as an administrative appeals judge with the ARB during the Clinton Administration. Prior to his government service Judge Brown was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Cummins & Brown. His private practice, which commenced in Hawaii following graduation from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974, includes over twenty-five years of experience before federal and state courts in the areas of labor and employment law, disability compensation, constitutional and administrative law, veterans’ rights, personal injury torts, and environmental law.
Joanne Royce, Member
Joanne Royce was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in July 2010. Royce has worked as a public interest attorney for over 2 decades. Prior to joining the Board, she worked for several years on the Hill - as senior counsel first for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and later for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to her government service, Royce worked for 15 years with the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a non-profit law firm which represents whistleblowers. At GAP, she served as a program director, senior litigator and finally as General Counsel.
Anuj C. Desai, Member
Anuj Desai was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in January 2016. He also currently serves as a part-time Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Department of Justice that adjudicates claims between U.S. nationals and foreign governments. Desai is on leave from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he is the William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law. Before entering academia and public service, Desai was in private practice with the Seattle, Washington firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Desai is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia University, and the UC Berkeley School of Law.