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Philip K. Howard, Chairman, Common Good; Vice Chairman, Covington & Burling

Philip K. Howard is the author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America (Random House 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good: How America’s Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom (Ballantine 2002), and Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans From Too Much Law (Norton 2009).

He is a periodic contributor to the op-ed pages of the The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as a correspondent for, and speaks before judicial, government, and professional organizations around the country. In the Oxford Companion To American Law, Philip contributed the section on American law since 1968. He is a prominent civic leader in New York.

Philip has advised leaders of both political parties on reform initiatives. He was special advisor to the Securities and Exchange Commission on regulatory simplification, worked on environmental and management reforms with Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government program, advised the Republican leadership on regulatory reform, and worked on overhauling civil service and other bureaucratic institutions with several governors, including Zell Miller in Georgia, Bill Weld in Massachusetts and Jeb Bush and Lawton Chiles in Florida. 

Philip grew up in small towns in the south, the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was a scholarship student at Taft School, Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School.


Philip Howard

Common Good

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