Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Clara Jihye Shin is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Clients call on Clara in late stages of litigation to take matters to trial or reorient the strategic direction of a case. In the last few years, she obtained complete trial or arbitration wins valued at more than $2.5 billion, in each instance taking over from prior counsel and rebuilding the defense strategy.
Clara joined the National Women’s Law Center immediately after college as an intern working on combat exclusion laws for women in the military. She subsequently helped to design and launch the AmeriCorps national service program under President Bill Clinton. Clara also served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff. Her international experiences include working for the United States Agency for International Development in South Africa, where she assisted in developing a privately funded, lease-to-own public housing program and authored bilateral country agreements to establish economic policy and human rights programs, and participating in the creation of Tahoe-Baikal Institute, a binational environmental institute in California and Siberia.
Clara earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as Editor of the Stanford Law Review and Articles Editor of the Environmental Law Journal. Clara was a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her B.A. from Smith College with departmental honors in Government and Psychobiopolitics.
Clara serves on the boards of the National Women’s Law Center, People for the American Way, and the Rosenberg Foundation. She is a former board or commission member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, National Partnership for Women and Families, ACLU of Northern California, Asian Pacific Fund, Music National Service, One Justice, and United States District Court Northern District of California Historical Society.