Ira Lechner is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Project High Hopes, a non-profit operating foundation. For many years, Lechner has been involved with civil rights and voter registration.
In the period between 1959 and 1968, he was actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement both as an organizer of voting rights participation throughout Virginia on behalf of C.O.R.E and SNCC, and as an attorney dedicated to challenging segregation laws applicable in Virginia and the rest of the South. Legally, he and associates brought the case (Harper v. Board of Elections) which ultimately resulted in the United States Supreme Court ruling that the poll tax was unconstitutional.
Mr. Lechner is a sole practitioner of law. He currently represents federal employees in multi-plaintiff, class action cases. He is a member of the D.C. Bar, and he has litigated extensively in the United States Court of Appeals as an attorney in the Appellate Division of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Mr. Lechner graduated with a B.A. in History from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; and with a J.D. from Yale Law School.