For close to a quarter-century, Paul H. Irving has practiced law at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Now that he’s 57-years-old, he plans to retire as co-chairman of the firm to take a fellowship at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.
On its Web site, the Initiative's administrators say it’s for highly-accomplished and experienced leaders who want to apply their talents to solve significant social problems. Fellows spend a year or more at Harvard developing plans for their next career — whether that’s starting a foundation or running for public office.
Irving, a graduate of Loyola Law School, has done pro bono legal work focused on education, the arts, financial literacy and human rights. He lists poverty and access to basic education and health care among the issues he looks forward to working on at Harvard.