Speaker Biographies

Struggle and Progress: Leadership in the 21st Century

Sharon E. Jones '82, HLSA President
Reginald J. Brown '96, CBA III Co-Chair
Lorenzo S. Littles '82, CBA III Co-Chair
Robert Alexander, Jr. '76
June M. Baldwin ’75
Stephanie Bell-Rose ’84
Myma Belo-Osagie ’78, SJD ’85
Jacqueline A. Berrien '86
Derek Bok ’54
Martina Lewis Bradford
Anthony Brown '92
Paul Butler ’86
Cassandra Butts ’91
Peter Bynoe ’76
Katrina Campbell ’96
Cynthia Cannady ’75
John Carr ’83
Walter Carrington ’55
Anthony R. Chase ’80
Debra Martin Chase ’81
George Cheeks ’92
Claudette Christian ’79
Joseph Clark '97
John Daniels ’74
Peggy Cooper Davis ’68
Cari Dawson ’93
Chris-Tia Donaldson ’03
Bemma Donkoh ’81
George Edwards ’85
Willie J. Epps, Jr. ’95
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. ’79, Ph.D. ’81
Ronald Ferguson
Kenneth C. Frazier ’78
Robert J. Gerrard, Jr. ’77
Annette Gordon-Reed ’84
Joseph Greenaway ’81
Will Gunn ’86
Cathy Hampton ’93
Lisa White Hardwick ’85
Hill Harper ’92
Lisa Stewart Hughes ’94
Joseph Hurd’95
Glenn Ivey ’86
Lisa Jones Johnson ’82
Darin Johnson ’00
Amos Jones ’06
Wayne M. Kennard
Randall Kennedy
Deborah Lathen ’78
Alexandria V. Lee '07
Debra Lee ’80
Franklin Leonard
Walter Leonard
Loretta Lynch ’84
Ron Machen, Jr. ’94
Raymond C. Marshall '78
John Matthews II '07
Hazel-Ann F. Mayers ’99
Ron McCray ’83
Nancy McCullough ’92
Raymond McGuire ’83
Douglas I. McHenry ’77
Marcellus McRae ’88
Raye Mitchell ’94
Robert Parris Moses
Charles J. Ogletree ’78
James O'Neal ’82
Susan Page ’89
Monica Parker ’99
John Payton ’77
T. Michael Peay '73
Tina Perry ’99
Earl Martin Phalen ’93
Stephanie Phillips ’76
Humphrey Polanen ’74
James Potter ’82
Cathleen Price '96
Christopher P. Reynolds '86
Kim Richardson ’95
Brooke Richie-Babbage ’03
Virgil Roberts ’72
Yaneris Rosa ’07
Kim K. W. Rucker ’93
Kurt Schmoke ’76
Frank Scruggs II ’77
Terri Sewell ’92
Kathleen Simmons-Laurent ’84
Deirdre Stanley ’89
Voltaire Sterling ’05
Corliss Stone-Littles '82
David Strickland ’93
Ron Sullivan ’94
Laura Taylor Swain ’82
Richard Taylor ’77
Elsie McCabe Thompson ’84
Robert C. Tubman ’69
Winston Tubman ’66
Rory E. Verrett ’95
Eugene Wade ’95
Theodore V. Wells, Jr. ’76
Kelvin R. Westbrook ’82
David Wilkins ’80
Robert Wilkins ’89
Timothy Wilkins ’93
Melvin Williams ’89
Benjamin F. Wilson ’76
James Winston ’72
Deborah Wright ’83

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Sharon E. Jones ’82 HLSA President
Sharon E. Jones is President of the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA). She is also President of O-H Community Partners, a consulting firm providing services in the area of social impact, community engagement, and business development. Among other things, she specializes in providing diversity/inclusion strategy consulting and coaching to leaders of law firms, corporations, government and not for profit organizations. She previously founded Jones Diversity Group LLC, a firm focusing on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Sharon has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President for the Chicago Urban League, a community based organization focused on small business and economic development within the African American community. Sharon and O-H Community Partners have launched a blog and technology site called NewEquityBusiness.com focusing on providing access to financing for small businesses.

Sharon has practiced law and been a community leader over a 25 year career, including positions as a federal prosecutor, with major law firms and with Fortune 500 Corporations. From 1985-1989, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. In private law practice, she was a partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz in Los Angeles. She has taught Trial Advocacy, both as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. In the corporate sector, Sharon managed litigation matters worldwide for Abbott Laboratories.

Sharon has served as Counsel of Record in the amicus curiae briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court in 2003 and 2006 by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago in Grutter v. Bollinger and the University of Michigan in support of diversity in higher education and in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District supporting the right to voluntarily desegregate public schools.

Sharon is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1982) and Harvard College (1977) with a degree in Economics.

 

Reginald J. Brown ’96 CBA III Co-Chair
Reginald J. Brown is a partner at the WilmerHale law firm in Washington, D.C., where he is Vice Chair of the firm's Public Policy and Strategy Group and a member of the firm's Regulatory and Government Affairs and Litigation/Controversy Departments.  He regularly advises the world’s largest financial services, energy and technology companies, as well as public officials and leading corporate executives, in connection with their most challenging issues. 

Reginald joined WilmerHale in 1997, and served as special assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel from 2003 to 2005.  Reginald also served as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor of Florida, Assistant to the CEO and Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia earlier in his professional career.

Reginald is a member of the American Council on Germany, the Board of Visitors of the George Mason University, the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures. 

Reginald is an honors graduate of both Yale ('89) and Harvard Law School ('96).

 

Lorenzo S. Littles ’82 CBA III Co-Chair
Lorenzo S. Littlesis General Counsel and Senior Management Consultant to Corliss Stone-Littles, LLC (“CSL”), an airport concessions business operating 48 stores at nine international airports throughout the United States.  Prior to joining CSL in 2010, Lorenzo served as the Dallas Director for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit affordable housing development organization.  During his 13-year tenure, Enterprise Dallas provided zero-interest soft second financing to over 6,000 first time homebuyers through the City of Dallas Mortgage Assistance Program (“MAP”).  Overall, MAP delivered in excess of $68.5 million in down payment and closing costs subsidies that leveraged more than $487 million in private mortgage financing. Between 2005 and 2010, Lorenzo also served as President of EHOP-Dallas, an Enterprise subsidiary that acquired, rehabbed and sold 189-HUD foreclosed properties worth $18.7 million.  Lorenzo served as Chief Operating Officer for United States Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Illinois) from 1994 to 1996.

 

Robert Alexander, Jr. '76
Robert H. Alexander, Jr. heads his own Product Liability law firm, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, specializing in defending Fortune 200 clientele throughout the United States.  His practice centers on defending manufacturers under national public scrutiny when the integrity of an entire product line is at issue.  His clients include manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, hair care products as well as mechanical products of all types, including highway construction equipment, power tools, automobiles and firearms.  In addition to his successful trial practice, Robert has prepared many amicus briefs for the Product Liability Advisory Council, a consortium of more than 100 major product manufacturers.  He has been listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers Magazine since its inception and has been judged the #1 Product Liability practitioner in Oklahoma based on a canvass of lawyers, judges and clients, according to Who’s Who Among International Product Liability Defense Lawyers.  For the past two years Oklahoma Magazine named him “Best Attorney” in its “Best of the Best” popular survey. 

In 2005, Robert funded a $100,000 endowment for minority scholarships at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Robert earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University.

June M. Baldwin ’75
June M. Baldwin is Vice President and General Counsel of KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station.  She advises the company, including the officers and directors of the corporation, on all legal and business affairs issues and prepares and reviews contracts for all areas of station operations, including Programming, Information Technology, New Media, Development, Membership (Fundraising and Marketing), Production Facilities, Engineering, Scheduling, and Underwriting.  She also negotiates a variety of production deals and has worked on such critically acclaimed productions as Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State, A Place of Our Own, Los Ninos En Su Casa, Wired Science, and SoCal Connected.  In addition, for seven years she managed business and legal affairs for the highly-regarded PBS late-night talk show Tavis Smiley and the primetime series Tavis Smiley Reports.

Prior to her position at KCET, June’s career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and social activism.  Following her graduation from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, she clerked for the esteemed jurist Luther Swygert on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois.  Upon moving to Los Angeles, June became one of the first African Americans to enter the executive ranks of the entertainment industry.  She started her business affairs career as an executive at NBC, where she was responsible for, among other things, the day-to-day business transactions for The Tonight Show and Carson Productions, the television and motion picture production company, founded by the late talk show host, Johnny Carson. 

June also serves on the Executive Committee of the Corporate Law Department Section of the Los Angeles County Bar and the Advisory Board of The Minority Health Institute.  She continues to support Artists For A New South Africa, Planned Parenthood, and the Archer School for Girls.

 

Stephanie Bell-Rose ’84
Stephanie Bell-Rose serves as TIAA-CREF Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute, a division of Teachers Insurance Annuity Association. Stephanie’s focus is to work with higher education, policy research, and charitable leaders to broaden and deepen the Institute’s agenda, which includes advancing lifelong financial security and the business of higher education.

Prior to her appointment at TIAA-CREF, Stephanie served as President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, an organization with a mission to promote excellence and innovation in education worldwide. She also served as Counsel and Program Officer for Public Affairs at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she directed legal affairs and designed philanthropic initiatives in education and public policy.

Stephanie earned an A.B. with honors from Harvard College, and was a recipient of Harvard University’s Rockefeller Fellowship. She also received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.A from the Kennedy School of Government. She and her husband are the fortunate parents of two adult children and a teenager.

 

Myma Belo-Osagie ’78, SJD ’85
Myma Belo-Osagie is the Managing Partner of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (UUBO) in Nigeria which she joined soon after receiving her S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. She has focused mainly on advising international companies proposing to invest in the telecommunications, oil, gas and infrastructure sectors of Nigeria and has, in this context, advised on acquisitions, mergers, the structuring of joint venture projects and corporate restructuring amongst other types of transactions. In addition, Myma has led UUBO teams that have advised the Federal Government of Nigeria on the drafting of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, the drafting of Nigeria’s downstream gas legislation and, most recently, the structuring and establishment of Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and the enabling legislation that established the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority to manage the Fund.

Myma sits as a director on the boards of various companies, including the Africa Opportunities Fund, and acts as a trustee on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Corona Schools Trust Council, the African Leadership Academy, the Growing Businesses Foundation, the African Wildlife Foundation, and the Arts and Business Foundation.

 

Jacqueline A. Berrien '86
Jacqueline A. Berrien was sworn in as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 7, 2010. President Barack Obama nominated Jacqueline on  July  16,  2009,  to  a  term  ending  July  1,  2014.  In announcing her nomination, the President said that Jacqueline “has spent her entire career fighting  to  give  voice  to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights.” She received a recess appointment to the position on March, 27, 2010, and was confirmed by the Senate for her full term on December 22, 2010.

Jacqueline came to the EEOC from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she served as Associate Director-Counsel for five and a half years. In that position,   she   reported   directly   to   the   organization’s President  and  Director-Counsel  and  assisted  with  the direction  and   implementation  of   LDF’s  national  legal advocacy and scholarship programs.

Jacqueline has practiced civil rights law for more than 15 years. Between 1994 and 2001, she was an Assistant Counsel with LDF, where she coordinated all of LDF’s work in the area of voting rights and political participation and represented voters in proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate and trial courts. Between 1987 and 1994, Jacqueline worked as an attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and with the National Legal Department and Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York.

She began her legal career in 1986, working as a law clerk to the Honorable U.W. Clemon, the first African-American U.S. District Court Judge in Birmingham, Ala. She has published several articles on race and gender discrimination issues and was appointed to the adjunct faculty of New York Law School in 1995. Jacqueline also taught trial advocacy at Harvard and Fordham law schools.

 Jacqueline is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as a General Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in Government from Oberlin College and also completed a major in English. In her junior year at Oberlin she received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in recognition of her leadership potential and commitment to a career in public service. She is a native of Washington, D.C. and has lived in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, Peter M. Williams, since 1987.

 

Derek Bok ’54
Derek Bok served as president of Harvard University from 1971 to 1991 and as interim president of Harvard University from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007. Derek was the only person in the modern era to twice serve as Harvard president. As interim president, Derek devoted himself to bringing to a successful conclusion an ongoing review of undergraduate education, planning for the development of University land in Allston, and identifying organizational changes necessary to promote interdisciplinary research, such as reform of the academic calendar. Derek’s annual report outlines the work that went into advancing these goals. Prior to being named president, Derek served as dean of Harvard Law School from 1968 to 1971.

During his 20-year tenure as president, Derek restructured the University’s central administration and oversaw creation of a Core Curriculum that became the framework for undergraduate education at Harvard. He advocated increasing the number of female undergraduates, supporting the 1975 adoption of equal-access and gender-blind financial-aid policies in admissions.

Derek also focused on expanding the Kennedy School of Government faculty and programs. He encouraged the establishment of academic programs and research centers addressing issues such as AIDS, energy and the environment, poverty, professional ethics, smoking, and international security. Currently, Derek serves as chair of the board of the Spencer Foundation.

Derek has an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.M. in economics from George Washington University. Following law school, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the University of Paris’s Institute of Political Science.

Derek is married to Sissela Myrdal Bok, a writer and philosopher who is senior visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. They have two daughters and one son.

 

Martina Lewis Bradford
Martina Lewis Bradford was appointed Deputy Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nevada) on January 5, 2011. The Office of the Sergeant at Arms oversees 1200 employees and functions as the chief administrative, law enforcement & security, protocol, senate rules and regulations, publicity, information technology, facilities maintenance and visitor control operation of the staff of the Senate.

Before returning back to the Hill in 2008 as a senior advisor to Senate Majority Leader Reid, Martina had been chief of staff and counsel to the Interstate Commerce Commission’s vice chairman, Republican counsel to the Committee on Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Practices, of the U.S. Senate and to the Committee on Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives, a corporate and regulatory attorney, and corporate officer of AT&T, corporate Vice President for Global Public Affairs of Lucent Technologies and, finally, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, LLP.

Martina received a bachelor’s degree in economics from American University in 1973, her juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law in 1975, and a Certificate in Advanced Management from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1990.


Anthony Brown '92 
Anthony G. Brown has redefined the Office of the Lt. Governor in the State of Maryland. He manages a substantive policy portfolio and leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s work to expand and improve health care, support economic development, make college more accessible and affordable and provide Veterans with better services and resources. Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has expanded access to health coverage to more than 250,000 uninsured Marylanders, led the nation in job growth even during a national economic recession, protected record investments in higher education – including community colleges and fully-funding Veteran scholarships and business loans and expanded Veteran health services.

Anthony was elected alongside Governor Martin O’Malley in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He chairs the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment (BRAC), the Maryland Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board and co-chairs the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council and Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Anthony is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.

Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Anthony represented Prince George’s County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, rising quickly to Majority Whip. He is a former chair of the Prince George’s County Community College Board of Trustees and proud father of two children – Rebecca (16) and Jonathan (10). Anthony lives in Prince George’s County.

 

Paul Butler '86
Paul Butler is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Paul teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and jurisprudence.  His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals and he has been awarded the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class.  He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003. 

Paul is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice.  His scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media.   His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News, among other places. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the United States.  

Paul served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption.  After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Mary Johnson Lowe in the United States District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.

His book Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice was described by the New York Times as “eye opening”. Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates said “Let’s Get Free” is “destined to make us all think in new ways about the concept of justice” and the New York Review of Books called it “eminently sensible.” 

 

Cassandra Butts ’91
Cassandra Butts is the Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation. She was formerly the Deputy White House Counsel where she focused on judicial nominations. Cassandra was the general counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. She also served as the Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Prior to joining CAP, Cassandra was a senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO) where she worked on refugee, asylum and immigration issues and served as the policy director on his 2004 presidential campaign. Cassandra also served as director of Senator Obama’s Senate transition in 2004-2005. Previously, she was an Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and also served as Legislative Counsel to Senator Harris L. Wofford (D-PA). She was also an international election observer to the Zimbabwean parliamentary elections in 2000.

Cassandra is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Peter Bynoe ’76
Peter C. B. Bynoe is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Loop Capital Markets, LLC, a full service, international investment banking firm and broker dealer, headquartered in Chicago. Prior to joining Loop Capital in 2008, Peter was a Senior Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) for 13 years, and continues to serve as Senior Counsel to the firm. Peter has executed a number of transactions in the real estate, sports and entertainment and telecommunications sectors over the past 30 years, including: owning the NBA’s Denver Nuggets; developing US Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox; and consulting on the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics. Peter serves as a Director of Frontier Communications Corporation and Covanta Holding Company.

In addition to his Harvard Law education, Peter graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.


Katrina Campbell ’96
Katrina Campbell has extensive experience helping companies meet their compliance and ethics obligations. She has analyzed codes of conduct and ethics practices for many types of organizations, created and updated policies, and developed training curricula. In addition, she has developed custom training materials to ensure training programs reflect general and organization-specific ethics, compliance and employment law obligations.

Katrina has worked as an attorney with a national law firm and as in-house counsel for large corporations. Her work has included leading the corporate governance initiative for an in-house legal department and developing and delivering compliance training programs for legal counsel, human resources professionals, and other employees. She has conducted, supervised, and provided counsel on numerous investigations, litigated many cases, and counseled clients on most aspects of employment law.

Katrina is a graduate of Hampton University and Harvard Law School. She is a published writer and effective public speaker.

 

Cynthia Cannady ’75
Cynthia Cannady is a principal and founder of IPSEVA. She is an expert in intellectual property strategy and technology licensing. Prior to founding IPSEVA in 2007, Cynthia was Director of the Intellectual Property and New Technologies Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where her responsibilities included direction of activities and international training programs relating to IP strategy, licensing, technology transfer, valuation, and IP asset management. (2001-2007). Her professional experience has included: Principal, Tech Law Group, Menlo Park, California (1997 to 2001); Apple Computer, Vice President of Law for Manufacturing and Development, Cupertino, California (1993 to 1997); Partner, Litigation, Fenwick & West, Palo Alto, California (1984 to 1992).

Cynthia is currently a member of the Special Committee on IP and Environmental Technology of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle (AIPPI). She is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), where she has served as chair of the Semiconductor Committee. Cynthia was a law clerk to Judge Alvin B. Rubin in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She also served as an attorney advisor in the United States Department of State.

Cynthia is a frequent lecturer on IP strategy and IP licensing, including co-teaching a course on Global Exploitation of IP Rights at the National University of Singapore Law School, lecturing on IP Strategy in the Private Sector for the European Institute for Life Sciences in Basel, Switzerland, speaking at the Center for Intellectual Property Forum at Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden, and a short course on IP licensing with the University of Turin, Italy and the WIPO Academy.

She served as a Trustee for Stanford University from 1990-1995 where she was active on the Finance and Academic Affairs Committees. She served as a member of the Stanford Medical Center Committee on Ethics. From 2008-2010 she served as a consultant on Intellectual Property for the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Center for Nanotechnology and Society.

Cynthia holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor degree with honors from Stanford University. She is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the District of Columbia.

John Carr ’83
John W. Carr is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department.  He has represented merchant and investment banks and corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity funds.  He has also provided general corporate, partnership and securities law advice.  He has extensive experience in representing merchant banking clients in raising private equity funds and in their investment activities.  These have included the organization of domestic leveraged buy-out funds, as well as industry and country focused funds.

John joined Simpson Thacher in 1983 and became a partner in 1991. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, of Troy, New York, and the Trustee’s Investment Committee that is responsible for the management of Rensselaer’s endowment and pension fund.   He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of The New York City Investment Fund Manager, which makes private equity investments in companies that benefit New York City, and the Board of Advisors of the New York City Outward Bound Center.  In 1992 - 1993 John was a David Rockefeller Fellow with the New York City Partnership.

In its November 2003 issue, Black Enterprise Magazine honored John as one of America’s Top Black Lawyers. 

John graduated in 1977 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied Architecture and also received a M.S. degree in Urban Studies in 1979.  In 1983, John received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.

 

Walter Carrington ’55
Walter Carrington is the former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Nigeria.  Currently, he is an Associate at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute, where he is working on a book on Nigeria and on Islam in Africa. A Duty to Speak: Refusing to Remain Silent in a Time of Tyrann, a collection of Ambassador Carrington’s speeches challenging military rule and promoting human rights, was published in Nigeria in 2010. 

While at the law school, Walter was elected as the first student member of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. His fifty year career in international affairs includes twelve years living in Africa; teaching at several universities in the U.S.; spending a semester as a Distinguished Visitor at the Mac Arthur Foundation and working as a top staff aid in the Congress.

Walter holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

 

Anthony R. Chase ’80
Anthony Chase is Chairman of ChaseSource, L.P. and ChaseSource Real Estate Sservices, L.P.  ChaseSource provides staffing and recruiting services to large companies and governmental entities.  Until recently, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChaseCom, L.P. until sold in December 2007 to AT&T Corporation.  ChaseCom was consistently ranked one of the United States’ largest minority owned companies. 

Anthony is a tenured professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he began teaching in 1990, and was awarded tenure in 1996. He is Chairman of the Houston Zoo Development Board, former Lead Director of the Cornell Companies (NYSE), Director, Texas Medical Center; Director, Northern Trust Bank of Texas; Director, AVI Bio Pharma, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Eagle Scout.  He also serves as Director of Western Gas Partners (NYSE).  Anthony is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board and served as 2011 Vice Chairman and was recently elected as 2012 Chairman.

Anthony has received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments, including 2009 induction into the Hall of Achievement by Junior Achievement, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Rainbow Push Coalition’s Lamont Godwin National Award, University of Houston’s Edith Baker Faculty Award and Bank of America’s Pinnacle Award.

Anthony is an honors graduate of Harvard College, received a law degree from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Anthony is also a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

 

Debra Martin Chase ’81
Debra Martin Chase is a two-time Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning motion picture and television producer. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, has been an affiliate of the Walt Disney Company for over ten years.

Debra has produced three successful movie franchises—THE PRINCESS DIARIES, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS and THE CHEETAH GIRLS.  The soundtrack for the first CHEETAH GIRLS movie, which is executive produced, went double platinum and their first concert tour in 2006 was one of the most successful of the year.  Her additional movie credits include JUST WRIGHT, COURAGE UNDER FIRE and THE PREACHER’S WIFE and in television, the Emmy-winning RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, the Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary HANK AARON: CHASING THE DREAM, the Lifetime television series MISSING and the recent Disney Channel musical LEMONADE MOUTH, which debuted as the most watched cable movie of 2011 and saw its soundtrack, which she executive produced, spend several weeks as the number one soundtrack in the country. She also previously ran Mundy Lane Entertainment, actor Denzel Washington’s production company, and was partnered with Whitney Houston in BrownHouse Productions. 

Debra began her career as an attorney and worked at several major law firms and Fortune 500 corporations.  She received her J.D. from the Harvard Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College.  She has received numerous awards including an honorary Doctor of Arts from her alma mater.

 

George Cheeks ’92
George Cheeks began his career as an entertainment associate at Loeb & Loeb. In addition, George served as Vice-President, Business Affairs for Castle Rock Entertainment and worked as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Hansen, Jacobson, et al.

In 1998, George relocated to New York City where he began working for MTV Networks in the Business and Legal Affairs Department for Nickelodeon. In December of 2002 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MTV, MTV2, MTVu and MTV Films. In January of 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel for MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Films, VH1, CMT and LOGO. George’s current title as of January, 2007 is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Co-General Counsel, MTV Networks and General Counsel, Music Group & Entertainment Group.

George graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (Cum Laude).

 

Claudette Christian ’79
Claudette Christian is Co-Chair of the Board of Hogan Lovells and a partner in the firm's Finance Practice Group.  She is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Claudette regularly advises clients on a wide array of international cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and the development and financing of major infrastructure projects. She has structured, negotiated, and finalized corporate, project and financing documents, related to stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments, divestitures, and privatizations.

In recent years, she has worked primarily on matters in the energy, telecommunications, and transportation industries for clients in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. She has worked extensively in Brazil since 1997 and in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2002.

In addition to her responsibilities as Co-Chair and as a practicing lawyer, Claudette  serves as the firm's Chief Diversity Officer and regularly speaks on issues involving leadership, diversity and inclusion. She has also served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the firm’s Recruitment Committee and Co-Head of the firm’s Latin America Practice Group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Senior Lawyers Project, an international organization that provides legal counsel for significant commercial transactions in emerging countries on a pro bono basis, and Women in Law Empowerment Forum, a forum that educates and provides networking opportunities for women in law firms. She also serves as a mentor to law students and young professionals.

Claudette graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics.

 

Joseph Clark ’97
Joseph Clark defends clients in white-collar criminal matters, complex business litigations, and regulatory and enforcement proceedings. Joe has handled substantial litigation matters involving securities fraud, health care fraud, antitrust, contract disputes, construction litigation, and consumer credit. In addition, Joe has significant experience in alleged violations of international trafficking in arms regulations, the Arms Export Control Act, export administration regulations, and transportation security regulations. Joe has defended clients against allegations of bribery, providing an illegal gratuity, insider trading, and illegal kickbacks. Further, Joe has conducted internal investigations and has advised clients on issues of corporate governance and compliance.

Currently, Joe is defending National City Bank, now owned by PNC, in a putative class action alleging conspiracy to fix interchange fees. Joe is also defending Experian Information Solutions in both individual cases and class actions alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Recently, Joe began representing a major airline in its ongoing negotiations with the Federal Aviation Administration. As a former assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe is an accomplished trial attorney.

Joe plays an active role in the Firm's pro bono program and recently traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to teach trial advocacy to Kenyan attorneys. He represents indigent defendants in Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court and is currently suing the Baltimore City Police Department in a section 1983 action. Joe regularly recruits law students and lateral attorneys and served as chair of the Summer Associates Committee for the Washington Office in 2007.

John Daniels ’74
John W. Daniels, Jr. is the chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP, a 425-attorney national law firm.  In his position, he has led the firm through a fundamental trans­formation, shifting from the traditional operational model on which most major law firms are built to a client-centric, business-minded organization. It is believed that he is one of the first African-Americans to chair an AmLaw 200 firm.

John is a nationally recognized real estate and business transactional lawyer, representing Fortune 500 entities, public pension funds and some of the largest life insurance and financial services companies in the nation.  In addition to serving as chairman of Quarles & Brady, he serves on other corporate and foundation entities, including the board of directors, Bank of Montreal (Harris Financial Corp.) and chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.  John (along with several others including Attorney General Eric Holder) was recognized as one of the "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal.  In 2009, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Milwaukee Bar Association and was inducted into the National Black Law Students Hall of Fame.  In 2008, he received the Leadership Award from the National Bar Association.

 

Peggy Cooper Davis ’68
Peggy Cooper Davis is the John S.R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics at New York University.  She writes about child welfare, constitutional rights to education and family liberty, legal pedagogy, and the lawyering process. Peggy’s 1997 book, Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values, illuminates the importance of anti-slavery traditions as interpretive guides for the Fourteenth Amendment. Her recent book, Enacting Pleasure (with Lizzy Cooper Davis) is an edited collection of essays exploring Carol Gilligan’s relational psychology.

Before beginning her teaching career, Peggy practiced poverty, civil rights and corporate law and served as a Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York.

Cari Dawson ’93
Cari K. Dawson concentrates her practice on complex litigation matters, with particular focus on class action defense.  She is the chair of the Class Action Practice Team for the Litigation and Trial Practice Group.  She has litigated numerous complex disputes, including consumer, insurance, toxic tort, environmental class actions, business tort litigation, and products liability matters in both state and federal courts across the country.  Cari has served as lead counsel in class actions nationwide for clients such as Safeco Insurance Company, State Farm Automobile Insurance Company, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Amvac Chemical Corporation, and Aflac, and represented UPS, the City of Atlanta, and Earthlink in significant complex commercial litigation matters.

In 2003, Cari was honored as one of the top 16 lawyers under 40 in the State of Georgia by the Fulton County Daily Report in its annual “On the Rise” issue, and in 2004, she was recognized in Atlanta magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyer for her class action expertise.  In October 2004, she was selected as one of the Top 50 Up and Comers under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and from October 2005-2007, she was named a Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyer magazine for her class action and complex litigation practice.  In 2006, Cari was featured in the Spring Edition of MultiCultural Law Magazine’s “People on the Move.”  For the past several years, Cari has been listed by Chambers’ The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation, and this year was named to The American Lawyer’s “45 Under 45” list of remarkable women lawyers.

Cari received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993 and was the Boykin C. Wright Memorial Fund Prizewinner.  Cari attended Princeton University and received an A.B. in 1990 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

Chris-Tia Donaldson ’03
Chris-Tia Donaldson provides strategic legal advice to top executives at one of the world's largest Fortune 100 companies. By night, the Harvard educated lawyer-turned-businesswoman is inspiring women from the south side of Chicago to South Africa, to adopt healthier, greener lifestyles through Thank God It's Natural, her all natural line of bath, body and hair care products. Chris-Tia has been featured in major media publications such as USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Detroit News, Boston Bay State Banner, as well as many other outlets throughout the country. She also has been a guest on ABC News, Fox News and WGN local affiliates, as an expert on African American women, beauty issues, self-esteem, healthy living and sustainable values. Her book, Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair is a #1 Amazon bestseller, and was recently hailed the “Natural Hair Bible” by Essence Magazine. Chris-Tia’s ultimate mission is to inspire today’s generation to embrace more natural lifestyles – mind, body, and soul.

 

Bemma Donkoh ’81
Bemma B. Donkoh has been an advocate for the recognition of the rights and needs of refugees for over 27 years, serving at the frontline of the international humanitarian response to forced displacement around the world.  In the course of her career with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Bemma has assisted asylum seekers, returning refugees and stateless persons from every region of the world.  Her regular tours of duty have taken her to Somalia, Australia, Lesotho, Zambia, Switzerland, the United States of America, South Africa and the United Kingdom, besides the various other countries she has visited while undertaking ad hoc missions.   Most recently, she served as the UNHCR Representative in the United Kingdom and as Regional Representative in South Africa, respectively.

Bemma is a national of Ghana, West Africa and obtained a law degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, before proceeding to Harvard Law School. She has just retired from a demanding but highly fulfilling tenure in international public service, and is in the process of resettling in Ghana, rediscovering her roots and taking on new challenges.

 

George Edwards ’85
George E. Edwards is the C.M. Gray Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. In 1997, he founded his law school’s Program in International Human Rights Law, which in 2011 was accredited to the United Nations by being granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). He has facilitated and supervised over 100 Indiana law student summer intern placements at the U.N. and other human rights organizations in over 50 countries on 6 continents.

After law school, George served as law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum (Southern District of New York), practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and then lived for several years in Hong Kong where he worked at the University of Hong Kong Law Faculty and City University of Hong Kong Law Faculty and taught for the Law Society of Hong Kong.

George was tendered as an Expert Witness in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commission case against Australian “detainee” David Hicks, and he and his students provided research assistance in the cases of Mr. Hicks and Mr. Omar Khadr (a Canadian aged 15 when taken to Guantanamo Bay). He also worked on the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) case of Mr. Slobodan Milosevic.

George is the author of LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs. He has presented on LL.M. Roadmap and the topic of U.S. legal education for international students in over two dozen countries. He founded Indiana law school’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) Track in International Human Rights Law, and was Executive Chair of the school’s Graduate Law Programs. Effective 2011, he resigned all roles within the school’s LL.M. and S.J.D. programs.

George served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review and as an Associate Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. At Harvard, he was research assistant on a graduate law studies book project, and has since then worked with LL.M. and S.J.D. students at many schools in and from many countries.


Willie J. Epps, Jr. ’95
Willie J. Epps, Jr. is a trial lawyer focused on complex civil and criminal cases. As a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. in Kansas City, Missouri, Willie has defended numerous corporations and individuals in federal and state courts across the country. He has tried more than 30 cases as lead counsel during his 15 years of practicing law. During the last five years, Willie has tried product liability, federal criminal, and employment cases to verdict. Willie has been named to Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. He is Chair of the Federal Practice Committee for the Western District of Missouri and a member of the CJA Panel.

Prior to private practice, Willie served as an Air Force JAG, special assistant U.S. attorney, and assistant special counsel for the Waco Investigation. Willie’s diverse professional experiences include serving as the Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer at a Fortune 500 company, where four former senior officers were under federal indictment when Willie was hired by the company’s president and CEO.

Willie was born in Mississippi and raised in Missouri. He is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College. He is happily married to Mischa Buford Epps.

 

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. ’79, Ph.D. ’81
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization with more than $450 billion in combined assets under management.

Roger served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He was a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, served as Chairman of the Financial Stability Forum, and chaired Federal Reserve Board committees on banking supervision and regulation, payment system policy, and reserve bank oversight.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Roger was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Roger is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and served on its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP and serves as co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population. He is vice chairman of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Harvard University Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, and the Group of Thirty.

Roger holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.

 

Ronald Ferguson
Ronald Ferguson has taught at Harvard University since 1983, after earning an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a PhD from MIT, both in economics.  He holds a joint appointment between the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education.  His research over more than three decades has focused on reducing economic and educational disparities. He is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement, the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University and faculty co-chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  His most recent book is Toward Excellence with Equity: An emerging vision for closing the achievement gap, published by Harvard Education Press.

 

Kenneth C. Frazier ’78
Kenneth C. Frazier is president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Merck & Co., Inc., effective January 1, 2011.

Previously, Ken served as president of Merck with responsibility for leading Merck's three major divisions:  Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division for pharmaceutical and vaccine products; Merck manufacturing Division, Merck’s manufacturing and supply division; and Merck Research Laboratories, Merck’s research organization.

Ken has held a broad range of senior management positions since joining Merck in 1992 as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group.  He was elected vice president of Public Affairs in 1994; and, in 1997, assumed the additional responsibilities of assistant general counsel, corporate staff.  Ken was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel in January 1999.  In December 1999, he became senior vice president and general counsel.  In this role, he oversaw Merck's legal and public affairs functions and The Merck Company Foundation.  In November 2006, he was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel.  Ken served as executive vice president and president, Global Human Health, from 2007 to May 2010, when he became Merck president.

Before joining Merck, Ken was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath.  Ken sits on the Boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Pennsylvania State University and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Ken also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association. 

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Robert J. Gerrard, Jr. ’77
Robert J. Gerrard, Jr. is the former Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Scripps Networks. He established the Scripps legal department in 1997 for this leading lifestyle, content, and interactive services company which includes Home and Garden Television and the Food Network. He was a member of Scripps’ Executive Committee, Food Network Partnership Committee, and Diversity Committee. Prior to joining Scripps, Robert was General Counsel of the Sega Channel, senior counsel at Home Box Office, Inc. and began his career as a litigation associate at the New York City offices of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He is a graduate of The Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School.

Robert has received several prestigious awards including, the Stanley B. Thomas, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association Multi-Ethnicity in Communication for work and dedication in advancing diversity within the cable television industry, the Northeast Employer of Choice Award given by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, recognizing general counsel who are industry leaders for their commitment to diversity and success in building and maintaining an inclusive corporate legal department, and Counsel of the Year from the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel in recognition of lifetime achievement and a long distinguished career of service to the profession and the industry. Robert was a board of director’s member of New York Stock Exchange listed company Syniverse Technologies, Inc., serving on its Nominating and Governance Committee and chairing the Compensation Committee. Syniverse was sold to the Carlyle Group in January 2011 in a $2.6 billion cash transaction.

 

Annette Gordon-Reed ’84
Annette Gordon-Reed is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  Before joining the Harvard faculty, she was the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. For her epic work, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, Annette won the 2009 Pultizer Prize in History and the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, along with 12 other awards.  She was the first black person to win the Pulitzer Prize in History and the first black female to win the National Book Award in the Non-Fiction category.  Annette was awarded a 2009 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, and was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow in 2010.  Among her other honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities (2009), and a Fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (2010–2011). This year she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette's published works include the groundbreaking Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997); Vernon Can Read: A Memoir, which she co-wrote with the famed civil rights leader, lawyer, and presidential advisor, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr;  Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, a collection of scholarly essays she edited examining the role and impact of race in significant American legal cases over the last 200 years; and, in 2011, Andrew Johnson, a short biography of America's 17th president.

Annette is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. She holds an AB from Dartmouth College, where now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Prior to becoming an academic, Annette was Counsel to the New York City Board of Correction and began her legal career as an associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York City.


Joseph Greenaway ’81
Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. received his commission from President Obama as the sixty-second jurist appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on February 12, 2010. He sits in Newark, New Jersey.

His legal career began as a litigation associate with the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Nessen, Kamin and Frankel. After a clerkship with the late Hon. Vincent L. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, he returned to the Kramer, Levin firm for two years. In 1985, Joseph joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and left in 1990 to serve as in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare conglomerate. On July 26, 1996, at the age of thirty-eight, Joseph received his commission from President Clinton as the sixty-seventh jurist appointed to the federal bench in New Jersey.

Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law, where he teaches a course on trial practice. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College, where he teaches a seminar on the Supreme Court. Joseph is Chair Emeritus of the Columbia College Black Alumni Council and a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors.

Joseph earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College in 1978 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981.

 

Will Gunn ’86
Will A. Gunn is the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  As the Department’s top lawyer, Will oversees over 700 employees, including more than 450 attorneys in Washington, D.C., and in field locations across the United States. 

Will is a retired Air Force colonel, having served as a military lawyer in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.  In 1990, he was selected as a White House Fellow and served in the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Cabinet Affairs.  In 2003, Will was named the first-ever Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions.  In this position, he supervised military defense counsel who represented detainees brought before military commissions at the Guantanamo prison camp.

In 2005, Will retired from the military and was named President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington where he led one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  In 2008, he formed The Gunn Law Firm, where he provided representation to Veterans and military members in administrative matters.

In addition to his Harvard Law education, Will has a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from the George Washington University School of Law, a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Bachelors’ degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

Cathy Hampton ’93
Cathy Hampton serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the City of Atlanta.  She provides counsel to Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council in all matters of law relating to the City and its 7,000 employees, including the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International.

Before joining the City, Cathy served as General Counsel at RARE Hospitality.  RARE and its 20,000 employees owned and operated over 300 Capital Grille and Longhorn Steak restaurants across the country.  Cathy began her legal career at Shearman and Sterling and later practiced at the National Basketball Association and EarthLink. 

Cathy is a member of the Bar in Georgia, New York and the District of Columbia.  Her professional affiliations include the General Counsel Roundtable, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  

Cathy received her undergraduate degree at Spelman College and serves her community in leadership roles with the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Spelman LEADS, Leadership Atlanta, VOX Youth Communications and Cascade United Methodist Church.  A native of Magnolia, Mississippi, Cathy resides in East Atlanta. 

 

Lisa White Hardwick ’85
Lisa White Hardwick is the Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District. Previously, she served as trial court judge on the Jackson County Circuit Court and was a partner in the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm in Kansas City.  She held political office as an elected member of the Jackson County Legislature from 1993 – 2000.  

Lisa received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in1982 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985.

 

Hill Harper ’92
Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, bestselling author, and philanthropist. Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI: NY, part of the most successful television franchise in history, as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. He has authored Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure. To date, his collective writing and acting work has been recognized with six NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Literary Work: Debut Author (2007), Outstanding Literary Work: Youth/Teens (2007, 2008), and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008, 2009).

Hill graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University (and was valedictorian of his department) and cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, Westfield State College, and Tougaloo College.

Hill travels frequently as a motivational speaker and resonates with a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, and couples.

 

Lisa Stewart Hughes ’94      
Lisa Stewart Hughes is a commercial litigator and compliance attorney, currently serving as Vice President & Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for NBCUniversal.  Since joining NBCUniversal in 2000, she has managed all aspects of the company’s business ethics and corporate compliance programs, providing advice, training, risk assessment, and related counseling in a variety of policy areas including FCPA and anti-corruption, conflicts of interest, international trade controls, fair employment practices, insider trading, money laundering prevention, antitrust, privacy, confidentiality and data protection.  In addition, she oversees compliance for NBCUniversal’s Spanish language division, Telemundo, and supports that organization’s domestic and international sales teams and production operations in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Lisa worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in New York and Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C.  She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program and the Embrace Music Foundation.  She is a member of the New York City, Florida and National Bar Associations, as well as the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association and the Association of Yale Alumni.  In addition to Harvard Law School, Lisa graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Political Science.

Lisa lives in South Florida and enjoys writing, yoga, travel and hot-air ballooning.  She spends as much time as she can, keeping up with her ten-year-old chess champion, Stewart.

 

Joseph Hurd ’95
Joseph K. Hurd III was appointed Senior Director, Export Promotion and Trade Policy for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in October 2009.  In this capacity Joe provides leadership for the Trade Promotion and Coordinating Committee (TPCC), an inter-agency trade promotion secretariat chaired by the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. 

The TPCC is the principal implementing agency behind the National Export Initiative, recently announced by President Obama.   As part of TPCC’s mission to advance a government-wide trade promotion agenda, Joe works directly with the heads of the State, Treasury, Export-Import Bank, OPIC and U.S. Trade Representative, and over 10 additional government agencies. 

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Joe spent ten years in senior business development and international sales/operations positions for a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies, including Friendster, VideoEgg and Apptera.  He negotiated over 200 internet and e-commerce deals, built online sales teams that delivered over $50M in global revenue, and opened sales offices in England, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.   Before Silicon Valley, Joe was responsible for business development in Tokyo and Sydney for America Online, Inc. and practiced corporate and securities law in London with Linklaters, a British law firm.  He is a member of the New York, Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars, and is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs.  Committed to public service, Joe is a Venture Advisor to high school entrepreneurs through BUILD, Inc., a non-profit in the Bay Area. 

A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Joe received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia, and an A.B. in East Asian Studies and Government with honors from Harvard College. He commutes between Washington, DC and Los Altos, CA where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

 

Glenn Ivey ’86
Glenn Ivey is a partner at Venable LLP, an American Lawyer 100 firm with nearly 600 attorneys nationwide.  Previously, Glenn spent over 20 years in public service.  He was twice elected State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland, running an office with 75 prosecutors, and had previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington.  He has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, serving as the chief counsel to the Senate Democratic Leader, minority counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee, and counsel to the Senate Banking Committee and a senior aide to Congressman John Conyers.  He also chaired the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state. 

Glenn graduated with honors from Princeton.

 

Lisa Jones Johnson ’82
Lisa Jones Johnson is President and CEO of NextGen Media, Inc., which is launching global social media platforms targeted to specific niches. Prior to joining NGM, Lisa was Co-CEO of the Global Broadcasting Company, which launched and operated two 24/7 television channels available on IP, mobile and set top box platforms in 220 countries and reaching over 50 million viewers worldwide. Previously, Lisa had been CEO of Comedy Express Television, a broadband company, which was acquired by National Lampoon in 2007, based in part on a multi-platform strategy, executed by her and her team. Lisa has also produced over 100 hours of television, in her role as EVP at Western International Syndication Inc.

Lisa began her career in entertainment as Broadcast Counsel at CBS, where she was the lead attorney on the billion dollar Major League Baseball deal. Following graduation from Harvard Law School, she clerked on the SDNY and worked for five years as a corporate attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Lisa is a published author of NAACP Image Award Nominated novel “A Dead Man Speaks” (2007) and a co author of the 2010 Borders publication “So You Want to Be a Lawyer.” Lisa is an honors graduate of Harvard College.

 

Darin Johnson ’00
Darin Johnson ’00 is an attorney-adviser in the Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser. He is currently assigned to the Legal Adviser's Office of United Nations Affairs, where he advises the Bureau of International Organizations on United Nations-related legal issues.  During 2007, he served as the Embassy Legal Adviser at the US Embassy in Baghdad.  In this position, he advised the US Ambassador to Iraq and other senior State Department officials on a wide range of legal and foreign policy issues.  From 2004 through 2006, Darin was assigned to the Legal Adviser's Office of Political Military Affairs group, where he specialized in the area of defense trade.  Darin has been awarded the Department of State's Superior Honor Award twice, for his work advising on United Nations affairs and for his service to the US Embassy in Iraq.

Prior to his work with the State Department, Darin spent four years as an Army officer and attorney in the Secretary of the Army, Office of the General Counsel Honors Program at the Pentagon.  In this position, he provided counsel to senior civilian and military leaders of the Army Secretariat on civil works, administrative, and international law matters.  For his service, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Award, and the Army Chief of Staff Badge.

Darin is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.  He has previously taught as an adjunct lecturer at American University, Washington College of Law.

Darin is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.  He has been recognized by Harvard Law School with the Irving R. Kaufman Public Interest Fellowship, the Samuel Heyman Fellowship for Public Service, and the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship.  He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Amos Jones ’06
Amos Jones teaches, researches, and practices in the area of Contracts, focusing on those involving international business and other forms of foreign intercourse implicating national-security concerns.  Before joining the law faculty of Campbell University this fall, Amos practiced in the international trade and commercial litigation groups of Bryan Cave LLP in Washington, D.C., where he developed unique expertise on the growing reach of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 and related counterespionage regulations, as well as in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, sanctions, and export-controls areas.   Amos is also Of Counsel to Newton & Partners LLP, a Washington-based boutique firm of international lawyers, offering particular depth in the Middle East. 

While at Harvard, Amos was awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, on which he spent his first year out of law school as a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Australia’s University of Melbourne.

Wayne M. Kennard
Wayne Kennard is a partner in Wilmer Hale’s Intellectual Property Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1993. Wayne focuses his practice primarily on representing high-tech start-up and established companies in a full range of intellectual property matters that include obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright protection, licensing intellectual property, trade secret protection, and the protection of plaintiffs' and defendants' rights in intellectual property through litigation. Before joining the firm, Wayne was with the firms of Fish & Neave and Kenyon & Kenyon in New York City, and was patent counsel for Pacesetter Systems in Sylmar, California.

Wayne was recognized for his exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005. He has also written extensively on intellectual property issues and has lectured across the country. Among his articles are “Obtaining & Litigating Software Patents and Judicially Created Doctrine of Equivalents,” “Are You Ready for a Preliminary Injunction in Your Patent Case?” “Designing Around Business Method Patents,” “State Street: Business Method Patents Can They Be a “Boardwalk Address”? “Software and Software-Based Business Method Patents Can Fence Out Competition,” and “Software Patents and the Internet.” Mr. Kennard’s most recent articles include “Patent Assets: Offensive and Defensive Strategies” and “Computer Patents and Markman constructions.”

Wayne received his JD from George Washington University Law School in 1981 and BS in Computer Science from United States Naval Academy in 1973.

 

Randall Kennedy
Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations.  He was born in Columbia, South Carolina.  For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.  He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.

Randall is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law Randall writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications.  His most recent books are Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), and Sellout (2007).  A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Randall is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.  

 

Deborah Lathen ’78
Deborah Lathen is an accomplished corporate attorney, business leader, domestic and international policy advisor. Deborah has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors, having held a senior executive position with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), legal and senior management positions with national law firms and Fortune 500 corporations, including The Quaker Oats Company, TRW and Nissan Motor Corporation USA.   In February 2007, she was named a director of British Telecom, a FTSE 50 and global telecommunications company, where she was a member of the Remunerations and the Committee for Responsible and Sustainable Business.

Early in her legal career, Deborah served as a litigation attorney with The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago, Illinois.  She was also an associate with Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and with Keck, Mahin and Cate in Chicago, Illinois.

She received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Government with Distinction in All Subjects from Cornell University.  She is a member of the California, Illinois and Wisconsin State Bar Associations.

 

Alexandria V. Lee ’07
Alexandria V. Lee practices in the litigation department at Richards, Kibbe & Orbe. Prior to joining RK&O, Alexandria began practicing at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff, where as a general litigator she gained experience outside the traditional realm of litigation through initiating complicated appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States, participating in arbitration, and drafting legislation.  Alexandria has also worked for governmental and public interest agencies, including the Secretary of State of Georgia, the Children's Law Center, and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.  She is currently in the process of opening a boarding school for “at-risk” African-American youth in Ghana.



Debra Lee ’80
Debra Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture.

Prior to her being named CEO, Debra was President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks for almost 10 years.  She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986, after serving more than five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm.  Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Affiliated with a number of professional, civic, and cultural organizations, Debra is also a member of the national board of directors for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Economic Club of Washington and the Kennedy Center’s Community & Friends Board.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Brown University and also serves on the boards of the Paley Center for Media, the Ad Council, the Grammy Foundation, and was appointed by the White House to the President’s Management Advisory Board and is a member emeritus of the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age.

Debra earned her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics.

Debra resides in Washington, D.C., with her two children.

 

Franklin Leonard
Franklin Leonard, the Overbrook Entertainment Vice President of Creative Affairs, is the creator of the Black List and co-creator of Blcklst.com, a yearly publication, highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and its ongoing home on the web.  Prior to Overbrook, Franklin was the director of development at Universal Pictures.  He has done similar work at the production companies of directors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and former Paramount Pictures president John Goldwyn.  Before Los Angeles and all things film related, Franklin was - at different times - a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., a weekly columnist for the Trinidad Guardian in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and the communications director for John Cranley's 2000 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's first district.   

He’s a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. Since 2010, he has been named one of Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” AOL Black Voices “30 Black Hollywood Game Changers” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

 

Walter Leonard
Walter Leonard has served as Assistant Dean of both the Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C. (1968-1969), and the Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1969-1971). He has served as a visiting professor or lecturer in law at many of the nation’s finest schools, including Virginia, Kansas, Howard, Pennsylvania, Boston College, Temple, Harvard, California (Davis), and Maryland. As Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Harvard Law School, he is credited, through conferences, recruitment and outreach programs, with the education of more “minority” and “non-minority” lawyers than almost anyone else in the country.

In addition to his prestigious academic assignments, Walter has found time to serve as board member or consultant for many of America’s most eminent policy-making organizations, including: the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Atlanta Office of Economic Opportunity, the College Board, the United Negro College Fund, the Carniege Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the National Urban League, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Council on Education and the American Bar Association Commission on Public Education and the Law, and the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy (chairman 1982-1983). He is director emeritus of Beatrice Companies, Inc. (formerly Beatrice Foods Co. of Chicago). He was also a participant in the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the King Center.

Walter studied at  Morehouse College, attended Atlanta University’s Graduate School of Business, earned a Degree at the Howard University School of Law; and Certificates in Executive Management at the Harvard University Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a recipient of the Harvard W.E.B. BuBois Medal and recently named a “National History Maker.” The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College have named their Annual Arts Festival: The Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival.

 

Loretta Lynch ’84
Loretta E. Lynch was appointed by President Barack Obama and on May 03, 2010, took the oath of office as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from Chief United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all federal and civil investigations and cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. She supervises a staff of approximately 170 attorneys and 150 support personnel.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1990, Loretta practiced law as a litigation associate for a leading New York based firm. She began her career in the Eastern District prosecuting narcotics and violent crime cases. Loretta served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. Loretta also served the district as Chief Assistant, where she was a member of the trial team in United States v. Volpe, et al., a five-week civil rights case involving the sexual assault by uniformed New York City police officers upon Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

Loretta was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, serving from 1999 to 2001. While U.S. Attorney, Loretta was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law. Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Loretta was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. and was a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate compliance issues. While at Hogan, Loretta also served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR, and conducted a special investigation into allegations of witness tampering and false testimony at the Tribunal.

Loretta received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984, where she was an advisor to the first year moot court competition and a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and Harvard Black Law Student Association.

 

Ron Machen, Jr. ’94
Ronald C. Machen Jr. was nominated to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama on December 24, 2009. Ron’s appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 11, 2010.

Before Ron’s appointment, he was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr and practiced in the firm’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation group. While at the firm, Ron represented individuals and corporations in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, corporate compliance, and complex civil litigation. He also maintained an active pro bono practice, served on the firm’s Compensation and Executive Committees, and co-chaired the firm’s Diversity Committee.

A former co-chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, Ron has taught trial advocacy skills to practicing lawyers as part of the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Program and to students at Howard University School of Law. He has served on the board of the Council for Court Excellence and is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, the National Bar Association, and several other local and federal bar associations.

During his career, Ron has been repeatedly recognized for his professional accomplishments. In 2008, the National Law Journal named him one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” In 2007, The American Lawyer identified him as one of the “50 Most Promising Litigators in America Under the Age of 45,” and in 2006, the Washingtonian magazine named him one of D.C.’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

Ron graduated from Stanford University in 1991 and Harvard Law School in 1994.

 

Raymond C. Marshall '78
Raymond C. Marshall is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Ray co-chairs Bingham’s White Collar Investigations and Enforcement Group out of the San Francisco office.  He specializes in civil and criminal litigation.  His criminal practice focuses on internal investigations and defense of claims related to FCPA complaints, fraud, cybercrime and alleged violations of federal and state banking and privacy laws.  His civil practice focuses on environmental litigation and large case commercial disputes in the areas of regulated entities, financial services, insurance and telecommunications industries. 

Ray served as President of the State Bar of California in 1998-99, and as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in 1994.  He currently serves on the ABA Section of Litigation Leadership Council, ABA Retirement Fund and Senator Dianne Feinstein's Judicial Nomination Committee.

 

John Mathews II ’07
John Mathews II is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA, where he studied Political Science.  In 2004, John left the West Coast to pursue his law degree at Harvard Law School.  As a law student, John served as President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association and participated in numerous endeavors promoting social justice, such as the Criminal Justice Institute and the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center.  In June 2007, John obtained his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.  Upon graduation, John moved to Norfolk, Virginia to clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Born and raised in Southern California, John now lives in Washington, D.C. and practices law in the Litigation Department of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he has gained significant experience in complex commercial litigation, government contracts, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.  John is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and remains active in the Washington, D.C. and Harvard communities through his practice and participation in numerous organizations, including the Harvard Law School Association, Capital Partners for Education, and Generation 44.

 

Hazel-Ann F. Mayers ’99
Hazel-Ann F. Mayers is Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation and Chief Compliance Officer at CBS Corporation.  She manages the Corporation’s domestic and international compliance program and also represents CBS and its business units in litigation matters.  Hazel counsels her clients on a variety of litigation and compliance related issues, manages and supervises outside counsel and directly handles litigations and investigations.  Hazel serves on the New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, the board of the New York City Bar Justice Resource Center and is a Trustee of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City.  Prior to her employment at CBS, Hazel was an associate in the litigation department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and an associate in the labor department at Proskauer Rose LLP. 

In addition to graduating from Harvard Law, Hazel graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law from the City College of New York. 

 

Ron McCray ’83
Ron McCray is a private investor and corporate director. He serves on the board of directors of A. H. Belo, board of trustees for Cornell University, and is a member of the visiting committee of the Harvard Law School. Ron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a limited partner of the Boston Celtics ownership group. He previously served as a director of Knight Ridder, Inc., from 2003-2006, and was recently nominated by President Barack H. Obama to serve as a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Ron practiced corporate and finance law at law firms in New York City and Dallas from 1983-1987.  He joined Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a $19 billion health and hygiene company, where he worked for over 20 years, and was elected senior vice president – law and government affairs, and chief compliance officer. He joined Nike, Inc., a $19 billion sports and apparel company, from 2007 to 2009 as Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for strategic leadership and for oversight of various businesses and administrative functions.

Ron graduated from Cornell University in 1979, where he set school records in track and field, and was named to honor societies his junior and senior years. He graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1983, where he served as the editor and business manager of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review.

 

Nancy McCullough ’92
Nancy L. McCullough is a media, entertainment, and intellectual property lawyer with over 15 years of experience advising major corporations and private clients in copyright, trademark, anti-piracy, advertising, unfair competition, privacy, and First Amendment issues.  Nancy has headed a Los Angeles-based law practice for seven years, representing such clients as EMI Music North America, the Walt Disney Company, National Lampoon, and Image Entertainment, as well as small businesses, performers, and individuals.  She has also served as in-house counsel to major media corporations Yahoo, Inc., Capitol Records, and Sony. 

Nancy is also known for her community outreach and project management acumen for many projects with civic, political, and non-profit organizations.  An early supporter of her Harvard Law Review president Barack Obama’s ’91 presidential campaign, Nancy served as a national co-director of Harvard Lawyers for Obama, helped Obama for America, set its national policy agenda in arts education as a member of its National Arts Policy Committee, and as the California voter protection coordinator, she recruited, trained, and deployed over 300 lawyers throughout California and Nevada to enforce voter rights and co-authored a voting rights law handbook.  Nancy recently advised the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, British Petroleum’s $20B fund established in response to President Obama’s call for expedited resolution of its 2010 Gulf oil spill claims, on establishing a pro bono legal services program for poor, underrepresented claimants.

 

Raymond McGuire ’83
Raymond McGuire is Citi’s Head of Global Banking, which includes Corporate and Investment Banking. He is based in New York. Ray is a member of Citi’s Business Development Committee, the Institutional Clients Group Executive Committee and the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee. He has advised on transactions valued at more than $250 Billion, including representing Time Warner in its separation of Time Warner Cable ($45.0 Billion); Conoco Phillips Co.’s ($36.0 Billion) acquisition of Burlington Resources; Koch Industries’ ($21.0 Billion) acquisition of Georgia Pacific; EDS in its sale to Hewlett Packard ($13.0 Billion); SABIC’s ($12.0 Billion) acquisition of GE Plastics, UST in its sale to Altria ($12.0 Billion) and Wyeth [former Director] in its sale to Pfizer ($68 Billion).

Prior to joining Citi, Ray was the Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley; Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; and one of the original members of Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc. where he became a Partner/Managing Director in 1991. He started his career in 1984 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of The First Boston Corporation.

Ray has been honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Art for Life Foundation.  Pratt Institute honored him as its inaugural distinguished “Patron of the Arts”.  He has also been honored with Harvard Business School’s African-American Student Union’s Professional Achievement Award, has presented at Harvard Law School’s Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series and emceed the first Harvard College Black Alumni Weekend.

Ray received his M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School (1984), and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College (1979). He received an L.H.D. from Pratt Institute (2011).He also attended the University of Nice, France while on a Rotary Fellowship (1980). He has had legal experience at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as well as Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.

 

Douglas I. McHenry ’77
Doug McHenry is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Economics. Doug is also a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Business School where he successfully completed the JD/MBA program. Doug has held executive positions with several studios, including Polygram and Embassy Pictures where he was a senior business and financial affairs executive. Many of the industry’s most successful studios have invested in his production companies, including Warner Brothers, Sony and News Corp’s Twentieth Century Fox. Doug is currently the CEO and co-founder of Elephant Walk Entertainment which has produced over a dozen feature films that have generated almost one billion dollars in worldwide revenue.

Doug is a past member of the California Bar and is currently on the advisory boards of NAFTC Studios and Gold Coast Productions as well as the eWorld Companies. Doug is also a member of the Directors Guild of America, Producer’s Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). Doug has received numerous awards, including an ACE for Cable programming excellence and a NAACP Image Award. Doug also lectures on film finance, a partner in the EWE Mid Cap Film Fund and an Executive Vice President with Raging Bull Entertainment.

Marcellus McRae ’88
Marcellus A. McRae is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Litigation, Government and Commercial Contracts, and Media and Entertainment Practice Groups. Marcellus’s litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices focus on a wide variety of business disputes, internal investigations, and criminal prosecutions including defense of individuals and corporations in cases involving allegations of financial fraud, false claims act violations, public corruption, violation of federal and state environmental laws, health care fraud, wrongful death, criminal antitrust violations, and other matters. He also represents and advises employers in wrongful termination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims.

Marcellus has first chaired numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in both federal and state courts. He also writes and speaks on trial and litigation skills, white-collar criminal defense, labor and employment law, and other topics. From 1995 until joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in February 1998, Marcellus served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Criminal Division, Major Frauds Section, of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. While he was an Assistant United States Attorney, Marcellus investigated and prosecuted complex white-collar crimes (tax, securities, bankruptcy, and other business frauds) and traditional crimes that involved both jury and non-jury trial experience with a 100 percent conviction rate at trial. He also drafted numerous appellate briefs filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and had several arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Marcellus was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton.

Marcellus received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. He earned a B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1985 from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Raye Mitchell ’94
Raye Mitchell is the CEO and Founder of Making a New Reality Foundation, a social enterprise, which provides leadership development for girls of color. She coordinates strategy, business development, marketing/communications and consults on branded and digital entertainment for non-profits and for-profit social ventures.   She is on sabbatical from her intellectual property & marketing/advertising law firm, which she ran for 12 years. In 2010, Raye was honored with a Jefferson Award, the Nobel Prize for Public Service and has received Congressional recognition for her community service work with youth.   

In addition to her Harvard Law education, Raye holds an MBA and B.S. in Public Policy, both from the University of Southern California.

 

Robert Parris Moses
Robert Parris Moses, a Harvard trained educator and civil rights activist, was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement during the 1960’s.  He was Director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Mississippi Project, a co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations, and a leading figure in Mississippi voter registration efforts. 

In 1982, Robert received a MacArthur “genius” award for his work in creating and leading the Algebra Project.  Through the Algebra Project and the Young People’s Project, he continues to build and sustain math literacy in minority and poor white communities and to support advocacy for quality education as an element of freedom and a right of free citizenship.

 

Charles J. Ogletree ’78
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

Charles is the author and co-editor of several books, including The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (June 2010 Palgrave MacMillan), When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice (2009), From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (2006), and All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (2004).

Charles is a native of Merced, California, where he attended public schools.  He earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.  He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Charles has also received honorary doctorates from several universities and colleges, including Cambridge College, Wilberforce University, the University of Miami, the New England School of Law, Lincoln College, Tougaloo College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College.

 

James O'Neal ’82
James B. O'Neal is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Legal Outreach, Inc., one of the nation's foremost law-based, college preparatory and pipeline diversity organizations, which he formed in 1983 immediately upon graduation from Harvard Law School.  With support from his classmates, who funded the first year of his project, James established an organization that develops law-related curricula, implements academic skill development programs, and designs support structures to inspire and equip urban youth to maximize their academic potential as they pursue legal and other types of professional careers.  Working intensely with urban youth from middle school through high school, Legal Outreach has created a multi-faceted series of programs, spanning four years that have enabled almost 400 youth to gain admission to competitive colleges. Over two-thirds have matriculated at the nation's most and highly competitive institutions of higher learning. 

To accomplish its goals, Legal Outreach partners with five law schools, 47 law firms, financial institutions, governmental and public interest organizations, and 180 lawyers, who serve as mentors.  In 2010, Legal Outreach was recognized by Root Cause as one of NYC's seven most outstanding college prep organizations and by the ABA's Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity as the nation's outstanding law-related, educational pipeline diversity program.

James has been honored as a "Hero" by the Robin Hood Foundation and a "Diversity Champion" by the NYC Bar Association.  He also received an honorary degree from CUNY Law School for this pioneering work at Legal Outreach.

 

Susan Page ’89
Susan D. Page currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she covers primarily Central and Southern Africa. Prior to this assignment, she was Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).  From 2005 to 2007, she served as the Director of the Rule of Law and Judicial System Advisory Unit at the United Nations Peace Support Mission to Sudan. From 2002-2005, Susan was the legal advisor to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in the Sudan. Prior to that role, she served as Senior Legal Adviser and Chief of the Justice and Human Rights Unit for the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda. Susan served as a Foreign Service Officer from 1993 to 2001, working as a Political Officer in Rwanda from 1999 to 2001 and as a Regional Legal Adviser for USAID in Botswana (1995-1998) and Kenya (1993-1995). Susan began her State Department career in 1991, where she served as an Attorney-Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser. Immediately following graduation from Harvard Law in 1989, Susan lived for a year in Nepal on a Rotary International post-graduate fellow, studying the rights of the girl child.

In addition to her Harvard Law degree, Susan received her undergraduate degree in English with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1986.

 

Monica Parker ’99
Monica Parker is the founder of LeavingTheLaw.com.  She helps unhappy lawyers find and pursue fulfilling work in and outside of the law.  Previously, Monica was an associate at Alston & Bird and Mazursky & Dunaway.  She has also served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law teaching the Negotiation Workshop and provided negotiation training to corporate, nonprofit, government, and educational institutions in the U.S. and overseas.  She is the author of What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law (American Bar Association) and The Unhappy Lawyer: A Roadmap to Finding Meaningful Work Outside of the Law (Sourcebooks). 

 

John Payton ’77
John Payton is the sixth President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).  He has led the organization’s involvement in five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to taking leadership of LDF, John was a partner at the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, where he headed of the Litigation Department from 1998 to 2002.  While at the firm, John was the lead counsel for the University of Michigan in successfully defending the use of race in the admissions process at its undergraduate college and at its law school.

From 1991 to 1994, John served as the Corporation Counsel of the District of Columbia.  He has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the Georgetown Law Center, and as the James Nabrit, Jr. Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at Howard Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Master in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

 

T. Michael Peay '73
T. Michael Peay is Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser (”L”), U.S. Department of State.  He has held Senior Executive Service (SES) rank since 1987.   He is a former associate attorney at Hogan & Hartson (Lovell), and fought apartheid as a human rights attorney before being recruited into “L” in 1977.  A legal adviser in the Department since then, he has also directed the “L” offices responsible for European and Canadian Affairs; Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Middle East and South Asian Affairs.  He recently completed two back-to-back overseas tours (from 2000 to 2009) as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva (Switzerland), and as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission to UNESCO (Paris, France).  He assumed his current duties in 2009.

In addition to his Harvard Law School education, Michael holds an M.A. in International Relations (with honors) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1970), and a B.A. in Political Science (with honors) from Coppin State University (1968).  Michael speaks fluent French, proficient Spanish, and is an accomplished jazz pianist.    

Tina Perry ’99
Tina Perry was named Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for OWN in April 2009. A highly respected legal executive with a rich career in network counsel, Tina negotiates and drafts deal terms related to the network’s talent, production, new media, licensing, affiliate, ad sales, and other OWN agreements.

Tina joins OWN following a long career with MTV Networks.  Most recently she served as Senior Counsel, MTV Business and Legal Affairs, structuring and negotiating deals and drafting agreements for development, production, and co-production of documentary, reality, and scripted original programming.  Prior to joining MTV, she worked in the Business and Legal Affairs department for VH1, first as Counsel in their New York office and continuing on as Senior Counsel in their Santa Monica office.

Prior to her tenure at MTV and VH1, Ms. Perry was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York.  While there, she represented public companies in connection with public offerings, private placements, and general corporate governance matters. 

Tine received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1999 and her Master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford in 1998.  She graduated with Honors from Stanford University in 1994. She maintains her membership with the New York Bar Association.

Tina grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and currently lives in Santa Monica, California.

 

Earl Martin Phalen ’93
Earl Martin Phalen is the CEO of Reach Out and Read and Founder of Summer Advantage USA. Reach Out and Read is a non-profit that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Earl has devoted his career to helping children excel. He is the Founder of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), an organization that operates summer and after school educational programs. Under Earl’s leadership, BELL grew from a local community service project to a national non-profit educating 15,000 students annually. As CEO, Earl led fundraising efforts to increase BELL’s philanthropic base from $12k to $27M annually, and he established corporate partnerships with such industry-leaders as the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, and Fidelity Investments.

Throughout his career, Earl has developed innovative, effective and scalable approaches to out-of-school learning. The program model created and being implemented by Summer Advantage USA is one of only two scientifically validated models in the country. President Obama created federal legislation to replicate this program throughout the nation. Earl won the 2010 BET Shine a Light Award; is a Mind Trust and Ashoka Fellow; and is a three-time recipient of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award, recognition given to the world's leading social entrepreneurs. In 1997, President Clinton awarded Earl the President’s Service Award for outstanding community service.

As a young adult, Earl participated in the Lutheran Volunteer corps as the assistant coordinator of a homeless shelter for women in Washington, D.C., served as an intern for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and worked as an intern at the Jamaican Council for Human Rights. He holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Stephanie Phillips ’76
Stephanie Phillipps is a senior partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm with over 600 attorneys and offices in eight cities.  Stephanie is in the headquarters office in Washington, DC.  She is a member of the Telecommunications, Internet and Media practice group, where she works primarily on legislative, regulatory and policy matters for clients in the telecommunications, multichannel video and broadband industries. Stephanie joined Arnold & Porter immediately after law school.  She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Sidwell Friends School; the National Conference for Community and Justice; For Love of Children; and the National Symphony Orchestra Association.  Stephanie is the founder of a website and social network for mothers of Black children, called beccastone.com. 

Stephanie is a graduate of Harvard College (’73) and Law School (’76). She is married and has two grown children. 


Humphrey Polanen ’74
Humphrey Polanen is a founding partner of ICG Asia Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in media technology investments between Silicon Valley and Asia. Based in Palo Alto, Humphrey contributes expertise in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and his experience as a global operating executive for leading technology companies and an international corporate lawyer. He is a director of two public companies, Edgewave Software, an Internet security company that he took public as Chairman and CEO and Heritage Commerce Corp, a bank holding company of which he was a founder. Humphrey is also on the boards of several early stage technology companies in which he has invested.

Previously, Humphrey founded and was Managing General Partner of Internet Venture Partners, a European venture capital firm for technology companies. Before that, he was General Manager of two divisions of Sun Microsystems where he led the Internet Commerce Group and the Network Security Division. He also held executive positions at Tandem Computers including corporate ventures and emerging market development.  He practiced law for ten years and was general counsel for technology and corporate finance firms.

Humphrey has done emerging market development and engaged in governmental negotiations with the BRIC countries.

Humphrey is a graduate of Hamilton College and Harvard Law School and speaks fluent Spanish and Dutch. Born in Suriname, he has also lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

 

James Potter ’82
James Potter is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Del Monte Corporation, one of the country’s largest and most well-known producers of premium quality, branded food and pet products.  Jim’s primary areas of practice are corporate, securities and mergers and acquisition. 

Prior to Del Monte, Jim’s areas of practice included banking and insurance law and he served as the Chief Legal Officer of Prudential Direct, a business unit of Prudential Insurance, and subsequently as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company. He began practice with the firm of Keck, Mahin & Cate and practiced for several years with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. 

In addition to his Harvard Law education, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in behavioral science.  He is a member of the boards of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the California Minority Counsel Program, and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, as well as the Project for Attorney Retention Advisory Council and the UNCF Advisory Board.

 

Cathleen Price ’96
Cathleen Price works to confront the disaster of mass punishment that has resulted from the over-reliance on the prison system as a solution to our society's problems.  Since 1997, she has worked on behalf of death-sentenced prisoners, other offenders subject to excessively harsh punishments, and communities marginalized by poverty and chronic discrimination.  Following a clerkship with Justice Fred L. Banks, Jr., of the Mississippi Supreme Court, the bulk of her career has been spent with the Equal Justice Initiative, a dynamic non-profit law project that is widely recognized as one of the foremost human rights advocacy organizations in the United States.  Cathleen continues to litigate on behalf of individuals, advocate before legislators and other policymakers, and serve as faculty at training seminars on the death penalty and related topics. 

In addition to direct legal assistance, Cathleen undertakes community education projects, and provides consultation assistance to a range of activists and organizations whose work challenges the despair of our system of criminal justice.  She also currently teaches in the American Studies department of Columbia University in New York. In 2004, Harvard Law School awarded her its Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

Cathleen received her B.A. in 1992 from Columbia University in New York and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996.

 

Christopher P. Reynolds '86
Chris Reynolds is group vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  He is also the chief environmental officer.  In his role, Chris oversees the Legal and Corporate Responsibility group, which includes functions responsible for legal services, including product liability, advertising compliance, antitrust, business litigation, business transactions, dealer relations, environmental litigation, intellectual property, and strategic initiatives. 

Chris joined Toyota in July 2007.  Before that, he was a partner and trial lawyer at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in their New York City office.  While there, Chris also worked as manager of the office's labor and employment law litigation group, and served as a member of the firm's advisory board and as chair of the firm's diversity committee. 

Earlier, he served as an assistant United States attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. 

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with honors at Kalamazoo College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1983.  He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986.

Kim Richardson ’95
Kim Y. Richardson is executive counsel of the Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Legal Data Privacy Group, where she manages data privacy law counseling and compliance for the domestic and international operations of Disney, including Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Interactive Media, Parks and Resorts and Disney Consumer Products.

Prior to joining the Data Privacy Group, Kim served as legal counsel for Disney Consumer Products, and was responsible for handling complex domestic and international third party merchandise license agreements, providing counsel to Disney’s brick and mortar and online retail businesses, and overseeing enforcement of Disney’s International Labor Standards for product manufacturing. Prior, she served in the role of production and human resources attorney for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Before moving to Disney, Kim was a litigation associate with Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP in Los Angeles, where she represented a wide variety of general business and entertainment clients in commercial litigation.

Kim received her B.A. in communications (mass media emphasis) with a specialization in business administration from UCLA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Brooke Richie-Babbage ’03
Brooke Richie-Babbage is the Founder and Executive Director of the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP), a child advocacy organization using the law to break cycles of intergenerational poverty. Prior to founding RAP, Brooke was a Skadden Fellow, and then as a Staff Attorney, at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. Brooke received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and her Master Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

Prior to law school, Brooke worked for the Children’s Defense Fund‐NY, advocating for increased access to free and low‐cost health insurance for low‐income children in NYC. Brooke has taught the history of social welfare law and policy at Tufts University, consulted for the Center for Law and Social Policy, and worked for the New York City Human Resources Administration and the Center for an Urban Future in New York City. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Voices Heard, a member‐led statewide organizing group fighting for economic justice for low‐income women and their families.

Brook also serves on the Advisory Boards to the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and the New York State Winning Beginning Leadership Institute, both organizations working to develop leadership within New York’s early education field. She is the Chair of the Social Welfare Law Committee of the Association of the City Bar of New York, a member of the Steering Committee of the NYC Economic and Social Justice Network, a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellow, a CORO Leadership Alumna, and a member of the Activist Council of Planned Parenthood of New York City. Brooke received her undergraduate degree from Yale University.

 

Virgil Roberts ’72
Virgil Roberts is Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Audit Committee of Broadway Federal Bank, which is based in Los Angeles and trades on the NASDAQ exchange.  He also serves as:  Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Claremont Graduate School; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bridgespan Group; Chairman of Families In Schools; Director of Southern California Public Radio, the Community Foundation Land Trust, the Fedco Foundation, Community Build, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools.

Virgil has also served as Chairman of the Board of the California Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization with over one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) in assets; and Board Chair of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP), a public school reform organization formed with a $53,000,000 challenge grant from Ambassador Walter Annenberg, which under Virgil’s leadership, raised and spent more than $120,000,000 to reform public education in the Los Angeles basin.

Virgil attended UCLA, where he majored in political science with an emphasis in international relations. Virgil was the co-creator of UCLA’s African American Studies Center, one of the first Black Studies programs in the United States.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in Spring, 1972. 

After graduating from Harvard, Virgil’s ambition was to become a civil rights attorney.  Employment opportunities with civil rights organizations were limited, however, so he began his legal career as an associate with a prominent Los Angeles law firm: Pacht, Ross, Warne, Bernard & Sears.  There, he worked primarily as a civil litigator.

In 1976, Virgil left Pacht Ross to form the law firm of Manning & Roberts, continuing his civil litigation practice and representation of entertainment clients primarily from the recording industry.  Manning & Roberts represented a number of artists and companies in the music industry.  The firm also was involved in civil rights and civil liberties matters.  Notable among them was his representation of the NAACP in the Los Angeles school desegregation case (Crawford vs. Board of Education).

Virgil, who has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Africa, has traced his ancestral roots to the small village of Pita in Guinea.

Virgil is married to writer/editor Brenda (Banks) Roberts, former news deputy for Mayor Tom Bradley and author of “Jazzy Miz Mozetta,” a children’s book that won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for its illustrations.  Virgil and Brenda are the proud parents of two daughters, Gisele Simone and Hayley Tasha.

Yaneris Rosa ’07
Yaneris M. Rosais the Chief Marketing Officer of social media start-up CouchConnect.com, a website that allows viewers to connect and interact during their favorite TV shows and events in real-time on dedicated digital couches, as if they were in the same living room.  Yaneris heads up the marketing operations and helps with the development and execution of marketing strategies.  Yaneris is also Associate General Counsel of Planet Payment, a leading international payment and data processor, which provides banks and their merchants with innovative solutions to accept, process and reconcile payments.  Yaneris was also a corporate associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. 

In addition to her Harvard Law education, Yaneris holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Policy Analysis & Management with concentrations in African Diaspora Studies and Latino Studies.

Kim K. W. Rucker ’93
Kim K. W. Rucker is a Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Avon Products Inc., reporting to Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO. Kim directs all of Avon’s Legal operations, which include matters relating to corporate governance, compliance, litigation, contracts, government affairs and intellectual property.  

Prior to joining Avon, Kim was Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer for Energy Future Holdings, Corp. (f/n/a TXU Corp.) where she played a key role in the company’s 45 billion private equity transaction, and guided its Board of Directors and senior management on numerous legal, business and policy-related matters, including: corporate governance; regulatory and compliance issues; strategic business transactions; executive compensation; disclosure strategy; corporate secretary and security functions.  Kim also was corporate counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation at its world headquarters in Dallas, Texas with responsibilities in corporate governance, corporate transactions, securities law and other general legal matters.  Previously, Kim was a partner in the Corporate & Securities group at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in Chicago, Illinois.

Kim was born and raised in the Chicago area.  In 1987 Harry S. Truman Scholar, B.B.A. in

Economics and Graduated with highest honors from the University of Iowa in 1989, J.D. from Harvard Law School and Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1993.

Kim and her husband, Kirk, are the proud parents of a young son, Trey and daughter, Savannah Rose.

 

Kurt Schmoke ’76
Kurt L. Schmoke is Dean of Howard University School of Law.  Kurt served for twelve years as the Mayor of Baltimore City.  During his tenure as mayor, he initiated a number of programs in the areas of housing, education, public health, and economic development.  For his efforts in promoting adult literacy, President George H. W. Bush awarded him the National Literacy Award in 1992.  His programs to improve public housing and to enhance community economic development were praised by President Clinton, whose administration named Baltimore as one of six cities to receive Empowerment Zone designation in 1994.  Kurt’s other public sector service included his election in 1982 as State’s Attorney for Baltimore city (the chief prosecuting officer) and his appointment in 1977 as Assistant Director, White House Domestic Policy Staff, by President Carter.

After completing his third term as mayor in 1999, Kurt joined the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where the primary focus of his practice was assisting large organizations in resolving state and local government relations problems. 

Kurt is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

 

Frank Scruggs II ’77
Frank Scruggs II practices labor and employment law, advising management, as a partner in the Florida law firm, Berger Singerman.  He previously practiced law with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he co-chaired the labor and employment law national practice group. Earlier in his career, Frank served as Secretary of Labor for the State of Florida.

Frank is member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, chairman of that company’s Board Governance and Nominating Committee, and Trustee Emeritus of the University of Miami. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Office Depot, Inc., and a member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of the State University System of Florida.

In addition to his Harvard Law degree, Frank earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs at Princeton and a bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell.  He also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Terri Sewell ’92
Terri A. Sewell is the U.S. Representative for the 7th District of Alabama. The 7th Congressional District includes parts of the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, as well as the counties of Alabama’s Black Belt – the heart of which is Terri’s hometown of Selma. Elected on November 2, 2010, with 72% of the vote, Terri is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right, as well as the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.

Terri sits on the House Committee on Agriculture as well as the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  She is also serving as the Democratic freshman class president and as a both a regional and senior Whip.

After law school, Terri served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge U.W. Clemon, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, in Birmingham. Terri began her legal career at the prestigious law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where she was a successful securities lawyer for more than a decade. Upon returning home to Alabama in 2004, she has made a significant impact both professionally and through her community activities.

Prior to her election to Congress, Terri was a partner in the Birmingham law office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., where she distinguished herself as one of the only black public finance lawyers in the State of Alabama. Her clients included, among others, City of Selma, Dallas County Water Authority, Alabama State University, Stillman College, Jefferson State and Wallace State-Hanceville.

The first black valedictorian of Selma High School, Terri attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1986. Terri was awarded a Marshall/Commonwealth Scholarship and received a Masters degree with first class Honors from Oxford University in 1988. She is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School where she served as an editor of the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.

Terri is the daughter of retired coach Andrew A. Sewell and retired librarian Nancy Gardner Sewell, the first black City Councilwoman in Selma, Alabama.

 

Kathleen Simmons-Laurent ’84
Kathleen Simmons-Laurent is the Ethics & Compliance Officer at Sony Electronics Inc.  She is responsible for ensuring that the company has an effective ethics and compliance program overall, and in particular, for policy and training initiatives, such as anti-bribery, conflicts of interest, securities trading, material event disclosure, privacy, records management, and the ethics hotline. 

During the first twelve years of her twenty-year career at Sony, she was Senior Counsel, handling contracts, litigation, antitrust, distribution, advertising, and other matters for various marketing, sales, retail, service and manufacturing clients.  Prior to joining Sony, Kathy worked in the commercial litigation department at the firm formerly known as Lord, Bissell & Brook, and then for Amoco Corporation, both in Chicago. 

Kathy attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan, graduating with High Honors in Political Science. She currently lives in New Jersey with her 12-year-old triplets. 

 

Deirdre Stanley ’89
Deirdre Stanley is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Thomson Reuters.  In this capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and government and regulatory affairs, and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department.  Previously, Deirdre held senior legal positions at IAC (formerly USA Networks, Inc.) and GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon).  She began her career as an associate with Cravath, Swaine and Moore.  Deirdre is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Deidre holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University

 

Voltaire Sterling ’05
Voltaire Sterling is an actor and writer, who grew-up on the South Side of Chicago and attended Chicago Public Schools.  After graduating from Morehouse College, Voltaire ventured to HLS where he was the first black Head Class Marshal & Commencement Speaker.  After law school,  Voltaire worked briefly at Overbrook Entertainment in Beverly Hills as the Executive Assistant to Jada Pinkett-Smith's Creative & Producing Partner.  Voltaire left their employ when Denzel Washington personally cast him to star in The Great Debaters.  He is licensed in Illinois and also a credentialed teacher in California—having taught classes at West Los Angeles College. 

Voltaire formerly served as the Chairman of the Board of Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation.  As a motivational speaker and educational consultant, Voltaire has been invited to speak at events in Washington, D.C., Detroit, Houston, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Recently, Voltaire penned his first screenplay “Eagles” (a love story tied to the 2012 Obama campaign).

He lives in San Diego with his wife Meagan.

 

Corliss Stone-Littles '82
Corliss Stone-Littles is the founder and principal owner of Corliss Stone-Littles, LLC (“CSL”) an airport concessions company, founded in March of 2005.  The primary objective of CSL is to develop “best in class” airport concessions operations.  From its corporate offices in Southlake, Texas, CSL has successfully opened more than 50 nationally branded retail operations in the fastest growing and most dynamic airports in the United States.  CSL partners include Sunglass Hut Trading Company, Johnston & Murphy, international brand L'Occitane en Provence, and Hudson News and Gifts.  Currently, CLS partnerships have store locations in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (#1), Chicago O’Hare (#2), and Dallas/Fort Worth (#3) busiest airports in the world, as well as in Houston’s Bush Intercontinental, Charlotte-Douglas, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, and San Francisco International Airports.  CSL is looking forward to opening two new store locations at Detroit Metro in 2012.  CSL is one of the most successful Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) airport concession retailers operating nationally.

 A frequently requested speaker, Corliss is a member of key aviation professional organizations including Airport Council International (ACI) and the Aviation Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).

David Strickland ’93
David L. Strickland is the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was sworn into office January 4, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  As the Senior Counsel for the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, he was the lead staff person for the oversight of the NHTSA, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  He also served as the lead Senate staff person in the formulation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) reforms and standards included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and in a staff leadership role in the reauthorization of the NHTSA in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU).

David’s hometown is Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his B.S. degree in communication studies and political science at Northwestern University.

He and his wife Robin live in Alexandria, Virginia.


Ron Sullivan ’94
Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. joined Harvard’s law faculty in July, 2007.  His areas of interest include criminal law, criminal procedure, legal ethics, and race theory.  Ron is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, the nation’s pre-eminent teaching program, dedicated to research on the criminal law.  He is also a founding fellow of the Jamestown Project.  Prior to teaching at Harvard, Ron served on the faculty of the Yale Law School, where, after his first year teaching, he won the law school’s award for outstanding teaching. 

In 2009, Ron was appointed Master of Winthrop House at Harvard College, one of Harvard’s residential Houses.  With this appointment, Ron became the first African-American Master in the history of Harvard University.

After graduating from Harvard, Ron spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya as a Visiting Attorney for the Law Society of Kenya.  In that capacity, he sat on a committee charged with drafting a new constitution for Kenya.  He also worked with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, documenting human rights violations throughout Kenya.

Ron returned to the United States, where he was employed as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS).  He represented hundreds of clients in thousands of matters, ranging from juvenile delinquency cases to first-degree murder cases. 

Ron has provided legal commentary for CNN, FoxNews, and PBS on topics ranging from the Impeachment of President Clinton to the Kobe Bryant criminal proceedings.  He represents clients in local and federal courts all over the United States. His clients range from national political leaders to sports figures to one of the Jena Six defendants.

Ron is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, and the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association and as a general editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Review.

Ron was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, and now he lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Stephanie Robinson, and children, Ronald III and Chase Barrington.


Laura Taylor Swain ’82
Laura Taylor Swain has served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York since August 2000, having previously served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York from 1996-2000.  She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, who was then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Laura  practiced law as an associate, and then counsel, with the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton from 1983-1996, and also served as a member of the New York State Board of Law Examiners from 1986-1996.  She chaired the advisory committee for the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure from 2007-2010. 

Laura teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University).

 

Richard Taylor ’77
Richard L. Taylor is Professor of Business Law & Ethics at Suffolk University, where he specializes in Business Law, Business Ethics and Real Estate Studies.  He has had an extensive public and private sector career in the health-care industry and the real estate industry, having served as an executive at both Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and at the giant mutual fund company, Fidelity Investments.  Richard also has an extensive real estate portfolio developed as an entrepreneur.

For purposes of this panel on elected and appointed officials he has been the recipient of both federal and state political appointments.  He has served as Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Chair of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Board member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Pension Fund and Board member of the Board of Higher Education for Massachusetts.  These appointments have allowed Richard to be involved in critical policy and resource decisions that impact communities of color at the local and state level.

Richard received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, where he had the distinction of becoming that University’s first Rhodes Scholar.  He received a second bachelor’s degree from Oxford University before completing his Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School and his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  His public and private careers have earned him two honorary degrees – Wentworth Institute of Technology (Doctor of Engineering Technology) and Bridgewater State University (Doctor of Public Service).


Elsie McCabe Thompson ’84
Elsie McCabe Thompson joined the Museum for African Art as its President in 1997 following a distinguished career in both government service and the private sector. Since joining the Museum, she has overseen the expansion and reinvigoration of its Board of Trustees, markedly increased earned income, and—most significantly—has managed the planning for and construction of a new building, to be located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 110th Street. Prior to joining the Museum for African Art, Elsie served as chief-of-staff to New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and in the private sector as a senior litigator with Shearman & Sterling, where she specialized in commercial and banking litigation.

In addition to her Harvard Law education, she holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. Elsie has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit and for-profit corporations, and resides in Manhattan with her husband, William Thompson, who is the former New York City Comptroller, and her two children.

 

 

Robert C. Tubman ’69
Robert C. Tubman is a Liberian, who is practicing international law and living in Gothenburg, Sweden. His practice covers corporations doing business in the European Union and Africa.

Previously Robert was the Liberian Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg. Prior to being an Ambassador, he served as Deputy Minister of Justice, Finance Minister and Minister of Labor in the Liberian Government. In addition, he also served as Director General of the West African Development Fund (ECOWAS) which covered the sixteen countries of West Africa.

Robert worked for twenty years for the Government of Liberia. Earlier he was also an associate of Ropes & Gray and Sullivan & Cromwell, U.S.A.

In addition to his Harvard Law education, Robert holds a B. Sc. degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and did post graduate studies in African history at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Winston Tubman ’66
Winston Tubman is the Standard Bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change of the Republic of Liberia, Former United Nations Secretary General Special Representative to Somalia, Former Minister of Justice (Attorney General) of Liberia, and Former Liberia Ambassador to the United Nations.

Winston began his professional career when he was a student intern at the famous Wall Street Law Firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. After graduation from Harvard in 1966, he joined another renowned Wall Street Law Firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.  In the same year, at the age of 25, he was appointed Legal Counselor at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. He later became Counsel for the Department of State with the official rank of Under Secretary or Deputy Minister.  In 1970, he, along with his brother, Robert, and cousin, William V.S. Tubman, Jr., established the Tubman Law Firm, which by the 1980s went on to become one of the leading law firms in the country.

In the following years, Winston achieved greater accomplishments, including joining the United Nations; becoming Managing Director of  Liberia Sugar Company, LIBSUCO (under his leadership, sugar was industrially produced for the first time in Liberia); and being appointed by President Tolbert as Liberia’s UN Permanent Representative with concurrent accreditations as non-resident Ambassador to Cuba and Mexico. While at the UN, Winston was active with the fight by the African countries and the UN against Apartheid in South Africa.

In 1981, one year after the military coup, Winston was recalled to Liberia and appointed Legal Advisor to the National Constitution Commission under the chairmanship of Dr. Amos Sawyer. In 1983, he was appointed as Minister of Justice and served in this post for about one year. During this period, he strived to ensure that people’s rights were respected under the military regime.

Winston rejoined the United Nations Legal Office for several years only to resign again in March 2005 to return to Liberia and to stand in the Liberian Presidential election of October 2005. Although Winston was defeated in this election, he remained in Liberia and has since then been preparing to run again in the presidential election of 2011.

Winston received his first LL.B. from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1963, and the second law degree from Cambridge University, England, in 1965. In 1966, he obtained the LL.M. degree in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School.

 

Rory E. Verrett ’95
Rory Verrett is Vice President and head of talent management at the NFL. In this role, he is responsible for recruiting, leadership development, and succession planning at the NFL. Prior to this role, Rory was an executive recruiter at two global executive search firms. He was formerly CEO of Diversiplex, a diversity and public affairs consulting firm.   Rory began his career as legislative counsel to a Member of Congress and later served as senior counsel for governmental affairs for Entergy Corporation.

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served a class marshal, and Howard University, where he was the undergraduate student member of the Board of Trustees. He is a native of New Orleans."

 

Eugene Wade ’95
Eugene Wade is the CEO of UniversityNow, Inc., a venture-backed education start-up focused on making higher education broadly affordable and widely accessible.  Prior to UniversityNow, Gene was co-founder and CEO of two venture-backed, education companies.  In 1999, he co-founded LearnNow, a school management company, which, over two years, grew to serve 6,000 students in 11 schools.  In 2001 LearnNow was sold to Edison Schools, where Gene served as Executive Vice President.  In 2003, Gene co-founded Platform Learning, an after school tutoring company.  As the CEO of Platform Learning, Gene, over two years, grew the company to serve over 35,000 students in 350 struggling public schools throughout the U.S.  Prior to LearnNow, Gene  practiced law at both Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison in New York City.  

Gene holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Theodore V. Wells, Jr. ’76
Ted Wells is the co-chair of the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  He specializes in complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense.  Ted is widely regarded as one of the country’s top jury trial lawyers.  In 2010, Ted was selected as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” by The National Law Journal.  In 2006, The National Law Journal named Ted “Lawyer of the Year.”  In October 2008, in one of the largest civil fraud trials of the decade, Ted successfully defended Citigroup in a five-month jury trial where the plaintiff alleged that Citigroup aided and abetted in the massive fraud at Parmalat, the Italian dairy and food corporation.  The jury rejected the $2 billion claim for damages against Citigroup and awarded Citigroup $364 million on Citigroup’s counterclaim.  In November 2010, Ted defended Citigroup against $7 billion in claims by a private equity firm, Terra Firma, in a three-week federal court jury trial arising out of Terra Firma’s acquisition of the music company EMI.  The jury returned a verdict completely vindicating Citigroup and on February 1, 2011, Citigroup took control of EMI.  Ted has extensive experience in representing major corporations and senior executives in regulatory matters and complex civil litigation including Merck, Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil and Prudential.

Some of Ted’s other significant representations include the successful defense of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy; the successful defense of U.S. Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan; the successful defense of U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli; the successful defense of investment banker Frank Quattrone; the defense of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney; and the defense of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2008 and the defense of former New York Governor David Paterson in 2010.

Ted currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

 

Kelvin R. Westbrook ’82
Kelvin R. Westbrook is President and Chief Executive Officer of KRW Advisors, LLC, a privately held company in the business of providing general business and strategic consulting and advisory services in the telecommunications, media and other industries.  Previously, Kelvin served as Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer (October 2006-September 2007) and President and CEO (May 1997-September 2006) of Millennium Digital Media Systems, LLC (broadband telecommunication services). Prior to founding Millennium Digital Media Systems in 1997, Kelvin founded and served as the President and Chairman of LEB Communications, Inc., an affiliate of Charter Communications.  Before founding LEB in 1993, Kelvin was a Partner in the national law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in New York City. 

Kelvin is also a member of the boards of several high-profile companies, including Archer Daniels Midland Company; Camden Property Trust; Stifel Financial Corp.; and the National Cable Satellite Corporation, better known as C-SPAN, and currently serves or has served as the chairman of various board committees.  In addition, he serves on the boards of Commerce Bank (St. Louis), N.A.; BJC Healthcare, a multi-billion dollar not-for-profit healthcare system; St. Louis Children’s Hospital (Chairman), a nationally-ranked children’s hospital; the Saint Louis Club; the St. Louis Internship Program; and The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny).

Kelvin received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington (1977) and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School (1982). 

Kelvin has lived in St. Louis since 1994.  He is married and has three children. 

 

David Wilkins ’80
David Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.

David has written over 60 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field.

David teaches several courses on lawyers and other related professionals, including the country's only four credit course on the Legal Profession, and seminars on  "Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Preparing Lawyers for Global Careers” and “The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm.”  He is also one of the core faculty members teaching the new Problem Solving Workshop.  He also helped to create (along with the Program’s Faculty Director Professor Ashish Nanda) Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program, where he teaches courses on Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel. 

David has given numerous named academic lectures and is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, law firms and other professional service organizations, and bar associations in the United States and around the world.  His professional honors include the 2010 American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award, the 2009 J. Clay Smith Award at Howard Law School, the 2008 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor Fellowship, and the 1998 Albert M. Sachs – Paul Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School. 

 

Robert Wilkins ’89
Robert L. Wilkins was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on December 27, 2010. A native of Muncie Indiana, he obtained his B.S. cum laude in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  While at Harvard Law, Robert was President of the Black Law Students Association, as well as Executive Editor and Comments Editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Following graduation, Robert clerked for the Honorable Earl B. Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He later served as a staff attorney and as head of Special Litigation for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and he also practiced as a partner with Venable LLP, specializing in white collar defense, intellectual property and complex civil litigation.

During his tenure with the Public Defender Service and in private practice, Robert served as the lead plaintiff in Wilkins, et al. v. State of Maryland, a landmark civil rights lawsuit that was the first to require statewide compilation and publication by a police agency of data for all highway drug and weapons searches, including data regarding the race of the motorist involved, the justification for the search and the outcome of the search. The lawsuit helped inspire a June 1999 Executive Order by President Clinton, Congressional hearings and legislation that has been enacted in over half of the fifty states.

Robert also played a key role in establishing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving as the Chairman of the Site and Building Committee of the Presidential Commission whose work led to the passage of Public Law No. 108-184, which authorized the creation of the museum as the newest addition to the Smithsonian. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 adjacent to the Washington Monument on the National Mall.

Robert has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of the “40 under 40 most successful young litigators in America” by the National Law Journal in 2002 and one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years” by the Legal Times in 2008.


Timothy Wilkins ’93
Timothy Wilkins is a corporate partner in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Tim has extensive experience representing European, Asian and US corporations on cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions. A Chambers Global highly recommended lawyer in M&A in Japan, Tim has 11 years' experience working in Tokyo as an investment banker and lawyer.  Tim is a founding member of the firm's Global Diversity Committee.  He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of The Opportunity Agenda and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dalton School, Peer Health Exchange and Practicing Attorneys for Law School Students (PALS). 

Tim has lectured on M&A topics at the Japan Society, Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School and Hitotsubashi Business School.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College in Sociology and a JD/MBA of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

 

Melvin Williams ’89
Melvin F. Williams, Jr. serves as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The MCC is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency committed to fighting global poverty through economic growth.  MCC has an $8 billion portfolio of investments in over 22 countries around the world. Melvin’s office provides advice to MCC’s Board of Directors and MCC staff on all legal issues affecting MCC, its programs, policies and procedures.

Prior to joining MCC, Melvin spent 13 years at Citigroup, most recently as the Director and Counsel in Citigroup’s Legal Research and Control Group, where he managed the team responsible for the firm's Restricted Trading List, and the information flow of transactions; he provided advice on the prevention of insider trading and the misuse of material non-public information. Melvin also advised Citigroup on transactional conflicts. Previous to this role, Melvin served as Regulatory Counsel, representing Citigroup in significant international, federal, state, and SRO investigations.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Williams was a litigator with Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP, and Debevoise & Plimpton. Melvin also clerked for Judge Consuelo Bland Marshall, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

Melvin serves on the Harvard Alumni Association as an Appointed Director for HLS, and is a Vice President at-large of the HLSA.  Melvin has been a panelist on various topics relating to securities enforcement, ethics and client management; he is admitted in New York and California, as well as various federal courts.

Melvin received his A.B. in Political Science with highest distinction at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he studied at the American University in Cairo; and his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he was a C. Clyde Ferguson Human Rights Fellow in South Africa, Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, and Commencement Speaker.  

 

Benjamin F. Wilson ’76
Benjamin F. Wilson is Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., the largest and oldest environmental law firm in the United States.  His practice encompasses a wide range of activities in both state and federal courts, including commercial litigation matters and environmental litigation.  He has been lead counsel in several complex litigation matters for major corporations and developers.  He has represented cities and local government agencies on Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund and Environmental Justice matters. 

In 2010, Ben was named to the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute.  He was also named to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  In 2011, Ben was featured in an article entitled "Powering Up: A Look at the First Generation of Minority Managing Partners" in Diversity & The Bar magazine, in which he provides his insight on achieving balance between managing and practicing, and the future of diversity in the profession.

Ben graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College (A.B., History, 1973).  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University Law School, teaching courses on Environmental Law and Environmental Justice.

 

James Winston ’72
James L. Winston is Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc. and a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm, Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke, L.L.P. James has been Executive Director and General Counsel of the NABOB since February, 1982. In that capacity, he represents NABOB in broadcasting and entertainment industry matters, and advises NABOB members on business matters. He also represents NABOB before the U.S. Congress and the federal Communications Commission, as well as before executive branch agencies and the White House.

Before starting his law firm and joining NABOB, Mr. Winston served in several positions in major law firms and corporations. From 1978 to 1980 James served as Legal Assistant to Commissioner, Robert E. Lee at the Federal Communications Commission.

James is a 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


Deborah Wright ’83
Deborah C. Wright is Chairman & CEO of Carver Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: CARV), the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered savings bank and the nation’s largest African- and Caribbean- American operated bank with approximately $700 million in assets and 140 employees.  Carver operates nine full service branches in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.  Black Enterprise Magazine named Carver the Financial Services Company of the Year in 2006.  The American Banker named Deborah “Community Banker of the Year” in December of 2003 and US Banker named Deborah one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in October of 2010.

Prior to assuming her current position, Deborah was President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, from May 1996 until June of 1999.  She previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani from January 1994 through March 1996.  Previously, Mayor David N. Dinkins appointed Deborah to the New York City Housing Authority Board, which manages New York City’s 189,000 public housing units. 

Deborah serves on the boards of Time Warner, The Partnership for New York City and Sesame Workshop.  She is a member of the Board of Managers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served as a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and Kraft Foods Inc.

Deborah earned A.B., J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

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