Dean's Roundtables

Dean's Roundtable Program

This is a unique program that brings back graduates who have excelled in their field of work to meet with students in an intimate setting over lunch or dinner. The graduates discuss their career paths and achievements since Law School, imparting practical advice along the way, and respond to questions from students. View videos of past roundtable speakers.

Fall 2012 Roundtable Speakers

Robert Acton '97
Executive Director, Taproot Foundation

Rob Acton is the Executive Director of Taproot Foundation in New York City, a national nonprofit dedicated to engaging business professionals in pro bono service in order to strengthen the nonprofit sector and, in turn, our nation’s largest urban communities.  Rob leads the organization’s strategic effort to “go deep” in New York City with the ultimate aim of creating a multi-billion dollar pro bono marketplace that nonprofits can access for reliable, high-impact capacity building.

Jack Cummins '08
Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA)

Jack Cummins currently serves as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA). In this capacity, he acts as Mr. Baca’s primary advisor in all areas of financial services policy, as well as assists the Congressman in his responsibilities as a member of the House Financial Services Committee.  During his time with Mr. Baca, Jack has handled a number of complex issues relating to the writing, passage, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Aside from financial services matters, Jack’s portfolio also includes issues relating to labor, transportation, judiciary, and federal taxation. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Jack worked on President Obama’s campaign organizing field activities in suburban Atlanta and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Mitchell Drossman '91
Managing Director and National Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Mitchell Drossman is a Managing Director and the National Director of Wealth Planning Strategies at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York City. In this role, Mitchell leads the National Wealth Planning Strategies Group, which is established to provide expertise on a national level to U.S. Trust and thought leadership on wealth planning and tax matters, in addition to specializing in sophisticated tax, estate and financial planning.

Gloria Greco '98 

 Gloria Greco '98

Gloria Greco '98
Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Merrill Lynch

Gloria Greco is the Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM) Compliance executive, overseeing compliance for the domestic GWIM businesses, including Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Global Capital Management, and U.S. Trust. She also oversees the Registration & Licensing function. Greco is also Co-Chief Compliance Officer for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, which is a broker dealer and investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bernard Nash '66
Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Bernard Nash joined Dickstein Shapiro in 1988 and leads the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice, where he represents clients in complex state and federal legal and legislative matters. Mr. Nash’s work typically involves cases of first impression, matters having public policy implications and/or a governmental interest, and complex litigation. He routinely counsels major private sector clients on a wide range of matters involving State Attorneys General and also has represented states in significant policy disputes. Read more about Mr. Nash.

Kristin Richardson '03
Counsel, Office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Kristin Richardson currently serves as Counsel to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the third ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. She advises the Congresswoman in all areas of financial services, including in her position as ranking member on the Financial Institutions Subcommittee. She is also responsible for capital markets, domestic monetary policy, and housing finance. Kristin also advised Rep. Maloney during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2009 and 2010 including in the Congresswoman’s role as a conferee to the Conference Committee.

Ethan Riegelhaupt '79
Senior Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs, Edelman
Read more about Edelman.

Stephen Siller '73 
 Stephen Siller '73
Stephen Siller '73
Shareholder, Corporate Services, LeClair Ryan

Mr. Siller leads LeClairRyan's International Law team and is a shareholder on the firm’s Corporate Services team. He focuses on creating solutions for international and domestic clients' business and legal issues, whether they involve corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, or other disciplines. Mr. Siller’s clients range from multinational banks and manufacturing companies to firms in the hospitality, logistics, distribution, commodities trading, staffing, real estate, industrial gas, media, equipment leasing, and consulting fields. Read more about Mr. Siller.

Spring 2012 Roundtable Speakers

Joseph Smolinsky '88
Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Michael Williams '93
General Counsel, Safe Horizon

Douglas Grover '75
Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Daniel Byrne '98
Vice President of Labor Relations, EmblemHealth Services

Stacey Levine '94
Associate General Counsel, Investigations, GE Healthcare

William Kelly '77
Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP

Blair Todt '94
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, WellCare Health Plans Inc.

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