The Dean’s Roundtable is a unique program that connects graduates with students in an intimate setting over lunch or dinner. At a typical Roundtable, graduates discuss their career paths and achievements since attending Brooklyn Law School, imparting practical advice along the way, and responding to questions from students.
The program originated in the late ’90s under President Joan G. Wexler (who was then the Dean), and has become one of the Law School’s most popular events. The Law School hosts an average of 10-12 Roundtables per year and draws alumni from a variety of practice areas and highly distinguished graduates working in business, law firms, government, and non-profit organizations. “I’ve attended a number of Roundtables,” said David Kim ’11, who is currently interning at the Department of Enforcement at the SEC. “They’re a great opportunity to learn about the many different ways that people have navigated their careers, and they also offer another perspective from the one we get in the classroom.”
Kim was particularly enthusiastic about a Roundtable in the fall featuring Ross Intelisano `94, a partner of the law firm of Rich & Intelisano, LLP, which represents individual and institutional investors in securities arbitration and litigation against financial institutions. “Mr. Intelisano is at a small securities arbitration law firm, an area of the law I hadn’t really thought of practicing. I had the opportunity to talk to him personally after the event, which was a very good networking opportunity,” said Kim.
“The Roundtables are really a two-way street, adding value to our students’ overall law school experience, while acknowledging alumni who are leaders in their fields,” said Caitlin Monck-Marcellino, Director of Alumni Relations, and the organizer of these Roundtables. “The events are a wonderful opportunity for our graduates to meet our students and learn about their impressive accomplishments. They are also a way for our students to learn more about an area of the law they may be interested in and to network in a very casual environment with some of the most lauded members of the legal profession.”
The 2010-2011 Dean’s Roundtable Speakers
• Claudine Brown ’85, Director of Education for the Smithsonian Institution
• Nicholas Camera ’72, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Interpublic Group
• Fred Curry ’03, Principal, Forensic and Dispute Services practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
• Fred Feingold ’69, Partner, Feingold & Alpert LLP
• Sheila Gowan ’89, Partner, Diamond and McCarthy
• Amanda Haines ’90, Deputy Chief of Homicide Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia
• Ross Intelisano ’94, Partner, Rich & Intelisano, LLP
• Jeffrey Kimmel ’91, Partner, Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro
• Ross Levi ’97, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation
• Anne Reilly '97, Senior Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
• Joy Weber’89, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, UBS