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Law Alumni Society Leadership

The Law Alumni Society Board of Managers meets three times a year to discuss and implement outreach to Penn Law alumni nationally and internationally and to volunteer with prospective and current students and alumni.

Members of the Board gathered for a Board Meeting at the Law School.

Board of Managers meetings include discussions with Penn Law students and departments, an update from the dean, an opportunity to volunteer, social time and an educational component. Managers serve one three-year term with the option to serve an additional three years.

Managers provide service to the Law School through committees on

  1. Career Planning and Professionalism
  2. Public Interest and Public Service
  3. Student Life Committee

The Board also selects the Alumni Award recipients each year. The Board recently adopted new guidelines which increased the size of the group, included representatives from each alumni club, and eliminated the annual Law Alumni Society dues requirement, so that all 12,000+ University of Pennsylvania Law School alumni are now, for the first time, full members of the LAS.

Please contact any member of the Board of Managers; Corey Ellen Fulton, Director of Alumni Relations (cefulton@law.upenn.edu); or Laura Kassner Christa (lchrista@christalaw.com), the President of the Law Alumni Society for more information and to discuss how we can best serve Penn Law alumni.

Andrew Morton
L’00
Washington, DC
Andrew is a partner at Handler Thayer LLP and Chair of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Law Group.
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OFFICERS

President
Laura Kassner Christa
L’80
Los Angeles, CA
Laura is a founder of Christa & Jackson, a Los Angeles-based litigation firm, which represents national and international clients primarily in complex litigations matters.
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Vice President
Jannie Lau
L’02
Villanova, PA
Jannie is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at InterDigital, Inc., a publicly traded wireless technology company.
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Public Interest Committee Chair
Cathy Carr
L’79
Philadelphia, PA
Cathy is Executive Director of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia’s largest civil legal aid program. Community Legal Services provides access to justice to thousands of vulnerable low income Philadelphians facing legal problems with basic needs such as housing, employment, health care, income, and family integrity, through individual representation and administrative, litigation and legislative advocacy seeking policy and systems change.
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CP&P Committee Chair
Mark Weisberg
Chicago Alumni Club
W’85, L’88
Evanston, IL
Student Life Committee Co-Chair
Leslie Altus
L’83
Hewlett, NY
 Student Life Committee Co-Chair
Henry Hoberman
C’82, L’85
New York, NY
 

BOARD OF MANAGERS

Liz Alcorn
L’80
New York, NY
Liz was formerly a Member with Lowenstein Sadler PC, specializing in employment law.
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Dick Atkins
L’62
Philadelphia, PA
Dick is the President of International Recovery, LLC.
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Leona Barsky
L’84
New York, NY
Leona is a human resources attorney and consultant and an employment and labor arbitrator and mediator in Manhattan.
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Jennifer Bealer
L’09
New York City, NY
Jennifer is an associate in the health care group at Ropes & Gray in New York City.
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Matthew Blank
C’03 WG’08 L’08
New York, NY
Matthew is a Co-Founder of Blank Property Group (“BPG”). Prior to forming BPG in 2011, he was a Senior Equity Analyst at Long Pond Capital LP, which is a long/short hedge fund focused on the real estate sector.
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Seth Blinder
L’02
New York, NY
Seth is Senior Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection at MasterCard, where he provides privacy support to global, regional, and local business units. Seth also provides data privacy support to MasterCard’s corporate development and M&A teams.
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Jeffrey Blumenfeld
L’73
Washington, DC
Jeffrey is a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he chairs the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice. His practice focuses on competition and policy issues facing technology companies.
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Alex Bokor
South Florida Alumni Club
L’02
Miami, FL
Alex is an Assistant County Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.He specializes in tort and medical malpractice defense as well as government operations and procurement contracts. Previously, Alex worked as a commercial litigation associate at Jones Day in New York and Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami.
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Lance Breiland
L’98
Minneapolis, MN
Lance works for Interlachen Capital Group, a hedge fund. He is originally from Minnesota and hopes to start a Penn Law Alumni Club there. Lance was class president while at Penn Law.
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Joe Carapiet
L’08
Washington, DC/New York, NY
Joe is a Senior Attorney for the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.
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Sara Carlisle
L’12
Denver, CO
Sara moved to Denver after graduating from Penn Law, where she has been working at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher since the fall of 2012. At Gibson she has worked on matters related to corporate governance, antitrust, and healthcare issues, among others.
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Cindy Chen
PLAAN (Penn Law Asian-American Alumni Network)
L’04
New York, NY
Cindy Chen is currently a Senior Counsel with Johnson & Johnson, supporting its Medical Devices & Diagnostics sector. She was previously an Mergers & Acquisitions associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
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Kipp Cohen
L’94
Philadelphia, PA
Kipp is a Partner at Blank Rome, specializing in M&A.
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Enrique Conde
L’05
Miami, FL
Enrique is a Shareholder (Corporate and Securities) for Greenberg Traurig.
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Alyson Cooke
Washington D.C. Alumni Club
L’89
Silver Spring, MD
Alyson works with Chairman Barbara Boxer on the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, managing all of the presidential nominations over which the Committee has jurisdiction. In this capacity, she frequently interacts with the White House, Office of Government Ethics, and every nominee and respective agency for which they have been nominated to serve. She also manages matters before the Committee involving the national real estate portfolio of the General Services Administration.
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Ryan Cooper
L’14
Boston, MA
Ryan is Vice President, Private Client Associate at US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He is a leader of the Penn Law Alumni Club of Boston.
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J. Raul Cosio
L’85 Miami, FL
Raul is a partner at Holland & Knight, a firm he has practiced at his entire legal career. He is a member of the commercial litigation, securities litigation and international litigation and arbitration practice groups, with experience in various matters including banking fraud, foreclosures and lease disputes.
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David Crichlow
L’89
New York, NY
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Sam Danon
L’91
Miami, FL
Sam is a partner at Hunton & Williams, focusing on litigation with an emphasis on financial institutions and government regulatory advice, internal investigations, corporate compliance, petroleum marketing, business torts, contract and partnership disputes, products liability and intellectual property.
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Kristen Dama
L’07
Philadelphia, PA
Kristen is a Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Unit of Community Legal Services.
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Silvia Diaz
L’08
PA
Silvia is a litigation associate at the law firm Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, where she specializes in all aspects of education law.
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Keith Eisner
L’93
Los Angeles, CA
Keith is Executive Producer on “The Good Wife” for CBS Productions.
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Jimmy Fanelly
L’09
Los Angeles, CA
Jimmy is the Director of Business and Legal Affairs (International and Emerging Networks) for Fox Sports International.
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Scott Fast
L’94
Philadelphia, PA
Scott is General Counsel at Day & Zimmerman in Philadelphia. He is lead counsel regarding all mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, corporate governance, and insured matters. Scott is also a member of the ECM Executive Leadership Team.
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Ben Folkinshteyn
C’02, L’06
New York, New York
Ben was previously an Adjunct Professor with Fordham University’s School of Law.
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Gerald S. Frim
Boston Alumni Club
C’80, GSE’80, L’84
Newton Centre, MA
Gerry is an attorney at the McCormack Firm in Boston, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith and tort defense. He has over 21 years of experience in civil litigation and insurance law. Gerry practiced in Los Angeles for 12 years, representing prominent thrift and loan companies, real estate developers, physician groups, and private businesses, before moving to Boston and focusing on insurance coverage and defense litigation.
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Bob Frucht
L’97
New York, NY
Bob is a Partner (Corporate and Securities) at Dilworth Paxson.
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Omer Gamlieli
Penn Law Israel Alumni Club
LLM ’11
Omer works for ePhysiciancy.
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Leeza Garber
Philadelphia Alumni Club
L’11
Philadelphia, PA
Leeza Garber, Esq. is a published cybersecurity and privacy attorney, working in-house at a cybersecurity and digital forensics company from Philadelphia and New York City. She is also an on-air expert for FOX and CBS in Philadelphia.
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Gerardo Garcia-Fiad
Penn Law Alumni Club of Argentina
GL’02
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gerardo is Corporate Counsel SA for Alcatel-Lucent in Buenos Aires.
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Tashanna B. Golden
L’08
New York, NY
Tashanna is an attorney in New York City.
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Gail Gottehrer
L’92
Hartford, CT
Gail is a litigation partner at the law firm of Axinn in New York and Connecticut. Her practice focuses on privacy and technology-related litigation including class action defense, management-side labor and employment litigation and other complex commercial matters.
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Andre K. Gray
L’09
New York, NY
Andre is a corporate associate at Paul Hastings LLP in New York City. He was previously an associate in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
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Kurt Gwynne
L’92
Glen Mills, PA
Kurt is the managing partner of the Wilmington office of Reed Smith LLP, practicing in the areas of Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy and Delaware Litigation. He is a member of the Financial Industry Group and head of the Wilmington bankruptcy group.
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Adam Haberfield
Northern New Jersey Alumni Club
L’98
Adam is a partner with Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel, P.A. in Roseland, NJ. He currently serves on the Firm’s management committee and handles transactional matters as a member of the Corporate and Real Estate practice groups. Adam founded the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club in 2010.
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Alicia Hickok
L’01
Philadelphia, PA
Alicia is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she focuses on appellate practice.
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The Honorable Randy Holland
L’72
Milford, DE
Justice Holland is serving a second 12-year term on the Delaware Supreme Court, where he was named to the bench in 1986. The recipient of the Law School’s James Wilson Award in 2009, Judge Holland has also been an active leader in the areas of ethics and professional responsibility.
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Karthik Jayashankar
Alumni Club of India
GL’08
India
Karthik is the leader of the new Penn Law Alumni Club of India. He recently planned an alumni dinner in New Delhi with Professor Eric Feldman, who is exploring ties with India for Penn Law.
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Marc Kesselman
L’96
Dallas, TX
Marc is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Dean Foods Company.
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Inti Linkletter Knapp
Seattle Alumni Club
L’00
Seattle, WA
Inti is a founding partner of Linkletter Walsh, a legal recruiting firm in Seattle. Previously Inti joined the world’s largest legal search firm as a recruiter after four years with Perkins Coie LLP.
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Lori Knauer
Wilmington Alumni Club
L’89
Swarthmore, PA
Lori is Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, at E. I. du Pont and Company in Wilmington, Delaware. Before joining DuPont in 1998, she worked with law firms in Philadelphia, and clerked for the Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop, III on the Eastern District.
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Jennifer Krevitt
L’92
New York, NY
Jennifer is Vice President of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
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Esther Lander
L’97
Washington D.C.
Esther has returned for a second stint at Akin Gump LLP in Washington, DC, after nearly 9 years at the Department of Justice. In 2006 she started as the Principal Deputy Chief in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Esther practiced labor and employment law with Akin Gump LLP. Esther is Board member Marion Hubing’s daughter.
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Tsiwen Law
L’84
Swarthmore, PA
Tsiwen is an Attorney for Law & Associates LLC.
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Gail Lione
L’74
Milwaukee, WI and Washington, DC
Gail is an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School and is on the Board of Directors at Badger Meter, Sargento Foods, and The F. Dohmen Co. Prior to her current roles, she was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Harley-Davidson, Inc. for 13 years. She started her legal career as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and also served as General Counsel of US News & World Report.
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Don Mares
Colorado Alumni Club
L’82
Denver, CO
Don is CEO of Mental Health America of Colorado, based in Denver. He has served in the Cabinet of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., as head of the Department of Labor and Employment, after having been elected to the Colorado House and Senate and serving two terms as Denver’s elected Auditor.
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Andy Margolis
C’84 L’87
Penn Valley, PA
Andy is President of Margolis Realty Co.
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Lynn Marks
L’79
Philadelphia, PA
Lynn is the Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.
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Dan Markind
W’80, L’83
Philadelphia, PA
Dan is Partner and Chair of the Corporate and Business Departments for Weir & Partners LLP.
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Walfrido J. “Wally” Martinez
L’91
Ridgefield, CT
Wally currently serves as the managing partner of Hunton & Williams. His practice focuses on complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense.
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J. Bradford “Brad” McIlvain
L ’84
Philadelphia, PA
Brad is a Partner with Archer & Greiner P.C. in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Chair of the firm’s Construction and Real Estate Litigation Group. He has represented stakeholders in major Philadelphia region public development projects, including construction of Lincoln Financial Field, the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Airport Terminal F, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
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Cathryn Miller-Wilson
L’93
Philadelphia, PA
Cathryn Miller-Wilson is the Deputy Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, and prior to that, was most recently a Visiting Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow at Villanova University School of Law. She graduated from Tufts University in 1989 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993. In 2004 she was awarded the Penn Law Alumni Society’s Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. She co-founded, while in law school, the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC) and today sits on the board of that organization. She is the primary author of Pennsylvania’s Standby Guardianship Act which became law in December, 1998.
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Chris Murray
Indianapolis Alumni Club
L’01
Indianapolis, IN
Chris is an attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., focusing his practice on litigation, primarily representing management in employment-related cases. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Fred I. Parker on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced in Chicago at Mayer Brown LLP before returning to Indiana.
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Andrea Patton
L’99
Boston, MA
Andrea practiced at King & Spalding in Atlanta before moving to Boston with her young family, where she has become involved with several regional non-profit organizations, including the Aspergers Association of New England.
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Megan Poonolly
L’09
Atlanta, GA
Megan is counsel in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. The majority of her practice is dedicated to representing employers and businesses in litigation arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other related laws.
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Kenneth Racowski
Philadelphia Alumni Club
L’02
Philadelphia, PA
Kenneth is of Counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
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Carolina Ramirez
New York Alumni Club
L’09
New York, NY
Carolina is an Associate for Dentons LLP.
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Pilar Ramos
L’97
Purchase, NY
Pilar is the General Counsel, North America, at MasterCard. She is responsible for all legal, regulatory, government, and franchise affairs in MasterCard’s North American markets.
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Donyale Reavis
PAALAS
L’99
Haddonfield, NJ
Donyale is an intellectual property attorney and partner with Reavis & Associates, PC and the Program Manager of CORE (College Opportunity Resources for Education), a citywide scholarship organization which has awarded $26M to Philadelphia graduating high school seniors over the past six years. She currently has an entertainment and non-profit law practice, and is co-founder of Spring Garden Pictures, a youth-focused film organization, the successor to an earlier youth media literacy organization.
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Brielle Rey
L’08
Philadelphia, PA
Brielle is Assistant General Counsel at Dechert where she’s a member of the firm’s White Collar & Securities Litigation Group. She also clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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Sarah Rosen
L’10
New York, NY
Sarah is Associate Legal Counsel for the Union Square Hospitality Group.
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Daniel Rotko
L’15
Philadelphia, PA
Daniel is a first-year litigation associate in the Life Insurance and Annuities practice group at Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Philadelphia office.
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Jane Marie Russell
L’14
Miami, FL
Jane is an associate in Litigation at Holland & Knight LLP. Aside from general litigation, she specializes in media, entertainment, and intellectual property.
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Andy Sandler
L’82, WG’83
Washington, DC
Andy is Chairman and Executive Partner of BuckleySandler LLP.
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Michael A. Saslaw
L’82
Dallas, TX
Mike is a lawyer with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas.
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Harper Seldin
C’11, L’14
Philadelphia, PA
Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Philip Shecter
C’09 L’14
San Francisco, CA
Philip is an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, specializing in complex commercial and employment litigation.
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Sara Shikhman
New York City Alumni Club
L’06
Brooklyn, NY
Sara is a fixed income portfolio manager at Deutsche Asset Management and an adjunct professor of business law at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.
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Meredith Slawe
L’05
Philadelphia, PA
Meredith is a litigation associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. Her practice focuses on complex business disputes, class actions, and white collar criminal matters.
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Gigi Sohn
L’86
Washington, DC
Gigi was the president and co-founder of Public Knowledge. She worked for the Ford Foundation, and now works for the US Federal Communications Commission as Counselor to the Chairman of the FCC.
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Terri Solomon Topaz
L’79
New York, NY
Terri is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, a co-founder of the firm’s NY office, and has more than 35 years of experience practicing employment and labor law.
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Julius Towers
L’03
Long Island City, NY
Julius is Chief Home Care & Hill’s Trademark Counsel for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in New York, NY.
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Karen Knox Valihura
L’88
Wilmington, DE
Karen is a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court.
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Sarah Hammer Williams
WG’99, L’11
Haverford, PA
Sarah is a Senior Investment Analyst at The Vanguard Group, where she specializes in tax and financial regulation. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Master of Studies from Oxford University.
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The Hon. Flora Barth Wolf
L’80
Philadelphia, PA
Judge Wolf is a judge of the City of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, assigned to the Family Court. She sits in Dependency Court and hears cases involving abused and neglected children and families in need of everything from a roof over their heads to sophisticated psychotherapy to respect and acknowledgement.
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Kam S. Wong
L’94
New York, NY
Kam is currently Vice President, Planning and Administration, in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, for Prudential Financial, Inc. Prior to joining Prudential, she was a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated cases against employers such as Morgan Stanley, Plaza Hotel, Tavern on the Green, and Bloomberg LP.
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Su Ming Yeh
L’04
Philadelphia, PA
Su Ming is the Managing Attorney at the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, where she represents prisoners and other institutionalized individuals on their civil rights claims. She is also the current Wone Fellow at Penn Law, where she co-teaches the Civil Practice Clinic.
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EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Past President
Rick D’Avino
L’80
Riverside, CT

Past President
Arlene Fickler
L’74
Philadelphia, PA

Past University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts
Philadelphia, PA

Past President
Jim Golden
L’80
Merion Station, PA 

Association of Alumnae
Marion Sokal Hubing
L’90
Valley Forge, PA

Penn Alumni
Lisa Holzsager Kramer
L’70
Bedford, NY

Past President
Arthur W. Lefco
L’71
Conshohocken, PA

Order of the Coif
Alfred W. Putnam, Jr.
L’78
Ardmore, PA

Past President
David Richman
L’69
Ardmore, PA

Past President
Richard E. Rosin
L’68
Elkins Park, PA

Past President
Tai Chang Terry
L’80
New York, NY

Stella Ming Tsai
L’88
Philadelphia, PA
Stella is a business litigation partner at the Philadelphia office of Archer & Greiner P.C. with a practice concentrating in ethics and regulatory compliance. Prior to Archer & Greiner, Stella served as Chair of Administrative Law at the City of Philadelphia Law Department from 2000-2003 and was appointed to Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Commission to help rewrite the City’s outdated zoning code to facilitate sustainable growth. She is incoming President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, immediate Past Chair of the Women’s Law Project Board of Trustees and a member of the Family Planning Council Board of Directors.
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