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Honorary and Distinguished Board of Directors

The Burton Foundation
William C. Burton

William C. Burton is a named partner in the law firm of Sagat/Burton LLP, 245 Park Avenue, New York. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs for Continental Insurance in New York City. He is the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus, which received an award from the Association of American Publishers for innovation when it was published. In 2011 Mr. Burton was presented "Sir William Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Library of Congress for his dynamic leadership. In 2010, the second largest association of law professors, the Legal Writing Institute, named him the winner of the "Golden Pen Award" for furthering the best causes of legal writing.

Lin

YABO LIN is a partner in Sidley's Palo Alto office. He counsels clients in both the U.S. and Asia on mergers and acquisitions, venture investments, capital markets, IP transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, cleantech, biotech, and manufacturing. Yabo also counsels foreign-based clients on transactions involving U.S. national security issues in connection with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. ("CFIUS").

Judge Richard Posner

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Judge Posner clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. From 1963-65, he was assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman of the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to going to Stanford Law School in 1968 as associate professor, Judge Posner served as general counsel of the President's Task Force on Communications Policy. He first came to the Law School in 1969, and was Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law prior to his appointment in 1981 as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was the chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000.

Judge Alex Kozinski

Judge Alex Kozinski, (born July 23, 1950), is Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan on November 7, 1985, Kozinski has won supporters from the left and the right with his common-sense decisions and libertarian instinct. His writing is clear and often humorous, and has been featured in mainstream publications such as Forbes and Slate.

Justice Carol A. Corrigan

Carol A. Corrigan, (born August 16, 1948, in Stockton, California), is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. On December 9, 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her to the Supreme Court of California to replace Justice Janice Rogers Brown, who resigned to accept an appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was confirmed in this position January 4, 2006.

Senator John Cornyn

Senator Cornyn (born February 2, 1952) was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. In 2008, Texans overwhelmingly re-elected Senator John Cornyn to represent them for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Finance, Judiciary and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee.

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Bob Casey, (born April 13, 1960) is the senior U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and has been serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. From 2005 to 2006 he served as Pennsylvania Treasurer and from 1997 to 2005 as the Pennsylvania Auditor General. He is the son of former Governor Bob Casey, Sr.

Senator Michael F. Bennet

Senator Michael F. Bennet is currently a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He also formerly served on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. During law school, Senator Bennet served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.

Mike Crapo

Senator Mike Crapo, (born in 1951), is the senior U.S. Senator from Idaho. He is a member of the Republican Party. He graduated from Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, Juris Doctorate, 1977. His record includes eight years in the Idaho State Senate, 1984-1992; Senate President Pro Tem, 1988-1992; Six years, U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-1998; and United States Senator, Idaho, 1999-present.

Roberts

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Jane was the executive partner for talent development at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Before assuming this role, she was a partner in the firm's Global Technology Group, focusing on IT sourcing and satellite system contracting. Jane also practiced litigation at Shaw Pittman and Dorsey & Whitney in a wide variety of matters before various courts and decision-making bodies. In 1992, Jane litigated before Australian courts with then Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, a leading law firm in Australia. She also clerked for the Honorable James M. Sprouse, Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, during the 1984-85 term. Before entering the legal profession, she taught mathematics at the high school and college levels and was a systems engineer at Bell Laboratories.

Lichtenstein

Over 30 years' experience in development and execution of a diverse portfolio of public-interest law and policy initiatives. Includes project development and management, writing, editing, publishing, professional education programming, staff management, non-profit financial planning and budget development, strategic planning, and member relations.

Les Parrette

Les Parrette is senior vice president, general counsel and compliance officer for Novelis Inc. He is responsible for leadership and oversight of the company's legal department, which supports the company in legal and business strategy, litigation and other legal proceedings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, the administration of operating contracts, international and domestic securities law and corporate governance and compliance. Mr. Parrette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Harvard University.

Lisa Rickard

Lisa A. Rickard has served as president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) since March 2003, providing strategic leadership to ILR's comprehensive program aimed at changing the legal culture that has resulted in our nation's litigation explosion. ILR's multifaceted campaign takes the fight for legal reform to legislators, the courts, and the public by engaging in legislative advocacy, strategic communications, and voter education. Conducting seminal research to strengthen the case for reform and building strategic alliances are also cornerstones of ILR's mission to restore fairness to our nation's civil justice system.

Rishwain

Mr. Rishwain, an accomplished real estate partner, is a preeminent legal adviser to global market leaders, Fortune 100 companies and corporate boards. For more than 10 years, he has served as Pillsbury's global chair and CEO, and he returns to his real estate practice full-time in 2017. Mr. Rishwain offers strategic counsel to global developers, investors, lenders and property owners who set the pace in their industries. Leveraging his deep knowledge of capital markets and real estate, he advises on investments and acquisitions, development, finance, joint ventures, leasing, exchanges, multifamily tax-exempt bond transactions, syndications and REITs. Jim creates strategic growth and development plans for organizations, including CASA of Los Angeles, the National CASA Association and Pepperdine Law School.

Whelchel

Ms. Betty Whelchel has been Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at BNP Paribas North America, Inc since 2016. Ms. Whelchel has been Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the United States BNP Paribas SA at sine January 2016. Ms. Whelchel served as Secretary of BNP US Funding LLC since March 21, 2006. Ms. Whelchel was General Counsel for North America Region at BNP Paribas (also known as BNP Paribas SA) since September 14, 2005 and also served as its Managing Director of North America Region. She served as Global General Counsel at Deutsche Asset Management Inc. Ms. Whelchel served as Deputy General Counsel for Deutsche Bank's New York branch. She served as an Attorney at Shearman Sterling both in New York and Tokyo and also served as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C.

Dr. Stephen Mysliwiec

Stephen Mysliwiec has more than 25 years of trial and appellate experience in the federal and state courts, arbitration, and mediation. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage, suretyship, construction defect, and product liability litigation. Mr. Mysliwiec is active in the firm's litigation, real estate, and construction training programs, and he has written and lectured on a number of construction and insurance topics. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation and insurance issues.

Academic Committee

Virginia Wise

Virginia Wise is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Ms. Wise teaches courses in advanced legal research, international, foreign and comparative legal research, and legal research for foreign LL.M. students. Ms. Wise previously taught at the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies, Boston University Law School, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and as a visiting professor at the University of Washington. She has been a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, a consultant on legal information and legal education for the U.S. government in Estonia, Mongolia and South Africa, and a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam. She is the co-author of "Bundling, Boundary Setting, and the Privatization of Legal Information" in Market-Based Governance (John Donahue & Joseph Nye eds., Brookings Institute, 2002).

Philip Genty

Philip M. Genty is the Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility at Columbia Law School, where he has taught since 1989. He teaches the Prisoners and Families Clinic and professional responsibility, and he directs and teaches in the first-year Moot Court program. He also directed the first-year Legal Writing Program for several years. He received Columbia Law School's 2008 Willis L.M.Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Jeanne Merino

The Director of the Law School's First Year Legal Research and Writing Program since 2003, Jeanne Merino taught Legal Research and Writing in 1987-89, and again from 1999 to the present. She was a clinical supervisor at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project for nine years, and taught courses in Community Law Practice, Problem-Solving and Housing at the Law School and the University. Her interests include the intersection between legal theory and law practice, health and housing, and community law practice. Early in her career she clerked for Justice Cruz Reynoso of the California Supreme Court.

William C. Burton

William C. Burton is a named partner in the law firm of Sagat/Burton LLP, 245 Park Avenue, New York. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs for Continental Insurance in New York City. He is the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus, which received an award from the Association of American Publishers for innovation when it was published. In 2011 Mr. Burton was presented "Sir William Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Library of Congress for his dynamic leadership. In 2010, the second largest association of law professors, the Legal Writing Institute, named him the winner of the "Golden Pen Award" for furthering the best causes of legal writing.

William Ryan

William Ryan, member of the Department of Homeland Security, former Chair, White House Plain Language Committee, and direct descendant of Noah Webster.

Honorable Edward Forstenzer

The Honorable Edward Forstenzer is a retired judge of the Superior Court of California and currently serves by assignment. He is a former United States magistrate judge for the Eastern District of California. He has served on the California Judicial Council and many of its advisory committees.

Legends in Law Committee

Thomas L. Sager

Thomas L. Sager is a Partner at Ballard Spahr. He began his career with DuPont as an attorney in the Labor, Benefits & Corporate Security Group and spent more than a decade as chief litigation counsel before being named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw significant litigation involving governmental investigations, product liability, environmental, toxic tort, labor and employment, securities, antitrust, and tax. Mr. Sager was a strong and early proponent of diversity in the legal profession. He helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program, which redefined the way in which law firms measure success, encourage creativity and collaboration, increase efficiency, and retain and promote women and minorities.

Les Parrette

Les Parrette is senior vice president, general counsel and compliance officer for Novelis Inc. He is responsible for leadership and oversight of the company's legal department, which supports the company in legal and business strategy, litigation and other legal proceedings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, the administration of operating contracts, international and domestic securities law and corporate governance and compliance. Mr. Parrette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Harvard University.

William C. Burton

William C. Burton is a named partner in the law firm of Sagat/Burton LLP, 245 Park Avenue, New York. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs for Continental Insurance in New York City. He is the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus, which received an award from the Association of American Publishers for innovation when it was published. In 2011 Mr. Burton was presented "Sir William Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Library of Congress for his dynamic leadership. In 2010, the second largest association of law professors, the Legal Writing Institute, named him the winner of the "Golden Pen Award" for furthering the best causes of legal writing.

Public Service/Public Interest Program

Roberts

Jane Roberts is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Major, Lindsey & Africa. She focuses on the representation of individual law firm partners and groups and senior government lawyers. She also conducts searches for senior in-house positions. Prior to joining MLA, Mrs. Roberts was the Executive Partner for Talent Development at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and before assuming that role, she was a partner in the firm's Global Technology Group focusing on IT sourcing and procurement of satellite systems. Additionally, Mrs. Roberts practiced litigation at Shaw Pittman in a wide variety of matters before various courts and decision-making bodies.

Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Noah Messing

Noah Messing is Yale Law School's Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he worked as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. He previously practiced law in Washington D.C. and served as Counsel to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Messing is the Chair of the Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education Committee.

Other members of the Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education Committee include Nancy Schultz, Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law as well as Director of the Competitions and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and Grace Tonner, Professor and Associate Dean of Lawyering Skills at University of California Irvine School of Law.

Reform in Law Committee

Ken Sagat

Kenneth A. Sagat is a partner in the New York law firm of Sagat/Burton LLP, which he founded with William Burton in 2008. He is known for his experience in insurance and the resolution of corporate and securities litigation as well as other financial loss contingencies. He has an extensive background in directors' and officers' liability insurance, fidelity, surety, financial guaranty insurance, and reinsurance. Mr. Sagat has written on insurance, corporate, accounting, and securities litigation issues, been a featured speaker and panelist, and served as an arbitrator and mediator. Since founding his present firm, he has also been engaged in a cross disciplinary economics oriented practice with Ronen Economics, including addressing banking regulatory issues. Mr. Sagat previously served as a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, litigating merger cases.

William C. Burton

William C. Burton is a named partner in the law firm of Sagat/Burton LLP, 245 Park Avenue, New York. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs for Continental Insurance in New York City. He is the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus, which received an award from the Association of American Publishers for innovation when it was published. In 2011 Mr. Burton was presented "Sir William Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Library of Congress for his dynamic leadership. In 2010, the second largest association of law professors, the Legal Writing Institute, named him the winner of the "Golden Pen Award" for furthering the best causes of legal writing.

Dr. Stephen Mysliwiec

Stephen Mysliwiec has more than 25 years of trial and appellate experience in the federal and state courts, arbitration, and mediation. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage, suretyship, construction defect, and product liability litigation. Mr. Mysliwiec is active in the firm's litigation, real estate, and construction training programs, and he has written and lectured on a number of construction and insurance topics. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation and insurance issues.

Honorable Edward Forstenzer

The Honorable Edward Forstenzer is a retired judge of the Superior Court of California and currently serves by assignment. He is a former United States magistrate judge for the Eastern District of California. He has served on the California Judicial Council and many of its advisory committees.

Point Counterpoint Program

Dr. Stephen Mysliwiec

Stephen Mysliwiec has more than 25 years of trial and appellate experience in the federal and state courts, arbitration, and mediation. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage, suretyship, construction defect, and product liability litigation. Mr. Mysliwiec is active in the firm's litigation, real estate, and construction training programs, and he has written and lectured on a number of construction and insurance topics. He is a frequent lecturer on litigation and insurance issues.