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R. Michael Cassidy

Professor, Boston College Law School

Professor Michael Cassidy is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  He teaches and writes in the areas of Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. He is considered an expert on the subject of prosecutorial ethics, and frequently provides training to public sector attorneys on their responsibilities under the Rules of Professional Conduct.

During his extensive career as a government lawyer, Professor Cassidy prosecuted hundreds of serious felony cases at both the trial and appellate levels, including briefing and arguing numerous high-profile criminal matters before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Immediately prior to joining the Boston College faculty, Professor Cassidy served as Chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Among his many professional and community activities, Professor Cassidy has served as a member of the Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform, as a member of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, as Editor-in-Chief of the Massachusetts Law Review, as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers, as a member of the Criminal Justice Section Council of the Boston Bar Association, and as a member of the Board of Advisors to the National District Attorneys Association. He is also active in local government and youth sports in his home town of Winchester, Massachusetts.

Professor Cassidy received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Following law school he served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward F. Hennessey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.


James A. Champy

Chairman of Consulting, Perot Systems

James A. Champy is chairman of Perot Systems’ consulting practice and also head of strategy for the company. He is responsible for providing direction and guidance to the company's team of business and management consultants.

Mr. Champy is a leading authority on the management issues surrounding business reengineering, organizational change and corporate renewal. He consults extensively with senior-level executives of multinational companies seeking to improve business

performance. His approach centers on helping leaders achieve business results through four distinct, yet overlapping areas -- business strategy, management and operations, organizational development and change, and information technology.

Prior to joining Perot Systems, Mr. Champy was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Index, the management consulting arm of Computer Science Corporation. He was one of the original founders of Index, a $200 million consulting practice that was acquired by CSC in 1988. Under Mr. Champy's aegis, the company's consulting practice grew at a rate of 25% a year.

He is recognized worldwide for his reengineering and change management insight. He is co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, a best-seller which sold more than two million copies and was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year; it has been translated into 17 languages. His follow-up book, Reengineering Management, is also a best-seller and was recognized by Business Week as one of the best business books of 1995.  His newest book, co-authored with Harvard Business School Professor Nitin Nohria, is The Arc of Ambition.   Mr. Champy also collaborated with Professor Nohria for the book Fast Forward, which is a compilation of significant Harvard Business Review articles on change; it was published in March 1996.

Mr. Champy’s latest book is X-engineering the Corporation, Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age.  In this work, Mr. Champy takes up the opportunity and challenge for cross-organizational process design and collaboration.

Mr. Champy has moderated programs for the PBS Business Channel and he has also been a guest on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser. His columns on management have appeared in ComputerWorld, Sales & Marketing Management, and Forbes magazine.

Mr. Champy received both his bachelor's and master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree from Boston College Law School. He is a life member of the MIT Corporation, the school's board of trustees, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston College Law School.  He also serves on the Board of Analog Devices, Inc., a world leader in high performance signal processing solutions, based in Norwood, MA.

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