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directors intensive program on corporate governance

The 2012 Directors’ Intensive Program was pleased to welcome noted experts from business, law, finance, and academia, including keynote speaker Frank Partnoy, bestselling author of WAIT! THE ART AND SCIENCE OF DELAY and F.I.A.S.C.O., BLOOD IN THE WATER ON WALL STREET, and Robert Khuzami, director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as:

Ramzi Abadou
of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check
Christine Bader,
Senior Fellow at Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
James Champy, Chairman, Business Advisory Council, Boston College Law School
Ellen Chiniara, General Counsel of Alere
John Coates IV, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Paul Dacier, General Counsel of EMC
Cynthia L. Feldmann, Independent Director of Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc
Carol Fulp, President & CEO, The Partnership, Inc.
Larry Gennari of Gennari Aronson
Kent Greenfield, Professor, Boston College Law School
Renee Jones, Professor, Boston College Law School
Michael Kendall of McDermott Will & Emery
Annmarie Levins, Associate General Counsel of Microsoft
Rick Martella, Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Aramark
Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School
Thomas M. Saunders of Rissman Hendricks & Oliverio
Brad Smith, Former Chairperson of the Federal Election Commission
Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director, Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Caroll School of Manangement
John Spinnato, Vice-President Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi NA
Dave Stangis, Vice President of CSR, Sustainability and Community Affairs for the Campbell Soup Company and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation
Paul Washington
Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Time Warner
Howard Weinberg, Retired Partner of Deloitte Consulting, Fellow of the Center for Corporate Citizenship
David Weinstein, Chairman, Board of Overseers, Boston COllege Law School; Trustee, Boston College
Fred Yen, Professor, Boston College Law School



RAMZI ABADOU is the Managing Partner of the Firm’s San Francisco office.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College and his Master of Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Abadou was a political science professor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Mr. Abadou graduated from the Boston College Law School in 2002.

Mr. Abadou concentrates his practice on prosecuting securities class actions and has been associated with a number of significant recoveries, including: In re UnitedHealth Group, Inc. Sec. Litig., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40623 (D. Minn. 2007) ($925.5 million); In re SemGroup Energy Partners Secs. Litig., Case No. 08-md-1989 GFK (N.D. Ok.) ($28 million); In re AT&T Corp. Secs. Litig., Case No. 00-cv-5364 (D.N.J.) ($100 million); and In re Medtronic Inc. Secs. Litig., Case No. 09-1646 (D. Minn.) ($85 million).

Mr. Abadou has been a featured panelist at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual National Institute on Class Actions and is an active faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute’s Advanced Securities Litigation Workshops.  He was named as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 lawyers in California under age 40 for 2010, and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2011.  Mr. Abadou has also lectured on securities litigation at various law schools throughout the country. He is admitted to the California Bar and is licensed to practice in all California state courts, as well as all of the United States District Courts in California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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CHRISTINE BADER is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP plc and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., developing expertise in managing the human rights impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011.

Christine has also served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year and a special assistant to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor.  She serves on the boards of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and The OpEd Project, an initiative to broaden the range of voices in public discourse.  She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Christine has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist”.  She earned her BA in American Studies from Amherst College and now lives with her husband in New York City, her original hometown.  She is working on her first book.

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ROBERT KHUZAMI is Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As Director, Mr. Khuzami is responsible for the civil law enforcement efforts of more than 1,200 SEC personnel located in 12 offices across the country.

From 2002 through 2009, Mr. Khuzami served as General Counsel for the Americas for Deutsche Bank AG, and before that as the Bank’s Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations.

From 1990 through 2002, Mr. Khuzami was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his service, Mr. Khuzami held the position of Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, a unit responsible for the prosecution of a wide range of securities fraud and related crimes, including accounting and financial statement fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and offering fraud. Prior to that, Mr. Khuzami served in that Office’s Counterterrorism Unit, where he was a member of the prosecution team in United States v. Rahman, et al. The trial led to the conviction of “Blind Sheik,” Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman, and nine co-defendants for operating an international terrorist organization responsible for, among other things, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Mr. Khuzami has received the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award (1996), the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Federal Prosecutor Award (1997), and the Henry L. Stimson Award for Outstanding Public Service (2001).
Mr. Khuzami served as a law clerk for the Honorable John R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

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ANNMARIE LEVINS is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.  She heads the legal team for Microsoft’s North American subsidiaries, with responsibility for customer licensing and services, anti-piracy, digital crimes investigations, Internet safety, and other areas.  After graduating from the University of Maine Law School, she clerked for Judge James L. Oakes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Lewis F. Powell of the United States Supreme Court.  From 1985 until 1992, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and served as Chief of Special Narcotics Investigations and Deputy Chief of Appeals. She specialized in organized crime and racketeering investigations and trials.  From 1992-1995, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Law School, where she taught trial practice, ethics, and related courses and won teaching awards from both the faculty and students.  From 1995 to 1998, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle where she supervised the Financial Fraud Investigations Unit.  She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University and a PhD in politics from Princeton University.  She joined Microsoft in 1998 and is based at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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THOMAS M. SAUNDERS specializes in representing emerging medical technology, biotechnology/genetic engineering and pharmaceutical concerns, addressing patent prosecution, patent strategy and Intellectual Property licensing matters, and ANDA Paragraph IV opinions. He is also experienced in university technology transfer matters including developing university policies, negotiating on behalf of universities, and negotiating on behalf of acquiring companies. Trademark and copyright matters are also important areas of practice. This includes cybersquatting domain name disputes. He is particularly active in jewelry design disputes.

For over 20 years Mr. Saunders has worked with early-stage entrepreneurs in the biomedical field. He has advised and coordinated efforts including intellectual property strategy development, patent portfolio preparation and management, and implementation of confidentiality and employment agreements addressing intellectual property rights. His patent practice includes assessment of patent landscapes, free-to-market opinions, and strategic partnering evaluation. Mr. Saunders has a substantial background in biotechnology and chemical patent practice, facilitated by his graduate studies in physiology at Case Western Reserve University and Albany Medical College.

Recent and upcoming engagements include “U.S. Patent Law of 2011: The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive,” Pharma Outsourcing Congress, March 13-14, 2012, Munich Germany (Select Biosciences); “Patent Pheromones: Attracting Money, Repelling Infringement, Prompting a Mating Response” at MedChem Europe, March 29-29, 2011, Munich Germany (Select Biosciences); "U.S. Patent Law & Outsourcing: Things you need to know in advance,” Pharma Outsourcing Congress, March 28-29, 2011, Munich Germany (Select Biosciences); moderating a panel discussion entitled “Outsourcing Early Drug Discovery,” and delivering a talk entitled “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Patent Attorneys” at ChemOutsourcing, September 13-16, 2010, Long Branch, New Jersey.

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