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2016 Alumni Board

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Tom Burton '96, President 

Tom is founder and chair of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo’s Energy and Clean Tech Practice Group. Tom regularly represents emerging growth Energy and Clean Technology and Life Sciences companies, as well as larger established public companies. He was previously our Alumni Board member for Career Services.

Kevin Curtin '88, Immediate Past President

Kevin serves as the Senior Supervisor, Appeals and Training Bureau, for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. Kevin has tried approximately 100 jury cases and has handled approximately 100 appeals. He was previously our Alumni Board member for Reunions and Classes.

Earl Adams, Jr. '02, President-Elect

Earl is of counsel at DLA Piper in Baltimore. Prior to this position, Earl was Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.

Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner '95, Vice President

Ingrid is an Assistant General Counsel at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Prior to this position, she practiced at Burns Levinson, clerked for Chief Justice Warner (Massachusetts Appeals Court), and clerked for the Massachusetts Superior Court justices. Ingrid serves on the BC Law Boston Alumni Chapter Leadership Team.

Mark Warner '89, Secretary

Mark J. Warner has concentrated his practice in the areas of divorce, other family law matters and contested probate proceedings since 1989. A native of Boston, Mr. Warner is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. He has served on the Alumni Board as board member for Alumni Programs, has been the Boston Chapter President, and has been a long time chair of Law Day. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, former member of the Boston Bar Association Council and its Executive Committee, past Co-chair of the BBA's Family Law Section, past Chair of the BBA's Education Committee and a former member of the Guardian ad litem Standards Review Committee of the Probate and Family Court. He is also a member of the Massachusetts, American and Boston Bar Associations.

Steven Riden '99, Treasurer

Stephen Riden is a founding partner of Beck Reed Riden LLP, a litigation and employment boutique in Boston. Prior to starting Beck Reed Riden LLP, he was a Senior Counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP. In 2010, Mr. Riden received BC Law School’s Chapter Award for Boston. He established and administers the BC Law School group on LinkedIn, which boasts more than 3,500 members. He is a member of the Law Day Committee, and has been in the Career Services position on the Alumni Board since 2012.

Board Members

Hon. Denis P. Cohen '76, Communications & Marketing

Judge Cohen has been a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia since 2001, and has also been a longtime supporter of Boston College Law School. In addition to hiring 10 BC Law graduates as Judicial Law Clerks, he has held numerous roles in the BC Law School Alumni Association, including President, 2010; Board of Overseers, 2009-2010; Immediate Past President, 2011; President-Elect, 2008-2009; Nominating Committee, 2009; and Dean’s Alumni Relations Task Force. As a member of the former Alumni Council, his responsibilities included: President-Elect, 2007-2008; Vice-President, 2003-2006; and Philadelphia Liaison/Representative, 2003-2006. He was a founding member of the Philadelphia Area Chapter in 1996 and served as President in 1998-2003 and Vice-President in 1996-1998.  In 2005, Dean John Garvey presented him with a BC Law Alumni Association 75th Anniversary Medal in 2005.

Judge Cohen is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Other charitable and communal activities include the Main Line Reform Temple, the Central High School Alumni Association, Pennsylvania Conference State Trial Judges, Overbrook Farms Club, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Lurleen Gannon '02, Student Programs

Lurleen Gannon currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where she focus’ on employment issues. In her role as Deputy General Counsel, Lurleen advises leaders for MassDOT and the MBTA on a variety of legal issues.  She also oversees the MBTA's labor and employment unit.  Prior to joining the MBTA, Ms. Gannon was a litigation attorney at Conn Kavanaugh in Boston. 

Lurleen is a Past President of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (2013 –2014) and Board member (2007-2015). At the WBA, she developed and implemented initiatives, programs, and policies to achieve organization’s mission; oversaw and managed organization’s operations, including managing $400,000+ budget; managed executive director and other staff members; led 25-member board of directors; and 50+ committee chairs.  

Anne Gordon '11, Regional Chapters

Anne R. Gordon is a co-chair of the DC Alumni Chapter. In addition to her involvement with BCLS, Anne is member of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Tax Steering Committee, where she currently serves as Chair of the Writing Competition.  She also is responsible for organizing the FBA’s "Careers in Tax Law" panel for law students spending the summer in Washington, DC. Following law school, Anne clerked for Judge Richard T. Morrison of the U.S. Tax Court. She recently returned to the U.S. Tax Court to clerk for Judge Tamara W. Ashford.  In 2013, Anne earned an L.L.M. in Taxation from The Georgetown University Law Center.  Prior to BCLS, Anne worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of Energy. She graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Classical Studies and Political Science, and an M.P.P.

Edward T. Hanley '86, Reunions & Classes (Co-Chair)

Edward Hanley is a Director and Principal at Shea, Labagh and Dobberstein in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Hanley has extensive experience in providing business and tax advice to closely-held businesses and their owners and to high net worth individuals and families, in particular in the area of real estate. Mr. Hanley’s previous positions included Ernst & Young, LLP and GE Capital Corporation.

Ed has been active in the BC Law alumni association for many years, serving as the “young alumni” representative to the Alumni Council in the early 1990s, as a charter member of the DC chapter, and as a volunteer for the Bay Area alumni chapter.  He also chaired his class’s 25th Reunion Committee.

Jennifer Kent '13, Affinity Groups

Jennifer is an attorney at Goodwin Procter in Washington, D.C. where she practices corporate law. While in law school, she served as an Executive Articles Editor on the Boston College Law Review, as well as the President of the Black Law Students Association and an executive board member of the Business and Law Society.

Robert McGill '05, Advocacy Programs

Robert McGill is the principal and founder of the McGill Law Firm.  His practice specializes in the areas of business litigation, professional responsibility and probate law. Rob has litigated disputes in state and federal court including professional malpractice, complex antitrust, construction, employment, trustee/fiduciary, probate, copyright, patent and insurance disputes.  Rob has also represented attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

Prior to law school, Rob worked as a legislative analyst for the Joint Committee on Commerce and Labor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and continues to use his knowledge of Massachusetts state government to assist his clients in advocacy before state agencies and the legislature. While in law school, Rob served as a legal intern to the Senate President’s task force on Health Care Reform and as the legal officer to the Human Rights Committee of the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center, a school and residence for the developmentally disabled, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

After law school, Rob served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, including two rotations in the Business Litigation Session at Suffolk Superior Court. Prior to founding The McGill Law Firm, Rob practiced class action and antitrust law with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP in Cambridge, MA, and was a member of the business litigation and professional liability practice groups at Sherin and Lodgen LLP in Boston, MA.

He has coached the BC Law European Law Moot Court Team since 2005 and was a member of the BC Law Democrats in law school. At BC Law, he was on the National Mock Trial Team and on the EU Law Moot Court Team.

Christopher Morrison '01, Alumni Programs

Chris is a partner at Jones Day in Boston. He concentrates his practice on matters involving intellectual property, trade secrets, and complex business disputes. Chris is active in several local and federal bar associations (including on the BBA Adams Ball Committee), on the Medfield School Committee, and is on the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. At BC Law, Chris is a longtime volunteer, serving on his Reunion Committees, Law Day Committee, and as Chair of the BC Law Boston Chapter.

Philip Privitera '95, Reunions and Classes (Co-Chair)

Philip Privitera is a practicing Attorney of over 20 years.  He grew up in Arlington, where he resides with his wife and two children.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Belmont Hill School in 1986.  He attained a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He attended Boston College Law School where he graduated as the President of his class for the American Bar Association/Law School Division (ABA/LSD).  He served as the ABA/LSD National Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), the ABA/LSD Lieutenant Governor for all New England Law Schools (the “First Circuit”), and received several awards at both the National and Circuit levels for service.  Upon Graduation, Boston College Law School bestowed him with the award for Greatest Contributions to the Law School and the Legal Profession.

He was named to the Law School Board of Overseers, Deans Council, and several times as Reunion Committee Chairman for his class.  In 2016, he was elected to the Law School Alumni Board as the National Co-Chair for Reunions and Alumni. 

Privitera served Two Terms as the President of the Middlesex County Bar Association (2012 & 2013).  He is currently an elected member of the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates, and serves on the Joint Bar Committee which reviews Judicial Nominations.

Privitera was recently re-elected as a National Trustee for the Sons of Italy Foundation in Washington DC., and has served the Massachusetts Order Sons of Italy as the state’s Chairman of the Charitable and Educational Trust, the Judiciary Chairman, and the Chairman of the Committee on Laws.

In January 2016, Privitera was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Arlington Cable Access Television network: Arlington Community Media, Inc (ACMI).   Also in Arlington, Privitera is the Presiding Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons for Mystic Valley – an elected office he has held since 2013.

Privitera remains active in many other civic, charitable and professional organizations in the area, and he has held leadership positions in many, including: Board Member for the Dante Alighieri Society (Cambridge); Board Member and Vice President Pirandello Lyceum (Greater Boston); Incorporator Italian Home for Children; and Corporate Officer for the Old West End Housing Corporation (founded and now houses the West End Museum in Boston).

Some Honors and Achievements include: the Pirandello Lyceum “IL Migliore” Best in Mind and Deeds Award 2001; Saints Cosmas and Damian Society Presidents Award (Cambridge) 2003; North End Fisherman’s Feast Society Grand Marshal 2003; North End Athletic Club Children’s Christmas Parade Grand Marshal and Appreciation Award 2004; Augusta-Boston Club High Achievement Award 2009; West End Museum Hero Award 2012; Order Sons of Italy Renaissance Legionnaire Award 2013; Middlesex County Bar Association Appreciation Award 2014. 

Robert Raskopf CSOM '73, Law '76, Career Services

Robert Raskopf is partner at Quinn Emanuel in New York City. He is a prominent trial and appellate lawyer in intellectual property, media, sports, entertainment and privacy. He is Chair of the firm’s National Sports Litigation Practice, Co-Chair of its Trademark & Copyright Practice, and Co-Chair of its National Media & Entertainment Practice.

John Ventola '94, Annual Giving

John is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring Group at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, where he has practiced for more than 18 years. John’s practice is focused on representing lenders, hedge funds and private equity investors in complex financing arrangements, restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. He has particularly deep experience representing lenders in Chapter 11 cases throughout the United States. John has been recognized as a leader in his field for a number of years in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. He graduated from Boston College in 1990 and Boston College Law School in 1994, and has served as an alumni mentor to numerous B.C. Law Students and as Firm Ambassador. John is a member of the Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section) and of Choate’s Executive Committee.

Geoffrey G. Why, A&S '88, Law '98, Admissions

On June 15, 2009, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Geoffrey Why as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC). He is also the co-chair of the North American Numbering Council, a Federal Advisory Committee that was created to advise the Federal Communications Commission on numbering issues; and a member of the Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Services which advises the Federal Communications Commission on broadband issues. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  Prior to that, Geoffrey served as the General Counsel for the DTC and assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division. In addition, he was a co-chair of the Attorney General’s Diversity Committee from 2003-2007. In 2006, Geoffrey was presented the Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence by the Attorney General for his work on behalf of Massachusetts consumers. From 1998 to 2001, Geoffrey was an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Appellate Division. From 2002 to 2005, he was a first-year legal writing instructor at Boston University School of Law.  Geoffrey frequently speaks on communications issues before national organizations.

Geoffrey has also been active in a number of community organizations. He was a member of the board of directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts from 2003-2012 and the board of the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights from 2006 to 2008. He is currently a Commissioner and vice chair of the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission. In addition, he was recently appointed to the board of the Asian Community Development Corporation. 

At BC Law, Geoffrey was the 1998 recipient of the Lisa Blank Scholarship which was awarded to a graduate intending to work as a prosecutor. In addition, he received Public Interest Law Grants in 1996 and 1997; and was active with the Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association. For the past three years, Geoffrey has guest-lectured at BC Law in the telecommunications class speaking about recent cases and trends. In 2011, he was the keynote speaker at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association dinner.