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2014 Annual Meeting

Alumni Board Meeting & Alumni Assembly Meeting

Friday, October 17, 2014
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

3:00 pm        Alumni Board Meeting (Board Members Only)

5:00 pm        Alumni Assembly Meeting (Open to All)

Alumni Assembly Notice Regarding 2015 Elections

On Friday, October 17th, members of Alumni Assembly voted for new members of our Alumni Board for 2015.

Biographies for this year's candidates:

John Ventola ’94 for 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.


Anne Gordon ’11 for 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.


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

In 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.


Robert M. McGill ’05 for Advocacy Programs

Robert McGill is the principal and founder of the The McGill Law Firm.  He specializes his practice 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.


Honorable Denis P. Cohen ’76 for 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.


Mark Warner '89 for Treasurer

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.

If you are a member of the Assembly, we encourage you to check this website periodically for information regarding the Alumni Assembly and its elections. If you would like to confirm that you are a member of the Assembly, please contact us at If you are interested in hearing more about the Board or any open positions, please contact Christine Kelly '97, Director of Alumni Relations, at