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Board of Advisors

The mission of the Board of Advisors (BOA) of Penn State Law is to support and enhance Penn State Law’s vision of being one of the nation’s leading law schools, dedicated to advancing the law throughout the world and transforming lives through legal education.

The BOA is an advisory, non-fiduciary body whose purpose is to provide the dean and other Penn State Law administrators and faculty members with constructive input, feedback, advice and assistance on all areas of importance to Penn State Law. These areas include admissions, alumni and development, curriculum, hiring and placement of recent graduates, and any other matters deemed helpful by the dean to further the school’s ability to recognize its strategic goals and objectives.


The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, Chair

D. Brooks Smith is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has served on the Third Circuit since 2002 and was elevated to Chief Judge on October 1, 2016. more..


Robert Barbarowicz

Robert Barbarowicz is a partner in Michelman & Robinson, LLP's (M&R's) Los Angeles office and leads the firm's Regulatory Practice Group. more..


Ed Beckwith, Vice Chair

Ed Beckwith is nationally recognized for his skill and commitment as counsel to high net worth families and charities across the country. more..


Michael Crowl

Michael Crowl is the General Counsel for UBS Group Americas and UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA). more..


Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is Executive Director of Morgan Stanley in Wilmington, De. In this role he oversees the legal coverage team for Morgan Stanley’s investment advisory business, which comprises over $800 billion in assets under management. more..


Alan R. Gedrich

Alan R. Gedrich is a Partner in the investment management group of the law firm of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP in Philadelphia, where he has practiced law for nearly thirty years. more..


The Honorable Kim R. Gibson

The Honorable Kim R. Gibson was born in Trenton, New Jersey on May 29, 1948, the son of James Russell Gibson and Eleanor Martha (Mitchell) Gibson. more..


Larry Green

Lawrence "Larry" Green is a Penn State undergrad, Northeastern Law Grad, and currently at the law firm, Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers in Boston. more..


Walter C. Grollitsch

Walter C. Grollitsch is an attorney and leader with over 15 years of legal experience in working with entrepreneurs, startups and corporations all over the world. more..


Kenneth D. Henderson

Kenneth D. Henderson retired in December 2016 as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, where he was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania tax policy. more..


Michelle Hylton

Michelle Hylton is Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an Atlanta-based media and content company whose portfolio includes CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network. more..


The Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy

The Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy was elected to the Supreme Court, New York County in 2015 and is the former Supervising Judge of Civil Court, New York County.  more..


Alison Kilmartin

Alison Kilmartin focuses her practice on complex commercial matters, including corporate insurance, contract, and business tort litigation in state and federal courts. Her experience includes litigation regarding commercial contracts, corporate insurance, product liability, business tort, antitrust, and advertising disputes. more..


Stephen C. Lee

Stephen Lee is the current Managing Counsel for BP’s Downstream businesses where he leads a team of 27 legal professionals who support various BP businesses throughout the Americas. more..


Kelly Lloyd

Kelly (Howard) Lloyd is an Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, located in Norristown, PA. She is currently a member of the Trials Division, serving as the Captain of the Narcotics Unit. more..


Sarah Mika

Sarah was appointed General Counsel for AARP Services Inc. in January 31, 2005. In this role, she provides legal leadership in the areas of corporate governance and policies, Board support, and contract negotiations for new and existing products, services, and provider relationships. more..


Steven Miller

Steve Miller is of counsel with Hogan Lovells in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, representing clients on energy transactional and regulatory matters, maintaining a particular focus on nuclear power, joint ventures, power project development, commercial law, and mergers and acquisitions. more..


Kevin Rethore

Kevin W. Rethore concentrates his practice on complex civil and business disputes, professional and fiduciary liability litigation, and trust controversies. more..


Christie Brown Tillapaugh

Christie Brown Tillapaugh is a Director at the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. and the Chair of the Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. more..


Curt Toll

Curtis B. Toll represents developers and corporations in connection with the acquisition, development, transfer, financing and sale of environmentally contaminated real estate. He focuses his practice on complex project redevelopments, environmental liability transfers, and the management and mitigation of environmental risk. more..


The Honorable Mary Beth Ward

The Honorable Mary Beth Ward was appointed an Environmental Appeals Judge in 2015. Judge Ward brings to the Board almost three decades of litigation and management experience at the United States Jus tice and Commerce Departments in matters arising under federal pollution control and natural resource laws. more..