Board of Advisers
The mission of the Board of Advisers (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.
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..
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 is the General Counsel for UBS Group Americas and UBS Wealth Management Americas (WMA). more..
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..
Judge 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..
Lawrence "Larry" Green is a Penn State undergrad, Northeastern Law Grad, and currently at the law firm, Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers in Boston. more..
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..
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..
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..
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 W. Rethore tried his first case to a (successful) verdict less than one year into practice. Over the course of the ensuing twenty years, he has developed a diversified national trial practice. more..
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..
Judge 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..
Prior to joining the Board, Judge Ward served as Deputy General Counsel for the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In that capacity, she led a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel providing legal advice across a wide array of NOAA programs that manage the nation’s commercial and recreational fisheries and protect at-risk marine species and their habitat. That work included the timely resolution of significant legal issues relevant to NOAA’s mission in over 200 rulemaking actions annually, as well as providing critical litigation support to the Justice Department in a docket that, on average, included approximately 100 pending federal court cases. During her tenure at NOAA, Judge Ward was recognized twice for her work with the Commerce Department Gold Medal, the Department’s highest award.
Prior to joining NOAA in 2004, Judge Ward served as trial attorney, Assistant Chief, and ultimately as Deputy Chief in the Justice Department’s Environmental Defense Section, where she litigated on behalf of EPA and other federal agencies in both federal district and appellate courts. That litigation included defending rules issued and other actions taken by EPA under federal pollution control laws, representing the United States against claims of responsibility for costs to cleanup polluted sites, defending against claims challenging federal agency compliance with federal and state pollution control laws, and prosecuting violations of the Clean Water Act. Before joining the Justice Department in 1987, Judge Ward was an associate with the Environmental Department of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia, PA. Judge Ward earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Mineral Economics with Highest Honors from the Pennsylvania State University.