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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 providing legal education for a changing society.

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 Denton’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 S. Doluisio

Mike Doluisio is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. He has more than 25 years of experience in trial and appellate matters, focusing on complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, securities litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, actions involving mergers and acquisitions, and accounting malpractice and fraud actions. He has tried cases in federal and state courts and has argued numerous appeals. 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..

The Honorable Kim R. Gibson

The Honorable Kim R. Gibson was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and is 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 LLP 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 Vice President/Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of WarnerMedia, LLC. Based in Atlanta, GA, Michelle serves as the Ethics and Compliance Officer for Warner Media News & Sports, WarnerMedia’s live production business unit, whose portfolio includes CNN, and Turner Sports’ partnerships with the NCAA, NBA, MLB and NHL, and WarnerMedia International, which comprises WarnerMedia’s businesses outside the US. In this role, Michelle has responsibility for and full oversight of the implementation of all aspects of WarnerMedia’s Standards of Business Conduct within these business units worldwide. more..

Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy

Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York, was elected to the Supreme Court, New York County in 2015 and is the former Supervising Judge of Civil Court, New York County.  more..

Stephen C. Lee

Stephen Lee is currently a Vice President and the Deputy General Counsel at Ameren Corporation leading the legal department of over 50 legal professionals in support of Ameren Corporation's various power companies. Ameren is a fully rate-regulated investor owned electric and gas utility with over 3.4 million customers and 9,100 employees in Illinois and Missouri. more..

Kelly Lloyd

Kelly Lloyd is a Deputy District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, located in Norristown, PA. She is currently the chief of the Diversion and Pretrial Division, overseeing the county’s Pretrial Services Unit, all Diversionary Programs and Treatment Courts, as well as all the entry level attorneys in the office. 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 Senior Vice President & General Counsel with X-Energy. more..

Kevin Rethore

Kevin Rethore has been counseling and representing individuals, families, businesses, and fiduciary clients in courtrooms and boardrooms across the country for over two decades. His practice focuses on complex litigation and includes serving in an outside general counsel role, providing guidance to clients on issues including litigation strategy, risk management, and crisis management. more..

Christie Brown Tillapaugh

Christie Brown Tillapaugh is a Shareholder at the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. and the Chair of the Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. 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 Justice and Commerce Departments in matters arising under federal pollution control and natural resource laws. more..

Curt Toll, Emeritus

Curtis B. Toll is Managing Shareholder of the Philadelphia office and focuses his practice on the evaluation and management of environmental risks in connection with the acquisition, development, financing and sale of environmentally impacted real estate. more..