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 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 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..
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..
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 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..
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 (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 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..
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 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..
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..
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.