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Speaker Biographies
Leo Angelakos ’17

Leo Angelakos is a third year law student and who works with the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT), and has counseled developing countries interested in software patent reform. As part of his work, Leo recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to present a paper to the African Delegation to WIPO, the United Nations agency devoted to intellectual property law.

Leo spent his first summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Silicon Valley, helping the DOJ’s CHIP unit prosecute cyberhacking cases. He spent his second summer at the Silicon Valley office of Quinn Emanuel, where he worked on high stakes intellectual property appeals, including appeals to the Supreme Court.

He is 2012 graduate of Stanford University. At Stanford, Leo worked at the university lab analyzing biological data in studies on bodily responses to perceived risks, and for President Obama during his 2012 re-election campaign.



Lynn Ashby-Savarese ’81

Lynn Ashby-Savarese is a photographer whose fine arts work focuses on intimate observation, and whose documentary work focuses on social justice issues. Originally from a small town in Texas, Ashby-Savarese resided and traveled throughout the world before making New York City her home in the early ’80s following her graduation from Harvard Law School. After careers in corporate law and investment banking and a lengthy sabbatical to raise her family and pursue volunteer work for various human rights organizations, Ashby-Savarese finally found her passion—photography—several years ago.

Since then, her fine arts photography has appeared in numerous shows and publications both in the USA and abroad, and she has won several awards and honors for her work, including having recently been named a Finalist of the Magnum Photography Awards 2016. Ashby-Savarese also works with not-for-profit organizations to help further their missions through strategic photography projects. As the co-founder and photographer for the New Abolitionists campaign – a project to combat human trafficking – she has photographed over 250 New Abolitionists, including Harvard Law School luminaries Laurence Tribe, Charles Ogletree, and Samantha Power, and over 50 survivors of human trafficking. She has also organized five exhibitions featuring New Abolitionists, including an exhibition at Harvard Law School in 2015.

Ashby-Savarese has also engaged in volunteer work at HLS over the years, including having served as co-chair of the HLS Annual Fund, and co-chair of several class reunions.


Christopher T. Bavitz

Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he coteaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology.

He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to the Harvard Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998–2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998.

Dennis N. Berman ’76

Dennis N. Berman is Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Tocagen Inc., a gene therapy company. Dennis has been co-founder and/or seed investor in six publicly held companies. The most well-known of these was Intervu Inc., which delivered approximately 50% of all online video traffic when it was acquired by Akamai in 2000. Dennis was also involved in Gensia Pharmaceuticals and Viagene (both life sciences companies), and Kintera, a pioneer in Internet fundraising.

In addition to his Harvard Law education, Dennis holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from The Wharton School. Dennis has been a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker at Harvard Law School, and is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Gabriella Blum, LL.M. ’01, S.J.D. ’03

Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School, specializing in public international law, international negotiations, the law of armed conflict, and counterterrorism. She is also the Faculty Director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) and a member of the Program on Negotiation Executive Board.

Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in the fall of 2005, Blum served for seven years as a Senior Legal Advisor in the International Law Department of the Military Advocate General’s Corps in the Israel Defense Forces, and for another year, as a Strategy Advisor to the Israeli National Security Council.

Blum is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University (LL.B. 1995, B.A. Economics 1997) and of Harvard Law School LL.M. ’01 and S.J.D. ’03.

Blum is the author of Islands of Agreement: Managing Enduring Armed Rivalries (Harvard University Press, 2007), Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists (MIT Press, 2010) (co-authored with Philip Heymann and recipient of the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize), and The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones - Confronting a New Age of Threat (Basic Books, 2015) (co-authored with Benjamin Wittes and recipient of the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize) as well as of journal articles in the fields of public international law and the law and morality of war.

David Bonderman ’66

David Bonderman is a founding partner of Texas Pacific Group (TPG), a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with over $74B of assets under management and offices around the world. TPG has extensive experience with global public and private investments executed through leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, growth investments, joint ventures, and restructurings. Portfolio companies controlled by TPG have combined revenue surpassing $100B and operate in more than 100 countries. Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was chief operating officer of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. Before this, he was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division.

Mr. Bonderman is a director of Airbnb, Inc.; Kite Pharma, Inc.; Uber; and Ryanair Holdings, plc, of which he is chairman. In addition, he serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society, The Grand Canyon Trust, and the American Himalayan Foundation.

He received his B.A. from University of Washington in 1963 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1966, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. Bonderman currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School and is a member of the Committee on University Resources (COUR).



Neil Chayet ’63

Neil Chayet is Co-Chair of the Harvard Law School Association Senior Advisory Network and President of the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts. He is widely known for his daily nationally-syndicated CBS radio feature, Looking at the Law. The familiar opening line, “This is Neil Chayet, Looking at the Law” has greeted listeners around the nation every weekday for more than 39 years. Since 1976, Neil has written and broadcast more than 9,500 one-minute features.

As President of Chayet Communications Group, he maintains an active legal and consulting practice, specializing in the building of “deep coalitions” to deal with difficult issues of public policy. Neil is also a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, serving in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. A graduate of Tufts University, he is a member of the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, and a member of the Board of Tufts’ Tisch college of Citizenship and Public Service. Neil is a member of the Board of Directors of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at M.I.T. He also serves as a member of the MassPort Security Advisory Council, the Board of MassINC, the Board of Overseers of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, the Boards of Timber Owners of New England and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Visiting Committee to the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Morgan Chu ’76

Morgan Chu is a partner of Irell & Manella, where he was co-managing partner from 1997 to 2003, and where he has been a member of its Executive Committee since 1985. He is presently chair of the Litigation Group. Chu joined Irell & Manella as an associate in 1977 and became a partner in 1982. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Charles M. Merrill, J.D. ’31 of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Since 1993, Mr. Chu has been a member of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel, serving on the Executive Committee since 1995. The organization is the nation’s largest pro bono public-interest law firm. Chu previously served on the Board of Governors of the University of California, Los Angeles Foundation, has been an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, and has served as a judge pro tem.

Chu received his B.A. in 1971, his M.A. in 1972, and his Ph.D. in 1973, all from the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn his M.S.L. in 1974 from Yale University, and his J.D. in 1976, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the HLS Dean’s Advisory Board, co-chair of the HLS Campaign Committee, and a member of the Leadership Council of the University of Southern California.



Robert C. Clark ’72

Robert C. Clark, currently the Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, was the Dean and Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1989 through July 2003. He now serves as the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. An authority on corporate law and corporate governance, he has written numerous law review articles and book chapters, as well as a one-volume treatise, Corporate Law, which was hailed as “the paradigm for future student texts.” For 28 years, until July 2016, he served as a trustee of TIAA, the giant pension fund serving the higher education community; for much of that time he chaired the TIAA nominating and governance committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Time Warner Inc. and Omnicom Group, Inc. and on the Editorial Board of Directors of Foundation Press. He is also a trustee of Hodson Trust, which funds educational programs at four Maryland educational Institutions.

Prior to his 14-year tenure as Dean of Harvard Law School, Professor Clark consulted for law firms and government agencies, and he testified before various Congressional committees and subcommittees on regulation of financial institutions. From 1972 to 1974, Professor Clark was an associate with the Boston law firm of Ropes and Gray, where his practice involved commercial and corporate law. After his law firm experience, Professor Clark spent four years on the faculty of Yale Law School, where he became a tenured professor. In 1979, he returned to Harvard Law School as a professor of law. A graduate of Maryknoll College, Professor Clark received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1972.

Glenn Cohen ’03

Glenn Cohen is one of the world’s leading experts on the intersection of bioethics (sometimes also called medical ethics) and the law, as well as health law. He also teaches civil procedure. From Seoul to Krakow to Vancouver, Professor Cohen has spoken at legal, medical, and industry conferences around the world and his work has appeared in or been covered on PBS, NPR, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Mother Jones, the New York Times, the New Republic, the Boston Globe, and several other media venues.

He was the youngest professor on the faculty at Harvard Law School (tenured or untenured) both when he joined the faculty in 2008 (at age 29) and when he was tenured as a full professor in 2013 (at age 34), though not the youngest in history.

Professor Cohen’s current projects relate to big data, health information technologies, mobile health, reproduction/reproductive technology, research ethics, organ transplantation, rationing in law and medicine, health policy, FDA law, translational medicine, and to medical tourism – the travel of patients who are residents of one country, the “home country,” to another country, the “destination country,” for medical treatment.

He is the author of more than 80 articles and chapters and his award-winning work has appeared in leading legal (including the Stanford, Cornell, and Southern California Law Reviews), medical (including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, bioethics (including the American Journal of Bioethics and the Hastings Center Report), scientific (Science, Cell, Nature Reviews Genetics) and public health (the American Journal of Public Health) journals, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post.

Professor Cohen is the editor of The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues (Oxford University Press, 2013), Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future, coedited with Holly Lynch (MIT Press, 2014), Identified Versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, co-edited with Norman Daniels and Nir Eyal (Oxford University Press, 2015), FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies, co-edited with Holly Lynch (Columbia University Press, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Care Law, co-edited with William B. Sage and Allison K. Hoffman, (Oxford University Press, 2015–2016) and the author of Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014), with two other books in progress.

Prior to becoming a professor he served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as a lawyer for U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, where he handled litigation in the Courts of Appeals and (in conjunction with the Solicitor General’s Office) in the U.S. Supreme Court. In his spare time, he still litigates, having authored an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court for leading gene scientist Eric Lander in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad, concerning whether human genes are patent eligible subject matter, a brief that was extensively discussed by the Justices at oral argument. Most recently he submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt (the Texas abortion case, on behalf of himself, Melissa Murray, and B. Jessie Hill).

Cohen was selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2012–2013 year and by the Greenwall Foundation to receive a Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics. He is also a Fellow at the Hastings Center, the leading bioethics think tank in the United States. He is currently one of the key coinvestigators on a multi-million Football Players Health Study at Harvard which is committed to improving the health of NFL players. He leads the Ethics and Law initiative as part of the multi-million dollar NIH funded Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center program. He is also one of three editors-in-chief of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, a peer-reviewed journal published by Oxford University Press and serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Bioethics. He serves on the Steering Committee for Ethics for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian counterpart to the NIH.



Ryan Cohen ’17

Ryan Cohen is a fourth year JD-MPP candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, where she serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. She has worked in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including at the White House Domestic Policy Council, Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division, Mayor of Los Angeles’s Office, and Sidley Austin, LLP.

Ryan is originally from Los Angeles and is a proud Cal Bear.

Daniel R. Coquillette ’71

Daniel R. Coquillette has been the J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College Law School since 1996, where he teaches and writes in the areas of legal history and professional responsibility. From 1985–1993, he served as Dean of the BC Law School.

Earlier in his career, Professor Coquillette was a law clerk for Justice Robert Braucher of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught legal ethics on the faculty of the Boston University Law School, taught as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School, and became a partner for six years at the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge, where he specialized in complex litigation.

Among his many activities, Professor Coquillette was an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement on Law Governing the Legal Profession, a member of the Harvard University Overseers’ Committee to Visit Harvard Law School, and is Reporter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Judicial Conference of the United States. For five years, he was Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and Chairman of the Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law. He also served on the American Bar Association Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the Board of the American Society of Legal History, the Massachusetts Task Force on Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Massachusetts Task Force on Professionalism. He was also a member of the Special Committee on Model Rules of Attorney Conduct of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

He is the author of On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century (with Bruce Kimball), Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility, The Anglo-American Legal Heritage, Francis Bacon, and The Civilian Jurists of Doctor’s Commons and the editor of Law in Colonial Massachusetts and Moore’s Federal Practice.

Robert E. Denham ’71

Mr. Denham is a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, having rejoined the firm as a partner in 1998 to advise clients on strategic and financial issues, after serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salomon Inc. He joined Salomon in late August 1991 as General Counsel of Salomon and its subsidiary, Salomon Brothers, and became Chairman and CEO of Salomon in June 1992. Prior to joining Salomon, Mr. Denham was managing partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Mr. Denham presently serves on the boards of Chevron Corporation, Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A. de CV (FEMSA), The New York Times, James Irvine Foundation, MDRC, Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles and previously served on the boards of the MacArthur Foundation (Chair) and Russell Sage Foundation (Chair).


John G. Finley ’81

John G. Finley is Chief Legal Officer of Blackstone and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Finley had been a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for 22 years where he was most recently a member of that law firm’s Executive Committee and Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Finley is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, the National Advisory Board of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships of the University of Pennsylvania and the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Law and Economics. He is also a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Penn Law School.

He has served on the Committee of Securities Regulation of the New York State Bar Association, the Board of Advisors of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University and as a Trustee of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. He has also served as Chairman of the Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference of the International Bar Association.

Mr. Finley has a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. cum laude from the Harvard Law School.


Ron E. Foy ’76

Ron E. Foy has more than 30 years of experience as an investment banker, transaction and securities attorney, strategy consultant and successful start-up entrepreneur.

Ron is currently managing director of investment banking in the San Francisco office of Cambria Capital, LLC, a multi-office investment banking, merchant banking and wealth management firm, where he provides a broad spectrum of capital raising and M&A advisory services to lower middle market companies as well as emerging growth companies on a selective basis. Prior to Cambria, Ron served as President of MCCG Strategy & Analytics (MCCGSA), a strategy consulting firm that focused on the medical technology and biotechnology industries.

Before that, Ron served as managing director at a Los Angeles-based investment banking boutique, where he worked with companies in selected manufacturing and service sector industries. Ron was also co-founder and served as executive vice president - operations of FPC Financial Services, Inc. (FPC), a venture capital-backed San Francisco-based firm acquired by a predecessor of Comerica Inc. (NYSE:CMA). Prior to FPC, as division counsel for Itel Corporation (now Anixter International, Inc. [NYSE:AXE]), Ron was responsible for negotiating, structuring and closing all transactions involving a $2 billion capital equipment portfolio. Earlier in his career, Ron was also an attorney with major California- and New York-based law firms. In addition to his Harvard J.D., Ron holds a B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, and has served as a guest lecturer and panelist (finance) at the UCLA Anderson School.



David R. Gergen ’67

David R. Gergen is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a senior political analyst for CNN. He previously served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School.


Wendy B. Jacobs ’81

Wendy B. Jacobs, Esq. is the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. She is also on the Faculty of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment, and she is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Ms. Jacobs received her J.D. with honors in 1981 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Ms. Jacobs first worked as an appellate lawyer and special litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice in its Environment Division in Washington, D.C. She then did a brief stint with a law firm in Seattle working on First Amendment and commercial litigation, followed by 18 years as a partner in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked almost exclusively on environmental matters, involving myriad environmental laws, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and a host of interesting private sector clients.

Her work has covered the gamut of compliance counseling, handling of complex permit applications and their related hearings and appeals, preparation of comments on federal and state rulemakings, drafting of legislation, regulations and ordinances, administrative trials and appeals, litigation, negotiation and drafting of contracts, environmental due diligence and audits, and development of corporate risk management and environmental protection policies and manuals.

She came to Harvard in 2007 to create its Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. As Clinic Director, she provides her students a variety of complex, client-driven, environmental and energy law and policy projects, with a focus on renewable energy, climate change mitigation and resiliency, sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, microgrids and district energy, hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and sequestration, improved oversight and management of offshore drilling, protection of the Arctic, energy justice and redistribution, and citizen science. Among the Clinic’s clients are a wide variety of government entities and NGOs.

In spring 2017, Ms. Jacobs will be teaching a new cross-campus course. In this Climate Solutions Living Lab, students from multiple disciplines will collaborate in designing practical solutions to help low-income, under-served populations improve their living conditions with power generated by renewable sources of fuel while also helping universities and other enterprises to reduce their own climate impacts. For two years, she taught and developed case studies for the Harvard Law School Problem Solving Workshop – an innovative class required of all first-year law students to expose them to lawyering skills. She has written white papers and model legislation focused on carbon capture and sequestration; she has written chapters on the subject for inclusion in two books, one of which is Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, published by the American Bar Association in 2014 (SSRN Abstract ID: 2379600). The other, Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization of the U.S., is forthcoming. Ms. Jacobs also participated in and chaired a session at the Sixth International Energy Agency Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Regulatory Network Meeting in Paris, has presented at several insurance industry seminars on risks related to hydraulic fracturing, and in October 2016, is co-hosting a conference on Climate Change Displacement: Finding Solutions to an Emerging Crisis.



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