National Advisory Council

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About the Council

The National Advisory Council, composed of approximately 70 attorneys, judges, business, and community leaders from throughout the nation, works to strengthen the law school’s national reputation and influence. The National Advisory Council advises the law school on state and national issues affecting legal education and assists the Dean and the law school in the areas of admissions and placement, development, and reputation. Members of the National Advisory Council often host law school receptions in their areas of the country.


Mr. Richard P. Stovsky 83
US Private Company Services Leader
Cleveland, OH

Members of the Council 2012 - 2013

Mr. Thomas L. Aries 71
The Aries Organization, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Mr. James S. Aussem 75
Cavitch, Familo & Durkin
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Everett Bellamy 80
Adjunct Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC

Ms. Sheryl King Benford 79
Gen. Counsel & Deputy Gen. Manager-Legal Affairs
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Cleveland, OH

Mr. William L. Bransford 75
Shaw, Bransford & Roth
Washington, DC

Mr. Brent M. Buckley 82
Managing Partner
Buckley King
Cleveland, OH

Mr. David Paul Burke 81
Carlton Fields, PA
Tampa, FL

Mr. Peter A. Carfagna
Executive in Residence at C|M|LAW
Visiting Lecturer in Sports Law at Harvard Law School
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Michael L. Climaco ’72
Tucker Ellis LLP
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Timothy J. Cosgrove 87
Squire Sanders
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Matthew V. Crawford 94
President, CEO & Director
Park-Ohio Industries, Inc.
Cleveland, OH
Ms. Teresa Demchak 76
Managing Partner (Retired)
Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian
Oakland, CA

Mr. Thomas E. Downey, Jr. 74
Downey & Murray LLC
Englewood, CO

Mr. W. Harding Drane, Jr. 78
Deputy Attorney General
State of Delaware
Wilmington, DE

Mr. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. 58
Senior Partner (Retired)
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and Business Advisor
Cleveland, OH

Ms. Georgia A. Froelich 84
Senior Vice President
Hawthorn, a Division of PNC Bank
Cleveland, OH

Honorable Marcia L. Fudge ’83
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC

Honorable Bohdan A. Futey 68
Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Washington, DC

Mr. Steven J. German 92
Adelman German, P.L.C.
Scottsdale, AZ

Mr. Michael E. Gibbons 81
Senior Managing Director and Principal
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Thomas O. Gorman 73
Dorsey and Whitney LLP
Washington, DC

Mr. Charles E. Harris II 03
Mayer Brown LLP
Chicago, IL

Ms. Kathryn Burrer Hyer 82
Director, Life Sciences
Chicago, IL

Mr. Larry H. James 77
Crabbe, Brown & James LLP
Columbus, OH

Mr. Timothy G. Kasparek 74
Private Practice
Goodyear, AZ

Mr. Randall F. Kender 85
Senior Vice President
Fox Group
Beverly Hills. CA

Mr. Peter W. Klein 81
Partner & General Counsel
Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL

Ms. Jane Koehl-Colling 96
Squire Sanders
Cleveland, OH
Steven B. Lesser 79
Becker & Poliakoff
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mr. David M. Levin 72
SilsbyVentures Inc.
Chicago, IL

Kenneth B. Liffman
Managing Principal
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Terrence G. Linnert ’75
Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel
Goodrich Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Ms. Nanette W. Mantell 77
Office Managing Partner
Reed Smith LLP
Princeton, NJ

Professor Lizabeth A. Moody
Distinguished University Professor and Dean Emeritus
Stetson University College of Law
St. Petersburg, FL

Mr. Daniel R. Mordarski ’94
Law Offices of Daniel R. Mordarski
Columbus, OH

Evelyn L. Moya 97
Law Office of Evelyn L. Moya
Sarasota, FL

Honorable Maureen O'Connor 80
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Ohio
Columbus, OH

Ms. Lillian Ortiz 99
Law Offices of Lillian Ortiz
Medina, OH

Mr. Steven W. Percy 79
Former Chairman & CEO
BP America, Inc.
Akron, OH

Mr. Richard S. Pietch 79
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
ElectroLux North America
Charlotte, NC

Honorable Dan A. Polster
Judge, United States District Court
Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland, OH

Steven Potash 78
Chief Executive Officer
OverDrive, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Mr. William E. Powers, Jr. 68
Tallahassee, FL

Geralyn M. Presti
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Forest City Enterprises
Cleveland, OH

Ms. Elizabeth A. Pugh 78
General Counsel
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Kenneth C. Ricci ’86
Chief Executive Officer
Nextant Aerospace
Richmond Heights, OH

Mr. Alan Jay Rom 72
Rom Law P.C.
Somerville, MA

Mr. Isam Salah 76
King & Spalding LLP
New York, NY

Mr. Alfonso P. Sanchez 68
The Sanchez Group
Avon Lake, OH

Mr. Richard A. Schloss 02
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Jack A. Staph 73
Jack A. Staph & Associates
Pepper Pike, OH

Professor Carl L. Stern 66
Emeritus Professor
School of Media and Public Affairs
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Honorable Louis Stokes 53
Former U.S. Congressman
Retired of Counsel, Squire Sanders
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Richard P. Stovsky 83
US Private Company Services Leader
Cleveland, OH

Mr. James W. Theobald 77
Hirschler Fleischer
Richmond, VA

Mr. James A. Thomas 63
Chairman of the Board, President and
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Properties Group, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. P. Kelly Tompkins 81
Executive Vice President Legal, Government Affairs and Sustainability and President Cliffs China
Cliff Natural Resources Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Mr. David C. Weiner
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Robert D. Weisman 75
Ice Miller LLP
Columbus, OH

Honorable Lesley Wells 74
Senior Judge
United States District Court
Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland, OH

Mr. F. Scott Wilson 81
Vice President & General Counsel
Pratt & Whitney, A United Technologies Corporation
Hartford, CT

Ms. Margaret W. Wong
Margaret Wong & Associates Co., LPA
Cleveland, OH



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