Mark C. Alexander
Mark C. Alexander is President of AALS and the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Alexander’s areas of expertise include constitution law, election law, the First Amendment and criminal procedure. His research interests focus on the constitutional dimensions of election law and campaign reform. Alexander has authored several books on the First Amendment and constitutional law, and his scholarship has been published in leading journals such as Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review and NYU Review of Law & Social Change.
Jennifer S. Andrews
Jen Andrews joined the Washington and Lee University School of Law Advancement team as Assistant Director in 2017, transitioning from teaching. She enjoys the challenges of bringing dedicated law alumni together to promote the mission of W&L Law through their philanthropy directed to the Law Annual Fund, as well as their service as Law Class Agents and Young Alumni Council members. Jen and her husband, Peter Jetton, Assistant Dean of Law Communications and Marketing Strategy, settled in Rockbridge County more than two decades ago. They have three children, Violet, Maren, and August. Jen devotes her spare time to environmental causes and serving as Communications chair for the Rockbridge Christmas Baskets program.
Judy Asbury oversees all Law School communications and manages the development team at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to her position at Lewis & Clark, she served as an organizational and communications consultant for higher education at institutions including Caltech and the University of La Verne. She led Smith Asbury Inc. for 20+ years, an award-winning communications agency, and was recognized for her counsel and creative campaigns for a variety of clients in higher education, healthcare, financial, law, business, and nonprofits.
Andrew Berman is the Associate Dean for Communications and Marketing at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Andrew joined Hofstra Law in July 2009 after graduating from the University of Michigan.
A national leader and pioneer in Talent Management, Amy Bronson has spent 25 plus years contributing to the success of fundraising both on the frontline and behind the scenes. She has a remarkable ability help development professionals make the right career moves and achieve success for their organization’s mission. She has touched the lives of hundreds of professionals and her impact can be seen by the increasing level of professionalism we all benefit from as well as through the success of the institutions that she’s worked for, which include Harvard Law School, and Boston College. Amy has served in leadership roles and presented at numerous conferences and other professional organizations nationally
Paul L. Caron
Paul Caron was named Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law on June 1, 2017. He is committed to the University’s unique mission to combine academic excellence with Christian values in a community that is welcoming to all. Caron joined the law school’s faculty in 2013 after serving as the Dorothy and Leonard Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law in the spring semesters of 2010 through 2013. From 2015 until his appointment as dean, he served in the role of associate dean for research and faculty development. Before coming to Pepperdine, Caron was associate dean of faculty and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He holds an AB from Georgetown University, a JD from Cornell Law School, and an LLM from Boston University.
Shanida Carter is the director of marketing and communications at Rutgers Law School. She’s also served as editorial content manager at Rutgers University-Newark. Previously, she was a television news producer for two decades and earned an Emmy nomination for a special broadcast on Hurricane Sandy. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Virginia Union University, an HBCU, and an M.A. in broadcast journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University. She has also written articles for Huffington Post, Caribbean Collective Magazine, USA Today, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Poughkeepsie Journal, Amsterdam News, Queens Chronicle, and Reuters.
After a career as a college English professor and beat journalist, Christine Charnosky started as the legal education reporter at ALM one year and a day before Yale Law School announced it was going to boycott the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings. Since that fateful day, she has written nearly 50 stories and columns on the topic reporting on the boycotts, analyzing the schools’ decisions, discussing the rankings with deans, and keeping up with all the delays. Additionally, she covers everything related to legal education involving all law schools across the country.
Brian Costello handles media relations, communications, and publicity for the Law School. Prior to joining the LMU Loyola Law School staff as deputy director of communications in June 2006, Costello worked as a reporter, editor, and producer at an array of media outlets. He spent five years as a talk-show producer for Telepictures Productions, focusing on single-topic programs drawn from news headlines. Costello holds a J.D. from LMU Loyola Law School, where he earned a certificate in the Criminal Justice Concentration. He is a member of the State Bar of California and a volunteer at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law.
Elizabeth Field is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Commutations for the George Washington University Law School. In this role, she is responsible for media relations and publicity, print and digital publications, website design and content, social media, and marketing and brand management. Field holds a BA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.
Sarah Hempen brings over 20 years of fundraising and advancement leadership experience, serving most recently as Assistant Vice President of Development at the University of South Florida. Having served both public and private universities, she has successfully developed and led Annual Giving teams that consistently exceeded goals and created new revenue channels focused on building a pipeline for major gifts. Sarah believes in philanthropy through relationships and highly values continued relationships with donors and colleagues throughout her career. Prior to entering higher-education advancement, Sarah was responsible for public relations for two drivers and their corporate sponsors in NASCAR.
Robin Fulton Langhans
Robin Fulton Langhans is the Director of Alumni Relations, CLE & Special Events for Penn State Dickinson Law in Carlisle, PA, where she has worked since 2010. She oversees alumni society governance and the recruitment and retainment of alumni board members. She also identifies topics, presenters, and venues for special events and continuing legal education offerings. Robin previously served as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Office of Career & Professional Development at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Robin holds a BA from American University in International Studies (U.S. Foreign Policy) and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Penn State University.
Ashley Golledge joined the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law as the Director of Marketing and Communications in July 2021. Golledge develops and executes strategic communications plans, marketing strategies, public relations initiatives, and social media strategies for the McGeorge School of Law. Golledge will publish a forthcoming chapter in the Antiracist Development Institute’s “Building An Antiracist Law School, Legal Academy, and Legal Profession” book series. Previously, she served as the communications specialist at the University of the Kansas School of Law for three years and as the sole marketing professional for the Portland office of K&L Gates LLP.
Pedro Gonzalez (he/him/el) is an alumni relations professional who focuses on building community networks for alumni and students to connect and facilitate access to career, life and community support. In his current role at SLS, Pedro leads a team that provides support to connect Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Native, LGBTQ and FLI alumni communities to each other and their students’ communities. Pedro lives in Fort Collins, CO and works remotely for SLS.
James Greif has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, media relations, strategic planning, writing, editing, multimedia production and electronic communications. He has been at AALS since 2014 as their Director of Communications where he develops and oversees the core communications functions of the association, including content on the website, social media, and news publications. Previously, James held communications and public relations positions at George Mason University and Equal Justice Works. He earned a BA in Communications Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.
Carly Holtkamp is responsible for strategic oversight and management of Southern Illinois University School of Law resources engaged in alumni relations, community and business relations, marketing, media relations, communications, and social media. Her interest in higher education and marketing has led her to pursue a Doctorate in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower is The NALP Foundation’s President and CEO, where she guides the Foundation’s research initiatives, publications, and programs on key issues including diversity, professional development, the legal pipeline, and access to legal education. Fiona previously served as Assistant Dean for Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law, and as Bingham McCutchen’s National Director of Legal Recruiting. Fiona has held numerous leadership positions in both national and local legal organizations, and she is regularly featured in the legal and general press. Fiona is a graduate of Harvard University and Boston College Law School.
After graduating from law school, Dean Jennifer Johnson clerked for Judge Alfred Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She was in private practice with a Portland law firm, specializing in real estate finance and land use, before joining the faculty in 1980. Johnson has received both the Leo Levenson and Burlington Northern Foundation awards for excellence in teaching. In 2008, Dean Johnson was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in business law; and was installed as the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law in 2011. She became Dean of the Law School in 2014. Johnson is a member of the Oregon State Bar and serves on various bar task forces charged with drafting business legislation. Dean Johnson currently teaches classes in business associations and securities regulation. Her primary research areas are in corporate and securities law and her recent scholarship focuses on private placements and retail investors.
Katie Kempner is an experienced international and higher education professional with a strong interest in program evaluation. She is passionate about leveraging data to empower educators, program managers, and policymakers to improve outcomes in education programming. Katie holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Tufts University and a MA in Intercultural & International Communication from American University.
Laura Kivlighan has over 10 years of experience in advertising and digital and social media marketing. She currently works as the marketing manager at University of Iowa College of Law. She holds a BS from University of Maryland in Public and Community Health and an MBA from Georgetown University in Marketing.
Appointed in 2015, Melanie Leslie is the first woman and first Cardozo Law graduate to become dean of the law school. She has initiated several transformative projects, including: a Center for Diversity and Inclusion; the FAME Center for fashion, art, media and entertainment law; The Cardozo Patent Diversity Project; The Blockchain Project; The Center for Rights and Justice; The Center for Real Estate Law and Policy and an online LL.M. in Intellectual Property degree program. Dean Leslie’s work has been published in many prestigious journals including the NYU Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and the Indiana Law Journal.
Jessica Levinson is a professor at Loyola Law School where she teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Election Law, and Privacy Torts. She directs Loyola’s Journalist Law School and Public Service Institute. She is a legal contributor for CBS News, a columnist for MSNBC, and a legal analyst for NPR family station, KCRW.
As Vice President for Research, Jennifer Mandery provides expert leadership on the methodological, data and analytical aspects of the Foundation’s research projects and expertly transforms data into critical insights and delivers actionable and strategic guidance. She serves as an authority on multiple quantitative and qualitative research techniques. She has co-authored multiple research study publications and industry articles, and frequently presents on the Foundation’s behalf to managing partners, hiring partners, chief talent officers, law school deans, faculty and legal administrators on a variety of legal industry topics.
Ian McCray is a Senior Search Associate in Diversified Search Group’s (DSG) Fundraising and Advancement practice. Prior to his return to DSG, Ian spent over a decade doing development work in nonprofits and higher education institutions. Beginning in 2009, Ian worked for several years at Middlebury College, where he began as Assistant Director of Admissions and ultimately became the Director of Alumni and Parent Programs. Subsequently, he worked in development, overseeing and spearheading major initiatives at prominent Vermont-based institutions.
Molly Moshofsky Matheson
Molly Moshofsky Matheson joined the Lewis & Clark Law School of Lewis & Clark College development team in June 2019 as a Gift Officer and has served in development positions for nonprofits and higher education for over 9 years. She holds a MSc & BSc from the University of British Columbia. She brings a data-informed and peer-driven approach to the Law School’s Annual Fund. Molly is originally from Oregon but spent twelve years living in British Columbia and Virginia, which gave her a deep sense of appreciation for the incredible diversity that defines North America.
Julia Pollan is currently the assistant dean of advancement at Cardozo School of Law with prior experience at Columbia University and Law School. She received her BA in American Studies from Hamilton College and her MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia.
Jennifer Rosato Perea
Now in her second term at DePaul and fourteenth year as a law dean, Jennifer Rosato Perea has served as dean of DePaul University College of Law since 2015. A nationally recognized leader in legal education, Dean Rosato Perea brings a wealth of experience to DePaul as an experienced administrator, a longtime advocate of student engagement and professionalism, and a respected legal scholar. One of only a small number of Latina law school deans in the nation, she has been recognized and honored for her commitment to diversity through her presentations on implicit bias, mentoring, and creation of innovative programs.
Peter Shankman is a top keynote speaker in marketing, social media, customer service, and neurodiversity in the workplace. The New York Times has called Peter Shankman “a rock star who knows everything about social media and then some.” He is a 6x best selling author, entrepreneur and corporate in-person and virtual keynote speaker, focusing on neurodiversity in the workplace and customer experience. With three startup launches and exits under his belt, Peter is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about the customer experience, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and the new Neurodiverse Economy.
A seasoned advancement professional, Stephanie Silvestri‘s career has included work in fundraising, marketing & communications, volunteer management, development operations, and alumni relations. She began her career in Alumni & Development at Seton Hall Law in 2008 and then honed in on her personal solicitation skills while raising scholarship support for students at Rider University and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Since her return to Seton Hall in 2016, she has developed and nearly doubled an annual giving program. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie expanded her credentials with MARCOM, including curating and designing a monthly e-newsletter, story writing, and video production/editing. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in her multi-generational community choir, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her husband wrangling their small children and dogs.
Michael Singleton conducts high-profile searches for cultural, philanthropic and educational institutions. Based in New York, Michael excels at working with organizations looking to make an impact in their communities. His clients include organizations across the fine arts, performing arts, public media, natural history, STEAM, education, and philanthropic landscape. He works with some of the most significant social impact organizations in the United States, focusing on CEO and Chief Development Officer searches. Michael holds a BA in English from Yale University.
TaWanda Hunter Stallworth
Last year TaWanda Hunter Stallworth was welcomed as the program manager for Dickinson Law’s new Antiracist Development Institute (ADI). With a desire to empower people, TaWanda has employed a crafty combination of life experience, compassion, and dedication to motivate people toward living their best lives possible. Her non-profit and religious organization involvement have opened doors for her to share no-nonsense and practical approaches to much of what ails disadvantaged members of the population. Whether it is homelessness, domestic violence, drug/alcohol addiction, or a lack of access to education; TaWanda has shown what can be possible if enough of the right choices are made and the right opportunities are taken advantage of. People persist for a lack of knowledge. Our world dictates that the more we know individually, the better we can serve each other collectively. When we know better, we do better. Let the knowing begin by empowering each other.
Sondra Tennessee is the Associate Dean of Alumni and Community Relations. Her areas of responsibility include the following: alumni engagement, community and business relations, admissions, career development, and scholarships. In addition, she works strategically with a broad group of offices on the University of Houston campus. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UH Law Center. Before joining the UH Law Center, she worked at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Washington University School of Law. Graduating from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and from Washington University in St. Louis with a law degree, Associate Dean Tennessee has used her education to help others achieve their goals.
William M. Treanor
William Treanor is the Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center, and he holds the Law Center’s Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair. Dean Treanor joined Georgetown in 2010 after serving as Deal and Paul Fuller Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Treanor’s areas of academic expertise include constitutional law, property law, criminal law, intellectual property, and legal history. In 2012, Dean Treanor was recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Champion” because of his work to “uphold the profession’s core values,” and in the same year he received the 2012 David Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award from the David Nee Foundation for his efforts to raise mental health awareness among law students
Conor Ryan Tung
Conor Ryan Tung is the Associate Director of The Law Fund at Stanford Law School. Prior to coming to SLS, Conor worked in Development at an independent K-8 all girl’s school in San Francisco. Before her work in the Development world, Conor worked in the luxury retail space. Originally from the east coast, Conor lives in San Francisco with her husband, 7-year-old daughter and their dog.
Melanie D. Wilson
Melanie D. Wilson is the dean of Washington & Lee University School of Law, and holds the Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr., Professorship in Law. Wilson joined W&L on July 1, 2022. Wilson is a highly respected scholar and teacher. She writes and teaches about issues of criminal procedure, focusing on the Fourth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment, and prosecutors. Wilson is the author of multiple books and law review articles on these subjects. Wilson is also active in the profession and in her community. She has served the Association of American Law Schools in numerous capacities, including current membership on its Executive Committee. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Andy Yang, now at Stanford Law School, has helped lead the planning for this year’s virtual conference. He previously held leadership positions in institutional advancement at Harvard University and the University of California (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSF). He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Prior to a career in higher education administration, Andy was an attorney with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.