Lunch and Learn Speaker Series

Lunch and Learn Speaker Series: The Power of Your JD in an Interdisciplinary and Innovative World

The law school's Center for Health Policy and LawCenter for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) and New Markets Partnership joined forces in 2018 to launch a Lunch & Learn Speaker Series aimed at increasing student access and engagement with graduates and practitioners in non-traditional legal roles. Monthly lunch conversations take place throughout the academic year and connect to broader initiatives that the School of Law is establishing to expand its cooperative legal education program and post-graduate opportunities for students.

If you interested in joining the virtual Lunch & Learn sessions, please contact Rhonda Rittenberg, Director of New Markets, at

Lunch and Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2020-2021
*All fall/winter sessions will be held virtually until further notice.
Summer Quarter
Monday, June 14, 2021 | 12:45-1:45 PM ET (via Zoom)
The Big Wide World of Compliance in Financial Services - An Inside View
Amy Morancie ’18, Compliance Associate, Wells Fargo, Charlotte, North Carolina

Please join us for The Power of Your JD In An Interdisciplinary and Innovative World Lunch & Learn Series with our upcoming guest speaker Amy Morancie ’18, compliance associate for Wells Fargo in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is Morancie’s third year with Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Banking Firm. Since the beginning of her law school journey, she searched for alternative ways to utilize a JD outside of a courtroom. Her passion for compliance began with her work as a compliance intern for the Athletics Department at Northeastern University. Morancie obtained her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of South Florida.
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Spring Quarter
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 12:10 - 1:10 PM
ESG, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability - A Bridge Between Public Interest and the Private Sector
Guest Speakers:
Chris Fletcher ’13Business and Human Rights Specialist, Wells Fargo
Marion Werkheiser, Founding Partner & Attorney at Law, Cultural Heritage Partners

Please join us for The Power of Your JD In An Interdisciplinary and Innovative World Lunch & Learn Series with our upcoming guest speakers, Marion Werkheiser, managing member with Cultural Heritage Partners and Chris Fletcher ‘11, human rights specialist with Wells Fargo. Werkheiser works with investors, financial institutions, and companies on ESG and corporate governance matters to reduce the impact of infrastructure projects on indigenous people and cultural heritage worldwide.  As part of the Environmental and Social Impact Management team, Fletcher works to identify, assess and mitigate human rights risks in the context of corporate lending and financing.

Winter Quarter
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Privacy and Big Tech: An Inside View
Fatima Jafri ’13,
Lead Product and Privacy Counsel, Facebook.
An interactive and informal discussion about working as a lawyer in the technology industry sector with a focus on privacy and product development.
Fall Quarter
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Guest Speaker:
Daniel Wu, Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta
Dan Wu is a Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta, the world’s leading Data Management platform for Data Science. He holds a JD from Harvard University.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Guest Speakers: 
Michael Kasdan, Partner, Wiggin and Dana
David Morris, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for TripAdvisor Inc.An interactive and informal discussion about the evolving dynamics between in-house and outside counsel in the digital economy where agility, entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit, and technological and business competence are highly valued.

Co-sponsored by:
Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC)
Center for Health Policy and Law
New Markets Program 

  • Lunch and Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2019-2020
    *All events take place in the Dean's Suite Conference Room

    August 7, 2019

    Michael Spadea '02, Senior Managing Director, PwC (West Region and Greater Texas)
    Focus: global privacy and security

    Michael Spadea is a senior managing drector in PwC’s cybersecurity and privacy practice. Michael has more than 15 years of privacy experience serving clients in many industries and jurisdictions, including conducting multi-jurisdiction investigations, and practicing privacy and security law in Europe. Prior to joining PwC, Michael founded an IP and general litigation practice, founded and led the US privacy practice for an international consulting firm, oversaw information governance for enterprise customers in the Microsoft services division, served in London as global privacy counsel for the Barclays Banking Group, and was head of privacy for its wealth advisory division

    Fall Quarter

    September 12, 2019

    Andrew Droste ’15
    Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates (Seattle, Washington)
    Focus: Environmental, Social Corporate Governance (ESG)

    Andrew Droste ’15 is a board advisory specialist at Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) within the firm's Board and CEO Advisory Partners practice. Prior to RRA, Andrew led Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) engagement, research and risk analyses for BNY Mellon’s Proxy Voting and Governance Committee. Andrew began his career as an ESG analyst at Nuveen on their Responsible Investing Team. He is also treasurer and member of the board at Speak For The Trees, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the size and health of the urban tree canopy in the greater Boston area.

    November 6, 2019

    Timothy Hogan
    VP, Chief Compliance Officer, Boston Children's Hospital (Boston)
    Focus: Healthcare compliance

    Timothy Hogan is the vice president and chief compliance officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Tim was the compliance and privacy officer for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Atrius Health and the Atrius Health Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. He began his career as a compliance consultant, furnishing business advisory services for a full range of healthcare providers. After graduating from Brown University with an AB in Religious Studies, Tim earned his JD with a concentration in Health Law from Boston University School of Law.

    Winter Quarter
    December 4, 2019

    Jamal Stockton, E’01
    VP, Head of Legal Innovation and Technology, Fidelity Investments (Boston)
    Focus: Technology/Innovation/Legal Operations

    Jamal Stockton is the head of legal innovation and technology in the legal department at Fidelity Investments. He is responsible for continuous improvement in the department’s service delivery and collaborates with an international team of IT development teams, operations and eDiscovery staff, legal service providers and lawyers. Mr. Stockton has over 20 years of experience in process engineering, platform design and implementation, and innovation “evangelism” in the legal, financial services and manufacturing fields. He donates his time and expertise to many non-profits and is particularly passionate about legal service innovation that will advance the cause of equal access to justice. He has a mechanical engineering technology degree from Northeastern University.

    January 8, 2020

    Peter Castellano ’03
    Medical Innovation Lead, Nestle Skin Health; New York Chapter Organizer, Hacking Health
    Focus: HealthTech/Life Sciences/Innovation

    Peter Castellano is the innovation lead and relationship manager at Nestle Skin Health and serves as the New York organizer for Hacking Health, a collaborative of healthcare and technology experts that solves healthcare problems through technology. Previously, he was a policy consultant for Morgan Stanley, writing policy and procedure for its Operational Risk Department. Mr. Castellano is passionate about bringing innovative solutions to the world of health and nutrition. After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in languages, he earned his JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a graduate certificate in healthcare innovation from Harvard Medical School.

    February 12, 2020

    Forrester Liddle
    Senior Director of Intellectual Property, Jounce Therapeutics (Cambridge, Mass.)
    FOCUS:  IP and Life Sciences

    Forrester Liddle is a senior director of intellectual property at Jounce Therapeutics, a clinical stage immuno-oncology biotechnology company located in Cambridge, Mass. At Jounce, Forrester leads both the IP and legal contracts functions. Over the past four years, Forrester has supervised six legal co-ops from Northeastern in work related to contracts, patent strategy and general corporate counseling. Previously, Forrester was a patent attorney at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Prior to going in-house, Forrester was at Clark and Elbing for nine years as a patent agent and, later, a patent attorney. Forrester has an undergraduate biology degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD in cell biology from Harvard University, and a JD from Suffolk University.

    Spring Quarter
    March 4, 2020
    Jennifer Willcox ’98
    Vice President, Legal Services, Yale New Haven Health
    FOCUS: health care/life science/compliance/legal ops

    Jennifer Willcox oversees a team of more than 20 lawyers and other legal professionals at Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), Connecticut’s leading health care system and the third largest employer in the state. She has been the primary internal legal counsel to several strategic initiatives of YNHHS, including hospital acquisitions and affiliations. Previously, Willcox was a partner in the healthcare department of Pullman & Comley, an associate at Wiggin and Dana and a federal district court law clerk. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University.

    April 1, 2020
    Postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19 - Date to be Announced
    Daniel Wu

    Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta (New York, New York)
    Focus: Data Privacy/Security/Technology and Public Trust/Democracy


  • Lunch and Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2018-2019

    Fall Quarter
    October 24, 2018
    Rita Heimes
    General Counsel, Research Director and Data Privacy Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
    Focus: privacy and innovation
    Winter Quarter
    January 9, 2019
    Fred Fedynyshyn
    Senior Counsel, Perkins & Coie (Seattle, Washington)
    Focus: virtual currency, blockchain technology, compliance and regulatory
    February 6, 2019
    Garth Davis ’12
    Compliance Program Manager, Wellframe (Boston)
    Focus: digital healthcare, compliance, privacy and security
    Spring Quarter
    March 13, 2019
    Luke Blackadar ’14
    Director of Legal Services, Arts & Business Counsel of Greater Boston (formerly Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts)
    Focus: intellectual property protection and affordable legal services for the arts and business communities
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    March 27, 2019
    Michelle Anderson
    Attorney, ZwillGen, (Boston)
    Focus: privacy, security and consumer protection
    April 3, 2019
    Jason Rifkin ’03 
    President/CEO, PhageNova Bio, Inc. (New York, New York)
    Focus: IP/early stage biotechnology

    Robert Warren ’03
    Chief Operation Officer and Chief Financial Officer, AZTherapies, Inc. (Boston)
    Focus: disruptive technology and clinical stage pharmaceuticals/biotechnology