Lunch and Learn Speaker Series

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

The law school's  Office of New Markets launched the Lunch & Learn Speaker Series in 2018 with a view to increasing student access and engagement with graduates and practitioners in non-traditional legal roles. 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 the Office of New Markets, at

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 |1:00-2:00 PM | 44 Dockser Hall/Zoom (Hybrid Event)

The Future is Here: Artificial Intelligence, Law and Policy

Please join the Office of New Markets for The Power of Your JD In An Interdisciplinary and Innovative World Lunch & Learn Series with our upcoming guest speaker, Michael Bennett, director of education programs, AI law and policy at Northeastern University’s Institute for Experiential AI (EAI).  Students will have the opportunity to hear about Bennett’s work in the AI, arts, technoscience, law and policy spaces, as well as the cutting-edge work being done at EAI.

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Zoom advance registration here

For in person attendance with lunch, email no later than Friday, February 2. 

Michael Bennett is the director of education programs, AI law and policy at the Institute for Experiential AI (EAI).  He has been a faculty member at Northeastern University School of Law, the School for the Future of Innovation In Society and the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the University of Michigan. Bennett served as commissioner of arts and culture for the city of Tempe, Arizona, as well as a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Bioethics and the Law and a board member of Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. His legal practice and research primarily focus on innovation in the arts and technoscientific fields where he regularly consults with innovators in artistic and technoscientific domains, limited-resource academic and artist-operated institutions, and politically-active celebrities. Bennett graduated from Harvard Law and has a BS in physics and a PhD in philosophy-science, technology and society.

Monday, November 13, 2023 | 1:00 -2:00 PM | 32 Dockser Hall/Zoom (Hybrid Event) 

From Business Formation to Technology Transactions and IP: All in a Day’s Work for Lawyers in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Please join the Office of New Markets for The Power of Your JD In An Interdisciplinary and Innovative World Lunch & Learn Series with our upcoming guest speakers, Rohan Vakil ’21, corporate associate with Gesmer Updegrove in Boston, Daniel Davies ’22, legal fellow at the Roux Institute in Portland, Maine, and Michelle Fong ’24, legal officer at IDEA, Northeastern University’s student-led venture accelerator. This program will provide an insider’s view of working with entrepreneurs and start-up companies, along with insights on creating a roadmap for your own career journey in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.

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  • Lunch & Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2021-2022
    Fall Term
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 1:00 -2:00 PM ET (via Zoom)
    Integrating Social Activism, Filmmaking, Cannabis and ESG
    Sanford Lewis

    Founder and Director, Shareholders Rights Group and Northeast Sustainable Cannabis Project

    Sanford Lewis is a social activist and lawyer who focuses on ESG and shareholder activism on environment and human rights, including issues of climate change and stakeholder impacts such as racial and gender equity. He is the founder and director of The Northeast Sustainable Cannabis Project, which advocates on behalf of outdoor license cannabis cultivators in the Northeast. His work as a documentary filmmaker includes the short films: “Twenty Years Without Justice: The Bhopal Chemical Disaster,” “Burning Issues in Medical Waste,” “The Truth About Cats, Dogs and Lawn Chemicals” and “Contaminated Without Consent.” Lewis has a BS in environmental studies and urban communications from Cook College, Rutgers University, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 1:00 -2:00 PM ET (via Zoom)
    Path, Passion and Policy… A Multifaceted View of the Technology and Telecommunications Industries
    Gavin Logan ’10
    Privacy and Public Policy Manager, Facebook
    Gavin Logan is an attorney specializing in technology and telecommunications. Based in Washington, DC, he has served as attorney advisor for the Federal Communications Commission, director of tech telecom policy for the National Urban League Washington Bureau and assistant general counsel for the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. Logan has provided expert opinion on policy issues such as diversity in the tech industry, algorithmic bias and privacy. He chaired the FCC’s Diversity in Tech working group, including leading a team of diversity experts to meet with tech industry leaders to develop industry recommendations on improving diversity in the tech space. Logan obtained his JD from Northeastern University School of Law and his BA in political science from Brown University.>> Download the flyer

    Winter Term
    *Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 1:00 -2:00 PM ET (via Zoom)
    *Please note: this event was postponed due to a scheduling conflict. A new 2022 date will be announced soon. 
    Lawyering and Leadership… A Focus on Entrepreneurship and Equity

    Krystal Williams
    Founder, Providentia Group; General Counsel, StashUp, Portland, MaineKrystal Williams is an accomplished and results-driven energy and business attorney. She brings an important and respected perspective to issues of innovation, strategic partnerships and board governance, and has served on the board of directors for multiple non-profits and in leadership roles at her alma maters. She currently serves as a technology advisor for Maine Technology Institute, the equity officer and a director for the Maine ACLU, and a member of the governance committee for Maine Public Radio. Williams is the chairwoman of KinoTek, a rapidly growing startup in Maine.She holds a JD from the University of Maine School of Law, an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and BAs in mathematics and psychology from Williams College.
    Spring Term
    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 1:00-2:PM (ET) | Hybrid Event
    Advocating for Health Equity: A Government Relations View…
    Amara Azubuike
    Director of Behavioral Health Policy and Advocacy, Boston Children’s HospitalAmara Azubuike is the director of behavioral health policy and advocacy at Boston Children’s Hospital where she is responsible for advancing the hospital’s behavioral health policy agenda at the local, state and national level to expand access to quality behavioral health care for all children. She works in close consultation with the Department of Psychiatry and also provides strategic direction and leadership to further the policy goals of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign. Before joining the government relations team, Azubuike worked in the Office of General Counsel at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she implemented and staffed the hospital’s first Medical-Legal Partnership program. Azubuike also served as an assistant attorney general at the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General Maura Healey and as a judicial law clerk for the Delaware Family Court. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the George Washington University Law School.Presented by Northeastern Law’s Office of New Markets and Center for Health, Policy and Law.>> Download the flyerAdvance registration: For in-person attendance, email Rhonda Rittenberg at r.rittenberg@northeastern. Virtual attendance register here.
    Summer Term
    Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 1:00-2:PM (ET) | Hybrid Event
    Privacy , Data Management and Cybersecurity…Career Paths and Vantage Points
    Alissamariah Gutierrez ’21
    Associate, Digital Assets, Data Management and Cybersecurity Practice Group, Baker Hostetler, AtlantaAlissa Gutierrez is an associate in the Atlanta office of BakerHostetler, where she is a member of the firm’s digital assets and data management team. She leverages a client-facing approach to the sensitive time nature of security incidents and advises clients on compliance with various data breach notification laws.

    Gutierrez held externships at various government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. During law school, she was a research assistant for Professor Woodrow Hartzog, a leading privacy scholar, and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Society. Gutierrez also served on the diversity and inclusion committee of the Northeastern University Law Review and maintains a strong commitment to diversity in the legal field.

    Louis Perez
    Privacy Program Manager and Counsel, Kayak/ OpenTable, Boston

    Louis Perez is privacy program manager and counsel for KAYAK and OpenTable. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of KAYAK and OpenTable’s global privacy program. Perez serves as a subject matter expert in privacy laws, regulations and trends affecting global privacy and data use practice. His responsibilities include drafting, negotiating and reviewing privacy and data protection terms including data protection agreements pursuant to Article 28 of the GDPR. He also supports and advises KAYAK and OpenTable’s businesses cross-functionally, from reviewing marketing, sales, and product/engineering initiatives to assisting human resources and the dining and travel customer support teams on privacy matters.

    Before joining KAYAK and OpenTable, Perez was the associate privacy officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America. His responsibilities included writing and implementing privacy policies, conducting privacy investigationsand providing privacy trainings. He also served as the business privacy officer for four of Fresenius’s businesses: Frenova Renal Research, Spectra Laboratories, Fresenius RX and Renal Research Institute.

    Louis graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2017 with a Health and Biomedical Law Concentration with Distinction. Louis enjoys mentoring law students and attorneys interested in pursuing a career in privacy law.

    Advance registration: For in-person attendance, email Rhonda Rittenberg at r.rittenberg@northeastern. Virtual attendance register here.

  • Lunch and Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2020-2021
    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 CarolinaPlease 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 PartnersPlease 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
    Office of New Markets

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