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, Innovation 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. 
>> Download the flyer

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
>> Download the flyer

Students can sign up for individual or group advising sessions with Mr. Spadea from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by emailing Gianina Chua at
Space for these sessions is limited.
Lunch will be served. 

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.
>> Download the flyer

November 6, 2019

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

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.

Students can sign up for individual or group advising sessions with Mr. Hogan following the event by emailing Gianina Chua at

Winter Quarter

December 4, 2019

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

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.

Students can sign up for individual or group advising sessions with Mr. Stockton following the event by emailing Gianina Chua at Space for these sessions is limited. 

January 8, 2020

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

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.

Students can sign up for individual or group advising sessions with Mr. Castellano following the event by emailing Gianina Chua at Space for these sessions is limited. 

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.
>> Download the flyer

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.
>> Download the flyer

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

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

Lunch and Learn Speaker Series Schedule 2018-2019

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
>> Download the flyer

March 27, 2019
Michelle Anderson
Attorney, ZwillGen, (Boston)
Focus: privacy, security and consumer protection
>> Download the flyer

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