Dean's Cabinet

The Suffolk University Law School Dean’s Cabinet consists of a distinguished community of loyal benefactors who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the Law School’s mission through philanthropy and strategic consultation.

About the Dean’s Cabinet 

Criteria

Selected members must pledge at least $50,000. Gift commitments can be completed through five annual contributions and must be fulfilled by the fifth year of service.

Responsibilities

Appointed by Dean Andrew Perlman, Dean’s Cabinet members are asked to:

  • Provide strategic advice and counsel to the Dean in pursuit of the Dean’s overall programmatic and fundraising goals;
  • Enhance the academic profile of the Law School by assisting the Dean with strategic corporate and individual partnerships within the New England region, around the nation, and abroad;
  • Identify, cultivate, and engage alumni to become involved with the Law School as well as identify possible nominees to serve in the Dean’s Cabinet; and
  • Serve as ambassadors of the Law School to external stakeholders, such as alumni, corporate partners, and prospective students and their parents.

Members of the Dean’s Cabinet are recognized for their generosity throughout the academic year and are included in the University’s Donor Roll.

Read about the early days of the Dean’s Cabinet in the Suffolk Law Alumni Magazine.

Members

“I think the direction [Dean Perlman] is taking is energizing the Law School. It’s a critical time to support students.”

Patricia M. Annino, JD '81 Partner, Rimon Law (Boston, MA)
Joy L. Backer, JD '15 Associate, WilmerHale
Alexander A. Bove, Jr. JD'67 Partner, Bove & Langa P.C.
Law alumna Claudine Cloutier headshot
Claudine A. Cloutier, JD'95 Partner, Keches Law Group
Barry Cosgrove JD'85 Chairman & CEO, Blackmore, LLC (Laguna Beach, CA)
Gerry D'Ambrosio JD'93 Founder & Managing Partner, D'Ambrosio Brown LLP. (Boston, MA)
Gerard DiFiore JD'84 Partner, Reed Smith LLP (New York, NY)
Christine Newman Garvey JD'72 Global Head of Corporate Real Estate and Services (retired), Deutsche Bank AG
Ken Gear JD'95 CEO, Leading Builders of America (Washington D.C.)
Marc S. Geller JD'71 Vice President, Cedar Crossing Management, LLC (Houston, TX)
Joseph W. Glannon Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School (Boston, MA)

“Suffolk has done more for me than I could ever do for it. Those who can pay the debt forward really need to step up and get into the habit of contributing.”

Ernst Guerrier BA'91, JD'94 Principal, Guerrier & Associates PC (Boston, MA)
Jim Haley, JD '75
James F. Haley, JD ’75 Founding Partner, Haley Guiliano LLP
George N. Keches JD'75 Senior and Founding Partner, Keches Law Group/Keches Realty, LLC (Taunton, MA)
Warren G. Levenbaum JD'72 Founding Partner, Levenbaum Trachtenberg (Phoenix, AZ)

“Alumni who want a voice in the school’s future have a duty to give back in terms of advice, financial support and strong feedback.”

Konstantinos Ligris JD'01 Founder & CEO, Ligris + Associates, PC (Newton, MA)
Deborah Marson JD'78 Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Iron Mountain Inc. (Boston, MA)
Michael J. McCormack JD'72 Founder, The McCormack Firm, LLC (Boston, MA)
Brian E. McManus JD'71 President, McManus Capital Management (Fort Worth, TX)
Rob Noonan JD'85 Regional Managing Partner - Tax, KPMG East

“The legal market is radically different than it was when I came up; we need to work together to help our school and our graduates adapt to the new normal. We all need to step up here.”

Eric J. Parker JD'86 Co-founder and Managing Partner, Parker Scheer, LLP (Boston, MA)
Jamie Sasson JD'04 Managing Partner, The Ticktin Law Group (Boca Raton, FL)

“As the legal market—nationally and for our graduates—is changing, I reached out to the dean and I said, ‘We need some jet fuel here to help propel our graduates—help them get an edge.’ That idea became really contagious.”

Lewis A. Sassoon, JD '69 Founding Partner, Sassoon & Cymrot LLP (Boston, MA)
Janis B. Schiff JD'83 Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP (Washington, DC)
Alan B. Sharaf JD'87 Partner, Sharaf & Maloney P.C. (Brookline, MA)

Law Professor Wayne Smith

 

"I am passionate about Suffolk and all it has to offer, equipping the next generation of students for all the challenges they will be facing in this world."

Wayne E. Smith, BSBA '77, JD '82 Adjunct Professor Firm Director Deloitte Tax LLP (ret.)
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Regina C. Sullivan JD '88 Managing Partner, Gaman Real Estate Group, LLC

Thomas Sullivan

“Suffolk Law School put me on a path towards a successful law career and I am happy to now have the opportunity to give back to the school and the next generation of students.”

Thomas M. Sullivan, JD '94 Founding Partner, Lando & Anastasi, LLP (Boston, MA)
James S. Trainor, JD ’00
James S. Trainor, JD ’00 Litigation Partner at Fenwick & West
Kenneth J. Vacovec, JD '75 Senior Partner, Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer (Newton, MA)
Richard J. Walsh, BA ’58, JD ’60
Richard J. Walsh, BA ’58, JD ’60 Attorney, Federal Trade Commission (retired)