Members of the Advisory Board meet annually to provide input on matters related to curricular development, new programs, and career opportunities for VLS graduates.
Judge Mary McGowan Davis
Active with several organizations focusing on human rights and transitional justice; member of the managerial board, International Association of Women Judges. Formerly: Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of New York; Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Paris, France.
Honorable Whitney Debevoise
Partner, International Practice Group, Arnold & Porter LLP; Executive Council Member, American Society of International Law; formerly U.S. Executive Director, The World Bank; Member, Maryland Port Commission. Chevy Chase, MD.
Honorable Madeleine Kunin
President, Board of Directors, Institute for Sustainable Communities. Formerly: U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland; Governor of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.
Honorable Peter Leuprecht
Formerly: Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe; Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe; Director, Montreal Institute of International Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal; Dean of the Faculty of Law, McGill University. Montréal, Canada.
George McKann, ESQ.
Partner, Corporate and Securities Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Formerly: Chair of the International Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath; President, World Law Group. Chicago, Ill.
Bruce Proctor, ESQ., VLS '82
General Counsel, Diageo North America and Global Intellectual Property, Diageo plc. Norwalk, Conn.
Lucy Reed, ESQ.
Lucy Reed is global head of the international arbitration group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She also serves on the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Governing Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Previously, President of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the Institute for Transactional Arbitration. Hong Kong, China.
Patrick N.Z. Rona, ESQ., VLS '92
Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP. International corporate finance and insolvency lawyer handling cross-border restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings (public and private). Previously with Baker & McKenzie in Budapest, and president and CEO of a publicly listed emerging market company.
Professor Yvonne Scannell
Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Trinity College, Dublin; barrister and counselor to the Irish Government on matters involving environmental law and policy. Dublin, Ireland.
Judge Stephen Schwebel
International arbitrator; President of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund since 1994. Formerly: Judge of the International Court of Justice, 1981-2000, and Court President 1997-2000. Washington, D.C.
Professor Fernando Sotelino
Adjunct Professor, International Banking, Columbia University; Senior Operating Partner, Advent International (private equity); Senior Advisor, Brasilpar (M&A, Sao Paulo). Formerly: CEO, Unibanco, Brazil; Managing Director, Private Equity and M&A, Citibank, Sao Paulo; Project Finance Head, Crocker Bank, San Francisco. New York, NY.
Peter D. Trooboff, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; Member of the Curatorium, Hague Academy of International Law; former President of the American Society of International Law. Washington, D.C.
Mr. Christopher Wren
Public broadcasting commentator. Formerly: New York Times correspondent and Bureau Chief in Moscow; Bureau Chief in Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg; Assistant Financial Desk Editor; and United Nations Correspondent. Fairlee, Vt.
Hon. Kenneth Yalowitz
Career diplomat and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University. Immediate past Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College. Previously, US Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus and to Georgia. Reston, Virginia.