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Directors

Mitt Regan

regan@law.georgetown.edu
202-662-9414

Mitt is actively involved in the Center's research and education initiatives. He is the principal investigator on several research projects out of the Center, including a project on law firm culture and a study on alumni career paths. In addition to conducting empirical research with the Center, Mitt, along with Jeff Bauman, coordinates the Center's Law Firm Roundtable, which focuses on issues relating to ethics, liability, and risk for law firms. Mitt also teaches courses to Georgetown Law students on Law Firms and on Professional Responsibility in Law Firm and Corporate Practice, as well as to practitioners through Georgetown's Executive Education program. Mitt's scholarship focuses on the legal profession, law firms, ethics, and corporations.

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Executive Director

Heather Bock

heb29@law.georgetown.edu
202-662-4221

Heather Bock, Ph.D is a Visiting Professor and Executive Director for the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law. In this capacity, she conducts research on the legal profession on organizational behavior, predictors of attorney success, and leadership in law firms.In addition, she teaches courses at Georgetown Law for law students and practicing attorneys on how to build leadership, team, and client relationship skills. Heather is also the Global Chief Learning Officer for Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP where she leads the learning function for associate and partner training and development. Her work experience includes designing programs and delivering training for professional services firms and consulting with a variety of companies on HR strategy, organizational transformation, and culture change. Heather is a recipient of the HR Leadership Award of Greater Washington and the Chief Learning Officer Vanguard Award. She has written several articles, and authored a book on Using a Competency Model to Manage Firm Talent for the American Bar Association. She holds a B.S., Master of Public Health, and PhD in Organizational Behavior from UNC – Chapel Hill.

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Director, Law Firm Roundtable Program

Barry Cohen

bec33@law.georgetown.edu

Barry works with the Co-Directors of the Center in developing and presenting ethics and professional responsibility risk management training programs for law firms, and provides support for the Center's Law Firm Roundtable. Barry is a partner at a major law firm, and teaches professional responsibility at the Law Center.

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Senior Fellows

Mary B. DeRosa

Mary DeRosa is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law School, where she focuses on national security law, with a particular focus on national security lawyering in the government.  She teaches a course on national security lawyering, as well as courses on cyber security law and policy, and torts.  She also co-directs Georgetown’s Global Law Scholars program.  Previously, Ms. DeRosa served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and National Security Council Legal Adviser in the Obama Administration.  She has also served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, an ambassador-level position.  Before the Obama Administration, Ms. DeRosa was Chief Counsel for National Security for the Senate Judiciary Committee, working for the Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy; Senior Fellow for Technology and Public Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Legal Advisor, and earlier Deputy Legal Adviser, during the Clinton Administration; and Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Earlier in her career, Ms. DeRosa was a lawyer at the Arnold & Porter law firm and a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Cardamone, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Lori Berman

lmb222@law.georgetown.edu

Lori is involved in the Center's research efforts, driving research on fast-tracking associates to partner. In addition to her research efforts, Lori teaches courses at the law school, including a course on Leadership, Team and Client Skills, and a course on Building and Maximizing Team Effectiveness. She also acts as both a professor and coach in several of the Center's Executive Education courses. Lori is currently Director of Professional Development at Hogan Lovells LLP. Prior to working at Hogan, she worked both in-house and as a consultant. In these roles, she helped organizations and law firms with training and professional development initiatives, leadership skills and coaching, succession planning, client relationship skills, women's initiatives, and using competencies for selection and performance management. Her work has won multiple awards, including the Chief Learning Officer Learning Team Award and the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Award for Professional Excellence in Technology. She holds an MA and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

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James Jones

jwj33@law.georgetown.edu

Jim is actively involved in designing executive education courses through the Center. Jim also acts as a professor for these programs; drawing on his prior experience as a law firm managing partner, corporate general counsel, and management consultant to the legal industry, he offers insightful guidance to attendees. In addition to his participation in the Center's executive education programs, Jim is involved in research with the Center. He specializes in strategy and trends in the legal profession.

Frederick J. Krebs

bec33@law.georgetown.edu

Fred focuses on emerging issues and trends relating to corporate counsel and the in-house practice of law.  He co-teaches a class on introduction to the in-house practice at Georgetown Law Center. Fred also is a Strategic Advisor to Clearspire, a new model law firm that is re-engineering the practice of law.  Additionally, he writes a monthly column for Canadian Lawyer In-House and is a Senior Adviser to the Association of Corporate Counsel after having served as its President for 20 years (1991-2011).  During his tenure he helped ACC become the leading global association for in-house counsel. Fred has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Secretary magazine and the Ally for Justice Award from the National LGBT Bar Association.  He is an avid photographer in his spare time and his work can be found at http://fredkrebs.zenfolio.com.

Kathleen Clark

Kathleen Clark is a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and practices law in Washington, DC, advising clients on issues of legal ethics, government ethics and the law of whistleblowing. She is an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Government Ethics and serves on the D.C. Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee and on the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Clark previously served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, drafting health care fraud legislation, and as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, writing an Ethics Manual for the District’s 32,000 employees. Her report on the conflicts of interest of government contractors formed the basis of a recommendation by the Administrative Conference of the United States and a resolution by the ABA House of Delegates. Clark has taught at the University of Michigan, Cornell University and Utrecht University, and her extensive academic work has been cited in hundreds of articles and books. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, she studied Russian in the Soviet Union and Spanish in Guatemala before clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Harold H. Greene.

Elise Groulx Diggs

Elise Groulx Diggs advises corporations, governments, international organizations and NGOs on the human rights issues, legal and social risks associated with their investment projects and global supply chains. She is ranked by Chambers & Partners Global Guide as one of the top seven lawyers in the world in the field of Business and Human Rights. Ms. Diggs has expertise in assessing the legal risks of business operations in fragile states and conflict affected areas. She also assists and advises clients with conflict mediation and remediation. Elise serves as the Convenor of the Advisory Board of the Business & Human Rights Project, American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights. She is also an officer of the CSR Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). She practices law as an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and is Principal of the consulting firm, BI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC, based in Washington DC. As senior legal advisor, Elise is licensed to practice law in France (Paris Bar) and Canada (Quebec Bar) and is a licensed legal consultant in the state of New York. She is also an accredited mediator. Elise practised as a criminal defence lawyer for many years in Montreal and, concurrently, founded two legal NGOs that participated in negotiations leading to the Rome Treaty and the regulations of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Lisa Rohrer

Lisa Rohrer is a researcher, writer and educator focused on leadership in the legal profession. She is currently working on a book with Mitt Regan about the changing nature of partnership based on interviews with over 260 law firm partners in major firms. In addition to her research, Lisa is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the American University School of International Service and serves as an advisor to law firm leaders on leadership, strategy and governance. Previously, Lisa led the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School. She earned a PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University.

Legal Ethics Coordinator 

Michael Frisch

frischm@law.georgetown.edu
202-662-9926

Professor Frisch is Ethics Counsel to the Law Center. He previously was senior assistant bar counsel to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was in private practice from 1978-84 and assistant federal public defender for Maryland from 1975-78. Professor Frisch worked as a research assistant for the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973 and 1974.

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Institutes Assistant

Becca Shopiro

rhs60@georgetown.edu

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