Alumni Honored with Paul Dean Award

October 18, 2011 — The award, which is named for former Law Center Dean Paul R. Dean, is given to outstanding alumni who have exhibited leadership to Georgetown Law and to the legal profession. It was presented on October 15 during the Law Center's Reunion Weekend.

Dean William M. Treanor at the Oct. 15 Reunion Gala with Paul R. Dean Alumni Award winners Rufus King (L'71), Ted Burke (L'86), Maurita Coley (L'81), Jules Kroll (L'66) and John Podesta (L'76). Dean William M. Treanor at the Oct. 15 Reunion Gala with Paul R. Dean Alumni Award winners Rufus King (L'71), Ted Burke (L'86), Maurita Coley (L'81), Jules Kroll (L'66) and John Podesta (L'76).
Ted Burke (Class of 1986) Ted Burke (Class of 1986)
Maurita Coley Flippin (Class of 1981) Maurita Coley Flippin (Class of 1981)
Rufus G King III (class of 1971) Rufus G King III (class of 1971)
Jules B. Kroll (Class of 1966) Jules B. Kroll (Class of 1966)
John D. Podesta (Class of 1976) John D. Podesta (Class of 1976)

This year’s recipients of the Paul R. Dean Award:

Theodore Burke (Class of 1986)

Theodore "Ted" Burke is the chief executive and global managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm headquartered in London that provides business law advice throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. He is a finance partner with experience in syndicated lending and project finance and has represented private equity funds in acquisitions in the energy sector and in connection with fund formation. After graduating from Georgetown Law, Burke joined Milbank Tweed, where he became a partner in 1994. In 1998, he went to Freshfields, where he was U.S. managing partner from 2001 to 2005, before assuming his current role in 2006. He has been a member of the Law Center's board of visitors since 2008.

Maurita Coley Flippin (Class of 1981)

Maurita Coley Flippin is the executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders, a D.C. area nonprofit that helps residents of low income communities to build assets through small business development, home ownership and postsecondary education. She is a former partner at the law firms Davis Wright Tremaine and Cole, Raywid & Braverman. She also served on the executive management team at BET as senior vice president, legal affairs and later as senior vice president, network operations and programming. Coley Flippin has served as vice chair of the Law Center's African-American scholarship endowment and as co-chair of the first Black Law Students Association alumni Reunion committee. A former member of the law alumni board, she received the Alumnae Award in 2006 and is co-chair of the class of 1981 30th Reunion committee.

Rufus G. King III (Class of 1971)

Rufus G. King III is a senior judge with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Appointed in 1984, he has served in the criminal, civil and family court divisions. In the civil division, he was deputy presiding judge from 1994 to 1996 and chair from 1997 to 1998. He was designated chief judge in 2000 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2008. On the Court, he chaired the child support guidelines committee and the domestic violence coordinating council. From 1986 to 2000, he chaired the committee on technology and automation, where he was a major contributor to the Court's technology development efforts. Prior to joining the Court, King was in a general litigation private practice with his father, Rufus King Jr.

Jules B. Kroll (Class of 1966)

Jules B. Kroll is chairman and CEO of Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc. He is widely regarded as a pioneer of modern investigations, intelligence and the corporate security industry. In 1972, he founded Kroll Associates Inc., a professional services firm dedicated to mitigating risk. The firm, which he sold to Marsh & McLennan Companies in 2004, reached annual revenues of $1 billion. In 2002, he was honored with the Entrepreneurial Award by British American Business Inc. At Georgetown Law, Kroll established the Kroll Family Human Rights Fellowships, which enable recent graduates to work full-time at human rights organizations. He is a founding member and former chair of the Law Center's board of visitors and a former member of Georgetown University's board of regents. He received the University's John Carroll Alumni Award in 2009.

John D. Podesta (Class of 1976)

John D. Podesta is president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and chair and counselor for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, he was White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president's cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. He was also assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary and a senior policy adviser on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy. Most recently, he was co-chair of President Barack Obama's transition team. Podesta is a distinguished visiting professor at Georgetown Law, where he has taught since 1995, and is a member of the class of 1976 35th Reunion committee. He received the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Law Alumni Public Service Award in 2009.