Deans Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board, formerly known as the Board of Visitors, is a group of loyal alumni and friends who lend their varied perspectives and experiences to advance the College of Law towards continued excellence. Board members are committed to:

  • Providing advice and counsel to the dean on matters affecting the College of Law;
  • Promoting and supporting the best interests of the College of Law, including stimulating interest in, building loyalty to, and increasing support for the College of Law among alumni, friends, and other supporters, both individual and institutional;
  • Assisting the College of Law in attracting outstanding students;
  • Supporting the College of Law in broadening and enhancing professional opportunities for its students and graduates; and
  • Aiding the College of Law in enhancing its national and international reputation.

The Dean's Advisory Board is comprised of at least twenty alumni, each serving a three-year renewable term. The Board meets two times a year, and its committees conduct business between board meetings.

Dean's Advisory Board Members


Board Members

Dr. Leslie A. Bertagnolli, ’79
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Charles A. Blixt,’77
Executive Vice President and General Counsel (Ret.)
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Winston Salem, North Carolina

John T. Bradford,’80
Of Counsel
Liskow & Lewis
Houston, Texas

William F. Conlon,’70
Sidley Austin, LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Jackie Goff, '73
Director (Ret.)
Department of Justice
Office of Inspector General
Washington, District of Columbia

Jane A. Hays,’79
Managing Director
The Downey Group
Champaign, Illinois

William D. Heinz,’73
Jenner & Block, LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Adam Hoeflich, '91
Bartlit Beck
Chicago, Illinois

Leonard P. Lewicki,’73
Financial Advisor (Ret.)
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Seattle, Washington

Jean Manning,’73
Chief Counsel for Employment (Ret.)
United States Senate
Washington, District of Columbia

Taisa Markus (’86)
Paul Hastings LLP
New York, NY

Michael S. Melbinger, ’83
Winston & Strawn, LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Steven F. Molo,’82
New York, New York

Michael A. Monts,’76
Vice President Business Practices (Ret.)
United Technologies Corporation
Hartford, Connecticut

Langdon D. Neal,’82
Principal and Owner
Neal & Leroy, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

Suzanne L. Saxman,’81
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Richard K. Smith Jr.,’80
White & Case
Los Angeles, California

Nancy Snowden,’78
Director, Office of Business Practices (Ret.)
Caterpillar, Inc.
Peoria, Illinois

Russ M. Strobel,’77
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (Ret.)
Nicor Gas & Nicor, Inc. 
Naperville, Illinois

Michael L. Tipsord,’84
Chief Operating Officer
State Farm Insurance Companies
Bloomington, Illinois

Carl L. Vacketta,’65, President Emeritus
Washington, District of Columbia