AlumniU Career Colloquium: CAREERS IN LAW

3 Day Program for Law professionals

Join us April 24-26 for an in-depth look at the various careers within the field of law. Whether you are new to the field or considering a career change, you will gain valuable insights. Sessions will include a webinar about ethics in law, an online panel discussion on nontraditional legal careers, and a one-on-one virtual networking event with panel discussants.



  DAY 1

Online Speaker Webinar: Ethics & Law 

Date: Monday, April 24th

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm CT 

Register HERE 


Renato Mariotti, AB'98


Join fellow alumni for an in depth look at Ethics and Law with speaker Renato Mariotti, AB’98, Yale University JD’ ’01, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. 

Renato is an accomplished trial attorney who focuses his practice on representing parties involved in commodity futures markets in CFTC and DOJ investigations and enforcement actions. 

Renato defends trading firms and individuals in federal court, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and before the CME Group Business Conduct Committee. In addition, he helps proprietary trading firms develop internal compliance programs that target disruptive trading 

Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Renato was a federal prosecutor in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney's Office. In that role, Renato was best known as the lead prosecutor in U.S.v. Coscia, the nation's first federal prosecution of a high-frequency trader for order entry and the first prosecution nationwide under the anti-spoofing provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. This landmark case captured national headlines and signaled a new era of enforcement in computer-aided trading. After securing a first-of-its-kind indictment, Renato successfully defended the constitutionality of the spoofing and commodity fraud 
statutes. After a lengthy trial, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all 12 counts after less than one hour of deliberation. 




Online Discussion Panel: Alternative Careers in Law  

Date: Tuesday, April 25th

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm CT 

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Bruce Lithgow, JD'94

Bruce Lithgow, JD’94, Managing Director at Major, Linsey & Africa

Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the world’s largest and most experienced legal search firm. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network second to none, MLA is the acknowledged leader in legal recruiting and has earned recognition for its track record of successful General Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Partner, Associate, and Law Firm Management placements. MLA knows more people in the legal profession, knows more about them, and knows them better than anyone else in the business.

Prior to joining MLA, Bruce practiced law for a combined seventeen years in Chicago at a boutique firm, a full-service regional firm, and a major global law firm, providing him with unique market and practical insights that allow him to give expert advice to law firm partners navigating the lateral partner market and law firms exploring potential mergers and acquisitions.

Specialties: Law Firm Partner Recruiting and Placement 

 Heather R. McClean, LAB'93

Heather R. McClean, LAB’93, Northwestern JD’01, Director Office of Gift Planning at The University of Chicago

Heather is the Director of Gift Planning, Gift Policy, and Global Engagement Liaison in the Office of Gift Planning at the University of Chicago.  Since joining the department in 2004, Ms. McClean has worked with major and principal gift level donors and their advisers on complex giving techniques, including planned, outright and estate gifts for the benefit of various schools, units, and divisions at the University.  In addition to her work in planned giving, Ms. McClean provides advice on gift acceptance policies for Alumni Relations and Development, and serves as the point-person for issues related to international giving and the structure of the University’s foreign giving vehicles.  Prior to working at the University, Ms. McClean was an associate at Baker & McKenzie, LLP with a focus on acquisitions and project finance. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Northwestern University School of Law. 

 Jesse Ma, AB'05 

Jesse Ma, AB’05, Fordham JD’09, General Counsel at Upworthy

Jesse Ma is General Counsel at Upworthy, where he manages legal affairs for the company and serves as an advisor to the management team. Prior to Upworthy, Jesse was Counsel at Gawker Media where he, among other things, was involved with handling legal matters concerning breaking news stories, celebrities, and at one time, a lost iPhone. Outside of Upworthy and Fordham, Jesse is an active member of the startup community both as an investor and advisor. Jesse grew up in San Francisco and currently resides in New York City. He graduated from Fordham Law School in 2009 and the University of Chicago in 2005 with a degree in Economics. He is an avid skier and traveler. 

Meredith Mendes, MBA'91

 Meredith Mendes, MBA’91Harvard JD’83, Executive Director and COO, Jenner & Block LLP  

Meredith Mendes is a trusted board member, global COO and former CFO who has spent her career helping organizations drive strategy, innovation and efficiencies to enhance shareholder value.  Meredith has extensive experience in financial systems implementations, planning and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and governance, technology and cybersecurity, real estate, compensation, benefits and talent management, and information services.   She has industry experience in commercial real estate, legal services, marketing and communications, and medical and office products.

Meredith is an Audit Committee Financial Expert and is an independent director and member of the Audit and Nominating Committees of Inland Residential Properties Trust, Inc., a non-traded multi-family REIT.  She was previously an independent director and member of the Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Compensation Committees at Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: IRC), a $2.3 billion publicly traded shopping center REIT.  Meredith also served on the board of C-Line Products, Inc. and was an inside board member at Edelman and Medline Industries.   

Meredith holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, JD from Harvard Law School, and an AB from Brown University.  She is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and attended the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Women’s Director Development Program and the Harvard Law School Executive Education Leadership in Law Firms Program.  Meredith is an Illinois licensed CPA and a member of the bar in Illinois and Massachusetts.



 DAY 3

Online networking event 

Date: Wednesday, April 26th

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm CT 

Register HERE

Event Booth Representatives: 


Booth Titles:  Alumni Booth Representatives:   
Securities & Commodities Renato Mariotti, AB’98, Yale University JD’ ’01, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP 
Government Law Sabrina McCarthy, BA'79, Yale JD'82, Attorney-Advisor, Division of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
Alternate Careers in Law  Heather R. McClean, LAB'93, Northwestern JD'01, Director, Office of Gift Planning at the University of Chicago
General Counsel  Jesse Ma, AB'05, Fordham JD'09, General Counsel at Upworthy
Real Estate, Capital Markets & Environmental Law Chuck Schilke, AB'81, Director and Senior Lecturer, The Edward St. John Real Estate Program, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School


Event Contact
Yaminah Noonoo