The Dave Nee Foundation is honored to have an Advisory Board consisting of esteemed law professionals, law school professors, and mental health professionals to assist with our cause.
Mitchell Bailin is Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Georgetown Law. He oversees student life at the Law Center, including supervision of the Student Affairs, Residence Life, Wellness Promotion and Disabilities Services offices. He also provides personal and academic advising; develops and supervises co-curricular programs for JD students, including fall orientation, continuing orientation for 1Ls, and programs on professionalism; and coordinates the Law Center’s response to urgent student matters.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Dean Bailin practiced in the litigation department at Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, where he focused on the representation of schools and colleges. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Dean Bailin held a number of positions before attending law school, including Assistant Dean of the Harvard University Summer School.
Daniel S. Bowling III
Dan Bowling is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School where he teaches labor and employment law. He is the author of Living in Interesting Times, an examination of the future of labor organizing in the United States. He also designed and teaches a course on lawyers and personal well-being, which has been featured in several national publications, and leads seminar courses exploring the connection between well-being and legal professionalism. In addition to his work at Duke, Dan is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he assists Dr. Martin Seligman in teaching graduate level courses on positive psychology, positive humanities, and character strengths and virtues.
Outside of the academic world, Dan is chief executive officer of Positive Workplace Solutions, LLC, which specializes in designing human performance programs and strategies for senior executives, and a practicing labor and employment lawyer. He also is an executive coach to lawyers at some of the largest corporations and firms in the U.S. Until 2006, he was senior vice president of Human Resources for Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, a Fortune 125 company. In that capacity, he had responsibility for all human resources matters for the company’s 80,000 employees in North America and Western Europe, including 35,000 working over 200 labor contracts. In addition to his human resources responsibilities, Dan was a member of the corporation’s governing executive committee. During his twenty year career in the Coca-Cola system, Dan served in many roles, including running one of the largest business units in the company, and serving as general manager of the Florida Coca-Cola bottling company. He joined CCE in 1986 as Chief Labor Counsel. Prior to joining CCE, Dan was a partner with Smith, Currie and Hancock in Atlanta, Ga. He specialized in Title VII litigation and management labor law.
Dan is active on several other nonprofit boards, is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings, and has published numerous works in business and professional publications. His current areas of academic research and writing include the application of positive psychology in the practice of law, and the role of well-being in legal ethics and professionalism.
Dan graduated cum laude with honors in English from Millsaps College in 1977. He received his JD from Duke University School of Law in 1980, and a master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Theresa Esquerra, Esq.
Theresa Esquerra is an Attorney-Advisor with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Appellate Operations. She advises Administrative Appeals Judges about whether to grant or deny review of Title II and Title XVI disability decisions.
In 2009, she received the Scattergood Emerging Scholars Fellowship administered by Active Minds where she undertook a study of the mental illness disclosure requirements on state bar moral character and fitness applications in every United States jurisdiction. She discovered that although many states have adopted narrowly tailored disclosures, more could be done to clarify existing terms. She has also served on the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law’s Leadership 21 Committee, which recognizes young leaders in the mental health profession.
Theresa earned a LL.M. from The George Washington University Law School, a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California, and an A.B. from Harvard University in Philosophy. Before attending law school, she worked for several years for movie producers in Hollywood.
Ronald S. Duman, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Duman is Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities at the Yale University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Neuropharmacology and joined the Yale faculty in 1988. He became tenured in 1997 and was named the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry in 2000. Dr. Duman has received several prestigious awards for his work on depression including the Anna-Monika Prize (2001), the Nola Maddox Falcone Prize (2002), the Janssen Prize for Research in Psychopharmacology (2003), a NIMH MERIT Award (2005), a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award (2005), and the College of International Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) Basic Research Award (2006). He is author of over 250 original articles, reviews and chapters and has given over 150 invited lectures.
Studies from Dr. Duman’s laboratory have contributed to the characterization of the molecular and cellular actions of antidepressants and stress, providing the basis for a neurotrophic hypothesis of depression. This hypothesis is based on work from Dr. Duman’s laboratory demonstrating that chronic antidepressant treatment increases the expression of neurotrophic factors, and increases the proliferation of new neurons in the adult brain. Up-regulation of these neurotrophic factors and neurogenesis counteract the atrophy and cell loss that is caused by stress and that is thought to underlie, in part, the pathophysiology of depression. Dr. Duman’s work has demonstrated that increased neurotrophic factor expression and neurogenesis contribute to the actions of antidepressant treatment. These findings represent ground-breaking advances in our understanding of the effects of antidepressants and provide a framework for the development of novel therapeutic agents.
Sandra Gomez, M.D.
Dr. Gomez is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a second year candidate at the New York University’s Psychoanalytic Institute. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Gomez has a deep background in studying Adolescent suicide stemming from her contact with hundreds of suicidal children, adolescents and young adults during her tenure as the Director of the Emergency Services for the Division of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Gomez has also participated in prominent research projects in this field such as the treatment of Adolescents Suicide Attempters (TASA) study.
Dr. Gomez graduated Cum Laude from Pedro H. Urena National University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. She completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University’s St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center where she became chief resident during her senior year.
Dr. Gomez is an active medical staff member and has admitting privileges at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where she has a private practice.
Lauren F. Kiefer
Lauren Kiefer is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of DocAuto, Inc., a software development company specializing in document and e-mail management solutions. Since its inception fifteen years ago, DocAuto has become a leading software and consulting company with over 230,000 users globally in the legal and professional services industries.
Lauren, a native Chicagoan, is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Most recently, she served on the Board of Trustees of Georgia Shakespeare as the Board Chair. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance Theatre. Lauren is also a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.
Michael J. Lane, Esq.
Michael J. Lane is a partner at Cullen and Dykman LLP and has over twenty-five years of experience as a civil litigator. He has tried cases, argued appeals and represented clients in a wide range of subject matters including commercial, securities, intellectual property, insurance, employment and real estate.
Upon graduation from law school in 1985, Mr. Lane joined what was then the firm of Anderson Russell Kill & Olick and worked there until 1987. Mr. Lane was associated with Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1987-1992 and Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason from 1993-1995. In 1995, Mr. Lane established the litigation practice at Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel, P.C., where he was senior litigation partner until 2001. Mr. Lane returned to Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. in 2001, and remained there until coming to Cullen and Dykman in 2013.
Mr. Lane is Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he has taught since 1993. At Fordham, Professor Lane is held in the highest esteem and beloved by his students who, in addition to receiving a practical and wide-ranging education in the art of legal research and writing, know that Professor Lane cares about them as people and serves as a mentor and confidant. Since the Foundation’s inception, Mr. Lane has been a passionate supporter of the activities of the Dave Nee Foundation.
Peter M. Labonski, Esq.
Peter Labonski is the Corporate Department Chair for the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP and served as the firm’s Administrative Partner for the New York office from 2001 to 2010. His practice at the firm focuses primarily on corporate finance and general securities and corporate matters. He has substantial experience representing issuers and investment banks in public and private debt and equity offerings and lending transactions on all kinds in a broad range of industries.
Peter received his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has served on both the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Corporation’s Committee and the Committee on Securities Regulation.
The Dave Nee Foundation is proud and honored to have his support for our mission. His involvement and leadership in our work will help confront the stigma related to depression and other mental health disorders, and encourage the involvement and participation of others in the legal field.
Michael Nissan, Esq.
Michael Nissan is a Tax, Benefits, and Executive Compensation Partner at Weil, Gothsal & Manges LLP. He has a wide ranging practice in private equity focusing primarily on executive compensation and related matters, including representation of both senior executives and management teams as well as employers. He also regularly represents investment professionals in connection with their joining or separating from private investment firms. In addition, Michael represents private funds and their sponsors in connection with their formation and also represents institutional investors in such funds.
Michael has been awarded the highest ranking by Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers. He was the founding chairman of the Private Investment Fund Forum and continues to serve as a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Private Equity Terms and Conditions – The Current State of the Market for Venture Capital, Buyout, and Mezzanine Funds, published by Asset Alternatives Inc.
Michael also has been active in pro bono matters and community service. He served as chairman of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 1994 to 2000. Currently, he serves as pro bono general counsel to Baby Buggy, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing gently used and new items for needy families in New York City with infants and young children. He also has served as a trustee of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and as counsel to its board of trustees and also as a member of the board of directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, The Legal Aid Society, Lawyers Alliance of New York and Big Apple Greeters, Inc.
Michael currently teaches Private Investment Funds at Columbia Law School, where he is a Lecturer in Law, and has also taught Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing. He also lectures on a variety of topics relating to private equity and has spoken at numerous conferences including the Private Equity Analyst Conference, the Private Equity Roundup and the Buyouts Symposium.
N. Robert Riordan, JD, PsyD
Dr. Robert Riordan is an attorney and clinical psychologist.
Dr. Riordan is a 1994 graduate of New York University School of Law. After graduation, he practiced securities law in New York, London and Rome for over a decade. Most recently, he acted as Of Counsel for Herbert Smith Freehills in its London office. Dr. Riordan stopped his transactional practice in 2006, and, since that time, he has acted as a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the largest law firms in the world, on matters pertaining to its global recruitment efforts.
Dr. Riordan holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where, among other things, he acted as Assistant Director of the Penn Behavioral Health Services Center. Dr. Riordan has also received clinical training at Bellevue Hospital and Penn’s Joan Carnell Cancer Center.
Dr. Riordan’s research interests focus on the management of self-esteem fluctuations in high-achieving adults and emotion-focused therapy with professional couples.
Dr. Riordan is currently in private practice in New York City. In his practice, he works with many partners and associates employed at large law firms.
Julie Sandine has been the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Vanderbilt Law School since July of 2002. Before assuming this position, she served as one of the Law School’s legal writing faculty for seven years, during which time she was also an associate with the Nashville law firm of Dodson, Parker, Dinkens & Behm. She represented birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees as amici in the landmark case that resulted in the opening of Tennessee adoption records to adopted individuals. Her article about the case, “Tennessee’s Adoption Law: Balancing the Interests of the Adoption Triad,” was published in Family Courts Review in 2001. Dean Sandine has also worked with the ACLU as local counsel in appellate matters and continues to represent pro bono clients in both juvenile and probate court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), the Nashville Bar Association (NBA), and the Lawyers’ Association for Women. She is a member of the Attorney Well-Being Committees of both the TBA and the NBA.
In her efforts to enhance the law school experience for students and counteract some of the possible negative impact that can result from its unique challenges, Dean Sandine has implemented a number of innovative programs at Vanderbilt Law School. One example is the Professionalism in Practice non-credit offering, now in its seventh year, which provides 1L students the opportunity to explore and discuss in small group settings their role in the legal profession and the ethical dilemmas often encountered by lawyers. Her special student well-being programs provide students with information and exposure to valuable resources such as mindfulness meditation, Positive Psychology, qi gong, yoga, lawyers’ assistance programs, and alternative practice areas, as well as the benefits to be derived, which will enhance their law school and legal careers.
Dean Sandine is a member of the Section on Student Services and the Section on Balance in Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools and currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Balance Section.
Dean Sandine graduated cum laude in 1992 from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Before attending law school, Dean Sandine earned a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Memphis, and worked in the areas of women’s health, counseling and crisis intervention.
Marjorie Silver is Professor of Law at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York. She came to law teaching after a decade in the federal government, where, as Chief Regional Civil Rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, she enforced non-discrimination laws.
Professor Silver serves as a Trustee of the currently unfunded New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust, having been appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye in January 2007. She chaired the Trust’s Law School Outreach Committee from 2007 through 2010. She chaired the AALS Balance in Legal Education Section in 2011. In 2010, Professor Silver was recognized by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs which awarded her one of its five inaugural Law Student Wellness Awards. As someone who herself has suffered from major clinical depression, she engages in outreach on educating others about the illness and provides peer support to lawyers and law students suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.
Professor Silver has an international reputation as a teacher, speaker and writer on emotional competence, psychological-mindedness, legal education, lawyering, and professionalism. She is a contributing author and the editor of The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession (Carolina Academic Press 2007).
She received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, she served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Lord III, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New York bar.
Amit Shashank, Esq.
Amit Shashank is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of EXL. Prior to joining EXL in June 2004, Amit was an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling and worked on a number of international corporate transactions including debt and equity securities offerings and project financings.
Amit is a member of the New York Bar and the New York State Bar Association. After graduating from Delhi University (Shri Ram College of Commerce), India with a B.A. (Hons) Economics degree, Amit attended Oxford University, United Kingdom as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with an M.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and subsequently attended The University of Michigan Law School, United States, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree.
Amit has a deep connection to the Foundation’s mission and is excited to help us grow our impact and visibility over the next three years. We are thrilled to have him join our leadership team.
Regan Stanger, M.D.
Dr. Stanger graduated from Dartmouth College and attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she received her M.D. Dr. Stanger performed her intern year at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her residency in adult psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Stanger is a Clinical Psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Stanger is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Stanger is currently in private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Jennifer Cooper Stelwagon, M.D.
Dr. Stelwagon is a practicing clinical psychiatrist specializing in addiction psychiatry in New York City. As a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. In addition to full time private practice, she is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. As an addiction psychiatrist, her experience has included Medical Directorship of Exponents Drug Treatment Program, an outpatient chemical dependency treatment facility in Manhattan.
Dr. Stelwagon graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, and received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Stelwagon then received her subspecialty training with a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Stelwagon is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, The New York State Psychiatric Association, and The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.