WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 19, 2005 – Pace Law School will host its Eleventh Annual Alumni Leadership Awards Dinner at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York on November 3rd. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to three outstanding individuals: David Boies, Kathleen Donelli ’85 and John T. O’Connor ’86.
David Boies. In 1998-2000 Boies served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft, and he also served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. He is Chairman of the law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP
Boies attended college at the University of Redlands and law school at Northwestern and Yale and became a partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City He served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978 and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979. In 1997 he founded the predecessor of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.
Boies is the author of publications including Courting Justice, published by Miramax in 2004 and Public Control of Business, published by Little Brown in 1977. He has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo Law School. In 1991-1993 Mr. Boies was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its litigation to recover losses for failed savings and loan associations.
Boies . is the recipient of an LL.D. from the University of Redlands, the Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the LD Access Foundation, the Outstanding Learning Disabled Achievers Award from the Lab School of Washington, and the William Brennan Award from the University of Virginia. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a trustee of St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Medical Center, and a trustee of Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
Kathleen Donelli. Donelli is a partner of the law firm of McCarthy Fingar, L.L.P. and concentrates her practice in matrimonial law and commercial litigation. She is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. She is a graduate of Pace Law School (’85, cum laude) where she was the Articles Editor of the Pace Law School Law Review.
Donelli is the immediate Past President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2003-2005) and a former President of the White Plains Bar Association. She is the Co-Chair of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s Matrimonial Committee and has been the Co-Chair of its Judicial Screening Committee, Corresponding Secretary and Program Co-Chair She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association Grievance Committee, a member of the Board of Visitors of Pace Law School and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also has served on Judicial Screening Committees for White Plains City Court Judges.
Donelli is also active in community-related organizations. She is the former Vice President of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester where she received a Recognition Award in 2004, the former President of the board of directors of St. Bernard’s Center For Learning, Inc., a Head Start program for homeless children, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Association.
John T. O’Connor. O’Connor became a partner in Milbank’s Global Corporate Department in 1994. Previously, he was an associate at the firm since 1988. Mr. O’Connor has extensive experience representing public and private companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and other significant corporate transactions, including hostile and negotiated tender offers, stock-for-stock mergers, proxy contests, cash mergers, spin-offs, restructuring, and stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions. He has significant cross-border M&A experience and has completed transactions in a variety of regulated industries, with a focus on energy/public utilities. Mr. O’Connor also has significant experience in the area of troubled company M&A and bankruptcy-related transactions.
O’Connor’s practice also includes the representation of private equity investors and general representation of various public companies. Mr. O’Connor is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Pace University School of Law.
Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York Law School with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., twenty miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the JD program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LLM and SJD degrees in Environmental Law and an LLM in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice and disability rights. www.law.pace.edu