W. Burlette Carter
George Washington University Law School
Professor of Law
A litigation associate in both the New York and Washington, D.C. offices from 1985 to 1992, Burlette Carter moved from private practice to academia out of her desire to influence a broader audience. Currently working on a political history of academic and practicing lawyers, Carter developed a passion for teaching law at the George Washington University Law School. Asked about the biggest change she has witnessed since her own days as a law student, Carter noted that far fewer law professors have actually practiced law themselves. This is a gap she helps to fill, teaching evidence, sports and the law, trusts and estates, and civil procedure. Carter offers her view of law as both a fertile ground for scholarly study and a powerful agent for change, noting that "you can do a lot with a law degree," and encourages students to use law school for a "broad-based experience." Happy where she is, Carter admits that she made life-long friends while at Hughes Hubbard and that "the brightest people [she's] ever worked with were at Hughes Hubbard."
Carol A. Chase
Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor of Law
Carol Chase exemplifies the well-rounded lawyer. After leaving her position as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard's Los Angeles office in 1983, Chase worked for several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (criminal division) in Los Angeles. An active member of the California bar, she has written articles on a wide range of legal topics, including child abuse, privacy, and police accountability, and has appeared on various television networks. Chase now teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and trial practice at Pepperdine University School of Law, where she has been honored as a Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She recently co-authored a book with fellow faculty members Harry Caldwell and Tim Perrin, called "The Art and Science of Trial Advocacy."
Renée Y. Chenault-Fattah
Best known as an evening news anchor for NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, WCAU, Renée Chenault began her legal career in New York at Hughes Hubbard in 1981. Chenault graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and later received a masters' degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Highly popular among her viewers, Chenault has shown objectivity in her coverage of national political conventions and countless issues of national and local importance. Chenault is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the NAACP, and continues to be a member of the New York State bar.
George Washington University Law School
Professor of Law
National Geographic Society
Executive V.P. for Mission Programs
Terry Garcia, who was a partner in Hughes Hubbard's Los Angeles office from 1991 to 1994, is executive vice president for the National Geographic Society. As such he is responsible for the Society's core mission programs including programs which support and manage more than 400 scientific field research, conservation and exploration projects annually. In addition, he oversees the Society's the Explorers-in-Residence and Emerging Explorers programs, geography and science education programs, exhibitions and live events. Terry is responsible for bringing to the United States the popular Tutankhamun Exhibition and the recently launched Genographic Project which will map the history of human migration.
Prior to joining the Society in 1999, Garcia was the assistant secretary of commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, and deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From 1994 to 1996 he was the general counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Exploration/Mystic Aquarium and chairman of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's board of trustees. He is also a member of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Panel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. National Committee for the Census of Marine Life and the Advisory Board of the Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University. Garcia has also served on panels convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Garcia received his bachelor's degree in international relations from American University and his law degree from The George Washington University.
He lives in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
A highly distinguished jurist on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the last twenty-two years, Amalya Kearse began her professional career at Hughes Hubbard as a New York litigation associate in 1962. Invited to become a partner in 1969, the University of Michigan School of Law graduate holds the distinction of being both the first female and the first African-American in the partnership. A 1970 New York Times article profiling female partners in Wall Street firms quoted Orville Schell, then the Firm's managing partner, as follows: "She became a partner here not because she is a woman, not because she is black, but because she is so damned good-no question about it." In 1979, President Jimmy Carter agreed and appointed Kearse to a position on the Second Circuit. Judge Kearse became the first woman and the second African-American to occupy a seat on the federal appeals court in Manhattan. (The first was Thurgood Marshall.)
In addition to her countless awards, published works, committee appointments and other accomplishments within the legal world, Judge Kearse is a championship bridge player who has won national and world titles and authored books on the subject.
Kevin Noble Maillard's research merges legal history, trusts and estates, and family law, with a specific focus on mixed race. He has written and presented papers on interracial will disputes and membership issues in American Indian tribes. His current book project questions the denial of mixed race in America as evidenced in law, literature, and culture. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an associate at Hughes, Hubbard, and Reed in New York, where he worked with the Native American practice group. As a Ford Foundation Fellow, he earned a Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of Michigan. At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he was Symposium Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law. He is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma (Mekusukey Band).
Dorothy Kathryn Robinson
Vice President and General Counsel
Following her graduation from Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California at Berkeley, Dorothy Robinson spent three years at Hughes Hubbard in New York before being handpicked in 1978 by Jose Cabranes (now a federal appeals court judge) to assist him following his appointment to the newly-created position of Yale's General Counsel. Robinson rose through the ranks of Yale's legal department to herself gain the top position in 1987. During her tenure at Yale, she has handled numerous nationally-reported disputes, including a federal investigation into universities' ability to standardize financial aid evaluations, and the 2000 "Yale Four" case brought by orthodox Jewish students challenging Yale's on-campus living policy, as well as negotiated groundbreaking research collaborations between Yale University and leading universities China. Robinson serves as an active liaison between Yale and Washington, D.C. in an ongoing quest to explain and explore appropriate limits on governmental regulation of education. She writes a regular column on legal issues for the Association of Governing Boards' magazine Trusteeship.
In 1987, Yale elevated its general counsel to one of six officer positions, making Robinson only the second female officer in Yale's history. In 1996, Yale President Richard Levin named Robinson a Vice President of the University as well.