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HWS Law Panel

The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development will host a law panel featuring HWS alumni, parents and staff on Thursday, Nov. 14. Panelists  Laura Barnhill P’15, Dan Boylan ’96, Spencer Cook ’97, Vice President of Student Affairs Rob Flowers and Lou Guard ’07, who will discuss how they use their law degrees in their various careers.

The panel will be held at 7 p.m. in the Seneca Room on South Main Street. Students may schedule a one-on-one meeting with Boylan on Friday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by e-mailing Jackie Doyle at jdoyle@hws.edu.

About the speakers:

Barnhill graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University and Northeastern University School of Law. She has served as an assistant district attorney for much of her legal career, including for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office and the Cortland County District Attorney’s Office. She has also worked for the Tompkins County Department of Social Services prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases in family court. Since July 2008, she has served as an assistant attorney general for the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She works in the Binghamton Regional Office where she represents a number of state agencies in a variety of litigation matters and is also assigned to the Sex Offender Management Bureau, which handles proceedings seeking civil management of dangerous sex offenders pursuant to Article 10 of the Mental Hygiene Law.

Boylan earned his B.A. in political science from Hobart and received his law degree from Pace Law School after three years working in the risk management department of March & McLennan, Inc. in New York City. While at Pace, Boylan served on the editorial board of the Pace Law Review and as president of the Student Bar Association, in addition to being a member of the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team. Boylan has served as an assistant district Attorney in Manhattan for the past 11 years. He worked in the office’s trial division handling misdemeanor cases in his early years, advancing to violent crime and eventually being selected to handle homicides in 2011. Earlier this year, Boylan was appointed to the Crime Strategies Unit, which works with its partners in the community, including law enforcement and other agencies, to develop and implement intelligence-driven prosecution strategies targeting priority offenders and neighborhoods.

Cook, a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, currently serves as corporate counsel for Crosman Corporation, an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of products for the shooting sports. Cook provides support to the company’s marketing, sales and operation teams and handles a wide variety of issues, including commercial transactions, export compliance, consumer and governmental affairs. Cook served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. He earned his B.A. in history from Hobart College.

Flowers is the leader of the student affairs division at Hobart and William Smith  and is responsible for the development and implementation of student life policies. He oversees the work of: Campus Safety, Counseling and Student Wellness, Hobart Athletics, Hubbs Health Center, Intercultural Affairs, Residential Education, Student Activities, WEOS/WHWS campus radio, and William Smith Athletics. Prior to this appointment, Flowers served as the Colleges’ associate dean of students and director of residential education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College, a master’s in education from Alfred University, and a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.

Guard, a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a business lawyer with Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia, who counsels for-profit and non-profit entities in a wide variety of business, finance and governance matters. While in law school, Guard was a summer legal fellow in the Office of General Counsel at Saint Joseph’s University and also served as an extern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel. He served as general editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and received a Dean’s Service Certificate for volunteer hours, including volunteer work with a national senatorial campaign in Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of the Barnes-Wall Foundation of South Carolina’s Award for Excellence in Military Legitimacy Scholarship as well as the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research (second prize) for his written work on targeted killing and international law. Guard graduated cum laude from Hobart College and was the recipient of the Alumni Association Award for Leadership.