Course Faculty

Sara BlackwellReporting Program Advisor, SHIFT

As a Reporting Program Advisor, Sara conducts in-depth analysis of companies’ human rights reporting and develops the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database as a unique public resource. Sara is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the US state of New York. Prior to joining Shift, Sara served as a Legal and Policy Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), where she led public-facing advocacy, multi-stakeholder consultation, government advisory work, and research and analysis related to National Action Plans on business and human rights, corruption in the context of large-scale land deals, and other business and human rights policy developments in diverse national contexts. Prior to her time at ICAR, Sara worked with the Fair Labor Association, EarthRights International, the Center for International Environmental Law and Green Advocates International in Liberia. Within the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, Sara serves as Chair of the CSR Committee; Vice Chair of the International Human Rights Committee; Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Interest Network; and Liaison to the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a B.A. in political science and human rights from Barnard College, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

John R. CashinPrevious General Counsel for the General Insurance division of Zurich Insurance Group

Until his retirement on April 1, 2014. John R. Cashin was General Counsel for the GeMneral Insurance division of Zurich Insurance Group, Zurich, Switzerland. With annual revenues of $36 billion and over 40,000 employees, General Insurance is the largest business segment of the Zurich Group. From 2010 to 2013 John served as the General Counsel and Head of Compliance and Government Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group’s Life and General Insurance operations in the Middle East and Africa and was, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to his Middle East assignment he was the Group’s Chief Compliance Officer. In that role he was responsible for oversight and compliance direction for the Group’s operations in over 160 jurisdictions. He joined Zurich in January 2004 from the Insurance Regulatory Practice Group at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavin in New York City. Prior to his law firm practice he served as Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department where he was responsible for the Property/Casualty Bureau. Prior to his Insurance Department experience he spent twenty years in the reinsurance business with the major reinsurance intermediaries in the United States. Mr. Cashin is a frequent contributor to insurance industry publications and has authored a quarterly Underwriting Insight column for Best’s Review. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Operating Corporation. He is a member of the bars of New York State and US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the US Court for International Trade and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of St. Francis College and received his MBA degree from the City University of New York. He received his JD from Fordham Law School and a LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU Law School.

Deborah Enix-RossChair, ABA Center for Human Rights, Litigation Practice Group Manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Ms Enix-Ross holds a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law (1981), a Diploma from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University (1989), and a Certificate from the London School of Economics (1979). The U.S. Departments of Commerce and State appointed her as one of the original eight U.S. members of the trilateral NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. She is the Chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights, a Past Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section Officers Conference, the SOC representative to the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, a member of the Bar Issues Commission and the immediate past ABA representative to the International Bar Association (IBA), a former Chair of the Section of International Law, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Vice President of the World Justice Project. Prior to joining Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in October 2002, Ms. Enix-Ross served, from January 1998 through September 2002, as a Senior Legal Officer and Head of the External Relations and Information Section of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining WIPO, Ms. Enix-Ross was the Director of International Litigation for the Dispute Analysis and Corporate Recovery Services Group (DA&CR) of Price Waterhouse LLP, and, before that, served, for seven years, as the American representative to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration.

Professor Victor EssienAdjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Professor Essien is International Law Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law, where he teaches in the international law and advanced legal research curricula. Victor holds an LL.B. (Hons) and LL.M from the University of Ghana, as well as an LL.M. in International Law and a J.S.D. from New York University. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1977 and the New York State Bar in 1985. He is also admitted to the Bars of the US District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the US Court of Appeals, 2nd and 3rd Circuits. Prior to coming to the United States in 1981, Victor was a law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Jos, Nigeria. He also served as a Legal Assistant to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague in 1986, and a Consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations from 1989 to 1993. Professor Essien is a partner in the law firm of Victor Essien & Associates in New York, NY, where he specializes in natural resource development law, among other areas. He has published widely in learned journals on international and comparative law.

Professor Martin S. FlahertyLeitner Family Professor of Law, Co-Founding Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Professor Flaherty is the Leitner Family Professor of Law and Co-Founding Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the New School in New York. Formerly chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee, Professor Flaherty founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as co-founded the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers, and has led or participated in human rights fact-finding trips in Northern Ireland, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, and Romania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author and editor of numerous books, chapters, and scholarly articles, in the fields of constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights.

Professor Paolo GalizziClinical Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School

Professor Galizzi is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of both the Corporate Social Responsibility Program and the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. Professor Galizzi is an expert on multinational corporations and international human rights and environmental law, and has directed numerous legal research projects partnering with corporations and international organizations in the areas of human rights, the environment and corruption. He has also published extensively in the area of sustainable development, and has worked with diverse public and private stakeholders on research and capacity building projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Galizzi joined Fordham from Imperial College, University of London, and previously held academic positions at Universities of Nottingham, Verona, and Milan.

Eric GrossmanChief Legal Officer, Morgan Stanley

Eric F. Grossman is Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer and a member of the Firm’s Operating and Management Committees. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2006 as Global Head of Litigation, Mr. Grossman was a partner in the Litigation Department at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he had worked since 1994 and became a partner in 2001. In addition to his position as Global Head of Litigation, Mr. Grossman was appointed General Counsel of Global Wealth Management in November 2008. In July 2010, Mr. Grossman joined Morgan Stanley’s Management Committee and shortly thereafter, in September 2010, Mr. Grossman’s responsibilities expanded to include all of Morgan Stanley’s advisory law and litigation functions when he was appointed Global Head of Legal. Mr. Grossman became Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer with responsibility for the Legal and Compliance Division in January 2012. Mr. Grossman graduated from Hamilton College in 1988 and in 1993 received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review. Mr. Grossman clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Grossman is the President of the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York. He serves on the Dean’s Planning Council at Fordham Law School and as a board member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. Mr. Grossman also serves on the New York City Bar Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession

Corina GuglerLegal Affairs Specialist, UNICEF

Corina Gugler is a Legal Affairs Specialist at UNICEF, Office of the Executive Director, where she advises on, and represents UNICEF in, a variety of different legal matters. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Gugler was a member of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group where she focused on international arbitration and litigation, with a particular emphasis in Latin America. She was also member of Debevoise’s Business Integrity Group, where she advised multinational companies on leading business and human rights standards and reporting indicators, including the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Guidelines. Ms. Gugler is dual-qualified in civil and common law. She is an involved member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and currently serving as Secretary to the IBA’s Working Group on Legal Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation. Ms. Gugler received her law degree from University of Vienna in 2008 and her LL.M. from New York University School of Law in May 2010, where she focused on international dispute resolution and international commercial law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

Professor Alena HerklotzInterim Director, Senior SDLI Fellow, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Alena Herklotz is the Interim Director of the CSR Leadership Course and Senior Fellow with the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, where she is also an Adjunct Professor of Law. Professor Herklotz co-teaches in the CSR and International Law and Development in Africa (ILDA) clinics, as well as the international law curriculum. She has written in the fields of sustainable development and international environmental law, and supports SDLI’s many capacity building, research and scholarship activities, primarily in West Africa. Professor Herklotz graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 2002, and earned her J.D. from Fordham in 2006. She is a member of the New York State Bar.

Andy HintonVice President, Global Ethics and Compliance, Google Inc.

Andy Hinton is the Vice President of Global Ethics and Compliance at Google. In this role, Mr. Hinton leads the company’s efforts to identify and mitigate compliance risk and to nurture and expand upon the company’s core value of “Don’t be evil.” Mr. Hinton joined Google in November 2006. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Hinton was the Chief Compliance Officer at two GE Capital financial services businesses. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Hinton was a federal prosecutor in New York City, focusing on white-collar crime. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Hinton was a litigation associate at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he focused on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Hinton is a 1989 graduate of Fordham School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a 1982 graduate of Harvard University, where he majored in Economics.

Adam M. KanzerManaging Director, Director of Corporate Engagement and Public Policy, Domini Social Investments

Adam Kanzer is a Managing Director and Director of Corporate Engagement and Public Policy for Domini Social Investments and a Vice President of the Domini Funds. His responsibilities include directing Domini’s shareholder advocacy department, where for more than fifteen years he has led numerous dialogues with corporations on a wide range of social and environmental issues. He also manages Domini’s public communications and is a spokesperson for the firm. Mr. Kanzer is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, created by the Dodd-Frank Act, and served on the SEC’s inaugural Investor Advisory Committee (June 2009-November 2010). He is a founder and current board member of the Global Network Initiative, and serves on the Steering Committee of Tax Justice Network-USA; the public policy committee of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment; the advisory council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); and the Eminent Persons Group for the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. He co-chaired the Contract Supplier Working Group at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility for two years, and was named to the Directorship 100 in 2008. Prior to joining Domini in 1998, Mr. Kanzer was a litigator with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. In 1997, Mr. Kanzer volunteered as an international observer of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Columbia.

Nicole KarlebachGlobal Head, Yahoo Business & Human Rights

Nicole Karlebach is Yahoo’s Global Head, Business & Human Rights, leading and executing Yahoo’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Prior to joining Yahoo, Nicole worked as an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York, as an international policy fellow at Human Rights First examining issues of business and human rights and national security law and policy and as a human rights consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons. Nicole has also worked at the UN in the Office of the Legal Counsel and at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Special Department for War Crimes in Sarajevo. Nicole received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Sociology from Brandeis University.

Anna KirkpatrickSenior Knowledge Lawyer, Clifford Chance LLP

Anna Kirkpatrick is the Senior Lawyer at Clifford Chance where she specialised in International Law, Business and Human Rights and International Arbitration. She provides advice, develops external and internal knowledge products for both practices, and facilitates the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the firm. She frequently provides input to policy frameworks, rules and guidance both in the field of international arbitration and business and human rights and contributes to articles and chapters for leading journals and textbooks in international arbitration. She is the co-chair of the Responsible Business Knowledge Group for Advocates for International Development and lectures for ‎their lawyers’ training programme. Anna holds an LL.B (Hons) in Law from University College London and an LL.M (Distn) in Law, Development and Governance from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She previously practiced litigation and international arbitration primarily in the oil and gas and construction sectors at another leading international law firm and has wide experience conducting arbitrations under many international rules including the LCIA, ICC and SCC rules. Most recently, she acted for an East Asian State in relation to an investment treaty arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Ben KruseDirector – Sustainability Integration, AT&T

Ben Kruse is Director – Sustainability Integration at AT&T, with responsibility for the company’s global citizenship and sustainability reporting practice. This work includes oversight of AT&T’s annual sustainability report and 29 associated material issue briefs – plus responses to investor inquiries about sustainability topics, and engagement with more than a dozen strategic rating and ranking surveys each year. Ben has more than 18 years of experience at AT&T, with a diverse background in sales, marketing, and public affairs leadership. Prior to joining AT&T’s sustainability organization, he spent more than 10 years in various roles focused on K-12 and higher education-related technologies. Ben holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and international business from Kansas State University, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Kansas.

Martin J. LairdSenior Program Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship

Martin serves as Senior Global Program Manager for IBM’s Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, and a member of IBM’s Business Integration Team. In this role, he leads programs that link the best of IBM’s software and analytics solutions with the Citizenship team’s grant making strategies and programs across the globe. Martin led the design and launch of IBM’s Impact Grants program in 2012, which now directs $20M annually in Consulting, Services and Software donations to NGOs, Nonprofits, and Education organizations. He leads Citizenship team’s grant-making strategy in the United States, as well as volunteer and pro-bono programs, and Corporate Responsibility. Martin has 16 years of experience with corporate affairs and community relations, and 10 years of experience working with cloud and data analytics solutions within IBM.

Professor Joey LeeDirector, Asia Law and Justice Program, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Joey is the Leitner Center’s Asia Law and Justice Program Director and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He leads research and advocacy efforts to support strengthening of rule of law and human rights protections in Asia, with a focus on China and Myanmar. Previously, he worked at Human Rights in China as a Bernstein Fellow in International Human Rights and later as Hong Kong Senior Program Manager. Prior to that, he practiced business litigation at the Boston office of Edwards Wildman LLP, with a focus on directors’ and officers’ liability.

James LeitnerPresident, Falcon Management Corporation

Jim Leitner is President of Falcon Management. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale, and also holds a Masters in International Finance and Russian Studies from Columbia, and a JD from Fordham Law. Mr. Leitner serves on the Fordham Law Dean’s Planning Council and the advisory board of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. He is also a Fellow of Yale’s Pierson College, and a member of the Dean’s Council of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Mr. Leitner was a member of the Yale Investment Committee from 2004 through 2010. In 2009, he received the Columbia University Alumni Medal for his distinguished service on behalf of SIPA and during the 2010 Fordham Law Diploma Ceremony he was honored with the Eugene J. Keefe Award, which is given to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham Law community. In 2010, he also received the Yale Medal which is the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni, conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University.

Michael R. LittenbergPartner, Ropes & Gray

Michael Littenberg is a Partner at Ropes & Gray, a global law firm. As part of his practice, for more than 25 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility matters, including relating to, among other areas, anti-human trafficking and conflict minerals and other commodities, and he is widely viewed as the leading practitioner in this emerging area. Michael advises a significant number of companies on compliance with the US Conflict Minerals Rule, the pending EU Conflict Minerals regulation, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act, the FAR anti-human trafficking rule, REACH, RoHS, OFAC and anti-boycott and other supply chain-related regulations. Michael advises clients on, among other things, disclosures and compliance with legal requirements, the construction and implementation of compliance programs, mitigating customer, regulatory, litigation, NGO and socially responsible investor risk and in interactions with these constituencies and other stakeholders.

Michael G. MahoneyVice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chief EHS Compliance Counsel, Pfizer Inc.

Michael joined Pfizer in 1988. He is currently Vice President and Assistant General Counsel and Pfizer’s Chief Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Compliance Counsel. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Chief EHS Counsel, and also led Pfizer’s Environmental Sustainability Program from 2009 – 2010. In his current position, he is responsible for EHS compliance oversight and support to Pfizer operations globally. Michael is a member of Pfizer’s Environmental Sustainability Steering Council and, in that role, provides strategic advice on the program’s direction and objectives. He was responsible for launching Pfizer’s Energy and Climate Change Program in 2000 and has continued to be involved in its development. Prior to joining Pfizer’s Legal Division, Michael worked as an environmental engineer in the company’s Global Engineering Group and led a number of important technical programs and projects. He is the current Chair of Environmental Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association. He also served two terms as chair of PhRMA’s Air Work Group and successfully led PhRMA’s legal challenge of USEPA’s rules for the control of hazardous air pollutants from pharmaceutical manufacturing operations. Michael holds a J.D. from Fordham Law; and also has an M.S. in environmental engineering and a B.S. in biology from Manhattan College.

Olajobi MakinwaChief, Africa, United Nations Global Compact

Olajobi Makinwa is a senior official with the United Nations Global Compact, where she has been leading the work of the UN Global Compact in Africa for the past 5 years. During this period, she has organized and provided strategic direction for the development of the first UN Global Compact Africa Growth Strategy. Olajobi has also been responsible for building and maintaining strategic relations with the business sector, involving the largest international, continental and national companies involved in Africa. She has co-led the planning and execution of high-level meetings on the role of business in Africa’s development, such as the 2013 Africa Private Sector Forum and the 2016 Great Lakes Region Private Sector Investment Conference. In 2013, Olajobi worked with partners and rallied 54 African Heads of States and governments at the African Union 50th Anniversary celebration in Addis Ababa to adopt a Resolution recognizing the role of business for Africa’s development. Olajobi was Chief of Transparency & Anticorruption from 2007 to 2016, and was awarded the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics’ Compliance and Ethics Award in 2015. Prior to joining the UNGC, Olajobi was the Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa. She holds an LL.B (Hons.) and a Masters of International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, and was called to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Lisa SachsDirector, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia University

Lisa Sachs is Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at Columbia University. Since joining CCSI in 2008, she established and now oversees CSI’s three focal areas: Investments in extractive industries, investments in land and agriculture, and investment law and policy. She has developed a robust research portfolio in each of these areas, and overseen advisory work in Mozambique, Guinea, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Paraguay and Timor-Leste. Lisa specializes in extractive industries, foreign investment, corporate responsibility, human rights, and integrated economic development. She is co-chair of the UN SDSN’s thematic group on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, and served as Vice-Chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals from 2014 to 2016. Lisa holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and a J.D. and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Eric SchaafRegional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

Eric Schaaf is the Regional Counsel for USEPA, Region 2. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Regional Counsel and as Chief of the New York/Caribbean Superfund Branch where he was responsible for all legal aspects of the Superfund program in New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Eric has served on or chaired numerous Region 2 and national workgroups on topics related to various legal counseling and enforcement issues. Eric is also a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and has co-organized the biennial conference Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 2 since 2004. Before coming to EPA, Eric was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York, where he participated in both general litigation and corporate practice. A graduate of Fordham Law School, Eric teaches the Law and Policy of Climate Change as a member of the Fordham Law adjunct faculty and has also taught the introductory Environmental Law course at Fordham Law.

Jeffrey A. SmithCo- Director, Fordham Law School Sustainability Initiative; Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School; Retired Partner, Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP

For the past 35 years, Jeff Smith has advised multinational corporations and mid-market companies and their boards on a wide range of environmental, transaction management and disclosure matters in mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and other transactions, and has provided environmental counsel on corporate governance, disclosure requirements under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, voluntary environmental reporting, shareholder communications and multi-party environmental litigation. Jeff has also advised lenders, real estate developers and investors, and international companies on environmental issues related to financings, private equity transactions and other business opportunities. In connection with his current development of Fordham Law School’s sustainability initiative, he counsels companies on emerging environmental and energy trends, and start-up greentech and cleantech companies on a range of regulatory, commercial and organizational issues. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Smith EwingExecutive Director, Senior Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Emily Smith Ewing is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. Emily is also the Executive Director of Fordham’s CSR Program and co-teaches the CSR and International Law and Development in Africa clinics. Emily has extensive experience working with companies across a range of industries on their CSR initiatives. Prior to joining the Leitner Center, Emily was the Executive Director of Hands On Hong Kong, a small NGO that’s work included advising companies on CSR programs. Emily also worked at Norton Rose Fulbright as a corporate lawyer in both the London and Hong Kong offices, specializing in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and public company regulatory work, in addition to being a member of the pro bono and charity committees. Emily is admitted to practice law in New York and England and Wales.

Richard SquireProfessor of Law, Fordham Law School

Professor Richard Squire has been a member of the Fordham faculty since 2006. He publishes primarily on the subjects of Corporate Law and Corporate Bankruptcy, and he has also written articles on Antitrust and Securities Regulation. He has twice been elected Fordham Law School’s Teacher of the Year, in 2010 and 2011. He previously taught at Harvard College, where he won the Allyn Young Award for excellence in teaching principles of economics. From 2001 to 2002 he clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and between 2002 and 2005 he was an associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. During the fall semester of 2013, he was the Joseph F. Cunningham Visiting Professor of Commercial & Insurance Law at Columbia Law School. During the 2012-13 school year, he was a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Squire holds a JD (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (summa cum laude) from Bowdoin College.

Melanie SteinerChief Risk Officer, PVH Corp.

Melanie Steiner is the Chief Risk Officer for PVH, an $8BN F500 global apparel company with lifestyle brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Heritage Brands. As a member of PVH’s Senior Management Team, Melanie is responsible for managing all of PVH’s risk functions globally, including oversight of internal audit, cybersecurity, insurance, business continuity, enterprise risk management and corporate responsibility, including human rights and environmental issues. Melanie also oversees indirect procurement and inventory management/loss prevention in North America. Prior to joining PVH, Melanie worked at EY, where she led numerous risk, internal audit and sustainability engagements. She also had a major role in the build out of their Climate Change & Sustainability Services practice, including strategy, business development and client management. Before that, she spent 15 years in law and policy, first practicing commercial and environmental law and then working as a Senior Policy Advisor at the international (UN) level. Melanie holds an LL.B. from York University and an LLM from the University of London. Melanie has sat on various organizational boards, most recently serving two terms on the groundbreaking Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, of which PVH is a member.

Kristen SullivanPartner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kristen Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Sustainability Risk Advisory and Assurance services, working with clients to help address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen also serves as the DTTL Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, and leads Deloitte’s Supply Chain Social Compliance services. She brings specialized insights to these regulatory and compliance reporting requirements and the implications of environmental and social issues to corporate brand and reputation. Kristen also serves on a number of task forces and advisory councils of leading sustainability standard setting and reporting initiatives.

Elodie TimmermansSenior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Elodie Timmermans is the Senior Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services for Ernst & Young. She has worked in the US and in the Netherlands. She works with companies to enhance the effectiveness, reliability and credibility of non-financial information reporting. She also teams with Fortune 100 companies/global companies to develop strategic goals and objectives related to sustainability issues. Elodie works with sustainability and supply chain professionals, as well as those charged with governance, reporting and internal audit to help address sustainability risks, identify process improvements, provide third-party assurance, and develop operational strategies.

Nawi UkabialaLitigation Associate, International Disputes Group, Debevoise & Plimpton

Nawi Ukabiala is a litigation associate and a member of the firm’s International Disputes Group. Mr. Ukabiala joined Debevoise in 2015. From 2012 to 2013, he clerked for the Iowa Supreme Court, first serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Edward Mansfield, and subsequently serving as a law clerk at-large in which capacity he worked for the entire Court. Mr. Ukabiala received his LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU in 2014, where he was a transitional justice scholar and recipient of the International Finance and Development Fellowship Award. After obtaining his LL.M. he worked as a legal consultant in the Operations Policy Group of the World Bank’s legal department. Mr. Ukabiala received his J.D. from Drake University Law School summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and served as a staff member on the Drake Law Review.

Elisabeth WickeriExecutive Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law

Elisabeth Wickeri directs the Asia Law and Justice Program at the Leitner Center, where she concentrates her research on socioeconomic rights and the rule of law in Asia. Elisabeth teaches classes in public international law, and carries out fieldwork, research, and writing throughout Asia and in China and Nepal in particular. Elisabeth is a member and past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee, where she also serves on the Task Force on National Security and the Climate Adaption Task Force. Her publications have appeared in the Fordham International Law Journal, the Drexel Law Review, China Perspectives, and the China Rights Forum. She also serves as a law lecturer and course director with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. Elisabeth received her J.D. from NYU, her B.A. in History, cum laude, from Smith College, and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Ursula WynhovenSenior Advisor, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ursula Wynhoven is a human rights lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. She is currently on staff loan from the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she is a Senior Advisor, advising teams in Geneva, New York and D.C. on business and human rights and corporate sustainability. At UNGC, Ursula’s most recent position was Chief, Social Sustainability, Governance & Legal and she was a member of the office’s Executive Committee. Ursula led the UN Global Compact’s social sustainability and governance platforms and workstreams, including on human rights and decent work, gender equality, poverty and inequality, peace, anti-corruption and the rule of law. Ursula also led legal affairs and oversaw policy development and implementation of integrity measures. Ursula joined UNGC in 2002 and, as one of the earliest staff members, played an active role in helping to grow the initiative to more than 13,000 signatories in more than 160 countries with a full roster of workstreams advancing virtually all aspects of corporate sustainability. Prior to joining the UN, Ursula worked in law firms and government human rights agencies in Australia and the US, and for the OECD in Paris on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ursula holds LLMs from Columbia and Monash Law Schools, and is admitted to practice in Australia, the US (California) and the UK.

Carole BasriAdjunct Professor, Corporate Compliance Advisor for the Fordham Corporate Compliance Program, Fordham Law School; visiting professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law

Carole Basri is an Adjunct Professor and the Corporate Compliance Program Advisor at Fordham Law School. Ms. Basri creates and advises on the curriculum for the compliance certificate program and LL.M. in Corporate Compliance, the first Corporate Compliance LL.M. at a U.S. law school. Ms. Basri is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Pericles Law School and a Visiting Law Professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law. Ms. Basri’s legal background incorporates experiences at prestigious law firms, prominent government agencies, and notable public companies in addition to her academic and scholarly achievements. She was a Senior Manager of Corporate Governance in Compliance and Ethics at Deloitte and Touche, LLP, where she was responsible for creating their compliance and ethics practice. Ms. Basri has received numerous awards and honors including a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to teach law (2007-12). She is a member of many professional organizations, including President of the Corporate Lawyering Group and is Co-Chair of the International Legal Education and Certification Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association. Ms. Basri has published multiple treatises and handbooks on the subject of corporate compliance. She holds a J.D. from NYU and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, magna cum laude.

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Challenges and Prospects for Companies and Law Firms

Around the world and across industries, the subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is gaining unprecedented attention both for the business sector and the legal profession. Reports of the negative social and environmental impact of products, services and operations of companies and their supply chains reach the press on a regular basis, and consumers, shareholders and civil society are increasingly demanding greater accountability for corporate activity.

At the same time, many companies and law firms already engaging with CSR practices are reporting improved company performance at many levels from enhanced reputations and stronger brands, to happier, healthier, and more productive work forces, to lower costs from reduced carbon emissions and other environmental measures. Responsible business has tremendous potential for companies and stakeholders alike.

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