Regularly during the school year, the Dean hosts roundtable discussions with prominent guests who have utilized their law degrees in a variety of nontraditional ways. Over lunch with a small group of students, guests speak autobiographically about their work experiences, sharing valuable insight about how they found their chosen path. Please note that the roundtables are informal and off-the-record.
Randal S. Milch ’85, who will be the Dean’s guest on Wednesday, October 13, is executive vice president and general counsel of Verizon Communications Inc.. He leads the company’s legal, regulatory and security groups. He sits on the Verizon Leadership Council, the corporation’s senior operating and policy making body. At Verizon, Randy has championed diversity through the creation of a supervisory diversity council within the Legal Department. He has also created a pro bono program providing opportunities for Verizon legal professionals and non-professionals in the areas of veterans’ affairs, domestic violence prevention and legal education. Randy also serves as a Trustee of the New York University School of Law and as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission. In 2008 he accepted the Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of Verizon from LATINO/Justice PRLDEF.
Randy has spent 17 years at Verizon and its predecessors. From 2006 until being named to his current position, Randy served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon Business, responsible for all legal services and external affairs support for the company’s global enterprise carrier. Before that, Randy served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon’s domestic telecom business. He was appointed to the latter position in 2000, upon the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Before the merger, Randy was associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. In that position, he was responsible for all state legal aspects of gaining long-distance authority in New York, the first such authority for a Bell company in the nation. Prior to his role with Bell Atlantic, Randy was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. His practice centered on complex federal litigation and international arbitration.
Randy received his B.A. from Yale University in 1980 and graduated from New York University Law School in 1985, where he was an articles editor of the New York University Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He clerked for The Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The Dean’s roundtables are open to 18 interested NYU School of Law J.D. and graduate students. In order to achieve a representational mix of students, we will designate a proportionate number of seats to J.D. students and graduate students, respectively, to be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The roundtables will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Club, in the basement of D’Agostino Hall. Lunch will be served. If you would like to attend a roundtable, please sign up in advance by calling Penelope Fernandes at (212) 998-6003 or by emailing her at email@example.com. Please indicate whether you are a J.D. or graduate student, and whether you have any dietary restrictions.