Dean’s Roundtable with Dean Garfield ’94, president and CEO of Information Technology Industry Council, on Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Throughout 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 discuss their work experiences, sharing valuable insights about how they found their chosen path. Please note that the roundtables are informal and off-the-record.


Dean Garfield ’94, who will be the Dean’s guest on Thursday, March 1, is president, and CEO of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies. Under Mr. Garfield’s leadership, ITI has defined the tech agenda for global policymakers, expanded its membership and influence, and launched a foundation that serves as the preeminent thought leader on innovation.


Prior to joining ITI, Mr. Garfield served as executive vice president and chief strategic officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he developed the association’s global strategies, forged industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA, and led the MPAA’s Research and Technology Departments. In addition, he represented the MPAA before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and Oxford University.


Mr. Garfield also served as vice president of legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where he helped to develop the organization’s comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the United States’ most important intellectual property cases. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, working to achieve clemency for death penalty cases.


In 2015, he was named top lobbyist by The Hill for his leadership of ITI and his work with companies and stakeholders to make tech a more diverse and inclusive industry. Mr. Garfield was also honored with the first REACH Breaking Barriers Award in May 2010, recognizing him for his deep commitment to leading the world’s most dynamic industry in its efforts to support and inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering, and math skills they must have to become tomorrow’s scientific problem solvers.


He holds a joint degree from New York University School of Law (JD) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University (MPA), where he was a Ford-Rockefeller and Root-Tilden-Kern scholar. Mr. Garfield earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.


The roundtable will begin at 12:30 PM and end at 1:50 PM in Snow Dining Room. It is open to 18 interested JD and graduate students. In order to achieve a representational mix of students, we will designate a proportionate number of seats to JD students and graduate students. Within each group (JD or LLM), attendees will be selected randomly from all students who have signed up.


If you would like to attend a roundtable, please sign up in advance by emailing Ken Seagreaves at Please indicate whether you are a JD or graduate student, and whether you have any dietary restrictions.

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