2014 Silver Shingle Award Recipients
Boston University School of Law is honored each year to present several outstanding alumni and friends with Silver Shingle Alumni Awards. These awards, a tradition at the School of Law since 1967, recognize notable contributions to the legal profession, leadership within the community, unfailing service to the School of Law, and superlative contributions to society.
On Saturday, September 20, BU Law honored its newest recipients as a part of Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014. See more from Reunion Weekend 2014
The 2014 Silver Shingle Award winners are:
Gerard H. Cohen Award
Linda Joan Skinner
Facilities Manager, Boston University School of Law
Linda Skinner joined the University in 1988 as the faculty services manager and assumed the role of facilities manager ten years later. In this role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the law school, which includes the Sumner Redstone addition and all of the temporary faculty and staff locations. Linda is also a BU Sustainability liaison and the law school representative on the Emergency Management Planning committee.
Linda is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Management. She lives in Framingham with her husband, Thomas (GRS’82), a professor of Engineering at BU, and her golden retriever, Tawnie. She has a daughter, Kristin (CAS ’08,) who lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with her boyfriend, Shaun, and St. Bernard/Mastiff mix, Hank; a daughter, Erin who lives in Tuftonboro, NH, with her husband, David, son, Emmuanuel William, and golden retriever, Hadley; and a sister, Mireille, who lives in Sutton, MA.
Young Lawyer's Chair
Lt. Commander Jacob Romelhardt, Esq. ('05)
Staff Judge Advocate, Commander Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN, United States Navy
Jacob Romelhardt has served in his current position as staff judge advocate for Commander Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN since July 2014. Based in San Diego, CA, he trains and certifies deploying naval units in international humanitarian law, rules of engagement, and various other areas of the law.
Over the course of his nine-year naval career, Jacob has filled myriad positions around the world. To start, Jacob reported to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as criminal defense counsel to marines and sailors facing criminal charges at court-martial. While there, Jacob volunteered to delploy with the US Marine Corps to Fallujah, Iraq, for eight months starting in June 2007. During this deployment, he focused on detention operations in Western Iraq. After returning to Hawaii for several months, Jacob moved to become an assistant professor of law at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After two years of teaching, he was selected to serve as a lawyer with a Navy SEAL team based on the east coast. As a result, he deployed to Afghanistan several times to advise the three-star commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Force on critical operational issues including major combat investigations, intelligence law and policy, and detainee matters. He also assisted in negotiating and drafting special memoranda of understanding between the US and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on detainee policy and special operations.
In 2011, Jacob won the Major General William Garrison Award for distinguishing himself as the Most Outstanding Legal Professional in the US Special Operations Command. He earned his LLM from Harvard Law School in May 2014.
Silver Shingle for Service to the Community
Daniel D. Rubinstein, Esq. ('95)
Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Dan Rubinstein is a litigation partner in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office. An accomplished trial lawyer who represents corporations, executives, and professionals in complex civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, Dan has a proven track record of successfully resolving sophisticated civil and criminal cases at trial via dispositive motions and by negotiated disposition.
In approximately two decades of practice, Dan has successfully tried 20 jury cases to verdict in state and federal court. He has also successfully litigated and argued numerous appeals before the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, conducted more than 100 bench trials and contested evidentiary hearings in state and federal court, and directed more than 100 investigations. He has also served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught Federal Criminal Practice since 2007.
Silver Shingle for Service to the School
Christine A. Marx, Esq.
Former Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Boston University School of Law
After a 26-year career as dean of students at BU Law, Chris Marx decided to retire in May 2014. During her time at BU, Chris found the perfect way to combine her background in social work and law, helping thousands of students navigate the difficult terrain of law school. Chris and her staff organized many programs for students aimed at creating community, including an innovative orientation program focusing on issues of diversity. She helped establish study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Lyon, France, and several dual-degree programs with other Boston University departments. Most recently, Chris helped create the judicial externship program, through which selected students intern with state and federal judges. Chris also taught a section of the First-Year Writing Program and the judicial externship seminar.
Chris is a “triple Badger,” earning her BA, MSW and JD degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She was selected for Order of the Coif. Chris clerked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court; was a staff attorney at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston; and was an associate at the Boston law firm McCormick & Epstein, specializing in litigation, corporate, and appellate work. Chris served as secretary, chair-elect, and chair of the AALS Student Services Section, and vice president of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in Massachusetts.
Chris is married to BU Law Professor Kenneth Simons, and has two wonderful stepchildren, Adam and Emily Conner-Simons.
Silver Shingle for Service to the Profession
Irving H. Picard ('66)
Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
Irving H. Picard, a partner in the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights Group of Baker & Hostetler LLP, is currently the court-appointed Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
As part of his bankruptcy reorganization and insolvency practice, Mr. Picard has served as a court-appointed SIPA trustee in more than 10 securities brokerage house liquidations since 1984. They include Park South Securities LLC, Klein Maus & Shire Inc., Hanover, Sterling & Co., Investors Center Inc., Norbay Securities Inc., and Jay W. Kaufmann & Company. He has also served as counsel to trustees under SIPA, counsel for Chapter 11 creditors’ committees, and as a receiver in connection and a disbursing agent in connection with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions.
After spending more than five years working on Wall Street, Irving was on the staff of the SEC’s Division that handled bankruptcy reorganization matters, including Equity Funding Corporation of America and US Financial Incorporated from 1972 to early 1976. From 1976 through 1979, he served as an assistant general counsel of the SEC and, among other things, represented it in connection with legislation that resulted in the passage of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 (Bankruptcy Code). In 1979, he was appointed as the first United States Trustee for the Southern District of New York, a position in which he served from October 1979 until May 1982.
In addition to being a speaker and panelist at numerous seminars and conferences, he has been a contributing author on Stockholder Liquidations to Collier on Bankruptcy.