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Risk and Responsibility In The 21st Century
2007 Symposium Presenters:

Tom Vilsack Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake Law School
Tom Vilsack is visiting distinguished professor of law at Drake Law School and an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney, an international firm with 19 offices worldwide, including Des Moines. He is a graduate of Hamilton College in New York and Albany Law School. He is a former two-term governor of the state of Iowa and was the first Democrat elected governor in Iowa in 32 years. During his service as governor he was chair of the Democrat Governors’ Association. Prior to his election as governor he was a member of the Iowa Senate and also served as mayor of Mount Pleasant, IA. Among other priorities he pursued as governor, Vilsack worked to improve Iowa schools, expand health-care coverage, make the state a leader in renewable fuels and balance the budget. In addition to his association with Drake and Dorsey & Whitney, he serves as consultant to MidAmerican Energy on its renewable-energy programs.

Philip K. Howard Best-Selling Author and Partner, Covington & Burling Presenters
Philip K. Howard is the best-selling author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America (Random House 1995) and The Collapse of the Common Good: How America’s Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom (Ballantine 2002), originally issued as The Lost Art of Drawing the Line (Random House 2001), in addition to being a periodic contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School, he is a partner with the law firm of Covington & Burling. He has been continuously active in public affairs for more than 30 years, holding a variety of public, civic and teaching positions; and he is chairman of Common Good, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “overhaul[ing] our lawsuit culture and restor[ing] American’s freedom to use their common sense” and “make choices on behalf of broader society.” Howard has advised leaders of both parties on reform initiatives, including regulatory simplification, civil service, environmental and management reforms.

Marc R. Stanley Founding Partner, Stanley, Mandel & Iola, Dallas
Marc R. Stanley is a founding partner of the law firm of Stanley, Mandel & Iola in Dallas. He is board certified in civil trial law and has served as class counsel in several nationwide and statewide class actions, including suits against banks, retailers, law firms and insurance companies for deceptive trade practices and against General Motors for product liability. He is frequently sought as a speaker and has presented widely on class action and civil trial practice. Stanley has been a member of the board of directors and served as president of both the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; has served on the board of and been active in the American Association for Justice and the Dallas Bar Association; and has been active in several sections of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. His record of public service includes six years as a member of the Texas Public Finance Authority, including four years as chair. He is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Texas Law School.

Tom Baker Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law and Director, Insurance Law Center, University of Connecticut School of Law
Tom Baker is the Connecticut Mutual professor of law and director of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches courses in Principles of Insurance, Liability Insurance, Torts and Contracts. Baker has also been the Joseph F. Cunningham visiting professor of law at Columbia, visiting professor and scholar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. A member of the American Law Institute, he is the author of The Medical Malpractice Myth (University of Chicago Press 2005), Insurance Law and Policy (Aspen Pub. 2003, 2d ed. Forthcoming in 2008), and Embracing Risk: The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility (University of Chicago Press 2002) (contributing editor, with Jonathan Simon), and in addition, nearly 30 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has organized numerous conferences and symposia on insurance and related topics, and he has made myriad academic and professional presentations. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and graduate magna cum laude of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

David A. Moss John G. McLean Professor, Harvard Business School
David A. Moss is the John G. McLean professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the business, government and the international economy area. Moss graduated from Cornell University and went on to earn an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. He joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in July 1993. Moss has published three books: Socializing Security: Progressive-Era Economists and the Origins of American Social Policy (Harvard University Press 1996); When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager (Harvard University Press 2002) and A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know (Harvard Business School Press 2007). In addition, he has published numerous articles, book chapters and case studies. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Recent honors include the Robert F. Greenhill Award, the Editors’ Prize from the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the Student Association Faculty Award for outstanding teaching at the Harvard Business School, and the American Risk and Insurance Association’s Kulp-Wright Book Award.

Tom Root Associate Professor, College of Business and Public Administration, Drake University
Tom Root is associate professor in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University where he teaches in the Finance Department. He teaches or has taught Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions Management at the undergraduate level, and Financial Risk Management and Strategic Financial Processes in the MBA program. He earned his bachelors of science, masters and PhD degrees in economics at the University of Kansas. Root has been recognized for his teaching and was voted by students to receive the Graduate Teaching Award in the College of Business and Public Administration in Spring 2004. He also received the College’s Harry L. Wolk Research Award in Spring 2006.

Kathleen B. Halloran Mayor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kathleen B. Halloran is the mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A graduate with distinction of the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Law School, she is an attorney who was engaged in the private practice of law for more than 25 years. She completed the program for senior executives in state and local government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and has extensive experience in state government. She served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992 and again from 1997 to 1999. During her tenure in the Legislature she was appointed to serve on the Legislative Council and the council’s Fiscal Committee; chaired the Education Appropriations Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee; at various times was vice-chair of Judiciary and Ways and Means; was ranking member of the Commerce Committee; and was appointed by the director of revenue and finance to a Public Finance Task Force. Among other honors she has received, she was named a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments in 1988.

Susan E. Voss Iowa Commisioner of Insurance
Susan E. Voss is the commissioner of insurance for the state of Iowa. She is a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, IA and earned her J.D. degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Voss held a number of different positions with Iowa state government until she was appointed insurance commissioner by Gov. Tom Vilsack in January 2005. In addition to regulating insurance, the commissioner also regulates securities, funeral home services, cemeteries and a variety of regulated industries. She is Chair of the Underground Storage Tank Board and is a member of the HAWK-I Board. Voss is also vice chair for the Financial Condition Committee and vice chair for the Accounting Practices and Procedures Task Force for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a member of the National Insurance Producers Registry Board.

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