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Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Legal Profession (Yale)

November 10, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This event is the eighteenth in a series covering different professions. The concept is to have a diverse panel of lawyers in different areas of the law, who will provide candid views of their profession. Our four panelists represent different perspectives: a general counsel of a leading pharmaceutical company, two partners from private law firms, and a judge.

The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.

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• Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?

• How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?

• What are the myths versus the realities?

• What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the


• What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?

• If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other



Leslie Fagen, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Timothy Harkness, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Peggy Kuo, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Sandra Leung, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners


Leslie Fagen

A senior partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a major law firm. Les Fagen has litigated on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants for more than 35 years, handling complex civil litigation matters. Les has a strong track record of wins and favorable settlements at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

He has represented a wide range of clients in many industries, such as major private equity companies and hedge funds in substantial commercial disputes; major public company defendants in significant securities litigations, antitrust and transactional matters and internal investigations; clients in major international and domestic arbitrations; clients in the media, fashion and information services fields in intellectual property matters including trademark, copyright and licensing disputes; major manufacturers in product liability defense work, including class action litigation, and the prosecution of plaintiffs’ claims relating to defective products; real estate litigation matters including appraisal arbitrations; significant trusts and estates matters; and a court appointment to represent all future claimants who fall victim to asbestos-related disease in connection with the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust.

Les is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also an adjunct lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches trial advocacy, and an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches an intellectual property litigation course.

He currently serves as a member of the Paul Weiss Management Committee. He is also a former chairman of the Partnership Committee and served as co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.

Les is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the International Bar Association. Les is a director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has served as President and Vice Chairman of The Educational Alliance, Inc., a multi-disciplinary social service agency, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Maimonides Medical Center. He has been a David Rockefeller Fellow (2009-2010) at the Partnership for New York City.

Les is the author of numerous publications on arbitration, intellectual property and product liability. He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. – 1971) and Columbia Law School (J.D. – 1974).

Timothy Harkness

Tim is a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a major law firm. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation and frequently counsels global clients about US legal risks. He has played prominent roles in major cases involving international financial service and accounting firms in securities fraud cases, hedge fund-related litigation, commercial disputes and before bankruptcy courts. He serves professional services and private equity firms, manufacturers and media companies in commercial arbitrations and civil litigation arising from claims of fraud, breach of contract, malpractice, and veil piercing.

His recent work includes representing a global financial institution in the dismissal after trial of all claims based on fraud, breach of contract and quasi contract. a UK-based company with regard to the improper posting of highly confidential data on a US-based website, international commercial enterprises concerning the risks posed by storing electronic data on servers in the United States, an international trust structure administered out of Monaco in alleged subsequent transfers in a Madoff clawback action, a private equity firm in litigation in over a dozen states and in bankruptcy court concerning whether a fund would be liable for the alleged defects of a product manufactured by a portfolio company, and international financial services and accounting firms in securities fraud cases, hedge fund-related litigation and commercial disputes.

Tim has written various cyber- and data-related articles including “Will computers soon replace your lawyer?” (Thomson Reuters).

Tim graduated from Yale College (BA, 1987) and received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Peggy Kuo

Peggy Kuo is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to that, she was Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, counsel at WilmerHale, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Acting Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Kuo was a prosecutor with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she investigated and prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity. She clerked for Hon. Judith W. Rogers, then Chief Judge of the DC Court of Appeals.

She is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. in History – 1985) and Harvard Law School (J.D.1988).

Sandra Leung

Sandy Leung is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb. She leads the worldwide Law Department and is responsible for a wide range of legal and regulatory areas including intellectual property, regulatory law, litigation, environmental, health & safety, corporate security, philanthropy and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures.

Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department. She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999. In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel. In February 2007, she was promoted to her current position.

Sandy began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she was an original member of the Child Abuse Bureau. She ended her prosecutorial career, after trying more than 40 jury trials to verdict, as a member of the prestigious Homicide Investigations Unit where she conducted investigations of unsolved homicides linked with drug gang activity.

Sandy is on the board of directors of the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a trustee of the NALP Foundation and on the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Sandy is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

Peter Young (Moderator and Organizer)

Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings.

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers, a private equity investor with J.H. Whitney & Co., and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving life science and chemical companies. Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategy, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).

Previous Panels

Previous panels have covered film and drama, internet and data services, entrepreneurism, medical (three times), legal (twice), investment banking (twice), investing (twice), consulting (twice), education, non-profit organizations, and a comparison of investing/investment banking/consulting. The series for 2015-16 includes medical, legal, architecture, and STEM.

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategies, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).


November 10, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Careers, Life, and Yale


William Harkness Hall
100 Wall Street
New Haven, CT United States
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