NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 18th,Roberta S. Karmel, a longtime PLI Trustee, was elected to head the Board of Trustees of the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Ms. Karmel, a graduate of the N.Y.U. School of Law, became the first woman to be appointed Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and after a career in private practice was appointed the Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, a position she still holds. She replaces Werner L. Polak, who retired as Chair of the Board after serving in various capacities at PLI for 27 years, including many years as Chair of the Executive Committee.
Also receiving an appointment was William P. Frank, who was elected Chair of the Executive Committee. A senior litigation partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Mr. Frank is a graduate of Fordham Law School, and is active in numerous professional and non-profit associations. The vacancy for Chair of the Executive Committee was created when William F. Kuntz, II, who was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, announced his intention to resign at the Annual Meeting. Judge Kuntz, a Harvard Law School graduate, remains a Trustee of PLI and was re-elected to a three-year term.
Also elected to the Board was Samuel W. Seymour, a partner at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, who will rejoin the Board after his two-year term as President of the City Bar ends in May.
In addition, three-year term re-elections were put into place for Charles E. Barnett of Barnett & Associates; Douglas S. Eakely of Lowenstein Sandler, P.C.; James L. Lipscomb, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel (Ret.) of MetLife; Marc Marmaro of the Los Angeles Superior Court; John S. Siffert of Lankler Siffert & Wohl, LLP; and John W. White of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
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Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. We achieve these goals through the highest quality seminars held annually in locations across the United States, regularly supplemented treatises, audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s and MP4s, live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand web programs, all with the guidance of practice-specific Advisory Committees. PLI is headquartered in New York City, and also maintains offices in San Francisco.
Since its founding, PLI has witnessed more than three million registrations and publication purchases by lawyers and allied professionals. In recent years, in line with its mission, PLI has expanded its offerings to include a Securities Center, Patent Center, pro bono and public interest areas, and a law school division to strengthen its relationship with law school students and faculty.