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Six attorneys with practices ranging from advisory service to the World Health Organization to how Title IX impacts colleges gather for a panel discussion on their areas of law and career trajectories. Mitchell College hosts this panel as part of its Speakers Series on February 7, 2018 at 7pm in the Weller Center. Moderating the panel will be Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer, who started her career as a corporate lawyer in private practice in New York and was then general counsel at Trans World Airlines.

Carl Coleman specializes in the legal, ethical, and public policy implications of medical treatment, research, and public health. He currently serves as Academic Director of Seton Hall Law School’s Division of Online Learning. He served as Bioethics and Law Adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was one of the primary authors of the report, Ethical Considerations in Developing a Public Health Response to Pandemic Influenza, and contributed to a WHO project on strengthening research ethics committees in Western and Central Africa. He has contributed to WHO reports on capacity building for research ethics committees, ethical issues in tuberculosis prevention, care, and control, research ethics in epidemic response efforts, standards and operational guidance for research ethics committees, and key issues in global health ethics. He continues to work with WHO as a consultant on various projects related to ethics and global public health. He earned his B.S.F.S from Georgetown, and his A.M. and J.D. from Harvard.

Gail Coleman is an appellate attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an independent federal agency charged with enforcing the federal laws against employment discrimination.  Gail has represented the EEOC in every federal court of appeals, authoring briefs and presenting oral argument on issues pertaining to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, and age.  Additionally, she has assisted the Office of the Solicitor General in drafting briefs and preparing for oral argument in employment discrimination cases before the Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the EEOC, Gail served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Linda Mariani is well known in Connecticut and locally in New London for her experience in divorce litigation, family law, personal injury litigation, collaborative divorce and family mediation. She has served as a Special Master for family and personal injury matters and an attorney trial referee for the Connecticut Superior Court. The Parenting Education Program, which is now required for all divorcing couples, was her brainchild. Attorney Mariani is also a frequent lecturer at seminars for other attorneys. She earned her B.A. from Cornell and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Jonathan B. Orleans, chair of the Labor & Employment Law practice for Pullman & Comley, has over 30 years of experience as a litigator and counselor in a broad range of matters, particularly relating to the employer-employee relationship. He represents businesses and individuals in disputes arising out of employment contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and other commercial agreements. He also advises colleges, universities and independent schools concerning not only employment-related matters, but also compliance with Title IX as it relates to campus sexual misconduct and to athletics.  His service to the bar and the community currently includes chairing the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, membership on the Connecticut Judicial Department Civil Commission and the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, and serving as Legal Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. He earned his B.A. from Hampshire College, his M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, and his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Erick Russell practices with Pullman & Comley in the Government Finance Department. He represents state and municipal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and other debt obligations. Prior to joining the firm’s Government Finance Department, Erick practiced in the firm’s Litigation Department. His litigation practice focused primarily on complex business litigation and healthcare and probate litigation. Earlier in his career, he represented low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services as part of the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Low-Income Tax Clinic. He earned his B.S. from University of New Haven and his J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law.

Mark J. Yost is a senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities & Exchange Commission.   For over 20 years, he has investigated financial crimes for the U.S. government.  After clerking for a federal judge at the U.S. District Court in Washington DC, he prosecuted criminal tax, money laundering and related crimes for the Tax Division and Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In 2007, he moved to the SEC where he has investigated violations of securities laws, including insider trading, financial adviser fraud and market manipulation.  Presently, he investigates bribery and corruption as part of the SEC’s specialized unit enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Yost is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he was the Regimental Commander, and a 1990 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Before attending law school, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, including four years at sea and three years as a search planner.  He is a retired Air Force Reserve Colonel, having served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp, including a tour as a deputy legal counsel in the Office of Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Composition of the panel may change due to professional obligations. For more information about the Speakers Series, visit, call 860-701-5092 or email