March 26-27, 2012 at Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark NJ


Symposium Speakers

Professor Kathleen M. Boozang

Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

In addition to her university and law school administrative positions, Professor Boozang teaches Health Law, The Law of Death and Dying, and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Marketing and Compliance. She founded the Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy and its Healthcare Compliance Certification Programs. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association, is a Fellow to The Hastings Center, an independent nonprofit bioethics research institute, as well as a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation. Professor Boozang is also a member of the American Law Institute and participates on the consultant group for the Principles of Nonprofit Law.

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Leo P. Brideau, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health Care Network

Leo Brideau leads Ascension Health Care Network, a joint venture of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic health system and Oak Hill Capital Partners, a prominent private equity firm. Prior to joining Ascension Health Care Network, Mr. Brideau was President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia St. Mary’s, Milwaukee, and served as the Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health, responsible for its health care ministries in Wisconsin and Missouri. Before joining Ascension Health, Mr. Brideau served for 21 years at the University of Rochester Medical Center in various positions, including President of Strong Health Regional Network and as General Director and Chief Executive Officer of Strong Memorial Hospital, and was an Assistant Professor in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Mr. Brideau has served on numerous national and state level boards and commissions. He chaired the American Hospital Association Payment Reform Task Force as well as the Wisconsin Hospital Association Health Reform Task Force. He also has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, serving on its Executive Committee and as a member of the AHA Commission on Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems..

Vernon R. Byrd, Jr. M.Div., J.D.

Executive Director, Center for Legal and Credo Awareness, Johnson & Johnson

Vernon Byrd serves as Assistant General Counsel and Executive Director for Legal and Credo Awareness at Johnson & Johnson. Crafted by Robert Wood Johnson in 1943, just before the company went public, Johnson & Johnson’s Credo begins by stating its “first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products” and ends envisioning “a fair return” for its stockholders. Prior to his work at Johnson & Johnson, Vernon Byrd was a litigation attorney in Philadelphia at the law firm of Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Sheikman & Cohen and also served as Senior Counsel for The New York Times.

Professor Angela Carmella

John Courtney Murray Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

Having both a law degree and a master’s in theological studies, Professor Carmella is a nationally recognized scholar in church-state issues with a particular regard for the intersection of religion and property. In addition to her teaching and groundbreaking scholarship, she has participated in numerous professional and scholarly conferences on the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment and their impact in the 21st century, including health/family issues, religiously affiliated corporations, and the complex issues that arise when religious institutions file for bankruptcy. Her publications include “Responsible Freedom under the Religion Clauses: Exemptions, Legal Pluralism and the Common Good”; “Religion as Public Resource"; and Constitutional Arguments in Church Bankruptcies: Why Judicial Discourse About Religion Matters.”

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David M. Cyganowski, M.B.A.

Managing Director, Kaufman & Hall Associates

As Managing Director of Kaufman Hall & Associates, a leading advisor to hospitals and health systems, Mr. Cyganowski is recognized as one of the nation’s leading health care professionals. With nearly 30 years of senior experience in health care, Mr. Cyganowski brings specific expertise in both capital finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Cyganowski was the Managing Director and Co-Head of the Health Care Group at Citigroup Global Markets, with responsibility for working with non-profit hospitals, health care systems and managed care organizations across the country. Prior to joining Citi, he managed the health care practice at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Cyganowski has served as senior banker for mergers and acquisitions, with an aggregate value of $15 billion and more than $35 billion of debt financings. He led the Citi team that represented eight non-profit health care systems in their successful acquisition of 21 hospitals from Columbia/ HCA for $1.2 billion, the largest-ever acquisition of assets by non-profit entities.

Sister Melanie DiPietro, S.C., J.D., J.C.D.

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofit Corporations

Sister Melanie Di Pietro is the Director of Seton Hall’s Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofit Corporations. Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Sister Melanie’s legal practice focused on the representation of religiously affiliated corporations in governance, transactional and litigation matters. Having a doctorate in canon law, Sister Melanie focused on joint ventures between Catholic and non-Catholic health care organizations. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the consultant group for Principles of Nonprofit Governance. She currently serves as a legal and social policy consultant for Catholic Charities USA and is on the legal commission of Caritas Internationalis, Rome.

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Timothy P. Glynn, J.D.

Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

Professor Glynn is one of the nation’s foremost experts on employment law. In addition to teaching Business Associations, Employment Law and Comparative Corporate Law, Professor Glynn is an editor of White On New York Corporations and co-author of Employment Law: Private Ordering and Its Limitations, one of the top employment law case books for students. His recent scholarship focuses on the allocation of responsibility and decision-making authority within the corporation as well as the impact of choice-of-law doctrine and inter-jurisdictional competition on different corporate stakeholders. Thus, from a variety of perspectives, he addresses how prevailing legal norms in the corporate context affect not only shareholders and managers, but also employees, creditors, counsel and society.

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