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Contacts (People, Open Hours, Dean Certifications)


George Vassilev 

Associate Dean of the College, Director, Pre-Professional Advising Center





Linda Dunleavy

Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships






 Shannon O'Neill

Assistant Dean for Junior and Senior Class & Chemical Dependency






Kathy Toro

Dean Certifications Coordinator






Ari Gabinet

Legal Expert in Residence

Ari Gabinet has thirty-five years of experience in the legal profession spanning private practice, government and corporate positions.  He spent twenty years as a trial lawyer in a large multi-national law firm, representing clients in litigation including discrimination and securities class actions, contested takeover cases (going public and going private), valuation proceedings, complex commercial cases, insolvency and bankruptcy litigation and workouts of defaulted real estate loan portfolios).  From 2002 to 2005 he was the director the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Philadelphia office, overseeing the SEC's enforcement and regulatory examination programs in the mid-Atlantic region.  From 2005 to 2010, he managed the securities regulation, shareholders services, litigation, tax and international legal function for Vanguard, the world's largest mutual fund complex, and from 2010 to 2016, he was General Counsel of OppenheimerFunds, a top ten U.S. mutual fund company, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and was responsible for the legal, compliance and internal audit functions.   At Brown he teaches Policy 1700M, an introduction to the regulation of corporations and securities markets.

Law Careers Advising Open Hours

Open hours for the spring semester have concluded. Regular open hours with the Law Careers advisors will resume in the fall. If you have questions during the summer months please explore our website in detail and if you can't find the answers to your questions feel free to email one of the advisors. Students on campus may contact one of the Deans of the College for general questions.

Before speaking with one of the Law Careers advisors, please complete and submit our online Law Careers Advising Office Registration Form. You will then be added to our Law Careers Advising listserv, which provides timely information about events, law school deadlines, and opportunities in the field. If you need to contact Law Careers Advising in regard to your law school Dean Certification forms, please see the  Contacts page.

Dean Certifications

Many law schools require that applicants provide a Dean's Certification of their undergraduate or graduate standing (academic standing, academic code disciplinary code standing).  Dean Certifications

When you receive a Dean Certification request form, complete only your portion and send the form to Kathy Toro with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope. Use one of the mailing methods below. If you received a Dean Certification request electronically you may E-mail it to Kathy Toro instead of mailing it. Please provide your email address and phone number. 

If you believe you were the subject of any institutional action during your studies at Brown, provide a description of the instance as you contact Kathy Toro. Please allow between 10 days and 2 weeks for the processing and mailing of the completed forms. We cannot expedite the process.

Mailing Address: For FedEx/UPS/DHL deliveries:
Law Careers Advising
Attention: Kathy Toro                                   
Brown University                                            
Box 1996 J. W. Wilson 313
Providence, RI 02912

Law Careers Advising
Attention: Kathy Toro
Brown University
J.W. Wilson 313
69 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02912