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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

(Not available in spring 2020)






 Shannon O'Neill

Associate Dean for Junior and Senior Class & Addiction Recovery






Kathy Toro-Ibanez

Dean Certifications Coordinator






Ari Gabinet

Legal Expert in Residence

By appointment only. Schedule through Handshake.

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.

Zoom Hours Spring 2020 (March 17- May 7)

  • Deans George Vassilev and Shannon O'Neill hold Zoom hours posted on the College website on the same dates and time as before. 
  • Ari Gabinet may have limited availability for the rest of the semester.
  • 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 below.

Monday Ari Gabinet 12-2pm Schedule an appointment through Handshake - Watson Institute, 326
Tuesday Ari Gabinet 12-1pm Schedule an appointment through Handshake - Watson Institute, 326
Tuesday George Vassilev 12-2pm
Wednesday Shannon O'Neill 2-4pm

Dean Certifications

Ethical conduct and good judgment are essential to the legal profession. Many law schools require that applicants provide a Dean Certification of their undergraduate or graduate standing (academic standing, academic code, disciplinary code standing). 

Dean Certifications are forms admission committees would send to applicants during the application process. Some admission committees may simply ask for a letter from an appropriate official at Brown. When you receive a Dean Certification form, complete only your portion and send it to Kathy Toro-Ibanez via email. When we return to campus you can resume using one of the mailing methods below. Please provide your email address and phone number as well as any relevant details and contact information for the school where we should send the completed form. 

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-Ibanez. We encourage you to check your record before applying to law school. You will find more information about institutional action in our Law School Applicant GuidePlease 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:
Brown University 
Law Careers Advising/Pre-Professional Advising Center
Attn. Kathy Toro-Ibanez                             
Hemisphere Building- Ground Floor
Box 1996
Providence, RI, 02912


Brown University
Law Careers Advising/Pre-Professional Advising Center
Attn. Kathy Toro-Ibanez
167 Angell Street, Hemisphere Building- Ground Floor
Box 1996
Providence, RI, 02912