JTS to Honor "Lawyer of the Year"

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

March 14, 2008, New York, NY

Theodore V. Wells Jr., a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, will be honored at The Jewish Theological Seminary's thirteenth annual Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8.

A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Wells has extensive litigation experience in white-collar criminal defense, complex civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work and class action litigation.

In 2006 The National Law Journal named Wells "Lawyer of the Year" and over the years has repeatedly selected him as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and as one of America’s top white-collar criminal defense lawyers. Wells has also represented numerous corporate executives and corporations in jury trials, grand jury investigations, and before the SEC. Wells also has extensive experience in representing major corporations in massive class action litigation. He previously served on the board of directors of CIT Corporation, where he was a member of its Audit Committee.

Wells is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served as co-chair of the White-Collar Criminal Section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute Trial Advocacy Program, a teaching team member of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and a lecturer at the Securities Regulation Institute. He has lectured on the use and scope of the RICO statute, the defense of securities and environmental criminal and civil matters, federal grand jury procedures, and federal sentencing guidelines.

Active in social, political, and community affairs, Wells serves as a trustee of College of the Holy Cross and the co-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors. He previously served, on a pro bono basis, as general counsel to the New Jersey NAACP and as New Jersey co-chairperson of the United Negro College Fund. A member of the bars of New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey, as well as many federal courts, Wells earned a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from College of the Holy Cross.

The Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award was established in 1996 in recognition of Judge Rifkind's exemplary life, marked by professional preeminence, distinguished public service, and unstinting devotion to the Jewish community. A graduate of JTS's Teachers College (now known as List College), Judge Rifkind served as chairman of the JTS Board from 1963 until 1972.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets begin at $500. For information and reservations, please contact Amy I. Barer, director of Special Events, at (212) 678-8019 or events@jtsa.edu.