Speaker Bios - Bucknell University

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Alumni Career Services
March 8, 2013
Going Back Law School
Dianne McDonald, Esq.
Bucknell University, Pre-Law Advisor
Dianne is the pre-law advisor at Bucknell University where she also serves as a
lecturer in the School of Management. Dianne began her legal career practicing
in a general civil law firm in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where she
handled matters involving small businesses, domestic relations, and real estate.
Following her marriage Dianne’s legal career took a circuitous path reflecting
her alter-career as a navy wife. While traveling this path she added a license to
practice law in Illinois and earned a Master’s in Education from the University of
MD. She had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of legal issues ranging
from business reorganizations, insurance-defense litigation, and contract issues
on behalf of the military while working for the Department of Defense. Dianne
earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of GA and her law degree
from Loyola Law School. In addition to her experiences as an attorney, she has
also worked as an educator.
Going Back Law School
Doug DiMedio
Fordham University Law School Student
Doug DiMedio graduated from Bucknell University in 2001 with a degree in
Computer Science. He spent the next two years working for Decisive Business
Systems, as an outside sales representative. In 2004, Doug went to work for his
family-owned building material supply company, where he created and
managed a new manufacturing division. In 2008, Doug moved to New York City,
where he opened Siena Kitchens, LLC., a supplier of kitchen cabinetry and
ancillary products. Doug enrolled at Fordham University School of Law in 2011,
where he is simultaneously working towards a Master in Business
Administration at Fordham’s business school. At Fordham, he has had the
opportunity to earn a place on a law journal, as well as represent the moot
court team in national competitions. He has also found internship
opportunities at Samsung in Seoul, Korea in the summer of 2012, and he
currently works at the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court for the
Honorable Burton Lifland.
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Diane Sliverman
Columbia Law School Career Services
Diane graduated from Bucknell University in 2006, where she received a B.A. in
Psychology and Political Science. After graduation, Diane began working as the
Legal Recruitment Coordinator in the New York office of the international law
firm Allen & Overy LLP. She coordinated the hiring of entry-level and lateral
attorneys, as well as summer associates in New York, London, and Hong
Kong. For the past four years, Diane has worked at Columbia Law School in the
Office of Career Services. In 2012, she became the Assistant Director of
Recruiting and manages four annual legal recruitment programs for over 1,500
J.D. and LL.M. students. She also handles all communications with employers
for programming and events, as well as engages in new employer outreach.
Going Back Law School
George Ward, Esq.
Deputy Chief, Arlington Office of Chief Counsel U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department
of Homeland Security
Mr. Ward supervises a team of attorneys that litigate administrative cases
before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and provide legal advice to
ICE’s operational components. Before becoming Deputy Chief, he served in
various positions in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, including Chief of
the District Court Litigation and Legislative Counsel. Mr. Ward started working in
immigration in New York City where he represented INS in deportation and
removal cases. Mr. Ward began his legal career in 1993 as a prosecutor in
Nassau County. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Ward was a Compliance
Analyst/Auditor with Shearson, Lehman, Hutton. He also worked as a
stockbroker for a small investment firm. Mr. Ward graduated from Bucknell
University in 1988 with a BA in Economics and from St. John’s University School
of Law, in New York in 1993. Now in one of his most rewarding and challenging
roles, Mr. Ward is the proud father of four.
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