Janet M. Kleinfelter
Deputy Attorney General, Public Interest Division
Tennessee Office of the Attorney General
Janet Kleinfelter graduated summa cum laude from King College in 1986 and from the University of Tennessee George C. Taylor School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1989. She clerked for Judge William C. Koch on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1989 to 1992, when she joined the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Division. While in the Financial Division, she represented the Department of Financial Institutions, the Registry of Election Finance and the State Coordinator of Elections. She also represented the Securities, Insurance, Burial Services and TennCare Divisions of the Department of Commerce and Insurance. Ms. Kleinfelter also began her career of advising and representing state officials and agencies on open meetings and public records act matters. In 1997, she successfully defended the constitutionality of the Tennessee Charitable Beneficiaries Act of 1997, and began representing the Attorney General in matters involving charitable gifts and trusts. In 1998 she was named Senior Counsel.
In 2006, Ms. Kleinfelter transferred to the Special Litigation Division where she continued her representation of the Attorney General in cases involving charitable trusts and charitable gifts, as well as election-related litigation and public records. She also advised the initial Board of the Tennessee Ethics Commission after being established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2006. She continued to advise and represent the Commission until its merger with the Registry of Election Finance in 2010. She now advises and represents the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance. In 2009, Ms. Kleinfelter was named Deputy of the newly-formed Public Interest Division. The Public Interest Division has responsibility for overseeing all nonprofit corporations, including public benefit hospitals, as well as all charitable gift and charitable trust related matters for the Attorney General’s Office. The Public Interest Division also provides advice and representation to the Division of Charitable Solicitation and Charitable Gaming in the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office. Additionally, the Public Interest Division represents the State Election Coordinator and the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, as well as represents and advises all state officials and departments on issues involving public records and open meetings. In 2010 Ms. Kleinfelter was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) and currently serves as President-Election of the Board. She will assume the office of President in October 2014.
Assistant Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Pippa Loengard joined the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School in October, 2006. Ms. Loengard graduated with a degree in History from Cornell University and a Masters Degree in Communication from Stanford University where she was the 1994 recipient of the Karl A. and Medira Bickel Fellowship. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Loengard worked in television production for several years as an Assistant Director on various episodic shows and as a Coordinating Producer for A&E Television Networks. An interest in intellectual property issues as they related to her work in documentary film provoked her return to law school. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the visual arts and entertainment industries. She is particularly interested in issues of taxation as they pertain to the arts and the rights of authors and creators.
Ms. Loengard is a member of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and serves on the Executive Committee of the EASLS section of the New York State Bar Association. She was a member of the Art Law Committee of the City Bar Association from 2007-2010. She graduated from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor on the Journal of Law and the Arts. Additionally, she holds an LL.M. in Taxation from N.Y.U. School of Law. She was in private practice at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP before joining the Kernochan Center staff.
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Cindy M. Lott
Executive Director and Senior Counsel, National State Attorneys General Program
Lead Counsel, Charities Project
Cindy M. Lott serves as Executive Director and Senior Counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, and within that Program serves as the developer and lead counsel to the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project as well as projects at the intersection of nonprofits and public health. The National State Attorneys General Program provides a nonpartisan resource to state attorneys general in fulfilling enforcement responsibilities and policy priorities, facilitates communication among attorneys general, and institutionalizes the dialogue between attorneys general, a spectrum of regulated communities and legal scholars specializing in various related substantive areas of policy and enforcement.
Lott is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the areas of philanthropic and nonprofit state regulation, compliance, management and governance. She develops and moderates a series of national conferences on state regulation of the charitable sector and is engaged in research regarding regulatory capacity and enforcement at the state level. Lott is a Visiting Fellow for 2014-2015 at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, working in conjunction with the Tax Policy and Charities project.
She has served as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, co-teaching an advanced research seminar on state attorneys general and their role in state policymaking. Lott has taught at the graduate level at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and was a visiting clinical professor at Indiana University School of Law, where she was the developer and director of the Nonprofit Legal Clinic. Lott’s consulting practice focuses on policy, legal and research strategy for national advocacy groups and non-profit organizations, particularly with respect to state regulatory and compliance issues, non-profit management, and state policy issues.
Lott served as Chief Counsel to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and was Deputy Counsel to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. She has worked at large firms in several major cities in the areas of employment, business litigation and compliance. She also served as Chief Counsel for Advisory Services in the Indiana Attorney General's office, as well as Section Chief for Administrative and Regulatory Litigation in that office.
Lott is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Indiana and Massachusetts.
Mark A. Pacella
Chief Deputy Attorney General, Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section
Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
Mr. Pacella received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and J.D. from the Antioch School of Law. A member of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General since 1987, he currently serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General in charge of its Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section, which performs the office’s supervisory role over property committed to charitable purposes. Mr. Pacella is a Past-President of the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) an affiliate of the National Association of Attorneys General), and sits on the Advisory Board of the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Charitable Organizations Committee, a speaker and faculty member at a number of nonprofit and charitable trust conferences, and a veteran of the United States Navy.
Partner, John Silberman Associates
Donn Zaretsky is a 1990 graduate of the Yale Law School. He began his career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, and now a partner at John Silberman Associates PC, where he concentrates his practice in art and entertainment law. He is the author of “Overview of U.S. Copyright Law” in Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture (Ridinghouse 2002), and his writings on art law have appeared in The Art Newspaper and Art and Auction. He is also author of The Art Law Blog.
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