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Stephanie Adams Ryan, an associate in McKool Smith’s Silicon Valley office, has been elected as the President of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Latino Alumni Association (CLAA).

 CLAA was founded in 1994 with the mission of representing and promoting the needs and interests of Latino alumni of Cornell University. Since its inception, the Association has grown to more than 7,000 university alumni. By definition, CLAA’s constituency is broad and encompasses Cornell University’s Latino American, Latino Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino European alumni, which collectively comprise about 15% of the total alumni population of Cornell University. Membership in CLAA is open to all Cornell University alumni holding undergraduate or post graduate degrees from Cornell, and Cornell faculty and staff members who support the purposes and goals of CLAA. The CLAA membership includes some of the most influential leaders in the Latino community in the United States and beyond.

Mrs. Adams Ryan is a 2004 graduate of the Cornell School of Arts and Sciences. During undergrad, she served on all three student governing bodies—Student Assembly as the representative for the School of Arts and Sciences, University Assembly as the Undergraduate Representative, and Class Council as the Vice-President of the Class of 2004. Mrs. Adams Ryan is half Colombian and half Irish and a native Spanish speaker. After graduating from Cornell, Mrs. Adams Ryan served as a public policy fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC, and then attended Northwestern University School of Law where she served as the President of the Latino Law Students Association.

Mrs. Adams Ryan joined McKool Smith in April 2013 and focuses her practice on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she gained experience at a global law firm defending clients such technology companies, including manufacturers of electronic and computer equipment. As a trial attorney, she plays a significant role in major cases being handled by McKool Smith, including complex motion practice, witness preparation and examination, and key oral arguments. She is licensed to practice law in California, New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

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