Team Bios

We have assembled a talented, experienced team of lawyers and speech specialists who deliver practical, clear group programs and one-one coaching.

We invite you to read more about our team members on their bio pages:

Founder & Principal:

DR.headshotDianne Rosky, J.D.
An experienced lawyer and teacher, Dianne Rosky leads writing training programs for law firms throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is an adjunct professor in NYU Law School’s LL.M. program. She was formerly a full-time faculty member in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. Before turning to teaching full-time, Dianne practiced commercial litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Learn more…

 

 

Legal Writing Coaches:

Jamie Baron, J.D.

Before joining Rosky Legal Education, Jamie spent seven years as a bankruptcy attorney, practicing in the Corporate Restructuring group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Jamie graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, where she served on the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Learn more…
MG_6903cartaina_helenebwHelene Cartaina, J.D.
An experienced attorney, Helene practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and several other firms. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York. Helene is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Learn more…
Purple_HeidiHeidi Gilchrist, J.D.
Heidi teaches legal writing at Columbia Law School. Heidi has practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, clerked for a federal judge in the S.D.N.Y and worked as an intelligence analyst for the federal government. Heidi earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and an editor on the Journal of Transnational Law. Learn more…
lara-pennington-thumbLara Pennington, J.D.
Lara is an Adjunct Writing Professor at Seton Hall Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before teaching, Lara spent eight years in private practice in New York and New Jersey. Lara earned her J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1996, where she served on the Moot Court Board. Learn more…
CJR.headshotClifford Rosky, J.D.
Cliff is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah. He has conducted judicial training programs throughout the country and is a regular speaker at conferences and in the media. A graduate of Yale Law School, Cliff clerked in the Second Circuit and practiced at Covington & Burling LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Learn more…
TomTarnow_thumbThomas Tarnow, J.D.
Tom is an experienced lawyer and trainer. He spent five years as a Staff Attorney for the Louisiana Supreme Court, then served as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit at Essex-Newark Legal Services. Tom is a graduate of Tulane Law School. Learn more…
Caroline is an experienced transactional lawyer and legal writing teacher. She has recently joined RLE and is expanding our offerings to include training programs specifically designed for transactional lawyers. Learn more…

 

 

Speech & Presentation Coaches:

Margret_thumbMargret Surovell, M.F.A.
Margret Surovell is an experienced teacher of verbal presentation skills. Margret has provided speech coaching to professionals at major law firms and corporations, including Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; American Express; Omnicom; and Merrill Lynch. Learn more…
Purple_LWatson Lynn Watson, M.F.A.
Lynn Watson is a seasoned voice and speech consultant. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where she previously served as Chair of the Theater Department. Lynn earned a B.F.A. in Theatre from Ohio University, and went on to earn an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Learn more…
Director of Business Development:
Karen KrauseKaren Krause, J.D.
Karen Krause has been an executive with the marketing and promotions firm, Foundry Communications, where she executes national radio promotions for the firm’s home-entertainment clients. Prior to joining Foundry, Karen spent more than 10 years practicing corporate law in New York and New Jersey, most recently at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, and prior to that, at Baer Marks & Upham LLP in New York City. Learn more…