Leon Green Society
Leon Green (1888-1979) obtained his LL.B. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1915. After practicing insurance and tort law in Dallas and Fort Worth, Green returned to the University of Texas School of Law in 1922 where he, along with Professor Ira P. Hildebrand, Professor Charles Potts, and Judge Ireland Graves, founded the Texas Law Review. After teaching at Yale from 1926 to 1929 and serving as the Dean of Northwestern University School of Law from 1929 until 1947, Green returned to the University of Texas School of Law where he taught until 1977. Among Green's former students are three United State Supreme Court justices - Justice John Paul Stevens, Justice Arthur Goldberg, and Justice Tom C. Clark.
For his full biography, visit his page on the Tarlton Law Library website.
Photo courtesy of the Tarlton Law Library.
Professor Amanda Schaeffer, '08
Arleas Upton Kea, '79, '82
Director, Division of Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Arleas Upton Kea graduated from both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law (B.A. 1979 with honors and J.D. 1982). She also completed the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School. Her mentor, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who she met at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, inspired Arleas to pursue a career in public service. Upon graduating from Texas Law she joined the federal sector as a Law Clerk for the Benefits Review Board at the U.S. Department of Labor. She joined the Legal Division of the FDIC at the beginning of the banking crisis of the 1980's.
Arleas worked in the FDIC's Legal Division as a strong and well-respected lawyer for more the thirteen years. While in the Legal Division, she held several major positions, including Senior Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Her major responsibility was in complex professional liability litigation. Cases involved directors' and officers' liability, accountants' liability, commodities and broker claims, appraiser malpractice, legal malpractice, and claims against fidelity bond companies. She supervised the investigation, prosecution, and negotiation of hundreds of matters arising out of over two hundred failed financial institutions.
In addition to the civil claims, she also worked with the Department of Justice for the recovery, investigation, and prosecution of criminal conduct by bank personnel. In addition to the pursuit of these cases, Arleas directed a number of projects initiated in response to the Presidential mandate to aggressively combat financial institution fraud. She made numerous court appearances requesting restitution on behalf of the FDIC, and received numerous commendations for her outstanding negotiation skills and significant recoveries on behalf of the FDIC Insurance Fund.
As the financial crisis of the 1980's was ending, Congress directed that each of the federal bank regulatory agencies, including the FDIC, appoint an Ombudsman to serve as a neutral third-party to mediate/resolve issues related to the FDIC. Arleas, a well-known lawyer skilled in negotiation, accepted the appointment. She built the Ombudsman program, and served as a liaison and neutral third-party with the banking industry and public and financial interest groups on matters involving all aspects of the FDIC's work, including regulations, receiverships and asset dispositions, as well as any internal matters. She was a founding member of the Coalition of Federal Ombudsmen and participated extensively on the Ombudsman speaking circuit. She has also provided advice to numerous private and government organizations regarding setting up an Ombudsman practice. Arleas received the prestigious National Performance Review Hammer Award for excellence in government and for serving as a leader in the field of Ombudsmen.
During her tenure as Ombudsman, Arleas dealt with many issues that related to the operations and support of the business infrastructure of the FDIC. This led her to accept her current position as Director of the Division of Administration. In the role, she still uses her legal skills and provides strategic direction to nationwide human resources, contracting, and facilities operations and programs. She also oversees the management of a conference facility and training center in Northern Virginia. The facility includes a twelve-story student residence center, information technology center, and state of the art conference rooms that support national and international bank supervision, market regulation, and education initiatives.
Arleas was recently appointed to serve on a White House Advisory Group for Reform of the Senior Executive Service (SES). This is a high-level group working with the White House staff to make recommendations to President Obama for reforming the hiring for top-level executive branch public servants.
Society Student Leaders
Lillian Seidel ('20)
Lillian Seidel is a 2L from Houston, Texas. She studied English and Psychology at Rice University, where she worked in career services for two years after graduation. She has a background in education and nonprofits and is excited to pursue work in public interest law upon graduation. At UT, Lillian is involved with Law Students Mentoring Undergraduates, the American Journal for Criminal Law, Christian Legal Society, and pro bono opportunities through the Mithoff Pro Bono Program. Outside of law school, Lillian is an avid podcast-listener and enjoys hiking, running (slowly), trying new recipes from Pinterest, and playing with other people’s dogs. She can’t wait to welcome the newest members of Green Society to Texas Law!
Alex Moosariparambil ('19)
Alex Moosariparambil is a rising 3L from Augusta, Georgia. Before coming to law school, he went to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he got a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. After undergrad, he spent two years working for the University of Georgia as an HR Managing Consultant focusing on executive search for administrative positions at the University. In his free time, he likes to explore the food and bar scene in Austin and be outside. Alex is a huge college football fan and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Jessica Stenglein ('20)
Jessica Stenglein is a second-year student from Austin, Texas. Before attending law school, Jessica completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida where she earned a degree in Finance. Currently, Jessica is still exploring the options in transactional and litigation work due to an interest in both. She is excited to serve as a Society Coordinator and is looking forward to helping build community among the incoming 1Ls. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling, running, reading, and watching Florida Gators football (Go Gators!).