New President, Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey

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To Take A Lesson From Lion and Gazelle

When the sun comes up, you had better be running.

Ronald W. Brown is President-Elect of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey. Founded in 1886, the HLSA is the oldest association of its kind, and serves more than 38,000 members worldwide, with more than 60 US and international Associations that “support and sponsor programming and events and provide a vital link between Harvard Law School and its increasingly diverse alumni body.” The New Jersey Association is one of those 60 Associations.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the new HLSA-NJ Officer leadership team” said Brown. The new officers are: Vice President, Jacob T. Elberg; Secretary, David Clark, and Treasurer, Kaushal “Ken” Majmudar. Mr. Elberg is Chief of the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Clark is Senior Counsel, Litigation and Labor and Employee practices, Epstein Becker & Green. Mr. Majmudar is Portfolio Manager, Managing Partner, Founder, and Chief Investment Officer, Ridgewood Investments.All officers terms begin January 1st.

Brown cited as one of his favorite lessons one attributed to HLS alum and American Express Chairman & CEO Ken Chenault, in the book Take A Lesson: “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, (whether) in Africa, (or in leading a professional organization like HLSA-NJ), you better be running.”

Saying he planned to hit the ground running, Brown also said that he looked forward to adapting and applying in practice these four leadership lessons he has written about:

  • Don’t try to solve every problem by yourself; even super heroes have sidekicks.
  • Learn from Jake Sully in the movie Avatar (“You are on Pandora!”) and from our own Yogi Berra (“You can observe a lot just by watching”): know where you, where your organization is, and what’s really going on.
  • Understand and meet your commitments. (Commitments are not just things you make. They are things you live. Daily. How your life reflects or falls short of your commitments is a story sometimes of triumph, sometimes of tragedy, sometimes of struggle and success, sometimes of failure and frustration. But it’s a story that you write every day.)
  • There is never enough time to do everything so, as Professor Ram Charan taught us, prioritize execution of essential things over important ones.

As part of a new leadership effort during this two year term as President, Brown has prioritized these eight goals:
1. Develop a strategic plan with the assistance of the Community Partners Program of the Harvard Business School Club of New York.
2. Increase communication with as well as fellowship and professional relationships among HLS alumni who live or work in New Jersey.
3. Expand co-sponsorship and collaboration of events with other Harvard groups in New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia.
4. Increase utilization of social media to recognize HLS alumni who have made substantial contributions in law, government, business or other endeavors affecting New Jersey.
5. Enhance the capacity of HLSA-NJ to fund the summer Fellows program for HLS students to work in public interest positions in New Jersey during the summer.
6. Encourage more students and recent grads to consider careers in New Jersey.
7. Increase attendance at the annual Vanderbilt Lecture.
8. Grow the membership of HLSA-NJ.

Mr. Brown is President and CEO of Ronald W. Brown & Associates, LLC, a management consulting and business advisory services firm. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is a past recipient of the Irwin S. Markowitz Alumni Service Award for Distinguished Service to HLSA-NJ. He is an Articles Editor, Access of Justice Newsletter, Section of Litigation, the American Bar Association, actively involved in volunteer communications projects for the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association and a past member of the Board of Trustees, Garden State Bar Association. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., he is married to Geraldine Reed Brown, a Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta who earned her B.A. from Fisk University, her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, her Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and is a past President of HLSA-NJ. The Browns have two adult children, Kimberly Goode of Tukwila Washington, and Michael Brown of Montclair New Jersey.

For more information please contact:
Geraldine Reed Brown    
Phone: 973-509-8243

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