PROFESSIONALISM WITH THE DEAN
SPRING 2010 SEMESTER
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
Dear first year students in LAWS classes,
I look forward to our sessions on lawyer careers and professionalism, which will build on the
session we had in the first week of classes. In preparation for the discussion, I would like you to
read and think about three Southwestern “case studies” of careers. They are based on interviews
that I conducted recently with three alumni, Alice Salvo, Russ Balisok, and Wayne Levin. They
are not objective accounts, of course, but rather recollections, and indeed each of the
interviewees might tell the story differently on another occasion; but I think it will be interesting
to try to makes sense out of these accounts as if they are case studies of businesses with their
own strategies and approaches.
Please read the interviews carefully because the purpose of the class is to relate the details
of these careers to what we know about lawyers’ careers generally. Be able to tell the
stories of the interviewees.
Transcription of Interview: Dean Bryant G. Garth and Alice A. Salvo
(Original Interview Date: Thursday, February 22, 2007)
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Dean Garth: This is Alice Salvo.
I’d like to start with a little of your family background.
Where did you come from? What did your parents do?
Alice Salvo: Okay, I come from Long Island. My mother and father are from an
Italian family, they both had nine kids on each side of the family. And
there were sixty grand kids and only three of us went to college. My
brother was the first one and he has an accounting degree from State
University New York at Albany. And then my cousin has a Master’s
degree in education. A