Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series (DALS)

The University of Miami continues to closely monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak and to follow the guidance of public health agencies. In keeping with the latest University guidelines, the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series has been postponed until further notice. We plan to reschedule this event at a future time and will update this information once an alternative date has been determined.

The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series was established in 1995 through the generous support of the Honorable Julia Chang Bloch and Stuart Marshall Bloch, A.B. '64, and designed to provide recognition to a University of Miami alumnus/a who has distinguished themselves and their alma mater through lifetime achievement and professional accomplishments.

2020 Speaker

Henry Butler
Henry Butler

Henry N. Butler, J.D. ’82
Dean and Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Dean Henry Butler grew up the son of a proud Virginia family during the time of racial segregation. Dean Butler watched with admiration as his father was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1972; two years later, he was inspired by his father’s courage as one of seven Republicans who voted to impeach President Nixon.

Weaving together life experiences and tales of his mentors and political heroes, Dean Butler will focus on the important role of civil discourse in capturing the benefits of free speech and fostering a competitive marketplace of ideas. He will also describe the pivotal role of the University of Miami School of Law in launching his academic career, which has spanned 38 years with appointments at Texas A&M University, the University of Chicago, George Mason University, the University of Kansas, Chapman University, and Northwestern University.

Past Speakers

  • 2015 – Neri Karra, B.B.A. ’99, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Neri Karra, Inc.
  • 2015 – Sam Daley-Harris, BM '69, MM '75    
  • 2014 – Herbert Rosenfeld, B.Ed. '62 
  • 2010 - Joseph J. Echevarria Jr., B.B.A. '78, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Services, LP
  • 2008 - T. Kendall "Ken" Hunt, B.B.A. '65; Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, VASCO Data Security International, Inc.
  • 2008 - Matt Rubel, M.B.A. '80; Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Collective Brands, Incorporated
  • 2006 - Hal Rosenbluth, B.G.S. '74; Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board Take Care Health Systems
  • 2005 - Jack Creighton, M.B.A. '66; former Chief Executive Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company and United Airlines
  • 2002 - Barry Richard, A.B. '64, J.D. '67; Litigation Partner, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.           
  • 2000 - Barbara Milo Ohrbach; '61, Author
  • 1998 - Lari White, B.M. '88; Singer, Songwriter & Lecturer
  • 1997 - Stephen J. Dresnick, M.D. '75; President, C.E.O. & Chairman of the Board, Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc.
  • 1997 - Dawnn Lewis, B.M. '82; Actress, Singer, & Lecturer
  • 1995 - Michael R. Klein, Esq., B.B.A. '63, J.D. '66; Partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering