Dean Saavedra joined Columbia Law School this Spring after twelve years in private practice. A 2006 CLS graduate, Dean Saavedra practiced in the Business Finance and Restructuring department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, where she was a member of key deal teams during the 2008 Financial crisis and beyond. She also served as a teaching assistant to adjunct faculty member Harvey R. Miller ‘59 in his course on Corporate Restructuring at CLS, and, while in private practice, won awards for her dedication to pro bono service. Dean Saavedra transitioned in-house to Nomura Securities International and then Goldman, Sachs & Co. In 2017, Dean Saavedra chose to pivot to public service and clerked for the Honorable Stacey L. Meisel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. In that capacity, Dean Saavedra gained first hand knowledge of the demands of a federal clerkship and the challenges of judicial administration. She is proud to serve in this unique capacity to her alma mater. Dean Saavedra is also a Lecturer-in-Law for a seminar on Advanced Corporate Restructuring at CLS.