Posted: February 11th, 2020 | By: Kaitlyn Ruhf
(Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 11, 2019) — The Wake Forest Business Law Program (BLP) will host Claire DeMatteis, commissioner of the Delaware Department of Corrections, as a distinguished guest of the Sager Speaker Series. She will join the Wake Forest Law community at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center.
As commissioner, DeMatteis is responsible for leading Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency. Prior to her role as commissioner, she was appointed as the Governor’s special assistant to the Department of Correction where she led the implementation of more than 40 reforms.
DeMatteis has accrued over 25 years of experience in corporate law, data and privacy protection, healthcare law, regulatory affairs, and congressional and government affairs, according to her biography. She has served numerous companies and organizations in a variety of roles, including:
- Affinity Health Plan as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary
- Catalina Marketing Corporation as executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief privacy officer
- Stradley, Ronon Stevens & Young as legal counsel as well as chair of Government and Public Affairs practice and co-chaired the firm’s five-year plan initiative
DeMatteis also spent 10 years as senior counsel to then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden where she drafted and implemented legislation impacting women’s rights, health care, and environmental protection. She also held earlier bipartisan governmental roles as assistant legal counsel to then-Governor Mike Castle.
Prior to her legal career, DeMatteis was a broadcast journalist for a CBS affiliate based in Delaware and Maryland.
The Sager Speaker Series is named for Wake Forest alumnus Thomas Sager (JD ’76), former vice president and general counsel for Dupont Co., and current partner at Ballard Spahr LLP. Sager was a strong and early proponent of diversity in the legal profession and helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program, or DuPont Legal Model, an industry benchmark that has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to the business of practicing law.
All Sager Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.
Past Sager Speaker Series guests have included Ramona Romero, general counsel at Princeton University; Veta Richardson, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); nationally renown arbitrator Kenneth R. Feinberg; Mark Chandler, executive vice president, chief legal officer, and chief compliance officer at Cisco; Leslie Thornton, senior vice president and general counsel of WGL Holdings Inc.; Dennis Archer, former Mayor of Detroit and former American Bar Association (ABA) president; Craig Glidden, general counsel for General Motors Co.; Corena Norris-McCluney (JD ’00), vice president and general counsel of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court; and Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations for the Cleveland Browns.