A law degree gives you the “keys to the kingdom,” Greg Butler '88 told a group of Albany Law School students during a recent talk on careers and integrity. “When they give you the key, when they say you’re a lawyer, there’s nothing you can’t do. But what are you going to do with it?”
Butler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System, was on campus for the day as Alumnus in Resident.
Undaunted by the economy, he told the group that law school is always “the best thing you can do. You are the person in the room everyone defers to.”
Asked by a student what a young lawyer should do to stand out, Butler replied without missing a beat, “Do a really good job. Never turn down an assignment.”
He guaranteed the students that they were getting a world-class education before launching into some stories about his memorable professors.
While at the law school, Butler also participated in "Navigating Complex Grid Interconnection Requirements," a luncheon discussion on renewable energy issues with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
His co-panelists were:
• Elizabeth Grisaru, Of Counsel, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP • Sean Mullany '88, Assistant Counsel, New York State Public Service Commission
After speaking to students about professional and personal success, Butler moderated the panel "Meeting the Corporate Challenge: A Discussion about the Challenges and Opportunities Facing In-house Counsel in Today's Market."
Panelists for "Meeting the Corporate Challenge" were:
• Christine Daniels '81, Vice President Of Legal Services, Golub Corporation • Joseph Gaug '89, Associate General Counsel, Albany International Corp. • Matthew Hoff '99, General Counsel, Treo Solutions • Lee Hessberg '76, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Albany Medical Center
Butler is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Utilities System, a utility holding company for the Connecticut Light & Power Co., Western Massachusetts Electric Co., Public Service Co. of New Hampshire and Yankee Gas Services Co. with approximately 1.9 million customers, revenues of approximately $5.8 billion and 6,200 employees. Late last year, Northeast Utilities announced it was merging with NSTAR, a Massachusetts-based utility, in a $4.3 billion deal that created the New England's largest utility.
The Alumni in Residence program, inaugurated in 1992, was designed to bring Albany Law School's most distinguished graduates into the classroom to share their expertise with students and to raise awareness about the value of an Albany Law School degree.