• Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman to Speak

5/6/2011

William “Bill” Bratton, a security expert who has led the nation’s largest police departments, and his wife, television personality and trial attorney Rikki Klieman, will speak at Suffolk University Law School commencement exercises, which will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Boston Convention Center.

Bratton distinguished himself as a major urban law enforcement leader as chief of the Los Angeles Police and commissioner of the New York and Boston police departments. He now is the chairman of Kroll, a division of the private international security firm Altegrity, Inc. Bratton began his law enforcement career as an officer on the Boston force after serving with the Army in Vietnam. He is the author of the critically acclaimed autobiography Turnaround.

Klieman’s broad range of experience has brought her to television journalism, the courtroom, academia and public speaking. She was an anchor at the Courtroom Television Network and a legal analyst for the CBS “Early Show,” the NBC “Today Show” and the E! Network. She remains of counsel to the law firm of Klieman & Lyons in Boston, where she specialized in criminal trial, appellate practice and civil litigation. Klieman’s autobiography, Fairy Tales Can Come True – How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny, reached the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List.

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International security specialist William J. “Bill” Bratton made a reputation for reducing crime when he served as chief of the Los Angeles Police and commissioner of the New York and Boston police departments. He now is the chairman of Kroll, a division of the private international security firm, Altegrity, Inc.

Bratton began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Boston Police force after serving with the Army in Vietnam. During the next 10 years he rose through the ranks to superintendent and later became commissioner. He also led the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police, the Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission Police, the New York City Transit Police, and the two largest police forces in the United States: the NYPD and the LAPD.

His leadership is distinguished by attention to police morale and significant crime reduction through initiatives such as community policing. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, which employs real-time intelligence, rapid deployment, and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen. In Los Angeles, he worked to improve strained relationships with the city’s diverse communities.

As chairman of Kroll, Bratton recently took on the high-profile task of evaluating the Los Angeles Dodgers security and fan services. His work in private security began in an interlude before he became LAPD chief, when he formed The Bratton Group LLC, consulting on safety and security on four continents.

Bratton, author of the critically acclaimed autobiography Turnaround, is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Security magazine has twice named him one of the most influential people in the security industry. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognized Bratton in 2009 with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

He holds a BS from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Attorney Rikki Klieman’s broad range of experience has involved her in television journalism, the courtroom, academia, and public speaking.

Klieman, who was named one of the five most outstanding women trial lawyers in the country by TIME magazine, established Klieman & Lyons in Boston with Stephen Lyons in 1980. Klieman remains of counsel to the firm, where she specialized in criminal trial, appellate practice, and civil litigation.

Before she launched her legal career, Klieman was a professional actress, and the combination of her performance skills and legal expertise has made her an invaluable radio and television interview resource. She has been an anchor at the Courtroom Television Network and a legal analyst for the CBS “Early Show,” the NBC “Today Show,” and the E! Network. She has discussed various aspects of criminal and civil law and procedure on programs such as “60 minutes,” “20/20,” “The McLaughlin Group,” and a “Nightline Special Report” on rape hosted by Peter Jennings.

Klieman has been an adjunct faculty member at both Columbia Law School and Boston University School of Law. She has taught trial advocacy at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Harvard, the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, Northwestern University’s Short Course for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Criminal Defense College, the Western Trial Advocacy Institute and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College.

Klieman’s autobiography, Fairy Tales Can Come True – How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny, reached the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List. She also has published many articles on criminal law and contributed to the book Women Trial Lawyers. She was featured in a chapter of Good Will Toward Men by Jack Kammer and in the national best-seller, A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. She writes the biannual supplement for Representing Witnesses Before Federal Grand Juries. She was the co-editor of a book on cross-examination called Take the Witness. In addition, she wrote a column about legal issues for the popular LA Confidential Magazine.

Klieman received a BS from Northwestern University and a JD from Boston University School of Law.

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