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Alumni of the Month Program

Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school, or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please contact Jackie Doudu-Burbridge, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.



December 2013



Teresia L. Bost

Teresia L. Bost

Class of Class of 1995
Celgene Corporation

Teresia L. Bost is Senior Corporate Counsel at Celgene Corporation in Summit, New Jersey, where her practice focuses on broad based commercial contract issues for pharmaceutical products for North America and Canada. Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide. Teresia has been at Celgene for more than 8 years, and during her time there has provided a broad level of support to the company; such as providing counsel and support on general business transactions and other corporate matters, drafting and negotiating a variety of global agreements, and assisting in formation of and advising new global corporate legal entities. Prior to joining Celgene, Teresia was an associate in the law firm Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold (now Sedgwick) in Newark, NJ, where her practice focused on providing counsel and support on general business transactions and other corporate legal matters.
 
Prior to moving to New Jersey, Teresia worked in Connecticut, with the United Technologies Corporation at Pratt & Whitney Group, IAE International Aero Engines AG and Otis Elevator Company. She managed and administered an international collaboration with an Italian company for commercial airplane engines, drafted proposal processes and other company policies and procedures with other attorneys, initiated reorganization of paper and electronic files, and reviewed and negotiated contractual agreements and requests for proposals for installation, modernization and maintenance of vertical transportation equipment in English and French. She started her legal career supporting small law firms and solo practitioners in Hartford, CT as a civil and criminal attorney where her practice focused on family law, pretrial criminal defense and personal injury.

Ms. Bost has a list of honors, awards and professional association highlights. She has been recognized in the NJ Monthly, Super Lawyers Section, as a New Jersey Rising Star in 2006 and 2007, as well as Strathmore’s Who’s Who Honors, 2007-2008. Additionally, Teresia has spoken as a panelist at ACI International Clinical Trials Conferences, in September 2007 and February 2008 on Ensuring Compliance in the EU and Establishing an International Clinical Trial Template.

In 1992, Ms. Bost completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a French concentration from Fisk University, an HBCU. She graduated cum laude, where she also was awarded the Nancy Doo Collins Award, for being the graduating athlete with the highest GPA.  During her law school tenure at Touro Law Center, she served a term as President of the Black Law Students Association and as an associate editor on the Touro International Law Review. Ms. Bost was awarded for her Exemplary Contributions to the Quality of Student Life at Touro Law. Ms. Bost also participated in a Study Abroad program through Pace University School of Law at the University College London, England, during her second year of law school. She also was awarded an international internship with a law firm in Brussels, Belgium after her first year. After graduating from Touro Law, she continued her studies in European Business Law at the University of Amsterdam, School of International Relations.

Serving in her community is the highlight of attorney Bost’s life. She has served as a mentor for students at Touro Law, is on the Board of Trustees for the Good News Home for Women, in Flemington, NJ, a Christian short- and long-term residential treatment program for women to overcome their chemical dependencies of alcohol and other drugs. She started a Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink and Black” fashion show, now in its 6th year, with the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey (ABWL-NJ), created to educate women of color, specifically, whose communities are generally medically underserved; about the risks of developing breast cancer, early detection, and treatment options. Ms. Bost is on the Board of Trustees for her church, Branch Point Church in Branchburg, NJ where she leads a single parent ministry. Ms. Bost is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and gives of her time and talents to many in the Central New Jersey area. She lives in Whitehouse Station with her eight year old daughter, their dog, Poppi and cat, Teena Marie.



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