Law School Announces New Members of Business Law Advisory Council

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From left to right: Marissa A. Savells, Curtis Box II and Theresa Fette.

The U of A Law School has named its newest members of the Business Law Advisory Council. Each of these new board members began their terms in the spring of 2022.


Curtis Box II is originally from Arkansas and currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he serves as senior legal counsel for Apple.

Before going to law school, Box spent several years developing his business acumen as a financial consultant. During this time he learned first hand how business, law and compliance directly impact the lives of individuals.

Early in his career, Box realized he was passionate about serving others and supporting businesses and business leaders at the intersection of business and law. He decided to achieve this by pursuing a career as a technology lawyer.

After graduating from the U of A School of Law in 2014, Box served as in-house counsel for Transplace, where he supported the company’s senior management in growing the company from a small business. to an industry leader in logistics technology and consulting. After leaving Transplace, he continued to develop his career as a technology lawyer working with some of the largest and most influential companies in the world, including Amazon, Indeed and JB Hunt.

Outside of the office, Box enjoys running, boxing, reading and spending time with his daughter. He is excited to join the Business Law Advisory Committee and help support the growth and future of the U of A School of Law and its students.


Marissa A. Savells works as General Counsel in the Secretary’s Office at Tyson Foods. His team manages all aspects of corporate governance, securities and legal issues related to sustainable development. She also acts as committee secretary, providing advice to senior management and Board committees.

Prior to her current role, Savells served as Chief of Staff to the General Counsel for two years, acting as a strategic advisor in leading, managing and overseeing 5,000 team members and nearly a dozen functions. . She also managed key priorities and actions for significant issues facing the business during the pandemic, including crisis response, regulatory coordination, investigations and related communications.

Savells is a veteran; she served in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate for nearly 10 years and rose to the rank of major. His practice has focused on public procurement, military criminal prosecutions, administrative law and internal investigations.

As a member of the Business Law Advisory Council, Savells looks forward to helping the law school explore innovative ideas and creative ways to prepare the next generation of business lawyers.

Therese Fette JD’03

Theresa Fette is originally from Arkansas and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is the founder and CEO of Digital Trust, a technology-based trust company with the goal of developing financial technology solutions for the child care and financial services sector. After just one year, Digital Trust has grown to $2 billion in assets under custody. Additionally, Fette sits on the board of Bitcoin IRA, the world’s first, largest and most secure cryptocurrency IRA platform.

Prior to her current role, Fette was founder and CEO of Provident Trust Group, and grew it from $300 million in assets under custody to over $7.5 billion. After selling Provident Trust Group and Keystone Acquisition in 2018, Fette realized she had more to contribute to the industry and created Digital Trust.

Fette was named America’s Best IRA Custodian by Trust Advisor in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The U of A presented her with the Young Alumni of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding career achievements in 2017. Fette was recipient of the School of Law and Women’s Law Student Association Gayle Pettus Pontz Award in 2015, which recognizes individuals who best represent the achievements of women and the legal community as a whole.

She was also named to the Entrepreneur of the Year list by Las Vegas Exam Log in 2012 and at Fortune Magazine 10 most powerful female entrepreneurs of 2012.


The following members continue to serve on the Business Law Advisory Council:

  • Mark Plake JD’84, Chairman of the Board, is Managing Partner of The Added Time Investments LLLP.
  • Sanford Brown JD’86 is a partner of Alston & Bird LLP.
  • Michael Lax JD’83 is a shareholder of Lax, Vaughan, Fortson, Rowe & Threet.
  • Terry Pool JD’94 is a partner at Kutak Rock LLP.
  • Debbie Segers JD’93 is Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property Advisor at FIS.
  • Jim Smith JD’94 is business president for Good Day Farm.
  • Jeff Thomas JD’87 is a managing partner at Mitchell Williams.

the Business Law Advisory Council works with law school senior staff and faculty to ensure that current business law programs provide up-to-date and relevant learning to the practice of law, practice trends and needs, professional standards , technology and hiring needs . The council provides support and advice to university programs, provides feedback on the development of new programs and the evolution of current programs. Board members serve as ambassadors for the program, providing a connection and ongoing exchange of information and ideas with members of the legal community and beyond.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive JD as well as an advanced LL.M. curriculum, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, internships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impacts they have on students, faculty and staff members with the aim of create a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. From admitting the six pioneers who were the first African-American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors and professors who became President of the United States and Secretary of State, Law The school has a rich history and culture. Follow us on @uarklaw.

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