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1952

Edward John Skeens was recently honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Virginia State Bar Association for 50 years of dedicated service as a member.

1963
George Wilkinson was ordained in June 2001. He is a past president of the Law School Alumni Society and served on the alumni board for many years. Fr. Wilkinson has been assigned to St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, Md.

Timothy Moynahan was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Human Virology, a center of the Maryland Biotechnology Institute and affiliated with the University of Maryland.


1966
Michael P. Ambrosio received the Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ) Distinguished Alumni Award for 2000. He was appointed to the New Jersey State Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct in the Spring of 2001. Ambrosio is a professor of law at Seton Hall University and he resides in New York City.

1968
John M. Roney was elected vice president of the Rhode Island Bar Association. His term began July 1, 2001. Roney is a partner in the Providence law firm of Roney & Labinger and also a member of the Rhode Island State Senate. In the senate, Roney is deputy majority leader and he sits on the finance and health, education, and welfare committees. Roney is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Virginia. He and his wife Barbara Kennedy live in Providence.

1971
Dayton M. Cramer retired as a colonel from the Army after serving 28 years. In November 2000, Dayton was appointed deputy general counsel for Florida State University.

1972
Earl M. Prater, Jr. was appointed supervisory attorney in the Office of Director of Practice for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.

1973
Joseph F. Cimini was recently appointed to serve as chairperson of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pa.


1974
Charles A. Shaw, Jr. was awarded The Catholic University School of Law 2001 Alumni Achievement Award for the category of Law and the Courts. Judge Shaw is a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Upon graduating from CUA Law, Judge Shaw was an enforcement litigation attorney with the St. Louis firm of Lashly & Baer, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, and a circuit judge in the city of St. Louis.

Richard H. Tanenbaum is a self-employed attorney specializing in real estate and corporate transactions in Bethesda, MD. His son Brian J. Tanenbaum is currently a student at the School of Law.

1975
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, formerly the United States trade representative, recently joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering as senior international partner. She will provide global business, investment, regulatory, and negotiating advice in markets spanning the globe. Ambassador Barshefsky was the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policy maker for the United States from 1996 until 2001. As the U.S. trade representative and member of President Clinton's cabinet, Ambassador Barshefsky was at center stage in the opening of foreign markets and the elimination of regulatory and investment barriers around the world. Before entering government service, she was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where she co-chaired the firm's International Practice Group.

Christopher B. Carveth was named to the standing committee on Recommendations for Admissions to the Connecticut Bar Association. Carveth is a partner in Steven, Carroll & Carveth in Milford, Conn.

Glen Corso was recently named senior vice president of The PMI Group, Inc. PMI is a private mortgage insurer based in San Francisco, California. Corso will be responsible for the governmental and legislative communication at both the Federal and State levels. Corso has over 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He held senior positions with the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Home Builders, both located in Washington, D.C.

1976
Helen Fahey stepped down as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in April 2001, having served in this important position since 1993. Prior to her appointment she served as an attorney in Arlington, Va.

1977
Walter S. Booth was recently appointed to Maryland's Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board. Booth is an attorney in general trial practice in Bethesda, Md.

J. Harry Jorgenson recently retired from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve Board after 24 years of service. Harry had an impressive career with the board, first in the general counsel's office and then as the first general counsel to the inspector general of the board.

1978
William P. Barry was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Gov. Gray Davis in December 2000. He is currently assigned to a misdemeanor trial court. Barry and his wife Mary Beth live in Los Angeles.

Maureen Dwyer is with the firm Shaw Pittman of Washington, D.C. She is a member of the real estate practice group. Over the past several years Maureen has been involved in the representation of Catholic University on several zoning and land use matters.
Phil Feola is a member of the real estate practice group of Shaw Pittman of Washington, D.C.

Bruce R. Parker joined the firm, Venable, Baetjar, Howard & Civiletti, L.L.P., of Baltimore, as partner. Parker specializes in the product liability area, particularly drug and medical device litigation. Prior to joining Venable, Parker was a partner at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Gray, L.L.P.

1980
Bob Contillo is in private practice and is a municipal judge in New Jersey.

John J. O'Toole is an associate general counsel with the Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. He manages a group of over twenty-five lawyers who cover the trading business of Bank of America. O'Toole and his wife Suzy recently celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary. They have two children: John, 17 and Heidi, 14.

Alan Vollman is teaching Latin part-time at Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. He is participating in a project that his firm, Holland & Knight, sponsors which offers tutoring, textbooks, and other educational support to students at the school.

CUA Law Alumni Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly Charts New Territory in the Microsoft Antitrust Case

The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly '68, of the U.S. District Court, continues to preside over the controversial Microsoft Corpora-tion antitrust dispute.

Kollar-Kotelly is the first judge to have to rule on a deal after courts have found a company violated anti-trust laws; antitrust-settlement agreements almost always occur before a company goes on trial.
Hearings are scheduled to begin March 11, at which time Judge Kollar-Kotelly will review the settlement.

1981
Joseph A. LaSala, Jr. was recently elected to the board of directors of Buckeye Pipe Line Company the general partner of Buckeye Partners, L.P. LaSala is currently senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Cambridge Technology Partners, Cambridge, Mass.

CUA Honors FCC Commissioner with Milestone Award

The Catholic University of America School of Law and its Institute for Communications Law honored Kathleen Q. Abernathy, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, by presenting her with the Institute's Milestone Award on Friday, Nov. 9. The presentation was part of a ceremony celebrating the Institute's 20th anniversary.
The Milestone Award recognizes attorneys in the field of communications law and policy for exemplary service to the law school and outstanding achievement in the field of communications law. The award was first given in 1996 to James Quello, former chairman of the FCC.

Abernathy, a 1983 alumna of CUA School of Law, was sworn in as FCC Commissioner on May 31, 2001. Before her appointment to the FCC, Abernathy was director for government affairs at Broadband Office, Inc.; a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP; vice president for regulatory affairs at U.S. West (now known as Qwest Communications); and a vice president at Air Touch Communications. She also served as legal adviser to FCC Commissioner Sherrie Marshall and Chairman James Quello.

Abernathy is a member and former president of the Federal Communications Bar Association and a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association.

1983

Kathleen Q. Abernathy was appointed by President Bush to be a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Abernathy was most recently the vice president for Public Policy of Broadband Communications, Inc. She served at the FCC as legal advisor to Commissioner Sherry Marshall from 1992-1993. A former adjunct professor at CUA School of Law, Abernathy received the Milestone Award at the 20th Anniversary of the CUA Communications Law Institute in November.

David Donohoe Chairs BOV

David A. Donohoe, class of 1962, has been announced as Chair of the CUA Law School Board of Visitors. A partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C., Mr. Donohoe specializes in litigation. Mr. Donohoe was a lecturer at the Law School from 1969-72, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the University since September 1998. He served as President of the CUA Alumni Association from 1983-87, and as a member from 1988-96. He was a member of the steering committee for the Law School's "Building for the Future" campaign, and is Vice Chairman of the CUA Board of Regents. Mr. Donohoe received both his A.B and LL.B from the Catholic University of America, where he was articles editor, Catholic University Law Review, 1961-62.

As well as serving as overall Chair of the Law School Board of Visitors, Mr. Donohoe will also Chair the Development Task Force of the Board. Other Task Force Chairs include: James F. McKeown '70 - External Relations, Clarence E. Martin, III '74 - Mission and Service, and John Caleb Dougherty '91 - Outcomes Assessment.

John Polanin, Jr. is now the executive director and managing attorney for equities at UBS Warburg LLC, with offices in New York City and Stamford, Conn. He resides in Chatham, N.J.

Allison Prince celebrates her one-year anniversary with the Washington office of Shaw Pittman. She is a member of the real estate practice group. Prince has been heavily engaged in the representation of Catholic University on many land use matters including the development of the law school, new dormitories, and the University Center.

Kevin Shaughnessy,
a shareholder in the Orlando office of Akerman Senterfitt, has been appointed chairman of the Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. Shaughnessy is co-chair of the firm's labor and employment law practice group. Shaughnessy, his wife Linda, and their three children reside in Orlando.

1984
Mark Chadurjian is an intellectual property attorney for IBM Corporation in Essex Junction, Vermont. Mark has been working for IBM since 1984. He and his wife Cynthia have three children.

G. Robert Lyles III is the founder and director of Dream Publishing Company in Silver Spring, Maryland. Robert formed Dream Publishing less than two years ago to facilitate his interest in writing children's picture books about kids with medical conditions. He and his wife Barbara Chiapella reside in Silver Spring.

1986
Reverend Charles V. Antonicelli was appointed priest secretary to Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Scott A. Ewing recently started his own practice with two other colleagues in Manchester, New Hampshire. The new firm, Dsemarais, Ewing & Johnson specializes in insurance defense and coverage, product liability, workers compensation and personal injury. Prior to forming the new firm, Ewing worked for Wiggin & Nourie also of Manchester.

Alan Forst was recently appointed
chairman of the Florida Unemployment Appeals Commission in Tallahassee, by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson
is with the firm of Jacobs & Associates of Washington, D.C. She focuses on telecommunications and small business counseling. Johnson also handles contracts, cosmetic labeling and employment law.

Paul H. Schieber
was elected treasurer of the Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Schieber is a member of the Philadelphia office of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, L.L.P.

1988
Anthony R. DeVol is a partner in RGS Title L.L.C & Shreves, Schudel & DeVol of Bethesda, Md. DeVol specializes in real estate law. He and his wife Julie have two children.

John Graykowski is a shareholder and partner with Dyer, Ellis, & Joseph, P.C. of Washington, D.C., specializing in maritime finance. Graykowski was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving as deputy maritime administrator from 1994-2000.

1990
David Harris was appointed general counsel for Nasdaq Liffe Markets (NqLX). He is responsible for providing legal counsel and advice regarding the day-to-day operations of the organization, its strategic initiatives and government regulation. Prior to joining NqLX Harris was counsel to the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and a senior associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.

Susan Phillips is currently the associate dean and director of the law library at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Phillips and her husband Corey have a four-year old daughter, Kyle Therese.

Jay Speers is currently a special assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in New York State. Prior to that, Speers was a senior assistant district attorney in Dutchess County, N.Y. for eight years. Speers is married and has a five-year-old son Andrew.

1991
Jennifer Blunt recently joined Kutak Rock in Washington, D.C. as an associate. Blunt is a former law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn.

Lynne Bowman Dunbar is a contract attorney who remains engaged in the practice of law via her website, www.LawyerLynne.com. As a military spouse whose residence changes on an average of once every three years, Dunbar is limited to working for the federal government. However, most of the small towns to which her husband is assigned offer no such agencies. As a result, she provides legal services on a contract basis. This involves research, and writing tasks, such as drafting memoranda, motions and briefs for attorneys licensed in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Texas.

Christopher S. Mattingly
was named as a senior partner in the Buffalo law firm Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria LLP. Mattingly specializes in the areas of matrimonial and family law. He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y.

1992
Tom Burcham was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2000. Burcham is a principal of Roberts & Burcham in Farmington, Missouri. He and his wife Leslie have four children.

A.B. Cruz III was recently promoted to vice president & deputy general counsel of BET Holdings Inc., a Viacom Company and parent to Black Entertainment Television, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Floam recently joined the Washington, D.C. office of Chicago's Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal as partner. Floam brings with him his specialty in patent law and his background with electrical, software, and telecommunications clients to the firm's intellectual property group. Prior to moving, Floam worked for Needle & Rosenberg of Atlanta, Ga.

Joseph Nelson was named partner in Van Ness Feldman of Washington, D.C. Nelson specializes in energy and environmental law.

Michael A. Refolo joined the firm of Bowditch & Dewey, L.L.P. as a partner. Bowditch & Dewey have offices in Worcester and Framingham, Mass. Refolo works in the business and finance practice group. He resides in Shrewsbury, Mass.


1993

Ann Elizabeth Castle has joined Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley, Calif. to practice high-tech intellectual property litigation. She and her husband Chris reside in Redwood Shores, Calif.

John P. Mahoney is an attorney with Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux & Roth in Washington, D.C. He is a regular co-host of the weekly radio show FEDtalk. The call-in talk show provides up to date information on topics of importance to federal employees and retirees.

1993

Maria A. Perugini
was recently named as a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Kimberley A. Shellman
is currently the deputy district attorney of Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia. She is responsible for creating and directing the Fulton County Children's Advocacy Center beginning in September 2001. Prior to this, Shellman was the executive director of the Washington, D.C. Children's Advocacy Center.

1994
Vandna Bhambri-Bhagat is currently serving as assistant general counsel in the COPS office for the Department of Justice. She was married in 1996 and she and her husband have a daughter.

Sam Caligiuri
is currently serving as the acting mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut. He is also deputy legal counsel at Day, Berry, and Howard in Hartford, Conn.

Lori F. Cuomo
is working with Greenblum and Bernstein P.L.C. of Reston, Virginia. She is specializing in patents, trademarks, and copyright causes for the firm. Cuomo and her husband Peter recently had their third daughter. They reside in Clifton, Va.

Steve Donches
recently joined the staff of Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM). He will be responsible for judiciary and governmental affairs in the senator's office. Prior to this, Donches was the executive director of the legal journal put out by American Lawyer Media and he was a legal editor for the Criminal Law Reporter.

1995
Victor J. Gallo recently joined the law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in New York City. He will be working in the firm's environmental practice group.

Dirksen J. Lehman
is currently a special assistant to the President for legislative affairs at the White House. Prior to joining President Bush's administration, Lehman was health counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He and his wife April live in Arlington, Va.

Jason A. Pardo has joined Jackson & Campbell in Washington, D.C. as an associate.

Maria Elizabeth Maza Stewart
is the vice president of marketing at NRTC, Inc. in Herndon, Virginia. She recently adopted a nine-month old baby girl from China.

1996
Juan Maurice Anderson and his wife Tyi Davis Anderson are the proud parents of Juan Maurice Anderson II, who was born on January 30, 2001. Juan is an associate at Carr Goodson in Washington, D.C.

Terry W. Annis was promoted to the position of deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. Terry currently prosecutes casino related matters for the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Javier M. Arroyo recently married Andreina Rangel of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Eric Hadsell joined the firm Perkins, Smith & Cohen of Boston. Hadsell works in the Tax, Trusts, and Estates Groups. His primary practice areas include estate planning, fiduciary income tax planning, advising charitable organizations, and retirement and business succession planning. A resident of Lakeville, Hadsell is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Monica Monroe is an associate with Papermaster & Weltmann, P.C. of Landover, Md. Monroe practices family and bankruptcy law.

Jule and Beth Sigall
are proud parents of their second son Thomas Neal, who was born on June 21, 2001. Jule is an associate of the intellectual property group at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Beth now enjoys staying at home with Thomas and his older brother Anthony. She practiced for four years in general litigation at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, also in Washington, D.C.

1997
R. Dieter Lohrmann and Peter W. Rim have formed the law firm of Lohrmann & Rim, P.C. The firm has lawyers who are members of the Maryland and Virginia state bars, respectively. The firm also has affiliate relationships with firms in China, Hong Kong, Israel and Korea.

Damon Shelby Porter is currently an assistant attorney general of Missouri. Porter is responsible for advising the attorney general on litigation and legislative issues. Prior to joining the attorney general's office, Porter was special counsel and legislative director to the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Porter was also a Democratic nominee for state House of Representatives in 2000. He resides in Jefferson City, Mo.

Nicole Vorrasi
recently joined the corporate and finance practice group of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky in Washington, D.C. Vorrasi will specialize in tax law.

1998

John Calareso has accepted a position as an associate with the law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna in Albany, N.Y. John and his wife Julie Ann live in Albany.

Bryan T. Fredrickson is a partner in Fredrickson & Johnson, P.C. of Canon City, Colo. Bryan is also an associate municipal judge in Canon City and he serves as town attorney for Florence and Rockvale, Colo., respectively. He and his wife Jill who also is a CUA alum have three children.

Thomas M. Herdelin
, works for the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. in Haddonfiled, NJ. Thomas and his wife Andrea are the proud parents of Grace (2yrs.) and Lucia Patrice, who was born on Mar. 6, 2001.

Amanda L. Rixse, is currently working for U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) handling commerce and judiciary issues for the congressman. She lives in Washington, D.C.

1999
Darius C. Gambino is an associate with Duane, Morris & Hecksher, L.L.P. of Philadelphia, specializing in intellectual property law. Darius recently became engaged to Jennifer Fitzgerald of Garden City, N.Y. The couple's wedding is scheduled for June 2002.

Jeffrey Olson
is a trial attorney in the Office of International Affairs for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Olson specializes in the legal issues of extradition.

Jennifer Winter Persico recently joined Kilpatrick Stockton in Raleigh, North Carolina as an associate in its litigation group.

Tracie D. Spear recently joined the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart L.L.P. as an associate. She will be working in the Transportation Practice Group.

2000
Merrell C. Cashion was recently selected to participate as a fellow in the 2001-2002 U.S. Department of Commerce, Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program. As a fellow in the ComSci Program, Cashion will have the opportunity to study national and international issues relating to the development, application, and management of science and technology.

Alison Napolitano and Dimitris A. Katrivanos were married on May 27, 2001 in Ronkonkoma, New York.

2001
Rob Stien recently joined the staff of U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) as a legislative assistant for the congressman. Rob lives in Potomac, Md.

Annual Fund Chair Announced

The Law School is delighted to announce that Michael F. Curtin, Esq. will serve as Chair of the 2001-02 Law School Annual Fund. Mr. Curtin, class of 1965, is a partner at Sherman, Meehan, Curtin & Ain in Washington, D.C., specializing in trusts and estate litigation, administration and planning. Mr. Curtin was a former president of the CUA Law School Alumni Society and was an active volunteer for the "Building for the Future" campaign. He was an adjunct professor at CUA Law School from 1973-80, and is currently an active member of the Law School Board of Visitors.

The CUA Law School Annual Fund is the backbone to the Law School's fundraising efforts. Annual Fund gifts assist the School in providing financial aid to the best and brightest students, and enhancing our academic programs and scholarly tradition. Substantial participation from both alumni and friends has a direct impact on the type of support the Law School receives from Foundations, corporations and others.
For further information or to make a gift to this year's Annual Fund, please call (202) 319-5670 or email: law-alumni@law.edu. -5670 or email: law-alumni@law.edu.


Catholic University Honors Trustee with Its First Shahan Medal

The Catholic University of America conferred its first Bishop Thomas J. Shahan Award for Service on T. Murray Toomey, Esq. The medallion was presented at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Mr. Toomey is a prominent member of the Washington, D.C. legal community. A native of the Washington area, his law offices are in Bethesda, Md., and he resides in Chevy Chase, Md. He has served as a member of the boards of directors of numerous organizations, banks and other institutions.


Mr. Toomey, a member of CUA's Board of Trustees, is a 1949 graduate of the law school and attended CUA and Duke University as an undergraduate. "He has been one of Catholic University's most loyal sons and ardent promoters," read the citation accompanying his medal. "His generosity and wide counsel have helped shape the university's direction in recent years." Catholic University "acknowledges the service of this loyal alumnus and friend by bestowing upon him the inaugural Bishop Thomas J. Shahan Award for Service," it said.


The medal is named in honor of CUA's fourth rector, Bishop Shahan, who was acquainted with Mr. Toomey's father, also a Catholic University alumnus. The prelate was a frequent guest in Mr. Toomey's parental home. Mr. Toomey was both named after the bishop and was baptized by him.

The award was created by the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president, in fall 2000 to pay tribute to an individual who has furthered the aims and goals of The Catholic University of America through outstanding service to the university, church or nation.

Mr. Toomey has recently joined the Board of Visitors for the School of Law.