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This edition of class notes was begun in July 2014. Clicking on any of the years listed below will take you directly to listings for that year.
CUA Law Class Notes
William H. Clendenen Jr. was installed as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) at the CBA Annual Luncheon during the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 16 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. He is the founder and principal of Clendenen & Shea LLC in New Haven. Clendenen’s activities in the CBA include chair of the Pro Bono Committee; co-chair of the Federal Judiciary Committee; and member of the Consumer Law Section, Federal Practice Section, Modest Means Initiative, and the Task Force on the Independence of the Judiciary.
Eric P. Bernard won a gold medal in hammer throw at the Ocean State Senior Olympics at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island on June 8, 2014.
H.T. Nguyen has been re-appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Nguyen is the executive director and general counsel of the Federal Education Association. He was first appointed to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations in 2010, and was appointed for a second term in 2012.
John Polanin Jr. has been appointed to the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Polanin is the regional head of compliance for the Americas at the Macquarie Group based in New York, where he is also a member and past co-chair of the Compliance & Regulatory Policy Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Stephen W. Saunders is the co-editor and author of a new treatise on oil and gas law in Pennsylvania to be published by PBI Press in August titled, “The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania.”
Richard Harvey has been appointed chief compliance officer for the Colonial Companies of Fort Worth, TX. In his new position, Harvey will be responsible for further development and maintenance of compliance processes related to state and federal law for Colonial's numerous business lines. Harvey was most recently chief compliance officer and general counsel for Omney Inc. in California.
Thomas L. Gallagher will receive The Graymoor Community Service Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in New York City on Oct. 3, 2014, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of many Catholic charities and organizations. The award will be presented during the Friar’s Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner, which honors people who serve humanity through their commitment of time, talents and resources. Gallagher is executive chairman of a New York City-based social media brand company. For over two years he worked full-time on a pro bono basis for Mother Teresa’s religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, and the Office of the Postulation for the Cause of Sainthood of Blessed Mother Teresa. He helped to create and administer the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit organization.
Gregory Asciolla, co-managing partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s Antitrust Practice Group, was recently recommended in the field of class action-antitrust category by The Legal 500 and featured in Global Competition Review’s annual Plaintiffs’ Bar Survey. He was also named to the 2014 Super Lawyers list for antitrust litigation. Asciolla is a member of Law360’s competition editorial advisory board and frequently speaks to various national and international media on antitrust and competition law topics.
John A. Boneta was appointed to Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board by Gov. Terence R. McAuliffe. Boneta’s four-year term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. Boneta is the founding partner of John Boneta and Associates in Falls Church Va.
Patrick D. McPherson was appointed managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP. McPherson represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and protection of all aspects of their intellectual property rights. He is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and has represented clients in numerous federal district courts throughout the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, McPherson is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Ronald Sigworth has joined Bass, Berry & Sims’ office in Washington D.C. as a lateral partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sigworth focuses his practice on protecting clients’ valuable intellectual property rights in complex litigation. He is immediate past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the D.C. Bar Association. Sigworth has also served as an adjunct law professor at CUA Law, teaching courses on patent law.
Matthew J. Focht has joined Greenbelt, Md.–based Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s personal injury practice group. Focht focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff's-side personal injury cases, at the state and federal level in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Kelly T. Murphy was elected to the board of trustees for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. His renewable four-year term begins on September 1, 2014. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, which is held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is an internationally recognized, highly prestigious piano music festival. Its nearly 100 Festival events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians in the world, along with artists just emerging on the international stage. Murphy is a partner in the intellectual property department of Honigman Millers Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
Joanne K.I. Howard recently joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, as assistant counsel.
Amy Mushahwar has joined ZwillGen PLLC as a counsel and chief information security officer. ZwillGen is a law firm that specializes in privacy and data security issues. Mushahwar is also a contributing author on ZwillGen’s blog “Law Across the Wire and Into the Cloud.” The online publication offers the perspective of ZwillGen's lawyers writing about the most recent issues in cybercrime, information security, privacy and legislation.
Jessica Kleinman has been awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship for her proposal to address asthma problems among the children of low-income families in Washington, D.C.
Joseph L. Tobin Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on January 13, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He was a resident of Garden City, NY. Mr. Tobin was a proud World War II Navy Veteran, having served in Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was a partner in the Mineola, NY law firm of Sprague, Stem, Aspland, Dwyer and Tobin; former President of the Nassau County Bar Association and acting village justice of the Village of Hempstead. Mr. Tobin was the devoted husband of sixty years of the late Helen (nee McMahon), the loving father of seven children, and the cherished grandfather of five.
Dean Pace, a former member of the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors, died on Jan. 21, 2014. A native of Maryland, Pace was educated at the Catholic University of America, Mount Saint Mary's College, and Harvard Law School. He was passionate about his faith, his knighthood in the Order of Malta, and his wife, with whom he spent many wonderful times in France. Dean Francis Pace was equally passionate about his life's work. He was one of the original attorneys who practiced nationwide under the 1986 Amendment to the False Claims Act, combating fraud against the U. S. federal government. Among his many hobbies, Pace especially enjoyed golf with his friends at the Bel Air Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jocelyne, his daughter, Marilyce, and his brother, William Pace.
Natalie Yeager St. Denis passed away on January 23, 2014.
Martin A. Farrell passed away on Jan. 25, 2013, in Portland, OR. Farrell served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. He moved to Alaska in 1959 to practice law. He served one term in the state House of Representatives from 1971 to 1972, and chaired the Alaska House Resources Committee when the legislature took up the first major overhaul of state regulatory and right-of-way laws following the announcement that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline would be built. Gov. Sean Parnell ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Farrell’s passing.
William Hague Jr. 70, of Wickford, RI, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 in Boston surrounded by his family and enjoying the music of Neil Diamond. He was born in Providence, RI on August 3, 1943. Following law school, Hague served in the U.S. Army Reserves. During his 33 year career as an attorney, Hague was an associate, partner, and later principle of Dick and Hague, Ltd. Over the years, he was devoted to charitable work, coaching Farm League baseball in Lincoln, preparing tax returns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and working with Big Brothers of Rhode Island, which named him Big Brother of the year in 2011. Hague is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kianna) Rake Hague, three children and two stepchildren, and two grandchildren.
H. Claire Whitney died on Feb. 5, 2014, at the age of 65 after a long illness. She had a long and successful career with the U.S. Justice Department, recently retiring as senior counsel in the Environmental Crimes Section.