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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.
Col. Dayton Michael Cramer, U.S. Army (Ret.) was appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to serve as chair of the Education Law Certification Committee for 2014-15. He continues to serve as the deputy general counsel for Florida State University.
Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson (right), Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Monmouth County, NJ, retired from the bench on Sept. 1, 2014. He was appointed to the court in 1987 and obtained tenured status in 1994.
Deirdre Dessingue was recognized with the Vanguard Award for distinguished lifetime achievement in the nonprofit sector on June 5, 2014, by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. Dessingue retired as associate general counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, after serving there for over 32 years. In that position, she was the U.S. principal tax advisor, representative, and spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church -- the largest denomination in the country. As associate general counsel, Dessingue regularly counseled bishops and other ecclesiastical leaders and diocesan attorneys on a variety of issues involving tax and corporate matters. Prior to her service at the USCCB, Dessingue was employed for five years by the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
Hon. Susan Miles is a candidate for re-election to the bench in Minnesota’s 10th District, which encompasses eight counties. Miles has served as a District Court Judge for 18 years. Among other issues, her campaign cited the need for more public defender resources; and in civil court, a similar need for legal representation of low-income litigants. Miles is a past president of the Minnesota District Judges Association.
Allison Beck has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Beck currently serves as the deputy director for National and International Programs at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a position she has held since 2010. Beck was the general counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1989 to 2010 and the associate general counsel from 1980 to 1989.
Susan Slattery Jamison works as in-house counsel with her husband's real estate business in Poolesville, Maryland. The couple has 5 children ages 17 to 30. One son now is a practicing Maryland attorney.
Eric P. Bernard won silver medals in the javelin and the 200 meter sprint at the Granite State Senior Games in Manchester, NH on Aug.17, 2014. He has qualified to compete at the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN in hammer throw, shot put, javelin and the 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter sprints.
is the running mate to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for re-election. Hochul won a special election to represent a western New York House district in 2011, then lost in the 2012 general election. The Cuomo/Hochul ticket recently survived a stronger than expected Democratic primary challenge in early September.
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.
Timothy P. Wickstrom was honored by The St. Thomas More Society of Worcester County (MA) as part of its 57th annual Red Mass on Oct. 19. Wickstrom, a partner in the law firm of Wickstrom Morse LLP, volunteers as a legal consultant, serves as a lector, and has chaired three major campaigns to restore the historic nature of a local church building.
was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20
for an episode that aired in Oct. 2014 about his representation of Lauren Cooper, an English teacher convicted of having inappropriate relationships with four of her students. D'Andrea is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Dunmore, PA.
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.”
is the author of “The Lawyer’s Light — Daily Meditations for Growth and Recovery,” a book of meditations that addresses the feelings and issues confronted by lawyers who are in recovery. The book from ABA Book Publishing contains 365 meditations, one for each day of the year. During his career, Chandler has served in the U.S. Justice Department, on the staff of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, as a Minnesota state senator and in the Minneapolis law firm of Opperman and Paquin.
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.
Jeffrey S. Tenen was a panelist at the eighth Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association Aviation Law Americas conference, held from Sept. 3-5 in Miami Beach, FL. Tenen is a shareholder in the Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice at the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he focuses his practice on aircraft finance and leasing, cross-border structured lending and international business and commercial transactions.
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.
Malcolm L. MacGregor, a trial attorney and founding partner of the law firm of McDonald & MacGregor, LLC, Scranton, has been elected the 46th president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. PAJ is the largest trial lawyer association in Pennsylvania with over 2,200 members. MacGregor is also the current president of his “home” Lackawanna Bar Association. He resides in North Abington Twp. with his wife Ann. They are the proud parents of four children.
Scott W. Dunn authored an op-ed, “Marriage lifeline unlikely from Supreme Court,” published online by the Catholic News Agency on Oct. 23, 2014. Dunn focuses on real estate, business law, land use, estate planning and general and commercial litigation with the firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC in Longmont, CO.
Thomas P. O'Dea, Jr.
has joined Diserio Martin O'Connor & Castiglioni LLP as Of Counsel. He is resident in the firm’s Stamford, CT office. An experienced trial attorney with approximately 40 jury verdicts as lead counsel, O'Dea concentrates his practice in civil litigation on behalf of individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters ranging from commercial litigation to personal injury litigation.
Gina M. Burgin
was appointed Deputy Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Gov. Terence McAuliffe. Prior to joining the administration, she served as an Assistant City Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. Burgin operated a private law firm for 5 years, and practiced for 12 years as a commercial real estate and business transactions partner with the Richmond law firm of Hirschler Fleischer, PC.
is the author of “Church of Golf,” a novel about a broken man who discovers that getting his life back means moving to Lanai, the smallest of the occupied Hawaiian Islands, and joining a religious community devoted to golf. Published in mid-October by Saint Pete Press, the book is available at Amazon.com and other online retailers. Stephens is the founding partner of Stephens & Associates, P.C., based in Rockville, Maryland, where he handles real estate and construction litigation.
, 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.
Vytas V. Vergeer has been appointed an Administrative Law Judge on the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings. He will begin his duties in mid-August. Vergeer, legal director of Bread for the City, joined the organization as a staff attorney in 1994. He coordinates the clinic’s daily operations; recruits, trains, and supervises new attorneys, paralegals, and law student volunteers; assigns referral cases; reviews cases and provides substantive legal backup. Vergeer was a recipient of the 2010 Jerrold Scoutt Prize in recognition of his years of outstanding legal service to the low-income community.
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.
David T. Hickey
has joined the government contracts practice of Kelley Drye as partner. Hickey is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he provides legal and legislative advice on federal procurement, Department of Defense, veteran’s affairs, homeland security, national defense and aerospace issues.
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.
has joined Stradley Ronon as counsel in its investment management/mutual funds practice group. He is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Tsirigotis focuses his practice on advising financial institutions, asset managers, private equity funds and hedge funds on regulatory risk and compliance matters. He was most recently a senior vice president with Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, where he was head of the Funds Operations and Administration Group.
Molly Bryson was appointed partner in the D.C. office of Ballard Spahr LLP. Bryson focuses on assisting major banks and companies with their investments in affordable housing, solar energy, businesses in low-income communities, and historic preservation using tax credits and commercial and subsidized financing.
Gilberto R. Izquierdo received a 2014 Avvo Excellent Attorney Rating. Izquierdo is in private practice in Miami, FL, where he has also coached a competitive youth soccer team to the 2014 3v3 soccer nationals.
Brian W. Stolarz
will be recognized with a Caritas Award from Catholic Charities on Oct. 23, 2014. Catholic Charities is the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. It assists individuals and families in need, especially those who are most vulnerable. Stolarz, who practices with Le Clair Ryan in Alexandria, Va., was previously honored with the Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society.
Chelsie King Garza
has been named to 2014 Texas Super Lawyers for the first time. Garza is an associate at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, and Agosto & Friend in Houston, TX, where she practices personal injury law. Recognition by Super Lawyers is restricted to the top five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas. Garza joined the firm in 2007 and has handled a number of high-profile medical malpractice cases in addition to work place injuries and other personal injury matters.
Suzanne Paulus Miller
recently joined Sirote & Permutt in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Miller is a member of the firm’s Mortgage Banking practice group, where she represents national mortgage lenders in the areas of real estate, title, coordinating REOs, and foreclosure.
has joined New York City-based Hand Baldachin & Amburgey as a partner. O'Sullivan works with the firm’s Sports & Entertainment practice group whose clients include professional leagues, teams and franchises, event producers, professional athletes, and sponsors.
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.
Sarah Kellermann Kelsey was named chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) in May of 2014 where she specializes in the retrieval, review, analysis and comparison of each of the states’ drug and alcohol laws. Kelsey presented at the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program National Meeting held in Washington D.C. in which she updated meeting attendees on 2014 legislative, regulatory and case law developments related to state PMP programs and served on a panel titled “State of the States.”
Myles Edward delivered a presentation, “A Hobson's Choice? Domiciles for Alternative Asset Managers,” on Sept. 30 at The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in New York City. Edwards is general counsel and chief compliance officer for Constellation Wealth Management, and is widely regarded as a leading expert in international private fund regulatory schemes.
Elizabeth High has joined the regulatory practice of the Reno, NV law firm Cecilia Lee, Ltd. Earlier, High was with the environmental practice group of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. She moved to the Reno area in 2006.
Frances Marine Davis was appointed counsel to the president at Middle Georgia State College, a four-year college moving toward university status serving approximately 8,000 students across 5 campuses in central Georgia, on Oct. 28, 2014. She relocated to Macon, Georgia earlier this year and married local attorney James W. Davis on Sept. 28, 2014.
Hilary Abell Bednarz is the director of development at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, MD.
co-authored “Court Sets Limit on Reach of Tipster Protection,” published August 26, 2014 in the Daily Journal.
The article examines an important decision setting firm limits on the scope of whistleblower protections. Morris is a partner with Winston & Strawn, resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
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.
is the new executive director of The Bitcoin Foundation, a lobby group founded in 2012 "standardize, protect and promote the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide." Murck served most recently as general counsel to The Bitcoin Foundation. Earlier in his career, Murck worked for the law firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth and a number of companies in the technology and virtual economy spheres, including Engage Legal, Engage Strategy, and bitcoin startup CoinLab.
has been appointed chief privacy officer of EverBank, and promoted to senior vice president, associate general counsel.
Joseph M. Saka joined Lowenstein Sandler LLP as counsel in the firm's newly-opened Washington, DC office. Saka will continue representing corporate policyholders in complex disputes with their insurance companies. He was previously with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where he assisted clients to obtain significant recoveries from their insurers.
Jonathan Lewis Stone was named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Virginia Super Lawyers for 2014. Mr. Stone has also been recognized as a Top 10 Under 40 for the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys for 2014. He practices in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the firm of Norris & St. Clair, P.C.
has been hired as a senior adviser to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s “O’ Say Can You See” PAC, as the governor gears up for a possible 2016 White House bid. Jawando will handle a variety of outreach activities, helping O’Malley continue to build a national network. Jawando is a former Obama administration staffer who narrowly lost a primary bid this year for a Maryland House of Delegates seat. Most recently, he worked for Discovery Communications.
Kristen (Morgan) Comstock has joined Lorang Law, PC in Havre, Montana as an associate.
was included in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in the field of real estate. The attorneys on the list were selected by their peers from among the top up-and-coming lawyers, defined as 40 years of age and younger, or in the practice of law for less than 10 years. Brannen is an associate in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. He began his legal career as corporate counsel for a top hospitality management corporation.
Jeremy Springhart has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, achieving the organization’s highest marks for both competency and ethics. Springhart is a member of Broad and Cassel’s construction law and litigation and commercial litigation practice groups in Orlando, FL.
and his wife Caroline welcomed their first child, Evelyn Frances Haun, into the world on July 23, 2014. A fall baptism is anticipated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.
John M. Tenaglia
was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and named as the Deputy Director for Contract Policy and International Contracting at the Department of Defense. Tenaglia was commissioned in the Air Force in 1988 and retired from active duty in 2008. Prior to his current assignment, Tenaglia served as a senior procurement analyst in DPAP where he developed and oversaw the OSD Peer Review program.
Rebecca L. Zimmerman
has joined the general counsel's office of the National Labor Relations Board in its Honors Attorney Program, where he is currently assigned to the Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch. Prior to that, completed a clerkship with Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ellement has recently published two law review articles – “Enfranchising Persons with Disabilities: Continuing Problems, an Old Statute, and A New Litigation Strategy,” 39 T. Marshall L. Rev. 29 (2013) and “Labor Law in 3(d): Reexamining the General Counsel of the NLRB as an Independent Prosecutor of Labor Violations,” 29 ABA J. Lab. & Emp. L. 477 (2014). In addition, Ellement served as a panelist on the Thurgood Marshall School of Law's annual law review symposium, titled "A History of Civil Rights Issues from Education to Voting Rights and Their Modern Implications."
Rich Gallena is an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practices within the firm’s Insurance practice and litigation groups. Gallena’s practice focuses on corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes involving environmental liabilities, mass tort liabilities, government investigations and data breaches.
Joseph C. Pekich
has joined Solomon Law Firm PLLC as an associate attorney to assist with the firm’s high volume of federal employment law cases. Pekich, who hails from a family of union members, focused on labor and employment law at CUA, where he received the Plato Papps Fellowship, which is awarded to students with a demonstrable interest in labor law.
has joined Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C., as part of the firm’s family law practice, focusing on divorce and domestic relations cases. Zimmerman had completed a judicial clerkship with The Hon. Richard B. Potter, 31st Judicial Circuit, Prince William County Circuit Court. While in law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review.
Patricia Cave recently became director of government affairs of WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband. Cave is a cum laude graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
David Crawford accepted a position in the telecommunications practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Crawford is a cum laude graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
Alexandra Jenik is among 54 newly hired Bronx Assistant District Attorneys who began an intensive two-week training program this week on Sept. 8. The training combines intensive classroom lectures on criminal court practice with courtroom observation and hands-on workshops.
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.
Evan J. Van Regenmorter is also among 54 newly hired Bronx Assistant District Attorneys who began an intensive two-week training program this week on Sept. 8. The training combines intensive classroom lectures on criminal court practice with courtroom observation and hands-on workshops.
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.
Robert O. Tiernan passed away on October 15, 2014, in South Kingstown, RI, at the age of 85. Tiernan was elected to the US House of representatives in 1967, serving for seven years. After his service in Congress, he was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Gerald Ford. Tiernan served on the national board until 1981, when he practiced law again in Rhode Island. Tiernan retired from the practice of law in 2009. He was a member of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
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.
Joseph Dougherty Crumlish passed away on August 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C., at the age of 92. Crumlish served as a past president of the Thomas More Society of America. He was the beloved father of Rebecca Crumlish and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
James Joseph McGillan
, 71, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of McLean, VA., died June 8, 2013, in Carthage, N.C. He began his legal career as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General Corps, and was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for valor for his service in Vietnam. McGillan enjoyed a long and varied career in law and business. Most notably, he was a partner at Pepper and Corrazzini (1976-1983); Of Counsel to Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley & Casey law firm (1983-1987); and vice chairman, secretary and general counsel at Private Transatlantic Telecommunications System, Inc., among other positions. McGillan is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kenny McGillan, their daughters Jennifer and Maureen, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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.
Fred Buckine, a former Hillsborough County judge and prosecutor and the husband of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince (1975), died Sept. 6, 2014 at the age of 75. The couple resided in Tallahassee. Buckine and Quince met at CUA Law and after graduating began a marriage of 38 years. Known for his love of the law and for his public speaking ability, Buckine grew up in Bradenton and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. A statement by the family noted that he was among the first 100 black lawyers to be licensed to practice in Florida. Quince, the first black woman to serve on the state's highest court, was appointed in 1998. Their marriage produced two daughters, Peggy LaVerne and Laura LaVerne.
Kathleen Ellis Topelius passed away on Feb. 22, 2014. A resident of Chevy Chase, MD, she was the beloved wife of Warren Topelius; devoted mother of Matthew Topelius; loving sister of Mary Frances Ellis (Paul Carttar) and Stephen Ellis (Kathleen). Also survived by nieces and nephews, Katherine, Elizabeth and Patrick Carttar and Brian and Mary Beth Ellis.
Jodi P. Dottori died on May 10, 2014 at the age of 50. A resident of Westport, Conn., Dottori practiced law at Schatz & Schatz and Cummings & Lockwood and later held senior positions at Priceline.com and DSL.net. In 2006, he joined the Financial Accounting Foundation in Norwalk, where he served as an officer, general counsel, and most recently as the chief of staff. He loved to play sports, especially wrestling, baseball, football, and triathlons. He enjoyed spending summers at the beach and winters skiing with his family. Dottori is survived by his wife, Paloma Bima, children Pia and Paul, parents, siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Brandon Crisp passed away on February 5, 2014. Crisp had been battling cancer for several years. Despite this, he was able to complete the requirements of the J.D. program in December 2013, and was presented with his diploma in January. His story is one of phenomenal dedication, tremendous courage, and amazing persistence in achieving the goal of a CUA Law degree.