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1967 1975 1982 1983 1984 1986
1989 1993 1995 1997 1998 2001
2004 2005 2006 2010 2012 2014

In Memoriam

 

CUA Law Class Notes
  2014-2015


 
1967


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. 
 
 

1971
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.

 

1975
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. 
 

1980

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.

 
 
1982
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.
 
 
1983
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.
 
 
1984
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.”


1986


Kevin Chandler 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.


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. 



1989
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.  

 

1992
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. 



1993
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.

 
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.
 

1995
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. 

  
1997

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.
 
 


1998
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.
 

 

1999
Jennifer O'Sullivan
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.
 

 

2001
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.

 

2002
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.

 

2004
Kimberly Morris 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.
 
 
 
2005

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. 


2006

Ron Whitworth has been appointed chief privacy officer of EverBank, and promoted to senior vice president, associate general counsel.
 
 
2010

Matthew Brannen 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.

 
 

2012
William Haun 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

 
 

2014
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. 

 



In Memoriam
 

1950
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. 

1954
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.


1955
Natalie Yeager St. Denis passed away on January 23, 2014.
 

1965
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. 
 
 
1966
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.
 

1968

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.
 
 
1974
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.

 

1978
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. 
 
 
1990
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. 

2014
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.