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CUA Law Class Notes 2015–2016

  

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In Memoriam


 
1967

William H. Clendenen, Jr. will serve as the 92nd president of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). A member of Clendenen & Shea LLC in New Haven, Clendenen has served clients as a lawyer for over 40 years and has built his reputation trying state and federal court cases. He has argued numerous appeals in the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Clendenen services as a Special Master for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and as an attorney trial referee in the Connecticut Superior Court. He has served as Town Attorney in Madison and Branford.
 
As CBA president, Clendenen is the spokesperson for the association. He presides over the meetings of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors, and appoints chairs of each of the CBA’s over 40 sections. In addition, Clendenen appoints an executive committee from each of the sections’ membership to hold office for the term of the 2015-2016 bar year. He is also responsible for establishing new committees, of which there are 25 currently active.
 
 
1970
 
Andrew Robert (Bob) Greene was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. The American College of Environmental Lawyers is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to: maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.
 
 

John Barry Kelly
has had his novel, Hammer of Justice, published. It is available at Amazon and signed first edition hardbacks can still be purchased through his website, www.johnbarrykelly.com. Elizabeth Ann MacDonald (CUA nursing '65) and Kelly are celebrating their 50th anniversary on June 26, 2015.

 
1975

Roberta Liebenberg

Roberta D. Liebenberg was honored by The Legal Intelligencer in Philadelphia as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at an awards dinner on May 20. The Lifetime achievement awards recognize attorneys with exemplary careers and unsurpassed dedication to the profession. Liebenberg is a partner with Fine, Kaplan and Black.

Roberta D. Liebenberg has joined the Board of Directors of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI). The AAI is an independent and non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization devoted to advancing the role of competition in the economy, protecting consumers, and sustaining the vitality of the antitrust laws

Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. She has served as lead and trial counsel in several significant cases of the past 25 years - from complex antitrust class actions to a landmark criminal antitrust matter. She has held leadership roles in the American Bar Association Antitrust and Litigation sections, and also chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association's Antitrust Committee.


Carol Sigmond, was inducted as President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association on June 1, 2015.


1976

The Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher, was awarded PhD in International Law from University College London with Dissertation on National Judicial Interpretation of Treaty based law. Judge Fisher also delivered the Peace Palace Commemoration Lecture ’70 years Nuremberg’, on November 14, 2015, at the Academy Building of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Lecture was organized by the Peace Palace Library and the Dutch Carnegie Foundation on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. Judge Fisher’s article entitled “The SCSL and Gender Sensitivity” was published by Cambridge University Press (2015) as part of the Festschrift for Mr. Adama Dieng.

She welcomed her first grandson, Kaeden, who lives with his parents in beautiful County Wicklow, Ireland. 

On September 21, 2015, Judge Fisher, who affirmed the war crimes conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, spoke at the President’s Forum series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


1977

Mark S. Bicks, has joined the law firm of Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P. in Washington, DC, as Of Counsel, specializing in intellectual property law.

Eugene I. Goldman was appointed to Virginia’s Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation by Gov. Terry R. McAuliffe. Goldman’s four-year term runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019. Goldman is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Washington, D.C.

James P. Ulwick, a principal at the full service law firm Kramon & Graham, has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers 2016 for his work in Business Litigation, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation. Jim has been has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2007.

Benchmark Litigation 2016 also recognized Ulwick for his work in the areas of Business Litigation and Criminal Defense. He has appeared in that directory every year since 2013.


Ulwick was also selected by The Best Lawyers in America 2016, for Bet-the-Company Litigation, and his work in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. UIwick has been selected to appear in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 directory every year since 1993.



1979

The Honorable Susan V. Kelley was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Wisconsin Association of Mediators for creating a Mortgage Modification Mediation Program to help financially distressed homeowners stay in their homes. She has been presiding over the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy case, one of the longest and most contentious diocesan bankruptcies.



1980

Robert C. Dalton retired in July 2015 after 37 years of federal service, including the last 25 with DOJ. A former AUSA specializing in white-collar, Dalton became an expert in the RICO statute as a 15-year member of DOJ's Organized Crime and Gang Section.

 Marvin E. Johnson has been nominated by President Obama to a key Administration post on the Federal Service Impasses Panel, Federal Labor Relations Authority. Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with over 27 years of dispute resolution experience.

Patrick Regan was featured in Washingtonian magazine regarding his representation of clients suing WMATA.

 

1981

Robert D. Schaub was named to the Pennsylvania 2015 Super Lawyer list by Super Lawyers magazine. Schaub is chair of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald’s Litigation Department – for Business Litigation. Schaub has tried numerous cases to verdict and has handled numerous injunction hearings involving covenants not to compete. Schaub has been involved in multiple matters involving closely held and family owned businesses, and has been able to effectuate very favorable resolutions, with and without litigation, on behalf of clients. He was involved in the representation of Emilio and Gloria Estefan who were injured in an interstate tractor trailer/bus accident in the Pocono Mountains. Most recently, Mr. Schaub has represented clients in all aspects of litigation involving Marcellus Shale issues, including leading disputes, will contests, and gas pipeline issues.


1982

Eric P. Bernard was appointed to the New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation Appeals Advisory Board on April 17, 2015. On May 16, 2015 he won a silver medal in shot and a bronze medal in hammer at the Connecticut Masters Games, Veterans’ Field, New Britain, CT. He won a gold medal in javelin and a bronze medal in shot at the Rhode Island Senior Olympics on June 7, 2015 and a silver medal in shot at the Massachusetts Senior Games on June 13, 2015 in the men’s 60-64 age group. Next stop - the National Senior Games in Minnesota July 10-16, 2015.

Bernard has been elected a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers to be inducted at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference in New Orleans on March 12, 2016. In July he competed in hammer, shot, javelin, 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 x 100 meter sprints at the 2015 National Senior Games, track and field competition held at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bernard has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Granite State Senior Games, Inc., the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Senior Games Association. The Games promote healthy active lifestyles for individuals age 50 and over through education, fitness and sports.

James Moriarty has been named Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. As Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Moriarty will oversee the Company’s legal affairs by managing Chesapeake’s internal legal function, and managing outside counsel. He will provide counsel on legal matters to senior management and the business units to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and advise senior management and the Board on corporate governance matters. In addition, he will provide legal advice on all major business transactions and assist management on governmental relations, including lobbying and other legislative activities. Moriarty will oversee the preparation, review and negotiation of contracts and other legal documents and provide legal and contractual support for project development and transactions.


1983

In February 2014, Paul Gamble retired from the US Navy Reserve after 30 years of service in the grade of Captain, Judge Advocate general's Corps. In June 2015, Gamble left the Law Department, NYC Criminal Court to accept a position as Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Trials at the New York City Police Department.

John Polanin, Jr. has been appointed Global Head of Compliance for Macquarie Group Limited based in Sydney, Australia effective June 1, 2015.

Kevin ShaughnessyKevin W. Shaughnessy, a partner at BakerHostetler, was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2016 list for employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor and employment.

 

 

 


1984

In his new book, 3D Printing Will Rock the World, industry thought leader John Hornick takes a deep look into the world of 3D printing and its potential future impact on business, manufacturing, science, crime, law, education, and, basically, life as we know it. The book is now available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Kevin Petrasic joins White & Case as a partner and will lead the financial-institution advisory practice. Previously, Petrasic was at Paul Hastings.

Theodore P. Stein joined Offit Kurman as a principal attorney in its Bethesda, Maryland office. Stein focuses primarily on labor and employment and employee benefits and ERISA law and litigation.


1986

Patrick Reddy just retired after 15 years with the California State Assembly where he specialized in Redistricting Law. In 2016, he will join the political consulting firm Full Disclosure Campaigns as an associate working on California political campaigns. After the 2016 election, he will publish his second book, 21st Century America: How Suburbanites, Immigrants and High Tech Voters Will Choose Our Presidents, a long-term study of social and political trends. His first book was California After Arnold, a look at California government and politics.


1987

The Honorable Diane Costanzo was reappointed to the New York City Family Court by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2015. Judge Costanzo previously served with The Legal Aid Society and with the New York State Unified Court System for 18 years including as Executive Assistant to the New York City Family Court Administrative Judge, Court Attorney Referee and Principal Court Attorney.

Lynda C. Shely of The Shely Firm, PC, in Scottsdale, Arizona was elected the 2015 – 2016 President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, a national organization whose members advise lawyers and law firms in legal ethics matters.


1988

Shelly PagacShelly R. Pagac, a partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP was one of two featured presenters at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) CLE on July 21, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pagac was also a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Employment Law Institute West” CLE program in November, 2015. She presented on “Prepping Dos and Don’ts – Can’t We Just Testify For Our Clients?”, and discussed relevant rules from the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct as well as a checklist for effective witness testimony.


1990

Minnie Baylor-Henry Joins YourEncore’s Regulatory Practice and Strategic Advisory Board. YourEncore (www.yourencore.com) helps life sciences, consumer products and food companies solve complex product development and regulatory challenges.

Baylor-Henry is a recognized leader in the area of food and drug laws and regulations. She previously was the Worldwide Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Medical Devices & Diagnostics, where she was responsible for coordinating the regulatory strategy for a global portfolio of products, ranging from contact lenses to sterilization products. She spent eight years with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, where her focus was on prescription drug advertising and health fraud. She also has experience as Vice President for Medical & Regulatory Affairs at McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceutical (a J&J company) and National Director for Regulatory & Capital Markets Consulting at Deloitte & Touche.


1991

Gregory R. Faulkner has been elected to the Managing Committee of the law firm of Robinson+Cole. Mr. Faulkner is a partner and chair of the Construction Group and has served as local, national, and international counsel in all aspects of construction law. He also has an active higher education practice and leads the firm's Education Law Group, representing the interests of colleges and universities and other institutions of learning with regard to their unique building and facilities program needs. He is a longtime member of the commercial and construction panel of neutrals for both the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the American Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. He is also an active member of the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers, National Association of College and University Attorneys, a past president of the Connecticut Building Congress, on the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a member of the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2011.


1992

Melissa E. Darigan welcomed as President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. Darigan is a partner in the business law and litigation firm, Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, where she specializes in complex commercial, business and regulatory litigation for insurance companies and financial institutions and estate and trust litigation in the Probate and Superior Courts, including will contests and fiduciary liability matters. The Rhode Island Bar Association is the largest non-profit membership organization in Rhode Island with over 6,000 member lawyers and judges.



1993   

Kelly Donovan, executive deputy New York attorney general was honored by The Manhattan District Attorney’s Association on June 10, 2015.

Lisa D. Crossley Newton was appointed Executive Director of the National Society of Compliance Professionals. Lisa has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer on both the broker dealer and investment company/adviser sides of the business. She has been with the National Society of Compliance Professionals since 2010.

Michael P. Shaw was named as Managing Director of Oyster Consulting’s Greater Washington area location. Shaw is the former Managing Director, Professional Standards and Legal, of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., responsible for implementing compliance procedures that incorporated regulatory requirements, firm policies and the ethical standards associated with financial services designations. Previously, Shaw served as Director, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Office of the Chairman, of the Financial industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), providing guidance on FINRA rules relating to annual certification of compliance and supervisory processes, anti-money laundering programs and municipal securities transactions.

 

Matthew J. Shea is an Associate Justice of the Holyoke District Court. Prior to being nominated by Governor Deval Patrick, Judge Shea was an Assistant District Attorney in Hampden County, where he served as a Superior Court supervisor since 2011. Judge Shea began his legal career in that office, working as a prosecutor in District and Superior Courts from 1993 to 1999. From 1999 to 2011, Judge Shea served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Springfield office, prosecuting criminal cases and also handling some civil administrative appeals.

 

1994

Cheryl Behymer, a partner with Fisher & Phillips' Atlanta office, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Behymer is co-chair of the firm’s Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group.
 


1995

Hon. Rainey R. Brandt, Magistrate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, is the 2015 recipient of the Law Students in Court Distinguished Alumnus Award. According to the citation, “Judge Brandt has dedicated her career to public service, the law, and improving the administration of justice. As Magistrate Judge, she works to ensure that the rights of all who come before her are respected and protected.” Her award was presented on May 19, 2015, at the D.C. headquarters of Jones Day.

 


James Rhilinger
has been promoted to Deputy Assistant Director in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.

Kevin Ring has been named vice president of the non-profit sentencing reform organization, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums). Ring brings more than 20 years of conservative public policy, campaign, and issue advocacy experience to FAMM. He began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, he served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary’s Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee under the leadership of future US Attorney General John Ashcroft. He also served as executive director for the Republican Study Committee, the largest member organization in the US House of Representatives.

Tara Shostek (Becht) is now a Program Analyst (Policy) at FEMA.



1997

 
Richard PoulsonRichard G. Poulson has been named a ‘Best Lawyer’ in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.
 

Poulson, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Willig, Williams & Davidson, has been representing labor unions since the inception of his career. His practice includes collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitration and employment-related litigation. Poulson specializes in advising and representing police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment.


Philip R. Principe is the author of Omega Plague: Collapse, a novel about an Italian police officer stationed on the island of Capri and his struggle to survive civilization's fall in the wake of a devastating global pandemic. Published in mid-July by Grey Mountain Press, the book is available at Amazon.com and at Barnesandnoble.com.

 

1998

Wes Reber Porter has been awarded tenure at Golden Gate University School of Law. Porter, a former Navy JAG & Assistant U.S. Attorney, is the Director of GGU Law's Litigation Center, which helped GGU Law receive an A+ rating for practical skills training from the National Jurist. Professor Porter's scholarship focuses on injustices in criminal law, evidence and procedure from the perspective of the accused and he has emerged as a leading advocate for legal education reform and practical skills training across the curriculum. Professor Porter is also an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Catherine M. Reese was admitted into the Board of Family Law Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association Accredited Organization.

Nicole Hughes Waid joins FisherBroyles as a partner in Washington. Previously, she was at Roetzel & Andress.  


1999

Stephanie M. Radix (née Dyson class of 1999) and Carson S. Walker (class of 2012) were among the contributing authors of Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice, Annals of Health Law - Vol. 24 Issue 1. (24 Annals Health L. 286 (2015). The article analyzes the evolution of the physician assistant (PA) profession over its first half century, and looks at the various legal factors that contributed to the increasingly vital role PAs play in the delivery of healthcare. During her career, Stephanie has served as a legislative attorney and state advocacy advisor for healthcare and alcohol and drug policy nonprofits.


Continuing the growth and expansion of its Washington, D.C., office, Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Nicole H. Sprinzen has joined the firm as a member of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice. She comes to Cozen O’Connor from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Sprinzen was previously a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division’s Fraud

 

2000

Kasey Chapelle has been appointed as the Global Privacy Officer and Director of Commercial Compliance for American Express Global Business Travel. Chappelle joins GBT from Vodafone, where she served as Global Privacy Counsel. In this leadership role, Chappelle guided the creation and adoption of the Vodafone privacy programme, an award-winning approach to strategic and operational privacy risk management. Prior to her role at Vodafone, Chappelle was Global Privacy Director at eBay Inc., where she oversaw global consumer privacy and data protection compliance for all eBay Inc. companies, including worldwide e-commerce and payment platforms, mobile applications and advertising divisions. Chappelle began her legal career at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, where she coordinated counsel globally on data protection and telecoms licensing issues for worldwide product rollouts and advised on regulatory and privacy compliance for multinational companies. She is based in London.
 

 

2001

The Honorable Katina Self Steuart was sworn in on January 15, 2015, to the District Court for Prince George's County Maryland after having been appointed to the judiciary by former Governor Martin O'Malley on December 29, 2014.

The Charlottesville office of Woods Rogers PLC welcomed Timothy I. Kelsey as of January 1, 2016, in an Of Counsel role. Kelsey is licensed by the Virginia State Bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. His affiliations include the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association. Prior to joining Woods Rogers, Kelsey was a partner at Boyle, Bain, Reback, Slayton & Kelsey.

Jeff VanHooreweghe elected partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Based in San Francisco, VanHooreweghe focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust law, including criminal grand jury investigations, civil investigations, private litigation, merger clearance, and compliance counseling. He has extensive experience advising clients on a variety of different matters before federal agencies and courts both in the United States and abroad.


2002

Bradford C. Blaise has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner with the firm's growing Intellectual Property practice group. Blaise's practice focuses on patent prosecution and client counseling in a variety of fields including computer software, business methods, e-commerce, financial services, video games, virtual worlds, social media, social networks, and mHealth and medical devices, among others. In addition to preparing and prosecuting patent applications, he has significant experience with advanced prosecution matters including reissue applications and ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, and has successfully argued before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Jungmin Choi was promoted to Member of Epstein Becker Green (EBG). Choi is a member of the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Newark office. As a member of EBG’s Immigration Law Group, she concentrates her practice on employment-based immigration law. Ms. Choi’s experience includes advising employers in variety of industries on business-related immigration matters involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of foreign nationals in the United States; helping employers obtain nonimmigrant visas for foreign nationals working temporarily in executive, managerial, professional, skilled, or specialized knowledge positions in the United States; and assisting in obtaining permanent resident status on behalf of foreign nationals. She also provides guidance and counseling to clients on various compliance issues relating to employing foreign nationals in the United States and managing all risks arising under those laws; advises clients regarding employer sanctions and record-keeping under various regulations; and assists clients during the U.S. Department of Labor’s Form I-9 and H-1B audit process.

Muriel Collison
has been selected by Law Bulletin Publishing as one 2015’s Forty Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch. The Law Bulletin Publishing Company reviewed more than 1,300 nominations submitted from lawyers throughout Illinois to identify this year’s most talented young lawyers.

Ryan J. Cudnik was promoted to Of Counsel with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. As a member of Brownstein’s intellectual property group, Cudnik manages high-profile patent litigation cases, including many involving “blockbuster” pharmaceutical products with global sales exceeding $1 billion per year. His complex patent enforcement experience includes multidistrict litigations, Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigations, and unfair import investigations (section 337 patent infringement actions) in the U.S. International Trade Commission. Cudnik has also managed high-stakes gaming litigations that involved a blend of intellectual property and contract issues.

Daniel A. Lewis, a family law attorney with Hatcher Law Group in Charlotte, N.C., received his certification as a Family Financial Mediator from the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. In addition to continuing his daily practice, Mr. Lewis will now serve as a mediator in family law cases, thus expanding the scope of services offered by Hatcher Law Group. Mr. Lewis was named a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers and recognized with the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2015 and 2016; he was also a recipient of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law award in 2015.

Daniel LewisDaniel A. Lewis, a family law attorney with Hatcher Law Group, was named among the 2015 Leaders in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (NCLW). The award recognizes legal professionals statewide who go above and beyond in their profession and community. Lewis focuses his practice on a wide variety of family law matters including divorce, child custody, child support, property distribution, alimony and domestic violence. He represents clients in litigation, mediation, negotiation and the Collaborative Law process.

Kevin MurphyAfter over 8 years as Vice President and General Counsel of Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB and a successful career at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. in Boston and Providence, Kevin B. Murphy opened his own law firm, The Law Offices of Kevin B. Murphy and Associates LLC, in the heart of Downtown Providence. Murphy just celebrated his two-year anniversary and continues to practice in the areas of corporate law, real estate, litigation and estate planning.

 

 

Mark VillanuevaMark D. Villanueva has joined Stradley Ronon as a partner in its Philadelphia office. Villanueva represents clients in commercial litigation matters, having amassed extensive litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. He also counsels clients in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts and sponsorship agreements. Villanueva has worked with companies in numerous industries, including insurance, energy, oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical and health care





2003

Gary W. Desper has been recognized as 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. His memberships include the Carroll County Bar Association, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, and Maryland State Bar Association. 

In May of 2015, Nicole M. Heiser joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Counsel in the General Law, Ethics and Oversight group where she continues to practice federal sector labor and employment law.

Timothy J. Maloney was named to the Pennsylvania 2015 Rising Star list by Super Lawyers Magazine. Maloney is a member of the Business and Finance Department with Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald. His principal practice is in the representation of corporations and businesses in a wide variety of corporate transactions and business matters.


2004

Robert J. Salzer, an associate with the Pennsylvania law firm, Williams Family Law, P.C., has been named a 2015 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. is pleased to announce that divorce attorney Robert Salzer (photo) has earned an LL.M. degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law.



2005

Brian Cline has opened the Law Office of Robert J. Pecora & Brian K. Cline in La Jolla, California.

Peter McCamman was promoted to Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Mayer Brown.

Colorado-based immigration law firm Stern & Curray announced that it has promoted Theresa Vogel to partner. Vogel represents clients in all aspects of business immigration law, including temporary employment visas for professionals, investors and intra-company transferees, as well as for permanent residence. She represents employers and employees from multinational corporations, universities, research institutions, small businesses and entrepreneurial investors. She also advises clients on I-9 compliance and has assisted large corporate employers in responding to audits from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


2006

John Ketcham has joined Ashurst LLP’s Washington, D.C. office as Counsel. His practice is focused in the areas of structured financial products and derivative securities.

Patrick Murck joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as special counsel in the firm's Washington, DC office. Murck, who is the former Executive Director and General Counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation and one of its founders, joins the Corporate & Securities – Technology practice section.

In addition to his role with Pillsbury, Murck currently serves as a fellow with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where he conducts research on the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts.

Lt. Sean M. Thompson was recently assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as chief of intelligence and operational law, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. Thompson welcomed new son in April, Rhett Paschel Thompson.

Sara Walshe has joined the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Public Integrity Bureau. Walshe is a member of the Law School’s Alumni Council.

 

2007

William Jawando, a former Obama administration official, is running for a seat in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

Parker J. Lavin, was promoted to partner in the insurance practice group of Wiley Rein. Lavin represents insurers in coverage litigation under professional liability and general liability policies before federal and state courts across the country. He provides advice and counsel on a wide range of insurance issues including technology, media and emerging issues, directors and officers liability, lawyers liability, environmental liability, and nuclear liability. Lavin received the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Outstanding Achievement Award for pro bono work on parole cases and, in 2015, was named one of City Year Washington, DC’s Idealists of the Year, an award for outstanding public service.

Charles Moldenhauer’s, CEO of LawIQ, article “Five Myths About Building Natural Gas Pipelines”, was recently published by Law360.

(PHOTO) Elliot Smith joined Winston & Strawn LLP, a leading global law firm, as a Corporate partner in New York. He was previously with McDermott Will & Emery. Smith focuses his practice on corporate and securities law and has represented clients on matters involving public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity capital transactions.

“We continue to broaden our Corporate Department for our clients with a focus on expanding our presence and capabilities in New York,” said Tom Fitzgerald, Winston’s firmwide managing partner. “Elliot brings significant experience in practice areas that we have identified as critical to the success of our clients and our firm, specifically those doing business in New York.”

“Expansion of our Securities and Capital Markets Practice is a key component of our growth strategy,” said Dominick DeChiara, chair of Winston’s Corporate Department. “The addition of Elliott not only deepens our bench, but also complements our existing practices in New York.”
 

 

2008

Katelin MoomauThe law firm of Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP in Alexandria, VA, has named as partner Katelin T. Moomau. Moomau is an established attorney practicing all areas of family laws and has worked for RRBMDK for the past six years. Previously, she worked for the Law Office of Catherine Reese, PLC, Lobel, Novins and Lamont, LLP and the Maryland General Assembly.

 

Bridget (McVan) Weidenburner and Joe Weidenburner welcomed twin daughters into the world on May 12, 2015. Ellen Michele, born 8:43 am, weighed 3 lbs. 9 oz. and Olivia Jean, born 8:44 am, weighed 3 lbs. 12 oz. Mom, Dad, and babies are doing well.


2009

Joshua Borean is now Attorney at The Gillespie Law Group, Ltd.

Timothy Whitney is now Legal Counsel for the Canam Steel Corporation.

 



2010

Eric Bacaj was appointed to a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia in September 2014. Bacaj previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County (NY) District Attorney's Office.

Erik Berkey is now Attorney-Advisor at U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor.

Mattehw BrannenMatthew G. Brannen, an Associate in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of Real Estate. Attorneys 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 a real estate and business attorney who began his legal career as corporate counsel for a top hospitality management corporation with interests in a variety of hotel and resort properties throughout the United States. As in-house counsel, his experience includes the negotiation, drafting and analysis of management agreements, loan agreements and other financing documents (both debt and equity), leases, joint venture agreements, and other associated documents. Matthew has also been closely involved in real property acquisitions and dispositions and has facilitated a wide range of operational, asset management and development matters.

Rachel Sanford Nemeth married Joe Nemeth (brother of 2014 graduate Alison Nemeth) on October 10, 2015. Other graduates of CUA Law in attendance: Rachael Bender and Heather Ayers Campbell, both class of 2010. 

Jennifer Webb joined the federal government affairs team as Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.


2011

Lauren Twigg Krupica named "West Virginia Young Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 at the West Virginia State Bar Annual Conference.


2012

Chanelle Blackie
is now Associate Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

William Haun’s article, An Originalist Critique of the Court’s Free Speech Tradition, was published in Public Discourse on March 29, 2016.

Jeanah Lacey is now Senior Technical Advisor, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) at DAI

David Lieberman is now Associate Counsel at Webster, Chamberlain & Bean.

Carson S. Walker (class of 2012) and Stephanie M. Radix (née Dyson class of 1999) were among the contributing authors of Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: Physician Assistant Scope of Practice, Annals of Health Law - Vol. 24 Issue 1. (24 Annals Health L. 286 (2015). The article analyzes the evolution of the physician assistant (PA) profession over its first half century, and looks at the various legal factors that contributed to the increasingly vital role PAs play in the delivery of healthcare. Since graduating, Carson has worked in state advocacy for a national healthcare nonprofit.



2013

Marc Arvanitis-Arvon has joined the New York, NY office of Offit Kurman, P.A.

Leslie Gibbons has joined the Bethesda, MD office of Cohen & Hertz, P.C.

Patrick Lightfoot is now Assistant Counsel at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Lightfoot was previously at the Social Security Administration.

Lindsey Melody is Executive Assistant-Counsel to the Republican Commissioners at the Federal Election Commission.

Melissa Zawadzki has joined the Montgomery County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office as a prosecutor in the Child Protection Unit effective July 27, 2015.


2014

Petar Dimtchev has joined the Social Security Administration in the Falls Church, VA office.

In its final rule on crowdfunding, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission cited Brian Farnkoff’s comment letter published in the February 3, 2014 edition of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy.

Alex Kalim accepted an offer from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Ben Lerner joined the State’s Attorney’s Office in Anne Arundel County, Maryland as Assistant State’s Attorney.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has named Alison Nemeth as his interim legal advisor for media issues. Nemeth joins Commissioner Pai’s office on detail from the Video Division of the commission’s Media Bureau. An Honors Attorney, she has worked on a variety of legal and policy issues relating to broadcast television, including licensing, transactions, and the upcoming incentive auction. She previously worked as a law clerk in Commissioner Pai’s Office.

Mark M. Slobodien accepted the job of prosecutor for the Problem Solving Court in Prince George's County, Md. 

Katherine Tung is working with the Mortgage Bankers Association’s residential policy group.
 

2015

Andrew Chi accepted an offer with New York's Legal Aid Society as a public defender in the Brooklyn office. 

Casey Duchesne joined the Hopkins Law Firm in Gainesville, Virginia.

Arielle Giordano accepted a position with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation Committee.

Alicia Marable is staff attorney with the D.C. office of Sidley Austin in its Securities & Derivatives practice group.

Lauren McCarty has joined the office Senator Steve Daines (MT) as a legislative aide for technology and telecom policy.

Brittany Everson Riley is regulatory counsel with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

2016 


In Memoriam


1939

Elizabeth K. Beam passed away on June 13, 2015. 


1948

Charles A. Guerin, 98, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey and West Kennebunk, Maine, died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at his home in West Kennebunk. He was born February 11, 1917 in Biddeford, a son of J. Sigismond and Bertha (Auger) Guerin. He was educated at St Andre’s Parish School in Biddeford for grammar school and 9th grade and then in Montreal from 1931-37 at the Collège de Montréal. During World War II he served (1942-46) as a radioman in the U.S. Army, returning to complete his law school education at Catholic University of America Law School in Washington, DC. On July 2, 1951 he married Betty Bleichner in St. Andre’s Church in Biddeford. He and Betty shared many of the same interests throughout their almost 60 years together. Betty preceded him in death in 2010. Charles is survived by: one daughter, Marie Guerin of Mt. Kisco, NY and West Kennebunk, ME, one sister, Estelle Coryea of Salem, NH, 26 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews.


1950

Burton Thomas Ryan, 93, passed away Friday, February 19, 2016. Veteran of United States Army, awarded Bronze Star for actions in China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Graduate of Manhattan College, Catholic University Law School. Of counsel to White & Case.

The Honorable Frederick B. Ugast, former Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Washington, D.C. and Judge-in-Residence at CUA Law School, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at age 92. He received his bachelor’s and master's degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Judge Ugast was married to the former Mary Agnes Larkin, his beloved wife of 65 years, before she passed away on July 11, 2015. They raised their six children in Chevy Chase, MD, and were blessed with 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


1978

Marianne R. Loman passed away June 1 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a prolonged illness. She was surrounded by family. After graduating law school, she began her career with the firm of Sachs, Greenebaum & Taylor of Washington, D.C.. She later joined Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP of Chevy Chase, MD, where she built an impressive and varied career and became a partner. She was recognized by colleagues and clients for her meticulous work and her ability to solve complex problems in many areas of the law including estate planning, real estate and condominium activities, and general business and employment matters. She was named one of the area’s top real estate attorneys in 2006 by Washingtonian magazine. The scope of her practice spanned many issues, clients, and venues, up to and including the Supreme Court.

She is survived by her loving husband, Cleve Loman; her children, M. Timothy Renjilian (married to Leslie, father to Sadie, Ginny and Bess), Julia Renjilian Garbini (married to Robert, mother to Nicholas and Alessandra) and Christopher Renjilian, M.D.; as well as Mr. Loman’s children Michael D. Loman (married to Susan, father to Michael, Lisa, Megan and Kelly), James C. Loman (married to Jane), and Daniel K. Loman (married to Cindy, father to Morgan and Brodie). She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Jane Grundy, and two brothers Thomas and Robert Klingelhoefer.

On Monday, May 25, 2015, Patricia A. Rochester passed at Holy Cross Hospital. She is survived by her loving husband, Clyde Douglas Brown, Jr.; two loving sons, Darryl Rochester and Michael D. Brown; four devoted grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.


2004

Jessica Inda passed away on September 5, 2015. While in law school, Jessie worked as Head Paralegal for Simon & Associates and as Intellectual Property Support Specialist for Crowell & Morning, LLP. She was hired at Hudson Global Resources, New York, NY (Greenberg Traurig, LLP) where she was an Intellectual Property Paralegal. Jess researched International Trademark, Patent and Copyright litigation and gained extensive experience working on 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Trademark litigation. Jessie began working for Viacom-MTV Networks (Hudson Global Resources) as the Lead Intellectual Property Paralegal. She filed U.S. Copyright applications for six television channels. Jessie analyzed all of Viacom's Copyright and Trademark listings for errors in recordation, resolving incorrect information. She organized and implemented the first successful company-wide database for Viacom's Intellectual Property Information.

Survivors include her mother, Jean Inda and Step-father, Tom Halverson; brother, Jason Inda; aunts and uncles, Carol Inda (spl friend John), Kathleen Doty, Ron (Dawn) Inda, Ken Inda (spl friend Jo Ann), Barb McCarthy; great-uncle George Inda; cousins Serena, Amanda, Tyler, Ben, Claire, Emma, Violet, Lepri, Ramzia; and much more extended family; true friends; and her bonus family, Katie, Josephine and Mark. She was preceded in death by her father, Jay Cline; grandparents, Leonard and Eleanor Inda; and uncle, Jim Inda.


2010

Naphtali Matlis passed away on May 12, 2015 after a long illness. He was 40 years old and is survived by his parents, wife Dorothy, daughter Olivia, and son Joshua.