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2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
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In Memoriam

Senior Judge Edwin L. Felter Jr. received a national American Bar Association (ABA) award, the Nelson Award, on August 5, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. for outstanding service to the ABA by a public lawyer.

1968

William L. Walsh Jr. serves as counsel at Hirschler Fleischer in Tysons, Va.

1973

David A. Myers, counsel at Fauver, Keyse-Walker, has been selected by his peers as Best Lawyers’ 2017 Cleveland area Elder Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Myers is a graduate of John Carroll University and Catholic University of America Law School. He has been a certified elder law attorney for nearly 20 years, and is one of fewer than 25 Ohio lawyers holding that certification.

Elizabeth “Ginger” Hayes Patterson was recently named as Associate Director of The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a position she has held twice previously. Patterson joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center in 1980 where she served as Associate Dean for the JD and graduate programs from 1993-97. Over her career, Patterson held the position of Chair of the D.C. Public Service (Utilities) Commission and was a Commissioner of the D.C. Public Service Commission. She also served as Treasurer of the D.C. Bar and served on the editorial board of its publication, Washington Lawyer.

1975

Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black received the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Miami. This Award honors individuals who have achieved professional excellence in their careers and demonstrated a commitment to diversity. Ms. Liebenberg is a senior partner at her firm, focusing her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. Liebenberg also received the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession during an award ceremony luncheon held on Sunday, Aug. 7, during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The Honorable A.B. Majeed recently retired from the bench after 24 years, the longest-serving active county judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit that includes Brevard and Seminole counties in Florida.

1977

Thomas J. Bender, a shareholder in Littler Mendelson P.C.’s Philadelphia office, has been honored as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 United States 2016’s guide, an independent referral program that recommends individuals and firms based on merit. Bender was recognized in the Labor and Employment Disputes in Defense category. Bender, who serves as the firm’s co-president and managing director, has handled a wide variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board, and federal and state courts, for clients spanning a broad range of industries including transportation, healthcare and energy. A founding member of the Philadelphia office where he held the position of office managing shareholder for nine years, he has also represented clients in ERISA and other benefit plan litigation arising from collectively bargained pension and health and welfare plans.

The Honorable Robert E. Morin was recently sworn in as the Chief Judge of D.C. Superior Court.

J. David Seay was recently re-elected to the Broads of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State’s Guardianship Corporation, which provides guardianships for disabled individuals with no available family or other person to service as a guardian, and Metro Community Health Centers, Inc., a federally qualified health center serving all five boroughs of the City of New York.

1978

Eileen J. O’Connor was appointed to the Department of the Treasury Agency Landing Team of President-Elect’s Transition Team for the Office of President-Elect Donald Trump. Debra A. Martin was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a New York State Court of Claims Judge and became an Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice The Honorable Antonio Rodriguez was appointed by the State Bar of Texas, President to the Standing Committee on Legal Services to the Poor- Civil Matters for period 2016-2019.

1980

Murray A. Bloom, a past lecturer in Maritime Law, had an article published in the October 2016, issue of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, providing an update on the Cargo Preference Act of 1954.

Gary C. Rosen, managing shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff, was recently appointed as chair of the Finance Committee and elected to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Broward County, Florida. As chair of the Finance Committee, he will also serve on the Governance Committee.

1981

Paul Taylor has published The Advocate, Encouragement for Those Who Speak Out for Others or Themselves with many citations to Biblical scripture, philosophers, and great leaders, it is part memoir, part faith journey, and part practical advice and inspiration for people who need to stand up and argue for something important. The book is available at the publisher’s website: Gratefulsteps.org.

1982

Helen Clark Atkeson was honored at the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as 25 of the most influential women in the state.

David L. Winstead was recently appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Aviation Commission.

Ray Watson was nominated by Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs to serve as the Executive Inspector General for the Illinois State Treasurer. On April 13, 2016, the appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Illinois Senate Executive Appointments Committee and the full Illinois Senate. The Executive Inspector General investigates allegations of waste, fraud, corruption and violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

1984

Richard J. Ringhausen was re-elected as Calhoun County’s Illinois State’s Attorney.

Stephen W. Saunders is the co-editor of the 2nd edition of the comprehensive legal treatise, The Law of Oil and Gas In Pennsylvania has been published by PBI Press. The text won the 2015 award for “Outstanding Achievement in Publications” from the Association of Continuing Legal Education.

1987

Gilbert W. Boyce has been named Chair of the D.C. Litigation Department at Kutak Rock. Gil’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, government disputes, and internal investigations.

1989

John E. Littel was recently appointed to succeed Ted R. Dintersmith on the William & Mary Board of Visitors. Littel is the senior vice president of external affairs for Magellan Health, where he is responsible for the company’s business development, communications and government relations strategies. Previously, he served as interim senior vice president of government affairs for WellPoint and, before that, executive vice president of external affairs for Amerigroup.

1990

Julie A. Bowen, senior president, general counsel of the MITRE Corporation, and member of the CUA Law Board of Visitors, was honored by 2016 Trending 40 Corporate Counsel in September 2016. The award honors those lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional performance and made significant contributions to the growth and success of their organizations.

Jeffrey M. Donofrio, Managing Partner, Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP, has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Donofrio has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Mark J. Powell received the Daniel G. Grove Award, in recognition of his dedication to the advancement of trial advocacy through his many years as an instructor at NITA’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills programs in Washington, D.C.

1992

Amy L. Leslie has been recognized by the 2016 Chambers USA guide of recommended law firms and lawyers. Leslie practices in the Business Law and the Real Estate and Environmental areas. Her practice focuses on the representation of corporate clients in connection with sales and acquisitions of businesses, debt and equity financings, private placements, real estate matters, including commercial leasing and purchase and sale agreements, and general business matters.

Rico M. Sogocio was appointed by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch as an Immigration Judge in the Miami Immigration Court.

1993

Kelly L. Donovan was recently hired by KPMG as a managing director in the Risk Consulting – Forensic Advisory Services, Investigations and Disputes service network. Based in New York City, Donovan will focus on the growing need for investigative, compliance, and monitoring services for state and local government and private sector clients.

John W. Giambalvo has joined the Board of Directors of PeoplesBank. Giambalvo, a 2010 Time Magazine Dealer of the Year finalist, is the President and CEO of Jack Giambalvo Motor Co. Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in the auto industry. Giambalvo Motor Co. has multiple dealerships and locations throughout York County. Giambalvo started his professional career as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Uhler and then became an Assistant District Attorney in York, PA.

1994

Cheryl Behymer has been as one of the top female lawyers in the country in its inaugural Women in Law edition. Cheryl is co-chair of Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group.

Donald Schroeder recently joined Foley & Lardner LLP as a partner in the law firm’s Boston office. Schroeder’s legal practice focuses on labor & employment issues and he handles a range of matters, including wage and hour class actions and collective bargaining negotiations for unions.

1995

Donald R. Bucklin was recently sworn in as a commissioner for the Court of Common Pleas in Kent and Sussex counties in Maryland.

Dr. Joseph S. Devaney was recently appointed as a new faculty member at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA.

Jennifer Mahar has been named Managing Member of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC. The firm, headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, focuses its practice in the areas of construction, government contract, and white-collar law.

Patrick D. McPherson has been named chair of the Inter Partes Review division at Duane Morris LLP. McPherson is the managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents U.S. and foreign clients in the acquisition of patent rights in diverse technologies, such as telecommunications, wireless communications, computer software, ink jet recording paper, medical devices and electronics, and assists clients in establishing competitive patent review programs. McPherson also provides advice regarding potential patent infringement issues. Having served as a naval officer on nuclear submarines, he has practical engineering experience, which is essential in developing the appropriate IP strategy.

1996

Kim Y. Oldham announced her candidacy for Howard County State’s Attorney in Maryland for 2018. Oldham has been a prosecutor in Howard County for the past 20 years and has earned a strong reputation in the legal community as a tough but fair litigator. She resides in Ellicott City with her husband and two children.

Kimberly A. Rauen Jones was recently named a partner at Husch Blackwell’s tax practice in Milwaukee, MO.

Kevin Ring serves as president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

1997

The Honorable Tiffany Anderson was appointed to the Prince George County Circuit Court.

Jennifer Collins joined the law firm of Cramer & Anderson as a partner. She was the founder and managing member of Collins & Associates LLC in Danbury and has been a licensed attorney in private practice since 1998. She will be based in the firm’s Danbury office.

Nicole Croddick was hired by Davison, Eastman & Muñoz, P.A. She will focus her practice on management side employment and labor matters.

Brian J. Forgas has recently joined Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Virginia, where he manages Hilton’s global franchise regulatory compliance program for each of its brands (Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, Embassy Suites, DoubleTree, Hampton, Homewood, Hilton Garden Inn, Curio, Canopy, Home2, and Tru). Previously, Brian was a regional general counsel with McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago. Brian, his wife, and their 2 sons live in Virginia.

Michael J. Kenny was hired by Scartelli Olszewski, P.C in Pennsylvania.

Chad Miller has been elected to the Partnership of KPMG LLP. As Principal and Associate General Counsel, Miller is an in-house attorney specializing in State and Local Government Contracts.

Joycelyn Y. Tate was selected to serve as a member of the International Telecommunications Advisory Committee (ITAC) at the U.S. Department of State. As an ITAC member, Tate will advise and provide strategic planning recommendations to the Department of State on telecommunication and information policy matters related to international meetings and treaty organizations.

Denise Whisenhunt was recently appointed as interim president of San Diego Community College District.

1998

Nicole Renee Tzetzo recently joined The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s executive management team. She will serve as its vice president of finance and administration.

Mark D. Sweet was announced as managing partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

1999

The Honorable Ada Clark-Edwards was recently appointed as a Prince George’s County District Court judge. Clark-Edwards is currently a prosecutor for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she focuses on family violence. Her previous experience includes serving as chief of the domestic violence unit from 2014–2015, leading her own criminal defense practice from 2004–2006, and working as a general practitioner for three years.

Mary Elliott served as the Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She helped research, conceptualize and design the “Slavery and Freedom” inaugural exhibition. She also contributed to the exhibition script, consulted with expert scholars, and identified and secured collection donations including the antebellum slave cabin that will be featured in the museum.

The Honorable Patricia E. Hurt was sworn in as an Administrative Law Judge by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman C. Bay on May 18, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Judge Hurt served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration, presiding first in Michigan and later in Virginia.

Greg Orlando has joined Baker & Hostetler LLP as a senior advisor on the Federal Policy team. Orlando brings more than 15 years of combined experience on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, advising federal policymakers from all branches of government in every sector of telecommunications policy.

Hugh Mundy has been awarded tenure by The John Marshall Law School’s Board of Trustees. Mundy joined John Marshall’s faculty in 2012. He has taught evidence, criminal law and lawyering skills. Mundy came to John Marshall after two years at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Florida where he was an assistant professor teaching lawyering skills and supervising the Criminal Justice Clinic.

2000

Merrell C. Cashion Jr. was appointed Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Holly Hawkins accepted the role as the SERC Reliability Corporation’s (SERC) General Counsel effective Oct. 17, 2016. Hawkins oversees the SERC legal team, provides strategic advice and counsel to the President and CEO, interface with NERC legal and regional legal representatives to develop new initiatives, review and advise on incoming FERC orders, among other duties and responsibilities consistent with the position.

Patricia Howard Fitzgerald was honored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at the 23rd annual Alumni-Student Reception. Fitzgerald was appointed as one of the three permanent Members of Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on July 2, 2012.

Alexander X. Jackins was recently added as a shareholder at the global law firm Greenberg Traurig Jackins. Jackins has more than 16 years of experience in real estate and general corporate matters, focuses his practice on representing real estate investors, developers, public agencies, and owners in the acquisition, development, and disposition of commercial real estate including office, retail, residential, and mixed-use development projects.

Thomas G. Southard has joined Thompson Hine LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner.

2001

Joshua Drewitz ’01 and Margaret McGuire ’02 welcomed their daughter, Eleanor Elizabeth Drewitz, on May 5, 2016.

Chris Johnson was named Volunteer Attorney of the Year by the New Jersey Pro Bono Partnership for his pro bono legal services given to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey.

Sarah Magruder Lyle was named president of Common Ground Alliance (CGA).

Cortney O’Toole Morgan is a partner at Husch Blackwell. She focuses her legal practice on the manufacturing, sourcing and movement of goods, services and technology across international borders. She advises foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of international trade regulation, planning and compliance, including customs, export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes, international trade agreements and preference programs.

2002

Collin M. Geiselman is the Trial Division Trainer for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. He was also named Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. Geiselman was elected President of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, with a term set for November 2016–November 2018.

Joshua Drewitz ’01 and Margaret McGuire ’02 welcomed their daughter, Eleanor Elizabeth Drewitz, on May 5, 2016.

Keeshea Turner Roberts was accepted into the D.C. Bar’s John Payton Leadership Academy Class of 2017. The John Payton Leadership Academy is an intensive training program for members who are interested in developing their leadership skills and learning more about the D.C. Bar and its leadership opportunities.

McLean B. Sieverding has joined Littler Mendelson P. C. as Special Counsel in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice. Sieverding focuses his practice on identifying and managing state, federal and international privacy and data security issues and risks for clients.

Joseph M. Ward was recently hired by CivicPoint, a Frost Brown Todd (FBT) subsidiary and government affairs firm. Ward served as deputy general counsel to Governor Joe Manchin III (2005-2007) and as the governor’s designee and chairman at the West Virginia Public Energy Authority.

2003

Jullian H. Brevard was recently promoted to Deputy Supervisor in the Juvenile Justice Bureau, Delinquency Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Megan Anne Stull was named a recipient of the Federal Communication Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2016. She also was elected by her peers to the position of Assistant Treasurer of the Federal Communication Bar Association.

Alison Watson, former director of federal relations at Northwestern Mutual in Washington, D.C., has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as a partner in the firm’s insurance practice.

John A. Zadrozny has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Director of Justice and Homeland Security Policy.

2004

Petula C. Metzler was appointed by the Virginia General Assembly to serve as the 31st Judicial District Judge in Prince Williams County General District Court. She is the first African-American invested to Prince William County’s General District Court and was recognized with an award from the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association.

Megan Montgomery is now the Executive Vice President of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of American, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Sean T. Morris was featured in the September 2016 issue of Washington Lawyer, which focused on the legal aspects of the restaurant business.

Eric B. Oxley, shareholder at Koley Jessen, has been named a 2016 “Emerging Leader” the The M&A Advisor. This award recognizes his significant level of success before the age of 40 as a legal advisor in the M&A industry in the United States. An independent panel of distinguished business leaders chose the winners from a pool of prominent nominees.

Kathryn Wenger Facchiano has been named Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-3rd District of Louisiana. Facchiano has most recently served as legislative director and general counsel for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. In that position she advised Sen. Paul on legislation, helped develop policy positions and legislative initiatives and monitored and supervised legislative staff members.

Robert J. Salzer has been named a partner at Bucks County family law firm Williams Family Law, P.C. Holding an LL.M in Taxation, Salzer focuses his practice on financially complex, high net worth family law matters, including divorce, alimony and spousal support, equitable distribution, child support and child custody, marital agreements, and more. He previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Bucks County District Attorney’s office and is an experienced trial attorney, making him a particularly effective matrimonial law and child custody litigator.

2005

Brendan T. Carr was appointed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as the Commission’s Acting General Counsel.

Brendan D. Delany has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Blank Rome LLP as a partner in the Finance, Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice group, advising clients in transactions related to energy finance, commercial real estate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Robert Duke was appointed General Counsel of The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, a national trade association of insurance companies licensed to write surety and fidelity bonds.

Michael R. Sachs was recently appointed the Chief of the Investigation Division at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

2006

Andrew P. Bremberg has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Kimberly A. Cook has been named a partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. Cook has built her family law practice by utilizing a modern approach, understanding the evolving nature of contemporary relationships and families.

Marie M. Huth recently was promoted to Assistant General Counsel for Investment Management and Administrative Law at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Honorable W. Geovanni Munoz currently serves as an administrative law judge (Deputy Commissioner) with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Davina Sashkin has been named an equity member of the boutique telecommunications, media and technology firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC.

Adam T. Teufel was named partner at Dechert LLP. Teufel regularly advises registered investment companies, their advisers and their boards of directors on a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters, such as the development and launch of new funds, regulatory compliance matters, fund governance issues, and fund/adviser reorganizations and acquisitions.

Sean M. Thompson recently returned from the Middle East where he served as the Chief of Operational and Intelligence law for U.S. Naval forces in the Middle East. He is am presently earning his LLM in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School and upon graduation in May, he’ll be returning to Hawai’i to serve as the Deputy Environmental Counsel for U.S. Pacific Fleet as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.

Ronald P. Whitworth was recently hired as the new Chief Privacy Officer of SunTrust in Atlanta, GA. He previously served in the same role for EverBank in Jacksonville, Fl. In addition to his duties as CPO, Whitworth will be tasked with managing SunTrust’s compliance teams for HR, Marketing, Finance and Information Security.

2007

Nathan R. Fennessy was recently named as a Director at Preti Flaherty. Fennessy is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Construction Law, and Government Affairs Groups and works in the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office. He previously practiced as an associate.

Ariel González is now Chief of Government Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association. He will serve as the senior legislative professional in developing, lobbying and representing the APA’s positions and objectives before Congress, the Administration and, in conjunction with the APA District Branches, with state governments. González will direct the legislative issues of importance to members, develop and implement a strategy for APA’s federal and state policies regarding mental illnesses, substance abuse and programs influencing psychiatry, and oversee activities of several APA components.

Justin P. Hedge was recently promoted to counsel at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. Hedge is a member of the Antitrust/Competition practice, based in the Washington, D.C ., office.

William J. Phelan IV was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities Appeal of Greater Philadelphia. For 2016 he was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Philadelphia Rising Star in the family law practice area and as one of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. He and his wife, Megan Phelan, also welcomed their first child, Benjamin Robert, on February 10, 2017. The family lives in Havertown, Penn.

Michael Saperstein is now the vice president of regulatory affairs at Frontier Communications in Washington, D.C.

Davina Sashkin has been named an equity member of the boutique telecommunications, media and technology firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC.

Daniel F. Smith was promoted to Counsel at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP. Smith’s practice focuses on international trade and intellectual property litigation. He represents clients on issues specific to the International Trade Commission, as well as on patent-related issues in Section 337 investigations and U.S. district court litigation. His litigation experience covers a broad range of technologies, including consumer electronics and accessories, mobile electronic devices and chipsets, semiconductors, and various mechanical devices.

Jonathan L. Stone has been recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine in its Rising Star edition in the area of “business litigation” for 2016. This is the third year in a row that Mr. Stone has been named to Rising Stars.

2008

Drew M. Derco is a newly elected member at the national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was also named to Super Lawyers’ 2017 Washington DC Rising Stars list.

Paul Gurzo is now a partner at Harrity & Harrity, LLP. Gurzo has a wide range of expertise in many aspects of U.S. patent law, including strategic counseling, preparing and prosecuting applications, and portfolio development and management. With almost fifteen years of patent law experience, Gurzo counsels clients, of all sizes, in electrical, computer hardware and software, and Internet technologies.

Stanley E. Woodward, President of the Alumni Council, and wife, Kristin L. McGough ‘08, also a Council member, gave birth to their second child William Bennett Woodward, on April 21, 2017 weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.

2009

John Delaney and Kerry Duffy were married on July 9, 2016, at the University Chapel of the University of Virginia. Rev. Professor Raymond C. O’Brien celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony and the Nuptial Mass that followed. The couple will resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

2010

Rachael M. Bender was appointed to the Office of the FCC Chairman as Acting Wireless Advisor. Bender will advise Chairman Pai on wireless and international issues.

Carmine G. Iaccarino was recently appointed Executive Director, Office of Legal Services for the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), The Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) was created in 1956 by the Kentucky General Assembly to supplement the benefits provided to government retirees by Social Security.

Laila E. Leigh has recently been hired by Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) as the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic’s Qualified Tax Expert. She first joined Columbus Community Legal Services in 2009 as a student where the three semesters she spent followed by a six-month post-graduate fellowship instilled a strong conviction in the efficacy and importance of clinical legal education and a commitment to social justice lawyering. Leigh says she is thrilled to return to CCLS as a supervising attorney.

Jennifer Pierotti Lim addressed the Democratic National Convention, on behalf of Republican Women for Hillary.

Alison Mathey was married on June 18, 2016 to Christopher Lambeth at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, VA, with a reception at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA. In attendance were bridesmaids Jennifer Pierotti Lim (class of 2010) and Chrystal Emmert Temaul (class of 2010), along with guests Meg McGinty (class of 2010), Luigi DeGuzman (class of 2010), Dana Brown (class of 2010), Lynn Brandau (class of 2010), Rebecca Sickenberger Goehner (class of 2010), Kaity Butler Rothstein (class of 2010), Zach Rothstein (class of 2010), and Stephanie Spear (class of 2011).

Rachel Sanford Nemeth recently joined the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Cartwright “Cart” Reilly has joined the finance and real estate section of Williams Mullen in Virginia Beach. Reilly spent more than five years as an associate at Wolcott Rivers Gates. She represents businesses, banks, individuals, and other clients in real estate, business transactions, and financing matters.

Diana Cole Suprenant now a partner at Adams and Reese in Louisiana. Suprenant is a member of the litigation practice group and the firm’s labor and employment, appellate, and pharmaceutical and medical device practice teams.

Alexis A. Zayas is now a Staff Director of the Office of Administrative Adjudication, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

2011

James Goodley was recently hired by Berger & Montague, Philadelphia office. Following law school, James worked at the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, focusing on ERISA issues, and then worked as a litigator at a well-known ERISA law firm.

Jennifer Fischer is an associate at Kelley, Drye, & Warren in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Melissa A. Hamann was recognized as “Top 40 Under 40” in the Hampton Roads Region by the City of Chesapeake, Virginia.

2012

Philip DeCastro and Erin Swift married on July 3, 2016 at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Leah Quaile and Chris S. Curran were married on June 11, 2016 in Leesburg, Virginia. Present at their wedding were other CUA Law alumni Justin Nazari ‘12, Jessica Sweeney ‘12, Jacqueline Kappler ‘12, and Chris Hall ‘12. Leah serves as treasurer to the CUA Law Alumni Council.

2013

Roger V. Abbott and his wife Maggie welcomed baby girl, Isabelle Christine, to the world on June 25, 2016.

Alex Kalim ‘14 married Geraldine McIntyre on June 18, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C.

Vanna R. Milligan has recently joined Middleton Reutlinger. She focuses on long term care and nursing home malpractice defense, including claims of negligence, abuse and neglect, violation of residents’ rights, breach of contract and wrongful death.

Malissa M. Tucker ‘16 and James L. Tucker welcomed their son, Shepard “Shep” Linville Tucker, on Dec. 11, 2016.

2014

Christopher M. Bohac has recently joined the Washington, D.C., office as an associate in the Real Estate and Transaction Finance practice.

Karey L. Hart has joined Hannon Law Group, LLP as an associate attorney.

Talon R. Hurst has joined Hannon Law Group, LLP as an associate attorney.

Alex Kalim married Geraldine McIntyre ‘13 on June 18, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C. Alison L. Nemeth was appointed to the Office of the FCC Chairman as Acting Media Advisor. Nemeth will advise Chairman Pai on media issues.

Kathryn E. Reusi is now Assistant Vice President and Counsel at Credit Suisse in New York. She works in the Asset Management division of the bank advising the Credit Investments Group.

2015

Raha Mokhtari is now Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. She previously served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael R. Pearson for the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County.

2016

Malissa M. Tucker and James L. Tucker ‘13 welcomed their son, Shepard “Shep” Linville Tucker, on Dec. 11, 2016.  

 

In Memoriam

1960

Don Greeley, of Arlington, Virgina passed away on April 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife Joan, his sons David and Michael, daughter Gayle Birch and grandchildren Amanda Greeley, Julia Birch, and Austin Birch as well as sisters Anna May Hirko, Barbara Damiami, and brother Jerry Greeley.

1962

Daniel J. Kelleher of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania passed away on Sept. 28, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anne Stulgis Kelleher.

1967

J. Brian Ferrel passed away in Stuart, Florida on July 21, 2016, surrounded by his family.

1969

Francis “Frank” X. Dee passed away on Dec. 14, 2016, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was a well-respected trial lawyer who loved sport fishing and making his family laugh.

1971

William J.P. Howard passed away on May 10, 2016. Beloved husband of forty years of Marilyn E. Howard; father of Katherine Anne Yi (Song) and William J.P. Howard III (Katie “KJ”); brother of May Lowry (Larry Fisher) and Kevin Howard; grandfather of Julia, Alexandra, Liam and Riley.

1972

William L. Murphy passed away on Dec. 8, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Maryann Murphy; devoted father of Matthew Murphy (Denise Fitzpatrick) and Brendan Murphy; loving grandfather of Hailey Zola, Evelyn Murphy, Seamus Murphy, Finn Murphy, and Liam Murphy; dear brother of the late John C. Murphy, also survived sister-in-law, Allison Murphy, and their loving family. Elvin “Ned” Sloan passed away in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 15, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-three years, Edith Barksdale Sloan ‘74, and his sisters, Willnetta Sloan and Marie Elizabeth Sloan.

1973

Former Fauquier County Judge H. Dudley Payne Jr., died Feb. 20, 2016, after a long illness. Payne was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served a combat tour in Vietnam.

1979

Marimichael O. Skubel passed away on Feb. 3, 2017. She was the wife of Stephen C. Skubel, Class of 1978. Following graduation, she joined the US Federal Trade Commission. She joined Kirkland & Ellis in 2001 as a partner and worked in the DC office Antitrust group. While at Kirkland, her practice primarily focused on merger clearance before the FTC, DOJ and State Attorneys General, and she provided support on antitrust litigation matters.

1981

Mary Anne Curtin passed away on Sept. 16, 2016. 1985 Thomas C. Mira of Narragansett, R.I., and Alexandria, Va., passed away suddenly March 27, 2016 at his home in Narragansett.

1990

Rick D. Rhodes of Jacksonville, North Carolina passed away on Dec. 28, 2016, at his home. Rhodes was a North Carolina native. He practiced law for more than 25 years in the areas of business and communications law. In his career, Rick engaged in private practice in two well-established Washington, D.C., firms. His clients ranged from small, closely-held businesses to major Fortune 500 companies.

1996

Tricia Marie Verhelle Brown passed away on Sept. 17, 2016. Her husband, Timothy Scott Brown and her son, Theodore Robert Brown, also passed away. She is survived by her son Timothy Patrick, her mother Patricia Verhelle, her brother Dr. Robert Verhelle, and her sister Michelle Verhelle.

FRIENDS OF THE LAW SCHOOL

Former ABA president Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, an “indefatigable champion of the rule of law,” died at the age of 72. Robinson was an active member of the ABA for more than 35 years. He served as ABA president in 2011-12 and as ABA treasurer in 2005-08. Robinson was a member of the ABA Board of Governors for 10 years and a member of the ABA House of Delegates for more than 30. He was chair of the ABA Standing Committee of the American Judicial System at the time of his death. Robinson graduated from Thomas More College and the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he is enshrined in its Alumni Hall of Fame.

Law School Dean: 1969 to 1975

E. Clinton Bamberger Jr., former CUA Law Dean who helped shape the practice of criminal and civil law in Maryland and across the nation over the past half-century, died Feb. 12, 2017, at Roland Park Place, Maryland. He was 90.

Bamberger spent most of his legal career fighting on behalf of disadvantaged people — particularly children poisoned by lead paint — and in 1963 his defense of a convicted murderer led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling for defendants’ rights.

He also helped create a national legal support system for low-income people and worked with lawyers in South Africa to assist black South Africans after apartheid ended in 1994. Bamberger was instrumental in the development of the Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS), one of the first clinical legal offices in the country. He was committed to the opening of the legal clinic in 1970, and over forty years later, CCLS has continued to expand the breadth and depth of legal services that is provided to low-income individuals.

Born in Baltimore on July 2, 1926, he was the son of investment banker E. Clinton Bamberger Sr., and his wife, Ann.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and was a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in 1951.

Professor Emeritus

Maxwell H. Bloomfield III, professor emeritus at the Columbus School of Law, passed away on April 21, 2017. He was born in Galveston, Texas. He graduated with distinction from Rice University, and received an LL.B degree in 1957 from Harvard Law School. After working for two years in Houston, he entered the graduate program in American history at Tulane University and received his Ph.D. degree in 1962. He taught history for four years at Ohio State University before joining the History Department at The Catholic University of America in 1966.

He accepted a joint appointment with the Columbus School of Law in 1985, and taught courses in American legal and constitutional history in the Law School. In 1998 he retired from full-time teaching.