The Catholic University of America
CUA Law Class Notes 2017–2018

  

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This edition of Class Notes was started in May 2017.  Clicking on any of the years listed below will take you directly to listings for that year.

 

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In Memoriam

 
 

Kathleen M. Kundar authored a chapter that appears in International Aspects of U.S. Litigation, a two volume set recently published by the American Bar Association. Kundar’s chapter is entitled “Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel a/k/a Claim Preclusion and Issue Preclusion.” It focuses on the finality of judgments, and how and when U.S. courts preclude relitigation of adjudicated claims and issues decided in courts outside the U.S. The chapter reflects Kundar’s extensive and successful involvement in cross border business litigation for her law firm, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP, New York City.

Kundar served as a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, 2013-2016.

Ron Merolli, who lives in Northfield Falls, Vt., retired in 2010 from National Life Group in Montpelier, Vt. He is currently adjunct professor at Norwich University, the Nation's oldest private military college, teaching Professional Responsibility to Architecture graduate students. He also teaches Taxation and Personal Financial Literacy to undergraduates.

1980

Mary Anne Gibbons
has been appointed to the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board.

U. S. District Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr.
 delivered the commencement address for the May 20, 2017 commencement exercises for DeSales University and was awarded an honorary L.L.D. degree. Judge Leeson is the father of two CUA graduates - Robert P. Leeson (B.M.E. 2016) and Patricia A. Leeson (J.D. 2017).

1983

Kathleen Abernathy Wilkinson is returning to Wilkinson Barker Knauer. Abernathy’s unmatched combination of top-level government and corporate experience makes her uniquely suited to counsel WBK’s clients throughout the media, communications, energy, and technology sectors. Abernathy will provide strategic guidance on business, legal, and policy issues, navigating the firm’s clients through a fast-changing regulatory environment, both domestically and around the world.

1989

 

Jack Kalavritinos was named the Associate Administrator of the FDA for External Affairs.
He served on the Presidential Transition after the November 2016 election and also on the “Beachhead Team” at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

1990

Julie A. Bowen has been promoted to Senior Vice President at the MITRE Corporation.

 

1991

Gregory R. Faulkner has accepted a fellowship with the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA.) Faulkner has served as local, national, and international counsel in all aspects of construction law for over 25 years.

Amy Pfeiffer was featured in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America.











1996

Andrew K. "Drew" Maloney was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Legislative Affairs.

1997

Jennifer S. Lubinski has joined the Heyman Firm as a Principal, where she practices in the areas of employment, business, and family law litigation. Additionally, Ms. Lubinski will attend the Writers Workshop at The Kenyon Review during the summer of 2017.

Lee G. Petro was elected to serve as President-Elect of the Federal Communications Bar Association, taking office in July 2017. Lee will serve as President of the FCBA from July 2018 to June 2019. Previously, Lee served as an officer of the FCBA's Executive Committee for four years.

1998


Julie Kearney, vice president of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), was elected president of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). Formed in 1936, the FCBA is a voluntary bar and it is the leading organization for communications lawyers and other professionals.
 

1999

Shannon M. Heim has joined Moss & Barnett’s regulated industries and communications law teams.
 

2000

Matthew R. Keller and his wife Suzy had a daughter on April 21, 2017. Her name is Juliette Ryan Keller.

 

2001

Travis P. Nelson was elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Banking Law Section.

Nelson represents financial institutions and their directors and officers, in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and litigation, and is also Co-Chair of Reed Smith’s Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions Group.

2002

Keeshea Turner Roberts, former managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (D.C.), has jointed D.C. Law Students in Court (LSIC) as a supervising attorney and adjunct clinical law professor in LSIC’s criminal law division.

2003

Tammy T. Nguyen-O'Dowd was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as judge of the Superior Court. Nguyen-O'Dowd is currently is an assistant attorney general, representing the Connecticut Department of Children and Families in child abuse and neglect proceedings before the Superior and Appellate Courts and in administrative appeals. Born in Vietnam, she is a member of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. 

 2004

Matthew D. Rak was promoted to Equity Member at Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC. Rak’s practice centers on counseling business owners and their families to create succession plans.

Armstrong M. Robinson
has joined the AALU as Vice President of Legislative Affairs. In his new position, Robinson will play a primary role in helping lead AALU’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, with a focus on House and Senate Republican policymakers.

Robert J. Salzer has co-authored a book designed to help anyone considering or in the midst of a divorce identify and overcome common obstacles to as smooth a resolution as possible. Entitled “Stress-Free Divorce,” the book is structured as a series of conversations with leading divorce professionals. Salzer contributed a chapter to the book, which is available in paperback and on Kindle through Amazon.  

2005

Brendan Carr was confirmed by the U.S. Senator to be a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission.

Craig W. Trainor
was selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

 

2006

David J. Redl was appointed by President Trump to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the Department of Commerce.

John Nader has joined McGlinchey Stafford's Washington, DC office as of counsel in the Commercial Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation groups. He represents financial institutions and servicers in mortgage- and consumer lending-based financial services litigation in state and federal courts and regularly counsels clients on compliance issues.

2007

Jeoyuh Lin has joined Harness Dickey in the firm’s Metro Detroit office. in is a former Patent Examiner and Judicial Intern with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also served most recently as in-house counsel to an automotive supplier in Nagoya, Japan.
counsel to an automotive supplier in Nagoya, Japan.

2008

Katherine E. Acuff was named Associate Vice President for Advancement at Tulane University.

Meredith Swartz
was named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer and will be profiled in the publication's June 13, 2017 supplement. The 32 winners were selected by a six-member judging panel comprising evaluators from across the state and legal profession. She was also recently listed as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's "25 Young Lawyers on the Rise," which profiled the City's notable millennial attorneys.

Swartz is is now a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, Pa.

2010

Tara Giunta was recently profiled in an article entitled "Global Risk, Wrapped In Complexity For Many Companies," in Forbes Magazine. Giunta is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Paul Hastings LLP, is a Vice Chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice and Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative.

Matthew R. Keller and his wife Suzy had a daughter on April 21, 2017. Her name is Juliette Ryan Keller.

 



 
Alexis "Ali" Zayas and her husband Richard welcomed Sofia Grace Zayason July 28, 2017, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz






 

 

 

2012

Leah Quaile Curran was promoted from Staff Attorney to Managing Attorney of the Family Law Unit at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington D.C.

William J. Haun will join the antitrust and litigation practices of Shearman & Sterling LLP in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. There, he will rejoin a number of his former partners from Hunton & Williams LLP that recently moved to Shearman.

Evan Shanley has been elected to the Rhode Island State Legislature (24th district).

2013

Alexander L. Harisiadis joined the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland as an Assistant Attorney General to the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. 

 

2015

DeCarlo S. McLaren (LLM graduate), Special Counsel in the Office of Clearance and Settlement, Division of Trading and Markets and his team received the Jay Manning Award.

 

2016

Brady P. Gleason is a law clerk position in Judge Joseph Goodwin's chambers at the Southern District of West Virginia for the 2017-2018 term.

Alyson Parker Kierzewski will start her new position as an associate at Karpinski, Colearesi & Karp, P.A. in Baltimore, Md. in the fall.

Daniel Lechner is now an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Md.

 

2017

Debbie K. Chu has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of The Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Her article, "The Future of the Compulsory License: Tick Tock and It's Time to Eliminate It," was part of our Student Scholars Series presentations last year and was also selected third prize winner in The University of New Hampshire's Intellectual Property Article Contest.

In Memoriam

1964

Frank J. Danyi, Jr., 81, of Palmer Township, Pa., passed away July 21, 2017.