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In Memoriam


Bill Sondericker
, celebrated last year his 93rd birthday, 65th anniversary of graduation and also with Mary Gene (Voss) of marriage. Sondericker is a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York since joining the firm in 1991, after 40 years with the Olwine Connelly Chase. He served in the U.S. Navy Pacific Theater 1942-46, was a member of the CUA Law varsity basketball team 1948-50, Comment Editor of the Law Review 1951-52 and received the University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 under the aegis of University President, William J. Byron, S.J.


Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s judicial portrait was presented to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Michael A. Caldwell was sworn in as an Executive Board Member and Parliamentarian of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).


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.

Peter Enrique Quijano received the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit. He was presented with the award by Judge Denny Chin at a special ceremony at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in New York on September 26, 2017.


Ernest W. "Ernie" DuBester was recently re-nominated as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Roberta Liebenberg was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as Co-Chair of the ABA's Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law. It held a National Summit at Harvard Law School on November 8, 2017 that examined the reasons for the disproportionately high rate of attrition of senior women lawyers from the profession and formulated best practices to ensure their retention. Liebenberg is a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, and focuses her practice on antitrust litigation, class actions, and white collar criminal matters.


William T. Newman Jr.
is starred as the lead character in “The Gospel at Colonus.”

James P. Ulwick, principal at the full service law firm Kramon & Graham, has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers 2018 for his work in Business Litigation, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation.



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).


Eric Bernard recently competed in eight track & field events [hammer, shot, discus, javelin, 50 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter sprints] representing New Hampshire at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL.  Best finish, 7th place in hammer throw.

When not hurling heavy objects, he continues to defend workers’ compensation and tort claims.

Naomi Churchill Earp was nominated as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Adrien Waller Helm borrowed regalia from the Development and Alumni Relations Office for the Convocation at the 50th reunion of her graduation from Mills College in Oakland, California. Helm, who practiced in Washington, D.C. and Florida is now retired. She expressed her gratitude to CUA for assuring she was properly "decked out" for this once in a lifetime event.

Kathleen Abernathy Wilkinso
n 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.

Abernathy is also on the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, Federal Communications Commission.

John Adam Wasowicz is the author of Daingerfield Island. The new book features an attorney and former Alexandria prosecutor named Elmo Katz who represents a man accused of murdering a Congressional aide on Daingerfield Island, just south of Reagan National Airport.

Patrice S. O’Brien participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense. Patrice was nominated for participation in the program by Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, Pa.


John J. Siemietkowski
, a Justice Department trial lawyer in D.C., served as an Army JAG Colonel and strategic leader of an international coalition advising the Afghan Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) from October 2016 to September 2017.


Brian J. Moran was appointed as Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.



Linda Carlozzi has been selected for inclusion on the 2018 list Leading Women Lawyers in New York City published by Crain's New York Business.


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. 

John Ring was nominated to the National Labor Relations Board.



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

Ellen Rattigan Jessen is a Domestic Relations Hearing Officer with the 12th Judicial District Court in New Mexico. 


Patrick T. Clendenen
has been named Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Business Law Section, as well as editor in chief of Volume 73 of The Business Lawyer, the Section’s highly regarded law review.

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.



Gordon P. Giampietro
will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


Beth Haddock, of Warburton Advisers, the boutique firm for governance and compliance solutions, participated in a ForbesBooks Radio in Podcasts.

William H. Hoch III was ranked in the Top 10 Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2017 list.


Alexandra Dapolito Dunn presented a 2017 ECOS State Program Innovation Award to DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) Director Thomas C. Wells (1991). The award recognizes DOEE's successful green workforce programs: Solar Works DC, The Green Zone Environmental Program, and River Corps.

D. Michael Lyles was featured in the Washington Post.


Michael C. Mcgarrity was named the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. McGarrity most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.


William D. Duhnke III was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

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


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.

Richard Poulson was selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

S. Jenell Trigg received Dialogue on Diversity’s “Diversity Award” on September 15, 2017. Trigg was honored for her pro bono work with the organization, and her generous service to the law, economy, and the field of privacy and data security.


Lisa Carreño was awarded the North Bay Business Journal’s Latino Business Leadership Award.

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.


Cory M. Chandler was recommended for a D.C. Superior Court vacancy.

Sean Connolly
announced that he is running for Governor of Connecticut.

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


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



Peter J. Carman is currently in his 16th year of practice. In 2013, he opened the Law Office of Peter J. Carman, S.C. in Appleton, Wis, continuing his civil personal injury defense work and expanding his practice into plaintiff’s personal injury and employee worker’s compensation representation.

Christopher M. Candon has been named to Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green’s management team.

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.


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.


Conrad DeWitte was promoted to Assistant Director of the Intellectual Property Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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. 

Chris Netram joined the national Association of Manufacturers as the Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy. He was featured in The Hill regarding his position.

Netram has been a lecturer at the Law School since 2014.

M. Sean Ruff has been elected to partner at global law firm Morrison & Foerster, as a member of the Financial Services Group and co-head of the FinTech Group. He is based in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office.


AnnaLisa Nash has been named the new General Counsel for Border States Electric. In this role, she will be responsible for leading and developing the corporate legal strategy for the Company, as well as providing legal counsel, advice, and oversight to the Board of Directors and employee owners in complex aspects of the business.

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.  


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

Amanda Makki
is now a partner at K & L Gates LLP, in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on health care legislative and regulatory issues and advocacy including drug pricing, health care provider payment and audit issues, and medical device reimbursement, Medicare Part D, and federal appropriations for public health care programs.

Makki is engaged in the firm’s pro bono efforts providing counsel and assistance through Legal Counsel for the Elderly, a leading provider of free legal services, as well as TERRIFIC Inc., an organization that provides food, shelter and healthcare services to Washington, D.C. senior citizens.

Jessica A. Springsteen
was named the "Next Generation Lawyer" by The Legal 500.

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



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.


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.

Judith E. Pipe was recommended for a D.C. Superior Court vacancy.

Rudy Rouhana co-authored a book entitled Fintech: Growth and Deregulation.


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

Maureen S. Lawrence
, attorney at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, has been elected a shareholder of the firm.

Rebecca Magnone
was recognized at the Attorney General's 65th Annual Awards Ceremony where she received a John Marshall Award.  The John Marshall Awards are the Department of Justice's highest awards offered to attorneys, for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance.  She received the award for "Support of Litigation.”

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.


Aliza G. Carrano
is now a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

Jeffery Langer
, Ph.D., joined Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Alexandria, Va.

Matt Peurach
is now partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. 


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.


Cartwright “Cart” Rixey Reilly has been named to the 2017 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The awards program, which is in its second year, recognizes top attorneys within their first 10 years of practice.

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




Yanbin Xu is now a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.




Noah Cherry
joined SES Networks (formerly O3b Networks) as Regulatory Counsel. He will be working on U.S., international and maritime regulatory issues for SES, a global satellite telecommunications company. Noah was formerly an associate in Hogan Lovells' telecommunications regulatory group.

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.

Jacqueline "Jacqui" Kappler
is now Legislative Director at the Office of Representative Hank Johnson.

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

Rebecca Whitaker joined North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission staff as Policy & Research Associate.


Connie Boutsikaris joined the copyright/trademark practice group of Morgan Lewis & Bockius as an associate.

Michael Ellement
joined the law firm of Bernabei & Kabat where he practices plaintiff side employment law and civil rights litigation.

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. 


Petar Dimtchev filed to run as an independent to challenge Mary Cheh for the Ward 3 District of Columbia Council seat.

Gabriele Ulbig
joined Hannon Law Group, LLP as an associate attorney. 


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.



Caitlin Conroy '16, Daniel Horner '15, Benjamin Williams '14, Christian Curran '11, Matthew Keller '10, Andres Crosetto '06, Anne Donahue '97, Michael Francesconi '97, Scott Flesch '97, Alexander Brittin '84, and Bill Walsh '68 participated in the ABA Public Contract Law Section's Federal Procurement Institute in Annapolis Md.

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.



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.

Jack Vivian will be clerking for Judge David Sentelle (D.C. Cir.) after he finishes his clerkship with Judge Titus.



Michael J. Keller joined the firm of Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP.  HKF currently has offices in Palo Alto, California, Washington, D.C.  Michael J. Keller practices intellectual property law, primarily in the life sciences with 26 years of patent prosecution and transactional experience. 

Edgar Asebey joined the firm of Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP.  Mr. Asebey was a Life Sciences partner at Jones Day. Early in his career, Mr. Asebey worked as a patent and licensing advisor at the National Cancer Institute at NIH. After leaving the NCI, Mr. Asebey founded and was CEO of a drug discovery company. He holds a B.A. from The University of Chicago and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is admitted to practice in Florida and D C.

In Memoriam


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


Jim Gallagher, 79,  a resident of Mercer Island, Washington and Tucson, Ariz., passed away on November 5, 2017.


Ollie P. Anderson, Jr., 79, of Fort Washington, Maryland passed away on Dec. 14, 2016.


Evan van Regenmorter, 46, passed away on Oct. 29, 2017.