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 First year students help to clean up Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., as part of Service Day on Aug. 20, 2010. More than 90 students participated in volunteer efforts that ranged from environmental cleanup to visiting residents of an area nursing home.


Class News
September, 2010

Anthony J. Montalbano was honored with the Rhode Island Bar Association 2010 Joseph T. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award. The award recognizes lawyers who have “significantly contributed to the profession and/or the community, and those who, with their excellent counsel, have excelled as mentors and contributed to the ideals of ethics, civility, professionalism and legal skills.” Montalbano works for Mortgage Guarantee & Title Company in East Providence and teaches real estate conveyance at Roger Williams University.

Hon. John C. Holmes (retired) has spent much of the past three years lecturing on constitutional law and American history in Bulgaria, Russia and Poland.

Timothy C. Moynahan attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the opening of the fourth office of his firm, Moynahan and Minella, on May 12, 2010. The newest location is in Milford, CT. Other branches of the firm are located in Waterbury, Southport and Hartford. Among his many civic and legal achievements, Moynahan is chairman of the board of directors, The Robert C. Gallo Foundation for Aids and Cancer Research.

Hon. Joseph M. Quirk was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to serve on Montgomery County Circuit Court to fill a judgeship newly created by the General Assembly. Quirk has practiced civil and criminal law in Rockville for over 35 years. He has litigated approximately 400 jury trials, mainly in Montgomery County courts. Since 1994, Quirk has specialized in family law. In 2005, he received the Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society for outstanding contribution to the Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Charities.  

Kenneth M. Trombly
, a partner in the firm of Schultz & Trombly, PLLC, was awarded the 2010 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award by the Trial Lawyers Association for the D.C. Metropolitan Area at its May 8, 2010 annual awards banquet.


Peter Enrique Quijano
is currently lead counsel for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in U.S. v. Ghailani. The defendant is charged with participating in the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa in 1998 and is the first alleged al-Qaeda terrorist brought to the U.S. from Guantanamo Bay for trial. The trial is scheduled for September.    

Malcolm C. Young
was among 18 lawyers, advocates, and journalists named as a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow. The awardees were selected for their achievements in tackling issues including racial profiling, federal immigration enforcement, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Young, employed with the Bluhm Legal Clinic at the Northwestern University School of Law, has concentrated his efforts on a project that aims to increase job opportunities for formerly incarcerated people. The eighteen Soros Justice Fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000 to $108,750 for each of seventeen projects lasting 12 to 18 months.


Ernest W. DuBester
was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, 2009 to be a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term ending in July 2012. He was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama. DuBester previously served as chairman and member of the National Mediation Board from 1993-2001.
Hon. Ronald H. Jarashow
was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to serve on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court fill a judgeship newly created by the General Assembly. Jarashow practices civil and criminal law with the firm of Franch, Jarashow & Smith, P.A. He has a diverse trial and business law practice, handling corporate, employment, personal injury, family law, and administrative law matters. He is a volunteer mediator in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, and he also serves on the character committee of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners. 

Roberta D. Liebenberg,
a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black was honored as one of Pennsylvania's "Women of Distinction" by The Legal Intelligencer.  Liebenberg concentrates her practice in the areas of antitrust, complex commercial litigation and class actions.  She is the current chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Liebenberg is also the author of "Payday Equality," published in the May, 2010 ABA Journal. Liebenberg has been selected as a Visionary Delegate to Vision 2020’s Congress Focuses on Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality. Vision 2020 is a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. Liebenberg was one of two women chosen to represent Pennsylvania.1976.

Hon. Peggy A. Quince, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, was featured on the cover of the July 2010 ABA Journal. Quince and other chief justices of southern state supreme courts were profiled for an article, “Tipping the Scales – How Southern Women are Remaking the Face of Justice.”


Christopher G. FitzPatrick
has joined the New York City office of Smith Gambrell & Russell as counsel. He was formerly a partner with Kelly Drye.  FitzPatrick has experience in contract, class action and products liability litigation, Lanham Act false advertising cases and other business litigation, and has led licensing and acquisition efforts for medical device, pharmaceutical, food and consumer goods companies. He held positions with Novartis Consumer Health Division as senior vice president and general counsel; CIBA Vision Corporation as global vice president and general counsel; and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as deputy commissioner and general counsel.

William J. O'Connor II 
is a candidate for judge in the 13th Judicial District of Montana. O’Connor and his wife, Teresa McCann O'Connor, 1981, reside in Billings.         


Katherine Schroeher Clare 
retired from Johnson & Johnson after 23 years in its law department, where she headed the regulatory practice group for fourteen years. Schroeher also managed the company’s law department in Europe for a few years, and most recently served as its chief compliance officer. Today, she has literally "bought the farm," and is raising vegetables for local food pantries. “Retirement, I can report, is better for your health than manning a desk,” she says. 



Daniel J. Donohue
has joined Husch Blackwell Sanders as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Donohue represents clients with federal and state government contracts and commercial contracts for services, supplies and construction. He advises clients on contract compliance issues and litigates claims and disputes. He represents clients in contract negotiations, bid protests, contract performance disputes and payment issues concerning government and commercial contracts.  

Maureen E. Dwyer
has joined Goulston & Storrs. Dwyer, formerly the co-chair of the land use group at Pillsbury, said in a news release that Goulston's size, scope of services and experiences better matched her clients, particularly universities. Dwyer's clients include Georgetown, George Washington, American, Catholic, Trinity universities and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Joan L. Kutcher
has been promoted to of counsel within the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP. She is a senior member of Covington’s government affairs practice group and has more than 20 years of experience advising clients before Congress and regulatory agencies.  Drawing on nearly a decade of experience as Washington counsel to the State of New York, Kutcher provides corporate clients, trade associations, and state governments comprehensive advice regarding strategy, policy development, and legislative procedure on a broad range of areas, including health care, intellectual property, government contracts, and insurance.



Lynn L. Bergeson
was the subject of a profile in Law360’s “Most Admired Attorneys” series, published on Aug. 30, 2010. She is a partner in Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., and a Washington, D.C. law firm focusing on industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemicals and medical device, product approval and regulation, product defense, and associated business issues. The five page article about Bergeron was based on nominations she received from fellow attorneys who named peers they most respected. Bergeson is a past chair of the ABA’s environmental law section.

Karen K. Solomon was named as deputy chief counsel with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In her new role, Solomon oversees three divisions in the law department: legislative and regulatory activities, bank activities and structure, and securities and corporate practices. Solomon joined the OCC in 1995 as a special counsel. She next served as assistant director of the legislative and regulatory activities division and was promoted to director in 1996.

Hon. Joseph D. Marino
has been reappointed to the State Advisory Council on Children and Families by Connecticut’s Gov. M. Jodi Rell. The council makes recommendations to the state regarding programs, legislation or other matters aimed at improving services for children and youth. Marino has served as judge of probate for the District of Middletown since 1986, representing over 70,000 residents of Middletown, Cromwell, Durham and Middlefield.

Lisa M. Mezzetti
was the winner of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award for 2009. The annual award is named for one of the founders of The International Alliance for Women. Mezzetti’s long affiliation with the group includes turns as its treasurer, vice president of sponsorship and resource development, as well as 14 years of service on its board of directors. Mezzetti is a partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington, D.C.


Burke M. Wong left the national security division of the Justice Department to accept a two-year appointment as the force counsel for legal and treaty Affairs, Multinational Force and Observers. The Multinational Force and Observers is an independent international organization headquartered in Rome with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. 



Jill A. Weller
has been recognized in the 2010 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars list, which was published in the January 2010 issues of Super Lawyers, (corporate counsel edition) and Cincinnati Magazine. Ohio Super Lawyers is a comprehensive listing of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 areas of practice. Each attorney listed in Ohio Super Lawyers has been chosen by their peers as being among the best in their profession. Weller is a partner within the environmental practice at Cincinnati-based Keating Muething & Klekamp.



Michael J. Bittman
was recently recognized as among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. The distinction honors attorneys in the state of Florida who have been voted by their peers as being the state’s legal readers. Bittman is with the health practice of GrayRobinson in Orlando, FL.

Michael J. Missal, a K&L Gates’ policy-regulatory practice co-chair, was quoted in the Jan. 7, 2010 edition of the online newsletter Legal Bisnow about his firm’s new Global Government Solutions initiative, an effort across dozens of practice groups in 33 offices worldwide that they’re leading to spotlight their readiness to help companies benefit from (or at least survive) dramatic increases in government regulation, stimulus, and enforcement. 

Sandra H. Robinson was among eight highly successful professionals to be honored with the 2010 Catholic University Alumni Achievement Award. The luncheon ceremony was held on April 17, 2010 on the CUA campus. Robinson, a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Jack H. Olender & Associates, was honored in 2003 as a "Star of the Bar" by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia for her outstanding skills as a trial lawyer and her service to the community. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and was recently honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and one of the Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine.


James S. Fry was awarded the 2010-11 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Fry is the coordinator of Champlain College’s Para-Legal Studies Program. The Lyman Professorship is presented to a senior faculty member who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and college committees

Roberto Iraola is the author of “Contradictions, Explanations, and the Probable Cause Determination at a Foreign Extradition Hearing,” published at 60 Syracuse L.Rev.95 (2009-2010). Iraola is a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Hung T. Nguyen was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. The council advises the President on labor-management relations in the executive branch.  


Hon. Milton C. Lee Jr. has been nominated by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The nomination was sent to the U.S. Senate on January 20. Lee will fill the seat vacated by retired Associate Judge Jerry S. Byrd. Since his appointment in 1997, Lee has served as a magistrate judge in the criminal and civil divisions of the Superior Court. He is currently assigned to the family court, and he also presides over the Fathering Court Initiative, a treatment-oriented approach to reuniting children with their noncustodial parents recently released from prison.

Gregory L. Walsh left the practice of law after a career a civil litigation attorney and has been a social studies teacher in Falls Church High School since 2003. He was the subject of a story posted to the Department of Education’s Web site, “Attorney Lays Down the Law to Teach.”


Paul H. Schieber was a presenter at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s RESPA Ready 2010 Compliance Workshops, held on different dates in Denver and Philadelphia. Schieber reviewed new regulation implementation and business issues faced by lenders and loan investors in connection with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act disclosure rule, which took effect January 1, 2010. Schieber is a shareholder with Stevens & Lee, where he represents banks, thrifts, credit unions, mortgage companies, finance companies and other financial services providers across the country, with particular focus on consumer finance, regulatory compliance and litigation defense matters. 


Bonnie L. Booden announces the addition of mediation services to her family law practice. Booden is principal of Bonnie L. Booden, Attorney at Law, P.C., located in Phoenix, AZ.

Hon. J. Christopher Kervick was elected Judge of Probate, district of Windsor Locks, CT., on Dec. 9, 2009.  He has been engaged in the general practice of law in Windsor Locks since 1987.


Richard E. Ramsey has been inducted as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Board certification through the NBTA is a rigorous approval process that officially recognizes the extensive education and courtroom experience of the attorney. Ramsey is senior partner with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy and Ford P.A. of Miami, FL. He has over 23 years experience focusing on complex litigation involving medical malpractice, professional malpractice, products liability, construction, insurance and nursing home defense.


Linda R. Carlozzi, a partner with Jackson Lewis LLP in New York City, has been appointed to the 2010 board of directors for the Human Resources Association of New York. She also serves as chairperson of the HR/NY Employee and Labor Relations Committee.

Hilary S. Cairnie has joined Baker Hostetler as a partner in Washington, D.C. He focuses on government contracts law, including contract formation, performance, administration and enforcement. Previously, he was of counsel to Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Thomas W. Forrest has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Forrest serves as Joint Force Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the Joint Force Headquarters-D.C. National Guard Staff Judge Advocate Office in Washington, D.C.


Henry E. Hockeimer Jr. was the subject of a profile in the May 25, 2010 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article, “Point Man in Probe of Court Conflict,” focused on the challenges of his role as leader of an ethics review that may involve members of the firm that employs him.

Hon. Laura S. Kaufman Kiessling
was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to serve on the circuit court of Anne Arundel County. She fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael E. Loney.

John E. McCarthy Jr. has been promoted to partner in the government contracts practice within the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring.

Carol "Jodie" Breece opened a solo practice in Miami, FL in 2009. She earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation in January, 2010.

Maureen Donohue Feinroth is an associate partner at IBM specializing in data privacy and information management. She has recently completed a study for the US Department of Education on privacy of student records and data protections in longitudinal data studies. Maureen and Mark Feinroth have two daughters, Annie and Caroline.


Karen T. Grisez was quoted in the July, 2010 issue of ABA Journal for an article, “Immigration Rx,” in which she spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Grisez is public service counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C., and chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration.


Charles "Chuck" M.  Asmar and John J. McKenna are partners at Asmar, Schor & McKenna. Launched in early 2010, the new firm’s practice areas include construction, litigation, government contracts, homebuilding, commercial leasing and real estate. 
James M. Eisenmann was appointed general counsel to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board effective Jan. 4, 2010. 
Francis X. “Frank” Fortunato has earned a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in European Medieval and Ancient Studies. His interest in the subject was kindled in law school, when the origins of tort, contract and property law were discussed. Fortunato resides in New Jersey and is the chief executive officer of CATEX. 

James J. Tenn, Jr.
presided over the New Hampshire Bar Association's annual midyear membership meeting in mid-February. Tenn is president of the state’s bar association. Retired United States Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter was the keynote speaker on Feb. 12. 

Cheryl K. Graham opened The Law Offices of Cheryl K. Graham in January, 2010. Her practice is located in Leesburg, VA. Graham is the married mother of three children.

Marc Kaufman has joined the intellectual property practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Reed Smith LLP. He was formerly with Nixon Peabody. Kaufman specializes in developing structured procedures for defining and executing intellectual property strategies that are aligned with clients' overall business strategies. Intellectual Asset Management magazine named Kaufman to its “IAM 250 - A Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists” in 2009 and 2010. 

Sarah A. Robichaud was appointed as a special assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Her article, “Considering Innovative Alternatives to Handling Cases of Adults with Special Conditions under the Social Security Act,” was published in the fall, 2009 issue of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. While in law school, Robichaud was the editor-in-chief and contributing student author for Vol. 41 of the Catholic University Law Review.   


Nancy C. Andrade was profiled in the legal blog Above the Law on Jan. 6, 2010 in the story “Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Tamale Maker.” The article traced Andrade’s career evolution from derivatives attorney to starting a family tamale-making business called Mexifeast. The tamales are sold at Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Jewel.
Kimberley A. Borna has been named as the chief executive officer of The Center for Children for Young Adults, a Georgia-based shelter dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment with comprehensive services for children and young adults who are abused, neglected or at risk. Borna is responsible for the day-to-day operations and fundraising. Borna was previously the executive director for the Juvenile Justice Fund, a non-profit organization at Fulton County Juvenile Court. The winner of numerous citations for her work as a children’s advocate, Borna began her career by helping found and establish the DC Children's Advocacy Center, also known as Safe Shores. She resides in Woodstock, Georgia with her husband David and 4 year-old daughter Baileigh. Borna and her husband recently became foster parents in Cherokee County.

Noel H. Symons has joined McGuire-Woods in Washington as a partner advising clients on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission compliance matters. Previously, he was counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

Vytas V. Vergeer was a co-recipient of the 2010 Jerrold Scoutt Prize, awarded by The District of Columbia Bar Foundation. The prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia; has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients; and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf. Vergeer has been the legal clinic director at Bread for the City since 2000, after beginning his career with the organization six years earlier.



Catherine V. Beane has been appointed the interim director of law school advocacy and outreach for Equal Justice Works. Beane has experience in managing legal projects, most recently as the project director of Behind the Cycle Project, a national, multi-disciplinary network of organization addressing the interrelated social and economic issues that fuel cycles of intergenerational incarceration, particularly in low income communities and communities of color.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the co-author of “Environmental Dispute Resolution in the Law School Curriculum,” 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 41-60 (2009-2010). Dunn is assistant dean of environmental law programs and an adjunct professor of law at Pace University School of Law Center for Environmental Legal Studies.

Annick S. Lenoir-Peek is an assistant appellate defender who represents indigent parents before the N.C. appellate courts. She and her husband, William, are the parents of two sons, Kyle, 14, and Bryce, 12.

Edward J. O’Connell III has been promoted to equity partner in Whiteford, Taylor and Preston’s Falls Church, Va. office. O’Connell chairs the community association practice group. He focuses on the formation and creation of such associations and related issues. 


Marianne T. Caulfield has joined Blank Rome LLP’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the firm’s financial services group. She specializes in loan trading; serving financial institutions, investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds in the secondary loan trading market. Caulfield is a corporate attorney with more than 25 years of combined legal and business experience. She represents investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other entities in loan and claims trading, collateralized debt obligation (CDO) and loan portfolio transactions, and related matters.

Brian M. Pinheiro was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes professional excellence and outstanding community involvement. Pinheiro is the partner in charge of Ballard Spahr’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice. He advises corporations and nonprofit organizations nationwide on matters relating to regulatory compliance, taxation, and employee benefit programs. He will be honored by the Journal during its annual awards banquet on May 18, 2010.  


Maribeth Raffinan was nominated by President Barack Obama to Superior Court of the District of Columbia on July 28, 2010. Raffinan is a supervising attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she has represented indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses since 1999. Prior to joining the Public Defender Service, Raffinan worked in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia.



Nicholle E. Allen-Steele has been elected to partner with the Charlotte, NC-based firm of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. Allen-Steele is a member of the real estate and commercial development group in the Raleigh office, focusing her practice on commercial real estate transactions involving acquisitions and sales, development, financing and office and retail leasing.


Elizabeth A. Banker has joined Zwillinger Genetski as counsel. Banker was associate general counsel at Yahoo! Inc., where she oversaw the company’s global policies for responding to user information requests from law enforcement and civil plaintiffs, among other matters.

Patricia M. Chuh has been promoted to partner at the Washington. D.C.,  office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer. Chuh has extensive experience in all aspects of broadcast regulation and policy matters.

C. Michael "Mike" Wendy has joined the Progress & Freedom Foundation as vice president of press and external affairs, where he will work to communicate PFF's tech policy expertise to new and growing audiences worldwide. Wendy previously served as director of public affairs for the Computing Technology Industry Association. The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy.

Michelle Ciszak Pardo
was elected to the partnership at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Dec., 2009. She practices civil litigation in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. 

Joycelyn Y. Tate is the host of Telecom Talk on the im4Radio Broadcasting Network. Telecom Talk is an Internet radio segment that focuses on technology and telecommunications issues and can be heard on Fridays at 11:30am EST at www.rocktheflow.com. 


John A. Gibbons
has been elevated to partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Dickstein Shapiro. Gibbons is a partner in the insurance coverage practice and leader of the firm's anticompetitive practices insurance coverage initiative.

Wes R. Porter  has accepted a position as an associate professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, teaching evidence, trial advocacy and white collar crime and co-directing the law school's litigation program. 


Catherine M. Reese was inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as an Academy Fellow for the Virginia Chapter in March, 2010. Academy members are recognized as leading professionals in the family law field that promote integrity and competency, while protecting the welfare of families. Reese is the owner of Reese Law Office located in Fairfax, Va., which specializes in family law. Reese also received the honor of inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers in the June 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine. She is the owner of Reese Law Office located in Fairfax, Va., which specializes in family law.                    



Christen M. English has been promoted from associate to counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Drinker Biddle & Reath. English is a member of the firm's intellectual property practice group and focuses her practice on trademark counseling and prosecution, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Thomas Hicks
was nominated by President Barack Obama as commissioner, Election Assistance Commission. Hicks has been the senior elections counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration since 2003 where he oversees all committee matters relating to federal elections and campaign finance.  Prior to that, he was a policy analyst for Common Cause, a public advocacy organization working in support of election and campaign finance reform.   


Mary D. Kane, the first Republican woman to serve as Maryland's Secretary of State, is rumored to be Bob Ehrlich's leading choice for a running mate on his ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor, according to the Baltimore-based news blog Investigative Voice. Kane served as Maryland's Secretary of State for one-and-a-half years between 2005 and 2007, leaving office after Ehrlich was defeated for reelection by current Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. 

Hugh M. Mundy
has joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Davie, FL, where he teaches lawyering skills to first-year students and assists with the law school’s criminal justice clinic.

Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot presented "How to Conduct a Compliance Examination to Unearth Wrongdoing," at the Columbus School of Law on Jan. 11, 2010. As a former investigator for the SEC, she was invited by the Securities Law Program to offer students an insider’s tour of how investigations are structured and carried out by the agency.

Wade J. Callender is executive counsel at Gearbox Software, headquartered near Dallas. TX. As in-house counsel for the video game development company, Callendar manages all of the company’s litigation efforts and business negotiations. Callendar’s move to Gearbox Software follows earlier positions as a lieutenant commander in the Navy JAG Corps and six years as a civil litigator in the Washington, D.C. area.
Chelsea P. Ferrette has accepted a professorship at the University of Baltimore School of Law as a clinical fellow in its community development clinic. Ferrette has previously practiced as a corporate and securities attorney.

Juan R. Gonzalez opened his general practice on Jan. 1, 2010, In San Antonio, TX. He specializes in the areas of immigration, real estate, civil litigation, and probate. 

Maj. Candace “Candy” Hunstiger
, United States Air Force, is currently on duty in Afghanistan.

Matthew J. Kelly has been selected as one of the 2010 recipients of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona award. The award is given by The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. Instituted in 2001, the honor recognizes attorneys who have tirelessly given their time and expertise to assist Arizonans who would otherwise have no legal resources. Kelly was formally recognized at a state bar luncheon in June


Elizabeth Donahue Hirko and her husband, David, welcomed their second son, James Brennan, on July 30, 2009.  James joins his brother, John Patrick, 2.  The family resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Timothy I. Kelsey and Sarah Kellermann Kelsey are the proud parents of Carter Elizabeth Kelsey - born Nov. 8, 2009. The family resides in Charlottesville, Va. 
Colleen M. Pleasant Kline has been promoted to principal in the Baltimore office of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. Pleasant Kline represents business clients of all sizes, including not-for-profit organizations and emerging businesses. Her work involves general corporate governance issues, joint ventures, private equity placements, business counseling, advertising and promotional review, licensing, compliance and contracts.

D. Kirk Morgan
has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner in its Washington energy practice. He was formerly with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.

J. Scott Tarbutton
has been named as a member of Cozen O’Connor, where he is resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He is a member of the insurance department and focuses his practice in subrogation and recovery. Tarbutton was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.

Devin J. Doolan, Jr.
has been named among Maryland’s Super Lawyers by Law & Politics magazine. He was also named to the magazine’s “Rising Stars” list. Doolan is an employment and labor attorney in the Baltimore office of Saul Ewing LLP. 
Shari F. Keiser and her husband, Alan Snitow, welcomed a son, Halen Micah, on April 18, 2010.  The family resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Mary Alice Kovac is working as a justice advisor to the attorney general of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. She currently lives in Kabul.

Angela J. Scott was recognized by the National Bar Association and IMPACT, D.C. as a "Nations Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers Under 40." In addition, Scott received the Volunteer of the Year Award for Baltimore County from the Maryland Community Assistance Network in May 2010.

John N. Sharifi
and Michael D. Pepson, 2008, are the authors of “Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right: Federal Death Eligibility Determinations and Judicial Trifurcations.” 43 Akron L. Rev. 1-49 (2010).



Meliha Pérez Halpern has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The organization, which is a voluntary, nonprofit bar association for D.C. area trial lawyers, is dedicated to upholding and safeguarding the civil justice system, and is the preeminent organization of lawyers in the region who principally represent plaintiffs in personal-injury, wrongful-death and civil-rights actions. Halpern is a member of the personal injury practice group at the Rockville, MD office of Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig, P.C.

Jared N. Leland has been promoted to partner in the Pittsburgh, Pa. office of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC. As the founder of the firm's entertainment law practice, Leland manages transactions involving the production, distribution, and financing of motion pictures and television programs as well as the acquisition and disposition of entertainment assets. He also hosts “Jared Leland Live: From the Red Carpet" on Pittsburgh Business Radio. The program is among very few radio programs devoted solely to covering the intersection of business and entertainment. 

Gregory M. Murphy and AmyLea K. Murphy recently left Hunton & Williams LLP and are pleased to announce the formation of Landmark Intellectual Property Law, PLLC, currently based outside of Richmond, VA. Landmark IP is a full-service intellectual property law firm that specializes in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, portfolio management, and licensing programs. Additionally, Greg and Amy are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabelle Virginia Murphy, born March 15, 2007 and a son, Aiden James Murphy, born June 21, 2009.  


Gerald F. Murphy has been promoted to counsel in the aviation, corporate, and administrative law and regulatory practice groups within the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring.  


Chris Black was selected by Gulf Coast Business Review as one of the region's (from Tampa Bay south to Naples) “Top 40 Under 40 business people.” Black is a Southwest Florida title insurance agent, and the owner of Winged Foot Title, LLC. He's married to Lydia Black. The couple has lived with their daughter, Emerson, in Southwest Florida for five years.

Machalagh Proffit-Higgins Carr serves as counsel, special projects group, Office of Global Compliance, Weatherford International Ltd. in Washington, D.C.

Peter C. Cole and Nicole DeCostello, 2005, wed on December 1, 2007 in Summit, New Jersey. Peter is senior investigative counsel with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Securities. Nicole recently joined Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc., New Jersey's largest government affairs firm, as a lobbyist. Prior to that, she was in private practice representing public entities as general counsel and labor counsel.  

Hrant Jamgochian
is a candidate for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in his first try at public office. Jamgochian is the health policy director for United Way Worldwide.

Daniel K. Roque is the co-author of “The Next Wave of FCPA Shareholder Derivative Actions,” published in Securities Regulation & Law. Roque, now with Dickstein Shapiro LLP in New York City, was managing editor of the Catholic University Law Review while a student.

Laurie M. Crawford received the honor of inclusion in the list of Rising Stars in the June 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine.  Crawford is a senior associate attorney for Reese Law Office, which specializes in family law and is located in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kristen A. Holt has joined the health care service team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, resident in the firm’s Louisville, KY office. Holt provides regulatory and transactional advice to health care clients regarding the fraud and abuse and Stark Laws, the Joint Commission Accreditation Standards and other laws and regulations. She also drafts and negotiates various agreements, including entity formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and buy-out arrangements on behalf of hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. Prior to joining Wyatt, Holt was a health care associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC. 

Daniel J. Marcinak has joined the legal services division of Caterpillar Inc.  He and his family reside in Peoria, Illinois.   
James A. Petrungaro and his wife, Kathryn, are the proud parents of a daughter, Olivia Grace Petrungaro, born on Feb. 22, 2010. The family resides in Illinois.

Brooke C. Rosen has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Super Lawyers®. The designation is based on the results of a survey of more than 19,000 lawyers across the state of Virginia. The goal is to select Super Lawyers as the top five percent of Virginia attorneys in more than 60 practice areas. Rosen practices with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP.

Gordon M. Snow has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division by Director Robert S. Mueller, III.  In this new role, Snow will be responsible for leading the FBI’s efforts to protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes. Snow began his duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1992. Over his career, he has served as a member of the Hostage Rescue Team, as supervisory special agent in the counterintelligence division’s Middle East Unit, and as appointed chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Acquisition of U.S. Nuclear & Missile Technology Unit at FBI Headquarters.  In November 2009, he was named deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division. Prior to joining the FBI, Snow served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 10 years, as both an enlisted Marine and as an officer.

Lt. Sean M. Thompson and his wife Jill welcomed their second child into the world, Brogan Fletcher Thompson, June 26, 2010.  The baby was born on the same day that his father returned from deployment on the USS George Bush.
Sara Bromberg Walshe recently joined the New York State Office of Inspector General as investigative counsel. She resides with her husband, Andrew, in New York City.


Carolyn A. Chandler has been named managing editor of Trusts & Estates magazine in New York City. The magazine is self-described as “the town center where experts who serve the planning needs of the ultra-wealthy gather to gain insight into their specialties and to learn about related professions."

Michael P. Darner has been promoted to legislative director for United States Rep. John Conyers, Jr (D-MI). 

Emily I. Krause is currently employed as an attorney with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Daniel Rubin, are the parents of Lily Alice Rubin, born on Nov. 10, 2008. 

Jeremy R. Moss has been named a 2010 Virginia Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers. Moss   joins a list of outstanding young lawyers in the 2010 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers published annually each July. Selection is based on peer nomination and independent research of candidates. Moss is a community association law attorney based in the Alexandria, VA office of MercerTrigiani. 

Warren D. Price was named partner in his law firm in Annapolis, MD. The firm is now known as Murphy & Price, LLP. On August 14, 2010, Warren and Estela (Hernandez) Price, 2008, were married in Mexico and honeymooned in Puerto Rico. Estela is an international attorney with Patton Boggs.
Michael J. Henzey graduated with an LL.M. in criminal law, with honors, from the University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York in June 2010. He has accepted a position as an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Buchanan County, VA., where he began his duties in July, 2010.

Kathleen A. Fawcett was awarded a $10,000 grant for the National Homeless Children's Playtime Project, a program to which she has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours. The funds were awarded through Jenny's Heroes, (founded by TV talks show host Jenny Jones) a national funding program that supports individuals in their efforts to do good things in the community. Fawcett uses the money to take children residing in homeless shelters on field trips, and to provide the routine necessities of life.  
Patrick R. Halley has accepted a position with the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. The bureau develops and recommends policy goals, objectives, programs and plans for the commission on matters concerning wireline telecommunications. Halley was previously the National Emergency Number Association's government affairs director.

 In Memoriam

Otto F. Otepka passed away on March 20, 2010. Born May 6, 1915, Otepka served as a deputy director of the United States State Department's Office of Security in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Born in Chicago to of Czech-born immigrant parents, Otepka worked his way through college and law school. Following military service, he joined the Civil Service Commission as an investigator. In 1953, he arrived at the Office of Security, which later became the Diplomatic Security Service. Otepka was in charge of vetting clearances for the State Department. He gained public attention when he was sidelined and then later fired by Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Otepka claimed he was punished for not clearing names proposed by the Kennedy administration for employment in the State Department.

Hon. Charlotte Patricia Murphy passed away on April 19, 2010.

Anne Rozier Bradshaw passed away on April 7, 2010. Bradshaw was proud of the distinction of being one of the first three women admitted to Columbus School of Law. She met John Patrick Bradshaw, 1952, while a first-year student and the couple enjoyed a long and happy marriage. Their daughter, Mary Bradshaw Essner of Cape Girardeau, MO, said “Both of my parents spoke often of their wonderful times during their law school days and loved receiving the newsletters and magazine publications from your office, often commenting on how much things had changed and grown.



Leonard F. Clingham, Jr., died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence after a brief illness. He was 72. Clingham was an attorney with the state of Rhode Island for more than 40 years, retiring as deputy director of the Department of Transportation. He served on multiple governmental committees and boards, most recently serving as chairman of the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation. Active in the Democratic Party his entire life, he was national president of the Young Democrats during John F. Kennedy's campaign for president. Clingham was a lifelong Providence resident and for the past 15 years also maintained a home in Provincetown, MA. He is survived by two children, three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family.


Ronald R. Sinclair died of Lou Gehrig's disease on Feb. 26, 2010 at his home in Gambrills, MD, with his devoted wife Mary Louise and loving family members by his side. He was 73. Sinclair held many appointed positions, including the attorney for the city of Bowie in 1965. His professional accomplishments include principal partner in the law firm of Sinclair & Chapdelaine. In 1976 he founded Free State Title & Escrow, Inc., a real estate settlement company. In 1995 he became a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and founded SinclairProsser Law, LLC. In 2008 he became president of Swan Title. Sinclair served as a volunteer in many non-profit organizations, including work as a counselor with local alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Louise Sinclair, five children, 16 grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. 


William J. Pendleton passed away on March 22, 2010 in Wyomissing, PA. He earned his B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1961; and in 1964, earned a B.A. in Physics from the CUA School of Arts and Sciences, and a Juris Doctor from the CUA Columbus School of Law. He was preceded in death by his wife M. Annette.

Hon. Robert L. Hillyard
passed away on Jan. 1, 2010. A resident of St. Augustine, FL, he is survived by his wife Kathleen and six children.

John Paul Trygar passed away Jan. 27, 2010 of natural causes at the age of 75. A resident of Spring Township, PA., Trygar was an attorney for United States Merit Systems Protection Office of Appeals in Washington for 30 years, retiring in 2001. He served in the United States Army during peacetime era and was a member of the Military Marching Band stationed in Berlin. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte A. (Spehar) Trygar, and four adult children, all of whom were born while he was in law school.

James R. Weiss passed away on June 27, 2010. A resident of Potomac, Maryland, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lynn, and two adult daughters and a grandson, in addition to many caring nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, partners and colleagues. Weiss spent his childhood in Wilkes-Barre, PA and went on to practice antitrust law for 36 years. He was a trial attorney with the antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice for 14 years, where he was the recipient of its Harold M. Stephens Award in 1988. Since 1988, Weiss was a partner in the law firm of K&L Gates LLP. Weiss was an avid biker, tennis player and outdoorsman.

Jane Buckle passed away on June 17, 2010.   


James Lyle DeMarce passed away on April 12, 2010. DeMarce had worked for the U.S. Department of Labor for more than 25 years, serving as the director of the department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation. A statement released by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said: “For many years, Jim has been the face and soul of the department’s black lung benefits program for everyone from union officials and mine workers, to members of the coal industry, to state workers’ compensation officials, to congressional staffers and to every Labor Department staff person who contributed to making this program work. Jim was the consummate civil servant. He cared about the workers his program served and about his co-workers at the Labor Department. He will be deeply missed by all of us.” DeMarce is survived by his wife, Virginia Easley DeMarce.


Michael R. Miller passed away on Jan. 30, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Miller received a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from Randolph Macon College in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. After law school, he spent much of his career as an attorney for Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. Miller is survived by his mother Betty, brother John, sister Carol, wife Jeannette, and two sons, Matthew Roby and Jeffrey Michael.



Gail M. (Schroeger) Shrager died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 at her home. She was born in Kansas City in 1950 to Herb and Pauline Schroeger, who preceded her in death. An accomplished attorney and business owner, Shrager also enjoyed gardening, painting, literature and travel, especially her time in the mountains. She is survived by her daughter, Meghan Sercombe of New York; sisters, Paula Stafford, Rita Tiehen, and Karen Duethman, all of the Kansas City area; a brother, Steve Schroeger of Rio Rancho, NM; and many nieces and nephews.



Barbara Elizabeth Beckman died on Feb. 25, 2010 in Chico, Calif. with her devoted sister Wendy in attendance. Beckman was born in San Mateo, Calif. She attended the University of California, receiving her bachelor’s degree in art history and archeology. Her master’s degree in art history was given at George Washington University in 1978. Her employment before and after law school included Baker & Botts; Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand Law Firm; KPMG, LLP; and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Beckman was employed for many years as general attorney, then assistant branch chief, at the office of the chief counsel, Internal Revenue Service. She was based in Washington, D.C. until her transfer to the Dallas, Texas branch for her last few years of service. Her specialty was nonprofit tax law. Beckman is survived by her father John C. Beckman; her sister Wendy Beckman; and her niece Kayleigh Plank.


Jeffrey Hartigan Arnold passed away on Feb. 7, 2010 in West Hartford, CT. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and sons Ryan Jeffrey and Aidan Edward, his parents and siblings, as well as a large extended family. Upon graduating from CUA Law, Arnold was hired by GEICO Insurance. He began his professional career in Long Island, NY, before moving to the GEICO office in Stamford as staff counsel. In 1996, he was delegated by GEICO to be the managing attorney of Jeffrey H. Arnold & Associates in West Hartford. He was a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the UCONN football and basketball teams. His free time centered on spending cherished moments with his wife and sons, and creating memories for them.


Helen McLean (Hae Kyung) passed away on Jan. 15, 2010. A resident of Washington, DC, McLean is survived by her husband Christopher and daughter Chloe. 



Dana Anne Barry passed away on Feb. 16, 2010 at the age of 37. Barry was an attorney with the IRS. She is survived by her parents, Thomas and Anne Barry, her siblings, Thomas, Raymond, Jennifer and Richard. Barry was a cherished aunt of 13 nieces and nephews. 



Courtney J. Boozer died suddenly on Jan. 26, 2010. At the time of her death, Courtney was an attorney for Scheuermann and Menist Law Firm in Washington, DC. Courtney is survived by her newly-born daughter, Stokely Boozer Ajayi, her husband, Hakeem O. Ajayi, her mother, Peggy Boozer Nicholson, and a host of other relatives and friends.




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