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Duke Law Half Century Club

  • Krista Barnes (JD) is senior compliance attorney, privacy compliance, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  She previously practiced in the health group at King & Spalding.
  • William Mureiko (JD), a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of trusts and estates, and by Texas Super Lawyers 2013 for estate planning and probate.  
  • Jeffrey Schloemer (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been named a "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of commercial and contracts by Cincy magazine.
  • Michelle Poulos Stasny (JD) Michelle Poulos Stasny was married to Jackson James Stasny on January 20, 2012.  Michelle is with the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  
  • Janet Ward Black's (JD)  Greensboro, N.C.-based personal injury law firm, Ward Black Law, was named a “Best Law Firm” by Best Lawyers for the second consecutive year.  Janet was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award at the June Convention of N.C. Advocates for Justice “to recognize extraordinary and selfless service to the people of North Carolina in keeping with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall."
  • Charles Blanchard (JD) has been named president emeritus of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
  • Val Brooks (LLB) has retired after 50 plus years with the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.  In 2008 in Atlanta at the first and only CLE of the entire legal staff, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus and featured in an opening video and as a plenary speaker.  During his career, he in both the national office as the district counsel's office in Nashville, Tenn.  
  • Edward L. Williamson (LLB) The North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate honored the late Edward L. Williamson, a Whiteville attorney and former member of the House of Representatives, with a resolution in April in Raleigh.  House members gave Williamson’s sons, Ren and Carlton, a standing ovation following the reading of the resolution Wednesday. The Senate honored Williamson in its general session the following day.
  • Arnold Greenberg (JD) practiced for over 50 years as a CPA in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Boise, Idaho.
  • Llewelyn Pritchard (LLB) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association at its Annual Meeting in August in San Francisco.  Llew is a partner at the Seattle firm of Helsell Fetterman, where he specializes in family law, estate planning and not-for-profit law. He has served in many leadership positions over the years in local bar and civic groups. He is a leader among ABA members in Washington State. Llew has been a Delegate-at-Large of the ABA’s House of Delegates since 1994.
  • L. Clifford Craig (LLB), of counsel in the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Holland, has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer 2014  in the field of business litigation. 
  • Stephen Crawford (LLB) has been named to the Mobile, Ala. Board of Directors and executive team of ServisFirst Bank.  He is a litigator at the firm of Hand Arendell and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years in the fields of corporate law and banking law.


  • Donald Mewhort (JD), of counsel in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of employment law – management and labor law – management.
  • Robert Sink (LLB), a partner in the Charlotte office of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson was honored with the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Ayscue Professionalism Award, in recognition of his exemplary professionalism and outstanding service to the Mecklenburg County Bar.


  • Herold Fink (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of employee benefits (ERISA) law.  
  • James Maxwell (JD) has been named to the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s list of top 100 coaches in its 100-year history.  Jim was the volunteer head coach at Durham's Jordan High School for 29 years, coaching both the men's and women's teams which, under his leadership, won five state championships.  He also directed regional swimming and diving championships for 19 years and the NC state meet for 15 years.  Jim practices law in Durham, and is a volunteer coach for Duke Law's moot court teams.
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  • Stuart Pierson (JD) has joined Morvillo, a boutique white collar litigation law firm with offices in New York and Washington, DC, as counsel in its DC office.  Stuart, a white collar defense litigator, most recently was head of Troutman Sanders' white collar defense and government investigations practice.  


  • Charles Becton (JD) has been named interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C.  He recently completed a 10-month assignment as interim chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham.
  • Charles Becton (JD) received the Elon Law School’s 2013 Leadership in the Law Award on Sept. 18, 2013.  The Award recognizes lawyers who make outstanding contributions to the profession and to society.  In presenting the award, Elon Law Dean George R. Johnson, Jr.
  • Richard Horning (JD) has been named counsel in the corporate and securities group at Reed Smith in Palo Alto, Calif.


  • Winston Nagan (LLM), the Samuel T. Dell research scholar professor of law at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, has been elected chairman of the board of the World Academy of Art and Sciences.  This organization "seeks to address global issues related to the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge."


  • James Fox (JD) has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of bet-the-company litigation, including commercial, antitrust, banking and finance, intellectual property, and securities.  He practices with Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • David Sigler (JD), a principal of Sigler & Raglin in Lake Charles, LA, was confirmed Louisiana state chair-elect of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, beginning in 2014, at the ACTEC annual meeting in March.  


  • Cym Lowell (JD) has authored the novel, Jasper's War (Rosemary Beach Press 2014).  All proceeds are donated to Operation Next Chapter to help provide voice activated computers for wounded veterans.  Cym is a tax partner in the Houston office of McDermott Will & Emery.  
  • Cary Moomjian (JD) has opened a second office of CAM OilServ Advisors in Las Vegas, Nev.  Cary serves as president of the company, which was established in Plano, Tex. in 2012. CAM OilServ Advisors provides consulting, advisory, expert witness, dispute resolution, mediation and related services to the oil service industry, oil and gas companies and law firms. When in the new Nevada office, Cary also serves as a docent at the Neon Museum Las Vegas.
  • Jeffrey Portnoy (JD) Jeffrey Portnoy, chair of the litigation department at Cades Schutte in Honolulu, has been appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.  Jeffrey is a former president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and recently completed a three year term as Hawaii's representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board.
  • Dan Stewart (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Patton Boggs as counsel, where he practices with the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring, and financing groups.  He previously was a partner at the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins, where he founded that firm’s restructuring and reorganization practice in 1999.  
  • David Thomas (JD) has authored "History of American Land Law" (2 volumes, Vandeplas Publishing, 2013).  He is Rex E. Lee endowed chair and professor of law emeritus at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he taught from 1974-2012.
  • Joshua Treem (JD), a partner at Brown Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of non white collar criminal defense and white collar criminal defense. 
  • Laurence Tucker (JD) , managing attorney and member of Armstrong Teasdale's litigation practice group, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the firm’s 11-person executive committee.  He has also been appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve on the state's Joint Commission on Women in the Profession for a two-year term. 


  • Daniel Blue (JD) received the Duke University Medal and was the featured speaker during the Founders’ Day Convocation on October 4, 2013.  The University Medal is Duke’s highest service honor and is presented for “distinguished meritorious service” to the University.  Dan is the former chair of the Duke Board of Trustees.
  • Charles Holton (JD) received the William Thorp Award in August at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.  Charles is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Research Triangle Park, and teaches an arbitration class at Duke Law.  Fluent in Spanish, Charles also sponsors an annual clinic to provide legal assistance to the Latino community in the Triangle. 
  • Kenneth Starling (JD) has graduated from the University of Cambridge with the Master of Law degree specializing in international and European law.  He has been appointed adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is teaching the Advanced Antitrust Seminar in EU Competition Law this spring.


  • Roger Ferland (JD) a retired partner and former head of the environmental and natural resources law group in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, has been recognized by Chambers USA 2013 in the environmental area, including water rights and by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of environmental law and environmental litigation. 
  • Fred Fulton (JD), a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of corporate law.  
  • Duncan Getchell (JD), former Virginia solicitor general, has returned as partner and senior litigator to the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, where he previously worked for 33 years and once served as chair of the firm's appellate practice group.  During his four years as solicitor general, he presented arguments on behalf of the commonwealth 13 times before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and twice in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Ronald Hoevet (JD) has been recognized as Best Lawyers 2014, Portland, Oregon criminal defense: white-collar lawyer of the year.  In addition, he was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense: non-white-collar and criminal defense: white-collar. Ron is a founding partner of the firm Hoevet, Boise & Olson.
  • John Keller (JD), a partner in the Columbus, Ohio office of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, has been recognized as a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of energy law.


  • Dean Cordiano (JD) retired in June 2013 from Day Pitney in Hartford, Conn., where he has been a partner practicing commercial and environmental litigation since 1984. Dean was designated a Connecticut Super Lawyer from 2006-2012 and is listed in Chambers USA as a nationally-prominent litigator in the fields of environmental litigation and toxic torts.
  • Allan Windt ()  is the author of Insurance Claims and Disputes; the sixth edition of the three-volume textb


  • Lea Courington (JD) has joined the law firm of Stewart Strong Dugger Dean Kulwicki Slater & Johnson in Dallas, where she will continue to focus her practice on commercial and products liability litigation and white collar criminal defense in the health care and antitrust fields.   


  • James T.R. Jones (JD), professor of law at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, was featured in the October 2013 Lawyer Spotlight by the ABA's Commission on Disability Rights.  The Spotlight highlights attorneys with a disability who are an asset to the profession.  Also, in November, he was awarded the David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award by the Dave Nee Foundation. The Foundation fights depression and suicide among law students and lawyers, and the award recognized James' mental health advocacy efforts. 
  • Christopher Kay (JD) was named CEO and president of the New York Racing Association in June.  Most recently, Chris was COO for The Trust for Public Land, where he oversaw the land conservation organization’s headquarters and 37 field offices.
  • Samuel Mason (JD) has been appointed to the newly created position of general counsel, effective October 2013, at ENVIRON, an international environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy.  Based in the firm's Philadelphia office, Sam will address the varied and complex legal needs of the firm and provide counsel to ENVIRON’s board of directors and global management committee. He was previously a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath.
  • Kenneth Vesledahl (JD) became a partner in July at the Dallas office of Holland & Knight, where he advises financial institutions, capital companies and business credit divisions in connection with their lending transactions.  He previously was with Patton Boggs.


  • Al Faustino (JD) is district counsel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Mark Thimke (JD) has been named a leading lawyer in his field in 2013 by Chambers USA.  Mark specializes in natural resources and environmental law as a partner at Foley & Lardner's Milwaukee, Wis. office.
  • Randall Trautwein (JD) has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as the Charleston Construction Lawyer of the Year.  He is a partner in the full-service Huntington, W.Va. firm of Lamp Bartram Levy Trautwein & Perry.


  • Eric Holshouser (JD) , a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs in Jacksonville, Fla., has been elected president of the Leadership Board of the Northeast Florida Region of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc.  Eric also serves on the executive committee and sits on the board of directors of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc.    
  • Justin Klimko (JD), a partner in the Detroit office of Butzel Long, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of corporate law.
  • Fred Ungerman (JD), a partner in the Dayton, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of employment law – individuals, employment law – management, labor law – management, labor law – union, and litigation – labor & employment.  


  • John Coleman (JD), a partner at Burr and Forman's Birmingham, Ala., office, a 20-consecutive year Best Lawyers in America selectee, and a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has for the fifth consecutive year been selected for Human Resources Executive by Lawdragon as among the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys--Top 100.  He is the only Alabama attorney ever to receive this honor.
  • Patrick Fazzone (JD) announces the formation of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Montgomery, Fazzone & Taylor.  Pat will continue to counsel U.S. and overseas-based clients doing business in the United States and internationally.
  • Irene Keyse-Walker (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, and commercial litigation. She also received the 2013 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA).  
  • William Richardson (JD) has been tapped to join the Board of Trustees of the University of Hawaii Foundation.  The Foundation is charged with raising private donations to support University projects and needs.  Bill is a general partner with HMS Hawaii Management.    


  • Sharon Fountain (JD), a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of employee benefits law (ERISA), and tax law, and Texas Super Lawyers 2013 for ERISA law.
  • Donald Lampe (JD)  has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the financial services group.  Don represents banks, finance companies, insurance companies and other financial service providers on a variety of financial services and bank regulatory matters.
  • Diane "Dee" Wallis (JD) was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association's General Practice Hall of Fame at the NCBA annual meeting in June.  Dee is a partner in the Wallis Law Firm of Raleigh where her practice includes a representation of small businesses and families, with an emphasis on elder law, real estate and business contracts. She is also president-elect of the NC Association of Women Attorneys.      


  • Christopher Kerr (JD), a litigator for Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys in Buffalo, N.Y., has been named a 2013 Super Lawyer.
  • Rob Krausz (JD) was married to Monica Stein on August 31, 2012 in Covington, Ky.  Classmates in attendance were Jeff Anders and Scott Rassler.  Rob is teaching at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.
  • Toshio Nakao (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of international trade and finance law.
  • Carloa Pena (JD) retired in September as chief counsel at Pepperidge Farm, Inc. after 11 years. He received the Pepperidge Farm National Sales Team's Hall of Fame award, only the second non-sales employee to receive the award.  In retirement, Carlos is teaching Business Law at Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and has started a consulting business.      
  • Carlos Peña (JD) will step down as Chief Counsel – Pepperidge Farm, Inc. at the end of the current fiscal year and retire in the fall. 
  • Bruce Ruzinsky (JD) has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA in the area of bankruptcy/restructuring. Bruce is a partner in the Houston office of Jackson Walker.       
  • Jeffrey Schloener (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of banking and finance law, and corporate law.


  • Cynthia Rerucha (JD), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of real estate law.
  • Peter Verniero (JD) was honored in November by Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County, N.J. for his devotion to the county and the Crime Stoppers Program.  Peter practices at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, where he focuses on appellate law and internal corporate investigations.  He is the former New Jersey attorney general and Supreme Court justice, and was chief counsel and chief of staff to former N.J. governor Christine Todd Whitman.


  • Janet Ward Black's (JD) Greensboro, N.C.-based personal injury law firm, Ward Black Law, was named a “Best Law Firm” by Best Lawyers for the second consecutive year.  Janet was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award at the June Convention of North Carolina Advocates for Justice “to recognize extraordinary and selfless service to the people of North Carolina in keeping with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall."  Janet has also been recognized in the 2013 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers in the specialty area of personal injury litigation and as one o
  • Janet Ward Black (JD) was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award at the June 2013 convention of North Carolina Advocates for Justice “to recognize extraordinary and selfless service to the people of North Carolina in keeping with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall."  She has also been named  2014 Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” for Greensboro, N.C. by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.  
  • Dana McKee (JD), a partner at Brown Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of family law.
  • Sonja Steptoe (JD), previously the deputy director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, has been appointed by the Obama Administration as the U.S. Census Bureau's associate director for communications. Her term began May 27.


  • Xiqing Gao (JD) has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund.  Gao is the president of the China Investment Corporation, and a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees.  


  • Robert Harrington (JD) was one of the honorees at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 10th Annual Charlotte “Awards of Excellence” celebration in October.  Rob recently completed a year of service as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of North Carolina.  He is a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson where he represents clients in complex business disputes. 
  • Harlan I. Prater IV (JD) was recognized by Samford University's Cumberland School of Law as a special “Friend of the Law School” during its 2013 Reunion Weekend in April.  He was cited for his generosity and tireless volunteer efforts, including his commitment to the Jere F. White, Jr.
  • Christopher Rudd (JD) has co-founded the C2 Law Group located in Encino, Calif.  The firm specializes in complex trial work, business transactions and intellectual property protection.
  • Jonathan Shapiro (JD) has been named Best Lawyers in America's 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Maine, for employment law – management.  He is the managing partner of the New England office of Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers.


  • Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe (JD) was one of the honorees at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 10th Annual Charlotte “Awards of Excellence” celebration in October.  Kodwo is chief regulatory counsel at Duke Energy Corp., where he also chairs the office of general counsel’s diversity committee.
  • Michael Scharf (JD) has been appointed acting dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  He has also published his 16th book, "Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments" (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  Michael is also the director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western and holds the John Deaver Drinko - Baker and Hostetler professorship in law.


  • Carla Cancio-Bello (JD) now runs an online Miami-inspired grocery catering to markets outside the United States.  She also blogs about Cuban food and culture at  She has been invited to speak at the BlogHer's Conference in Miami about the Flavours of Miam on May 17th, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Michael (JD) , has relocated her practice to Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, after 20 years of practice in Melbourne.  She concentrates her practice on commercial law, property and wills and estates, and has been accredited as a property law specialist through the Law Institute of Victoria Australia Accreditation Scheme.
  • Allen Nelson (JD) has been nominated to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He is executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief administrative officer of Crawford & Co., an independent provider of claims management solutions, based in Atlanta.  He has also received the 2013 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Board Leader for his service with Atlanta Ballet, where he is chairman of the board and has overseen the execution of the largest and most successful capital campaign in the Atlanta Ballet's history.
  • Susan Prosnitz (JD) has been named assistant chief counsel for legal policy and education at the Transportation Security Administration.  She was previously a senior advisor at TSA, and was the first executive director of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University in Boston.
  • Lindsey Willis Stravitz (JD) has left the practice of law and is teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond.  


  • Donald Nielsen (JD) has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of environmental law, including environmental litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.  He practices with Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Michele Woods (JD) has relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, where she is director of the copyright law division of the World Intellectual Property Organzation.


  • Mark Claypool (JD)  , a shareholder with Knox Mclaughlin Gornall & Sennett in Erie, Pa., and vice chair of its bankruptcy and creditors' rights department, was named a 2013 Super Lawyer, a designation he also received in 2011 and 2012.  Mark is also an adjunct professor at Gannon University teaching courses on bankruptcy law.
  • Therence Pickett (JD) was elected by the North Carolina Senate to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.  The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body, legally charged with "the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs" of the multi-campus UNC System.  Therence is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Volvo Group North America, LLC/Mack Trucks, Inc., in Greensboro.  
  • Andrew Slutkin (JD)  was voted his peers one of the top ten attorneys in Maryland according to Super Lawyers for 2013. He is a named partner at Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White in Baltimore, where he specializes in catastrophic injury cases.
  • Michael Tooley (JD), a partner at Ice Miller in Indianapolis, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the labor and employment practice area.  He was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of employment law – management, and by Indiana Super Lawyers 2013 in the area of employment and labor.  Michael's primary area of practice is to act as general employment counselor and advocate for employers regarding their workforces inside and outside Indiana.


  • John Hoffman (JD) has been named acting attorney general of New Jersey by Gov. Chris Christie.  John was previously executive assistant attorney general under Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa before Chiesa was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
  • Todd Hughes (JD) has been confirmed as a judge on the U.S.
  • Steven Marks (JD) has been promoted to the newly created position of chief, digital business & general counsel at the Recording Industry Association of America.  He previously served RIAA as executive vice president & general counsel.  As chief, digital business, Steve will oversee industry-wide initiatives to help grow the digital music marketplace and the new revenue streams that are increasingly critical to the music business. 
  • Mark Patterson (JD), currently serving as general counsel for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas, received the 2013 David Weaver award for the Best Legal Government/Non-Profit Legal Office. The award was given by the GC Forum, a Texas-based professional association of general and in-house counsel.  The award recognized overall success in business development, finance and credit law, employment law and compliance programs for a worldwide $10B operation.
  • Joel Poppen (JD) has been named vice president of legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of Micron Technology, Inc. in Boise, Idaho.  Joel is responsible for Micron's legal, intellectual property, ethics and compliance and government affairs functions.  He joined Micron in 1995 and has held various roles of increased responsibility, most recently as deputy general counsel.
  • Geovette Washington (JD) was appointed general counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget in June 2013.  She previously served as deputy counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2010-2013.  She has also been appointed by the President as a government official member of the Council of the Administrative Office of the United States.


  • Susan Mac Cormac ()  has been named to the Daily Journal's annual list of California's top female lawyers.  A partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, she was recognized for her work advising clients in the areas of energy, sustainability, the environment and health.  Susan serves as co-chair of the the firm's cleant
  • Atsushi Shimizu (LLM) is deputy general manager of Mizuho Corporate Bank in New York City.
  • Richard Strulson (JD) has been appointed executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. located in Lehi, Utah.   Most recently, Richard was senior vice president, chief privacy officer, and counsel of Herbalife.   


  • Susan Abbott (JD), a partner in the Boston office of Goodwin Proctor's trusts and estate planning practice and chair of the exempt organization group, has received Massachusetts Lawyers Weekley's annual Top Women of Law Award.  Susan's practice focuses on serving the unique needs of non-profit organizations. She was instrumental in the launch of the One Fund Boston, a non-profit organization benefitting the victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Scott Berg (JD), a partner in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of banking and finance law.  
  • Dwayne Fulk (JD/LLM) has been elected incoming president of the Springfield (Mo.) Metropolitan Bar Association; he will take office in January 2014.  Dwayne is a shareholder with Polsinelli Shughart where his practice focuses on business, real estate, technology and international law.
  • Hara Jacobs (JD), a partner at Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office, has been named one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" and an "IP Star" in Pennsylvania for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
  • Kevin Lally (JD) along with two of his colleagues in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in Los Angles, has been named a recipient of the California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award for 2013 by California Lawyer magazine in the category of criminal law.  They were cited for successfully obtaining racketeering convictions of four high-ranking gang members.  
  • Elizabeth Patrick (JD) and her husband, Dr. Bill Linderman joyfully announce the birth of their son, Henry Patrick Linderman, on  September 26, 2012.
  • Caroline Vergruggen (LLM) has been appointed a judge of the Tribunal of the First Instance in Brussels, Belgium.  She most recently practiced with DLA Piper in Brussels.


  • Cristina Arumi (JD) has joined the national tax practice of Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C., as a principal in the real estate group and will focus on transactions.  Cristina was formerly the leader of the global tax practice at Hogan Lovells.
  • Alexander Cizek (LLM) and his wife Barbara welcomed daughter Ilvy Katharina on Sept. 17, 2013.  Alexander launched the firm Cizek IP in 2013 in Vienna, Austria.  He formerly managed the IT/IP group at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach.  
  • Michelle Dye Neumann (JD) has joined the firm of Schaefer Halleen in Minneapolis, where she continues to practice employment law on behalf of employees.
  • Teresa Pearson (JD), a bankruptcy partner in the Portland office of Miller Nash, was the cover feature in Super Lawyers Magazine/Oregon 2013.  Teresa is one of 10 certified business bankruptcy lawyers in Oregon, and has been recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyer and Top 25 Women Lawyer every year since 2009, as well as a Top 50 Lawyer since 2010  
  • Robert Teutsch (JD) has been named managing director, regulatory and commercial transactions for Fed Ex, located in Dallas.
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden (JD), leader of the trademark and copyright practice group at Fish & Richardson in Boston, has received gold and silver band designations in Massachusetts and the U.S., respectively, by World Trademark Review for both enforcement/litigation and prosecution/strategy. 


  • Richard Davis (JD) has been named to the 2013 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers in the area of general litigation.  Rick is a shareholder in the Birmingham office of Maynard Cooper & Gale.
  • Julian Hammar (JD) has joined Covington & Burling as special counsel in the Washington, DC office and practices in the firm’s corporate, securities, and energy regulation groups


  • Diana Semel Allen (JD) has been named vice president and general counsel at ChannelAdvisor, a provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions, based in Morrisville, N.C.  Diana was previously associate general counsel, assistant secretary and compliance director for Cree, Inc.
  • John Barlament (JD), a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of employee benefits (ERISA) law.
  • Teri Baxter (JD) has joined the faculty of the College of Law at the University of Tennessee as professor of law, after 11 years at St. Louis University School of Law.  She teaches in the commercial and constitutional law areas.
  • Bob Ghoorah (JD) and Sarah Solum '98 are pleased to announce the birth of their third child and second daughter, Dylan Hope Ghoorah on May 27, 2013.  
  • Shami Patel (JD) has joined as a venture partner San Francisco-based Clean Pacific Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in promising early stage clean technology companies. Clean Pacific focuses primarily on clean technologies related to energy, water, agriculture and materials.
  • Erik Rickard (JD/LLM) and his wife Brandy welcomed a daughter, Brynnyn Gramercy, on June 4, 2013.  Erik is a partner specializing in real estate at Squire Sanders in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Jeremy Rosen (JD/LLM) has been selected by Public Counsel to receive one of its pro bono awards. The award recognizes his work in establishing a partnership between Stephen S. Wise Temple and Public Counsel to represent low-income public school children with special needs. Jeremy is a partner at Horvitz & Levy in Encino, Calif., and focuses on the First Amendment, California's anti-SLAPP statute, the law of defamation, the application of the litigation privilege and challenges to arbitration awards.
  • Rob Wrzosek (JD) has been named president of the mortgage lending businesses of Centerline Holding Company, a recently acquired subsidiary of Hunt Companies, Inc.  He is based in New York City. Previously, Rob served on the board of directors of Walker & Dunlop a commercial real estate finance company, and held senior leadership positions in the agency lending and tax credit syndication businesses of Credit Suisse Securities (USA).


  • Derek Apanovitch (JD) and his wife Rebecca welcomed identical twin girls, Ashlyn Rose and Brynleigh Catherine, on May 15, 2013. Ashlyn and Brynleigh join big sister Aubrey Anna.
  • Joseph Beach (JD) has been elected partner in the Charlotte, N.C. office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he represents investment banks, asset managers, commercial paper conduits and fund managers in secured financings, CLOs and CDOs, and other asset-backed securitizations.
  • Hector Ibarra (LLM), an associated professional with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein's Charlotte office, graduated in July from the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) Program.  The CLT Program is designed to identify emerging leaders and help them develop into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations in the Charlotte community.
  • Seth Jaffe (JD) has been named acting general counsel at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, where he was previously the chief of the Ethics Law & Policy Branch.  The Office is the agency responsible for interpreting ethics laws and setting ethics policy for the executive branch of the Federal government.
  • Thad Jenks (JD) has joined the litigation firm Weinstein Tippetts & Little in Houston as senior counsel.  He previously practiced at Vinson & Elkins and Harrison, Bettis, McFarland, both in Houston.  
  • Carrie Printz (JD) is the co-owner and a managing director of David Carrie LLC, in New York City, a global legal search firm.  The firm also has a temporary staffing division which provides attorneys, paralegals and legal support professionals on a temporary, contract or project basis. 
  • Barry Rothberg (JD), a litigation shareholder at the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, has joined the Board of Directors, Miami and Broward chapter, of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).  The AJC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of Israel and the Jewish people and to advancing human rights and democratic values worldwide. As a board member, Barry will provide guidance on policy issues and programs, assist with fundraising, and meet with decision-makers in relevant policy fields.
  • Bobby Sharma (JD) has been promoted to senior vice president, Global Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG, the international sports, media, and entertainment company, based in New York City.  
  • Sarah Solum (JD) and Bob Ghoorah '97 are pleased to announce the birth of their third child and second daughter, Dylan Hope Ghoorah on May 27, 2013.  


  • Donna Cochener (JD) was promoted to partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, effective January 1, 2013.  On February 4, 2013, she and her husband Chris Metcalfe welcomed a second son, Ewan, who joined his older brother, Liam.
  • David Dummer (JD) has been named counsel in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, where he focuses on the representation of companies and boards of directors in business litigation and internal investigations.  
  • David Harrison (JD) has joined the Ho Chi Minh City office of Mayer Brown as consultant.  His practice focuses on international cross-border mergers and acquisitions and on banking and finance.
  • Amy Buckley Monahan (JD) has been selected for the 2013 Young Scholars Medal, given by the American Law Institute to encourage and acknowledge practical academic work with the potential to have a positive influence on the law.  The honor goes to only one or two scholars each year, typically in their first decade of teaching.  Amy is professor of law and Solly Robins distinguished research fellow at the University of Minnesota.
  • Julie Riewe (JD) has been named co-chief of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds.  She served as a deputy chief of the Asset Management Unit since May 2012.
  • John L.S. Simpkins (JD) was recently named deputy general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.  He previously was an assistant professor of law at the Charleston School of Law, where he also served as director of diversity initiatives and as a law fellow on comparative constitutional law.  
  • Seth Watkins (JD) and Marion Rucker Watkins and three-year-old son Giacomo Simon Henry welcomed three girls to the family on December 11, 2012, born one minute apart -- Alessia Caroline Elizabeth; Lorenza Martha Nell; and Marcella Claire Evelyn.  Seth is of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.  Marion is counsel to Sen. Bob Dole at Alston & Bird.


  • Felipe Guzman (LLM) is general counsel of Arauco, a Chilean company with operations in Chile, Canada, United States, Brazil and Argentina.
  • Janet Hutchinson (JD) has joined the University of Richmond School of Law as associate dean for career development.  Janet was previously assistant dean for career services at Emory University School of Law.
  • Laura Kelley (JD) and her husband, John, and their eight-year-old son, Charlie, welcomed twin boys, Arthur Allen and Henry Morgan, on March 22, 2013.  Laura is a shareholder at Myers, Bigel, Sibley and Sajovec in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Melissa Marler (JD) joined the Huntsville, Ala., office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale as of counsel in January.   Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and appellate law.
  • Dustin Rawlin (JD)  a litigation partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been recognized as a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer.  Dustin defends companies in cases involving product liability, business tort, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, and commercial disputes with a focus on the defense of medical device companies.
  • Sarah Schott (JD) has been promoted to head the compliance/best practices department at Northwestern Mutual. In this role she is an executive officer, vice president, and chief compliance officer at the company's headquarters in Milwaukee. 
  • Brian See (JD) came out as transgender last year and has changed her name to Rachel See. She splits her time between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, where she lives with her wife of over 12 years, Jennifer, and their four children (Nathan, Miranda, Elliot and Oliver). In DC, she works as the Lead Technology Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, and in her free time remains active as an amateur orchestral musician, as an activist in support of transgender rights, and as a blogger and advocate on issues related to ichthyosis, a rare genetic skin disorder.  
  • Joshua Stokes (JD) has been elected partner with Crowell & Moring, where he is a member of the antitrust group and resident in the firm's Los Angeles office.  His practice focuses on antitrust litigation, counseling, and complex commercial litigation.
  • Will Walker (JD) has joined Winstead as a shareholder in the Charlotte office where he represents financial institutions in connection with various domestic and cross-border syndicated loan transactions for both public and private companies.  Will was previously a partner at Mayer Brown.  
  • Mechelle Zarou (JD), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of immigration law.


  • Nicolle Snyder Bagnell (JD) received the 2013 Fast Tracker Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times in recognition of her work in the energy industry, which includes establishing the correct way to calculate royalties and account for the costs of getting natural gas processed.  Nicolle is the head of the national and international oil and gas practice at Reed Smith. 
  • Rodney Bullard (JD), vice president of community affairs and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, has been recognized as a 2013 "40 Under 40" by both Atlanta Business Chronicle and the University of Georgia Alumni Association, recognizing his leadership and community service.
  • Will Haddad (JD) has accepted a partnership at the Boston firm of Beck Reed Riden, where his practices focuses on securities litigation.
  • Carolyn Heyman-Layne (JD) has been appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the Alaska Mental Health Board.  Carolyn is an attorney with Sedor Wendlandt Evans & Filippi, specializing in health care, non-profit, and corporate law.  She is a recipient of the Alaska Top 40 under 40 Award. 
  • Ahn Lam (JD) is a consultant and member of the global projects group at Mayer Brown in New York City.  
  • Stuart Russell (JD) was elected in August to a three-year term on the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors.  He graduated from the NCBA Leadership Academy in 2012, and is former president of the Forsyth County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where he remains on the board.  Stuart is a partner at Wilson, Helms & Cartledge in Winston-Salem.   
  • Peter Tomasi (JD), a partner in the areas of environmental permitting and litigation in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, has been recognized by Chambers USA 2013 in the area of natural resources and environment, and by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of environmental law.  
  • Peter Tomasi (JD), a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, has been named a 2012 Wisconsin Rising Star by Wisconsin Super Lawyers.  Peter’s practice focuses on environmental permitting and environmental litigation, and has recently completed his firm's specialty training in executive management in collaboration with the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame.       


  • Corey Cioccheii (JD) and his wife, Jillian, welcomed a daughter, Sophia Grace, on Nov. 10, 2013. 
  • Kelly Donohue (JD) has joined as of counsel to Wilkinson Barker Knauer's Washington office. Previously, she was special counsel in the Federal Communications Commission Office of the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. She focuses on media and digital-content clients on regulatory and enforcement matters.
  • David Hawkins (JD) was inducted in June as the 126th president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  David is in the Washington, D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins where his principal areas of practice are condemnation and land use litigation, white-collar criminal and civil litigation, and other commercial litigation.
  • Derek Meilman (JD) has been promoted to partner in the firm of Hogan Lovells' New York office, where he represents clients on corporate and securities law matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.  
  • Marjorie Menza (JD) has been promoted to pro bono counsel from litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton located in New York.
  • Pedro Perez (LLM) announces that Carmigniani & Perez, the law firm he has been a partner in since 2002, has merged Corral & Rosales, creating Corral, Rosales, Carmigniani & Perez, with 34 practitioners and offices in Quito and Guayaquil, the two major Ecuadorian cities.    
  • Mark Pryor (JD) Mark Pryor has published three recent books:  The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel and The Crypt Thief: A Hugo Marston Novel (Seventh Street Books, 2012 and 2013), and As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? – A True Story (New Horizon Press, 2013).  Mark also writes an award-winning blog, D.A. Confidential.  He is a district attorney for Travis County in Austin, Tex.
  • Amy Richardson (JD) has joined the firm of Ellis & Winters in Raleigh, N.C., where she specializes in complex civil litigation, criminal defense, governmental enforcement actions and regulatory litigation.  She previously was a partner at Wiltshire & Grannis in Washington, D.C. 
  • David Shuford (JD) has been elected to a three-year term on the North Carolina Bar Association’s International Law & Practice Section Council.  David practices at Robinson, Bradshaw in Charlotte in a broad range of corporate and transactional areas with an emphasis on the legal, business, and policy challenges faced by global businesses.
  • Maria Villegas Otero (LLM) is a consultant for the World Bank, located in Washington, D.C.


  • Tia Barnes (JD) and her husband, Arkell, welcomed their daughter Rachel Mary on Dec. 12, 2013.  She joins older sister Isabella.  Tia is assistant dean for academic affairs at the Law School.
  • Karla McKanders (JD) associate professor of law at the Tennessee College of Law since 2008, was awarded the College's Bass, Berry and Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar in Feb., 2012, for providing training sessions and clinics for the bar on immigration issues.  This spring, she received the Gardener of Change Award from the organization Community Shares of Knoxville, recognizing an educator who fosters social justice and critical thinking among her students.  Karla is also currently a fellow at the UT Center for the Study of Social Justice.
  • Karla McKanders (JD) has been granted tenure on the faculty of law at the University of Tennessee, where her research focuses on civil rights, immigration, and asylum law and policy.
  • Sonia Macias Steele (JD) has joined the corporate, employment and tax practice at Goulston & Storrs' Boston office.  She was previously assistant vice president and counsel for MassMutual Financial Group
  • Heather Ward (JD) has been promoted to counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she practices in the New York litigation department.


  • David Ahmeling (JD) David Ahmeling has been admitted to partnership in the San Francisco office of O'Melveny & Myers.  He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice within the litigation department.  He represents technology companies in intellectual property litigation, with a focus on patent and trade secret litigation. 
  • Sarah Bell (JD), an associate with Pryor Cashman in New York City, has been named a New York Rising Star for general litigation.  Sarah’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, especially litigation involving contract disputes.
  • James Bowers (JD) was named Dean of Admission at Shimer College in Chicago on May 1.
  • Joseph Gagnon (JD) has been appointed prosecuting attorney for Clinton County, Mo., by Gov. Jay Nixon.  Joe has operated his own practice in Lathrop since 2008 and also served as city attorney for Lathrop and Trimble, Mo.
  • Dimitri Herbosch (LLM), together with three other partners, has launched the Latin American Growth Fund, a Luxemburg-based fund investing in private equity funds in Brazil, Chili, Colombia and Peru with a focus on fast growing enterprises that are active in the macro-economic themes that drive these economies (growing consumer class and increasing buying power, education, healthcare, etc.).
  • Jong Bum Kim (JD) has joined the faculty of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, where he teaches international trade courses.  
  • Kristoffer Leftwich (JD) has been named a partner in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, where his practices focuses on intellectual property litigation.
  • Cindy Levine (JD) earned an LLM at NYU's tax program in May, and is now a senior associate in tax conservancy at KPMG.
  • Lance Oliver (JD), an associate in the Charleston, S.C. office of Motley Rice, has been named to the 2013 South Carolina Rising Stars list in the area of securities litigation.  Lance represents unions, public pension funds and other institutional investors in securities fraud class actions in federal court at both the trial and appellate levels.  
  • Peter Smith (JD/LLM)  is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group of Pepper Hamilton, resident in the firm's Philadelphia office.  He concentrates his practice in white collar defense, corporate investigations and corporate compliance in a variety of industries.
  • Andrew Tripp (JD) has been named general counsel to the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina General Assembly, Senator Phil Berger.  Andrew previously was counsel to the NC Senate Rules Committee. 
  • Bryan Wilson (JD) and Minodora Dana Vancea welcomed their daughter Lily Joan Wilson on Nov. 15, joining big sister, Mara. Bryan has been elected to partnership in the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly, where he litigates complex civil and criminal matters.


  • Suzanna Stoffel Martins Albano (LLM) has authored "Civil Union: A Right Still Not Granted to Many" was published in the May/June 2013 issue to the peer-reviewed Brazilian Journal of Family Law.  
  • Chris Baird (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie, where he is a member of the firm’s environment, energy & resources practice.  His focus is representing clients in significant litigation and private dispute resolution proceedings, primarily regarding environmental issues and environmental counseling. 
  • Brian Brook (JD) and classmate Matt Peed announce that Washington, D.C.-based Clinton & Peed has merged with New York-based Brian C. Brook & Associates to form a new law firm called Clinton Brook & Peed with offices in both DC and New York.  Both Matt and Brian focus almost exclusively on litigation matters, both criminal and civil. 
  • Mike Cashin (JD) was promoted to partner in the Winston-Salem, N.C. office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in January.  Mike concentrates his practice on all areas of federal and state tax matters.
  • John Curry (LLM) has been named vice president and general counsel of Mountain Real Estate Capital in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Matthew Durham (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Las Vegas office of Payne & Fears.  Matt’s practice concentrates on employment and business litigation matters.
  • Sam Forehand (JD) was married to Yasmin Al-Shibib in June 2012.  They welcomed their first child, William Marshburn Forehand, on April 15, 2013.  Sam also recently graduated from the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Leadership Academy, and was elected to three-year terms on the board of governors of the NCBA, and board of directors of the NCBA Foundation.
  • David Fuhr (JD) joined the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in March 2013 as a trial attorney prosecuting bribery cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He previously was at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City.  
  • Cory Kampfer (JD) and his wife, Gina Spotz Kampfer, welcomed their son, Andrew Robert, on Aug. 17, 2013.  Cory is general counsel at OnDeck Capital in New York City.
  • Matt Peed (JD) and classmate Brian Brook announce that Washington, D.C.-based Clinton & Peed has merged with New York-based Brian C.
  • Jeremy Reckmeyer (JD) has been elected partner in the New York office of Andrews Kurth effective January 1.  Jeremy's practice focuses on corporate restructurings.  
  • Chris Rogers (JD) has been elevated to partner with the firm of Haynes and Boone, where he is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group in Dallas. His practice focuses on controversies involving actual or threatened government criminal enforcement and related civil litigation.
  • Abizer Zanzi (JD) has been named an income partner at the firm of Franczek Radelet in Chicago, where he represents companies, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.  


  • David Barker (JD) has been elected partner in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer, where he is an intellectual property litigator with experience in patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secret, and trademark opposition and cancellation cases.
  • Wells Bennett (JD) has been named the first managing editor of Lawfare Blog, which first went live in Sept. 2010.  Wells spent the past year as Lawfare's special correspondent and was previously a contributor.  He has written over 366 posts that have ranged from real-time military commission coverage to careful analysis of proposed legislation and recent habeas decisions.  
  • Kristin Ely Blazewicz (JD) was named counsel - corporate for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. in Burlington, Vermont in January 2013.  Kristin was previously an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco.  On June 1, 2013, she and her husband Julian welcomed their second son, Maxwell David Blazewicz.   
  • Oleg Cross (JD) Oleg Cross, founding shareholder of Cross Prescott Trial Lawyers in San Diego, has been selected by Super Lawyers for inclusion in their 2013 edition.      
  • Lauren DeSantis-Then (JD) has been named a shareholder in the D.C. office of Polsinelli where she focuses her practice on government investigations, business litigation, health care and government contracts.  She has also been recognized as a DC Super Lawyers Rising Star for government investigations.
  • Alyssa Greenwald (JD/LLM) and her husband Ted Wittenstein are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Thomas (Tommy) Harry Wittenstein on May 3, 2013.  Tommy joins big sister Lily.  Alyssa is an associate general counsel for Yale University.   
  • Le-Binh Hoang (LLM) joined the Swiss law firm of id est avocats in August 2013.  His practice focuses on intellectual property, data protection law and related commercial aspects.      
  • Glenn "Bo" Ketner (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen as an associate, where he represents clients at the trial and appellate levels in a wide variety of complex matters.  He previously was with K&L Gates, also in Charlotte.
  • Chris Kocher (JD) and his wife Lauren welcomed their daughter Arabella Brooke on December 8. 
  • Brent Lorentz (JD), a shareholder at Minneapolis-based Winthrop & Weinstine, has been named a leading practitioner by Chambers USA in the fields of intellectual property, employment, and complex commercial litigation.
  • Corey Then (JD) was named deputy associate counsel at the White House in March 2013.
  • Megan Walsh (JD) has made partner at Greene Espel in Minneapolis, where she represents and advises private and public sector clients, with a focus on federal securities litigation


  • Rebecca Bodony (JD/LLM) has joined Activyst LLC ( as legal counsel.  Activyst is a company that sells athletic bags and apparel and donates a percentage of the proceeds to fund female sports programs in developing countries.
  • Alicia Brewster (JD) has joined the Atlanta office of Cantor Colburn as an associate.  She focuses her practice on patent application drafting and prosecution.
  • Nathan Chapman (JD) joined the University of Georgia law faculty in the fall of 2013 as an assistant professor teaching Law & Ethics of Lawyering, Law & Religion and Georgia Practice. He previously taught at Stanford Law School, where he served as the executive director of the Constitutional Law Center. He taught Freedom of the Press in U.S. & Latin America, for which he was given the Knight Favorite Professor Award by the John S.
  • Ben Mitchell (JD/LLM) has been named operations counsel for GE Capital in Stamford, Conn.
  • Juan Cristobal Schmidt (LLM) is an associate with Barros & Errazuriz in Santiago, Chile.  He specializes in corporate law, financing, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, investment funds, and capital markets. 


  • Libby Magee Coles (JD) has been appointed by the North Carolina House to chair the newly-created N.C. Human Trafficking Commission.  Libby is the founder, executive director and managing attorney of Durham-based JusticeMatters, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to low-income clients.
  • Coraline Damien (LLM) has joined Lartigue-Tournois Associes in Paris as an associate.  Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law.
  • Jessica Eaglin (JD) has been named counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, where she researches and writes on the overreliance of incarceration in the U.S.  She previously was a visiting assistant professor at California Western School of Law where she taught federal sentencing law and civil rights law. 
  • Kristina Johnson (JD) is in Darfur, Sudan continuing to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  She has been selected as a Legal Protection Junior Professional Officer with the UNHCR and will be attending a training program in Geneva, before moving to her next assignment which will be two or three years at Dollo Ado refugee camp, on the Somalia/Ethiopia border.
  • Brandon Neal (JD), senior counsel in the law department at Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, has been elected to the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.  He also serves on the board of directors at Charlotte's Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  In November, Brandon and his wife Kerbie welcomed a daughter, Kennedy Marie.  Brandon was also recently named as one of the "7 to Watch" by the Charlotte Observer, the paper's feature on young community leaders.
  • Jonathan Pahl (JD) and Jessica Pahl '09 welcomed a daughter, Rebecca Claire, born on Jan. 5, 2014.  
  • Aisha Gayle Turner (JD) has been named managing director of corporate and foundation relations for Teach for America.  She married Shalaby Turner on April 13, 2013 in Austin, Tex.  Classmate Kristina Johnson served as a bridesmaid and classmates Ranjan Emani, Jennifer Avery, Lauren Phillips, Muriel Korol, Lily North, Ambrea Watts, and Sohair Aguirre were in attendance.  


  • Virginia Snider Carter (JD) has joined the Wilmington, N.C. office of Ward and Smith, where she practices in the area of estate planning and estate administration.  She also represents clients in long-term care planning and guardianship matters.
  • Adam Cooper (JD) has joined William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, a talent agency located in Beverly Hills, Calif., as a business affairs executive. He was previously employed in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP as an associate in the entertainment, sports & media practice.
  • Xin Dai (JD) has begun studying for the JSD degree at the University of Chicago Law School, where he is also a lecturer in law, teaching Chinese for Lawyers and Chinese for Business Lawyers. He was previously an associate in the Asia corporate practice group of Shearman & Sterling’s Hong Kong office.  He is also teaching with in the Ocean University of China School of Law and Political Science in Qingdao.
  • Adam Doverspike (JD) has joined the Tulsa, Okla., office of Gable Gotwals where his practice focuses on energy regulation, complex civil litigation, and appellate matters.  He is president of the Tulsa Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.
  • Daniel Emejulu (LLM) is a research analyst for the World Economic Forum, located in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Michele Okoh-Bernis (JD) is now a prosecutor in Judicial District 7 in Wilson, N.C.  
  • Jessica Pahl (JD) and Jonathan Pahl '08 welcomed a daughter, Rebecca Claire, born on Jan. 5, 2014.
  • Jessi Rivera (JD) was named in-house senior legal counsel at Universal Weather and Aviation Services in Houston in September 2013.  She was previously an associate at Haynes and Boone.


  • Michael Barrett (JD) is attorney advisor at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C.
  • Catherine Brewer (JD) and Daniel Singer were married on May 26, 2013.  Catherine is a litigation associate at Rouse Hendricks German & May in Kansas City; Daniel practices at Shamberg Johnson & Bergman in Kansas City, where he focuses on medical malpractice, automobile/trucking accident, and qui tam litigation.
  • Morgan Clemons (JD) is an attorney in the non-depository financial institutions section of the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance in Atlanta. In May 2012 she was the recipient of a Gold Medal Award for consistently high performance and contributions to the Department's mission, vision and goals.
  • Virginia Fitt (JD) has joined GlaxoSmithKline as counsel with the US pharmaceuticals legal operations team in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  She was formerly an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Orange County, Calif.
  • Emily Kennedy (JD) completed her clerkship with Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., and is now an associate with Jones Day, where her practice focuses on appellate advocacy and critical motions.  
  • Tania Khosla (LLM) was married to Kabir Taneja on Jan. 18 in New Delhi, India.  They make their home in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India.  Several of Tania's classmates attended the wedding.
  • Christopher Leach (JD) and Patricia Richman were married in Baltimore, MD on March 23, 2013.  Patricia is an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.; Chris is an associate at Gibson Dunn.
  • Veronica Allen McClendon (JD)  announces the opening of the firm of Toussaint McClendon Law, with offices in Atlanta and Macon, Ga.  The firm focuses on issues affecting children and people with disabilities with an emphasis on special education, school discipline, juvenile delinquency, child personal injury, child custody/welfare, and disability discrimination.
  • Matthew Moore (JD) has joined the Huntsville, Ala., office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, where he is an associate in the corporate, securities and tax practice group.
  • Kazuhide Ohya (LLM) has moved from Japan to Hanoi, Vietnam where he is an associate at Nishimura & Asahi.
  • Adam Pechtel (JD) is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Kailua, Hawaii.
  • Patricial Richman (JD) and Christopher Leach  were married in Baltimore, MD on March 23, 2013.  Patricia is an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.; Chris is an associate at Gibson Dunn.
  • Ryan Thompson (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of Winstead PC as a real estate finance associate.  His practice is focused on debt financing representation of both lenders and borrowers.      
  • Risa Weaver-Enion (JD) married Rhead Enion on August 11, 2013 in Malibu, Calif.  They have relocated from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
  • Brandon White (JD) has joined the U.S. Department of Treasury, as an analyst in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.   He was previously an associate with King & Spalding in Atlanta.


  • Charles Boudry (LLM) has joined the Geneva office of the law firm Lalive, where he specializes in domestic and international dispute resolution, both litigation and arbitration with a focus on disputes arising out of commercial and investment contracts, asset recovery and insolvency proceedings, as well as civil liability disputes.
  • Carolyn Cottingham (LLM) married The Honourable Simon Jeremy Welch Perry on April 27, 2013 in Palace of Westminster, London, UK.  They currently reside in New York.
  • Ari Cuenin (JD) has completed clerkships with Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat '57 on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Honorable Lee Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and is now a litigation association in the Dallas office of Baker Botts.
  • Laura Eschbach (LLM) is counsel at MicroStrategy, Inc. in Tysons Corner, Va.  MicroStrategy is a provider of business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services.  
  • Rebecca Friedman (JD) married Ian Holljes in Miami on February 8, 2014.  She is the tour manager of Delta Rae, a six-member Americana rock band based in Durham, and he is one of its founders.   » More
  • Abigail Faulkner Jones (JD) recently joined Babst Calland's Pittsburgh office as an associate in the environmental services group.  She assists clients on a wide variety of environmental matters.
  • Madison Jones (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where she is a member of the firm’s corporate department and practices in the capital markets and mergers and acquisitions practice groups. She previously was an associate at Haynes and Boone.
  • Shelley Kahn (JD) and Jameson Rohrer '13 were married in Berkeley, Calif. on Sept. 7, 2013.  They reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Paola Ledesma (LLM) has moved to Lubbock, Texas, and opened her own immigration law practice in July.
  • Robert McGuire (JD) Robert McGuire is a corporate associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York City.  
  • Bridget McNamee (JD) has joined the board of directors of Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization whose mission is to financially support the local Guardian ad Litem program.  Bridget is an associate in the Tampa office of Gray Robinson where she practices commercial litigation with a concentration on banking and finance. 
  • Guillermo Perrone (LLM) has been named general counsel of the online travel service,  He is headquartered in Buenos Aires.  
  • Michael Sias (LLM) was recently promoted to director of corporate development and legal at ESO Solutions located in Austin, Tex. Michael's role includes legal, strategy, business development, and sales operations for the software company.
  • Shirley 'Lanta' Wang (JD/LLM) has joined the corporate practice in the Nashville, Tenn. office of Waller Landsden Dortch & Davis.
  • Jasmine Wynton (JD) has joined the new lawyers group as an associate in the Dallas office of Jones, Day.


  • Richard Andrews (JD) has completed his clerkship with the Honorable William L. Osteen Jr., Chief United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, and joined the Greensboro, N.C., firm of Tuggle Duggins as a litigation associate.
  • Lucy Chang (JD) is working as an attorney for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.
  • Nicolas De Clerq (LLM) joined Shearman & Sterling’s London project finance group in September 2013.  
  • Fernanda de Queiroz (LLM) has joined the Sao Paulo, Brazil office of Vieira Rezende Advogados as a senior associate.  Her practice involves mergers and acquisitions, and securities.
  • Fernanda de Queiroz (LLM) has joined the Sao Paulo, Brazil office of Vieira Rezende Advogados as a senior associate.  Her practice involves mergers and acquisitions, and securities.
  • Hiroko Jimbo (LLM) has been named an associate in the Tokyo office of Hishimura & Asahi.
  • Gabriela Perez Sierra (LLM) has joined the Mexico City firm of Ritch Mueller as an associate.  He previously was a foreign associate at Cleary Gottlieb in New York.
  • Tyson Shaw (JD) is assistant general counsel, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of General Counsel, Employment Law and Ethics Branch, in Washington, D.C.
  • Nels Vulin (JD) has joined the Portland, Ore., office of Bullivant Houser Bailey, where he practices in the business law group. 
  • John Woodlee (JD) has joined the Bedell Firm in Jacksonville, Fla., as an associate focusing on complex commercial and general civil litigation.


  • Michael Benson (JD) has co-authored, with Hannah Demeritt and Allison Rice, “Do No Harm: The Importance of Safeguarding the Confidentiality of HIV-Positive Clients,” in the Fall 2013 issue of the North Carolina State Bar Journal.
  • Johanna Kelley (LLM) has founded and is executive director of the D.E.A.R. Foundation, which stands for Development, Empowerment, Action and Relief. The foundation, which held its official launch event Dec. 10 in Durham, is dedicated to protecting immigrant rights and promoting social justice through legal empowerment programs and educational activities. It serves North Carolina’s Wake, Durham, Orange and Alamance counties.
  • Jameson Rohrer (JD) and Shelley Kahn '11 were married in Berkeley, Calif. on Sept. 7, 2013.  They reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emma Smiley (JD) has been sworn in as a Clifton W. Everett Sr. Community Lawyer Fellow in the Rockingham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina.  She is spending a year providing a full range of legal services to low-income residents in Richmond County.