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  • Gulnara Iskakova LLM'05 is the ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has previously served as vice president and rapporteur at the United Nations Human Rights Council and as the Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the UN.
  • Chris Petrini JD'87 received an Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) for his pro bono co-authorship of an amicus brief on behalf of IMLA and several other parties in Lopez et al v. City of Lawrence et al, an appeal currently pending before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Chris founded Framingham, Mass.-based Petrini & Associates P.C. in 2004 and represents cities and towns as town counsel and as special counsel in various litigation matters.
  • James Crouse JD'80 has authored his debut novel, Broken Eagle (Catamount Island Publishing, 2016), “a hard-hitting story with a military-legal theme.” Jim practiced aviation law for over 30 years, and has taught an aviation law class at Duke Law and George Washington. He is the co-author of the casebook, Aviation Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 2006).
  • Ron Frank JD'72 has joined Blank Rome as a partner in the corporate, M&A, and securities group in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He joins Blank Rome from Reed Smith, where he was a partner for more than 16 years.  
  • Tim Profeta JD'97 has been reappointed to a third five-year term as director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Tim is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute, which works to help decision makers create timely, effective and economically practical solutions to the world’s critical environmental challenges.
  • Michael Dreeben JD'81, deputy U.S. solicitor general was honored at a reception at Georgetown University Law Center in April, following his 100th appearance before the United States Supreme Court. Praising Michael at the reception were Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael’s first appearance before the court was in 1989.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson '14 has been nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She has served as the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2015 and commissioner from 2014 to 2015. She served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2006 to 2012.
  • David McKean JD'86 was sworn in as the 22nd United States Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State John Kerry on March 14. David held several positions at the U.S. State Department, including director of policy planning since 2012; he served as Kerry’s chief of staff from 1999 to 2008.
  • Geovette Washington JD'92 has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States; she has been a member of the Conference since 2013. Geovette is the senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh, a position she has held since August 2015. Previously, she served as general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget from 2013 to 2015.
  • Gill Beck JD'85, an assistant United States attorney in Asheville, was honored as a 2016 Citizen Lawyer at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) in June. A major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, Gill has held a number of leadership positions with both the NCBA d the State Bar. Since 2007, he has served at the executive director of the State Bar’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Committee, an organization dedicated to ensuring effective access to the legal system for military service members and their families.