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Class Notes

  • Michael Scharf JD'88 has co-edited Prosecuting Maritime Piracy (with M. Newton and M. Sterio, Cambridge University Press) published in June. The book addresses maritime piracy by focusing on the unique issues arising in the course of domestic piracy prosecutions, from the pursuit and apprehension of pirates to their trial and imprisonment. Michael is interim dean at the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University and directs its Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.     
  • James Smith BOV'86 , chief administrative patent judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office, received the Outstanding Public Service Award at the 93rd Annual Dinner in Honor of the Federal Judiciary in New York City on March 27. James also received the 2015 Champion of Intellectual Property (ChIP) Award from the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Washington, D.C. Bar in May.
  • Liz Gustafson JD'86, associate dean of academic affairs at Duke Law School, received a 2014 Meritorious Award from Duke University, in the category of Executive Leadership, for her contributions to the Law School and the University. 
  • Llew Pritchard LLB'61 received the 2015 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the King County (Washington) Bar Association (KCBA) in June.  A 50-year member of the KCBA, Llew is a partner at Helsell Fetterman in Seattle.            Over his career, Llew has been an extraordinarily active participant in the KCBA, the Washington State Bar, and the American Bar Association, holding leadership positions in all three organizations, as well as in other local, national and international groups. 
  • Allyson Duncan JD'75, circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, is the new president of the Federal Judges Association (FJA), a voluntary association of Article III judges devoted to protecting the independence of the judicial branch. Judge Duncan has been a member of the FJA board of directors and executive committee since 2011 and will serve a two-year term as president. This fall she will also assume the chairmanship of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference
  • Jennifer Evans JD'02 has joined American Airlines as senior attorney, employment law. She previously practiced at O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Gabriela Jara JD/LLM'14 and Edward Bersuder were married on July 2, 2015 in Hartford, Conn. Gabby is clerking for Judge Christopher Droney of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and, starting in August will clerk for Judge John Koeltl of the U.S. District Court in New York. Ed is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • Geovette Washington JD'92 , former general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is new senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Sharon Fountain JD'82 has been named one of D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2015 in the field of taxation. She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2015 in the area of labor and employment law. Sharon practices at Thompson & Knight.
  • Phillip Hubbart JD'61 has authored Making Sense of Search and Seizure Law: A Fourth Amendment Handbook (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2015). Judge Hubbart retired from the Third Judicial District of Florida in 1996 and returned to private practice as one of the founding members of Wetherington, Klein & Hubbart in Miami.