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Class Notes

  • Louis Lappen JD'88 was named acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December. Prior to this appointment, he was the first assistant U.S. attorney. Louis has served in the Department of Justice since 1997.
  • Dana Pirvu LLM'06 has joined, Inc. as corporate counsel in Palo Alto, Calif. She previously was underwriting counsel at Ambridge Partners in New York City.
  • Kate Hunter JD/LLM'12 has joined Bass Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office. Previously, Kate was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Norton Rose Fulbright.
  • Paige Whitaker JD'92 , deputy district attorney for Fulton County, Ga., has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace a retiring judge on the Fulton County Superior Court. She joined the DA’s office in 2010.
  • Xiao Recio-Blanco SJD'15 (LLM’12, SJD’15), staff attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., has also been named director of the Institute’s Ocean Program.
  • Neil McFeeley JD'85 was awarded the 2016 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award, which is presented to an attorney “who has, over a long and distinguished legal career, by his ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities, exemplified for his fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism.” Neil has practiced with the Boise law firm Eberle, Berlin, Kading, Turnbow & McKlveen for over 30 years.
  • Dean Cordiano JD'76 has been inducted as president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Associates. Dean, general counsel of Loureiro Engineering Associates, will serve as president for 2017 and 2018.
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren JD'08 was named solicitor general for the State of Georgia effective Jan. 1. As solicitor general, she will oversee appellate litigation and collaborate on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys at the Department of Law. Sarah previously served as deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation. Sarah and her husband, Blaise, welcomed a son, William Jr., on Sept. 21, 2016.
  • Sterling Spainhour JD'94 has been named senior vice president and general counsel of Southern Company Services in Atlanta, the shared services company that supports Southern Company's operating company subsidiaries. He joins Southern Company from Jones Day, where he was a partner in the Atlanta office since 2004. 
  • Ana Santos Rutschman LLM'08, the 2016-2017 Jaharis faculty fellow in health law and intellectual property at DePaul College of Law, has been named a Bio IP Scholar 2017 by the American Society of Medicine, Law and Ethics, based on her work-in-progress, "The IP of Ebola and Zika."