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  • David Roche (JD), an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in San Diego, was a guest on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” on Aug. 8, speaking about environmental implications of increasing global demand for sand.


  • John Moxley (JD) , a judge for over 40 years in the 18th Judicial Circuit in Florida, has been honored by the Space Coast Daily with a 2017 Space Coast Public Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. He served in the probate, guardianship, criminal, civil and family divisions, and for 17 years also administered the appellate division. He twice served as the Circuit’s chief judge, and has been active in state and county bar associations and taught trial advocacy for many years to new prosecutors and public defenders, and to experienced attorneys.


  • David O. Smith (JD) has published his second book about the New Testament, Unlocking the Puzzle: The Keys to the Christology and Structure of the Original Gospel of Mark (Resource Publications, 2016). His previous book was Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Paul: The Influence of the Epistles on the Synoptic Gospels (2011).
  • Joshua Treem (JD) Joshua Treem, criminal defense attorney and partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, is the featured cover profile of the January issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.  
  • John (Buddy) Wester (JD), who practices in the Charlotte office of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, received the 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. Presented by Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina, the award recognizes John’s decades of pro bono service to both Charlotte and North Carolina.


  • Dan Blue (JD), North Carolina state senator, is serving, for the second time, as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Part of NCSL’s mission is to “ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.” Dan joined the Senate in 2009, having previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1981 through 2002 and from 2006 through his 2009 Senate appointment.
  • James Garrison (JD) has published the novel QL 4 (TouchPoint Press, 2017), based on his experiences as a military cop during the Vietnam War. Jim was drafted during law school, returning to Duke following his tour of duty. The book won a silver medal for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. He is now retired from law practice in the oil industry, living in Houston.
  • Wells Hall (JD) has received the 2017 Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award from the ABA Tax Section ’s Pro Bono Award Committee.  Wells is the former Tax Section vice chair of pro bono and outreach, and a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Charlotte. He has been a leader in the Tax Section’s Adopt-A-Base program, which provides training to military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) participants on bases across the country.  
  • Donald Mayer (JD), chair of the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies and professor-in-residence at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, gave a lecture entitled “International Finance Today” at UNC-Asheville on Oct. 4. The talk was part of UNC-Asheville’s World Affairs Council lecture series. In his public speaking, publishing and teaching, Donald addresses issues of corporate governance, criminal liability and corporate corruption, corporate social responsibility, ethics and global capitalism, military security and private companies.


  • Candace Carroll (JD), of counsel with Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, has been included in San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers in San Diego list in the category of Appellate Law. Candy is also chair of the San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors.  


  • David Franklin (JD) has joined VLP Law Group as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group in San Francisco. His practice concentrates on real estate transactions and land use, primarily in California and Hawaii. He previously was a partner at Dentons US and its predecessor-by-merger firms McKenna Long & Aldridge and Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps.  
  • Ron Hoevet (JD) received the Honorable James M. Burns Federal Practice Award for 2016. The award, named after the legendary federal district court judge, is granted by the Federal Bar Association to a lawyer who has contributed to the practice of criminal law before the U.S. District Court of Oregon. Ron is a shareholder and founding member of Hoevet Olson Howes in Portland.
  • Mike Stajduhar (JD) has filled a vacancy on the city council of Logansport, Ind., where he retired in 2013. Mike’s 35-year banking career was spent in Charleston, WV, where he also served on the city council.
  • Jack Welch (JD), the Robert K. Thomas professor of law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University, has been named the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Southern California, sponsored by USC’s Office of Religious Life and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.


  • David Adcock (JD) has been elected an independent trustee of the Turner Funds’ Board.  David served for over two decades as general counsel of Duke University and Duke University Health System.
  • Dean Cordiano (JD) has been inducted as president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Dean, general counsel of Loureiro Engineering Associates, will serve as president for 2017 and 2018.
  • Eric Halvorson (JD) became dean, in September, of Trinity Law School, Trinity International University in Santa Ana, Calif.  Eric previously taught at Pepperdine, and is of counsel for a California law firm.          
  • Jim Kizziar (JD) has been admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jim is a partner with Bracewell and practices in the firm’s San Antonio, Texas, and Washington D.C. offices as part of the labor and employment section.
  • Jim Lewis (LLM) retired, in December, as United States attorney for the central district of Illinois. Appointed by President Obama to lead the 46-county district, he previously served as chief of the district’s civil division.
  • Robert Schuckman (JD) has been promoted to vice president, legal counsel, of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He will continue his role in JUF's Legacies and Endowments Department, where he leads endowment efforts and has been responsible for the growth of the Professional Advisory Committee, while also handling legal matters throughout the organization, both in-house and through outside firms. He joined JUF in 2001.
  • Gray Wilson (JD), senior partner at Wilson & Helms in Winston-Salem, has been elected vice president of the North Carolina State Bar, the state agency that “currently regulates over 27,000 licensed lawyers.”


  • Scott Gayle (JD) has been awarded the Jim Hart Governor's School Champion Award by the North Carolina Governor's School Foundation for his extraordinary contributions in supporting the Governor's School, a summer residency program for gifted and talented high school students. During his six-year term as fund drive chair and also as president, the Foundation raised over $1.0M to support Governor's School. Scott is a director at Tuggle Duggins  in Greensboro, focusing on commercial real estate and business law.


  • James Jones (JD), professor at Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, was a member on a panel on “Understanding and Managing Mental Health Issues in Federal Court” at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Conference in July. James is well known for his mental health advocacy efforts.
  • Arthur Miller (JD), a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co., was elected vice chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He previously chaired MSRB’s finance committee.
  • Arthur Miller (JD), a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., begins his second term as vice chair of the board of directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in October. He has been a member of the Board since 2014.
  • Wendy Collins Perdue (JD), dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, has been named president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She has held a number of positions within AALS, including chair of its Membership Review Committee, chair of the Sections on Civil Procedure and Conflict of Laws, and membership on a prior Nominating Committee. Most recently, from 2013-15, Dean Perdue served a three-year term on the AALS Executive Committee.


  • Val Broadie (JD) joined the Brookings Institution in April as associate vice president for institutional advancement. She previously was vice president for development and public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. In November, she was named the Fundraiser of the Year by the D.C. chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Steven Polard (JD) has moved his bankruptcy and restructuring practice to the law firm of Eisner Jaffe located in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he has become a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He previously practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine in Los Angeles.
  • Hubert van Tuyll (JD), professor of history and university advocate at Augusta University in Georgia,  has authored Small Countries in a Big Power World: The Belgian-Dutch Conflict at Versailles, 1919 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) and co-edited In Their Own Words: Augusta and Aiken Area Veterans Remember World War II (ARCHS, 2017).  
  • James Williams (JD) retired in May as chief public defender of Orange and Chatham counties in North Carolina, capping a 30-year career in public service. In retirement, James plans to continue working with the N.C. Public Defenders’ Commission on Racial Equity, which he co-founded, and with other organizations.  
  • V. L. Woolston (JD), a partner in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office, has been named chair of the firm’s national product liability practice. V. represents manufacturers in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and his practice emphasizes aviation, product liability and class actions.  


  • Jack Hickey (JD) has been elected to membership in the Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is the lead trial attorney at the Hickey Law Firm.
  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) served on a panel discussion on handling difficult expert witnesses at the Dade County Bar Association series entitled Giants of the Courtroom in June in Miami. He has been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association and to a two-year term as an American Association for Justice state delegate.
  • Eric Holshouser (JD) has been elected chair of the board of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc. Eric is a shareholder in the labor and employment section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Jacksonville, Fla., office.  
  • Mark Prak (JD) has been elected to the board of directors of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Mark is a partner at Brooks Pierce in Raleigh where he focuses his practice on media and communications law, as well as litigation on behalf of businesses and trade associations.


  • Paul Arne (JD), co-chair of Morris, Manning & Martin’s technology transactions practice, was sworn in, on July 1, as the chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Section. The Section focuses on the needs of lawyers who represent clients in technology-related matters – especially the challenges posed when technological innovation conflicts with long-established legal practices.  
  • Sol Bernstein (JD) joined Bank Leumi as associate general counsel, specializing in transactional lending. He was formerly associate general counsel at Citibank, N.A
  • Janet McHugh (JD) has been selected as executive director of the Television Music License Committee, which negotiates music performing rights licenses. Janet joined the TMLC from Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the country’s largest group broadcasters, where she had counseled stations and managed legal functions in key areas including music rights since 2009.


  • James Wyatt (JD), of Wyatt & Blake in Charlotte, N.C., has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • James Wyatt (JD) has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. James is founding partner of litigation firm Wyatt & Blake in Charlotte, N.C. The firm focuses on defending white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, and civil litigation.


  • Kim Hoover (JD) has been appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on LGBT Affairs. Kim is a real estate investor and developer in Washington, D.C.


  • Horowitz (JD), a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa, has been named the 2017-2018 Tax Attorney of the Year by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar. Mitch has also been elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and he also currently serves as a vice chair of the Court Procedure & Practice Committee of the Tax Section of the ABA.
  • Wilson Schooley (JD), of the Schooley Law Firm in La Mesa, Calif., has been named chair-elect of the ABA's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ). He also again reprised his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at a special American Bar Foundation gala in Point Clear, Ala. Previous performances were a full run of the play in San Diego, and appearances in Chicago, Illinois, Memphis Tennessee, and New York. 


  • Gill Beck (JD), an assistant United States attorney in Asheville, has been named the Lawyer of the Year by North Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly. Gill is also a major general in the U.S. Army Reserves.
  • Mark Costley (JD) has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state-wide nonprofit that “advocate for the discovery and understanding of the interdisciplinary role that the humanities play in the culture, identity, and history of North Carolina.” Mark is an estate planning partner at Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill with offices in Durham and Clayton.
  • Neil McFeeley (JD) was awarded the 2016 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award, and also named a 2016 Leader in Law by the Idaho Business Review. Neil is senior litigation partner with the Boise law firm Eberle Berlin Kading Turnbow & McKlveen, where he has practiced for over 30 years.


  • Brent Clinkscale (JD) has been named to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society. Brent is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he heads litigation in the firm’s Greenville, S.C. office.
  • Robin Panovka (JD) has co-edited and co-authored the U.S. chapter in The Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review (Law Business Research, Ltd., London, 2016). Robin is a partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York.
  • Rene (Stemple) Ellis Trehy (JD) received the 2017 Peace Award from the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section in March. A principle in the Durham dispute resolution firm of Beason & Ellis, Rene also is a long-time senior lecturer at the Law School, teaching an annual section of Negotiation. She has twice chaired the Dispute Resolution Section.


  • Jennifer Carson (JD)  was recently elected president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). She is K-12 world languages coordinator for the Virginia Beach (Virginia) City Public Schools. Jennifer earned an M.Ed. in 2011 from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. 
  • Lisa Kaplan (JD) has joined Ogletree Deakins in Altanta as marketing counsel in the client services department. She previously directed the LLM Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.  
  • Jeff Kern (JD) has been elected partner in the New York office of Sheppard Mullin, where he is a member of the government contracts, investigations, and international trade practice groups. Before joining Sheppard Mullin, he served as senior regional counsel in FINRA's Department of Enforcement and senior trial counsel in the New York Stock Exchange Enforcement Division.


  • Richard Ferris (JD/LLM) has joined the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development in Washington, D.C., as senior counsel. He previously was a partner and chair of the China regulatory and international practice team at Foley and Lardner. He also serves on the boards of several environmental and sustainability organizations, including the International Fund for China’s Environment and the China Roundtable.
  • Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe (JD) has been named South Carolina state president of Duke Energy.  He joined the company in 2002 and has held a number of positions -- most recently vice president, legal for Duke Energy’s commercial business organization.
  • Kathleen Hamm (JD) has been named the global leader of securities and fintech and the senior strategic adviser to the CEO on cyber solutions at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company. Earlier this year she rejoined the firm from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she had served as counselor to the deputy secretary and advised on risk management and regulatory issues in the financial services sector. While at Treasury, Kathleen also spearheaded the department's domestic and international cybersecurity strategy and related policy initiatives.
  • Anders Jessen (LLM) now heads up the office of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission that is responsible for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). RFMOs are a type of international organization that is dedicated to the sustainable management of fishery resources in a particular region of international waters, or of highly migratory species. Anders has held several leadership positions within the Commission.
  • Louis Lappen (JD) 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.
  • Joe Lucas (JD) has been elected a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Joe is a managing member and public finance attorney with Pope Flynn, a law firm with offices in both North and South Carolina.


  • Eric Hiser (JD) has received a 2017 Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America – the group’s highest honor for adult volunteers, presented since 1926 for devoted service to Scouting on a national level. A partner at Jorden Hiser & Joy in Phoenix where he practices environment, natural resources and administrative law, Eric has held national and regional BSA outdoor advocacy leadership positions for over 35 years.  
  • Debra Parrish (JD) and the Parrish Law Firm of Pittsburgh were one of five recipients of the 2017 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award, which is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to “honor individual lawyers, law firms, … and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others … by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.” Debra’s firm was recognized for its “work with helping to secure access to medical treatments and technologies for Medicare beneficiaries.”
  • Matt Sawchak (JD) has been appointed solicitor general of the State of North Carolina by Attorney General Josh Stein. The solicitor general’s office is “responsible for handling civil appeals before state and federal appellate courts and coordinates the agency's participation in amicus briefs.” Matt previously was a partner at in the Raleigh office of Ellis & Winters focusing on appeals, business litigation and antitrust. He also is the former chair of the N.C.
  • Matt Sawchak (JD) has been appointed solicitor general in the North Carolina Department of Justice by Attorney General Josh Stein. The solicitor general’s office is “responsible for handling civil appeals before state and federal appellate courts and coordinates the agency's participation in amicus briefs.” Matt previously was a partner in the Raleigh office of Ellis & Winters focusing on appeals, business litigation and antitrust. He also is the former chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.
  • Matt Sawchak (JD), solicitor general of North Carolina, received the Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Bar Association Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section in February.  Matt, who joined the N.C. Department of Justice earlier this year, was previously a partner at Ellis & Winters in Raleigh.


  • Karen Cashion (JD) has been appointed full-time CEO of the Alpharetta Technology Commission, a 501(c) 6 nonprofit trade association. She previously practiced with the Patrick Law Group in Atlanta.  
  • Anne Fitzgerald (JD) is featured in the July issue of Canadian Lawyer for her work as the chief legal officer at Cineplex Entertainment. She has been a key player in the company’s growth over the last 13 years.  See the article at
  • Brad Furber (JD) gave the commencement address in May to graduates at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Brad most recently spent three years as the founding business leader and COO of the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at New South Wales  University in Sydney, Australia. This summer he relocated to Switzerland.
  • Mandisa Maya (LLM) has been named president of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa by President Jacob Zuma. She previously was deputy president of that court. She is the first female to hold either position.  
  • Wendy Price (JD) became associate vice president for academic services at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore in July. She had served since 2010 as associate dean at the College at Washington and Lee University.  
  • rhonda Tobin (JD) has been elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). Rhonda practices in the Hartford, Conn., office of Robinson & Cole where she is a member of the insurance + reinsurance group, co-chair of the litigation section and a member of the firm's managing committee.


  • Caryn Copedge McNeill (JD) was sworn in as the 123rd president of the North Carolina Bar Association in June. She has also been selected as an honoree for a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law awards. Caryn is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, where she leads the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group.  


  • Katherine Hermes (JD) has coauthored Explaining Suicide: Patterns, Motivations and What Notes Reveal (Elsevier Academic Press, 2017). The book examines 1,280 suicides from the midwestern United States and also explores the history, theories, and culture surrounding suicide. Katherine is professor and chair of the history department at Central Connecticut State University.  
  • Robert Kaelin (JD) has been installed as the 83rd president of the Hartford County (Conn.) Bar Association (HCBA), the oldest bar association in the United States. An active member of the HCBA for 24 years, Robert served as treasurer in 2015-17 and president-elect in 2016-17. He co-chairs the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group at Murtha Cullina.
  • Sarah Ludington (JD) was named associate dean of academic affairs, on July 1, at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in Raleigh, where she is also associate professor. She has authored a chapter on the history of USDA farm and food subsidies in Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates (UNC Press 2017).  
  • Mark Patterson (JD) has retired, as a colonel, from the U.S. Air Force and is pursuing an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution at Fordham University, in New York City.
  • Paige Whitaker (JD) , 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.


  • David Elliott (JD) has been appointed deputy chief of staff and special deputy attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice. He has served in the NCDOJ since 1997; for the last 10 years as director of the victims and citizens services section, where he advocated against domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
  • Candice Savin (JD) has been appointed to the Westport (Conn.) Board of Education to complete a vacant term on the Board. She practices real estate law in Westport.  
  • Keith Smith (JD), general counsel for Carolinas HealthCare System, has been recognized by Charlotte Business Journal with the Corporate Counsel Award for Outstanding General Counsel. 
  • Mike Taten (JD) was elected to the management committee of Jackson Walker, where he chairs the corporate and securities group in Dallas.  
  • Darrell Zurovec (JD) joined Touchstone Communities in San Antonio, Texas in August as general counsel. He joins Touchstone from Zurovec PLLC, which he founded in 2008. Prior to leading Zurovec PLLC, Darrell served as senior vice president and general counsel for the Cornerstone Health Care Group and and for Mariner Healthcare. He serves on the Legal Committee for the Texas Health Care Association.


  • Paul Genender (JD), a litigation partner and member of the complex commercial litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2017 list.
  • David Kendall (JD) founded Bold Legal, in September, with offices in Denver and Boulder, Colo. The firm, of which David is also CEO, provides both legal and business advice and guidance. David previously founded Kendall Koenig & Oelsner in 2002.
  • Sterling Spainhour (JD) 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. 
  • Caroline Verbruggen (LLM) was sworn-in as a judge with the Brussels Court of Appeals on Jan. 16. She will also sit with the Market Court, a special division of the Brussels Court of Appeals that handles various administrative matters. Caroline had previously served as a judge with the Tribunal of First Instance of Brussels.


  • Jeffrey Collins (JD) has been named a managing partner at Foley Hoag. Resident in the firm’s Boston office, his primary practice focuses on investment advisers and private investment funds, in particular hedge funds.
  • Helen Dooley (JD) is senior vice president, talent representation and general counsel of Tandem Sports and Entertainment, a full-service sports and entertainment agency in Washington, D. C. She previously practiced at Williams & Connelly.
  • Taras Gracey (JD) has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in its Chicago office, focusing his practice on litigating patent issues in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. He previously was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson.
  • Paul Hespel (LLM) has joined Alston & Bird as a finance partner in their New York office. Paul was most recently a partner at Pepper Hamilton.
  • Justin Jacobson (JD) Justin Jacobson has co-founded Restoration Games, a company focused on reviving old-school board games, while adding a modern-day twist. Justin specialized in contract work and debt collection in Florida for over 20 years, but also made time to represent people working in the gaming industry, including a former Hasbro employee who is his Restoration Games partner. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in the spring, the company moved ahead and released three updated board games at August’s “Gen Con” board-game conference. 


  • Darren Jackson (JD), a five-term Democratic representative from District 39 (eastern Wake County) to the N.C. House of Representatives, has been elected minority leader for the 2017-18 legislative term.
  • Scott Schiefelbein (JD) has been named managing director in the Washington national tax practice for Deloitte Tax LLP. Scott's practice focuses on multistate tax issues.


  • Matthew Gaudet (JD) has been recognized as a "Georgia Lawyer of the Year" in the litigation – patent category by Best Lawyers.  He is a partner in the Atlanta office of Duane Morris.
  • Matthew Kirtland (JD) has been appointed partner-in-charge of the Washington, D.C. office of Norton Rose Fulbright. He joined the firm 20 years ago, and leads the international arbitration and transnational litigation practices in the D.C. office.  
  • Dayatra Matthews (JD) , senior vice president of legal & compliance of the Local Government Federal Credit Union, was confirmed in June as the 40th president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. She was also recently named Outstanding Corporate Counsel by the Triangle (N.C.) Business Journal. Dayatra is a member of the Board of the Wake County Bar Association, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Credit Union Advisory Committee.
  • David Morganstern (JD) David Morganstern has been named senior director of government affairs for Heineken USA in its Washington, D.C. office. He was previously a principal at the Podesta Group.  


  • Heather Bell Adams (JD) has joined the legal department of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company in Raleigh, where as senior counsel and senior vice president she oversees the bank's material litigation. Her debut novel, Maranatha Road, was released September 1 from Vandalia/West Virginia University Press.
  • Bill Davis (JD) was elected in November and began a four-year term in January as a district court judge in Guilford County, N.C. He had served for the previous 18 years as an assistant public defender in Greensboro.  
  • Jessica Lange (JD) joined Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, as vice president, associate general counsel, securities and finance in March 2016. She previously was an attorney at DTE Energy in Detroit.
  • Valecia McDowell (JD), litigation member in the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen, has received a 2017 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, presented annually by the Mecklenburg County Bar recognizing attorneys who champion diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte area.  Valecia is co-head of the firm's white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice and co-chair of its diversity committee. She also serves as general counsel of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Jason Miner (JD) has been named Oregon’s natural resources policy manager by Gov. Kate Brown. Jason served as executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a land use planning advocacy group, since 2010.
  • Sarah Solum (JD/LLM), a partner in the Menlo Park, Calif., office of Davis, Polk & Wardwell has been tapped as a member of the 2017 class of “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.


  • Barb Goffman (JD) won the Agatha Award (named for Agatha Christie) for the best mystery/crime short story published in 2015. Her story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" was the cover story of the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This story also was named a finalist for the Macavity Award for best mystery/crime short story of the year, given out by Mystery Readers International. Barb's story "The Wrong Girl" was named a finalist for the Derringer Award for best flash fiction story of 2015.
  • Abigail Kahl (JD) has been named co-chair of the family law practice at Denbeaux & Denbeaux in Westwood, N.J., where she is senior counsel.
  • Lisa Levin Reichman (JD) was inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in November. An accomplished distance runner, Lisa has completed over 20 marathons and is a 10-time Boston Marathon finisher. She won a gold medal in the half marathon competition at the 2003 Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile and is co-founder of Run Farther & Faster, LLC.
  • James Sammataro (JD) has been named to Billboard’s list of Top Music Lawyers of 2017. He is national head of the entertainment litigation practice group and managing partner in the Miami office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.


  • Scott Dodson (JD) has completed his first year as associate dean for research at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he is also the Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair and Professor of Law.
  • John Inazu (JD) gave the commencement address at Houghton College in New York in May. He is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and a professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.  
  • Juan Mackenna (LLM) has co-authored the Chilean chapter of the Geothermal Transparency Guide: An Overview of Regulatory Frameworks for Geothermal Exploration and Exploitation (BBA Legal, 2017 edition). Juan is a partner and head of the energy group at Carey law firm in Santiago, Chile.
  • Nathan Sales (JD) has been granted tenure as associate professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, counterterrorism law, administrative law, and constitutional law. He previously was assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law, and is of counsel for the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.


  • Ken Craycraft (JD) has been selected to join the Cincinnati Enquirer board of contributors, and will write an editorial per month on a topic of his choosing, focusing on issues relevant to greater Cincinnati. Ken has a law practice in Anderson Township and is also an adjunct lecturer at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in moral theology.
  • Ayumu Iijima (LLM) founded in 2016, and is senior partner, of Innoventier LPC, a boutique IP firm with offices is Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
  • Desiree Sumilang Kwik (JD/LLM) and her husband, Derek, welcomed twins, Dakota Olivia and Caroline Dylan, on Dec. 28, 2016. The family resides in Hong Kong.
  • Josh Malkin (JD) has been named to the Forbes Magazine Top 200 Wealth Advisors in the U.S., as well as the Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the U.S. Josh is managing director of the Malkin Group at Morgan Stanley. 
  • Antony Sanacory (JD) has joined the Atlanta litigation boutique firm HudsonParrottWalker, where he specializes in construction law. He previously practiced at Duane Morris. Antony is on the board of directors of the Construction Financial Management Association of Georgia.
  • Amy Scarton (JD) has been named assistant secretary of the Washington State Ferries Division of the Washington Department of Transportation. She previously was the department’s assistant secretary for community and economic development, and also served in senior transportation roles in the President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush administrations.


  • Brendon Fowler (JD) has been named partner at Perkins Coie. Based in Washington, D.C. Brendon focuses his practice primarily in the area of telecommunications and technology.
  • Aaron Futch (JD) married Sonia Winfield-Futch on July 23, 2016. Aaron is corporate counsel at LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Atlanta.
  • Andrea Ghoorah Sieminski (JD) and her husband, Paul, welcomed a son, Peter Vikram Sieminski, on Sept. 19, 2016. He joins big sister, Nora.
  • Joanne Kwong (JD) has joined Pearl River Mart, an established Asian goods emporium in New York City, as president. Joanne most recently had served as vice president for communications and counsel to the president of Barnard College.


  • Nicole Crawford (JD) has been named to the Triad Business Journal’s 2017 Outstanding Women in Business, an annual listing of the region’s top female professionals. Nicole is a labor and employment law partner in the Greensboro, N.C., office of Brooks Pierce.  
  • Frederick Isasi (JD) has been named executive director of Families USA, one of the nation’s leading health care advocacy organizations. He most recently served as the health division director with the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices.
  • Jaime Klima (JD) has been named chief counsel to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton. As chief counsel, she is senior legal and policy adviser, coordinates the rulemaking agenda of the Commission, and serves Chairman's representative on the Deputies Committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. She joined the SEC in 2012.
  • Tony Mauriello (JD) has joined San Diego-based Generation NEXT Franchise Brands as its first full-time general counsel. Tony previously had a corporate transactional law practice at international law firms, including Skadden Arps, Latham & Watkins, and Wilson Sonsini. An adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, he teaches the corporate technology externship.
  • Nicole Williams (JD) Nicole Williams, a partner at Thompson & Knight, has been selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List – 2016.


  • Tamala Boyd (JD) was appointed, in August, as general counsel of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, where she had previously served as associate and deputy general counsel.  
  • Randy Cook (JD) has joined Ankura Consulting Services as a senior managing director in the firm’s contractual compliance & risk and resilience & geopolitical groups. Randy most recently worked for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • Nicolas Diebold (JD) has been a teaching fellow at the University of Lucerne since 2012 and was appointed professor of Public and Economic Law in 2016. Prior to his appointment, he was head of internal market affairs with the Swiss competition authorities in Berne and he previously worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Zurich.
  • Kimberly Klimczuk (JD) has been named among the 50 2016 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  She practices at Skoler, Abbott & Presser. 
  • Josephine Ko (JD) has joined Vigilant, headquartered in Tigard, Ore., as an employment attorney. Vigilant offers a “suite of services to employers on the west coast focused on employment law, workers’ compensation, learning and development, safety and HR best practices.”  Josephine also frequently speaks and writes on employment law issues.
  • Allyson Jones Labban (JD), a partner in the health care practice group of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C., has earned her Certification in Health Care Privacy Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board. Allyson works with hospitals and other health care providers to identify, respond to, and resolve compliance issues.     
  • Ashwin Sapra (LLM) has been elected partner in the Delhi office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of the leading law firms in India, where he heads the firm’s life sciences and pharma practice.  


  • Megan Gaudetter Fairchild (JD) and her husband Michael welcomed a son, Thomas Vance, on Jan. 15, 2017.  
  • Jennifer Harpole (JD) has been promoted to shareholder in the Denver office of Littler, where she counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters.
  • Thomas Lenne (LLM)  has joined Fieldfisher in Brussels as a partner in the corporate law / M&A department. He previously practiced at Baker & McKenzie.
  • Chih-Chieh (Carol) Lin (SJD)  has been promoted to full professor at the National Chiao Tung University Law School in Taiwan. Carol also serves as associate dean. (LLM ’01, SJD ’05)
  • Robert Muth (JD) was appointed academic director of the University of San Diego School of Law legal clinics in July. As academic director, he oversees USD’s 10 client-service legal clinics, while continuing his previous role as managing attorney for the Veterans Legal Clinic, which he has overseen since its founding in 2012.  
  • Amy Mason Saharia (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation.


  • Marla (Zimmerman) Axelrod (JD) has joined the Philadelphia Eagles as associate counsel. Prior to her role at the Eagles, Marla worked in the labor and employment group in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
  • Michelle Park Chiu (JD) has been elected partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’s San Francisco office, where her practice focuses on complex litigation.
  • Matt Leerberg (JD) has been elected partner-in-charge of the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, and has joined the firm’s Management Committee. Matt’s practice focuses on appellate and business litigation in North Carolina state and federal courts; he is vice-chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section.
  • Garrett Levin (JD) has joined the National Association of Broadcasters as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and policy. Garrett served as senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) since July 2015, and was hired by the senator’s office as counsel in 2014.
  • James Nowlin (JD) has authored the book, The Purposeful Millionaire, 52 Rules for Creating a Life of Wealth and Happiness Now (Purpose Driven Publishing, April 2017), a memoir which details his “journey … to overcoming challenges, including surviving a near-death accident in 2012, which I call my awakening.” James is also the founder and CEO of Excel Global Partners, headquartered in Austin, Tex.          
  • Lee Perla (JD) has moved to the Department of Justice’s Civil Division – commercial litigation branch after six years in DOJ's Tax Division. He is in the intellectual property section, representing the United States in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, mostly in the Court of Federal Claims.
  • Dana Pirvu (LLM) has joined, Inc., an Amazon company, as corporate counsel in Palo Alto, Calif. She was previously underwriting counsel for Ambridge Partners in New York.
  • Dana Pirvu (LLM) has joined, Inc. as corporate counsel in Palo Alto, Calif. She previously was underwriting counsel at Ambridge Partners in New York City.
  • Wyley Proctor (JD) has been elevated to partner at McCarter & English, where she is resident in the firm’s Boston office and a member of its intellectual property/information technology practice.  


  • Tiaunia Bedell (JD/LLM) married David Henry on Nov. 4, 2016 in Santa Monica, Calif. Tiaunia is an associate in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office, where she is a member of the firm’s litigation department with a practice that focuses primarily on antitrust, breach of contract and transnational cases.
  • Bram Braat (LLM) has joined the Amsterdam office of Dentons Boekel as an associate partner in its public procurement and competition and antitrust practices. He previously was counsel at Brinkhof N.V.
  • Courtney Brown (JD) has joined the Durham office of Hunter Rowe Real Estate Agents and Advisors as a broker/realtor.
  • Emily Pitlick Mallen (JD) joined Sidley Austin’s energy practice in June as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, after 10 years of practicing law with Van Ness Feldman. She and her husband David welcomed a son, Eli Matthew, on Aug. 29, 2017.  
  • Emily Pitlick Mallen (JD) joined Sidley Austin’s energy practice in June as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, after 10 years of practicing law with Van Ness Feldman. She and her husband David welcomed a son, Eli Matthew, on Aug. 29, 2017.  
  • Ryan McLeod (JD) has been elected to partner in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. Ryan has taught seminars on corporate litigation at Duke Law’s Wintersession, and also at Columbia Law School.  
  • Beth Richardson-Royer (JD) and Chuck Messer welcomed a daughter, Maddie, on Dec. 19, 2015. Beth is deputy federal public defender in Los Angeles.
  • Allison Jones Rushing (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C.  She married Blake Rushing on Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
  • Jess (Bodger) Rydstrom (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she litigates complex civil cases, with an emphasis on commercial and patent litigation and professional liability defense. She is a member of the firm’s hiring committee and women’s initiative.


  • Michael Goodman (JD) has joined the Office of Regulatory Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Development at the Food and Drug Administration as an attorney-advisor. He previously was a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, and a visiting assistant professor at George Washington University School of Law.
  • Adam Hill (JD) has been elected partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate and banking.  
  • Meredith Levy (JD) has joined Kirkland & Ellis as a tax partner in the New York city office. She previously was an associate at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher.
  • Jerome Maiatico (JD) has been named an assistant United States attorney, located in Philadelphia. He previously was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
  • Sean Memon (JD) has been named deputy chief of staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Immediately prior to joining the SEC, he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington, D.C., where he advised clients in regulatory and transactional matters. 
  • Tomas Nassar (LLM) and his wife, Roxana Ortiz, welcomed a son, Felipe Nassar Ortiz on Aug. 16, 2016.
  • Justin Outling (JD), an associate in the Greensboro, N.C., office of Brooks Pierce, received the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” from the Guilford County Black Lawyers Association in November. Justin’s practice focuses on business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is also a member of the Greensboro City Council, representing District 3.
  • Justin Outling (JD) , an attorney in the Greensboro, N.C. office of Brooks, Pierce has been included in the News & Record’s “People of Influence: Top 20” list, which recognizes his role as an elected member of the Greensboro City Council as well as his service on several community boards.  Justin focuses his practice on business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and health care litigation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for UNC-Greensboro, his undergraduate alma mater.
  • Ana Santos Rutschman (LLM), 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."
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren (JD) 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.
  • Bryce Yoder (JD)  has been elected partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati, where he practices in the firm’s litigation group, with a focus on complex commercial litigation.


  • Alvaro Carrau (LLM) has been elevated to partner at Bado, Kuster, Zerbino & Rachetti in Montevideo, Uruguay. He joined the firm in 2000, and specializes in environmental law and international trade. He teaches administrative law and environmental law at the University of Montevideo.   
  • Jeff Mason (JD) has been elected partner in Stinson Leonard Street’s Minneapolis office. He practices in the firm’s financial services and class action litigation group.
  • Kimberly Maynard (JD) has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz in New York City as an associate in the trademark & brand management, and intellectual property groups. She represents emerging and established companies on intellectual property matters across a variety of industries, including technology, fashion, jewelry, finance, food, automotive, television and dance. She previously was an associate at Baker Hostetler.


  • Morgan Clemons (JD) has joined Emory University School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Financial Compliance. She continues her full-time practice at Aldridge Pite advising banks, mortgage companies, consumer lenders, fintech start-ups, bill pay, and international money transmitters on compliance matters.
  • Junko Kawai (LLM) and Adam Harris ’11 welcomed a daughter, Rena Kawai Harris, on Aug. 1, 2016.  Junko was recently a visiting scholar at Duke Law School, and practices with the Umegae Chuo law firm.
  • Wade Kolb (JD) has been named a shareholder in the Greenville, S.C. office of Wyche Law Firm, where he is a litigator and member of the firm’s environmental and sustainability team and the firm’s education practice group. 
  • Cesar Lanza Castelli (LLM) was married to Candelaria Escuti on Oct. 8, 2016, in Cordoba, Argentina. Cesar has founded the Lanza Castelli Law Firm.  
  • Kate Mayer (Supnik) (JD) and her husband Max welcomed their son, Theodore Emmett Mayer-Cesiano, on February 14, 2017. They live in New York City, where Kate is counsel at Hearst.  


  • Andrea Dinamarco (JD) has returned to the U.S. and joined GM Financial in Charlotte, N.C., as legal counsel. She had been an associate at Linklaters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and also consulted for a candidate in that city’s mayoral race.
  • Lauren Fine (JD), co-director of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project in Philadelphia, has been honored by the American Bar Association on its “On the Rise” list of top 40 young lawyers.
  • Adam Harris (JD) and Junko Kawai ’10 welcomed a daughter, Rena Kawai Harris, on Aug. 1, 2016. Adam is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City.
  • Nick Simon (JD) has joined the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp as an associate with the firm’s business representation and transactions group. He previously was an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. 
  • Gilles Waler (LLM) has joined the Luxembourg Bankers' Association as legal adviser for financial market regulation. Previously an associate with Clifford Chance, Gilles handles financial markets regulation, contributing to the Depository Banking and Market Infrastructure Clusters as well as the Financial Markets Committee.


  • Anas Albanya (LLM) (LLM ’12, SJD ’16) is a corporate associate at Vinson & Elkins based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate and securities matters including private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and corporate governance.
  • Yana Britan (LLM) is a commercial litigation associate at Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum in New York City. She was previously an associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner in Moscow.
  • Christina Brown (JD/LLM) is an associate in the business finance and restructuring department at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York City. She previously worked at GE Capital.
  • Kevin Elliott (JD) has been named finance counsel for Cheniere Energy, Inc. in Houston. He previously was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Sarah Elliott (JD) has joined Houston-based Porter Hedges as an associate in the firm's corporate practice group. Previously, Sarah was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • Taylor Frankovitch (LLMLE) has been elected partner at Bowles Rice in Pittsburgh, where his practice focuses in the areas of energy, commercial law, real estate and litigation.
  • Sergio Garcia Belmonte (JD) has joined Loeb Block & Partners in New York City as an associate. He previously practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell.
  • Kate Hunter (JD/LLM) 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.
  • Aditya Kurian (LLM) has joined O’Melveny’s international arbitration practice in Hong Kong. He most recently served as counsel and a country head at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
  • Ally Lamson (JD), senior associate with Jacobs Berger in Morristown, N.J., has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in family law in New Jersey for 2017.
  • Steven Lee (JD) has joined, as corporate counsel (the second in-house attorney), Farmers Business Network, an agricultural data analytics startup in Silicon Valley, Calif.
  • Steven Lee (JD) , corporate counsel at Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., has started a three-year term as a human relations commissioner in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Timothy Lee (JD) has returned to the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after two years in the firm’s Seoul office. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, including the organization and operation of private investment funds.
  • Hannah Woolf Vigoda (JD) has opened an immigration practice, Vigoda Law Firm, in Raleigh, N.C. She previously worked at the Robertson Immigration Law Firm, also in Raleigh.
  • Julia Wood (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of K&L Gates as an associate in its complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. She previously practiced at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York.  
  • Julia Wood (JD) and her husband, Todd Leskanic, welcomed a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Leskanic, on Dec. 16, 2015.


  • Tim Capria (JD) has joined the Nashville, Tenn., office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate on the intellectual property team. He previously was with Patterson Intellectual Property Law, also in Nashville.
  • Johanna Roldan (LLM) has been reassigned as a statelessness officer to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ country office in Bangkok, Thailand. Her main role is to support the office in implementing UNHCR's Global Action Plan to End Statelessness in Thailand. Thailand hosts the second largest stateless population in South East Asia (after Myanmar).  
  • David Tseng (JD) has joined Franklin Templeton Investments in San Mateo, Calif., as an assistant corporate counsel. He was previously an associate at the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings.  


  • Marcelo Braga (LLM) has founded the firm Pupe Braga Zirpoli Advogados in Recife, Brazil. He previously practiced with Da Fonte, Advogados.
  • Chris Bryant (JD) has joined the Charleston, S.C. firm Yarborough Applegate, after completing two federal clerkships – with Judge James A. Wynn of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel (Duke Law ’79) of the United States District Court for South Carolina. Chris serves on the board of Charleston Legal Access.
  • Chris Bryant (JD) has joined the Charleston, S.C. law firm Yarborough Applegate after completing clerkships for Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
  • Christina Mullen Carroll (JD/LLM) married Osman Carroll on June 26, 2016. Christina is an associate at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst in Dallas.
  • Devon Damiano (JD) joined the Department of Justice Legal Honors Program last fall. Devon, who holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy (MA) from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment along with her JD, is joining the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. She completed a clerkship with Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Adam Garmezy (JD) has joined the mergers & acquisitions/private equity group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. He previously practiced at Akin, Gump in Houston.
  • Stela Herschmann (LLM) has joined A Drop in the Ocean, a non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro that develops communication strategies to promote awareness, empathy and solidarity with social and environmental causes. She previously worked in Rio at Park + Institute Sitie for the Environment, Arts and Technology, and in Washington, D.C. as a fellow for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.
  • Natalie Laflamme (JD) has joined Sulloway & Hollis in Concord, N.H., after completing a two-year clerkship with Justice Robert Lynn on the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
  • Henry Phillips (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher after completing clerkships with Judge Gene Pratter on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Marjorie Rendell on the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Sean Spence (JD/LLM) has joined Proskauer Rose’s New York office as an associate in the corporate department, and a member of the private investment funds group. Sean previously practiced at White & Case.
  • Donna Stroud (LLM), a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals since 2006, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Campbell University in October. She received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Campbell, and is an adjunct professor at its Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson (LLM) was the featured commencement speaker at Guildford College in Greensboro, N.C. on May 20.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson (LLM), a former North Carolina Supreme Court associate justice and current vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, received the Elon Law School “Leadership in Law Award” in September.
  • Josephine Woronoff (LLM) is a teaching assistant and PhD student studying oceans law at the Perelman Centre of Philosophy and Law at the Universite libre de Bruxelles.


  • Mitch Blancard (JD) has joined Miller & Martin’s Atlanta office, where he practices in the firm's corporate department. He previously was an associate with Smith Gambrell & Russell.
  • Shivani Kapur (LLM) has joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as a corporate associate in New York City.
  • Andrew Ligon (JD) was married to Nicole Blumenkehl ’16 on August 20, 2016 in New York City. Andrew is a corporate associate in the New York office of Baker Botts.
  • Bryan McGann (LLMLE) has been named executive director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network of North Carolina. Bryan also teaches the Start-Up Ventures Clinic and the Advanced Start-Up Ventures Clinic at the Law School, is entrepreneur in residence at UNC Chapel Hill, a member of the founding team of the Carolina Angel Network, and of counsel to the Smith Anderson firm.
  • Kara Nisbet (LLM) has joined Youngs Law Firm in Belize City, Belize, as an associate.
  • Eric Pacifici (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an associate in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and private equity practice groups.  
  • Xiao Recio-Blanco (SJD) (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.
  • Osman Safak (LLM) has joined the legal department at Turkish Airlines in Istanbul as legal counsel, structuring aircraft financing transactions and other aviation-related transactions.
  • Brianna Strange (JD) has coauthored, with firm partner Mark Racanelli, “Ending Endless Punishment: Why Judges Should Address Criminal Records at Sentencing,” in the April 3, 2017 issue of New York Law Journal. Brianna is an associate at O’Melveny & Myers.  
  • Risnan Yosal (LLM) was married to Sierra Yuwono on Sept. 24, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Risnan is a senior associate at Zico Law in Jakarta.
  • Risnan Yosal (LLM) has joined Allen & Overy’s Jakarta, Indonesia office. He was formerly senior associate at Zico Law.


  • Anna Johns Hrom (JD) Anna Johns Hrom was married to James Hrom Jr. on Jan. 14, 2017 at Duke Chapel. Anna is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Duke.  
  • Nancy Joseph () , magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal  amongst its "Women of Influence" award recipients. The award recognizes Milwaukee-area women who are making a difference. Judge Joseph was recognized for her leadership in creating programs to expose Milwaukee's middle and high school students to the work of the federal courts and to careers in law.   
  • Jonathan Kim (JD) is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird, where he is a member of the litigation and trial practice team. He previously practiced at Reed Smith
  • Nicole Blumenkehl Ligon (JD) was married to Andrew Ligon ’15 on August 20, 2016 in New York City. Nicole is a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon Reindel in New York.
  • Nabil Makari (LLM) has joined Bank Audi SAL as a legal consultant in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Lucas Tesoriero (JD) practices in the complex commercial litigation department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.