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Duke Law Half Century Club

  • Cassandra Franklin (JD) has joined the Los Angeles panel of JAMS, a private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, after decades of experience on both the carrier and policyholder sides of complex insurance coverage disputes. Previously, she was a partner and deputy chair of Dickstein Shapiro’s insurance coverage practice, and managing attorney of the claims coverage counsel group at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. 
  • David Allard (JD), retired administrative law judge, has received an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. He was profiled in the “Executive Spotlight” of Marquis Who’s Who A Lifetime of Achievement: Our Collection of Prestigious Listees (Vol. II, 2019).  
  • Allen G. Burgoyne (JD)
  • William Womble Jr. (JD) has stepped down as partner after 47 years of trial, litigation and regulatory practice with the firm Womble Bond Dickinson (formerly Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice) in Winston-Salem, N.C. During his career, Bill was a charter member and past president of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, a vice president of the N.C. Bar Association (NCBA), a recipient of the NCBA’s Advocate’s Award, as well as The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is one of the highest honors given by the Governor of North Carolina in recognition of service to the state. 
  • Christopher Britton (JD) has authored and published his third novel, A Blind Eye Crying (2018), a suspense/courtroom drama, whose protagonist is a struggling San Diego attorney. 
  • Gordon Rather (JD) , senior partner of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings in Little Rock, Ark., has been selected for the Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame for having been recognized 12 years in a row as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America. 
  • Judge Alan Goldsberry (JD) was honored in March by the Ohio State Bar Association in recognition of his 50 years of service to the community and the legal profession. He served on the bench of the Athens County Common Pleas Court from 1987 until his retirement in 2015, and currently serves as the Athens County law librarian and acting Athens County municipal judge.

1970

  • Bill Stevens (JD), senior counsel at Dentons in Atlanta, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daily Report, Georgia’s legal industry publication. The awards celebrate some of the most accomplished figures in Georgia’s legal profession.  

1971

  • Christine Durham (JD) was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the address at Westminster College’s May commencement ceremonies in Salt Lake City. She retired in November 2017 after 35 years as a justice of the Supreme Court of Utah and currently serves on the board of overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and co-chairs Utah Center for Legal Inclusion and the Coordinating Committee for Access to Justice. She is also a trustee for University of the People, an accredited, tuition-free, online institution for higher education.
  • Kenneth Rice (JD) has retired from law practice in Kennewick, Washington.

1972

  • Ned Leiken (JD) retired Jan. 1, 2018. He practiced at Leiken & Leiken in the Peoria, Ill., area.
  • Maryellen Madden (JD) Maryellen Madden married Judith Graves on April 28, 2018, in Philadelphia, where Maryellen is of counsel to Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, practicing commercial litigation. She was a guest lecturer on transgender history at the Law School in Fall 2017

1973

  • Dan Blue (JD), Democratic leader of the N.C. Senate and managing partner of the Raleigh law firm, Blue, was the commencement speaker for Livingston College in Salisbury, N.C. on May 4. Dan welcomed these Livingston graduates as freshmen at their 2014 Fall Convocation. 
  • Ken Starr (JD) has authored the book, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation (Penguin Random House, 2018). He has also joined the Houston office of the Lanier Law Firm, as of counsel. He previously served as president and chancellor of Baylor University, and dean of Pepperdine University School of Law.

1974

  • Candace Carroll (JD) has received the 2018 Outstanding Attorney Award from the San Diego County Bar Association. The award is presented to an exemplary attorney who provides outstanding community service above and beyond service to the legal profession. Candace is an appellate practitioner at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel with more than 40 years experience handling appeals in the federal, state, and bankruptcy appellate courts.She is a long-standing supporter of the community and is actively involved in a variety of legal and civic organizations. BOV
  • Tom Stevens (JD) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of New England College. He served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors and chief administrative officer of KeyCorp from 2001 to 2013. Before joining KeyCorp in 1996, Tom was the managing partner of Thompson Hine. He has also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

1976

  • Frederick Claybrook (JD), a former partner and founding member of Crowell & Moring, has joined the Washington, D.C. firm Nichols Liu as of counsel. A frequent contributor to scholarship in the field of government contracts, Rick is the author of numerous articles across multiple law journals, and received the 2016 Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association Writing Award.
  • Reeve Kelsey (JD) retired, in December, after 20 years on the bench as a judge on the common pleas court in Wood County, Ohio. He previously served as the mayor and on the city council of Perrysburg, Ohio, and as an assistant attorney general for the Toledo Region.

1977

  • Steven Gilford (JD) has joined JAMS as a mediator, arbitrator and special master based in its Chicago Resolution Center. Steve has more than 40 years of experience in litigation, insurance and negotiation of complex settlements, and most recently was a litigation partner at Proskauer Rose.

1978

  • Jan Adler (JD) has joined the roster of neutrals at Judicate West, a private dispute resolution service in California. He served as a magistrate judge for the Southern District of California for over 15 years, including two as presiding magistrate judge before retiring in 2018. Prior to joining the bench, he was a trial lawyer litigating complex civil matters. 
  • Charlie Condon (JD) has been appointed chair of the Santee Cooper Board of Directors by South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster. Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility. Charlie is former attorney general of South Carolina, and is in private practice in Mt. Pleasant.

1979

  • Randall Trautwein (JD)  a member of the Huntington, WV, firm of Lamp Bartram Levy Trautwein and Perry, has been appointed to fill a term, expiring in 2020, on the Wayne County Board of Education.

1980

  • Eric Holshouser (JD) has joined, as a shareholder, Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, Fla., where he practices labor and employment law. He previously was a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll. Eric is the 2019 president of the Board of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys.
  • Kirk Nakamura (JD) has been elected presiding judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. He was first appointed to the court in 2001 by then-Governor Gray Davis, and has served as assistant presiding judge since 2016. He is a former president of the Orange County Japanese American Lawyers Association, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, the William P. Gray/Lex Legion Inn of Court, and the California Asian Pacific American Judges Association. He was a board member of the Orange County Bar Association and the California Judges Association.

1981

  • John Yates (JD) and his wife, Ellen, received the inaugural Ragab Spirit of Hope Award from CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding disease-fighting research and supporting children with cancer and their families. John Yates chairs Morris, Manning & Martin’s technology group in Atlanta.

1982

  • Stan Padgett (JD) has authored Unveiled: Secrets to a Marriage That Lasts Forever (Beyond Publishing, 2019), written he says, “… to teach couples how to avoid some of the common mistakes that lead to divorce. This book provides readers with tools they can put to work in their marriages today, to make them lasting, loving and joyful." Stan is the managing partner of Padgett Law, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. He and Linda have been married for 42 years.
  • Hezekiah Sistrunk (JD) has been inducted into The National Trial Lawyer’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, which “recognizes and honors those few individuals, both past and present, who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American bar.” Hezekiah is managing attorney in the Atlanta office of The Cochran Firm.  

1983

  • Jean Gordon Carter (JD)  a partner based in the Raleigh office of McGuireWoods, is included on Business North Carolina’s 2019 Legal Elite list, and as Lawyer of the Year in the tax/estate planning area. She co-chairs the firm’s private wealth services group. The National Law Journal honored her as a Trusts and Estates Trailblazer.
  • Michael Lampert (JD) has been re-elected president of Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service in West Palm Beach, Fla. A fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and former chair of the Florida Bar Tax Section, Michael is a private tax and elder law practitioner in West Palm Beach.
  • Carolyn Woodruff (JD), president of Woodruff Family Law Group in Greensboro, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Bankshares, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Carolina State Bank, a division of Blue Ridge Bank. Carolyn is a frequent writer and lecturer on business valuation and federal taxation.

1984

  • Floyd McKissick (JD) was the keynote speaker for the Burke County, N.C. banquet honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 19. Floyd has served in the North Carolina State Senate since 2007 and represents Senate District 20, which includes Durham and Granville counties.  He currently serves as the senior deputy Democratic leader in the Senate.
  • Audrey Moran (JD) has been promoted to executive vice president of Baptist Health of Northeast Florida and named president of the Baptist Health Foundation. She joined Baptist Health in 2011 and was named chair of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
  • Wilson Schooley (JD) has been elected chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. He is also serving a three-year term on the ABA Journal Board of Editors, Wilson is the owner/managing partner of Schooley Law Firm in La Mesa, Calif., an appellate and litigation practice.

1985

  • Janet Ward Black (JD), principal owner of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., has been selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2018 Ebbie Award.
  • Anna Chacko (LLM) has been appointed general counsel of the Long Island Power Authority. She has over 20 years of utility, energy, and regulatory law experience, including senior positions at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), National Grid, and a privately held global energy and gas company.  

1986

  • Toni Jaeger-Fine (JD), assistant dean for international and non-J.D. programs at Fordham Law School, where she also is director of the International Judicial Research and Training Program, director of Recent Developments in U.S. Law, and co-director of the Summer Institute in New York City, has published Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona (West Academic Publishing, 2018). The book’s launch was celebrated during a panel discussion at Fordham on March 27.
  • Stephen Labaton (JD) has joined Booz Allen Hamilton as executive vice president for corporate affairs, where he will oversee Booz Allen’s corporate affairs, including marketing and communications, media relations, government relations and corporate social responsibility functions. Most recently, Steve was president, North America at Finsbury, a global strategic communications firm. He previously reported for more than 20 years at The New York Times, where he was a senior writer in the Washington Bureau.

1987

  • John Flyger (JD) was awarded a posthumous Hero of Child Justice Award in September by the advocacy group Child Justice, Inc. in recognition of his work in Burak v. Burak, a landmark child custody case decided by the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2017. John died on July 8, 2018 of gastroesophageal cancer.  
  • Brian Rubin (JD) and two of his Eversheds Sutherland colleagues received the Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for their article, “When Precedent Doesn’t Really Stand for That Proposition: FINRA’s Suitability Rule and the Meaning of ‘Best Interest,’” published by Bloomberg Law in December 2018.
  • Brian Rubin (), partner at Eversheds Sutherland, was named Pro Bono Attorney for the Month (of June) by Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) DC. Brian has taken on two pro bono cases from KIND, encouraged his colleagues to work with and support KIND, and headed a team that won asylum for his KIND client.  
  • Yan Xuan (JD) Yan Xuan has joined the Shanghai office of Squire Patton Boggs to launch an international public policy practice in China, advising Chinese companies on entering global markets and helping the firm’s international clients operate and invest in China. Most recently, Yan was the greater China president for market research firm The Nielsen Co., where he oversaw operations in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

1988

  • Mark DiOrio (JD) has been appointed to the expanded role of managing director and general counsel at Bulfinch, a private real estate investment, development and management firm in Boston. Mark joined Bulfinch in 1997, and has overseen the company’s legal affairs, as well as played key roles in asset management and development.
  • Steve Doyle (JD) was sworn in, on January 7, as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Prior to taking the bench, Steve practiced for over 28 years with the U.S. Department of Justice in a variety of positions in the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Most recently, he was civil chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama. Steve is also a colonel in the Army National Guard.
  • Taylor Ward (JD) has joined Taylor English Duma as a partner in its real estate practice in Florida, where he provides legal advice on matters including the purchase, sale, lease and finance of real estate. He previously practiced at Lowndes, Drosdick in Orlando.

1989

  • Wendy Sartory Link (JD) was appointed, in January, by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County through 2020, completing the unexpired term of the previous supervisor. Wendy is president and managing partner of her own firm, which focuses on commercial real estate, asset-based financing, title insurance, business transactions and corporate issues. She sits on the State University System Board of Governors, is a trustee of Palm Beach State College, and is also on the board of the Economic Council of the Palm Beaches, where she served as chairwoman.
  • Paul Sun (JD) has been selected as a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. A partner at Ellis & Winters in Raleigh, Paul wwas selected in the appellate practice category.  

1990

  • Brad Krouse (JD) has been named managing partner at Philadelphia-based firm Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg. He also serves on the firm’s first executive committee, sharing management responsibilities. Brad chairs the firm’s real estate and finance department.
  • LaVonne Lawson (JD) was installed as president of the Beverly Hills (Calif.) Bar Association in September. A solo tax attorney in West Los Angeles, Lavonne is also of counsel to the law firm of Albrecht & Barney and a former senior attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.

1991

  • Louis Citron (JD) has been promoted to chief administrative officer and chief legal officer of New Enterprise Associates, Inc. An 18-year veteran of the firm, he oversees all legal issues pertaining to NEA's investments, partnerships, operations and regulatory compliance, and is responsible for executing new strategic initiatives within the firm.
  • Garrett Epps (LLM) has been named to a bipartisan advisory board of the National Constitutional Center to assist in the development of a special exhibit, opening in spring 2019, to be “devoted to exploring the constitutional debates and key figures — from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to John Bingham and Harriet Tubman — central to the formation and ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.” Garrett is professor of law at the University of Baltimore, where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law, First Amendment, and Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing for Law Students
  • Dara Redler (JD) has joined Tilray, a pioneer in the cannabis industry, as executive vice president and general counsel. Headquartered in Toronto, she oversees the company’s strategic growth. Dara most recently served as vice president and senior counsel for Coca-Cola North America and held a number of leadership roles in the legal division during her 17-year tenure at The Coca-Cola Company.  

1993

  • Adam Cohen (JD) has joined Redgrave LLP as a partner in the New York office of the firm, which focuses exclusively on eDiscovery and information law. With more than 20 years of experience in law and technology, Adam assists clients with cybersecurity, digital forensics and eDiscovery, data privacy, information governance, and records management. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Fordham and Cardozo Law Schools.
  • Colin P.A. Jones (JD/LLM) has co-authored The Japanese Legal System (Hornbook Series, West Academic Publishing, 2019). Colin is a member of the faculty of law at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Anne Lindner (JD) has been appointed vice president for state legislative affairs for Pepco Holdings, a national competitive energy provider. She will set legislative strategy and drive company priority initiatives, identify public policy trends and lead legislative initiatives. She joins Pepco Holdings from parent company Exelon, where she developed legislative and regulatory strategy.  
  • Peter Lobl (JD) authored a commentary in the June 8 issue of the New York Law Journal titled “How a NY Lawyer Lost His Job Because of Depression and Anxiety.” Peter is a clinical psychologist practicing in New York City and an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. He also works as faculty in the Harlem Family Medicine Residency at The Institute for Family Health where he teaches medical residents about the impact of psychosocial factors on patient health.

1994

  • Rindala Beydoun (JD/LLM) founded boutique firm Tribonian Law Advisors (TLA), based in the United Arab Emirates, and operating in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, in 2011; the firm was integrated by international firm BonelliErede in June. Rindala took on the role of managing partner of BonelliErede Middle East and is a member of the firm’s Africa Committee.
  • Randall Clark (JD) has been promoted to deputy general counsel and chief human resources officer at Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy company headquartered in San Diego. He has served in various leadership and legal capacities at the Sempra Energy family of companies over the last 18 years.
  • Satana Deberry (JD) has been elected district attorney of Durham County. She was unopposed on the November ballot after defeating the incumbent in the primary election last May. She previously was executive director of the N.C. Housing Coalition and earlier practiced criminal defense law and worked with Self-Help in Durham.
  • Jason Hanson (JD) has been appointed president, chief executive officer and director of enGene, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Montreal and Boston. Jason most recently served as president and CEO of Ohana Biosciences, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Mass., and previously as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for NuVasive, Inc. and as corporate vice president of General Electric Company and member of the senior executive team of GE Healthcare.
  • Mark Pugsley (JD), chair of the securities litigation group at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a third division commissioner of the Utah State Bar. 
  • Cameron Young (LLM) has been named COO of CEIBA Investments, Ltd., which focuses on investment in Cuba’s commercial real estate, tourism, and other sectors of the Cuban economy. He previously practiced at Berger, Young & Associates.

1995

  • Cristina Arumi (JD) has rejoined Hogan Lovells, where she heads the firm’s U.S. REIT tax practice. Before departing for Ernst & Young in 2013, she spent 17 years with Hogan Lovells, focusing her practice on the tax aspects of capital markets and M&A transactions.

1996

  • David Kushner (JD) , a partner in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce, has been appointed to an initial two-year term on the board of directors of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. His practice focuses on issues related to broadcasting, media policy, First Amendment matters and defamation.
  • Eric Moses (JD) has been named president of the XFL football team in Washington, D.C., which will take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season. Eric is responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience. He most recently was the senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment & special events for Events DC.

1997

  • Leif Cervantes de Reinstein (JD) has joined Sheppard Mullin’s entertainment and digital media practice group as a partner in Century City, Calif. Leif was most recently a partner at Reed Smith, where he was head of the global television practice.
  • Jennifer Yelton Henry (JD) has joined Estes Thorne & Carr in Dallas, one of the largest women-owned law firms in the Southwest, as a partner. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation

1998

  • David Archey (JD) has been named, by FBI Director Christopher Wray, as special agent in charge of the Richmond Field Office. He most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters and was assigned as the FBI senior lead at the Special Counsel’s Office. He joined the FBI in 2001.
  • Brandon Blevans (JD) has been admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Based out of the California wine country, Brandon's practice focuses primarily on the litigation of complex, high net worth, marital dissolution cases throughout northern California.
  • Nicole Becton Jackson (JD) has been promoted to chief legal officer and advisor for Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia. She joined Events DC in 2009 as the deputy general counsel of sports, entertainment and special events. She now provides legal guidance to the president and chief executive officer, executive staff, and Board of Directors. She oversees the Office of General Counsel and is a policy advisor on all major organizational operations and initiatives.
  • Valecia McDowell (JD), a litigation partner at Moore & Van Allen’s Charlotte office, has been named to the firm’s management committee. She is co-head of the firm’s white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice.
  • Bobby Sharma (JD) has joined Foley & Lardner as special adviser to its sports industry team, based in the New York office. Bobby is founding partner of Electronic Sports Group (ESG), an esports advisory firm, a partner at GACP Sports, a sports-related private equity firm, and the chairman of Blue Devil Holdings, an international sports, media, and entertainment investment company.
  • Jesus Villa (JD) has joined the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development as equal rights division administrator.  He previously was lead employee relations consultant and equal employment opportunity officer at Northwestern Mutual.  

1999

  • James Sammataro (JD) has joined Pryor Cashman as partner and co-head of the firm’s media + entertainment group. He is jointly-based in Los Angeles and Pryor Cashman's newly established Miami office. He was previously a managing partner at Strook & Strook & Lavin.
  • Kenya Scott Woodruff (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Katten Muchin Rosenman as a partner in the health care practice, where she focuses on transactions and compliance matters for physicians, hospitals, home health providers, hospice providers and others in the health care industry.  She previously was a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas.

2000

  • Kevin Anderson (JD) has joined Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group based in Washington, D.C. He was previously a partner with Wiley Rein where he chaired the patent litigation practice.  
  • Gregg Behr (JD), executive director of The Grable Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been named a member of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Class of the North Allegheny Foundation. In his 12th year as executive director of The Grable Foundation, Gregg manages a grant making portfolio advancing high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. In 2016, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change for his efforts to advance learning.
  • Alaina Brooks (JD) has been named “General Counsel of the Year” by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. Alaina is executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer, secretary and member of the executive leadership team of EnLink Midstream
  • Alaina Brooks (JD) has been promoted to executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer, and secretary at EnLink Midstream in Dallas. She leads several departments across the company, including legal, regulatory, human resources, public and industry affairs, and environmental health and safety. She joined EnLink's predecessor company in 2008, filling several legal position.
  • Scott Dodson (JD) has been appointed as the inaugural Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. distinguished professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, he previously held the James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation. Scott also serves as the school’s associate dean for research.
  • Mirah Horowitz (JD) has been named the executive director consultant of the Kauai Humane Society in Lihue, Hawaii. She joined the shelter’s board of directors in March, and previously founded Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C.  Mirah is an executive search consultant, recruiting leaders for nonprofits and universities across the United States.   
  • Radtke,Gerard (LLM) has been elected partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is a partner in the corporate department in Hong Kong, where his practice focuses on securities offerings, credit and other corporate finance transactions.
  • David Szekeres (JD), senior vice president for business development and general counsel for Heron Therapeutics, Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP). The Institute, located in San Diego, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding basic human biology and disease and advancing scientific discoveries to impact human health.

2001

  • Faye Rodman Barbour (JD), an in-house employment attorney for Turner Broadcasting, has been promoted to assistant general counsel. Her clients include Turner's advertising sales department, as well as several divisions of CNN. She is also the attorney responsible for all on-air talent agreements across CNN Worldwide. 
  • Kristi Bowman (JD) has been appointed senior advisor to the provost at Michigan State University (MSU), where she is also professor of law and affiliated faculty in the College of Education. She has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) and is involved in the Restatement of Children and the Law project. For spring 2019, Kristi is a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in recognition of her scholarship in education law and policy.
  • Timothy Johnson (JD) has been named executive vice president and general counsel of BMC Stock Holdings, Inc., a provider of diversified lumber and building materials located in Raleigh, N.C., managing all the company’s legal matters, including corporate governance, acquisitions and litigation. He joins BMC from Ply Gem, a leading manufacturer of building products based in Cary, N.C., where he served as senior vice president and general counsel since 2008.
  • Kiyoung Kim (LLM) has been named a justice at Constitutional Court of Korea.  
  • Pamela Lialias (JD) has been awarded the Homeopath Master Clinician diploma by Louis Klein, FSHom, a graduate level course for advanced practitioners of homeopathy.  
  • Stephen Pedersen (JD) has joined Medical Solutions, a travel nurse staffing company, as general counsel. Steve is based in Omaha. He is former managing director and general counsel at Javlin Capital. 

2002

  • Ryan DiSantis (JD) has joined Jones Day’s Boston office as of counsel, representing clients in investigations and government enforcement actions, with a focus on cybersecurity, white collar defense, and trial work. Ryan was an assistant U.S. attorney for over a decade.
  • Terry Eaton (JD) and his wife Meera welcomed baby Ameer to their family January 1, 2018. Terry is founder and principal of The Eaton Law Firm, litigation specialists, in Washington, D.C.
  • Derek Meilman (JD) has joined King & Spalding as a partner in the London office. He previously was a partner at Hogan Lovells in New York and London.

2003

  • Matthew Kane (JD) has been promoted to general counsel and chief compliance officer at Z Capital Group, where he has also been appointed to the firm’s management committee. He joined Z Capital as deputy general counsel in 2014.  
  • Heather Olson (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and product liability litigation.
  • Eric Spencer (JD) has been elected partner in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer, where he co-chairs the firm's political law group. He previously served as state election director and in-house counsel for the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.  

2004

  • David Andreasen (JD) has joined the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment of California's south central coast. David is in private practice in Santa Barbara, specializing in criminal appeals.
  • Cory Kampfer (JD) has been appointed chief operating officer and general counsel of On Deck Capital, Inc. He first joined the company in 2011, and is located in Denver.
  • William Kirby (JD) has joined Petrelli Previtera Schimmel’s Philadelphia office, where his practice concentrates on family law, including divorce, separation, child custody, support disputes, property division, and others. He previously practiced at Ansa Assuncao, also in Philadelphia.
  • Phillip Nelson (JD) has joined Holland & Knight as senior counsel in its Chicago office. A bankruptcy attorney, he advises clients in distressed debt, restructuring and insolvency matters and previously practiced at Locke Lord.  

2005

  • Ron Aizen (JD) has joined the New York office of Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the firm’s executive compensation + ERISA group. He previously practiced at Davis Polk. He advises clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies, and equity capital markets matters, such as initial public offerings.
  • Gretchen Bellamy (JD) joined the staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 as the senior director – education, operations & initiatives in the Office for Diversity Inclusion. She previously was senior strategist for Walmart Inc.’s Global Office of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, and assistant general counsel in the Legal Operations Group for Walmart.
  • Mike Levin (JD) has been elected to the United States Congress representing California’s 49th district. In his practice, Mike has focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs. He has served for several years on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County.
  • Elizabeth Noble (JD) has been named an assistant district attorney, serving Waldo County, Maine. She previously practiced with Harmon, Jones & Sanford in Camden.
  • David Prestwood (JD) has joined Target Corporation as director of government affairs. He previously served as a strategy consultant to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership and director of communications for the mayor of Minneapolis.

2006

  • Jieni Gu (JD) has joined Haiwen & Partners in Shanghai, where she specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. She previously was a partner at Ropes & Gray in Shanghai.
  • Yendelela Neely Holston (JD) has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as chief diversity & inclusion officer and as partner on the firm’s labor & employment team. She most recently was assistant vice president—senior legal counsel at AT&T. Before joining AT&T, Yendelela was an associate and then a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend from 2006 through 2015. A member of the Furman University Board of Trustees, she was honored with the Community Champion Award at the annual Corporate Counsel Awards in Atlanta in May.
  • Matt Leerberg (JD) is the first attorney inducted into Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” for appellate practice. He was inducted into the 2017 NC Pro Bono Honor Society, a recognition by the Supreme Court of North Carolina of attorneys who donate 50 or more hours of legal services through the state’s voluntary pro bono reporting effort. Matt is managing partner of Fox Rothschild’s Raleigh and Wilmington offices and focuses his practice on helping businesses navigate state and federal litigation and appeals.  
  • Garrett Levin (JD) has been named CEO of the trade group Digital Media Association. He most recently has been senior vice president/deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and policy at the National Association of Broadcasters) radio trade group.

2007

  • Mereditih Tanchum Altieri (JD) and her husband, Daniel, welcomed a second son, Jacob Errol, on June 15, 2018. The family lives in Durham.
  • Erica Williamson Barnes (JD) has re-joined the Birmingham, Ala., office of Maynard Cooper & Gale as a shareholder in the white-collar defense and investigations practice. She returned to the firm after four years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.
  • Nathan Chapman (JD), associate professor of law at the University of Georgia, was selected by the law student body to receive the 2018 C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nathan’s scholarship is in two areas: the history of due process and law and religion; his most recent articles "Due Process Abroad," 112 Nw. U. L. Rev. 377 (2017); and "Due Process of War," 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018).
  • Sylvia Winston Nichols (JD) has been chosen by her firm, Jackson Kelly, as a member of the 2019 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Sylvia is a member of the firm based in its Morgantown, WV office, where she practices in the areas of civil litigation.

2008

  • Emilia Beskind (JD) welcomed a daughter, Annabella Rose Beskind, on February 28, 2019.
  • Caiafa (JD) Meredith Caiafa has been elected partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, based in Atlanta. She represents corporate clients with respect to employment, executive compensation and restrictive covenants as part of the employment & employee benefits and litigation practices.
  • Chris Dodrill (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Greenberg Traurig as a litigation attorney. Chris previously practiced at Jones Day, and was a deputy attorney general and division director for the State of West Virginia.
  • Tadhg Dooley (JD) has been promoted to partner in the litigation department of Wiggin and Dana in New Haven, Conn., where his practice focuses on appeals and complex civil litigation. A member of the firm's appellate practice group, Tadhg co-directs the Appellate Litigation Project at Yale Law School and is the co-author of the firm's Supreme Court Update.
  • Jessica Eaglin (JD) received a 2019 Indiana University Bloomington Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The award identifies promising tenure-track faculty and carries a grant to support future research. An associate professor, Jessica joined the Maurer School of Law in 2015, where her scholarship lies at the intersection of the technological revolution and its implications for criminal justice and social justice.
  • Tomas Nassar (LLM) was one of 10 finalists for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Americas Rising Star” in the category of “Best Corporate Rising Star in Latin America”. He is a partner in  Nassar Abogados' corporate/M&A department and represents private equity funds and multinational companies doing business in Costa Rica.   
  • Justin Outling (JD), partner at Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C., has been appointed co-chair of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s Board of Visitors. He has served on the board since 2013 and will co-chair the board with his wife, Cora Outling. A Greeneboro city councilman, Justin focuses his practice on business litigation and white-collar criminal defense.
  • Leanne Reagan (JD) has joined, as a shareholder, the employee benefits and compensation practice in the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig. She previously was a partner at Akerman.
  • Brian Rosenzweig (JD) has been elected a member in the Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. His practice is focused on corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on the energy sector.
  • Ana Santos Rutschman (LLM) has joined the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Law as an assistant professor in the Center for Health Law Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of health law, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology. In 2017, she was named a Bio IP Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and in 2018 she was named a Health Law Scholar by the same institution.
  • Pelham Wilder IV (JD) and Kathryn Wilder welcomed a son, Pelham Wilder V, born January 27, 2018.  

2009

  • Jennifer Brevorka (JD) has been promoted to partner at Houston law firm Rusty Hardin & Associates. A trial lawyer, she handles both criminal and civil matters.  
  • Kamil Chaudhary (JD) has been appointed vice president and general counsel of Alfresco Software in San Mateo, Calif. He joined the company in 2014 as assistant general counsel.
  • Jonathan Christman (JD) has been elevated to partner in the Blue Bell, Penn., office of  Fox Rothschild. Jon represents clients in cases involving the First Amendment, class and collective actions and federal employment laws.
  • Ryan Purcell (JD) has been promoted to partner in Gunderson Dettmer’s New York office. His practice is focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, as well as venture capital and growth equity funds.
  • Conrad van Loggerenberg (LLM) has been elected partner in the corporate department of Paul Weiss, resident in the firm’s New York office. He is part of the private funds group, where he advises on the formation of a variety of private investment funds, as well as investment management M&A transactions and other funds-related matters.
  • Bob Walker (JD) and his wife, Anna, welcomed a son, John Robert "Jack" Walker, V, on July 28, 2018. Bob, Anna, Jack, and his big sister, Caroline live in Durham.

2010

  • Lyndon Carter (JD) has been promoted to senior associate counsel in the development law department of Darden Restaurants, Inc. in Orlando. He joined the company in 2017, and is responsible for the real estate legal issues of 1,700+ open restaurants operated by the company. He and his wife Micaella welcomed their first child, Brixton Luke, on January 4, 2018.
  • Morgan Clemons (JD) financial services attorney in Atlanta and adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, served as contributing editor of Dury Consulting Presents: The Lawyers' Activity & Coloring Book. The book is intended to provide relaxing activities for lawyers and law students to relieve stress and anxiety associated with the practice of law and the law school experience.
  • Meghan Ferguson (JD) has joined the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as principal counsel in the Main Enforcement Division. She practiced at Williams & Connolly for the last seven years.
  • Virginia Fitt (JD) has joined Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Boston as senior director, U.S. commercial counsel. Previously, she was senior counsel with GlaxoSmithKline in Durham.
  • Brooke Girley (JD) has joined start-up Ambo TV, a New York-based streaming network broadcasting Christian sermons with an in-studio discussion, as chief content officer. Brooke previously was principal for seven years of The Girley Law Firm in Orlando.
  • Waverly Gordon (JD) has been promoted to deputy chief counsel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S House of Representatives. She previously served the Committee as health counsel.
  • Peter McCary (JD) is serving a two-year detail as a staff attorney to the Assistant Division Counsel for Tax Litigation, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, I.R.S. Office of Chief Counsel in Jacksonville, Fla. In May 2018, Peter married Jennifer Summers in Ponte Vedra, Fla. 
  • Kip Nelson (JD) has earned certification as an appellate specialist from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Kip is an associate attorney with Fox Rothschild LLP. He joined the firm through its recent merger with Smith Moore Leatherwood.
  • Sheena Paul (JD) was profiled and featured on the cover of the May issue of Austin Woman magazine. Sheena is chief operating officer of World Class Holdings, a private real-estate-focused investment firm headquartered in Austin, Texas
  • Adam Zwecker (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Miami office of Akerman, where he specializes in real estate leasing, purchase and sale, and finance transactions.

2011

  • Mong-Hwa Chin (LLM) (LLM ’11, SJD ’14) was promoted from assistant to associate professor (a tenured position) at National Chiao Tung University School of Law in Taipai, Taiwan.  He is also division director of the Office of International Affairs at the university. 
  • Jaime de Larraechea Carvajal (LLM) has joined Garrigues as partner at its Santiago, Chile office, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate and financial matters. He also has experience advising on cross-border transactions to Chilean clients investing abroad. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for the past three years as a partner in Cruzat, Vicuña, de Larraechea Abogados.
  • Andrea Dinamarco (JD) has been named corporate counsel-structured finance at Tesla, Inc., based in Fremont, Calif. She previously was lead counsel at GM Financial.
  • Nick Simon (JD) has been elected partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp. He practices in the business representation & transactions group and advises companies, financial institutions, and investors in corporate, finance and commercial transactions.
  • Ryan Stoa (JD) has published Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry (MIT Press, 2018).  The book reflects on how the future of post-legalization marijuana farming can be sustainable, local, and artisanal.

2012

  • Luca Bertazzo (LLM) and his wife, Sophie, welcomed a daughter, Daphne Alexandra, on October 23, 2018.
  • Upasana Garnaik (LLM) started the Ph.D. program in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in August. Most recently, she served as a legal officer for Lawyers Collective, an NGO in India which promotes human rights issues, and as an assistant professor at Jindal Global Law School.
  • Hiroko Jimbo (LLM) has been appointed partner at Hishimura & Asahi in Tokyo, where she was a member of the team which won an International Financial Law Review Asia-Pacific Award 2019 for M&A and private equity.
  • Einat Levy (JD) has joined Vimeo LLC in New York as senior counsel. She previously was a member of the capital markets group at Skadden.

2013

  • Shannon Arata (JD) was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper in June as a member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) with special training in freshwater, estuarine, marine biological or ecological sciences. Shannon is a staff attorney at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic; she previously worked as a legal intern for the N.C. Conservation Network and the Southern Environmental Law Center. The EMC is a 15-member commission responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air and water resources.
  • Zach Kleiman (JD) married Jenny Fernandez on April 7, 2018. Zach has been promoted to team counsel and assistant general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Zach Kleiman (JD) has been named executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. He most recently served the organization as team counsel and assistant general manager.
  • Tori Simmons (JD) has received a 2019 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. Tori is an associate for the litigation group at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, where she focuses on complex commercial business litigation, and serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator since 2015. She has consistently donated over 150 hours each year pro bono to help individual clients, nonprofit organizations, as well as children in foster care.

2014

  • Chris Bryant (JD) has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the District 128 Foundation for Learning (Chicago area). The awards are presented annually to graduates of a District 128 high school who have made significant contributions and shown leadership and character. Chris practices with Yarborough Applegate Law Firm in Charleston, S.C.
  • Hector Gonzalez (LLM) and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a daughter, Etta Luna, on Sept. 25, 2018. She joins big brother Luka Joaquin. Hector practices with the Ontier firm in Mexico City.
  • Lindsay Kirton (JD) has joined Thompson & Knight in Dallas as an associate, where her practice focuses on multistate commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, and real estate development and leasing. She previously was an associate at Hunton & Williams.
  • Kristi Lundstrom Hill (JD) is president of Western Pension & Benefits Council Phoenix Chapter.  She is an associate at Fennemore Craig practicing ERISA and labor and employment law.
  • Bastian Pasten (LLM) has been named counsel at the World Bank, Environmental and International Law Unit in Washington, D.C. He was previously a consultant to the same unit
  • Danli Song (JD) has co-authored "A Touchy Subject: The Eleventh Circuit's Tug-of-War Over What Constitutes Violent 'Physical Force,’” 72 U. Miami L. Rev. 1131 (May 2018). She is an attorney at the Federal Defender’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.

2015

  • Judea Davis (JD) is serving as a law clerk to The Honorable J. Michelle Childs ’16, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. She previously clerked and was a staff attorney at the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Lucy Partain (JD) has been named an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she is assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force Unit, handing drug trafficking cases. She most recently was an assistant district attorney for Cherokee County (Georgia).  
  • Brittany Raway (JD)  has moved to Denver, joining Hogan Lovells as an associate. She previously was at Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

2016

  • Kathryn Betts (JD) has joined Akin Gump in Dallas where she is a corporate associate. She previously was at Baker Botts. 
  • VInay Mysoor (JD) has joined the Palo Alto, Calif., office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a corporate practice associate. He previously practiced at White & Case in New York.
  • Cole Randle (JD) has joined the New York office of Finsbury, a global strategic communications firm specializing in M&A and capital markets. Previously, Cole was a corporate associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and an aide to President Obama at the White House.
  • Alexis Reynolds (JD) and Ryan Weiss were married on Sept. 22, 2018, in Wintergreen, Va. Ryan is an associate at Susman Godfrey and Alexis is an associate at McGuireWoods, both in Houston.
  • Anais Rios (LLM) has joined the Global Maritime Crime Program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a maritime crime specialist located in Bangkok, Thailand. She previously worked as a consultant for a law firm in Mobile, Ala.
  • Ana Santos Rutschman (SJD) has joined the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Law as an assistant professor in the Center for Health Law Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of health law, intellectual property, innovation in the life sciences, and law and technology. In 2017, she was named a Bio IP Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and in 2018 she was named a Health Law Scholar by the same institution.
  • Matthew Sloan (JD) has joined Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where he is an associate in the labor & employment department and the workplace safety and health (OSHA/MSHA) practice group. He previously was an associate at Quarles and Brady
  • Matthew Sloan (JD) has joined Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where he is an associate in the labor & employment department and the workplace safety and health (OSHA/MSHA) practice group. He previously was an associate at Quarles and Brady.

2017

  • Spencer Hughes (JD) has joined Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office after completing a clerkship with The Honorable Gerald Tjoflat ’57, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Aleaha Jones (JD) is the runner-up in the 2018 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction for her story about a public defender in a former coal mining town hit hard by the opioid crisis. She is working as an Axiom contract lawyer in the legal department of Credit Suisse.
  • Laura Lozano Bustos (LLM) serves on the legal team for EMEA and Latin America at software development company Bentley Systems. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.  
  • Blanca Mendoza (LLM) has opened a law firm in Mexico City, Vite Mendoza Abogados, S.C.. The firm specializes in complex legal solutions, with experience in different areas of law, such as tax, finance, capital markets and fintech.

2018

  • Marc-Anthony de Boccard (LLM) is working as a lawyer at Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), Geneva office, as part of the litigation and arbitration group, dealing with international trade, in particular commodities.
  • Andrew Lowdon (JD/LLM) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Boies Schiller Flexner where his practice focuses on high-stakes complex litigation.  
  • Andres Ortiz (LLM) has joined Bank of America as a compliance specialist, located in Charlotte.