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Duke Law Half Century Club

  • Edgar Fisher (LLB), who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for real estate law and trusts and estates
  • Phillip Hubbart (JD) has authored Making Sense of Search and Seizure Law: A Fourth Amendment Handbook (2d ed., Carolina Academic Press 2015). Judge Hubbart retired from the Third Judicial District of Florida in 1996 and returned to private practice as one of the founding members of Wetherington, Klein & Hubbart in Miami.
  • Llew Pritchard (LLB) received the 2015 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the King County (Washington) Bar Association (KCBA) in June.  A 50-year member of the KCBA, Llew is a partner at Helsell Fetterman in Seattle.            Over his career, Llew has been an extraordinarily active participant in the KCBA, the Washington State Bar, and the American Bar Association, holding leadership positions in all three organizations, as well as in other local, national and international groups. 
  • John Flanigan (JD) was honored on June 26 at The Florida Bar’s 50-Year Member Celebration. He practices banking and finance and commercial real estate at Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger in North Palm Beach Gardens, and is a past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
  • Erwin Fuller (LLB) , who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks, Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for trusts and estates.
  • Thomas Wilson (LLB), United States magistrate judge for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, was honored on June 26 at The Florida Bar’s 50-Year Member Celebration.  He was first appointed to the bench in April 1979, and reappointed three times.
  • Patrick Coughlan (JD) was honored on June 26 at The Florida Bar’s 50-Year Member Celebration. Since 1992, he has served as president of Conflict Solutions, based both in Naples and Boynton Beach, Florida and Raymond, Maine.
  • David Lougee (LLB) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of corporate law. David is of counsel at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass.
  • Eric Matthies (JD) was honored on June 26 at The Florida Bar’s 50-Year Member Celebration. Eric now practices with the firm of Matthies & DeBoisblanc in San Francisco.        6/26
  • Philip Shailer (LLB) Philip Shailer was honored on June 26 at The Florida Bar’s 50-Year Member Celebration.  During his career, Phil served as a state attorney, public defender, and city attorney, as well as in private practice and as a senior executive for Alamo-Rent-a-Car. He currently arbitrates for Mediar, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • Ed Robin (LLB) founded NAS Insurance in Encino, Calif., in 1975.  The firm -- a full-service specialty insurance underwriting manager -- celebrated its 40th anniversary in September.    

1967

  • bill Constangy (JD), retired N.C. Superior Court judge, has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Pat McCrory, the highest civilian award by the State of North Carolina. He also received the Leaders in Law award from N.C. Lawyers Weekly and Elon University. Bill is now an arbitrator and mediator, author and public speaker in Charlotte. He has written several recent articles including: “Enforceability of Employment Contract Covenants Not to Compete in North Carolina’s Changing Business Environment,” 15 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. L.

1968

  • Gordon Rather (JD) received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at its national board of directors meeting in San Francisco on May 2. A partner in the Little Rock office of Wright Lindley & Jenkins, Gordon is a longtime ABOTA member. He served as president of the Arkansas chapter, as well as its national president in 1996. He is the only person to receive the both the Lifetime Achievement Award from National ABOTA and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABOTA Foundation.

1969

  • Alan Goldsberry (JD) retired Feb. 8, after more than 28 years as a judge on the Common Pleas Court in Athens County, Ohio. He was elected five times in his county, always unopposed. He previously had a private law practice, and served on the Athens City School Board.  

1971

  • James Fox (JD), who practices in the Winston-Salem office of Bell, Davis & Pitt, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in several areas of litigation.
  • James Fox (JD), an attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the fields of bet-the-company litigation and other complex litigation areas.
  • James Fox (JD), of Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, has been named a 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyer.
  • Randolph May (JD) has co-authored The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property – A Natural Rights Perspective (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).  
  • Steven Naclerio (JD) has co-authored “7 Corporate Trends in Law and Politics” in the March 2 issue of Corporate Counsel. Steve is of counsel at Richman Greer in Miami.  
  • Mike Warren (JD) received a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn University Alumni Association during a ceremony in March. The awards recognize recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and service to the university. Mike is chairman and CEO of Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only free-standing pediatric medical facility.

1972

  • Laurence Tucker (JD), a partner in the Kansas City office of Armstrong Teasdale, has been recognized by 2015 edition of Chambers USA in the area of litigation—general commercial.
  • Laurence Tucker (JD), a partner in the Kansas City office of Armstrong Teasdale, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance law.
  • John Wester (JD), a litigator in the Charlotte office of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has been named for the second consecutive year to BTI Client Service All-Stars, attorneys recognized by corporate counsel for client service excellence.

1973

  • S. Ward Greene (JD) , a founding partner of Greene & Markley in Portland, Ore., has been recognized as a 2015 Oregon Super Lawyer in the area of business bankruptcy.

1974

  • Colin Brown (JD) was named in December as Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend, the state’s leading business publication. Colin is president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, based in Deerfield Beach. JM is a 48-year-old firm that operates one of only two franchised Toyota distributorships in the country; it recently raised the minimum wage for all of its employees to $16-an-hour.
  • Candace Carroll (JD) has been named one of the “Women Who Impact San Diego” by San Diego Metro magazine. Candy is an appellate practitioner, of counsel with Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. She is also a director of the San Diego Opera.
  • Curtis Collier (JD) Curtis Collier, senior U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, received the 2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Sixth Circuit on May 14. These awards are presented to lawyers or judges whose life and practice display the highest standards of character, integrity, ethics, civility, and professionalism.
  • Fred Fulton (JD) of the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of corporate law.
  • Fred Fulton (JD) has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law from 2010 through 2015. He is a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight.
  • Donna Gregg (JD) received the 2015 U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute Chairman's Award for outstanding service as volunteer professor and lead instructor of "The Rule of Law and Best Practices in Telecomm Regulation" course, empowering professionals and regulators from developing nations who are working  to strengthen the rule of law in their countries and make modern communications a reality. Donna is a senior adjunct fellow at The Free State foundation. 
  • Paul Mandelkern (JD) of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of corporate law and health law.
  • Steven Pierce (JD) retired on Sept. 30 as chief justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court.  During his career, he served in all three branches of the Massachusetts state government -- first in the legislature, then in two gubernatorial administrations, and finally in the court system. He was appointed to the Housing Court in 2002, and named chief justice in 2006.  

1975

  • Allyson Duncan (JD), circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, is the new president of the Federal Judges Association (FJA), a voluntary association of Article III judges devoted to protecting the independence of the judicial branch. Judge Duncan has been a member of the FJA board of directors and executive committee since 2011 and will serve a two-year term as president. This fall she will also assume the chairmanship of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference
  • John Keller (JD), a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer. John practices energy and natural resources law.
  • Ash Pipkin (JD) received the 2015 Hunt-Morgridge Award from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, a Feeding America affiliate based in Raleigh serving 34 North Carolina Counties. The award, given annually, “recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to hunger relief efforts.”  Ash served as board chair of the Food Bank in 1997-98, and as a member of the board from 1994 to 2010.

1976

  • H. Joseph O'Shields (JD), a shareholder in the Jacksonville, Fla., office of Rogers Towers, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of real estate law.

1977

  • Amber Reichgott Junge (JD), former Minnesota state senator, was the keynote speaker in Durham on July 20 at the annual meeting of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association. Junge authored, in 1991, the nation’s first charter school law. She is also the author of Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2012). » More

1978

  • Michael Dockterman (JD) has joined the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson as a partner, where his primary practice is commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Michael also teaches a section of Trial Practice at Duke Law each spring.           
  • Rod Smolla (JD) has been named dean of Widener University Delaware Law School effective July 1. Rod previously was president of Furman University from 2010 to 2013, and also served as dean at Washington & Lee Law School and the University of Richmond Law School.

1979

  • Mark Thimke (JD) has been selected for 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of natural resources and environmental law.  He was also named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star.  Mark is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner.
  • Tom West (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Poyner Spruill, has been named vice president for government relations and general counsel effective Nov. 1 at N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, the statewide office for North Carolina’s 36 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education. Tom leads Poyner Spruill’s government relations group.

1980

  • Dan Bowling (JD), senior lecturing fellow at the Law School, was named the 2015 Distinguished Teacher by the Duke Bar Association on April 7. Dan teaches labor and employment law in addition to a course he designed on lawyers and personal well-being, and he also leads seminar courses exploring the connection between happiness, legal professionalism, and work satisfaction.
  • Shirley Fulton (JD) received the 2014 Chief Justice's Professionalism Award from N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin at a joint meeting of the N.C. State Bar and the N.C. Bar Association on Jan. 21 in Raleigh.  Now retired from the bench, Judge Fulton served more than 20 years in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse as a senior resident superior court judge, resident superior court judge, district court judge, and assistant district attorney.
  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) gave a presentation entitled ““Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases” at a St. Thomas University School of Law symposium on Punitive Damages in the Maritime Law in April. The symposium was sponsored by The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the ABA Torts and Insurance Practice Section Maritime Law Committee.
  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) has been listed on the 2015 annual edition of The South Florida Legal Guide’s list of Top Lawyers. He has also been named in the Florida Super Lawyers 2014 edition.  Jack's firm is the Hickey Law Firm in Miami.         
  • Claire Moritz (JD) retired in January from her position as vice president for legal services at WakeMed in Raleigh, N.C., after nearly 30 years of service as its only in-house general counsel. In April, Claire was the 10th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Former Section chair, Christy Gudaitis ’86 presented the award at the Section’s annual meeting.
  • Mark Prak (JD) , who practices in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of first amendment law, litigation—first amendment, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Fred Ungerman (JD), a partner in the Dayton, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in several employment and labor law categories, and also as the Dayton "Lawyer of the Year," for his work in the labor law-management practice area.
  • Rich Van Nostrand (JD) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of commercial litigation, and litigation – labor & employment law. Rich is a partner at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass., and a member of the firm's management committee.

1981

  • Glenn Cravez (JD) has been selected in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work as a mediator. Glenn mediates in Anchorage and throughout Alaska as he has for the past 25 years.   
  • Jeff Donaldson (JD) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of corporate law. Jeff is of counsel at Mirick O'Connell in Worcester, Mass.
  • Patrick Fazzone (JD) has opened the law firm of Montgomery Fazzone in Washington D.C. with several colleagues. He previously was a partner with Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Pat continues to focus on international trade and commercial matters in the Asia Pacific region and divides his time between the U.S. and Sydney, Australia.
  • Irene Keyse-Walker (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015.
  • Irene Keyse-Walker (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of appellate practice, bet-the-company litigation, and commercial litigation.
  • John Yates (JD) has joined the board of directors of The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. John is the chair of the technology practice at Morris, Manning & Martin in Atlanta.

1982

  • Sharon Fountain (JD) has been named one of D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2015 in the field of taxation. She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2015 in the area of labor and employment law. Sharon practices at Thompson & Knight.

1983

  • Matt Firestone (), a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando, has been named a 2015 Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. Matt is a commercial litigator, and also represents more than 50 homeowner and condominium associations.
  • T.R. Hainline (JD) , a shareholder in the Jacksonville, Fla., office of Rogers Towers, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of land use and zoning law, and real estate law.
  • Toshio Nakao (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized as a "2015 Leading Lawyer" by Cincy magazine.
  • Toshio Nakao (JD), a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of international trade and finance law.
  • Bruce Ruzinsky (JD), a Houston partner at Jackson Walker, has been selected for 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of bankruptcy and restructuring. He was also named a 2014 Texas Super Lawyer.
  • Jeffrey Schloemer (JD), a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, has been recognized as a "2015 Leading Lawyer" by Cincy magazine.
  • Jeffrey Schloemer (JD) Jeffrey Schloemer, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of banking and finance law, business organizations, and corporate law.
  • James Smith (JD), a partner at Armbrecht Jackson in Mobile, Ala., has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the area of corporate law.

1984

  • Helen Nelson Grant (JD) has been hired as the first chief diversity officer for Richland Two school district in Colombia, S.C. Helen recently worked at Nexsen Pruett, where she developed a retention strategy to diversify the company’s workforce.
  • Michael Kaelin (JD) has been designated a Connecticut Super Lawyer in the area of estate and trust litigation.  Mike is a principal in the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood.
  • Michael Kaelin (JD), a principal in the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, received a Community Service Award from Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., at its annual meeting in October 2014 for his fundraising efforts on its behalf. Mike is a member of the board of directors of Connecticut Legal Services, and the board of selectmen of the Town of Wilton, Conn.          
  • Wilson Schooley (JD)   has been elected secretary of the ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, so he is now on the Section’s Executive Board and will chair the Section in 2018. He is also chair of the Editorial Board of Human Rights Magazine, as well as special advisor on the Publications Board of the ABA’s Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division. He is the San Diego County Bar Association’s delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.
  • Wilson Schooley () Wilson Schooley has been named a 2015 Super Lawyer by San Diego Magazine

1985

  • William Horton (JD), a partner at Jones Walker in Birmingham, Ala., is chair of the ABA Health Law Section for 2015-2016. He is the first lawyer from Alabama and the first Duke Law alumnus to hold that position.
  • William Horton (JD), a partner with Jones Walker, has been named head of the firm's Birmingham office.  In May, he was the featured speaker at the ABA’s 25th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud Conference in Miami, speaking on “The Foundations of Health Law.”
  • Michael Kalish (JD) was named deputy general counsel of Metropolitan Transportation Authority in November 2014. He previously was a member of the labor and employment section of Epstein Becker & Green in New York City.

1986

  • Suzanne Bryant (JD) and Sarah Goodfriend were granted Texas’ first same-sex marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015. Suzanne has a private law practice in Austin, specializing in assistiing second-parent adoptions for gay and lesbian couples.
  • Skip Finkbohner (JD), a partner in the Mobile, Ala. firm of Cunningham Bounds has become a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was also inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  
  • Michael Friedman (JD), partner with Fox Rothschild in Denver, has authored a trio of short novels, Martian Dawn and Other Novels (Little A, 2015).
  • Liz Gustafson (JD), associate dean of academic affairs at Duke Law School, received a 2014 Meritorious Award from Duke University, in the category of Executive Leadership, for her contributions to the Law School and the University. 
  • James Smith (BOV) , chief administrative patent judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office, received the Outstanding Public Service Award at the 93rd Annual Dinner in Honor of the Federal Judiciary in New York City on March 27. James also received the 2015 Champion of Intellectual Property (ChIP) Award from the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Washington, D.C. Bar in May.

1987

  • Suk-ho Bang (JD/LLM) has been appointed president of the English-language network Arirang TV, in South Korea. From 2008 through 2011, Bang served as president of the Korea Information Society Development Institute;  he has been teaching law at Hongik University since 1993.
  • Jonathan Shapiro (JD) has joined Littler Mendelson as a partner in the firm's new office in Portland, Maine. He has experience with labor, employment and employee benefits law.

1988

  • Jody Debs (JD) has been named general counsel of HDR Inc., an engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm with nearly 10,000 employees working in 225 locations globally. Jody is also a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a board member of Engineers Without Borders.
  • Shawn Lochinger (JD) has joined the education law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, opening a new office in Hershey, Penn. Shawn previously practiced with Rhoads & Simon in Harrisburg, and is a former gifted education hearing officer in Pennsylvania with a comprehensive background in special education law and labor/employment law as it relates to school entities.
  • R. Joseph Morris (JD) , a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the field of patent litigation.
  • Michael Scharf (JD) has co-edited Prosecuting Maritime Piracy (with M. Newton and M. Sterio, Cambridge University Press) published in June. The book addresses maritime piracy by focusing on the unique issues arising in the course of domestic piracy prosecutions, from the pursuit and apprehension of pirates to their trial and imprisonment. Michael is interim dean at the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University and directs its Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.     

1989

  • Bill Brian (JD), a co-founder of the Morningstar Law Group in Morrisville, N.C., has been named to 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of real estate law.
  • Bill Mureiko (JD) of the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of trusts and estates. He was also named a Texas Super Lawyer 2014.   
  • Michael Ross (JD) has been promoted to full professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park. His book, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case:  Race, Law, and Justice (Oxford University Press, 2014) has won the 2014 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize and the 2014 New Orleans Public Library Foundation Award for Non-Fiction. In addition, on March 11, Michael delivered the Supreme Court Historical Society's Leon Silverman Lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court where he was introduced by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

1990

  • Brad Furber (JD) has been named COO of the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Brad previously was managing director of Aery Advisors.
  • Terrill Harris (JD) has been recognized in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide in the heathcare field. She practices in the Greensboro, N.C. office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.
  • Donald Nielsen (JD) of Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, has been named to the 2015 class of North Carolina’s Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine. Don's practice focuses on environmental and land-use law
  • Donald Nielsen (JD), an attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the fields of environmental law and litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.
  • Donald Nielsen (JD), who practices in the Winston-Salem office of Bell, Davis & Pitt, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of environmental law, environmental litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.

1991

  • Pancho Aleman (JD) has relocated from Singapore to London with Citibank, becoming head of private bank cmpliance for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pancho, who has been with Citi for over 16 years, had been in Asia since May 2012, first as acting head of compliance for Citi Global Markets Japan and, since January 2013, as Asia Pacific head of corporate compliance for Citi.        
  • Mark Claypool (JD) has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2015. Mark is a shareholder in the Erie firm of Knox McLaughlin Gornall &Sennett, where his practice is focused on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.
  • Mark Claypool (JD), a shareholder in the Erie office of Know McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2014.
  • Takaaki Fujimoto (LLM) joined UBS in July as Japan head of compliance and operational risk control, located in Tokyo.
  • Sue Heilbronner (JD) has co-founded and is CEO of MergeLane, a mentorship-driven investment program with a strong focus on promoting women-run startups. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., MergeLane aims to bring more women into the startup community and achieve investor returns through the acceleration of high-growth, gender-diverse companies.
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeill (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the fields of employee benefits (ERISA) law.

1992

  • Amy Meyers Batten (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American 2015 in the fields of securities and capital markets law.  
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeil (JD) has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. She has served on the board since 2010, and is the first female board chair in the 156-year history of the school. She began her term July 1. Caryn is a partner at Smith Anderson, where she leads the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group.
  • Thomas Telfer (LLM) has published "Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law: 1867-1919," (University of Toronto Press, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014). Thomas is a professor at the Western University Faculty of Law in London, Ontario.
  • Geovette Washington (JD) , former general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is new senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at the University of Pittsburgh.

1993

  • Adam Cohen (JD) has joined the Berkeley Research Group in New York as a managing director. He obtained his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2014 and teaches classes as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. Adam previously was a principal in forensics technologies and discovery services at Ernst & Young.
  • Sara Emley (JD) has joined the staff of Duke Law School as director of judicial clerkship programs. Sara previously was partner and of counsel at Buckley Sander in Washington, D.C.
  • Eduardo Hauser (LLM), president of the board of Vme TV and associate director of Hauser & Co. in Miami, is the host of ‘m TED, a weekly series of TED Talks in Spanish, with episodes focusing on “ideas worth spreading.” Guests are influential Hispanic leaders sharing their knowledge and experiences. The show debuted last fall.
  • Geoff Krouse (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of mergers & acquisitions law.
  • Rob Marcus (JD) has been recognized in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide in the area of litigation. Rob practices in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.
  • Robert Marcus (JD) has been recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide in litigation. He practices in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.

1994

  • Chuck Ghoorah (JD) and his wife Karen welcomed their second son, Hudson, born Dec. 8, 2014.
  • Kevin Lally (JD) has been selected as the chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, which targets international narcotics cartels. In this role, he recently oversaw the largest single-day cash seizure in U.S. history. Previously a deputy chief in the Violent and Organized Crime Section, Kevin has served as the Central District’s Organized Crime and International Organized Crime coordinator, and regularly teaches RICO-based classes at the National Advocacy Center.  
  • Michael Sorrell (JD), president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, was named last fall as one of Washington Monthly’s “Ten Most Innovative College Presidents.”  In October, he was the featured speaker at the 4th Annual Changing the Odds Conference in Dallas.  In January, Michael was honored by the Dallas Bar Association as the 2016 recipient of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. The annual award recognizes attorneys who embody the principles and values of Dr. King’s life and legacy, justice, compassion, and service.
  • Christopher Vaughn (JD), of Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, N.C., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for real estate law. He was also selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2015 for the practice area of real estate.  
  • Christopher Vaughn () of Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, N.C., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for real estate law. He was also selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2015 for the practice area of real estate.

1995

  • Jean Billyou (JD) has been promoted to vice president and counsel, Corporate Division, at Pacific Life Insurance Company, located in Newport Beach, Calif. Jean joined Pacific Life in 2008 as an assistant vice president and investment counsel.
  • Dana Garcetti Boldt (JD) has been appointed deputy chief attorney at the Office of the Independent Monitor, which provides civilian oversight of the Los Angeles County Department of Probation.  Dana is also owner of Dana Boldt Acupuncture in Los Angeles
  • Ted Edwards (JD) has joined The Banks Law Firm, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., as a principal and chair of the firm's litigation section.  Ted was previously a partner at the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.          
  • Michelle Neumann (JD) has moved her employment law practice to Sonoma County. Neumann Law continues to serve employees in employment claims in a new location in Northern California.
  • Alejandro Posadas (LLM), director of graduate studies in law at Escuela de Gobierno y Tranformación Pública at Tecnológico de Monterrey, has been elected a member of the executive committee of the biannual conference Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE), becoming one of the two representatives of Latin America.  
  • Subhash Viswanathan (JD), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, N.Y., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in the areas of labor and employment.

1996

  • David Kushner (JD), who practices in the Raleigh office of Brooks, Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of media law.  
  • Randall Lehner (JD) , partner-in-charge of the Chicago office of Ulmer & Berne, has been selected as 2015 Illinois Super Lawyer. Randy's practice focuses on regulatory investigations and government enforcement actions.
  • Linda Martin (JD) Linda Martin has joined Freshfields as a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice, based in New York. Linda was previously a partner in the litigation group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • Pamela Polacek (JD), a member of McNees Wallace & Nurick in Harrisburg, Pa., has been named president of the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA) for 2015. Pamela practices in the energy, communications and utility law practice group.

1997

  • Diana Allen (JD) , vice president and general counsel of ChannelAdvisor, has been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a 2015 Women in Business award winner. The Women in Business Awards recognize women in the Research Triangle who are dynamic and outstanding leaders with significant accomplishments in business and community service.
  • Stacey Friedman (JD) has been promoted to general counsel of JP Morgan Chase & Co., effective early in 2016. She joined the bank in 2012 from law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and is currently general counsel of JP Morgan's corporate and investment banking unit.
  • Geoff Krouse (JD) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Duke Law Alumni Association. He is aprtner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh.  
  • Dayatra Matthews (JD) has been elected executive vice president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys at the group’s annual meeting in June. Dayatra is senior vice president of legal and compliance for the Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh.
  • Erik Rickard (JD/LLM) has joined the Columbus, Ohio office of Barnes & Thornburg as a partner and member of the firm’s real estate department. He previously was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.
  • Ginger Shields (JD), who practices in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of trusts and estates.

1998

  • Geoffrey Adams (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of banking and finance law.   
  • Brian Castro (JD) is the national ombudsman and assistant administrator for Regulatory Enforcement Fairness at the U.S. Small Business Administration. This program advocates for small businesses at the federal level.
  • Katy Drechsel (JD) relocated to St. Charles, Mo., and is working for American Railcar Leasing LLC as director of contracts and assistant corporate secretary. She was previously senior attorney for Southwest Airlines in Dallas.         
  • Thomas Fulghum (JD) has received a First Tier ranking in immigration law by U.S. News Best Lawyers for 2015. Tom runs a solo practice in Durham and has been certified as a specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Bobby Sharma (JD) is managing partner of Blue Devil Holdings, LLC, an international sports, media, and entertainment investment company based in New York City.  From 2011-2014, he was senior vice president and head of global basketball for IMG Worldwide, Inc. and, prior to that, Vice president and general counsel of the NBA Development League, the NBA's first minor league that he helped establish.
  • Jill Steinberg (JD) is now national coordinator for child exploitation prevention and interdiction in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, United States Department of Justice. She testified in March before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on restitution for victims of child exploitation offenses. 

1999

  • Lori Andrus (JD), a partner in the San Francisco firm Andrus Anderson, has been named by the National Law Journal as one of its 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers.  Lori specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceuticals or medical devices, defrauded or discriminated against by large corporations, or sold defective products. 
  • Layth Elhassani (JD) , a former special assistant to President Barack Obama in the White House's legislative affairs office, has joined Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice based in Washington, D.C.          
  • Kathleen Gutman (JD/LLM) , senior affiliated researcher at the Institute for European Law of the University of Leuven, has authored The Constitutional Foundations of European Contract Law, A Comparative Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2014). The book provides a detailed examination of the EU’s competence in the field of contract law and an extensive comparative study of the contract law framework in the U.S.
  • David Harrison (JD) was elected partner of Mayer Brown as of January 2015. David heads the corporate team in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Alyssa Rebensdorf (JD) has joined the Minneapolis office Faegre Baker Daniels as counsel in the food litigation and regulatory practice and the national food and agriculture industry team.  She previously practiced in Minneapolis with Blackwell Burke.

2000

  • Arturo Benegas Masia (LLM) has joined the New York office of Akerman LLP as an international partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Arturo was previously senior counsel at Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Dustin Rawlin (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been named a "2014 Rising Star" by Law 360.
  • Dustin Rawlin (JD), a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015.
  • Peter Tomasi (JD), a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady, has been selected for inclusion in 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of natural resources and environmental law

2001

  • Nicolle Snyder Bagnell (JD) , a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, has been named a 2014 "Lawyer on the Fast Track," by The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania's legal news journal.
  • J.D. Hickey (JD)  became CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in September.  He had served as chief operating officer since 2012 and CEO-elect since June. Before joining BCBS in 2011, J.D. was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he led strategic health care consulting and management teams, and was recognized as a top expert on health care reform.
  • Amy June (JD) has moved to Dallas and joined Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer as of counsel. Amy previous practiced in California.
  • Joshua Malkin (JD) , an executive director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, was named one of the top 40 financial advisors under age 40 in the U.S. by On Wall Street magazine for 2015. He runs The Malkin Group of Morgan Stanley in New York, and is a member of the Chairman’s Club, awarded to the firm’s top financial advisors.
  • Gideon Moore (JD) and his wife Anne welcomed a four-year-old daughter named Happy, adopted in the fall of 2014 from Zhuhai, China.

2002

  • Conway Chen (JD) has been named senior director of consumer product partnerships and strategic partnerships at LinkedIn. He previously was a director of business development at Twitter, Inc. Conway is located in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Terry Eaton (JD) announces the opening of The Eaton Law Firm in Washington, D.C., where he is the principal managing attorney. The firm focuses on five core areas: white collar, criminal defense, civil litigation, employment counseling and mediation. Terry continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University as well as an instructor for the NITA Intensive Trial Skills Workshop in Washington, D.C.  
  • Jennifer Evans (JD) has joined American Airlines as senior attorney, employment law. She previously practiced at O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Brendon Fowler (JD) has joined Perkins Coie as senior counsel in the firm’s communications practice in its Washington, D.C. office. Brendon previously was a partner at K&L Gates.
  • Bob Hyde (JD) has been promoted to assistant chief counsel in the Phoenix City Attorney's Office, where he leads a team of five attorneys in finance and development matters.
  • Eli Mazur (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Vietnam-based law firm, YKVN, where he focuses his practice on the pharmaceutical industry. Eli first moved to Hanoi in 2004 and joined YKVN in 2010.  

2003

  • Allison Campbell (JD) and her husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Mason Edward, on Oct. 21, 2014. Allison is a shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, Fla.
  • Gillian Rattray Carcia (JD) has been promoted to assistant general counsel at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Wellesley, Mass.
  • Nicole Crawford (JD), a partner at Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C., has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of labor and employment law.
  • Nicole Crawford (JD), a partner in the Greensboro, N.C. office of Brooks Pierce, has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of labor and employment.
  • Edward Moss (JD) has been admitted to partnership in the New York Office of O'Melveny & Myers, where he focuses his practice on securities litigation.
  • Lew Schlossberg (JD), an associate at Blank Rome in Philadelphia, cofounded Wall Street Magnate, a free fantasy trading platform with over 50,000 members, and used by university and high school investment clubs. 
  • Amy (Ligler) Schoenhard (JD) and her husband Paul welcomed a daughter, Emma Rose on March 21, 2015, joining her siblings Elizabeth, Aidan, and Austin. Amy is of counsel at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C.
  • Nicole Williams (JD), a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been named a "Texas Rising Star 2014" by Thompson Reuters.

2004

  • Gray Chynoweth (JD) has been named COO and executive vice president at SilverTech, a digital lifecycle agency, in Manchester, N.H. He previously was COO at Dyn (Dynamic Network Services, Inc.). Gray and his wife, Tara, welcomed their son, Lincoln Rodney, on December 5, 2014.
  • Jeremy Entwisle (JD) has joined Hoya Corporation as regional general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, relocating to Amsterdam from Tokyo where he worked at JPMorgan Chase.
  • Jonathan Krause (JD) has moved from Morgan Lewis to be a partner at Klehr Harrison Harvey & Branzburg. Jonathan's practice focuses on employment law and litigation, and he is resident in the firm’s Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J. offices.
  • Tim Kuhner (JD) has authored Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution (Stanford University Press. 2014). Tim is associate professor of Law at Georgia State University.
  • Lance Oliver (JD) has been named partner in the Mt. Pleasant, S.C. office of Motley Rice, where he focuses his practice on class actions, mass torts and other complex litigation.
  • Alyssa Rower (JD) and her husband, Dan Fay, welcomed a daughter, Emily Rose Fay, on March 22, 2015. She joins big brother, Oliver. Alyssa practices matrimonial law at the New York firm of Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan.
  • Jason Sass (JD) is vice president, legal and compliance at China Development Industrial Bank in Taipei, Taiwan. He previously practiced in Beijing with Paul Hastings and in Tokyo at White & Case.        

2005

  • Gretchen Bellamy (JD/LLM), assistant general counsel – legal administration and external relations for Wal-Mart, Inc., is a co-editor of Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Impacts: New Expectations and Paradigms (American Bar Association, 2014). In January, Gretchen was a co-recipient of the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Award on behalf of the Wal-Mart Legal Department, which recognizes those who have made significant and tangible contributions in the areas of diversity and inclusion, justice, and human rights.
  • Britt (Whitesell) Biles () has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Washington, D.C. Rising Star" in general litigation. Britt works at the Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • Britt (Whitesell) Biles (JD) and her husband, Lacey Biles, welcomed son, Alexander Kelly Hough Biles on Feb. 1, 2015.  He joins big brother, Talbot.  Britt is assistant chief litigation counsel at the Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • Reed Clay (JD) joined the administration of Texas Governor Greg Abbott in January as senior adviser. He previously was senior counsel to the Texas attorney general, and assistant solicitor general. 
  • Fang Liu (JD) has joined Mei & Mark’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner, where she leads the firm's business law practice. Fang focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on China-related matters. She previously was senior counsel at Loeb & Loeb in Washington.      
  • Samantha Lunn (JD) has joined the financial services industry team as senior counsel in Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga, Tenn., office. She previously was an advisor and in-house counsel for a Chattanooga-based industrial manufacturing company.
  • Julie Parker (JD) and her husband, Cleve, welcomed a daughter, Olivia Rose, on Dec. 9, 2014.  Olivia joins big brother Grayson. Julie is senior vice president at Highbridge Capital Management in New York City.
  • Valerie Tessler (LLM) has joined Societe Generale in Paris. She previously was with Gide Loyrette Nouel, an international law firm based in Paris.

2006

  • Douglas Britt (JD), an associate at K&L Gates in Raleigh, was named a "2014 North Carolina Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. Doug's practice focuses on employment, antitrust, litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Casey Dwyer (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, where her practice focuses on patent litigation and arbitration, primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device areas. 
  • John Jo (JD) has been elected to partnership at in the Raleigh office Smith Anderson, where his practice focuses on business-related litigation, representing clients across a variety of industries in matters such as contract disputes, commercial torts, insurance coverage and shareholder disputes.                       
  • Brent Lorentz (JD) has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Brent is a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis.
  • Ian Millhiser (JD), senior constitutional policy analyst for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., has authored Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted (Nation Books, 2015). 
  • Yendelela Neely Anderson (JD), a partner at the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was named to the 2014 “40 Legal Rising Stars Under 40” class of Georgia lawyers by the Daily Report.
  • Yendelela Neely Anderson () , a partner at the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was named to the 2014 “40 Legal Rising Stars Under 40” class of Georgia lawyers by the Daily Report.
  • Vann Pearce (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Vann represents clients in high-stakes patent infringement litigation, and counsels clients on other intellectual property matters.
  • Amy Yeung (JD), assistant general counsel at ZeniMax Media in Bethesda, Maryland, has been named a 2015 “Top 10 30-Somethings” by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).  The award program recognizes the outstanding achievements of in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39.

2007

  • Meredith Tanchum Altieri (JD) and her husband Dan welcomed a son, Davis Brett Altieri on March 17.  They reside in New York City.
  • Vinny Asaro (JD) (LLMLE '12) has joined the real estate department at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. He previously founded and was CEO at H.L. James LLC and was a director at Rock Creek Capital.   
  • Maria Reff Coor (JD) has been elected to partnership in the Washington, D.C. office of BakerHostetler.  She is a member of the litigation group and focuses her practice on environmental law, representing clients in litigation and administrative law matters.
  • Shardul Desai (JD) was among the team honored by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 10, 2014 with the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service. The team was recognized for their "superior performance in organizing and leading a complicated and groundbreaking take-down operation, combining civil and criminal authorities to dismantle the notorious Gameover Zeus botnet and related Cryptolocker malware."  Shardul is an AUSA in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Lauren Flatow (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of Winstead, as of counsel in the real estate finance practice group. She previously practiced with Cadwalader in Charlotte.
  • Brandon Robinson (JD) has been promoted to partnership in the Birmingham, Ala., office of Balch & Bingham, where he is a member of the firm's energy section. On March 13, he and his wife, Brandi, welcomed their daughter Adeline Grigg Robinson.    

2008

  • Sachin Bansal (JD) has joined the New York office of Paul Hastings as a senior associate in the government investigations/white collar group within the litigation department.
  • Libby Magee Coles (JD) and her husband Jeff welcomed a son, Daniel Kuyper Coles, on Nov. 30, 2014. He joins big sister, Camille. Libby is executive director and managing attorney at Justice Matters in Durham.
  • Penelope Donkar (JD) has joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as a staff attorney in the Mental Health Division. She was previously an assistant public defender in Augusta, Ga.
  • Laura Dugan (JD) and her husband Brandon welcomed a second son, Thompson Cavanaugh Dugan, on March 29, 2014.
  • Eric Lashner (JD) has moved from Washington, D.C. to Houston, to serve as the director of commodities compliance at Wells Fargo.
  • Katie Manley (JD) has been named labor and employment counsel at Burberry in New York City. She previously practiced at Paul Hastings in Atlanta.
  • Ryan McLeod (JD) has been appointed a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, teaching a seminar on deals litigation. Ryan is a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he represents corporations and directors in complex corporate, commercial, and deal-related litigation, and advises on transactional, fiduciary, and governance matters.
  • Jennifer Pusateri (JD) and Michael Pusateri welcomed a daughter, Josephine Anne, on Feb. 17, 2015.
  • Monica Chaplin Starosta (JD) married Moises Starosta on January 31, 2015 in Miami Beach.
  • Aisha Gayle Turner (JD) has been named managing director of national development for OneGoal, a Chicago-based, teacher-led college persistence organization, which identifies, trains and supports teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. Aisha previously was managing director for corporate and foundation relations for Teach for America.    
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren (JD) has joined the Office of the Georgia Attorney General as a deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation. Sarah previously was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.
  • Patrick Wooten (JD), a business litigation associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Charleston, S.C., has received a Leadership in Law award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.      3/12
  • Alexandra (Andie) Wyatt (JD) has joined the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress as a legislative attorney, advising congressional staff on environmental law topics. She previously practiced at Beveridge & Diamond.   

2009

  • Jonathan Christman (JD) has joined the staff of Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Fla. as senior litigation counsel. He previously practiced at Fox Rothschild in Erie, Pa.
  • Ingrid Kaldre Foster (JD) has founded Legal Data Analytics, a data, analytics and information design company, located in Los Gatos, Calif.
  • Bo Harvey (JD) has joined the Los Angeles office of McGuireWoods as an associate.His practice focuses on representing financial market participants in connection with capital market transactions, derivatives, prime brokerage and financial regulation. Bo previously was assistant general counsel at Och-Ziff Capital Management.
  • James McDonald (JD) was married to Jessie DuPont T’06 on July 11, 2015 at Chickemmoo Farm in West Tisbury, Mass. Duke President Richard H. Broadhead led the ceremony, after receiving permission from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to officiate. Jim is a prosecutor with the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
  • Ryan Mellske (JD) served as head coach of the Duke Law LLM Moot Court Team, preparing the team to participate in the American University Washington College of Law LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition held March 6-7. Ryan is an associate at the international arbitration firm Three Crowns in Washington, D.C.
  • Sonja Ralston (JD) was honored by the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 10, 2014 with the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, given to an attorney who has been with the Department for fewer than five years. The award recognized Sonja's service with the Division's Appellate Section over the last three years, including work on five merits cases in the Supreme Court and 14 oral arguments in the court of appeals.  
  • Lei Zhang (JD) has been named reference librarian at the Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin. He most recently was reference librarian at Western State College of Law.

2010

  • Amelia Ashton (JD) was married to Evan Thorn on April 11, 2015 at Duke Chapel. Amelia is an associate in the torts group of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C.
  • Morgan Clemons (JD), a regulatory compliance associate at Aldridge Pite in Atlanta, has been chosen as one of The MReport's 2015 Women in Housing “Leading Ladies.” Honorees were recognized at the Women in Homeownership Leadership Forum at the Five Star Conference in September in Dallas.
  • Katherine de Vos Devine (JD) has been named the first executive director of the Black Mountain College + Arts Center in Asheville, N.C.  She is also completing her Ph.D. in Art History at Duke. BMC+AC was founded in 1993, “to preserve and pay tribute to the history and legacy of innovation of Black Mountain College (1933‒57) and to acknowledge the College’s role as a forerunner in progressive, interdisciplinary education with a focus on the arts.”
  • Gordon< Waverly (JD) has joined the professional staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health. Waverly previously worked as senior policy advisor for Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL.
  • David Mandell (JD/LLM) is clerking for Senior District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He worked for the previous five years in the complex commercial litigation group at Mishcon de Reya in New York.
  • Lauren Page (JD) has joined the trusts and estates team in the Wilmington, N.C. office of Smith Moore Leatherwood. She has also been chosen to attend the 2015 North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.
  • Sheena Paul (JD) is chief operating officer of World Class Capital Group, a national commercial real estate investment group, which she co-founded with her brother in Austin, Texas in 2007. Prior to rejoining World Class to run its New York operations, Sheena was an associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she practiced in the banking and restructuring groups. 
  • Adam Pechtel (JD) announces the opening of the firm Pechtel Law in Kennewick, Wash., specializing in employment law and related matters. Adam served as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps following graduation until his return to his home state of Washington in 2014.
  • Jonathan Reich (JD) chaired a committee of the North Carolina Captive Insurance Association which has created a Code of Ethics for its members. This first-in-the-nation Code requires all current and future NCCIA members to agree in writing to adhere to the Code’s 10 canons for ethical conduct. Jonathan practices in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
  • Christopher Vieira (JD) Christopher Vieira has joined Nossaman's San Francisco office as an associate, focusing on complex business litigation and commercial disputes. He previously practiced with Irell & Manella in Newport Beach, Calif.     
  • Keisuke Wada (LLM) announces the opening of a private law firm, IBS Law Office, in Nagoya, Japan. He previously practiced with Clifford Chance in Tokyo.

2011

  • Johnson Atkinson (JD) has joined Manhattan Legal Services as a staff attorney. He previously was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.
  • Javier Bedoya (LLM) was elected deputy mayor of the district of San Isidro, Lima, Peru last fall. He heads the district’s legal, labor and social affairs committee.
  • Nicholas Collevecchio (JD) has joined Baltimore-based Gallagher Evelius & Jones as an associate in the real estate and business transactions group, corporate and corporate finance group and commercial and real estate lending group.
  • Joanna Huang (JD) has joined Linklaters as an associate in the Brussels office. She previously was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells.
  • Matthew Rinegar (JD) has joined Schlumberger Ltd. in Houston as legal counsel, corporate. He previously practiced at Latham & Watkins.
  • Adam Schupack (JD/LLM) is clerking for the Honorable Michael Baylson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Adam previously was an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland and Ellis.
  • Ryan Stoa (JD), a senior scholar at Florida International University School of Law in Miami, has been named an FIU Top Scholar for 2015. Ryan joined the faculty in 2011, writes about the law of disasters, international development, energy, and natural resources, and is deputy director of the FIU School of the Environment, Arts, and Society’s Global Water for Sustainability Program.

2012

  • Justin Becker (JD) has joined the international trade and dispute resolution practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin.  Prior to joining Sidley, Justin worked for the Department of Commerce in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance.
  • Christopher Berg (JD) completed two judicial clerkships, and has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Williams & Connolly as an associate.
  • David Coleman (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump as an associate in the litigation practice, after completing a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Lynn N. Hughes of the Southern District of Texas.
  • Alexandra Costanza (JD) and Morgan Whitworth were married on May 30, 2015 in Carmel, Calif. Both are clerking in Florida, and will relocate to San Francisco in the fall.       
  • Jorge de Santa Ritta (LLM) has been named a lecturer in political science and public administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he continues his studies as a PhD candidate in public policy. 
  • Arie Eernisse (JD/LLM) has joined the Seoul office of Shin & Kim as a foreign attorney in the international dispute resolution practice group.  Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Delissa A. Ridgway at the U.S. Court of International Trade.  
  • Upasana Garnaik (LLM) has been promoted from research associate to assistant professor of law at Jindal Global Law School in New Delhi, India. She is also assistant director of the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology.
  • Roberto Lewin (LLM) has joined Urendo Rencoret Orrego & Dorr in Santiago, Chile as a senior associate focusing on labor law. He has been teaching in the labor and employment area since 2013 at the Universidad Andres Bello.  
  • Ashley Powell (LLMLE) was married to John Bradley Nosek on March 14, 2015 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Ashley has opened a solo practice in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Matthew Tynan (JD) has joined Brooks Pierce as an associate in the business litigation practice in the firm’s Greensboro, N.C. office. He also advises clients on a diverse range of energy law issues and environmental regulatory matters. Matt previously was an associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.
  • Morgan Whitworth (JD) and Alexandra Costanza were married on May 30, 2015 in Carmel, Calif. Both are clerking in Florida, and will relocate to San Francisco in the fall.       

2013

  • Philip Alito (JD) has left Gibson Dunn to be a staff counsel for the U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee.
  • Ethan Blevins (JD/LLM) has joined the Pacific Legal Foundation, Northwest Center in Bellevue, Wash., as a fellow/public interest attorney.
  • Elisa Greenwood Fulp (JD) has joined Joerns RecoverCare in Charlotte, N.C., as corporate counsel. She previously practiced with The Van Winkle Law Firm.
  • Seena Ghebleh (JD)  has joined the IP and technology firm Weiss Brown in Scottsdale, Ariz. 
  • Emily May (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter, as an associate in the litigation practice group, after completing her clerkship with the Honorable Albert Diaz, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  
  • Theresa Monteleone (JD) joined the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson in November 2014, where her practice focuses on financing transactions and other corporate and commercial matters.  She previously was with Mayer Brown.  
  • Joshua Podolnick (JD) has joined Davis & Gilbert in New York City as a litigation associate. He previously practiced at Skadden Arps.
  • David Roche (JD) and his wife, Megan, have been tapped for the second time to compete for the U.S. Long Distance Mountain Running Team and will compete in the 2015 WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships on July 4 hosted by the Zermatt Marathon on Switzerland’s Matterhorn. David and Megan earned spots on the team after competing in last fall’s World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy.
  • Gray Wilson (JD) completed his clerkship with the Honorable James C. Dever III '87 of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C., and has joined commercial litigation and real estate development practices of the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson.
  • Melissa York (JD/LLM) has joined the banking and finance practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee. She previously worked at Godfrey & Kahn.

2014

  • Heather Groves Black (JD) was married to William Robbins Cox Jr. on Aug. 16, 2014 in Duke Chapel. They reside in Durham.
  • Eugenio Guzman (LLM) worked in the international associate program at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City after graduation. He has now returned to Santiago, Chile and joined Portaluppi Guzman & Bezanilla as a senior associate.
  • Emily Hagan (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell as an associate with firm's Delaware corporate counseling group.
  • Gabriela Jara (JD) and Edward Bersuder were married on July 2, 2015 in Hartford, Conn. Gabby is finished a clerkship with Judge Christopher Droney of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and is now clerking for Judge John Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ed is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.         
  • Jason Lamb (LLM) has been hired as a licensing associate by the Office of Technology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has also been admitted to practice patent law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Conor Reardon (JD) has been selected by Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court as a clerk for the 2016-2017 term. Conor competed a clerkship with Judge Robert Chatigny on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and is clerking for Judge José Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the 2015-2016 term.
  • Zi-Xiang Shen (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilimington, Del., as an associate with firm's corporate and business litigation group.
  • Jabir Yusoff (JD) has joined the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate on its benefits and executive compensation team.