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  • Alan Parry (JD) has been appointed by the Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve a three-year term on the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. Alan is a founding partner of Parry Tyndall White in Chapel Hill.
  • 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. 
  • Llewelyn Pritchard (LLB) received The Fellows prestigious Outstanding Service Award at the American Bar Foundation’s 60th Annual Awards presentation on Feb. 6 in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. The award is given to an attorney “who has, in his or her professional career, adhered for more than thirty years to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.    


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • James Frenzel (JD) retired on December 31, after over 45 years of law practice. He was a partner in the bankruptcy and insolvency practice groups at large firms in North Carolina and Georgia, and for the past two decades ran his own firm in Atlanta, garnering acclaim as one of the top business bankruptcy attorneys in Atlanta and the Southeast.
  • Larry Lawton (JD), retired from law practice, is serving as a volunteer, short-term guide at the New York Rochester mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Charles Holton (JD) , senior lecturing fellow and director of the Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic, has been appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin for a three-year term to the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. Charles is also a litigator and partner in the Research Triangle Park office of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice.
  • Kenneth Starling (JD) , adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, is also serving as senior counsel of the DC Affordable Law Firm, an innovative new "low-bono" firm established by Georgetown Law to serve clients of limited means who are not eligible for free legal aid.


  • 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) 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. 
  • 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.  


  • 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


  • Barbara Arnwine (JD) founded the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) in July, and serves as its president. TJC is a “national organization committed to using a multisectoral and interdisciplinary approach to bring about systemic change that achieves racial, gender, economic and social justice and human rights.” Barbara served as the executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 1989 until 2015.
  • Robert Weber (JD) has been nominated to serve as general counsel of the United States Golf Association’s 2016 Executive Committee. Bob is a senior advisor to IBM, following a nine-year career with the organization as its senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs and general counsel.


  • 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


  • Michael Dockterman (JD), a partner in the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson, has been named a Law 360 “Trial Ace.” Michael also teaches a section of Trial Practice at Duke Law School each spring.
  • 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.           
  • Chris Sawyer (JD) was named chair emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina in September. Chris, a retired partner of Atlanta-based Alston & Bird, began his service to the Board in 2003 and served as its chair from 2011 until 2015.


  • Carl Schuman (JD), a Connecticut superior court judge since 1998, has edited Connecticut Criminal Procedure (Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015).


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Russ Jones (JD) , chairman of the litigation department at Kansas City-based Polsinelli, was installed as president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in December.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Michael Lieberman (JD) has received The Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service, the “top public service award granted by the Department of Justice … designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations that have assisted the DOJ in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives.” Michael is Washington counsel and director of the civil rights policy planning center of the Anti-Defamation League; the award noted his “outstanding contributions to combat hate crimes.”


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Janet Ward Black (JD), owner of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian award. Janet received the award on Jan. 29, during a surprise birthday party for her mother, Fran Black Holland, who received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award in 2007.
  • 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.”


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • David McKean (JD) , director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, was nominated by President Obama in October as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. His appointment is pending confirmation by the Senate.  
  • Gary Myers (JD) published the new fifth edition of his casebook, Entertainment, Media and the Law: Cases & Materials with Paul Weiler (Harvard) and Will Berry (Mississippi) (5th edition West Publishing, 2015). Gary continues to serve as dean at the University of Missouri School of Law.
  • 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.
  • James Smith (JD) , who stepped down as chief administrative patent judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last July, is now working as chief IP counsel of Ecolab in St. Paul, Minn.


  • David Berger (JD), a litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., served as general counsel to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.


  • 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.
  • 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.     


  • Kenneth Murphy (JD), a managing partner in the Philadelphia office Drinker, Biddle & Reath, has been elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • 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.
  • David Starr (JD)  has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group Inc. David became the company's vice president and general counsel in 2014.  


  • 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.
  • Mandisa Muriel Maya (LLM) has been appointed by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma as the first female Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, one of the top four senior positions in the leadership of the judiciary. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2006.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Takaaki Fujimoto (LLM) joined UBS in July as Japan head of compliance and operational risk control, located in Tokyo.
  • Laura Gellman (JD) has been appointed managing director/global chief auditor for conduct and ethics at Citigroup. Laura previously was a managing director at Bank of America.
  • Douglas Gooding (JD) , co-chair of the finance and restructuring group at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, has been selected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
  • Maurice 'Mo' Green (JD) has resigned after seven years as superintendent of the Guilford (N.C.) County Schools, to accept the position of executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C.  The Foundation is a “non-profit organization that invests in statewide, regional and community-based organizations.”


  • Dan Berman (JD) was named interim president and CEO of the Carolina Theatre of Durham in January.
  • Kevin Flynn (JD) continues his solo patent firm, Flynn IP Law in Chapel Hill, N.C. He guides young companies to obtain initial patent coverage, with a focus on medical devices and clean energy.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Robert Marcus (JD) has been recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide in litigation. He practices in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.


  • Jason Hanson (JD) has joined medical device company NuVasive as executive vice president of strategy, corporate development and general counsel.  He joins NuVasive from General Electric, where he served as a corporate vice president and a member of the senior executive team at GE Healthcare.
  • Laurie Sanders (JD) has joined the San Francisco law firm of Osborn McDerby as partner. Previously, Laurie founded Emeryville Law, a boutique business law firm providing services to small and mid-size private businesses.
  • 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.
  • Stacie Strong (JD) has joined the law faculty at the University of Missouri as the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law. Prior to joining the Missouri faculty, Stacie taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and worked as a lawyer in New York, London and Chicago. She specializes in international and comparative law, particularly in the area of international arbitration.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Randy Lehner (JD) has joined Kelley Drye & Warren as a partner in the Chicago office, where his practice focuses on helping clients with regulatory investigations, government enforcement actions, and commercial litigation. He was previously partner-in-charge of the Chicago office of  Ulmer & Berne.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Kirkland Hicks (BOV) has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Lincoln Financial Group. He joined Lincoln Financial from Towers Watson & Co. where he served as general counsel and secretary since 2012.
  • Matt Kirsch (JD) is chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1999 and has prosecuted a variety of crimes, with a focus on white collar crimes.
  • 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.
  • Patricia Northrop (JD) has been named general counsel tor Public Media NJ, Inc. (NJTV), New Jersey's statewide public television network. She previously was senior counsel for WNET, New York Public Media.
  • 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.
  • Clay Wheeler (JD) , a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and a member of its government enforcement and investigations team, has been honored with a unanimous resolution from the Board of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) for his “crucial and timely contributions to the social justice mission of LANC.” Clays works out of the firm’s Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C. offices.


  • Stephen Cirami (JD), executive vice president of the Garden City Group, has also been named its chief operating officer. Garden City Group is headquartered in Lake Success, N.Y., and provides legal administrative services for class action, mass tort, and bankruptcy cases.
  • 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.
  • Amanda McMillian (JD/LLM) has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer at Anadarko Petroleum Corp., based in Houston. Amanda joined Anadarko in 2004.
  • Arden Phillips (JD) is corporate secretary and associate general counsel of U.S. Steel located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Arden previously was corporate secretary and governance officer of WGL Holdings, Inc.
  • 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. 
  • Richard Welch (JD) is an associate professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University Law School. He previously practiced at Starr Gern Davison & Rubin in Roseland, New Jersey.


  • 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.          
  • Tara Allen Esteves (JD) has joined Armbrust & Brown in Austin, Texas as a partner with a corporate and securities practice. She previously was a partner at Reed Scardino, also in Austin.          
  • Gabe Feldman (JD) has been named the inaugural Paul & Abram B. Barron Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2005. Gabe is also director of Tulane’s Sports Law program and its provost for NCAA compliance. Gabe tweets as @SportsLawGuy and is the on-air legal analyst for the NFL Network.
  • John Simpkins (JD/LLM) has been appointed general counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to joining USAID, John served as deputy general counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.  
  • Bernard Welten (LLM) has merged his firm with Lemann Walz & Partner in Bern, Switzerland


  • 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.
  • Nicole Clement (JD) was hired as Rhode Island Housing's general counsel, starting March 1. She most recently was senior counsel for Klein Hornig, a Boston-based firm specializing in affordable housing and community development.
  • Jose Ignacio Diaz (LLM) has joined Celulosa Arauco & Constitucion, a Chilean wood pulp, engineered wood and forestry company, as legal director. He previously practiced at Yrarrazaval Ruiz-Tagle law firm in Santiago.
  • Keron Smith (JD) Keron Smith has joined TicketNetwork, Inc. in South Windsor, Conn., as associate counsel. She previously worked at Webster Bank.
  • Chris Van Tuyl (JD) has joined the Scottsdale, Ariz. law firm Sacks Tierney as a shareholder. He previously served as an officer-level legal counsel at publicly traded companies in Arizona and Florida


  • David Borde (JD) was named vice president of investor relations at Entergy Corporation in New Orleans in March. Since joining Entergy in 2009, David has held leadership positions in corporate development and finance, most recently as director of its utility finance business partners.     
  • Kristi Bowman (JD) , professor of Law at Michigan State University, has become the associate dean for academic affairs at MSU-Law. Kristi's 2015 edited volume, The Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Equality in American Public Schools, has been named a 2015 outstanding academic title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.  
  • 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.
  • Erin Lovell (JD) has joined the American Society of International Law as the managing editor of its Proceedings. She is also the co-producer and co-director of Seeking Truth Productions, a company producing human rights documentary films. Its first film, "Seeking Truth in the Balkans," which explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, was screened at the Law School last fall.
  • Josh Malkin (JD), executive director of The Malkin Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, was named one of the top 40 financial advisers under age 40 by On Wall Street Magazine for 2016. Josh was also named to the list for 2015. 


  • Alison Benge (JD) has joined Pacifica Law Group in Seattle as a partner in its public finance and municipal law group. Alison’s practice focuses on federal income taxation issues in public finance transactions. She previously practiced at Jones Hall in San Francisco.
  • Andrew Chang (JD) was named a partner in the San Francisco office of Shook Hardy & Bacon, effective Jan. 1. Andrew is a member of the firm’s global product liability group; his practice focuses on individual, mass tort and class actions involving automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and other consumer products.  
  • 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.
  • Catherine Duval (JD) has left the U.S. State Department and joined Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C., as a partner, where she advises on professional liability issues and counsels clients in congressional and government investigations.
  • 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.
  • Andy Grimmig (JD) has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Corporate Risk Holdings LLC, previously holding other senior leadership roles. Before joining Corporate Risk Holdings, Andy practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.


  • 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.
  • Molley Clarkson (JD) has been appointed as general counsel of The Siebels Bruce Group Inc., an insurance services provider based in Columbia, S.C.  Prior to joining Seibels, Molley practiced at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta.
  • 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.
  • Jaclyn Moyer (JD) was elevated to partner on January 1 at the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale, where she is a member of the securities and securities litigation and enforcement practices.
  • David Silverstein (JD) has joined the New York office of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider as a partner in the firm’s IP group. He previously practiced in-house at Par Pharmaceuticals.  
  • Nicole williams (JD), a partner in the trial practice group of Thompson & Knight, has been appointed a member of the Dallas Judicial Nomination Commission and will serve a term until  Sept. 30, 2017.


  • Phil Bezanson (JD) has been named managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani’s Seattle office. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, securities enforcement and regulatory matters.
  • 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.
  • 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.        


  • 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.
  • Alexa Chew (JD), clinical associate professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching in April 2015. She joined the UNC faculty in 2012.
  • Kelsey Weir Johnson (JD) and her husband, Ty Johnson, welcomed a son, Michael Henry Johnson on Jan. 4, 2016. He joins big sister, Evy  
  • 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.
  • Joy Lim Nakrin (JD) has joined Necn, the nation’s largest regional news network. She will debut on necn in early May as an afternoon anchor and evening reporter. Joy has more than 10 years of television experience, the last two as an anchor and reporter at WFXT in Boston.
  • 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.
  • Angela Rafoth (JD/LLM) was elevated to shareholder on Jan. 1, 2016, in the San Francisco office of Littler. Angela advises employers on a number of employment law matters including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, and disability issues and leave compliance.
  • Valerie Tessler (LLM) has joined Societe Generale in Paris. She previously was with Gide Loyrette Nouel, an international law firm based in Paris.


  • Wilson Chung (LLM) has joined Macquarie Capital in Hong Kong as vice president. He previously was an executive director at Litegrid Holdings Limited, also in Hong Kong.
  • 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). 
  • James Nowlin (JD) has authored "To GC or Not to GC?  Keys to Hiring Exceptional General Counsel," in the January/February issue of Texas CEO Magazine. James is CEO of Excel Global Partners and fund managing principal of the EGP Family of Companies, located in Austin.
  • 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.
  • Amy Yeung (JD) has joined Dataminr, a New York software company that "datamines" social media for real-time datapoints for journalists, fire and rescue, investment banks, and the government. Amy is leading the firm’s legal efforts.


  • Laura Durity (JD) has joined Castlight Health Inc. in San Francisco as manager of plan development. Previously, Laura was compliance manager at DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. in Denver.
  • Nichole Hines (JD) <p>has joined Humana as in-house legal counsel, based in the Miami area office.&nbsp; She is in charge of Florida Medicaid plans and all plans offered in Puerto Rico. Nichole previously practiced at Squire Patton Boggs, and at Eli Lilly.</p>
  • Steven Schindler (JD) has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie, where he is a member of the firm’s personal planning practice in Seattle.
  • Shestak (JD) has joined the employment and labor practice group at Houston Harbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pa. Adam previously was an assistant attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice.


  • 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.
  • Abby Dennis (JD) was elected to the partnership of global law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Abby is a litigator based in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • Michael Frandina (JD) has joined The Askman Law Firm in Denver, where he continues his general commercial litigation practice and assists in the firm's environmental, tribal and natural resource practice areas. He previously practiced at Kutak Rock.
  • Eileen Kuo (JD) has been elected to the Board and as 2016 vice president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women’s Attorneys. She is an associate, representing management, in the workplace law firm Jackson Lewis.
  • 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.
  • Brandon Neal (JD) and his wife, Kerbie, welcomed a son Joshua Caleb Neal on December 23, 2015. He joins big sister, Kennedy (2). Brandon is senior counsel for Wells Fargo in Charlotte.
  • Scott Skinner-Thompson (JD) has authored AIDS and the Law (5th ed., Aspen Publishing, 2015). Scott is acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law.
  • Monica Chaplin Starosta (JD) married Moises Starosta on January 31, 2015 in Miami Beach.
  • Brian Strand (JD) has been promoted to principal in the Houston office of Fish & Richardson. Brian is a member of the intellectual property litigation group, where his practice focuses on complex patent litigation and appeals.
  • 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.   


  • Sarah Campbell (JD) has joined the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee as special assistant to the solicitor general and the attorney general. Sarah previously practiced at Williams & Connolly.
  • 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.
  • Francisco Prat (LLM) has joined the Santiago, Chile law firm Del Rio Izquierdo Abogados as a senior association in the corporate practice group. He previously was a legal director at LATAM Airlines Group.
  • Elizabeth Thomsen (JD) has joined the corporate and commercial practice as an associate at the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson. She previously was an associate in the media and information technology group at Dow Lohnes in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Jie (Jeanne) Huang (SJD) is associate professor of law at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.  Her book, Interregional Recognition and Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgments – Lessons for China from US and EU Law  (Hart Publishing, 2014), based on her Duke SJD dissertation, has won the First Prize of Excellent Scholarship 2015, awarded by the China Association of Private International Law. 
  • 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. 
  • Katherine Record (JD) coauthored “Humans, Not Hangers: Why It's Time to Regulate the U.S. Fashion Industry” published in the Dec. 21, 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report.
  • 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.
  • Patricia Richman (JD) has become an assistant federal public defender for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. She previously practiced at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Aonghus Cheevers (LLM) is a PhD student at the Sutherland School of Law at University College, Dublin.
  • 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.
  • Ofer Ganot (LLM) has joined Venable as an associate in the corporate group in Los Angeles. He previously was an associate at Pomerantz in New York City.
  • Rebecca Holljes (JD) has joined the Raleigh firm of Ragsdale Liggett as an associate.
  • Christina (Jones) LeBlanc (JD) and Scott LeBlanc welcomed a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on May 21, 2015.
  • Matthew Rinegar (JD) has joined Schlumberger Ltd. in Houston as legal counsel, corporate. He previously practiced at Latham & Watkins.
  • Andy Roth (JD) is head of customer service for RocketBolt, an on-line tracking startup launched at The Startup Factory in Durham.
  • Adam Schupack (JD/LLM) has joined Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia as a litigation association. Prior to joining the firm, Adam completed two federal judicial clerkships and was an associate at Kirkland & 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Glen Rectenwald (JD) is a frequent contribution coauthor of articles for the National Law Review; including in November about most companies lacking formal policies to manage open source risks. Glen is an associate in Morgan Lewis's business and finance practice in New York City.  
  • 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.
  • Sarah Vacchiano (JD) has joined FilmNation Entertainment, an independent film company based in New York. She previously practiced at Gibson Dunn.
  • Nels Vulin (JD) has joined the construction defect group at Ball Janik in Portland, Ore. He previously practiced with another Portland firm.
  • 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.       


  • 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.
  • Barrett Johnson (JD) has joined the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog as an associate in the medical malpractice practice group, focusing on the representation of health providers.  Before joining CSH, Barrett practiced at Fried, Frank in Washington, D.C.
  • William LeDoux (JD) and his wife Amanda welcomed a son, Oliver Lawrence, on June 6, 2015.  He joins big brother, Liam. William is an associate at K&L Gates in Dallas.
  • Jennie Morawetz (JD) has joined the environmental transactions practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.
  • 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.


  • Whitney Blazek (JD) has joined Baker Botts as an associate in the coporate practice in Dallas, after completing a clerkship on the Texas Supreme Court with the Honorable Eva M. Guzman LLM ’14.
  • Alex Dimock (JD) completed his clerkship with the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat ’57 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and has joined the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight as a litigation associate.
  • Nina Gupta (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings as a litigation associate, after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  
  • 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.
  • Ruben Henriquez (JD) has moved to the bank finance team at White & Case in New York City; he previously was in the bankruptcy group at Bracewell & Giulianai.
  • 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.