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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.
  • Bernard Strasser (JD) retired this spring after 56 years of practicing real estate, wills, estate and probate law in Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • 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.”
  • Glenn Ketner Jr. (JD) a member and past chairman of the board of trustees at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, has received the North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee Service Award for 2016.
  • David Noble (JD) received the 2015 Friends of Philanthropy Award from the Wayne County (Ohio) Community Foundation on behalf of his family. The family and its Donald and Alice Noble Foundation has generously supported numerous charities in the local community.
  • Robert Rieder (JD) retired in August as chief university counsel after a 40-year career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  
  • Bill Womble Jr. (JD) was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in February. The recognition is one of the highest honors a governor of North Carolina can bestow and is awarded to individuals who provide “exemplary service” to the State. Bill is a partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.


  • Charles Becton (JD)  received the Lake Family Public Service Award at the North Carolina Bar Association annual meeting in Charlotte in June. The 12th recipient of the award, which honors an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service in his or her community, Becton is a past president of the NCBA who has served as interim chancellor at North Carolina Central University and Elizabeth City State University. » More


  • 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.  


  • Randolph May (JD) has co-authored The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property – A Natural Rights Perspective (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).  


  • Ron Frank (JD) has joined Blank Rome as a partner in the corporate, M&A, and securities group in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He joins Blank Rome from Reed Smith, where he was a partner for more than 16 years.  
  • Cary Moomjian (JD), president of consultancy and expert witness services provider CAM OilServ Advisors, announces creation of a new division to provide expert witness services in disputes relating to offshore rig shipyard construction contract cancellations. The new division will supplement the firm's longstanding drilling contract consultancy and expert witness services.  
  • Larry Tucker (JD), managing attorney and member of the executive committee at the Kansas City office of Armstrong Teasdale, received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service during the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference held in May. The award recognizes one attorney from each of the districts within the Eighth Circuit who have achieved professional excellence in their fields, are leaders in the legal community, have made significant contributions to pro bono cases and mentored young attorneys. Larry was chosen from the Western District of Missouri.


  • 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.
  • Roger Ferland (JD) has been inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. Roger, retired from partnership in Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office, was instrumental in the creation of several clinics that provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans. He received the Bronze Star for combat heroism in Vietnam, as well as the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.
  • Lawrence Gostin (JD) has been appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. Lawrence is the faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, as well as the founding O’Neill chair in global health law at Georgetown Law. He is also a professor of medicine at Georgetown University and professor of public health at The Johns Hopkins University and the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights.


  • Allard Allston (JD) is serving as pro bono corporate counsel for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc.
  • 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.


  • Carolyn Kuhl (JD), presiding judge for the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker at the Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit hosted by the Institute for Advancement of the American Legal System in April.  


  • 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.
  • 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).


  • James Crouse (JD) has authored his debut novel, Broken Eagle (Catamount Island Publishing, 2016), “a hard-hitting story with a military-legal theme.” Jim practiced aviation law for over 30 years, and has taught an aviation law class at Duke Law and George Washington. He is the co-author of the casebook, Aviation Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 2006).
  • Jack Hickey (JD) spoke at a panel discussion on settlement negotiation at the American Association for Justice winter convention in March.
  • 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.
  • Justin Klimko (JD), president and managing shareholder of Butzel Long, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit in February. Justin is a board member and secretary of ACG Detroit.
  • Jack Marin (JD) retired in March from Williams Mullen in Raleigh, where he had practiced for 30 years. Jack played in the NBA for 11 years after an All-American career at Duke, and focused his practice on sports and contract law. He was outside counsel to the National Basketball Retired Players Association. In retirement, he continues as chairman of the board of Hope for the Warriors, the national non-profit that serves active post-9/11 service members, reservists, veterans and their families.


  • Michael Dreeben (JD), deputy U.S. solicitor general was honored at a reception at Georgetown University Law Center in April, following his 100th appearance before the United States Supreme Court. Praising Michael at the reception were Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael’s first appearance before the court was in 1989.
  • 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.”


  • Bill Blancato (JD), a partner at Doughton Blancato in Winston-Salem, has received a 2016 Pro Bono Attorney Award by the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, where he serves as a guardian ad litem.
  • Richard Riley (JD) has been appointed to the board of directors for Acuity Insurance.  He remains a partner with Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C. where he focuses his practice include tax and corporate matters for property and casualty insurance companies.


  • 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.
  • Peter Verniero (JD) has been awarded the Medal of Honor by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Peter is chair of the corporate internal investigations and appellate practice groups at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, and a retired associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Medal of Honor is “given each year to those who have made exemplary contributions to improving the justice system and enhancing New Jersey's legal legacy.”


  • Gill Beck (JD), an assistant United States attorney in Asheville, was honored as a 2016 Citizen Lawyer at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) in June. A major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, Gill has held a number of leadership positions with both the NCBA d the State Bar. Since 2007, he has served at the executive director of the State Bar’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Committee, an organization dedicated to ensuring effective access to the legal system for military service members and their families.
  • 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.
  • Janet Ward Black (JD) has received the Hood Theological Seminary’s 12th Annual Bishop’s Award in recognition of her commitment to the seminary, located in Salisbury, N.C., and her community. Janet is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 36-person firm in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Eric Isaacson (JD) opened a solo practice, in March, focusing on appellate work and class actions in La Jolla, Calif. He was a founding partner of the California-based firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. Eric has published two recent articles, "The Roberts Court and Securities Class Actions: Reaffirming Basic Principles," 48 Akron L. Rev. 923 (2015), and "Free Exercise for Whom? -- Could the Religious-Liberty Principle that Catholics Established in Perez v. Sharp Also Protect Same-Sex Couples’ Right to Marry?," 92  U Det. Mercy L. Rev. 29 (2015). 


  • Joel Heusinger (JD), a partner in the Lincoln, Neb., office of Woods & Aitken, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  
  • Christopher M. Kelly (JD) has been appointed to Jones Day's partnership committee. A partner in the Cleveland office, Chris oversees the U.S. side of the firm's capital markets practice. He is a co-chair of the Host Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
  • 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.  
  • David McKean (JD) was sworn in as the 22nd United States Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State John Kerry on March 14. David held several positions at the U.S. State Department, including director of policy planning since 2012; he served as Kerry’s chief of staff from 1999 to 2008.
  • 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 (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.
  • Scott Cammarn (JD) , a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Charlotte has been named to Best Lawyers in America.
  • James Felman (JD) has been selected to receive the 2016 Charles R. English Award from the ABA Criminal Justice Section at its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 4., in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes distinguished work in the field of criminal justice by judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and academics. Jim is a partner at Kynes Markman and Felman in Tampa.
  • Chris Petrini (JD) received an Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) for his pro bono co-authorship of an amicus brief on behalf of IMLA and several other parties in Lopez et al v. City of Lawrence et al, an appeal currently pending before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Chris founded Framingham, Mass.-based Petrini & Associates P.C. in 2004 and represents cities and towns as town counsel and as special counsel in various litigation matters.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Debby Stone (JD) has published her first book, The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career. Debby is a principal with Novateur Partners, an Atlanta-based company that provides executive coaching and leadership development to lawyers and the organizations in which they work.


  • Steven Chabinsky (JD) has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Steve is general counsel and chief risk officer for the cybersecurity technology firm CrowdStrike, which he joined 2012. He has also served as a columnist for Security Magazine since 2013 and as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University since 2012.
  • Michael Kabat (JD) is a founding partner of Kabat Chapman & Ozmer, a 10-attorney law firm with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The firm focuses on labor and employment law, complex business litigation and class and collective action litigation.  
  • 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.
  • Margaret Rowlett (JD) has been recognized as a 2016 N.C. Super Lawyer and also as a 2016 N.C. Best Lawyers. She practices workers' compensation and employment law at Smith James Rowlett & Cohen in Greensboro.


  • Colm Connolly (JD), a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Morgan Lewis, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • 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) is the 2016 recipient of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ (NCAE) Excellence in Equity Award. Mo served for seven years as superintendent of Guilford County (N.C.) Schools, before becoming executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation earlier this year.
  • 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.”
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeill (JD) was elected president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association at the annual meeting in June. Caryn is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, where she leads the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. She has an extensive record of service with the Bar Association, and is also chair of the Board of Trustees at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.
  • Gary Spitko (JD) , presidential professor of ethics and the common good, and professor of law at Santa Clara University, has authored Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). He has also been elected an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


  • Dan Berman (JD) was named interim president and CEO of the Carolina Theatre of Durham in January.
  • Sam Braverman (JD), a partner with Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, has been selected as a SuperLawyer for the third year in a row in 2015 for criminal defense and the second year in a row for business law in New York Metro area. He recently completed a term as president of the Bronx County Bar Association, and is a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.
  • 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.
  • John Hoffman (JD/LLM) was named senior vice president and general counsel of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. in March. He had previously served as acting attorney general of New Jersey since 2013.
  • Steven Marks (JD) has been promoted from executive vice president and general counsel to chief, digital business and general counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As chief, digital business for RIAA, Steven will oversee industry-wide initiatives to help grow the digital music marketplace and the new revenue streams that are increasingly critical to the music business.  He led the creation of the license for Internet radio and other services now administered by SoundExchange, and serves as chair of SoundExchange’s licensing committee and on its board of directors.
  • David Van Pelt (JD/LLM) has joined the labor and employment practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren in Los Angeles as special counsel. He previously practiced at Sheppard Mullin.
  • Geovette Washington (JD) has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States; she has been a member of the Conference since 2013. Geovette is the senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh, a position she has held since August 2015. Previously, she served as general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget from 2013 to 2015.


  • David Cox (JD) has been named a 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyer. David is a member of the Charleston office of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms.
  • Alan Gallatin (JD) , a partner and the Detroit tax practice leader of Grant Thornton, has joined the faculty of Walsh College as an adjunct assistant professor in its accounting and taxation departments.
  • Eduardo Hauser (LLM) has been appointed as managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean for Scripps Networks Interactive. He is responsible for the strategic direction and daily operation of the company’s businesses across Latin America, which currently include Food Network as well as the company’s distribution across the Caribbean.
  • 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.
  • Linda Liu Kordziel (JD), a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson has been named a recipient of the 2016 “Women Worth Watching” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal.  Linda focuses her practice on intellectual property and patent litigation.


  • Paul Genender (JD) joined the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in February as a litigation partner. Paul was previously a partner at K&L Gates.
  • 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.
  • Michael Sorrell (JD), president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, for the second time in his career, was named the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Male President of the Year. He has been nominated for the award five times in the six years it's been given by the HBCU Digest and is the first recipient to win the title twice. Michael has gained recognition for  his unconventional leadership and the many initiatives he has backed both at Paul Quinn and in the surrounding Oak Cliff community, such as the New Urban College Model and the school's own organic farm.
  • 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.


  • Wiley Boston (JD), a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight, is president of the Orange County Bar Association, a 3,500 member voluntary bar in central Florida. He has also become Florida Bar Board Certified as an expert in real estate law.
  • 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.  


  • 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.
  • Jennifer Slone Tobin (JD) , partner at Shutts & Bowen in Orlando, has been installed as chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, a non-profit organization in the region serving and mentoring more than 13,000 youth members. She has been a member of the board of directors since 2010, most recently as chair-elect and as co-chair of Celebrate the Children, the organization’s signature fund-raising event.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim Profeta (JD) has been reappointed to a third five-year term as director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Tim is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute, which works to help decision makers create timely, effective and economically practical solutions to the world’s critical environmental challenges.
  • 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.
  • Bill Howell (JD) has joined Sidley Austin in Dallas as a partner. He has a global corporate finance, private equity and M&A practice and was previously a partner at Baker Botts.
  • 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.
  • Jill Steinberg (JD), associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, testified, in June, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on human trafficking and the Department's implementation of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
  • Peggy Wang (JD/LLM) joined the Hong Kong office of White & Case in April 2015 as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice in Asia, and head of Asia private equity. She previously was a partner at Linklaters in Hong Kong.
  • 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.


  • Noriaki Abe (LLM) Noriake Abe has been assigned to the Japanese Delegation to the OECD in Paris since September 2015.
  • Anne Chapman (JD) has joined the criminal defense boutique Mitchell Stein Carey as a partner in Phoenix. Anne's practice focuses on internal and governmental investigations and white collar criminal defense.
  • 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.
  • Brian Fowler (JD) has been promoted to general counsel of Millennium Health in San Diego. He joined Millennium in 2012 as assistant general counsel.
  • Felicia Gross (JD) has joined the Manhattan office of the New York State Attorney General's Office in the Litigation Bureau.  
  • Sebastian Guerrero (LLM) has started a new law firm Guerrero Valle Garces focused on family issues, tax and wealth management in Santiago, Chile. He formerly was with the firm Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa & Errazuriz.  
  • Julie Riewe (JD) , former co-chief of the asset management unit of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, joined the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton in March as a partner in the white collar and regulatory defense group. Julie spent 11 years at the SEC, rising through the ranks and receiving commendations, the most recent the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2015.
  • 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.  
  • Gordon Walker (SJD) has joined, as professor of law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar, in association with the Pritzker School of Law Northwestern University under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation. He is an emeritus professor of law at La Trobe University School of Law, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bernard Welten (LLM) has merged his firm with Lemann Walz & Partner in Bern, Switzerland


  • 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.
  • Margaret Hu (JD), assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee School of Law, has published “Big Data Blacklisting,” 67 Florida Law Review 1735 (Sept. 2015), for which she received the Young Scholar’s Award at the 8th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in June 2015.
  • John Inazu (JD), the Sally D. Danforth distinguished professor of law and religion, and professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, has authored Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The book argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality and other important matters.
  • Janaina Dellape Fernandes Pita (LLM) is a partner in the corporate department of Dias Munhoz in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Patrick Roberts (JD) has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. He is the founder of Roberts Law Group, a criminal defense law firm with offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte. He served as an assistant district attorney in three N.C. jurisdictions before founding his firm.
  • Keron Smith (JD) Keron Smith has joined TicketNetwork, Inc. in South Windsor, Conn., as associate counsel. She previously worked at Webster Bank.
  • David Szekeres (JD) has been named senior vice president of business development, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Heron Therapeutics in Redwood City, Calif.  David most recently was general counsel, chief business officer, principal financial officer, and corporate secretary at Regulus Therapeutics.
  • 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
  • Mechelle Zarou (JD), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has been inducted as a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Mechelle is co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment department, as well as the immigration practice group.


  • 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.  
  • Rodney Bullard (JD), executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation and vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, has been named to the second class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, an initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Over the course of several months, the 61 scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics.
  • Kerstin Henrich (LLM) has joined the Dusseldorf, Germany office of Jones Day as a partner and member of the firm's M&A group. Kerstin's practice focuses on complex M&A transactions, transactions in the renewable energy sector and general corporate counseling. She was previously a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • 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.
  • D'Lorah Hughes (JD) has been named director of externships and adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Prior to joining UCI Law on July 1, she was director of clinical education at Wayne State Law School. She has also held academic positions at the University of Arkansas School of Law-Fayetteville, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Whittier Law School.
  • Daniel Klein (JD) has joined Proskauer Rose’s Boston office as senior patent counsel in the litigation department, and a member of the life sciences patent practice. He previously practiced at Choate Hall & Stewart.
  • 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. 
  • Mary Richardson (JD/LLM) has joined Clark University in Worcester, Mass., as director of planned giving and principal gifts. She previously held development and alumni relations positions at Williams College and Bowdoin College.
  • Seth Safra (JD) has joined Proskauer as a partner in its employee benefits and executive compensation group, resident in Washington, D.C.  Seth serves as principal employee benefits and executive compensation counsel to some of the country’s largest employers. He was previously a partner at Covington & Burling.  


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Paul Ervin (JD) and his wife, Helia, welcomed a son, Isaac Rahim Ervin, on Feb. 8, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Perry (JD) is a doctoral student in the Department of Law at Umea University in Sweden, writing her dissertation on “Children’s Access to Parental Financial Support: A Comparative Assessment in California and Sweden.”  
  • 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.  
  • Sonia Macias Steele (JD) has joined the Boston office of Murtha Cullina as ERISA counsel in the firm’s business and finance department. She previously practiced at Goulston & Storrs.
  • 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.


  • Brian Berman (JD) and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a son, Finley Price Berman, on March 6, 2016. He joins older brother, Jackson.   
  • Phil Bezanson (JD) and his wife, Thea Handelman, welcomed a son, Dashiell “Dash” Henry, on March 24, 2016.  He joins his older brother Elias. They live in Seattle, where Phil is managing partner of the Seattle office of Bracewell.  
  • 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.
  • Josh Bryant (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, assumed the chairmanship of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in July.  He  has been a member of the Tax Section Council since 2006.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Sam Forehand (JD) and his wife, Yasmin, welcomed a son Jackson Baha Forehand on Feb. 10, 2016, joining siblings William and Ella Anne.
  • Gulnara Iskakova (LLM) is the ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has previously served as vice president and rapporteur at the United Nations Human Rights Council and as the Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the UN.
  • Jennifer Plappert King (JD) and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed a daughter, Juliet, on May 17, 2016.
  • Mangyo Kinoshita (LLM) has co-founded and is managing partner of a new boutique M&A law firm in Tokyo, southgate. He previously was a partner at O’Melvey & Myers and White & Case. Mangyo has co-authored two recent articles (both in Japanese): “International M&A Study Group Report on ABA Model Stock Purchase Agreement: MAC Clause,” International Business Law, July 2016 and “Recent Trends regarding US Regulatory Authorities’ Review of M&A Transactions,” Mergers & Acquisitions Research Report Online, June 2016.
  • Ryan Levy (JD) , a shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He also has been elected to the Nashville Bar Association’s Board of Directors and serves on both the executive and social Committees. 
  • Chris Machera (JD) has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges as a partner in its private equity practice and is based in the New York office. He represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, minority investments and general corporate governance matters. Chris previously was a vice president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Yendelela Neely Anderson (JD) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. A 2003 graduate of Furman, Yendelela is executive director and senior legal counsel at AT&T Services, Inc., in Atlanta, where she manages the defense of employment class and collective actions as well as systemic EEOC litigation. Prior to that, she was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
  • Sarah Walker Baker (JD) and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Robert ‘Hawes’ Baker, on June 22, 2016. He joins siblings Davis, James and Ballard.  
  • David Breau (JD) was named general counsel of Straight Path Communications in February. He previously practiced at Sidley Austin in New York City.
  • Audry Casusol (JD) has joined the New York office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its corporate and securities practice. She previously practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
  • 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.
  • Amy Kallman (JD) has been elected incoming president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the state affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and will serve her term in 2017. Amy is a defender in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix.
  • 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) 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.


  • Jeffrey DiChiara (JD) has been promoted from associate to special counsel in the Miami office of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, where his practice focuses on representing clients in real estate matters including leasing transactions, acquisition and sales of property, joint venture agreements, origination and restructuring of loans, and loan workouts.
  • 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>
  • Ian Miller (JD) is vice president, business affairs and general counsel at Epic Sciences, Inc. in San Diego. He previously practiced at Covington & Burling.  
  • Lucas Przymusinski (JD) has been promoted to partner in the New York Office of DLA Piper where his practice focuses on drug and device litigation, mass torts, and product liability.
  • 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.
  • Kristin Seeger (JD) has been made partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, where she is a member of the energy and infrastructure group in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on the acquisition and sale of domestic and international renewable energy projects as well as project financing (including tax equity financing arrangements) in the renewable energy sector.
  • 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.


  • Abby Dennis (JD) was elected to the partnership of global law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Abby is a litigator based in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • Cliff Gardner (JD) has been promoted to litigation counsel in the Wilmington, Del., office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shane Tintle (JD) has been elected partner in the corporate department of the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practices in the capital markets group.
  • Patrick Wooten (JD) has been elected to partnership by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he practices in Charleston, S.C., in the areas of business litigation, general litigation, antitrust law, and trust litigation. He has also been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


  • Erin Blondel (JD) and her husband, Ernie Young, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Josephine Young, on April 5, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Sharath Chandrasekehar (LLM) has joined HSA Advocates as a partner in the firm’s newly opened office in Bengaluru, India. Prior to joining HSA, Sharath was one of the founding partners at Citius Law Advocates. He has previously worked at J. Sagar Associates and Axis Bank, with a focus on banking & finance, real estate, private equity & venture capital transactions.  
  • Ingrid Kaldre Foster (JD) has founded Legal Data Analytics, a data, analytics and information design company, located in Los Gatos, Calif.
  • Isaac Linnartz (JD) is a member of the Class of ’16 of the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy. He is an associate in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, where his practice focuses on business litigation and employment litigation.  
  • 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.


  • Stuart Duguid (LLM) has joined WME/IMG as an agent in the Los Angeles office, primarily representing tennis players. He previously was a vice president for tennis at Lagadere Unlimited.
  • Virginia Fitt (JD) has been promoted to senior counsel in U.S. legal operations with GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  
  • Jie (Jeanne) Huang (SJD) has joined the faculty of the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia, teaching and researching in the fields of international investment law and dispute resolution (international litigation and arbitration). She previously was associate professor and associate dean at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics School of Law in China.
  • 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. 
  • Jenny Liang (JD) has joined Triple Five Group, as associate counsel for American Dream, a shopping and entertainment complex opening in the New York metro area. She previously was an associate at Greenberg Traurig.  
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Andres Osornio (LLM) has joined the New York City office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as an associate in the capital markets group. He previously practiced with a firm in Mexico City. 
  • Rocio Perez (JD) has joined Providence Law Asia in Singapore as U.S. counsel, where she focuses on international arbitrations between Latin American and Asian parties, as well as asset tracing, economic crimes and regulatory investigations. Rocio previously was a foreign legal associate at Arias & Munoz in Costa Rico, where she also directed the firm’s global legal skills program.
  • 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) and his wife Rachel welcomed a daughter, Harper Kate, on June 26, 2016. She joins big brother, Teddy.
  • 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.  
  • Lila Zhao (JD) has joined Gerson Law Firm in San Diego, where she represents clients in commercial real estate transactions and finance. She previously practiced at McCarthy & Holthus, also in San Diego.


  • 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. 
  • Kevin Elliott (JD) and Sarah Naseman Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston.  Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Sarah Naseman Elliott (JD) and Kevin Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston. Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Will Hellmuth (JD)  has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where he concentrates his practice on privacy and data protection laws. He previously was an associate at Baker & Hostetler.  
  • 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.  
  • Shine Chen Schattgen (JD) has joined the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm’s health care group. Shine previously practiced in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray.
  • 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.


  • Caryn Devins (JD) began her term in August as the 2016-17 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of the federal government. Caryn completed clerkships with the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the Second Circuit, the Honorable James P. Jones of the Western District of Virginia, and Chief Justice Paul Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court.
  • Suzanne Gainey (LLM) has joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen, where she is an associate and works in both the commercial & technology transactions and privacy & data security groups.
  • Andrew Hand (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Graham C. Mullen ‘69, senior U.S. district court judge for the Western District of North Carolina.
  • 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.
  • Seth Reich (JD) , an associate in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, received the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono Service award for 2016. Seth maintains an active pro bono case load and has worked on immigration proceedings, death penalty litigation and cases in Texas state court.  
  • Johanna Roldan (LLM) has been reassigned as desk officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Bureau for the Americas in Geneva. Johanna has held several positions at the UNHCR, most recently as an associate protection officer in Rwanda.


  • 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.
  • Nadia Chebbi (JD) is a project finance associate in the natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors of DeGaulle Fleurance & Associates in Paris.  
  • 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.  
  • Eva Guzman (JD), justice on the Texas Supreme Court, was named Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists in May.  
  • 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.
  • Nicolas Melki (LLM) has joined the Dubai office of Baker Botts. He previously worked in the legal department of Petrofac International.  
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson () has been nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She has served as the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2015 and commissioner from 2014 to 2015. She served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2006 to 2012.


  • Ruslan Abdirashid (LLM) is working at the Ministry of Justice for Kazakhstan, in the state property rights protection department.
  • Taylor Bartholomew (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell as an associate in the Delaware corporate law counseling group.  
  • Bezaliel Erlan (LLM) is an associate at SSEK Legal Consultants in the Jakarta, Indonesia office, where he specializes in foreign investment, banking and finance, and insurance law, as well as general corporate law.
  • Chris Girouard (JD) earned an LLM degree from New York University in May, and has joined Bryan Cave’s St. Louis, Mo., office as a tax associate.
  • Cristobal Ramirez (LLM) has joined Hewlett Packard as Chilean legal counsel, located in Santiago.
  • Jeffrey Rood (JD) joined GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, Fla., as an associate focusing on commercial real estate law, including acquisitions, dispositions, land development, financing, and leasing.
  • Brett Schroeder (JD) is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.