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Duke Law Half Century Club

  • Martin George W. (LLB)
  • Russell Robinson (LLB) has been awarded a 2017 North Carolina Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award, which honors members of the legal community who have served model careers committed to “genuine professionalism and the highest standards of legal ethics.” Russell is the founding partner of Robinson Bradshaw, and the author of Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law, a publication considered the premier treatise on the topic and now in its seventh edition, maintained by the firm. He is also the former chair of The Duke Endowment Board of Trustees.  
  • Julian Juergensmeyer (JD) has co-authored the book, Market Demand-Based Planning and Permitting (American Bar Association, 2017). He is professor and Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Chair in Law at Georgia State University.
  • Randy Rollins (JD) was feted, last fall, by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at a 10-year anniversary celebration of Drive-to-Work, a unique Virginia program that assists low-income or previously incarcerated individuals with restoring driving privileges so they may get back to work. Randy, a retired partner in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, founded the program in 2007.


  • Clarence L. Ledbetter (JD)


  • Mary Joyce Carlson (JD), counsel to the advocacy group Fight for $15, is the 2018 recipient of the George Barrett Award for Public Interest Law, given by The Sidney Hillman Foundation. Recognized for her “indefatigable efforts to confront poverty, discrimination and other injustices,” Mary has worked for many of the nation’s leading labor unions, and served a seven-year term as deputy general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Christine Durham (JD) was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the address at Westminster College’s May commencement ceremonies in Salt Lake City. She retired in November 2017 after 35 years as a justice of the Supreme Court of Utah and currently serves on the board of overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and co-chairs Utah Center for Legal Inclusion and the Coordinating Committee for Access to Justice. She is also a trustee for University of the People, an accredited, tuition-free, online institution for higher education.


  • David Drake (JD) was honored by the University of Iowa with a 2017 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Award. David served in both Vietnam and Cambodia and served as assistant town attorney in Chapel Hill after completing law school. He is an author, based in rural North Carolina, whose Hammers Slammer series is credited with creating the genre of modern military science fiction.
  • Maryellen Madden (JD) Maryellen Madden married Judith Graves on April 28, 2018, in Philadelphia, where Maryellen is of counsel to Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, practicing commercial litigation. She was a guest lecturer on transgender history at the Law School in Fall 2017


  • Dan Blue (JD), Democratic leader of the N.C. Senate and managing partner of the Raleigh law firm, Blue, was the commencement speaker for Livingston College in Salisbury, N.C. on May 4. Dan welcomed these Livingston graduates as freshmen at their 2014 Fall Convocation. 


  • Colin Brown (JD) , chairman and chief executive officer of JM Family Enterprises Inc., was named the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Florida Atlantic University College of Business. He was recognized for his industry acumen, leadership and community outreach at an annual breakfast on Jan. 26, in Boca Raton.
  • Colin Brown (JD) , chairman and chief executive officer of JM Family Enterprises Inc., was named the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Florida Atlantic University College of Business. He was recognized for his industry acumen, leadership and community outreach at an annual breakfast on Jan. 26, in Boca Raton.
  • Candace Carroll (JD) has received the 2018 Outstanding Attorney Award from the San Diego County Bar Association. The award is presented to an exemplary attorney who provides outstanding community service above and beyond service to the legal profession. Candace is an appellate practitioner at Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel with more than 40 years experience handling appeals in the federal, state, and bankruptcy appellate courts.She is a long-standing supporter of the community and is actively involved in a variety of legal and civic organizations. BOV
  • David Poe (JD), a partner in Bracewell’s energy regulatory practice, was recognized in October, with the Samuel H. Porter Award from the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (IRIS) of the American Bar Association. He received the award in recognition of his leadership in the development of the law with respect to infrastructure industries and long-standing commitment to IRIS. David represents clients, including industrial companies, electric utilities and hydroelectric generators, and telecommunications companies that own infrastructure assets subject to governmental regulation.
  • Larry Shelton (JD) will retire in May as the federal public defender for the Western District of Virginia. He has served three four-year terms, starting in 2005. He previously led the Norfolk office for the federal public defender of the Eastern District of Virginia.


  • ROdney May (JD) retired in December after a 14-year term as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. Prior to joining the bench, he was in private practice in Orlando and a lecturer at the University of Florida College of Law.


  • Frederick Claybrook (JD), a former partner and founding member of Crowell & Moring, has joined the Washington, D.C. firm Nichols Liu as of counsel. A frequent contributor to scholarship in the field of government contracts, Rick is the author of numerous articles across multiple law journals, and received the 2016 Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association Writing Award.
  • Dean Cordiano (JD) Dean Cordiano has been elected president of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court in Hartford, Conn. He will serve as president until January 2019.
  • Gray Wilson (JD) Gray Wilson was sworn in as president-elect of the North Carolina State Bar in October. Gray is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Winston-Salem office where he practices with the litigation group. He previously served as president and a member of the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is current chair of the board of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company.


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


  • Bill Anlyan (JD) has cofounded and is managing member of Lumina Wealth Management, located in Wilmington, N.C. Bill has been a leader in higher education and arts administration, holding positions at Duke, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
  • David Bernat (JD) has retired and lives in Stamford, Conn., after a career on Wall Street and in a financial start-up. Retirement plans include travel.
  • Charlie Condon (JD) has been named the next chairman of the board of directors of Santee Cooper, the public utility owned by the state of South Carolina. A Charleston attorney, Charlie was South Carolina attorney general from 1995 to 2003, and a former solicitor of Charleston and Berkeley counties.


  • James Williams (JD), who retired last May as chief public defender of Orange and Chatham counties in North Carolina, received the N.C. ACLU Frank Porter Graham Award for Lifetime Achievement in October.  


  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) served as a panelist discussing cruise industry passenger and seafarer claims at a seminar organized by the Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee and ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee. 
  • Lisa Smith (JD)  received the Kay Crawford Murray Award from the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Women and the Law in January. The award honors honor women in the profession who recognize the value of diversity in the legal profession and have dedicated their time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys. Lisa is a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Southern District of New York.  
  • Andromeda Monroe (JD) has been elevated to of counsel in the Ft. Lauderdale office of Greenberg Traurig, where she is a member of the insurance practice.  


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


  • Peter Sachs (JD) has been elected to the board of directors of West Palm Beach, Fla.,  law firm Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs. Peter is a shareholder in the firm, and  represents individuals and institutions in the prosecution and defense of complex trust and estate, guardianship and commercial litigation matters.
  • Hezekiah Sistrunk (JD) has been inducted into The National Trial Lawyer’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, which “recognizes and honors those few individuals, both past and present, who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American bar.” Hezekiah is managing attorney in the Atlanta office of The Cochran Firm.  


  • Rich Baer (JD) has been appointed chair of the National Jewish Health Board of Directors. The hospital, located in Denver, is a leading respiratory hospital. Rich served on the board from 2005-2010, and rejoined in 2013 when he returned to Denver. He is chief legal officer for Liberty Media Corporation and a number of other related companies.
  • Kim Hoover (JD) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Lambda Literary, a national non-profit advancing LGBTQ literature. Kim started and runs real estate operating company, RED Multifamily, in Washington, D.C., and co-founded Allyson Capital, a private real estate equity firm.  


  • George McFarland Jr. (JD) became CEO of Pennsylvania Trust, a Philadelphia-area wealth management fund, on Jan. 1. He leads the management and strategic direction of Pennsylvania Trust, and oversees the firm’s investment policy and strategy. He joined the firm in 1998, and has most recently served  president and chief investment officer.
  • Harry Munsinger (JD) has written a new book for couples wanting to learn more about their options for divorce. The Texas Divorce Guide (Archway Publishing, 2018) helps to lead divorcing couples through the divorce process with minimal stress and financial loss. He practices at the Law Offices of Harry L. Munsinger in San Antonio, where he has twice served as president of the Collaborative Divorce San Antonio professional practice group, and is currently a member of the board of trustees of Collaborative Divorce Texas.


  • Janet Ward Black (JD) is the 10th recipient of The Advocate’s Award, presented by the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), which recognizes ‘superstars’ of the section and the legal profession. Janet is the principal owner of Ward Black Law, a 36-person firm in Greensboro, and is the first woman to receive The Advocate’s Ward. She served as president of the NCBA and the N.C. Bar Foundation in 2007-08.


  • Robert Danforth (JD) has been named the John Lucian Smith, Jr. Memorial Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He joined the Washington & Lee faculty in 1997 where his teaching and scholarship focus on taxation and trusts and estates. He also has served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs.
  • Chris Hagan (JD) has joined Perkins Coie’s corporate practice as a partner in the Washington D.C. office with a focus on private equity matters and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Chris was a partner at Brown Rudnick.
  • Michael Kaplowitz (JD) Michael Kaplowitz has been named one of Michigan State University’s new faculty athletic representatives. He will serve as senior adviser to the MSU president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Michael earned his doctorate from MSU in 1997 and joined MSU's faculty the same year. He is a professor of environmental policy and international development in the Community Sustainability Department and adjunct professor in the College of Law  
  • Filips Klavins (JD) has been awarded the Cross of Recognition by the Republic of Latvia.  The award is presented for faithful, meritorious and loyal service and work. Filips is managing partner of Ellex & Klavins in Riga.
  • Rene (Stemple) Ellis Trehy (JD) received the 2017 Peace Award from the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section in March. A principle in the Durham dispute resolution firm of Beason & Ellis, Rene also is a long-time senior lecturer at the Law School, teaching an annual section of Negotiation. She has twice chaired the Dispute Resolution Section.


  • Chris Petrini (JD) has received the President’s Award given by the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, its highest award given “in recognition of and appreciation for leadership, unwavering commitments to the advancement of municipal law and outstanding service to local government.” In 2017, Chris was recognized as a New England Super Lawyer for the sixth time, and named to the Top 100 Lawyers in New England
  • Harlan I. Prater IV (JD)


  • Mark Califano (JD) has joined Nardello & Co., a global investigations firm, as its chief legal officer and regional managing director of the Americas. He joins Nardello & Co. from American Express, where he was the senior vice-president and managing counsel in charge of global litigation and government investigations.
  • Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe (JD) was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address at the fall commencement ceremonies at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., in December. Kodwo is Duke Energy’s state president for South Carolina operations.   
  • Jo Ellen Whitney (JD), chair of the Davis Brown employment and labor law department in Des Moines, Iowa, was honored, in March, by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) at a swearing in before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The NSA is one of a small number of organizations to sponsor a group of attorneys to become new members of the Supreme Court Bar.


  • Scott Arenare (JD) has been named general counsel at Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he practices in the asset management group with a focus on private equity. He was previously a managing director and general counsel at Warburg Pincus.  
  • Alfonso de Orbegoso (LLM) has been named chairman of the risks, compliance and sustainability committee of the Graña y Montero Group, a Latin American real estate and construction firm headquartered in Lima, Peru.     
  • Allen Nelson (JD) has joined Taylor English Duma in Atlanta as a partner in the corporate practice group. Allen previously served in-house as executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief administrative officer at Crawford & Company.


  • Steven Chabinsky (JD) and three of his White & Case partners received a 2018 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for their article "Managing AI Risk in Financial Services," published by Bloomberg BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, August 21, 2017.
  • Brad Furber (JD) gave the commencement address in May to graduates at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Brad most recently spent three years as the founding business leader and COO of the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at New South Wales  University in Sydney, Australia. This summer he relocated to Switzerland.
  • Terri Harris (JD) has been selected by Triad Business Journal as a 2018 Outstanding Women in Business award winner. She is the partner-in-charge of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greensboro, N.C., office and is a member of the firm’s management committee.
  • LaVonne Lawson (JD) was installed as president of the Beverly Hills (Calif.) Bar Association in September. A solo tax attorney in West Los Angeles, Lavonne is also of counsel to the law firm of Albrecht & Barney and a former senior attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.
  • Bob Van Kirk (JD), a partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., has been amed co-chair of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice group, as well as its securities litigation and enforcement practice group.  In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, Bob has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by Benchmark Litigation.  


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


  • Jennifer Baltimore (JD) , senior vice president for business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group in Santa Monica, Calif., has been named to Billboard’s 2017 Women in Music, a list of the most powerful executives in the industry.
  • Sarah Ludington (JD) was named associate dean of academic affairs, on July 1, at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in Raleigh, where she is also associate professor. She has authored a chapter on the history of USDA farm and food subsidies in Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates (UNC Press 2017).  
  • Sandra Rosen (JD) has been promoted to the position of general counsel of McKay Brothers and Quincy Data, private low latency network and market data providers based in Oakland, Calif., and Paris, France.  
  • Geovette Washington (JD), senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer for the University of Pittsburgh, was the keynote speaker at the annual April SHARE event that brings together the Pittsburgh region’s most prominent corporations and institutions with Minority Women Disadvantaged Business Enterprises suppliers.


  • Jim Stuckey () has been named senior vice president and general counsel at SCANA Corp., in Columbia, S.C. Previously, he was deputy general counsel and director of the legal departments.


  • Mark Pugsley (JD), chair of the securities litigation group at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a third division commissioner of the Utah State Bar. 
  • Kathy Wood Schill (JD) received the 2017 Mentoring Award from the Association for Women Lawyers. The award is presented annually “in support of the Association's mission to promote the welfare, interests and professional development of lawyers who are women; to promote the legal interests of women generally; to maintain the honor and integrity of the legal profession; and to advance justice for all individuals.” Kathy was also named a 2016 Woman in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal. She chairs the intellectual property litigation group at Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee.


  • Rob Curtis (JD) has joined Frontier Communications Corp. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Most recently, he was a partner at Bain & Company, leading its customer strategy & marketing and telecommunications practices.
  • Sophie Gioanni (LLM) is a founding partner of VerticalSoft, a cloud-based application for charities and foundations which uses new technologies for better management to increase fundraising and impact. Sophie is based in Paris and previously worked for two capital management firms.


  • Kirkland Hicks (JD), executive vice president and general counsel at Lincoln Financial Group, has been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of the 300 most powerful black executives in America.
  • Jennifer Yelton Henry (JD) has joined Estes Thorne & Carr in Dallas, one of the largest women-owned law firms in the Southwest, as a partner. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation


  • Anders Walker (JD) has authored The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America (Yale University Press, 2018). Anders is on the law and history faculties at Saint Louis University, and law school associate dean for research and engagement.


  • James Sammataro (JD) has been named to Billboard’s list of Top Music Lawyers of 2017. He is national head of the entertainment litigation practice group and managing partner in the Miami office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
  • Zephry Teachout (JD), associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, lectured on campaign finance reform at Vermont Law School on Nov. 20. She examined the history and future of foreign and corporate money in American politics.      
  • Bernhard Welten (LLM)  partner of the firm KanzleiWelten in Bern, Switzerland, served as one of nine arbitrators for the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the Winter Olympic Games held in February in South Korea.


  • Christine Bromberg (JD) has been appointed to the board of directors of The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the organization that raises funds and stewards donor gifts in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Christine is a member of Robinson+Cole’s tax group, in Hartford, where she represents clients in connection with a broad range of federal income tax matters.
  • Scott Dodson (JD) has been appointed the John Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he also serves as associate dean of research.
  • Scott Dodson (JD) has been reappointed the inaugural Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. distinguished professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He also has been reappointed to a second two-year term as associate dean for research.
  • Christopher Van Tuyl (JD) has joined Dermavant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company, as general counsel, located in Phoeniz. He joined Dermavant from Sacks Tierney, where he was a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. He also previously served in-house at Rayonier, Inc., and Medicis Pharmaceuticals.
  • Paul Wu (LLM) opened L’International Legal & Partners in Taiwan, where he advises issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions and securities, and corporate and governance matters in the Greater China region. He previously served as lead counsel at Intel.


  • Rodney Bullard (JD) , vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, has authored Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out (Harvest House Publishers, 2018). He has also been elected to the board of directors of Fidelity Southern Corp. and to the board of Fidelity Bank.
  • Kamau Coar (JD) has been promoted to general counsel, responsible for global legal and regulatory matters, at executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles in Chicago. He joined the firm in 2012 as associate general counsel and most recently served on the leadership team for the firm's Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore.
  • Jr., Rawn James (JD) is featured in the new PBS Independent Lens documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. James is the author of Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle to End Segregation and The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military, both published by Bloomsbury and is a civilian attorney for the Department of the Navy.
  • Randy Katz (JD) was recently awarded the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Washington, D.C., for prosecuting what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called "one of the most significant Bank Secrecy Act and consumer fraud cases in history." Randy is a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida and previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat '57 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  
  • Pamela Lialias (JD) has been awarded the Homeopath Master Clinician diploma by Louis Klein, FSHom, a graduate level course for advanced practitioners of homeopathy.  
  • Jamieson Smith (JD) has been named the World Bank's chief suspension and debarment officer.  He is responsible for reviewing all World Bank sanctions cases and determining whether to suspend the contracting eligibility of respondents accused of fraudulent, corrupt and collusive practices.  


  • Reed Clay (JD) was named, last fall, as counselor and chief operating officer to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, after serving as the Governor’s chief of staff. Reed has worked alongside Governor Abbott for eight years, having previously worked at the Texas Attorney General’s office prior to transitioning to Governor Abbott’s gubernatorial administration in 2015.      


  • Nathan Christensen (JD) has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. in Dallas. Previously, he practiced with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he specialized in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions.
  • Forrest Deegan (JD) is chief ethics and compliance officer for Abercrombie & Fitch, located in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the company in 2015, and previously practiced at Arnold & Porter.
  • Ryan DiSantis (JD) has joined Jones Day’s Boston office as of counsel, representing clients in investigations and government enforcement actions, with a focus on cybersecurity, white collar defense, and trial work. Ryan was an assistant U.S. attorney for over a decade.
  • Terry Eaton (JD) and his wife Meera welcomed baby Ameer to their family January 1, 2018. Terry is founder and principal of The Eaton Law Firm, litigation specialists, in Washington, D.C.
  • Jill Fraley (JD), associate professor of law at Washington & Lee, received a 2017 Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship from the Frances Lewis Law Center, the independently funded faculty research and support arm of W&L Law. Jill’s award recognizes her scholarship regarding numerous aspects of property law, including land use, environmental harms, law and geography, water rights, and theories of property and property rights. 
  • Jaime Hammer (JD) has been named general counsel of Auburn University. She previously served as associate general counsel at the University of Oklahoma and worked for law firms in Dallas and San Diego.
  • Eli Mazur (JD), a partner at YKVN, the largest law firm in Vietnam, has been named a "Leading Lawyer" in corporate and M&A by Asia Law. He was also named the “Best Pharmaceutical Advisor in Vietnam” by multiple organizations. Eli represents U.S. pharmaceutical companies in Vietnam, and is the external in-house counsel for the Pharma Group, comprising 24 pharmaceutical companies in Vietnam.
  • Tricia Smock (JD) has joined Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston as vice president and trust counsel. She previously worked at Cambridge Associates.


  • Dana Buschmann (JD) founded DZ Buschmann Law in Houston in October; the firm specializes in patent evaluation, drafting, and prosecution.  
  • Mark Fazio (JD) has been elected partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. Based out of the firm’s Cleveland and Pittsburgh offices, Mark represents clients on a wide array of corporate and business law matters.  
  • James Insco (JD) has joined Gordon Rees as a partner in the Pittsburgh and Louisville offices, where he is a member of the environmental/toxic tort and tort & product liability practice groups. James previously practiced at K&L Gates.  
  • Heather Olson (JD) has been promoted to partner in the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and product liability litigation.
  • Lewis Schlossberg (JD) has been named of counsel at Blank Rome in Philadelphia, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial, tort, and products liability litigation.


  • Edmund Robb (JD) has been elected partner in the Houston office of Bracewell, where he litigates complex energy, construction and municipal litigation matters. He is also a member of the board of directors of The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA), and chair of the WBA Energy Resources Section.


  • Britt Whitesell Biles (JD) has joined Washington, D.C.-based Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner as a litigation partner. Britt is former assistant chief litigation counsel at the Securities & Exchange Commission.     
  • Megan Gaudetter Fairchild (JD) and her husband Michael welcomed a son, Thomas Vance, on Jan. 15, 2017.  
  • Ryan Levy (JD) has been named managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law in Nashville, Tenn. He also serves as co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group. He joined the firm in 2005.  
  • Samantha Lunn (JD) has been elected partner at Husch Blackwell. She practices in the Chattanooga, Tenn., office on the financial services & capital markets team.
  • Rebecca Marques (JD/LLM) has joined Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as a partner in the global capital markets group in the London office. She previously practiced at Shearman & Sterling.
  • David Prestwood (JD) has joined Target Corporation as director of government affairs. He previously served as a strategy consultant to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership and director of communications for the mayor of Minneapolis.


  • Lauren DeSantis-Then (JD) and Corey Then welcomed a second daughter, Francesca Lucia Then, born July 2017.
  • Cari Stern Grieb (JD) has joined the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s Masters in Sports Administration Program. She is a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Chapman and Cutler, where she practices sports finance and leveraged lending. Since 2010, she has also been an adjunct sports law professor at The John Marshall Law School.
  • Matt Leerberg (JD) has been inducted into the 2017 NC Pro Bono Honor Society, a recognition by the Supreme Court of North Carolina of attorneys who donate 50 or more hours of legal services through the state’s voluntary pro bono reporting effort. Matt is the partner in charge of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Raleigh office. and leads its appellate practice.
  • James Nowlin (JD) has been named to Business Equality Magazine’s list of “40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40.” James is CEO and managing principal at Excel Global Partners, an executive consulting firm, in Austin, Texas.
  • Paul Pasquali (LLM) has been named head of the newly-established group governmental and public affairs division of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), where he has previously served as head of the EU liaison office in Brussels and in the management secretariat.
  • Anna Rips (JD) has been promoted to partner in the New York office of Skadden, where her practice focuses on investment management.


  • Ujin Ahn (JD) has joined Kim & Chang resident in its Seoul headquarters, with plans to relocate to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as the firm builds its presence there. He previously was a partner at the Yulchon firm in Yangon, Myanmar.  
  • Reeve Bull (JD), research director for the Administrative Conference of the United States, was elected, in October, as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Reeve is co-chair of the ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section's E-Rulemaking Committee, and has taught as an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School.
  • Richard Chang (LLM) has joined the Hong Kong office of Goodwin Proctor as an associate in the business law department and a member of its private equity group. Previously he was an associate in the Hong Kong office of Skadden Arps.
  • Emily Pitlick Mallen (JD) joined Sidley Austin’s energy practice in June as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, after 10 years of practicing law with Van Ness Feldman. She and her husband David welcomed a son, Eli Matthew, on Aug. 29, 2017.  
  • Emily Pitlick Mallen (JD) joined Sidley Austin’s energy practice in June as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, after 10 years of practicing law with Van Ness Feldman. She and her husband David welcomed a son, Eli Matthew, on Aug. 29, 2017.  


  • Burr Eckstut (JD) has joined Covington & Burling in New York City as special counsel in the technology transactions group, focusing on data-oriented partnerships and fintech. He previously was corporate counsel at  Bloomberg.
  • Cliff Gardner (JD) has been promoted to litigation partner at Skadden’s Wilmington, Del., office, where he concentrates on representing corporations and their directors and officers in merger and acquisition-related litigation, stockholder derivative lawsuits, complex commercial disputes and securities class actions.
  • Jennifer Giordano-Coltart (JD) has been elected partner at Kilpatrick Townsend. She is resident in the firm’s Raleigh office and is a member of the firm’s chemistry and life sciences team.
  • Eileen Kuo (JD/LLM) has been sworn-in as 2018 president of the Association of Women Attorneys in Memphis, Tenn., where she practices with labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis. 
  • Justin Outling (JD) , an attorney in the Greensboro, N.C. office of Brooks, Pierce has been included in the News & Record’s “People of Influence: Top 20” list, which recognizes his role as an elected member of the Greensboro City Council as well as his service on several community boards.  Justin focuses his practice on business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and health care litigation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors for UNC-Greensboro, his undergraduate alma mater.
  • Pelham Wilder IV (JD) and Kathryn Wilder welcomed a son, Pelham Wilder V, born January 27, 2018.  
  • Patrick Wooten (JD), partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Charleston, S.C., office, has been selected as a 2018 Forty Under 40 winner by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. He practices in the areas of business litigation and trust and fiduciary litigation.


  • Kamil Chaudhary (JD) has been appointed vice president and general counsel of Alfresco Software in San Mateo, Calif. He joined the company in 2014 as assistant general counsel.
  • Josh Chinsky (JD) has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Josh focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and aerospace and defense industry matters.
  • Jonathan Christman (JD) has been elevated to partner in the Blue Bell, Penn., office of  Fox Rothschild. Jon represents clients in cases involving the First Amendment, class and collective actions and federal employment laws.
  • Adam Cooper (JD) and his wife, Sharon, welcomed a son, Miles Brett Cooper, on Nov. 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, where Adam is an entertainment attorney at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.  
  • Isaac Linnartz (JD) has been admitted to partnership in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, where he practices in the areas of business litigation and employment litigation, and serves on the firm’s recruiting committee.
  • Adam Martin (JD) has been elected a shareholder in the Robinson Bradshaw firm. Resident in the firm’s Research Triangle, N.C., office, Adam’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and privacy law.
  • Dian Shah (LLM) (SJD ’14, LLM ’09) has authored Constitutions, Religion and Politics in Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka (Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2017). Dian is a research fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore.


  • Sheena Paul (JD) was profiled and featured on the cover of the May issue of Austin Woman magazine. Sheena is chief operating officer of World Class Holdings, a private real-estate-focused investment firm headquartered in Austin, Texas
  • Catherine Singer (JD) and her husband Daniel Singer welcomed the birth of their first child, Layla Blair Singer, on Jan. 8, 2018. Catherine is an associate in the Kansas City office of German May where she focuses her practice on complex business and commercial litigation.
  • Daniel Singer (JD) has been elected partner at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman in Kansas City. Daniel and his wife Catherine Singer ‘10 also welcomed the birth of their first child, Layla Blair Singer, on Jan. 8, 2018.
  • Kendrea Tannis (JD) was seconded last fall to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office where she served as an assistant district attorney for three months. During her tenure at the DA's office, Kendrea tried nine jury cases and successfully secured guilty verdicts in five of those cases. She was also featured in the November 2017 edition of the Texas Lawyer Magazine for her work at the DA's office. She is a litigation associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Dallas office).


  • Cerretta Amos (JD) has joined the real estate development practice of Smith Anderson, located in the firm’s Raleigh office. She previously practiced at Rogers Townsend & Thomas in Charlotte.
  • John Brumberg (JD) has been elected partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti in Pittsburgh, where he is a member of the litigation practice group.   
  • Rebecca Friedman Holljes (JD) and her husband, Ian Holljes, welcomed a son, Leo Richman, on Oct. 6, 2017.
  • William Kang (JD) has joined Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein as an associate in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department, resident in the Garden City, N.Y. office. He previously practiced commercial and intellectual property litigation as an associate at Barton in New York City.
  • Naokuni Kuwagata (LLM), an associate in the Tokyo office of Nishimura & Asahi, was a coordinator for the energy and resource session at LAWASIA Tokyo 2017. The annual conference is designed to bring together bar leaders, corporate members and individual lawyers from across the Asia Pacific.
  • Christina LeBlanc (JD) Christina LeBlanc and Scott LeBlanc welcomed their second daughter, Isabelle Kathryne, on June 24, 2017.
  • Cassie Webster Lenning (JD) has joined the individuals practice area group of Outten & Golden in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She previously practiced at Conrad & Scherer
  • Almira Moronne (JD) has joined the natural resources department of Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver.  Prior to joining Davis Graham, she was a foreign legal advisor at a law firm in Jakarta, Indonesia, and also served as a policy advisor to World Wide Fund for Nature-Indonesia, helping the organization develop guidelines on land use and marine conservation.


  • Rick Arnold (JD) has been named general counsel of Quanenergy Systems, Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was previously general counsel and secretary at Silver Spring Networks, Inc. and vice president and associate general counsel for mergers and acquisitions at Hewlett-Packard.
  • Jonathan Frodella (JD) has joined the law firm of Laddey, Clark & Ryan, in Sparta, N.J., as an attorney in the commercial litigation practice group. He previously practiced at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Christopher Grice (JD) was chosen as the News & Observer’s March 3 “Tar Heel of the Week” for leading the charge to get more male volunteers involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, where he chairs its Emerging Leaders Board. Chris has joined Sage Patent Group in Raleigh as an associate. He previously practiced at Kilpatrick Townsend.
  • Nicholas Hailey (JD) and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a son, Thomas Matthew, on March 20, 2017.
  • Grant Reid (JD) has been named general counsel of Cabify, a global ride-sharing company, based in Madrid, Spain. He previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini in San Francisco.  


  • Michele Dunsky Adams (JD) married Daniel Adams on July 1, 2017, in Grosse Point Farms, Mich. Michele is an attorney at LeDuc Frank.
  • Seth Reich (JD) has joined Dallas-based Caldwell Cassady & Curry as an associate. His practice focuses on patent litigation and complex commercial litigation. He previously was with Sidley Austin in Dallas.     
  • Johanna Roldan (LLM) has been reassigned as a statelessness officer to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ country office in Bangkok, Thailand. Her main role is to support the office in implementing UNHCR's Global Action Plan to End Statelessness in Thailand. Thailand hosts the second largest stateless population in South East Asia (after Myanmar).  
  • Ligia Schlittler (LLM) is a senior attorney at TozziniFreire Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil, where she does corporate and M&A work, with a focus on the renewable energy sector and infrastructure projects. 


  • Dennis Adjei () (M.J.S. ’14) has authored Contemporary Criminal Law in Ghana (2017). He is a justice of the Court of Appeal in Ghana, a director of the Judicial Training Institute, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Ghana School of Law.  
  • Nicolas Melki (LLM) has joined the Dubai office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a corporate associate. He previously was an associate at Baker Botts.  
  • Catalina Milos Sotomayor (LLM) is an SJD candidate at George Washington University Law School.
  • Conor Reardon (JD) has joined the issues and appeals practice at Jones Day’s New York office. Conor served three clerkships following graduation, most recently in the U.S. Supreme Court for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
  • Dian Shah (SJD) (SJD ’14, LLM ’09) has authored Constitutions, Religion and Politics in Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka (Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2017). Dian is a research fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore.
  • Emily Spiegel (JD) has joined the faculty of Vermont Law School as an assistant professor of law and is affiliated with its Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and Environmental Law Center. She previously was a consultant and Stanback Fellow in the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.
  • Alan Troib (LLM) has joined Uber as regulatory counsel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he previously was in private practice.
  • Shauna Woods (JD) was married to Alexander Smith on Sept. 16, 2017, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Shauna is an associate in the business litigation and securities and white collar litigation groups in the Los Angeles office of Goodwin Procter.


  • Niso Matari (LLM) has joined Allen & Overy as an associate in the projects, energy & infrastructure group in the New York office. He previously practiced at Paul Hastings.Niso Matari has joined Allen & Overy as an associate in the projects, energy & infrastructure group in the New York office. He previously practiced at Paul Hastings.
  • Daniel Rice (JD) has joined Georgetown Law’s new Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as a fellow. The institute, opened in August 2017, aims to teach students to use the power of the courts to defend U.S. constitutional rights and values.


  • Kathryn Betts (JD) has joined Akin Gump in Dallas where she is a corporate associate. She previously was at Baker Botts. 
  • Stewart Day (JD) and Erin Malone-Smolla were married Sept. 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., where Erin is an associate in the litigation and bankruptcy practice groups at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Stewart is an associate with Bass, Berry & Sims.
  • Erin Malone-Smolla (JD) and Stewart Day were married Sept. 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., where Erin is an associate in the litigation and bankruptcy practice groups at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Stewart is an associate with Bass, Berry & Sims.
  • Brian McCracken (JD/LLM) has joined FordHarrison as a labor and employment associate in Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Seth Pearson (JD) has been named to Business Equality Magazine’s list of “40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40.” Seth is an associate with Foley & Lardner in Boston, where he is a member of the firm’s private equity & venture capital practice.
  • Joe Webster () (M.J.S. ’16) has authored The Making and Measure of a Judge: Biography of the Honorable Sammie Chess Jr. (Chapel Hill Press, Inc., 2017) the definitive biography of North Carolina’s first African American superior court judge. Judge Webster sits in Durham, a magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.


  • Eleni Bakst (JD) researched and coauthored “Ailing Justice: New Jersey Inadequate Healthcare, Indifference, and Indefinite Confinement in Immigration Detention," published in February by Human Rights First, where Eleni is an Equal Justice Works fellow.
  • Kyle Doiron (JD) has joined the Nashville, Tenn., office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the litigation practice group.
  • Riccardo Maggi Novaretti (LLM) is an international clerk in the securities practice group at the New York office of White & Case LLP New York.   
  • Bryan O'Brien (JD) has joined Preti Flaherty in Portland, Maine, where he practices business law.
  • Will Robinson (JD) has joined the mergers and acquisitions, and data use, privacy and security practices of Smith Anderson, located in the firm’s Raleigh office.
  • Sarah Williamson Kirwin (JD) married Kevin Kirwin on Sept. 2, 2017. Sarah is an international trade practice associate in Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C. office.