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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.


  • John Moxley (JD) , a judge for over 40 years in the 18th Judicial Circuit in Florida, has been honored by the Space Coast Daily with a 2017 Space Coast Public Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. He served in the probate, guardianship, criminal, civil and family divisions, and for 17 years also administered the appellate division. He twice served as the Circuit’s chief judge, and has been active in state and county bar associations and taught trial advocacy for many years to new prosecutors and public defenders, and to experienced attorneys.


  • James Garrison (JD) has published the novel QL 4 (TouchPoint Press, 2017), based on his experiences as a military cop during the Vietnam War. Jim was drafted during law school, returning to Duke following his tour of duty. The book won a silver medal for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. He is now retired from law practice in the oil industry, living in Houston.
  • Wells Hall (JD) has received the 2017 Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award from the ABA Tax Section ’s Pro Bono Award Committee.  Wells is the former Tax Section vice chair of pro bono and outreach, and a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Charlotte. He has been a leader in the Tax Section’s Adopt-A-Base program, which provides training to military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) participants on bases across the country.  


  • 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), of counsel with Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, has been included in San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers in San Diego list in the category of Appellate Law. Candy is also chair of the San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors.  
  • 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.


  • David Franklin (JD) has joined VLP Law Group as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group in San Francisco. His practice concentrates on real estate transactions and land use, primarily in California and Hawaii. He previously was a partner at Dentons US and its predecessor-by-merger firms McKenna Long & Aldridge and Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps.  
  • 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.
  • Mike Stajduhar (JD) has filled a vacancy on the city council of Logansport, Ind., where he retired in 2013. Mike’s 35-year banking career was spent in Charleston, WV, where he also served on the city council.


  • Jim Kizziar (JD) has been admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jim is a partner with Bracewell and practices in the firm’s San Antonio, Texas, and Washington D.C. offices as part of the labor and employment section.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • James Jones (JD), professor at Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, was a member on a panel on “Understanding and Managing Mental Health Issues in Federal Court” at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Conference in July. James is well known for his mental health advocacy efforts.
  • Arthur Miller (JD), a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., begins his second term as vice chair of the board of directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in October. He has been a member of the Board since 2014.


  • Hubert van Tuyll (JD), professor of history and university advocate at Augusta University in Georgia,  has authored Small Countries in a Big Power World: The Belgian-Dutch Conflict at Versailles, 1919 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) and co-edited In Their Own Words: Augusta and Aiken Area Veterans Remember World War II (ARCHS, 2017).  
  • 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.  
  • James Williams (JD) retired in May as chief public defender of Orange and Chatham counties in North Carolina, capping a 30-year career in public service. In retirement, James plans to continue working with the N.C. Public Defenders’ Commission on Racial Equity, which he co-founded, and with other organizations.  
  • V. L. Woolston (JD), a partner in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office, has been named chair of the firm’s national product liability practice. V. represents manufacturers in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and his practice emphasizes aviation, product liability and class actions.  


  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) served on a panel discussion on handling difficult expert witnesses at the Dade County Bar Association series entitled Giants of the Courtroom in June in Miami. He has been elected to the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association and to a two-year term as an American Association for Justice state delegate.
  • Eric Holshouser (JD) has been elected chair of the board of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc. Eric is a shareholder in the labor and employment section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Jacksonville, Fla., office.  
  • 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.  
  • Mark Prak (JD) has been elected to the board of directors of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Mark is a partner at Brooks Pierce in Raleigh where he focuses his practice on media and communications law, as well as litigation on behalf of businesses and trade associations.


  • Sol Bernstein (JD) joined Bank Leumi as associate general counsel, specializing in transactional lending. He was formerly associate general counsel at Citibank, N.A


  • 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.
  • James Wyatt (JD), of Wyatt & Blake in Charlotte, N.C., has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • James Wyatt (JD) has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. James is founding partner of litigation firm Wyatt & Blake in Charlotte, N.C. The firm focuses on defending white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, and civil litigation.


  • 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.  


  • Horowitz (JD), a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa, has been named the 2017-2018 Tax Attorney of the Year by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar. Mitch has also been elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and he also currently serves as a vice chair of the Court Procedure & Practice Committee of the Tax Section of the ABA.
  • 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.
  • Wilson Schooley (JD), of the Schooley Law Firm in La Mesa, Calif., has been named chair-elect of the ABA's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ). He also again reprised his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at a special American Bar Foundation gala in Point Clear, Ala. Previous performances were a full run of the play in San Diego, and appearances in Chicago, Illinois, Memphis Tennessee, and New York. 


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Jennifer Carson (JD)  was recently elected president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). She is K-12 world languages coordinator for the Virginia Beach (Virginia) City Public Schools. Jennifer earned an M.Ed. in 2011 from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. 
  • Jeff Kern (JD) has been elected partner in the New York office of Sheppard Mullin, where he is a member of the government contracts, investigations, and international trade practice groups. Before joining Sheppard Mullin, he served as senior regional counsel in FINRA's Department of Enforcement and senior trial counsel in the New York Stock Exchange Enforcement Division.
  • 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)


  • Richard Ferris (JD/LLM) has joined the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development in Washington, D.C., as senior counsel. He previously was a partner and chair of the China regulatory and international practice team at Foley and Lardner. He also serves on the boards of several environmental and sustainability organizations, including the International Fund for China’s Environment and the China Roundtable.
  • 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.   
  • Kathleen Hamm (JD) has been named the global leader of securities and fintech and the senior strategic adviser to the CEO on cyber solutions at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company. Earlier this year she rejoined the firm from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she had served as counselor to the deputy secretary and advised on risk management and regulatory issues in the financial services sector. While at Treasury, Kathleen also spearheaded the department's domestic and international cybersecurity strategy and related policy initiatives.
  • Anders Jessen (LLM) now heads up the office of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission that is responsible for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). RFMOs are a type of international organization that is dedicated to the sustainable management of fishery resources in a particular region of international waters, or of highly migratory species. Anders has held several leadership positions within the Commission.
  • Joe Lucas (JD) has been elected a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Joe is a managing member and public finance attorney with Pope Flynn, a law firm with offices in both North and South Carolina.


  • 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.     
  • Eric Hiser (JD) has received a 2017 Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America – the group’s highest honor for adult volunteers, presented since 1926 for devoted service to Scouting on a national level. A partner at Jorden Hiser & Joy in Phoenix where he practices environment, natural resources and administrative law, Eric has held national and regional BSA outdoor advocacy leadership positions for over 35 years.  
  • 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.
  • Debra Parrish (JD) and the Parrish Law Firm of Pittsburgh were one of five recipients of the 2017 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award, which is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to “honor individual lawyers, law firms, … and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others … by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.” Debra’s firm was recognized for its “work with helping to secure access to medical treatments and technologies for Medicare beneficiaries.”
  • Matt Sawchak (JD), solicitor general of North Carolina, received the Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Bar Association Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section in February.  Matt, who joined the N.C. Department of Justice earlier this year, was previously a partner at Ellis & Winters in Raleigh.


  • Karen Cashion (JD) has been appointed full-time CEO of the Alpharetta Technology Commission, a 501(c) 6 nonprofit trade association. She previously practiced with the Patrick Law Group in Atlanta.  
  • Anne Fitzgerald (JD) is featured in the July issue of Canadian Lawyer for her work as the chief legal officer at Cineplex Entertainment. She has been a key player in the company’s growth over the last 13 years.  See the article at
  • 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.
  • Mandisa Maya (LLM) has been named president of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa by President Jacob Zuma. She previously was deputy president of that court. She is the first female to hold either position.  
  • Wendy Price (JD) became associate vice president for academic services at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore in July. She had served since 2010 as associate dean at the College at Washington and Lee University.  
  • rhonda Tobin (JD) has been elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC). Rhonda practices in the Hartford, Conn., office of Robinson & Cole where she is a member of the insurance + reinsurance group, co-chair of the litigation section and a member of the firm's managing committee.
  • 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.
  • Katherine Hermes (JD) has coauthored Explaining Suicide: Patterns, Motivations and What Notes Reveal (Elsevier Academic Press, 2017). The book examines 1,280 suicides from the midwestern United States and also explores the history, theories, and culture surrounding suicide. Katherine is professor and chair of the history department at Central Connecticut State University.  
  • Robert Kaelin (JD) has been installed as the 83rd president of the Hartford County (Conn.) Bar Association (HCBA), the oldest bar association in the United States. An active member of the HCBA for 24 years, Robert served as treasurer in 2015-17 and president-elect in 2016-17. He co-chairs the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group at Murtha Cullina.
  • 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).  


  • Keith Smith (JD), general counsel for Carolinas HealthCare System, has been recognized by Charlotte Business Journal with the Corporate Counsel Award for Outstanding General Counsel. 
  • 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.
  • Mike Taten (JD) was elected to the management committee of Jackson Walker, where he chairs the corporate and securities group in Dallas.  
  • Darrell Zurovec (JD) joined Touchstone Communities in San Antonio, Texas in August as general counsel. He joins Touchstone from Zurovec PLLC, which he founded in 2008. Prior to leading Zurovec PLLC, Darrell served as senior vice president and general counsel for the Cornerstone Health Care Group and and for Mariner Healthcare. He serves on the Legal Committee for the Texas Health Care Association.


  • Paul Genender (JD), a litigation partner and member of the complex commercial litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2017 list.
  • 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.


  • Jeffrey Collins (JD) has been named a managing partner at Foley Hoag. Resident in the firm’s Boston office, his primary practice focuses on investment advisers and private investment funds, in particular hedge funds.
  • 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.
  • Taras Gracey (JD) has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in its Chicago office, focusing his practice on litigating patent issues in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. He previously was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson.
  • Paul Hespel (LLM) has joined Alston & Bird as a finance partner in their New York office. Paul was most recently a partner at Pepper Hamilton.
  • Justin Jacobson (JD) Justin Jacobson has co-founded Restoration Games, a company focused on reviving old-school board games, while adding a modern-day twist. Justin specialized in contract work and debt collection in Florida for over 20 years, but also made time to represent people working in the gaming industry, including a former Hasbro employee who is his Restoration Games partner. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in the spring, the company moved ahead and released three updated board games at August’s “Gen Con” board-game conference. 


  • Scott Schiefelbein (JD) has been named managing director in the Washington national tax practice for Deloitte Tax LLP. Scott's practice focuses on multistate tax issues.


  • Matthew Gaudet (JD) has been recognized as a "Georgia Lawyer of the Year" in the litigation – patent category by Best Lawyers.  He is a partner in the Atlanta office of Duane Morris.
  • 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.
  • Dayatra Matthews (JD) , senior vice president of legal & compliance of the Local Government Federal Credit Union, was confirmed in June as the 40th president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. She was also recently named Outstanding Corporate Counsel by the Triangle (N.C.) Business Journal. Dayatra is a member of the Board of the Wake County Bar Association, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Credit Union Advisory Committee.
  • David Morganstern (JD) David Morganstern has been named senior director of government affairs for Heineken USA in its Washington, D.C. office. He was previously a principal at the Podesta Group.  


  • Heather Bell Adams (JD) has joined the legal department of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company in Raleigh, where as senior counsel and senior vice president she oversees the bank's material litigation. Her debut novel, Maranatha Road, was released September 1 from Vandalia/West Virginia University Press.
  • Valecia McDowell (JD), litigation member in the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen, has received a 2017 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, presented annually by the Mecklenburg County Bar recognizing attorneys who champion diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte area.  Valecia is co-head of the firm's white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice and co-chair of its diversity committee. She also serves as general counsel of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Sarah Solum (JD/LLM), a partner in the Menlo Park, Calif., office of Davis, Polk & Wardwell has been tapped as a member of the 2017 class of “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.


  • 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.


  • Scott Dodson (JD) has completed his first year as associate dean for research at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he is also the Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair and Professor of Law.
  • 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.
  • John Inazu (JD) gave the commencement address at Houghton College in New York in May. He is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and a professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.  


  • 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.
  • Ken Craycraft (JD) has been selected to join the Cincinnati Enquirer board of contributors, and will write an editorial per month on a topic of his choosing, focusing on issues relevant to greater Cincinnati. Ken has a law practice in Anderson Township and is also an adjunct lecturer at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in moral theology.
  • 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.  


  • 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.      


  • 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.


  • Dana Buschmann (JD) founded DZ Buschmann Law in Houston in October; the firm specializes in patent evaluation, drafting, and prosecution.  
  • Nicole Crawford (JD) has been named to the Triad Business Journal’s 2017 Outstanding Women in Business, an annual listing of the region’s top female professionals. Nicole is a labor and employment law partner in the Greensboro, N.C., office of Brooks Pierce.  
  • 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.  
  • Jaime Klima (JD) has been named chief counsel to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton. As chief counsel, she is senior legal and policy adviser, coordinates the rulemaking agenda of the Commission, and serves Chairman's representative on the Deputies Committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. She joined the SEC in 2012.
  • Tony Mauriello (JD) has joined San Diego-based Generation NEXT Franchise Brands as its first full-time general counsel. Tony previously had a corporate transactional law practice at international law firms, including Skadden Arps, Latham & Watkins, and Wilson Sonsini. An adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, he teaches the corporate technology externship.
  • 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.


  • Allyson Jones Labban (JD), a partner in the health care practice group of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C., has earned her Certification in Health Care Privacy Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board. Allyson works with hospitals and other health care providers to identify, respond to, and resolve compliance issues.     
  • Ashwin Sapra (LLM) has been elected partner in the Delhi office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of the leading law firms in India, where he heads the firm’s life sciences and pharma practice.  


  • 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.


  • Marla (Zimmerman) Axelrod (JD) has joined the Philadelphia Eagles as associate counsel. Prior to her role at the Eagles, Marla worked in the labor and employment group in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
  • Michelle Park Chiu (JD) has been elected partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’s San Francisco office, where her practice focuses on complex litigation.
  • Lauren DeSantis-Then (JD) and Corey Then welcomed a second daughter, Francesca Lucia Then, born July 2017.
  • 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.
  • James Nowlin (JD) has authored the book, The Purposeful Millionaire, 52 Rules for Creating a Life of Wealth and Happiness Now (Purpose Driven Publishing, April 2017), a memoir which details his “journey … to overcoming challenges, including surviving a near-death accident in 2012, which I call my awakening.” James is also the founder and CEO of Excel Global Partners, headquartered in Austin, Tex.          
  • Lee Perla (JD) has moved to the Department of Justice’s Civil Division – commercial litigation branch after six years in DOJ's Tax Division. He is in the intellectual property section, representing the United States in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, mostly in the Court of Federal Claims.
  • Dana Pirvu (LLM) has joined, Inc., an Amazon company, as corporate counsel in Palo Alto, Calif. She was previously underwriting counsel for Ambridge Partners in New York.
  • Wyley Proctor (JD) has been elevated to partner at McCarter & English, where she is resident in the firm’s Boston office and a member of its intellectual property/information technology practice.  


  • Bram Braat (LLM) has joined the Amsterdam office of Dentons Boekel as an associate partner in its public procurement and competition and antitrust practices. He previously was counsel at Brinkhof N.V.
  • Courtney Brown (JD) has joined the Durham office of Hunter Rowe Real Estate Agents and Advisors as a broker/realtor.
  • 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.  
  • Beth Richardson-Royer (JD) and Chuck Messer welcomed a daughter, Maddie, on Dec. 19, 2015. Beth is deputy federal public defender in Los Angeles.
  • Jess (Bodger) Rydstrom (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she litigates complex civil cases, with an emphasis on commercial and patent litigation and professional liability defense. She is a member of the firm’s hiring committee and women’s initiative.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adam Hill (JD) has been elected partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate and banking.  
  • 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. 
  • Meredith Levy (JD) has joined Kirkland & Ellis as a tax partner in the New York city office. She previously was an associate at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher.
  • Sean Memon (JD) has been named deputy chief of staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Immediately prior to joining the SEC, he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington, D.C., where he advised clients in regulatory and transactional matters. 
  • 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.


  • Alvaro Carrau (LLM) has been elevated to partner at Bado, Kuster, Zerbino & Rachetti in Montevideo, Uruguay. He joined the firm in 2000, and specializes in environmental law and international trade. He teaches administrative law and environmental law at the University of Montevideo.   
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kimberly Maynard (JD) has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz in New York City as an associate in the trademark & brand management, and intellectual property groups. She represents emerging and established companies on intellectual property matters across a variety of industries, including technology, fashion, jewelry, finance, food, automotive, television and dance. She previously was an associate at Baker Hostetler.
  • 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.


  • Morgan Clemons (JD) has joined Emory University School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Financial Compliance. She continues her full-time practice at Aldridge Pite advising banks, mortgage companies, consumer lenders, fintech start-ups, bill pay, and international money transmitters on compliance matters.
  • Wade Kolb (JD) has been named a shareholder in the Greenville, S.C. office of Wyche Law Firm, where he is a litigator and member of the firm’s environmental and sustainability team and the firm’s education practice group. 
  • Kate Mayer (Supnik) (JD) and her husband Max welcomed their son, Theodore Emmett Mayer-Cesiano, on February 14, 2017. They live in New York City, where Kate is counsel at Hearst.  
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nick Simon (JD) has joined the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp as an associate with the firm’s business representation and transactions group. He previously was an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. 
  • Gilles Waler (LLM) has joined the Luxembourg Bankers' Association as legal adviser for financial market regulation. Previously an associate with Clifford Chance, Gilles handles financial markets regulation, contributing to the Depository Banking and Market Infrastructure Clusters as well as the Financial Markets Committee.


  • Anas Albanya (LLM) (LLM ’12, SJD ’16) is a corporate associate at Vinson & Elkins based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate and securities matters including private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and corporate governance.
  • Kevin Elliott (JD) has been named finance counsel for Cheniere Energy, Inc. in Houston. He previously was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Sarah Elliott (JD) has joined Houston-based Porter Hedges as an associate in the firm's corporate practice group. Previously, Sarah was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • 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
  • Sergio Garcia Belmonte (JD) has joined Loeb Block & Partners in New York City as an associate. He previously practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell.
  • Ally Lamson (JD), senior associate with Jacobs Berger in Morristown, N.J., has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in family law in New Jersey for 2017.
  • Steven Lee (JD) , corporate counsel at Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., has started a three-year term as a human relations commissioner in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • 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.  
  • Julia Wood (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of K&L Gates as an associate in its complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. She previously practiced at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York.  


  • 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. 
  • David Tseng (JD) has joined Franklin Templeton Investments in San Mateo, Calif., as an assistant corporate counsel. He was previously an associate at the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings.  


  • 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.  
  • Marcelo Braga (LLM) has founded the firm Pupe Braga Zirpoli Advogados in Recife, Brazil. He previously practiced with Da Fonte, Advogados.
  • Chris Bryant (JD) has joined the Charleston, S.C. firm Yarborough Applegate, after completing two federal clerkships – with Judge James A. Wynn of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel (Duke Law ’79) of the United States District Court for South Carolina. Chris serves on the board of Charleston Legal Access.
  • Chris Bryant (JD) has joined the Charleston, S.C. law firm Yarborough Applegate after completing clerkships for Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
  • Stela Herschmann (LLM) has joined A Drop in the Ocean, a non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro that develops communication strategies to promote awareness, empathy and solidarity with social and environmental causes. She previously worked in Rio at Park + Institute Sitie for the Environment, Arts and Technology, and in Washington, D.C. as a fellow for the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson (LLM) was the featured commencement speaker at Guildford College in Greensboro, N.C. on May 20.
  • 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.


  • Shivani Kapur (LLM) has joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as a corporate associate in New York City.
  • 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.
  • Eric Pacifici (JD) has joined the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an associate in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and private equity practice groups.  
  • 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.
  • Osman Safak (LLM) has joined the legal department at Turkish Airlines in Istanbul as legal counsel, structuring aircraft financing transactions and other aviation-related transactions.
  • Brianna Strange (JD) has coauthored, with firm partner Mark Racanelli, “Ending Endless Punishment: Why Judges Should Address Criminal Records at Sentencing,” in the April 3, 2017 issue of New York Law Journal. Brianna is an associate at O’Melveny & Myers.  
  • Risnan Yosal (LLM) has joined Allen & Overy’s Jakarta, Indonesia office. He was formerly senior associate at Zico Law.


  • 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.
  • Nancy Joseph () , magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal  amongst its "Women of Influence" award recipients. The award recognizes Milwaukee-area women who are making a difference. Judge Joseph was recognized for her leadership in creating programs to expose Milwaukee's middle and high school students to the work of the federal courts and to careers in law.   
  • Jonathan Kim (JD) is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird, where he is a member of the litigation and trial practice team. He previously practiced at Reed Smith
  • Nabil Makari (LLM) has joined Bank Audi SAL as a legal consultant in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 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.
  • Lucas Tesoriero (JD) practices in the complex commercial litigation department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.
  • 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.


  • Kyle Doiron (JD) has joined the Nashville, Tenn., office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the litigation practice group.
  • 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.