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  • David Roche (JD), an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in San Diego, was a guest on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” on Aug. 8, speaking about environmental implications of increasing global demand for sand.
  • Bernard Strasser (JD) retired this spring after 56 years of practicing real estate, wills, estate and probate law in Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Glenn Ketner Jr. (JD) a member and past chairman of the board of trustees at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, has received the North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee Service Award for 2016.
  • Robert Rieder (JD) retired in August as chief university counsel after a 40-year career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  


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


  • Ron Frank (JD) has joined Blank Rome as a partner in the corporate, M&A, and securities group in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He joins Blank Rome from Reed Smith, where he was a partner for more than 16 years.  
  • David O. Smith (JD) has published his second book about the New Testament, Unlocking the Puzzle: The Keys to the Christology and Structure of the Original Gospel of Mark (Resource Publications, 2016). His previous book was Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Paul: The Influence of the Epistles on the Synoptic Gospels (2011).
  • Joshua Treem (JD) Joshua Treem, criminal defense attorney and partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Baltimore, is the featured cover profile of the January issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.  
  • Larry Tucker (JD), managing attorney and member of the executive committee at the Kansas City office of Armstrong Teasdale, received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service during the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference held in May. The award recognizes one attorney from each of the districts within the Eighth Circuit who have achieved professional excellence in their fields, are leaders in the legal community, have made significant contributions to pro bono cases and mentored young attorneys. Larry was chosen from the Western District of Missouri.
  • John (Buddy) Wester (JD), who practices in the Charlotte office of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, received the 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. Presented by Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina, the award recognizes John’s decades of pro bono service to both Charlotte and North Carolina.


  • Dan Blue (JD), North Carolina state senator, is serving, for the second time, as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Part of NCSL’s mission is to “ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.” Dan joined the Senate in 2009, having previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1981 through 2002 and from 2006 through his 2009 Senate appointment.
  • 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. 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.  
  • Donald Mayer (JD), chair of the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies and professor-in-residence at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, gave a lecture entitled “International Finance Today” at UNC-Asheville on Oct. 4. The talk was part of UNC-Asheville’s World Affairs Council lecture series. In his public speaking, publishing and teaching, Donald addresses issues of corporate governance, criminal liability and corporate corruption, corporate social responsibility, ethics and global capitalism, military security and private companies.


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


  • Ron Hoevet (JD) received the Honorable James M. Burns Federal Practice Award for 2016. The award, named after the legendary federal district court judge, is granted by the Federal Bar Association to a lawyer who has contributed to the practice of criminal law before the U.S. District Court of Oregon. Ron is a shareholder and founding member of Hoevet Olson Howes in Portland.
  • Jack Welch (JD), the Robert K. Thomas professor of law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University, has been named the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Southern California, sponsored by USC’s Office of Religious Life and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.


  • David Adcock (JD) has been elected an independent trustee of the Turner Funds’ Board.  David served for over two decades as general counsel of Duke University and Duke University Health System.
  • Allard Allston (JD) is serving as pro bono corporate counsel for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc.
  • Dean Cordiano (JD) has been inducted as president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Dean, general counsel of Loureiro Engineering Associates, will serve as president for 2017 and 2018.
  • Eric Halvorson (JD) became dean, in September, of Trinity Law School, Trinity International University in Santa Ana, Calif.  Eric previously taught at Pepperdine, and is of counsel for a California law firm.          
  • Jim Lewis (LLM) retired, in December, as United States attorney for the central district of Illinois. Appointed by President Obama to lead the 46-county district, he previously served as chief of the district’s civil division.
  • Robert Schuckman (JD) has been promoted to vice president, legal counsel, of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He will continue his role in JUF's Legacies and Endowments Department, where he leads endowment efforts and has been responsible for the growth of the Professional Advisory Committee, while also handling legal matters throughout the organization, both in-house and through outside firms. He joined JUF in 2001.
  • Gray Wilson (JD), senior partner at Wilson & Helms in Winston-Salem, has been elected vice president of the North Carolina State Bar, the state agency that “currently regulates over 27,000 licensed lawyers.”


  • Scott Gayle (JD) has been awarded the Jim Hart Governor's School Champion Award by the North Carolina Governor's School Foundation for his extraordinary contributions in supporting the Governor's School, a summer residency program for gifted and talented high school students. During his six-year term as fund drive chair and also as president, the Foundation raised over $1.0M to support Governor's School. Scott is a director at Tuggle Duggins  in Greensboro, focusing on commercial real estate and business law.
  • Carolyn Kuhl (JD), presiding judge for the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker at the Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit hosted by the Institute for Advancement of the American Legal System in April.  


  • Arthur Miller (JD), a managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co., was elected vice chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He previously chaired MSRB’s finance committee.
  • Wendy Collins Perdue (JD), dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, has been named president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She has held a number of positions within AALS, including chair of its Membership Review Committee, chair of the Sections on Civil Procedure and Conflict of Laws, and membership on a prior Nominating Committee. Most recently, from 2013-15, Dean Perdue served a three-year term on the AALS Executive Committee.


  • Val Broadie (JD) joined the Brookings Institution in April as associate vice president for institutional advancement. She previously was vice president for development and public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. In November, she was named the Fundraiser of the Year by the D.C. chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Steven Polard (JD) has moved his bankruptcy and restructuring practice to the law firm of Eisner Jaffe located in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he has become a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He previously practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine in Los Angeles.


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


  • Paul Arne (JD), co-chair of Morris, Manning & Martin’s technology transactions practice, was sworn in, on July 1, as the chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Section. The Section focuses on the needs of lawyers who represent clients in technology-related matters – especially the challenges posed when technological innovation conflicts with long-established legal practices.  
  • Michael Dreeben (JD), deputy U.S. solicitor general was honored at a reception at Georgetown University Law Center in April, following his 100th appearance before the United States Supreme Court. Praising Michael at the reception were Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael’s first appearance before the court was in 1989.
  • Janet McHugh (JD) has been selected as executive director of the Television Music License Committee, which negotiates music performing rights licenses. Janet joined the TMLC from Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the country’s largest group broadcasters, where she had counseled stations and managed legal functions in key areas including music rights since 2009.


  • Bill Blancato (JD), a partner at Doughton Blancato in Winston-Salem, has received a 2016 Pro Bono Attorney Award by the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, where he serves as a guardian ad litem.
  • Kim Hoover (JD) has been appointed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on LGBT Affairs. Kim is a real estate investor and developer in Washington, D.C.


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


  • Gill Beck (JD), an assistant United States attorney in Asheville, was honored as a 2016 Citizen Lawyer at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) in June. A major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, Gill has held a number of leadership positions with both the NCBA d the State Bar. Since 2007, he has served at the executive director of the State Bar’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) Committee, an organization dedicated to ensuring effective access to the legal system for military service members and their families.
  • Gill Beck (JD), an assistant United States attorney in Asheville, has been named the Lawyer of the Year by North Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly. Gill is also a major general in the U.S. Army Reserves.
  • Janet Ward Black (JD) has received the Hood Theological Seminary’s 12th Annual Bishop’s Award in recognition of her commitment to the seminary, located in Salisbury, N.C., and her community. Janet is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 36-person firm in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Mark Costley (JD) has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state-wide nonprofit that “advocate for the discovery and understanding of the interdisciplinary role that the humanities play in the culture, identity, and history of North Carolina.” Mark is an estate planning partner at Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill with offices in Durham and Clayton.
  • Eric Isaacson (JD) opened a solo practice, in March, focusing on appellate work and class actions in La Jolla, Calif. He was a founding partner of the California-based firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. Eric has published two recent articles, "The Roberts Court and Securities Class Actions: Reaffirming Basic Principles," 48 Akron L. Rev. 923 (2015), and "Free Exercise for Whom? -- Could the Religious-Liberty Principle that Catholics Established in Perez v. Sharp Also Protect Same-Sex Couples’ Right to Marry?," 92  U Det. Mercy L. Rev. 29 (2015). 
  • Neil McFeeley (JD) was awarded the 2016 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award, and also named a 2016 Leader in Law by the Idaho Business Review. Neil is senior litigation partner with the Boise law firm Eberle Berlin Kading Turnbow & McKlveen, where he has practiced for over 30 years.


  • Brent Clinkscale (JD) has been named to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society. Brent is a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he heads litigation in the firm’s Greenville, S.C. office.
  • Joel Heusinger (JD), a partner in the Lincoln, Neb., office of Woods & Aitken, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  
  • David McKean (JD) was sworn in as the 22nd United States Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State John Kerry on March 14. David held several positions at the U.S. State Department, including director of policy planning since 2012; he served as Kerry’s chief of staff from 1999 to 2008.
  • Robin Panovka (JD) has co-edited and co-authored the U.S. chapter in The Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review (Law Business Research, Ltd., London, 2016). Robin is a partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York.


  • James Felman (JD) has been selected to receive the 2016 Charles R. English Award from the ABA Criminal Justice Section at its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 4., in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes distinguished work in the field of criminal justice by judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and academics. Jim is a partner at Kynes Markman and Felman in Tampa.
  • Lisa Kaplan (JD) has joined Ogletree Deakins in Altanta as marketing counsel in the client services department. She previously directed the LLM Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.  
  • 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) received an Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) for his pro bono co-authorship of an amicus brief on behalf of IMLA and several other parties in Lopez et al v. City of Lawrence et al, an appeal currently pending before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Chris founded Framingham, Mass.-based Petrini & Associates P.C. in 2004 and represents cities and towns as town counsel and as special counsel in various litigation matters.


  • Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe (JD) has been named South Carolina state president of Duke Energy.  He joined the company in 2002 and has held a number of positions -- most recently vice president, legal for Duke Energy’s commercial business organization.
  • Louis Lappen (JD) was named acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in December. Prior to this appointment, he was the first assistant U.S. attorney. Louis has served in the Department of Justice since 1997.


  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Matt Sawchak (JD) has been appointed solicitor general of the State of North Carolina by Attorney General Josh Stein. The solicitor general’s office is “responsible for handling civil appeals before state and federal appellate courts and coordinates the agency's participation in amicus briefs.” Matt previously was a partner at in the Raleigh office of Ellis & Winters focusing on appeals, business litigation and antitrust. He also is the former chair of the N.C.
  • Matt Sawchak (JD) has been appointed solicitor general in the North Carolina Department of Justice by Attorney General Josh Stein. The solicitor general’s office is “responsible for handling civil appeals before state and federal appellate courts and coordinates the agency's participation in amicus briefs.” Matt previously was a partner in the Raleigh office of Ellis & Winters focusing on appeals, business litigation and antitrust. He also is the former chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.
  • Debby Stone (JD) has published her first book, The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career. Debby is a principal with Novateur Partners, an Atlanta-based company that provides executive coaching and leadership development to lawyers and the organizations in which they work.


  • Karen Cashion (JD), senior corporate counsel at Patrick Law Group, has been appointed, by the City of Alpharetta, Ga., as chief executive officer of the Alpharetta Technology Commission Innovation Center, a facility that provides a springboard for startups and advances in technology. She also chairs the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network Board of Directors.  
  • Steven Chabinsky (JD) has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Steve is general counsel and chief risk officer for the cybersecurity technology firm CrowdStrike, which he joined 2012. He has also served as a columnist for Security Magazine since 2013 and as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University since 2012.
  • 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.  
  • Margaret Rowlett (JD) has been recognized as a 2016 N.C. Super Lawyer and also as a 2016 N.C. Best Lawyers. She practices workers' compensation and employment law at Smith James Rowlett & Cohen in Greensboro.


  • Caryn Coppedge McNeill (JD) was elected president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association at the annual meeting in June. Caryn is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, where she leads the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. She has an extensive record of service with the Bar Association, and is also chair of the Board of Trustees at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.
  • Gary Spitko (JD) , presidential professor of ethics and the common good, and professor of law at Santa Clara University, has authored Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). He has also been elected an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


  • Steven Marks (JD) has been promoted from executive vice president and general counsel to chief, digital business and general counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As chief, digital business for RIAA, Steven will oversee industry-wide initiatives to help grow the digital music marketplace and the new revenue streams that are increasingly critical to the music business.  He led the creation of the license for Internet radio and other services now administered by SoundExchange, and serves as chair of SoundExchange’s licensing committee and on its board of directors.
  • Mark Patterson (JD) has retired, as a colonel, from the U.S. Air Force and is pursuing an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution at Fordham University, in New York City.
  • David Van Pelt (JD/LLM) has joined the labor and employment practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren in Los Angeles as special counsel. He previously practiced at Sheppard Mullin.
  • Geovette Washington (JD) has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States; she has been a member of the Conference since 2013. Geovette is the senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh, a position she has held since August 2015. Previously, she served as general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget from 2013 to 2015.
  • Paige Whitaker (JD) , deputy district attorney for Fulton County, Ga., has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace a retiring judge on the Fulton County Superior Court. She joined the DA’s office in 2010.


  • David Cox (JD) has been named a 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyer. David is a member of the Charleston office of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms.
  • David Elliott (JD) has been appointed deputy chief of staff and special deputy attorney general in the North Carolina Department of Justice. He has served in the NCDOJ since 1997; for the last 10 years as director of the victims and citizens services section, where he advocated against domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
  • Linda Liu Kordziel (JD), a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson has been named a recipient of the 2016 “Women Worth Watching” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal.  Linda focuses her practice on intellectual property and patent litigation.
  • Candice Savin (JD) has been appointed to the Westport (Conn.) Board of Education to complete a vacant term on the Board. She practices real estate law in Westport.  
  • 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. 
  • Mike Taten (JD) was elected to the management committee of Jackson Walker, where he chairs the corporate and securities group in Dallas.  


  • David Kendall (JD) founded Bold Legal, in September, with offices in Denver and Boulder, Colo. The firm, of which David is also CEO, provides both legal and business advice and guidance. David previously founded Kendall Koenig & Oelsner in 2002.
  • Michael Sorrell (JD), president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, for the second time in his career, was named the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Male President of the Year. He has been nominated for the award five times in the six years it's been given by the HBCU Digest and is the first recipient to win the title twice. Michael has gained recognition for  his unconventional leadership and the many initiatives he has backed both at Paul Quinn and in the surrounding Oak Cliff community, such as the New Urban College Model and the school's own organic farm.
  • Sterling Spainhour (JD) has been named senior vice president and general counsel of Southern Company Services in Atlanta, the shared services company that supports Southern Company's operating company subsidiaries. He joins Southern Company from Jones Day, where he was a partner in the Atlanta office since 2004. 
  • Caroline Verbruggen (LLM) was sworn-in as a judge with the Brussels Court of Appeals on Jan. 16. She will also sit with the Market Court, a special division of the Brussels Court of Appeals that handles various administrative matters. Caroline had previously served as a judge with the Tribunal of First Instance of Brussels.


  • Wiley Boston (JD), a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight, is president of the Orange County Bar Association, a 3,500 member voluntary bar in central Florida. He has also become Florida Bar Board Certified as an expert in real estate law.
  • Helen Dooley (JD) is senior vice president, talent representation and general counsel of Tandem Sports and Entertainment, a full-service sports and entertainment agency in Washington, D. C. She previously practiced at Williams & Connelly.


  • Darren Jackson (JD), a five-term Democratic representative from District 39 (eastern Wake County) to the N.C. House of Representatives, has been elected minority leader for the 2017-18 legislative term.
  • Jennifer Slone Tobin (JD) , partner at Shutts & Bowen in Orlando, has been installed as chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, a non-profit organization in the region serving and mentoring more than 13,000 youth members. She has been a member of the board of directors since 2010, most recently as chair-elect and as co-chair of Celebrate the Children, the organization’s signature fund-raising event.


  • Matthew Kirtland (JD) has been appointed partner-in-charge of the Washington, D.C. office of Norton Rose Fulbright. He joined the firm 20 years ago, and leads the international arbitration and transnational litigation practices in the D.C. office.  
  • Tim Profeta (JD) has been reappointed to a third five-year term as director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Tim is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute, which works to help decision makers create timely, effective and economically practical solutions to the world’s critical environmental challenges.


  • Bill Davis (JD) was elected in November and began a four-year term in January as a district court judge in Guilford County, N.C. He had served for the previous 18 years as an assistant public defender in Greensboro.  
  • Jessica Lange (JD) joined Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, as vice president, associate general counsel, securities and finance in March 2016. She previously was an attorney at DTE Energy in Detroit.
  • 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. 
  • Jason Miner (JD) has been named Oregon’s natural resources policy manager by Gov. Kate Brown. Jason served as executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a land use planning advocacy group, since 2010.
  • Jill Steinberg (JD), associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, testified, in June, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on human trafficking and the Department's implementation of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
  • Peggy Wang (JD/LLM) joined the Hong Kong office of White & Case in April 2015 as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice in Asia, and head of Asia private equity. She previously was a partner at Linklaters in Hong Kong.


  • Brian Fowler (JD) has been promoted to general counsel of Millennium Health in San Diego. He joined Millennium in 2012 as assistant general counsel.
  • Barb Goffman (JD) won the Agatha Award (named for Agatha Christie) for the best mystery/crime short story published in 2015. Her story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" was the cover story of the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This story also was named a finalist for the Macavity Award for best mystery/crime short story of the year, given out by Mystery Readers International. Barb's story "The Wrong Girl" was named a finalist for the Derringer Award for best flash fiction story of 2015.
  • Felicia Gross (JD) has joined the Manhattan office of the New York State Attorney General's Office in the Litigation Bureau.  
  • Sebastian Guerrero (LLM) has started a new law firm Guerrero Valle Garces focused on family issues, tax and wealth management in Santiago, Chile. He formerly was with the firm Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa & Errazuriz.  
  • Abigail Kahl (JD) has been named co-chair of the family law practice at Denbeaux & Denbeaux in Westwood, N.J., where she is senior counsel.
  • Lisa Levin Reichman (JD) was inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in November. An accomplished distance runner, Lisa has completed over 20 marathons and is a 10-time Boston Marathon finisher. She won a gold medal in the half marathon competition at the 2003 Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile and is co-founder of Run Farther & Faster, LLC.
  • Julie Riewe (JD) , former co-chief of the asset management unit of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, joined the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton in March as a partner in the white collar and regulatory defense group. Julie spent 11 years at the SEC, rising through the ranks and receiving commendations, the most recent the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2015.


  • John Inazu (JD), the Sally D. Danforth distinguished professor of law and religion, and professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, has authored Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The book argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality and other important matters.
  • Juan Mackenna (LLM) has co-authored the Chilean chapter of the Geothermal Transparency Guide: An Overview of Regulatory Frameworks for Geothermal Exploration and Exploitation (BBA Legal, 2017 edition). Juan is a partner and head of the energy group at Carey law firm in Santiago, Chile.
  • Janaina Dellape Fernandes Pita (LLM) is a partner in the corporate department of Dias Munhoz in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Nathan Sales (JD) has been granted tenure as associate professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, counterterrorism law, administrative law, and constitutional law. He previously was assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law, and is of counsel for the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Mechelle Zarou (JD), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has been inducted as a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Mechelle is co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment department, as well as the immigration practice group.


  • Kerstin Henrich (LLM) has joined the Dusseldorf, Germany office of Jones Day as a partner and member of the firm's M&A group. Kerstin's practice focuses on complex M&A transactions, transactions in the renewable energy sector and general corporate counseling. She was previously a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • D'Lorah Hughes (JD) has been named director of externships and adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Prior to joining UCI Law on July 1, she was director of clinical education at Wayne State Law School. She has also held academic positions at the University of Arkansas School of Law-Fayetteville, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Whittier Law School.
  • Ayumu Iijima (LLM) founded in 2016, and is senior partner, of Innoventier LPC, a boutique IP firm with offices is Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
  • Desiree Sumilang Kwik (JD/LLM) and her husband, Derek, welcomed twins, Dakota Olivia and Caroline Dylan, on Dec. 28, 2016. The family resides in Hong Kong.
  • Josh Malkin (JD) has been named to the Forbes Magazine Top 200 Wealth Advisors in the U.S., as well as the Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the U.S. Josh is managing director of the Malkin Group at Morgan Stanley. 
  • Mary Richardson (JD/LLM) has joined Clark University in Worcester, Mass., as director of planned giving and principal gifts. She previously held development and alumni relations positions at Williams College and Bowdoin College.
  • Seth Safra (JD) has joined Proskauer as a partner in its employee benefits and executive compensation group, resident in Washington, D.C.  Seth serves as principal employee benefits and executive compensation counsel to some of the country’s largest employers. He was previously a partner at Covington & Burling.  
  • Antony Sanacory (JD) has joined the Atlanta litigation boutique firm HudsonParrottWalker, where he specializes in construction law. He previously practiced at Duane Morris. Antony is on the board of directors of the Construction Financial Management Association of Georgia.
  • Amy Scarton (JD) has been named assistant secretary of the Washington State Ferries Division of the Washington Department of Transportation. She previously was the department’s assistant secretary for community and economic development, and also served in senior transportation roles in the President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush administrations.


  • Brendon Fowler (JD) has been named partner at Perkins Coie. Based in Washington, D.C. Brendon focuses his practice primarily in the area of telecommunications and technology.
  • Aaron Futch (JD) married Sonia Winfield-Futch on July 23, 2016. Aaron is corporate counsel at LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Atlanta.
  • Andrea Ghoorah Sieminski (JD) and her husband, Paul, welcomed a son, Peter Vikram Sieminski, on Sept. 19, 2016. He joins big sister, Nora.
  • Joanne Kwong (JD) has joined Pearl River Mart, an established Asian goods emporium in New York City, as president. Joanne most recently had served as vice president for communications and counsel to the president of Barnard College.


  • Paul Ervin (JD) and his wife, Helia, welcomed a son, Isaac Rahim Ervin, on Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Frederick Isasi (JD) has been named executive director of Families USA, one of the nation’s leading health care advocacy organizations. He most recently served as the health division director with the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices.
  • Elizabeth Perry (JD) is a doctoral student in the Department of Law at Umea University in Sweden, writing her dissertation on “Children’s Access to Parental Financial Support: A Comparative Assessment in California and Sweden.”  
  • Sonia Macias Steele (JD) has joined the Boston office of Murtha Cullina as ERISA counsel in the firm’s business and finance department. She previously practiced at Goulston & Storrs.
  • Nicole Williams (JD) Nicole Williams, a partner at Thompson & Knight, has been selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List – 2016.


  • Phil Bezanson (JD) and his wife, Thea Handelman, welcomed a son, Dashiell “Dash” Henry, on March 24, 2016.  He joins his older brother Elias. They live in Seattle, where Phil is managing partner of the Seattle office of Bracewell.  
  • Tamala Boyd (JD) was appointed, in August, as general counsel of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, where she had previously served as associate and deputy general counsel.  
  • Josh Bryant (JD), a partner in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, assumed the chairmanship of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in July.  He  has been a member of the Tax Section Council since 2006.
  • Randy Cook (JD) has joined Ankura Consulting Services as a senior managing director in the firm’s contractual compliance & risk and resilience & geopolitical groups. Randy most recently worked for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • Nicolas Diebold (JD) has been a teaching fellow at the University of Lucerne since 2012 and was appointed professor of Public and Economic Law in 2016. Prior to his appointment, he was head of internal market affairs with the Swiss competition authorities in Berne and he previously worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Zurich.
  • Kimberly Klimczuk (JD) has been named among the 50 2016 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  She practices at Skoler, Abbott & Presser. 
  • Josephine Ko (JD) has joined Vigilant, headquartered in Tigard, Ore., as an employment attorney. Vigilant offers a “suite of services to employers on the west coast focused on employment law, workers’ compensation, learning and development, safety and HR best practices.”  Josephine also frequently speaks and writes on employment law 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.  


  • Jennifer Harpole (JD) has been promoted to shareholder in the Denver office of Littler, where she counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters.
  • Gulnara Iskakova (LLM) is the ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She has previously served as vice president and rapporteur at the United Nations Human Rights Council and as the Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the UN.
  • Jennifer Plappert King (JD) and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed a daughter, Juliet, on May 17, 2016.
  • Mangyo Kinoshita (LLM) has co-founded and is managing partner of a new boutique M&A law firm in Tokyo, southgate. He previously was a partner at O’Melvey & Myers and White & Case. Mangyo has co-authored two recent articles (both in Japanese): “International M&A Study Group Report on ABA Model Stock Purchase Agreement: MAC Clause,” International Business Law, July 2016 and “Recent Trends regarding US Regulatory Authorities’ Review of M&A Transactions,” Mergers & Acquisitions Research Report Online, June 2016.
  • Thomas Lenne (LLM)  has joined Fieldfisher in Brussels as a partner in the corporate law / M&A department. He previously practiced at Baker & McKenzie.
  • Ryan Levy (JD) , a shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He also has been elected to the Nashville Bar Association’s Board of Directors and serves on both the executive and social Committees. 
  • Chih-Chieh (Carol) Lin (SJD)  has been promoted to full professor at the National Chiao Tung University Law School in Taiwan. Carol also serves as associate dean. (LLM ’01, SJD ’05)
  • Robert Muth (JD) was appointed academic director of the University of San Diego School of Law legal clinics in July. As academic director, he oversees USD’s 10 client-service legal clinics, while continuing his previous role as managing attorney for the Veterans Legal Clinic, which he has overseen since its founding in 2012.  
  • Amy Mason Saharia (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation.


  • Yendelela Neely Anderson (JD) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. A 2003 graduate of Furman, Yendelela is executive director and senior legal counsel at AT&T Services, Inc., in Atlanta, where she manages the defense of employment class and collective actions as well as systemic EEOC litigation. Prior to that, she was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
  • Sarah Walker Baker (JD) and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Robert ‘Hawes’ Baker, on June 22, 2016. He joins siblings Davis, James and Ballard.  
  • Audry Casusol (JD) has joined the New York office of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its corporate and securities practice. She previously practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
  • Matt Leerberg (JD) has been elected partner-in-charge of the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, and has joined the firm’s Management Committee. Matt’s practice focuses on appellate and business litigation in North Carolina state and federal courts; he is vice-chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section.
  • Garrett Levin (JD) has joined the National Association of Broadcasters as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and policy. Garrett served as senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) since July 2015, and was hired by the senator’s office as counsel in 2014.
  • Dana Pirvu (LLM) has joined, Inc. as corporate counsel in Palo Alto, Calif. She previously was underwriting counsel at Ambridge Partners in New York City.


  • Tiaunia Bedell (JD/LLM) married David Henry on Nov. 4, 2016 in Santa Monica, Calif. Tiaunia is an associate in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office, where she is a member of the firm’s litigation department with a practice that focuses primarily on antitrust, breach of contract and transnational cases.
  • Courtney Brown (JD) has joined the Durham office of Hunter Rowe Real Estate Agents and Advisors as a broker/realtor.
  • Jeffrey DiChiara (JD) has been promoted from associate to special counsel in the Miami office of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, where his practice focuses on representing clients in real estate matters including leasing transactions, acquisition and sales of property, joint venture agreements, origination and restructuring of loans, and loan workouts.
  • Ryan McLeod (JD) has been elected to partner in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. Ryan has taught seminars on corporate litigation at Duke Law’s Wintersession, and also at Columbia Law School.  
  • Ian Miller (JD) is vice president, business affairs and general counsel at Epic Sciences, Inc. in San Diego. He previously practiced at Covington & Burling.  
  • Beth Richardson-Royer (JD) and Chuck Messer welcomed a daughter, Maddie, on Dec. 19, 2015. Beth is deputy federal public defender in Los Angeles.
  • Allison Jones Rushing (JD) has been elected partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C.  She married Blake Rushing on Nov. 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.


  • Cliff Gardner (JD) has been promoted to litigation counsel in the Wilmington, Del., office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.  
  • Michael Goodman (JD) has joined the Office of Regulatory Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Development at the Food and Drug Administration as an attorney-advisor. He previously was a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, and a visiting assistant professor at George Washington University School of Law.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Jerome Maiatico (JD) has been named an assistant United States attorney, located in Philadelphia. He previously was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
  • Tomas Nassar (LLM) and his wife, Roxana Ortiz, welcomed a son, Felipe Nassar Ortiz on Aug. 16, 2016.
  • Justin Outling (JD), an associate in the Greensboro, N.C., office of Brooks Pierce, received the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” from the Guilford County Black Lawyers Association in November. Justin’s practice focuses on business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. He is also a member of the Greensboro City Council, representing District 3.
  • Ana Santos Rutschman (LLM), the 2016-2017 Jaharis faculty fellow in health law and intellectual property at DePaul College of Law, has been named a Bio IP Scholar 2017 by the American Society of Medicine, Law and Ethics, based on her work-in-progress, "The IP of Ebola and Zika."
  • Shane Tintle (JD) has been elected partner in the corporate department of the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practices in the capital markets group.
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren (JD) was named solicitor general for the State of Georgia effective Jan. 1. As solicitor general, she will oversee appellate litigation and collaborate on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys at the Department of Law. Sarah previously served as deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation. Sarah and her husband, Blaise, welcomed a son, William Jr., on Sept. 21, 2016.
  • Bryce Yoder (JD)  has been elected partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati, where he practices in the firm’s litigation group, with a focus on complex commercial litigation.


  • Erin Blondel (JD) and her husband, Ernie Young, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Josephine Young, on April 5, 2016.
  • 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.   
  • Sharath Chandrasekehar (LLM) has joined HSA Advocates as a partner in the firm’s newly opened office in Bengaluru, India. Prior to joining HSA, Sharath was one of the founding partners at Citius Law Advocates. He has previously worked at J. Sagar Associates and Axis Bank, with a focus on banking & finance, real estate, private equity & venture capital transactions.  
  • Isaac Linnartz (JD) is a member of the Class of ’16 of the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy. He is an associate in the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson, where his practice focuses on business litigation and employment litigation.  
  • Jeff Mason (JD) has been elected partner in Stinson Leonard Street’s Minneapolis office. He practices in the firm’s financial services and class action litigation group.


  • 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.
  • Stuart Duguid (LLM) has joined WME/IMG as an agent in the Los Angeles office, primarily representing tennis players. He previously was a vice president for tennis at Lagadere Unlimited.
  • Virginia Fitt (JD) has been promoted to senior counsel in U.S. legal operations with GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  
  • Jie (Jeanne) Huang (SJD) has joined the faculty of the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia, teaching and researching in the fields of international investment law and dispute resolution (international litigation and arbitration). She previously was associate professor and associate dean at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics School of Law in China.
  • Junko Kawai (LLM) and Adam Harris ’11 welcomed a daughter, Rena Kawai Harris, on Aug. 1, 2016.  Junko was recently a visiting scholar at Duke Law School, and practices with the Umegae Chuo law firm.
  • Cesar Lanza Castelli (LLM) was married to Candelaria Escuti on Oct. 8, 2016, in Cordoba, Argentina. Cesar has founded the Lanza Castelli Law Firm.  


  • Andrea Dinamarco (JD) has returned to the U.S. and joined GM Financial in Charlotte, N.C., as legal counsel. She had been an associate at Linklaters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and also consulted for a candidate in that city’s mayoral race.
  • Lauren Fine (JD), co-director of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project in Philadelphia, has been honored by the American Bar Association on its “On the Rise” list of top 40 young lawyers.
  • Adam Harris (JD) and Junko Kawai ’10 welcomed a daughter, Rena Kawai Harris, on Aug. 1, 2016. Adam is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City.
  • Andres Osornio (LLM) has joined the New York City office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as an associate in the capital markets group. He previously practiced with a firm in Mexico City. 
  • Rocio Perez (JD) has joined Providence Law Asia in Singapore as U.S. counsel, where she focuses on international arbitrations between Latin American and Asian parties, as well as asset tracing, economic crimes and regulatory investigations. Rocio previously was a foreign legal associate at Arias & Munoz in Costa Rico, where she also directed the firm’s global legal skills program.
  • Adam Schupack (JD/LLM) and his wife Rachel welcomed a daughter, Harper Kate, on June 26, 2016. She joins big brother, Teddy.
  • 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. 
  • Lila Zhao (JD) has joined Gerson Law Firm in San Diego, where she represents clients in commercial real estate transactions and finance. She previously practiced at McCarthy & Holthus, also in San Diego.


  • Yana Britan (LLM) is a commercial litigation associate at Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum in New York City. She was previously an associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner in Moscow.
  • Christina Brown (JD/LLM) is an associate in the business finance and restructuring department at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York City. She previously worked at GE Capital.
  • Kevin Elliott (JD) and Sarah Naseman Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston.  Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Sarah Naseman Elliott (JD) and Kevin Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston. Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Taylor Frankovitch (LLMLE) has been elected partner at Bowles Rice in Pittsburgh, where his practice focuses in the areas of energy, commercial law, real estate and litigation.
  • Will Hellmuth (JD)  has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where he concentrates his practice on privacy and data protection laws. He previously was an associate at Baker & Hostetler.  
  • Kate Hunter (JD/LLM) has joined Bass Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office. Previously, Kate was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Norton Rose Fulbright.
  • Aditya Kurian (LLM) has joined O’Melveny’s international arbitration practice in Hong Kong. He most recently served as counsel and a country head at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
  • Steven Lee (JD) has joined, as corporate counsel (the second in-house attorney), Farmers Business Network, an agricultural data analytics startup in Silicon Valley, Calif.
  • Timothy Lee (JD) has returned to the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after two years in the firm’s Seoul office. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, including the organization and operation of private investment funds.
  • Shine Chen Schattgen (JD) has joined the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm’s health care group. Shine previously practiced in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray.
  • Hannah Woolf Vigoda (JD) has opened an immigration practice, Vigoda Law Firm, in Raleigh, N.C. She previously worked at the Robertson Immigration Law Firm, also in Raleigh.
  • Julia Wood (JD) and her husband, Todd Leskanic, welcomed a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Leskanic, on Dec. 16, 2015.
  • 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.  


  • Tim Capria (JD) has joined the Nashville, Tenn., office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate on the intellectual property team. He previously was with Patterson Intellectual Property Law, also in Nashville.
  • Caryn Devins (JD) began her term in August as the 2016-17 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of the federal government. Caryn completed clerkships with the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the Second Circuit, the Honorable James P. Jones of the Western District of Virginia, and Chief Justice Paul Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court.
  • Suzanne Gainey (LLM) has joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen, where she is an associate and works in both the commercial & technology transactions and privacy & data security groups.
  • Andrew Hand (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Graham C. Mullen ‘69, senior U.S. district court judge for the Western District of North Carolina.
  • Seth Reich (JD) , an associate in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, received the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono Service award for 2016. Seth maintains an active pro bono case load and has worked on immigration proceedings, death penalty litigation and cases in Texas state court.  


  • Christina Mullen Carroll (JD/LLM) married Osman Carroll on June 26, 2016. Christina is an associate at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst in Dallas.
  • Nadia Chebbi (JD) is a project finance associate in the natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors of DeGaulle Fleurance & Associates in Paris.  
  • Devon Damiano (JD) joined the Department of Justice Legal Honors Program last fall. Devon, who holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy (MA) from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment along with her JD, is joining the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. She completed a clerkship with Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Adam Garmezy (JD) has joined the mergers & acquisitions/private equity group at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. He previously practiced at Akin, Gump in Houston.
  • Eva Guzman (JD), justice on the Texas Supreme Court, was named Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists in May.  
  • 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.
  • Natalie Laflamme (JD) has joined Sulloway & Hollis in Concord, N.H., after completing a two-year clerkship with Justice Robert Lynn on the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
  • Nicolas Melki (LLM) has joined the Dubai office of Baker Botts. He previously worked in the legal department of Petrofac International.  
  • Henry Phillips (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher after completing clerkships with Judge Gene Pratter on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Marjorie Rendell on the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Sean Spence (JD/LLM) has joined Proskauer Rose’s New York office as an associate in the corporate department, and a member of the private investment funds group. Sean previously practiced at White & Case.
  • Donna Stroud (LLM), a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals since 2006, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Campbell University in October. She received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Campbell, and is an adjunct professor at its Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson () has been nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She has served as the vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2015 and commissioner from 2014 to 2015. She served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court of North Carolina from 2006 to 2012.
  • Patricia Timmons-Goodson (LLM), a former North Carolina Supreme Court associate justice and current vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, received the Elon Law School “Leadership in Law Award” in September.
  • Josephine Woronoff (LLM) is a teaching assistant and PhD student studying oceans law at the Perelman Centre of Philosophy and Law at the Universite libre de Bruxelles.


  • Ruslan Abdirashid (LLM) is working at the Ministry of Justice for Kazakhstan, in the state property rights protection department.
  • Mitch Blancard (JD) has joined Miller & Martin’s Atlanta office, where he practices in the firm's corporate department. He previously was an associate with Smith Gambrell & Russell.
  • Bezaliel Erlan (LLM) is an associate at SSEK Legal Consultants in the Jakarta, Indonesia office, where he specializes in foreign investment, banking and finance, and insurance law, as well as general corporate law.
  • Chris Girouard (JD) earned an LLM degree from New York University in May, and has joined Bryan Cave’s St. Louis, Mo., office as a tax associate.
  • Andrew Ligon (JD) was married to Nicole Blumenkehl ’16 on August 20, 2016 in New York City. Andrew is a corporate associate in the New York office of Baker Botts.
  • Bryan McGann (LLMLE) has been named executive director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network of North Carolina. Bryan also teaches the Start-Up Ventures Clinic and the Advanced Start-Up Ventures Clinic at the Law School, is entrepreneur in residence at UNC Chapel Hill, a member of the founding team of the Carolina Angel Network, and of counsel to the Smith Anderson firm.
  • Kara Nisbet (LLM) has joined Youngs Law Firm in Belize City, Belize, as an associate.
  • Cristobal Ramirez (LLM) has joined Hewlett Packard as Chilean legal counsel, located in Santiago.
  • Xiao Recio-Blanco (SJD) (LLM’12, SJD’15), staff attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., has also been named director of the Institute’s Ocean Program.
  • Jeffrey Rood (JD) joined GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, Fla., as an associate focusing on commercial real estate law, including acquisitions, dispositions, land development, financing, and leasing.
  • Brett Schroeder (JD) is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.
  • Risnan Yosal (LLM) was married to Sierra Yuwono on Sept. 24, 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Risnan is a senior associate at Zico Law in Jakarta.


  • Anna Johns Hrom (JD) Anna Johns Hrom was married to James Hrom Jr. on Jan. 14, 2017 at Duke Chapel. Anna is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Duke.  
  • Nicole Blumenkehl Ligon (JD) was married to Andrew Ligon ’15 on August 20, 2016 in New York City. Nicole is a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon Reindel in New York.