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  • Alan Parry (JD) has been appointed by the Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve a three-year term on the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. Alan is a founding partner of Parry Tyndall White in Chapel Hill.
  • Bernard Strasser (JD) retired this spring after 56 years of practicing real estate, wills, estate and probate law in Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Llewelyn Pritchard (LLB) received The Fellows prestigious Outstanding Service Award at the American Bar Foundation’s 60th Annual Awards presentation on Feb. 6 in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. The award is given to an attorney “who has, in his or her professional career, adhered for more than thirty years to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.”
  • Glenn Ketner Jr. (JD) a member and past chairman of the board of trustees at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, has received the North Carolina Hospital Association Trustee Service Award for 2016.
  • David Noble (JD) received the 2015 Friends of Philanthropy Award from the Wayne County (Ohio) Community Foundation on behalf of his family. The family and its Donald and Alice Noble Foundation has generously supported numerous charities in the local community.
  • Ed Robin (LLB) founded NAS Insurance in Encino, Calif., in 1975.  The firm -- a full-service specialty insurance underwriting manager -- celebrated its 40th anniversary in September.    

1967

  • Bill Constangy (JD), retired N.C. Superior Court judge, has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Pat McCrory, the highest civilian award by the State of North Carolina. He also received the Leaders in Law award from N.C. Lawyers Weekly and Elon University. Bill is now an arbitrator and mediator, author and public speaker in Charlotte. He has written several recent articles including: “Enforceability of Employment Contract Covenants Not to Compete in North Carolina’s Changing Business Environment,” 15 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. L.
  • Bill Womble Jr. (JD) was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in February. The recognition is one of the highest honors a governor of North Carolina can bestow and is awarded to individuals who provide “exemplary service” to the State. Bill is a partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.

1970

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

1971

  • James Fox (JD), an attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the fields of bet-the-company litigation and other complex litigation areas.
  • Randolph May (JD) has co-authored The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property – A Natural Rights Perspective (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).  
  • Steven Naclerio (JD) has co-authored “7 Corporate Trends in Law and Politics” in the March 2 issue of Corporate Counsel. Steve is of counsel at Richman Greer in Miami.  
  • Mike Warren (JD) received a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Auburn University Alumni Association during a ceremony in March. The awards recognize recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and service to the university. Mike is chairman and CEO of Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only free-standing pediatric medical facility.

1972

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

1973

  • S. Ward Greene (JD) , a founding partner of Greene & Markley in Portland, Ore., has been recognized as a 2015 Oregon Super Lawyer in the area of business bankruptcy.
  • Charles Holton (JD) , senior lecturing fellow and director of the Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic, has been appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin for a three-year term to the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. Charles is also a litigator and partner in the Research Triangle Park office of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice.
  • Kenneth Starling (JD) , adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, is also serving as senior counsel of the DC Affordable Law Firm, an innovative new "low-bono" firm established by Georgetown Law to serve clients of limited means who are not eligible for free legal aid.

1974

  • Colin Brown (JD) was named in December as Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend, the state’s leading business publication. Colin is president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, based in Deerfield Beach. JM is a 48-year-old firm that operates one of only two franchised Toyota distributorships in the country; it recently raised the minimum wage for all of its employees to $16-an-hour.
  • Fred Fulton (JD) has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law from 2010 through 2015. He is a partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight.
  • Donna Gregg (JD) received the 2015 U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute Chairman's Award for outstanding service as volunteer professor and lead instructor of "The Rule of Law and Best Practices in Telecomm Regulation" course, empowering professionals and regulators from developing nations who are working  to strengthen the rule of law in their countries and make modern communications a reality. Donna is a senior adjunct fellow at The Free State foundation. 
  • Steven Pierce (JD) retired on Sept. 30 as chief justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court.  During his career, he served in all three branches of the Massachusetts state government -- first in the legislature, then in two gubernatorial administrations, and finally in the court system. He was appointed to the Housing Court in 2002, and named chief justice in 2006.  

1976

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

1978

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

1979

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

1980

  • Dan Bowling (JD), senior lecturing fellow at the Law School, was named the 2015 Distinguished Teacher by the Duke Bar Association on April 7. Dan teaches labor and employment law in addition to a course he designed on lawyers and personal well-being, and he also leads seminar courses exploring the connection between happiness, legal professionalism, and work satisfaction.
  • John (Jack) Hickey (JD) gave a presentation entitled ““Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases” at a St. Thomas University School of Law symposium on Punitive Damages in the Maritime Law in April. The symposium was sponsored by The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the ABA Torts and Insurance Practice Section Maritime Law Committee.
  • Russ Jones (JD) , chairman of the litigation department at Kansas City-based Polsinelli, was installed as president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in December.
  • Justin Klimko (JD), president and managing shareholder of Butzel Long, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit in February. Justin is a board member and secretary of ACG Detroit.
  • Claire Moritz (JD) retired in January from her position as vice president for legal services at WakeMed in Raleigh, N.C., after nearly 30 years of service as its only in-house general counsel. In April, Claire was the 10th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Former Section chair, Christy Gudaitis ’86 presented the award at the Section’s annual meeting.

1981

  • Patrick Fazzone (JD) has opened the law firm of Montgomery Fazzone in Washington D.C. with several colleagues. He previously was a partner with Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Pat continues to focus on international trade and commercial matters in the Asia Pacific region and divides his time between the U.S. and Sydney, Australia.
  • Michael Lieberman (JD) has received The Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service, the “top public service award granted by the Department of Justice … designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations that have assisted the DOJ in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives.” Michael is Washington counsel and director of the civil rights policy planning center of the Anti-Defamation League; the award noted his “outstanding contributions to combat hate crimes.”

1983

  • Matt Firestone (), a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman in Orlando, has been named a 2015 Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. Matt is a commercial litigator, and also represents more than 50 homeowner and condominium associations.
  • Richard Riley (JD) has been appointed to the board of directors for Acuity Insurance.  He remains a partner with Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C. where he focuses his practice include tax and corporate matters for property and casualty insurance companies.

1984

  • Helen Nelson Grant (JD) has been hired as the first chief diversity officer for Richland Two school district in Colombia, S.C. Helen recently worked at Nexsen Pruett, where she developed a retention strategy to diversify the company’s workforce.
  • Wilson Schooley (JD)   has been elected secretary of the ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, so he is now on the Section’s Executive Board and will chair the Section in 2018. He is also chair of the Editorial Board of Human Rights Magazine, as well as special advisor on the Publications Board of the ABA’s Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division. He is the San Diego County Bar Association’s delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.
  • Wilson Schooley () Wilson Schooley has been named a 2015 Super Lawyer by San Diego Magazine

1985

  • Janet Ward Black (JD), owner of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian award. Janet received the award on Jan. 29, during a surprise birthday party for her mother, Fran Black Holland, who received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award in 2007.
  • William Horton (JD), a partner at Jones Walker in Birmingham, Ala., is chair of the ABA Health Law Section for 2015-2016. He is the first lawyer from Alabama and the first Duke Law alumnus to hold that position.
  • 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). 

1986

  • Suzanne Bryant (JD) and Sarah Goodfriend were granted Texas’ first same-sex marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015. Suzanne has a private law practice in Austin, specializing in assistiing second-parent adoptions for gay and lesbian couples.
  • Michael Friedman (JD), partner with Fox Rothschild in Denver, has authored a trio of short novels, Martian Dawn and Other Novels (Little A, 2015).
  • Joel Heusinger (JD), a partner in the Lincoln, Neb., office of Woods & Aitken, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  
  • Christopher M. Kelly (JD) has been appointed to Jones Day's partnership committee. A partner in the Cleveland office, Chris oversees the U.S. side of the firm's capital markets practice. He is a co-chair of the Host Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
  • David McKean (JD) , director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, was nominated by President Obama in October as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. His appointment is pending confirmation by the Senate.  
  • Gary Myers (JD) published the new fifth edition of his casebook, Entertainment, Media and the Law: Cases & Materials with Paul Weiler (Harvard) and Will Berry (Mississippi) (5th edition West Publishing, 2015). Gary continues to serve as dean at the University of Missouri School of Law.
  • James Smith (JD) , who stepped down as chief administrative patent judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last July, is now working as chief IP counsel of Ecolab in St. Paul, Minn.

1987

  • David Berger (JD), a litigation partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., served as general counsel to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
  • Scott Cammarn (JD) , a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Charlotte has been named to Best Lawyers in America.

1988

  • Jody Debs (JD) has been named general counsel of HDR Inc., an engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm with nearly 10,000 employees working in 225 locations globally. Jody is also a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a board member of Engineers Without Borders.
  • Shawn Lochinger (JD) has joined the education law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, opening a new office in Hershey, Penn. Shawn previously practiced with Rhoads & Simon in Harrisburg, and is a former gifted education hearing officer in Pennsylvania with a comprehensive background in special education law and labor/employment law as it relates to school entities.

1989

  • Kenneth Murphy (JD), a managing partner in the Philadelphia office Drinker, Biddle & Reath, has been elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • David Starr (JD)  has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group Inc. David became the company's vice president and general counsel in 2014.  
  • Debby Stone (JD) has published her first book, The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career. Debby is a principal with Novateur Partners, an Atlanta-based company that provides executive coaching and leadership development to lawyers and the organizations in which they work.

1990

  • Steven Chabinsky (JD) has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Steve is general counsel and chief risk officer for the cybersecurity technology firm CrowdStrike, which he joined 2012. He has also served as a columnist for Security Magazine since 2013 and as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University since 2012.
  • Michael Kabat (JD) is a founding partner of Kabat Chapman & Ozmer, a 10-attorney law firm with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The firm focuses on labor and employment law, complex business litigation and class and collective action litigation.  
  • Mandisa Muriel Maya (LLM) has been appointed by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma as the first female Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, one of the top four senior positions in the leadership of the judiciary. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2006.
  • Donald Nielsen (JD), an attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the fields of environmental law and litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.
  • 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.

1991

  • Pancho Aleman (JD) has relocated from Singapore to London with Citibank, becoming head of private bank cmpliance for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pancho, who has been with Citi for over 16 years, had been in Asia since May 2012, first as acting head of compliance for Citi Global Markets Japan and, since January 2013, as Asia Pacific head of corporate compliance for Citi.        
  • Colm Connolly (JD), a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware office of Morgan Lewis, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Takaaki Fujimoto (LLM) joined UBS in July as Japan head of compliance and operational risk control, located in Tokyo.
  • Laura Gellman (JD) has been appointed managing director/global chief auditor for conduct and ethics at Citigroup. Laura previously was a managing director at Bank of America.
  • Douglas Gooding (JD) , co-chair of the finance and restructuring group at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, has been selected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
  • Maurice 'Mo' Green (JD) is the 2016 recipient of the North Carolina Association of Educators’ (NCAE) Excellence in Equity Award. Mo served for seven years as superintendent of Guilford County (N.C.) Schools, before becoming executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation earlier this year.
  • Maurice 'Mo' Green (JD) has resigned after seven years as superintendent of the Guilford (N.C.) County Schools, to accept the position of executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C.  The Foundation is a “non-profit organization that invests in statewide, regional and community-based organizations.”

1992

  • Dan Berman (JD) was named interim president and CEO of the Carolina Theatre of Durham in January.
  • Sam Braverman (JD), a partner with Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, has been selected as a SuperLawyer for the third year in a row in 2015 for criminal defense and the second year in a row for business law in New York Metro area. He recently completed a term as president of the Bronx County Bar Association, and is a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.
  • Kevin Flynn (JD) continues his solo patent firm, Flynn IP Law in Chapel Hill, N.C. He guides young companies to obtain initial patent coverage, with a focus on medical devices and clean energy.
  • John Hoffman (JD/LLM) was named senior vice president and general counsel of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. in March. He had previously served as acting attorney general of New Jersey since 2013.
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeil (JD) has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. She has served on the board since 2010, and is the first female board chair in the 156-year history of the school. She began her term July 1. Caryn is a partner at Smith Anderson, where she leads the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group.
  • Thomas Telfer (LLM) has published "Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law: 1867-1919," (University of Toronto Press, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014). Thomas is a professor at the Western University Faculty of Law in London, Ontario.
  • 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.

1993

  • David Cox (JD) has been named a 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyer. David is a member of the Charleston office of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms.
  • Alan Gallatin (JD) , a partner and the Detroit tax practice leader of Grant Thornton, has joined the faculty of Walsh College as an adjunct assistant professor in its accounting and taxation departments.
  • Eduardo Hauser (LLM) has been appointed as managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean for Scripps Networks Interactive. He is responsible for the strategic direction and daily operation of the company’s businesses across Latin America, which currently include Food Network as well as the company’s distribution across the Caribbean.
  • Eduardo Hauser (LLM), president of the board of Vme TV and associate director of Hauser & Co. in Miami, is the host of ‘m TED, a weekly series of TED Talks in Spanish, with episodes focusing on “ideas worth spreading.” Guests are influential Hispanic leaders sharing their knowledge and experiences. The show debuted last fall.

1994

  • Paul Genender (JD) joined the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in February as a litigation partner. Paul was previously a partner at K&L Gates.
  • Jason Hanson (JD) has joined medical device company NuVasive as executive vice president of strategy, corporate development and general counsel.  He joins NuVasive from General Electric, where he served as a corporate vice president and a member of the senior executive team at GE Healthcare.
  • Laurie Sanders (JD) has joined the San Francisco law firm of Osborn McDerby as partner. Previously, Laurie founded Emeryville Law, a boutique business law firm providing services to small and mid-size private businesses.
  • Michael Sorrell (JD), president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, was named last fall as one of Washington Monthly’s “Ten Most Innovative College Presidents.”  In October, he was the featured speaker at the 4th Annual Changing the Odds Conference in Dallas.  In January, Michael was honored by the Dallas Bar Association as the 2016 recipient of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. The annual award recognizes attorneys who embody the principles and values of Dr. King’s life and legacy, justice, compassion, and service.
  • Stacie Strong (JD) has joined the law faculty at the University of Missouri as the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law. Prior to joining the Missouri faculty, Stacie taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and worked as a lawyer in New York, London and Chicago. She specializes in international and comparative law, particularly in the area of international arbitration.
  • Christopher Vaughn () of Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, N.C., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for real estate law. He was also selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2015 for the practice area of real estate.

1995

  • 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.
  • Michelle Neumann (JD) has moved her employment law practice to Sonoma County. Neumann Law continues to serve employees in employment claims in a new location in Northern California.
  • Alejandro Posadas (LLM), director of graduate studies in law at Escuela de Gobierno y Tranformación Pública at Tecnológico de Monterrey, has been elected a member of the executive committee of the biannual conference Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE), becoming one of the two representatives of Latin America.  
  • Subhash Viswanathan (JD), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, N.Y., has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in the areas of labor and employment.

1996

  • Randy Lehner (JD) has joined Kelley Drye & Warren as a partner in the Chicago office, where his practice focuses on helping clients with regulatory investigations, government enforcement actions, and commercial litigation. He was previously partner-in-charge of the Chicago office of  Ulmer & Berne.
  • Linda Martin (JD) Linda Martin has joined Freshfields as a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice, based in New York. Linda was previously a partner in the litigation group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
  • 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.

1997

  • Stacey Friedman (JD) has been promoted to general counsel of JP Morgan Chase & Co., effective early in 2016. She joined the bank in 2012 from law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and is currently general counsel of JP Morgan's corporate and investment banking unit.
  • Kirkland Hicks (BOV) has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Lincoln Financial Group. He joined Lincoln Financial from Towers Watson & Co. where he served as general counsel and secretary since 2012.
  • Matt Kirsch (JD) is chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1999 and has prosecuted a variety of crimes, with a focus on white collar crimes.
  • Geoff Krouse (JD) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Duke Law Alumni Association. He is aprtner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh.  
  • Dayatra Matthews (JD) has been elected executive vice president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys at the group’s annual meeting in June. Dayatra is senior vice president of legal and compliance for the Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh.
  • Patricia Northrop (JD) has been named general counsel tor Public Media NJ, Inc. (NJTV), New Jersey's statewide public television network. She previously was senior counsel for WNET, New York Public Media.
  • Clay Wheeler (JD) , a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and a member of its government enforcement and investigations team, has been honored with a unanimous resolution from the Board of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) for his “crucial and timely contributions to the social justice mission of LANC.” Clays works out of the firm’s Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C. offices.

1998

  • Stephen Cirami (JD), executive vice president of the Garden City Group, has also been named its chief operating officer. Garden City Group is headquartered in Lake Success, N.Y., and provides legal administrative services for class action, mass tort, and bankruptcy cases.
  • Katy Drechsel (JD) relocated to St. Charles, Mo., and is working for American Railcar Leasing LLC as director of contracts and assistant corporate secretary. She was previously senior attorney for Southwest Airlines in Dallas.         
  • Bill Howell (JD) has joined Sidley Austin in Dallas as a partner. He has a global corporate finance, private equity and M&A practice and was previously a partner at Baker Botts.
  • Amanda McMillian (JD/LLM) has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and chief compliance officer at Anadarko Petroleum Corp., based in Houston. Amanda joined Anadarko in 2004.
  • Arden Phillips (JD) is corporate secretary and associate general counsel of U.S. Steel located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Arden previously was corporate secretary and governance officer of WGL Holdings, Inc.
  • Bobby Sharma (JD) is managing partner of Blue Devil Holdings, LLC, an international sports, media, and entertainment investment company based in New York City.  From 2011-2014, he was senior vice president and head of global basketball for IMG Worldwide, Inc. and, prior to that, Vice president and general counsel of the NBA Development League, the NBA's first minor league that he helped establish.
  • Peggy Wang (JD/LLM) joined the Hong Kong office of White & Case in April 2015 as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice in Asia, and head of Asia private equity. She previously was a partner at Linklaters in Hong Kong.
  • Richard Welch (JD) is an associate professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University Law School. He previously practiced at Starr Gern Davison & Rubin in Roseland, New Jersey.

1999

  • Noriaki Abe (LLM) Noriake Abe has been assigned to the Japanese Delegation to the OECD in Paris since September 2015.
  • Anne Chapman (JD) has joined the criminal defense boutique Mitchell Stein Carey as a partner in Phoenix. Anne's practice focuses on internal and governmental investigations and white collar criminal defense.
  • Layth Elhassani (JD) , a former special assistant to President Barack Obama in the White House's legislative affairs office, has joined Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice based in Washington, D.C.          
  • Tara Allen Esteves (JD) has joined Armbrust & Brown in Austin, Texas as a partner with a corporate and securities practice. She previously was a partner at Reed Scardino, also in Austin.          
  • Gabe Feldman (JD) has been named the inaugural Paul & Abram B. Barron Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2005. Gabe is also director of Tulane’s Sports Law program and its provost for NCAA compliance. Gabe tweets as @SportsLawGuy and is the on-air legal analyst for the NFL Network.
  • Julie Riewe (JD) , former co-chief of the asset management unit of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, joined the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton in March as a partner in the white collar and regulatory defense group. Julie spent 11 years at the SEC, rising through the ranks and receiving commendations, the most recent the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2015.
  • John Simpkins (JD/LLM) has been appointed general counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to joining USAID, John served as deputy general counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.  
  • Gordon Walker (SJD) has joined, as professor of law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar, in association with the Pritzker School of Law Northwestern University under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation. He is an emeritus professor of law at La Trobe University School of Law, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bernard Welten (LLM) has merged his firm with Lemann Walz & Partner in Bern, Switzerland

2000

  • Arturo Benegas Masia (LLM) has joined the New York office of Akerman LLP as an international partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Arturo was previously senior counsel at Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Nicole Clement (JD) was hired as Rhode Island Housing's general counsel, starting March 1. She most recently was senior counsel for Klein Hornig, a Boston-based firm specializing in affordable housing and community development.
  • Jose Ignacio Diaz (LLM) has joined Celulosa Arauco & Constitucion, a Chilean wood pulp, engineered wood and forestry company, as legal director. He previously practiced at Yrarrazaval Ruiz-Tagle law firm in Santiago.
  • Margaret Hu (JD), assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee School of Law, has published “Big Data Blacklisting,” 67 Florida Law Review 1735 (Sept. 2015), for which she received the Young Scholar’s Award at the 8th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in June 2015.
  • John Inazu (JD), the Sally D. Danforth distinguished professor of law and religion, and professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, has authored Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The book argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality and other important matters.
  • Patrick Roberts (JD) has been appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. He is the founder of Roberts Law Group, a criminal defense law firm with offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte. He served as an assistant district attorney in three N.C. jurisdictions before founding his firm.
  • Keron Smith (JD) Keron Smith has joined TicketNetwork, Inc. in South Windsor, Conn., as associate counsel. She previously worked at Webster Bank.
  • David Szekeres (JD) has been named senior vice president of business development, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Heron Therapeutics in Redwood City, Calif.  David most recently was general counsel, chief business officer, principal financial officer, and corporate secretary at Regulus Therapeutics.
  • Chris Van Tuyl (JD) has joined the Scottsdale, Ariz. law firm Sacks Tierney as a shareholder. He previously served as an officer-level legal counsel at publicly traded companies in Arizona and Florida
  • Mechelle Zarou (JD), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has been inducted as a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Mechelle is co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment department, as well as the immigration practice group.

2001

  • David Borde (JD) was named vice president of investor relations at Entergy Corporation in New Orleans in March. Since joining Entergy in 2009, David has held leadership positions in corporate development and finance, most recently as director of its utility finance business partners.     
  • Kristi Bowman (JD) , professor of Law at Michigan State University, has become the associate dean for academic affairs at MSU-Law. Kristi's 2015 edited volume, The Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Equality in American Public Schools, has been named a 2015 outstanding academic title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.  
  • Rodney Bullard (JD), executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation and vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, has been named to the second class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, an initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. Over the course of several months, the 61 scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics.
  • Kerstin Henrich (LLM) has joined the Dusseldorf, Germany office of Jones Day as a partner and member of the firm's M&A group. Kerstin's practice focuses on complex M&A transactions, transactions in the renewable energy sector and general corporate counseling. She was previously a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
  • J.D. Hickey (JD)  became CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in September.  He had served as chief operating officer since 2012 and CEO-elect since June. Before joining BCBS in 2011, J.D. was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he led strategic health care consulting and management teams, and was recognized as a top expert on health care reform.
  • Amy June (JD) has moved to Dallas and joined Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer as of counsel. Amy previous practiced in California.
  • Daniel Klein (JD) has joined Proskauer Rose’s Boston office as senior patent counsel in the litigation department, and a member of the life sciences patent practice. He previously practiced at Choate Hall & Stewart.
  • Erin Lovell (JD) has joined the American Society of International Law as the managing editor of its Proceedings. She is also the co-producer and co-director of Seeking Truth Productions, a company producing human rights documentary films. Its first film, "Seeking Truth in the Balkans," which explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, was screened at the Law School last fall.
  • Josh Malkin (JD), executive director of The Malkin Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, was named one of the top 40 financial advisers under age 40 by On Wall Street Magazine for 2016. Josh was also named to the list for 2015. 
  • Mary Richardson (JD/LLM) has joined Clark University in Worcester, Mass., as director of planned giving and principal gifts. She previously held development and alumni relations positions at Williams College and Bowdoin College.
  • Seth Safra (JD) has joined Proskauer as a partner in its employee benefits and executive compensation group, resident in Washington, D.C.  Seth serves as principal employee benefits and executive compensation counsel to some of the country’s largest employers. He was previously a partner at Covington & Burling.  

2002

  • Alison Benge (JD) has joined Pacifica Law Group in Seattle as a partner in its public finance and municipal law group. Alison’s practice focuses on federal income taxation issues in public finance transactions. She previously practiced at Jones Hall in San Francisco.
  • Andrew Chang (JD) was named a partner in the San Francisco office of Shook Hardy & Bacon, effective Jan. 1. Andrew is a member of the firm’s global product liability group; his practice focuses on individual, mass tort and class actions involving automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and other consumer products.  
  • Conway Chen (JD) has been named senior director of consumer product partnerships and strategic partnerships at LinkedIn. He previously was a director of business development at Twitter, Inc. Conway is located in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Catherine Duval (JD) has left the U.S. State Department and joined Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C., as a partner, where she advises on professional liability issues and counsels clients in congressional and government investigations.
  • Terry Eaton (JD) announces the opening of The Eaton Law Firm in Washington, D.C., where he is the principal managing attorney. The firm focuses on five core areas: white collar, criminal defense, civil litigation, employment counseling and mediation. Terry continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University as well as an instructor for the NITA Intensive Trial Skills Workshop in Washington, D.C.  
  • Andy Grimmig (JD) has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Corporate Risk Holdings LLC, previously holding other senior leadership roles. Before joining Corporate Risk Holdings, Andy practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.

2003

  • Molley Clarkson (JD) has been appointed as general counsel of The Siebels Bruce Group Inc., an insurance services provider based in Columbia, S.C.  Prior to joining Seibels, Molley practiced at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta.
  • Paul Ervin (JD) and his wife, Helia, welcomed a son, Isaac Rahim Ervin, on Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Jaclyn Moyer (JD) was elevated to partner on January 1 at the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale, where she is a member of the securities and securities litigation and enforcement practices.
  • David Silverstein (JD) has joined the New York office of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider as a partner in the firm’s IP group. He previously practiced in-house at Par Pharmaceuticals.  
  • Nicole williams (JD), a partner in the trial practice group of Thompson & Knight, has been appointed a member of the Dallas Judicial Nomination Commission and will serve a term until  Sept. 30, 2017.

2004

  • Brian Berman (JD) and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a son, Finley Price Berman, on March 6, 2016. He joins older brother, Jackson.   
  • Phil Bezanson (JD) and his wife, Thea Handelman, welcomed a son, Dashiell “Dash” Henry, on March 24, 2016.  He joins his older brother Elias. They live in Seattle, where Phil is managing partner of the Seattle office of Bracewell.  
  • Phil Bezanson (JD) has been named managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani’s Seattle office. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, securities enforcement and regulatory matters.
  • Jeremy Entwisle (JD) has joined Hoya Corporation as regional general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, relocating to Amsterdam from Tokyo where he worked at JPMorgan Chase.
  • Jonathan Krause (JD) has moved from Morgan Lewis to be a partner at Klehr Harrison Harvey & Branzburg. Jonathan's practice focuses on employment law and litigation, and he is resident in the firm’s Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J. offices.
  • Jason Sass (JD) is vice president, legal and compliance at China Development Industrial Bank in Taipei, Taiwan. He previously practiced in Beijing with Paul Hastings and in Tokyo at White & Case.        

2005

  • Alexa Chew (JD), clinical associate professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching in April 2015. She joined the UNC faculty in 2012.
  • Sam Forehand (JD) and his wife, Yasmin, welcomed a son Jackson Baha Forehand on Feb. 10, 2016, joining siblings William and Ella Anne.
  • Kelsey Weir Johnson (JD) and her husband, Ty Johnson, welcomed a son, Michael Henry Johnson on Jan. 4, 2016. He joins big sister, Evy  
  • Jennifer Plappert King (JD) and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed a daughter, Juliet, on May 17, 2016.
  • Mangyo Kinoshita (LLM) has co-founded and is managing partner of a new boutique M&A law firm in Tokyo, southgate. He previously was a partner at O’Melvey & Myers and White & Case. Mangyo has co-authored two recent articles (both in Japanese): “International M&A Study Group Report on ABA Model Stock Purchase Agreement: MAC Clause,” International Business Law, July 2016 and “Recent Trends regarding US Regulatory Authorities’ Review of M&A Transactions,” Mergers & Acquisitions Research Report Online, June 2016.
  • Ryan Levy (JD) , a shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He also has been elected to the Nashville Bar Association’s Board of Directors and serves on both the executive and social Committees. 
  • Chris Machera (JD) has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges as a partner in its private equity practice and is based in the New York office. He represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, minority investments and general corporate governance matters. Chris previously was a vice president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs.
  • Joy Lim Nakrin (JD) has joined Necn, the nation’s largest regional news network. She will debut on necn in early May as an afternoon anchor and evening reporter. Joy has more than 10 years of television experience, the last two as an anchor and reporter at WFXT in Boston.
  • Angela Rafoth (JD/LLM) was elevated to shareholder on Jan. 1, 2016, in the San Francisco office of Littler. Angela advises employers on a number of employment law matters including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, and disability issues and leave compliance.
  • Valerie Tessler (LLM) has joined Societe Generale in Paris. She previously was with Gide Loyrette Nouel, an international law firm based in Paris.

2006

  • 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.
  • David Breau (JD) was named general counsel of Straight Path Communications in February. He previously practiced at Sidley Austin in New York City.
  • Wilson Chung (LLM) has joined Macquarie Capital in Hong Kong as vice president. He previously was an executive director at Litegrid Holdings Limited, also in Hong Kong.
  • Amy Kallman (JD) has been elected incoming president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the state affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and will serve her term in 2017. Amy is a defender in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix.
  • Brent Lorentz (JD) has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Brent is a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis.
  • James Nowlin (JD) has authored "To GC or Not to GC?  Keys to Hiring Exceptional General Counsel," in the January/February issue of Texas CEO Magazine. James is CEO of Excel Global Partners and fund managing principal of the EGP Family of Companies, located in Austin.
  • Amy Yeung (JD) has joined Dataminr, a New York software company that "datamines" social media for real-time datapoints for journalists, fire and rescue, investment banks, and the government. Amy is leading the firm’s legal efforts.

2007

  • Laura Durity (JD) has joined Castlight Health Inc. in San Francisco as manager of plan development. Previously, Laura was compliance manager at DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. in Denver.
  • Nichole Hines (JD) <p>has joined Humana as in-house legal counsel, based in the Miami area office.&nbsp; She is in charge of Florida Medicaid plans and all plans offered in Puerto Rico. Nichole previously practiced at Squire Patton Boggs, and at Eli Lilly.</p>
  • Ian Miller (JD) is vice president, business affairs and general counsel at Epic Sciences, Inc. in San Diego. He previously practiced at Covington & Burling.  
  • Lucas Przymusinski (JD) has been promoted to partner in the New York Office of DLA Piper where his practice focuses on drug and device litigation, mass torts, and product liability.
  • Steven Schindler (JD) has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie, where he is a member of the firm’s personal planning practice in Seattle.
  • Kristin Seeger (JD) has been made partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, where she is a member of the energy and infrastructure group in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on the acquisition and sale of domestic and international renewable energy projects as well as project financing (including tax equity financing arrangements) in the renewable energy sector.
  • Shestak (JD) has joined the employment and labor practice group at Houston Harbaugh in Pittsburgh, Pa. Adam previously was an assistant attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

2008

  • Abby Dennis (JD) was elected to the partnership of global law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Abby is a litigator based in Washington, D.C.
  • Penelope Donkar (JD) has joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as a staff attorney in the Mental Health Division. She was previously an assistant public defender in Augusta, Ga.
  • Michael Frandina (JD) has joined The Askman Law Firm in Denver, where he continues his general commercial litigation practice and assists in the firm's environmental, tribal and natural resource practice areas. He previously practiced at Kutak Rock.
  • Eileen Kuo (JD) has been elected to the Board and as 2016 vice president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women’s Attorneys. She is an associate, representing management, in the workplace law firm Jackson Lewis.
  • Ryan McLeod (JD) has been appointed a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, teaching a seminar on deals litigation. Ryan is a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he represents corporations and directors in complex corporate, commercial, and deal-related litigation, and advises on transactional, fiduciary, and governance matters.
  • Brandon Neal (JD) and his wife, Kerbie, welcomed a son Joshua Caleb Neal on December 23, 2015. He joins big sister, Kennedy (2). Brandon is senior counsel for Wells Fargo in Charlotte.
  • Scott Skinner-Thompson (JD) has authored AIDS and the Law (5th ed., Aspen Publishing, 2015). Scott is acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law.
  • Monica Chaplin Starosta (JD) married Moises Starosta on January 31, 2015 in Miami Beach.
  • Brian Strand (JD) has been promoted to principal in the Houston office of Fish & Richardson. Brian is a member of the intellectual property litigation group, where his practice focuses on complex patent litigation and appeals.
  • Sarah Hawkins Warren (JD) has joined the Office of the Georgia Attorney General as a deputy solicitor general and special counsel for water litigation. Sarah previously was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.
  • Patrick Wooten (JD) has been elected to partnership by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he practices in Charleston, S.C., in the areas of business litigation, general litigation, antitrust law, and trust litigation. He has also been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
  • Alexandra (Andie) Wyatt (JD) has joined the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress as a legislative attorney, advising congressional staff on environmental law topics. She previously practiced at Beveridge & Diamond.   

2009

  • Erin Blondel (JD) and her husband, Ernie Young, welcomed a daughter, Caroline Josephine Young, on April 5, 2016.
  • Sarah Campbell (JD) has joined the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee as special assistant to the solicitor general and the attorney general. Sarah previously practiced at Williams & Connolly.
  • Jonathan Christman (JD) has joined the staff of Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Fla. as senior litigation counsel. He previously practiced at Fox Rothschild in Erie, Pa.
  • Ingrid Kaldre Foster (JD) has founded Legal Data Analytics, a data, analytics and information design company, located in Los Gatos, Calif.
  • James McDonald (JD) was married to Jessie DuPont T’06 on July 11, 2015 at Chickemmoo Farm in West Tisbury, Mass. Duke President Richard H. Broadhead led the ceremony, after receiving permission from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to officiate. Jim is a prosecutor with the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C.
  • Ryan Mellske (JD) served as head coach of the Duke Law LLM Moot Court Team, preparing the team to participate in the American University Washington College of Law LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition held March 6-7. Ryan is an associate at the international arbitration firm Three Crowns in Washington, D.C.
  • Francisco Prat (LLM) has joined the Santiago, Chile law firm Del Rio Izquierdo Abogados as a senior association in the corporate practice group. He previously was a legal director at LATAM Airlines Group.
  • Elizabeth Thomsen (JD) has joined the corporate and commercial practice as an associate at the Raleigh office of Smith Anderson. She previously was an associate in the media and information technology group at Dow Lohnes in Washington, D.C.
  • Lei Zhang (JD) has been named reference librarian at the Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin. He most recently was reference librarian at Western State College of Law.

2010

  • Morgan Clemons (JD), a regulatory compliance associate at Aldridge Pite in Atlanta, has been chosen as one of The MReport's 2015 Women in Housing “Leading Ladies.” Honorees were recognized at the Women in Homeownership Leadership Forum at the Five Star Conference in September in Dallas.
  • 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) is associate professor of law at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.  Her book, Interregional Recognition and Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgments – Lessons for China from US and EU Law  (Hart Publishing, 2014), based on her Duke SJD dissertation, has won the First Prize of Excellent Scholarship 2015, awarded by the China Association of Private International Law. 
  • Jenny Liang (JD) has joined Triple Five Group, as associate counsel for American Dream, a shopping and entertainment complex opening in the New York metro area. She previously was an associate at Greenberg Traurig.  
  • David Mandell (JD/LLM) is clerking for Senior District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He worked for the previous five years in the complex commercial litigation group at Mishcon de Reya in New York.
  • Sheena Paul (JD) is chief operating officer of World Class Capital Group, a national commercial real estate investment group, which she co-founded with her brother in Austin, Texas in 2007. Prior to rejoining World Class to run its New York operations, Sheena was an associate in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she practiced in the banking and restructuring groups. 
  • Katherine Record (JD) coauthored “Humans, Not Hangers: Why It's Time to Regulate the U.S. Fashion Industry” published in the Dec. 21, 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report.
  • Patricia Richman (JD) has become an assistant federal public defender for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. She previously practiced at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.
  • Keisuke Wada (LLM) announces the opening of a private law firm, IBS Law Office, in Nagoya, Japan. He previously practiced with Clifford Chance in Tokyo.

2011

  • Johnson Atkinson (JD) has joined Manhattan Legal Services as a staff attorney. He previously was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.
  • Aonghus Cheevers (LLM) is a PhD student at the Sutherland School of Law at University College, Dublin.
  • Nicholas Collevecchio (JD) has joined Baltimore-based Gallagher Evelius & Jones as an associate in the real estate and business transactions group, corporate and corporate finance group and commercial and real estate lending group.
  • Ofer Ganot (LLM) has joined Venable as an associate in the corporate group in Los Angeles. He previously was an associate at Pomerantz in New York City.
  • Rebecca Holljes (JD) has joined the Raleigh firm of Ragsdale Liggett as an associate.
  • Christina (Jones) LeBlanc (JD) and Scott LeBlanc welcomed a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on May 21, 2015.
  • Andy Roth (JD) is head of customer service for RocketBolt, an on-line tracking startup launched at The Startup Factory in Durham.
  • Adam Schupack (JD/LLM) has joined Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia as a litigation association. Prior to joining the firm, Adam completed two federal judicial clerkships and was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis.  
  • 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.

2012

  • Justin Becker (JD) has joined the international trade and dispute resolution practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin.  Prior to joining Sidley, Justin worked for the Department of Commerce in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance.
  • Jorge de Santa Ritta (LLM) has been named a lecturer in political science and public administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he continues his studies as a PhD candidate in public policy. 
  • Kevin Elliott (JD) and Sarah Naseman Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston.  Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Sarah Naseman Elliott (JD) and Kevin Elliott welcomed a daughter, Kathryn Claire, on March 30, 2016. Sarah is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston. Kevin has joined the debt finance group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis; he previously practiced at Simpson Thacher.
  • Will Hellmuth (JD)  has joined Davis Wright Tremaine as an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office where he concentrates his practice on privacy and data protection laws. He previously was an associate at Baker & Hostetler.  
  • Glen Rectenwald (JD) is a frequent contribution coauthor of articles for the National Law Review; including in November about most companies lacking formal policies to manage open source risks. Glen is an associate in Morgan Lewis's business and finance practice in New York City.  
  • Shine Chen Schattgen (JD) has joined the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in the firm’s health care group. Shine previously practiced in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray.
  • Sarah Vacchiano (JD) has joined FilmNation Entertainment, an independent film company based in New York. She previously practiced at Gibson Dunn.
  • Nels Vulin (JD) has joined the construction defect group at Ball Janik in Portland, Ore. He previously practiced with another Portland firm.

2013

  • Caryn Devins (JD) began her term in August as the 2016-17 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of the federal government. Caryn completed clerkships with the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the Second Circuit, the Honorable James P. Jones of the Western District of Virginia, and Chief Justice Paul Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court.
  • Suzanne Gainey (LLM) has joined the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen, where she is an associate and works in both the commercial & technology transactions and privacy & data security groups.
  • Andrew Hand (JD) has joined the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Graham C. Mullen ‘69, senior U.S. district court judge for the Western District of North Carolina.
  • Barrett Johnson (JD) has joined the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog as an associate in the medical malpractice practice group, focusing on the representation of health providers.  Before joining CSH, Barrett practiced at Fried, Frank in Washington, D.C.
  • William LeDoux (JD) and his wife Amanda welcomed a son, Oliver Lawrence, on June 6, 2015.  He joins big brother, Liam. William is an associate at K&L Gates in Dallas.
  • Jennie Morawetz (JD) has joined the environmental transactions practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis.
  • Joshua Podolnick (JD) has joined Davis & Gilbert in New York City as a litigation associate. He previously practiced at Skadden Arps.
  • Johanna Roldan (LLM) has been reassigned as desk officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Bureau for the Americas in Geneva. Johanna has held several positions at the UNHCR, most recently as an associate protection officer in Rwanda.

2014

  • Whitney Blazek (JD) has joined Baker Botts as an associate in the coporate practice in Dallas, after completing a clerkship on the Texas Supreme Court with the Honorable Eva M. Guzman LLM ’14.
  • Alex Dimock (JD) completed his clerkship with the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat ’57 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and has joined the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight as a litigation associate.
  • Nina Gupta (JD) has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings as a litigation associate, after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  
  • Eugenio Guzman (LLM) worked in the international associate program at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City after graduation. He has now returned to Santiago, Chile and joined Portaluppi Guzman & Bezanilla as a senior associate.
  • Ruben Henriquez (JD) has moved to the bank finance team at White & Case in New York City; he previously was in the bankruptcy group at Bracewell & Giulianai.
  • Gabriela Jara (JD) and Edward Bersuder were married on July 2, 2015 in Hartford, Conn. Gabby is finished a clerkship with Judge Christopher Droney of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and is now clerking for Judge John Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ed is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.         
  • Nicolas Melki (LLM) has joined the Dubai office of Baker Botts. He previously worked in the legal department of Petrofac International.  
  • Conor Reardon (JD) has been selected by Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court as a clerk for the 2016-2017 term. Conor competed a clerkship with Judge Robert Chatigny on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and is clerking for Judge José Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the 2015-2016 term.

2015

  • Taylor Bartholomew (JD) has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell as an associate in the Delaware corporate law counseling group.