Alumni Profiles

  • Bryant Wright '19
  • Ana Maria Maganto Ramirez '20, T'17
  • Satana Deberry ’94

    Deberry '94 discusses plan for criminal justice reform in Durham

    Satana Deberry ’94 became Durham County’s district attorney on Jan. 1, her latest step in a diverse career that has included criminal defense practice, government service, community economic development, nonprofit management, and fair housing advocacy. Deberry, who secured the post in May in the Democratic primary, ran on a platform promising sweeping reform of criminal justice in Durham.

  • Shajouti Hossain ’18

    Shajuti Hossain '18

    The murder of three young people by a neighbor at a Chapel Hill apartment complex on Feb. 10, 2015, shocked the Triangle, garnered national headlines, and profoundly influenced both Shajuti Hossain’s academic and extracurricular focus at Duke Law.

  • Scott Mikkelsen ’06

    Scott Mikkelsen ’06

    In today’s charged political atmosphere, leaders who bring people together to solve problems and implement positive change can be hard to find. Scott Mikkelsen ’06 avoided the rancor that seems synonymous with politics after no one filed to run against him for mayor of Grimes, Iowa,  November 2017.

  • Courtney Magnus '18

    Class of ’87 funds fellowship for yearlong Legal Aid position

    Courtney Magnus ’18 will begin her career providing legal services to low-income individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, thanks to a fellowship established by members of the Duke Law Class of 1987 that will fund her salary for one year.

  • Sarah Hawkins Warren ’08

    Sarah Hawkins Warren ’08

    Sarah Warren was on maternity leave after having her second child when she was promoted to solicitor general for the state of Georgia, after less than 18 months as the deputy.

  • Michael LeVine JD/MEM ’00

    Michael LeVine JD/MEM ’00

    In early November, Michael LeVine opened his keynote address at a Duke Law symposium on ocean conservation by expressing a debt of gratitude to Duke. “I feel very lucky, every day, that my life, work, and passions overlap in Alaska,” he said.

  • Meaghan Newkirk JD/LLM ’18

    Meaghan Newkirk JD/LLM ’18

    Newkirk had already developed an interest in humanitarianism and human rights advocacy through a junior-year seminar and a subsequent summer internship focused on community education in Africa. Studying law, she thought, could be a path towards a career focused on “working for the common good.”

  • Amy Gillespie '93
  • Xiao Recio-Blanco LLM ’12, SJD ’15
  • Colombe Cahen-Salvador LLM ’16

    Cahen-Salvador LLM ’16 named Duke Law’s inaugural International Law and Human Rights Fellow

    Cahen-Salvador is spending the first half of the yearlong fellowship working in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and will spend the second half with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Both posts are in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Rose McKinley JD/LLMLE '17

    Alumni Profile: Rose McKinley JD/LLMLE '17

    "... Duke Law School has given me the sort of critical thinking abilities and the ability and desire to question things … that will make me a good citizen."

  • Robin Harris ’93

    Alumni Profile: Robin Harris '93

    As executive director of the Council of Ivy League Presidents and a member of multiple NCAA committees, Harris ’93, T’87 has been instrumental in increasing the Ivy League’s media presence and creating an environment in which the league’s teams have thrived.

  • James Scott Farrin '90

    Alumni Profile: James Scott Farrin '90

    Farrin's representation of African-American farmers seeking redress for years of discriminatory loan practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has earned him national recognition as a formidable advocate for underdog clients.

  • Eleni Bakst '17

    Bakst '17 receives two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship

    Bakst will work with Human Rights First to incorporate input from physicians and mental-health professionals into the organization’s policy advocacy against immigrant and refugee detention through strategic communications, on-site study of family detention centers, a national conference of medical, legal, and mental-health advocates, and a report scheduled for release in 2019.

  • Ocoszio Jackson '17 and Jasmin Lott '17

    Jackson ’17 and Lott ’17 land Legal Honors Program positions with HUD and DOJ

    Jackson ’17 will enter the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Legal Honors Program. Lott ’17 was selected for the program in the Department of Justice.

  • Volunteer profile: Lin Chua LLM '00

    Volunteer profile: Lin Chua LLM '00

    Chua is a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors and co-founder, chief operating officer and head of capital markets of InterNex Capital.

  • John Semonche ’67, left, and Nick Galifianakis ’53

    Nick Galifianakis ’53 and John Semonche ’67

    Nick Galifianakis ’53 and John Semonche ’67 have been talking about politics as friends and next-door neighbors in Durham for 46 years.

  • Jonathan Aronie '93

    Jonathan Aronie '93

    At a time of rising national concern about police-community relations and fairness in the criminal justice system, Jonathan Aronie ’93 has been integrally involved in overseeing the transformation of what has historically been one of the nation’s most troubled law enforcement agencies.

  • Lori Andrus ’99

    Lori Andrus ’99

    Having served as a lead attorney in cases involving a range of issues, including defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, consumer fraud, and defective products, Andrus was named one of the nation’s 75 “Outstanding Women Lawyers” by the National Law Journal in 2015.

  • Michael Hiatt '09

    Michael Hiatt '09

    Hiatt says he grew up with two primary passions: music and nature. He indulged the first while working, after college, in the artists and repertoire department at Sony Music in Nashville. But following a move to Colorado, the second propelled him into a career as an advocate for the environment as a public interest lawyer.

  • Alexandra Wyatt JD/MA ’08

    Alexandra Wyatt JD/MA ’08

    Wyatt has put her dual degrees in law and environmental economics and policy into almost daily use since graduating in 2008.

  • Devon Damiano JD/MA ’14

    Damiano JD/MA ’14 joins DOJ Legal Honors Program

    Devon Damiano ’14 is entering the Department of Justice Legal Honors Program this fall. Damiano, 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 recently completed a clerkship with Judge James A. Wynn Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Senior Lecturing Fellow Michelle Nowlin

    Nowlin deepens focus on connections between food and agricultural production and environment

    Through her teaching, research, and advocacy, Clinical Professor Michelle Nowlin has been instrumental in establishing the interrelationship of food and agriculture production and environmental sustainability as areas of legal and policy focus at Duke. Nowlin, the supervising attorney in the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, is now broadening her network in the field with a yearlong Bass Connections class at Duke and as chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Agriculture and Food Law.

  • Sylvia James ’96

    James '96 serves as a mentor, recruiter, and friend to many Duke Law students and alumni

    Offering career advice to a classroom full of Duke Law students on a late January afternoon, James stressed one point in particular: Relationships matter.

  • Venroy July ’07

    Venroy July ’07

    By day July enjoys a spectacular view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from his office at Hogan Lovells, where he is a corporate associate. But most evenings his second career as a professional boxer takes him to gritty gyms in neighborhoods where people are struggling and where some of his sparring partners are literally fighting to improve their lives.

  • Meha Shah JD/LLM ’94

    Meha Shah JD/LLM ’94

    Shah became legal adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May, assuming duties in her first overseas post with the U.S. Department of State that she likens to those of a general counsel of a small city.

  • Margaret Spring ’92

    Margaret Spring ’92: An advocate for ocean conservation finds a unique platform at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

    A member of the Class of 1991, Spring has spent the bulk of her career engaged in marine, coastal, and fisheries policy and advocacy.

  • Jonathan Skinner-Thompson JD/LLM ’10

    Jonathan Skinner-Thompson JD/LLM ’10

    As an attorney in the Air and Radiation Law Office in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, Skinner-Thompson counsels the Administrator, the Office of Air and Radiation, regional EPA attorneys, and other agency staff on questions relating to Clean Air Act interpretation.

  • Lawrence “Reed” Watson JD/MA ’08

    Lawrence “Reed” Watson JD/MA ’08: Free-market environmentalist

    Watson credits his upbringing in the mountains of South Carolina with igniting his passion for environmental conservation.

  • Geoff Krouse ’97

    Smith Anderson attorneys contribute guidance, expertise to Start-Up Ventures Clinic students

    Since Krouse and Smith Anderson associates helped forge a relationship between their firm and the Clinic in 2013, dozens of their colleagues have stepped up to volunteer their time and expertise.

  • Robert Davies ’61

    Supporting students: Robert Davies ’61

    By his own estimate, Davies is currently on his fourth career. Now a principal of a closely held group that owns assisted-living facilities around the country, he sums up more than 50 years in law and business simply: “I’ve had a wonderful career and a wonderful life.”

  • Lea Courington ’77

    Volunteer profile: Lea Courington ’77

    A member of the Law Alumni Association (LAA) Board of Directors since 2012, Courington has also served as a class agent and on her class reunion committee. She co-chairs the Duke North Texas Women’s Forum and is a member of the North Texas Regional Board. She is a regular participant in the Business Law society’s annual ESQ symposium.

  • Duke Law students and alumni at dinner with their veteran client

    A client's story

    Over a period of five years, three students and one alumna fought to get a veteran benefits — and they won.

  • David Tarshes ’81

    A second career in service: David Tarshes ’81

    Tarshes is clear about his motivations for becoming a lawyer: to help people, to work for justice, and to make the world a better place. During a 30-year practice in Davis Wright Tremaine’s Seattle office, where he was a litigation partner, he felt fortunate that many of the cases he worked on served those goals.

  • Tally Wells '98 with his client, Harold Anderson

    Realizing Olmstead: Talley Wells ’98

    Through litigating, advocating, and educating, Wells is pushing the state of Georgia to meet its obligation to help people with disabilities regain their lives outside of institutions.

  • Libby Magee Coles ’08

    Following a call: Libby Magee Coles ’08

    Over two-and-a-half years as a litigation associate at Parker Poe in Raleigh, Coles spent her days working with corporate clients, drafting pleadings and taking depositions in complex construction and surety bond disputes. Today, she spends much of her time helping survivors of sex and labor trafficking resolve their legal matters, an important step toward rebuilding their lives shattered by unimaginable traumas.

  • Maryann Flanigan ’12

    Legal first response: Maryann Flanigan ’12

    Fresh off a Duke Bridge to Practice fellowship working on domestic violence matters at Legal Services of New Jersey (LS NJ), Flanigan learned she had passed the state bar exam a few days after power was restored due to Hurricane Sandy. Almost immediately she was invited to return to LS NJ, to join the new relief project that was being set up to handle the requests for legal assistance that were pouring in via the agency’s hotline.

  • Lisa Cleary '83,middle, surrounded by her colleagues

    Leading by example: Lisa Cleary ’83

    As a young lawyer in private practice, Cleary spent 10 years helping an elderly, disabled man with mental illness and developmental disabilities secure safe housing and benefits that substantially improved his quality of life. The experience cemented both her commitment to pro bono service and her connections with public interest lawyers in New York City.

  • Lauren Fine '11

    Lauren Fine ’11

    Hearing the story of one 14-year-old boy helped turn Fine into a social entrepreneur dedicated to making sure children have a voice within the criminal justice system.

  • Karl Leo ’83 and wife, Fay

    Karl '83 and Fay Leo endow new faculty chair in business law and entrepreneurship

    The Leos are showing their gratitude with a $1.25 million gift to Duke Law.

  • Kristin Leefers '12

    Kristin Leefers '12

    As an attorney representing Region 10 of the Environmental Protection Agency, Leefers handles enforcement and “Superfund” matters in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, and all tribal lands within that region.

  • Emma Htun JD/LLM '13

    Emma Htun JD/LLM '13

    As a Knauss Fellow at NOAA, Htun focuses on international fisheries policy involving a complex balance of conservation and trade implications.

  • David Roche '13

    David Roche '13

    Roche transitioned to a staff attorney in the Environmental Law Institute’s Ocean Program after first serving as a Public Interest Law Fellow with the non-partisan advocacy group. The Ocean Program, he explains, has the overarching goal of supporting healthy ocean ecosystems and coastal communities.

  • Patrick Duggan JD/MA '10

    Patrick Duggan JD/MA '10

    As a federal criminal environmental prosecutor, Duggan has a wide focus: domestic and international trade in protected species, serious violations of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and international trade in illegal timber resources.

  • Paige Espy '14

    Paige Espy '14

    Espy is currently a law clerk in the Energy Projects Section of FERC’s Office of General Counsel; her title will change to attorney-advisor when she is admitted to the bar. She works primarily on Commission orders concerning hydroelectric and natural gas pipeline projects.

  • Roger Ferland '74

    Career Profile: Roger Ferland '74

    Over the course of his 37-year career in environmental law, Ferland represented chemical plants, waste-management facilities, aerospace manufacturers, copper smelters, and large utilities, as well as local governments and Native American tribes.

  • Steven Lepper '84

    Steven Lepper '84

    After being at the forefront of some of the military’s most significant legal developments of recent decades, the former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force finds a similar sense of satisfaction and service at the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative.

  • Susanne I. Haas ’85 ’87

    Haas ’85 ’87 chairs Duke Law Board of Visitors

    Susanne I. Haas ’85 ’87 has been named chair of Duke Law School’s Board of Visitors (BOV), effective July 1. She succeeds David Ichel ’78, who has headed the Law School’s alumni advisory group since 2009.

  • Dean Elvin R. Latty teaching at Duke Law School

    1964 and 1969 graduates launch the Elvin R. Latty Endowed Scholarship

    "Jack Latty nurtured, developed, launched, and encouraged many successful and rewarding lives, including mine," said Nick Gaede ’64.

  • John DeGroote '90

    John DeGroote '90

    “I loved that Duke Law was so collaborative. Law school is about learning the law, but at Duke I really learned how to work with people."

  • Jenn Bandy '12

    Jenn Bandy '12 selected for Supreme Court clerkship

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has selected Bandy as a clerk for the 2014-2015 term. Bandy is the eighth Duke Law graduate to be chosen for a Supreme Court clerkship since 2010.

  • Sarah Boyce ’12

    Boyce '12 secures Supreme Court clerkship

    Sarah Boyce ’12 can add being selected for a Supreme Court clerkship to an impressive record of accomplishments during and after her time at Duke Law.

  • Sarah Powell ’06

    Powell ’06 shares insights for achieving success as a large law firm associate in "Biglaw"

    Sarah Powell ’06 was a litigator and senior associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., before joining Duke Law’s legal writing faculty this summer.  Now, in addition to sharing her expertise in that area with the students in her 1L Legal Analysis, Research and Writing class and her upper-level writing course, Powell is sharing her insights for achieving success as a large law firm associate in a new book.

  • Jeff Ward

    Jeff Ward is Blue Devil of the Week

    If Prof. Jeff Ward '09, director of the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, had $5 million he would help his children travel the world, open a brewery, and assist communities. "I think I'd like to find good-hearted people who want to do positive work for their communities and fund them, too," he said.

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  • Sarah Hawkins Warren '08

    Sarah Hawkins Warren ’08

    A litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., Warren was just 17 when she started a foundation to support the construction of a high school in Nyeri, Kenya.

  • Pamela Gann '73

    Pamela Gann '73

    Gann, who served as dean of Duke Law from 1988 to1999, stepped down as president of Claremont McKenna College in June after serving in the role for the 14 years.

  • Charles Becton ’69

    Charles Becton ’69

    Visiting Professor Charles Becton ’69 was preparing fall lectures for his Rhetoric and Advocacy class when he got a phone call, in late July, from University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, who made him an unexpected offer:  To become the interim chancellor of North Carolina Central University.

  • Ember Reichgott Junge '77

    Ember Reichgott Junge '77

    As a Minnesota state senator, Junge spearheaded the passage of the nation’s first charter school law in 1991. She recalls feeling “personally devastated” as a bruising three-year legislative battle came to an end. 

  • Ben Fountain '83

    Ben Fountain '83

    Fountain won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which is now being adapted for the screen.

  • Kerry Reichs '99

    5 Questions for Kerry Reichs '99

    Kerry Reichs is the author of three books. She will read from her latest book, What You Wish For, on Nov. 1 at Respite Cafe in Durham. Her other books include, The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life and Leaving Unknown. She is currently working on her fourth book.

  • John Wester '72

    John Wester '72

    John Wester is resolute.
    “For years, I heard lawyers promise judges:  ‘I’ll be brief’ ─ and then go on and on,’” he explains. “I resolved to skip the promise, try my best to be brief, and savor the relief on judges’ faces.” 

  • Neil Williams '61

    Remembering a “very full life”: Neil Williams ’61

    When Neil Williams passed away suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 26, he left behind a legion of shocked and saddened family members and friends — and a legacy of leadership and generosity that made an indelible mark at Duke Law School.

  • 5 Questions for Anna Walker

    As director of alumni and constituent relations, Anna helps engage alumni with the Law School. In her spare time, she volunteers in the community and indulges in the Food Network.

  • James D. Smith ’86

    James D. Smith ’86

    From IP leader to patent judge

  • David Robinson II ’64

    David Robinson II ’64

    David Robinson hoped to go to the best law school he could afford, but never dreamed of going to Duke. Then he met Dean Elvin “Jack” Latty, who aimed to end segrega­tion at Duke.

  • Michael Krimminger ’82

    The Regulator’s View

    As deputy to the chairman for policy and, from November 2010 to May 2012, as general counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Krimminger helped the agency address domestic and international banking issues and develop regulatory changes and policy initiatives in response to the financial crisis.

  • Lori Holshouser '80

    Lori Holshouser '80

    Natural connector leads Law Alumni Association

  • Chris Dusseault '94

    Chris Dusseault '94

    Litigator honored to be part of federal Proposition 8 challenge.

  • Slavik Gabinsky '10

    Slavik Gabinsky '10

    Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, London
    Slavik Gabinsky is a classically trained pianist and, while at Duke, helped revive a dormant ‘law revue’ tradition by producing and directing a musical variety show titled ‘Tricky Dick

  • Katherine Tsai ’10

    Katherine Tsai ’10

    Recent graduate finds satisfaction in advising educational nonprofit startups through Community Enterprise Clinic.

  • Eric Eisenberg '09

    Eric Eisenberg '09

    Recently recognized for reporting the most pro bono hours of any student in the 2008-2009 school year, Eric Eisenberg '09 served as student director of the Innocence Project and is now clerking for Washington State Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens.

  • Michael Scharf '88

    Michael Scharf '88

    Scharf, who has advised and trained judges for a number of war crimes tribunals, talks about his work on the Saddam Hussein trial.

  • Jim Carr '94

    Jim Carr '94

    As the NAIA chief, Carr promotes character on the court and beyond.

  • Eric Lieberman '91

    Eric Lieberman '91

    Lieberman fights to protect reporters' sources as Washington Post counsel.