Alumni Profiles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.