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’54 Former Ethics Resource Center Chair Stephen D. Potts, who last year re-entered public service as White House associate counsel long after completing a stint as director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has been awarded the 2007 Stanley C. Pace Ethics in Leadership Award by the ERC Fellows Program for his years of work to promote ethical conduct in the public and private sectors. Steve's public service record began with service in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1954 to 1957, when Dwight Eisenhower was president. He served as director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, an independent office reporting directly to the president, under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton between 1990 and 2000.

’58 James P. "Jim" Guenther received Howard Payne University's highest honor, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, during HPU's commencement December 15, 2007. Jim is the senior member of Guenther Jordan & Price, and has served as general counsel for the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 40 years. His practice is primarily in areas of law affecting religious bodies and church-related institutions. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jim earned his bachelor's and jurisprudence degrees from Vanderbilt University. Immediately following graduation from law school and admission to the Tennessee Bar in 1958, he was employed as in-house counsel at the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to working with his firm, Jim has represented the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He and other members of his firm provide counsel to several Baptist state conventions and many institutions fostered by those conventions, including 17 colleges and universities as well as local churches. He has written numerous articles on nonprofit and higher education law and currently co-authors a column on legal issues for IABCU's periodical publication, The Educator. He has also contributed to Ascending Liability in Religious and Other Nonprofit Organizations and authored A Memorandum on Ascending Liability, which addresses the legal theories by which liability may be imputed between and among churches and affiliated religious bodies in Southern Baptist life. Jim and his wife, Patricia, live in Nashville. They have three children and two grandchildren.

’61 Former Senator Jim Sasser was named the Independent Director of GreenHunter Energy, a company focused on renewable energy sectors, including wind, solar, biofuels and biomass power plants. Jim served as one of Tennessee's senators for 18 years, during which he chaired the Senate Budget Committee as well as various subcommittees on the Appropriations Committee, the Banking Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee. In 1995, Jim was appointed a Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was appointed ambassador to the People's Republic of China by President Bill Clinton and served in that capacity for almost four years. He played a pivotal role in stabilizing Sino-U.S. relations and traveled with President Jiang Zemin on his historic state visit to the United States in 1997. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, on the board of the Elliott School of International Relations at George Washington University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is presently a senior advisor to Fedex Corporation and senior counselor to APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C. He has served as a consultant to other U.S. corporations doing business in China, including Ford Motor Company, the former Unocal Corporation and Brown-Forman Corporation. He earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt in 1958, and was honored as the law school's distinguished alumnus in 1998.

’64 Judge Hamilton Gayden's novel, Miscarriage of Justice, was released on February 10, 2007. His novel, a historical murder mystery about a murder/ambush involving a love triangle that occurred in Nashville in 1913, was published by Center Street, a division of the Hachette Book Company, the successor to Time-Warner Books. (see story)

’67 Walter Lee Davis Jr. was elected president of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) at its 44th Annual Conference held Nov. 14-16, 2007, in New Orleans. The NAEPC is a national organization of approximately 200 affiliated Estate Planning Councils with a membership of approximately 26,000 professional estate planners. Davis, who is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Real Estate Broker, is certified as an Estate Planning Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

Bill Fenwick, founding partner, Fenwick & West, delivered a lecture, "Deal Making and Litigating in a High Tech World," on the evolution of intellectual property rights law at Vanderbilt in October 2007. Bill's lecture was the inaugural event for the Fenwick & West Lecture Series in Intellectual Property.

’68 Bob Walker was appointed by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority to its board of commissioners. Bob serves as one of the board's pilot representatives. He was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean, '81, and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. Bob has been practicing trial law since 1968, and is a partner in Walker Tipps & Malone.

’69 Joe P. Binkley Jr. has been appointed to the Davidson County Circuit Court, Division V. Joe will fill the vacancy created when Judge Walter C. Kurtz, '72, retired from the circuit court post this month to become a senior judge.

Keith Thomas has returned to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility in Washington, D.C., as senior counsel. Keith has also been named to the American Bar Association's Central Europe and Eurasian Law Initiative Middle East and North Africa Advisory Board, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the ABA's work in promoting the rule of law worldwide.

’70 William L. Rikard Jr. was named to Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2008 in litigation. William is a partner in Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, North Carolina.

’71 Mike Milom formed a new entertainment law firm, Milom Joyce Horsnell & Crow, with three partners. The group's clients include Publishing Group of America, DreamWorks SKG, Arista, Interscope, Crysalis, RCA Records and Skaggs Family Records, among others. Mike formerly practiced at Bass Berry & Sims.

’72 Lawrence R. Ahern III, managing partner of Burr & Forman's Nashville office and an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt, has been elected president of the American Board of Certification (ABC), which advocates attorney certification in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditors' rights law. Larry, who is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, is an expert in business transactions whose practice with Burr & Forman focuses on creditors' rights and bankruptcy as well as commercial law. He teaches Secured Transactions at Vanderbilt. The ABC is a non-profit credentialing organization sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America.

James J. Gonzales published a book about his father, Emanuel Joseph "Gunny" Gonzales Jr., Gunny: Memoirs of Mobile's South Side, Riding Alabama's Tide of White Supremacy, in July 2007. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Jim earned a Master of Laws at George Washington University Law School and an M.A. in theology from St. Thomas Seminary. He lives in Colorado and practices law in the Rocky Mountain region.

Lucy Honey Haynes has been named Tennessee's Chief Deputy Attorney General. She filled the position vacated by former Chief Deputy Andy Bennett, '82, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals last fall. Her appointment was announced by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, who is a member of Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty. Lucy joined the attorney general's office in 1987 as managing attorney before becoming deputy of the Administrative Division. She was named associate chief deputy in 1997. She has previously served as deputy commissioner in the Department of Labor and as deputy legal director for Metro Nashville.

Walter Kurtz, a circuit court judge in Nashville, has retired after more than 25 years of service on the bench. He is now serving as a senior judge, a position in which he can be assigned on a temporary basis to any state court. Walter earned his bachelor's degree from The Citadel in 1965 and served in the Army from 1966 to 1969, including a tour in Vietnam with an armored cavalry squadron during which he was awarded four Bronze Star medals. After graduating from law school in 1972, he served as director of Legal Services of Nashville (now Legal Aid) and was the elected Metropolitan Public Defender from 1978 to 1982. He has taught law at Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee and argued and won a case before the United States Supreme Court. Walter served as presiding judge from 1987 to 1989, and has presided over both civil and criminal cases, including eight death penalty cases.

Kurt A. Strasser (VU '69) received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association on October 3, 2007. Kurt, who is the Phillip I. Blumberg Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut, served as the school's interim dean during the 2006-07 academic year.

Ed Yarbrough is the U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee. Ed was formerly a partner with Hollins Wagster Yarbrough Weatherly & Rabin. He now heads a staff of 31 assistant U.S. attorneys.

’73 Brian K. Burke, a partner in Baker & Daniels, has helped form the Leadership Advisory Board as a new service for managing partners. Brian served as Baker & Daniels' chair and CEO from 1993 to 2007. In January 2008, he co-facilitated a seminar, "First 100 Days for the New Managing Partner," in New York City, and then helped develop the Leadership Advisory Board, which offers newly appointed managing partners access to advice from experienced peers. During his tenure as managing partner, Brian led the firm's expansion and established a consulting division. In 2007, Brian returned to his civil litigation practice with Baker & Daniels, which now has offices in Indiana, Washington, D.C., and China. In addition to his professional activities, Brian serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the Boy Scouts of America Crossroads of America Council. He is the past president of the Indianapolis City Market Corporation's board of directors.

Gordon O. Tanner has been named the deputy general counsel of environment and installations for the U.S. Air Force. Gordon will be responsible for providing legal advice to the secretary of the Air Force and others on all environmental, real estate and installation management matters worldwide.

William J. Chadwick has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. He was also appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Exposition Park and California Science Center board of directors for a four-year term from 2007 to 2011. He lives in Malibu, California.

Nathaniel Doliner, managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, has been appointed vice chair of the Business Law section of the American Bar Association and has become the editor-in-chief of The Business Lawyer. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other areas of corporate law.

Richard G. Murphy has been appointed the partner-in-charge of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, based in Washington, D.C. A member of the litigation practice group, Rick has represented organizations in various industries, including banking, factoring, telecommunications and nuclear energy, in court and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. As the senior litigator in the firm's business restructuring and bankruptcy group, his particular emphasis is on disputes involving creditors' rights and bankruptcy-related issues.

’75 Robert A. Buchanan was elected president and managing shareholder of Weathers & Richardson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bob continues his practice representing both commercial and general aviation airports. He also specializes in right-of-way acquisition and eminent domain.

’76 Linda A. Friedman has been named one of the Top Birmingham Women of 2007 by the Birmingham Business Journal. Linda is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Rose & White.

Craig V. Gabbert Jr., a shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner in Nashville, is now listed as a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Margaret M. ("Marnie") Huff received a President's Award at the Nashville Bar Association annual meeting in December 2007 for her leadership as chair of a special task force resulting in formation of a permanent committee focused on suicide prevention. During 2008, she is chairing the new NBA committee on attorney health and wellness. Marnie has her own dispute resolution firm, Margaret Huff Mediation, based in Nashville.

Susan Emery McGannon has been appointed to a six-year term on the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission. The commission, which is composed of four judges, four attorneys and four lay persons, is responsible for evaluating all state appellate judges for the Tennessee Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals and recommending a "yes" or "no" retention vote on each one to the public.

Mary Jo Middlebrooks has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 663 attorneys across the state. Mary Jo, who lives and practices in Jackson, was also one of five Tennesseans who received national recognition from the Legal Services Corporation; her award recognized her work with West Tennessee Legal Services. Mary Jo also serves as second vice-president of Jackson Business & Professional Women. She is a charter member and treasurer of the Anne Harris Schneider Chapter of the Lawyers' Association for Women, charter member of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, and past president of the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association. She was a clerk for Judge Lloyd Tatum with the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals before opening her firm, now known as Middlebrooks & Gray, in 1978. She is a certified federal mediator for the Western District of Tennessee and concentrates her practice in family law.

Lucinda Smith has been named managing attorney of the Legal Aid Society's Nashville office. She will also continue to serve as director of the Nashville Pro Bono Program, which she took over in 2003 after practicing with Dodson Parker Dinkins & Behm. She is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt, where she teaches family law.

Patricia Thompson, a shareholder in the Miami office of Carlton Fields, has received a Key Partners Award in the Legal and Accounting Professions from Citibank and the South Florida Business Journal. At the Second Annual Key Partners Awards ceremony, Patricia was presented with the first-place award for labor and employment law. She concentrates her practice in the areas of construction, employment and commercial litigation. She chairs the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA's Tort, Trial and Insurance practice section and is past chair of the Construction Litigation Committee of the ABA's Litigation section.

’77 Richard H. Dinkins was named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Governor Phil Bredesen. Richard had served as Part IV chancellor since 2003. Earlier, he spent 18 years as an associate at the law firm of the prominent late civil rights advocate, litigator and State Senator Avon M. Williams Jr. Richard was a member of the Nashville firm of Dodson Parker Dinkins & Behm from 1999 to 2003. In that role, he was counsel to the Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency and Fisk University. He received the Freedom Fighter Medal from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and was awarded the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association in 2004. He is currently serving on the board for the Nashville Bar Association.

Shepherd Tate has joined the Memphis office of Bass Berry & Sims.

’78 M. Ann Huckstep, a Birmingham health care attorney who became the first woman to serve as chair of Adams and Reese's Executive Committee, was unanimously re-elected to the position. In this role, Ann is leading a 300-attorney law firm with offices in nine cities. She was named chairwoman of the executive committee, a group of key partners who decide the future and strategy of the firm, in November 2006. Her election as chair in 2007 wasn't the first time Ann, who focuses on health care, made history. In 1992 she was the first female elected to serve on the executive committee of Lange Simpson Robinson & Somerville, one of Birmingham's oldest law firms, which merged with Adams and Reese in January 2003.

Robert S. (Bob) Patterson has joined the board of directors of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Bob is a member and former managing partner at Boult Cummings Conners & Berry, and has served as the CVB's general counsel since 2005.

Daniel W. Small has joined the real estate and banking practice at Stites & Harbison as a Nashville-based partner after 14 years in private practice.

’79 John A. (Jack) Barbour was unanimously chosen as CEO-elect of Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney by the firm's shareholders. Jack will spend the next year working alongside the firm's current CEO and then will take the reins. Jack has been an executive shareholder at Buchanan since 2006.

Ronald P. Cima has joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in its tax department. Ron was previously a partner in the tax practice group at Greenberg Traurig, where he had co-chaired the executive contract practice group and earlier founded the firm's investment funds practice group and chaired the corporate mergers and acquisitions national tax practice group. He was one of the founding partners of Schreiber Simmons MacKnight prior to the firm's merger with Greenberg's New York office, and he concurrently served as associate general counsel for tax law with Signature Financial Group, a mutual fund administrator.

Lawrence (Larry) Harrington was named Chief Policy Deputy in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. In this position, Larry will work on policy initiatives while overseeing legislative relations and communications strategies. Larry is an internationally known attorney and recently finished an assignment in Mexico City, where he represented the Inter-American Development Bank, the leading regional multilateral finance institution in Latin America. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, he was twice appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the IDB and the Inter-American Investment Corporation. In 2002 he was named a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for International Scholars, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. He also served as counsel, legislative assistant and political advisor to Al Gore during his tenure in Congress and in various campaigns. In addition to positions on Capitol Hill, Larry practiced law at Hawkins Delafield & Wood and worked as a business consultant. He is married to Lisa Quigley, who joined the staff of Congressman Jim Cooper in January. They have two children. He is the brother of former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Penny Harrington, '82.

Chris Horsnell and three other attorneys, including Mike Milom, '71, have formed a new entertainment law firm, Milom Joyce Horsnell & Crow. Chris formerly practiced with Bass Berry & Sims.

John Vail and his wife, Alison Fields, have now lived in Washington, D.C,. for 10 years, longer than they have ever lived anywhere else. They are spending summers renovating a farmhouse in southwestern France. John also teaches public interest lawyering as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School.

’80 Gary Brown, a securities law expert who is a partner with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, was the keynote speaker at the 100th annual convention of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. His remarks addressed the future of Sarbanes-Oxley. Gary is a member of Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty, where he teaches securities law.

Michael P. Coury was named a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy at the college's annual meeting in March 2008 in Washington, D.C. A member of Ferris Bobango & Branan in Memphis, Michael was one of 29 nominees from the U.S. and abroad who were inducted in the 19th Class (2008) of college fellows. He is the first practicing attorney in Memphis to receive this honor and was the only inductee this year from the Sixth Circuit. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of distinguished bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Fellows are extended an invitation to join based on a proven record of the highest standards of professionalism and service to the profession.

Richard Holton has formed a new firm, which will focus on tax law, with two partners in Nashville. Rick formerly practiced with Adams and Reese.

Kim Kelley is an associate judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Illinois in Peoria County. She took the bench in December 2006. Kim is currently assigned to domestic relations court and will also serve in juvenile abuse and neglect court.

Tim Takacs is the author of A Guide to Elder Law Practice, published by Lexis Law Publishing in 2007. Tim's Tennessee-based practice focuses on elder law. Tim began specializing in elder law in the early 1990s and now operates the Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs within the context of a life care planning firm that incorporates specialists in Medicare, health insurance and public benefits as well as four elder care coordinators, including two Registered Nurses and a Certified Master Social Worker. (see story)

Scott Williams has been named senior vice president and general counsel of RailAmerica, a short-line and regional railroad operator, and Florida East Coast Railway. Scott's responsibilities include corporate governance, claims and risk management, regulatory and governmental affairs and environmental matters. Scott has 22 years of combined experience working for railway companies and representing railroad industry clients. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Yale before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt.

Judge Paul Young of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court in Shreveport has been elected president of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, a voluntary organization that supports and educates judges in juvenile and family law issues, and fosters collaborative relationships with other juvenile justice stakeholders. Early in his career, Paul worked as a staff attorney at Northwest Louisiana Legal Services and served as a law clerk for Judge James Clark and the late Judge Paul Lynch of the First Judicial District Court. He then served as senior staff attorney with the Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service. He was appointed executive director of Northwest Louisiana Legal Services and served from 1992 until his election to the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court in 1999. Paul and his wife, Vickie Moore Young, live in Shreveport with their three children: Ann, a second-year law student at New York University Law School; John-Paul, a graduate student in the classics department at Princeton University; and Alex, who recently graduated from Caddo Magnet High School.

’81 Karl Dean succeeded Bill Purcell, '79, as mayor of Nashville in September 2007. Karl, who had previously headed Metropolitan Nashville's legal department for eight years, took office September 21. Both Karl and his wife, Anne Davis, '81, are members of the Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty. (see story)

Scott E. Dwyer, a member of the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was elected to the board of directors for the Autism Society of Kent County, a non-profit organization of parents, school staff and others who support and advocate for persons with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Scott concentrates his practice on labor, employment and wrongful discharge law, and general civil litigation.

Stephen B. Hatcher was named president of Zimmerman Kiser & Sutcliffe following founder Wendell J. Kiser's decision to step down from the position as president. Stephen has been with the firm since shortly after its inception in 1984 and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate transactions, business transactions and planning for taxable estates.

William D. (Bill) Leader is a founding partner in Leader Bulso & Nolan in Nashville. Bill was formerly in private practice as Leader & Associates in Nashville.

Bill Leech is an equity shareholder at Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he chairs the firm's creditors' rights and bankruptcy section. Bill has more than 25 years of experience in representing financial institutions and other creditors in various matters, including bankruptcies, foreclosures and repossessions, commercial litigation, lender liability matters and class action litigation.

Betty Steele joined Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's administration as a specialist in information security to update and improve data security protocols for Nashville's city government. Betty is a certified information systems security professional, and she will recommend changes based on the information collected from a data security audit conducted by an independent firm. Betty is currently a partner with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and practices in the firm's business law department. She formerly served as assistant commissioner for business development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and as president of the Global Competitiveness Council, an affiliate of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

’82 Andy D. Bennett was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to fill a position on the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Section left vacant when Justice William C. Koch, Jr., '72, was named to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Andy will stand for election in August 2008 and then for election to a full eight-year term in August 2014. Before his appointment to the bench, Andy had been with Tennessee's Office of Attorney General since 1982. He served as an assistant attorney general, deputy attorney general for legislative affairs and associate chief deputy before being named chief deputy attorney general in 1997. Andy received the Marvin Award in 2004 from the National Association of Attorneys General for outstanding leadership, expertise and achievement in advancing the goals of the organization and was named a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow in 2001. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society since 1999 and currently serves as president of the organization. He lives in Hermitage, Tennessee.

Robert L. Dietz was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers at its annual meeting in Chicago on March 28, 2008. Bob was the youngest Fellow ever selected by the college. A partner in Zimmerman Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando, Florida, Bob is the first Central Florida attorney and only the second Floridian selected as a Fellow. Election as a Fellow recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the profession, sustained contribution to the field in scholarship and practice, and meeting the standards of integrity, professionalism and character. Bob also received the Bob Seidl Semper Fi Award during the 27th Annual Dick Batchelor Run for the Children in October 2007. Bob was honored for his work with abused children and his service as a guardian ad litem volunteer for the past 21 years, during which he has represented 98 children and donated 1,100 pro bono service hours.

Russ Heldman, former Tennessee 21st Judicial District circuit court judge, has joined the Nashville law firm of Hollins Wagster Yarbrough Weatherly & Raybin as a member. Russ served as circuit judge and chancellor of the Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry county courts for eight years, and before that he was a civil and criminal law practitioner for 14 years. He is listed as a Rule 31 civil/family mediator and practices in the fields of civil mediation and civil and appellate litigation.

Bob Mansbach authored the chapter entitled "Ethics" in the first edition of the Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, a book published by the Florida Bar by Lexis/Nexis in 2007. He serves on the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers' Section's Executive Council, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. He has also testified before the Supreme Court's Committee on Privacy in Court Records on behalf of the Trial Lawyers section. Bob is a shareholder with Zimmerman Kiser & Sutcliffe in Orlando, where he was recently elected to the position of treasurer, which he has also held in past years.

William L. Norton III, an attorney at Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville, is the managing editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, which has released a third edition that incorporates recent changes to bankruptcy laws. As managing editor of the publication, Bill was responsible for writing articles and overseeing a team of contributing editors that included more than 100 bankruptcy judges and practitioners nationwide. (see story)

Albert Partee was named legal counsel for the Tennessee Health Commission. As general counsel, Al is responsible for providing legal representation and support services to the commission and to the bureaus, programs and boards associated with the department. He also serves as ethics compliance officer for the department.

David R. Simon has joined the firm of Farleigh Wada Witt in Portland, Oregon, where he will specialize in business law. He is a law committee member of the American Financial Services Association and vice chair of its vehicle finance subcommittee. He is also a law committee member of the legal, tax and accounting committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and chair of its AMT, state income tax and accounting subcommittee. Both committee appointments are by invitation only.

’83 Gail Vaughn Ashworth was named to the prestigious honor roll of the American Bar Association's tort trial and insurance practice section in August during the ABA's annual meeting. She was nominated by the Law in Public Service committee for performing extraordinary pro bono public or bar service.

Philip N. Krause has joined Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, Missouri, where he will be of counsel to the firm's transactions and technology practice. Philip was previously a sole practitioner. Earlier in his career, he practiced with Gunn Shank & Stover in Kansas City for six years and with Watson Ess Marshall & Enggas for 12 years. He has written numerous articles on business matters for local newspapers and magazines. He lives with his wife, Caroline, and their family in Platte County, Missouri.

Raymond W. Lembke, senior attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was recently elected president of the Cincinnati Athletic Club, which currently has more than 550 members. Past members in the club, which is the oldest continuously operating private athletic club in the U.S., include Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison and William Howard Taft. Ray joined Taft Stettinius in 1984 after serving as a law clerk to United States District Judge Myron H. Thompson. Over the course of his career, he has served as chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association Court of Appeals Committee and of that association's committee on bar admissions. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court. He lives in Pierce Township, Ohio.

Emmett McAuliffe has been appointed to the Missouri Arts Council by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt. His appointment will run through 2011. Emmett is an attorney with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, and is active in the arts and entertainment field professionally and as a volunteer. In 2007 he was elected to the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and elected president of the board of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA).

Richard Riebeling has been named as director of finance for Metropolitan Nashville by Mayor Karl Dean, '81.

’84 Paul Ney, who formerly served as deputy general counsel of the U.S. Defense Department, has accepted an appointment as director of economic and community development for Nashville. Paul was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean, '81.

Drew T. Parobek was recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the country by Chambers and Partners in the upcoming 2008 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Drew works in Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease's Cleveland office.

’85 James B. Doezema, a shareholder in Foster Swift Collins & Smith in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has recently been named chair of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. James has served on the city's planning commission since 2002. His law practice is focused in the areas of litigation, real estate, and business organization and planning, and he is also a licensed real estate broker.

Michael Kranitz, whose business, KAANGO Classifieds, is based in Denver, Colorado, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The YearŽ 2008 Award in the Rocky Mountain Region. The nomination "recognized KAANGO's role as an innovator in the newspaper classifieds industry," Michael said. KAANGO provides web-to-web, web-to- print and print-to-web classified ad software for newspapers, television stations and other publishers of online classified listings.

Jim Shulman was named deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health, reporting to Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper. Jim has previously served as director of member services for TennCare and worked on the governor's health care safety net and on Cover Tennessee. He has also served on the legislative staff of Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. A former member of Nashville's Metro Council, Jim served two terms and chaired the budget, public works and transportation committees during his tenure.

’86 L. Allyn Dixon Jr. is now of counsel to the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen in Des Moines, Iowa. He most recently worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines as general counsel and corporate secretary.

S. Samuel Griffin, a partner in the Atlanta tort and environmental litigation practice of King & Spalding, was elected to the board of directors of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. The NLGLA is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and other affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, which promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community. Sam, who has more than 20 years experience representing clients in product liability and toxic tort matters, specializes in litigation involving manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and automobiles and suppliers of asbestos-containing products.

Josephine H. Hicks was named to Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2008 in litigation. Josephine is a partner in Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Phillip Street has been elected to serve a three-year term on Kilpatrick Stockton's executive committee. His primary areas of practice are health care and life sciences transactions, including business mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and the commercialization of life sciences research.

Martha S. Triplett was elected to the board of governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. She was also appointed by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy. Martha, who is a partner at Delaney Zemetis & Triplett in Wallingford, Connecticut, also serves on the Connecticut Bar Association's task force on the future of women in the legal profession. She and her husband, David J. Strollo, '87, live in Cheshire, Connecticut, with their son Dante.

’87 David Gelfand has recently been appointed to the disciplinary committee of the First Department of the New York State Supreme Court, which covers Manhattan and Bronx counties. David is the practice group leader of Milbank Tweed'ss litigation department. As a law student, he served as editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Jay Hardcastle has been named managing director of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry. In addition to serving in the firm's healthcare law group, Jay, who joined the firm 21 years ago, has been a member of Boult's board of governors nearly eight years. He is a past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Association's health law section and of the Nashville Bar Association's health law committee. Jay is also a member of the boards of directors of the Nashville Symphony, Friends of Radnor Lake and the Conservancy for Centennial Park and the Parthenon.

Frances Jones was named as general counsel, corporate secretary and chief corporate governance officer of BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT). Frances joined BB&T as associate general counsel in 2001 when it acquired the former MidAmerica Bancorp of Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville native has moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a result of this promotion. She had previously served as BB&T's legal gatekeeper for its human systems employee benefits and executive compensation area and for BB&T Insurance, and as coordinator of BB&T's preferred efficient partner network of outside law firms. As BB&T's general counsel, she manages a team of 51 attorneys and legal professionals. With $130.8 billion in assets, Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corporation is the nation's 14th largest financial holding company. It operates more than 1,500 financial centers in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

’88 Casey Del Casino has joined the Music Row office of Adams and Reese as special counsel. Well known throughout the entertainment industry, Casey was formerly a music publisher in New York, where he worked with artists such as ABBA, Quincy Jones and Todd Rundgren. He was previously a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, and before that, he was a sole practitioner. Recently, he has handled sponsorships and endorsements for a sports equipment maker and negotiated film production agreements for a reality television show as well as lease agreements for sound stages and an underwater film tank for the film "Pirates of the Caribbean." As a Vanderbilt law student, he won the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition Award, the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Problems in the Music Industry and an award for submitting the Outstanding Legal Research & Writing Project. He earned his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College.

Carla Lovell has been named partner at Sherrard & Roe, where she was previously senior counsel in estate planning. Carla joined Sherrard 13 years ago. She serves on several committees of the Nashville Bar Association and was recently named a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.

Ronald E. Mills has been promoted to deputy law director for the City of Knoxville. Ron has been a senior city attorney and the primary legal advisor to the Knoxville Police Department since 1997.

David M. Rainey (J.D./MBA) has been named president of Debt Resolve (AMEX: DRV). He had previously served as the company's chief financial officer.

’89 John Buchanan was named senior executive vice president for Regions Financial Corporation. As general counsel and corporate secretary for Regions, John leads the reputation risk unit, which includes the legal, community affairs, governmental affairs and issues management departments. Prior to joining Regions in 2005, he served as general counsel for South Trust Bank for almost 10 years. He also served as an officer and helicopter pilot in the Army.

Colleen F. Connelly has been retained by Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll to direct its expanded professional development department. Colleen will oversee firm-wide attorney professional development and training, recruitment, integration, evaluation, professional compliance, retention and alumni outreach for Ballard's 11 offices. She has practiced and taught law for nearly 20 years, having served as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, a clinical faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and most recently as director of litigation training and pro bono services at Wolf Block.

Gary McLean was named the Puyallup (Washington) City Manager on January 31, 2008, after serving the last several months in the position on an interim basis. He moved to Puyallup to become its City Attorney six years ago.

Matthew A. White has joined Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia as a shareholder in the firm's litigation practice. Matt concentrates his practice on the protection of business identity, proprietary information and corporate structure, and he is a member of the State Civil Litigation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In 2005, he was appointed by Judge William J. Manfredi, Supervising Judge of the Civil Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, to serve as the sole liaison from the Philadelphia Bar Association to assist the Court's National Center for State Courts Committee.
Matt is also the co-author of the definitive text on procedural practice in the Philadelphia state court, The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual (7th through 13th editions, 1995 to 2007). He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and beforethe United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

’90 Stephen R. Davis has been appointed president of Neurogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NRGN), a small molecule drug discovery and development company. Stephen has also been selected as the eventual successor to William H. Koster, CEO of Neurogen. Stephen has been responsible for the business operations of Neurogen, including the business development, finance and legal functions of the company. Before joining Neurogen as chief financial officer in 1994, he practiced as a corporate and securities attorney with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. He began his career with Arthur Andersen, where he focused on auditing and advising clients in regulated industries.

’91 Danton Berube left his partnership at the Memphis law firm of Bateman Gibson & Childers to pursue a Ph.D. in political science at Yale, where he was also a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Marc D'Antonio was elected president of the Columbus (Georgia) Bar Association for 2007-2008. After nearly 15 years with Georgia Legal Services, Marc now works as the hearing officer and chief clerk of the Muscogee County Probate Court.

Rana DiOrio is a founding partner in Forerunner Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on branded consumer businesses that embrace socially responsible business practices. She recently funded a Vanderbilt scholarship earmarked specifically for 3Ls considering career paths other than private legal practice.

Todd A. Rose is one of three nominees submitted to Governor Phil Bredesen to replace Judge Frank Crawford (who died recently) at the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Grand Division. Todd is currently a partner at Burch Porter & Johnson in Paris, Tennessee.

’92 David Ewing has joined the Nashville firm of Rudy Wood & Winstead. David previously served as the finance director for Jim Cooper for Congress. Prior to that, he headed up the local, state and federal lobbying efforts for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Gaylord Entertainment. David is a ninth-generation Nashvillian whose great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert Ewing, became one of the first African-American lawyers in Nashville in 1871. Prince Albert's twin brother, Taylor G. Ewing, also was a Nashville lawyer and was a founder of the One Cent Savings Bank, now Citizens Bank.

David Gregerson, a partner in Gregerson & Langsdorf in Vancouver, Washington, was the subject of the "One on One" business interview in the Columbian local newspaper on April 21. In the interview, he cited forming his own firm as both the best and most courageous decision he had ever made: "I had a six-month-old child and substantial student loans at the time, and it was hard to walk away from a regular paycheck," David recalled. He also recalled the best business advice he had ever received as coming from a professor: "There are three things that can never be taken back: the spoken word, the fired arrow, and the missed opportunity."

John Herman joined the litigation group of Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins. John is head of the firm's Atlanta office and focuses his practice on enforcing the rights of inventors, innovators and universities.

Michael J. McSunas has rejoined the law firm of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel. Michael returns as a shareholder, concentrating his practice on marketing, product distribution and dealer relations, advertising and promotional law and business law. He formerly served as in-house counsel for a Detroit advertising agency.

Sam Payne has joined Rudy Wood & Winstead in Nashville. Sam was previously a litigation partner at Evans Jones & Reynolds, where he had practiced for just over a decade. Sam is a Nashville native who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt.

’93 Ed Boyle and his wife, Jennifer, proudly announce the birth of their second daughter, Sophie Elaine, born December 18, 2007. Sophie joined big sister Connelly, who was two years old in March.

Will Elkner and his wife, Kayo, welcomed a son, David William Hiroto Elkner, on February 5, 2007. Will, Kayo and David live in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Lee A. Harkavy, who is a partner with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs in Memphis, was included in the Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 listing in October 2007. Lee is a member of his firm's general business and real estate and lending practice groups. He is a former business executive, having worked as a member of the senior management teams of Extra Space Self Storage, GE Real Estate's Storage USA division, and Storage USA before joining Wyatt Tarrant & Combs.

Monica Ann (Toback) Krachman, her husband, Dr. Brian Krachman, and their son Myles (two and a half at the time), welcomed twins, Anna Lila and Lionel Isaac, on November 6, 2006. "It was a long year but Lily and Lyle are definitely worth all of it!" writes Monica. "Myles just adores his babies and when he is not defending his toys from their curious hands, he is busy reading everything that he can get his hands on." Monica is practicing child custody and family law on a limited basis, "knowing that [she is] needed much more in [her] children's lives than in the courtroom." That said, Monica reports that she still enjoys a good legal argument! Monica and family have also been involved in the founding of a new synagogue in West Cobb County, Georgia.

Jana McConnaughhay has opened her own firm, McConnaughhay Law Group, specializing in elder law. Jana was awarded 2007 Member of the Year by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Elder Law Section, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and the Office of the Public Guardian, on which she serves as chair. Jana lives with her husband, Chad Henry, their son, Jack, and their daughter, Davis, in Tallahassee, Florida.

’94 Sheila Jones Calloway was honored as a Top Lady of Distinction for 2008. Sheila was one of 10 women selected for the honor, which is bestowed by the Top Ladies of Distinction on 10 African-American women whose professional accomplishments support the organization's focus on promoting scholarship opportunities for today's youth, assisting the aged, improving the status of women, and promoting community beautification. Sheila has served as juvenile court referee in the Metropolitan Nashville Juvenile Court since 2004, when she was appointed to the position by Judge Betty Adams Green. She previously served as assistant public defender for the Metropolitan Public Defender's office, and has represented criminal defendants in all stages of defense from arrest to appeal in both adult and juvenile cases. She teaches trial advocacy at Vanderbilt as an adjunct professor.

David Hudson is a First Amendment Scholar at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, and writes regularly on the Supreme Court as a contributing editor to the ABA's Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases. He had three books released in 2007. (see story)

Dana Brown Shaffer has been promoted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to chief of the agency's Wireline Competition Bureau and selected as a member of the senior executive service of the United States of America. The Wireline Competition Bureau develops and recommends policy goals, objectives, programs and plans for the FCC on matters concerning wireline telecommunications.

’95 Ken Cunningham is a partner and associate general counsel with Grant Thornton and an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law, where he teaches SEC enforcement procedures. He and his wife, Ginger, live in Chicago. The Cunninghams welcomed their first child, Mira Isabel, in May 2007.

Lucy Dalglish was honored in April 2008 by St. Cloud State University's department of mass communications with an award for "Defense of the First Amendment." Lucy, who is the executive director of the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press in suburban Washington, was the keynote speaker at St. Cloud State's annual First Amendment Forum. She has spent more than 20 years as a journalist and lawyer working for openness in government. She began her career as a summer intern and part-time reporter at the Grand Forks Herald. She went on to work for the Pioneer Press and later became chairwoman of the Minnesota Freedom of Information Committee from 1998-2000.

Katrina W. Mailloux is practicing of counsel in the business department of Steptoe & Johnson in Huntington, West Virginia. Katrina focuses on contract and regulatory law pertaining to health care issues.

Brian S. Miller has been appointed a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Judge Miller was appointed to the Arkansas Court of Appeals in 2007. He had previously served as deputy prosecuting attorney for Phillips County, Arkansas, from 2000 to 2006, and as a city attorney for Helena, Arkansas, from 1995 to 2006. He was also an associate with Martin Tate Morrow & Marston from 1995-2006. He is a member of the Tennessee and Arkansas bars. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Arkansas after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1985-89. His appointment to the U.S. District Court bench was confirmed on April 10.

Charles B. Robbins was named partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville. Charles' practice focuses on the areas of commercial real estate and lending.

Jim Winblood is deploying to Iraq with Naval Special Warfare, Group One. Lt. Winblood received his commission in the United States Navy Reserve in May 2001. Jim and his wife, Kim, live in Dallas, Texas, with their two daughters. They own and operate MBF Agency of Dallas, the area's leading household staffing agency.

’96 Hannah Cassidy is one of two attorneys who will head Reno & Cavanaugh's newly opened Nashville office in the Fifth Third Center. Hannah, a real estate lawyer with experience in commercial, residential and mixed-use development, previously practiced with Stites and Harbison in Nashville.

Matthew Minner, a partner with Hare Wynn Newell & Newton in Birmingham, Alabama, was recently granted board certification in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Andrea Phillips has joined The Weather Channel in Atlanta as its senior legal counsel.

Richard D. Porotsky Jr. was named a partner in the litigation department of Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rick's practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience with insurance coverage and business valuation. He participates as a speaker in an annual seminar on insurance coverage litigation.

Keith R. Powell and his wife, Kelly Tabb Powell, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Annalise Hope, on January 22, 2008.

’97 Carter R. Brothers was recently promoted to senior attorney of Spilman Thomas & Battle in Roanoke, Virginia. His primary areas of practice are estate planning and administration, taxation, bond finance and corporate law. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Carter earned his LL.M. in taxation at the University of Florida.

Cynthia Webb Fitzgerald was honored as a Top Lady of Distinction for 2008. Cynthia was one of 10 women selected for the honor, which is bestowed by the Top Ladies of Distinction on African-American women whose professional accomplishments support the organization's focus on promoting scholarship opportunities for today's youth, assisting the aged, improving the status of women, and promoting community beautification. Cynthia is vice president for legal services for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation in Nashville.

Phillip Fowler has been named chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's litigation section.

Timothy W. Hoover joined Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, New York, as an associate in June 2008. Tim focuses on commercial and civil litigation and white-collar defense. He was previously an attorney with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Buffalo.

Rebecca Swanson Jacobs has been named a partner with Ulmer & Berne in its Columbus, Ohio, office. Rebecca also serves on the adjunct faculty of Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, where she teaches "Employment Practices and the Law."

Cheryl Johnson-Hartwell has been named a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Cheryl practices in the areas of labor and employment, commercial litigation and trademark prosecution in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Darin M. Klemchuk founded the intellectual property practice of Cash Klemchuk Powers & Taylor in 2004. His Dallas-based practice includes all aspects of intellectual property with emphasis on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. Darin is an avid country music and film fan who enjoys boxing and running and lives in Dallas with his wife, Laura, and their three children.

Martha M. "Martie" Lafferty has been promoted to managing attorney at the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee. Martie lives in Nashville with her partner, Susan, and their four dogs. Her email address is

Travis McDonough will serve as president of the Tennessee Bar Association's litigation section during the 2008-09 bar year. The litigation section is the TBA's largest section, with nearly 800 members. Travis is a partner in Miller & Martin in Nashville, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate disputes, white-collar criminal defense, personal injury claims, class actions, intellectual property rights and other complex litigation. He currently serves as the vice-chairman of the firm's litigation department.

Amy Moss is a partner in the corporate securities practice group of Haynes & Boone in Houston. Amy focuses on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and AIM offerings.

Lara Pierce is a policy advisor with the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, SMART Office in Washington, D.C. The SMART Office assists in the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, concerning sex offender sentencing, monitoring, apprehension, registration and tracking. Lara was previously felony chief prosecutor in Dallas.

Vanessa Simmons Scott has joined the tax practice in Sutherland's Washington, D.C., office. After graduating in 1997, Vanessa worked as an associate at a law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, and then served as tax counsel for Congressman Arthur Davis (D-AL). Immediately before joining Sutherland, Vanessa served as corporate secretary and counsel for the ERISA Industry Committee. Her article on tax code section 409A was recently published in The Tax Lawyer.

’98 Meg Gallmeyer Anderson and her husband, Knight, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Sevilla Pierce Anderson, in April 2007. The Andersons live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tom Cullinan is a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta. Tom focuses his practice on tax controversy matters and represents taxpayers in administrative examinations and in court.

Bruce Dailey is a partner with Sidley Austin in Sydney, Australia, where he focuses on securities law.

Aaron Davidson is a partner in Baker Botts, where he focuses on complex professional malpractice, securities and intellectual property disputes.

Amy J. Everhart has joined Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville as a partner.

Robert C. Hannon is a member of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville. Prior to joining Boult Cummings, Robert practiced with Stites & Harbison. His practice is focused primarily on representing lenders and borrowers in all types of commercial loan transactions. For the past nine years, Robert has been a director for McNeilly Center for Children, serving as chairman, vice chairman, secretary and chair of its annual fundraising event. Before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Robert taught 5th and 6th grade in Washington, D.C., through Teach for America.

Jeffrey M. Ratinoff is practicing of counsel with Mintz Levin in Palo Alto, California, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has appeared before the California Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

David G. Wilson is partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville. David's practice addresses mergers and acquisitions, securities and business transactions.

’99 David A. Applebaum was elected a shareholder of Leonard Street & Deinard. David focuses his practice on class-action litigation, complex litigation, and antitrust litigation and counseling.

Salvador M. Hernandez is a partner with Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville. Salvador is a former clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, '60, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Kirk D. Johnson is a partner with Baker Hostetler in Orlando, Florida. Kirk is a member of the firm's litigation group, focusing on commercial litigation.

Thomas K. Johnson II is a partner in Dechert in Philadelphia, practicing as a litigator in the firm's labor and employment group.

Mark Miller is a shareholder of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville. Mark began his legal career as a summer associate with the firm. His practice now addresses banking, M&A and securities, and he has represented clients before various federal and state regulatory bodies. He is a board member of and legal advisor to the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Charlie Reasor practices commercial real estate law in Nashville. He and his wife, Katie Knaphurst (BA'92, MA'00), have two sons, ages four and two. Charlie enjoys having lunch at the University Club as he never knows who will be there. One week he runs into Don Hall and Tom McCoy, and the next week, he is introduced to the former president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

’00 Doug Abell is vice president and corporate counsel at Kindred Healthcare. He had previously served as senior director and corporate counsel. Doug joined Kindred Healthcare's legal department in October 2003. He provides corporate and securities advice and acts as the company's lead counsel in merger and acquisition transactions.

Bobbie Overleese Anderson is a partner with Sidley Austin in Chicago, where she focuses on insurance.

Emily Hatch Bowman is a member of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville. She represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a variety of commercial lending, real estate transactional, general corporate and business transactional matters. Emily is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Dan Cohen and Jenny Feltham Cohen welcomed their second daughter, Cecilia Caitlin, on June 27, 2008. Big sister Elizabeth is almost 3 years old. The Cohens live in Atlanta.

David Crow and three other attorneys, including Mike Milom, '71, and Chris Horsnell, '79, have formed a new law firm, Milom Joyce Horsnell & Crow. David formerly practiced with Bass Berry & Sims.

Derek W. Edwards is a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, where he practices in the firm's trial and appellate group.

Brian L. Eftink is a member of Miller & Martin in Chattanooga. Brian's practice focuses on state and local tax issues, commercial real estate, and bond financing, and he also assists major U.S. and international companies in their expansion and relocation projects throughout the country. Brian chairs the board of directors of Bethany Christian Services of Greater Chattanooga and is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. In October 2007, Brian traveled to China as a member of the delegation on a trade mission led by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.

John Fredland was promoted to major in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps in January 2008. He has served as the deputy staff judge advocate for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, since September 2007. He moved to his current assignment after a two-year tour in the Appellate Defense Division at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Kellie Cook Gruenefeldt and her husband, Dr. Alan Gruenefeldt, welcomed a son, Connor Lee, on March 27, 2007. Kellie is currently taking an extended leave of absence from her law firm, trading drafting legal briefs for changing dirty briefs. The Gruenefeldts live in Auburn, California.

Austin L. McMullen is a member of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville. He has an active bankruptcy practice, primarily representing creditors, and also represents clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts. Austin is a regular contributor to Norton's Bankruptcy Law Adviser and has served as a continuing legal education speaker on bankruptcy topics.

Tim Meyer is serving as legal counsel within the development services group of Health Care REIT, based in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was formerly an attorney with Stites & Harbison, and before that, he served as associate counsel for publicly traded Windrose Medical Properties Trust, which was acquired in 2006 by Toledo, Ohio-based Health Care REIT, which is also publicly traded.

Mark J. Plotkin is a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, where he focuses on intellectual property law.

Thomas C. Quinlen is litigation counsel with International Paper in Memphis. He supports IP's packaging businesses, which include mills, conversion facilities and specialty packaging facilities.

Christopher E. Thorsen is a member of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville. He practices in the areas of commercial, securities and intellectual property litigation. During his tenure at the firm, he has served as interim in-house counsel for one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the world, where he managed litigation throughout North America. Chris is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations and is serving on the Tennessee Bar Association's litigation section's executive council.

Masami Tyson is an attorney for Mentor Graphics Corporation, supporting its Tokyo subsidiary. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable John Nixon in the Middle District of Tennessee, and then lived in Tokyo for four years. She and her husband, Rich (VU M.D. '98) live in Nashville with their two children, Joel and Julia.

’01 Anna Lee Barry and Dave Barry welcomed a son, Zachary, in August. Zachary joins big sisters Caroline and Ella. The Barrys live in California, where Anna is working for biotech company Genentech as a patent counsel, and Dave practices law with Fenwick & West.

Matt Buesching (VU '98) and his wife, Katie Halloran Buesching (VU '98), celebrated the birth of their second son, Charlie, on July 15, 2007. He joined big brother Ryan.

Joel Carter and Heather McNew Carter, '02, celebrated the birth of their first child, Griffin Bryant, on October 10, 2007.

Michael Sherman, his wife, Paula, and their daughter, Elizabeth Juliet, welcomed a new addition to the family, Olivia Fae, on September 9, 2007. According to Mike, "Both children are adorable as they, quite fortunately, take after their mother."

Corey Stringer is an associate with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, where he focuses on commercial real estate and construction law. Corey and his wife, Niki Evans Stringer, '02, celebrated the arrival of a daughter, Charlotte JoAnn, on March 10, 2008.

Brendan Thompson and his wife, Charity Myatt Thompson, welcomed their first daughter, Mya Lynn, on March 14, 2008. Brendan is a corporate associate with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville.

’02 Heather McNew Carter and her husband, Joel Carter, '01, celebrated the birth of their first child, Griffin Bryant, on October 10, 2007.

Andrew Coulam and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of Owen Brown and William Halstead. Andrew is an associate with Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman in Providence, Rhode Island.

John Farringer has joined Sherrard & Roe, where he will focus on contract issues, tort actions and shareholder litigation. He previously practiced with Walker Tipps & Malone, and before that, John served as law clerk to District Court Judge Thomas Wiseman.

Dan Fisher recently joined Akin Gump in Washington, D.C., where he will practice in the corporate department. Dan and his wife, Ashley Fisher, '04, are the proud parents of Cabot Coleman, born in April 2008.

Lillian Roe Gilmer has joined Reno & Cavanaugh's newly opened Nash-ville office. She was previously an associate with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville.

Jason Hall was selected as one of Missouri's stand-out young attorneys by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in the publication's 2007 "Up & Coming" list. The honorees were chosen based on achievements in their careers and dedication to improving their local communities.

Kate Pritchett has opened her own law office in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kenneth Sanney has joined Day & Blair in Brentwood, Tennessee. Ken is a member of the boards of directors of the Tennessee Bar Association family law section and of CASA, an organization that advocates for children in the Williamson County Juvenile Court system. He is an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University and served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm.

Christopher Schreiber and his wife, Virginia Anne Kingman Schreiber, celebrated the birth of Alden Christopher Kingman Schreiber on August 1, 2007. The happy family lives in Bellevue, Washington.

Niki Evans Stringer and her husband, Corey Stringer, '01, celebrated the arrival of a daughter, Charlotte JoAnn, on March 10, 2008. The Stringers live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Lineberger Tarumianz (VU '98) and her husband, Jeff Tarumianz, celebrated the birth of their son, Jeff Edwards Jr., on May 14, 2007. They live in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Josh Westerman has spent the past year practicing law in Mayer Brown's Frankfurt, Germany, office. While he maintains his home in Houston and is based at Mayer Brown's Houston office, he has worked in the firm's Frankfurt office since September 2007.

John Yoon has joined Baker & McKenzie in Tokyo as a professional development manager.

’03 Brian Casper is a litigation associate with Adams and Reese in Nashville. He was previously an associate with Schulman LeRoy & Bennett in Nashville. He focuses on patent litigation and intellectual property.

Joey Dickson has joined HealthTrust Purchasing Group in Nashville as corporate counsel. He had previously served for three years as general counsel at a Nashville-based television retailer, the Shop At Home Network.

Diedre Gray and her husband, Michael Gray (VU '99), celebrated the birth of a daughter, Audrey Chase, on April 11, 2007. The Grays live in St. Louis, Missouri.

Miles E. Hall is an associate with Fish & Richardson in Atlanta, where he focuses on patent prosecution and strategy pertaining to the life sciences and medical technologies.

Raakhee Biswas Kumar and her husband, Roy, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Mirabela Kiran, on August 22, 2007.

Joe P. Leniski Jr. and his wife, Kate, celebrated the birth of identical twin girls, Anna Sophia and Margaret Katherine, on June 29, 2007. Joe is a partner at Branstetter Stranch & Jennings in Nashville.

Maria Renee McKinney is an associate with Blank Rome in Philadelphia, where she will focus on real estate law. Maria was previously an associate with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Tennessee.

Gerard Stranch and his wife, Patty Daniel Stranch, '05, celebrated the birth of their first child, a son, Daniel Augustus, on September 12, 2007. The Stranches live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Carrie Von Hoff and her husband, Paul, welcomed their second child, Chloe Elizabeth, on May 6, 2008. Chloe joins big brother Christopher Daniel Von Hoff. Carrie is an associate at Karbal Cohen Economou Silk & Dunne in Chicago.

Stephanie R. Wolfe has joined Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti as an associate in the labor and employment group. She is also experienced in commercial litigation and internal investigations. She previously worked as an intern for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Allen Woods will lead the transactional section for Woods & Woods in Nashville. Before joining Woods & Woods full time, Allen worked for Boult Cummings. Prior to law school, he worked for Solutions Corporation of America, a healthcare consulting firm addressing special issues related to government regulation. He also worked as a special assistant to former Tennessee Fifth District Congressman Bob Clement.

’04 Caroline Gobbell Beauchamp and her husband, Luke Beauchamp, celebrated the birth of a son, Maxwell Vance, on December 5, 2007. Caroline is an associate with Kay Griffin Enkema & Brothers in Nashville.

James Craig and his wife, Jacquelyn Jackson Craig (VU '97), celebrated the birth of a son, Jackson Dean, on February 22, 2008. The Craigs live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jason DeAngelis is an associate with Stiles Byrum & Horne in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ashley Rogers Fisher and her husband, Dan Fisher, '02, are the proud parents of Cabot Coleman, born in April 2008.

Amy Todd Holmes and her husband, Dr. Kevin Craig Holmes, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Hadley Harper, on February 13, 2008. Amy is working in Houston as corporate counsel for Champion Technologies, an international specialty chemical company.

Ashley Jones Johnson and her husband, Adam Johnson, celebrated the birth of their son, Andrew Lucas, on March 18, 2008.

Daniel Orr was awarded an Equal Justice Medal by the New Jersey State Bar Association and Legal Services of New Jersey for his work in helping children with disabilities obtain supplemental security income benefits from the U.S. government. Dan, who is an associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Princeton, was also featured on the cover of the New Jersey Lawyer. The citation Dan received noted that over the past three years, he contributed more than 600 hours of pro bono work, much on behalf of a program that helps disabled children appeal denials of Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Kathleen Albers Renda has joined Middleton Reutlinger in Louisville, Kentucky, where her practice will focus on commercial litigation and business law. Kathleen was previously a legal case officer for the Irish Competition Authority in Dublin, Ireland, where she investigated alleged violations of Irish and European competition law, particularly in relation to telecommunications companies, trade unions and professional representative organizations. After earning her undergraduate and law degrees at Vanderbilt, she earned a Master's in Law at the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2005.

Dan and Natalie Steimel celebrated the birth of a son, Jacob Presley, on December 20, 2007. Dan, Natalie and Jake live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tim Weatherholt is an associate with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville, Kentucky. He focuses his practice on labor and employment law. Prior to working for Greenebaum, Tim clerked for U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. He and his wife, Emily Turner Weatherholt, live happily in Louisville with their two dogs. Emily practices criminal law for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

Kelly Worman has transferred from Birmingham to the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Kelly concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate development, financing and leasing.

’05 Shubi Arora and Rebecca Tyler have announced their engagement. Shubi has rejoined Squire Sanders & Dempsey in the firm's Tampa, Florida, office.

Ryan R. Baker has joined the Memphis office of Bass Berry & Sims along with five other attorneys from his former firm, Tate Lazarini. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution services to securities firms, banks and large corporations.

Kristal Hall Boone has opened a law practice in Nashville focusing on general business and nonprofit law.

Teresa Chan has joined Ellison Schneider & Harris in Sacramento, California. Her practice will address California water rights law and related areas, including water quality, endangered species and environmental law.

Taylor Wedge French has joined McGuire Woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an associate in the firm's tax and employee benefits department. Taylor was previously an associate with Shearman & Sterling in New York.

Madeleine Harrison and her husband, Gray Harrison, welcomed their first son, Keegan, on September 12, 2007. Keegan was born with a congenital heart defect and had a heart transplant when he was one week old on September 19. He is the youngest and smallest transplant in Texas and the smallest in the country. He is home and doing well.

Michael Mellen has joined Patton Boggs in Tysons Corner, Virginia, as an associate in the firm's export compliance group.

Lauren Spitz is an associate with Byrd & Associates in Franklin, Tennessee. She previously served as clerk to Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, '60, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Patty and Gerard ('03) Stranch celebrated the birth of their son, Daniel Augustus, on September 12, 2007. They live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Yuri Venters, an assistant attorney general in Texas based in the East El Paso office, where he serves in the Child Support Division, has been honored as Assistant Attorney General of the Year for a 21-county region based in El Paso. The honor was presented by another Vanderbilt Law graduate, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, '84, at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin. Yuri joined Texas' Office of the Attorney General in 2007, and is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents.

Kathryn Whitfield is engaged to Adam Fotiades, and the couple will wed in New York City in June 2009. Kathryn is an associate in the trusts and estates practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, and Adam is completing a clerkship with the Honorable James C. Cacheris, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. He will join the litigation practice of Kirkland & Ellis in New York as an associate this fall.

’06 David Arens has joined the Nashville office of Stites & Harbison as a member of the Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. Prior to joining Stites, David was a law clerk to Judge Cornelia A. Clark, '79, Tennessee Supreme Court; a summer law clerk with two divisions of the Tennessee Attorney General's Office, and an intern to Governor Phil Bredesen's Legal Counsel, Robert E. Cooper Jr. Before becoming an attorney, David spent nine years in the forest products industry, first as an executive at a Connecticut manufacturing firm and later in management and marketing for the Forest Stewardship Council and related organizations in the United States and Mexico.

Sayler Ault has joined Bryan Cave in St. Louis, Missouri, as an associate in the firm's commercial litigation and appellate groups. Before joining Bryan Cave, Sayler was a law clerk for Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. in the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Matthew Foster, an associate at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner (H3GM) in Nashville, has been appointed city attorney of Forest Hills, Tennessee. Matthew had served as assistant city attorney since January 1, 2007. At H3GM, Matthew represents clients in the areas of business, real estate and municipal law. Before joining H3GM, Matthew served as the vice president of a marketing and consulting firm and also spent time as special assistant to Nashville mayors Bill Purcell, '79, and Phil Bredesen.

Todd Koretzky has joined Allen & Overy in New York as an associate in the firm's banking and finance practice.

Rett Peaden joined the Atlanta firm of Davis Matthew & Quigley in July 2007 after finishing a one-year program of LL.M. in taxation at the University of Florida Law School. Rett's practice focuses on estate planning and probate, employee benefits and executive compensation.

Liping Peng has joined Allen & Overy in its Shanghai office in China as an associate.

Brian Winfrey has become an associate in the Nashville office of Atlanta-based Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart. Brian was formerly with Day & Blair.

’07 Dorothy M. Brackett has joined Michael Best & Friedrich in Chicago, where she will focus on labor and employment relations law.

LaToya Brown has joined Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an associate in the transactional department.

Julia Elizabeth (Mitchell) Elam has been selected as a Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus for the 2008-09 term. Stokes Fellows spend a year in Washington working at the CBC, where they are assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and conduct research and analysis, draft legislation, and coordinate logistics and public testimony for Congressional hearings. Julia plans to work on legislation involving health disparities and corporate responsibility to minority communities. In addition to her Vanderbilt law degree, she holds a Master's in Public Health from Yale University. Julia is married to Rodney Elam, and the Elams have a daughter, Julianne. Lollay Elam.

Jacob Feldman has joined Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner in Nashville as an associate. Jacob will work in the firm's securities, mergers and acquisitions, technology and intellectual property practices.

Maria Glover married Derek Tam Ho on June 22, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Maria is keeping her name. She spent the 2007-08 year as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benjamin Goldammer has joined Kay Griffin Enkema & Brothers in Nashville as an associate. He will focus on business and construction litigation.

Elizabeth Gonser has joined Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville as an associate. She will focus on commercial litigation.

Andrea Walker Green was appointed as an assistant district attorney for Davidson County, Tennessee.

Jake Kraemer has joined Boult Cummings Conners & Berry in Nashville, where he will focus on commercial finance.

Natalie Beal McLaughlin has joined Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter in Columbus, Ohio. Natalie will focus on employment. She married Michael McLaughlin on August 10, 2007, in Columbus.

Lori Metrock has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville. She will focus on securities and corporate governance.

Jetta Sandin is an associate with Kelley Drye & Warren in Stamford, Connecticut.

Erick Wang is an associate with Winstead in Houston, where he will focus on corporate and securities law.

Masa Yamamoto moved from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy's Manhattan office to the firm's Toyko office in May. Masa, who served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Transnational Law and won the G. Scott Briggs Transnational Legal Studies Award and the Grace Wilson Sims Award for student writing in transnational law, recently made a $25,000 contribution to the law school to endow the journal's second-year editor award with a cash prize in perpetuity in honor of his late mother, Michiko Yamamoto.

Linhong Zhang is an associate with Fish & Richardson in Wilmington, Delaware, where he joined the firm's litigation group. Before becoming an attorney, Linhong was a programmer analyst for Freddie Mac.

In Memoriam

Jessie Lehmon Brantley, '37, died February 8, 2008. Before his death at age 95, Mr. Brantley was Vanderbilt Law School's oldest living alumnus.

Lawrence Fricks Stewart, '49, died March 20, 2008. He was 86. After graduating from Sewanee Military Academy in 1939, Chancellor Stewart attended the University of the South until 1942, when he entered military service at the beginning of World War II. After receiving advanced cavalry training at Fort Riley, Kansas, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater in the 1st Cavalry Division, 124th Regiment. At the close of the war, he ran a demarcation camp in Minchow, China. He was discharged as a captain and returned to Winchester, Tennessee, to marry his childhood sweetheart, Catherine Franklin. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School in 1949, he began his law career practicing with his father in Nashville, but soon returned to Winchester where he practiced law from 1950-1966. Governor Frank Clement appointed him chancellor for the 12th Chancery Division for the State of Tennessee, a judgeship covering 14 counties in southern and southeastern Tennessee. He served this district until his retirement on October 1, 1989. After his retirement, he remained active in the local lawyer organizations and in his community.

Gleaves M. Love, '49, died August 13, 2007. Gleaves lived in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Fernandina Beach, Florida, after retiring from law practice.

William Donald "Bill" Howell, '50, died at the age of 83 on March 22, 2008. A native of Big Rock, Tennessee, Bill graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy before serving as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. In 1950, Bill and his wife, Helen Louise Burrell, moved to Dover, Tennessee, where he joined his uncle, General William C. Howell, in his law practice. For the next 45 years Bill was instrumental in the growth and development of Dover and Stewart County, facilitating the original incorporation of the City of Dover, initiating water, sewer and fire protection systems and securing health care in industrial development. In 1955, he was elected to the State House of Representatives and two years later became state senator from that district. After retiring from law practice in 1992, he remained active in community affairs and service projects.

Whitney Stegall, '50, died September 21, 2007, at age 91. As a Tennessee state senator, Whitney was instrumental in helping Middle Tennessee State University achieve its university status. A native of Rockvale, Tennessee, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State College in 1937 before serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the U. S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. After suffering severe burns on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, he was honorably discharged and earned his law degree at Vanderbilt. Whitney entered private practice in Murfreesboro after graduating from law school in 1950. He served as a circuit judge before becoming a chancellor for 16 years. As a state senator in 1965, he introduced the resolution to give MTSU a higher status. He did the legal work to establish the MTSU Foundation and established the Stegall Educational Foundation to provide scholarship money for students attending law school. "He thought there was no better education than law school, even if you didn't want to be an attorney," his daughter, Amy Schwartz, said. He died after suffering complications from hip surgery, only two days after the death of his friend and former law partner Dick LaRoche, also class of '50.

Richard Frederick "Dick" LaRoche Sr., '50, died September 19, 2007, at age 85. A former Circuit Court Judge of Rutherford/Cannon Counties, Dick moved to Tennessee after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet Program during World War II. He received his Bombardier Wings and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1942 and served as a bombardier instructor in B-17 and B-29 bombers before serving in Guam and Saipan in the Marianas. After being released to inactive reserve duty with the rank of captain in April 1946, he enrolled in Vanderbilt University in June 1946, completed his undergraduate degree, and entered Vanderbilt Law School in 1947. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1949 and started a law practice in Murfreesboro in 1950. In 1966, Dick was appointed circuit court judge; he was later elected to that office. He resigned in 1969 and spent the remainder of his career in law practice. Dick remained active in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until he retired as colonel in 1981. He was very active in Murfreesboro, where he was instrumental in soliciting industry in the 1950s and '60s. He was one of the founders of the National Bank of Murfreesboro, now First Tennessee Bank, and served as vice-chairman of the board of directors; he was a charter member of the Exchange Club and served as state president of that club. He was the first president of the Middle Tennessee Medical Center Development Foundation and served on its board for 13 years. He was active in the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts, receiving the Long Rifle Award and the Distinctive Leadership Award in recognition of his support. He was a member of the American, Tennessee and Rutherford County Bar Associations and the American and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Associations. He was co-founder with Judge Don R. Ash of the Andrew Jackson American Inn of Court. He was honored by the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association with the Pro-Bono Award and an annual Pro-Bono Award was established in his honor. In 2005, he was initiated as a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Joe H. Foy, '50, died September 17, 2007, at age 81. Joe's presence and participation always strengthened an organization or effort, and he was also known for his sense of humor. During World War II, he served as a commander of a landing craft infantry in the U.S. Navy. He was born and raised in Henderson, Tennessee, and earned both his bachelor's and law degrees at Vanderbilt. From 1950 to 1964, he was the city attorney in San Angelo, Texas, and a founding partner in the law firm of Hardeman Smith & Foy. He then moved to Houston to take a position as general counsel for Houston Natural Gas Corporation and later became president until the company's merger with InterNorth in 1985 to create Enron. Joe served on Enron's board of directors until 2000. His political involvement included a diplomatic mission as a U.S. envoy when Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt during President Jimmy Carter's administration. He also pushed for changes in federal and state legislation that deregulated natural gas markets. Joe retired as a senior partner in the international law firm Bracewell & Patterson, now Bracewell & Giuliani. He served on several local boards, including Schreiner University and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Overall Foy, a son, a daughter and grandchildren.

Sheila Broderick Keeble died peacefully at home on July 5, 2008, at age 73. The wife of Vanderbilt benefactor Sydney F. Keeble Jr., Mrs. Keeble was an active volunteer and a generous supporter of numerous charitable and educational organizations, including Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School.

The Honorable Matthew J. Vitanza, '52, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died November 13, 2007, at age 81. Judge Vitanza, who served as a city court judge in Binghamton, New York, earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. He earned a J.D. at Vanderbilt after serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He practiced law in Binghamton, serving in leadership positions in numerous civic, fraternal and religious organizations until 1972, when he was appointed, and later elected, to five terms as city court judge of Binghamton. After retiring in 1996, Judge Vitanza moved to Ormond Beach, Florida, and was involved in distributing The Pulmonary Paper, a not-for-profit newsletter for people with chronic lung disease. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 57 years, three sons, two daughters and 13 grandchildren.

Herbert B. Moriarty Jr., '52, died August 27, 2007 at the Veterans Home in Montrose, New York, where he succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 78. Herbert earned his undergraduate degree as well as his law degree from Vanderbilt and an M.B.A. from Memphis State University. He served as a judge advocate general in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a captain. Herbert practiced law in Memphis for more than 40 years. His seminal case against Velsicol Chemical resulted in one the highest punitive damages awards of its time and helped propel the nascent environmental law field. He was also active in the Memphis community throughout his career, representing his constituents on the Shelby County Commission and in the State Legislature, where he authored a resolution leading to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case known as "one man, one vote" and consequently the statewide restructuring of Tennessee's 95 county governments. He also served as president and/or on boards of directors of numerous civic organizations and the Legal Aid Society, of which he was also a founding member. He had lettered in track as a Vanderbilt undergraduate; in the late 1970s he began a long-distance running career that lasted more than 20 years. Herbert ran countless marathons and even competed in ultra-marathons, receiving medals in the Senior Olympics. He will be remembered for his diverse interests, ebullient charm, contagious wit and humor, and the Irishman's "gift of the gab" that infused energy into any gathering or conversation. Herbert is survived by his six children and five grandchildren.

Ernest Bland Williams III, '54, died April 20, 2008, of complications from a bicycle accident in October 2007. Born in Memphis on August 9, 1928, he graduated from Sewanee Military Academy in 1946, earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt University in 1949, and graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1954. He spent two years in the Air Force during the Korean War as an instructor in atomic, bacteriological and chemical defense. He began his law practice in Memphis at Chandler Sheperd Heiskell & Williams, a law firm founded by his father, and later served as a managing partner in the firm, which is now Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. He founded the firm's first commercial law group and chaired the Interest and Usury Subcommittee of the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association. He was a past president of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and taught commercial law at the University of Memphis School of Law, where he was one of the original instructors. A life-long pilot, he was a past president of the Memphis Soaring Society. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jane W. Williams.

William Styne Brewbaker Jr., '58, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, and Nashville, died January 21, 2008, at age 73. Bill earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and played on the varsity tennis team. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force as a staff judge advocate. In 1961, he returned to Montgomery and joined his father in the automobile business and succeeded him as president of Brewbaker Motors. Over the course of his career, he served as president of the Montgomery Automobile Dealers Association, chairman of the Buick Regional Dealer Council, G.M. President's Advisory Board, G.M. National Dealer Council, and as chairman of the Buick National Dealer Council. He is survived by his wife, Carol Lansden Brewbaker, two sons, a daughter and 13 grandchildren.

James G. "Jamie" Stuart, '59, died April 5, 2008, after a brief illness. A long-time Chicago-area resident, his law career included executive roles with Cox Enterprises and Field Enterprises. Jamie served as chairman of Field Communications Corporation from 1977 to 1980 after serving for five years as its executive vice president. Beginning in 1988, he focused his practice on advising physicians on financial and business matters. At Vanderbilt, he was on the editorial staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and he earned an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1962. He served in the United States Air Force as a single-engine fighter pilot from 1955 to 1956, rising to the rank of captain, and then served in the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1956 to 1959. Jamie was a dedicated performer, playing the clarinet, and served as a board member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, as a governing member of the Chicago Symphony, and as president of Arts at Large. He completed the Mrs. T's Chicago Triathlon in 1997 at the age of 65. He is survived by his wife, Karen Zupko Stuart, and a son and a daughter.

Jon Rickert, '61, died June 9, 2008, at his home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Jon earned his undergraduate degree in business and economics in 1958 from Indiana University, and after earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, he began his 30-year career in the general practice of law in Elizabethtown. From 1968-1972, he served with distinction in the Kentucky General Assembly, representing the 25th District. He was not only voted by the news media as the most outstanding freshman legislator, but he also sponsored Kentucky's first "truth-in-lending" law and led the fight in Kentucky's state capital, Frankfort, and in Washington, D.C., to save the Red River Gorge. A dedicated birder and naturalist, Jon wrote the Nature Preserves Act, which established the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, and he served as its chairman from 1976-1988. He acted as special advisor on environmental affairs to Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll and was a member of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission. In 1973, he was a founding member of the American Birding Association, and he also served as the organization's attorney. In 1978, he wrote and published A Guide to North American Bird Clubs. He was a life member of The Nature Conservancy. Throughout his life, Jon traveled to Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, United Kingdom, and all 50 states on birding trips. In 2004, he was selected by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to join the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker search team in the swamps of Arkansas for a two-week expedition. Jon is survived by his wife, Bobbie, their son and two daughters, and five grandchildren.

William Donald Overbey, '62, of Murray, Kentucky, died September 8, 2007, at age 70, at his home following an extended illness. Bill earned his undergraduate degree at Murray State University, and returned to Murray to spend his career practicing law there after earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, where he was on the editorial staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He served as a Murray city prosecutor from 1965-69 and 1974-75, city judge from 1970-74, city attorney from 1981-2004, attorney for the Murray Board of Education from 1971-2001, and assistant county attorney under Randy Hutchens from 1999-2002. Bill was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, an original member of the continuing legal education commission, and a member of the Calloway County Bar Association. He is survived by his wife, Sue, a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.

James H. Epps III, '62, municipal attorney of Johnson City, Tennessee, died at home on October 19, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. James was the longest-serving municipal attorney in the state and among the longest tenured in the nation, having spent more than 40 years representing Johnson City. He worked with more than 20 different incarnations of the city commission over the years, and officials often sought not only his legal opinions but his knowledge of the city's history. "During his 41 years of loyalty and commitment to the citizens of this community he was involved in practically every major political decision the city made," Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe said.

Michael E. Shaheen Jr., '65, died of pancreatic cancer November 29, 2007 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 67. Mike was the Justice Department's top internal watchdog for more than 20 years. His scathing report in 1993, which accused FBI Director William S. Sessions of misuse of government property, led to President Bill Clinton's dismissal of Sessions. In 1989, he wrote a 61-page report that said former attorney general Edwin Meese III had engaged in "conduct which should not be tolerated of any government employee, especially not the attorney general." As the founding director of the Office of Professional Responsibility, Mike conducted investigations of high-ranking cabinet officials, senior White House employees and more than one president. A job that he thought would run no more than a year lasted 22 years through the tenure of eight attorneys general. "He was a straight arrow. He was a professional in every sense of the word, and he took his job very seriously," former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster said. "He was the go-to guy on any kind of ethical inquiry." After his resignation in 1997, Mike served as chief counsel and deputy executive director of the congressionally mandated Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement. He was also special investigative counsel for an independent review of the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division. In 2000, he became senior counselor to then-IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. He received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service and two Meritorious Service Awards. He is survived by his wife, Polly Shaheen, of Falls Church, Virginia, and their three sons.

Laird Rupp Daubenspeck, '68, died December 14, 2007. He was 64. Laird graduated from Brecksville High School in 1961, Lehigh University in 1965, and Vanderbilt Law School in 1968. After spending a career in law practice in Columbus, Ohio, Laird retired to Bradenton, Florida. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Bell, of Bradenton, Florida, and a son and a daughter.

Larry Ramsey, '70, died October 29, 2007, after a brief battle with leukemia. Larry, a real estate attorney and community activist in Dickson, Tennessee, began his career with White & Regen in Dickson. In 1974, he opened his own law office, where his practice eventually focused on real estate-related litigation and real estate transactions. His firm eventually became Ramsey Thornton & Barrett, and he also opened a title and closing business, Dickson Title. "Larry loved living in the country and told everybody he was a 'country lawyer,'" his wife, Dana, said. Larry was also known as a generous benefactor for several county endeavors; he and Dana were instrumental in launching the Community Foundation of Dickson County, an endowment that provides annual quality-of-life grants for community projects, in 1999. "That's what he was the most proud of," Dana said. "He really believed that you should give back to the community." Larry is survived by Dana, his wife of 40 years, and their daughter.

James C. Holman, '71, a partner at Whiteford Taylor & Preston in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure on June 16, 2008. He was 61 and had been at Whiteford for nearly 30 years. A former president of the Board of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Holman was active in the organization until his death. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Jim earned an LL.M. from George Washington University in 1974. He served in the Army at Fort Holabird, clerked in the Tax Court in Washington, D.C., and practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri, before joining Whiteford in 1979. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Sigmon, and her family.

Kenneth Selvig, '75, died suddenly November 13, 2006, while hiking in Montana, the place he loved best. Born and raised in Outlook, Montana, Kenneth graduated from Rocky Mountain College and Vanderbilt Law School and also attended Vanderbilt Divinity School. A gifted musician and athlete, he was an all-state high school basketball champion and was also invited to play football with the Dallas Cowboys after college. He maintained a lifelong love of learning and intellectual pursuits, recently earning an M.A. in history from Florida Atlantic University. He was a career prosecutor in Florida, serving as chief assistant state attorney and executive assistant state attorney. He was widely respected in the legal community for his principled pursuit of justice and high ethical standards. He is survived by his wife, Tanja Ostapoff, two daughters and a son, and his parents, Agnes and Roald Selvig.

Gary Greer Love, '79, died on February 14, 2008, after a 17-month battle with cancer. Gary practiced commercial real estate litigation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for more than 25 years. He was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a lay minister in his local church, and an avid music enthusiast before succumbing to his illness. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and his children, Greer and Katherine.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Whinery Caprini, '80, died June 7, 2007, after a battle with cancer. She was a partner with Hanson Peters Nye in Barrington, Illinois, and lived with her family in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. Betsy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky before earning her J.D. at Vanderbilt, where she was named best oralist of the Jessup International Moot Court Team. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1980 and later to the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was a member of the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She is survived by her husband, John, and her children, Stephanie and Matthew.

Jordan M. Wright, '82, died suddenly May 11, 2008, of an embolism. Jordon founded the Museum of Democracy, and his collection of political memorabilia, considered the finest private collection in the United States, will be exhibited by the Museum of the City of New York from June 23 to December 2008. His book, Campaigning for President, was published by Harper Collins in January 2008 and received positive reviews in the New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal. After graduating from Columbia University and Vanderbilt Law School, he practiced law in Pennsylvania and New York. His photographs of New Guinea were displayed under the auspices of the Smithsonian Museums throughout the United States and in many parts of the world. Through his company, Volo, he published a magazine, Pacific Arts. Jordan is survived by his children, Austin and Mackenzie Wright, and his parents, Faith-Dorian and Martin Wright.

David T. Burrowes, '86, died December 27, 2007 after a courageous battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was 47. A resident of Glenview, Illinois, and a West Coast transplant, David worked as an attorney for the Chicago law firm Boundas Skarzynski Walsh & Black. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and was a UCLA Bruin fanatic, an avid golfer and a great story-teller. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his son and daughter.

Laura Turea Hanson, '86, of Atlanta, died March 7, 2007, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Born February 2, 1959, in Macon, Georgia, Laura graduated from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in 1976 and then earned a B.A. from the University of Oregon. She met her husband, Bradley E. Wahl, '85, while both were students at Vanderbilt Law School. Laura practiced law in New York City before devoting herself to her children and community activities. In addition to Brad, she is survived by her children, Evan and Julia Wahl.

Jennifer Bozeman, '99, died January 24, 2008, after an extended battle with cancer. Before her illness she worked with Metro Legal Department of Law in Nashville.