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’58 Arnold Weiss (VU'56) and his wife, Joan, hosted 58 Vanderbilt Law alumni and their guests at their home for the Memphis alumni reception on June 17.
’65 Walter Patton has joined the law firm of Don A. McGriff in its Fairhope and Orange Beach offices. Walter began his legal career as a private lawyer in Bay Minette, Florida. He retired after 31 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, receiving numerous awards and rising from an entry-level lawyer in the Real Estate Division to Chief of the Acquisitions Branch. He was recognized for his expertise in eminent domain issues. During the 1970s, Walter spent two years as a staff member of the Alabama Historical Commission, where he authored several scholarly writings and presentations.
’67 Saul C. Belz has been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation. Saul concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, commercial disputes, complex litigation, appeals and employment law. He is also a Certified Tennessee Rule 31 mediator.
Jim Cheek is serving as co-chair of the Coordinating Task Force on Financial Markets and Institutions for the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. The newly formed committee will be developing ABA Section policies as they relate to the many national efforts underway in Congress and in various regulatory bodies to reform the U.S. regulatory structure applicable to financial institutions. Jim is a partner in Bass Berry & Sims. He is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt, where he teaches a course in current trends in mergers and acquisitions.
’69 Arthur J. (Randy) Ranson III is listed in the 2009 edition of Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite. The list, published each July, is compiled via a state-wide poll of practicing attorneys in Florida, and represents the top two percent of lawyers currently licensed and practicing in Florida. Randy, who was a Patrick Wilson Scholar at Vanderbilt, has a civil trial practice with ShuffieldLowman. He lives in Winter Park, Florida.
’71 Eugene Dattel is a financial historian, author, lecturer and government and private sector advisor on American and Asian financial institutions. A former international capital markets investment banker at Solomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley, he is the author of the recently published book, Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power. In the book, Gene reviews the history and economic importance of cotton production, coupled with the widespread racism that characterized the entire United States. Gene is also a theatrical contributing writer and performer. Before earning his law degree, he earned his B.A. in history from Yale. He is also the author of a 1994 book, The Sun that Never Rose: The Inside Story of Japan's Failed Attempt at Global Financial Dominance.
’72 F. Arnold Heller has joined High Schwartz in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Arnold previously practiced at Blank Rome. He has more than 30 years of experience in the area of real estate development law. He is a former chairman of the Zoning Board of Tredyffrin Township, where he served as a board member for approximately 14 years.
Don Hollingsworth received the 2009 Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award given by the Arkansas Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Foundation. Don was a legal aid attorney for 24 years, working for Memphis Area Legal Services and then for Central Arkansas Legal Services. Although Don retired in 2007 after 11 years as Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association, he now works part-time as a senior associate with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
Baker Wyche (BA'69) a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, has been named one of "The Nation's 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by Human Resource Executive magazine. Baker has practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years and is co-editor of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, published in 1999 and 2007 by the South Carolina Bar Association.
’73 Brian K. Burke, a partner in Baker & Daniels, has been named to Lex Mundi's board of directors. During the international group's annual meeting in Madrid, he was elected to a four-year term through 2013. For 15 years from 1993 through 2007, Brian served as Baker & Daniels' chair and CEO. In that time, Baker & Daniels doubled the number of lawyers and consultants practicing from offices in Indiana, Washington, D.C., and China. Brian returned to his law practice in 2008 as a civil litigator and mediator, and he currently serves as Baker & Daniels' general counsel. In 2008, he helped develop an innovative national program, Leadership Advisory Board, that provides new law firm managing partners with access to advice.
Nathaniel L. Doliner is chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, which has over 60,000 members. His term began at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on August 4. As chair of the ABA's Business Law Section, Nathan oversaw the section's fall meeting in Washington, D.C., in November and will oversee its spring meeting in Denver in April 2010 and section activities at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August 2010. Nathan is the managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, where he practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Nathan is the first Florida lawyer to serve as chair of the ABA Business Law Section. He is also a member of the advisory board of Mergers and Acquisitions Law Report, published by BNA, and a fellow of the ABA, the American Law Institute and the American College of Tax Counsel.
’74 Bob Buchanan hosted members of the Class of 1974 at a party at his home during Reunion 2009.
Andrew Kaufman, who is a senior transactional partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, has joined Vanderbilt's full-time law faculty and will be teaching two courses in commercial transactions in spring 2010.
’76 Keith Simmons, managing partner at Bass Berry & Sims, has been elected to the executive committee of Lex Mundi by the organization's board of directors during the Lex Mundi 2009 Annual Meeting in Madrid. Lex Mundi is the world's leading association of independent law firms with 160 member firms and more than 21,000 lawyers worldwide.
’77 Leonard Lance was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2008 to represent New Jersey's 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties. (read more) Leonard and his wife, Heidi A. Rohrbach, met as classmates at Vanderbilt. The Lance-Rohrbachs live in Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey with Fritz, the family's 100-pound yellow Labrador retriever.
Ralph Z. Levy Jr. has joined Dickinson Wright's Nashville office, where he specializes in the corporate, healthcare enterprises and estate planning areas. Ralph served for more than 10 years as general counsel for Gambro Healthcare, a national provider of dialysis services. He is a frequent contributor to Dialysis & Transplantation and serves on its editorial advisory board.
Barbara Moss has joined Norris & Norris in Nashville, where she will serve as counsel and concentrate her practice in personal injury and business litigation, probate work and probate litigation, and employment mediation.
Jane Schukoske became the director of the Master of Laws Program in Law of the United States at the University of Baltimore School of Law in July 2009. In 2008-09, she helped establish the O.P. Jindal Global University and Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, Haryana, India. From 2000-08, she directed the U.S. Educational Foundation in India, the Fulbright Commission based in New Delhi. She was on the University of Baltimore School of Law faculty from 1988 to 2000, during which time she directed the Community Development Clinic, the Environmental Justice Project in the Civil Clinic, and the Housing Law Clinic, and taught Contracts, Law and Social Reform, and Professional Responsibility. Her legal experience also includes nine years in legal services offices in Virginia, during which she served for three years as director of the Virginia Poverty Law Center in Richmond.
’78 Sheryl J. Willert was recently honored by DRI (Defense Research Institute). DRI has renamed its Pioneer Diversity Award for the long-time DRI leader, who is managing director of the Seattle-based Williams Kastner. The award, now known as the Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award, recognizes an individual attorney for his or her demonstrated commitment to diversity in the legal profession. As a former president of DRI, Sheryl, the first woman and lawyer of color to be president of DRI, has been an integral part of DRI's diversity-related successes.
’79 Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia (Connie) Clark delivered Vanderbilt Law School's 2009 Florrie Sanders Wilkes Lecture in Flynn Auditorium on October 13. (read more)
Roy Herron has announced his candidacy for Congress, representing Tennessee's 8th District.
Robb Hough, Leigh Walton and Kevin Getzendanner, the Moot Court Team of 1979, have started an endowment fund for a scholarship honoring Don Hall and invite all alumni who benefited from Professor Hall's mentoring and teaching to contribute. (read more)
Leigh Walton, a 25-year Bass Berry & Sims partner and co-chair of its health care practice, has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The nonprofit ABF bills itself as "the nation's leading research institute for the empirical study of law." Leigh hosted the Class of 1979 at a party at her home, where approximately 60 class members and their guests celebrated the class's thirtieth anniversary, during Reunion 2009.
’80 R. Horton Frank has joined the Luna Law Group in Nashville.
Laurie Jewett (B.S. '77) has been appointed the new city judge of Brentwood, Tennessee. Before taking the bench, Laurie was in private practice in the area of law and mediation and served as a part-time Judicial Magistrate for Davidson County.
After winning the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor of Virginia, Jody Wagner lost to Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling in Virginia's general election on November 3. Jody served as state treasurer of Virginia under former Governor Mark Warner and as Secretary of Finance from January 2006 to August 2008 under Governor Tim Kaine. Jody has lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for more than 25 years. She and her husband, Dr. Alan Wagner, have four children.
Charlie Ogburn and Lisa Demartini Ogburn '81 hosted 74 alumni and guests at the Atlanta alumni reception on August 12 at their home.
’81 Karl Dean has been named a 2010 fellow at the Urban Land Institute, along with the mayors of Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Phoenix. As a ULI Fellow, Karl attended a program at the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use to learn about programs to encourage smart development.
Lisa Edelman McLaughlin has been named one of the top 50 women attorneys and as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer in the Estate Planning category in the November 2009 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers magazine. She has also been named to the 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in America with special recognition for being named more than 10 years. Lisa is a partner with Polsinelli Shughart in St. Louis, Missouri. Her youngest child, Scott, is a freshman this year at Vanderbilt University.
Michael Peck, a partner of Sidley Austin in New York, was cast in a recent IBM television commercial. Michael is a licensed pilot, and when IBM was seeking an actual pilot to cast in a TV spot the company was shooting in New York, he got the gig. The rest is television history. Michael, who is wearing brown glasses and a suit, appears at the very beginning and at the end of the TV spot.
’82 Robert L. (Bob) Dietz, a shareholder of Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe (ZKS), has been awarded the 2009 Judge J.C. 'Jake' Stone Distinguished Service Award, the highest pro bono honor bestowed by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County (Florida) Bar. The award is given to one attorney each year who has demonstrated lifetime dedication to pro bono work. Since 1986, Bob has represented more than 150 children in cases involving 1,130 hours. The cases have often involved medical issues as complex as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, shaken baby syndrome, cocaine babies, and injuries involving spiral fractures and severe burns. In addition to abuse cases, he has had abandonment, child development, failure to thrive, and parental endangerment cases. Bob has practiced at ZKS, where he focuses on workers' compensation, since 1984.
Bob Mansbach, a shareholder with Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, Florida, is chair of the 7,000 member Florida Bar Trial Lawyers' Section. This is Bob's eighth year of service on the section's Executive Council. The Trial Lawyers' Section was founded in 1967, and Bob is its 44th chair.
’83 Gail Vaughn Ashworth was sworn in as president of the Tennessee Bar Association at the 2009 TBA convention in Memphis on June 19. Gail will serve as TBA President for the 2009-10 term. She is a partner of Gideon & Wiseman in Nashville.
Paul S. Atkins, a former member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was appointed to the congressional panel overseeing the $700 billion financial bailout in August 2009 by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Kurt Schmalz was featured on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, the magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Kurt wrote a cover story on recent developments in California law governing attorney-client fee disputes, entitled "A Fee Change." Kurt is a shareholder in the Beverly Hills, Calfiornia, law firm of Lurie Zepeda Schmalz & Hogan, where he specializes in business litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has practiced law in the Los Angeles area since graduating from Vanderbilt Law School.
’84 Paul Ney hosted members of the Class of 1984 at a party at his home during Reunion 2009.
Drew Parobek has been named a "2010 Northeast Ohio Super Lawyer" by Inside Business magazine. Drew is a partner with Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Cleveland, where his practice focuses on bankruptcy.
’85 Peter M. Goodloe has joined Sidley Austin as a counsel in the firm's FDA, Healthcare, and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. Before affiliating with Sidley Austin, Pete served as legislative counsel and parliamentarian for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairman John Dingell (D-MI). Before working for Energy and Commerce, he served for over 21 years in the House Office of Legislative Counsel, where he helped to write landmark legislation such as comprehensive FDA reform laws in 1997 and 2007, as well as amendments to the Hatch-Waxman generic drug program in 2003; the Ryan White HIV-services law in 1990 and its major reauthorizations in 1996, 2000, and 2006; comprehensive NIH reform laws in 1993 and 2006; and the comprehensive bioterrorism preparedness and response law in 2002. He also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law for 14 years, where he taught legislative analysis and drafting.
’86 Richard Gazala's debut novel, Blood of the Moon, was published in October. The book is a thriller set during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Richard lives in Vienna, Virginia.
’87 Julie Genovese was elected Dane County Circuit Court Judge in Madison, Wisconsin. She took the bench on August 1. As a state court judge, Julie will hear criminal, civil and juvenile cases. Julie practiced law for 20 years, as a lawyer at Foley & Lardner and as a self-employed mediator. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Shirley S. Abrahamson, who is currently Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
’88 Judge Tina R. (Combs) Ainley was appointed to Division 3 of the Yavapai County Superior Court, Yavapai County, Arizona, in March 2008 by then-Governor Janet Napolitano. After Tina graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, she was in private practice for one year, a Prescott City Attorney for two years and a Deputy County Attorney for 15 years before taking the bench. Judge Ainley handles both juvenile and criminal cases. She is married to Mark Ainley, and they have two daughters.
Research published by Darby Dickerson, dean of Stetson University School of Law, was quoted in a November 18 USA Today article about "term-paper mills," online vendors that sell research papers to college students. Darby notes in her Villanova Law Review article that cheating and plagiarism "are as common on college campuses as dirty laundry and beer."
Darlene T. Marsh has been elected secretary of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and will become the organization's president in 2012. Darlene is a partner in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman. She also serves on the executive committee for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as the board of directors for the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.
Patricia Milon is now executive vice president and chief legal counsel for Scottrade Bank. As executive vice president and chief legal counsel, she provides guidance on all legal matters affecting the Scottrade Bank, particularly with the development of new retail banking products. She came to Scottrade with more than 20 years of experience in banking regulation and compliance law. Prior to joining Scottrade, Patricia provided financial institutions with consultation services on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and served as chief legal officer and senior vice president for regulatory affairs at America's Community Bankers (ACB). Her previous positions also include vice president and deputy general counsel for Fannie Mae and senior counsel for financial institutions for the U.S. Treasury Department.
Don J. Mizerk has joined Husch Blackwell Sanders Welsh & Katz in Chicago as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation practice area. Don was previously a partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn.
David M. Rudolph has joined the Memphis law firm of Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews as a member. David concentrates his practice in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. He is a former chair of the Memphis Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He is married to Elizabeth Gardner Rudolph '89, and they have four sons, Myers (15), Gardner (14), Wise (11) and Carson (10).
Brian S. Smith became the Division Counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he oversees Corps legal offices in Alaska, Hawaii/Pacific, Korea and Japan, in 2007. In 2010, he will deploy for a one-year assignment in the Corps' legal office in Afghanistan, after which he will return to his position in Hawaii. Brian worked from 1992-2007 as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice National Courts Section defending the United States in government contracts trials and appeals, including Daewoo v. United States.
’89 Lonnie Brown has been named professor of law at the University of Georgia School of Law. Brown joined the UGA law faculty as an assistant professor in 2002. His research and teaching focus is in the areas of civil procedure, conflict of laws, and ethics in litigation. He spent the 2008-09 academic year working in the UGA Office of the Provost as an Administrative Fellow. Before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt as a Patrick Wilson Scholar, Lonnie was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University.
’91 Judge Marc D'Antonio has been appointed Associate Judge of the Muscogee County Probate Court in Columbus, Georgia. Judge D'Antonio took the bench on July 1.
Rana DiOrio has written a children's book, What Does It Mean to Be Global, for a new children's book publisher, Little Pickle Press, which she helped found in spring 2009. DiOrio was inspired to write the book while explaining the significance of the election of President Barack Obama—and why it had such an impact worldwide—to her children. She lives with her husband and their three children in Belvedere, California.
’92 Kirk Henderson writes, "After 16 good years at the Allegheny County Public Defender's Office in Pittsburgh, I have moved to the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender's Office in Pittsburgh to do death penalty work. My kids (ages 7, 5, 4 and 2) are excited that I can see into PNC Park and Heinz Field from my new office."
André Williams is running for Congress in Florida's District 17. André is currently a City Councilman in Miami Gardens, a community in North Dade County. (read more)
’94 Jeffrey A. Brauer, a litigation partner with Hahn Loeser & Parks in Cleveland, was presented with the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under in District 12 for his outstanding service to the community. Jeff is currently the statewide coordinator for Wills for Ohio, an organization that provides free estate planning to firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service employees. Jeff also chairs Hahn Loeser's Pro Bono Committee and is responsible for the firm's pro bono services in Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Florida. One of his main pro bono initiatives is a program that addresses landlord-tenant disputes in the Cleveland Municipal Court.
Mary McNeil Schoeffler (BA'90) and her husband, William, celebrated the birth of a son, Samuel McNeil, on July 6. Sam joins older brother Whit. The Schoefflers live in Atlanta, where Mary is senior counsel for Global Supply Chain Management with GE.
Jason P. Wright has been named a partner in the law firm of Morris Manning & Martin. He is based in the firm's Atlanta office.
Jeffrey M. Young has joined Ellis & Winters in Cary, North Carolina, as a partner. Jeff will focus on contract/UCC, government contract, construction and other commercial litigation, and he has a background in ERISA and intellectual property law.
’95 Tammy King has been named the assistant dean for career development at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Before joining Creighton, she served as director of career services at Washington University School of Law and practiced in the area of commercial litigation in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tom Lee has founded BlairBlvd, a new firm that focuses on government relations and lobbying for business clients in Tennessee. Tom brings his 13 years of experience as a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville and his experiences in statewide politics and media to the new firm, where he advises businesses and trade associations on public messaging, strategic planning, and policy implementation. Tom's work in the 2009 General Assembly was recently featured in Tennessee Road Builder magazine, which praised his leadership of a multi-industry coalition that worked to pass landmark water quality legislation in Tennessee.
Sandra Wilkinson welcomed twins, Evelyn Gray and Lloyd Andrew, on February 23. She lives in Dallas, Texas, where she is an attorney with Hallett & Perrin.
’96 Andrea (Phillips) Peters married Timothy Peters on May 2 in Philadelphia. They live in Atlanta. Mary Ann Poirer and M. Wade Turner ('97) attended the ceremony.
’97 Daniel W. (Danny) Van Horn has been elected president of the Tennessee Bar Association for 2011-2012. Danny will be one of the youngest attorneys to serve as president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA). Danny will first serve as the TBA's next vice president, which will make him the organization's president-elect in 2010. He is a former president of the TBA's Young Lawyers Division, and he currently serves as the 9th District representative on the TBA Board of Governors and as chair of the TBA CLE Committee. Danny is a partner with Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada in Memphis.
Renee Yuen (BA'94) and her husband, Iain Juden, are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Evelyn Soo-Quan Juden, born on April 25. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. The family lives in Orlando, Florida, where Renee is director and senior counsel at Walt Disney World Company.
’98 Peggy (Facklis) Hintergardt has joined Essilor of America, a Dallas-based leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses worldwide, as corporate counsel. Peggy joined Essilor with more than eight years of employment law litigation and counseling experience in the Dallas area. She is board-certified in employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was recently named by D Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers under the Age of 40."
’99 Matt Bromund, founder of the Law Office of Matt Bromund, an immigration and family law firm in Ventura, California, recently added his firm's first associate attorney. Matt's firm has also moved to offices on Telegraph Road in Ventura.
Trenton H. Cotney (BS'96) has won the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association's (FRSA) 2009 President's Award, which was presented during the FRSA 87th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, on July 11. Trent is board-certified by the Florida Bar in construction law and focuses his practice at Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampa on construction litigation. He is a director and general counsel of FRSA, a director of West Coast Roofing Contractors' Association (WCRCA), and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). He has published more than 75 articles on such topics as negligent design, delay damages, and defective workmanship, and conducted seminars on construction contract provisions and licensing issues. Trent was also recognized in Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite "Up & Coming" list and included in the 2009 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list, which lists top attorneys who have been practicing for 10 years or less or are under age 40.
R. Brian Hendrix and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of a son, Lucas Aiden, born July 13. The Hendrixes live in Alexandria, Virginia, and Brian is a partner with Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C.
Kito K. Huggins is a consultant and Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Strategist for The FutureWork Institute, a global diversity and change management consultancy. As a direct report to the firm's CEO and COO, Kito identifies, researches and analyzes future trends in employment, the marketplace and government regulation of his client's industries to position them for success. He comes to FWI with more than nine years' experience as litigation counsel and as an investment bank compliance officer for global financial institutions.
Mark Liniado recently joined BNSF Railway Company in Fort Worth as assistant general tax counsel. Mark previously was tax counsel at Energy Future Holdings in Dallas.
David Meadows has been appointed to the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. David is an attorney at King & Spalding and previously practiced at Powell Goldstein. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Decatur, Georgia, with their two children.
Eric D. Ruka has joined the Pittsburgh office of Spilman Thomas & Battle as counsel, practicing intellectual property law, including patent matters.
’00 Mark A. Bogdanowicz has joined the Peoria, Illinois, office of Howard & Howard, where he will practice in the areas of business and corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Mark is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the newsletter editor of the Labor and Employment Committee. He has published a number of articles on the subject of the treatment of pension funds in bankruptcy.
Andre Burba joined Pine Brook Road Partners, a $1.43 billion private equity fund in New York, where he will be responsible for originating, evaluating and monitoring the firm's investments in the energy sector. Prior to joining Pine Brook in 2008, Andre was a principal investor with the Credit Suisse Special Opportunities Group.
Eleanor Griffith McDonald and her husband, John McDonald, welcomed their second child, Ella Katherine ("Kate") on April 27. Kate joined her proud three-year-old brother, Drew. The McDonalds live in Nashville.
Mark Neyland has joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis, Indiana, as senior counsel in the firm's collegiate sports practice. Mark previously served as an assistant director of enforcement at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He was the lead investigator and chief presenter on behalf of the Enforcement Staff on several high-profile major infractions cases. Before Mark earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt, he was a patrolman and tactical officer for the Alton Police Department in Alton, Illinois.
Masami Izumida Tyson and her husband, Rich Tyson (M.D., Vanderbilt Medical School, '98) welcomed their third child, Rebecca Mei, in August. The Tysons have two older children, Joel Issei (8) and Julia Natsuki (6). Masami is corporate attorney for Mentor Graphics Corporation, which allows her to travel to Tokyo several times each year.
Jessica Wilson joined Edison McDowell & Hetherington, a new firm in Houston, Texas, in January 2009. Jessica started her legal career at Bracewell & Patterson (n/k/a Bracewell & Giuliani) in 2000. At Edison McDowell & Hetherington, "It is great to be reunited with some of the attorneys with whom I started my career," she writes. "We have a general commercial litigation practice and have been very busy since opening our doors."
’02 Shuchao Henry Gao was recently appointed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a member of the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Program, which was established by the WTO recently to promote research and teaching on WTO issues in universities around the world. Henry is now a tenured associate professor at the School of Law of Singapore Management University, where he has been teaching since 2008. A leading scholar on China's involvement in the WTO and free trade agreements (FTA), he has been advising the Chinese government and many other international organizations, including the World Bank, the APEC, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Lindsay Errickson Jeansonne and her husband, Dr. Louis Jeansonne, welcomed their first child, Charles Louis, on July 19. The family lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Diane Sabol is now a partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office, where her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.
Kenneth Sanney left his Nashville-based law practice as an entertainment attorney and an appointment as an adjunct professor in Middle Tennessee State University's Recording Industry Department to accept a fulltime tenure-track assistant professorship at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he teaches in the Finance and Law Department of the College of Business Administration. Ken earned an M.T.S./J.D. at Vanderbilt.
Steven Sedberry has recently authored a new book, Law School Labyrinth: A Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education (Kaplan Publishing, April 2009). The book is available at all major booksellers and the website is www.lawschoollabyrinth.com.
’03 Nicholas Baumgartner and his wife, Kristin, welcomed a son, Valentin Laurence Imanuel, on October 14. The Baumgartners live in London, where Nicholas is an attorney with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Candice Cook, an attorney at Bickel Brewer in Atlanta, has had an exciting 2009. The year started with a visit to the Sundance Film Festival in January, where she appeared in the HBO documentary Good Hair starring Chris Rock, which won a special jury prize for U.S. documentary. Her appearance in the film was also featured on Entertainment Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Candice was recently selected by the Apex Society as a finalist for Atlanta's "Power 30 Under 30," and she was invited to serve on the advisory panels of BlazeTrak and the American Bar Association. She has also been honored by the ABA for her work on the advisory panel for the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, which helps expose minorities to the legal field. She will be included in a forthcoming anthology tentatively titled 100 Successful African American Attorneys. Candice is an active volunteer with the New York Restoration Project and Operation Fairy Dust.
Alabama Assistant Attorney General Misty S. Fairbanks and her colleague, Alabama Solicitor General Corey Maze, were honored by the National Association of Attorneys General with one of its "Best Brief Awards" for 2009, recognizing excellence in writing briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney General Troy King joined the Association in praising the work of Maze and Fairbanks for their outstanding brief regarding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in the case of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One (NAMUDNO) v. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General. Misty has served as an assistant attorney general in Alabama's Constitutional Defense Division since 2005.
Tara Kilfoyle-Burks and her husband, Stephen Burks, welcomed their first child, Thomas "TJ" Burks, on August 16. The Kilfoyle-Burks live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Erin Terrell recently accepted a position as associate general counsel at MedAssets in Alpharetta, Georgia. Erin was previously in private practice at Withrow McQuade & Olsen in Atlanta.
’04 Rachael Mahaffey Crews was listed as a "Florida Rising Star" in the field of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. Rachael is an associate with GrayRobinson in Orlando.
J. Michael Meenan (BS'01) and Anna Waszkowski Meenan (BA'01) welcomed a son, John Conlin, on June 17.
’05 Rebecca McClintock Barnett, a registered patent attorney, has joined Waddey & Patterson in Nashville as an associate. She is a member of the firm's patent prosecution team.
Kristal Boone was recognized at the Tennessee Bar Association meeting for organizing a successful pro bono "Wills for Heroes" clinic in Nashville on April 4, Tennessee's statewide Pro Bono Service Day. At the event, volunteer attorneys provided free legal services to police, fire fighters and first responders at the event. Kristal's firm, Boone Law, focuses on estate planning, business law and nonprofit law.
Sudkhet Boriboonsri (LL.M.) has undertaken a position as a counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for Thailand’s works on intellectual property at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Candice Richards-Forest married Roy Forest III on November 22, 2008, in New Orleans. The couple lives in New Orleans. Monifa Gray and Lillian Stewart were bridesmaids.
Jasmin Yang has joined the bankruptcy practice group at Snell & Wilmer based in Costa Mesa (Orange County), California. Jasmin started her career at Snell & Wilmer's Arizona office in 2005.
’06 David Arens has joined Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell as an associate in the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Group, based in Wilmington, Delaware. He was previously an associate with Stites & Harbison in Nashville and served as a clerk for the Honorable Cornelia A. Clark on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Emily O'Reilly Harris and Matthew Morris Mauney '08 were married September 19 at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. The couple met at Vanderbilt Law School. Emily is keeping her name. She is an associate in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Mayer Brown, where she helps clients form private investment funds.
Aja Hicks has joined the Portland, Oregon, office of Scheer & Zehnder, a Seattle-based litigation firm.
Robert A. Peal has joined Neal & Harwell as a litigation associate. He previously served as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years.
Charlie Trumbull moved from Deputy Legal Advisor to Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, in January 2010. He is serving a one-year assignment in Baghdad, after which he will return to Washington, D.C. (read more)
Amanda Schlager Wick has moved to Atlanta, where her husband, Brett Wick, has accepted a math professorship with Georgia Tech. Amanda, who has previously served as an associate with Strom Law Firm and with Epstein Becker & Green, is currently working as an independent contractor.
’07 Elisabeth O'Neill Madden married Wesley Martin Mullen on September 19 in Newport, Rhode Island. Elizabeth is an associate in the trusts and estates department of the New York law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Michelle Brooks Safer married Bran Safer on September 26 in Nashville, where the couple lives.
’08 Holly Jessica (Brown) Clemente has joined Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose in Birmingham, Alabama, where her practice includes general civil litigation and management labor and employment defense. She recently married Giuseppe Eduardo Clemente of Dothan, Alabama.
Darren Freedman and his wife, Nicole, celebrated the birth of their son, Caleb, on April 3. In November, Darren and two partners, including Bobby Matsuishi, started a new business, Lawn Storks LA, which allows proud parents to rent a lawn stork designed by Darren's cousin, artist Tris Wasserman, with a keepsake bundle announcing the birth to neighbors. See Darren and the storks at ww.lawnstorksla.com.
George Kun (LL.M.), who is currently Rule of Law operations manager with the Iraq Justice Reform Project, has been named the Luther College Young Alumni Award recipient for 2009. The award recognizes recent Luther College graduates who have rendered notable service to their profession and society in their vocation or avocation. A native of Liberia, George is widely recognized for his role in advocating for refugees around the world and has appeared as an expert spokesperson on media outlets, including FOX News, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio.
Matthew Morris (Matt) Mauney and Emily O'Reilly Harris '06 were married September 19 at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. The couple met at Vanderbilt Law School. Matt is an associate in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of McGuire Woods.
’09 Ashlee Christine Conley and Andrew Charles Robin Veit were married September 19 in Nashville. The couple will live in New York City, where Ashlee will join Sullivan & Cromwell and Andrew will join Simpson Thacher & Barnett.
Casey Fiesler is a winner of a 2009 Distinguished Writing Award presented by the Burton Foundation. Only 15 law graduates are honored with Burton Awards each year. Through the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, an awards program that operates in conjunction with the Library of Congress, law schools are invited to submit students' published articles that faculty and journal staffs deem worthy of recognition. Fiesler's Note, "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Fandom: How Existing Social Norms Can Help Shape the Next Generation of User-Generated Content," which was published in the Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law in spring 2008, was an award winner.
Lauren Lowe has won a Skadden Fellowship to work with Equip for Equality in Chicago starting in fall 2010. Lauren is currently clerking for Judge M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. (read more)
Sarah Maxwell has joined Miller & Martin in Nashville.
Chuck T. Switzer has joined Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis, where his practice will focus in construction and real property litigation. Before attending law school, he taught middle school math and science and summer school literacy in the Evergreen Public School District in Vancouver, Washington, from 2001-06.
Former Vanderbilt Law Professor Michael Goldsmith, age 58, of Heber City, Utah, died on November 1 in hospice care in Albany, New York, after a three-year struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Professor Goldsmith's academic career began at Vanderbilt Law School, where he taught from 1980-83. In 1984, he took a leave of absence to serve as counsel to the New York State Organized Crime Task Force in White Plains, New York, directing operations against various mob figures; his leave became permanent when his work extended to two years and culminated in his testimony against John Gotti in the late 1980s. He returned to teaching as Professor of Law at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was voted "Best Professor of the Year" by the student body six times. Devoted to his students, Professor Goldsmith continued to teach even after his diagnosis of ALS.
John Thomas Conners '48 passed away peacefully at home on September 8. He was a founding partner of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry. Conners earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt in 1941 and then served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, where he was an aerial observer instructor at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas, and a photo intelligence officer with the 15th Air Force in Italy. After earning his law degree, he co-founded Boult Cummings Conners and Berry, where he practiced for more than 50 years.
Colonel Jack L. Giannini '48 died September 7. He had spent much of his career as a single practitioner in Belleville, Illinois, before joining the law firm of a long-time friend, William Enyart, in 1992. He established his Belleville practice after retiring from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1971, after 30 years of military service. Over the course of his career, during which he logged over 5,700 hours of flight time in 22 different types of aircraft and was credited with 97 combat missions, Jack earned the rating of Command Pilot and received two Legion of Merit awards, the Air Medal with five clusters, the Bronze Star and other citations. In his legal practice, he often assisted fellow practitioners in matters related to military service. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and a stepdaughter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ellen, and his only son, Roger.
John E. Rodgers '49 died November 30 following an extended illness. A veteran of World War II, John flew 32 bombing missions over Germany. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, he earned a Masters of Law at George Washington University. He retired from the F.B.I. in 1975 as agent in charge of the Nashville Division. He was the first Inspector General of the state of Tennessee. He also had his own private law practice for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his son, two grandchildren and two great grandsons.
Russell C. Hinson '51 died December 13 in Duluth, Georgia, where he and his wife had moved in 2004 to live with their daughter. Judge Hinson served in the Marines during World War II. He and his family moved to Chattanooga in 1957, where he was in private practice until he was appointed a judge in Hamilton County General Sessions Court in 1962. In 1965, he was appointed to the Hamilton County Criminal Court, where he served until his retirement in 1996. Judge Hinson was known for fairness and impartiality and for his knowledge of and adherence to the law. He was also an adjunct professor in the criminal justice department of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga for many years. His wife of 62 years, Earlyne, died on November 3. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law and three grandsons.
Captain Edward K. Sanders '51 died on July 11 in Charleston, South Carolina. Captain Sanders earned his B.A. (1948) and his LL.B. at Vanderbilt, and then served in the State of Tennessee's Financial Responsibility Division in the Department of Safety from 1951-52. He joined a private law practice in Franklin, Tennessee, in 1952, leaving in 1961 to join the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1985, after serving in the Judge Navy Marine Corps Court of Military Review from 1979-84. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret, a son, two daughters, and a grandson.
Judge Ed W. Hughes '52 died July 24 in Phoenix, Arizona. He served as a judge in the Arizona Superior Court for 17 years. During World War II, Ed served as a fighter pilot, achieving the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. After the war, he was a Brigadier General in the National Guard. He is survived by his wife, Maria, a stepson and two granddaughters.
John K. Maddin Jr. '52, a member of the Nashville Bar for more than 56 years, died October 29 at his home of a heart attack. A Nashville native and a descendant of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Howell E. Jackson, John served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy during and after World War II, and then earned his undergraduate and law degrees at Vanderbilt. He began practicing law in 1952, partnering with his father with the firm of Maddin and Maddin. He was later associated with the firms of Gracey Buck Maddin & Cowan, Maddin Miller & McCune and, during the last decade, in an "of counsel" role with Blackburn & McCune. Over the course of his long career, Maddin became known as one of the preeminent product liability defense attorneys in the Southeast, appearing often before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was famous for defending Holly Farms Corporation against a 1988 hostile takeover bid by Tyson Foods. In 1982, John was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers and invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2002, the Nashville Bar Association recognized his 50 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Sallie Beth, three daughters and sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Julius George Schneider '54 died suddenly on November 26. He is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Thomas Olsen Hartley Smith Jr. '55, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, died October 23 of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Jon H. Moores '58 (VU '55) died July 20 in Decatur, Alabama, where he had lived and practiced law for four decades as a partner with Caddell Shanks Harris Moores and Murphree. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, four children and eight grandchildren.
Walker Taylor Tipton '58 (BA '53) died July 18 in Germantown, Tennessee. He served as an Assistant State Attorney General, and served two terms as an alderman for the City of Covington, Tennessee. He served as a Special Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Covington Electric System Board for 25 years, part of which he served as chair. He was a Charter Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, served on the Board of Directors for First State Bank, and served as Tipton County School Board Attorney. He leaves his wife, Ann, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
David Louis Simpson III '61 died May 23 in Memphis. He began his law practice in Memphis as an assistant city attorney, and then joined Larkey Dudley Blanchard and McRae as an associate. In 1968, he joined the legal department at Conwood Corporation, where he became secretary and general counsel. He retired from Conwood in 2001 after 33 years of service. David served on the Board of the Memphis Pink Palace for a number of years, acting as its legal counsel. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beth, their three children, and six grandchildren.
James C. (Jimmy) Dale III '63 died July 10 after an extended illness. A practicing lawyer for more than 45 years, Jimmy focused on corporate and partnership law. After serving three years in the Navy, he attended Vanderbilt Law School on a full scholarship, serving as Notes Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, and graduating second in his class. While in law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Miller. He was an attorney for the State of Tennessee before he joined his father at the firm of Goodpasture Carpenter and Dale. Jimmy taught at the Nashville School of Law for 13 years. Besides hunting, fishing and camping with his three sons, he was active in cub scouts and coaching YMCA basketball teams. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his love of reading. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Helen, two of his sons, and three grandchildren.
Jane Shaeffer '65, who was the driving force behind the founding and survival of Tallahassee, Florida's main homeless shelter, died September 9 from the complications of pneumonia. Jane specialized in domestic law and became the first statewide director of Florida's Guardian ad Litem program. She was among the 20 volunteers and local agencies who banded together in 1987-88 to open a temporary homeless shelter in the basement of Tallahassee's First Presbyterian Church. "The Shelter" became a year-round facility in 1991. In 1989, most of the organizing board members wanted to give up operation of The Shelter and hoped the city would take over the seasonal operation. Jane, who was not convinced the city would take over and convinced a permanent facility was needed, insisted they stay the course, which led to the eventual year-round shelter. "Jane was definitely the driving force in the origin of The Shelter; it would not be here now if it wasn't for her," said Mel Eby, director of The Shelter since 1990. The Shelter endured criticism from politicians and residents who complained about its visible location and open-door policy. But Jane was an adamant advocate for its chief tenets, insisting that The Shelter welcome homeless people of any physical or mental condition, charge no fees, and enforce no limits on how long they could stay. She led the lobbying that persuaded the City Commission to purchase and give The Shelter its building in 1993. She helped assemble the network of churches and groups that donate the nightly meals. In 2004, she and her husband purchased an adjacent building to serve as The Shelter's day center. In 1989, she was Tallahassee's Volunteer of the Year. A native of Washington, D.C., Jane practiced law in Washington and in Boston before moving to Tallahassee in 1978. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, retired Florida A&M University architecture professor Ron Shaeffer, and their two children and three grandchildren.
Rosemary Beverly Brown '75 died on May 4 in Boulder, Colorado. A Nashville native, Rosemary earned her B.A. from the University of Arizona. After earning her law degree at Vanderbilt, she practiced as a securities attorney in Nashville and Dallas. Later she worked as a real estate agent in Boulder, Colorado, and served as a chaplain for the Boulder Community Hospital Pastoral Service. Rosemary spent much of her adult life battling an aggressive cancer. Though it changed her plans, ending career paths prematurely, it never defined her dreams. She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Bill Briggs.
Stephen Mark Miller '78 died peacefully in his home in Eagleville, Tennessee, on July 27 after a long battle with cancer. Stephen began his career in Nashville, but established his own practice in Eagleville in 2006, centered on intellectual property law related to entertainment and music. He was an avid Vanderbilt fan, and an excellent tennis and basketball player.
Adrian von Hassell '83 died on July 6 in New York of complications related to his treatment for leukemia. He was 52. He was born in 1956 in Rome, Italy, where his father, Wolf Ulrich von Hassell, a former West German ambassador to the United Nations, was serving in a diplomatic post. His grandfather, Ulrich von Hassell, was the last Weimar Republic ambassador to Italy and was executed by the Nazis in 1944 for his involvement in a plot to overthrow Hitler. A graduate of Wagner College, Adrian earned a master's degree in economics from Fordham University before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He worked in corporate litigation at several law firms, including Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, the former Miller Singer Raives & Brandes, and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, until succumbing to his illness. He is survived by his mother, Christa von Hassell, a brother and a sister.
Geraldine Skupien '86 died at her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a valiant battle with cancer. She is survived by her sister Janet, and her brother and sister-in-law Charles and Deborah.
Romina Lorena Mulloy Bossio Levine '01 died tragically November 12, along with her husband, Michael Levine and their son, Ariel Levine, almost five, as a result of a fire that destroyed their home. Romina was an associate with Baker Botts in Dallas.
Romina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and held both Argentine and U.S. citizenships. She studied at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires and in 1997 graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University with a degree in political science. At Vanderbilt Law School, she was president of the Spanish Legal Society.
She started her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable John T. Nixon of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She then joined Baker Botts in Dallas, where she specialized in corporate workouts and litigation.
"Romina was one of those people who touched everyone she knew," Jack Kinzie of Baker Botts told the Dallas Morning News. "The thing that made Romina special was that not only was she a terrific lawyer, but she was also our number one volunteer." Romina led a team of lawyers and staffers who donated their time at Julius Dorsey Elementary School. An active volunteer, she was a member of the coordinating committee of an adopt-a-school program and used her Spanish skills to encourage students at Dorsey. She also served on the Law in Schools and Community Committee of the Dallas Bar Association.
Romina was a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the John C. Ford American Inn of Court. She is survived by her parents and a sister.