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William L. Nusbaum was appointed recently to the board of the Virginia College Building Authority by Virginia Governor Mark Warner. The Authority issues bonds to finance building projects for Virginia state universities. Nusbaum practices with Hofheimer Nusbaum PC in Norfolk, VA.

Bonnie Alice Sullivan is executive director of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. The group recruits, screens, trains, and supports lay volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Fairfax County (VA) Juvenile Court dependency proceedings. Sullivan lives in Washington, D.C.

F. Blair Wimbush has been named senior general counsel with responsibility for litigation and operations at Norfolk Southern Corporation in Norfolk. Wimbush joined Norfolk Southern in 1980 and has held a number of key positions in its law department.


Arthur LaFave has left Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP in Washington, D.C., to start LaFave & Sailer LLP. The new firm will concentrate on international trade law. LaFave reports that his oldest son just finished his junior year at Williams College and another son just graduated from high school, while his daughter is entering seventh grade.

James McClellan is currently the James Bryce Visiting Fellow in American Studies at the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London. He was formerly chief counsel of the subcommittee of separation of powers of the U.S. Senate committee on the judiciary and director of the Center for Judicial Studies. In the past year McClellan has edited a new edition of John Taylor of Caroline's New Views of the Constitution, co-edited a new edition of The Federalist, and published the third edition of his textbook, Liberty, Order and Justice: An Introduction to the Constitutional Principles of American Government. He resides with his family near Hampden-Sydney College, where he has taught for many years.


DischingerJoseph B. Dischinger currently serves as president-elect of the Denver Bar Association. He will take office in July 2003. Dischinger practices water and environmental law at Grimshaw & Harring PC in Denver, CO.

Beverly J. Haney has joined Gardner, Maupin and Sutton PC in Spotsylvania County, VA. She will focus on criminal and traffic defense, wills and trusts, and personal injury. Haney returns to private practice after fifteen years with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Stafford County, VA.

Steve Huntoon serves as vice president of the Energy Bar Association, a nonprofit association of 1,900 attorneys and non-attorney professionals whose mission is to enhance the professional competence of those who practice and administer energy law. After living ten years in the Philadelphia area, Huntoon and his family have returned to Arlington, VA.

Jennifer Jordan McCall recently married James W. McCall, who works at Intel Capital Corporation in Santa Clara, CA. The couple lives in Hillsborough with Jennifer's two daughters, Caroline, 13, and Hillary, 11.

David Powers reports that he and his colleagues at Baker Botts LLP have been representing Hyundai Motor Company on " a fascinating project" involving the siting of Hyundai's first U.S. manufacturing plant. "After a thorough analysis of many sites and negotiations with Alabama and Kentucky, Hyundai chose Montgomery, AL, for the site of its $1 billion plant and broke ground on April 15," Powers wrote.

Nick Read has served as in-house counsel with Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company, a private bank, since 1987. He and his wife Anne have been happily married for twenty-six years. Daughter Sarah, 19, just completed her freshman year at New York University and daughter Jojo, 15, is a high school sophomore. Read's job "allows time for painting, both in Cambridge where he lives, and abroad in Italy, Ireland, and England, and (he) is therefore quite happy." He had an art show in Boston on October 5-6.


Mark Davidson chaired the drafting committee for legislation posted in North Carolina in 2001 modernizing the various state business entity acts. He currently serves on both the business law section council and the tax law section council of the North Carolina Bar Association.

FawcettAmelia Chilcott Fawcett is a Commander of the British Empire, an award presented by the Queen of England earlier this year in recognition of Fawcett's services to the finance industry. As managing director and chief administrative officer of Morgan Stanley's European operations, London-based Fawcett has worked with the British government on issues ranging from the competitiveness of the UK to financial services and regulatory reform and the broader European open market agenda. In addition to serving as a member of Morgan Stanley's European executive committee and European operational risk committee, she serves on the boards of Morgan Stanley's major European operating companies. She also is vice-chair of Britain's National Employment Panel, charged with creating innovative ways to find sustainable jobs for the long-term unemployed. Fawcett has worked with Morgan Stanley since 1987.

James R. Hart received the James D. McDonnell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service from the Western Fairfax County (VA) Citizens Association April 15. He serves on the Fairfax County board of zoning appeals and is a former chair of the construction law and public contracts section of the Virginia State Bar. Hart focuses on construction and real property litigation in his practice at Hart & Horan PC in Fairfax, VA.

Jane Jackson specializes in workers' compensation as a senior partner with Robinson-Lawing LLP in Winston-Salem, NC. She is listed in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America. Several years ago, she became the first former female student inducted into Wake Forest University's Sports Hall of Fame. The honor recognized her trail-blazing achievements in women's basketball.

John E. Osborn has received a 2002-2003 faculty appointment at the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, part of Princeton University's Department of Politics. He will spend the year focusing on research relating to the peace process in Northern Ireland, a subject he first explored in 1998 as an Eisenhower Fellow. Earlier this year he was appointed to the Wilson Council, a private sector advisory group of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Osborn was a visiting scholar in East European studies at the Wilson Center in 1991.

TorrellGary F. Torrell has been named executive vice-president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Downey Savings and Loan Association FA, one of California's largest savings and loan institutions, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. Torrell previously served as counsel with City National Bank. He also has sixteen years experience in private practice, including twelve years at Paul, Hasting, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Los Angeles, where he was an equity partner.


BryanRosemarie L. Bryan recently joined a new firm, Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker PC, in Chattanooga, TN. The firm is one of the largest in Tennessee, with more than 50 attorneys. Bryan practices in the areas of civil litigation, antitrust and trade regulation, management labor law, and criminal defense law. She is a Fellow of both the Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Foundations.

Nathaniel D. Chapman reports that, after "three wonderful years" as a U.S. delegate at the United Nations, he and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Martin Chapman, are moving to Ankara, Turkey, where Chapman will be working in the U.S. Embassy. Chapman writes that he "would be pleased to hear from any old friends."

Nancy C. Dart works at Hartford (CT) Hospital's Institute of Living, a private psychiatric hospital, where she performs intake work. After working in a New Haven law firm for a year after her Law School graduation, she entered law school administration, working at the University of Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut in their career counseling and placement offices. In 1993, she returned to school for her master's degree in social work with a concentration in community organizing. Since then, she writes, "I've had a lot of fun exploring different areas of practice, including group work with teenagers in foster care, rape crisis counseling, and especially community mental health, where I oversaw an assertive outreach team for chronically mentally ill adults. I consider myself lucky to have had two such great careers in one lifetime." Dart would love to hear from classmates at

Nancy G. Etzwiler and her husband, Don O'Neil, are the proud parents of a new daughter, Laura Grey O'Neil, born July 2001.

Jeffrey M. Gill has been elected President of the Benedictine High School Board of Governors in Richmond, replacing Philip J. Bagley, III '66, who had served for eight years on the Board and was ineligible for re-election.

John L. Laskey served on a panel on multiple debtors at the April 2002 New Jersey Bar Association Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference. He also judged student oral arguments at the Law School last spring in a case involving the breach of a surrogacy agreement under Pennsylvania law. Laskey is a partner in the Cherry Hill, NJ, office of Dilworth Paxson LLP, where his practice focuses on litigation and bankruptcy.

Bernard Seward married Heide Trask Wood, a policy analyst and writer on women's issues from a traditional perspective, on August 4, 2001. Classmates Bill Lundeen, Dawn Murphy Phillips, Scott Newman, John Ramig, Paul Raney, and Glen Stuart, as well as Trudi Berlin Hays '82, David Webster '75, and David Stoner, husband of the late Sara Gropen '91, attended the ceremony at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Edenton, NC. Seward works as an attorney with the U.S. State Department specializing in nuclear weapons control, but expects to return to Charlottesville soon for a two-year exchange with the Army Judge Advocate General School. In his other life he is a search and rescue pilot for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol.

Martie Edmunds Zakas became vice president and treasurer of the Atlanta-based Russell Corporation in June. She is in charge of the strategic direction and coordination of the company's treasury function. Prior to her move to Russell, Zakas was corporate vice president, corporate secretary, and director of investor relations with Equifax Inc. Russell Corporation specializes in active and casual wear apparel.


Cabell Acree reports that he recently moved with his wife Kassy and daughter Neely, 4, to Greenville, SC, where he began working as senior vice president and general counsel of Exopack LLC, a flexible packaging manufacturer.

Anthony J. Ferrise has joined Ober/Kaler in the tax practice of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on the federal tax aspects of business transactions. Ferrise formerly worked as director of tax planning and audit at CB Richard Ellis, Inc., and senior manager tax (audit) at the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, CA.


Ann Peldo Cargile, a partner of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC in Nashville, TN, was recently invited to join the editorial board of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association.

Nan King reports that she has been serving as hiring partner with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta since 1997. Her firm's summer program was named the best summer program in Atlanta in a survey of summer associates conducted by the American Lawyer in 1997, 1998, and 1999. In 2001, American Lawyer ranked the firm's summer program number one in the nation.


Joe Baker was named chief of the health care bureau in the New York State Office of Attorney General by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in September 2001.

Michael R. Keller writes that he is no longer practicing law per se, but is using his experience to investigate and attempt to resolve internal and external complaints for the University of Washington. He and Rick Maruca recently celebrated the first anniversary of their Vermont civil union. They live in Seattle, WA.

John Mitnick was appointed by President Bush in July 2001 as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

David M. Morriss became legal and legislative counsel to the vice chief of U.S. Naval Operations at the Pentagon in December 2001. During his tour as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Legal Services Office, North Central, headquartered in Washington, D.C., the command was a co-recipient of the 2001 American Bar Association Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Award for its support of families of the victims of the September 11 attacks and for mobilizing reserve forces.

Stephen B. Pershing enforces federal voting rights statutes as a litigator in the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department. He also is a writer and has taught a voting rights course as an adjunct law professor at George Washington University Law School. Pershing writes that he lives in a "delightful old row house on Capitol Hill, still plays the violin, and am determined this year to learn single sculls on the Potomac."

Alfred M. Randolph, Jr., and his wife Kristen had their third son, Peyton Tunstall, on July 9. Randolph is in his fifteenth year with Kaufman & Canoles PC and still lives in Virginia Beach, VA.

ShaferDonna Phillips Shafer has been promoted to vice-president and continues as general counsel for Opus East LLC, headquartered in Rockville, MD. Opus designs and builds commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings nationwide.

James Strawbridge writes that he and his wife Susan have "four great kids," Sarah, 11, Jason, 9, Stephen, 7, and Laura, 5. The family lives in Palo Alto, CA, where Strawbridge is partner and chief operating officer at Worldview Technology Partners.


Thomas S. Burack reports that he and his wife celebrated the arrival of their first child, Thomas Larsen, on September 29, 2001. "Life is busier than ever," writes Burack, who works at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA in Manchester, NH.

Debra Sabatini Hennelly recently joined Integrity Interactive Corporation, an industry leader in delivering web-based compliance training solutions, as vice president and general counsel. She writes from Dedham, MA, "I'm very excited about this new opportunity, particularly in this post-Enron/Anderson climate." Hennelly previously provided legal counsel for corporate compliance at Avaya.

Paul N. McCarthy and his wife, Stella M. Tsai, welcomed Emmett Alden Tsai-McCarthy to the world on January 30. Emmett is enjoying the company of his older brother, Atticus Jacob Tsai-McCarthy. McCarthy works as an attorney for the City of Philadelphia's law department, where he concentrates his practice on construction, procurement, municipal tax, and economic development transactions. He recently represented the city in the new stadium deals with the Eagles and the Phillies. He and his family live in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Bibb L. Strench has been named a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

James F. Williams reports that he and his wife, Anna, had a baby girl, Jacqueline Firenze, on July 30, 2001. A partner at Perkins Cole in Seattle, WA, Williams was listed in the Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2001 and 2002 as one of "Washington's Super Lawyers," a designation received by the top four percent of the Washington bar.


Bill Aniskovich and his wife Jenny are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Amelia, who joins big sister Celia, 10. The family lives in Branford, CT.

Dane Butswinkas and his wife Megan Rupp welcomed their first child, Joseph O'Bryon Butswinkas, on May 24. The family lives in Washington, D.C., where Dane is a partner at Williams & Connelly. E-mail Dane at

Harry Clark was named a partner at Dewey Ballantine in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the firm's international trade group.

Dave Cohen is the Director of Administration for Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing, a camp, conference, and retreat center in New Castle, VA. He and his wife Jamie have two children, Danielle, 10, and Dylan, 8. Email Dave at:

Celeste Delorge Flippen is employment counsel at JCPenney in the Dallas area, working mainly on employment discrimination cases for JCP and its subsidiary, Eckerd Drug. Email Celeste at

Michael Goggin left Bell South in Miami last fall to join Cingular Wireless in Greenbelt, MD, as Regional General Counsel.

Peter K. Killough is counsel to Carter, Ledyard & Milburn's Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice and its intellectual property practice group.

Will Lanier is Corporate Counsel for Ionidea, Inc., in Fairfax, VA. He and his wife, Amy Weinhouse, have two children, Montana, 9, and Steven, 8 months. Will's email is

John Mannato and his wife Melissa welcomed their first child, Catherine Leigh, in August 2001. They live in Exton, PA. John is Director of Supervised Assets-Risk Management at GE Capital's Transport International Pool.

Cal Mayo and his wife Caroline welcomed their fourth child, Thomas, on April 2, 2001. Thomas joins Virginia, 9, and twins William and Callie, 7. The Mayos live in Oxford, MS.

Joseph Perkins received an Honorary Secretary of State Award from Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy in a June 27 ceremony at the Indiana State Capitol. The award recognized Perkins' eight years of service on the Indiana Election Commission, which ended June 30, setting a state record for the longest service on the commission.

Kim Reed left her job as assistant dean of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Law School in March 2001 to join Hogan & Hartson LLP's Warsaw, Poland, office. Reed specializes in international private equity/venture capital investments, corporate law, and commercial real estate, particularly in Europe and Russia. She and her husband, Zbish Pietrzak, welcomed their first child, Nicolas Cameron Pietrzak, on March 1, 2002.

Laurie Crick Sahatjian is chief counsel, environment, health, and safety for Koch Industries, Inc., in Wichita, KS. An energy and trading company, Koch is the second largest privately held company in the United States. Sahatjian, her husband Rick, and son Will, 2, moved to Kansas from Washington, D.C., where she was a partner at Dyer Ellis & Joseph PC. Sahatjian writes that her family is "enjoying life in the Midwest."

Laurie Self was recently named a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. She specializes in intellectual property and Internet law.

Robert M. Tata practices in the Norfolk, VA, office of Hunton & Williams as a partner and member of the litigation, intellectual property, and antitrust team. He has served as a commissioner on both the Virginia Port Authority and the Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission and as a director on the Virginia Beach Bar Association.

B. Scott Tilley serves as general counsel for Stihl, Inc., in Virginia Beach, VA. Stihl, which produces a full line of portable outdoor power equipment, is the world's largest manufacturer of chainsaws.

Tamra Thompson Toussaint has taken a short-term assignment in Reigate, England, for her employer, Kimberly Clark Corporation. She represents K-C's family care and professional businesses in Europe, and the Middle East, and all K-C products in Germany, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and all of Africa.

Richard Wilbourne and his wife Victoria welcomed their daughter Sophia on September 27, 2001. They live in Jackson, MS.

Marc Williams reports that he and his wife, Nancy Maloney Williams, were blessed with a daughter, Bridget Louise Williams, on November 13, 2000. Bridget joins brothers Jack, 9, and Ford, 5. Williams is still with IBM Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Randy Wolfe left Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Roehn, where he had practiced since graduation, to join the Tampa office of Foley & Lardner in March 2001. Randy practices in corporate, tax, and estate planning. He and his wife Merinda have two children, Christina, 11, and Elizabeth, 7.

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