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Stanley Parness has retired from the New York State Supreme Court. He now practices with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York City, focusing on real estate and general litigation and appeals.


James D. Heiple has retired from the Illinois Supreme Court after a thirty-year judicial career equally divided between the Circuit, Appellate, and Supreme courts of Illinois, serving as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in 1997. He resides in Peoria, IL, as do his two lawyer sons, Jeremy and Jonathan Heiple '92. Heiple is a past-president of the Illinois Judges Association.


Andre De Cort, counsel and head of the Moscow office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, was elected "Best Business Lawyer of the Year" for Russia by Chambers and Partners in its recent edition of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers 2002-2003. De Cort has been practicing at his current office for nearly 10 years.


Noel Fidel has retired from the Arizona Court of Appeals after twenty years of service on Arizona state courts. In July he began an appointment as the Merriam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law. He teaches Legal Process and Torts.


Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Notre Dame University on May 19. O'Scannlain was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Reagan in 1986. He has participated in more than 4,000 federal cases and chairs the judicial division of the American Bar Association.


Thomas G. Funke has joined Osborne Clarke, a major European law firm known for its expertise in technology and competition law. The firm has helped a number of U.S. companies, such as Yahoo, establish themselves in the European market. Funke lives in Cologne, Germany.


Peter Beyer and his wife, Beate Elisabeth, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Tabitha Charlotte, born July 1, 2001. Beyer joined the Beyer firm of international patent attorneys in Ratingen/Düsseldorf, Germany, in February. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including licensing and trademarks, unfair competition, and copyright. Beyer co-authored an article about the modified German civil code that appeared in the May issue of Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte.

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