1960s Class Notes
After 45 years of practice, Robert J. Wolfe has “retired and hung up his yellow pad!”
Fred L. Somers, Jr., received the Vanguard Award for lifetime commitment from the American Bar Association Nonprofit Corporations Committee. Somers is a past president and presently counsel to the National Club Association and continues in an active law practice in Atlanta, Ga., with a concentration in private golf and recreational club organization, governance and development.
William R. Rakes of the Roanoke, Virginia-based firm Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore has been named to The Best Lawyers in America list for 2007.
William T. Wilson was selected as a Super Lawyer in the Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, an honor given to only 5% of Virginia lawyers. Wilson continues to work in Covington, Va., at Wilson, Updike & Nicely where he concentrates on personal injury law. Wilson is married to the former Langhorne Clark of Salem and they have a daughter, Taylor, a sophomore at Virginia Tech. They live on a farm in Alleghany County, about half-way between Covington and Hot Springs, where they raise “trees, coyotes, turkeys, deer, and grouse.”
Steve Grafman, after a 31-year career with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, has become a member of Sharp Associates in Washington, D.C. Norris McLaughlin & Marcus announced that Theodore Margolis had been selected for inclusion in the business litigation section of New Jersey Super Lawyers 2006. Margolis earned this honor through his extensive trial experience in large and complex litigation.
Bruce H. Roberson, a partner in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight, has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Membership in the College is limited to lawyers who have achieved preeminence in the field and who have made repeated and substantial contributions to the promotion of learning and scholarship through teaching, lecturing and published writings. Roberson practices in the areas of financial institutions and corporate law and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
In an Associated Press article headlined “Traffic Violation Pits Police Against Top Cop,” retired Appellate Judge Richard Williams was cited for his role as investigator of an ethics complaint involving New Jersey Attorney General, Zulima Farber.
Howard Martin Jr., a native of Norfolk, Va., has been named president-elect of the Virginia State Bar. Martin practices in Norfolk with Crenshaw, Ware & Martin with a focus on real estate, land use and zoning, and redevelopment law. Virginia Lawyer featured Martin’s new position in their June/July 2006 edition.
Bill May recently retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary after a 30-year career at Beckman Coulter Inc., a $2.5 billion medical and research instrumentation company with 10,000 employees worldwide. May was general counsel for 21 years. He previously was with a prominent patent law firm and a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He continues as a member of the board of trustees for the Beckman Foundation and the San Diego Zoological Society. He resides in Villa Park, Ca. with his wife, Barbara, of 36 years.
Justice Robert J. Brown, running unopposed, was reelected to a third, eight-year term on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Brown was first elected to the court in 1991. Among his significant opinions are U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Hill, which struck down term limits for United States Senators and Representatives, and which was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in 1995, and his Lake View opinions, holding public school funding for the State of Arkansas unconstitutional.
Syracuse attorney David M. Hayes has been elected to the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association. He will serve as a vice president representing the Fifth Judicial District. The 26-member executive committee oversees the management and administration of the association within policies determined by its governing body, the House of Delegates. Hayes is of counsel to Bond, Schoeneck & King, concentrating in business law, including agricultural cooperatives, antitrust, corporate governance, finance, insurance, securities, and strategic planning. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the Syracuse University College of Law. Hayes serves as director and treasurer of the Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. and the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. He is director of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation, Inc. He is chair of the Fifth District Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation and is a frequent seminar presenter. Active in community affairs, Hayes is a past president and honorary director of the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse, and serves as director of the Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade Association and parade announcer.
Hodge Alves of Hand Arendall has been included in The Best Lawyers of America list for 2007 for his work in maritime law. Arizona Superior Court Judge Pendleton Gaines was featured in a Sunday Gazette- Mail article headlined “Judge’s Order helps lawyers get together—for lunch.” In order to help ease tension between the attorneys of an intellectual property dispute, Gaines issued a ruling that ordered the attorneys to get lunch together and appreciate the importance of a good meal and good conversation. His comical yet practical ruling was praised by legal circles throughout the country.