1960s Class Notes
H. Harrison Braxton, Jr., was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are at least 70 years old.
Michael Armstrong was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are at least 70 years old. Armstrong practices with Armstrong Bristow & Farley in Richmond, where he specializes in trusts and estates.
William M. Sokol was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are 70 or more years old. Sokol is a member of Sokol & Jones in Fredericksburg.
Albert R. Turnbull was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are 70 or more years old. Turnbull is a professor emeritus at the Law School, where he led the school’s admissions office for more than 30 years.
Michael A. Bander was appointed for a third term on the board of directors of the Florida Bar Foundation, an organization founded in 1956 that fosters law-related public service programs. Bander is a fellow of the foundation and has served on the board of directors since 2003. He practices law in Miami.
William L. Ellis, Jr., joined McKenna Long & Aldridge as senior counsel in the corporate practice group. Ellis has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and is enthusiastic about working with a new firm, which he describes as a “talented group.”
William R. Rakes has been named a 2007 Virginia Super Lawyer. He focuses on business litigation with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke, Va.
Russell H. Roberts was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are 70 or more years old. Roberts handles civil disputes with the McCammon Group in Fredericksburg.
Alexander H. Slaughter was recognized as a Virginia Bar Association life member for 2007. Life members of the VBA are persons who have been members for at least 40 consecutive years and are at least 70 years old. Slaughter is a partner at the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, where his primary emphasis is on insurance coverage for insureds in mass tort situations.
Rosemary and Michael Crimmins welcomed their third grandchild, James Michael Keeley, born March 22. James is the child of Crimmins’ daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Stephen Keeley, both Law School Class of 1999.
Theodore Margolis recently spoke on the art of negotiations and women as negotiators before the Summit (New Jersey) Business and Professional Women’s Group. Margolis is currently working as a white-collar criminal defense trial lawyer with a focus on civil litigation at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, N.J.
Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Mike Slive, has been appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2008–09 academic year. His term will start in September 2008, after formal approval by the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.
William M. Slaughter was named “Best of the Bar” in the Birmingham Business Journal, the city’s top business publication. Slaughter lives in Birmingham, Ala., and continues to practice at Haskell Slaughter, which he founded.
J. Rudy Austin has been named a 2007 Virginia Super Lawyer. He has also been recognized by the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys with its annual Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. The award honors distinguished attorneys who consistently produce high-caliber work as well as exhibit the highest standards of ethics, exemplary conduct inside and outside the courtroom, and courtesy and fairness. Austin focuses on construction litigation with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke, Va.
Timothy Bloomfield retired from Holland & Knight in January to develop an independent arbitration and mediation practice. He lives near Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Susan, who is also a lawyer, and their daughter, Grace (10 years old and an avid figure skater). Bloomfield’s avocations are house renovations, trim carpentry, and messing around in boats. Older daughter Maia is about to receive her Ph.D. in education and is busy with Bloomfield’s two young granddaughters. Son Peter is an emergency medicine resident in Los Angeles, and likes California entirely too much.
Pete Grannis has just been approved by the N.Y. Senate Environmental Conservation Committee as New York State’s Environmental Conservation Commissioner. He will preside over an agency with a budget of $1.2 billion and 3,100 employees. Grannis distinguished himself as an environmentalist during his 33 years as a state assemblyman from Manhattan. According to Grannis, the top issues facing the department are rebuilding the staff and spearheading New York’s response to global warming.
Tom Fowlkes was named Emory & Henry College’s vice-president for institutional advancement. He will be responsible for the school’s resource development program, including gifts and grants, and will oversee the link between alumni relations and development. Fowlkes has served the college in several capacities in recent years. From 1998 to 2001, he was chief development officer and athletic director; since 2005, he has been a visiting professor of business.
Kenneth Ripple writes that his son, Christopher, is a third-year at the Law School and editor in chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law.
Robert W. Ashmore was a recipient of the 2007 Burton Award for legal writing for co-writing the article, “Http://managing the risk of employee blogging” in Risk Management magazine. The award, given to 30 articles in 2007, recognizes effective legal writing by law firm partners and other attorneys from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.
Jerry Coughlan was recently ranked one of the top ten lawyers in San Diego in Super Lawyers. He founded Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman in 1988 after serving for nearly 11 years as assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, as well as a stint in the civil division of the Justice Department. In recent years, Coughlan has successfully tried public corruption, commercial litigation, and legal malpractice cases. He was elected to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1996, and was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2006 by the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association.
Frederick A. Hodnett, Jr., retired in July 2006 after 33 years with the Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia. He served as a clerk to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee for the 2007 session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Lane Kneedler was recently elected to a second two-year term as secretary of the Uniform Law Commission. He is in the regulatory litigation practice group in the Richmond office of Reed Smith. The ULC includes lawyers who are serving as practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators, and other officials. Members work on a pro bono basis to draft and promote uniform laws meant to help solve problems common to all states.
James B. Kobak, Jr., was inducted as vice-president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Kobak is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, with a practice in antitrust and IP litigation and counseling, as well as president of the NYCLA Foundation.
Dave Malone is founder and president of Trial Run (www.trialruninc.com), which specializes in trial litigation and counseling and trial advocacy training, and has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. Malone served as a federal prosecutor in antitrust and consumer fraud matters for 17 years before entering private practice for another 15 years, where he litigated complex cases. He has taught advocacy programs across the United States and in England and Russia and lectured at many law schools.
Gordon Schreck will serve another four-year term on the board of trustees of Hampden-Sydney College, where he will chair the board’s admissions committee. In addition, Schreck chairs the board of advisors of the Charleston Maritime Law Institute.