1970s Class Notes
Kenneth M. Greene has been elected as President of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He is an attorney and shareholder with Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, N.C., and has focused his practice in commercial finance, banking, and bankruptcy.
Michael Shumate was elected to the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors. The IU Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that serves IU by raising funds from the private sector and by providing administrative services to donors and to the university. The Foundation also manages IU’s endowment of $1.6 billion.
In 1980, Shumate joined the fourth largest international law firm, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he practiced corporate tax law. Additionally, he served as the administrative partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices and was a member of the firm-wide management committee. He retired early in 1996 and now resides in Los Angeles. Shumate is a CPA and is a member of the Indiana CPA Society. He is also a member of the legal bar associations in the states of Indiana, California, and New York.
Roger C. Wiley, Jr., received the annual Tradition of Excellence Award given by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section. The award, presented at the Virginia State Bar annual meeting in Virginia Beach in June, recognized Wiley for his career in government law. He served as Charlottesville city attorney for 14 years, in state government, the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, and in the Office of Attorney General. Receiving the award, Wiley thanked the VSB for giving recognition that “all government lawyers are, in fact, real lawyers.” He is now in private practice with Hefty & Wiley in Richmond, where he represents local government clients and handles state constitutional and legislative issues.
Barry C. Fitzpatrick has joined Luce Forward as a partner in its family wealth and exempt organizations practice group in the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., office. He works primarily in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts, and estate and trust administration. Fitzpatrick is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is also a director of Pac West Bancorp (previously First Community Bancorp), a director of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation, and was the pro-bono legal advisor to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation for 19 years.
George H. Roberts, Jr., was selected as among the Legal Elite in Virginia Business Magazine for 2007 in the area of business law and was named a Super Lawyer in 2007 in the area of business/corporate. He is also included the 2008 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He is of counsel with Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in Lexington, Va.
The Mahoning County Bar Association honored Stephen Bolton with its Professionalism Award in appreciation for the integrity he has demonstrated throughout his legal career. Bolton has practiced with Manchester Bennett Powers & Ullman of Youngstown, Ohio, since 1972. A member of the firm’s civil litigation section, Bolton concentrates his law practice in the areas of commercial litigation.
RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, announced that Jim Rubright of RockTenn is their CEO of the year. Rubright helped move the company through a major transition, transforming RockTenn into a more diversified, low-cost paperboard packaging producer, and made them a leader in their industry.
Jeremiah L. Thomas III has joined DLB Capital in Wilton, Conn., as an advisory director. DLB Capital focuses mainly on financial services, providing expertise, capital, and on-site management, with particular focus on the United States and China. Before joining DLB, Thomas was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he concentrated on general corporate, securities, and banking law matters and was in charge of managing the firm’s relationship with JPMorgan Chase.
Charles Adams is managing partner of Hogan & Hartson in Geneva, Switzerland, practicing worldwide in the field of international arbitration. He is one of the leading fundraisers for the Obama for America campaign among U.S. citizens overseas.
In June, Eric E. Adamson was installed on the board of directors of Rotary International for a two-year term. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, where 20,000 Rotarians from 176 countries were in attendance.
Bob Craig is a director in the Houston office of LECG, a global expert services firm. Craig is counseling law firms and law departments on various litigation issues, including meeting their needs for experts for testifying roles, litigation support roles, and business consultations. He also serves as a division director over Substantive Law Committees of the ABA Litigation Section. Craig retired as associate general counsel of Waste Management.
Joe E. Forrester has joined the New York office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge as counsel in the public finance department. Forrester’s practice focuses primarily on novel tax issues within public finance transactions. He has public finance experience as both a lawyer and as an investment banker and has previously served as bond counsel, special tax counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and corporate counsel.
Pegram Johnson retired in 2007 from Wachovia’s trust department after 34 years and has enjoyed every day since. He recently visited fellow alumnus Wise Kelly in Rileyville, Va.
James Merriman is the author of the novel Gatekeepers. See jamesemerriman.com for further information and a preview. (See In Print)
Bruce M. Stanley, Sr., has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as a top Florida attorney for 2008. He is in the Fort Myers, Fla., office of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt. His practice focuses on civil trial law and litigation, including cases involving medical malpractice, aviation, products liability defense, and eminent domain.
Tina Swent Byrd was named one of the Top 75 women litigators in California in 2007 and again in 2008 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. She is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella, where she focuses on complex business and patent litigation.
Gary V. Dixon has been selected for inclusion in the Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers list. He is a founding partner with Ross, Dixon & Bell in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on professional liability coverage. He is also featured in Legal Times “Almanac of Leading Lawyers” and The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2008.
L. Neal Ellis was elected a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, and will serve a three-year term.
Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., has been recognized in the Virginia Super Lawyers list for 2008 for his practice in utilities law. The Virginia General Assembly appointed him as one of two citizen members of the Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission. Broadbent practices business, intellectual property, governmental, and communications law as a partner with Christian & Barton in Richmond.
Donald W. Lemons, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, has joined the faculty of the Washington and Lee University School of Law this fall as Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies. Lemons is teaching a course on appellate practice in the school’s third-year program. A distinguished jurist and legal educator, Lemons has served as a judge or justice at every level of the judiciary in Virginia, and will remain on the court while teaching at W&L.
Luther Munford’s article on the “Peacemaker Test” was reprinted in the 2008 Green Bay Almanac Reader, a collection of what its editors deem to be “good legal writing from the past year.”
Stephen Earp has been named in the Chambers USA 2008 listing of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” for his work in environmental law. Earp is a managing partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, N.C.
Amy B. Ginensky has been appointed chair of Pepper Hamilton’s commercial litigation practice group. She is a senior commercial litigation partner in the Philadelphia office and leads the firm’s media and communications practice, which focuses on First Amendment, defamation, and other media-related areas, and also handles complex commercial and class action litigation. She serves as president-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
Eileen A. Hirsch, an Assistant State Public Defender in the Madison Appellate Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender, is one of two recipients of this year’s National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Kutak-Dodds Prize. The award, jointly sponsored by NLADA and the Robert J. Kutak Foundation, was presented at NLADA’s annual dinner on June 11 in Washington, D.C. It honors a legal justice advocate who “has contributed in a significant way to the enhancement of human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation.” A nationally recognized juvenile justice advocate, Hirsch has won several landmark cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, protecting the rights of children and indigent defendants. Hirsch was last year’s recipient of the ABA’s Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award.
Ellis T. “Skip” Prince is the new commissioner of the United States Hockey League. The USHL is the only Tier 1 amateur hockey league in the United States. It features some of the finest 17 to 20-year-old hockey players not only from the United States, but Canada and Europe as well. Prince spent nine years as vice president of the National Hockey League (1991–2000), where he was responsible for the league and team television and business operations, as well as many of its business development initiatives, including NHL International. Prince will continue in his role as president of the Prince Companies, a consortium of management professionals and enterprises he started in 2004 that focuses on management consulting services to professional leagues and teams, college conferences and member institutions, and sports-related enterprises. Prior to starting his practice, Prince was a senior advisor to the Canadian Football League, and from 2001–2003 served as president and chief executive officer of the Montreal Alouettes, where he oversaw the repositioning of the franchise (and, in 2002, the club’s first Grey Cup in 25 years). While in Montreal, Prince was named to a list of the “Top Ten Most Influential People in Canadian Sport.”
Over the past few years, Brad Allenby, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Arizona State University, helped create the field of industrial ecology and develop design for environment methodologies. He teaches earth systems engineering and management and sustainable engineering.
Carl Ameringer is Professor of Health Policy & Politics at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. His most recent book is The Health Care Revolution: From Medical Monopoly to Market Competition (University Press). (See In Print)
Ed Baxa ’78, LL.M. ’80, is a member of Foley & Larder’s management committee and was recently appointed chairman of the firm’s national pro bono program. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Winter Park, Fla.
Chancellor Professor of Law Lynda L. Butler was named interim dean of the William & Mary Law School in February. Butler has been a member of the law school faculty since 1979 and has served as vice dean of the Law School since 2000. Before arriving at William & Mary, she practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. Butler’s research and teaching focus on eminent domain/takings, environmental law, land use, and property law. She is faculty advisor to the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review and is a member of the coordinating committee for the law school’s annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference.
Christopher Scott D’Angelo was a speaker at the Claims Administrators Conference in San Francisco in February. The program, entitled “Distribution of Securities Litigation Settlements,” presented ways to improve the distribution and processing of class action settlement funds through input from the SEC, federal judiciary, defense counsel, and plaintiffs counsel, as well as claims administrators. In April, he served as a faculty member at the Corporate Counsel College, a program of the International Association of Defense Counsel. The college is an interactive forum that addresses the latest legal issues of particular importance to corporate general counsel and assistant general counsel.
D’Angelo is a partner in the litigation department of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads’ Philadelphia office and is chairman of its products liability and mass torts practice and vice chairman of its sports, entertainment and amusements law practice.
Lawrence Foust ’78, LL.M. ’80, left Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oakland, Calif., to become the senior vice president and general counsel of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Michael Haggerty was named a Super Lawyer in Dallas, Tex., where he is the head of the Jackson Walker financial services practice group. He has represented a number of financial institutions, including banks, credit companies, and insurance companies in connection with a variety of real estate, commercial, and corporate lending transactions.
In 2007, Patrick Hamilton joined Day Pitney as a partner in the Boston, Mass., office, where he handles white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and business litigation. Leading up to his present position, he clerked for a federal judge, was a litigation associate for firms in New York City and Boston, managed criminal justice agencies in Massachusetts state government, and served as a federal prosecutor for almost 13 years. He and his wife, Gretchen Hamilton (also a lawyer), have two children, Alexandra “Lexi” (8) and Zachary (5).
Nancy E. Hudgins, a mediator, has launched a blog on civil negotiation and mediation at www.civilnegotiation.blogspot.com. She offers tips and strategies on negotiation and mediation and stresses putting the “civil” back into civil litigation.
Debi Sanders spoke at the Law School in September 2007. In October, she began working with Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C.
In March, Jutta Stender-Vorwachs LL.M. received the title of Professor of Law at the University of Hannover. Her special interests focus on media law and constitutional law.
F.B. Webster Day was named a Virginia Best Lawyer for 2008. He practices corporate law and public finance law for Spilman, Thomas, and Battle, and is the member in charge of the Roanoke office.
John Head’s most recent books are “Losing the Global Development War” and “General Principles of Business and Economic Law.” He recently served as Paul Hastings Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. He and his wife, Lucia Orth, still live in Lawrence, Kans., where he teaches international law at the University of Kansas. (See In Print)
Hugh Hill is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He just finished a term as chair of the advisory board for Montgomery Cares.
Michael Kuhn is a Texas Super Lawyer for 2008. He is a partner in the Houston office of Jackson Walker and focuses on commercial real estate, with a particular emphasis on office and retail leasing, within the firm’s real estate group. Kuhn is board certified in commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, having first received that designation in 1990.
Robin Stiebel is managing attorney for the Yonkers, N.Y., offices of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, an organization that provides free civil legal services to poor and low-income individuals and families. LSHV represents clients in the areas of housing, domestic violence, elder law, civil rights, children’s advocacy, disabilities, HIV/AIDS, public benefits, consumer law, and education.
Stiebel has been with LSHV since 2001, serving as an attorney in the domestic violence unit, then heading the children’s advocacy unit, and working in the Protection and Advocacy for Disabled Adults Program.
Christopher R. Wall serves as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. Confirmed on June 27, Wall is the principal advisor to the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Under Secretary on dual-use export control policy. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies governing the export of dual-use items controlled for national security, nonproliferation, and foreign policy reasons.