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Catharina Min has joined Reed Smith and still lives in San Francisco. She is very busy with her two girls, Isabella (4) and Sydney (2), and continues her corporate and mergers and acquisitions work (with an emphasis on representing Asian clients).

Michael A. Newton serves as Professor of the Practice of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. He remains active in the field of international criminal law in addition to his teaching responsibilities. Of particular note, his book entitled Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein was published by St Martin’s Press September. The narrative work is a definitive history of the Saddam Hussein trial, filled with insights from Newton’s four trips to Baghdad to serve as legal advisor to the tribunal. (See In Print)

Henry Su is a partner in Howrey’s Silicon Valley office, where he specializes in antitrust and intellectual property litigation. He was elected earlier this year as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In his spare time, he volunteers as a tennis coach, as well as hikes and camps with his wife, Dorothy Pater, and their two children, Andre (8) and Margot (5).


Charles Durant was promoted to senior counsel at Science Applications International Corp., in McLean, Va.

Michael T. Fois made it to Antarctica in February, the seventh of the seven continents he has visited since graduating. He celebrated by getting himself a dog, “A beagle who is far more popular than he ever was,” jokes Michael. In 2007, Michael came out of retirement to take a public service position as a hearing officer with the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining.

As of September, Heather Polzin serves as general counsel to the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates Maryland utilities. She and Evelyn (9) are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends in the Baltimore area after nearly nine years in Virginia.

Jeff Stredler recently joined AMERIGROUP Corporation in Virginia Beach, Va., as a senior vice president and senior litigation counsel. Prior to joining AMERIGROUP, Stredler was a partner in the Norfolk office of Williams Mullen.


John E. Foster is city attorney for the city of Falls Church, Va. In his new position he serves as legal advisor to the city council, school board, city manager, and city departments, boards, and commissions. His duties also include drafting ordinances and reviewing proposed ordinances and contracts. Foster previously served as Assistant County Attorney for Fairfax County.

Steve Golder was named as one of the Best Lawyers Real Estate; Land Use and Zoning; Corporate Law; Commercial and Business law; and Mergers and Acquisitions in Best Lawyers in America. Golder is an owner/member of Jenkins Fenstermaker, in Huntington, W.Va., and represents individuals and businesses in buying, selling, and leasing commercial real estate.

GromackiJoseph P. Gromacki was recognized in the April issue of The American Lawyer magazine as one of 2007s Dealmakers of the Year and among the Top Transactions Lawyers for 2007. He is a partner with Jenner & Block in Chicago and chairs the firm’s corporate practice. Among his other clients, Gromacki regularly represents General Motors in some of its most complex mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. He represented GM in its 2007 sale of Allison Transmission to Carlyle and Onex for $5.6 billion.

In April, Maurice Jones was named publisher of The Virginian-Pilot. Jones joined Landmark Publishing Group, which oversees The Pilot and other newspapers owned by Norfolk-based Landmark Communications Inc. in 2005.

MathasTed Mathas assumed the position of chief executive officer of New York Life Insurance Company, the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States with 15,000 employees and 50,000 agents worldwide, and more than $280 billion in assets under management. Mathas, 41, retains the title of president of the company, a post he’s held since July 1, 2007. As CEO, he will oversee all of the company’s U.S. and international operations, including individual life insurance, retirement income, investments, and long-term care insurance. These operations include New York Life’s life insurance and annuity programs offered through AARP, and New York Life Investment Management, LLC, which provides institutional asset management, retirement plan and trust services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds. Also under his purview is New York Life International, the international arm of New York Life Insurance Company, which offers insurance products in Asia and Latin America through its subsidiaries and affiliates in China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Argentina, and Mexico.

  As CEO, Mathas leads New York Life’s career agency force, including more than 50,000 agents in the United States and abroad. Mathas joined New York Life in June 1995 as an officer in the Asset Management Department. He and his wife, Keryn, live in Armonk, N.Y., with their three children.

Jeffery Naness is a partner with Naness, Chaiet, & Naness, a New York based firm that represents management in employment law and labor relations matters. He is married and has two sons.

PerkelJonathan Perkel was named senior vice president and general counsel to Travelocity. Travelocity is one of the largest travel companies in the world, with gross bookings of more than U.S. $10 billion in 2007. Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity Business® for corporate travel;, a leading online travel community;, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. In connection with his new position, Perkel and his wife, L.A., will be relocating from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Dallas, Tex. Prior to his current role, Perkel was Travelocity’s vice president and deputy general counsel.

PetrulisVytas Petrulis is a partner in the real estate law practice of Jackson Walker in Houston and serves clients in real estate development and investment, leasing and finance. He has represented real estate investment trusts, pension funds, and opportunity funds in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including large, multi-state portfolio transactions; institutional landlords and corporate tenants in office, industrial and retail leasing; developers in real estate development projects, including complex, mixed-use projects; and lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions.


Jill M. Browning has been made a shareholder with the micro-boutique patent law firm, ASHE, in Reston, Va., where she focuses her practice on litigating patents and related causes as well as all aspects of negotiating and drafting agreements relating to intellectual property.

Pat Campbell retired from the Marine Corps in 2006. He teaches twelfth grade U.S. government and coaches soccer at the Covenant School, a Christian school in Charlottesville. Campbell and his wife, Arlene, love being back in Charlottesville and hope to see classmates when they are in town.

Rich Gross was promoted to Colonel on January 17. He was selected to attend the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., for academic year 2008–2009.

Richard Herz has worked for EarthRights International, a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C., since 1999. For the past five years he has been living in West Hartford, Ct., with his wife, Betsy (Rodney), and their three kids — Allie, Danny, and Jacob.

McTheniaThomas McThenia, Jr., was recently made partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, in Orlando, Fla. His practice areas include intellectual property, technology and Internet law, and sports and entertainment law.

Robert J. Schmidt, Jr., is ranked as one of Ohio’s Up & Coming Attorneys in the area of natural resources and the environment, according to recent rankings by Chambers & Partners, publishers of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Schmidt, a partner in Porter Wright’s environmental practice group, represents clients in all major environmental programs, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, solid and hazardous waste, emergency planning, and agricultural issues.

Sara Stadler Jackson and her husband, Jason Jackson, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Hazel Rose Jackson, on October 21, 2007. Sara is an associate professor at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Ga. Her husband is a patent attorney.

C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., continues as partner and founder at Monument Policy Group in Washington, D.C. The firm has grown to six professionals. Verdery also served as senior immigration advisor to the Giuliani for President campaign.

1994 Reunion Year

Robert Kramer married Joanna Stevens on March 1 in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia, near Joanna’s parents’ home. The couple traveled through Western Australia, Southern and Eastern Africa, and then back to the East Coast of Australia for five months. After returning to work at Rambus in Los Altos, Calif., Robert and Joanna packed up and moved to Sydney, Australia, where Joanna heads up corporate communications at Microsoft, Australia.

In Atlanta, Kevin Maxim, Sean Coleman ’95, and Arnold Evans ’96 teamed up to plan a Law & Darden grassroots event to support the election campaign of Judge Susan E. Edlein ’95. Edlein was appointed to the State Court of Fulton County in March and faces two challengers leading up to the November 4 election. The spirited event occurred September 25 on the rooftop of Atlanta’s popular Six Feet Under restaurant overlooking the Atlanta skyline. It was the perfect excuse to gather the UVA Atlanta community to have a good time, to celebrate UVA, and to share in a sense of purpose by supporting Susan in her crucial election campaign.


Chris J. Akin was recognized as one of the 15 top defense lawyers in Dallas, Tex., at the Dallas Business Journal’s “The Defenders” event in June. He is a partner in the business litigation section of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal.

In Atlanta, Sean Coleman, Kevin Maxim ’94, and Arnold Evans ’96 teamed up to plan a UVA Law & Darden grassroots event to support the election campaign of Judge Susan E. Edlein. Edlein was appointed to the State Court of Fulton County in March and faces two challengers leading up to the November 4 election. The spirited event occurred September 25 on the rooftop of Atlanta’s popular Six Feet Under restaurant overlooking the Atlanta skyline. It was the perfect excuse to gather the UVA Atlanta community to have a good time, to celebrate UVA, and to share in a sense of purpose by supporting Susan in her crucial election campaign.

The family of Loran C. deBerry wanted his classmates to know that deBerry died suddenly in Dallas, Tex., on June 13. Mr. deBerry was a government and economics teacher in the Dallas Independent School District. A nationally published cartoonist, deBerry had traveled extensively across five continents and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was educated at Aiken Prep School, St. Angela Academy, and the University of South Carolina-Phi Beta Kappa, before coming to UVA Law.

EdleinIn March, Susan Edlein was appointed by Georgia Governor Perdue as a judge in the State Court of Fulton County. The court is located in Atlanta and handles a wide variety of civil trials, including cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, contractual disputes, and complex multi-litigation lawsuits including asbestos. The State Court also handles criminal misdemeanors. Prior to taking the bench, Edlein was a litigation partner with Holland & Knight where, she was co-chair of the firm’s national real estate litigation team. Edlein lives in Atlanta with her husband, Scott, and her children, ages 7, 5, and 3.

Peter S. Vincent has been appointed to serve as the judicial attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. As the Department of Justice’s representative at the Embassy, he advises the DOJ, the Department of State, and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on a wide variety of issues concerning extradition, foreign terrorist organizations, asset forfeiture, money laundering, judicial cooperation, and narcotic trafficking. Moreover, he advises Colombian government officials from the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Office of the President, the Ministry of Interior and Justice, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations regarding a wide variety of matters concerning judicial cooperation, evidence, and information exchanges.

On May 8, John H. Zacharia and his wife, Stella, welcomed John Yen-Lin Zacharia into the world. “Baby and Stella are doing well,” says John.


Bianca (Bennett) Alexander was recently featured in a cover story in Black Enterprise magazine for her work as a consumer advocate and her promotion of sustainable living. She is the CEO of Conscious Planet Media, a company that produces broadband TV programs and sustainable live events. Bianca also co-hosts and produces Conscious Living TV, a green lifestyle show featuring the latest and greatest in sustainable travel and design, eco-friendly fashion, conscious business, and mind-body-spirit healing. Lauded as a multi-talented artist, advocate and conscious living expert, Bianca has also hosted highly rated inspirational shows on networks such as Lifetime, TV ONE, the TV Guide Channel, USA, and Fox.

Scott Ballenger contributed to a recent brief in defense of former Qwest head Joseph Nacchio. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver has ordered a retrial for the case. The court voted 2-1 to overturn all 19 guilty counts and ordered a new trial in front of a new judge, saying that the judge had improperly excluded an expert witness who would have testified for Nacchio. Nacchio was convicted of insider trading for selling $52 million in stock in the spring of 2001 while knowing Qwest’s outlook was deteriorating. He was sentenced to six years in prison in July. Ballenger is a partner with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where his focus is antitrust and competition and appellate law.

Aaron J. Bullwinkel and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their first child, a son named Matthew Henry, on July 24. Aaron is senior counsel for International Power America, Inc. in Marlborough, Mass.

Jay Chadwick and his wife, Leslie, welcomed their first child, James Alexander Chadwick, on March 17.

In Atlanta, Arnold Evans, Kevin Maxim ’94, and Sean Coleman ’95 teamed up to plan a Law & Darden grassroots event to support the election campaign of Judge Susan E. Edlein ’95. Edlein was appointed to the State Court of Fulton County in March and faces two challengers leading up to the November 4 election. The spirited event occurred September 25 on the rooftop of Atlanta’s popular Six Feet Under restaurant overlooking the Atlanta skyline. It was the perfect excuse to gather the UVA Atlanta community to have a good time, to celebrate UVA, and to share in a sense of purpose by supporting Susan in her crucial election campaign.

GardnerJonathan Gardner and his wife, Barbi, welcomed Samantha Beth Gardner, born February 9.

Donald M. Haddock, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., was unanimously elected as a judge of the Eighteenth Judicial District for a term of six years commencing May 1.

Richard Hawkins and his wife, Dawn, are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Nicholas Joseph Hawkins on February 26. “He joins his older brother, Joshua, who remains skeptical.”

MasriRob Masri and his wife, Natalie, welcomed a baby girl, Mira Najla, into the world on May 4. The family continues to reside in Charlottesville and welcomes all visitors to their alma mater.

Carol M. McGee has joined Alston & Bird’s securities practice as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. She was most recently with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she served as deputy chief counsel in the division of corporation finance. As deputy chief counsel, McGee oversaw the administration of the rules and regulations under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 with respect to securities offerings and periodic reporting by public companies. She served as a chief legal advisor to the Commission, the division staff, and to other divisions and offices of the Commission on matters related to securities offerings and public reporting.

Scott Memmott recently took the lead in organizing Sonnenschein’s efforts, and those of other law firms, to provide pro bono legal services to survivors and families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. This included the establishment of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Sonnenschein has represented the Pentagon Memorial Fund for years, incorporating it as a 501(c)(3) in May 2003.

NewmarkStephen D. Newmark has been recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as a “40 under 40” honoree for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Charlotte, N.C., community. He is a shareholder with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson in the corporate department, where he focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and venture capital and private equity transactions. He is active in several community organizations, including the Carolina Raptor Center, an environmental education organization, where he has been on the board of directors since 2002. He also serves on the board of directors for ArtsTeach, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maximizing academic learning for students through “exposure, practice and infusion of the arts.”

Dilip Paliath is now the law and politics examiner for the Baltimore Examiner’s website ( His posts are available online.

After spending the last six years in-house with Wachovia Securities Legal Department, Todd Ratner and his longtime Wachovia Securities colleague, Andrew Park, have formed Park Ratner, a law firm devoted to financial services disputes. The firm will represent broker-dealers, brokers, and individual and institutional investors in arbitrations, litigation, administrative, and regulatory proceedings. Todd and his wife, Sarah Yarbrough Ratner, have two boys, Ben  (7) and Jonah (5). Sarah is a member of Hunton & Williams’ labor and employment team.

Lori Sellers is senior counsel at Husch Blackwell Sanders in Kansas City, Mo. Her practice specializes in business litigation, securities industry regulation and litigation, and ERISA/employee benefits litigation.

Beth Shapiro, a senior staff attorney who has worked in Community Legal Services’ Elderly Law Project since 1998, now heads CLS’ Language Access Project, which focuses on the interests and needs of limited English proficient and immigrant clients. CLS represents low-income Philadelphia residents through individual cases, class actions, and policy advocacy. Beth lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mike, and two children, 7 and 3.

Todd Suko joined Harman International Industries as vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Suko is a veteran of nearly 15 years in private law practice and corporate legal affairs. He served most recently as vice president, general counsel and secretary for UAP Holding Corporation and United Agri Products, Inc., where he led legal functions such as regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, and restructuring. Suko also served in the U.S. Navy with distinction for four years as a carrier-based bombardier/navigator.

The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association recently published an article by Scott A. Surovell entitled “To Plead or Not to Plead: Domestic Assaults and Unforeseen Consequences.” The article describes the problems and complex issues in cases involving domestic violence and the far-ranging implications involved. “Counsel needs to go into a domestic assault with a clear appreciation for all of these consequences,” writes Surovell, “so that a client can make their decisions on as informed a basis as possible.” Surovell is a member of Surovell Markle Isaacs & Levy in Fairfax, Va., where he practices civil and criminal litigation with a focus on family law, DWI, and personal injury.


Jena Bridges Watson and her husband, Eric Watson, welcomed their fi rst child, Julia Hope Watson, on May 18. Jena is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C.

David Cappillo is proud to announce the birth of David Christian Cappillo (Chris) on February 4, joining his two older sisters, Maddie (6) and Kaitlyn (3).

Smith Moore attorney Laura Deddish Burton, a board-certified immigration specialist, recently served as a panelist for a discussion on “Immigration, Law and Ethics,” as part of the inaugural event for the Center for Women, Ethics and Public Life at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Burton’s presentation was on immigration law and ethics, focusing on what the law requires for non-U.S. citizens currently in the country and for those considering coming to the U.S., in addition to the ways in which proposed legislation could impact immigration.

Emily Giffin’s latest novel — her fourth — was published in May. Love the One You’re With is a story that poses the question: How can I truly love the one I’m with, when I can’t forget the one who got away? Giffin is the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof. (See In Print)

Robert Kantas has been named a partner at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas in Houston, Tex. Kantas maintains an international securities arbitration and litigation practice, representing investors in a wide array of securities disputes.

KorthTed Korth, an associate with the Somerville law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, was appointed to the Bordentown Planning Board as a member. He will serve a four-year term in this position. Korth practices in environmental law.

This year is turning out to be an exciting — and busy — year for Jennifer L. McClellan. On New Year’s Day, she became engaged to David Mills, finance director for Brian Moran for Governor. A November wedding is planned at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. In June, McClellan became President of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference. She has served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 71st House District (parts of the City of Richmond and Henrico County) since 2006. McClellan also serves as a superdelegate and recently attended her fourth Democratic National Convention. She is also assistant general counsel (mid-Atlantic South) for Verizon Communications.

Daniel J. Smith has joined the legal department at Bill Me Later, Inc. as corporate counsel. He will be responsible for supporting the company’s general legal requirements, including e-commerce and IP matters. Bill Me Later, located in Timonium, Md., uses proprietary technology to deliver a smart, safe, and speedy solution for shoppers and an attractive alternative payment solution for online merchants.

Wendy Yoviene and her husband, Joe Lissenden, welcomed their daughter, Callahan (Callie) Yoviene Lissenden, into their family on February 24.


Matthew Bassiur, a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s computer crime and intellectual property section, was the 2007 recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for Distinguished Service as a federal government official. Bassiur is the first prosecutor in the United States to receive this award.

In July, Stephen C. Byrd became president of PSEG Energy Holdings in Newark, N.J. Byrd had been the senior vice president of finance, business development, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions of the Public Service Enterprise Group since January 2007. Prior to that, Byrd was with Morgan Stanley, where he was executive director of the global energy and utilities group.

Ann Coyle and her husband, Michael, joyfully welcomed Lucy to their family in November 2006. She joined big brother Matthew (4).

Katharine Dee Newman and her husband welcomed a son, Owen Grant, into the world on July 26, 2007. In May 2007, they attended the wedding of Danielle Levy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Michael Fassler is Associate Director of Real Estate for Presidio Trust in San Francisco. The trust is a small federal agency created to maintain, rehabilitate, and develop the Presidio of San Francisco into a self-sustaining national park. “We are the only federal agency charged with the task of being self-sufficient,” says Fassler. He oversees all commercial leasing at the Presidio, and has extensive involvement with the negotiations and ongoing project management of several of the large development projects within the Presidio, including: rehabilitation of six historic civil war-era Victorian homes into office duplexes, a 145,000-square­foot mixed-use development project near the Lucasfilms campus, a 77,000-square­foot museum dedicated to the life and times of Walt Disney, and a proposed 100,000-square-foot contemporary art museum. “The Presidio has been an important part of San Francisco history as well as an outstanding example of historic California architecture,” says Fassler. His family has been in San Francisco for over a century.

Jonathan Frutkin has opened The Accu Law Group, providing outside general counsel to emerging technology companies. With locations in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix, Ariz., the firm represents a wide variety of business clients. Jon and his wife, Tara, have two young children, Alexander and Samuel.

GillPatricia S. Gill has been named counsel at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va. She joined the firm in Dallas in 2001 during its merger with Worsham Forsythe Wooldridge and relocated to Richmond last year. As a member of Hunton & Williams’ labor and employment practice, she represents clients with a focus on whistleblower and discrimination litigation and counseling on complex employee relations issues.

Angie Hankins was recently made partner in the intellectual property department of Stroock in the New York office.

Earsa Jackson was recently selected for the “50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” list by Texas Diversity magazine. Jackson was included based on criteria that included leadership in public and/or private sectors, accomplishments and contributions to field of work, organizational impact, community commitment, and professional excellence. She is the practice area leader for Strasburger & Price’s franchise & distribution group and also handles litigation matters in the areas of business torts, franchise and distribution, trademark infringement, contract disputes, and commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes.

Craig May is a partner at Wheeler Trigg Kennedy in Denver, Colo., where he focuses on civil trial work. A little more than a year ago, he and his wife, Dianna, welcomed their second son, Charlie. His big brother, Harris, has finally adjusted to the new addition.

Paul McCoy married his high school sweetheart, MaryKay, after attending law school. They adopted a border collie they named Bula. Paul practiced law for one year in London, then moved back to California in 1999, where he has lived and practiced law since. “My greatest achievements since law school are (1) my wife, (2) my dog, and (3) our home in the redwoods of Sonoma, California.”

Stan McCoy has been promoted to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for intellectual property and innovation. He serves as principal advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative and administrative agencies on intellectual property and trade issues and is responsible for developing and implementing trade policy aimed at reducing counterfeiting and piracy and enforcing protections for both. He is the lead U.S. trade negotiator on intellectual property and innovation. Previously, McCoy served as chief negotiator for intellectual property enforcement as well as associate general counsel for the USTR.

In September 2007, Tara Mehrbach Newmyer joined the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Jennifer Murphy Romig ’98 and Meredith Aden ’03 met each other at the national conference of the Legal Writing Institute in Indianapolis, Ind., and were happy to discover their Virginia connection. Meredith is Director of Legal Writing at Mississippi College School of Law, and Jennifer teaches Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy at Emory University School of Law.

Jackie Wright Bonilla is a biotech/ pharma patent attorney with Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C. Jackie, her husband, Armando, a Department of Justice prosecutor, and their daughter, Brycen (3), welcomed the arrival of Brycen’s baby brother, A.J., on April 6.

1999 Reunion Year

Michael Alexis and his wife, Jill, welcomed their third daughter, Evelyn Reilly Alexis, on January 17. Evelyn joins big sisters Alison Isabel (4) and Elizabeth Ann (2). Michael is an attorney with the employment litigation section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Kristen Cain Baldwin and her husband, David Baldwin, celebrated the birth of their second child and first son, Michael David Baldwin, on August 16, 2007. Kristen is a motion picture attorney for Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles.

ChandlerStephanie Chandler has been named a “Rising Star” for 2008 by Texas Monthly Magazine. She is a partner in the transactions, intellectual property, financial services, corporate & securities, telecommunications, life sciences and medical technology, Internet/e-commerce and technology sections of the San Antonio office of Jackson Walker.

Galina Kolomietz and her husband, Matthew Frank, welcomed a daughter, Sarah Yonah Frank, on June 5, 2007. Sarah joins two older sisters, Hannah Robin Frank, born on February 5, 2003, and Natalie Wren Frank, born on August 11, 2004.

After six years of working in the Federal Public Defender Office in New York, David Patton is joining the University of Alabama School of Law faculty as an assistant professor of law teaching first-year criminal law and directing the criminal defense clinic.

Matthew Petersen was nominated by the U.S. Senate to the Federal Election Commission. He will serve the remainder of a six-year term on the commission that oversees election laws and investigates alleged violations.

RakowerMichael and Sali Rakower are pleased to announce the birth of their fi rst child, Rachel Dina Rakower (aka “Attorney Work Product”), born 8 lbs. 1 oz. on February 8.

SpenceScott Spence has joined the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), a London-based NGO, as their chemical and biological weapons legislation expert. He is undertaking a global audit of national implementing legislation for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and will be organizing and leading legislative assistance visits to capitals. He recently co-authored with Dr. Ralf Trapp “The Chemical Weapons Convention: The Second Review Conference and Beyond,” which was published in the April 2008 issue of the Homeland Security and Resilience Monitor (London: Royal United Services Institute). Scott previously worked as Interpol’s Biocriminalization project manager and as a researcher and legal consultant to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Scott and his partner, Pere (Peter), recently celebrated 10 years together. They live in The Hague, Netherlands.

Brian Urbano is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey and an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J.

Kevin Yingling and his wife, Ashley, welcomed their third child, Margaret Tinsley, on July 3, 2007.

Ingrid Fuquen ’01 and Aaron Zeisler were married in Charlottesville on June 7. They live in New York City, where Ingrid works in the legal department at BlackRock and Aaron is a litigation partner at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke.

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