1960s Class Notes
K. King Burnett just completed a two-year term as president of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Now in its 112th year, the organization comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges, and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to draft proposals for uniform and model laws on subjects where uniformity would be useful, and work toward their enactment in legislatures. He practices as a partner with Webb, Burnett & Jackson of Salisbury, MD.
Miles Cary, Jr., and his wife Ann visited Tuscany, Italy, as part of a fall 2002 alumni trip and toured Australia and New Zealand in January and February 2003.
Bill Mead sends his best wishes to all.
Quinnipiac University School of Law recently awarded Richard Silver an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. A senior partner at Silver, Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford, CT, Silver is a leading lawyer in Connecticut in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and product liability. The Connecticut Trial Lawyer’s Association (CTLA) also recently honored Silver with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Past president of the CTLA, Silver currently chairs its medical malpractice committee and has served on its board of governors since 1977.
Robert Montague III reported the births of two grandchildren in 2003. Andrew Jackson Montague, son of R. Latane Montague IV ’97, was born February 12. Frances Elizabeth Mason Bavin was born April 24.
The New York State Bar Association awarded William Carroll its Distinguished Service Award in a June 21 ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. In the future the award will be called the William J. Carroll Distinguished Service Award. Carroll, who served as the Association’s executive director from 1978-2001, guided the Association through a growth spurt that more than doubled its membership and through two major expansions in 2001. He enjoys working with fellow alumni in his company.
The Supreme Court of Florida recently appointed Miami attorney Michael Bander to a three-year term as at-large director of the Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors. A charitable organization founded in 1956, the Florida Bar Foundation funds civil legal services for the poor throughout Florida, and provides grants to improve the justice system and public service fellowships for law students. Bander currently serves on the Foundation’s development committee and legal assistance/law student assistance grant committees. A former member of the U.S. Department of State and a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bander practices immigration and naturalization law with Bander & Associates PA.
Michael Crimmins is pleased to report the birth of his granddaughter, Kathryn Marie Keeley, on May 27. The proud parents, Jennifer Crimmins Keeley ’99 and Stephen Keeley ’99, live in Naperville, IL, along with their older daughter, Charlotte Rose. “Grandparenting is fun!” Crimmons wrote. He and his wife Rosemary enjoyed the good company and excellent weather on the UVA alumni tour of Sicily in May.
The Federal Reserve System Board of Governors has appointed Walter Metcalfe, Jr., chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis board of directors. Chair of Bryan Cave LLP, Metcalfe serves as a trustee of Washington University in St. Louis, Smith College, the Danforth Foundation, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. He also serves on the boards of directors of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Regional Chamber and Growth Association of St. Louis.
Clifton “Chip”Woodrum III retired from the Virginia House of Delegates last fall, ending a 24-year career. The Roanoke Democrat’s “intellect, fierce party loyalty and rapier wit made him one of the state’s most visible legislators,” wrote the Roanoke Times. “I’ve enjoyed the last 24 years of service, but I thought I should leave while I still have all my faculties and I still have some fire in the belly,” Woodrum said in the article. “It’s going to be a real loss,” Virginia Governor Mark Warner was quoted as saying. “Chip’s always been a real spokesman for education, for the rights of women and for a fairer tax code.”“[Woodrum] sponsored legislation in 1987 creating the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program, a fund that covers medical bills and other expenses for children who suffer disabling neurological injuries at birth. He headed the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council and pushed for access to government meetings and documents. And he has recently been a lonely but outspoken critic of the state’s move toward electric utility deregulation,” the article reported. Virginia Democratic leaders expressed surprise and disappointment that Woodrum had decided to retire. Woodrum continues to practice law and pursue political, civic, and business interests in Roanoke.Gilbert Wright, Jr., works for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida as special counsel in Jacksonville, FL, after moving from Sudbury, MA, in 2001. He enjoys working with fellow alumni in his company.
The Motion Picture Association of America recently made Tony Medley an accredited film critic. His critiques appear in several newspapers and may be seen at www.hanthonymedley.com or through the Movie Review Query Engine, www.mrqe.com.
Tom Murray, Jr., and his wife Ann have established the Future of Russia Foundation. Its goal is to create a model for Western-style health care across Russia, particularly in the areas of prenatal care and delivery, starting with one modern maternity hospital. The health care system in Russia is woefully antiquated, according to a December article about the Murrays in the Sunday Magazine of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The average life expectancy of men in Russia has dipped to 58 years. Meanwhile, there were only 1.2 million births in Russia in 2002, down from 2.5 million in 1987. The Russian population is expected to drop from 144.3 million to 100 million by 2050.Murray believes the U.S. needs a strengthened Russia as an ally during this time of turmoil. He also believes U.S. citizens have a responsibility to reach out to the world. “It’s part of our spirit. It’s the heart and soul of America,” he was quoted as saying. “We are withdrawing at a time when we desperately need to be understood. We cannot become one large gated community.” So far the Murrays have funded the Foundation mostly themselves, but they are seeking contributions from foundations and individuals. To contribute, see www.futureofrussia.org.
The American Bar Association recently elected Philip Bagley III chair of its real property, probate and trust law section. A partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, VA, Bagley chairs the firm’s commercial development and real estate investments practice group. A past president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Bagley currently serves as president of the Richmond Real Estate Group, an organization of 75 commercial real estate professionals elected to membership.
William Cumming serves as president of Vacation Lane Group, an incorporated nonprofit group specializing in emergency management and homeland security in a democratic context.
Jim Haley, Jr., recently served as chief judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit in Virginia. He and his wife Ann (M.A. ’66) have three children and two grandchildren. Their children include Charles Haley ’95, Laura (B.A. ’89 and M.A. ’92), and Shelley (B.A. ’99).
Virginia Business magazine named Allen Goolsby III the top lawyer in Virginia in business law in its December feature, “Legal Elite.” Goolsby, a partner with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, and took a lead in developing Virginia ’s corporation law. “He was so involved in crafting the law that he knows it better than most,” the magazine notes. A recent Goolsby case involved the acquisition of Tennessee-based Clayton Homes by investor Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway. Shareholders challenged the acquisition — a challenge ultimately rejected by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Stuart Johnson serves as president of the Aaron Burr Association, a non-profit family genealogical organization. He is currently planning the group’s 2004 annual meeting July 7–11 in Weehawken, NJ. The meeting will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the fatal duel in Weehawken between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
William Norman serves as trial partner at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco, CA. He practices general commercial litigation with a focus on real property, wrongful termination, trade secret, professional liability, and partnership disputes. He has tried over 60 successful lawsuits, most of them jury trials, and has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
W. Robert Pearson was sworn in October 7 in Washington, D.C., as director general of the U.S. Foreign Service and director of Human Resources. President George Bush has also appointed him Chairman of the Board of Foreign Service. Pearson has been a career member of the Foreign Service for 27 years and was most recently U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. From September 2000 to July 2003 he managed U.S. interests in Turkey through two severe domestic economic crises, a general election, the war in Afghanistan, and the invasion of Iraq. As deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy to France from 1997 to 2000, Pearson closely followed the evolution of the European Union, as well as defense and security issues within the Atlantic Alliance and the EU. He actively promoted business ties between France and the U.S., and helped open five new American offices in France ’s regions. Pearson, who speaks French, Chinese, and Turkish, also served twice at NATO, from 1993 to 1997 as deputy permanent representative to the U.S. Mission during the Balkan crisis and NATO’s enlargement, and from 1987 to 1990 on the international staff as chair of NATO’s political committee. From 1991 to 1993 he was the executive secretary of the U.S. Department of State. His wife Margaret is a career diplomat in public diplomacy. The couple have one son, Matthew.
After retiring from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, Garland Allen and his spouse Farrokh moved from Evanston, IL, to Santa Monica, CA. They write they are enjoying the flora, fauna, and weather, while being close to family. In 2002 the couple spent three months traveling in France and Italy. After a break from work, Allen started a solo state tax consulting practice that focuses on representing corporations with Illinois tax disputes.
In July Frederick Hodnett, Jr., celebrated 30 years on staff at the Supreme Court of Virginia. He writes, “I have enjoyed my career and find it very hard to believe that three decades have come and gone.” He reports that many of the judges and attorneys he deals with every day are fellow graduates of the Law School.
Jim Kobak, Jr., reports he used the time he had dedicated for years to teaching a weekend seminar at the Law School on antitrust and intellectual property to write The Wimp’s Guide to Cross Country Skiing (see the In Print section) — “less rewarding intellectually, but hopefully funnier.”
John H. Reid III has been elected to the board of overseers for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Reid serves as partner-in-charge of the Hartford office of Edwards & Angell LLP. A tax lawyer specializing in employee benefit plans, estate planning, and the problems of small businesses, Reid has authored several articles, including The Unwitting Fiduciary and Military Leave Benefits for Employers. A resident of Glastonbury, CT, Reid heads the Glastonbury Youth Football Association and serves on the Small Business Council of America advisory board.