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1980 Reunion Year

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) presented its 2004 Robert I. Townsend, Jr., Award for Member of the Year to Andrea L. Bridgeman, assistant general counsel of Freddie Mac in McLean, VA, at the ACC’s 2004 annual meeting in Chicago. The award recognizes a member who has provided distinguished service and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the association’s success.

GoldsteinMarc J. Goldstein joined Hodgson Russ LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York business litigation and international/cross-border practice groups. In 2004 Goldstein was listed in Chambers Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading practitioner in international commercial arbitration for the fourth consecutive year. He also has lectured and published extensively, including a chapter on enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in courts in Transatlantic Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, published in 2004 by Ocean Publications.

Glenn Gundersen, a partner at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, received the Volunteer Service Award from the International Trademark Association (INTA). The award recognizes individuals who provide exemplary volunteer service to INTA and trademark law. Gundersen previously completed a four-year term on the Board of INTA’s Programs Committee, co-chaired a two-day INTA forum on trade dress law in New York, and led a task force charged with enhancing the quality of INTA’s educational programs. He is the author of the book Trademark Searching and co-author of Intellectual Property in Mergers & Acquisitions.

Sally Dillard Hauptfuhrer reports that daughter Barbara is a member of the Duke University class of 2006, son Tuck graduates from Vanderbilt University in 2007, and son Lawson graduates from high school in May 2005, where Hauptfuhrer was president of the parents’ association.

W. David Paxton reports that his son Corey (25) is married and headed to Fuller Seminary in September; daughter Traci (24) is a North Carolina State graduate and working as director of mission development for Impact Athletics. Paxton and his wife Vicki are “still hitched” after 26 years, and he is still with Gentry Locke in Roanoke, VA. “Corey is carrying on the tradition, as his wife is expecting in July.”

Steven Usdin established his own commercial litigation firm in 2003, along with six partners and nine associates. The firm, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC, is in New Orleans.

Keith '84 and Jennifer Carpenter with baby Christopher

Karalyn Clarkson, John Clarkson '86, and Conway A. Downing '74

Keith '84 and Jennifer Carpenter with baby Christopher

Capitol Hill Reception

The Law School Alumni Association hosted a Capitol Hill reception sponsored by U.S. Senator John W. Warner ’53 on October 13 in the Russell Senate Offi ce Building in Washington, DC. More than 160 alumni attended and enjoyed the Caucus Room, the site of many notable public hearings throughout the country’s history.

Top left: Keith ’84 and Jennifer Carpenter with baby Christopher; left: Karalyn Clarkson, John Clarkson ’86, and Conway A. Downing ’74; top, from left: Alexander “Allie” Powell ’04, Jeremy Sylestine ’04 and guest Audrey Schultz, Nate McGovern ’04, and Amanda Nichols ’04.


Nancy (Bader) Gardiner became a partner at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston where she is director of select client services, with responsibility for overseeing philanthropic advisory services. She and her husband Nat, a partner at Palmer & Dodge in Boston, live in Chestnut Hill, MA, with their two daughters, Eliza (Harvard ’08) and Charlotte (14).

Christine Hughes has become general counsel to Emerson College, a small college in Boston specializing in communications and the arts. Hughes writes that it is “not much money, but lots of fun and challenge!”


Robert C. Carlson released a book, The New Rules of Retirement, published by John Wiley & Sons (see In Print). The book contains strategies for a secure future and explains how “the Age Wave” is affecting retirement. Carlson is editor of Retirement Watch, a monthly newsletter. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System and a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Retirement System.

David Colker was featured in the June issue of Traders Magazine in his role as President and CEO of the National Stock Exchange, the third largest exchange in the country. The article “A Hippie’s Triumph,” chronicles Colker’s journey “from disco … to CEO.”

Keith Cowan was promoted to President of Marketing and Development of BellSouth in Atlanta, GA. Cowan previously served as President of Interconnection Services (2004), Chief Planning and Development Officer (2000–2003), and Vice President of Corporate Development (1996–1999).

Keith Hemmerling reports that his off-Broadway play, Law School Suicide, is being released by Customflix and is available at The Infinite Mind has been honored by the United Nations. His multi-fi lm documentary, Manic Impression, is being theatrically released worldwide. Also, Hemmerling released a 200-set of songs to be used by film directors in upcoming films. Hemmerling also announces the formation of Picodreams Music Publishing, with a catalog of over 1,000 songs.

M. Christian King, a founding member of the Birmingham, AL, firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its recent annual meeting in St. Louis, MO.

William A. Knowlton of Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA, was selected for inclusion in the 2005–2006 The Best Lawyers in America.

William H. Lindsey was elected President of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. Lindsey is a solo practitioner in general practice in Salem, VA, and lives in Roanoke with his wife Margaret and son Alex. He also serves as a trustee on the school board for Roanoke City Public Schools. Lindsey reports that after being called out of retirement again to pitch for church league playoffs, he has once more retired from softball.

MerrittMark W. Merritt was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Merritt is a partner at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA in Charlotte, NC. His practice covers a broad range of business-related litigation.

RyanJames S. Ryan III, a partner in the business transactions and healthcare sections of Jackson Walker’s Dallas office, was named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly in 2004.

TaylorElizabeth G. Taylor, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington, DC, was elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI). ALI members are selected on the basis of professional achievement and a demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. Taylor’s practice focuses on civil, criminal, and appellate litigation.


James M. Campbell, Sr., a partner in the Boston office of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Amelia Fawcett was featured in the October Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 25 Women in Business. Fawcett is vice-chairwoman of Morgan Stanley in Europe. She also serves as chairwoman of the U.K. National Employment Panel and works with a range of charities in London’s East End.

William S. Fish, Jr., finished his first year as managing partner at Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in Hartford, CT. Fish continues to teach commercial paper at University of Connecticut Law School, also in Hartford.

Kathy Harris will become Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) in Richmond on April 4. She will be leaving her long-time position as senior attorney and counsel to the Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Education Services to accept this post at CEPI, a joint venture between the School of Education and the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. The institute is committed to the expansion of public dialogue and participation in the important issues facing K–12 public education and provides research, analysis, training, and service to education policy-makers, school systems, citizens and the larger school community. Kathy will speak at CEPI’s third annual Virginia Education Law Conference in Norfolk in late April on “The Pledge of Allegiance: Recent Constitutional Controversy.”

HeylDorothy Heyl left the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York office to become of counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP in New York. Heyl is in the Litigation Department, specializing in SEC-related issues. Her husband, Thomas DePietro (GSAS ’83), just completed Conversations with Don DeLillo, which was released from the University of Mississippi Press. Their daughter Regina is a sophomore at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Jeffrey J. Horner, who specializes in school and education law in the Houston office of Bracewell & Patterson LLP, was recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the October Texas Monthly.

Christopher Kelly co-founded Cypress Associates, an investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory and capital raising for early stage companies. Cypress has offices in New York and San Francisco. He is also involved in producing a Broadway show about the life of Elizabeth Taylor. Kelly and his family reside in Greenwich, CT.

LathamRobert P. Latham has been named President of the Dallas All Sports Association, the oldest and most respected sports group in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. Established in 1965, the Dallas All Sports Association is a philanthropic not-for-profit organization committed to awarding recognition and scholarship grants to deserving individuals. Latham chairs the litigation section of Jackson Walker’s Dallas office and chairs the

Geoff Lewis was named Senior Vice President/General Counsel of RE/MAX International, Inc. in Denver, CO. RE/MAX International is engaged in real estate broker franchising in 54 countries around the world and is the global leader in residential real estate sales. Lewis was previously Vice President/General Counsel of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in Portland, OR.

Paula Campbell Millian joined Finn & Associates, a leading legal search firm in the Washington, DC area. Millian resides in McLean, VA, with her husband John and their three children.

Phillip Muhl was promoted from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President in charge of Business and Legal Affairs of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.

OleynikJeffrey E. Oleynik, partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, in Greensboro, NC, was selected for inclusion in the 2005–2006 The Best Lawyers in America. He also earned recognition as North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in the categories of bankruptcy law and antitrust law.

In September, John Osborn, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Cephalon, Inc., was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the East-West Center by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. The Center, based in Honolulu, and with offices in Washington, DC, was established by Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.

The breach of oral contract case tried by Law School Foundation Board Member Suzelle Smith and partner Don Howarth for client Douglas Shooker against Global Crossing Ltd. founder Gary Winnick resulted in a settlement last July moments after jurors announced that they had reached a decision. According to an article in the July 9, 2004 New York Times, the settlement, for an undisclosed amount, averted a $116 million verdict in the case which was tried in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The press reported that jurors concurred with the plaintiff’s argument that there had been an oral agreement between Shooker and Winnick that entitled Shooker to a portion of the profits from Global Crossing. Smith was quoted as saying “We thought the evidence came in very well for the plaintiff.” The highest verdict received by the Howarth & Smith partners before the Winnick case was tried was for $107.3 million, in another breach of oral agreement case against General Dynamics. In the year that verdict came in Howarth & Smith were listed by the National Law Journal as having one of the top 10 highest plaintiff verdicts and also for having one of the top ten defense verdicts. The partners concentrate their efforts on high stakes trials involving complex civil matters.

Professor J. Kelly Strader was selected as Southwestern University School of Law’s Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law for 2004–2005. Currently chair of the Law School Admission Council’s Subcommittee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues, Professor Strader is an active member of Lawyers for Human Rights and has written and lectured about legal issues relating to HIV/AIDS.

Barbara “Babs” Suddath Strickland continues her work at the Suddath Companies, a family-owned business. In addition, she and her husband Bob have purchased a 2,100-acre tract in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina and have begun developing equestrian home sites there. They plan to place 1,500 acres of the property under a conservation easement. For more information, see www.walnut

Jim Teater moved to Jones Day’s new Houston office this summer to help the growth of the practice there. He says to “call when you are in town!”

Alan F. Wohlstetter of Cozen O’Connor serves on the Philadelphia Host Committee, a group of distinguished Philadelphians leading a nationwide series of forums marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.


Phillip V. Anderson of Frith Anderson & Peake in Roanoke, VA, was chosen as president-elect of the Virginia State Bar (VSB). He will serve in the position for a year before being installed as bar president for 2005–2006. Anderson currently serves on the VSB’s governing council and its executive committee.

Barbara Bower changed firms in July. She is now of counsel to Kirkpatrick Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP in Pittsburgh, PA, and continues to practice immigration law.

ChampouxDavid Champoux, an attorney at Portland-based Pierce Atwood LLP, is listed in the 2005–2006 The Best Lawyers in America.

Anne P. Ogilby of Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA, was selected for inclusion in the 2005–2006 The Best Lawyers in America.

Glen R. Stuart became the hiring partner for the Philadelphia offi ce of Morgan Lewis. Stuart was listed by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers for business.

1985 Reunion Year

E. J. Bennett has not practiced law since 1993 but writes she is “enjoying life immensely.” Bennett reports that she saw “our wonderful classmate, Rebecca McLemore Lamberth, and her beautiful family last year in Atlanta. Colette Wallace McEachin, Rebecca, and I will try to reconnoiter in Charlotte, NC, this Spring. The three roomies together again!”

Luis Fortuno was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. Fortuno’s previous political experience includes the position of Puerto Rico Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce (1994–1997).

HamelArkema Inc. (formerly Atofina Chemicals, Inc.) elected William Hamel as Vice President and General Counsel in January. In this role, Hamel is responsible for directing the legal affairs of the company, including litigation, environmental law, patent, and risk management. He resides in Rosemont, PA.

Howard Kelin’s wife, Ann Meyers, died of an unexpected illness in Lancaster, PA, in November. Ann had her own public relations firm in Lancaster and was known for her tireless environmental advocacy. Howard and Ann, who met when both were park rangers, were married during Howard’s second year at the Law School and had four children: Daniel, Elizabeth, Matthew, and James (ages 6–18). The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection paid tribute to Ann at a statewide air quality meeting in December. (Read more about her accomplishments at www.lancasteronline. com/pages/news/local/4/10483.) Howard would like his classmates to know that he and the children are “doing well under the circumstances.”

McDonaldMoffatt G. “Mott” McDonald was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. McDonald is a shareholder practicing in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville, SC office, with more than 15 years of trial and appellate experience. He regularly represents clients in environmental, products, and contract cases.

Steve M. Pharr was elected chair of the construction law section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Pharr also was named to Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for his work in construction law.

Rey Ramsey, CEO of the nonprofit One Economy Corporation, was featured in The Washington Post on August 9 for joining Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle for the launch of “Bring IT Home,” a national campaign to bring broadband and computing technology into the homes of low-income people. Ramsey also serves as the chairman of the board for Habitat for Humanity. He works and resides in Washington, DC.


Elisabeth Harper remarried and is now known as Elisabeth Tolmach Burch.

Ann Peldo Cargile is one of “The Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee,” according to the Business Tennessee January issue. Cargile specializes in commercial real estate at Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC, in Nashville.

Vernon F. Dunbar relocated from Columbia to Greenville, SC, to manage Turner Padget’s new office there. The practice areas of the Greenville office include business litigation, corporate transactions, employment law, commercial real estate, and tax. Dunbar also has served on the board of the Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital.

Bill Eigner was elected to the board of trustees of the Mundoval Trust, which operates the Mundoval Fund, a global, large-capital-oriented mutual fund. Eigner also was appointed to the board of directors for Concerto Networks, a national franchise company providing complete business technology solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses. Eigner is partner and member of the business and technology team at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego, CA.

Edward P. Joseph, authored an article, “Back to the Balkans,” published in the January/February volume of Foreign Affairs. Joseph, son of George J. Joseph ’48, is currently on assignment in Iraq, providing democracy assistance to the interim government.

Elizabeth “Liz” Espin Stern is a partner at Shaw Pittman LLC in Washington, DC. She chairs the firm’s business immigration group, which she founded. Liz writes that she and her husband Michael “have two beautiful sons, Alex (10) and David (5).”

Jennifer Weiss was re-elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in November 2004. She has served as a House member since 1999.

Professor Kenneth Williams, a faculty member at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA, will serve as a visiting professor at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles this academic year. Professor Williams is a member of the Death Penalty Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Texas and is habeas counsel for a number of Texas death row inmates.


Eric Fleischmann is a partner at Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP, based in Hartford, CT. His practice involves employment based immigration law, including temporary visas, permanent residence, and citizenship.

NutleyAshley Steele Nutley, a partner in Nexsen Pruet, whose practice concentrates on economic development, real estate, and lending, has transferred to the firm’s Charleston, SC office.

Jane Paulson was elected President of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association for 2004–2005. On the family front, Paulson gave birth to son, Grady, February 5.

William E. Thro was appointed State Solicitor General of Virginia in the Office of the Attorney General. Thro resides in Yorktown, VA.

RichardsonJesse J. Richardson is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s College of Architecture & Urban Studies, School of Public & International Affairs, Urban Affairs & Planning Program. Richardson received one of three University W.E. Wine Achievement Awards in 2004. According to students, “Richardson consistently earns extraordinary student perception ratings and respect for his uncanny ability to draw everyone in his classroom into discussion.” Richardson is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the ABA, the VBA, the WVBA, and the American Planning Association. He teaches Land Use Law, Law of Critical Environmental Areas, and Principles of Real Estate. His research focuses on land conservation, growth management, and local government autonomy.

SaundersRobert W. Saunders, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, was re-appointed by the North Carolina Senate to serve on the Rules Review Commission of the North Carolina General Assembly. Saunders has served on the Commission since 2001.

TinsleyV. Randy Tinsley, partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, in Greensboro, NC, was selected for inclusion in the 2005–2006 The Best Lawyers in America.



BurackThomas Burack, a director at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA, in Manchester, NH, was re-appointed to a four-year term on the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Board of Directors. Formerly the co-chair of the Program, Burack was nominated by New Hampshire Governor Benson and confirmed by the Executive Council. The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program works to conserve and preserve the state’s natural, cultural, and historical resources and plan for their long-term stewardship.

John Catron was appointed the Chief Counsel for Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC) in July. BCC provides financing assistance for Boeing customers and owns or has interests in approximately 500 commercial aircraft. Catron has four daughters: Kara (18), Callie (16), Jamie (14), and Chrissy (12). His eldest daughter Kara entered Brigham Young University in the fall.

Bob Freeman was named U.S. Compliance Officer & Compliance Counsel for Serono, a Swiss biotechnology company headquartered in Geneva.

Philip Urofsky recently joined the Business Fraud practice at the DC offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as Special Counsel. Philip is joining Cadwalader after almost 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, the last seven of which he spent in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section handling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other corporate fraud investigations, prosecutions, and policy matters. At Cadwalader, he will continue to practice in this area, advising clients on matters involving the FCPA and other white collar corporate crime issues, conducting internal investigations, and consulting on corporate compliance and ethics programs. Philip lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife, two daughters, and one dog.


Pat Capuano is studying for a master’s degree in education with hopes of becoming an elementary school principal. He writes that he “is looking for a UVA-graduate patent attorney to help him shepherd some patents in exchange for options.”

Christopher Schuyler married Susan Baker on August 21 in Yorkshire, England. The couple resides in Old Greenwich, CT.

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