1970s Class Notes
Kenneth M. Greene was named in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2007 for his work in bankruptcy law at Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, N.C.
Mays & Valentine (now Troutman Sanders) and remained there until 1996, at which time he left to start his own business consulting firm. After one year, Norton became legal counsel to the Virginia Lottery and remained until 2001, when he took permanent disability due to his multiple sclerosis. Since that time, he has been volunteering on a part-time basis with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in the areas of church planting and mission churches.
Alan J. Mogol recently enjoyed his 35th anniversary with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore, where he chairs the firm’s leasing and lending practice group. Alan was recently listed in Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of equipment finance, and was also named in Maryland Super Lawyers.
After an entire career at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Larry Berger left the partnership earlier in the year to accept the post of general counsel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, becoming the first person to serve in that role. Berger was recently involved in what he terms a “novel project,” the purchase of Thomas Eakins’s masterpiece, The Gross Clinic (1875). Offered for sale by Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the painting is considered by most critics to be one of the ten most significant American paintings. The price of $68 million set a record for any pre-WWII American painting. Originally, the painting was going to be sold by Jefferson University to the National Gallery in Washington and to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. However, under a unique clause in the original agreement, local institutions in Philadelphia were given the opportunity to match the price in 45 days and keep the painting in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts worked together and now are jointly acquiring the painting.
Cecilia Sparks Ford retired in April 2006 as chair of the departmental appeals board at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She had been an administrative judge on the board since 1980 and head of the office since 1998.
George W. House, a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonardin Greensboro, N.C., has been named in North Carolina Super Lawyers and was also recognized as one of the state’s top 100 super lawyers in environmental law.
Fred T. Lowrance has been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2007 in the area of construction/surety law. Lowrance practices at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, N.C.
Alan B. Rashkind has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than tenyears. In 2006, he was named in Virginia Super Lawyer, in the area of insurancecoverage, one of only two lawyers inVirginia listed in that category, butregrets to inform his classmates that he isstill unable to leap even small buildingsin a single bound. Rashkind continuesin private practice in Norfolk, Va., withFurniss, Davis, Rashkind and Saunders;is an adjunct professor at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William &Mary; and is a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Trial Lawyers, the AmericanBar Foundation, and the Virginia LawFoundation. Rashkind, and his wife,Suzette, have two sons, Gray and Doug,and two grandsons.
Alexander C. Short and his wife, Patricia, were thrilled to once again attend a Law School graduation ceremony, this time for their daughter Ashley Short, a member of the Class of 2006. Ashley is now clerking for the Honorable Benson Legg ’73, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. For his work in securities and corporate finance,
Edward W. Wellman, Jr., has been named in North Carolina’s Super Lawyers for 2007. Wellman practices at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, N.C., where he has recently been elected to the board of directors for a three-year term. and Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., for the remainder of the year. After spending many years in private practice specializing in commercial litigation,
Paul N. Sameth has been appointed an assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland, responsible for the enforcement of child care regulations.
Eric E. Adamson has just been nominated as director of Rotary International’s board of directors for the 2008–10 term. Rotary is a worldwide service organization in 165 countries, with 33,000 clubs and 1.3 million members. There are 17 directors, 6 from the U.S.
Lee F. Feinberg was included in The Best Lawyers in America for energy law.Feinberg works at Spilman Thomas &Battle in Charleston, W.Va.
The Honorable Benson Legg is chiefjudge of the U.S. District Court for theDistrict of Maryland.
David L. Martin has been reappointed to another eight-year term as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Rhode Island. His initial appointment was in September of 1998.
Brian C. Murphy recently returned from Iraq, where he served for 14 months, first with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Ministry of Trade, then with the CPA Ministry of Justice, and finally with the U.S. Embassy as legal advisor to the Iraq Property Claims Commission. He is now with the Department of State as a consultant on nonproliferation issues.
The newest book by Douglas M. Branson (LL.M.), No Seat at the Table — How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom, was published by NYU Press with a 2007 copyright. His newest article, “Too Many Bells? Too Many Whistles? Corporate Governance in the Post-Enron, Post- WorldCom World,” was published in the South Carolina Law Review in 2006. Branson also taught around the globe in 2006, as he taught international human rights at Trinity College in Dublin, corporate governance at the University of Melbourne in Australia (for the 15th year), and was the Paul Hastings Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. (See In Print.)
Frank Riggs is a senior member of the construction practice group in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in construction law and named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine.
Christine Swent Byrd published an article on evidence and expert witnesses, “Cold War or Peaceful Coexistence? Federal Rule of Evidence 703 in the Post- Daubert Era.”
Clyde H. Jacob III was recently asked to open and head a new law firm in New Orleans for Houston-based Coats Rose Yale Ryman Lee — the first out-of-state law firm to establish an office in post-Katrina New Orleans. The firm has a general practice with a focus on real estate, litigation, and labor and employment.
John H. Quinn III, an Armstrong Teasdale partner, was elected by the Friends of the Sheldon to serve on the board of directors. The Friends of the Sheldon supports the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis by raising funds that contribute to various events, educational programs, art exhibits, and other cultural activities. At Armstrong Teasdale, Quinn is a practice group leader of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, employment law litigation, and general civil practice.
Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., has been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine in its annual survey as one of the Virginia “Legal Elite” in the field of intellectual property law. Broadbent practices business, intellectual property, governmental, and communications law as a partner with Christian & Barton in Richmond.
William P.H. Cary (JD/MBA) was recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers for his work in employment and labor as a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard in Greensboro, N.C.
For the past seven years, S. Miles Dumville has served as managing partner for the Richmond, Va., office of Reed Smith.
Daniel J. Hoffheimer, a partner with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, has been appointed legal counsel for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the fourth person to hold the position in its 43-year history. The community foundation has half a billion dollars in assets.
Luther Munford’s article, “The Peacemaker Test: Designing Legal Rights to Reduce Legal Warfare” will appear in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Spring 2007.
Donald J. Shuller was recently named in Ohio Super Lawyers for his work in real estate law at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in its Cincinnati office.
M. Hamilton Whitman has been selected for Maryland Super Lawyers 2007 for his work in general litigation. Whitman is
with Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore.
J. Herbie DiFonzo received the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award for “outstanding research in the field of family and divorce law.” Director of the Hofstra University School of Law LL.M. Program in Family Law, DiFonzo inaugurated the first class in 2006.
Stephen Earp, an attorney from the Greensboro, N.C., office of Smith Moore, is included in the 2007 Chambers USA listing of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” for his work in environmental law. He has also been recognized in North Carolina’s 2007 “Legal Elite.”
Amy B. Ginensky joined Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia as a partner in January. Ginensky is a leading First Amendment lawyer who also handles class action and commercial litigation matters. Before Pepper Hamilton, Ginensky was vice chair of the litigation department at Dechert.
Ronald L. Marmer was honored in Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” list. He was highlighted as a lawyer to whom directors, officers, attorneys, and accountants turn in judicial and administrative proceedings.
This year, Law School Professor Paul Stephan is taking a leave of absence to serve as counselor in the Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State. His wife, Pam, who is on the Medical School faculty, will remain in Charlottesville, and Stephan will be in town on weekends.
A. Jacy Thurmond, assistant deputy commissioner for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Administration, is a recipient of the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for a meritorious executive. The Presidential Rank Award is the most prestigious award granted by the President of the United States to a career federal executive in recognition of exceptional long-term accomplishments. Thurmond received the award for his work as the associate commissioner for the Office of Hearings and Appeals, which handles the hearings and appeals processes for Social Security claimants filing for retirement, disability, or supplemental security income benefits.
Christopher Scott D’Angelo was both moderator and speaker in “Rome Convention I and the Proposals for a New Regulation of the European Parliament and Council,” a program presented at the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Meeting in Vienna. The program focused on proposals to replace the Rome Convention I with a new European Union Regulation on the choice of laws rules applicable to contractual obligations, the current draft of the regulation, and the objections of the U.K. and several groups to the proposals and the draft regulation. D’Angelo is a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia, where his practice emphasizes business, class action, intellectual property, and products liability counseling and litigation.
Michael P. Haggerty has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers for achievements in banking law. Haggerty is an attorney in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker.
In November, California State Senator Debra Bowen won the election for California Secretary of State. Bowen represents the 28th Senate District in Southern California and had served for six years in the 53rd Assembly District seat.
Michael K. Kuhn has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers for achievements in real estate law. Kuhn is an attorney for Jackson Walker in its Houston office.
On October 12, Penelope W. Kyle was inaugurated as Radford University’s sixth president. Before accepting this position, Kyle worked at the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, then worked 13 years at CSX Corporation, where she entered as an attorney and worked her way up to vice president in the finance department. From 1994 through 2005, Kyle worked as director of the Virginia Lottery, where she helped achieve record-breaking funding and increases in revenue, exceeding $1 billion each year. Since her appointment to the presidency, Kyle has initiated many projects, some of which include the university’s first six-year plan, an international search for RU’s first provost, and approval of a budget that includes more than $17 million in new operating general funds for Radford University.
David J. Llewellyn presented a paper titled “Winning and Losing on the Circuit” at the Ninth International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity and Human Rights, held last August at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Chip MacDonald (JD/MBA) joined the capital markets group of Jones Day in May. He focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and governance, primarily in the financial services area. He celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Nancy, this year. He has three sons: Ralph IV, who started at Rhodes College in fall 2006; and Thomas and Michael, students at the Lovett School in Atlanta.
Roy L. Smart III has been named in North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2007 in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Smart practices at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte, N.C.
Lydia Stefanowicz recently joined Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge as a partner resident in the Short Hills, N.J., office, where she will continue to concentrate primarily on commercial real estate and debt finance.
Randall A. Underwood was recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers for his work in antitrust litigation. He is a partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon Humphrey & Leonard in Greensboro, N.C.