1970s Class Notes
Samuel M. Davis LL.M., dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law, will step down at the end of the academic year. Davis plans to teach at the school full-time after taking a probable sabbatical leave to work on various projects. During Davis’s 12-year deanship, the number of scholarships available to the 500 full-time students more than quadrupled, alumni giving has increased, and the quality of students has improved. The law school will move into a new building in the fall of 2010.
Edwin M. Baranowski has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the area of intellectual property law. His focus includes patents involving life sciences, the Internet, and public infrastructure. He is with Porter Wright in the Columbus, Ohio, office.
Dean Hasseman is general counsel with CITGO Petroleum Corporation. He received the Outstanding Counsel with an Attorney staff of 11-30 Award and the Champion of Diversity Award given by the Houston Business Journal and Association of Corporate Counsel in October. His nomination cited his role in critical strategic oversight on numerous compliance, risk management, and operational issues. In February he received the 2010 Minority Corporate Counsel Association Employer of Choice, South/Southwest Region Award.
John Pearson retired on December 31 from Willcox & Savage after more than 38 years of practice with the firm. He looks forward to new adventures.
In October 2008 the Hon. Louis A. Sherman was sworn in as a judge of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk, Va. He is married to Carol Sherman and has two children—Eric, who graduated from the University in 1998 and the Medical School in 2002; and Scott, who graduated from the Commerce School in 2001.
In February Mark Sullivan testified in the Alaska Senate and House of Representative hearings on custody and visitation legislation for military parents. He was called as an expert witness there and also in Congress, where he testified for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on federal legislation regarding military custody and deployment issues. Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel, and author of The Military Divorce Handbook (American Bar Association, 2006).
Warren Wood invites friends to check out his latest venture, Executive Mediator Services (www.ExecutiveMediators.com). The company provides experienced executives in business and commerce and the professions to help resolve disputes and close deals through mediation “online, on-site, and worldwide.”
Gerald E. Connolly was selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers 2009 in the area of real estate. He has also been included in Best Lawyers in America 2010 in corporate and real estate law. He is a partner in the Milwaukee, Wisc., office of Quarles & Brady, where he focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercials real estate, and family business.
Linda Fairstein is on the board of God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD), a charitable organization that provides and delivers nutritious meals to people living with AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses in New York City. This spring she will be master of ceremonies for Authors in Kind, a major fundraising event for GLWD held at the New York Palace Hotel around press time. Fairstein will discuss her latest novel, Hell Gate, the 12th in her best-selling series of thrillers featuring the brilliant crime-solving prosecutor Alex Cooper (see In Print). She has invited her best-selling partner in intrigue, David Baldacci ’86, to speak also; his most recent spellbinder is Deliver Us From Evil.
Bruce Wallinger recently completed a two-year term as chair of the Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee. He is with Hoover Penrod in Harrisonburg, where he isan arbitrator and mediator serving on the commercial, employment, and large complex case panels of the American Arbitration Association.
Two years ago D. Richard Worsham and his partner sold the asset management firm they began 20 years ago. They also sold 49 percent of their tax practice. At the time of sale (before the stock market crashed) they managed approximately $150 million for approximately 125 clients. They have both remained affiliated with the buyer firm, Summit Wealth Management, to assist with client retention.
Alan B. Clark has joined Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles, Calif., office, where he practices in the litigation group. He was previously a partner with Latham & Watkins.
Claire G. Gastañaga has been reappointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board. Her colleagues have elected her to serve as the board’s legislative liaison.
Andrew H. Hook’s article on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act was published in 2009 in the University of Richmond Law Review.
Nicholas A. Lotito was selected for inclusion in the list of Georgia Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of white-collar criminal defense. He has been included in that publication since 2006. He is with Davis, Zipperman, Kirschenbaum & Lotito in the firm’s Atlanta office, where his practice areas include antitrust litigation and criminal law.
Walter W. Bardenwerper, former vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Watson Wyatt & Co., has been named general counsel of Towers Watson & Co., formed in January through the merger of Watson Wyatt & Co. and Towers Perrin, Inc. Towers Watson is a global professional services company providing services in employee benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. The Towers Watson legal department includes lawyers located in North America, Asia, Europe and South Africa. Bardenwerper is in the company’s Arlington, Va., office.
Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., was named Associate Member of the Year by the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association, a statewide cable industry trade group. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the VCTA and the cable industry by an association member not employed by a cable system operator. Broadbent serves as legal counsel to the VCTA and its member cable companies. He is a partner at Christian & Barton in Richmond, where his legal practice focuses on telecommunications, intellectual property, business, and governmental relations law.
Ann Margaret Pointer has been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of employment litigation. She is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips, where she focuses on representing management in labor and employment matters.
M. Hamilton “Tony” Whitman, Jr., has been named to the “Top 50” Maryland Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of transportation/maritime, general litigation, and construction litigation. He is a principal with Ober Kaler, where he is chair of the disputes resolution section.
Ballard Spahr housing attorneys, led by Paul K. Casey, represented the New York City Housing Authority in closing one of the largest public housing low-income housing tax credit bond deals—and the largest public-private partnership of its kind—in U.S. history. Casey has represented NYCHA since 2004 and is co-partner in charge of Ballard Spahr’s housing practice.
The unprecedented transaction provides approximately $400 million in initial public and private funding for the modernization of more than 20,000 public housing units and an additional $65 million to $75 million each year for ongoing operations. Before the deal closed, NYCHA was operating these units without any dedicated federal, state, or city funding.
William C. Crenshaw has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Akerman Senterfitt as shareholder. He continues to practice commercial litigation, workouts, and bankruptcy.
Roscoe C. Howard, Jr., has joined Andrews Kurth as partner in the Washington, D.C., office, where he is in the corporate compliance, investigations and defense practice group. He was named one of Washington’s top lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009.
Roger Williams University School of Law Dean David A. Logan was honored by the NAACP for his outstanding efforts toward achieving diversity and inclusiveness in legal education. The Providence Branch of the NAACP presented Logan with the Community Service Award at its 96th Annual Freedom Forum Dinner, at which Logan also served as the keynote speaker. Logan was recognized for adding diversity to the faculty and staff at RWU Law in Rhode Island, for his commitment to improving higher education in Liberia, and for other innovative programs initiated during his deanship, including the Latino Policy Institute at RWU and the recently opened Immigration Law Clinic. He was also recognized at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Rhode Island Legal Services. During his tenure at RWU, he has spearheaded numerous public interest projects, paved the way for increasing the school’s public-service graduation requirement to 50 hours, increased funding for students who work in public service jobs each summer, and helped enable scholarships targeted at applicants who have a public-interest focus. During his time at RWU, bar pass rates have soared and the faculty has become one of the most diverse in New England.
John N. Raudabaugh joined Nixon Peabody’s labor and employment practice as counsel in the Washington, D.C., office. In 2009 he represented U.S. employers at the International Labour Conference, 98th session, addressing the global jobs crisis, and he co-chaired a team of attorneys on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, addressing the elimination of the worst forms of child and forced labor through access to justice, remediation, and employment and labor rights. He served for four years as member for the U.S. National Labor Relations Board and previously was with Baker & McKenzie.
David L. Sfara was married to his wife, Mara, on November 23, 2008. Among those in attendance were H. Coleman Switkay, Ed Rouh, Marty Dever, and Roscoe Howard. Mara is an artist; her work can be seen at www.marafinearts.com. Sfara is with Carmody & Torrance in the firm's Waterbury, Conn. office, where he is a partner in the estate and tax planning group. He, his wife, and her three daughters live in Farmington.
Michael P. Haggerty was named a 2009 Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the area of real estate law. He is a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker, where he leads the finance practice group. He focuses his practice in the area of finance, real estate, public finance, and financial recovery solutions.
W. Thomas McGough, Jr., has been named Pittsburgh Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year in Best Lawyers in America 2010. McGough practices in the commercial litigation group with Reed Smith in the Pittsburgh, Pa., office.
Debi Sanders has been named one of the top immigration lawyers in Washington, D.C. for 2009 by Washingtonian magazine for her work on behalf of refugees, immigrants, and others seeking asylum in the U.S. She has worked at Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for two years, helping individuals make their way through the immigration legal system. She specializes in government relations and pro bono cases. Sanders played a key role in establishing the immigration legal intake program at the Family Justice Center. For more on Sanders and her work against notario fraud, see the feature in this issue of UVA Lawyer.
Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan has been selected to lead Virginia’s Longwood University. Currently Dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy, Finnegan was the unanimous choice of the Board of Visitors.
Hugh F. Hill is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches emergency medicine.
Michael K. Kuhn was appointed to the Green Lease Task Force created by the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. The task force’s goal is to produce written materials on green leasing issues concerning office, retail, and industrial leases for ABA periodicals and for presentation at symposia this spring. Kuhn was named a 2009 Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. He is a partner in the Houston office of Jackson Walker, where his practice focuses on commercial real estate with emphasis on office and retail leasing.
Ely A. Leichtling was selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in the area of employment and labor. He was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady.
Chuck Throckmorton was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a founding member and shareholder with Kozyak, Tropin, and Throckmorton, where he practices in the fields of business bankruptcy and complex business litigation in Miami, Fla.