Class Notes -- Spring 1997

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1927 

Ammon G. Dunton, Sr., senior member and founder of Dunton, Simmons & Dunton of White Stone, VA, has retired from the practice of law after 69 years, at the age of 93. In addition to his legal work, during his career Dunton served as director and president of a number of banks and private businesses, and was active in civic, religious, and government affairs on national and local levels. 

1946 

Albert O. Scafuro retired after 50 years as senior partner of Scafuro and Gianni of Allendale, NJ. During his career, Scafuro also served as mayor of Allendale and as Bergen County counsel. He recently made the trip to Normandy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing there during World War II; he served as a First Lieutenant Civil Affairs during the war. 

1947 

Hugh D. McCormack's autobiography, Confederate Son, was published by Shenandoah University Press. Shenandoah University (VA) also has established a chair in his honor. 

1948 

Robert M. McRae, Jr. has become an inactive senior judge of the Western District of Tennessee. He reports that "the lawyers don't have to be nice to me or pretend to be because I can't hurt them or help them." Since January 1995, he has been working on an oral history of the Memphis School desegregation case, which is being transcribed into a limited-edition research publication. 

Robert C. Nusbaum, principal of Hofheimer, Nusbaum, McPhaul & Samuels, PC of Norfolk, VA, has been named by the Cosmopolitan Club as Norfolk's First Citizen for 1996, described in the Virginian Pilot as "an unsung hero for almost 50 years of community service... in education, medicine, and religion." Nusbaum is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Council, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is former chairman of the Virginia State Library Board, past president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, and a past member of the executive committee of the Virginia Bar Association. Nusbaum recently helped establish the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he served on the board of trustees for 11 years. 


Celebrating a Busy Life: John Early Turns 100

John L. Early '23, who celebrated his 100th birthday in December, is still meeting new challenges. The oldest surviving member of the Florida state legislature and the oldest former mayor of Sarasota, Early was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution in February.  
"Membership in the group is something that he always wanted to accomplish, and he just never took the time to do so earlier in life," explained his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Early. Her husband, Charles E. Early, joined his father's Sarasota firm in 1950, and father and son practiced as Early & Early until the senior Early's retirement about 25 years ago. 
Born in Staunton, VA, John Early graduated with honors from Washington and Lee University in three years. Following Army service during World War I, he enrolled in the Law School and graduated at the top of his class. He practiced law for a short time in West Virginia before moving to Sarasota in 1924. Early served in the Florida legislature for three terms when, due to the Depression, the state and its political subdivisions struggled to provide even basic services. During his first legislative session, the public school system in Sarasota County actually ceased to exist. Only those children whose parents could afford to make periodic payments of 25 cents per child were permitted to attend school. To help deal with this crisis, Early worked to pass legislation that put the public school system back on a firm financial basis; he also was involved in developing ways to help relieve the economic stagnation that gripped Florida at the time.  

In the meantime, and in spite of a lifelong hearing defect, Early built a successful law practice. Renowned for his knowledge of the law, speaking ability, and intense dedication to the causes of his clients, he worked primarily as a trial lawyer. According to his son, no judge who ruled in his favor was ever reversed on appeal.  

Early credits the Law School with preparing him well for the rigors of practice. He recalls with special appreciation "the fine lectures of Dean William Minor Lile and Professor Charles Graves. They were very realistic and lighted the 'outer edges' of the law for me." He last visited the Law School during his 50-year reunion. When asked to compare the present-day Law School with that of the 1920s, Early mentioned several dramatic changes. "When I was a law student, there were only two women in the Law School. And the facility was much smaller then. Law school buildings are now much more elaborate and luxurious; I found Minor Hall rather simple and plain."  

A widower since 1990, and now living in a Sarasota retirement community where he still dabbles in the stock market, Early offered some realistic advice to today's Law School students. "Learn the fundamental principles of the law while you are in law school, because you won't have time to do so later on," he said. 

1949 

John B. Spiers, Jr. was appointed senior counsel with the Radford, VA, office of Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller in October 1996. When not practicing law, Mr. Spiers enjoys unwinding on his BMW motorcycle. He and his wife, Josephine, have been riding coast to coast on his bike for more than 25 years. In 1994, Mr. Spiers received BMW's 300,000 Mile Award. 

1952 

Billups P. Percy's article, "JFK: The Last Time I Saw Him," was accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Double Take magazine. 

1956 

George Fleming Maynard of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC in Birmingham, AL recently was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

1957 

Edward W. (Ted) Chapin has retired from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and will continue as a consultant to the company. 

Nathan S. Lord, retired from the University of Louisville School of Law, states: "Retired law teachers need not fight committee battles, 'political correctness,' or egomania in self or others. What relief! I do some teaching and am a University ombudsman. I continue loving the study of man's law." 

Benjamin Allston Moore, Jr. and his friend David Maybank left February 6, 1997 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to sail Bon Ami, their 51-foot ketch, in a "Round the World Rally" of 65 boats. Follow his progress on the internet at hhtp:www2.bonami.org/evolve/index.html. 

1958 

Charles C. Abeles retired from Piper & Marbury LLP at the beginning of 1996. He is enjoying a somewhat more measured pace, although his time is fully occupied with pro bono charitable work and some foreign travel. 

1959 

James D. Colt retired in May 1996 as a selectman of Wenham, MA after 15 years as a selectman in two towns. He was defeated in the Republican primary in September in his candidacy for a second term as state representative for the 4th Essex District. He currently holds no elected office. 

Shant J. Harootunian has retired as vice president and general counsel of Tri-Star Consultants Associated, Inc. to enjoy his three grandchildren, especially the youngest, Chlóe, the daughter of his son Shant V. Harootunian (Col. '81). 

Jack Rephan was presented the 1996 President's Award by the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association (HRUHCA) for his contributions and guidance as legal counsel to the organization. He serves as general counsel of HRUHCA, and is of counsel with Hofheimer, Nusbaum, McPhaul & Samuels, PC of Norfolk, VA. 

1960 

K. King Burnett was elected to the American Law Institute in 1996. 

Miles Cary, Jr. and his wife, Ann, toured Ireland for two weeks in July, 1996 with three other Richmond couples. The Carys played golf at Ballybunion, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Mahoney's Point), Tramore Golf Club, Mount Juliet, and Portmarnock. 

Monte E. Wetzler became a partner in the New York office of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP. 

1962 

Michael Armstrong, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

1963 

William Davis Douglas III was promoted to vice president, regional network operations, for Bell Atlantic. He lives in Reston, VA. 

Thad G. Long has been elected a member of the American Law Institute. A partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White of Birmingham, AL, he also serves as adjunct professor of law at the University of Alabama Law School. 

1964 

Shepard B. Ansley has accepted a new position in the securities business at ACA Counsulting, Inc. of Atlanta. 

Bernard Dobranski was named dean and professor of law at the Catholic University of America's Law School. Previously, he served as dean and professor of law at the University of Detroit Law School for 13 years. His daughter, Stephanie Dobranski '90, married John Hitt '90 August 3. 

Evan J. Kemp, Jr. married Janine D. Bertram August 29 at St. Aloysius Church in Washington, DC. 

Walter L. Metcalfe, Jr. was recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is associated with Bryan Cave LLP of St. Louis, MO. 

Davidson Ream has lived and worked in Asia, California and, for the past 20 years, in the Chicago area. He's spent a satisfying career in legal education and publications. Currently, Ream is director of publications for the Defense Research Institute, a national association of 30,000 lawyers on the defense side of tort and insurance practice. He also is editor of DRI's monthly magazine, For the Defense. For years, Ream has been very active in community affairs. He served a term on the city council of Evanston, IL, as an elected representative of 9,000 people. 

1965 

Rennard Strickland, dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, was honored in February by the American Bar Association with the "Spirit of Excellence" award, established last year to celebrate the achievement of minority lawyers. Strickland, of Osage and Cherokee Indian heritage, was a pioneer in introducing Indian law into the university curriculum, and is author or editor of more than 35 books. 

1966 

Philip J. Bagley III, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the real estate section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

Regis W. Campfield, Johnson Fellow and professor of law at Southern Methodist Law School, has published the second edition of his casebook, Estate Planning and Drafting (CCH), and, along with William Turnier (Col.'68) and Martin Dickinson, their casebook, Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Trusts (West). 

John C. Rasmus was elected chair of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council in Washington, DC, a consortium of appraiser and lender organizations and federal agencies who provide input to The Appraisal Foundation, the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications. Rasmus currently serves as senior federal administrative counsel and manager of regulatory and trust affairs of the American Bankers Association. 

1967 

David R. Decker became a partner November 1 in the Los Angeles office of Arter & Hadden. 

Stuart S. Dye left Graham & James to join his 1967 classmates Richard Duvall, Richard Dunnells, Tim Bloomfield, and David Vaughan as a partner in the Washington, DC office of Holland & Knight LLP. Dye also recently was named chairman of the transportation task force of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. 

F. Claiborne Johnston, Jr. of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the banking and corporate sections of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

C. Cotesworth Pinckney, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the banking and corporate sections of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

Stuart T. Saunders, Jr. has been named chairman of the African Wildlife Foundation, the largest international conservation organization working solely in Africa. Prior to becoming chairman, he served on the foundation's board of trustees for eight years. He is a partner with Dechert Price & Rhoads of Philadelphia. 

1968 

David M. Hayes currently serves as president-elect of the Onondaga County Bar Association in Syracuse, NY. 

Henry H. Rossbacher was speaker at the Fourteenth Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, Cambridge. His topic and paper were entitled "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Within the American Response to Domestic Corruption." He also was recently appointed advisory counsel to the independent counsel in re Secretary of Agriculture Espy. 

1969 

Michael J. Fox, after nine years as judge in King County Superior Court in Seattle, had an election challenger in 1996. He claims he "hastily organized a campaign," and was reelected. Fox also had a visit in October from Robert "Butch" Williams '69 and Jerry Williams '73

R. Brandon "Brandy" Jones, Jr. has been a partner for 26 years at Hudson, Jones, Jaywork, Williams & Ligouri of Dover and Rehoboth Beach, DE. He and his wife, Lois, have three children: Kelly Snow, Tiffany, and Roarke. 

1970 

James A. L. Daniel was elected secretary of the Virginia Bar Association this year. He is a partner in Daniel, Vaughan, Medley & Smitherman, PC of Danville, VA. 

Phillip C. Stone is serving as president of the Virginia Bar Association this year. He also is president of Bridgewater College. 

1971 

Jeanne F. Franklin was elected to the Virginia Bar Association executive committee. She is a member of Grad, Logan & Klewans, PC of Alexandria, VA. 

Mark E. Sullivan recently updated a videotape he produced on separation and divorce for the legal assistance offices at Ft. Bragg. The video is shown regularly to clients with questions on family law issues. Sullivan, principal of the Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, PA of Raleigh, NC, is a colonel in the Army Reserve and a board-certified specialist in family law. 


Alumni Events Held Coast to Coast

Virginia Law graduates gathered in recent months on the east and west coasts and points in between for alumni events.  

Dean Robert E. Scott joined 40 Virginia alumni and alumni in law teaching attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, DC for breakfast January 6.  

Alumni from the Pacific Northwest enjoyed events hosted by Saul Levmore, Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law and the Albert Clark Tate, Jr. Professor. Approximately 25 graduates joined Levmore over lunch at Seattle's Sorrento Hotel February 19, and 15 Oregonites gathered for a reception at Portland's Hotel Vintage Plaza that evening.  

Professor Emeritus Tom Bergin joined about 40 LA alumni over dinner February 22 at the spectacular cliffside Malibu home of Todd Sloan '72 and his wife, Marcia.  

Closer to home, 140 enthusiastic alumni gathered February 25 at the Richmond Coliseum to catch the annual basketball contest pitting Virginia against Virginia Tech. Virginia claimed the victory in a 58-57 heart stopper.  

The dean met Chicago- and New York-based alumni at two springtime events. He traveled to Chicago April 8 for an alumni reception held at The Standard Club, and then joined New York alumni over lunch at the Algonquin Hotel.  

Finally, Class of 1962 Professor William Stuntz joined New York and Connecticut alumni for an April 17 event at Stamford's Landmark Club.  

Todd Sloan '72 and his wife, Marcia, entertained approximately 40 Los 
Angeles-area alumni at their Malibu home February 22. Here they
relax with Professor Emeritus Tom Bergin and his wife, Mary.
 
1972 

David Craig Landin was elected chair of the Virginia Bar Association executive committee for 1997. He is a partner at the Richmond, VA office of Hunton & Williams. 

Wallace M. Starke, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the employee benefits section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

1973 

W. Edward Bailey is now the managing partner of Fish & Neave of New York City. 

G. Franklin Flippin is currently serving as president-elect of the Virginia Bar Association. He is a founding member of Flippin, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford & Jessee of Roanoke, VA. 

F. Charles McMains, Jr., first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1992, was re-elected to his second term in 1996. He presently serves as chairman of the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. During the 1996 Special Session he authored and passed Governor Foster's comprehensive tort reform package. McMains also serves as a member of the Louisiana Law Institute. 

Frank Morris, Jr. recently spoke on the Americans with Disabilities Act to the judicial conference workshops for the federal judges of the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th Circuits. 

J. Stephen Street was elected in September 1996 to the U.S. Leadership Council of Special Olympics. He is a member of the executive committee of Hawaii Special Olympics' state board of directors. He enjoyed coaching Special Olympics swim teams in the Hawaii Summer Games of 1995 and 1996, and is organizing a new joint AYSO/Special Olympics soccer program this summer. In April he marked his 15th anniversary with Rush Moore Craven Sutton Morry & Beh of Honolulu, where he heads the firm's commercial litigation group. 

Addison B. Thompson has taken associate status with the Virginia Bar, but is still involved in estate planning and management. He also manages Tuckahoe Plantation, boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. 

1974  

Ken Barry took a mini-sabbatical last summer to study Irish myth, literature, and politics at Trinity College in Dublin. 

James D. Moyer was recently sworn in as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court fo the Western District of Kentucky. 

Jane L. Schwarzschild, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

Jay Waldron was appointed commissioner of rugby for Nike World Masters Games in Portland, OR, scheduled for August 1998. 

Robert P. Wax was promoted in February to senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel of Northeast Utilities in Hartford, CT. Robert joined NU in 1979 as counsel, and has served as vice president, secretary, and general counsel of NU since 1993. 

Harold C. Wheeler has been named partner of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd of Chicago. He is a member of their litigation department. 

1975 

Michael Beautyman's firm, Beautyman Associates, PC of Flourtown, PA, has expanded to include a consulting practice and a health law practice. 

Christine Swent Byrd has joined Irell & Monella, LLP as a litigation partner in Los Angeles. She continues to do commercial litigation, specializing in general business, energy industry, and environmental disputes. She says she now understands firsthand why Irell & Monella is known as one of the premier firms in the country. 

C. Michael DeCamps was recently elected vice chairman of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, which manages Richmond, VA's emergency and non-emergency medical transport system. He is a director with Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller of Richmond. 

Fred D. Hutchison left Petree Stockton, LLP in May 1996 to start his own firm, called Hutchison & Mason PLLC. The firm concentrates on working with emerging growth companies, including private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. 

Frederick K. Lowell attended the 1996 Republican Convention in San Diego as a California delegate. He continues as chair of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP's political law department. 

Joe Rapisarda was awarded the Edward J. Finnegan Distinguished Service Award by the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia (LGA). He has served on the LGA's board of directors since 1985. He currently serves as Henrico County Attorney, and chairs the board of governors of the Local Government Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. 

D. Eugene Webb, Jr., of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the labor and employment section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

1976 

Michael Caplin and his wife, Kristina, announce the birth of a son, Bennett, born December 30. He joins brother Conrad and sister Ella. 

James Hingeley, Jr. continues to enjoy his work as Lynchburg public defender, a position he has held for the last five-and-one-half years. He states that "specializing in criminal law has opened up many exciting opportunities for me, including teaching Psychiatry and Criminal Law at UVA for two semesters as an adjunct instructor and, more recently, joining the board of the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys." 

Daniel J. Hoffheimer has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of WGUC-FM Public Radio, and secretary of the board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

Luther Munford served as president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers during 1995 and 1996. 

1977  

Russell Brock, MD is currently engaged in the practice of medicine in Wilmington, NC. 

Ted (E. Tazewell) Ellett is serving as chair of the Virginia Bar Association's transportation law section, and became president of the Aero Club of Washington, DC in January. He is an aviation partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, DC. 

Will Gotschall has been appointed general counsel of World Resources Company (WRC) of McLean, VA, the nation's leading recycler of wastewater treatment sludges from electroplating. 

Kristin Curran Junkin sold her Washington, DC-based temporary lawyer service, Outside Counsel, to an Houston, TX-based national company, Co-Counsel, which provides temporary lawyers and paralegals in cities throughout the U.S. Junkin joined Co-Counsel's Washington office. 

David A. Logan was elected to the American Law Institute in 1996, and co-authored with his brother, Wayne, the book North Carolina Torts, published by Carolina Academic Press. 

Charles L. Menges, a partner in McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe, has been "on loan" to RF&P Corporation as its general counsel. RF&P Corporation was recently sold by the Virginia Retirement System to a fund sponsored by the Lazard Frères investment banking firm. 

Michael S. Miller became principal of planning and development with The Vanguard Group, a $240 billion mutual fund complex headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, in June. In this position, he is responsible for strategy and planning, public relations, portfolio review and new fund development groups, quality management, training, compliance, corporate communications, and competitive analysis functions. He also sits on the firm's executive committee. 

Paul E. Stanzler was elected managing partner of Burns & Levinson LLP of Boston. He also is a member of the board of overseers of New England Medical Center and a trustee of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. 

1978  

Malcolm Pitt Friddell, of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, was listed in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

Saul B. Goodman, a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, was recently named practice coordinator for his firm's insurance practice group, which represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and counseling. 

Connie Howes has left private practice to become vice president and general counsel of Care New England Health System of Providence, RI. 

Brian Steinbach is now associated with Epstein Becker & Green, PC in Washington, DC. He practices labor and employment law, representing management. 

1979  

John C. Ale leads the London office of Vinson & Elkins, a registered multinational partnership with the Law Society of England and Wales. He will continue as lead of their global project finance and development practice group. 

David B. McCormack was elected to the American Law Institute. He heads the employment law group at Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee, PA of Charleston, SC. 

1980  

Michael Clayton is senior partner and chair of the intellectual property and technology practice group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington, DC. He taught (again) a Principles & Practice course on intellectual property this spring with Professor Lillian BeVier. In addition, he serves, in a pro bono capacity, as general counsel to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc., a private foundation building a memorial in Arlington Memorial Cemetery in Washington, DC, to commemorate women's military service from the Revolutionary War to the present. 

Glenn A. Gundersen, partner and co-chair of the intellectual property law practice group at Dechert Price & Rhoads of Philadelphia, spoke on "Clearing Trademarks in the Internet Age" at the annual meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in Washington, DC. His book, Trademark Searching, a guide for practitioners, is published by the International Trademark Association. 

Sally Dillard Hauptfuhrer is president of The Women's Tennis Association at Cherokee Tennis Club in Atlanta. 

Leonard C. Martin is currently with Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell of Jackson, MS. He was formerly with Dossett Goode Barnes & Broom, also of Jackson. 

Bill Nusbaum has just finished his first year as chair of the Norfolk City Democratic Committee. He invites any "Dem. Hoos" in Norfolk who want to get involved to contact him. 

Norman E. Parker, Jr. has left the Baltimore attorney general's office to pursue private practice as of counsel at the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. A former deputy attorney general, Parker has served in the attorney general's office since 1984. 

Jonathan J. Rusch, senior litigation counsel in the fraud section of the criminal division at the U.S. Department of Justice, has received the criminal division's Special Commendation Award for his coordination of Operation Senior Sentinel, the nation's largest undercover operation devoted to telemarketing fraud. Rusch also reports that his daughter, Rachel, is a freshman at Yale University. 

1981  

Evan Bayh, former governor of Indiana, delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention August 26 in Chicago. 

Elois Howard was appointed to the Pennsylvania Judicial Evaluation Commission, which rates appellate court candidates running in the 1997 primary. She is chief assistant district attorney, special investigations unit of the Philadelphia district attorney's office, and a special assistant U.S. attorney appointed by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to prosecute narcotics trafficking conspiracies. 

Mark S. Roderick, principal of Flaster, Greenberg, Wallenstein, Roderick, Spirgel, Zuckerman, Skinner & Kirchner, PC of Cherry Hill, NJ, was chosen by national legal research company LEXIS-NEXIS to review and provide New Jersey expertise for its new Limited Liability Company (LLC) Practice System. 

1982  

Tom Bartman, of counsel in the Washington, DC office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, briefed and organized the drafting of appellate arguments that resulted in the requirement of a heightened mens rea for proof of a crime under the Clean Water Act. 

Keith O. Cowan left Alston & Bird and the practice of law in May after 14 years, and became vice president - corporate development of BellSouth Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for the merger and acquisition activities of BellSouth and all of its subsidiaries. He calls it "a great challenge during this time of dramatic change in the telecommunications industry." 

Philip M. Mulford and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of their first child, Philip Musick Mulford, Jr., June 5. 

1983  

Joyce Elden married fellow lawyer Dana T. Pickard March 15, 1996. She moved from Boston, MA to Jupiter, FL following the marriage, and now works in the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel, a large Florida firm. 

William S. Fish, Jr. recently has been appointed an adjunct professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching a course on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He remains a partner at Tyler Cooper & Alcorn in Hartford, CT. 

Jill L. Holt (formerly Jill L. Rowe) married R. Steven Holt in October, 1995. 

Amelia Williams Koch was named president of the New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association in October. She is a shareholder of Locke Purnell Rain Harrell in Dallas, TX. 

Jerry Kraisinger recently became a member of the board of directors of ProRiver, Inc., the owner and operator of the Red River Barbeque & Grille restaurant chain. He also celebrated his tenth anniversary with Host Marriott Corporation, formerly Marriott Corporation. He continues to reside in Chevy Chase, MD, with his wife Alison, daughter Laura (4), and son Joseph (2). 

John E. Osborn was one of Delaware's delegates to the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, and serves on the Delaware Republican State Committee. He is vice president and associate general counsel with Celphalon, Inc. in West Chester, PA. He also serves on the Law School's Business Advisory Council and is one of two regional managers of the Law School's Wilmington annual campaign. 

James L. Richey has opened a solo practice in Birmingham, AL, concentrating in business transactions, commercial real estate, environmental law, and estates. He also offers mediation and conciliation services. 

Alan F. Wohlstetter, Jr. was named senior member of the business law department of Cozen and O'Connor of Philadelphia. He will also serve as head of the public finance group. Wohlstetter was previously a partner at Ehmann, Van Denbergh & Trainor of Philadelphia. 

1984  

Arnold M. Auerhan, his wife Susan, and son Eli (4) welcome their latest addition: daughter and sister Tori Emma Auerhan, born August 28. Auerhan is a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, and his spouse is a special education teacher in the Fairfax County public schools. 

Bill Lundeen married Allison Gay (Jones) Lundeen in 1994. Bill, who has his LL.M. in taxation from New York University, was appointed chief counsel of the Department of Revenue in Illinois in 1995. Allison, who serves as an associate pastor in Springfield, IL, is the granddaughter of Roger Warren Jones, chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission under President Eisenhower and Deputy Undersecretary of State for President Kennedy. 

Gary R. Siegel is of counsel in the Washington, DC office of Lane & Mittendorf LLP, after a 12-year career (the last five as partner) at Tucker, Flyer & Lewis. 

Robert Strassfeld has been appointed to the newly created position of associate dean for faculty development and research at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH. A member of the Case Western Law faculty since 1988, and a full professor since 1994, he has taught torts, labor law, and American legal history. 

1985  

Richard Bonaventura was named a managing director of Merrill Lynch in New York in December. 

Thomas E. Donilon has left the position of chief of staff at the Department of State, and rejoined the Washington, DC office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP as a partner. He and his spouse, Cathy Russell, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah, October 25. 

Daniel J. Dunne, Jr. was recognized in the Big Suits section of the American Lawyer (January/February 1997) for his role as successful lead trial counsel representing Grant Thornton LLP in accountants' liability litigation involving Seattle Telco Federal Credit Union and its mortgage banking subsidiary. Dunne is a shareholder with the Seattle, WA office of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Layne Presho, and their two daughters, Carly (7) and Mallory (4). 

Tom Griffith is serving as Senate legal counsel for the United States Senate. He represents the Senate, its committees, members, officers, and employees in civil litigation relating to their official responsibilities; represents Senate committees in proceedings to aid their investigations; and appears for the Senate when it intervenes or appears as amicus curiae in lawsuits to protect the constitutional or other powers or responsibilities of the Senate. 

David L. Packer recently became partner of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a national real estate firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. 

1986  

Eileen Brumback has settled with her husband, Karl, and children Matthew (6) and Mark (3) in New York, where she is a partner in King & Spalding's real estate group. 

Bill Eigner and his wife, Jeanne, announce the birth of Elizabeth Eigner November 14. Bill is with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP of San Diego, CA. 

Michael I. Raschid recently became a partner in the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn, where he practices in the international group and concentrates on international commercial transactions and technology-related transactional matters. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Miranda and Derek, in Great Falls, VA. 

Bruce Wilson and his wife Lisa Westfall moved from London back to Washington, DC, in January, with children Jennifer (6), Andrew (3), and Julia (1). Bruce, a partner with Covington & Burling, spent the last six years in the firm's London office. 

1987  

William R. Denny became a partner with Potter Anderson & Corroon of Wilmington, DE in January, 1996. His and his wife welcomed their fourth child (and fourth son), Neal William Denny, May 4, 1996. In August 1996, Denny and his family moved to a new country home in Maryland, a 26-mile commute to Wilmington. 

Brooke Dickerson and Jeff Dickerson report that Jeff has been with the legal department of Bell South International for a year, traveling from Australia to Venezuela. Brooke is still practicing environmental law with Arnall Golden & Gregory four days a week. They both practice parenting their two children­Jack (5) and Elizabeth (2)­seven days a week. 

Helen Lewis Kemp was elected partner of Mays & Valentine, LLP of Richmond, VA. Her areas of practice include estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law planning. She also was listed in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-1998 edition. 

Neil McKittrick was awarded the 1996 Citizenship Award by the Association for Retarded Citizens in Massachusetts. The award was presented at the State House in Boston in December 1996. 

David Naimon works as an attorney/advisor for the executive office for United States Attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice. He and his wife, Kathy, have been blessed by twins, Rebecca and Andrew, born December 14, 1995. 

Pamela Passman, her husband, Rick Guinee '88, and daughter, Sarah (born January, 1995) relocated to Tokyo, Japan in November 1996, where Passman serves as Microsoft Corporation's senior lawyer for the Far East. She is responsible for Microsoft's legal, government affairs, and corporate affairs work in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. 

Linda Lewis Rhodes has been elected counsel of the Washington, DC office of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. She and her husband and two children reside in Silver Spring, MD. 

Daniel K. Steen has been elected counsel of the Washington, DC office of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. He and his wife, Anne Marie, and their two children live in Arlington, VA. 

C. Scott Talbot joined the Washington, DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, as a partner in their expanded intellectual property practice. His practice focuses in patent prosecution, counseling and licensing, and computer law, including software copyright and licensing. He was formerly a partner at Howrey & Simon. 

Ben Webster and his wife, Joy, were blessed with twins Ethan Lee Webster and Grant Stanton Webster February 3, 1996. Ben reports that "all four of us are doing great, on very little sleep." 

Kevin L. Wright has been elected a shareholder in the Washington, DC office of Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, Tichy & Mathiason. He specializes in employee benefits law. 

1988  

Luis Alvarez, Jr. married Judy English on New Year's Eve 1992. He and Brent Houk, a groomsman at the wedding, attended the Keeneland Farm horse races in October 1996. 

Anthony J. Anscombe was made partner in the San Francisco office of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold January 1. He specializes in toxic tort and product liability litigation. 

Dabney J. Carr IV was elected a partner with Mays & Valentine of Richmond, VA. His practice concentrates in civil litigation, including products liability, insurance defense, and personal injury. 

William (Buddy) Cox and Gina Cox '90 live in Birmingham, AL, where he is a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, and she is busy with their children, Perry (5), Tyler (2), and Emily (1). 

Rick Guinee, his wife, Pamela Passman '87, and daughter, Sarah (born January, 1995) relocated to Tokyo, Japan in November 1996, where Passman serves as Microsoft Corporation's senior lawyer for the Far East. Passsman is responsible for Microsoft's legal, government affairs, and corporate affairs work in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. 

Harry M. Johnson III, an associate of the Richmond, VA office of Hunton & Williams, has assumed the position of chair-elect for the young lawyer's division of the Virginia Bar Association. 

Frank R. Marvin, Jr. and a friend from college have created Support Systems Developers, Inc., an outsourcing teleservices company with 250+ employees in Vienna, VA. He and his wife, Sally, have two boys, Will Francis (2) and Luke Gregory (1). They recently moved to Great Falls, VA. 

Cecil Quillen III is a partner in the New York office of Linklaters & Paines, a London-based international law firm. 

David E. Stutzman was named a partner of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP of New York City in January. 


"Hey, That's My Hay:" Lyn DesMarais Films Farm Life for Kids

DesMarais and Stephanie Benoit, who supplies the voice of Geraldine, 
the cow, in the video, pose with the real Geraldine.

When Lyn DesMarais '88 left her position as lawyer for an environmental cleanup firm after the birth of her first child, she had no idea that she soon would be producing a children's video featuring farm animals. Intrigued by her sister's assertion that there are few quality children's videos on the market, DesMarais with the help of three generations of women from her family set out to make her own, focusing on the life she remembered from growing up on a farm in central Massachusetts.  

The resulting video, called "Hey, That's My Hay," educates pre-schoolers about farm life, and does it with a touch of humor. Narrated by Geraldine, a Holstein cow, the video describes life on an old-fashioned dairy farm, focusing on hay-making, horse-shoeing, and manure-spreading activities. Kids will be totally engaged watching 25 minutes of animals, tractors, and other farm equipment in action. The lighthearted soundtrack includes music ranging from renditions of "Waltzing Matilda" to "The William Tell Overture;" young viewers especially enjoy how "Pop Goes the Weasel" is used.  

DesMarais brought plenty of enthusiasm but no film making experience to the barnyard. "I just took my camcorder and shot hours and hours of footage on several farms in the New Braintree (MA) area," she said. "I didn't even have a tripod at first." A 72-year-old family friend supplied Geraldine's bovine voice.  

DesMarais quickly discovered that she enjoyed life behind a camera, but that she had a lot to learn about editing, producing, and marketing her product. Her Law School training proved helpful in other areas. "Virginia prepared me to analyze the market, and to take care of myself when it came time to negotiate contracts," she noted. "When developing the video, I often recalled Graham Lilly's Evidence class, when he reminded us that 'it isn't just the facts, it's how you tell the story that helps you to succeed.'"  

DesMarais is well-pleased with the result. She and her husband, Jim DesMarais '87, who works for Massachusetts Financial Services in Boston, financed the video and are now planning to market it more broadly. So far, Lyn's fledgling firm, Farmer Small Productions named for her late grandfather, Raymond Small has sold approximately 750 videos. Most were sold to local residents who read about the new venture in the newspaper or heard the accolades of pint-sized customers and their parents. DesMarais hopes that endorsements by national parents' groups and exposure on the World Wide Web will help her break into the lucrative children's catalog market.  

Now the mother of two children Connie, age three, and Kyran Raymond, age one DesMarais is already engrossed in the next of what she hopes will be two or three additional video productions with a farm theme. The new video stars Higgins, a noisy rooster who appeared in the first production. DesMarais is now in the process of identifying the individual who will provide Higgins's voice. "There is an octogenarian in the New Braintree area who would be absolutely perfect as Higgins," she mused. "But it might take my best skills as a lawyer to persuade him to enter a recording studio in Boston."  

Lyn DesMarais will donate to the Law School a portion of the proceeds from each copy of "Hey, That's My Hay" she sells to Law School alumni. To order a copy, please call Farmer Small Productions at 800-273-6648, visit her Web site at http://www.splusnet.com/hay, or send a check for $20.00 plus $3.00 for charming gift wrap, featuring a hand-stenciled cow on brown wrapping paper tied with a raffia ribbon to 1200 Hardwick Road, New Braintree, MA 01531. Remember to identify yourself as a Law School graduate. 

1989  

James J. Alex currently serves as senior manager of Ernst & Young LLP's national tax office. 

André De Cort became counsel and managing attorney of the Moscow office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in April 1995. 

Melissa Ann Dowd is one of four principals in Highland Meadows, LLC, a 30-cottage housing development in Monterey, VA, designed by Peter Waldman, architecture department chair, and William Sherman, director of undergraduate architecture studies at UVa's School of Architecture. A sole practitioner, she runs a general practice ("mostly 'dirt law'"), and also is counsel to Highland County. When she tires of defending the innocent, she rides her horses, tends her daughter (Molly, 11), walks her dog, chases her cattle, mends her fences, scolds her ducks, and whispers items of continuing interest into her husband's ear. 

Cynthia L. Gibson was recently named partner at Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild of Cincinnati, OH. She practices in the areas of commercial and employment litigation. 

Bruce A. Griggs became a partner with Strasburger & Price, LLP of Dallas, TX in February. He practices labor and employment and civil rights litigation. Griggs is a member of the American and Dallas bar associations' labor and employment law sections, and of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. 

Robert M. Hupe has joined the Los Angeles office of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP as an associate, practicing general and commercial litigation with emphasis on toxic torts, products liability, and construction defects. He was previously with Howarth & Smith of Los Angeles. 

Karl A. Racine became a partner with Cacheris & Treanor of Washington, DC in January. 

Karen Miller Singer has been named assistant general counsel of Constellation Real Estate, Inc. of Columbia, MD. A resident of Lutherville, MD, she has been involved in various civic activities, including Commercial Real Estate Women, The Associated: The Jewish Federation of Baltimore, and People Aiding Travelers and the Homeless. 

R. Bart Totten was named a partner in the litigation group of Adler Pollock & Sheehan of Providence, RI. His practice includes commercial litigation, banking and construction litigation, and intellectual property law. Totten is active in the Big Brothers of Rhode Island, serving on their advisory board, and chairing their corporate campaign and planned giving program. In 1996, he was nominated for the Rhode Island Bar Association's community service award for his work with Big Brothers. 

James D. Wall has been elected a director of Bell, Davis & Pitt, PA of Winston-Salem, NC. His practice concentrates in health law, bankruptcy law, and municipal corporations. 

1990  

Mary Beth (Bailey) Fahrney married Brian Fahrney, a fellow associate at Sidley & Austin of Chicago, in July 1996. 

Jana V. T. Baldwin has been elected partner of the Washington, DC office of McDermott, Will & Emery. Her practice focuses on insurance, associations, antitrust contracts, and other commercial litigation. 

Jonathan R. Barr and his wife, Annette, announce the birth of Catherine Mary Schumacher Barr January 16, 1996. Barr is a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's division of enforcement. 

Tracy B. Brightman has been elected a shareholder in the Dallas, TX office of Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, Tichy & Mathiason. Her practice concentrates on employment and labor law. 

Gina Cox and William (Buddy) Cox '88 live in Birmingham, AL, where he is a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, and she is busy with their children, Perry (5), Tyler (2), and Emily (1). 

Timothy D. Davis has been elected a shareholder of Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins & Childs in Birmingham, AL. His wife, Lisa Singer, is enjoying being home with their one-year-old daughter, Emma. 

Stephanie Dobranski married John Hitt, Jr. August 3, 1996. 

Bernie Ellis and Susan Ellis announce the birth of their first child, Elizabeth Louise Ellis, born April 23, 1996. 

Barbara R. Frith was named partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP. Her practice concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and antitrust law. 

Amy J. Gould has been named partner in the Boston, MA office of McDermott, Will & Emery. Her practice includes general corporate, securities, transactional matters, and domestic and international publishing law matters. 
 

Annette Warfield Hughes was recently made partner at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold of San Francisco, where she specializes in product liability. 

Catharina Y. Min has been working for the past two-and-one-half years as an international lawyer for a firm in Seoul, Korea. She also was selected for the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. 

Joseph M. Pankowski, Jr. graduated from Yale Divinity School (M.A. in Religion) and the NYU School of Law (LL.M. in taxation) in May 1996. He and his wife were blessed with their first child, Edward Bissell Pankowski, born June 30. 

Philip W. Parker is serving as secretary-treasurer of the Virginia Bar Association's young lawyer division this year. He is an associate with Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, PLC of Roanoke, VA. 

Lisa Ormand Taylor married Stewart Taylor August 24. In October and November 1996 she took an eight-week trip with her three sisters to Latvia (where one of her sisters practices law), Russia, Lithuania, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, the Cook Islands, and French Polynesia. She returned to private practice in January. 

Jonathan L. Thornton and David J. Pierce (Col. '81) opened Pierce & Thornton, PLC in Norfolk, VA in January. The firm's practice includes civil litigation, emphasizing plaintiff's medical malpractice and general personal injury litigation, products liability, and construction and commercial litigation. 

Felicia A. Washington became a partner in the Charlotte, NC office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP. Her practice concentrates on employment law and commercial litigation. 

Michael B. Weiss continues as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. He and his wife, Holly Hexter Weiss '91, celebrated their twin boys' (Andrew and Zachary) second birthday January 18. Holly is still working at Sullivan & Cromwell as a litigation associate. 

Barney Wilson is now working as an investment banker for Robertson, Stephens & Co. in San Francisco, focusing on technology IPOs. 


Alumni Observe Trial of Alleged Irish Terrorists 

John P. Donaldson '95 and Paul T. Hourihan '95 stand 
outside the Crumlin Road Courts in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

John P. Donaldson and Paul T. Hourihan, both 1995 Law School graduates, recently spent a week in Belfast, Northern Ireland, observing the trial of two brothers accused of committing a series of terrorism-related crimes. Their trip was sponsored by the Lawyers' Alliance for Justice in Ireland, a nonpartisan group of American attorneys, judges, and legislators monitoring human rights and the rule of law in Northern Ireland.  

During their trial, brothers Rory and Patrick McCreas both denied guilt and claimed to have been abused while in police custody. Denied bail, they spent a year in prison waiting for their case to be heard.  

While in Ireland, Donaldson and Hourihan also met with Damien Sullivan, convicted of a politically motivated murder and serving a 25-year sentence in the Maze, Northern Ireland's high-security prison. Sullivan was found guilty largely due to his silence while under interrogation and his alleged association with an individual suspected of being a member of the IRA. No forensic evidence links Sullivan to the crime, and he maintains his innocence. The Lawyers' Alliance is assisting Sullivan's Belfast solicitors on his appeal. 

1991  

John P. Meyers has been elected co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Worker's Compensation Section. He also is contributing a regular newspaper column to the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer and is helping to design a workers' comp Web site for the bar. His address is JandMMeyers@msn.com or jmeyers@rawle.com. 

Shari Robbins Routch recently became Director of University Relations for the Pennsylvania 

State University­Altoona Campus. 

Holly Hexter Weiss is still working at Sullivan & Cromwell as a litigation associate. She and her husband, Michael B. Weiss '90, celebrated their twin boys' (Andrew and Zachary) second birthday January 18. Michael continues as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Holly visited the law school last fall for recruiting, and says "What a great facility!" 

1992  

Charles Cella and his wife, Kara, announce the birth of Madeleine Grace Cella, May 4, 1996. The family lives in Pembroke, MA. 

Charles C. Doumar is associated with the tax section of Willcox & Savage, PC of Norfolk, VA. Prior to joining the firm, he served as attorney-advisor to The Honorable Lapsley W. Hamblen, Jr., chief judge of the United States Tax Court in Washington, DC, and received his LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1994. 

Melissa Lanni Robertson was appointed technical assistant (attorney) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in August 1996. 

Cathleen P. Welsh became a partner with Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC of Harrisonburg, VA in January. She practices employment law. 

1993  

Barrie Bowers was elected officer of United Dominion Realty Trust in 1996. 

Wendy Schick Dougall married Keir N. Dougall October 6 in Port Jefferson, Long Island. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and Hawaii. Keir is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and is currently an assistant United States attorney in Philadelphia. Wendy is still working at Shearman & Sterling in New York. The couple lives in Princeton, NJ. 

Frank J. Golding currently is working on a humor book. 

Stephanie K. Maffett has left Kilpatrick & Cody of Atlanta, and now is practicing in-house at Emory University in the general counsel's office. 

Thomas J. Tarala left Willkie Farr & Gallagher of New York City, and moved to London to join Freshfields. 

Matthew A. Woodward joined the Philadelphia office of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, where his practice concentrates in commercial law. He was previously with Clark, Ladner, Fortenbraugh & Young of Philadelphia. 

1994  

Rebecca Cole has moved to Atlanta, and is engaged to be married to Randy Moore. They plan to wed in Sonoma, CA in May. Rebecca currently is working with King & Spalding. 

Laurie L. Janus has been named administrative director of Make Women Count, a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to assuring women a strong voice in Virginia government. She will continue to work full-time as an associate at Bremner & Janus of Richmond, practicing criminal defense and general litigation. 

Robert E. Mates has joined Seed and Berry LLP, an intellectual property firm in Seattle, WA. 

Karen McAlpine joined the Norfolk, VA office of Wheat First Butcher Singer in August 1996. She served as president of the Virginia Health Law Forum at UVa, and has won awards as a Toastmaster member. She lives in Chesapeake with her daughter, Katherine Becker. 

Bruce P. Mehlman currently serves as counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee. 

Leslie C. Murray finished her clerkship with Hon. John W. Bissel in the District of New Jersey and in November, 1996 she joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. 

Karen L. Starke recently joined Richmond's Mezzollo & McCandlish to practice labor and employment law and general litigation. 

1995  

Paul A. Burkett and Tracy R. Hahn '96 were married December 28 at the Boar's Head Inn. Included in the wedding party was Bill Horton. Other UVA guests included Heather Rheiner, Michael Wrenn, Allegra Rossotti Rich, Joshua Rich '94, Brad Handler, Jake Peek, Kelly Sweeney '96, Kathryn Helne '96 and Josh Nickerson '97

Marc Field and Joanne Sharon were married May 26, 1996 in San Jose, CA. 

Christopher E. Ondeck recently switched firms with five other members of the Arent Fox federal practice group. He now practices antitrust law at the Washington, DC office of Jenkens & Gilchrist. 

Julia Rasnake is clerking for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkings, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Phoenix, AZ. In September 1997, she will return to her position at Thompson & Knight of Dallas, TX. 

Joanne Sharon and Marc Field were married May 26, 1996 in San Jose, CA. 

Robin F. Wilson joined the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. She will focus her practice on health care, hospital, and managed care law. 

  On the Road:  

Law School Graduates  

Celebrate with  

Cross-Country Bike Trip 
Scott Surovell and Kacy Burnsed in 
Oregon's Cascade Mountains. 

Why would anyone want to spend seven weeks bicycling across the country? Ask 1996 Law School graduates Scott Surovell and Kacy Burnsed, and you're likely to hear several reasons why the longtime friends flew to Astoria, OR just days after taking the July bar exam to dip their rear bike tires in the Pacific before heading east.  

"It was a good way to transition to the work world," said Surovell, who joined his father, Robert J. Surovell '69 at Surovell, Jackson, Colten & Dugan, PC of Fairfax, VA, the day after finishing the trip.  

"The trip gave me plenty of opportunity to reflect on where I've been and where I'm going," said Burnsed, who has been working since November at J. Conner & Associates, a small environmental law firm in Durham, NC. "For several years I had the notion that a coast-to-coast bike trip would be the ultimate physical challenge and an excellent way to see the country. It really put time and distance into perspective; it was impossible to be in a hurry and still enjoy this kind of trip."  

The two friends met at the Law School, where both worked on the managing board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. As graduation approached, Burnsed began looking for a way to punctuate finishing law school. Already an experienced cyclist with several long road trips under his belt, he persuaded Surovell "who I thought might be crazy enough to go along" to join him on a cross-country journey.  

As they studied for their bar exams Surovell in Charlottesville and Burnsed in Chapel Hill, NC they also trained for their trip. Surovell logged 20 miles on his bike each weekday and 50 more arduous miles "usually up Afton Mountain" on the weekends. Burnsed tried to ride at least 30 miles every other day, and between 50 and 60 miles on the weekends.  

Once on the road, bar exams behind them, they averaged about 100 miles per day, following the TransAmerica Bike Trail created in 1976 to celebrate America's bicentennial. The trail follows the Oregon coast before wending its way through sagebrush deserts in Idaho and Montana, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the Rocky Mountains, and the plains of Kansas on its way to Virginia's familiar Blue Ridge. Lee Modesett, son of the late Virginia Dale Eschenburg '81, step-son of Bob Searle '80, and brother of Nancy S. Modesitt '96, accompanied them as far as Denver.  

"We did what they call credit-card touring," commented Surovell. "We stayed in small, mom-and-pop motels so that we wouldn't have to haul so much gear, and so that we could cover more territory in less time."  

The rigors of the trip eased somewhat as they became more accustomed to spending nine or ten hours each day on a narrow bicycle saddle, although both suffered nagging injuries. Surovell injured his patella tendon while climbing the Cascades, and one of Burnsed's Achilles tendons bothered him during much of the trip. Both men admitted to popping plenty of Advil during the day and icing afflicted areas at night. They took only four days off to rest during their trip.  

They also had a close brush with eternity in Kansas, when a speeding motorist passed so close to them that the car's mirror grazed Surovell's knuckles, raising a big blood blister. "I was riding in Kacy's draft, so I didn't even see the car," he said. "The driver, concerned that something had happened to us, turned around and came back to make sure that we were all right."  

To keep their strength up, they had to eat almost constantly during the trip. This required shopping daily for snack items. "We became masters of convenience store shopping," said Burnsed, who claims he ate nearly 20 pounds of Fig Newtons during the journey. "I can't even look at them now," he said with a laugh.  

As they neared the east coast, their momentum increased. Although the TransAmerica bike trail passes through Charlottesville, they opted to bypass the familiar route. "That shaved a day off our travel time," commented Burnsed. "We were ready to get to the coast."  

Once arriving September 21 in Virginia Beach, their 46-day journey behind them, Surovell and Burnsed dipped their front bicycle tires in the Atlantic and celebrated with a cold beer.  

"I've got plans for doing something like this again in about ten years," said Burnsed, who is currently training for a triathlon. "I use an activity like this to motivate me to stay active."  

Meanwhile, Surovell is experimenting with bicycling to his Fairfax office. "I broadsided a Chrysler once, so I think I'd better be careful," he said. 

1996  

Candace A. Blydenburgh is associated with the products liability, tort, and insurance practice group of the Richmond office of Mays & Valentine, LLP. 

Peter A. Bynum joined the Charlotte, NC office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP. His practice concentrates on real estate. 

Tracy R. Hahn and Paul A. Burkett '95 were married December 28 at the Boar's Head Inn. Included in the wedding party was Bill Horton '95. Other UVA guests included Heather Rheiner '95, Michael Wrenn '95, Allegra Rossotti Rich '95, Joshua Rich '94, Brad Handler '95, Jake Peek '95, Kelly Sweeney, Kathryn Helne '96 and Josh Nickerson '97

Kevin M. Drucker is associated with Hofheimer, Nusbaum, McPhaul & Samuels, PC of Norfolk, VA. His practice concentrates on information technology, computer, and internet law. 

Daniel M. Eisenstadt is an associate in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, where his practice focuses on corporate matters. 

Allison A. Fink is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Baker & Hostetler. 

Justin Hunter, after traveling around Indonesia with Mike Stroka for a month, joined Linklaters & Paines in London for a three-month training period. He is now with L & P's Hong Kong office where he is practicing securities law. Mike is a consultant with Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. 

Michael R. Katchmark is associated with Willcox & Savage, PC of Norfolk, VA, in their commercial litigation section. 

Matthew L. Larsen joined the Dallas, TX office of Hughes & Luce, LLP as an associate in the tax section. 

Kevin W. Mottley is associated with the real estate practice group of the Richmond office of Mays & Valentine, LLP. 

Scott E. Raynes joined the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, where he focuses his practice on admiralty and litigation matters. 

Christopher Evans Vinyard is associated with the Richmond office of Mays & Valentine, LLP, concentrating in finance. 

LL. M. s  

1972  

Jordan J. Paust held the visiting chair at Florida State University College of Law this spring. 

1977  

Christopher Slobogin has been associate dean of the University of Florida College of Law since August 1996. He also has occupied the Alumni Research Scholar Chair since July 1994. 

1982  

Harry C. Martin is the Governor Dan K. Moore Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is now the chief circuit mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He is a former justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. 

Richard Mills, U.S. District Judge of Springfield, recently traveled to Russia to train 68 Russian judges in American criminal law at the Russian Legal Academy in Moscow. The trip was sponsored by the American Bar Association's Central and Eastern European Law Initiative, which assists the new countries formed after the breakup of the former Soviet Union in adopting more modern legal systems of justice. 

1988  

Klaus Peter Berger has been appointed a full tenured professor of private and commercial law, comparative law, and conflict of laws, and director of the Institute of International Business Law at Münster University, Germany. 

James D. Heiple has been selected Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court for the three-year term beginning January 1. 

1991  

Jeffrey F. Addicott, lieutenant colonel and staff judge advocate, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), and The Center for Law and Military Operations, Charlottesville, VA, sponsored the Special Forces Human Rights Symposium, May 8-9, in Charlottesville. 

1995  

Gene E. Franchini has been elected chief justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico. He was elected to the State Supreme Court in 1990.
 


    In Memoriam

Eston Stephenson, Jr. '37  
Charlottesville, Virginia  
October 1, 1996  

Henry E. Clark '38  
Easton, Maryland  
May 17, 1996  

William M. Gibson '39  
Fort Lauderdale, Florida  
April 29, 1996  

Frank T. Litton, Sr. '39  
Charleston, West Virginia  
November 26, 1996  

Julien J. Mason '40  
Bowling Green, Virginia  
December 6, 1996  

Horace Gray '41  
Santa Barbara, California  
November 11, 1996  

Elizabeth Haynsworth Taylor '45  
Columbia, South Carolina  
May 17, 1996  

John S. Battle, Jr. '46  
Richmond, Virginia  
January 15, 1997  

William W. Koontz '47  
Alexandria, Virginia  
January 4, 1997  

Frederick C. Stewart '47  
Franklin, Virginia  
June 19, 1996  

Charles G. Pillon '48  
Rowayton, Connecticut  
June 3, 1995  

Thomas J. Markham '49  
Richmond, Virginia  
June 16, 1996  

John D. Megaffin '49  
Pratt, Kansas  
March 13, 1996  

E. Summers Sheffey '55  
Dade City, Florida  
August 22, 1996  

Thomas P. Campbell, Jr. '62  
Newton, Massachusetts  
November 11, 1996  

E. Gregory Kepley '67  
Cincinnati, Ohio  
January 6, 1997  

William Lloyd Goodwin '69  
Memphis, Tennessee  
December 8, 1996  

Alexander Peaslee '75  
Charlottesville, Virginia  
May 25, 1996  

Richard C. Roylance '80  
Los Angeles, California  
November, 1996  

Joseph F. Meuser '84  
Norwalk, Connecticut  
July 18, 1996  

Susan E. Bonney '85  
Washington, DC  
November 3, 1996  

Scott B. Bollinger '88  
Fairfax, Virginia  
March 12, 1997