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Octavius Orbe's 44-year-old law firm, Orbe, Nugent & Darcy, has merged into the 100-lawyer firm of McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney in Morristown, NJ.


C. Breckenridge Arrington, Jr. was inducted as one of 11 new fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation at the foundation's annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA, on January 14. The honor recognizes attorneys deemed to be outstanding in their profession and in their community. Arrington is executive vice president of the Virginia Bar Foundation in Richmond, VA.


Michael Armstrong and Frank Miller III were inducted as two of 11 new fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation at the foundation's annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA, on January 14. The honor recognizes their outstanding contributions to the legal profession and their communities. Armstrong is a partner at Mays & Valentine, L.L.P., in Richmond, VA. Miller is a principal at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, a Professional Corporation, also in Richmond.


William Hardie, Jr. received the G. Duffield Smith Award from the Defense Research Institute (DRI) in November. With 21,000 members, the institute is the nation's largest association of civil litigation defense lawyers. It presents the award annually for the best DRI-published article. Hardie's article, "Liability Based on Testing Product Warning Labels," appeared in DRI's monthly member magazine, For the Defense. Hardie's practice at Johnstone, Adams, Bailey, Gordon & Harris, L.L.C., in Mobile, AL, focuses on products liability, antitrust, computer law, and securities.

Dean, Faculty Join Alumni for 1999 Events  

Virginia Law graduates enjoyed a wide range of alumni events over the past few months.

Dean Robert E. Scott and Alumni Council member, the Honorable F. Charles McMains, Jr. ’73, joined more than 30 New Orleans and Baton Rouge alumni in New Orleans on January 7 for a reception during the annual conference of the Association of American Law Schools.

An enthusiastic group of Birmingham, AL-area alumni met at the Summit Club on January 19, with Dean Scott in attendance.

More than 70 Atlanta alumni gathered for lunch at the Ritz-Carlton Downtown to hear Dean Scott offer an update on programs and events at the Law School.

Fifty alumni convened for a pre-game reception at the Richmond Coliseum before cheering the Wahoos on to victory at the U.Va.-Virginia Tech men’s basketball game on January 27.

San Francisco-area alumni gathered on February 8 in the offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. for a reception attended by Dean Scott.

The European Alumni Chapter held a reunion at SchloB Leopoldskron, a castle in Salzburg, Austria, from March 4 to 7. More than 30 alumni and their families enjoyed academic presentations on corporate takeover law and a review of bankruptcy laws in the European Union and the United States, as well as fine dining, tours of the region, and skiing in the Austrian Alps.

Approximately 30 Chicago-area alumni gathered at Schiff Hardin & Waite’s conference center on March 19 to hear Professor A. E. Dick Howard discuss the past 30 years of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dean Scott joined more than 75 Northern Virginia alumni and several students who have been admitted to the Law School for a reception at Maggiano’s in McLean, VA, on March 25.

More than 100 Law School alumni served as judges during First-Year Oral Arguments, held at the Law School between March 27 and April 10.


Joseph Miele, a commissioner of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, created and serves as president of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. For the past 10 years, he has also served as chairman of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in New Jersey. In 1990 he created the Joseph P. Miele Foundation, which has awarded close to half a million dollars in scholarships to students attending New Jersey high schools, colleges, and one law school, based on need and academic excellence.


Robert Dolbeare's son, Ken, graduated from George Mason University Law School in May 1998 and now works for First Virginia Bank.

The Honorable Joseph Leafe became a judge in the Norfolk, VA, Circuit Court in March 1998.

William Rachels, Jr. was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in December, recognizing the contributions that his professional, public, and private careers have made to the welfare of his community, the tradition of the law profession, and the advancement of the American Bar Foundation's objectives. Rachels practices employment and labor law at Wilcox & Savage P.C. in Norfolk, VA.


The American Lawyer Media has appointed Stuart Falk advertising director of the Law News Network, a leading legal news Web site:

After 20 years of federal service, Jeffrey Lang retired in 1998 as deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador and accepted a partnership in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Lynn, live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Mays & Valentine, L.L.P., in Richmond, VA, awarded C. Cotesworth Pinckney its John Davenport Award for Community Service in November.

        Plan Now to Attend

      “Celebrating Women at Virginia Law:
      The 1999 Symposium”

Join fellow law alumnae as we share stories from law school and practice and discuss issues facing women lawyers and strategies for professional development.

October 22-24, 1999

A block of rooms has been reserved for the symposium at the following hotels. Why not call today and make your reservation?

Boar’s Head Inn 800-476-1988

English Inn 800-786-5400

Omni Hotel 800-971-5500


Gail Starling Marshall was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a group founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and administration of the appellate courts. Marshall was also recently elected president of the Virginia Law Foundation, a grant-making organization with an endowment of over $10 million. The Supreme Court of Virginia appointed Marshall a member-at-large of the Virginia State Bar Council in July. In October she was elected board member of the Local Government Attorneys' Association. Marshall has a private practice in Rapidan, VA, and serves as the town attorney for Orange, VA. Last semester she was an adjunct professor at the Law School, teaching a Principles & Practice seminar in pre-trial motions and procedures.

W. Scott Street III was inducted as one of 11 new fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation at the foundation's annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA, on January 14. The honor recognizes his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and his community. Street is a partner at Williams, Mullen, Christian & Dobbins, a Professional Corporation, in Richmond, VA.


Francis Carter has joined the newly expanded Miami firm of Ferrell Schultz Carter & Fertel, P.A., formerly Ferrell & Fertel, P.A. Carter was formerly a founding partner of Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, P.A. His practice focuses on commercial bankruptcy, general business, and corporate law. Since 1995 he has served on the board of editors of The Bankruptcy Strategist.

Jonathan Kane joined Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. as a partner in the firm's Berwyn, PA, office in December. A labor and employment specialist, Kane was formerly a shareholder with Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., and manager of their labor relations and employment section.


W. Douglas Brown was named to the board of trustees of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, PA, in December. A resident of Bethlehem, PA, Brown is the vice president-administration of the gases and equipment group at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

In December William Boswell was elected vice chairman of the Gas Industry Standards Board, which establishes and sets standards for all members of the gas industry in North America. He will become the board's chairman on November 1, 2001. He is deputy general counsel at Consolidated Natural Gas Company, vice president and general counsel at the Peoples Natural Gas Company, and general counsel of Hope Gas, Inc., in Pittsburgh, PA. He became a grandfather in October when daughter Susan Sunseri gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, Michael William Sunseri.

In January Thomas Boyd was named senior counsel in the financial services practice group of Alston & Bird L.L.P., an international firm specializing in financial services law. Boyd served as assistant attorney general for legislative affairs under President Ronald Reagan and was in charge of the Office of Policy Development for the U.S. Justice Department under President George Bush. Alston & Bird L.L.P. provides legal counsel to major financial institutions and corporations in mergers and acquisitions and global capital market transactions. As a member of the firm's Washington, D.C., office, Boyd will focus on legislative issues affecting the financial services industry.

Jeanne Franklin has been named chair of the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee. A sole practitioner in Alexandria, VA, Franklin has served on the executive committee since 1997 and is a past chair of the association's membership task group.

Edward Lowry was inducted as one of 11 new fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation at the foundation's annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA, on January 14. The honor recognizes his outstanding contributions to his profession and his community. Lowry is a principal at Michie, Hamlett, Lowry, Rasmussen & Tweel, P.C., in Charlottesville, VA, and a past president of the Virginia State Bar.

Calling All Law School Alumni

Beginning in just a few weeks, we will be asking you to help us as we enter the next phase of preparing an all-new Alumni Directory for the Law School. Representatives of Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. will be phoning to verify the information (name, academic data, residence address, phone number, e-mail address, etc.) we collected for the Directory.

The Directory will sort the data by name, by class year, and by geographical location. It also will feature a history and photos of the Law School and a special message from the Alumni Association.

Soon locating your fellow alumni will be as easy as turning a page. You may reserve your personal copy of the all-new Alumni Directory when your Harris representative phones. Don’t delay, because only pre-publication orders placed at that time will be guaranteed.


Two fellow classmates have established a fellowship at the Law School in honor of Linda Fairstein, head of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit, for her dedication to public service. When fully funded with additional gifts from alumni and friends, the Fairstein Fellowship will support students interested in a public service legal career. A second-year student, Orlyn Lockhart, recently bought the right to have his name used as a character's name in Fairstein's next mystery novel. Lockhart bid $520 for the honor at an October auction to raise money for the Public Interest Law Association's Student Funded Fellowships.

David Landin became president of the Virginia Bar Association in January. He is a partner in Hunton & Williams in Richmond, VA.


G. Franklin Flippin continues to serve on the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee as immediate past president. He is a founding member of Flippin, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford & Jessee in Roanoke, VA.

J. Stephen Street was elected chairman of the International Advisory Committee of the Special Olympics, Inc., board of directors at its May 1998 meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Special Olympics, Inc., is the international governing body of the Special Olympics movement founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968. One million athletes in 150 countries participate in 24 summer and winter sports events organized especially for mentally handicapped athletes. Street has served on the Special Olympics Hawaii board of directors since 1990. He currently heads the commercial litigation group at the Honolulu firm of Rush Moore Craven Sutton Morry & Beh.


Mays & Valentine, L.L.P., in Richmond, VA, awarded Jane Schwarzschild its Richard Moore Award for Client Service in November.

Frank Thomas III was elected to a three-year term as a member of the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee. Thomas is a partner at Shackleford, Honenberger, Thomas, Willis & Gregg, P.L.C., in Orange, VA.


In March John Ingalls was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of, the leading developer of carrier-scale messaging software for service providers, in Santa Barbara, CA. He is responsible for the company's financial operations. Ingalls was formerly the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Chrystal Software, a Xerox company that specializes in management technology in San Diego.

Henry Tucker, Jr. joined Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, a Professional Corporation, in December as counsel to its commercial finance and corporate departments in Baltimore, MD. He concentrates on secured transactions, asset/ stock purchase and sale transactions, and equipment-leasing transactions, representing financial institutions, institutional lenders, and mid-size corporations. He formerly served as corporate counsel to Southern Retailers, Inc., and Fas Mart, Inc., headquartered in Virginia. He is also a former chair of the Virginia State Lottery Board.


Michael Taylor recently became vice president for public policy at Monsanto. A specialist in food and drug regulation, Taylor was formerly with the Washington, D.C., office of King & Spalding.


The Honorable Charles Cofer was appointed a county court judge for Duval County, Florida, by the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles in July 1998. Cofer lives in Jacksonville, with his wife, Emily, and two daughters, Laura and Anne.

Ann Gordon recently completed four years as chief of the consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Belize City, Belize. At the end of her term, her section received a meritorious honor award for its services to the families of two murder victims and of four other people killed in a small airplane crash, all of which occurred in the same week. She is now a Caribbean and Central American desk officer in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

John Meck joined Kabala & Geeseman, a Professional Corporation, as a director in June 1998. He continues to practice probate, tax, estate planning, and estate and tax litigation law in Pittsburgh, PA. He is president of the probate and trust section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a member of the fiduciary litigation committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Reunions Planned for European Alumni  

Thanks to alumni of the Law School’s Graduate Program, which attracts students from all continents and numerous graduates working outside the United States, the Alumni Association boasts a chapter in Europe. The chapter has been organizing exciting alumni gatherings for Law School graduates and their friends for more than a decade.

The chapter held its first event in 1988, when 53 alumni and friends met at University College, Oxford, England. The highlight for those gathered was a banquet in the College Hall. The success of Oxford was repeated in 1990, when similar numbers met at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. The guests were able to sample the delights of Belgian cuisine and enjoy remarks by Professor A. E. Dick Howard.

The next European alumni event was held earlier this spring in Salzburg in the Austrian Alps. Looking ahead, events are being planned for Hannover, Germany, to coincide with the World Trade Fair in the summer of 2000, and in Edinburgh, Scotland, to coincide with the Edinburgh Festival in 2002.

According to chapter president Kris Gledhill ’85 LL.M., the chapter relies on alumni in the host country to take the lead role in organizing a reunion. The format the chapter has adopted is to combine an academic session on a Friday with a weekend of social and cultural events. In addition, the chapter always offers assistance to those who want to spend extra time in the area, combining a vacation with the reunion.

“We have always been glad to welcome visitors from North America and other parts of the world to our events,” Gledhill said. “I would be pleased to hear from any Law School alumni interested in attending future events in Europe. If there is enough interest, then we will investigate organizing trips from the U.S. that would join the European reunion and then go on from there. For example, those who come to join us in Hannover could combine this with a tour to Berlin and Prague in the Czech Republic.”

Any alumni who are interested in corresponding with Gledhill about European reunions can reach him at 66 Grove Park, London SE5 8LF England, or by e-mail at


Carolyn Lown became a partner in the San Francisco firm of Landels Ripley & Diamond, L.L.P., a nationally recognized environmental practice, in November. An environmental compliance specialist, she came from Bank of America, also in San Francisco, where she was senior counsel for environmental issues.

William McKenzie recently joined Burr & Forman L.L.P. as a partner in Atlanta, after his former firm, Cashin, Morton & Mullins, voluntarily dissolved, with seven of the 10 partners joining Burr & Forman.


Daniel Rowley became general counsel of S&S Energy Products, a General Electric Power Systems Business, in September. Headquartered in Houston, TX, S&S sells gas turbine packages and performs turnkey construction for customers around the world.

HarperCollins released Jamie Katz's debut mystery novel, Dead Low Tide, in paperback in November. In November 1997 Katz and his wife, Cynthia Piltch, welcomed home from Wuhan, China, their daughter, Lee Lu-Min, born December 2, 1996. Katz is the assistant attorney general and alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General in Boston. He is currently working on a second novel for HarperCollins.

Jack White has been named associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic in Washington, D.C., where he continues to advise the wholesale and retail lines of business. He and his wife, Marianna, have two sons, Ian and Winston.


After 15 years with Marriott International, Inc., Robert Searle retired as assistant general counsel on January 1.

Mays & Valentine, L.L.P., in Richmond, VA, awarded George Somerville its David Mays Award for Legal Scholarship in November.

A Front-Row Seat at the Impeachment Trial of President Clinton 

by C. Stewart Verdery, Jr. '93

The recent impeachment trial of President Clinton in the U.S. Senate featured an unusually high number of Law School alumni playing important roles. Members of the Senate, including John W. Warner ’53, Charles S. Robb ’73, Christopher “Kit” Bond ’63, B. Evan Bayh III ’81, and Edward “Ted” Kennedy ’59, were front and center during the proceedings in their dual roles as jurors and judges.

There was an even higher Virginia concentration among the handful of staff allowed access to the Senate floor. They assisted in structuring the trial, negotiating the details with the managers from the House of Representatives and White House counsel, and briefing members on the facts and the law. For us, the trial was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play a part in making American history.

On the Republican side of the aisle, all of the principal staff attorneys were Virginia alumni. Michael Wallace ’76, a partner in the Jackson, MS, office of Phelps Dunbar, served as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s (R-MS) special impeachment counsel, while Kimberly Kranys Cobb ’91 worked as counsel for Republican Conference Chairman Connie Mack (R-FL). I was fortunate to work with these lawyers in my role as general counsel to Senate Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (R-OK). In addition, Senate Legal Counsel Tom Griffith ’85, served as principal legal advisor to the Senate and as the liaison with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

On the Democrat side, Robert Bauer ’76, managing partner of Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., served as lead counsel to Democrat Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Bruce Kasold (JAG ’84) assisted the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms and the secretary of the Senate in their roles during the trial.

I believe the most interesting aspect of the proceedings was how the Senate handled this unusual responsibility. Under the Constitution, the Senate must decide how to “try” an impeachment. The only constitutional requirements are that senators must take a special oath pledging to perform “impartial justice,” two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict for the accused to be removed from office, and the Chief Justice must sit as the Senate’s presiding officer. In addition, the Senate has enacted rules to govern certain procedures of impeachment trials, but those rules left many key questions unanswered, such as the following: What material can be submitted into evidence? Can witnesses be called for depositions or to testify? How long can the trial last? Can the Senate deliberate on findings of fact?

As any student of American government knows, the Senate is normally a peculiar body where the rules allow a determined minority or even a single senator to derail or postpone legislation or a nominee even if a majority of the Senate wants the bill passed or the nominee confirmed. The outcome could be very different in an impeachment trial, because the Constitution states that a bare majority of senators has the power to dictate almost every aspect of the trial. As we sat down to sketch out how the trial would proceed, my primary job -- working with my colleagues mentioned above -- was to advise Senator Nickles and the rest of the Senate leadership on how to structure a trial that would allow senators to make an informed decision, while meeting the Senate’s constitutional and historical standards. The Republican caucus organized nearly unprecedented, round-the-clock meetings to discuss possible options. Most members recognized that the public was weary of partisan bickering and would see a party-line vote as politics as usual. Realizing this, the senators agreed -- during an historic meeting in the Old Senate Chamber -- to a more bipartisan approach that allowed opening statements and a question-and-answer period, admitted evidence compiled by Judge Kenneth Starr, and postponed decisions on witnesses. This approach did not remove partisan politics from the trial. It did, however, create a sense that the Senate was acting responsibly and constitutionally. As we moved closer to a verdict, the procedural votes split largely along party lines, but this initial spirit of unity kept the Senate from descending into rank partisanship.

My most vivid memories from the trial are the moving remarks by nearly every senator in our caucus as he or she struggled with the evidence. While obviously aware of political considerations, the large majority of my colleagues were more concerned about how history would judge their performance than they were with the next morning’s polls.

With the trial concluded, I have returned to my normal responsibilities, helping shape laws in areas such as crime, bankruptcy, and the “Y2K” problem, and assisting with the oversight of agencies and nominees. Having a front-row seat at the impeachment trial of President Clinton, however, will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.


James Ewing IV was elected a member of Kilpatrick Stockton L.L.P.'s executive committee in February. The committee sets the strategic direction and governs the 420-member firm. Ewing, who works in the firm's Atlanta office, focuses his practice on patent-related matters with the firm's nationally recognized intellectual property practice group.


Daniel Dokos joined the institutional finance practice group in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges L.L.P., as a partner in December. He was a partner at Sidley & Austin, also in New York, for the past eight years. His practice concentrates on lending transactions, in particular secured lending and acquisition finances.

Mark Roderick discussed legal issues involved in starting a new business on "Legal Line," a half-hour television program on Garden State Cable's Channel 2 in New Jersey in December. Roderick concentrates on taxation, commercial law, health care matters, and computer software in his practice with Flaster, Greenberg, Wallenstein, Roderick, Spirgel, Zuckerman, Skinner & Kirchner, P.C., in Cherry Hill, NJ.


William Fish, Jr. was re-elected assistant managing partner of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, L.L.P., a firm with offices in New Haven, Hartford, and Stanford, CT. He continues to teach Commercial Paper at the University of Connecticut School of Law as an adjunct faculty member, where he is "using an excellent casebook authored by (Law School Dean) Bob Scott and (Law School professor) Clayton Gillette."

Paula Monopoli and Marin Scordato live in Malibu, CA, with their four children, including 6-year-old triplets. Both teach law at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Monopoli is a visiting professor at Pepperdine University School of Law this year. She has a contract with Northeastern University Press to write a book on financial abuse of the elderly entitled Fiduciary Duty: American Lawyers on Trial. Both Monopoli and Scordato will be visiting professors at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore for the 1999-2000 academic year.


Dean Ferguson joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., as a shareholder in February. As a member of the reorganization and creditors' rights section, he represents creditors, debtors, trustees, and other parties in connection with the purchase or sale of assets from bankruptcy estates.

James McDermott was recently selected litigation department chair of Ball Janik L.L.P. in Portland, OR.

Chris McIsaac's third child, Jessica, was born on February 2, 1998. She joins older brothers Duncan and Jack, all of whom, McIsaac writes, are "rapscallions and scalliwags."

Moira Dempsey Modzelewski was recently promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. She currently serves as a military judge in Norfolk, VA.


Eileen Brumback and her husband, Karl, welcomed their third son, Roscoe, born March 11, 1998. Roscoe joins brothers Matthew, 8, and Mark, 5, in New York City.

Richmond Inside Business named Elaine Richardson Jordan a "Top 40 Under Forty" in December. The award recognizes 40 Richmond, VA-area professionals who are civic and business leaders. Jordan is a shareholder at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, a Professional Corporation, where she practices commercial litigation and specializes in construction law. She serves on the board of directors and loan committee of Metro-County Bank of Virginia, and on the boards of Friends of Hanover, a local charitable organization, and the Richmond Metro Junior Boys Basketball Club.

David Burchmore was elected a partner of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. of Cleveland, OH, in January. In his environmental practice, he represents public and private sector clients, including steel and tire manufacturers, petroleum refiners, paper coating and chemical manufacturing industries, and banks, as well as municipal and county governments.

Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III '77 appointed Cameron Quinn secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections in January. Quinn was formerly a Virginia assistant attorney general.

CORRECTION: The ABA Senior Lawyers Division changes hands as (from left) incoming president Newton Allen ’48 and his wife, Melinda, are welcomed by outgoing president Leigh Middleditch ’47 and his wife, Betty, to the ABA meeting in Toronto on August 3. In the last issue of UVa Lawyer, we reversed the two. We apologize for the error.


J. Goodwin Bland recently became a partner at Bachner, Tally, Polevoy & Misher L.L.P., a New York City firm, where he practices commercial real estate law. His practice areas include conveyancing, leasing, financing, and restructuring of real estate transactions. He reports that Craig Gatarz, Sarah Kiefer, Nancy McFadden, Susan Ressel Kumleben, and Joseph Baker III, all of whom he sees often, are doing well. Bland and his companion, Michael Katovitz, live in Manhattan.

David Morriss, legislative counsel and congressional liaison for the U.S. Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs, published his Harvard Law School Master of Laws thesis, "From War to Peace: A Study of Cease-Fire Agreements and the Evolving Role of the United Nations," in the Virginia Journal of International Law, Summer 1996. The thesis examined six cease-fire agreements -- Indonesia and Palestine in the 1940s, the 1950-53 Korean War, the 1956 Suez crisis, the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait -- and found that international law and the involvement of the United Nations definitely do constrain even major powers. Morriss and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, spent two years in Bahrain, an independent island off the coast of Saudi Arabia, with their sons, John and Will, while Morriss was the Force and Fleet Judge Advocate for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central/ Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf. Shortly after their return to the U.S., a third son, Graham Patrick, was born on August 17, 1997. Morriss works in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. He and his family live in Springfield, VA.

David Skeel became a full professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in Philadelphia in January. He formerly taught at Temple School of Law.

Fred Wagner was named a director at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., in its Washington, D.C., office. He continues his practice in environmental and natural resources litigation. Wagner and his wife, Mary, live in Rockville, MD, with their children, David, 3, and Sarah,1. His e-mail address is


Marcia Voorhis Andrew has been named a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, OH. She practices commercial litigation and resides in Middletown, OH, with her husband, Will, a physician, and their three children, Alexander, 4, Rachel, 3, and Mark, 1.

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, L.L.P., has appointed Bibb Strench to manage its new office in Washington, D.C. Strench is a specialist in securities regulations and enforcement, mutual funds, border-dealers, and corporate and business law.


Michael McAlevey was named deputy director of the corporation finance division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in November. He helps structure and implement new rules affecting securities offerings and coordinates with Capitol Hill on capital markets and securities regulation legislation. McAlevey was formerly a partner at Alston & Bird L.L.P.

Jonathan Talcott became a partner in Alston & Bird's Washington, D.C., office in January. As a member of the firm's financial services practice group, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and regulatory matters concerning financial services companies. Before he joined Alston & Bird in 1994, he served as staff attorney in the legal policy division of the Office of Thrift Supervision in Washington, D.C.


Virginia Harnisch joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1997. She is a trial counsel in the Division of Enforcement.

Mays & Valentine, L.L.P., has elected Clark Lewis a partner in its Richmond office. Lewis, who joined the firm in 1990, focuses on transportation law, products liability, and insurance defense in the products liability, tort, and insurance practice group.

Philip Parker serves as chair of the Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division this year, and is a member of the association's executive committee. Parker is an associate with Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, P.L.C., in Roanoke, VA.

Dan Renberg and his wife, Rose, brought home a new daughter, Sarah, on March 16, 1998, making Aaron, 3, a big brother. Renberg recently opened his own lobbying firm, Renberg Strategies, L.L.C., in Washington, D.C. He represents airports, colleges, and state and local governments, and expects to begin corporate representation. He was deputy chief of staff and legislative director for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania for more than four years, where he became an expert in the annual appropriations process in Congress.

Chrysso Sarkos Sarris completed her Master of Laws in international intellectual property law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and now works for Ashurst Morris Crisp, a leading London commercial practice established in 1822. She married Michael Sarris on October 3. Margaret "Peggy" Mattimoe and Joshua Prober attended the traditional Greek Orthodox wedding. Michael, a native Iowan, is a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting in London. On their honeymoon in Bali, the newly married couple went scuba diving, climbed an active volcano, and watched traditional Balinese trance dancing on burning coconut shells.

Anita Rutkowski Wilson became a partner at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., in December.

Burton "Barney" Wilson married Ann Chiga in August 1998. He continues to work at Putnam Investments in Boston, MA, as an equity research analyst.


Bell, Boyd & Lloyd named Anthony Black a partner in the communications group of the firm's Washington, D.C., office on January 1. Focusing on telecommunications and electronic commerce, Black has represented U.S. and foreign businesses on issues relating to satellites and the growing competition in the local telecommunications market. He also represents financial institutions, ATM networks, and Internet-based companies on regulatory issues governing electronic banking and other forms of electronic commerce.

In January Terrence Graves joined the risk management practices group of Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller Professional Corporation, in Richmond.

Kimberly Knight was named a partner at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office in January. Her practice concentrates on corporate law, with an emphasis on business and finance, in the firm's health care-corporate practice group.

Matthew Levin became a partner at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office in January. He focuses on litigation and bankruptcy, as a member of the firm's bankruptcy, reorganization, and workouts practice group. He managed the defense of a $40-million fraudulent conveyance claim brought by a bankrupt trucking company against a major bank.

James Lovely and his wife, Suzanne, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Connor Masato Lovely. A vice president with Bank of America in San Francisco, Lovely works as an investment banker and structurer of new financial products. He was formerly a director and associate general counsel at Nomura Securities International, Inc., an international broker-dealer based in New York City.

Virginia Business Observer, a Hampton Roads business journal, named Kevin Martingayle the "Top Dog" out of "The 10 Hottest Young Lawyers to Watch For" in its March 8 edition. The article reports that Martingayle, now with Stallings & Richardson, P.C., in Virginia Beach, VA, "rocketed onto the legal scene with the recent Reid v. Cellar Door trial that ended in a $3.9 million verdict for his client." The magazine reports that Martingayle received the "lion's share" of nominations in the survey.

Jason Murray was elected a shareholder of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., in February. Murray, who joined the firm in August 1997, practices general commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including securities, insurance, intellectual property, and franchise matters, in the firm's Miami, FL, office. He is a member of the franchise law committee of the Florida Bar's business law section, the Dade County Bar Association's board of directors and the Miami-Dade County's economic development organization, the Beacon Council. He was formerly an associate attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P., also in Miami, for five years.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. recently named Tracy Preston a partner in its San Francisco, CA, office.

Herbert Thomas was named counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton's Washington, D.C., office in January. A member of the litigation department, he concentrates his practice in the area of complex class action litigation and insurance law. He is the author of a 1997 novel, The Superlative Man, about a cub reporter who exposes a modern-day Superman as a fraud in cahoots with drug dealers.


The Honorable Elizabeth Lacy of the Supreme Court of Virginia was elected to a second one-year term as the judicial representative of the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee.

Daniel Meador, Jr. became a partner in the Charlottesville, VA, firm of Morin & Barkley in December.

Patty Merrill was recently transferred to the Richmond, VA, office of McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe L.L.P. from its Charlottesville office. Her practice focuses on project finance and other corporate transactions related to energy assets. Though sorry to leave home, she reports that she is thrilled with the new job.

Jeffrey Naness and his wife, Margaret, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Jonathan Cummingham Naness, on October 14. Naness is a partner at Naness, Chaiet & Naness, L.L.C., in Jericho, NY.


Glenn Benson joined the Washington, D.C., office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in December. This international law firm has over 670 attorneys in nine cities, including Hong Kong and London. Benson will focus on energy and environmental matters.

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Robert Bell and his wife, Jessica, bought a new home in September and promptly discovered the joys of home ownership as they accidently emptied the contents of their water heater into the basement during a repair attempt. Bell was elected local Republican party chairman in fall 1998 and continues to serve as a Virginia state prosecutor. One of his cases began with neighbors blowing grass clippings on to each other's lawns and ended with a fist fight and a court case.

Darrell Drinkwater has joined David, Kamp & Frank in Newport News, VA. Previously an associate with Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach, he continues to concentrate on civil litigation.


Jody Ruiu is serving the final year of a three-year term on the board of trustees of her undergraduate alma mater, Seton Hall University. She currently chairs the student affairs and athletics committee. Last year she left the corporate department at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae L.L.P. in Manhattan for a more finance-oriented position in the structured finance group at Standard & Poor, also in New York City.

Mel Simmons recently joined the Cincinnati, OH, office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease L.L.P. She practices commercial and real estate law, including commercial lending, secured transactions, and real estate financing. She also serves as a trustee for the Clovernook Center-Opportunites for the Blind, a trustee for Prevent Blindness Ohio, and a broadcaster for Radio Reading Services.


Heather Miller joined the Washington, D.C., office of Thompson Coburn in December, bringing her regulatory and legislative expertise in the fields of aviation and maritime law. She formerly worked on trade and transportation issues for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

David Simons recently moved to Boston to join Fish & Richardson P.C., a national intellectual property and technology law firm, after clerking for the Honorable Elizabeth Lacy on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Glenn Saks has moved into the commercial litigation section of Streich Lang, P.A., in Phoenix, AZ. He previously practiced in the firm's bankruptcy group.

Scott Townsend and his wife, Anastasia, welcomed their son, Alexander, to the family on October 3. Townsend's practice at the 320-member firm, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar L.L.P., in Boston, MA, focuses on acquisitions and mergers, venture capital, and securities. Anastasia has completed the course work for her Ph.D. in French civilization from U.Va. and is commencing work on her dissertation.


Melissa Longin has joined the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. This international firm has over 670 attorneys in nine cities, including Hong Kong and London. Longin practices family law.

The international firm, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., has appointed Holly Royce to its Houston office. Royce focuses on labor and employment law matters.

Amy Williams-Derry joined the Seattle firm of Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, a Professional Service Corporation, in November. She will concentrate on commercial litigation and real estate law.

Alumnus Takes Wrongful Circumcision to Court  

Every day in hospitals around the country, wide-awake day-old infant boys are tied down to plastic boards, Velcro strapped around their arms and legs, while residents perform surgery on the most sensitive part of their bodies.

David Llewellyn '79 believes routine medical circumcision is unethical and possibly illegal. He is one of a growing number of people in the U.S. who are organizing against the routine practice of medical circumcision. He is also one of a handful of lawyers who is actually going to court over it.

A sole practitioner in Atlanta and Conyers, GA, Llewellyn disagrees with the notion that the operation is painless. “It is usually done without anaesthesia,” he said. “The pain is extreme. Most infants go into shock, or something akin to shock—that's why (doctors) say they sleep through the circumcision.”

Between five and ten percent of Llewellyn's practice involves infant boys or men who were circumcised against their express wishes, or who were damaged so severely by the operation that they may have trouble having sex.

Lawyers generally turn away cases of wrongful circumcision, Llewellyn said, because they don't know much about the issue, or don't think courts will award damages.

His experience shows otherwise. In July 1985 Llewellyn assisted in a case, J.T. Brown v. Jackson Hospital and Clinic, in Montgomery, AL, that awarded $65,000 to the plaintiff, an infant boy who was circumcised against his mother's instructions.

Another client Llewellyn successfully represented was a man in his 20s who underwent surgery on his penis and was circumcised during the operation, despite his specific instructions to the contrary.

Besides the State of Israel, the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that routinely circumcises its baby boys. In Europe infants are only circumcised for religious reasons.

Routine medical circumcision not only traumatizes the infant, Llewellyn said, it removes important protective tissue and decreases sensitivity. There is not a shred of hard evidence that it is medically necessary, he added.

The practice began in the end of the 19th century, Llewellyn said, before bacteria was recognized as a cause of disease, when doctors still believed in “humors.” The loss of seminal fluid -- except through vaginal intercourse in marriage -- was considered to be a cause of disease, and masturbation in particular was thought to cause insanity, tuberculosis, and epilepsy.

As recently as the 1970 edition of Campbell's Urology, medical journals cite circumcision as a way to limit masturbation. A study done on the issue shows the opposite is true, he said. Circumcised men may actually masturbate more, due to loss of sensitivity.

A March 1 statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that any potential medical benefits of the surgery are so slight that they could not recommend routine neonatal circumcision for all boys.

Llewellyn first researched the issue when he started his own family. He and a local nurse founded the Atlanta Circumcision Information Center after he read an Ann Landers column that said that, out of 50,000 men affected by penile cancer in the United States, only 10 were circumcised at birth. Llewellyn knew from his research that no such study had ever been conducted. The rate of penile cancer in the U.S. is actually higher than in northern Europe, where circumcisions are not routine.

Last August Llewellyn shared his experiences in a talk, “Some Thoughts on Legal Remedies and Their Efficacy,” at the Fifth International Symposium on Genital Mutilations at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Plenum Press is publishing the proceedings of that symposium in a book, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice, scheduled to be out in May.



Jordan Paust, professor at the University of Houston Law Center in Texas, recently received a contract from West Publishing for his course book, International Law and Litigation in the U.S.


The Mercer Law Review (49 Mercer L.R. 1045) published an article by the Honorable Richard Mills of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

   In Memoriam

John Woods Harris, Jr. ’20
Galveston, Texas
February 22, 1999

Harry B. Darden ’26
Anderson, South Carolina
April 30, 1998

Robert H. Whilden ’26
Houston, Texas
May 1998

Dick M. Wheat ’29
Lexington, Kentucky
August 30, 1998

W. Leroy Corron ’30
Front Royal, Virginia
January 29, 1998

G. Kenneth Crowther ’32
Southbury, Connecticut
January 2, 1999

Bernard Baldwin, Jr. ’35
Lynchburg, Virginia
January 4, 1999

Sylvanus Gordon Reese ’35
New Orleans, Louisiana
December 7, 1997

Carl Paige Wooldridge ’37
Bluefield, West Virginia
September 26, 1998

Mills E. Godwin, Jr. ’38
Newport News, Virginia
January 31, 1998

John M. Gephart ’40
Wagoner, Oklahoma
October 25, 1998

Robert E. Purdum ’40
Baltimore, Maryland
June 1998

Robert M. Saunders ’40
Newport News, Virginia
January 1999

Collins J. Seitz ’40
Wilmington, Delaware
October 16, 1998

Ralph L. Connor ’41
Seattle, Washington
August 29, 1997

Elizabeth E. Hooks ’41
Marietta, Georgia
October 28, 1998

Donald T. Ruby ’41
Walnut Creek, California
December 25, 1998

Hugh D. McCormick ’47
Front Royal, Virginia
September 15, 1998

Richard J. Davis ’48
Portsmouth, Virginia
March 4, 1999

John Thomas Manning ’48
Greensboro, North Carolina
January 23, 1999

Norman Stevenson ’48
Charleston, South Carolina
March 22, 1999

Braden Vandeventer ’48
Norfolk, Virginia
December 5, 1998

Anthony R. Burnam III ’49
Richmond, Kentucky
May 1998

Robert S. Hornsby, Sr. ’49
Williamsburg, Virginia
December 17, 1998

Jack G. Paden ’49
Birmingham, Alabama
October 27, 1998

William H. Lacey ’51
Sun Valley, Idaho
September 19, 1998

Robert N. Tyler ’51
Centreville, Maryland
December 10, 1998

Roderick E. Smith ’52
York, Maine
October 8, 1998

William Minor Lile II ’55
Palm Desert, California
December 12, 1998

Frank V.J. Darin ’57
Dearborn, Michigan
January 31, 1999

Wirt Peebles Marks III ’57
Greenwich, Connecticut
July 28, 1998

William R. Powers III ’58
New London, New Hampshire
October 17, 1998

Guy O. Farley ’59
Warrenton, Virginia
November 1, 1998

Robert B. Preston ’59
New York, New York
December 1, 1998

Raymond T. Field ’60
Rockville Centre, New York
January 25, 1999

Victor C. Harwood ’60
Hackensack, New Jersey
February 13, 1999

John M. Goldsmith, Jr. ’68
Roanoke, Virginia
January 8, 1999

John F. Kuether ’71
Topeka, Kansas
January 12, 1999

Randall S. Strange ’75
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
September 24, 1998

Reese C. Lenheiser ’79
Northville, Michigan
November 8, 1998

Michael Keyes ’82
Spokane, Washington
July 6, 1998

Jana L. DeMeire ’84
Los Angeles, California
September 2, 1998

Myron Wahls ’88
Detroit, Michigan
November 24, 1998