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Robert Goldsten and his son have started their own mortgage company. They provide first mortgages to developers who are rebuilding inner city homes. Goldsten also is the founder, organizer, and principal owner of the Washington, D.C., Institute for Natural Medicine.


Carrington Williams chairs the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission, which is creating a plan to preserve Civil War battlefields and other historic, natural, and cultural assets of the Shenandoah Valley. Preservationists originally asked for a national park to harbor the Valley's 10 major Civil War battlefields, but the National Park Service declined, saying the 135-mile span of the scattered sites made the project too costly. A retired partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Williams serves on the Virginia Tax Study Group that meets at the Law School twice a year. His wife, Doreen Williams, a George Mason Law School graduate, has a sole practice in Fairfax, VA. Their son, Barclay, works in real estate in Atlanta, GA. Grandson, Miles, 29, works for Simon & Schuster in technology publishing in Weehawken, NJ.

Williams recalled that he was one of the 10 people remaining in the class of 1943 who took summer school and managed to graduate before being drafted into World War II in December 1942. In the Army Air Corps, Williams went to officer school and became a Judge Advocate General in the Pacific. He remembers his transport ship zigzagging to avoid the Japanese submarines following it.

After the war Williams was stationed in Japan and assigned to the defense team for Japanese leaders in war crimes trials before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. "It wasn't easy," Williams admitted. "I had no sympathy for the Japanese, but an attorney's job is to give his client the best defense, within honorable means." Williams donated transcripts of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials to the Morris Law Library, as did the late Frank Tavenner '22, who served as chief prosecutor for the trials.

John R. Locke '16
Law School's Oldest Living Graduate

Age certainly has its privileges, and 105-year-old Law School alumnus John R. “Jack” Locke has earned his share. As the capstone in a lifetime of achievements, he was honored June 30 by the French government for his service in that country during World War I. A lawyer who practiced in his native Texas for more than 70 years until he retired in 1990 as a partner with the firm Groce, Locke and Hebdon (now Jenkens & Gilchrist) in San Antonio, Locke may well be the Law School’s oldest living graduate.

“My father has always thought very highly of the Law School,” said his son, John R. “Jack” Locke, Jr., of counsel with Jenkens & Gilchrist. “Since his older brother, Roger, attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, his family thought he should attend Virginia, too.”

The senior Locke was a litigator with a successful general practice. In addition to practicing law, he was active in San Antonio civic affairs for decades. Among his many activities, he served on the city’s school district and water boards and chaired the San Antonio Public Service Company. He and his wife, Grace Walker (who died in 1995 just short of her 99th birthday), reared two children: Jack and Grace (Mrs. F. Barton Harvey, Jr.), who lives in Baltimore. An avid reader, fan of spectator sports, hunter, and fly fisherman, he also loved to play golf. “Years ago, many San Antonio lawyers took off Thursday afternoons and played golf,” the junior Locke recalled. “My father was usually one of them.”

The elder Locke visited his office at Jenkens & Gilchrist once a week until about a year ago. Now poor eyesight, hearing loss, and recovery from a broken hip keep him close to home. His devoted son stops by every morning. “In spite of his disabilities and the lack of any living friends from his own generation, he stays in remarkably fine spirits most of the time,” the junior Locke said. “He has years of happy memories to sustain him.”


The Virginia Bar Association recognized Jerrold Weinberg as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Weinberg is the president of Weinberg & Stein PC in Norfolk, VA.


David Parrish, Jr. chairs the board of trustees of Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA, this year. He has served on the board for the past 10 years. Parrish is former president of the Michie Company, a legal publishing company in Charlottesville, VA. He lives in Charlottesville.


C. Flippo Hicks was elected president of the National Association of County Civil Attorneys at the July National Association of Counties meeting in St. Louis, MO. He continues as the Virginia Association of Counties attorney and chief lobbyist in Richmond, serving as a resource person for county governments across Virginia. The Virginia Bar Association recognized him as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Hicks's oldest son, Robert Hicks '81, serves as commonwealth's attorney for Gloucester County, VA, and has two sons, aged 9 and 7. His daughter, Patty Shull, who has a graduate degree in math from U.Va., runs marathons and is listed in the top 50 women Masters Runners in the world. (Masters Runners is a group of runners 40 and over.) A mother of three, Shull has at least one daughter following in her footsteps: Clare Shull won second place in the 400-meter run at a Virginia state track meet this past spring. Hicks's youngest daughter, Paula Mooridian, previously the assistant alumni director at the College of William & Mary, is currently a full-time mother to a 2-year-old daughter.

Hicks, who serves as reunion chairman, said he is looking forward to the 50th reunion in two years.

The Virginia Bar Association recognized John Goode and Edward Parker as life members during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Retired from Lawyers Title Insurance Corp., Goode lives in Richmond with his wife, Lucy, who is retired from the Chesterfield County Library System. They have three daughters.

Parker practices estate planning, estate administration, business law, and elder law at Parker, Pollard & Brown PC in Richmond. He is a College of Law Practice Management fellow.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized Frank Talbott III as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Past president of Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove PLC, Talbott practices business law in Danville.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized Homer Eliades, Harris Hart II, Wilbur Hazlegrove, and Charles Laughlin as life members during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized Thomas Phillips, Jr. and R. Allan Wimbish as life members during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized William Forrest, Jr. as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Forrest serves as senior counsel with Sands Anderson Marks & Miller PC in Richmond.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized William Johnston III as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Johnston is a founding partner with Harrison & Johnston in Richmond. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Virginia Law Foundation.

Leigh Middleditch, Jr. was elected to a three-year term on the American Bar Association board of governors in August. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP in Charlottesville, VA, Middleditch practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, tax-exempt organizations, and charitable gift planning. He has more than 40 years of experience advising colleges, universities, and tax-exempt organizations. The Virginia Bar Association recognized Middleditch as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

His wife, Betty Lou Middleditch, serves on the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra board. They have three children. Leigh III serves as management information services division chief for the state attorney's office in Baltimore, MD. Katherine McDonald teaches at Christ Church School in Greenville, SC. Andrew is a real estate broker in Charlottesville. The Middleditches also have six grandchildren, three boys and three girls, two of whom were adopted from the Crimea and Siberia.


The Virginia Bar Association recognized William Shands, Jr. as a life member during a July 16 banquet at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Shands is retired from Sands Anderson Marks & Miller PC in Richmond, VA.

Rotunda Dinner, Derby Party Highlights of
Class of ’59 Reunion

by Al Lilley and Lauck Walton

The headquarters for our 40th Law School reunion was the Boar’s Head Inn, where our 42 returning classmates enjoyed a hospitality suite in the Coach Room. During the welcoming reception at the Law School on Friday, Dean Scott gathered with members of the class to accept our reunion gift. More than 52 percent of our classmates—the highest percentage of participation by a reunion class this year and by members of our class in any year—contributed a total of $167,293.61 to the Law School for our reunion gift. This exemplary showing is primarily attributable to the work of a 19-member Reunion Gift Committee, who managed to make personal contact with most class members during the course of the reunion year. It was especially fitting for Dean Scott to accept our gift in the beautiful Purcell Garden, thereby honoring our classmate, Jack Purcell, for his own extraordinary generosity to the Law School.

On Saturday many of us toured the Law School and attended the meeting of the Alumni Association. Our hospitality suite was packed during our Derby party that afternoon, which culminated in a race “fixed” by the organizer, Jeanne Walton. She managed to walk away with everyone’s money! After cocktails in the Pavilion I garden and picture-taking on the steps of the Rotunda, we wended our way to the Dome Room for an elegant and convivial dinner, after which the hospitality suite remained open to the wee hours for many a toast to absent and departed classmates. A dozen of us attended an excellent brunch on Sunday at the Law School. We all had a good time and hope to see an even larger turnout at our 45th reunion.


Richmond magazine named Jay Weinberg one of the top regional lawyers in zoning and land use law, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers in July. A partner with Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox & Allen PC, Weinberg represents developers in rezoning applications. His wife, Sondra Weinberg, a former teacher, graduated from U.Va. with a B.S. in education "in the days when women could only go to the University if they were wives of students or daughters of faculty members," Weinberg, a Double Hoo, said. Their son, James Weinberg '87, practices corporate and securities law with his father's firm and is a father of two girls, Julia, 5, and Caroline, 3. Weinburg's daughter, Lynn, a Sweet Briar College graduate, works as an audiologist in West Palm Beach, FL.


A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP in Richmond, VA, Henry "Hal" McVey III was elected an American Bar Foundation fellow in April. In anticipation of retirement, McVey and his wife, Reba, have moved to Gloucester County, VA. Their daughter, Margaret, and her husband, John Singleton, are both practicing law in Charleston, WV. Their son, Ian, is a legal assistant at a Charleston, SC, law firm and is considering law school. Another son, Lewis, is in New York City trying his hand at fiction writing and working at an advertising agency.


Chester Straub was elected an American Bar Foundation fellow in May. Straub is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a former New York State senator. He serves on the Lenox Hill Hospital board of trustees.


James McKenry was elected an American Bar Foundation fellow in May. An active member of the Virginia State Bar, McKenry specializes in civil litigation, criminal defense, and family law at Heilig, McKenry, Fraim & Lollar PC in Norfolk, VA. His wife, Susan McKenry, volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for children.

The McKenrys have four daughters and one son. Chamie McKenry Valentine '87 is currently at home with her daughter, Ann, 5. Christina, an actress, appeared in off-Broadway productions in New York City for years, but recently took off to Los Angeles to try her hand at TV and movies. Margaret teaches kindergarten in Washington, D.C., and is married. Cole runs the development department of Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger, anti-poverty program based in Washington, D.C., that takes professional chefs into low-income neighborhoods to teach classes in creating good, nutritional meals on a budget. Their only son, Jim, who lives in Atlanta, GA, is the U.S. representative of Breuer, a French men's clothing company.


The New York Times featured Charles Johnson III in a December 1998 article during the Clinton impeachment trial. As the U.S. House of Representatives parliamentarian, Johnson played a key role in the trial. Johnson joined the parliamentarian's office just after Law School graduation. He served as deputy parliamentarian for 20 years before he replaced retiring parliamentarian William Brown in 1994, becoming only the third person in 70 years to hold the office. Called "scrupulously impartial," by The New York Times, Johnson declined to give a party affiliation when he registered to vote in his hometown of Bethesda, MD.

Richmond lawyers say John Oakey, Jr. is one of the top lawyers for worker's compensation in the Richmond, VA, area, according to a July survey by Richmond magazine. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Oakey is an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow and a past president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has three children--John III, Christopher, and Daniel.


R. William Ide III has been re-appointed to a second one-year term on the American Inns of Court Foundation board of trustees. Ide serves as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Monsanto Company. He heads a group of 130 lawyers with offices in St. Louis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., as well as Brussels, Belgium, and San Paolo, Brazil.

For the past 20 years Joseph Fleming has specialized in pro bono work in historical preservation law. He did the legal work for the Miami Design Preservation League, led by the late Barbara Capitman, which was responsible for preserving and restoring Miami Beach's Art Deco District. He also helped the group that preserved Cross Creek, FL, where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, lived and wrote. Every year he leads two-day courses on historic preservation for lawyers at meetings of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The most recent course was in Washington, D.C., October 18-19.

A partner with the Miami, FL, office of the national employment law firm, Alley and Alley/Ford & Harrison LLP, Fleming has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law and environmental law since 1983.

Fleming lives in Miami Beach with his wife, Betty Fleming, who recently concluded a term with the Miami River Coordinating Committee, which brought together 35 agencies for river clean up and restoration. She is currently involved in an effort to create parks and green ways in the Miami area. Their daughter, Kate, is a second-year student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She was a design intern with Time Warner this past summer.

Frank Wisniewski has joined the Cherry Hill, NJ-based firm, Flaster, Greenberg, Wallenstein, Roderick, Spirgel, Zuckerman, Skinner & Kirchner PC, as a partner, working in real estate, land use and planning, title issues, condemnation, tax appeals, and environmental approvals. He was previously a partner with Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP, also in Cherry Hill, chairing the New Jersey real estate department.


In July Richmond magazine named John Bates III one of the area's top lawyers in commercial real estate law, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Bates is working again as a full-time real estate lawyer. Two years ago, he stepped down after seven years as managing partner. He reports that his firm now has 550 lawyers with offices opened in the last two years in Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL. "Not an insubstantial part of my practice is dealing with our own space issues!" he said.

Bates serves as counsel to several public-private developments around the state. He is a Virginia Bar Foundation fellow and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the Real Estate Circle of Excellence of Virginia Commonwealth University. In his free time, Bates is an avid golfer, though he was slowed down last summer by a back operation.

His wife, Beverly Bates, works as a learning disabilities specialist at St. Catherine's School in Richmond. Their daughter, Elizabeth Bates '95, works for the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C. Her sister, Kathryn, just completed a pediatric residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and is in practice in Richmond.

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently certified James Mathews in general and family mediation. A partner with Vandeventer Black LLP, Mathews practices fidelity and surety defense, construction law, and commercial law in Norfolk, VA.

Alumna Launches Online

by Lisa R. Foeman '94
Ramona Prioleau’s desire to find her own voice and “make a joyful noise” led her to leave the practice of securities law in New York after four years and develop, a monthly online arts and entertainment magazine focusing on people of color. The electronic publication made its debut in June. offers previews, profiles, and critiques on a variety of topics, including sports, movies, books, television, music, and theater. According to Prioleau, a 1994 graduate of the Law School who serves as the magazine’s publisher and editor, its online format is very different from the format of traditional print publications. “ affords visitors the chance to give immediate feedback on stories that appear on the Web site and create a dialogue about topics of common interest,” she said, noting that there is also a commercial component to the publication. Visitors can help to support the magazine by purchasing online the products that are recommended in its pages and others accessed through links to online retailers.

To prepare for her foray into online publishing, Prioleau earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University in addition to her Virginia J.D. She gained valuable experience on the editorial board of the Virginia Tax Review, and took courses at the Law School—including Contracts, Corporations, Tax, and Advanced Legal Research—that helped her form her company, RLP Ventures, LLC. She also took magazine and publishing courses through New York University’s School of Continuing Education.

Prioleau’s goals for her publication are ambitious. “I’ve always wanted to influence images, content, and programming to ensure the promotion of diverse views,” she said. “I want to provide a fresh voice and look at image makers, icons, and emerging talent. I hope it can serve as a movement to influence people of color to get connected and help bridge the so-called ‘racial divide’ on the Internet.”

Two writers who freelance for are Virginia law classmates. Lisa R. Foeman ’94 is a regular contibutor to the sports and television sections, and Lisa Patrick ’94 writes book reviews and critiques.

While is still evolving, Prioleau already is enjoying her work as its editor. “This magazine is a big part of my commitment to living my life for me, by my standards, and not for other people,” she said.


J. Rudy Austin was elected an American Bar Foundation fellow in April. He has been a Virginia Law Foundation fellow since January 1998. Austin focuses on litigation, including construction, products liability, and intellectual property litigation, at Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore in Roanoke, VA.

His wife, Betty Austin, runs her own company, Austin Professional Services, which specializes in medical and vocational rehabilitation. Their second son, Edward, began practicing with his father's firm two years ago. Their oldest son, James, teaches Spanish literature at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Their daughter, Bethany, has her own insurance claims company in Charlotte, NC.

Stuart Dye has chaired the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce since June. A nonprofit group established in 1973, the chamber promotes trade, investment, and joint ventures between U.S. and Mexican businesses. It also helps bridge differences in legal, regulatory, and economic systems, as well as language and culture. A partner with Holland & Knight's international privatization practice, Dye also serves as managing director of Holland & Knight-Gallastegui Y Lozano SC, a joint U.S.-Mexican venture.

Dye and his wife, Mary Dye, live in Bethesda, MD, where Mary specializes in interior design and decorative arts. The couple spent a week in August enjoying their only grandchild, Meghan, 8 months, at their summer home on Lake Erie. Meghan's father, Stuart Jr., who was born in Charlottesville while his father was a law student, is an underwriter for Unim Insurance in Portland, ME. The Dyes' second son, Geoffrey, also lives in Bethesda and works in sales and marketing for UUNET, an MCI WorldCom Internet provider. After two years as a ski instructor in Vail, CO, their daughter, Missy, is interested in working for a sports media company.

Paul Verkuil was elected an American Bar Foundation fellow in May. Verkuil is dean and professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City. Former Tulane University School of Law dean and College of William and Mary president, Verkuil served as a special master to the Supreme Court of the United States in New Jersey v. New York, a case involving the long- standing dispute between those two states over the sovereignty of Ellis Island.


The July issue of Richmond magazine named William Broaddus the top area lawyer in government and municipal law, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers. A former Virginia attorney general, Broaddus specializes in commercial litigation as a partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP. He has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and two cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

A member of the Judicial Council of Virginia, Broaddus has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also is a Virginia Law Foundation and an American Bar Foundation fellow.

Grace Broaddus, his wife of 35 years, recently retired from her work in a book shop and now volunteers at the Massey Cancer Center at the Medical College of Virginia and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. Their daughter, Elizabeth, a University of Delaware graduate, recently married and teaches in Pittsburgh, PA. Their son, Billy, a Princeton graduate, is completing a graduate degree in environmental education and also hopes to teach.

Broaddus no longer runs, due to bad knees, but plays racquetball, sails, and is learning golf from his son-in-law. During his last two trips abroad he enjoyed bare boat sailing in the British Virgin Islands.

Donald Greenman practices maritime law at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver PC in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of American Maritime Cases and has appeared in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 10 years. He and his wife, Peggy Greenman, have two sons and one daughter. Ted is a management consultant, Tom an environmental risk underwriter, and Getty, a high school sophomore. They also have one grandson, Wyatt, 3.

Richmond, VA,-area lawyers surveyed by Richmond magazine voted Bernard Meyer, Jr. one of the top area lawyers in residential real estate law. Meyer is a partner with Meyer, Goergen & Marrs PC. His wife, Suzanne Meyer, sells children's books that teach children how to deal with difficult real-life situtions such as death and divorce. Their oldest daughter, Ryan, studies law at Samford Unversity Law School in Birmingham, AL. After completing two years at James Madison Unversity in Harrisonburg, VA, their son, Brant, started a world tour in May. He visited southern Africa, the Maldive Islands, India, and was last seen surfing in Sri Lanka. The Meyers' youngest son, Kevin, 9, is in fourth grade. A former point guard on U.Va.'s basketball team, Meyer still follows Cavalier basketball games.

John OBrion, Jr. became a partner of the Richmond, VA, office of Mays & Valentine LLP in April, joining the firm's litigation department. OBrion is an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow and a Richmond Bar Association past president. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1988.

A certified mediator, OBrion has an active alternative dispute resolution practice with McCammon Mediation Group. He has successfully mediated more than 200 disputes. Richmond magazine recently named him the best mediator in Richmond, based on a survey of local lawyers. "Don't get me wrong, it's no love-in where everyone holds hands and sings 'Kumbaya,'" OBrion says about mediation in the July article. But he sees it as a better solution to a lawsuit, because everybody wins. The article adds, "OBrion says his greatest talent is an ability to diffuse situations with a liberal use of humor. He says, 'We all take ourselves a little too seriously. I don't try to eliminate emotion, but I do try to help bring perspective.'"

OBrion's wife, Toni OBrion, is an artist. She also volunteers with a local adult literacy organization. Their oldest son, Chris, and his family live in Olympia, WA, where Chris works as a graphics editor for the local newspaper, The Olympian. Their second son, Cameron, studies law at Georgetown University and serves as a legislative aide to Rep. Tom Bliley (R-VA).

Richmond magazine named Rosewell Page III the top products liability lawyer in the Richmond, VA, area, based on its survey of area lawyers. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Page heads the firm's products liability group and has worked with the automotive industry on issues from crash worthiness to fuel-fed fires. Elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Legal Medicine, he spends about 80 percent of his time in courts outside of Virginia.

Page's wife, Anne, an interior designer, owns a retail and design business, Cachet Ltd., in Richmond. Daughter Peyton, a Mississippi College School of Law graduate, was interning for a federal district judge while awaiting bar results. Her sister, Courtney, works for Opus Event Marketing in Richmond.

W. Scott Street III was installed as Virginia State Bar president in June during the bar's annual meeting in Virginia Beach. A partner with Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins PC in Richmond, Street practices business law, with an emphasis on business litigation and financial matters. He recently was appointed to the National Conference of Bar Examiners board of trustees.

He and his wife, Gini Street, live in Richmond. A clay artist, Gini designs pottery and decorative art. Their oldest son, Scott IV, teaches mathematics and computer science at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Their second son, Chris, works in food service marketing for Virginia Food Distributor in Richmond. His sister, Lisa, recently completed her M.S. in social work at Boston University and became program director of a center for teenage mothers near Boston.


Frederick Hodnett, Jr., continues to serve as the deputy court administrator of Virginia's court system. He still finds the job interesting, after 26 years of service. In August he helped coordinate the annual Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of Court Administrators in Williamsburg, VA.

Gordon Schreck has been elected to the board of trustees of Hampden-Sydney College, one of only three remaining all-male liberal arts colleges in the country, 60 miles southwest of Richmond, VA. A senior shareholder in the Charleston, SC, firm of Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee PA, Schreck chairs the firm's litigation department and heads its admiralty and maritime practice group. He also chairs the newly formed maritime law section of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. He and his wife, Linda Schreck, live in Charleston. His daughter, Mary Davis, teaches fifth grade and performs in community theater in Leesburg, VA.

Carroll "Mike" Wagner, Jr., was named managing partner of the Atlanta office of Hunton & Williams in April. A founding partner of the office 10 years ago, Wagner serves on the firm's international executive committee and practices corporate and securities law.

Class of ’74 Enjoys Action-Packed
25th Reunion Weekend

by Jane Schwarzschild

The Class of 1974 shared three fun days in Charlottesville during Law Alumni Weekend. Festivities began with a cocktail party in the Pavilion V garden. The 72 classmates who attended the weekend particularly enjoyed catching up with Professors Bergin, Henderson, Howard, Low, Manson, and Wadlington, and Deans Merrill and Turnbull.

After the Saturday morning brunch and an update on the state of the Law School, classmates pursued various outdoor activities. Some went mountain biking in Earlysville, others played golf at Birdwood, and more than 30 classmates hiked up to Humpback Rocks in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton (see photo). Later that afternoon, the Harlem Rednecks and Rasputin’s Chains renewed their Law School softball rivalry in Mad Bowl before enthusiastic fans. The final score is still under debate. Dinner at Caplin Pavilion was preceded by a cocktail party, a visit from Dean Scott who accepted a check for $1 million from the class for our reunion gift, and a memorable aria sung by our own Ray Hornblower. The Bent Fenders provided original music for the dance that followed.

As a lovely Sunday morning dawned, we all met to say goodbye over a class brunch in the Pavilion IX garden and began to make plans for our 30th reunion.

On Top of the World: The Class of '74 enjoying the view from
Humpback Rocks during its 25th Law School reunion in May.


Richmond magazine recently named W. Carter Younger one of the top lawyers in Richmond, VA, in labor relations and employment law, along with Eva Tashjian-Brown '79, in a survey of local lawyers.

A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP in Richmond, VA, Younger serves on the board of directors of Lex Mundi, a global association of over 150 independent law firms, and as vice president of the Labor and Employment Commission of an international, Paris-based lawyers group, the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). In November, he is going to New Delhi, India, for the UIA's annual meeting, where he will become commission president.

He was inducted a College of Labor and Employment Lawyers fellow in 1998 and is listed for labor and employment law in The Best Lawyers in America. With his partner, Dick Oviatt, he co-authored the labor law chapter of a six-volume treatise, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West Group, 1998).

Younger's wife, Janet Younger, holds a Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology from U.Va., and serves as associate dean of the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. Their daughter, Catherine, graduated from Virginia Tech, married last fall, and currently works for her alma mater as an instructor and the manager of its equestrian facility.

Younger gives an annual guest lecture on labor and employment arbitration at the Law School in an alternative dispute resolution course taught by his law partner, Bill Waddell.


The Maritime Law Association of the United States recently elected Geoffrey Birkhead to its board of directors. The 100-year-old association is the pre-eminent association of maritime lawyers in the country. Birkhead practices at Vandeventer Black LLP in Norfolk, VA, where he concentrates on maritime, banking, commercial transactions, and litigation. His twin daughters both graduated from college last spring--Allison from the U.Va. College of Arts and Sciences and Laurie from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Harleysville Mutual Insurance Companies made John Weaber its vice president and government affairs counsel in June. He took charge of federal and state legislative and regulatory matters for the 31-state property and casualty insurance company based in Harleysville, PA. Weaber previously worked as deputy general counsel for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, serving as a legal liaison with the departments of revenue, insurance, and banking.

Weaber lives in Emmaus, PA, with his wife, Michelle Weaber, who works in commercial real estate. Their son, Colin, 25, also lives in Emmaus and works in New Jersey. Kera, 23, lives and works in Washington, D.C. Kelly, 19, attends Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Weaber continues to pursue his love of golf, fishing, and boating.

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In July Richmond magazine named Robert Adams the region's top lawyer in health care law, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Adams chairs his firm's health law practice group. A former Virginia assistant attorney general, Adams received the attorney general's annual award for outstanding performance in 1984, after successfully defending in federal court the first challenge to a state's Medicaid prospective payment system. At McGuire Woods, he also earned the distinction of being the first attorney to challenge successfully a state's Medicaid prospective reimbursement system for hospitals. Adams serves as the editor of the Virginia Administrative Law and Practice Manual.

Richmond, VA, lawyers voted Stephen Watts II the top area lawyer in public utilities law in a Richmond magazine survey published in July. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Watts heads the firm's energy and public utility group and leads the power resources team, which focuses on electric power project development and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked on energy concessions and power sector privatization in Kazakhstan and Bulgaria. Vice chair of the Federal Energy Bar Association's Independent Power Committee, Watts produces a Web site on his firm's homepage ( on merchant power, a term used when non-utilities develop or acquire power plants to sell power on the open market.

In March he married Mollie Watts, a legal assistant specializing in trust and estates work with another firm in Richmond. After a wedding trip to Scotland, they moved to a house in Richmond's Fan District. Watt's daughter, Day, studies at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, focusing on glass art. His son, Stephen, finishes Collegiate School in Richmond this year and is interested in studying mass communications in college.


In July Richmond magazine named George "Ted" Allen III one of the region's top lawyers in personal injury litigation, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers. A partner with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen PC, Allen has served on the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association board of governors for nine years, including a term as president. He also is a National Academy of Trial Lawyers fellow.

He and his wife, Anne Cary Hall, have one daughter and two sons--Cary, 18, William, 15, and David, 8. Cary is a freshman at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. This year the family, including Allen's 82-year-old mother, Betty Allen, took a three-week trip through the American West, covering 3,400 miles and visiting national parks from Yosemite to Yellowstone.

Patricia Donovan is teaching an adult education course called "Anti-Semitism, Christian Europe and the Holocaust," which traces the development of anti-Semite laws from the early Christian church to the Nuremberg Laws of the 1930s in Germany. She offers the course at her local Catholic church and other churches. Donovan, a Sister of Mercy while she was a student at the Law School, served as deputy attorney general in the attorney general's office and chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 1973-80. She was associate general counsel of the Philadelphia School District when she retired in 1993. She lives in Pittsford, NY, near Rochester.


Stephen Alfers testified in June in U.S. Senate energy and natural resources committee hearings that examined a U.S. Department of the Interior decision to reject the operations plan of the Crown Jewel mine in Washington. Alfers said the decision was based on a novel interpretation of the right to surface use in non-mineral public lands in the Western states.

A partner with Alfers & Carver LLC, Alfers specializes in mining and public lands law in Denver, CO. He has been representing the mining industry in Washington, D.C., for more than 10 years. An adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, he has served as the vice chairperson for hard rock mining of the Colorado Mining Association since 1989. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Alfers's knowledge of mining has led to other ventures abroad. He worked on the first succesful privatization of Zambia's copper industry and wrote many of the new mining and foreign investment laws now in place in Mongolia. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked on the first privatization of companies in the Ukraine and Russia.

Alfers's wife, Alison Alfers, a University of Arizona Law School graduate, is a space law expert. Alfers has five children. The oldest, Doug, is a tugboat first mate in California. Nathan is a banker in Colorado. Haley and Megan study at the University of Colorado. The youngest, Cody, is 7.


Michael Frankel was recently appointed Americas tax and legal services leader for the real estate and hospitality industries at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers LLP. He and his wife, Gail Frankel, recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. Gail is the founder and president of Kel-Gar, Inc., which produces the Stroll'r Hold'r and more than 60 other products. The couple has two children, Steven, 16, and Brian, 13.

Mitchell Rubenstein co-founded Big Entertainment, Inc., a rapidly growing Internet entertainment company. The company started with a Web site,, which sells movie paraphernalia. Since then, it has acquired, which provides movie schedules and reviews, and, most recently, acquired the assets of CinemaSource, the largest provider of movie listings to the Internet, with customers such as The New York Times, Knight Ridder, Yahoo!, Excite, and CitySearch. Rubenstein spoke about his company in a panel on the future of telecommunications and the Internet at the Law School's Business Advisory Council meeting September 24.


Mark Duvall celebrates his fourteenth year as health and safety counsel for Union Carbide Corp. in Danbury, CT. He reports that he likes the work and especially likes being able to go home at 5:30 p.m. to his wife, Laura Duvall, and three great children, Amy, 15, Sam, 13, and Tom, 10.

Richmond, VA, lawyers voted Brian Murphy the top regional lawyer in banking matters, along with George Whitley '79. Richmond magazine conducted the survey and published the results in July. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Murphy focuses on loan syndications, complex commercial lending, and capital markets transaction. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.


John Burke III is one of the top lawyers in the Richmond, VA, area for intellectual property law, according to a survey of area lawyers published by Richmond magazine in July. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Burke heads his firm's intellectual property team. His practice involves transactional work, including technology transfers, licensing agreements, and protection of intellectual property, as well as dispute-related work. His wife, Cathy Burke, teaches algebra and geometry. Their daughter, Sarah, is a senior at Brown University. John IV is a second-year student at U.Va. Rebecca is a senior at Caroline High School.

The University of Maryland has named Karen Rothenberg interim dean of its law school in Baltimore, MD, after Donald Gifford, dean for the past seven years, resigned in July. A faculty member for 16 years, Rothenberg founded the school's Law and Health Care Program, recently ranked second in the nation among health law programs by U.S. News and World Report. She received the Joseph Healey Health Law Teachers Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics in 1996.

Richmond magazine featured Eva Tashjian-Brown with an article and full-page portrait in July. The magazine conducted a survey of Richmond,VA-area lawyers, who voted Tashjian-Brown one of the area's top lawyers in employment law. The article focused on her passion for flying as a hot air balloon owner and Cessna pilot.

A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP in Richmond, VA, Tashjian-Brown has defended employers in cases ranging from age and race discrimination to sexual harassment. Currently, she spends more time advising clients like Xerox and the University of Richmond on personnel policies. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for civil rights and employment litigation, she has taught employment discrimination law at the University of Richmond's School of Law as an adjunct professor. Her husband, James Tashjian-Brown, owns the J. Emerson Wineshop in Richmond.

Based on a survey of area lawyers, the July Richmond magazine named George Whitley the top banking lawyer in the Richmond, VA, area, along with Brian Murphy '78. Whitley represents financial institutions in awide variety of corporate and regulatory matters, from corporate governance issues to equity financing, at LeClair Ryan PC.

Graduates from Near and Far Meet for Alumni Events  

Virginia Law graduates enjoyed a wide variety of alumni events both at the Law School and at points farther afield over the past few months.

Law Alumni Weekend brought nearly 800 graduates from the Classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and the Lile Law Society to Charlottesville April 30 - May 2 for reunion activities and the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.

New York-area alumni from the Law School and the University gathered with President John T. Casteen III, Dean Robert E. Scott, and Professor John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73 for a reception honoring Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan District Attorney, and William Matheson '50 as the Morgenthau-Matheson Professorship was named one of the University’s Distinguished Professorships. John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73 is the first holder of the chair.

Boston alumni gathered May 12 at the Harvard Club to honor outgoing Alumni Association President Gene D. Dahmen '67 as she completed her term. Later that evening Providence, RI alumni gathered at the University Club.

On a beautiful May 15th evening in Malibu, CA, Los Angeles-area alumni gathered with Professor Emeritus Tom Bergin and Professor Kenneth Abraham for a Mexican fiesta on the beach.

A group of Virginia alumni gathered June 11 for breakfast at the Tennessee Bar Association meeting in Pinehurst, NC.

Dean Robert E. Scott addressed the annual breakfast gathering at the Virginia State Bar in Virginia Beach on June 18.

Professor Richard Bonnie gathered with Virginia Law and University alumni for a junk ride in the Hong Kong Harbor on July 13.

Alumni from the Atlanta area and from across the U.S. gathered in Atlanta August 5 at the Georgian Terrace for a reception during the annual meeting of the American Bar Association.

Dallas alumni gathered at the Crescent Club in Dallas on September 20 and Houston alumni gathered September 21 at the St. Regis Hotel to hear remarks from Acting Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73.

The Law School’s Business Advisory Council held its annual meeting in Charlottesville September 23-27 in conjunction with Alumni Volunteers Weekend. More than 35 members of the council participated in panel discussions and other social activities. Alumni volunteers received an annual giving update from National Appeals Chair Charles D. Fox IV '80, a “State of the Law School” presentation by Acting Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73, and an admissions and career services overview from Associate Dean Al Turnbull '62 and Senior Associate Dean Steve Hopson '69.

Baltimore alumni gathered for lunch at the Center Club September 30 with Acting Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. '73 to honor law firms Piper & Marbury and Shawe & Rosenthal.

Washington, D.C.-area alumni gathered October 19 for the annual Capitol Hill reception hosted by Virginia Senator John W. Warner, Jr. '53.

Northern Virginia- area alumni met October 21 at the Top of the Town in Arlington for a fall reception hosted by Thomas E. Byrne '84.

The Second Women in Law Symposium was held at the Law School the weekend of October 22-24. Panel discussions and a keynote address by Janet A. Napolitano '83, attorney general of Arizona, were highlights of the weekend's activities.

Gene D. Dahmen '67 is surrounded by family, colleagues, and friends as she completes her term as Alumni Association president in Boston. From left to right: son Lloyd Dahmen, Jr.; Husband Lloyd Dahmen, Sr.; Law School Dean Robert E. Scott; and law partner James Hamilton.
Acting Dean John C. Jeffries, Jr. (right) greets (from left) Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and William Matheson '50 in New York.
Stephen Cardi '61, Hon, Robet W. Lovegreen '63, and A. Gordon Carpenter '66 catch up at a Providence, RI alumni reception.

Professor Emeritus Tom Bergin and Todd M. Sloan '72 await the arrival of Malibu-area alumni for a Mexican fiesta.


Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company appointed Patricia Hatler senior vice president and general counsel in May. Formerly general counsel and corporate secretary of Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, PA, Hatler will oversee the offices of the secretary, general counsel, and ethics and compliance for the Columbus, OH-based company. She moved to Columbus last summer with her husband, Howard Coffin, and two children, Sloan, 10, and Laurie, 7.


Richmond, VA, lawyers say Nancy Little is one of the top area lawyers for commercial real estate law, based on a survey by Richmond magazine. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Little heads the firm's real estate and environmental services department. She focuses on lease financing, real estate lending and development, financing, and public/private partnerships. A member of her firm's speakers bureau, she has led many seminars on real estate law and other legal topics. She chairs the American Bar Association's non-traditional commercial real estate finance committee.

Robert Hicks serves as commonwealth's attorney for Gloucester County, VA. He and his wife, Nancy Hicks, have two sons, Matthew, 9 and Michael, 7.

Barbara Spudis De Marigny has joined the San Antonio, TX, office of Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate, Inc. as counsel in the firm's tax section. She had been a partner with the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie, specializing in tax planning. She is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association's task force on limited liability companies and vice chair of the section of taxation's partnership tax committee.


Wilmington Trust has appointed Edmond Ianni its vice president of business development. He is responsible for developing and managing customized wealth management and trust services for individuals and their families. Ianni lives in Wilmington, DE, with his wife, Ann Marie Johnson Ianni, a Bryn Mawr College and University of Connecticut Law School graduate, who recently completed 14 years of service as a deputy attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice. The couple has three children, Lauren, 9, Christine, 6, and Katherine, 4.

Texas lawyers elected Kent C. Sullivan to a three-year term on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas in June. A partner with Lanier Parker & Sullivan PC in Houston, Sullivan is a Texas Bar Foundation and a Houston Bar Foundation fellow.

A Kentucky native, he finds Houston an open city, easy for those "without roots to come here and put down roots." He has served on the local boards of the Society of Performing Arts and the American Diabetes Association, as well as on the finance committee of Texas Gov. George W. Bush's last gubernatorial campaign. He also is a trustee for the J. Schuyler Alland Endowed Scholarship Fund of U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce.

His wife, Connee Sullivan, a 1982 graduate of the Darden School, just finished a term on Darden's alumni board. She has worked in corporate finance, but is currently home with their son, John Carter Sullivan, born in October 1996.

Mountain Party, Softball Mark Class of ’89 Reunion

by Kimberly D. Reed

The 57 class members who made it back for our 10-year Law School reunion were amazed by what was for many our first exposure to the Harrison Law Grounds. We also were slightly envious of today’s students who are able to learn the law in these beautiful new facilities. (They don’t know how lucky they are!) After the Friday night cocktail reception at the Law School, about 40 classmates, spouses, and children convened at the home of Wistar and Karen Morris in the mountains near Charlottesville for a party that lasted late into the night.

Saturday was a glorious day to polish up our rusty skills on the softball field while a clown entertained the kids and everyone ate plenty of hot dogs and barbeque. It was so much fun to see our classmates’ children (many of whom were born during or shortly after law school), and to catch up with spouses we knew as law students (and meet plenty of new spouses, too). In the evening, we enjoyed cocktails and dinner at the Boar’s Head Inn Tavern. Because the weather was so beautiful, we lingered outside on the deck for a long time, then moved indoors for an excellent buffet and accompaniment by a jazz pianist. After dinner, many of us joined the Class of ’69, who had gathered elsewhere in the Boar’s Head Inn, for dancing. Later, we reconvened in our hotel rooms and talked until the wee hours about our wild exploits, favorite (or not-so-favorite) professors, and best softball experiences during law school.


Irwin Shur, formerly vice president and legal affairs director of APC Limited, a Siebe Group company, recently became the vice president and division general counsel for the Industrial Drive Systems Division of Invensys, a new British company formed by the merger of Siebe and BTR. The Industrial Drive Systems Division includes Rexnord Corporation, Brook Hansen, CompAir, and Invensys Environmental.

Shur and his wife, Kathie Shur, live in Brookfield, WI, a suburb of Milwaukee, with their daughter, Olivia, 4, and son, Issac, 2. Shur travels frequently to London and other European capitals for business, and has also been to Melbourne, Australia, and Johannesburg, South Africa, in the last year.

Shur, who was a musician and performed locally as a law student, still writes and records rock music at home, playing all of the parts himself. Two of his songs have been released on non-commercial compilation CDs. "You're not here with me" came out on a Recording Magazine CD of readers' submissions. "Sleeping Beauty" was released on "RAP CD in Blue," a release by the Internet discussion group The 4-CD set may be ordered at (Shur's song is the last song on Disk 2.) A third song, called "Soft Suicide," will be released later this year by the same group on a CD set called "Bohemian RAP CD."


David Carter relocated this year from the Richmond, VA, office of Hunton & Williams to its Atlanta office. A member of the firm's business practice group-corporate, securities and technology team, Carter focuses on corporate and securities law, representing investment banks, bank holding companies, and corporations in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also is the firm's recruiting chairperson.

Mostafa El-Erian is a founding partner with El-Erian & Liebman LLC in Washington, D.C. The firm specializes in domestic and international market and project development. It is currently involved in developing hotels and related infrastructure and entertainment projects in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. El-Erian previously worked in project finance with the World Bank.

Virginia Gov. James Gilmore III '77 appointed Catherine Currin Hammond a circuit court judge for Henrico County, VA, in May. Hammond lives in Richmond, VA, with her husband, Paul Hammond, and two sons, Matthew and John.

July's Richmond magazine named Matthew Jenkins one of the top lawyers in the Richmond, VA, area for health care, based on a survey of area lawyers. A partner with Hunton & Williams in the business practice group, as well as a corporate and securities team and health law group member, Jenkins focuses on health care regulatory matters, hospital-physician contracting, hospital governance, and legislative practice.

Mike Regan, Jr. serves as senior vice president-external affairs for NextWave Telecom. His wife, Carol Ann Bischoff '87, was recently appointed executive vice president and general counsel of CompTel, the principal industry association for competitive telecommunications providers.

The two met on Capitol Hill while working on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when Regan was majority counsel for the House Commerce Committee Telecommunications Subcommittee and Bischoff was telecommunications counsel to Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE.). Regan says they are the only part of the Telecom Act not in litigation. They married on the Fourth of July 1998 in a "bi-partisan, bicameral" wedding and took off to Italy and Malta on their honeymoon. Today, Regan and Bischoff live in Arlington, VA, with their two dogs, Go Go and Gaudi.


Thomas Donilon started the job of senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Fannie Mae, the nation's largest provider of funds for home mortgages, on September 1 in Washington, D.C. He previously was a partner with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Active in politics for the past two decades, Donilon served as assistant secretary of state and chief of staff for Secretary of State Warren Christopher from 1993-96, advised the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court nominations, and headed preparations for then-Gov. Bill Clinton's presidential debate against George Bush and Ross Perot in 1992. Just before and during law school, he worked on Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale's presidential campaigns, managing both the 1980 and 1984 Democratic presidential nominating conventions, the first when he was only 25. Currently Donilon serves on the governing council of U.Va.'s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

His wife, Catherine Russell, also a lawyer, worked as associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. attorney's office until the birth of their first child, Sarah Russell Donilon, in October 1996. The couple welcomed their second child, Edward "Teddy" Russell Donilon, on May 27.

Keith Langley's eight-year-old law firm, Langley & Branch PC, has merged into the 250-lawyer firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC with offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, TX, and Mexico City, Mexico. Langley chairs the surety and fidelity practice group of the firm's litigation section in Dallas. He practices commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy. The merger will allow him to spend more time with his wife of 19 years, Tammy Langley, and their three high-energy sons.

David Worley has been elected chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party.


Richmond magazine named David Hicks one of the region's top criminal prosecutors in its July issue, based on a survey of Richmond, VA, lawyers. Hicks was elected Richmond commonwealth's attorney for a four-year term in 1994. He was one of 23 people in the U.S. named a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation fellow for his leadership in his community on youth issues. BellAtlantic/Leadership Metro Richmond also presented Hicks with its Arete Award for excellence in community leadership in October.

His wife, Valerie Bowman Hicks, is a pediatrician. They welcomed their second son, Christopher, to the family in August, joining older brother Robert, 2.

Richmond, VA, lawyers voted Christopher Mugel the number one lawyer in Richmond for intellectual property law in a survey by Richmond magazine in July. Mugel heads the intellectual property section at LeClair Ryan PC and teaches intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond's law school. His wife, Mary Ann Mugel, manages several floors at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. The couple and their two Gordon Setters enjoyed a vacation in the Adirondacks this past summer. Mugel swims, cycles, goes canoeing, and enjoys woodworking in his free time.


Carol Ann Bischoff has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel of CompTel, the principal industry association for competitive telecommunications providers. Her husband, Mike Regan '84, serves as senior vice president-external affairs for NextWave Telecom. The two met on Capitol Hill while working on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when Bischoff was telecommunications counsel to Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE.) and Regan was majority counsel for the House Commerce Committee Telecommunications Subcommittee. Regan says they are the only part of the Telecom Act not in litigation. They married on the Fourth of July 1998 in a "bi-partisan, bicameral" wedding and took off for Italy and Malta on their honeymoon. Today, Bischoff and Regan live in Arlington, VA, with their two dogs, Go Go and Gaudi.

Robert Burke, Jr.,was recently appointed vice president and chief counsel of Pennsylvania Power Light Global, Inc., in Fairfax, VA. He lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife, Laura Burke, and two sons, Colin, 7, and Sam, 4.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured David Dallas, Jr. and his family in an April 6 article about their five-month voyage throughout North America. Dallas took a sabbatical from Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins PC in Richmond, VA, for the trip, which took them as far north as Nova Scotia, as far west as California, and as far south as the Florida Keys. Dallas and his wife, Susan Dallas, homeschooled Lee, 7, and Rebecca, 5, along the way.

Paul Sheppard, a litigator for Hinman, Howard & Kattell LLP in Binghamton, NY, was recently appointed to the firm's executive committee. He and his wife, Amy Sheppard, live near Binghamton in Maine, NY, with their three children, Michael, 11, Briana, 9, and Kyle, 6.

Richmond magazine recently recognized Thomas Stallings as one of the top lawyers in Richmond, VA, in health care law, based on its survey of local lawyers. A partner with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe LLP, Stallings married Tracy Kemp on July 31 in the gardens of Virginia House, "one of those old English mansions that some eccentric tobacco baron had dissassembled in England, shipped across the Atlantic, and re-assembled in Richmond overlooking the James," Stallings wrote. "It has lovely gardens, but it was 100 degrees on our wedding day--I think that was the hottest day of the year!" The newlyweds honeymooned in Turkey, where they saw the total solar eclipse, but thankfully, missed the earthquake. Former captain of the Law School's intramural soccer team, Stallings currently heads a team that won the 20-35-year-old division championship in his local adult league.

Dan Steen recently became director of federal government affairs for Owens-Illinois, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of glass and plastic packaging. His office will remain in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Anne Steen, live in Arlington, VA, with their two children, Meredith and Harrison. Steen previously practiced with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay LLP.

James Weinberg practices corporate and securities law at Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox & Allen PC in Richmond, VA. His wife, Rosann Weinberg, a graduate of Yale Law School, works as counsel to Tredegar Industries. They have two daughters, Julia Rose, 5, and Caroline Francis, 3.


Michael O'Donnell became a partner with Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP in Morristown, NJ, in March. O'Donnell represents financial institutions in loan work-out and lender liability litigation in the firm's litigation group.

Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP named Lee Papachristou Whidden a partner in its New York City office in February. Whidden focuses her practice on bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and hospitality law. She lives in Greenwich, CT, with her husband, Paul Whidden, and her daughter, Elena, 8. Paul practices law in Connecticut. Whidden spent two months in the U.S. Virgin Islands on a case in 1998 and several weeks relaxing in the small village in Greece where she grew up.

Lynn Apruzzese Tetrault was appointed vice president of human resources of AstraZeneca's American subsidiary on April 6. AstraZeneca, an international pharmaceutical company, was formed when Astra AB of Sweden and Zeneca PLC of Great Britain merged in April. Tetrault directs staffing, employee services, and compensation and benefits programs for the new company in America. She also is responsible for employee communications and employee development. Before the merger, she was vice president of human resources at Astra Pharmaceuticals LP, the American subsidiary of the former Astra AB. Tetrault lives in Malvern, PA, with her husband, Rick Tetrault, a partner with the Boston law firm of Burns & Levinson, and their 3-year-old twins, Ross and Ryan.


Bill Aniskovich lives in Branford, CT with his wife Jennifer Slye Aniskovich '91, and their datughter, Celia, 7. Bill was re-elected to the Connecticut State Senate for a fifth two-year term. A Republican, he is the youngest state senator ever elected in Connecticut and is the deputy minority leader. He also is the chief operating officer of Stonington Institute, a 40-bed detox facility.

Jennifer became executive director of the Guildford Handcraft Center, a school of fine art and American craft for adults and children, in August. The post allows her to marry her nonprofit legal interests and her passion for pottery, a craft that she does in her spare time.

The family traveled to London and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean this past year and is planning a three-week diplomatic trip to Taiwan.

Julie Behm Carter recently accepted a position in the Office of General Counsel at Yale University. She has primary responsibility for the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. She and her husband, Wayne Carter, have three children, Daniel, 7, Mary Claire, 5, and Caroline, 2.

Gary Kessler received his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 1998. He is currently vice president-corporate development for Carey International, Inc., in Washington, D.C. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with his wife, Marla Kessler.


Peter Davidson joined the telecommunications company U.S. West as vice president for congressional affairs in June. Before that, Davidson served as general counsel and policy director for U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) for four years. Davidson lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Kari Davidson, who received a Master's in Public Administration at U.Va. while he was in law school. She recently left the Senate Banking Committee, where she was deputy staff director of the housing subcommittee working for Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL), to stay home with "our two beautiful daughters," Maddie, 5, and Sophie, 3.

"I blew out my knee playing softball, basketball and tennis (not simultaneously)," Davidson wrote, "but, like the six-million-dollar-man, they have re-built me, they have made me better--so I'll be accepting all tennis challengers come January."

Miles & Stockbridge PC elected Michael Delauter a principal in January. His practice in Frederick, MD, concentrates on estate and business planning, taxation, commercial lending transactions, and tax-exempt financing.

The Chicago-based firm, Chapman and Cutler, elected John Hitt, Jr., a partner in its corporate and securities group in April. Hitt's practice focuses on the negotiation and review of securitization transactions.

In March Hearst Publishing released The Envelope Please: The Ultimate Academy Award Trivia Book by Arnold Jones, Jr., former Virginia Law Weekly film critic, through its Avon Books division. Jones writes regularly about film for Entertainment Weekly, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Met magazine, where he is the weekly columnist. He also continues to practice law in Dallas, TX.

Yayoi Nishikawa and Lawton Hawkins '93 (front row) celebrate their marriage at a reception in Atlanta in May. Back row, left to right: Steve Herz '93, Andrea Gross '93, Channing Cline '93, Kim Martin Zywicki '93, Todd Zywicki '93, Wendy White Silliman '93, Mark Brazeal '93, Deborah Johnson Baldwin '92, and Todd Silliman '93 jointed the festivities.


Jennifer Slye Aniskovich lives in Branford, CT, with her husband, Bill Aniskovich '89, and their daughter, Celia, 7. Jennifer became executive director of the Guildford Handcraft Center, a school of fine art and American craft for adults and children, in August. The post allows her to marry her nonprofit legal interests and her passion for pottery, a craft that she does in her spare time.

Bill was re-elected to the Connecticut State Senate for a fifth two-year term. A Republican, he is the youngest state senator ever elected in Connecticut and is the deputy minority leader. He also is the chief operating officer of Stonington Institute, a 40-bed detox facility.

The family traveled to London and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean this past year and is planning a three-week diplomatic trip to Taiwan.

Sarah Davies became a member of the Philadelphia-based international firm, Cozen and O'Connor PC, in January. She practices in the commercial litigation department of the firm's Philadelphia office. In addition to complex commercial litigation matters, she is involved in environmental insurance coverage litigation.

Brian Katz opened his own law office in Paducah, KY, in July 1998. He writes that he is "working and worrying more, sleeping less, and having a lot of fun."

Elizabeth Regan has a new baby and a new job. Her first child, Joseph Regan Semel, was born January 6. "He's cute and sweet and has changed our lives forever!" she wrote. She now works as counsel for trademarks and copyrights at Warner-Lambert Company, a pharmaceutical and consumer health care manufacturer, in Morris Plains, NJ. She is happy about the shorter commute from her Montclair, NJ, home, where she enjoys the beautiful old homes and cultural diversity. She previously served as senior counsel at F. Schumacher & Co., a fabric and interior furnishings company, in New York City. Her husband, Michael Semel, works as managing editor of The Bergen Record, a daily newspaper in northern New Jersey.

Virginia Business Observer named Jeffrey Stredler a "Top Legal Beagle in Hampton Roads" in its March 1 issue. The article surveyed the Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA-area) legal community for the best lawyers under 35, and came up with a list of 10 names. One attorney said Stredler, a Double Hoo, simply "does a great job," the article reported. A shareholder with Hofheimer Nusbaum PC in Norfolk, Stredler practices commercial, personal injury, and criminal and traffic defense litigation. He lives oceanfront at Virginia Beach with his wife, Laurie Stredler, and daughter, Megan.

Tom West ’90: Speaking the Many Languages of Law  

As an associate involved with international transactions at Atlanta’s Alston & Bird, Tom West ’90 often used documents that had been translated from foreign languages. He usually did not like what he read.

“Almost without exception, I found the translations we got back were just atrocious,” said West, who earned degrees in French, German, and Russian and taught foreign languages to high school students before entering the Law School in 1987. “The documents were so full of legalese that untrained translators just couldn’t get things right.”
“West’s dissatisfaction with inaccurate translations—and fond memories of a job he had as a law student translating German legal documents for Professor Daniel Meador—inspired him to leave the firm and launch a business that provides translation services to lawyers and financial professionals. Called Intermark Language Services Corporation ( and based in Atlanta, the four-year-old business employs two full-time employees in addition to West, who is owner and manager. He contracts with independent translators, monitoring personally the quality of each project they take on. Many of his translators have been trained as lawyers in other nations but cannot practice law in the United States because they do not have an American J.D.

West believes that the fact that he employs lawyers as translators sets his firm apart. “Thirty percent of the challenge in translating legal documents is knowing the language; the remaining seventy percent is knowing what a contract should say or knowing what a complaint in federal court should sound like,” he said. “It’s important to speak the language of the law.”

Apparently his customers agree, for Intermark has built a client list that includes many of America’s top law firms and an array of national and international corporations. Part of the firm’s appeal is no doubt West himself, who is fluent in French, German, and Spanish, and can read Swedish, Russian, and Dutch. In addition to offering translation services, he leads seminars on legal language for audiences as varied as the FBI’s in-house translators and a group of Mexican lawyers and has published the first of what he hopes will be several foreign-language legal dictionaries. Sales of Spanish-English Dictionary of Law and Business have been brisk. (For information, see

West plans to help Intermark grow in the coming years by marketing the firm’s translation services in an increasingly global marketplace. He credits the Internet with bringing those who need accurate translations of legal and financial documents to his door. “It is so easy to send documents electronically that you can be anywhere and continue to offer top-flight translation services to clients around the world,” he said. “Thanks to electronic communication, I see absolutely no barriers to where Intermark can grow.”


Nancy Anderson began working for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law as its pro bono coordinator in March. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group, established in 1963 at the request of then-President John F. Kennedy, pursues civil rights class action suits across the country, including environmental justice, education, and employment discrimination cases. Anderson was previously the pro bono coordinator for the child advocacy division of the American Bar Association, also in Washington, D.C. Anderson's husband and classmate, Avi Garbow, still works for the U.S. Department of Justice in the environmental crimes division.

James Goodrich joined Saul, Ewing, Weinberg & Green's Baltimore, MD, office in June. He works in the litigation department, focusing on business litigation, including intellectual property, trademark, and trade secrets disputes, and unfair competition cases. He previously worked with the litigation group of Goodman Weiss Miller LLP in Cleveland, OH.

Goodrich and his wife, Marion Goodrich, are enjoying Baltimore. "Like Cleveland, it was an overlooked jewel," Goodrich wrote. While the moving van was toting their stuff across country, they took a trip to San Francisco and Mendocino, CA. Marion, a violin player and teacher, has turned her husband, already a huge jazz fan, into a classical music lover as well. The couple is expecting their first child in March.

Jennifer Conway Sharkey and Edward Sharkey '93 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anne Conway Sharkey, on August 18, 1998.

Brian Henderson became a partner and father of a third child last spring, when he was promoted at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP in Washington, D.C., and his wife, Nannette Henderson, gave birth to Paige Nicole on March 2. The couple also has twin daughters, Kelsey and Emma, 2.

Brent Milgrom, Jr., became a partner with Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein LLP on January 1. He and his wife, Dawn Milgrom, have two children, Brent III, 5, and Sara, 2.

Matthew Njaa and his wife, Anne Davidson '93, moved from Concord, NH, to Menlo Park, CA, so Njaa could begin medical school at Stanford University in September. Davidson served as counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate this past year and worked at Dean, Rice & Kane PA in Manchester, NH. She is taking some time off while looking for a job in California.

Katie Homer Ryan was appointed public interest career counselor in the Law School's Caplin Public Service Center in August. She replaced Allyson Davies, who became Charlottesville assistant city attorney. Ryan has worked as a Program for Student Achievement program officer for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York City, as a high school government teacher in the American School of The Hague in the Netherlands, and as a deputy counsel for a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. With an echoing green fellowship that she received during her third year in law school, she created the Children's Advocacy Project in San Diego, CA, which provided legal services to children and their families, focusing on guardianships, disability benefits, and immigration for foster children. In her new job Ryan will counsel first-year students looking for public interest work and supervise student pro bono work. Katie's husband, Jim Ryan, teaches at the Law School. They welcomed a new addition to the family, Samuel James, on November 29, 1998. Sam joins brother William Hopler, 2.

Tracy Stein and Marco Masotti (LL.M. '92) announce the birth of their son, Alexander Stein Masotti, on March 1. He was welcomed by older sister Michela, 3. Stein is a litigation associate with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae LLP in New York City. Masotti is a corporate associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Jenny Wu and her husband, Mitch Lazris, are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Jacob Wu Lazris, on March 14. He joins brother Matthew, 3. Wu practices employment law at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP's Washington, D.C., office. Also a lawyer, Lazris focuses on false claims and health care fraud in his practice at Hogan & Hartson LLP. The family lives in McLean, VA.

Michael Wu and his wife, Tara O'Brien, recently returned to the U.S. after two-and-a-half years in Hong Kong, where Wu worked for Global One. Wu currently works as a lawyer for Teleglobe in Reston, VA. O'Brien just started law school at Georgetown University. The couple lives in McLean, VA.


Anne Davidson and her husband, Matthew Njaa '92, moved from Concord, NH, to Menlo Park, CA, so Njaa could begin medical school at Stanford University in September. Davidson served as counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate this past year and worked at Dean, Rice & Kane PA in Manchester, NH. She is taking some time off while looking for a job in California.

Lawton Hawkins and Yayoi Nishikawa celebrated their marriage with a reception in Atlanta, GA, in May. Deborah Johnson Baldwin '92, Mark Brazeal, Channing Cline, Andrea Gross, Steve Herz, Wendy White Silliman, Todd Silliman, Kim Martin Zywicki, and Todd Zywicki joined the festitivies. Hawkins works for American Express International in Tokyo, Japan.

Edward Sharkey and Jennifer Conway Sharkey '92 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anne Conway Sharkey, on August 18, 1998.

Class of ’94 Celebrates First Reunion  

by Marci B. Norton

The Class of ’94 celebrated its five-year Law School reunion with 40 class members in attendance. Although our numbers were small, everyone who returned to Charlottesville had a terrific time. Alumni came to the reunion from as far away as Minneapolis (Kara Benson), St. Louis (Chris Dong), Miami (Dave Knasel), and Austin (Mari-Eleanor Miller). Of course, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York were adequately represented, and the Charlottesville residents (Marshall and Fran Slayton and Pete Boatner) made us all feel at home! Several classmates who married each other were among the attendees (Rob Tyler and Carole Yeatts Tyler, Mitch Bompey and Lorie Almon Bompey, and Dave Harrington and Wendy Shang), and one class member even showed up with her twins in tow (Dawn Nunziato).

In addition to the planned activities (Big Jim’s barbeque and the softball game at Copley Field, dinner at the Biltmore), there was an impromptu gathering at the Greenskeeper for some Kentucky Derby watching (you guessed it: Carrie Tipton was at the reunion!). And no visit to Charlottesville is complete without experiencing the city’s fine food traditions. Reunion attendees got their fix of Bodo’s bagels and even checked out the Krispy Kreme donut shop that came to Charlottesville after we left—many a classmate was seen there when the “Hot Donuts” sign was ablaze! Some of us even did things we didn’t dare do during law school: after a long night of visiting old watering holes on the Corner, a respectable number of us were seen gulping down Gusburgers at the White Spot after 2 a.m.!

It was great to see old friends, get better acquainted with classmates we didn’t know well in law school, and reminisce about the good old days. Let’s hope that attendance at our reunions will increase as the years go on, our salaries increase, and our need to work weekends decreases.


Nancy Anderson and John Robertson were married in Seattle, WA, on May 22. Elaine Petrossian and her husband, Ted Rauch, Lorie Alman Bompey, Mitch Bompey, M. Michelle Kile, Talfourd "Hoss" Kemper, Jr. '95, Rebecca Cole Moore, and Adam Rosenberg '95, joined the festivities. "Both the bride and the weather were beautiful!" Petrossian reported.

The newlyweds went to Turkey for their honeymoon. "The highlight of the trip was watching the 16-year-old first mate on our chartered boat catch an octopus in the Aegean (Sea) barehanded, beat it senseless in order to tenderize it, and then serve up a cold octopus salad," Robertson wrote.

Anderson still works at Groff & Murphy PLLC, where her commercial litigation practice focuses on construction disputes, land use and "defending dog owners' rights to walk their dog off-leash in Seattle's parks," Robertson reported. "I work for Venture Law Group and mostly watch twenty-something Internet entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists who back them become millionaires overnight.

"We spend our free time doing any and all of the following: (i) warding off evil rain spirits, (ii) drying off, (iii) enjoying Puget Sound and the Cascades, (iv) walking our dog, Jake, off-leash in Seattle's parks (part of Nan's business development strategy)."


William "Wes" Enders joined O'Keefe, Egan & Peterman LLP as a partner in August. Enders focuses his technology practice on chemical and semiconductor processing at the Austin, TX, firm. Previously he worked for Arnold White & Durkee PC. He has been in Austin, his father's childhood home, since graduation. His wife, Maggie, and three children, however, still miss Charlottesville. Ann, 14, enjoys band, basketball, and Odyssey of the Mind. Travis, 9, likes karate and baseball. Samantha, 7, is a dancer. Maggie works actively with booster clubs at the children's schools.

Enders revels in outdoor sports, including skiing, water skiing, fishing, hunting, and photography. In August he spent a week fly-fishing in Bozeman, MT.

Janice Johnston recently joined ABC as a network associate. Interested in television since high school, she worked for a national radio show and wrote a thesis on Brazilian television as an undergraduate at Princeton. A fellow Princeton alumnus, an editor for World News Tonight, was the link to her current job. For the next year or 18 months, she will move around the network in production capacities. She started as an off-air reporter with World News Tonight and has since worked on Weekend News, overnight news (the group that produces early morning news shows), and Barbara Walter's daytime talk show, The View. She currently works with the unit that produces news shows on legal matters for 20/20, NightLine, and World News Tonight. Her legal expertise has definitely been an asset on this last rotation, she said.

Dave Meyers married Katherine Karion on September 26, 1998, in Richmond, VA. The couple spent a week in Paris on their honeymoon before returning home to Richmond. Meyers practices corporate law at Hunton & Williams, while Katherine, a 1992 U.Va. McIntire School of Commerce graduate, works in commercial lending at Wachovia Bank.

Peter Vincent joined the San Francisco office of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. Previously an associate in the Washington. D.C., office of Garvey, Schubert & Barer, he continues to concentrate on commercial litigation and government contracts.


Scott Bates has founded his own political consulting firm, Rindy Miller Bates, in Washington, D.C., to organize media and strategy for Democratic candidates' political campaigns. Bates got started early in the political world. Just after graduation from the Law School, he packed his car and headed for Texas, where he successfully ran now-Rep. Jim Turner's (D-TX) 1996 open-seat campaign. He also helped steer Rep. Nick Lamspon (D-TX) to victory in a runoff against then-Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) the same year. Bates also writes for newspapers in Virginia and Connecticut and radio in Texas. This past summer he wrote about his 10 days in Kosovo in June, accompanying a column of 20,000 refugees who were returning home.

Claudia Dobrovic and her husband, Nino Dobrovic, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carl Anton, on October 2, 1998. Claudia is still practicing corporate law with Hogan & Hartson LLP of Washington, D.C.

Kathryn Helne Nickerson married Joshua Nickerson '97 at Christ Church in Irvington, VA, on June 5. The couple spent a three-week honeymoon in Paris and Greece before returning to Washington, D.C. Kathryn works as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce, dealing with international trade agreements and other work related to the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Joshua recently joined the project finance team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C.

Laura and Glenn Patton welcomed their first child, Jackson Mills Patton, in October 1998.

Paul Rahe has joined Schiff Harden & Waite as an associate in its Chicago office's general corporate and securities group. He works on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and general business issues. He reports that he is enjoying Chicago and spending quality time at Wrigley Field. He was previously associated with Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis.

Public Service News, the Law School's Caplin Public Service Center newsletter, featured Nick Reppucci in an April 12 article. Reppucci, who works in the Lynchburg, VA, public defender's office, is concerned about the trend toward longer jail sentences. "My indigent clients generally have less education, more mental health problems, and more substance abuse problems," he said in the article. "Sometimes people need to go to jail, but the question is how long. It does not make sense to exacerbate a person's weakness by placing them in jail for decades."

Public Service News, the Law School's Caplin Public Service Center newsletter, turned the spotlight on Elizabeth Shapiro in its January 18 issue. Shapiro received an Independence Foundation Fellowship after graduation to work at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia, PA. For two years she litigated for low-income women affected by restrictive and discriminatory provisions of the new welfare laws. She currently works as a National Association for Public Interest Law Fellow for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, representing senior citizens who are denied coverage or services by health care insurers and providers. Her Opinion column appears in this issue of UVa Lawyer.

Devin Schaumburg and Michael Kerrigan married in June 1998. Schaumburg is a litigation associate with King & Spalding in Washington, D.C. She was previously an attorney for Roanoke Valley Legal Aid Society. Kerrigan is a banking associate with Hunton & Williams in McLean, VA.


Colin Carnahan joined Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC in Nashville, TN, in April. He previously served as assistant district attorney general in Nashville, practicing in the general sessions, juvenile, and criminal court systems. He is currently working with the firm's litigation team, handling litigation and dispute resolution matters for corporate and individual clients.

Allan Cohen has been named vice president and general counsel of WorldWide Web NetworX Corporation, a provider of Internet direct marketing services. He was previously associated with McDermott, Will & Emery.

Mark Horn married Amanda Beeson on June 19 in New Bern, NC. Joshua David and David Spohr took part in the ceremony. After a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, the couple returned to New Bern, where Horn works in the trusts and estates department of Ward and Smith PA. Amanda, a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate, works with Investors Title Insurance Company.

After a year as a District of Columbia Court of Appeals law clerk, Su Sie Ju received a National Association of Public Interest Law Equal Justice Fellowship at the National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington, D.C. An article featuring her in the Law School's Public Service News January issue reported that Ju is using her law degree to advocate for families going from welfare to work.

Eric Kadel, Jr., married Heather Williams on July 4, 1998, in the College of William and Mary Chapel in Williamsburg, VA, where both graduated in 1992. After a honeymoon in Bermuda, the couple returned to their home in Arlington, VA. Kadel is clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Selena Linde and her husband, Gary Linde, announce the birth of their son, Sawyer Grant Linde, on November 22, 1998. Linde is a litigator with Dickstein Shapiro Morin Oshinsky LLP in Washington, D.C. Gary is a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Heather Miller joined Thompson Coburn LLP in Washington, D.C, in late December, bringing her aviation expertise to the firm's waterway and railway practices.

Joshua Nickerson married Kathryn Helne Nickerson '96 at Christ Church in Irvington, VA, on June 5. The couple spent a three-week honeymoon in Paris and Greece before returning to Washington, D.C. Joshua recently joined the project finance team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. Kathryn works as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Coke Stewart has created an e-mail address list for the Class of 1997 to exchange news. If you would like to be on the list, contact her at

Graduate Makes History in Arizona  

“When Janet Napolitano woke up November 4, 1998, she discovered that, not only was she the first Arizona woman attorney general, but she and four other women had made history. The “Fab Five,” as local media quickly dubbed them, made Arizona the first state to elect all women to its five most powerful elected offices.

Napolitano, Gov. Jane Hull, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, and State Treasurer Carol Springer were sworn in during a rare joint ceremony requested by the governor January 4.

The female presence wasn't an issue during the campaign, Napolitano, a 1983 Law School graduate, said. “I didn't want to be elected because I was a woman.” Nor did the five women campaign together—the other four are Republicans, while Napolitano is a Democrat. She remembered, “We just woke up the next morning, and said, 'Hey, we're all women.'”

Napolitano calls Arizona a “wide-open state,” meaning its political structure is not as “ossified” as some other states. Originally from New Mexico, she arrived in Arizona right out of the Law School to clerk for Judge Mary Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. “I didn't know a soul,” she recalled.

That soon changed, as Napolitano became active in local Democratic politics and joined the local firm of Lewis & Roca. She was in the national spotlight briefly as co-counsel to John P. Frank, representing Anita Hill during the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.

In 1992 Napolitano chaired the Arizona delegation to the Democratic National Convention. A few days after Bill Clinton's election, she got a call asking if she would like to be U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. A highlight of her four-year stint in that job was supervising Arizona connections to the Oklahoma City bombing case, as much of the bombers' planning occurred in Kingman, AZ.

As Arizona attorney general, Napolitano's first task has been to reduce the backlog of Child Protective Services cases. When she took office, there were 6,000 pending cases, representing 9,000 children in limbo. Napolitano established a new section of her office, the Child and Family Protection Division, to implement a model court program already piloted by the Arizona Supreme Court. “Model court gets everyone to the table and figures out what needs to be done, and who's going to do it,” she said. She hopes children will spend less time in foster care and more will be safely returned to relatives.

Her office has also targeted housing discrimination, cybercrime, domestic violence, illegal drugs, and scams against senior citizens.

One aspect of her job she did not anticipate was the amount of death penalty work, Napolitano said. Six executions have taken place during her term, including one during her first week in office. Such cases take up to 40 to 50 percent of her time in the days before an execution.

Although the job keeps her busy, Napolitano has found time to share her experiences with the Law School. As keynote speaker for the Women in Law Symposium, she agreed to address the final dinner of the symposium, scheduled for October 23.

UVa Lawyer will cover the Women in Law Symposium in the Spring 2000 issue.


Public Service News, the Law School's Caplin Public Service Center newsletter, featured Mary Kane in its March 19 issue. Kane works for the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, OR, on dependency and delinquency cases. In dependency cases the court must decide whether it is safe for children to stay with their parents, and, if not, where they should go. "I love working with kids, even when they are being difficult," Kane said in the article. "Working in a way that is emotionally, intellectually, and in some ways spiritually fulfilling brings me great satisfaction."

A March 1 article in the Law School's Caplin Public Service Center newsletter spotlighted Thomas Lipscomb's work as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, PA. Lipscomb said that he spends much of his time interacting with people--mostly police officers and witnesses. About 90 percent of his job as a state prosecutor "is tracking down people and trying to persuade them to come to court," the article reported. Though Lipscomb admitted that he works long hours for relatively little pay, compared to private attorneys, he said in the article, "There is not enough blood, guts, and human passion for me (in corporate or administrative law). I decided to become a prosecutor for all the high-minded reasons that prosecutors typically give, like the desire to right wrongs, but I also decided to become a prosecutor for self-serving reasons....This is a fascinating job."

Alaina Selby was recently appointed director of annual giving for the professional schools and Oxford College at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Jennifer Spieler works for the Metropolitan Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, serving clients from the counties surrounding Washington, D.C., in the general unit. The Law School's Public Service News featured her in an article in March. She finds her job challenging, but uplifting. "So often we are able to help people," she said. "Even in the cases where the client may not win in the end, just having an advocate makes a difference."

Liz Wharton works as a domestic relations attorney for the Legal Services Organization of South Central Michigan. A March 15 article in the Law School's Public Service News reported that Wharton handles a full family law case load, presents community legal education programs and divorce clinics, and interviews potential clients. "The best thing about my job is that I know that I am helping people who need it and who could not get help anywhere else," she said. "I also love to watch a client on her own for the first time begin to grow, to develop, and to become independent."



Thomas Reavley, senior judge of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in April. The award recognizes one legal professional in each of the nation's 12 judicial courts, individuals "whose careers at the bar and on the bench have exemplified the values of civility, devotion to duty, and courage." Reavley served as secretary of the state of Texas from 1955-57 and as a Texas Supreme Court justice from 1968-77. He has been on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1979.


D. Michael Hinkley recently moved from Japan, where he was the U.S. Navy's circuit military judge, to Hawaii, where he is now the fleet judge advocate for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.


The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania unanimously elected Joseph Doyle its president judge in June. He succeeds outgoing president judge James Colins. Doyle will serve two years and four months of the five-year term, as he has a mandatory retirement date of October 6, 2001. Doyle lives in Delaware County, PA.


Marco Masotti and Tracy Stein '92 announce the birth of their son, Alexander Stein Masotti, on March 1. He was welcomed by older sister Michela, 3. Masotti is a corporate associate with Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Stein is a litigation associate with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae.


Roland Müller is now a partner with Gloor & Christ in Basel, Switzerland. The firm was created by the merger of two leading business firms, Gloor Schiess & Partner and Christ, Löw, Brückner & Staehelin, where Müller was an associate. The new firm is the eighth-largest firm in Switzerland.


The South Carolina Assembly elected Kaye Hearn chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals on June 2. The first woman to hold this position, Hearn had been an associate judge on the Court of Appeals since 1995 and a family court judge for nine years. The same day as her election, the Assembly made Jean Toal the first woman chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. "It was real special that they elected us on the same day," Hearn said. Hearn's husband, George Hearn, practices law in Conway, GA. Their daughter, Kathleen, is now 11.

Randy Holland recently began his second 12-year term as a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court.

   In Memoriam

John L. Early ’23
Sarasota, Florida
March 9, 1999

Humes J. Franklin, Sr. ’31
Fishersville, Virginia
April 18, 1999

Paul E. Sackett ’31
Lynchburg, Virginia
June 3, 1999

L. Brooks Smith ’33
Accomac, Virginia
April 16, 1999

Joseph L. Kelly ’35
Norfolk, Virginia
April 16, 1999

Amos Davis ’35
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
February 1, 1999

Marianne M. Gingell ’37
Chevy Chase, Maryland
May 29, 1999

Alexander von Thelen ’37
Charlottesville, Virginia
July 9, 1999

George L. Bailey ’38
Louisa, Virginia
January 7, 1999

Jeffress S. Dortch ’38
Richmond, Virginia
July 22, 1999

William Fields Carter ’40
Martinsville, Virginia
April 3, 1999

Anthony J. Drexel Paul, Jr. ’41
Palm City, Florida
April 8, 1999

Winston H. Frost ’41
Southampton, Virginia
July 22, 1998

Walter A. Page ’41
Norfolk, Virginia
December 6, 1998

Rhodes G. Lockwood ’44
Wellsley, Massachusetts
July 22, 1999

John P. Harper ’46
Norfolk, Virginia
March 22, 1999

Richard W. Leonard ’47
Nashua, New Hampshire
January 23, 1999

John T. Manning ’47
Greensboro, North Carolina
January 23, 1999

Buckner S. Morris ’47
Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 16, 1999

Frank Lanneau Fuller ’48
Wells, Vermont
June 4, 1999

John Edwin Lamb ’48
Palmyra, Virginia
July 31, 1999

Montgomery J. Corse ’49
Jacksonville, Florida
April 12, 1999

John L. Hart ’49
Roanoke, Virginia
April 29, 1999

Walter Dunnington, Jr. ’50
Orange, Virginia
April 2, 1999

Ralph A. Holmes, Jr. ’50
Fairfax, Virginia
May 9, 1999

T. Justin Moore, Jr. ’50
Richmond, Virginia
April 24, 1999

Brooks Monroe ’51
Charlottesville, Virginia
August 10, 1999

William E. Carson ’52
Covington, Virginia
May 9, 1999

T. Foster Witt ’55
Richmond, Virginia
August 28, 1999

James F. McMullan ’58
Milton, Vermont
May 20, 1999

Walter C. Levins ’59
New York, New York

Robert M. Owens ’60
Trumball, Connecticut
October 31, 1998

Julia May ’61
Bal Harbor, Florida
January 18, 1997

Ralph M. Whitticar III ’62
Fredericksburg, Virginia
May 27, 1999

Frederick L. Russell ’64
Charlottesville, Virginia
May 30, 1999

Edgar A. Neely III ’65
Atlanta, Georgia
August 13, 1999

F. Carter “Chip” Tate ’68
Atlanta, Georgia
June 20, 1999

Lesley S. Wolf El-Saden ’78
La Canada, Canada
May 2, 1999

Carol Sulser Knitter ’86
Harrisonburg, Virginia
June 1, 1999

C. Gordon Heckel ’87
Reva, Virginia
June 4, 1999

Lisa Tavenner Spencer ’87
Arrowsic, Maine
April 21, 1999