Class Notes -- Spring 1998

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1922 

John L. Early, is very proud of the article on his 100th birthday which appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of UVA Lawyer. Early turned 101 on December. 

1940 

Mortimer M. Caplin was quoted in an article entitled "Caplin Ties Taxes to Civic Responsibility" in the summer '97 issue of the Miller Center Report published by the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University. In the article, Caplin noted that the Internal Revenue Service, while powerful, is not omnipotent, and that it "must be careful to be neutral and nonpolitical." 

1942 

Kiliaen V.R. Townsend, an educational consultant in Atlanta, wrote The Boarding School Guide, a guide to 231 top schools in the United States. He has been a developer and businessman, as well as a Georgia state legislator. 

1948 

Howard E. Demuth, Jr. is now semi-retired to a home office. He and his wife, Lawrason, have eight grandchildren. The Demuths recently took a bus tour of the Canadian Rockies, and attended the Princeton Class of 1947's 50th reunion in May 1997. 

Carl M. Franklin continues his full-time work as vice president emeritus and professor of law at the University of Southern California, where he has spent the last 45 years. He is involved in raising funds for the university, and expects to continue until the end of the campaign in 2000. Franklin also is working on a book, To Carolyn with Love, to honor his late wife. 

Kemper Goffigon III retired in 1986 after many years as owner and CEO of Goffigon Equipment Company, a farm equipment dealership near Cape Charles, VA. For many years he also maintained an extensive vegetable and grain farming operation. Goffigon recently received a certificate of appreciation for 50 years of service in the Virginia State Bar, to which he was admitted in 1947 prior to obtaining his LLB in 1948. 
 

  A Message From
the President  
of the Alumni Council
 
 
Gene D. Dahmen '67 
   
It is a singular privilege to be serving this year and next as president of the Law School Alumni Council. I have felt fortunate to be an alumna, but until recently, my loyalty and affection for the school, although strong, were derived largely from distant memories of Clark Hall and the wonderful friendships formed during my student days in the 1960s.  

Now, through my work with the Alumni Association, I have been fortunate to reconnect with the Law School at what is perhaps the most exciting time in its history. The new Harrison Law Grounds, dedicated last November, are an elegant blend of Jeffersonian and modern styles that dramatically transform the appearance of the school. And the result is more than visual. These splendid, spacious, and state-of-the-art facilities, made possible by the generosity of so many of you, have generated an immense pride and sense of community among all the Law School's constituencies, not to mention considerable envy on the part of our sister institutions. I urge each of you to come and experience this transformation for yourself. 

As we move into the next century, the new Law Grounds are only part of what destines Virginia to be the best law school in the country. We have a faculty, unsurpassed in the quality of its teaching and scholarship, whose members have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their institution by pledging more than $1,700,000 to the current capital campaign. Our dean, Bob Scott, is universally admired for his effective leadership, intellectual acuity, and magnetic style. These attributes alone make him an exceptional administrator. But it is his ambitious vision and indefatigable championing of the Law School's potential, not only to be first among our peers, but also to produce lawyers who are outstanding "public citizens" as well as highly trained technicians, that surely makes him the finest dean anywhere. In these days when the practice of law seems sadly a commercial enterprise rather than a noble undertaking, the dean's emphasis on the values of integrity, civility, respect, and public service, and his academic initiatives that incorporate these values, position the Law School at the forefront of reinvigorating legal education and ultimately the entire profession. Of this we should all be very proud.  

The "public citizen" role of our alumni is not new, of course. Even here in New England, I am constantly aware of the influence of the Law School. Graduates as varied as the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, the governor of Maine, a young human rights activist engaged in a remarkable effort to mitigate human rights abuses in Burma, and a host of colleagues with the common bond of a Virginia experience have a positive and daily impact on their communities and the world in ways that bring great distinction to themselves as well as to our institution.  

As must be clear by now, I find my involvement with the Alumni Association to be extremely rewarding. My gratitude for my Virginia education has grown as I see more and more what a special place it is and what a stellar future lies ahead. Watching Bob Scott's vision for the Law School unfold through the success of the capital campaign, so ably chaired by the inimitable Mortimer Caplin '40 and orchestrated by David Ibbeken '71 and his superb Foundation staff, has been a particular thrill. Sitting in the Law School's beautiful new library reading room last fall, listening to Ann Ayers '98, the energetic and articulate Student Bar Association president and one of many women in leadership positions in the school, was thrilling, too, as is observing the diverse and awesomely talented student body as a whole. But one of the most striking experiences of this year came from a letter written by the student who is the recipient of the New England James Madison Scholarship, a fund established with contributions from a large number of alumni from this region. His heartfelt appreciation for the scholarship's modest assistance and his concluding comment that "it is people like you that bring out the best in people like me" were forceful reminders of the importance of our continued involvement with the Law School and the difference we can make in the lives of the students, whether our support is large or small, monetary or otherwise.  

I hope each of you will visit the Law School and visit it often. Go to reunions and alumni events (where often our dean or one of our fabled faculty will be speaking). Promote the Law School with potential applicants. Hire our graduates. Tell us your comments and concerns. And help make Bob Scott's vision a reality by supporting the Annual Fund and the capital campaign. Our challenge is to be the greatest alumni/ae of the greatest law school---and we don't have far to go.


1949 

Jacob B. Berkson published A Canary's Tale, subtitled "The Final Battle: Politics, Poisons, and Pollution vs. the Environment and the Public Health," which details his own battle against illness from toxic chemicals in his home. 

1951 

William C. Schock was featured in a September 9, 1995 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which covered his ritual morning swims in the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. Schock, who runs Schock Mineral Co. of St. Louis, swims at least twice a week no matter where he is. 

1952 

Hon. Martin V.B. Bostetter, Jr. recently was honored when the United States Courthouse at 200 South Washington Street in Alexandria, VA was named after him. Bostetter currently serves as the chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is the first bankruptcy judge in the U.S. to be honored by such a courthouse designation. 

1953 

E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr. has been appointed a commissioner of the Judicial Fellows Program by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also was nominated Washington, DC inspector general. 

1957 

E. Jackson Boggs received the 1997 Legacy Award from the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross for his work on the development of charitable planned giving. 

Richard Flender and his wife, Norma, have settled into a new home in Manhattan. 

Charles D. Fox III and his wife, Preston, have cut all ties with Roanoke and the continental U.S. to become full-time residents of Maui. 

V. Rock Grundman, Jr. retired from Dresser Industries, and is now practicing law on a lake 100 miles due east of Dallas. He also is chairman of the Republican Party of Franklin County, TX. 

Robert R. Harlin recently assumed the title of senior chairman of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP of Atlanta, GA, passing chairman duties on to Armin G. Brecher '69 in March. 

Nathan S. Lord visited Japan to lecture on American law at two Japanese universities. 

Henry Moore III is farming rice and soy beans in Texarkana, AR. Before that he spent several years sailing around the Caribbean. 

Lawrence M. Philips visited Charlottesville in August to deliver a gift of one of his sculptures, Down the Nile, for installation on the Law Grounds. 

John B. Rees, Jr. continues teaching at the University of Georgia Law School in Athens. He and his wife, Elinor, have five children and two grandchildren. 

Matthias J. Reynolds's firm, Devine, Millimet & Branch, PA of Manchester, NH, threw him a retirement party at the Rockingham Race Track. Reynolds and his wife, Ellen, also celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in Charlottesville. 

B. Francis Saul II is a co-chairman of the University of Virginia capital campaign in the Washington, DC area. 

W. Sydnor Settle has retired from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, but is actively engaged in various investment activities. He maintains an office at Francis & Berry of Morristown, NJ. 

Frank H. Stewart retired from the Cincinnati, OH office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in December. 

1959 

Hon. James Harvey Harvell III completed 25 years on the bench of the General District Court for the Seventh Judicial District of Virginia January 5, 1997. On his birthday, January 21, 1997, his daughter gave birth to triplets, two boys and a girl. 

1961 

W. J. Michael Cody has been qualified as a Rule 31 mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a partner at Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC of Memphis, TN. A former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and attorney general for the state of Tennessee, Cody has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Memphis Law School and Vanderbilt University Law School, and authored several books and articles, including Honest Government, An Ethics Guide for Public Service, and White Collar Crimes. 

1962 

Hon. Norman K. Moon was nominated by President Clinton to a position as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Western District of Virginia. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Law School since 1975, and is a recipient of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for his contribution to the teaching of trial advocacy. 

1963 

William T. Wilson was elected president of the Virginia chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in September. A senior partner of Wilson and Updike of Covington, VA, Wilson served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1974 through 1989, served as Alleghany County Court substitute judge from 1970 to 1973, and is a past vice president of the 19th Judicial Circuit Bar Association. He is a member of or has served on numerous other committees and boards, including the Virginia Bar Association, Salvation Army board of directors, and board of the American Red Cross. 
 
 


Law School Graduates Well-Represented 
in State and National Politics

New Virginia Governor the Honorable James S. Gilmore III '77 is the latest in a long line of Law School graduates who have assumed leadership posts in state government. Gilmore follows immediately on the heels of his Law School classmate and fellow Republican George Allen. Of the last eleven Virginia governors, eight are Law School graduates.  

When it comes to government service, the class of 1977 is well-represented throughout the Commonwealth. J. Randy Forbes is a state delegate who chairs the Republican Party of Virginia; the Honorable Cynthia D. Kinser serves on the Supreme Court of Virginia; William Hurd is deputy to the state's attorney general; the Honorable Stephen St. John is a federal bankruptcy judge in Norfolk; and both G. Steven Agee and Charles C. Lacy are former state delegates.  

Other Law School classes from the 1970s have their share of members who are active in Virginia and national politics. Members of the class of 1973 include U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb; former Virginia attorney general Mary Sue Terry; and Virgil H. Goode, Jr., a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Class of 1975 includes Thomas M. Davis III and Sheila Jackson Lee, members of the U.S. House of Representatives; and the Honorable John Charles Thomas, the first African American justice on the Virginia Supreme Court. 


1964 

Jonathan M. Clark, general counsel of Morgan Stanley & Co. (which purchased Dean Witter, Discover & Co. for $10 billion last May) retired January 1 to go fishing--literally. His plans include traveling to New Zealand to go fly fishing with his wife, Priscilla. 

William H. Vaughn is president and chairman of the board of Atlantic Coast Dining, Inc., the general partner of the TGI Fridays restaurant franchises in Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA, and Greensboro, NC. Since he travels to Richmond from Dover, DE virtually every week he is in Charlottesville a lot more, and attends most UVa home basketball games. Vaughn's grandson, Brian Snyder, is a first-year student at the University. 

1965 

Joseph A. Leafe, senior member of Willcox & Savage, PC of Norfolk, VA, has been certified as a mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court. 

Rennard J. Strickland was keynote speaker at the New England School of Law Minority Student Association's 14th annual alumni banquet September 19. He is dean of the University of Oregon School of Law and an expert in Native American law, art, culture, and mythology, as well as the history and production of law-related film. 

1967 

Stuart Falk has relocated to Los Angeles to accept a new position representing the Individual Investor Group, Inc. 

1968 

David D. Biklen, executive director of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission, served as reporter for the Commission's report "Drug Policy in Connecticut and Strategy Options," which reviewed the current state of drug policy in Connecticut and presented alternative strategies for legislative consideration. In honor of this "historic state commission report" the Drug Policy Foundation presented the commission with the 1997 Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law. William R. Breetz is a long-time member and former chair of the commission. 

Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz wrote the majority opinion in Brzonkala v. Virginia Tech, a case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court's decision upheld the constitutionality of the three-year-old federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

1969 

Garland H. Allen recently joined Coopers and Lybrand LLP of Chicago, IL as partner in charge of their multi-state tax services practice. He oversees all areas of the practice, including transaction and income/franchise tax planning and compliance; property taxes and cost segregation; unemployment taxes; and miscellaneous taxes. Prior to joining the firm, he headed the state and local tax practice of Hopkins & Sutter of Chicago. 

Armin G. Brecher was named chairman of the Atlanta, GA office of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP in March. He succeeds Robert R. Harlin '57, who became senior chairman of the firm. 

Raymond C. O'Brien has completed the fourth edition of Domestic Relations: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press) with Professor Walter Wadlington of the Law School. O'Brien, professor of law at The Catholic University of America, also recently published Long Term Care: Federal, State and Private Options for the Future (Haworth Press) with Michael Flannery. 

Robert A. Williams has been named to the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation's board of directors for a three-year term. He has been a partner in Williams, Luck & Williams of Martinsville, VA since 1976. 

1970 

Edward L. (Ted) Hogshire was named judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Charlottesville this spring. He succeeds Jay T. Swett '72. Hogshire is partner at Buck Hogshire & Tereskerz Ltd. of Charlottesville, and directs the Criminal Practice Clinic at the Law School. 

Neil G. McBride was appointed to the Tennessee Valley Electric System Advisory Committee by the U.S. Department of Energy. The committee will provide advice on the role of the Tennessee Valley Authority under federal legislation designed to deregulate the electric utility industry. McBride is the director of Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, a publicly funded law firm providing free legal services to low-income east Tennessee residents. 

Phillip C. Stone is the Virginia Bar Association's immediate past president, and is continuing to serve on the VBA's executive committee this year. He is president of Bridgewater College. 

1971 

William P. Boswell, a colonel in the USAF Reserve, was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as a mobilization assistant to the commander of the Air Force Legal Services Agency. He also was recently elected mayor of Osborne, PA. Boswell is vice president and general counsel of The Peoples Natural Gas Company, Pittsburgh, and chairman of the ABA's Gas Committee. 

Mark E. Sullivan recently was invited to speak about "Custody for the Military Practitioner" and "Advanced Separation Agreement Negotiations" at a short course for military and naval legal assistance attorneys at the Army JAG School in Charlottesville. 

1972 

Barry A. Bryer was profiled in the October 1997 of The American Lawyer. The article, entitled "Dealmaker," highlights Bryer's recent successes in two of 1997's high-profile deals: National Semiconductor Corporation's acquisition of microchip maker Cyrix Corporation, and Fisher Scientific International Inc.'s sale to Thomas H. Lee Company. The two deals have a combined value of just over $1.5 billion. Bryer is a mergers & acquisitions partner at New York's Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

Linda Fairstein was an honored guest at the spring reception hosted by the Law School's Public Service Center March 19. At the reception, she presented her views on the rewards of a public sector career. On March 20, as part of the Law School's Criminal Justice Program lecture series, she spoke on her career prosecuting sex crimes. Fairstein is chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York district attorney's office. 

Allan C. Hubbard and his wife, Rochelle, welcomed Joshua Douglas Hubbard September 9. Joshua joins sisters Elizabeth and Bibb and brother Moses. Hubbard is counsel with Fairchild Communications of Chantilly, VA. 

David Craig Landin was named president-elect of the Virginia Bar Association in January. He is a partner at the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams. 

Douglas P. Rucker, Jr. completed his term as president of the Virginia Bar Association this year. He is a director at Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller, PC of Richmond. 

Hon. Jay T. Swett stepped down from the bench of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Charlottesville this spring. He was succeeded by Edward L. Hogshire '70. 

James J. Tanous has been nominated to the slate of directors to stand for election at the annual meeting of Martin Industries Inc. He is a partner in Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP of Buffalo, NY. Tanous has served as special counsel to Martin Industries since 1995. 

M. Bruce Wallinger is serving as Virginia Bar Association treasurer for 1998. He is a partner with Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC of Harrisonburg, VA. 

1973 

G. Franklin Flippin is serving as president of the Virginia Bar Association for 1998. He is a founding member of Flippin, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford & Jessee of Roanoke, VA. 

1974 

R. Mark Dare is co-editor of Employment Law in Virginia, a new, two-volume treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation. In addition to editing, he authored the chapter entitled "Restriction: On Employee Conduct," which deals with covenants not to compete and misuse of proprietary information. 

C. Wilson DuBose recently was elected to The American Law Institute. Members of The American Law Institute are selected based on professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. DuBose is managing partner of the Atlanta office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. 

Philip K. Howard of Howard, Darby & Levin of New York City, and chair of the New York Municipal Art Society, currently is working to have the General Post Office that resides at the site of the old Pennsylvania Station turned into a new Penn Station that recalls the original. An article on the battle between the Municipal Art Society and the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Company against the United States Postal Service appeared in the March 4 issue of the New York Times. 


Dean, Faculty, and Alumni Connect 
at Alumni Events
   
Virginia Law graduates convened for a wide variety of alumni events during the past few months.  

Dean Robert E. Scott joined more than 25 alumni January 8 for breakfast during the American Association of Law Schools annual conference in San Francisco. The dean showed slides of the Harrison Law Grounds and brought the guests up-to-date on activities at the Law School.  

F. Pendleton Gaines III '69 hosted a luncheon for Phoenix-area alumni January 12 at the University Club of Phoenix. Fifteen alumni gathered as Law Professor Daniel Ortiz showed slides of the Harrison Law Grounds and discussed other activities at the Law School.  

Dean Scott and a small group of alumni gathered in Nashville January 29 for a reception held during the mid-year meeting of the American Bar Association.  

During the University's Spring Break in March, Professor Kenneth Abraham traveled to two alumni events. On March 10 he was in Dallas, where he met with more than 25 alumni for cocktails at the Crescent Club of Dallas. The next day, Abraham moved on to Houston, where he joined alumni for lunch and spoke about the new Law Grounds.  

Dean Scott joined West Virginia alumni April 7 for a reception at Charleston's Edgewood Country Club hosted by David P. Ferretti '81.  

He next traveled to Philadelphia for an April 16 alumni reception at the Four Seasons Hotel, and he met April 17 with Wilmington, DE-area alumni at the Wilmington Club.  

Law School professors Saul Levmore and Julie Roin joined Chicago-area alumni April 21 for luncheon at the Metropolitan Club hosted by Charles D. "Skip" Fox IV '80. 


1976 

Louis R. Monacell's twin sons, Peter and William, enrolled in September as first-year students in the College at the University. They are one of four pairs of alumni twin sons that enrolled as first-year students in 1997. 

1978 

Christopher S. D'Angelo has been elected to membership in the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, an organization of those engaged in defense of civil litigation and related matters which sets standards for legal service and provides continuing legal education. He was honored recently by the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (PLAC) for his work in developing comments on Pennsylvania's proposed new rules of evidence. D'Angelo also represented his firm, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, of Philadelphia, which co-chaired the American Bar Association Litigation Section Product Liability Committee Mid-Year Meeting entitled "Managing Monster Litigation --What Every Lawyer Needs to Know." 

1979 

Michael Allen Caddell and his wife, Cynthia Chapman, announce the birth of their son, John Chapman Caddell, February 1. 

Thomas F. Farrell II was elected to a three-year term on the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee in January. He is executive vice president and general counsel of Virginia Power, and senior vice president-corporate affairs of Dominion Resources, Inc. 

David Lawrence Markell was promoted to professor at Albany Law School, where he teaches environmental law. He joined the faculty in 1992. A book he co-authored, New York State Administrative Procedure and Practice (West, 1995), received the annual award for scholarship from the ABA section on administrative law and regulatory practice. On the home front, Markell is the father of three girls, ages 5, 3, and 1. 

Mikael Salovaara and his wife, Beth, announce the birth of their fifth child and first girl, Priscilla Katharine, July 11. 

1980 

Mark T. Giles left his position as president of Houston-based Sterling Bank and Sterling Bancshares Inc. to become president and CEO of Virginia National Bank, a new Charlottesville-based bank formed last November. Prior to his work with Sterling, Giles was president of Charter Bancshares, Inc., and president and CEO of Charter National Bank-Houston. He also practiced law with the banking group of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP of Houston. Giles and his wife, Judy (Col. '78), have three children: Eleanor (8), Henry (4), and Margaret (1). 

Glenn A. Gundersen, partner and vice chair of the intellectual property practice group at Dechert Price & Rhoads of Philadelphia, was a speaker at "International Intellectual Property: Protecting, Exploiting and Enforcing Your Rights Globally," a recent two-day conference in New York City. One of the world's leading experts in trademark law according to Managing Intellectual Property magazine, Gundersen presented on "International Trademark and Trade Dress." He is the author of Trademark Searching: A Practical Guide to the Clearance of New Marks (International Trademark Association), and of Dechert Price & Rhoads' annual survey of Trends in Brand Name Selection. 

Douglas B. Jordan, after 11 years with the Federal Reserve Board as an appellate litigator (including a one-year detail to the appellate staff of the civil division of the Department of Justice), has accepted a position as special counsel at the office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, DC. 

1981 

H. Buckley Cole has joined the Nashville firm Dodson, Parker & Behm, PC. He was previously a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell. 

Frank M. Conner III is among the partners from Atlanta's Alston & Bird LLP who handled First Union Corp.'s $16.3 billion acquisition of Philadelphia's CoreStates Financial Corp. 

1982 

David C. Beck was elected a shareholder of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC of Washington, DC, where he practices health care law and tries to keep up with his three children: Miranda (9), Jake (7), and Spencer (4). 

Gary C. Byler was re-appointed escheator for the Second Judicial Circuit by Governor George F. Allen '77. Byler practices law in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four beautiful children. 

C. Allen Gibson, Jr., a shareholder in the Charleston, SC firm of Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee, PA, has been elected to a three-year term on the governing committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry. The forum, comprising 5,500 construction lawyers from across the country, offers educational programs in all aspects of construction law. 

James L. Ritzenberg recently left a partnership in the Washington, DC office of Hunton & Williams to become president of S.R. Management Company, a Washington, DC-based real estate management and investment company started by his father more than 40 years ago. 

Sarah A. (Stone) Resker became associated with the syndication department of the Washington, DC office of Peabody & Brown in March. Her practice will focus on affordable housing development and syndication, including representation of corporate and syndication investors in acquisitions of equity interests and representation of developers in all partnership areas. Prior to joining Peabody & Brown, Resker was a bankruptcy and workout practitioner in Boston, MA and Houston, TX. 

1983 

Connie Caldwell Breeser has been named a vice president in Norrell Corporation's legal department. She continues as assistant general counsel responsible for management of corporate contract legal review as well as general corporate and transactional matters. Prior to joining Norrell in 1988, Breeser was engaged in private practice with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP of Atlanta. 

Kevin Molot Brill has joined Peabody & Brown of Providence, RI, as a partner in their litigation department. He was previously a partner with Corrente, Brill & Kusinitz, LP, which he co-founded in 1989. 

Patrick O. Gottschalk has been elected chairman of the international practice section of the Virginia State Bar for 1997-1998. He is a partner in Cantor Arkema & Edmonds, PC of Richmond. 

Jeffrey J. Horner has been named president of the Education Law Association (ELA) for 1997-1998. ELA, formerly known as the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education, is a 1,700-member, international organization focusing on school law. Horner is a partner with Bracewell & Patterson, LLP of Houston. 

Louis James Licata, president of Licata & Associates Co., LPA, was appointed to the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association's Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) for a three-year term. He has been active with COSE for several years, as a member of the Government Action Group Issues Committee since 1990, and a member of the Leadership Council since 1994. Licata also recently was appointed to chair COSE's 1998 election task force. 

Greg L. Musil was reelected to the Overland Park, KS City Council in April, 1997. He also continues to serve on the board of trustees of the Kansas Hospital Association and as a member of the Kansas Supreme Court's Client Protection Fund Commission. His wife, Kathleen Sloan, was appointed Johnson County, KS District Court Trustee in May, 1997. The couple have two children: Elizabeth (9), and Madeline (2). 

Irwin M. Shur, formerly vice president and general counsel of APV Consolidated, Inc. in Chicago, was promoted to the position of vice president and director of legal affairs, APV PLC, a Siebe Group Company. Formerly responsible for APV legal affairs in the Americas, Shur now has responsibility for APV legal affairs worldwide. APV, an engineering company engaged in the manufacture and sale of equipment for the food, dairy, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, has worldwide sales in excess of $1.3 billion. Shur will remain based in Chicago. 

  Getting Ahead by Helping Others
Alan Wohlstetter Gives Back
to His Community
 
by Sarah Putnam (Col.'98)
 
  
"I made a deal with Dean Stokes to get into the Law School," Alan Wohlstetter '83 said conspiratorially, then hurried to explain himself. "When I met with him after I got my rejection letter, he pointed out that my grades were okay, but not as high as those earned by many prospective students." Wohlstetter knew he had to play his cards right. He had done a lot of community service work and tried to use it to his advantage. "I told Dean Stokes that if he wanted to produce community-oriented lawyers as the admissions materials suggested, then he had better read my application," he said. "I promised him that if the Law School accepted me, I would use my education to help the community."  

Wohlstetter not only won the admissions game, but by playing the dual role of lawyer and civic servant, he also fulfilled his promise to Stokes. In addition to chairing the public finance group for the national firm Cozen and O'Connor, he serves as co-president of Operation Understanding, a Philadelphia-based organization established to promote community understanding and tolerance of difference and diversity.  

Moving from New York to the smaller city of Philadelphia in 1986 inspired Wohlstetter to get involved in the community. "It struck me at least initially that Philadelphia has an integrated power structure," Wohlstetter said. In 1986, after meeting one of Operation Understanding's founders, former U.S. Congressman William H. Gray III, Wohlstetter knew where he would focus his efforts. By 1997, he had become Operation Understanding's co-president, making policy decisions and raising funds for the organization. Operation Understanding is co-sponsored by the Urban League and the American Jewish Committee.  

"Initially we focused on relations between the African American and Jewish communities...but our efforts have become broader than that," Wohlstetter said. Operation Understanding now helps youths understand diversity through cultural exchanges and "multicultural awareness" workshops, offered to area schools and religious groups. The cultural exchange program doubled in size in 1996, and now 12 African-American and 12 Jewish high school juniors participate yearly, half in the overseas program and half in the domestic program. Students in the abroad program travel for a month to the Republic of Senegal in Africa and to Israel. Those in the domestic program retreat for four days at a local site, and then visit cultural sites in New York City, such as the Lower East Side and Harlem, and the McLeod Plantation and KK Beth Elohim synagogue in Charleston, SC. Leadership development exercises teach students to work as a team; together they debate such issues as stereotypes, racism, anti-Semitism, and African-American-Jewish relations. They share their experiences with the community by delivering an average of 30 speeches during their senior year of high school.  

Wohlstetter didn't appreciate the importance of diversity until his eyes were opened during his third year at the Law School. "A friend and I decided that we wanted to help a Charlottesville organization, so we just went down there one day. We received a stern reception, like they were wondering why we were even there," Wohlstetter recalled. "There was a lack of trust and understanding. We ended up volunteering at the place next door helping to set up a community service program for first-time offenders. It made me realize that you can't waltz into anybody's backyard and ask 'what can we do together?' You have to understand where somebody is coming from--where they've been--to be successful."  

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg seems to agree with Wohlstetter's philosophy. Through his Righteous Persons Foundation, which is funded with proceeds from his famous Holocaust movie "Schindler's List," Spielberg recently awarded Operation Understanding a $40,000 grant. "We are delighted to have funds from this grant to strengthen the domestic cultural exchange program," Wohlstetter said. The grant has also helped to further his dream of making Operation Understanding self-sustaining.  

In addition to ensuring the financial solvency of Operation Understanding, Wohlstetter hopes that the program will be replicated in other cities. Washington DC and San Diego already have created similar programs, and Chicago will likely soon follow. It seems that Wohlstetter and the Law School both won when Dean Stokes accepted his deal. 


1984 

Bruce S. Brumberg and his wife, Karen Alexrod, have published the second edition of Watch It Made in the U.S.A., a tour of nearly 300 American companies and their factories. The family lives in Brookline, MA, with their two-year-old daughter. 

Karen Wessinger Carroll and her husband, J. David Carroll '85, announce the birth of their son, John Benjamin "Ben" Carroll, August 26. 

Nathaniel D. Chapman II and his wife, Liza, are back in Alexandria, VA after seven years in Germany and Bosnia. The couple also gave birth to twin daughters, Ellen and Marguerite, May 27, 1997. 

James W. Huston's first novel, Balance of Power, will be published by William Morrow in June, 1998. The movie rights have been optioned by Jerry Bruckenheimer ("Top Gun" and "Crimson Tide") and The Walt Disney Company. 

David B. Irvin was promoted to the position of senior assistant attorney general in March, 1997. He continues to practice in the antitrust and consumer litigation section of the Office of the Virginia Attorney General. 

Julie Prag Vianale has opened a law practice in White Plains, NY and is of counsel to Briccetti & Calhoun. She continues to specialize in criminal defense. 

1985 

J. David Carroll and his wife, Karen Wessinger Carroll '84, announce the birth of their son, John Benjamin "Ben" Carroll, August 26. 

Sylvie A. Durham was named partner in the corporate department of the New York City office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in March. Her practice specializes in structured derivatives, structured products, and structured finance in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Europe. 

Robert R. Lawrence recently opened the law firm of Lawrence, Berman & Aiwasian in Los Angeles, a captive law firm of the CIGNA Companies created to represent the Philadelphia-based insurer in environmental and other complex insurance coverage disputes. 

Rolf T. Lundberg, Jr. was named vice president and assistant general counsel for government and international relations for Marriott International, Inc., in December. Prior to joining Marriott, he was counsel on tax and international trade for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and served as counsel for international trade for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Lundberg lives in Arlington, VA. 

Peter E. Mahoney has been named associate general counsel for legislative and general regulatory matters at Freddie Mac, a congressionally chartered, Fortune 500 corporation located in McLean, VA. His article, "The End(s) of Disparate Impact: Doctrinal Reconstruction, Fair Housing and Lending Law and the Antidiscrimination Principle," will be published in the spring 1998 edition of The Emory Law Journal. Mahoney lives in Great Falls, VA with his wife, Mimi, and their three children: Caroline (4), Margaret Rose (2), and Peter, Jr. (1). 

Patricia A. Screen was appointed to the quality committee of the blood services board for the American Red Cross in January. She will assist the board in reviewing the Northern Ohio Blood Services' regional operations. Screen is a civil litigation partner with the Cleveland office of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. She and her husband, Donald P. Screen '87, have three children: Cameron (8), Christopher (5), and Jamie (2). 

1986 

Emmitt H. Carlton, Jr. was elected president of the Virginia State Conference NAACP. He has served as president of the NAACP's Alexandria, VA branch since 1991. 

William W. Eigner was elected to the board of directors of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce. 

James V. Hatem became associated with the corporate department of the Manchester, NH office of Peabody & Brown in February. His practice will focus on a broad range of business matters, including general corporate law and real estate law. 

Jane Lembeck Kuesel and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of Christine Marie April 19, 1997. She joins big sister Jessica Ann (2). Kuesel is still a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery in New York. The family lives in Old Greenwich, CT. 

Philip R. Schatz and his wife, Kathleen Nester, had a beautiful baby girl--Margarete Louise "Greta"-- December 15. Schatz is still flying solo as a litigator in New York City; Nester is a flute player for the New Jersey Symphony. 

1987 

Robert L. Crewdson is a partner in the construction practice group at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Tami, have two daughters, Kathryn Clair and Margaret. 

William R. Denny and his wife, Outi, now have four children: Samuel (11), Anthony (10), Peter (7), and Neal (1). Denny became partner with Potter Anderson & Corroon of Wilmington, DE last year, where he practices commercial litigation and computer law. He just won a two-month jury trial, where his client, Hoechst Celanese Corporation, sought insurance coverage for product liability claims. Denny and family now live in Elkton, MD, on a small farm along the Elk River. 

Ashley S. Nutley has stepped down as counsel in the Greenville, SC office of Hunton & Williams to become general counsel, commercial at Emergent Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company, traded on NASDAQ and headquartered in Greenville, SC. 

John A. Rogovin was named partner with the Washington, DC office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He is a member of the firm's litigation department. 

Brenda Arlene Russell was appointed vice president-community relations of Richmond's CSX Corporation in February. She was previously in-house legal counsel for CSX Transportation, the CSX rail unit. Before joining CSX in 1994, Russell was a member of Carney & Brothers, Ltd., of Chicago. 

Daniel K. Steen was appointed chairman of the Arlington County (VA) Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission by the Arlington County Board in December. The commission advises the board on tax and spending matters and screens agency and non-department budget requests. Steen is a member of the regulatory and government affairs department of the Washington, DC office of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay LLP. 

1988 

Marcia Voorhis Andrew and her husband, William, welcomed Mark William Andrew June 8. He joins brother Alexander (3) and sister Rachel (2). Andrew continues to practice commercial litigation at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, OH. 

Thomas S. Burack received the 1997 Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the Dartmouth College Alumni Council, and the 1997 Dartmouth Environmental Network Award from the Dartmouth Environmental Network, both in September. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and as a trustee of the Truman Scholars Association. Burack also is the New Hampshire consultant for Matthew Bender Co.'s upcoming book, Brownfields Law and Practice. 

Robert P. Crouch, Jr., United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, was recently appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve on the attorney general's advisory committee for a two-year term. The advisory committee is composed of 18 of the nation's 93 United States attorneys and advises the attorney general on issues of concern to the U.S. attorneys' offices. Crouch has served as United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, which includes Charlottesville, since September 1993. 

Stephen K. Greene and his wife, Carolyn, announce the birth of their second child, Mary Keller, born July 22. Greene is a partner with Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP in Birmingham, AL. 

Sybil C. Hadley and her husband, Roy, announce the birth of their twins, Lauren Elizabeth and Dustin Carter, March 9, 1997. She also was named partner at Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers of Atlanta, GA. 

Gina M. Henry visited her nieces and vacationed in Australia this past summer in Melbourne and Hamilton Island, a Great Barrier Reef resort. In June 1998 Gina will complete her third year teaching junior high school students with serious emotional disabilities. She also achieved Ph.D. candidacy at the University of Michigan, and will be in London, England, at the Nutford House (University of London) to write her dissertation this summer. 

Harry M. Johnson III was elected a chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee. He is a partner with the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams. 

Michael Robert O'Donnell has been named counsel to Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP of Morristown, NJ. His practice concentrates in commercial and banking litigation. 

William Stanford (Stan) Smith recently joined the legal staff of GE Information Services, Inc. as a contracts attorney. GE Information Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Company headquartered in Rockville, MD, manages the world's largest electronic trading community. Smith married Christine McVean August 30. The couple lives in Washington, DC. 

Theodore Stevenson III was named litigation partner in the Dallas office of Hughes & Luce, LLP, in January. He is a registered patent attorney whose practice involves the trial of patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and Internet-related cases. 

1989 

Keith A. Barritt recently became a partner in the Washington, DC office of the intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson PC. His practice focuses on trademarks and copyrights, FDA regulation of medical devices, drugs, and cosmetics, and federal communications law. Barritt lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Margarita, and two sons, Alex and David. 

Dane H. Butswinkas has become a member of Williams & Connolly of Washington, DC. 

Christopher J. Meyer was among 20 lawyers formerly of Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, PC of Denver who created Wheeler Trigg & Kennedy, PC, a national trial and appellate litigation firm. He will serve as a director at the firm, which focuses on complex civil litigation, class action suits, and pattern litigation. 

Joseph M. Perkins, Jr. was named director of government affairs and corporate counsel for Cummins Engine Company, Inc. of Columbus, IN. 

Nancy A. Spangler became a partner in the Washington, DC office of Piper & Marbury LLP in February. A member of the firm's venture capital and emerging growth companies practice group, she devotes the majority of her practice to representing emerging growth companies and their investors. 

Willard Alonzo Stanback announces the formation of Willard Alonzo Stanback, PC. The firm, which concentrates in technology law and licensing, intellectual property, and general business law, maintains offices in Cambria Heights, NY, and Philadelphia, PA. 

Todd R. Triller was named partner with the New York, NY office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He is a member of the firm's corporations department. 

Robert B. Van Cleve has become a principal in Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, PS of Seattle, WA. His practice includes business and corporate law, limited liability companies, and securities. 

1990  Lynne M. Douglas joined the Overland Park, KS office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP as of counsel in September. Her practice will concentrate on general business, tax, and employee benefits matters. Douglas also serves as a member of the board of governors for Truman Medical Center and as a member of the board of directors for the Community Services League. 

Tobin D. Kern and his wife, Linda, are expecting their third child, Sophie, this spring. She will join brother Joshua and sister Abigail. Kern joined the financial institutions team of McKenna & Cuneo, LLP of Denver, CO, in February, and will continue to represent financial services companies in regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. The family lives in Littleton, CO. 

Nils H. Okeson was named partner of the health care corporate finance group of the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP. His practice concentrates in mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings for health care companies. 

Gerard D. St. Ours and his wife, Barbara, are expecting their first child in late May, and are excited to join the ever-growing list of classmates who have become parents. St. Ours has been assistant general counsel at The Johns Hopkins University since March 1997, where he continues to work on employment and labor matters while learning to become a generalist in the world of higher education law. On a sad note, St. Ours reports that his dog, Fletch, who grew up while he was in law school, died recently. Fletch had a long and happy life, and will be missed. 

1991 

Catherine Pulley Ballard and her husband, John, announce the birth of Helen Elizabeth Ballard February 18, 1997. 

Sarah E. Davies recently joined the commercial litigation department at the Philadelphia office of Cozen and O'Connor. Her practice concentrates in commercial litigation, environmental litigation, consumer class action litigation, and construction litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Davies was an associate in the litigation department of the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 

Douglas M. Garrou and his wife, Sheri, announce the birth of their first and second children, James McCarley Garrou and Thomas Spencer Garrou, November 13. Garrou is an associate with Hunton & Williams in Richmond. Sheri, formerly a librarian with the Henrico County Schools, plans to work at home taking care of the twins. 

Adria (Balog) Hirshland, her husband, Michael J. Hirshland '93, and their two-year-old son, Henry, added a new member to their family: Maggie Balog Hirshland weighed in at 8 lb. 8 oz. and was born with more hair than her dad. 

Andre D. Hollis, an associate with Mays & Valentine, LLP, was named Big Brother of the Year for 1997 by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. He served as spokesperson for the organization at a rally kicking off Make a Difference Day. Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA Weekend magazine with the Points of Light Foundation and is the largest community service effort in the nation. Hollis also serves as chair of the organization's annual giving campaign and as vice president for volunteer recruitment. 

Victoria M. Huber accepted a position at George Mason Law School, where she is responsible for the legal writing program and also teaches other courses. 

Matthew H. Lembke was named a partner in the Birmingham, AL office of Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP in February. Prior to joining the firm in 1993, he clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lembke lives in Vestavia, AL with his wife, Mary. 

Matthew W. Levin and his wife, Kathleen, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zachary Joseph, September 10. The family resides in Atlanta, GA. 

Jeffrey L. Stredler was named principal of Hofheimer, Nusbaum, McPhaul & Samuels, PC of Norfolk, VA. A member of the firm since 1991, he concentrates his practice in commercial, personal injury, and criminal defense litigation. 


Rob Plummer '94:
Realizing a Major League Dream

by Eric Tassone '98

When Rob Plummer graduated from the Law School in 1994, many of his classmates chose careers with large law firms, but he had a different dream: he wanted to break into major league baseball.  

As a law student, Plummer had sharpened his skills on the diamond playing for the Gusburgers in Paradise ("Gus") co-rec team in the North Grounds Softball League. But he knew that breaking into the big leagues as a player was out of the question. So he marshaled his talents -- his law degree, some facility with Spanish, and a go-getter attitude -- and attempted to break into The Show as an agent.  

Plummer's big league dream traces clear back to his childhood when, at age seven, he talked his uncle into taking him to a Philadelphia Phillies game. Though his uncle spent the afternoon reading a book and paying only marginal attention to the game, Plummer left the park that day already in love with the sights, sounds, and smells of a baseball park.  

As he grew up, the sport continued to play an important role in his life. He played baseball in high school, in the competitive American Legion leagues, and even for a couple of years at Haverford College. After college, he worked and volunteered as a tutor for a Philadelphia-area basketball team, the whole time developing a strategy that he hoped would enable him to realize his dream. Determining that earning a law degree was the first step, he applied to Virginia Law, and entered in 1991.  

While in Charlottesville, he chose courses that would help him succeed in his future career, including sports law, antitrust, and labor law. He recalls talking at the time with a friend who was frustrated trying to find front-office employment with a major league franchise. "He described it as a real tight-knit club," Plummer said.  

Following graduation, Plummer also found it difficult to break into major league baseball, but he was not discouraged. "I decided that more people need to do what they enjoy doing, instead of just trying to get by," he said. "I knew that I couldn't start my own baseball team or minor league system." But Plummer knew a couple of other things, too: He knew that, first, all established major league players have agents; and second, baseball talent feeds into the system at the bottom, in the form of teenagers playing minor league baseball. "I decided to break into baseball by starting my own business, scouting for talented young players, and helping to guide them to the big leagues," Plummer recalled.  

Drawing upon his Spanish language skills and his family background -- his father is Jamaican, and of Cuban and Panamanian descent -- Plummer decided to focus his search for promising young talent in Latin America. Accordingly, he founded Impact Sports, Inc., and hit the road, flying frequently and driving more than 20,000 miles during his first year in business.  

"The way I see it, you create your own breaks," Plummer said in describing his decision to break into baseball his own way. "I don't like it when people talk about the competitive nature of athletic representation," he said. "It's competitive to get into the University of Virginia Law School. It's competitive to pass the bar exam on your first try. I'm willing to do what it takes to succeed in this field."  

After three years in the business, Impact Sports is realizing success. Plummer maintains a stable of more than 20 minor league players percolating their way to the major leagues. He expects some of his players currently playing for minor-league farm teams, including Nelson Lara of the Florida Marlins, to reach the majors this year. He also made the news in sports circles recently when he succeeded in having Ricardo Aramboles, a 16-year-old superstar from the Dominican Republic, released from a $5,500 contract. Aramboles signed with the Florida Marlins two years ago, when he was legally too young to do so. The commissioner's office declared Aramboles a free agent, based on a petition prepared by Plummer. Plummer then represented him in negotiations that led to Aramboles receiving a $1.52 million signing bonus from the New York Yankees.  

Through it all, Plummer remains focused. "Looking back, I know I've come a long way, but I expect a lot out of myself," he said. "Without setting lofty goals, you'll never achieve them. I've had to endure a lot of skepticism from my peers, among them some of my Law School classmates. My theory is, if you're going to work hard for a living, you might as well do something you love. And I love what I'm doing now."  

This article is based on a story that ran as an "Alumni Spotlight" in the January 23, 1998 issue of the Virginia Law Weekly, the Law School's student newspaper. The Law Weekly welcomes ideas from alumni for this column. You can reach the paper at (804) 924-3070 or Va-Law-Weekly@Virginia.edu. 


1992 

Brenda H. and William M. Bosch and their daughters, Allison and Margaret, welcomed Caroline Healey Bosch December 18. 

Neil H. MacBride became an assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, assigned to the criminal division. He previously practiced white-collar defense law in the Washington, DC office of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand. 

Jeffrey N. Naness announces the formation of Naness, Chaiet & Naness, LLC, a Jericho, NY-based firm practicing labor and employment law on behalf of management. 

Paul W. Rebein and two other members of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP of Kansas City, MO have co-authored the Kansas Trial Handbook, the first treatise on trial practice for Kansas lawyers. A member of the firm's Overland Park, KS office, Rebein's practice focuses on business litigation, professional negligence, and employment litigation. 

Catherine (Kay) M. Stockwell joined Hill & Barlow, PC of Boston, MA in September as a litigation associate. She previously was associated with Anderson Kill & Olick, PC in New York. 

Attention, Softball Fans!

If you find yourself humming "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and craving a hot dog with mustard when you're supposed to be working, plan now to be part of the Fifth Annual Virginia Law Alumni Invitational Softball Tournament to be held this September in Charlottesville. For additional information -- including the date of the tournament, which had not yet been finalized as we went to press -- please call Ed Sharkey '93 at 410-385-5112 or Pete Loughlin '93 at 703-820-2462. The tournament welcomes teams or individual players who wish to be placed on teams.

1993 

Rasmani Bhattacharya and Claude J. Pumilia are delighted to announce the birth of Phoebe Paula Pumilia September 21. Pumilia has left McKinsey & Co. for Compaq Computer, where he focuses on strategic marketing for the Internet solutions business unit. Bhattacharya remains at Vinson & Elkins LLP. 

Donette M. Dewar joined the Houston office of Price Waterhouse LLP as an international tax consultant. 

Harmeet Dhillon currently lives and works in London, working at Freshfields in litigation. She is on exchange from the New York office of Shearman & Sterling. 

Michael J. Hirshland, his wife, Adria (Balog) Hirshland '91, and their two-year-old son, Henry, added a new member to their family: Maggie Balog Hirshland, weighing in at 8 lb. 8 oz. and born with more hair than her dad. Hirshland still is with the Senate Judiciary Committee, setting a new single-job longevity record at 18 months, and spending an increasing amount of time on high-tech Internet-related policy issues. 

C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., as counsel to the Senate rules committee, directed the investigation into the disputed Senate election in Louisiana, the Senate's first vote fraud investigation in more than 40 years. 

1994 

Karen Balter Alaniz joined the Houston office of Strasburger & Price, LLP as a litigation associate. She previously was a briefing attorney for Hon. Harriet O'Neill in Houston. 

Lorie E. Almon and Mitchell S. Bompey married September 6, 1997 in Cape Cod, MA. Guests at the wedding included Nancy L. Anderson, Steven C. Benz, Geoffret D. Berman, Ingo F. Burghardt '95, John S. Decker, Matthew B. Greiner, M. Michelle Kile, Craig M. Kline '95, Randolph A. Moore III, Rebecca Cole Moore, Elaine T. Petrossian, John W. Robertson, Jeffrey L. Schultz, Jennifer A. Short '95, and Carrie A. Tipton. 

Randolph A. Moore III and Rebecca Cole recently were married in Sonoma, CA. Joining the couple in the celebration were UVa Law grads Lorie Almon Bompey, Nancy L. Anderson, Mitchell S. Bompey, Matthew A. Fass '93, Mark P. Kelly, M. Michelle Kile, John S. Mitchell, Jr., Elaine T. Petrossian, James Tate Pugh, John W. Robertson, and Lawrence R. Sommerfeld.  

Todd C. Peppers is currently a second-year graduate student at Emory University, pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in the American judiciary. Following graduation from the Law School, he clerked for Hon. Thomas M. Shanahan of the District of Nebraska, and Hon. Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia. 

Robin M. Spencer recently joined the litigation and intellectual property sections of Schiff, Hardin & Waite in Chicago. She will continue to specialize in franchise, dealer, and distributor litigation. Spencer previously was associated with Dady & Garner, PA, in Minneapolis. 

Glenn A. Weiner has joined the litigation department of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers LLP of Philadelphia, PA. 

William N. Wofford has left White & Case in New York to join the corporate and securities group of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Research Triangle Park, NC. Bill and his wife, Amy, have a two-year-old son. 

1995 

Christine Levering Cavallo and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of their son, Alexander Michael Cavallo, August 31. Cavallo is still practicing corporate/securities law with the Washington, DC office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. 

Shanti A. Fishman has moved to San Francisco and currently is practicing securities litigation at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. 

Paul T. Hourihan, SPC, currently is serving with the 29th Virginia Infantry as part of the UN peace-keeping forces on the ground in Bosnia. Despite the harshness of the Slavic winter, he has managed to keep his sense of humor and his fond memories of the Law School. In a recent letter to classmate John P. Donaldson he wrote: "Bosnia is a surreal place. Ruined and bullet-ridden buildings resemble the Brown's Mountain kitchen after its traditional Halloween party." Hourihan's tour ends in June 1998. 

Philip Magri currently is practicing corporate law at the New York City firm Morrison Cohen Singer & Weinstein, LLP, specializing in securities law. He particularly enjoys the entrepreneurial nature of initial public offerings, and the intense contact with clients, the SEC, NASD, and various exchanges which the firm provides. 

David C. (Chris) Osborn recently left Dean & Gibson of Charlotte, NC to accept a position as clerk to Hon. Carl Horn III (Col. '73), chief United States magistrate judge for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to assisting the judge with managing his caseload, doing legal research, and helping draft opinions, Osborn will be helping him research and edit the various handbooks and reports on criminal law and procedure and civil procedure in the Fourth Circuit. Osborn and his wife, Wendy, were expecting their first child in February. 

1996 

Kenneth C. Bartholomew and his wife, Sandy, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alex, September 5. Bartholomew spent 1997 clerking for Hon. Paul Barbadoro, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Hampshire. He currently is associated with Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PA of Concord, NH. 

Matthew W. Cooper joined the Birmingham, AL office of Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP in February. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for Judge David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 10th Judicial Circuit. Cooper lives in Birmingham with his wife, Kate. 

Suzanne E. Dans has joined the Washington, DC office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as an associate in the corporate, banking, and business department. Previously she clerked for Hon. E. Norman Veasey for the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware. 

Lori Campione Ferguson joined the San Antonio office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Her practice concentrates on general litigation and appellate matters. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, U.S. magistrate judge of the Western District of Virginia. 

Beth Vanderzee McMahon has joined the Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles, PC as a litigation associate. She previously clerked for Hon. Robert G. Doumar, Sr. '53 (LL.M. '88) in the Eastern District of Virginia. 

John M. Perry, Jr. joined the Birmingham, AL office of Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP in February. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, FL. 

Toby R. Unger joined the litigation department of Peabody & Brown of Boston, MA in January. She previously clerked for Hon. Maxwell Heiman of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Unger lives in Brookline, MA with her husband. 

  SEC Commissioner Isaac C. Hunt, Jr. was honored by African American Law School alumni from the Washington, DC area during a April 23 reception at Georgia Brown's, hosted by N. William Jarvis '84, who is part owner of the restaurant.
 
 
Isaac Hunt '62 Visits Law School 
   
Isaac C. Hunt, Jr. '62, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the second African American to graduate from the Law School, returned to Virginia March 19-21 to lecture in two classes and to meet with students and faculty. 

Hunt was the first alumnus to return to the Law School through the Profiles from Practice program, which arranges visits from graduates who have achieved particular distinction and whose careers are likely to interest current students. During his visit, Hunt lectured in Professor Paul Mahoney's Securities class and in Professor Kevin Kordana's Corporations class. He met with students, faculty, and staff at a Public Interest reception, where he joined Linda A. Fairstein '72, chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County district attorney's office. Hunt also was guest speaker at a luncheon, where he talked informally with students, faculty, and staff. 

Prior to his appointment to the SEC, Hunt served as dean of the University of Akron School of Law and the Antioch School of Law. A former deputy general counsel for the Department of the Army, he practiced with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, DC. Hunt authored "The Aftermath of Disorder," a portion of the 1968 report by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. He also wrote "Minority Recruiting in the New York City Police Department," a report issued in 1971 by the RAND Corporation and led an executive session at the Aspen Institute in 1969. Hunt has spoken extensively on civil rights, legal education, and securities law in the United States, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries. 

Before entering the Law School in 1959, Hunt studied architecture at Columbia University. He entered Fisk University at the age of 15, graduating with a double major in math and economics in 1957. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Law School recently, interacting with students and members of the faculty and administration and, of course, viewing the magnificent new Harrison Law Grounds," Hunt said. 


1997 

Robert Alan Blackwell has joined the Dallas, TX office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as an associate, focusing on labor matters. He previously worked as a paralegal in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Mark M. Cho has become an associate with the international corporate department of the Miami, FL office of White & Case. He was previously with Rubin Baum Levin Constant Friedman & Bilzin of Miami. 

Glen B. Choi has become associated with Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson, Franklin & Friel LLP of San Jose, CA. He joins the firm's patent practice. 

Michael R. Gill has become associated with the Dallas, TX office of Strasburger & Price LLP. His practice will concentrate in products liability. 

Ashby R. Hackney is pleased to announce his marriage to Lori Robertson. J. Creighton Prury was in the wedding party, and many other classmates attended. Hackney joined the commercial real estate practice group of Mays and Valentine, LLP's Richmond office, in November. 

Christopher P. Keefe has become associated with the corporate department of the Boston, MA office of Peabody & Brown. His practice focuses on general corporate law with a particular emphasis on domestic and multi-national clients in the computer and high-tech arenas. 

Erin E. Lang has become associated with the Charlotte, NC office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP. She joins the firm's real estate practice. 

Joshua R. Martin has joined the Washington, DC office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as an associate, focusing on corporate matters. 

Melissa J. Roberts has become associated with the Richmond office of Mays & Valentine, LLP, in their products liability, tort, and insurance practice group. 

Amy L. Schneider has become associated with Blanco Tackabery Combs & Matamoros, PA of Winston-Salem, NC. Her practice will concentrate in estate planning and administration, business law, and tax law. 

Andrea M. Sullivan has become associated with the Richmond office of Mays & Valentine, LLP, in their business and commercial litigation practice group. 

Craig H. Weise has joined the real estate department of Peabody & Brown's Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on real estate taxation and low-income housing tax credit syndication. 

Patrick Wolfe has joined the litigation department of Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul LLP's Philadelphia office. 
 

LL. M. s  

1982  

Hon. Richard H. Mills of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois assumed senior status last October. He will continue to handle a full federal caseload and all district court work in Springfield. While eligible for senior status in August, Mills postponed his decision until President Clinton signed legislation extending tenure to 10 temporary federal judgeships, assuring that Mills would be replaced. 

1986  

Hon. Stephen J. McEwen, Jr., judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, recently published Not Even Dicta, which draws upon his 40 years as litigator, prosecutor, and appellate jurist to provide a sprightly collection of judicial/personal expressions to validate existing and proposed legal maxims--in a lighthearted, even irreverent fashion, with but the barest hint of jurisprudential tone. 

1992  

Hon. B. Michael Dann was named the second winner of the National Center for State Courts' William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Chosen from among a list of nationally-submitted nominees by a selection committee which includes Chief Justice Rehnquist, Dann was presented the award November 17 at the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy was elected to a one-year term as judicial representative to the Virginia Bar Association's executive committee. Justice Lacy is a member of the Virginia Supreme Court. 

1995  

Hon. Gene E. Franchini, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, was unanimously elected second vice president of the board of directors of the Conference of Chief Justices. He is the first judicial representative from New Mexico to serve on the board. 
 


    In Memoriam

Merrick I. Campbell '30  
Norfolk, Virginia  
June 4, 1997  

C. Lester Drummond '31  
Scottsdale, Arizona  
May 31, 1997  

Herschel B. Fryberger '32  
Duluth, Minnesota  
September 6, 1997  

Herbert H. Murphy '32  
Fort Collins, Colorado  
January 11, 1998  

Edward Godfrey '36   
Wilton, Connecticut   
January 11, 1997  

Joe W. Worley '37  
Raleigh, North Carolina  
October 25, 1997  

Charles E. Smith, Jr. '38  
Baltimore, Maryland  
October 11, 1997  

John R. Tankard '38  
Franktown, Virginia  
October 1, 1997  

George T. Coulson '42   
Charlotte, North Carolina  
December 8, 1997  

F. Roberts Blair '46  
Cold Spring Harbor, New York   
September 6, 1997  

C. Maurice Flinn '46  
Charlottesville, Virginia  
December 28, 1997  

Avery B. Cousins, Jr. '47   
Annandale, Virginia  
December 18, 1997  

William B. Spong, Jr. '47  
Portsmouth, Virginia  
October 8, 1997  

Ralph Bohannon '48  
Bridgeport, West Virginia  
September 24, 1997  

Jackson C. Dodge '48  
Martinsville, Virginia  
December 10, 1990  

Robert M. Haden '48   
Merced, California  
January 21, 1998  

Joseph S. Ragno '48  
Margate, Florida  
September 23, 1997  

L. Grant Woodford '48   
Charlottesville, Virginia  
March 12, 1997  

Eugene W. Yates, Jr. '48  
Lexington, Kentucky  
August 25, 1997  

William M. Ables, Jr. '50  
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee  
January 26, 1998  

Thomas M. Brown '50  
Bridgewater, Virginia  
June 21, 1997  

Harry S. Montgomery '51  
South Hill, Virginia  
February 11, 1998  

Eldon L. Webb '51  
Ashland, Kentucky  
September 7, 1997  

Floyd O. Davidson '52  
Alexandria, Virginia   
September 11, 1997  

James C. Lewis '52  
Kalamazoo, Michigan  
March 14, 1997  

John Larson '56  
Fairlee, Vermont  
September 28, 1997  

Robert D. Robinson '65  
Charlottesville, Virginia   
January 1, 1998  

Ronald D. Hodges '69  
Harrisonburg, Virginia  
February 4, 1998  

John E. Curtis '70  
Pacific Palisades, California  
December 23, 1997  

John A. Mahaney '70  
Exeter, New Hampshire  
Feburary 1, 1998  

Jerome J. Curtis, Jr. '71  
Sacramento, California  
November 20, 1997  

Michael L. Kennedy '84  
Cohasset, Massachusetts  
December 31, 1997  

Gregory L. Large '92  
Hartford, Connecticut  
December 25, 1997  

 

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