Class Notes Spring 2001
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The Seven Society honored Mortimer Caplin as a member of the University of Virginia's "Halls of Fame." He was selected for his prominence as a student, his outstanding professional career, and his generous support of the University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University, he won the Raven Award, was editor-in-chief of Virginia Law Review, and was a NCAA boxing semi-finalist. He served on the Law School faculty for many years. A former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, he is a founding partner of the Washington, D.C., firm, Caplin & Drysdale. As an alumnus, he has chaired the finance committee of the University's Board of Visitors and the executive committee of the Law School's capital campaign. He is an honorary trustee of the Law School Foundation.
The Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California state bar recently honored Julian O. von Kalinowski as the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year 2000. Kalinowski is chairman emeritus of Dispute Dynamics Inc., a trial consulting firm in Los Angeles. He previously served as chairman of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section.
Michael P. Crocker and his wife, Rosa, recently moved out of their family home and into Fairhaven, an Episcopal retirement community close to Baltimore, MD. Crocker reports that the move went smoothly with the help of his children Forest, Berthenia, and Rosa.
In October of 2000, William L. Standish received the A. Sherman Christensen Award for exemplifying the qualities of leadership and commitment to the American Inns of Court. Standish currently sits on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and is active in mentoring young lawyers. Outside the courtroom, Standish enjoys spending time with his wife, Peggy, his four children, and his five grandchildren.
Richard Cocke was recently featured in the senior lawyers section of the Virginia Lawyer magazine with an article, "Reminiscence from the Past." He continues to practice law in Richmond, VA.
William (Pete) Johnston was awarded the 2000 Meritorious Service Award by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. He continues to practice with Harrison & Johnston in Winchester, VA.
Jerry McCamic reports that he has agreed to merge his bank holding company, America Bancorporation, into West Virginia banking group, WesBanco, Inc. The transaction is valued at $77 million. He continues to be senior partner of McCamic & McCamic in Wheeling. McCamic met Bill Moore on Sanibel Island, FL, in January. Moore has retired from practice and has invested in a Tru-Value Hardware venture with his brother.
D.C. Merriwether e-mailed a message from the cruise ship "Silver Wind" sailing from Darwin to Bali saying that he and J. M. Burry were in the ship's bar for two nights before they recognized each other. For the remainder of the cruise they reminisced about their Law School experiences and toasted all the classmates they could recall.
Leigh Middleditch is president of the Virginia Alumni Association board of managers. He recently joined Syd Settle and Arnold Leon at an alumni function in Palm Beach.
Frank Stewart will return to Charlottesville, VA, in the fall to teach a seminar on mediation and arbitration for a second time. He recently had a series of letters published in The Wall Street Journal about his uncle who started the first steel mill in Mexico.
Al Teich continues to serve as clerk of the circuit court of the city of Norfolk, VA.
George Vlassis recently sent word from Phoenix that he is still "totally immersed in Indian law."
Phillip T. Backer and his wife, Patricia, spent several weeks in the past year traveling throughout Europe. They visited Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, and Italy. Backer reports that they simply love driving in Europe.
Donald J. Danilek is currently the senior trust officer at Virginia National Bank in Charlottesville, VA. He previously served as senior vice-president and general counsel of the Bank of Bermuda, Ltd., in New York.
This past November, Joseph Bartlett, Jr., married Barbara Ramsay. Classmates Ammon Dunton and Richard (Dick) Johnson attended the wedding. Bartlett and his wife are currently living in South Deerfield, MA.
Robert W. Nuckles was awarded the Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Baltimore in May 2000.
Joseph Z. Fleming was selected for inclusion in the 200102 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the labor and employment and environmental law categories. Fleming is a partner at Ford & Harrison LLP in Miami, FL.
Glenn R. Adams is delighted to report that his daughter, Lise, is currently a first-year law student at Virginia.
Chandler L. van Orman married Betsy Clark last October in Washington, D.C. He is currently the director of outreach & external affairs for the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C.
A. Stephens (Steve) Clay co-taught Litigation Ethics with his classmate, Earl Dudley, at the Law School during the spring 2000 semester.
Ira Kornbluth has recently been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Southhampton Cultural Center in New York. He reports that classmate David Gillespie has become a member of the board.
Andrew M. Egeland, Jr. retired from active duty as a major general in the U.S. Air Force in March 2000, after more than thirty-one years of service as a judge advocate. He served as the deputy judge advocate general of the Air Force for seven years. In honor of his service, the Air Force dedicated the Andrew M. Egeland, Jr., Litigation Center on February 1, 2000, in Washington, D.C.
Claude T. Sullivan, Jr., was recently selected for inclusion in the 200102 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the labor and employment category. He is a partner in the Atlanta office of Ford & Harrison LLP.
Joseph Hodges Alves III was recently elected treasurer of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI). SEALI is an organization of leading admiralty lawyers from Maryland to Texas that provides a forum for continuing education in admiralty and maritime law. Alves is a member of the law firm, Hand Arendall LLC, in Mobile, AL, where his practice specializes in general litigation and dispute resolution.
Gordon Schreck was selected for inclusion in the 200102 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner at Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee in Charleston, SC, where he practices admiralty law and civil litigation.
Thomas M. Boyd became a partner at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C., in January 2001. Boyd coordinates a team of lawyers involved in representing a variety of clients before the Congress, the regulatory agencies, and the executive branch.
Thomas (Tad) Decker was recently named managing partner at the Philadelphia-based firm Cozen & O'Connor. He concentrates his practice in multinational mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, and securities matters including corporate reporting and public disclosures. Decker enjoys spending time with his wife, Candace, and their two children.
David M. Kirstein was recently elected to the partnership of Baker & Hostetler LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focuses his practice in the areas of business, international transportation, and aviation law.
Anita M. Steele retired in 1999 after twenty-eight years as director of the law library and professor at the Seattle University School of Law. Steele reports that she is excited to be back in Roanoke, VA, and closer to her four children and six grandchildren.
Benson Legg is currently in his tenth year on the Federal District Court in Maryland. He reports that serving on the bench has been a pleasure and that the work continues to be interesting.
W. Dale Houff was elected by the 2000 Virginia General Assembly as a general district court judge for the twenty-sixth judicial district, serving Page, Warren, and Shenandoah counties.
Daniel Lindley recently left Reed Smith LLP, where he was a partner, and accepted a position as senior vice-president and trust counsel of the U.S. Trust Company of Delaware. He reports that "after twenty-five years in private practice, it will certainly seem odd not keeping time sheets." In December 2000, Lindley married Margaret Sears in Santa Fe, NM.
Ralph Taylor joined the Washington, D.C., office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in August 2000, as a partner in the firm's technology group.
Thomas A. Woodall won a statewide election in November 2000 to become an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. For the past five years, Woodall has been a circuit judge in Jefferson County, AL.
Jane E. Genster became vice-president and general counsel for Georgetown University in July 2000.
Alan S. Gold was recently appointed to the Montgomery County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Commission. He represents hospitals, healthcare providers, and other entities in employment-related litigation and insurance coverage matters. Gold is also involved in commercial and civil rights litigation.
Clyde H. (Rocky) Sorrell recently retired as a general partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C., and is now general counsel for Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.
Philip Steptoe is now vice-president, general counsel, and secretary of Navigant Consulting, Inc., in Chicago. Navigant Consulting is a provider of litigation support, financial claims processing, and management consulting services.
Craig Meurlin recently joined the Grand Rapids, MI, firm, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as a partner. Meurlin concentrates his practice in securities and corporate law. Additionally, he maintains an office at Amway Corp., where he serves as special counsel to the office of the chief executive.
"The American poetry establishment is locked into a series of exhausted conventions--outmoded ways of presenting, discussing, editing, and teaching poetry. Educational institutions have codified them into a stifling bureaucratic etiquette that enervates the art. These conventions may once have made sense, but today they imprison poetry in an intellectual ghetto." Dana Gioia, writer and poet
It does not matter to Donald Selby, Jr., '77 that he wrote his last poem during seventh grade, nor that it was not good enough to hang on the family refrigerator. After a twenty-year career in the law publishing industry, where he was vice-president of a $20-million division of LEXIS Law Publishing before leaving in 1997, he and two lawyer colleagues and poetry lovers decided to do their part to break poetry out of its prison and deliver it to readers--daily and electronically.
As one of the founders of Poetry Daily (www.poems.com), Selby has fulfilled his original goal of exposing more people to poetry. The site is visited daily by people seeking a poetry fix. On the Internet for four years, Poetry Daily is "an anthology of contemporary poetry which each day brings you a new poem," according to the site's home page.
Why poetry? A self-described last-minute English major at Swarthmore College in the early 1970s, Selby knew and liked what he describes as "the long-gone greats" but was less comfortable with contemporary work. He decided to change that. "I loved the old poets, the masters, but I wanted to know who was writing poetry now," he said.
After graduating, Selby was faced with trying to break into the New York trade publishing industry at entry level or heading to law school at Virginia. "I wasn't an aspiring writer, but I was drawn to a life in literature. I came to the Law School because I saw how varied my father's law career was. It seemed to me that a good legal education could open the door to many different careers," he said. His father, Donald Selby '51, had a long and colorful career as both a civilian and a military lawyer. As a second-year law student, the younger Selby started working part time at what was then the Michie Company (now LEXIS Law Publishing). Soon he was hooked by the legal publishing industry and the terrific growth of the Charlottesville company, which was led by David W. Parrish '51.
In spite of his career success, Selby was looking for more. He and his colleagues Diane Boller and Rob Anderson believed the dearth of venues and outlets for serious verse hurt the literary world. They noted that, although much poetry is being written, it is just not easy enough to find outside academic journals and the occasional small-run, published collection. It seemed to the three friends that the Internet could bring the world of poetry to new readers. "We wanted to overcome the intimidation factor of poetry, to get people off their knees at the temple of art," Selby said. Each day a new poem is pulled from journals and publishers large and small and posted to the site. "I think the fact that we're not writers helps," Selby noted. "We're not looking to define the pantheon of poetry. That's for others to do. We just want to bring a rich variety of work to people and show them where to find more like it."
Thousands of people seek out Poetry Daily every day. "Clearly people are looking for poetry. When they want it, we are there," said Selby, who is the site's only full-time employee. Anderson has since moved on to other projects, and Boller still helps maintain the Web site while continuing full time in law publishing as an editorial director of National Law Library. A not-for-profit undertaking, Poetry Daily is funded with private donations, advertising banners, newsletter sponsors, a few grants, and by patrons linking from the site to purchase some of the poems in book form.
These days, riding the site's success into the future consumes Selby. He's happy to provide a meeting place on the Web for people seeking a bit more poetry in their lives. The poem that is released from its intellectual ghetto to hook a new devotee might just be one click away.
Joseph W. Ryan, Jr., was recently named editor-in-chief of the American Bar Association's publication, Litigation News. Ryan is proud to announce that his daughter, Caitlin, is living on the Lawn this year and will graduate from the University with distinction in May.
Charles A. (Chuck) Spitulnik has joined McLeod, Watkinson & Miller in Washington, D.C., after thirteen years with Hopkins & Sutter. He continues to focus on rail transportation law, with an emphasis on issues affecting commuter rail authorities. Spitulnik reports that he still lives in D.C. and is enjoying watching his three kids, Jennifer, Brian, and Max "grow, thrive, and turn into truly terrific human beings."
Sam Felker was recently appointed chair of the litigation section of the Tennessee Bar Association, where he is in charge of coordinating the section's professional activities. He continues to practice law at Bass Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville, TN, where he heads the firm's product liability group.
Geoffrey Glass is currently serving as a superior court judge in Orange County, CA.
Edward Koch was elected treasurer of USA Track and Field, the national governing body of the sport, in November 2000.
William Nusbaum reports that he and his wife, Sharon, are one of the two husband-and-wife delegate couples who attended the Democratic National Convention last August in Los Angeles. Sharon was the Virginia delegation whip and William volunteered as chauffeur for a wheelchair- bound deputy whip from Northern Virginia. The couple writes that they had an exciting and educational experience and met several senators, cabinet secretaries, and celebrities.
Dana Platt has established a financial consulting firm, Executive Business Solutions, LLC in New York City. Her firm assists regulated financial institutions reduce financial risk, decrease costs, and increase revenue through innovative technology systems and improved business processes.
Bob and Nell Hoffman Bonaparte are part owners of Schramsberg Vineyards, a champagne-producing winery in Napa Valley, CA. The vineyard has the most extensive underground caves of any winery outside of France. Schramsberg champagne has been served at White House state dinners since Richard Nixon was president in 1972.
After eighteen years of practicing real estate law in Florida and California, Kevin Jewell has become the western division attorney for The Nature Conservancy, the largest private conservation organization in the United States. Jewell currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Stanley K. Joynes III was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety by Janet Reno in August 2000. He is a partner in the firm LeClair Ryan in Richmond, VA.
Ken Lehman recently received the Maine Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Publico Award for his outstanding work on pro bono cases. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2001-02 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lehman is currently chair of the health law practice group at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, ME. He reports that he spent most of the fall trying medical license cases and coaching his two younger sons' soccer teams. Lehman and Bob Bonaparte coached the inaugural season (1980) of the U.Va. Law women's soccer team, which posted an undefeated season.
Jay Silver recently left Moore & Van Allen PLLC and joined Kilpatrick Stockton LLP as a partner in the firm's Raleigh, NC, litigation practice. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, primarily trademark and trade secrets, and ERISA fiduciary litigation.
Jay Tannon has been named to the executive committee of Frost Brown Todd PLLC. He previously served on the merger committee that created the firm, merging the Ohio-based firm Frost & Jacobs, and the Kentucky-based firm, Brown, Todd & Heyburn.
A small African American community in Maryland is benefiting today from the pro bono services of Steven P. Hollman '83, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson LLP. Hollman joined with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Justice Center to argue a case last spring believed to result in the first settlement ever reached in Maryland in an environmental justice case between the state and minority residents. His work earned the law firm a 2000 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award.
"When I started practicing law, I pledged always to be involved in pro bono work," Hollman explained. "I found this case particularly gratifying."
Hollman is aware he would not be able to maintain his commitment to pro bono work at every law firm. At Hogan & Hartson, which has a three-lawyer department charged with taking on pro bono cases and finding the right lawyers in the firm to handle them, he is able to remain involved in pro bono work. "Working in the community service department is a coveted assignment," he said.
Hollman was assigned to the department in 1991 when it was recognized by the American Bar Association as the outstanding law firm pro bono program in the country. When the ACLU approached the firm in 1994 for help with an important case, Hollman, who by then had returned to his intellectual property litigation practice, was asked by the department to assist. Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening had pledged more than $26 million to fund a road to bypass Route 50, the major highway to Eastern Shore beaches. For years, the intercity route had caused traffic gridlock for vacationers and local residents alike. As proposed, the four-lane, divided highway would bypass downtown Salisbury, dissecting the northern edge of Jersey Heights, a neighborhood that is 99 percent African American.
When they first learned of the location of the new bypass in 1993, members of the Jersey Heights Neighborhood Association charged that the site had been chosen without notifying local residents, thereby guaranteeing acceptance of the plan. With assistance from the ACLU and Hogan & Hartson, the group filed a Title VI complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation, asking the agency to withhold federal funds from the project. The complaint charged that the state had a history of locating highways where they would disrupt African American neighborhoods. The federal government found no evidence of intentional racial discrimination on the part of the state of Maryland and declined to withhold funds from the project.
After Hollman joined Deborah A. Jeon of the ACLU and Sherilynn Ifill of the Public Justice Center on the case, the lawyers filed a federal lawsuit under the National Environmental Policy Act, which obligates highway officials to act affirmatively to encourage and facilitate public involvement on a nondiscriminatory basis in decisions which affect the quality of the human environment. The judge threw out the case, charging the plaintiffs had waited too long to file suit. But parts of the decision were overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hollman argued the case before a Fourth Circuit panel, including Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III '72, one of his Law School professors. "I knew that Judge Wilkinson and the rest of the panel would ask some tough questions, and they did," Hollman said of the experience. "We asked the court simply to acknowledge the residents of Jersey Heights, to recognize that they exist, and to ensure that their community would not be rendered invisible by this highway project."
Once the Fourth Circuit issued its ruling, settlement negotiations began between the state of Maryland and the Jersey Heights Neighborhood Association. In the end, Jersey Heights received more than $1 million in community improvements designed to mitigate adverse effects of the highway, and Maryland officials received a green light to build the Salisbury bypass. In addition to improving roads, curbs, gutters, and street lights in the Jersey Heights community, the state agreed to offer to purchase four homes near the proposed route of the bypass and to pay for improvements to other nearby homes, such as soundproofing, to lessen the highway's impact.
"What my clients really wanted was an opportunity to participate on an equal footing in planning major public works projects that affect the quality of their environment," Hollman said. "State and federal highway planners have convinced us that Jersey Heights residents now will have that opportunity."
William (Bill) Lundeen and his wife, Allison, celebrated the arrival of their second child, Virginia Cavenaugh, in October 2000.
Steve M. Pharr recently left Kilpatrick Stockton LLP to join Pharr & Boyton PLLC in Winston- Salem, NC. He continues to practice in the areas of litigation, products and professional liability, and risk management.
James J. Wheaton was recently appointed to the board of directors of Virginia FREE, an independent business association committed to protecting and strengthening the business environment through the political process. Wheaton is also a member of the corporate section of Willcox & Savage, PC in Norfolk, VA.
Mary Koelbel Engle was recently named assistant director of the Advertising Practices Division of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Since June 1999, she has been leading a project studying the marketing of violent entertainment to children. Engle continues to live in Alexandria, VA, with her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Hannah.
Jennifer Weiss was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in November 2000. Her husband, Bruce Hamilton, is a partner at Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham LLP. The couple have two children, Max and Anna.
Kim M. Boyle was recently elected first vice-president of the New Orleans Bar Association and appointed chair of the lawyer referral service. He has been a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana since 1992.
David L. Dallas, Jr., has returned to Charlottesville, VA, to serve as managing partner of the newest office of Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins, a Professional Corporation. He is focusing his practice on serving the community's burgeoning technology business. He and his wife, Susan, live near Birdwood with their children, Lee and Rebecca.
Keith D. Munson is a partner in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in product liability litigation, complex commercial fraud, railroad law, and environmental law.
Pamela Passman and her husband, Frederick Guinee '88, continue to live in Tokyo with their daughters, Sarah and Emily. Passman is the Microsoft regional counsel for the Far East.
Frederick Guinee and his wife, Pamela Passman '87, continue to live in Tokyo with their daughters, Sarah and Emily. Guinee practices law with Nishimura & Partners.
Marcus A. Manos and his wife, Rose, welcomed their first child, Nicholas Angelo, in November 2000. Manos continues to work with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard LLP in Columbia, SC.
Lynda Rozell currently works part time as an attorney advisor to the commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, focusing on advertising and privacy issues. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, an associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, and their two children, Nadine and Renée.
Bettina Altizer's clients realize that their lawyer is tough in the courtroom. But most have no idea that the petite, articulate, high-energy attorney is just as tough after hours. At 5 feet 2 inches and 131 pounds, Altizer is a world-class powerlifter who can bench press more than 260 pounds.
The 1988 Law School graduate has been lifting weights since her undergraduate days at the University, where she first tried the sport while accompanying to the gym a roommate who was lifting for the volleyball team. There she caught the eye of a trainer who encouraged her to talk with former U.Va. strength coach John Gamble. Seeing potential, Gamble agreed to serve as her coach. Six months later, Altizer entered her first meet and won, breaking two state records in the process.
"That win inspired me," Altizer recalled. "I weighed only 114 pounds, but I could bench press 120 and squat 260. I knew that with practice and training I could do even better."
Powerlifting competitions usually require contestants to perform three different lifts: a squat, in which they support the barbell on their upper back near the shoulders, bend at the knees into a squatting position, and then stand back up; a bench press, requiring competitors to lie face up on a bench, bring the bar to their chests, pause the weight on the chest, and push it back up; and a deadlift, which requires competitors to lift the weight from the floor until their backs are straight. The person with the highest total weight wins the meet.
Altizer competed in powerlifting competitions throughout her undergraduate career. Representing U.Va. at the 1984 National Collegiate Meet at Villanova University, she broke three national all-collegiate records and was named an All-American.
When she entered the Law School, Altizer put powerlifting competitions on hold. "I guess you could say I was semi-retired, but I still continued to train," she said. She came out of retirement during her third year in law school and won the very first meet she entered.
Altizer has been training ever since. She continued to train while working as an associate in an Ohio law firm. She has continued since returning ten years ago to Roanoke, VA, where she joined her father in the personal injury and medical malpractice firm, Altizer & Altizer. A five-time world champion and American and world record holder, she at one time was considered the strongest drug-free woman powerlifter in the world, pound for pound. These days Altizer trains for ninety minutes, five or six days a week. She has transformed her garage into an elaborate gym where she often works out with her longtime lifting partner, Bill Lindsey.
According to Lindsey, Altizer has an inner strength that helps her overcome anything that stands in her way. "It's hard to describe," he said. "It's like this aura that comes over her when she's ready to lift. She transforms herself into this outer-body experience. It's eerie. She blocks out everything and focuses on that one thing, nothing else but moving that weight."
During a recent meet in Charlottesville, Altizer sat in a corner before each appearance on the platform. Her eyes were closed and her head lowered as she concentrated deeply on the upcoming challenge. When it was her turn, she leaped up as if projected from a catapult and paced back and forth behind the platform, jabbing her arms and talking to herself with a fierce scowl on her face. Suddenly she leaped to the platform and, with a loud cry, took the weight from the rack for the lift.
Altizer is proud of being a drug-free powerlifter. "Testing the limits of the body is what it's about," she said. "Using performance-enhancing chemicals is not only illegal, it's cheating."
She also believes that powerlifting and practicing law go hand in hand. "The same traits that help me as an attorney--determination, willpower, and a competitive nature--help me as a powerlifter. To get ready for a meet, I talk to myself in the mirror and get pumped up. It's sort of the same thing when I'm in a trial. They are both performances based on the concentrated direction of energy and on the strength of mind and body."
When asked what the future holds, Altizer said that she hopes to expand her law practice to new offices in new markets and continue her lifelong study of advocacy. But powerlifting also figures prominently in her plans. Rattling off a number of personal weight goals she would like to attain, she noted that at age forty she will be able to compete at the master's level.
Why continue after age forty in such an all-consuming sport? Altizer looked surprised at the question, and her response was short and simple. "Because I keep getting stronger," she said.
James J. Benjamin, Jr., has joined the New York firm, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, as a partner. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation. Benjamin was previously an assistant U.S. attorney and deputy chief appellate attorney.
Timothy Davis and Lisa Singer announce the birth of their second child, William Harrison, in October 2000.
Tom DeVita and his wife, Maggie, welcomed their fifth child, Nicholas Joseph, in November 2000. Nick joins brother Tommy, 9, and three sisters Sarah, 7, Amelia, 5, and Elizabeth, 3, in a very busy household. Tom continues to work at the Law School Foundation in Charlottesville, VA, and recently completed his term as chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Institutional Advancement.
Sean Gertner was appointed borough attorney in Lakehurst, NJ, where he advises the mayor and borough council on issues including employment litigation, zoning, and the renewal of mercantile licenses. He is also completing his third year as chair of the Lakewood Economic Action Program, a nonprofit corporation involved with the Head Start organization.
Lee Goodman has served as deputy counsel for Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore III '77 and as deputy director of policy in the governor's office since 1999. He previously was special counsel to the governor and the policy director and speech writer during Gilmore's 1997 gubernatorial campaign. Goodman lives in Charlottesville, VA, with his wife, Paige Pippin, and daughter, Piper Elizabeth.
Joseph M. Pankowski, Jr., and his wife, Annie, were blessed with their second son, Thomas Cade, in July 2000. Besides being slightly sleep-deprived, he relates that the entire family is doing very well. Pankowski recently left solo practice to head the trusts and estates department at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky in Stamford, CT. He and his wife recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary and agreed that "even if we could, we'd change very little of our journey together since we first met on Brown's Mountain."
Michael Egge and his wife, April, are excited to announce that they recently became the parents of twins, Olivia Francesca and Luke Michael. Egge is currently a competition counsel for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA.
Sara Gropen reports that she has moved to Greenwood, VA, from London, and has bought a historic home which she and her family are renovating.
Catherine Yates Carlson and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of a son, Turner, in September 2000. Turner joins big sister, Barrett, in the Carlson household in Saint Louis, MO.
James Czaban recently was elected a partner at Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti LLP in Washington, D.C.
Allison Ritter and her husband, Michael Gould '94, recently celebrated the birth of their second child, Henry Randolph, who joins sister, Emma.
Jonathan Morton and his wife, Karen Morton '94, became parents to Stephanie and Eliza, in June 2000. The twins join older sister, Rachel.
Theodore W. Small, Jr., recently relocated from the Tampa branch of Holland & Knight LLP to the firm's Orlando office. He continues to practice employment law and commercial litigation.
Susan Stahlfeld advanced to partner in the Seattle office of Miller Nash LLP in January. She concentrates her practice in labor and employment law.
John S. West was recently elected a partner at Troutman Sanders Mays & Valentine LLP in Richmond, VA, where he specializes in administrative, government, and white-collar criminal litigation.
Christina K. Braisted was named a partner in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP in January. She concentrates her practice on commercial real estate transactions, particularly representing institutional real estate investors, pension fund advisors, and permanent and construction lenders.
G. Lee Cory, Jr., was recently elected into the partnership of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP in Charlotte, NC. His practice focuses on real estate development, office leasing, retail leasing, industrial leasing, and commercial lending. Cory has been with the firm since his Law School graduation.
Brian D. Edwards was named partner in the Charlotte, NC, office of Alston & Bird LLP in January. His practice focuses on labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, Edwards was a staff consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington, D.C.
John Faust and Cate Stetson '94 are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy. Faust is currently a litigator with Vinson & Elkins LLP. The family lives in Bethesda, MD.
Lorrie Lizak Hargrove and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, Paul Michael, in September 2000. Hargrove was elected partner at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL, in December.
Robert F. Kennedy was recently elected partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he practices in the firm's corporate department.
John Kromer recently joined Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where one of his colleagues is classmate David Permut. Kromer and his wife, Malicia, recently celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Lucy, in September 2000.
Darius C. Ogloza has been elected partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins. He currently practices in the firm's litigation department.
J. Nelson Thomas reports that he is fulfilling a long-time goal in forming his own law firm, Dolin, Thomas & Solomon. The firm specializes in employment law and litigates issues for employers and individuals. Thomas resides in Rochester, NY.
Louis W. Utsch has left his position with PricewaterhouseCoopers and returned to Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, PA. He is currently a senior manager in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing tax group specializing in federal tax issues. Utsch is also an adjunct professor at Robert Morris College, where he teaches in the college's Masters in Taxation program. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Shelly, and their three children. Shelly competed in several triathlons last summer.
Sometimes when Michael Steger arrives at work on Monday morning, he learns that an accused murderer who had been on the lam was apprehended over the weekend. He then has the satisfaction of knowing that the arrest came as a direct result of information he helped make available to the public on Saturday night.
A 1993 graduate of the Law School, Steger is not a prosecutor. Instead, he works as counsel for two popular crime programs--"America's Most Wanted" and "Final Justice"--produced by STF Productions, Inc., a division of Fox Television Stations, Inc. The fifth-longest-running prime time TV program, "America's Most Wanted" airs Saturday evenings. Each program includes a news story about a crime that has been committed; a feature on a criminal justice topic; and a crime re-enactment. "Final Justice" is a syndicated program that features apprehended fugitives.
As a law student, Steger never dreamed that he would work for a television production company. "Back then, I didn't even know such jobs existed," he commented with a laugh. His legal career started rather traditionally. He joined a Los Angeles law firm and worked in civil litigation and practiced business, employment, and entertainment law until his firm was dissolved last year. He was moved to apply for the job at STF Productions when he learned that the company is based on the East Coast, where he wished to return. He took the new position last June.
"Unlike most TV shows, which are produced in L.A., 'America's Most Wanted' and 'Final Justice' are based in Washington, D.C., because of the important relationship the shows' producers have with federal law enforcement," Steger said. "Most of the segments we air on 'America's Most Wanted' are about fugitives wanted by the FBI or U.S. marshals because of the nature of their crimes or because they fled across state lines either during or after their crimes. We work closely with both federal and state law enforcement in producing those segments."
The collaboration between the shows' producers and law enforcement has been highly successful. According to Steger, an average of one fugitive is apprehended each week as a result of his or her appearance on "America's Most Wanted."
As counsel, Steger has a variety of responsibilities to help guarantee the programs' continued success. He reviews scripts and the programs' segments as they are being shot for the accuracy of the charges filed against the accused individuals and to ensure that they are accurately portrayed. He makes sure that the programs have secured permission to use news footage, still photographs, and music so that no copyright, trademark laws, or licensing agreements are being violated. He also is involved in the programs' employment and labor issues.
"Although much of my work is transactional, my litigation background does come in handy," Steger explained, acknowledging that he is subpoenaed almost daily by lawyers prosecuting and defending cases profiled in the two programs who want access to information the shows' producers have gathered.
According to Steger, members of the creative team behind "America's Most Wanted" and "Final Justice" believe that they are performing an important public service. "They see themselves as reporters committed to educating the public about crimes and related issues and to bringing fugitives to justice. As a result, there's some natural tension between them and me, the lawyer, who must ensure that the appropriate clearances are in place before the story can air."
Steger, however, shares their strong commitment to the First Amendment. "I've been very interested in freedom of speech issues since my days at the Law School," he commented. "As a civil litigator, I didn't have much opportunity to deal with the First Amendment, but in this job my love of that area of the law is being fulfilled."
Michael Gould and his wife, Allison Ritter '92, celebrated the birth of their son, Henry Randolph, in June 2000.
Karen Morton and her husband, Jonathan Morton '92, recently welcomed Stephanie and Eliza into the world. The twins join older sister, Rachel.
Cate Stetson and John Faust '93 celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lucy, in October 2000. Stetson currently practices in the appellate litigation group of Hogan & Hartson LLP. The family resides in Bethesda, MD.
Carol Wooten Exum and her husband, Jay, recently celebrated the birth of their son, Troy. The family currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
John E. Grupp married Kathleen M. Wynne in June 2000. Classmates Gordon Bailey and his wife, Lynn Palmer Bailey '96, Richard (Rick) Mitchell, David Brosgol, Paul Hourihan, and Andrew Becnel all attended the ceremony. Grupp continues his work in the firm, Parker, Poe, Adams & Berstein LLP in Charlotte, NC.
Peter S. Vincent recently joined Bechtel Corporation's legal department in San Francisco, CA. Bechtel is the world's largest engineering and construction firm. Previously Vincent was an associate with the litigation group in the San Francisco office of Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw.
Blanding Holman IV recently joined the Southern Environmental Law Center as a staff attorney in Chapel Hill, NC.
Tracy Welch and Stephen Adams were married in Boston, MA, in May 2000. Marcia McGratty Douglas and Brad van Horn were members of the wedding party.
Mark M. Cho has left White & Case and joined the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where his practice continues to focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions.
Gregory S. Feder has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer Brown & Platt, where he focuses on e-commerce, regulatory, and general corporate law.
Michael Gill recently left Strasburger & Price LLP and joined the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas, TX, as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal prosecution division.
Deborah Owen Pell and her husband, Nick, welcomed a son, Nicholas Xavier, in July 2000. The family resides in Baltimore, MD.
Daniel Smith and Linda Way-Smith recently relocated from Washington, D.C., to Charlottesville, VA, where Linda accepted a position as director of employee benefits for the University. Daniel continues to work for Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.
Brian Flagler recently left Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, GA, and joined the Portland, OR, office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, e-commerce, and technology licensing.
Nicholas M. Billings joined the litigation department in the Denver, CO, office of Holland & Hart LLP.
James P. Whitmire joined the business, tax, and estate law departments of Holland & Hart LLP in Denver, CO.
Wade M. Chumney became an associate with Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee PA in Charleston, SC. His areas of practice include general litigation, insurance defense, and construction.
Khaled John Klele has recently joined the Morristown, NJ, firm Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, where he practices in the litigation group. In 1998, Klele participated in the Palestine Peace Project. He lived in the West Bank, conducting research and providing legal assistance on the peace process and the political, economic, and religious situations faced by Americans, Palestinians, and Israelis.
Jennifer L. Mohrman joined the Portland, OR, office of Miller Nash LLP, where she focuses her practice on business and corporate law.
Philip Neiswender and Lareen Mikeal Neiswender were married in May 2000. They traveled to Kenya, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Russia on their honeymoon. Philip joined the Seattle, WA-based firm Riddell Williams PS, where he practices corporate law. Lareen practices corporate law at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Kirkland, WA.
Jason S. Wood and his wife, Julie, have moved to Raleigh, NC, where he has joined the firm Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP as an associate in the corporate and securities practice. Wood will specialize in the representation of technology-based clients in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and the Internet.
Richard Mills celebrated the completion of his term as chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges by attending the festivities of the American Bar Association in London last year. He and his wife, Rachel, enjoyed attending receptions at the Inns of Court, Tower of London, and House of Lords, and a formal banquet and dance at Blenheim Palace, the seat and home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Joseph F. Baca was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Judicature Society. He also received the Outstanding Hispanic Attorney Award 2000 from the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Baca was also presented the Hispanic National Bar Association's highest honor, the Lincoln-Juarez Freedom Award. He is a senior justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court.
Joseph A. Del Sole was elected president judge for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He and his wife, Karen, live in Pittsburgh, PA.
Marco Masotti became a partner in the corporate investment funds group of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. His practice focuses on the organization and operation of a variety of domestic and international private investment funds, including leveraged buyout funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, restructuring/distressed securities funds, hedge funds, and collateralized debt obligations.
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