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John P. Ackerly III, a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, is serving his eighth year on the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors and fifth year as Rector of the Board.

Richard A. McCostis taught a corporate law class on practicing law globally at Tula State University in Russia during the fall semester of the 2000-2001 academic year. He lives in Ludlow, VT.

Dabney Overton, Jr., reports that although he received his first Social Security check this year, he is still working at the Overton Law Firm in Harrisonburg, VA. Of his three children, Hannah is married to Howard Schmidt and they have two daughters, Emma and Elizabeth; Dabney III is unmarried; and Mallory is married to Matt McKendry.

Jim St. Clair served this year in the Central and East European Law Initiative in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of an American Bar Association public service project. He and his wife, Mickey, have enjoyed life in Sarajevo. They plan to return to West Virginia this fall.


Robert L. Montague reports two weddings in the family. His son, Robert L. Montague IV '97, married Patricia S. Mattingly on June 30, 2001. His daughter, Anne S. M. Montague, married Clarke Bavin on October 20, 2001.

ShafferRichard W. Shaffer recently joined White and Williams LLP in Allentown, PA, as counsel for estate, real estate, and corporate matters. A former partner of Butz, Hudders & Tallman, Shaffer has been in solo practice in Allentown since 1995. He currently serves as solicitor for the Allentown Housing Authority.

WhitakerPhil B. Whitaker recently became part of a new firm, Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker PC, in Chattanooga, TN. The firm is one of the largest in Tennessee, with more than fifty attorneys. Whitaker practices in the areas of wills and trusts, estate and gift tax planning, estate administration and probate, corporate law, and nonprofit and charitable organizations. He has served as the director of the Tennessee Arts Commission and is a former mayor of the town of Lookout Mountain, TN.


Richard J. Harris serves on the executive council of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. He practices with Brennan, Harris & Rominger LLP in Savannah, GA.


John J. Paylor recently retired as associate general counsel with Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) after thirty years in the rail industry with Conrail, CSX Corporation, and predecessor companies.

Don R. Pippin has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of the University. He has served on the University of Virginia's College of Wise Board for many years. Now semi-retired, he lives in Wise. His son, Scott, is a second-year law student at the Law School. Pippin would like to hear from classmates at


Shepard B. Ansley is an investment banker with Attkisson, Carter & Company Inc. in Atlanta, GA.


H. Gary Pannell is a member at Miller, Hamilton, Snider & Odom LLC in Atlanta. He retired from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in December 2000.

Tom Player delivered "A Global Definition of Terrorism" as his keynote address at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association in Shanghai, China, in July. Along with Robert H. Myers, Jr., '72, Player chairs the insurance and reinsurance group at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP in Atlanta.


Glenn R. Adams reports that he is enjoying retirement after "thirty fulfilling years" as a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer. He and his wife, Ellen, are proud to have both of their daughters at UVA: Lise is a third-year in the Law School and Kristin a second-year in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Philip J. Bagley, III, a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, has been elected Chair-Elect of the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association.

Regis W. Campfield, a professor at the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, TX, has released with colleagues William J. Turnier '68 and Martin Dickinson, the twenty-second edition of their casebook, Taxation of Estates, Gifts & Trusts (West 2002).

Thomas P. Dugan joined a new firm in Fairfax, VA, Surovell Markle Isaacs & Levy PLC, started in June by Robert J. Surovell '69, David M. Levy '70, Scott Surovell '96, and two other members. David J. Fudala '79 also practices in the firm, which focuses on all types of litigation, including family law and business transactions.


Howard Livingston Bull writes that he and his wife Sheila took a "wonderful trip to Greece in September 2001 and managed to get back safely." Meanwhile, the couple's sons are busy: John was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) decathlon champion in 1999 while at Wake Forest University; Jason is a graduate of San Diego State University with majors in political science and classics; and Justin, now in high school, is a talented student and athlete. The Bull family lives in Mountain View, CA, where Howard's law practice focuses on commercial contracts.

F. Clairborne Johnston, Jr., was appointed in 1997 by then Governor George Allen '77 to a five-year term as a member of the Board of the Library of Virginia; was elected Chairman of the Board in 2000, and was reappointed to a second five-year term in 2002 by Governor Mark Warner


William J. Turnier, professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, has released, with colleagues Regis W. Campfield '66 and Martin Dickinson, the twenty-second edition of their casebook, Taxation of Estates, Gifts & Trusts (West 2002).

ZeitlerWilliam A. Zeitler has joined Thompson Coburn LLP's Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the transportation and international commerce practice area. Prior to joining the firm he worked for the U.S. International Trade Commission for thirteen years. He lives in Arlington, VA.




Thomas B. Carr reports that his firm, Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, dissolved and merged its practice with the Washington, D.C., office of Baker Botts LLP at midnight on December 31, 2000, in time to be part of the host firm for the Presidential inaugural ball.

KingAngus S. King, Jr., recently received an honorary doctor of letters from the University of New Brunswick. The seventy-first governor of Maine and one of only two independent governors in the United States, King delivered the keynote address on May 23 to university graduates in the schools of administration, kinesiology, and education.

Gordon D. Schreck has been named an associate editor of American Maritime Cases, the leading published case reporter for the admiralty law bar in the United States. He recently was elected to permanent membership in the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. A senior shareholder in Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee PA in Charleston, SC, he chairs the firm's litigation department and heads its admiralty, maritime, and aviation practice group.

In June Robert J. Surovell started a firm in Fairfax, VA, Surovell Markle Isaacs & Levy PLC, with David M. Levy '70, Scott Surovell '96, and two other members. David J. Fudala '79 and Thomas P. Dugan '66 also practice in the firm, which focuses on all types of litigation, including family law and business transactions.

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