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Manfred W. Leckszas, who retired from his maritime law practice with Ober, Kaler in Baltimore, writes that he enjoys gardening, reading and time with his family—his wife, three children and six grandchildren— and that all are well and busy.

Daniel F. O’Keefe Jr. has moved to Goodwin House in Alexandria, Va., with his wife of 59 years, Sandra. He has two children, one of whom is Vicki E. O’Keefe ’84, and five grown grandchildren— “all employed!”

Rust E. Reid is listed in Texas Super Lawyers 2016 in estate planning and probate, and Best Lawyers 2017 in trusts and estates. He is of counsel with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he focuses his practice on estate planning, probate and fiduciary administration.

Alan H.W. Shiff has joined Reid and Riege as a member of the arbitration and mediation practice in Hartford, Conn. He is a retired U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Connecticut. 


Stephen Clarkson published a novel, “The Last Run,” this year. The book is set during Prohibition in the 1920s, and covers the subsequent legal rulings that had a devastating and dramatic effect on everyday people in small towns throughout the country.

James WadeJames A. Wade was honored this summer for reaching a 50-year milestone at Robinson + Cole in Hartford, Conn., where he is a litigation partner. For more than 20 years he served as outside counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party and has represented three Connecticut governors in litigation. In recent years, he has tried complex criminal and civil cases involving antitrust, securities fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud and public corruption. 


William T. Wilson was honored with the Champion for Justice Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Wilson is a past president of the chapter and has been active in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Boyd Graves Conference. He served 16 years in the House of Delegates and was the founding chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar. 


John R. Normile Jr. writes that he is in his final year of practicing law, mainly trusts and estates. “My wife and I moved to a retirement community six years ago, and both my law firm and the retirement community have convinced me that retirement will be good.”

Lemuel Augustus “Gus” Smith is serving a two-year term as lieutenant governor for the First Mississippi Co. of the Jamestowne Society. First Mississippi Co. has 63 members who are descendants of those who owned land or had domiciles in Jamestown prior to 1700, or descendants of stockholders in the London Co. or the Virginia Co., or other colonial government officers. Members of the House of Burgesses, prior to 1700, are assumed to have had at least temporary domicile at Jamestown. Smith’s ancestor came to Virginia aboard the ship Sarah in 1611. The society’s national office is in Richmond, Va.


Judge Tristram T.  Hyde IV died on April 18. Before attending law school he was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps and served for 32 years— both on active and reserve duty. He retired as a full colonel in 1991. Hyde founded Hyde and Haynie in the 1970s in Fleeton, Va., and loved being a country lawyer, for which he occasionally was paid with crabs, oysters or farm produce. From 1983-2003 he served as judge for the General District Court of Northumberland, Lancaster, Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland counties. He served until last year as a substitute judge in Virginia.

Arland “Art” Stein has joined Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter in Columbus, Ohio, as director. He focuses his practice on intellectual property and patent litigation. He was previously with Hahn, Loeser & Parks.


Guy FarmerGuy O. Farmer II is listed in Chambers USA 2016 in labor and employment and Florida Super Lawyers 2016 in employment and labor, and employment litigation: defense. He is of counsel with GrayRobinson in Jacksonville.

Gene Dahmen is listed in Best Lawyers 2017 in family law. She is senior counsel with Verrill Dana in Boston.


Harold MullisHarold “Hal” W. Mullis was awarded the President’s Fellow Medallion by the University of South Florida. The award honors his service to USF and the Tampa Bay business community. Mullis has served on the USF Board of Trustees, as board chair for Tampa General Hospital and Berkeley Preparatory School, and as a member of the board of governors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Last year he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. Mullis is a founding member and president of Trenam Law, where he is a member of the corporate transactions practice group.

William Norman writes that 50 years after graduation he continues to try complex commercial cases before juries in California and frequently encounters UVA alumni. “I still remember my classes with Professor Scalia,” he notes.


Thomas SlaterThomas G. Slater Jr. has been appointed to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. He is listed in Best Lawyers 2017 in antitrust law, bet-the- company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, personal injury litigation (defendants), and litigation in the antitrust, intellectual property and regulatory enforcement categories. He is also listed as a national litigation star in Benchmark Litigation 2016. He is special counsel with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, where he serves as chair emeritus for the litigation, labor and competition practices.


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