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Ryan Farney and Kerri Millikan welcomed a new daughter, Hope Millikan Farney, on Feb. 19.

Liban Jama joined the fraud investigations and dispute services group of Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C. Jama previously served as a senior adviser of legal, policy and strategy at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in its division of enforcement and investigations. Before that he spent almost a decade at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as senior adviser to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, and prior to that, as counsel to Commissioner Luis Aguilar.

Jaron Sandy is a partner specializing in corporate and tax law at FILEAS, located in Dijon, France. After four years of corporate practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York, he relocated to France in 2004 and passed the French bar that same year. He now represents several French subsidiaries of foreign groups, liaising with the parent company’s legal department to provide advice on the particularities of French corporate law. A member of the Dijon and New York bars, he also assists French clients with their cross- border mergers and acquisitions transactions and commercial contracts in the U.S. and other countries.


Andrew S. Boutros, national co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s white- collar, internal investigations and false claims team, was tapped earlier this year to chair the ABA Task Force on College Due Process and Victim Protections. Under Boutros’ stewardship, the task force completed its mandate and developed recommendations to ensure a fundamentally fair process for both victims and the accused in college sexual misconduct cases. The task force’s work has the potential to have a wide-ranging impact on America’s nearly 5,000 colleges and universities and almost 21 million students.

Frank Sullivan Jr. ’01 Judge John Daniel Tinder presents the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit to Professor Frank Sullivan Jr. ’01. Photo Courtesy Seventh Circuit Bar Association


Chris Chi '01Chris Chi was named general counsel of IASIS Healthcare Corp., a national operator of hospitals and health insurance plans based in Franklin, Tenn. Chi was previously a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville.


Anthony Greene and his wife, Heidi, welcomed their first child, Marshall David, on July 27. Greene is a partner with Troutman Sanders and is based in both Atlanta and New York City.

Emily Murphy '01Emily Murphy has been nominated to run the General Services Administration. Currently senior adviser to acting GSA chief Tim Horne and a former GSA chief acquisitions officer, Murphy is an experienced Capitol Hill staffer.


Frank Sullivan Jr. LL.M. received the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. The award honors “a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.” Sullivan is professor of practice at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty, Sullivan was a justice on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1993 to 2012. He is a past chair of the ABA Appellate Judges Conference, a member of the American Law Institute, and a commissioner from Indiana to the Uniform Law Commission. Before taking the bench, Sullivan served as Indiana state budget director and executive assistant for fiscal policy to Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh ’82.

Susannah Stroud Wright was named the first general counsel for Credit Karma, a top venture-backed personal finance company. Previously head of compliance at SolarCity and Tesla, Wright also joins Credit Karma’s executive committee in San Francisco. As general counsel, Wright oversees all legal matters, including corporate, regulatory, consumer protection, compliance and government affairs.


David Stuckey ’01David Stuckey ’01 Starts Euro Publication Cee Legal Matters

First he was a lawyer. Then he met a woman on a train traveling from Zurich to Budapest. The romance led him to become a legal recruiter in Hungary. While the romance eventually faded, his love of Central and Eastern Europe remained. Today, David Stuckey ’01 draws upon his knowledge of law firms in 24 European countries to publish CEE Legal Matters, a print and online publication covering the lawyers and legal industry in the region. Stuckey and his business partner, Radu Cotarcea, launched the startup as a website (www.ceelegalmatters. com) in December 2013. They added the magazine counterpart in February 2014. The monthly English-language magazine now has about 500 subscribers, a pass-along readership of about 1,000 additional readers each month, and website traffic of more than 35,000 unique visitors a day. “Many countries in the region, as in the West, have their own print or online publications covering the legal industry, but very little of it is in English, and there really is no other publication—no common source of information about the legal industry in the region in English, the lingua franca of commercial lawyers—like ours,” Stuckey said. In seeking to fill this gap, he and Cotarcea committed themselves to the goal that appeared on the cover of the magazine’s first issue: “Our mission is, simply, to be the go-to source of information about lawyers and legal markets in Central and Eastern Europe.” The website provides daily updates about which lawyers and firms are working on which deals and other client matters, firm-produced reports of legislative developments across the region and interviews with experts across CEE. The subscription- only CEE Legal Matters magazine provides more extensive profiles, deeper insight and thorough analysis. Stuckey builds on his partner-level recruiting experience, which made him well-known among firms in Central and Eastern Europe, his professional writing skills, and several years in practice at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (now Paul Hastings) in San Francisco. Cotarcea adds the information technology, website and graphic design skills, and together they pretty much do it all. “People are inevitably surprised to hear that there are really only two of us managing and editing—and to a large extent producing—all the content in the magazine and on the website,” Stuckey said. “We’re regularly asked who our publisher is, or where we’re based in London, and are forced to clarify that we publish this ourselves, do all the work ourselves, and are in fact based here in Budapest.” Stuckey said the job is fun, and puts him exactly where he wants to be in the world.


Cristina Lucchetti Ryan is director of alternate dispute resolution services with the American Arbitration Association. She is based out of the AAA’s Los Angeles office, where she focuses on administering large complex commercial matters in the construction division for the western region.

Kate Von Ter Stegge has been appointed as a judge to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore., by Gov. Kate Brown. Von Ter Stegge writes that she has “happily spent her career in public service,” first as a law clerk to Judge David A. Faber LL.M. ’98 of the Southern District of West Virginia and then as a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County. Von Ter Stegge has spent the majority of her career litigating civil rights and employment cases at the Oregon Department of Justice, and, most recently, for the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office. She considers it a privilege to have represented Multnomah County in Geiger v. Kitzhaber, asking the U.S. District Court to strike down Oregon’s constitutional provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The provision was declared unconstitutional in May of 2014, when Oregonians finally secured marriage equality. Von Ter Stegge lives in Portland with her husband, Damien, and their 6-year-old daughter, who is a major fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Stacey Rose Harris was elected to the Virginia State Bar Council, representing the Alexandria Circuit in the governing body of the bar. She has also been appointed to the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Northern Virginia Chapter. Harris is a partner at the litigation boutique of DiMuroGinsberg, where she practices business and general civil litigation.

Roscoe Jones is now legislative director to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Jones’ previous positions were as senior counsel to Sen. Cory Booker; senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy, on the Senate Judiciary Committee; special counsel to Tom Perez, former secretary of Labor and current Democratic National Committee chair; and an assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle. He also taught administrative law and civil rights policy at the University of Washington School of Law and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, respectively.

Erica Paulson and her husband, Ryan Consaul, welcomed a daughter, Eliza Consaul, in February.

Angela Ciolfi ’03Angela Ciolfi ’03 Wins Virginia Legal Aid Award

The Virginia State Bar recently honored Angela Ciolfi ’03, a 13-year veteran of the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center, for her headline-making work over the past year. The Access to Legal Services Committee of the state bar gave Ciolfi, a former UVA Law Powell Fellow, the Virginia Legal Aid Award.

Established in 1992, the award honors outstanding legal aid attorneys who exhibit creativity in their advocacy and generate an impact that’s felt beyond their own program’s service area.

Joining the ranks of past honorees such as John Whitfield ’81, executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, and LAJC’s executive director, Mary Bauer ’90, Ciolfi received the award shortly after taking over as LAJC’s director of litigation and advocacy. The promotion comes after seven years as the legal director of LAJC’s JustChildren program.

It was in that role that Ciolfi and her colleagues published a statewide report in May 2016 that found that the number of out-of-school suspensions in Virginia had increased from previous years and that highlighted the detrimental effect of taking students out of the classroom setting.

The report caught media attention when it declared that Virginia schools were pushing out too many students with “widespread, discriminatory overuse” of suspensions and expulsions.

Two months later, Ciolfi’s work again came into the public eye when she filed a class-action lawsuit against the commissioner of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, targeting the practice of automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people who are unable to pay their fines and court costs.

The suit, filed on behalf of four indigent Virginians, contended that the practice puts low- income individuals at a disadvantage by taking away their ability to drive to work, thus “paradoxically” inhibiting them from being able to pay off the court fees that got their license suspended in the first place.

The suit was dismissed from federal court in March due to a jurisdictional dispute—a federal judge ruled that the case should be filed in state court—but Ciolfi and a cadre of fellow attorneys are trying to keep the suit alive with an appeal to the Fourth Circuit.

If successful, the lawsuit could help more than 900,000 Virginians regain their licenses. Already, the U.S. Department of Justice, 16 law professors, the Virginia chapter of the NAACP, and 17 other civil rights and poverty law organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the case.

According to her co-workers, Ciolfi’s standout work is indicative of her broad talents and deep commitment to the LAJC’s mission of providing low-income clients with high-caliber legal services.

“She’s truly an extraordinary talent and leader in terms of the range of skill sets that she has,” Bauer said. “She has brought this giant lawsuit, but she is also incredibly skilled at lobbying and mentoring people.”
—Dean Seal, adapted from the Daily Progress


Sarah Baker is the executive director of We The Action, a new platform founded to match attorneys willing to provide free legal assistance with other individuals or nonprofit organizations in need. Baker hopes her fellow alumni will register to help at

Jeff Barnes '04Jeff Barnes, a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Houston office, has been named in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars every year since 2007. Barnes is board- certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has developed a special expertise in cases involving violations of noncompete agreements, theft of trade secrets and unfair competition, and he is a frequent speaker on these issues. Barnes also has significant experience representing employers in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and advising clients regarding wage and hour compliance.

Katy Caouette '04Katy Caouette was appointed general counsel and secretary of Guckenheimer, a national leader in corporate dining and wellness services. Caouette has been with Guckenheimer for two years, establishing and developing the company’s internal legal department. This spring she led the $225-million sale of the company to ISS Facility Services, a Copenhagen- based global services provider. Caouette lives in Northern California with her husband, Cory Caouette ’96, and their three children.

Nuala E. Droney '04Nuala E. Droney was appointed to the board of trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, Conn. Droney is a member of Robinson+Cole’s business litigation group, where her practice focuses on complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and the representation of clients in government investigations. With eight locations throughout Greater Hartford, the clubs serve more than 5,000 of the region’s most needy children and teens every year, providing an array of youth development programs designed to put them on the path to great futures.

Irina Khanin and her family moved to Winchester, Va. Khanin still practices as a guardian ad litem for children and adults.

Sean Suder joined Calfee, Halter & Griswold as a partner in its Cincinnati office. Suder practices commercial real estate, land use, zoning and historic preservation law, and leads the firm’s zoning consulting affiliate, Calfee Zoning. He was named a 2017 Ohio Rising Star in the category of land use law. Suder recently presented on the topic of zoning for re-population at the American Planning Association National Conference in New York City, and on the integration of zoning and historic preservation at the Legacy Cities Conference in Detroit and the Michigan Historic Preservation Conference in Petoskey.

John M. Tyson LL.M. '04North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge John M. Tyson LL.M. has earned recertification as a board-certified specialist in real property law – business commercial and industrial transactions from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Tyson is the only judge in North Carolina to earn and maintain this distinction. A native of Cumberland County, N.C., Tyson also served as chairman of the North Carolina Ethics Commission and was elected by voters statewide to serve a second eight-year term on the court of appeals in 2014.

Tyler Chance Yarbro was recently named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2017 Best of the Bar list in the field of litigation and dispute resolution. Yarbro is a shareholder at Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella in Nashville, Tenn.


S. Christina Kwon '05S. Christina Kwon made partner at Hunton & Williams in New York City. Kwon focuses her practice on capital markets transactions for energy and utility issuers.


Joby Ryan co-authored “Standing in the Midst of a Data Breach Class Action” with his fiancée, Allison Holt, and his father, Joseph Ryan Jr. ’78. The article was recently published in the Defense Counsel Journal, and is available online.


Anthony Orlandi is an associate at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings in Nashville, Tenn. He was named as a member of the 2017 class of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Leadership Forum.

Christina Pearson '06Christina Pearson was promoted to partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. A member of the corporate practice, Pearson represents companies in the technology, health care and life sciences, and consumer and retail industries on corporate and securities matters in all stages of the business life cycle, from startup to maturity and liquidity transactions. She also assists emerging growth companies in corporate matters and financing transactions and has closed more than 100 venture capital financings. She is based in Silicon Valley.

David Reed and his wife, Sara, welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Jane Reed, in February. Big sister Annie could not be more excited to have a baby sister. The Reeds live in Atlanta, where David is a patent litigator with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Danielle Sloane was among Law360’s rising stars for 2017—a list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. Sloane practices with Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, Tenn., and was named in the health care category.

Crissy Wolfe '06Dentons corporate senior managing associate Crissy Wolfe was recognized by Daily Report, a leading legal trade publication in Georgia. Wolfe is among 30 Atlanta lawyers named to the annual On the Rise list, highlighting lawyers under the age of 40 who wield influence in their practice areas in Georgia and beyond. Wolfe focuses her practice on providing corporate and transactional counsel to public and private companies in a variety of industries. She regularly represents middle-market clients on both the buy and sell sides in transactions ranging from $5 million to $250 million. Her clients include private equity funds in portfolio company acquisitions. Wolfe also frequently advises tax-exempt organizations, including 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations.


J. Austin Curry '07J. Austin Curry, who works for the Dallas- based intellectual property and business litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry, was named one of the Top 100 young lawyers in Texas on the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list.



Les S. Bowers '08Les S. Bowers was included in the 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Bowers practices personal injury law with Gentry Locke in Roanoke.



Christopher A. Jaros has been named a partner at K&L Gates. He is based in the Charleston, S.C., office and focuses his practice on litigation and environmental law.

Nathaniel C. Wilks is now a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Eckert Seamans. His practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, primarily in the electronic arts, infringement and validity studies, patentability and right- to-use opinions, and litigation support.

Alec Zadek is a member in the litigation group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovesky and Popeo in Boston. Zadek is a trial lawyer, litigating closely held business disputes, post-closing contractual disputes, indemnification disputes and coverage disputes (representing insurers). He also has an active pro bono practice and has been recognized for his work representing survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence.


Frank Saviano '09Frank Saviano, a corporate sports law associate at Proskauer in New York City, has been named to Leaders in Sport’s 2017 Leaders Under 40 list of the top sports executives globally under the age of 40. Honorees were recognized for being “the most inspirational, innovative and talented leaders in sport” and will be honored at the annual Leaders Under 40 Awards Dinner in October.

Bryan Starrett, a partner with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C., was named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List. Starrett’s practice includes general business litigation, internal investigations and compliance, and employment law.

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