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Crystal Shin is the 2017 co-recipient of the R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award, awarded by the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference. The award honors an outstanding young Virginia lawyer who has demonstrated dedicated service to the Young Lawyers Conference, the legal profession and the community. Shin was the director and a clinical assistant  professor of law at William & Mary Law School, where she supervised and  instructed law students enrolled in the Parents Engaged for Learning  Equality Special  Education Advocacy Clinic and the Advanced  Special Education  Advocacy Clinic. On July 1, Shin joined UVA Law as an associate professor and the director of the Program in Law and Public Service. 

Corrie Sirkin recently founded the Sirkin Law Firm based in Manassas, Va. The firm specializes in family law and domestic relations matters, including divorce, separation, child custody, visitation, child support, equitable distribution, spousal support, military divorce, premarital agreements and separation.  

Dan Sullivan was included in the 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He practices litigation with Gentry Locke in Roanoke.  


Matthew GambaleMatthew Gambale joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in Wilmington, Del.  Gambale’s practice focuses on civil litigation defense.  

Caroline KlockoCaroline Klocko joined the Dallas office of Winstead.  Her practice focuses on commercial transactions involving procurement and disposition, distribution, technology and intellectual property, licensing, outsourcing of business processes and professional services.  

Gary Lawkowski was named counselor to the solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Lawkowski previously served as counsel to Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee Goodman ’90 and Vice Chairman Donald McGahn. 

Adam Milasincic recently announced his campaign for the Texas Legislature in 2018. Find the latest news on his efforts on Facebook under “Adam for Texas.” 


Seth BeckleySeth Beckley joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog’s Raleigh, N.C., office as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. He practices in construction, premises, product liability, professional liability, and trucking and commercial transportation. He has litigated matters in state and federal court, in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and American Arbitration Association arbitration, and before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is also experienced in the pre-suit investigation of racing and commercial trucking accidents. 

Allison Huebert joined Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office. She was previously a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration. 


Alexandra “Alex” Meador recently talked, in-depth, with the host of Charlottesville’s “Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call” about child sex abuse and trafficking. Meador is an assistant commonwealth attorney in Augusta County, Va., and prosecutes a range of felonies and misdemeanors—primarily specializing in the prosecution of child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Meador has also completed  specialized training  in a variety of areas, including forensic interviewing,  sexual assault nurse examinations, strangulation, adult non- stranger sexual assault, domestic violence, juvenile court practice and  procedure, child abuse, economic crimes and  DUIs. 


Claire Collins joined the intellectual property litigation group at Fish & Richardson in Boston.    

Hillary TaylorHillary Taylor was elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. The MLBA is  the primary association of lawyers, judges and  other legal professionals in Minnesota that works to promote justice in  and through the legal profession for the LGBT community, and has successfully worked in  collaboration with other organizations to expand LGBT equality. Taylor practices with Maslon’s litigation group in Minneapolis, focusing on tort and product liability and general commercial litigation. Taylor maintains an active pro bono practice, volunteering with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and Volunteer Lawyers Network. She also serves as an attorney-mentor for law students with the MLBA and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, which creates opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services.  


When Clayton “Tex” Pasley and Rachel Ellen Simon graduated in May, the engaged couple were happily surprised to learn they were co-recipients of the Law School’s Pro Bono Award. The two met as 1Ls while doing pro bono work at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. The duo left town headed for Knoxville, Tenn., where both will be clerking for U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves of the Eastern District of Tennessee. Simon’s clerkship starts this September, while Pasley’s starts in 2018. The couple were wed Aug. 19 on a farm outside Lexington, Ky.

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