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After completing a federal district court clerkship, David Ball and his wife Alexis moved to Denver, CO, where he practices as a litigation associate with Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP.

Amy Becker and Marc Strauss were married on January 11 in Newport Beach, CA. Kate Connelly, Kate Fitzgerald Garland, David Schumacher, and Will Doyle were members of the wedding party, and several other classmates were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Strauss live in New York, where Amy practices as a labor and employment associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP and Marc is attending Columbia Business School.

Ryan Clinton recently began a new job as assistant solicitor general for the State of Texas. Clinton, who lives in Austin, previously practiced with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Scott Danzis and his wife Katharine Morrison celebrated the birth of their daughter, Isabel Allyn Danzis, on September 13, 2001.

Toby Heytens is a law clerk to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Heytens previously clerked for Chief Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Rohit Kumar left his job as legislative director/chief counsel for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm in June to take a position as counsel/senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Trent Lott for the Republican Leader's office. After "the sea change" that occurred in the Republican leadership, he is still working in what is now called the Majority Leader's Office for Senator Bill Frist. He is responsible for handling finance committee, banking committee, and homeland security issues for the Majority Leader's Office.

Wendy Rockafellow McCord and her husband, Dodge, welcomed their first child, "a beautiful baby boy" named Maxwell Ryan McCord, on July 4. McCord practices business law with Sherman & Howard LLC in Denver, CO.

Gregory Montero recently left the corporate department of Williams Mullen to start his own firm, Arness & Montero PC, with his law partner, Frank Arness.

Matthew Wells served as a delegate to the American Council on Germany's Young Leader Conference in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany, during the summer of 2002. He continues to practice law with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Salt Lake City, UT. In May his son Nathaniel was born, joining sisters Eliza and Madeline.


Jim Barrett recently joined the emerging business and litigation groups of Ater Wynne, a Northwest regional firm in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. His business practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions. His litigation practice focuses on business issues, including franchise and securities laws. Barrett previously served as clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Tom Balmer, former managing partner of Ater Wynne.

Noble Black recently joined McKee Nelson LLP in its New York office.

Howard Chang married UVA graduate Vanessa Schreiber (Arts & Sciences '00), in Virginia Beach on September 7. "We took a trip to see Rome, Florence, and Venice for our honeymoon," Chang writes. The couple now resides in Falls Church, VA.

After completing a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, Forrest Christian entered the Attorney General's Honor Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he will serve as a trial attorney with the constitutional torts section of the civil division.

Erin Dugan began working in the Commonwealth's Attorney office for the City of Hampton, VA, in April. As Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, she specifically works with the Division of Child Support Enforcement to establish, modify, and enforce child support orders. With recent state budget cuts, she also is handling more traditional criminal dockets as well, mostly DUI prosecutions. Dugan is marrying Jeff Wheaton in May.

Alisa Mlyn Ivers Leventis married James C. Leventis (Arts & Sciences '94), in Palo Alto, CA, on October 6. The new Mrs. Leventis practices intellectual property law, while her husband practices labor and employment law, both in the San Francisco Bay area.

Caleb Jaffe married UVA graduate Katie Geer (Medicine '03) on October 13 at Katie's home in Charleston, SC. Demian Jackson served as a groomsman and Erik Bodenhofer gave a reading during the ceremony. Other Law alumni at the festivities included Ann O'Connell, Connor Crook '99, Dave Turk '99, and Henry Smythe, Jr. '76. Jaffe serves as law clerk for Judge Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA.

Lisa Pierce Laughon recently began practicing with Johnson, Ayers & Matthews in Roanoke, VA, following a one-year clerkship with Justice Cynthia D. Kinser of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Sarah H. Ostergaard welcomed the birth of her son Jack on May 24. "Quite a bundle of joy!" she writes.

Lakshmi Paranthaman is engaged to Jeff Wyatt and will be married on August 9 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.


Nadia Batcha joined Saul Ewing LLP in December. She practices in the litigation department in Baltimore, MD.

DeFranciaChristian DeFrancia has joined Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson PS in Seattle, WA, as an associate. His practice emphasizes a wide range of business-related matters.

Neely Fedde recently joined Blackwell, Sanders, Peper & Martin LLP in their Kansas City, MO, office. She practices as an associate in the litigation department.

Elizabeth Davis Hall has joined Adams, Kleemeier, Hagan, Hannah & Fouts PLLC as an associate in Greensboro, NC. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, business, and tax.

In October Thomas M. Jeon began practicing in the securities litigation department of Clifford Chance US LLP in San Francisco, CA.

Benjamin Kringer joined the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts LLP as an associate. A leading international firm, Baker Botts is recognized for its energy, intellectual property, and corporate and trial practices.

Stefan E. Teichert has joined Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, a leading international law firm with more than 550 attorneys in 14 offices. Teichert practices in the intellectual property group in San Diego, CA.

ValaasAfter graduation Karin E. Valaas served as a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. She then worked as a paralegal specialist in the Honors Program with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in Washington, D.C. She now practices with Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP as an associate in the employment group in Seattle, WA.

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