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Kenneth Duvall joined Bilzin Sumber Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami as an associate. His practice focuses on business litigation and financial, insurance and construction matters. He was previously with Berkowitz Oliver in Kansas City, Mo.
Andy Howlett and Jessica Brown welcomed their daughter, Anne Elliot Howlett, on May 7, 2016. “She’s already working on her application to the Law School,” writes Andy. He is counsel with Miller & Chevalier in Washington D.C.
Andrew J. Lockhart died of cancer Sept. 30. Following his graduation from the Law School, Lockhart was an associate with Clifford Chance in New York City, where he focused on international transportation and development projects. At the time of his death he worked for Hunton & Williams, having moved to the London office to practice international energy, infrastructure and project development law.
Nick Timmons and his wife, Megan, welcomed a daughter, Erin Nancy, on March 10, 2016. Nick is general counsel in the corporate law department with H&R Block in Kansas City, Mo.
Working for Equity and Inclusion in Public Transportation
Erva Cockfield ’10 received the Secretary of Transportation’s Partnering for Excellence Award, the second-highest award within the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the DOT General Counsel’s 2016 Award for Excellence.
Cockfield joined the DOT in 2010 through its Honors Attorney Program, in which she handled a range of legal matters for the general counsel’s office and for the chief counsel offices at several of the DOT’s operating administrations. She is currently an attorney-adviser in the office of the general counsel, where she focuses on federal civil rights, procurement and financial assistance law.
Cockfield’s work supports the Ladders of Opportunity Agenda, which strives to improve transportation infrastructure to give people in underserved communities better access to jobs, health care, education and other services.
Her experience at the Law School gave her the opportunity to intern with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, D.C., her 1L summer. “I helped investigate the use of military-style checkpoints in a low-income neighborhood, and that experience opened by eyes to why transportation is a civil rights issue,” she said. The neighborhood had a high level of violence that summer, she explained; police set up checkpoints, eventually ruled unconstitutional, to reduce crime. The limited access for cars, combined with inadequate public transportation, made getting anywhere difficult.
“I grew up in New York City, a bastion of public transportation,” Cockfield said, and I hadn’t given much consideration to places where these services weren’t readily available. I began to educate myself on how under-investment in safe, convenient and accessible transit options prevents people from not only accessing the basic essentials necessary to carry on daily life, but also accessing opportunities that help them improve their station in life.
“It gives me great satisfaction to know that almost nine years after my internship with LDF, my work helps our country build an equitable transportation system that benefits similarly underserved communities.”
Sterling J. LeBoeuf is an associate in the trial department of Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver where his practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including labor and employment and products liability matters. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge Lewis T. Babcock of the U.S. District court for the District of Colorado and was a litigation associate of a national firm in Denver.
Alec Smith was appointed career law clerk to U.S. Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville.
Catherine Moore LL.M is academic project coordinator for Advocates Abroad, a nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance to asylum-seekers, a position she holds for the 2016-17 academic year. She is coordinator for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law, which works in collaboration with Advocates Abroad. Moore oversees center fellows on legal research projects that relate to the refugee and migrant crisis in Greece, including development of a human trafficking prevention toolkit for advocates in Greece and Turkey. They are also working on policy papers on topics including the detention of refugees/migrants and discrimination based on nationality.
Moore serves as international law counsel in an ongoing case involving a Guantanamo Detainee. She met with the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which made its first official visit to the United States in October to discuss the detention of prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the military commissions set up to try detainees there. She represents Nashwan al-Tamir, a Guantanamo detainee being tried by the military commissions. As international law counsel on the military and pro bono civilian attorney team, she advises on issues including the law of armed conflict, jus ad bellum and international human rights law. The working group will submit its final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September.
In November Sabrina Talukder was honored at the national Equal Justice Works gala for her fellowship project helping human trafficking survivors at the Legal Aid Society in New York. Talukder also assists victims of domestic violence who face deportation by providing legal representation and social services. Equal Justice Works created a video about Talukder’s efforts to advocate for her clients, including an art gallery show featuring photographs of them.
Chase Johnson joined Poyner Spruill as an associate in Raleigh, N.C., where she focuses her practice on banking and financial services law. She was previously with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Brett W. Rector is an associate at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he focuses on health care and litigation. Previously he served as clerk for Judge Michael Urbanski ’81 of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Will Grossenbacher joined K&L Gates as associate in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice group in Charleston, S.C.
Because he had a high score on the Florida bar exam, Jad H. Khazem was invited to speak on behalf of newly admitted lawyers at Florida’s Fourth District court of Appeal induction ceremony in October in the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach. Khazem is a clerk for Judge Henry F. Floyd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Spartanburg, S.C.
David Moon is an associate with Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis, where he is a member of the finance and restructuring practice.
Thomas “Trey” L. Oliver III is an associate in the litigation practice of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Ala., where he represents clients in product liability, commercial litigation and pharmaceutical litigation.
Lainie Singerman joined Blankingship & Keith as an associate in the personal injury practice in Fairfax, Va. She represents victims of violent crime in civil cases as well as plaintiffs in commercial motor vehicle collision, product liability and premises liability cases.
Sean M. Sullivan joined Morris, Nichols, Asht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Del., as an associate in the commercial law counseling group.