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This edition of Class Notes was started in July 2014 and closed April 30, 2015. Clicking on any of the years listed below will take you directly to listings for that year.
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William H. Clendenen Jr. was installed as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) at the CBA Annual Luncheon during the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 16 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. He is the founder and principal of Clendenen & Shea LLC in New Haven. Clendenen’s activities in the CBA include chair of the Pro Bono Committee; co-chair of the Federal Judiciary Committee; and member of the Consumer Law Section, Federal Practice Section, Modest Means Initiative, and the Task Force on the Independence of the Judiciary.
Col. Dayton Michael Cramer, U.S. Army (Ret.) was appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to serve as chair of the Education Law Certification Committee for 2014-15. He continues to serve as the deputy general counsel for Florida State University.
Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Monmouth County, NJ, retired from the bench on Sept. 1, 2014. He was appointed to the court in 1987 and obtained tenured status in 1994. Judge Lawson was the subject of a Feb. 16 feature story in the Asbury Park Press (NJ) titled “Two Monmouth judges, longtime friends, reunited again.” The article traced the friendship between Lawson and fellow retired Monmouth County Superior Court judge Thomas Cavanagh, who are back together again as arbitrators for a Tinton Falls, NJ law firm.
Hon. Charles A. Shaw, Class of 1974, Senior U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri, received the Benjamin N. Cardozo Award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on April 9, 2015. The Cardozo Award is presented “in recognition of judicial courage and excellence.” Judge Shaw was selected to receive the Cardozo Award in recognition of his long-standing efforts opposing mandatory federal sentencing guidelines that restrict the ability of federal judges to exercise their experience and discretion to impose a sentence that is fair for the particular circumstances of the crime and the individual defendant.
In 2013, Judge Shaw published his memoir, entitled Watch Everything: A Judicial Memoir with a Point of View. Among other topics, the book discusses Judge Shaw’s efforts to fight against the mandatory sentencing guidelines, and the disproportionate and negative effect the guidelines had and continue to have on the black community.
Liebenberg has built a thriving antitrust and class action practice, and in recent years that dedication paid off big. Liebenberg was a lead lawyer on a trial team representing polyurethane foam manufacturers accusing Dow Chemical Co. of fixing prices in the plastics market. In February 2013, a federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, leveled a $400 million award — later tripled to $1.2 billion and then reduced to $1.06 billion — against Dow Chemical. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the judgment in September 2014. Liebenberg is actively involved in opening doors for other women in law and business, including serving as chair of DirectWomen, a group advocating for women lawyers' inclusion on public company boards.
Link to article: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202723557771/Introducing-The-National-Law-Journals-Outstanding-Women-Lawyers.
Hon. Shireen Avis Fisher was honored as the Global Jurist of the Year by Northwestern Law School’s Center for International Human Rights. Fisher served as an Appeals Judge at the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2009 through 2013, and as its president for the final year of her service. More recently, Fisher was appointed a Justice of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Fisher and her husband are expecting their first grandchild.
Barbara B. Franklin was reappointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, Federal Labor Relations Authority. Franklin has held the position since 2009. Franklin served as chief counsel to members Pamela Talkin and Donald S. Wasserman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority from 1990 to 1995 and 1996 to 1997, respectively. From 1977 to 1989, she served as a supervisory attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the Office of General Counsel, Division of Advice.
Hon. Susan Miles is a candidate for re-election to the bench in Minnesota’s 10th District, which encompasses eight counties. Miles has served as a District Court Judge for 18 years. Among other issues, her campaign cited the need for more public defender resources; and in civil court, a similar need for legal representation of low-income litigants. Miles is a past president of the Minnesota District Judges Association.
Allison Beck was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Beck currently serves as Acting Director of the FMCS. Beck was the general counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers from 1989 to 2010 and the associate general counsel from 1980 to 1989.
Susan Slattery Jamison works as in-house counsel with her husband's real estate business in Poolesville, Maryland. The couple has 5 children ages 17 to 30. One son now is a practicing Maryland attorney.
James Moriarty has joined Chesapeake Utilities Corporation as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, where he oversees the company's legal affairs internally and manages outside counsel. Moriarty has over 25 years of experience representing leading companies on diverse energy projects. Previously, he was a Partner at Locke Lord LLP and Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, both international law firms with offices in Washington, D.C.
Kathy Hochul was elected Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York in November, 2014. She was the running mate to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for re-election. Hochul won a special election to represent a western New York House district in 2011, then lost in the 2012 general election. The Cuomo/Hochul ticket recently survived a stronger than expected Democratic primary challenge in early September.
H.T. Nguyen has been re-appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Nguyen is the executive director and general counsel of the Federal Education Association. He was first appointed to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations in 2010, and was appointed for a second term in 2012.
John Polanin Jr. has been appointed to the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Polanin is the regional head of compliance for the Americas at the Macquarie Group based in New York, where he is also a member and past co-chair of the Compliance & Regulatory Policy Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Joe D'Andrea was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 for an episode that aired in Oct. 2014 about his representation of Lauren Cooper, an English teacher convicted of having inappropriate relationships with four of her students. D'Andrea is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Dunmore, PA.
Stephen W. Saunders is the co-editor and author of a new treatise on oil and gas law in Pennsylvania to be published by PBI Press in August titled, “The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania.”
Diane Kiesel’s second book, a biography of the late Washington, DC physician and civil rights activist, Dorothy Ferebee, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in August, 2015. The volume is titled “She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer.” Kiesel is also working on a second edition of her textbook, “Domestic Violence: Law Policy and Practice,” (Matthew Bender/Lexis Nexis, 2007). Kiesel serves on the New York State Supreme Court as an acting justice, Bronx County, criminal term.
Mary Anne Mullin recently joined Phillips ADR as Mediator and Insurance Liaison. Phillips ADR is located in Corona Del Mar California and Mullin will continue to be located in New York.
Dr. Stephanie Seidman was the subject of a profile in the San Diego Source on March 27, 2015. Seidman, with the San Diego office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, provides clients experience with strategic counseling on the development and commercialization of patent portfolios for the bio-pharma industry. In addition to her JD, Seidman holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology/biochemistry.
Kevin Chandler is the author of “The Lawyer’s Light — Daily Meditations for Growth and Recovery,” a book of meditations that addresses the feelings and issues confronted by lawyers who are in recovery. The book from ABA Book Publishing contains 365 meditations, one for each day of the year. During his career, Chandler has served in the U.S. Justice Department, on the staff of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, as a Minnesota state senator and in the Minneapolis law firm of Opperman and Paquin.
Richard Harvey has been appointed chief compliance officer for the Colonial Companies of Fort Worth, TX. In his new position, Harvey will be responsible for further development and maintenance of compliance processes related to state and federal law for Colonial's numerous business lines. Harvey was most recently chief compliance officer and general counsel for Omney Inc. in California.
Robert J. Bittman has joined the Washington, D.C. office of McGuireWoods as a litigation partner. Bittman, whose practice focuses on issues surrounding multinational corporations, particularly the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act cases, also has substantial federal prosecutorial experience. He was a top deputy to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation. The move is a homecoming for Bittman, who was a McGuireWoods partner in Washington from 1993 through 2000.
Paul Krizek is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 44th House of Delegates seat in Virginia. Krizek, who described himself as a community activist, is a former legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran. Krizek has worked for Christian Relief Services Charities as chief counsel for the past 16 years.
Shelly R. Pagac, apartner in the Pittsburgh office of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, is the recipient of the Nora Barry Fischer Award for 2014. The Nora Barry Fischer Award serves to recognize an attorney within the firm who has given back to the legal profession and the community at large.
Cris Revaz has joined Washington, D.C.–based Creative Associates International as senior education counsel, where he guides the company's global program teams working to stem school dropout, bring technology to the classroom and boost early grade literacy in the midst of conflict in transitioning states. Revaz, an international education expert, previously served as executive director of the Basic Education Coalition.
Thomas L. Gallagher will receive The Graymoor Community Service Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in New York City on Oct. 3, 2014, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of many Catholic charities and organizations. The award will be presented during the Friar’s Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner, which honors people who serve humanity through their commitment of time, talents and resources. Gallagher is executive chairman of a New York City-based social media brand company. For over two years he worked full-time on a pro bono basis for Mother Teresa’s religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, and the Office of the Postulation for the Cause of Sainthood of Blessed Mother Teresa. He helped to create and administer the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit organization.
Gina M. Burgin was appointed Deputy Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Gov. Terence McAuliffe. Prior to joining the administration, she served as an Assistant City Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. Burgin operated a private law firm for 5 years, and practiced for 12 years as a commercial real estate and business transactions partner with the Richmond law firm of Hirschler Fleischer, PC.
Alice S. Fisher, Class of 1992, and member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors, named by National Law Journal as one of the 75 most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.
Michael McCormack is a shareholder in the firm of O’Sullivan McCormack Jensen & Bliss PC, located in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a law firm representing businesses and individuals in litigation and corporate matters. McCormack, a commercial and insurance litigator in the Hartford, Connecticut area for more than twenty years, represents corporate and individual insurance policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, as well as counseling clients on their insurance and risk management programs and insurance recovery rights.
Spencer Stephens is the author of “Church of Golf,” a novel about a broken man who discovers that getting his life back means moving to Lanai, the smallest of the occupied Hawaiian Islands, and joining a religious community devoted to golf. Published in mid-October by Saint Pete Press, the book is available at Amazon.com and other online retailers. Stephens is the founding partner of Stephens & Associates, P.C., based in Rockville, Maryland, where he handles real estate and construction litigation.
Gregory Asciolla, co-managing partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s Antitrust Practice Group, was recently recommended in the field of class action-antitrust category by The Legal 500 and featured in Global Competition Review’s annual Plaintiffs’ Bar Survey. He was also named to the 2014 Super Lawyers list for antitrust litigation. Asciolla is a member of Law360’s competition editorial advisory board and frequently speaks to various national and international media on antitrust and competition law topics.
John A. Boneta was appointed to Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board by Gov. Terence R. McAuliffe. Boneta’s four-year term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. Boneta is the founding partner of John Boneta and Associates in Falls Church Va.
Chris Concannon has been named chief executive of BATS Global Markets Inc., one of the country’s three big stock-exchange operators. His appointment was effective March 31st. Concannon most recently served as chief executive of Virtu Financial LLC, a high-frequency trading firm. A former SEC lawyer, Concannon has also served as s executive vice president, Transaction Services, for The NASDAQ Stock Market. He will be based in New York City, traveling frequently to the company’s headquarters in Kansas City and its European office in London.
The Hon. Gregory T. Douds was appointed by the governor of Georgia as a captain in the JAG office of the Georgia State Defense Force, supporting the Army National Guard and the citizens of Georgia. The appointment was made during a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2014, same date on which Douds proposed to his wife 30 years ago. Their son David is in his second year at Georgia State University Law School and planning an internship with a state representative.
Patrick D. McPherson was appointed managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Duane Morris LLP. McPherson represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and protection of all aspects of their intellectual property rights. He is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and has represented clients in numerous federal district courts throughout the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, McPherson is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Edgar J. Asebey recently joined Jones Day's health care and life sciences practice as a partner in the firm’s Miami office. A former Roetzel & Andress partner, Asebey has spent more than a decade walking clients through FDA compliance issues and specializes in counseling non-U.S. companies looking to sell their products in the U.S. marketplace.
Angela E. Giancarlo participated on Jan. 22 in a roundtable discussion at the Columbus School of Law sponsored by The Communications Law Students Association, the Communications Law Institute, and the CUA Law Alumni Association. Giancarlo is a government and global trade partner in the Washington D.C. office of Mayer Brown, where she handles a multitude of complex matters within the technology, media and telecommunications field.
Holly O'Neill has been named a partner with Broad and Cassel’s Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group. She is resident in the firm’s West Palm Beach, FL office. She handles contested and litigated matters in the areas of estate administration, trust administration and other fiduciary litigation. O'Neill is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and regularly mediates disputes during the administration of wills and trusts.
Wes Adams was elected on Nov. 4 as Anne Arundel County State's Attorney in Maryland. He unseated the long-time incumbent in a contentious race.
David T. Hickey has joined the government contracts practice of Kelley Drye as partner. Hickey is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he provides legal and legislative advice on federal procurement, Department of Defense, veteran’s affairs, homeland security, national defense and aerospace issues.
Ronald Sigworth has joined Bass, Berry & Sims’ office in Washington D.C. as a lateral partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sigworth focuses his practice on protecting clients’ valuable intellectual property rights in complex litigation. He is immediate past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the D.C. Bar Association. Sigworth has also served as an adjunct law professor at CUA Law, teaching courses on patent law.
Gilberto R. Izquierdo received a 2014 Avvo Excellent Attorney Rating. Izquierdo is in private practice in Miami, FL, where he has also coached a competitive youth soccer team to the 2014 3v3 soccer nationals.
Suzanne Lopez, executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Fremantle Media North America, was the subject of a short profile in the Variety Legal Impact Report 2015. An in-house attorney, Lopez oversees the negotiations of all deals, litigation and legal affairs for the domestic arm of the media giant responsible for such megahits as “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Chelsie King Garza has been named to 2014 Texas Super Lawyers for the first time. Garza is an associate at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, and Agosto & Friend in Houston, TX, where she practices personal injury law. Recognition by Super Lawyers is restricted to the top five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas. Garza joined the firm in 2007 and has handled a number of high-profile medical malpractice cases in addition to work place injuries and other personal injury matters.
Suzanne Paulus Miller recently joined Sirote & Permutt in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Miller is a member of the firm’s Mortgage Banking practice group, where she represents national mortgage lenders in the areas of real estate, title, coordinating REOs, and foreclosure.
Jennifer O'Sullivan has joined New York City-based Hand Baldachin & Amburgey as a partner. O'Sullivan works with the firm’s Sports & Entertainment practice group whose clients include professional leagues, teams and franchises, event producers, professional athletes, and sponsors.
Chris Bjornson has been named Of Counsel with the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Bjornson represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies and in transactional matters. His clients provide international and domestic satellite, Internet, wireless telecommunications, and video programming services. Bjornson is a member of the Columbus School of Law’s Alumni Council.
Christopher Q. Davis is pleased to announce his new law firm, “Working Solutions NYC,” with two associates. The employment litigation firm specializes in the prevention, prosecution and defense of employment lawsuits on behalf of individuals and companies with real workplace problems.
Matthew J. Focht has joined Greenbelt, Md.–based Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s personal injury practice group. Focht focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiff's-side personal injury cases, at the state and federal level in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The Honorable Katina Self Steuart was sworn in on January 15, 2015, to the District Court for Prince George's County Maryland after having been appointed to the judiciary by former Governor Martin O'Malley on December 29, 2014.
Thomas G. Allen has been elected partner at the international law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Allen is a member of Pillsbury’s litigation group and is resident in its Washington D.C. office.
Frances Marine Davis was appointed counsel to the president at Middle Georgia State College, a four-year college moving toward university status serving approximately 8,000 students across 5 campuses in central Georgia, on Oct. 28, 2014. She relocated to Macon, Georgia earlier this year and married local attorney James W. Davis on Sept. 28, 2014.
Benjamin T. Branche was promoted from associate to partner at the New Jersey law firm of Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C. Branche concentrates his practice on Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate and Business Law. He was named a New Jersey “Rising Star™” by SuperLawyers® in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Dante Cornish recently joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication, as a general attorney.
Kimberly Morris co-authored “Court Sets Limit on Reach of Tipster Protection,” published August 26, 2014 in the Daily Journal. The article examines an important decision setting firm limits on the scope of whistleblower protections. Morris is a partner with Winston & Strawn, resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Joanne K.I. Howard recently joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, as assistant counsel.
Amy Mushahwar has joined ZwillGen PLLC as a counsel and chief information security officer. ZwillGen is a law firm that specializes in privacy and data security issues. Mushahwar is also a contributing author on ZwillGen’s blog “Law Across the Wire and Into the Cloud.” The online publication offers the perspective of ZwillGen's lawyers writing about the most recent issues in cybercrime, information security, privacy and legislation.
Patrick Murck is the new executive director of The Bitcoin Foundation, a lobby group founded in 2012 "standardize, protect and promote the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide." Murck served most recently as general counsel to The Bitcoin Foundation. Earlier in his career, Murck worked for the law firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth and a number of companies in the technology and virtual economy spheres, including Engage Legal, Engage Strategy, and bitcoin startup CoinLab.
Teddy Davis is a candidate to represent District Four of the city council of Los Angeles, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile and includes parts of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Davis was born and raised in the community. Davis has worked over the years as a senior aide to the mayor of Los Angeles, as special assistant to the governor of California, and as an Emmy Award-winning ABC News journalist. He currently serves as an Unruh Fellow at USC, helping students prepare for careers in public service. The primary vote will be held on March 3.
Summer Mersinger will join The Smith-Free Group, LLC as senior vice president in early 2015. She served most recently as Washington Chief to Senator John Thune (R-SD). Founded in 1995, the Smith-Free Group has played an advocacy role in shaping public policy on diverse issues. In addition to her Hill experience, Mersinger served as a Director of Government Relations at DC-based law firm Arent Fox.
Joseph M. Saka joined Lowenstein Sandler LLP as counsel in the firm's newly-opened Washington, DC office. Saka will continue representing corporate policyholders in complex disputes with their insurance companies. He was previously with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where he assisted clients to obtain significant recoveries from their insurers.
Will Jawando has been hired as a senior adviser to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s “O’ Say Can You See” PAC, as the governor gears up for a possible 2016 White House bid. Jawando will handle a variety of outreach activities, helping O’Malley continue to build a national network. Jawando is a former Obama administration staffer who narrowly lost a primary bid this year for a Maryland House of Delegates seat. Most recently, he worked for Discovery Communications.
Matthew Phelps is now an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office.
Kristen (Morgan) Comstock has joined Lorang Law, PC in Havre, Montana as an associate.
Daniel S. Crowley has been named a partner with the Hannon Law Group in Washington, DC. Crowley practices general civil litigation, with a focus on employment law, representing federal and private sector employees in employment disputes. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to representing Foreign Service Officers in grievances, discipline, EEO, whistleblower, and separation cases. He also has experience representing businesses in employment and contract disputes, employees with insurance benefit claims, and individuals suffering personal injuries. Crowley was named a "Rising Star" in Employment and Labor Law by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.
Shant Boyajian began serving on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as senior counsel in Jan. 2015. He deals with the public works aspects of the committee’s jurisdiction. Boyajian previously served with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Matthew Brannen was included in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in the field of real estate. The attorneys on the list were selected by their peers from among the top up-and-coming lawyers, defined as 40 years of age and younger, or in the practice of law for less than 10 years. Brannen is an associate in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. He began his legal career as corporate counsel for a top hospitality management corporation.
Tara Beech’s blog post, “Shaming the Poor Hinders Our Ability to Alleviate Poverty,” was published online by the Huffington Post on Jan. 7, 2015. Beech recently completed a clerkship for Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Wesley Gee is an associate at Arent Fox. He is a graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
Michael Ellement has joined the general counsel's office of the National Labor Relations Board in its Honors Attorney Program, where he is currently assigned to the Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch. Prior to that, completed a clerkship with Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ellement has recently published two law review articles – “Enfranchising Persons with Disabilities: Continuing Problems, an Old Statute, and A New Litigation Strategy,” 39 T. Marshall L. Rev. 29 (2013) and “Labor Law in 3(d): Reexamining the General Counsel of the NLRB as an Independent Prosecutor of Labor Violations,” 29 ABA J. Lab. & Emp. L. 477 (2014). In addition, Ellement served as a panelist on the Thurgood Marshall School of Law's annual law review symposium, titled "A History of Civil Rights Issues from Education to Voting Rights and Their Modern Implications."
Joseph C. Pekich has joined Solomon Law Firm PLLC as an associate attorney to assist with the firm’s high volume of federal employment law cases. Pekich, who hails from a family of union members, focused on labor and employment law at CUA, where he received the Plato Papps Fellowship, which is awarded to students with a demonstrable interest in labor law.
David Crawford accepted a position in the telecommunications practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Crawford is a cum laude graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies.
Jessica Kleinman has been awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship for her proposal to address asthma problems among the children of low-income families in Washington, D.C.
Joseph L. Tobin Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on January 13, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He was a resident of Garden City, NY. Mr. Tobin was a proud World War II Navy Veteran, having served in Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was a partner in the Mineola, NY law firm of Sprague, Stem, Aspland, Dwyer and Tobin; former President of the Nassau County Bar Association and acting village justice of the Village of Hempstead. Mr. Tobin was the devoted husband of sixty years of the late Helen (nee McMahon), the loving father of seven children, and the cherished grandfather of five.
Dean Pace, a former member of the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors, died on Jan. 21, 2014. A native of Maryland, Pace was educated at the Catholic University of America, Mount Saint Mary's College, and Harvard Law School. He was passionate about his faith, his knighthood in the Order of Malta, and his wife, with whom he spent many wonderful times in France. Dean Francis Pace was equally passionate about his life's work. He was one of the original attorneys who practiced nationwide under the 1986 Amendment to the False Claims Act, combating fraud against the U. S. federal government. Among his many hobbies, Pace especially enjoyed golf with his friends at the Bel Air Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jocelyne, his daughter, Marilyce, and his brother, William Pace.
Natalie Yeager St. Denis passed away on January 23, 2014.
Joseph Procaccino of Vienna/Fairfax, Virginia, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Jan. 8, 2015 following complications from a respiratory illness. He was 93. In 1942, Procaccino enlisted in the Army and was sent for intensive Japanese language training. He was commissioned as an officer and traveled to the China/Burma/India Theater of Operations. While in China, he was assigned a small group of specialists who travelled into Yenan in 1945 as part of an effort by the United States to explore the activities of the Communist Chinese in the fight against Japanese forces. His team met with local leadership, to include Mao Tse-Tung and Chou En Lai. During his military service, Procaccino entered into the Office of Strategic Services, and remained in that organization as it evolved into the Central Intelligence Agency, becoming a charter member. He served under every CIA Director to the present, accumulating an incredible 71 years of federal service. Procaccino received numerous awards and citations. He is survived by his loving son Joseph, Jr. and daughter-in-law Margaret of Fairfax, Virginia, and his granddaughters, Cristina and Carla.
Robert O. Tiernan passed away on October 15, 2014, in South Kingstown, RI, at the age of 85. Tiernan was elected to the US House of representatives in 1967, serving for seven years. After his service in Congress, he was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Gerald Ford. Tiernan served on the national board until 1981, when he practiced law again in Rhode Island. Tiernan retired from the practice of law in 2009. He was a member of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
Martin A. Farrell passed away on Jan. 25, 2013, in Portland, OR. Farrell served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. He moved to Alaska in 1959 to practice law. He served one term in the state House of Representatives from 1971 to 1972, and chaired the Alaska House Resources Committee when the legislature took up the first major overhaul of state regulatory and right-of-way laws following the announcement that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline would be built. Gov. Sean Parnell ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Farrell’s passing.
Joseph Dougherty Crumlish passed away on August 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C., at the age of 92. Crumlish served as a past president of the Thomas More Society of America. He was the beloved father of Rebecca Crumlish and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
William Hague Jr. 70, of Wickford, RI, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 in Boston surrounded by his family and enjoying the music of Neil Diamond. He was born in Providence, RI on August 3, 1943. Following law school, Hague served in the U.S. Army Reserves. During his 33 year career as an attorney, Hague was an associate, partner, and later principle of Dick and Hague, Ltd. Over the years, he was devoted to charitable work, coaching Farm League baseball in Lincoln, preparing tax returns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and working with Big Brothers of Rhode Island, which named him Big Brother of the year in 2011. Hague is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kianna) Rake Hague, three children and two stepchildren, and two grandchildren.
H. Claire Whitney died on Feb. 5, 2014, at the age of 65 after a long illness. She had a long and successful career with the U.S. Justice Department, recently retiring as senior counsel in the Environmental Crimes Section.
Fred Buckine, a former Hillsborough County judge and prosecutor and the husband of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince (1975), died Sept. 6, 2014 at the age of 75. The couple resided in Tallahassee. Buckine and Quince met at CUA Law and after graduating began a marriage of 38 years. Known for his love of the law and for his public speaking ability, Buckine grew up in Bradenton and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. A statement by the family noted that he was among the first 100 black lawyers to be licensed to practice in Florida. Quince, the first black woman to serve on the state's highest court, was appointed in 1998. Their marriage produced two daughters, Peggy LaVerne and Laura LaVerne.
Roger John Lucas passed away on Jan. 29, 2015, at the age of 65. He resided in Vienna, VA. Lucas is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Lucas; daughters Stephanie Lucas and Jennifer Crane; two grandchildren; his parents, and two siblings. Lucas was a generous supporter of the Charles and Louise O'Brien Fellowship at the Columbus School of Law.
Rebecca (Robert) Rini passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 8, 2015. Rini was the founding partner of the law firm of Rini, Coran & Lancellotta, PC and its successor, Rini O’Neil, PC. She was an innovator in the communications industry and was widely regarded for her negotiation skills, her fierce advocacy and her creative approach to problem solving. Rini served on the Board of Directors of The Source for Learning, Inc. and on the Board of Directors of Pegasus Tower Company. She served as president of the alumni association for the Institute for Communications Law Studies at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus Law School (2004). She is survived by Lori Rini, her daughter Lyndsay, son Jacob and long-time companion Michael Selleh.