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The Hon. Charles Gill In Death by Cop: A Call for Unity, author Wayne Reid and Judge Charles Gill collaborated to tell a poignant and personal story of police civilian shootings. Reid shares the unfettered details of his brother’s death and subsequent case, while Judge Gill, who presided over the trial, provides unparalleled legal insight. The unexpectedly uplifting message has the book rising to the top of the charts. Death by Cop has been named an Amazon Bestseller, ranked #1 in the Amazon category for Legal History, and named #1 Amazon Hot New Release in the category for Legal Practice.
John Tehan and Dan Graziano combined to win the Stonebridge Country Club Men’s Invitational golf tournament in Naples, Florida.
Roberta Liebenberg was named “Best Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Antitrust Law, Philadelphia. (April 2020).
Roberta (Bobbi) Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan, and Black, was honored as the 2019 inductee to the American Antitrust Institute’s Private Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame on November 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The Hall of Fame recognizes practitioners for distinguished service to the private antitrust enforcement community.
Howard Trickey joins Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a Litigation Shareholder with 40 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer representing a diverse group of clients across many industries and practice areas. Howard has also devoted a substantial part of his practice to employment law and traditional labor relations and represented Alaska Native Corporations, Fortune 500 companies, privately-owned companies, nonprofits, and school districts.
Maryland, will co-chair a task force on police reform for the county.
Katherine Meyer recently accepted a position as Director of Harvard Law School’s new Animal Law & Policy Clinic. The new program was launched in August of 2019.
James P. Ulwick was recently recognized for legal excellence and client service by the 2020 Chambers USA legal ranking guide. Ulwick is a principal at the litigation firm Kramon & Graham in Baltimore and leads the firm's Class Action practice.
Arthur (Art) Fuccillo celebrated the Washington Nationals’ first World Series win as one of the minority owners of the team.
Francis “Pete” Jones, Jr. has been confirmed by the Delaware Senate to serve as a Judge of
the Superior Court of Delaware. Jones has spent over 37 years practicing law and has been
with the Delaware firm Morris James LLP since 1983.
published a book entitled Confronting Racism: Integrating Mental Health Research into Legal
Strategies and Reforms. This book proposes a comprehensive approach to confronting racism
through a foundational framework as well as practical strategies to correct and reverse the
course of the past and catalyze the stalled efforts of the present.
Kathleen G. Walsh was named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2019. Now in its 14 th year, this awards program recognizes lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting standards for Virginia lawyers. “Leaders” are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia’s justice system, among other accomplishments. Kathleen is a Virginia attorney whose practice specialties encompass Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, and Virginia State Workers’ Compensation.
maintained a high standard of excellence in both academics—as a member of the National
Honor Society—and athletics—earning a combined seven varsity letters for soccer and baseball,
receiving multiple All-Area and All-State honors in both sports.
Nanci Nishimura has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws. The announcement came from California Governor, Gavin Newsom, on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Ellen Rattigan Jessen has been appointed by New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham to the bench as a judge for the Twelfth Judicial District Court. Jessen will be sworn in on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Eileen Brown has been named managing partner of the Thompson Coburn LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Brown is the second female managing partner for the D.C. office.
Michael J. Desmond was announced as Plenary Keynote Speaker at the 2020 Midyear Tax meeting.
D. Michael Lyles was appointed as Annapolis City Attorney by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. Lyles will take over for acting City Attorney Kerry Berger following confirmation by Annapolis City Council at its December 9, 2019 city council meeting.
Ron Quirk recently had an essay published in the Eugene O’Neill Review. The article examines one of Eugene O’Neill’s undervalued plays, Dynamo.
Jim Riley has been named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2019 list. The annual list honors individuals who have throughout the course of the year proven most effective in working on behalf of their clients. Riley is being recognized for his success in obtaining a rare exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for members of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) of which Riley is Chief Counsel and Senior Vice President for Government Affairs.
The Hon. Gregory T. Douds was promoted on June 8, 2019 to the rank of Major in the Georgia State Defense Force. He has served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate since December 2014, primarily in support of the Georgia Army National Guard’s Legal Assistance program.
David Reeves was elevated to Chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners effective November 1, 2019. Previously, in November of 2015, David was appointed a five-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and in October of 2018 he was elected Vice Chair of the Board by his fellow board members.
John Sten has been named partner at Armstrong Teasdale’s new Boston firm and is the new Co-Leader of AT’s Securities and Litigation practice area.
Scott N. Flesch has been appointed by The Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army to serve as the next Army Chief Trial Attorney (CTA). The Army CTA serves as the authorized representative of the Secretary of the Army with sole authority and responsibility for the conduct and control of litigation of contract disputes for all Department of the Army cases docketed with the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, excepting certain types of appeals originating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As the Army CTA, Flesch will oversee the litigation activities of 34 military and civilian trial attorneys and paralegals who are assigned to the Contract and Fiscal Law Division (KFLD) of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. Flesch's term as the Army CTA will begin on January 1, 2020.
Anne M. Donohue, member of the Board of Visitors, has joined Blank Rome in their Washington, D.C., office. She is in the firm’s Government Contracts group.
Daniel Gallagher returned to WilmerHale as a partner to represent and counsel clients on securities-related regulatory, policy, litigation, and enforcement matters.
Brian Stolarz and his work to exonerate Alfred Dewayne Brown—who served 12 years on Texas
Death Row—will be highlighted in the new Netflix docuseries The Innocence Files. The hour-
long episode will detail Brown’s wrongful conviction and provide a look behind-the-scenes at
the Stolarz’s hard work.
Shannon M. Heim has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. Shannon’s term runs October 14, 2019 through April 2, 2023. Shannon had previously been appointed to the Task Force under Governor Dayton and served until it expired when Governor Walz was elected.
William Beckwith was named Employee of the Year at the Federal Communications Commission, where he serves as a Senior Policy Attorney-Advisor in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Will was recognized by the Commission for his leadership and innovation in drafting a report to Congress that identifies states’ diversion of 911 fees billed to telephone customers to non-91 and non-public safety uses.
Cecelia TaBois joined the firm of Eskovitz, Lazarus & Pitrelli, PLLC in March of 2020, providing real estate services.
Patrick Hope, Delegate for the 47 th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, was recently interviewed by PBS in regards to the gun-rights rally held in Richmond.
Deana A. Labriola has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Raleigh as a partner in the Corporate
Melissa Netram was recently named the Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. With this position, Melissa and her team are responsible for ensuring responsible innovation in the derivatives markets.
Rob Stein was appointed Chief Public Policy Officer of InterDigital. Under the new title, Stein is
responsible for growing the company’s business through the influencing of legislation,
regulation, and public policies.
Thomas G. Allen, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, spoke at panel hosted by The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Appellate Mediation Program. Thomas joined colleagues for the special panel event entitled “Innovations in Mediation and Arbitration.” Keeshea Turner Roberts joined the Howard University School of Law’s Fair Housing Clinic as an Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney.
Fatima Johnson has started a new position as Executive Officer-Office of the Chief Information Officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Timothy Trysla has been recognized by JD Supra in their annually selected “Readers’ Choice Awards.” Trysla is one of four attorneys from Alston & Bird, LLP to be recognized. Trysla has nearly 20 years of health care policy experience in both the private and public sectors and with this recognition, he ranks among the top ten authors publishing about healthcare-related matters.
Ari Ghosal was made partner at Selzer Gurvitch Rabin Wertheimer Polott & Obency, P.C. Ghosal works in the firm’s corporate/ business, labor and employment, government contract, and intellectual property group.
Kevin Murphy was appointed as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Warwick, Rhode Island. For Kevin, “It’s an honor to serve [his] community and [his] home state in this new capacity.”
Contracts, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, False Claims Act, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, and
Claims and Appeals practice groups.
Robert Salzer has been appointed a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an honor reserved solely for skilled negotiators and experienced litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law.
Amanda Weaver has been hired by John Hancock; joining its Government Relations team as Assistant Vice President with a focus on Long Term Care (LTC
Cordell Hull has been named Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security for the United States Department of Commerce.
Edward Meyers has been nominated by President Trump to serve as Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Jessica Springsteen joined Clifford Chance as an associate in 2011.
Craig Trainor was appointed to the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. His appointment is effective in June 2020.
Stockton Banfield has recently joined Guidant Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona, to help small and mid-sized businesses affected by state-mandated shutdowns. Banfield will address challenges these businesses face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Small Business Administration loans and loan workouts. Additionally, Banfield will work on commercial leasing, real estate disputes, contractor agreements, employment agreements, asset sales, and general operational matters for the firm.
March of Dimes. Gonzalez will lead the development and implementation of March of Dimes’
federal and state government affairs and public policy agenda. The Government and Policy
Relations team is responsible for advancing March of Dimes’ legislative priorities that would
improve health equity, reduce prematurity, preventable maternal mortality and make
measurable strides for the health of moms and babies.
Directors. Phelan has served as a member of the CCA Board since 2016 and advanced to the
role of President after four years of dedicated service to the organization. He is the youngest
Board President in CCA history.
has been named a shareholder of the firm. Higginbottom is based in the firm’s Tampa office
where he is a member of the Casualty Department.
Wojciech Jarosiński (LL.M.) was profiled in the “Who’s Who of Foreign Attorney’s” article in the Fall 2019 issue of the National Jurist. Attorneys featured in the article were all accomplished graduates of various LL.M. programs in the United States that were designed for students from other nations.
Brian M. McKeon was named a share holder of Brownstein in Washington, D.C. McKeon is a member of the firm’s Government Relations Department and is a leading Senate strategist who identifies, secures and preserves appropriations funding, and primarily focuses on policy issues related to agriculture, sustainability, corporate compliance, supply chain transparency and technology.
Lauren Powell McDermott '11 and Bryan McDermott '12 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marty, on February 5, 2020.
Michelle Curth married Bryan Galloway on October 5, 2019. The ceremony was officiated by Catholic Law Professor Sarah H. Duggin.
Bryan McDermott '12 and Lauren Powell McDermott '11 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marty, on February 5, 2020.
John Morgan was sworn into the Air Force as a JAG Officer in the West Virginia Air National Guard. Morgan joins the 130th Airlift Wing which is based in Charleston, West Virginia. Due to the ongoing national health concerns, the ceremony was conducted virtually on May 7, 2020.
Alex Kalim was sworn in as Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia on July 23, 2020.
Abby Onaghise has joined Eckert Seamans’ Washington, D.C., office in the firm’s business division. She focuses her legal practice on corporate transactions relating to hospitality industries.
Daniel Kane launched his own solo practice focused on startups and small businesses. His
mission is to provide greater access to counsel for entrepreneurs in New York State and across
the country. His practice is split into two divisions: (1) a national practice offering advice on
intellectual property, government contracts, SBA lending, and other federal programs, and (2) a
New York-based practice offering additional services in corporate law and state-specific
programs. For more info, visit kaneesq.com.
Raha Mokhtari married Farzan Khajehnoori on October 5, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was officiated by Raha’s father.
Anthony Clark has joined the law firm Kramon & Graham as an associate in the Real Estate practice group. Clark represents developers in all aspects of commercial and multifamily acquisition, development, and lending from entity formation through dissolution.
Richard Kisielowski started a new position as Executive Secretary and Special Advisor to the Chairman at Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Rory Murphy was named by Legal500 a "rising star" for US Government Relations
Amanda L. Tharpe is now at Clark Hill as an environmental law associate.
Chima Okoli been named Penn State's new representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
James Roth has joined Miller, Miller & Canby’s Litigation Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in real estate litigation with a focus in eminent domain, as well as business and commercial litigation.
age of 76. During his time at Catholic Law, he was an Editor of the Law Review, and following
law school, he received a direct commission into the Navy Judge Advocate General Corp. and
rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his career, he also held positions as
Assistant United States’ Attorney for New Hampshire, the Assistant Hillsboro County Attorney,
a lawyer at the law firm of Valeshka and Kozlowski, and then Kozlowski, Gauthier and Parodi,
and as the Associate Justice of the Nashua District Court.
Barry F. Kowalski, a Justice Department lawyer who prosecuted high-profile civil rights cases, most notably winning the convictions of two white Los Angeles police officers in 1993 for the beating of Rodney G. King — an episode that touched off one of the nation’s worst urban riots — died on Sunday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 74.
Raymond Anthony Tiernan passed away peacefully on June 28, 2020.
John C. Livengood passed away on June 26, 2020, at the age of 68.
John R. Bukowski of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away on October 30, 2019, at the age of 68. John is survived by his wife of 43 years, six children, three grandchildren, his mother, and two brothers.
Marty O’Toole died in Los Angeles on Tuesday October 15 th 2019. He lived his days as a formidable fighter for truth, justice, and honor, but delighted most in the gift of human connection. he is survived by his parents, four sisters, one brother and countless adoring nieces and nephews.
Susan M. Noon passed away July 17, 2019 at the age of 66. She had retired from her position in the U.S. Department of Labor as a Policy Analyst in the Employment Benefit Security Administration. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Carmine James Spellane, and her son, Aron, both of Washington, D.C., as well as three brothers, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.