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In Memoriam |

Joseph M. Fitzgerald was recognized on June 11, 2021, for his 50 years of service as a member of The Florida Bar.

Robert A. Kasky was recognized on June 11, 2021, for his 50 years of service as a member of The Florida Bar.

C. James Patti was elected the International Propeller Club of the United States’ new International President during its 95th Convention and Port President's meeting. In this role, Patti serves as the CEO and leads the business and affairs of the Club and its 70 port chapters worldwide.

Joseph J. Baniszewski retired November 1, 2021, after proudly serving with the NLRB for 46 years, in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Washington D.C.

Stephen M. Silvestri
has been recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms and attorneys in the U.S. Silvestri is a principal in the Baltimore, Maryland, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has nearly 30 years of experience representing companies, public sector employers, and institutions of higher learning in complex labor disputes, and has acted as their chief spokesperson and bargaining strategist in negotiations throughout the country.

Eric P. Bernard was nominated for the New Hampshire Workers' Compensation Appeals Board by Governor Christopher Sununu and confirmed by the Executive Council on February 3, 2021.

Joseph A. French was recognized as the recipient of Mater Dei Prep’s Frank Outwater Lifetime Achievement Award. The Frank Outwater Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes alumni that leverage their Mater Dei Prep experience in career success and charitable contribution enabling the challenged and less fortunate to achieve.

David L. Winstead, a member of Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department, was elected to the board of the National Federal Development Association (NFDA). NFDA is a national association of private property owners and service providers who lease or provide service to government tenants.

Leesa Weiss has joined Edell, Shapiro & Finnan, LLC, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as Senior Counsel with its trademark practice. Weiss advises clients on legal issues concerning intellectual property, commercial relationships, and business strategies to protect intellectual property assets.

Sandra M. Casey has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Albany office as senior counsel in its higher education practice. Casey will provide counsel to her clients on general legal issues, policy development, compliance issues, bond financing, capital projects, student conduct matters, faculty concerns, ethics, and current legislation facing institutions of higher education.

Mark Holden
, board chairman of Americans for Prosperity, was quoted by Deseret News after participating in a Hatch Foundation webinar entitled, "Justice and Mercy: Bringing Greater Balance to America's Legal System."

John E. Littel was announced as the next Secretary of Health & Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in a press release made by Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on January 10, 2022. Littel brings 30 years of public policy experience to the administration and has served as the President of Magellan of Virginia and Chief External Affairs Officer for Magellan Health.

Minnie Baylor-Henry was appointed to the Board of Directors of Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company announced the appointment on June 14, 2021.

Julie Bowen was featured in a “Women Who Mean Business 2021” profile published by the Washington Business Journal.

Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Criminal Defense at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, recently featured as one of 25 CSG attorneys in Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine’s "Top Lawyers" in its June/July 2021 issue. More than 5,500 attorneys throughout New Jersey's Morris and Essex counties were asked to select colleagues who they consider the best within their practice area and whom they would seek out for legal needs.

Jesselyn McCurdy has been named managing director of government affairs by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Amy L. Fracassini was recognized by 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Mergers & Acquisitions). Fracassini is an executive committee member and president at Davis Malm Attorneys where she is a corporate and real estate attorney with a focus on general business and transactions.

Michael A. Refolo
, of Shrewsbury, a partner at Mirick O'Connell, was named the Best Lawyers® 2022 Business Organizations "Lawyer of the Year" in Worcester. Additionally, he was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2022 Edition) in the same field. Refolo’s practice focuses on business law, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, banking, and the drafting and review of business contracts. He represents companies in all stages, from emerging and developing companies to family-owned businesses to publicly held companies, both as general counsel and in specialized transactions.

Amy Conway-Hatcher was profiled by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia in their #MeetAMemberWednesday series on July 28, 2021. A partner at Schertler & Onorato, LLP, and founding member of Chief—a private network built to drive more women into leadership positions and keep them there—Conway-Hatcher is also the author of the upcoming book, Turning Point.

Terria Jenkins has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Rochester office. Jenkins is senior counsel and part of its intellectual property practice.

The Honorable Cheryl Nora Moss received the 2021 Don Hulen National Award for Advocacy from the National Council on Problem Gambling for her historic achievement in establishing and presiding over Nevada's first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court, the only active gambling court in the U.S. Judge Moss also retired in 2021 after serving 20 years as a District Court Judge in the State of Nevada's 8th Judicial District Court, Family Court Division.

The Honorable Gregory T. Douds was promoted on December 5, 2021, to the position of Deputy Staff Judge Advocate of the Georgia State Defense Force. Major Douds has served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate since December 2014, primarily in support of the Georgia Army National Guard’s Legal Assistance program.

Todd H. Gazda
has been named the new executive director for the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts. He will begin in the position effective July 1, 2021.

Sean C. Staples, a Magistrate Judge assigned to the Criminal and Domestic Violence Divisions on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, was nominated to the Superior Court of District of Columbia. President Biden’s fifth round of judicial nominees was named on June 30, 2021.

Charniele Herring, who represents House District 46 in Virginia, was featured in Blue Virginia’s “Flip-A-District Friday: Volume XV,” on October 22, 2021. The series helps Virginia voters learn more about leaders in the state’s House of Delegates prior to the upcoming election on November 2.

Joycelyn Tate was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). Her role on the CEDC is to make recommendations to the Commission on how to advance equity and diversity in access to digital communication services and products, remove regulatory barriers to broadband infrastructure investment and development, and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media and digital technology industries as owners, suppliers, and employees.

Denise Whisenhunt
has been appointed President of Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, effective July 1, 2021.

Stacy Douglas joined Everett Dorey LLP as a Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Douglas will lead the firm's Los Angeles office.

Robert “Bob” Hollingshead joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Tokyo and Washington, D.C., offices as a partner on the Patent Litigation Team in its internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department.

Philip Culpepper was named Supervising County Attorney for Litigation for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Jennifer Rasile Everitt was promoted to Vice President & Associate General Counsel at ICON plc, a clinical research organization. Everitt is the company’s senior attorney in the United States and is responsible for litigation and employment law matters globally.

Michael E. Holzapfel joined the national employment law firm, Jackson Lewis, as Of Counsel in Monmouth County. He joins Jackson Lewis as a member of the firm’s ERISA Complex Litigation and Employee Benefits practice groups. Holzapfel has almost 20 years of litigation experience, with a primary focus on ERISA and employee benefits litigation. He also has significant commercial litigation experience in various industries, including healthcare and construction.

Hope Jarkowski was named the new general counsel for Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), the Atlanta-based company that owns the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), on December 6,

Hope Jarkowski
, Head of Equities at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), was the keynote speaker at an event held to celebrate the launch of 100 Women in Finance NextGen Washington, D.C., a peer network of 100WF members in the first decade of their finance careers.

Megan Stull has been named to a one-year term as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association effective July 1, 2021.

Jermaine Cruz has been appointed the new Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion of Albany Law School in Albany, New York, effective October 20.

Jessica A. Springsteen
made partner at the firm Clifford Chance US LLP. Springsteen is a member of the Americas Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Craig Trainor, a member of the Catholic Law Alumni Council, has been appointed the Director of Judicial Education at the Law & Economics Center (“LEC”) of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. In this role, Trainor will lead LEC’s flagship Judicial Education Program, which educates and trains American federal and state court judges in basic economics, accounting, statistics, regulatory analysis, and the principles necessary to maintain the rule of law, economic freedom, and constitutional limits on governmental authority.

Craig Trainor, a member of the Catholic Law Alumni Council, had his law journal article, "In the Rush to Reform, Prudence Is Among the Highest Duties: How to Responsibly Reform Cash Bail," published by The Federalist Society Review. The article contends that we can address the growing demand for criminal justice reform on pretrial detention by eliminating cash bail but must do so prudently—that is, with the elimination of cash bail, we must also permit judges to detain criminal defendants pretrial who threaten public safety.

Craig Trainor, a member of the Catholic Law Alumni Council, submitted written testimony at the request of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the subject of responsible reform of cash bail for the Commission's February 26, 2021, public hearing entitled, "The Civil Rights Implications of Cash Bail."

Nicole Angarella was among six individuals nominated by President Biden on July 30, 2021, to fill key roles. Angarella is nominated for Inspector General of the United States Agency for International Development.

R. Andrew “Andy” Arculin joined the Blank Rome Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulatory Compliance (FILARC) practice group. At Blank Rome, he advises clients on a wide range of state and federal consumer protection laws relating to mortgages and consumer credit. Arculin joins Blank Rome from Venable LLP where he was chair of the firm’s financial services practice.

Will Jawando is set to publish his deeply personal memoir, My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist's Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole. Available May 3, 2022, the memoir chronicles his life from childhood growing up outside of Washington, D.C., to adulthood as a civil rights and education policy attorney, public servant, husband, and father.

Summer Mersinger was named as one of two nominees for Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The announcement was made on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, along with the names of several other nominees that President Joe Biden announced to serve in key roles.

Michael Saperstein joined Lumos and NorthState as general counsel. In addition to leading the legal and regulatory functions, Saperstein will oversee Lumos’ public/private partnership activities across their expanding footprint as head of government affairs.

Meredith Swartz Dante, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s national Labor and Employment Group, has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list of rising business, professional, and civic leaders.

Dania Matos
was featured in a profile published by The Skimm. “Skimm Her Career” profiles highlight a variety of jobs, one working woman at a time. Matos discussed her career and what it's like working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.

Dania Matos was selected as a recipient of the 2021 DEI Advocate Award presented by the California Diversity & Inclusion Conference for her work as the Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley. The award, which will be presented at the November 3-4 conference, honors those who are responsible for taking leadership on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion within their institutions, corporations, divisions, and universities assisting deans and/or vice presidents in meeting their DEI goals.

Dania Matos
has been appointed UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, effective August 16, 2021. 

John Stephens, Lt. Col., returned to active duty Marine Corps service as a Judge Advocate in 2010—following a clerkship for the Senior Judges at the D.C. Court of Appeals and a year in private practice. In the 11 years since his return, Stephens has served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, appellate defense counsel, and legal advisor to the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. In 2019, he was appointed to be a judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and was made a Senior Judge on that court in 2020. In 2021, his Presidential appointment to the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review was finalized and he now resides on that court, too.

Julia Whitelock joined Hudson Cook as a partner in the firm's litigation and government enforcements practice groups, working with business clients on individual and class action arbitration. The announcement was made in Law360 on February 23, 2022.

Meredith DeMent rejoined Baker McKenzie's North America International Commercial Practice Group as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. She will counsel U.S. and multinational companies on all aspects of U.S. customs and related trade laws, including current and rapidly evolving trade policy, compliance, and duty mitigation strategies.

Alfred D. Carry was included in the 2021 edition of the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list. Carry is Of Counsel in the Commercial Litigation group in McGlinchey Stafford PLLC’s Washington, D.C. office. Carry was recognized for his work in business litigation and has earned the distinction of a “Super Lawyers Rising Star.” He has defended financial institutions, credit card issuers, lenders, and servicers against a variety of consumer finance-based claims. His clients have included owners and general contractors in construction defect cases and white collar/government investigations clients in cases brought by federal enforcement agencies.

Renée-Lauren Ellis
was amongst those celebrated at this year’s 2021 Stars of the Bar for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA). Ellis, along with Lauren Brown, will be honored with The Mussey-Gillett Shining Star Award, which recognizes women who go above and beyond through their volunteer activities within the WBA. In the 2020-2021 year, Ellis and Brown developed the WBA’s Discussing Racism & Being Anti-Racist Toolkit—a comprehensive repository of resources and accompanying programming.

Jonathan A. Havens, co-chair of both Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP’s Cannabis Law Practice and its Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Practice, was selected as one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2021 "Under 40" honorees. The award recognizes 40 outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore.

Brian McKeon
has been appointed SVP of Public Policy for the National Confectioners Association (NCA) effective August 30, 2021. In his new role, McKeon will lead the trade association’s government affairs strategy, oversee grass-roots activities, manage the CandyPAC and focus on proactive efforts to shape public policy affecting the confectionery industry.

Jenna Shapiro has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Princeton, New Jersey as a Partner in the Family Law Practice.

Blair Decker was featured in the Washington Council of DC Lawyers’ DC Pro Bono Week 2021 Profiles. The profile discussed Hogan Lovell, LLP’s pro bono initiative that helps to break down systemic barriers combating discrimination in criminal justice and how individuals like Decker, a Senior Pro Bono Attorney at the firm, have worked on a wide range of pro bono opportunities at Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC).

William H. McDermott
was sworn in as an Immigration Judge for the Executive Office for Immigration Review on May 6, 2021. In this role, he will preside in formal judicial proceedings and make decisions that are final unless formally appealed.

Patrick Darno has been named principal at the global intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson. Darno focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and counseling in the technology areas of bioinformatics, mobile communications, e-commerce, database, and data processing. The promotion went into effect on January 1, 2022.

Philo D. Hall was promoted to Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green.

William Haun
has joined American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as a nonresident fellow studying constitutionalism, religious liberty, First Amendment issues, and self government. Haun will be part of a new AEI initiative, the Center for American Constitutional Governance.

Zach Swartz has been promoted to counsel at Vinson & Elkins, effective January 1, 2022. Swartz represents issuers and underwriters, placement agents, and initial purchasers in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, with particular experience advising equity and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

John P. Teresinski joined the Alexandria, Virginia, office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, as a Member (Partner) with the firm. Teresinski is a patent attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.


Stephanie M. Brochert
was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2021 Up & Coming Lawyer. Brochert is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Law Practice Group and a Catholic Law Alumni Council member. 

Madeline Taylor Diaz
and Katherine Soltis co-authored an article, “Ganged Up On: How the US immigration system penalises and fails to protect Central American minors who are trafficked for criminal activity by gangs,” which was published in Anti-Trafficking Review on April 29, 2021.

Michael Ellement was named a partner at James and Hoffman, PC in Washington, D.C., where he practices labor and employment law. His work in recent years has involved protecting the rights of workers during the pandemic. He represented a teachers’ union in litigation and collective bargaining, which led to increased safety protections for teachers and students returning to in-person learning. He also represented fast-food employees in securing a novel injunction against a major chain that was alleged to have created a public nuisance by operating without appropriate safety measures in place.

Ashley A. Norton joined Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. as a Litigation attorney.

Lydia Pardini was promoted to partner at Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP, in Washington D.C. Pardini counsels manufacturers and importers on the multitude of legal complexities at the intersection of unfair trade and trade remedies proceedings, U.S. customs and other import regulatory compliance, and international trade policy.

Brian J. Farnkoff was selected as a political appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Policy to serve as Senior Counsel on the Nominations Unit, assisting with the vetting of Article III judges and other federal judicial nominations by the Biden Administration, in February 2021.

Brian J. Farnkoff married Jordan Ashley Brooks on October 2, 2021, in Cazenovia, New York.

Angel Hernandez was appointed as Stavvy’s new Head of Industry and Regulatory Affairs on December 8, 2021.

Adilene Nunez Huang now leads the legal department of the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to serving immigrant survivors of violence. She began her formal role as the Co-Director of Client Advocacy, Legal Services, in April 2021.

Adilene Nunez Huang and her husband, Eric Huang, welcomed their second child, Bowen, on August 21, 2021.

Jonathan Tabacoff and his wife, Kimberly Ulan ’16, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Seymour Tabacoff, on June 18, 2021.

Angelica Żołnierowicz, whose areas of specialty include blockchain technologies and criminal securities fraud, has joined the commercial litigation practice group of Conrad & Scherer’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Carl “CJ” Hobbs appeared on Fox 5 on Monday, June 21, 2021. Hobbs spoke with Kevin McCarthy about one of his biggest passions—boating.

Daniel Lyons joined the Fox Rothschild LLP in Warrington, Pennsylvania, as an Associate in the Real Estate Department. Lyons focuses his practice on real estate, business, and associated litigation matters, representing clients in real estate acquisition and development from the ground up.

Kimberly Ulan and her husband, Jonathan Tabacoff ’14, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Seymour Tabacoff, on June 18, 2021.

Anthony Jones and his wife, Ambika Natesh, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Ashwin, on August 9, 2021.

Chima Okoli
was featured in Penn State’s student-published paper the Daily Collegian. Chima, Founder of Marathon Mentors, L.L.C., and the Penn State Representative on the Big Ten Advisory Committee, discussed changes made to the NCAA’s NIL policy.

Katherine “Kate” Almen was profiled in the American Bar Association (ABA) Member Spotlight released on May 18, 2021. An associate attorney at Eisenstein Malanchuk LLP, Almen focuses on issues related to state and environmental law—with a particular focus on environmental insurance recovery. Previously, Almen clerked at the Environmental Council of the States and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Civil Enforcement, Water Enforcement Division. During her time at Catholic Law, Almen served as President of the Law School’s Environmental Law Society.

Sydny Bryan joined WhitbeckBennett as an Associate Attorney in May 2021.

Vania Smith
participated in a panel discussion, “The New Normal in Legal Education: What We Learned from Part-Time Programs During the Pandemic,” presented as part of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) 2022 Annual Meeting.

In Memoriam

William B. Lake
passed away on June 28, 2020.


Karen Hastie Williams succumbed in her decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia, Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Elisabeth S. Brodyaga passed away on October 28, 2021. The immigration law giant was 80
years old.

Colonel James C. Moore, USAF Retired, passed away on October 12, 2020, after illness.

David C. Rinebolt passed away very unexpectedly on July 1, 2021.

Katherine A. Worthington, of Bowie, Maryland, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Worthington retired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney after 25 years of service for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C.

William Bean passed away February 13, 2022, at the age of 67, due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.

Samantha Lynn Castronovo passed away on November 23, 2021.

Patrick H. McCormally, an assistant Maryland attorney general who specialized in consumer protection issues, died September 12, 2021, of injuries from a motorcycle accident. He was 41 years old.

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