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Classes 1940-1949

Mike Stepovich, '43 J.D.

Mike Stepovich, Who Led Alaska to Statehood, Dies at 94

Mr. Stepovich was the last presidentially appointed governor of the Territory of Alaska and also helped lobby Congress for statehood.

Alexis “Alex” Thomas Cholis, ’41 BA, ’42 J.D.

Alexis Cholis is retiring after more than 70 years after admission to the Indiana bar. According to the Indiana Roil of Attorneys, Cholis has been an active lawyer six years longer than anyone in Indiana has. Cholis is an Estate and Tax attorney at Cholis & Cholis in South Bend, Indiana.

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Classes 1950-1959

In memoriam: James Fitzgerald, Jr., ’57 BA, ’59 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of James Fitzgerald, Jr. on June 18, 2014 in Gross Ile, Michigan. Please view the online obituary.

Edward F. Broderick Jr., ’54 B.A., ’56 J.D.

Edward F. Broderick Jr. has joined the firm of Wilson Elser as counsel in the New Jersey office. Broderick has transitioned his practice from his former firm of Broderick, Newman & Grather, P.C. His practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death actions, employment law, and civil rights and EEOC litigation.

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Classes 1960-1969

Michael P. Seng, ’64 BA, ’67 J.D.


Michael Seng, a professor for nearly 40 years at The John Marshall Law School, was awarded The Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for his outstanding work in public service. For almost 40 years, Professor Seng has been inspiring countless students to devote their careers to public service and become leaders in a multitude of good causes. Beyond training students in fair housing law, in 1992 he founded the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, the first law school clinic in the country to solely handle issues involving housing discrimination. Read more

Charles A. Weiss ’68 J​.​D​.​ ​H​elps ​Win ​Client’s ​Freedom ​Pro ​Bono


Working pro bono, Charlie Weiss,’68 JD, and fellow Bryan Cave attorney Thor Mathison have won the freedom of Alonzo Martin, who had been jailed in 2007 and later committed without a trial to Missouri state psychiatric hospitals.

Dennis G. Collins, ’68 J.D.

Dennis G. Collins has been recognized by Chambers USA 2014: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top attorney in the practice area of labor and employment law. Collins is a partner in the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri.

In Memoriam: Raymond W. Brown, ’62 J.D.

It is with deep sadness that the Law School announces the death of Ray Brown who passed away on April 3, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona. The link to the obituary, a beautiful tribute to Ray’s life and his many contributions to the legal profession, can be found at

Richard G. Harbinger, '69 J.D.

Beloved Richard G. Harbinger passed away January 17, 2014 in Santa Monica California. He was 90. He had a distinguished career as a CA Deputy Attorney General and a CA Deputy District Attorney. One of his many notable cases was the People v. William and Emily Harris and Patricia Hearst. He was special assistant to the president of The American Bar Assn. He served on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation. Richard taught at many law schools in China. He has written many legal articles. He will be missed.

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Classes 1970-1979

ND Lawyer and ND Football Player Becomes Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

Dallas attorney, Daniel P. Novakov, ’72 BA, ’76 J.D., a Greenberg Traurig shareholder, is named chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association in the first season of the new college football playoff system. Novakov was part of the Notre Dame football team that played in the Cotton Bowl against the Longhorns in both 1970 and 1971. Read more (subscription required)

Dale S. Recinella, '77 J.D.

Dale Recinella devotes his life to practicing as “a different kind of lawyer”. Dale is a lay minister who serves on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Florida as Catholic Correctional Chaplain to Florida’s Death Row and Solitary Confinement population. Recinella also serves as a lay minister to the families of executed prisoners and murder victims. Recinella discusses his work and the current issues facing death row pastoral ministry in America Magazine, Finding God on Death Row: 10 Questions for Chaplain Dale Recinella.

Rosemary Gill Kenyon, ’79 J.D.

Rosemary Kenyon, a partner with Smith Anderson, has been named by Chambers USA one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in North Carolina in the area of Labor and Employment Law for 2014.

Arthur A. Vogel, Jr., ’79 J.D.

Arthur Vogel, a partner with Quarles & Brady, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Natural Resources and Environment” by Chambers USA for 2014.

Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

Patrick Scott, a partner with GrayRobinson, P.A., has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer for 2014 in the area of Bankruptcy.

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Classes 1980-1989

Female Powerbroker Q & A with Beth Schneider Naylor, ’86 J.D.


Naylor, a senior partner in Frost Brown Todd LLC’s product liability practice group and former president of the Notre Dame Law Alumni Board, offers insight into the challenges of senior level female attorneys. Read more

Detroit Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, ’84 J.D., Takes on 11,000 Unsolved Rape Cases


A recent Time Magazine (Time, July 28, 2014 No More Cold Cases, p. 28-31) article reports on the daunting task that Worthy is spearheading as both the first woman and first African American to become Detroit’s top prosecutor. Read more (subscription required)

Wayne Malecha, ’86 J.D.

Wayne Malecha, a partner with Jackson Walker L.L.P., has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2014.

Diane Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane Haller, a partner with Quarles & Brady, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Real Estate” by Chambers USA for 2014.

In memoriam: Paul E. Heltzel, '82 J.D.


The law school is sad to announce the death of alumnus Paul E. Heltzel who passed away on June 30, 2014 at his home in Ohio. Heltzel was serving as Trumbull County Commissioner at the time of his death. Read the obituary which gives more detail about his dedication as a public servant and a tribute article.

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Classes 1990-1999

Business Logic Holding Corp, Represented by Peter Skiko, ’92 J.D., Obtains a $61 Million Settlement in a Trade-secret and Breach of Contract Suit


The publicly reported settlement ranks as one of the largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation in the nation. The lawsuit alleged the misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets to the design and development of software to manage retirement plans. Read more

Ralph Caruso, II, ’94 J.D.

Ralph Caruso, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions” by Chambers USA for 2014.

Edward Leader, ’97 J.D.

Edward Leader, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Natural Resources and Environment” by Chambers USA for 2014.

Christine Azar, ’91 J.D.

Christine Azar, a partner with Labaton Sucharow, L.L.P., has been recognized as being an “A-team lawyer on the plaintiff’s side” by Chambers & Partners USA for 2014.

David J. Butler, ’94 BA, ’97 J.D.

David J. Butler had been named managing partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in its Columbus, Ohio office, becoming one of its youngest leaders at age 42. Butler, a litigator, joined Chester Willcox & Saxbe in 1997 and served on its executive committee and as chair of the litigation practice. In 2012, Chester Willcox & Saxbe merged with Taft. Butler will continue in his role as co-chair of the litigation department. Butler serves as president of the Federal Bar Association’s Columbus Chapter. See press release

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Classes 2000-2009

David Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David Guevara, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Environmental Law” by Chambers USA for 2014.

Ryan Blaney, ’99 BA, ’01 MEDUC, ’04 J.D.

Ryan Blaney recently joined the firm of Cozen O’Connor in its Washington, D.C. office. Blaney joins the firm in its Health Care Practice Group.

John R. Linzer ’01 BSME, ’04 J.D.

John R. Linzer has joined the firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of its Chicago office. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Linzer was an attorney at Beem Patent Law Firm in Chicago. His practice focuses on patent counseling, prosecution, litigation, and post-grant proceedings. Linzer’s counseling and prosecution experience involves working with inventors and corporate counsel, beginning at the earliest stages of the patent process. Linzer has tried cases at both the Federal district and appellate levels as well as participated in proceedings before the International Trade Commission.

Cordell Carter, II, ’07 J.D.

Cordell Carter was recently appointed Chief of Staff & Director of the Office of the President – United States Programs, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Matthew T. Nelson, ’02 J.D.

Matthew Nelson, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is a contributor to the new Michigan Appellate Handbook. As co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, Matthew contributed to a chapter entitled “Appellate Briefs”.

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Classes 2010-Present

Brian M. Murray ’11 J.D. Receives Teaching Fellowship


Brian M. Murray ’11 J.D. has accepted an Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellowship at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, '05 B.A., '07 M.Ed, '11 M.B.A., ’11 J.D.

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, an associate with Faegre Baker Daniels, was presented with a Rising Star Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center at its annual awards luncheon. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice and generosity in providing high quality pro bono services to clients with complex immigration cases.

Maternowski, '12 J.D., Named Reinhart Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Kate E. Maternowski

Kate E. Maternowski, ’12 J.D., was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2013 by Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in Milwaukee.

Daniel Hyzak, ’11 J.D.

Daniel Hyzak has joined the firm of Reminger Co., LPA in its Columbus, Ohio office. Daniel focuses his legal practice on a wide variety of areas including business and commercial litigation as well as matters involving oil and natural gas, land use and energy.

Lesley Nash, '13 J.D.

Lesley J. Nash has joined Modrall Sperling as an Associate in the Abuquerque, New Mexico office. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial transactions and business matters.

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2013 Notre Dame Law School Commencement Awards

2013 Commencement

184 J.D. graduates, 15 LL.M. graduates, 3 J.S.D. graduates received degrees during the May 18, 2013, diploma ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Hesburgh Library’s reflecting pool.

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