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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.

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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


In memoriam: Maurice A. Nelson, ’66 J.D.

It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Maurice Nelson on January 12, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 88 years old. Maurice came to the practice of law later in life after serving our country in WWII. After graduating from NDLS, Maurice served a few years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Berrien County followed by two decades of private practice in Niles, Michigan. Please view a lovely tribute to Maurice’s life by linking to the online obituary.

Timothy J. Malloy, '66 EG, '69 J.D.

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Timothy Malloy, founding partner of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, has been named one of the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in Illinois in the September 2014 business edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Nationally recognized for his IP litigation successes, Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements, and has served as lead counsel in IP-related trials throughout the country. His professional highlights include arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company the leading case directed to the scope of patent protection for medical devices.

Douglas J. Austin, ’69 J.D.

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Douglas Austin, a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, in Lansing, Michigan, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in 2015 in the practice area of Real Estate Law.

Michael P. Seng, ’64 BA, ’67 J.D.

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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

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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.


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Classes 1970-1979


Rudolph J. Gerber, ’71 J.D.

The Honorable Rudy Gerber, having retired from the Arizona Court of Appeals after 22 years as a judge, has been teaching law at Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego. In that capacity he was invited to serve as a visiting law professor at the American University of Armenia, in Yerevan, Armenia, in the spring semester of 2014, where he taught human rights and criminal law and also was invited to consult on these issues and other legal reforms with the Armenian Ministry of Justice.

In memoriam: Robert E. Helm, ’71 J.D.

Robert Helm passed away on December 11, 2014 in Port Huron, Michigan. Robert spent his legal career practicing law in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Saginaw, Michigan. Please view a tribute to Robert’s life by linking to the online obituary.

Richard A. Nussbaum, ’74 BA, ’77 J.D., Chosen as President of the Midwest League

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Richard Nussbaum recently became president of the Midwest League, which includes the South Bend Cubs and fifteen other teams. In addition to his role as president, Nussbaum will remain in his roles as general counsel of the league, in which he has served since 1993 and secretary, in which he has served since 2009. Nussbaum was a four-year starter for the Notre Dame Baseball team. Nussbaum is a partner in the South Bend firm of Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit & Kaczmarek. Read more.

Judge Janis L. Sammartino, ’75 J.D. Devoting Time to Establishing a Learning Center for Her District

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Judge Sammartino is establishing a learning center for the Southern District of California which will include self-guided tours of the Edward J. Schwarz U.S. Courthouse, a new court annex and the Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse.

Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

Patrick Scott, a partner with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.


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Classes 1980-1989


James S. Carr, ’87 J.D., Elected Chair of Kelley Drye

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced as part of the Firm’s strategic plan that James S. Carr has been elected Chair of the Firm. Carr joined Kelley Drye’s New York office in 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. He is well known in the bankruptcy bar, and he has been recognized for his creditor-oriented practice by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, US Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. In 2014, The M&A Advisor chose one of his matters as Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year, and he has been consistently awarded top-five honors in The Deal Pipeline’s Bankruptcy League Tables. See the full announcement here. Currently, Carr is the Chair of the Notre Dame Lawyers of New York City (NDL-NYC) Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law Association.

Thomas J. Jennings, ’80 MBA, ’80 J.D.

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Thomas Jennings has joined the law firm of Curtin & Heefner, LLP as a partner in the Business & Municipal Finance and Environmental and Public Sector Departments in the Morrisville, Pennsylvania office. He represents national and local business entities in a wide range of commercial transactions, focusing on facility development and operations. He provides guidance in structuring agreements with the public sector and formation of public-private partnership often involving elements of public, policy and procurement issues, economic development, government contracting, environmental regulation and land use planning.

Shelley Bacon Bacastow, ’84 J.D.

Shelley Bacastow has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel at PCTEL, Inc., a leader in performance critical telecom solutions, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Prior to this promotion, Bacastow served as PCTEL’s Assistant General Counsel for eleven years where she managed securities, corporate governance and compensation issues.

Philip Kalamaros, ’84 BA, ’87 J.D.

Philip Kalamaros has been chosen by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to serve on the board of directors for the Defense Bar for 2015. Kalamaros is a partner in the firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend, Indiana.

Todd Kingma, ’85 J.D., Recognized as Governance Professional of the Year

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Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo Company PLC, has been recognized as Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine in the area of Corporate Governance and Compliance. Additionally, Perrigo was awarded Best Overall Governance Compliance and Ethics program in the same area. The national Corporate Governance Awards are designed to recognize outstanding disclosure in corporate governance, risk and compliance. Kingma joined Perrigo, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, in 2003.


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Classes 1990-1999


John R. Vales, ’94 BA, ’97 J.D.

Jack Vales recently joined the law firm of Dentons US LLP as a partner in its New Jersey office. Vales focuses his practice on the litigation of business disputes for clients in the insurance, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.

Caroline McIntyre, ’91 J.D.

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Caroline McIntyre, Managing Partner of Bergeson, LLP in San Jose, California, has been elected President of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court. On behalf of the Inn, she recently attended the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence gala at the United States Supreme Court hosted by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where the Inn was recognized for earning platinum distinction for achieving excellence, the highest distinction an Inn can achieve. She also has been named a Super Lawyer.

William P. Farrell, Jr., 93 J.D., Ensuring Access to Justice for Tomorrow’s Litigants

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Over the course of his 20 years in commercial litigation, William P. Farrell, Jr. repeatedly heard the same questions from his corporate clients. How much would it cost to bring this case and how would they be billed?

Kristen M. Fletcher, ’96 J.D., Named Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate of Lewis & Clark

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Kristen Fletcher was named a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School where she received a Masters of Environmental and Natural Resources Law (LL.M.) in 1998. The award recognizes significant contributions to the environmental and natural resources law field. Fletcher has worked in environmental law and policy, specifically ocean and coastal law, for more than seventeen years. Fletcher has directed grant programs, taught law and graduate students in the areas of Ocean and Coastal Law, Natural Resources Law, and Fisheries Law. From 2007-2012, Fletcher was the Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) which represents governors of the nation’s 35 coastal states and territories regarding ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. Currently Fletcher is the Principal of Fletcher Coastal Consulting in Pacific Grove, California where her work includes advancing coastal management at the state, regional, and national levels.

Kristen E. Polovoy, ’98 J.D.

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Kristen Polovoy, a partner in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, has been reappointed Chair of the Class Action Practice Committee of the Camden County Bar Association. Polovoy’s practice includes complex commercial litigation with a focus on class action defense of product manufacturers in consumer fraud and household product advertising lawsuits, including food labeling litigation.


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Classes 2000-2009


Mark T. Emery, ’05 J.D.

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Mark Emery has been promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in its Washington, D.C. office. Emery focuses his practice on appellate and dispute resolution matters. He has briefed cases to the US Supreme Court and has argued cases in numerous other federal and state appellate courts.

Louis T. Perry, ’02 BA, ’05 J.D.

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Lou Perry was recently named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in its Indianapolis office. Perry practices intellectual property law, focusing on trademark, copyright, advertising and media matters. A litigator, he serves as trial counsel for clients in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Geoffrey Spiess, ’08 J.D.

Geoffrey Spiess recently became Corporate Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the City of Mishawaka in Indiana.

Kathleen Portman Tinnerello, ’09 J.D.

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Kathleen Tinnerello has joined the law firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. as an associate in its Cleveland office. Tinnerello represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Employment Relations Board and arbitrators.

Robert T. Numbers, II, ’05 J.D.

Robert Numbers was recently appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to his appointment, Judge Numbers practiced at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice where he focused his practice on complex business litigation in the state and federal courts.


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Classes 2010-Present


Andrew Ryan Stokesbary, ’12 J.D.

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Drew Stokesbary was recently elected to his first term in the Washington State House of Representatives where he will represent a district in a suburban area located 30 miles southeast of Seattle. Stokesbary also is a practicing attorney in Seattle.

Shaun Michael Kelly, '13 J.D.

Shaun Kelly has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP as an associate with the firm’s Corporate & Business Litigation group in its Wilmington, Delaware office.

Angela Johnson, ’14 J.D.

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Angela Johnson has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in its South Bend office and will practice in the areas of labor and employment.

Erin T. Escoffery, ’14 J.D.

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Erin Escoffery has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Escoffery will practice in Taft’s Labor and Employment group.

Krysta K. Gumbiner, ’14 J.D.

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Krysta Gumbiner has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Gumbiner will practice in Taft’s Environmental group.

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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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