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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


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.

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 http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=167&SubSectionID=468&ArticleID=130398.


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Classes 1970-1979


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.

James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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James Mall, of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys for 2014. Mall is a partner and chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

Scott C. Sullivan, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Scott Sullivan, a partner in WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the field of commercial litigation. Sullivan is a partner in the Rockford, Illinois firm’s business law and commercial litigation practice groups. Sullivan has been recognized for selection in Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2014), a distinction awarded to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Illinois as well as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2014) by Law and Politics in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law.

John W. Espenshade, ’76 J.D.

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John Espenshade, a Stevens & Lee shareholder, presented at the Third Circuit Judicial Conference in late spring in Hershey, Pennsylvania as part of a panel presenting “Municipal Bankruptcy: Perspectives from Practitioners and the Bench.” Espenshade focuses his practice on state and local government, municipal law and government affairs.


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Classes 1980-1989


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.

Thomas J. Jennings, ’80 MBA, ’80 J.D.

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Thomas Jennings, a partner in Hill Wallack in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office, has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council at Delaware Valley College, an independent, interdisciplinary college featuring individualized attention, small class sizes and an applied as well as theoretical approach to learning, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Kim L. Kirn, ’85 J.D.

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Kim Kirn has joined the Senior Arbitrator Panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. Kirn currently serves on USA&M’s Mediation Panel.

In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

Robert A. LaBerge, ’83 J.D.

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Robert LaBerge, a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC has been named the 2015 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the firm’s Syracuse office for Labor Law – Management.



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Classes 1990-1999


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.

Eileen M. Martin, ’91 J.D.

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Eileen Martin has joined the firm of Hiscock & Barclay as a partner in the Buffalo and Toronto offices. Martin brings much knowledge and experience to the firm’s Immigration Practice Area as she has practiced immigration law since 1995, most recently at Hodgson Russ LLP.

Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Julia Meister, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 for her work in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, and Trusts and Estates. Additionally, Meister has been designated as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” within the Litigation – ERISA practice area.


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Classes 2000-2009


Arthur O’Reilly, ’02 J.D., Saving the Cultural Soul of a City

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If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, ’04 J.D., Honored as a Top Female Litigator and Pro Bono Attorney in Missouri

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Matthew M. Killen, ’04 BA, ’07 J.D.

Matthew Killen has joined Nicoladies LLP as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Killen’s practice focuses on providing advice to insurance clients on complex coverage issues in a variety of areas and representing insurance clients in complex coverage disputes in state and federal courts.

Arthur T. O’Reilly, ’02 J.D.

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Arthur O’Reilly, an attorney with Honigman in Detroit has been named in the top 100 of the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyer listing and as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of Business Litigation.

Larry A. Ward, ’98 BA, ’00 MEDUC, ’03 J.D.

Larry Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Seattle, specializing in U.S. National Security Law, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that advises the U.S. State Department on defense trade matters. The DTAG provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies, and regulations for munitions exports.


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Classes 2010-Present


Jeremy S. Kemper, ’11 J.D.

Jeremy Kemper recently became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Bismark, North Dakota. In this new position, Kemper will spend a major part of his practice defending Native Americans charged with crimes under the Major Crimes Act (18 USC 1153).

Joshua D.K. Figueira, ’13 J.D.

Joshua Figueira recently joined the firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City as an associate. Figueira will practice in the firm’s First Amendment section.

Andrew M. Pauwels, ’14 J.D.

Andrew Pauwels, joins Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Detroit office. Pauwels will practice in the firm’s litigation department.

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

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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.

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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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