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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: Bernard P. Malone, ’63 J.D.

It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Bernard “Bud” Malone on February 27, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Bud devoted much of his legal career as an advocate for financing affordable housing under the FHA Program. Bud later co-founded Malone Mortgage, a finance mortgage company which specialized in federal housing loans. Most recently, Bud founded MORTGAGES

In Memoriam: John Francis Beggan, ’57 BA, ’60 J.D.

The Law School is sad to announce the passing of John Beggan on February 1, 2015 in Wilmette, Illinois. After his graduation from NDLS, John began his career in Washington, D.C. working in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Five years later John and his wife moved to Chicago where they raised their family and he practiced corporate law at the firm of Gardner, Carton, and Douglas for over 30 years. To read more about John’s life and his love for Notre Dame, please visit the obituary.

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.


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Classes 1970-1979


Chadwick C. Busk, ’77 J.D.

Chadwick Busk had his article, "Fighting the Good Fight: Plain-Language Tales from the Corporate Trenches," published in the January, 2015 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

Timothy J. Howard, ‘76 J.D.

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Timothy Howard, a partner at Howard & Howard, has been listed in Illinois Super Lawyers 2015 in the area of Business Litigation. Howard practices in the Peoria office.

In Memoriam: Alan Wendell Anderson, ’75 J.D.

Alan “Lanny” Anderson passed away on May 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Lanny was a longtime partner in the Denver firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons n/k/a Lewis Roca Rothgerber. Several years ago, Lanny moved to Colorado Springs to start a second career as a Deputy District Attorney, Economic Crimes Unit. Lanny was the founder of Pro Bono USA, an organization created to assist attorneys in helping indigent individuals receive free legal assistance. Please view the online obituary to read a beautiful tribute to Lanny’s life.

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.


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Classes 1980-1989


Matthew P. Feeney, ’79 BA, ’83 J.D.

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Matthew Feeney, a partner in the Snell & Wilmer Phoenix office, has assumed the firm’s chairmanship. Feeney takes over for John J. Bouma, who steps down from the position after leading the firm for more than 30 years. Feeney’s practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, SEC reporting and compliance, and corporate governance matters, including advising corporate boards and board committees.

Michael J. Allen, ’85 J.D.

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Michael Allen of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. in Greensboro, North Carolina, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property. He was also selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for 2015 for the practice area of Intellectual Property.

Amy Smith O’Connor, ’84 J.D.

Amy S. O’Connor, a shareholder with the law firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P. C., in Albany, NY has been named as Chair of the Firm’s Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Practice Group. O’Connor’s practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, guardianships, and elder law, with a focus on assisting elderly clients and their families with legal and tax issues, including estate tax planning, preservation of assets, long-term care planning, and eligibility for governmental benefits.

Jeffrey S. Schloemer, ’80 BA

Jeffrey Schloemer, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati has been selected as one of 2015 Leading Lawyers by Cincy Magazine in the area of Commercial and Contract Law.

Lorelie Masters, ’81 J.D., Featured in 2015 Super Lawyers Magazine

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Lorelie Masters was featured on the cover of 2015 Super Lawyers of Washington, D.C., in an article titled “Masters of the Insurance Universe.” Masters, a partner at Perkins Coie, is known as an expert in the field of insurance litigation, an area that she has practiced in since the mid- 1980s. In addition to the hours devoted to her successful practice, Masters spends after hours in her role as a social activist: advocating for pay equity for women, human-trafficking laws, voting rights and other issues. This past year Masters declared her candidacy to become the first elected attorney general in the District simply because “the race … needed to include women’s voices.”


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Classes 1990-1999


Paul Drey, ’89 BA, ’92 JD Honored with Prestigious John F. Sanford Award

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Paul Drey, the managing partner of Brick Gentry, P.C., was recently honored with the John F. Sanford Award during the Dinner Gala at the Iowa Medical Society’s (IMS) 165th Annual Conference. The John F. Sanford Award recognizes a layperson who has made outstanding contributions to health care on behalf of both the Iowa Medical Society and the physicians in the State of Iowa. The presenter of the award stated, “There is a reason Paul is the ‘go to’ attorney for medical groups and physicians in Iowa – he truly cares about Iowa physicians, and understands how complex our world can be.” The receipt of this award is further evidence of how Paul continues to exhibit the attributes of strong intellect, faith, and service that resulted in him being chosen as the inaugural Father Michael McCafferty Law Scholar at NDLS in 1992. Read more

Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Julia Meister, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was honored by her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy as one of three “Women Making a Difference” in 2015. Read more folder/Meister.pdf about her contributions to her community, both professionally and philanthropically.

George D. Molinsky, ’94 J.D.

George Molinsky, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati has been selected as one of 2015 Leading Lawyers by Cincy Magazine in the area of Emerging Companies.

Sponsorship for USA Track & Field Grows Under Leadership of CEO, Max Siegel, ’86 BA, ’92 JD

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Since Max Siegel became USATF’s fourth CEO in May 2012, he has signed 12 corporate partnership deals and grown the organization’s sponsor roster from seven to 19 and increased the organization’s annual revenue from $19 million to $30 million. USATF board member Jackie Joyner-Kersey credits the recent success of USATF with Siegel’s “team approach” in dealing with sponsors and athletes. “Max is a ‘we’ guy,” Joyner-Kersey said. “It’s about how we can do this together. That approach has created tremendous buy-in with athletes, sponsors and other constituents which has produced tremendous progress for the organization.” Read more

Minnesota Vikings Promote Kevin Warren, ’90 JD, to CEO

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Kevin Warren, who is entering his 11th season with the Vikings, most recently served as the Vikings Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer. As CEO, Warren will now oversee all aspects of the Vikings business operations and will create strategic efforts for all departments. Warren has been instrumental in the design and construction process of the new Viking stadium set to open in 2016. Viking Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf said, “Kevin’s leadership, acumen, passion and work ethic will continue to be a positive asset for the Vikings and this community.” Warren and his wife are very committed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, where they recently donated $1 million to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to establish “Carolyn’s Comforts”, a child cancer emergency assistance fund named in honor of Warren’s late sister. Read more


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Classes 2000-2009


Alison M. Howard, ’97 BA, ’03 J.D.

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Alison Howard, of Crowe & Dunlevy, has been named chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) practice group. In this role, Howard leads a team of experienced attorneys concentrated in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. The firm’s attorneys in these two areas work together, sharing information, ideas and resources on client matters, in order to keep abreast of legislative, administrative and judicial developments.

Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Frank Valenzuela, an attorney in the Dallas firm of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, for the sixth consecutive time. Valenzuela concentrates on employment litigation in addition to civil rights and federal constitutional claims. He represents private companies and governmental entities in a variety of matters, from grievance investigations to representation before administrative agencies and courts.

Joseph T. Kelleher, ’06 J.D.

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Joseph Kelleher has been elected a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young. Kelleher, a litigator in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, represents a broad spectrum of clients, including public companies, privately owned businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and religious and nonprofit organizations in various disputes and litigation matters. Kelleher is experienced in all aspects of litigation, having served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and appeals.

Molly Meacham, ’06 J.D.

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Molly Meacham joins Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir, P.C. in Pittsburgh in the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor Services, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Meacham focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as to represent business entities in employment disputes. Meacham has tried jury trials to verdict, represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and before government agencies. She also represents clients in matters that include contract disputes, employment law, admiralty and maritime law, toxic tort, environmental and natural gas industry litigation.

James P. Burke, ’01 J.D.

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James Burke, an associate in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio office has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the field of Business Litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.


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Classes 2010-Present


Trevor L. Currie, ’14 J.D.

Trevor Currie joins Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in its Corporate & Finance Practice Group in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin office.

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.

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News

NDLS Offers Online Certificate in Patent Prosecution

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The Certificate in Patent Prosecution is a 12-credit curriculum that prepares students to help inventors get patents. Certificate students learn the basics of patent law and the important skills that a patent agent will need to have: how to write a patent application, how to negotiate with the U.S. Patent Office on behalf of an inventor, how to determine whether an invention is patentable, and the ethical obligations of a patent agent.

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