Classes 1940-1949

In Memoriam: Lawrence E. Carr, Jr., ’48, ’49 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Lawrence Carr, Jr. on November 21, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia. Carr practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 60 years, most recently as senior partner with Carr Maloney, PC. Devoted to Notre Dame, Carr served on the Advisory Council for Notre Dame Law School for 24 years, from 1984 to 2008. Carr sent four of his five children to Notre Dame. Please view a tribute to Carr’s life in the online obituary.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

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John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

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: Francis X. Beytagh, ’56 BA

Francis “Frank” Beytagh passed away on February 21, 2016 in Dublin, Ohio at the age of 80. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Beytagh went on to receive his juris doctor from University of Michigan. Beytagh served as Senior Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren, and later, as an Assistant Solicitor General where he argued well over a dozen cases in the United States Supreme Court. Throughout much of his career, Beytagh served as an educator and scholar in the area of Constitutional law, teaching at a number of institutions including Notre Dame Law School. For more on Frank Beytagh’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

In Memoriam: Jerome A. Frazel, Jr., ’50 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Jerome Frazel on February 6th in Beverly, Illinois at the age of 89. After receiving his law degree Frazel joined 13 other attorneys at Hinshaw and Culbertson in Chicago in 1959. Frazel became a senior partner at Hinshaw and helped the firm grow into the national firm of over 500 attorneys that it is today. In 1976 the Notre Dame Club of Chicago honored Frazel with its Man of the Year Award. To read more about Frazel’s accomplishments in both his professional and personal life, please view a tribute in the Beverly Review.

Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award


Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

In Memoriam: Edward F. Broderick, Jr., ’54 BA, ’56 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Edward Broderick, Jr. on July 22, 2015 in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Broderick was a senior managing partner of Broderick, Newmark and Grather P.C. for over five decades, providing legal counsel in the areas of commercial and corporate law, employment law and civil rights litigation. Most recently, Mr. Broderick had joined Wilson Elser, LLP and continued his law career Of Counsel. See a beautiful tribute to Mr. Broderick’s life in the online obituary.

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.

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Classes 1960-1969

Thomas Curtin, '68 J.D. Awarded Prestigious Daniel J. O'Hern Award


Tom Curtin, founding member of Graham Curtin, in Morristown, New Jersey received the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in Law. Tom was honored “for his lifetime achievements and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession” at the annual awards ceremony. Read more about his many contributions to the legal profession.

The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.


Charles Weiss, a partner from Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office, has been named a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. This prestigious, invitation-only fellowship is limited to 500 active trial lawyers from around the U.S. Weiss has more than 35 years of experience in business and complex litigation, representing numerous Fortune 500 companies and other clients in significant litigation matters. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a former president of The Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. He is currently a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Weiss is a Past President on the Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors.

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

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Classes 1970-1979

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Leading Lawyers Magazine has named alumnus and adjunct professor Patrick Salvi as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Illinois in three separate categories. Salvi was named as one of the Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law, Top 10 Leading Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, and Top 10 Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyers in Illinois. Salvi is the managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. Additionally, Salvi is an adjunct law professor at Notre Dame Law School.

Karen Bush Schneider, ’73 BA, ’76 J.D.

Karen Bush Schneider was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 class of Leaders in the Law. Schneider is founding shareholder of White Schneider P.C. in Okemos, Michigan where she is a highly regarded authority in labor law.

In Memoriam: Michael M. McGloin, ’72 J.D.


The Law School is sad to announce the passing of Mike McGloin on April 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. McGloin worked as an Assistant District Attorney and later joined the Denver firm of Arkin & Hanlon in 1973. The firm later became McGloin, Davenport, Severson & Snow and he practiced at that firm until 2013. He then continued to practice with Lindquist & Venom. He was known for his mentoring of younger attorneys and he was especially welcoming to Notre Dame law students. To read more about McGloin’s professional and personal accomplishments, please view a tribute in the Denver Post.

Tomas F. Gamba, ’76 J.D.


Tomas “Tom” Gamba, a partner with Gamba, Lombana & Herrera in Miami, was awarded the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at FLABOTA’s annual convention. The statewide award is given to a trial lawyer that epitomizes FLABOTA’s commitment to the preservation of the Seventh Amendment and the art of trial lawyering.

The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, ’76 J.D.


The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania was chosen by the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) as the recipient of its 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Award. Judge Fischer was formally recognized with the award on November 18, 2015 during the MCWP’s annual Conflict Resolution Day event. The MCWP selected Judge Fischer for this award due to her dedication to training and mentoring lawyers throughout their legal careers and for serving as a helpful, positive role model to both male and female lawyers, her family and the Pittsburgh community.

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Classes 1980-1989

In Memoriam: John George Coutilish, '87 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the sudden passing of John Coutilish on July 20, 2016 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. John maintained a private law practice in Oakland County. Please view the obituary for more about John’s life.

In Memoriam: Patrick Joseph Pedro, ’84 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Patrick Pedro on May 28th, 2016 after a courageous and faith-filled battle against ALS. Patrick began his career at Bond, Schoeneck and King in Syracuse, New York in 1984, became a partner in 1993 and practiced there his entire career until his retirement in 2014. View a beautiful tribute to Patrick’s life here.

Kim L. Kirn, ’85 J.D.

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Kim Kirn has been elected Chair of the Labor & Employment section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) for 2016-2017. Ms. Kirn currently serves on the mediator and Senior Arbitrator panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.…

Cristina Portela Solomon, '84 J.D.

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Cristina Portela Solomon is the 2016-2017 president of the Houston Association of Women Attorneys. AWA is the only organization in the Houston area that focuses exclusively on the advancement of women law students, lawyers and judges. A labor and employment partner in the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, she is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents clients on employment matters in both state and federal court. She devotes a significant amount of her practice to trade secret litigation and has developed a reputation throughout Texas for successfully prosecuting and defending cases involving emergency relief in injunctive proceedings.

Dennis M. Barnes, '86 J.D.

Dennis Barnes, a partner with Barris, Sott, Denn & Drinker, in Detroit has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Barnes concentrates his practice on complex business litigation, including professional liability defense, insurance coverage litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other business tort and contract disputes.

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Classes 1990-1999

Meighan A. Harmon, ’96 J.D.


Meighan Harmon, a senior partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, LLP in Chicago, has been named to the Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers list by Leading Lawyers. Harmon focuses on complex family law cases involving the distribution of multi-million dollar estates and represents successful business professionals and their spouses from a variety of industries, as well as individuals with multi-generational wealth.

Radames “Ray” Velazquez Jr., ’92 J.D.

Ray Velazquez was recently appointed a judge on the Hudson County Superior Court in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie. Formerly, Velazquez served as a Jersey City councilman.

Andrew T. Blum, '95 BA, '98 J.D.

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Miller Canfield based in Detroit is proud to announce that Andrew Blum has been elected a new principal with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kevin Warren, '90 J.D.


Kevin Warren who is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings is also the highest-ranking African American business executive for an NFL team. He recently was featured on the cover of Modern Counsel in an article entitled “Inheriting a Legacy.” Modern Counsel interviewed Warren about his transition from the legal department to the front office.

Mary Jo Naples Miller, ’95 J.D.


Mary Jo Miller has joined Portland, Oregon-based Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the finance, corporate, and real estate practices. Her practice focuses on finance, merger and acquisition, securities, and general corporate matters, with a strong focus on renewable energy-related projects and companies.…

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Classes 2000-2009

Adam L. Bartrom, ’07 J.D.


Adam Bartrom, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, is one of fifteen lawyers in the state of Indiana recognized as Up and Coming Lawyers by Indiana Lawyer. This Leadership in Law award is given to honorees annually who are committed to the law, their peers and the legal community.

Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Vercauteren was named to In Business magazine’s 2016 Class of 40 Under 40. The issue celebrates the success of 40 rising young business stars in the Greater Madison area, each a business or civic leader who has demonstrated moxie and a firm commitment to the region through board involvement, volunteerism, or other activities.

David L. Guevara, ’06 J.D.


David Guevara, a partner at Taft in Indianapolis, has been selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016. Guevara is part of Taft’s Environmental practice group and chair of the firm’s Brownfield & Site Development practice area. He focuses his practice in complex environmental litigation and insurance law.

Patricia Victory Waterkotte, ’05 J.D.


Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC is pleased to announce that Patricia Waterkotte has been promoted to partner. Since joining Rusing Lopez & Lizardi in December 2013, Waterkotte has established herself as one of the firm’s leading and most proficient attorneys in her practice areas of complex commercial litigation, education and financial services in Arizona and California.

Marco A. Santori, '08 J.D.


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is pleased to announce that Marco Santori has been promoted to partner. Santori is based in the New York office. Santori is a member of the Corporate & Securities – Technology group, and his practice spans transactional, regulatory and litigation advice for companies in the financial services and technology industries.

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Classes 2010-Present

Gregory Bohan Ge, ’14 J.D.


Gregory Bohan Ge has joined the firm of Snell & Wilmer in the Los Angeles office. Gregory Bohan Ge focuses his practice in real estate and business transactions where he advises domestic and international clients on property acquisitions, office and retail leasing, joint ventures and securities law compliance.

Jennifer N. Hernandez, ’10 J.D.


Jennifer Hernandez joined the firm of Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP, in Miami. Hernandez will practice in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Hernandez was named to the 2014 and 2015 Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. Hernandez is also a board member for the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Miami.

Megan K. Meyer, ’11 J.D.


Megan Meyer has been hired as Real Estate Counsel at Port Cincinnati Development Authority, an economic development agency that initiates projects to increase jobs and regional prosperity through real estate and community development.

Katherine Merck, ‘12


Katherine Merck, a Notre Dame undergrad and current student at Gonzaga Law School, was crowned Miss Rodeo America and received a $25K scholarship which she plans to use toward an LL.M. in Tax. Merck’s plan is that her practice will eventually include helping farmers and ranchers with estate planning and water rights. Read more

Corben A. Lee, ’15 J.D.


Gutwein Law, in Lafayette, Indiana is pleased to announce that Corben Lee has joined the firm in the practice area of business law.

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Roundtable Gives Leading Scholars Opportunity to Discuss “The Constitution and Unwritten Law” at NDLS

Constitutional Structure

This year’s theme gave participants the opportunity to explore the many ways in which the law is shaped by forces outside the Constitution’s text.

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