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: Joseph F. Gargan, ’52 BA, ‘55 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Joseph Gargan on December 12, 2017 in Lansdowne, Virginia. Gargan was formerly of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. After graduating from Notre Dame with his law degree, Gargan worked as trial lawyer at Badger, Pratt, Doyle & Badger. Following his years in practice, Gargan spent time working on John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign as well as campaigns for both Ted and Bobby Kennedy. Gargan later returned to private practice and eventually became a founding partner at Gargan, Harrington, Markham & Wall. Gargan retired from practice in 2013. To read more about Gargan’s life see the obituary.

In Memoriam: Charles Walter Roemer, ’53 BA, ’58 J.D.

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The law school sadly announces the passing of Charles “Chuck” Roemer who died on August 14, 2017 in South Bend. Upon graduation from Notre Dame Law School, Chuck practiced with his brother Tom and later his brother Jim before he partnered with Dick Mintz to form Roemer & Mintz in 1977. Chuck focused his practice on estate planning. In 2001 Roemer & Mintz merged with Barnes and Thornburg and Chuck retired as a partner in 2004. Please view a beautiful tribute to the life of Chuck Roemer and his many contributions to the South Bend community.

In Memoriam: Tobias “Toby” Barry, ’52 J.D.

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It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Justice Toby Barry, who passed away peacefully at the age of 92. After beginning his career practicing law, Barry was elected to the State of Illinois House of Representatives in 1960, filling the seat previously held by his father, Tobias Barry Sr., following his untimely death. Toby continued to serve as a state representative for 14 years. In 1974 he was elected to the Third District Appellate Court, becoming Justice Barry. He was retained by the voters in 1984 and continued to serve on that court for 20 years, until his retirement in 1994. He was subsequently reappointed by special order of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve again on the Third District Appellate Court from 2002 to 2004. He was also appointed by special order of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on its Worker’s Compensation Division for many years. Please see a tribute to Barry’s life in the online obituary.

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.

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Classes 1960-1969

Paul H. Titus, ’60 J.D.

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Paul Titus, of Counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, received the “Drum Major for Justice Award” on January 15 at the 19th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, held by the Allegheny County Bar Association. Titus was honored for the “extraordinary community work he has done with the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh to ensure that diverse students attending predominately African American Catholic Schools have an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the legal field.” For over 20 years, Titus has led a Mock Trial Program and Constitution and Legal System Training for 8th grade students at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy.

In Memoriam: R. Michael “Mike” Brady, ’59 BS, ’62 J.D.


It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Mike Brady, who died peacefully on January 13th, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Brady spent 37 years at Procter and Gamble in various roles in the Tax Division, including Manager of European Taxes in Brussels, Belgium from 1982 to 1985 and culminating as Tax Director and Tax Counsel. To read more about his accomplishments and arrangement details please view the obituary.

In Memoriam: Cornelius “Neil” Collins, ’62 J.D.

The law school is sad to announce the passing of Neil Collins, who died on December 19, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. To read more please view the obituary.

In Memoriam: Gerald G. Vairo, ’62 BA, ’64 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Gerald Vairo of Lake Linden, Michigan on September 8, 2017. In 1965 Gerry began his law career with the law firm of Messner & Labine in Houghton, Michigan. Later he became the senior member and partner of the law firm of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson and Manchester for 50 years with offices in Houghton and Calumet. Please view a beautiful tribute to Gerry’s life and his many contributions to his community.

In Memoriam: Robert S. Krause, ’66 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Robert “Bob” Krause, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who passed away on July 13, 2017. Krause had a long and successful career at Dickenson Wright in Detroit. Krause served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law School Association from 1994 – 1999 and later served on the board as an executive advisory member from 1999 through 2014. To read more about Krause’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

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Classes 1970-1979

In Memoriam: John Grant Zajas, ’70 J.D.

It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of John Grant Zajas on January 30, 2018 in Angola, New York. Zajas practiced for many years at Zajas & Zajas in Angola, New York. To read more visit his obituary.

Rosemary Kenyon, ’79 J.D.

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Smith Anderson is pleased to announce that Rosemary Kenyon has been named one of the 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers. Kenyon practices in the area of employment and labor law counseling and litigation, across a wide variety of industries and companies, both public and private. Kenyon also serves as Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Nancy Morrison O’Connor, ’76 J.D.

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Nancy O’Connor has been appointed by Catholic University President, John Garvey, as the University’s new general counsel, effective January 1, 2018. O’Connor brings over 41 years of legal experience in the areas of labor and employment, litigation, and research integrity. Prior to her appointment, O’Connor spent 17 years as partner at Bracewell LLP representing clients in the areas of compliance, internal investigations, transactions, and litigation. Please view a press release.

John T. Lynch, ’75 J.D.

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Davis Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is proud to announce that shareholder John Lynch has been named to the list of 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Lynch practices in the Business and Trust & Estate areas in Boston.

Catherine M. Karol, ’78 J.D.

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Butzel Long is pleased to announce that Catherine Karol has joined the firm as Counsel in its Detroit office. Karol concentrates her practice in transactional negotiations, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures. Karol recently retired from a 38-year career on the General Motors (GM) Legal Staff, where she advised all levels of management on a wide range of global legal and business issues. Working with internal leadership, peers, subordinates, outside counsel, and other advisers, Karol developed and implemented strategies for issue resolution and business planning with automotive suppliers, regulators, other OEMs and adversaries. While at GM, she was part of a seasoned executive team that negotiated complex multi-million dollar global transactions and relationships.

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Classes 1980-1989

Jeffrey D. Linton, ’88 J.D.

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Jeffrey Linton has been appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Quality Systems, Inc., known as NextGen Healthcare. Linton brings extensive healthcare experience and will oversee all legal-related matters of NextGen Healthcare. NextGen Healthcare provides a range of software, services, and analytics solutions to medical and dental group practices. Most recently, Linton served as General Counsel and Secretary of Applied Proteomics, Inc., where he was responsible for all legal, intellectual property, compliance, and human resource activities.

Lorelie S. Masters, ’81 J.D.

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Lorelie Masters has joined Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C. as a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group.

John “Jack” C. Sawyer, ’81 J.D.

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Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jack Sawyer as an Atlanta-based partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Sawyer counsels clients in the areas of wealth planning, asset protection planning, and fiduciary and tax litigation. Sawyer has experience representing landowners and land trusts in planning and implementing bargain sales and conservation easements, and advocating for clients involved in contentious estate or trust-related litigation. He also regularly assists tax-exempt organizations in devising strategies to reduce their unrelated business taxable income and in obtaining New Markets Tax Credits financing for expansion. Frequently recognized by his peers for his excellence in these areas, he is listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyers and Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys. In addition to his practice at Taylor English, Sawyer serves as pro bono general counsel for the Georgia Planned Giving Council.

Deborah Zonies, ’86 J.D.

Verus LLC announces that Deborah Zonies has joined the company at their Princeton, NJ, headquarters as Vice President of Mass Tort Services and General Counsel. Zonies will focus on providing support services to mass tort law firms, specifically in the areas of medical record review and case management. She began her legal career with a major Wall Street firm and eventually went on to serve as general counsel for a large multi-national company before becoming involved with mass tort work. Verus provides a broad range of litigation support and compliance services to law firms and corporate legal departments.

Ann Andrews, ’89 J.D.

Ogletree Deakins is pleased to announce that Ann Andrews has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office. Andrews has an extensive background in ERISA litigation, as well as other matters. She focuses the majority of her practice on first-party and third-party insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and has expansive experience in life, health, and disability insurance. She joins Ogletree Deakins from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, also in Phoenix.

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Classes 1990-1999

Jared des Rosiers, ’89 BS, ’92 J.D.

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Jared des Rosiers, a partner at Pierce Atwood in the Energy Practice Group in Portland, Maine, was recently recognized with the Scribner Firm Impact Award. The award was named after long-time former partner, Fred Scribner, whose legacy endures through the firm’s commitment to the community, its employees, and the law. From 2013-2017 des Rosiers, helmed Pierce Atwood’s Pro Bono and Community Service program. The firm leadership stated, “Jared’s steady leadership and unwavering commitment led the firm to a newly flourishing firm wide level of engagement with pro bono and community service. Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without Jared’s dedication and leadership.” Concurrently, des Rosiers served as president of the Notre Dame Law Association from 2013-2015.

In Memoriam: Matthew C. Nielsen, ’96 BS, ’99 J.D.

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It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Matthew Nielsen on October 30, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona after a strong fight against pancreatic cancer. Prior to his death Nielsen was a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. For more information please view the obituary.

Patrick G. Cooke, ’89 BA, ’95 J.D.

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Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick Cooke has joined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. Cooke focuses his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation, as well as Appeals in federal and state courts around the country.

Deborah Kunselman, ’92 J.D.

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Judge Deborah Kunselman has been elected to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In 2005, Kunselman became the first woman to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County. Elected twice to the bench, Kunselman presided over family, juvenile and civil cases. Kunselman also decided many employment cases. Prior to her position on the bench, Kunselman practiced for 13 years in civil litigation, including personal injury, municipal, family and employment law.

James Sweeney II, ’96 J.D.

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President Donald J. Trump has nominated Barnes & Thornburg partner James R. Sweeney II to fill a judicial vacancy on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. If confirmed, Sweeney, an attorney and retired Marine Corps colonel and combat veteran, will serve as a district judge, filling the vacancy created when the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker took senior judge status.

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Classes 2000-2009

Jaime McLemore, ’07 J.D.

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Withersworldwide is pleased to announce that Jaime McLemore has been promoted to partner in the firm’s London office. McLemore is a member of the private client and tax team. McLemore advises US and international tax and estate planning for individuals, trusts and estates. McLemore advises clients with regard to US tax compliance and assists them through the US voluntary disclosure programs. McLemore also advises on charitable giving and structuring both for individuals and non-profit organizations (US and non-US).

Joshua D. Dunlap, ’08 J.D.


Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua Dunlap has been elevated to partner in its Portland, Maine office. Dunlap is a member of Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Group and Appellate & Amici team where he has a robust complex civil litigation practice. Dunlap regularly defends financial institutions, retailers, and other clients in commercial matters, including consumer class actions involving issues such as bank overdrafts, products liability, and electronic data breaches. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Dunlap clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Brian E. Hammell, ’03 BA, ’06 J.D.


The firm of Sullivan & Worcester is pleased to announce that Brian Hammell has been named a partner in the firm’s Tax Department in Boston. Hammell has experience advising publicly traded and closely held business entities, including real estate investment trusts, in multiple areas including issues related to mergers and acquisitions, business reorganizations, secured lending, debtor and creditor rights, and other commercial transactions and disputes. In addition to his J.D. from NDLS, Hammell earned his Master of Laws degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He is an Executive Advisory Board Member of the Notre Dame Law Association and a member of the Notre Dame Club of Boston.

Thomas M. Burnett, ’09 J.D.

Thomas Burnett, an attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in its Milwaukee office, has been recognized as a 2017 “Super Lawyer-Rising Star” in the area of Business Litigation.

Robert S. Driscoll, ’07 J.D.

Robert Driscoll, an attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in its Milwaukee office, has been recognized as a 2017 “Super Lawyer-Rising Star” in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense.

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Classes 2010-Present

Robert W. Savoie, ’10 J.D.

Robert Savoie has been named Member of the firm McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in the New Orleans office where he joined the firm in 2010. Savoie focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions with respect to banking and consumer financial services regulatory compliance. Savoie has also been recognized in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the banking practice area.

Rebecca R. A. Smith, ’10 J.D.

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Downey Brand is pleased to announce that Rebecca Smith has been promoted to counsel in its Sacramento, California office. Rebecca partners with clients to help them navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of California water law. Both public and private sector clients benefit from Rebecca’s unique expertise in water rights, agricultural law, water supply, environmental compliance, and groundwater issues.

Duy Duc “Dewey” Nguyen, ’11 J.D.


Duy Duc “Dewey” Nguyen has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Department at its headquarters in Philadelphia. As a real estate finance attorney, Nguyen will focus his practice on agency lending.

Stacy D. Fredrich, ’07 BS, ’10 J.D.


Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Fredrich to partner from its Intellectual Property Practice Group. Fredrich resides in the firm’s Atlanta office where she counsels clients on a wide variety of intellectual property issues. Fredrich prepares and prosecutes domestic and international utility and design patent applications, primarily for clients in the chemical, mechanical, energy, consumer products and life sciences (biotech and medical device) industries. Fredrich also counsels clients on patent portfolio management and prepares patentability, validity, infringement and product clearance opinions.

Stacy A. Schauvliege, ’14 J.D.

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Stacy Schauvliege, an attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, was honored as a 2017 NextGen Under 30 Award winner by Ion Oklahoma Magazine which awards professionals younger than 30 years old who demonstrate talent, drive and service to their organizations and communities. Schauvliege serves in the Aviation & Commercial Space, Banking & Financial Institutions and Real Estate practice groups in the Tulsa office.

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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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