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

John L. Peterson, ’79 J.D.

Giyani Gold Corporation is pleased to announce that John Peterson, a world renowned energy storage specialist, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Petersen has been engaged in the practice of law for 37 years and is a global thought leader on energy storage and sustainability issues. His diverse experience in corporate finance, natural resource development and advanced battery technologies give him a unique perspective on the technical, economic and supply chain challenges of energy storage, vehicle electrification and alternative energy.

James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D./MBA


James Mall, a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh, has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. Mall is chair of the Construction Law Group and a member of the Business Litigation and Energy groups. He focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

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.

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Classes 1980-1989

Lauretta K. Murphy, ’88 J.D.


Lauretta Murphy, Chair of the Estate Planning Group, at the firm of Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan was recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Murphy works with individuals as well as multi-generational families to preserve their assets, protect their legacies and promote their philanthropic values. The HNW guide covers 35 jurisdictions worldwide

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.

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Classes 1990-1999

Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management.

Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

Julia Meister, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati by Best Lawyers 2017 in the area of Litigation – ERISA.

Christopher J. Pardi, ’95 J.D.


Christopher Pardi, has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Fiat Chrysler in the United States. Pardi has been with Fiat Chrysler since 2004 in the tax affair legal department. Prior to joining Fiat Chrysler, Pardi worked as a consultant and manager at Deloitte and at the firm of Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder, and Lazar, P.C.

Michael D. Robson, ’95 BBA, ’99 J.D.

Michael Robson has joined the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice. Previously, Robson was a partner with Chapman and Cutler. Robson focuses his practice on lease finance, representing lessees, including several U.S. Class I railroads, and debt and equity investors, in leveraged, single investor, synthetic, and capital lease transactions involving a variety of assets.

Martin Foos, ’92 BA, ’95 J.D.

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Martin Foos, a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox in Dayton, has founded the Ohio Civil Justice Reform Task Force. The Task Force consists of 23 attorneys and judges from across the state of Ohio, who will consider rule changes that would reduce the time and expense required to litigate civil cases in Ohio’s court. Foos currently serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Litigation Section Council which formed the Task Force at the request of the President of the Ohio State Bar Association. Foos focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including informational privacy matters, securities cases, intellectual property litigation, class action defense, and business competition matters.

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Classes 2000-2009

Kory J. Kramer, ’06 J.D.


Kory Kramer, Chief Investment officer of Pacific Hospitality Group and chairman of Newport Beach Planning Commission was chosen as 2015’s 100 Most Influential in Orange County. Kramer helped lead development of the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach and the clubhouse at the Newport Beach Country Club during 2015. In August, he oversaw the acquisition of the AC Hotel in the French Quarter area of New Orleans.

Matthew E. Pepping, ’08 J.D

Matthew Pepping has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior associate in the firm’s San Antonio office. Pepping joins Fulbright from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP where he worked on complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on insurance-related disputes.

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.

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Classes 2010-Present

Eirene N. Salvi, ’15 J.D.


Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is pleased to announce that Eirene Salvi has accepted a position with the firm. Salvi comes to the firm from a prominent Plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Chicago. Salvi concentrates her legal practice on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability. In her first trial, she helped obtain a verdict of over $1 million on behalf of a victim of medical malpractice. She is also interested in immigration law and ensuring that immigrants have access to justice.

Elizabeth A. Scarola, ’08 BA & BS, ’14 J.D.


Elizabeth Scarola has joined the firm of Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm’s Health Care practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Scarola served as an extern at Together Health Network, where she assisted in a variety of operational and legal projects for a large healthcare network.

Robert Theofanis, ’12 J.D.


Robert Theofanis is an associate in his father’s firm, The Law Office of Theofanis & Davidson, where he practices in the area of workers compensation. Theofanis married Alexandra Fries, ’13 J.D. in Santa Barbara and the couple now resides in Los Angeles.

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.

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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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