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: 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.

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.

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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

In Memoriam: Demetrio “Butch” Verich, ’76 J.D./MBA


It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Demetrio “Butch” Verich, who passed away peacefully on April 15, 2017. Following a twenty year career in the Navy, Verich graduated from Notre Dame with a doctorate in Law and master’s in Business Administration. Verich then served for many years as Forest County District Attorney. Please see a beautiful tribute to Verich’s life in the online obituary.

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.

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Patrick A. Salvi has been selected among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.


Patrick A. Salvi, managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, and his wife, Lindy, have been named recipients of the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence by the Order Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of IL/WI. The award recognizes Italian Americans in a variety of fields who have become a pride and inspiration to the Italian community. Mr. and Mrs. Salvi were recognized in the field of “Entrepreneurs” for their work with Salvi Sports Enterprises.

Patrick A. Salvi, ’78 J.D.


Patrick Salvi, Managing Equity Partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard in Chicago, was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 List for 2017. His peers selected him as one of the top ten lawyers out of all categories of law and out of 96,000 Illinois lawyers. This is the fourth year that Salvi has received this honor.

Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand, ’73 J.D.

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Kathleen Cekanski-Farrand retired after serving on the South Bend Common Council for 42 years. Her tenure as Council Attorney is a record in the state of Indiana. She served with six different administrations in South Bend dating back to the 1972-1976 administration up through current administration under Mayor Pete Buttigieg. As the council attorney, Cekanski-Farrand wrote countless resolutions, ordinances, and coordinated various legal documents and happenings regarding Council actions. Read More.

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Classes 1980-1989

Thomas S. O’Neill, ’89 J.D.

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Thomas S. O’Neill has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of Exelon. O’Neill was formerly senior vice president, Energy and Regulatory Policy and general counsel at Exelon utility ComEd. While at ComEd, O’Neill played a key role in the development and passage of two major pieces of Illinois legislation, the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2011 and the Future Energy Jobs Bill, passed in 2016. In his new role, O’Neill will serve as the top legal advisor to Exelon’s senior management and oversee the company’s legal and corporate governance departments.

Todd A. Leeson, ’89 J.D.

Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that attorney Todd Leeson has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite list in the area of Labor and Employment Law.

Todd A. Leeson, ‘89 J.D.

Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that partner Todd Leeson in Roanoke, Virginia has been named in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Leeson was selected for his work in the areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Stephen R. Clark, ’88 J.D.

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Stephen Clark, managing partner of RUNNYMEDE law group in St. Louis, Missouri, has been recognized as a SuperLawyer for the ninth time and eighth consecutive year. Clark is recognized in the field of complex business litigation.

Mark Spitler, ’82 J.D.

Mark Spitler, a partner at Gibson, McAskill and Crosby, LLP, has been selected as the 2017 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, for Professional Malpractice-Defendants in Buffalo, New York.

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Classes 1990-1999

Edward J. Heath, ’99 J.D.


The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) has appointed Edward J. Heath to its Board of Directors. Heath is chair of Robinson & Cole’s Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team. In addition to serving on the board, Heath is a Fellow of the CBF’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. The Connecticut Bar Foundation works in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. The CBF administers programs that benefit legal services agencies to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut.

James Joseph Rossi, ’88 BA, ’95 J.D.

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The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Joseph J. Rossi to the business court in the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County. The court hears complicated business law cases, including business claims on partnerships and terminations, anti-trust franchising and trade regulation claims and corporate receiverships.

Michael N. Chesney, ’92 J.D.


Frantz Ward is proud to announce that partner, Michael N. Chesney, has joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mike will also serve on the board’s HR Committee. “We are blessed to have someone with Mike’s talent and compassion on our Board of Directors,” said BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder. “He has already been extremely helpful to the organization. We are pleased that Mike is so committed to helping our kids have great futures.”

Brad Wiskirchen, ’96 J.D.

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Brad Wiskirchen, founding CEO at leading fraud prevention solution, Kount, has been named by EY as a 2017 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Region. “Entrepreneur of the Year”, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community.

Stacy C. Gerber Ward, ’93 J.D.

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Stacy C. Gerber Ward has joined von Briesen & Roper, s.c. as a Shareholder. Gerber Ward served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than fourteen years and was most recently the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where she represented the Government in significant civil enforcement matters. Gerber Ward leads von Briesen’s new Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations Section.

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Classes 2000-2009

Andrew J. Hofland, ’09 J.D.

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Andrew J. Hofland has joined Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office and a member of the Litigation & Trial and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. Before joining the firm, Hofland served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of Oklahoma. As an AUSA, he represented the United States in a variety of complex criminal prosecutions in federal court; including cases involving organized crime, drug trafficking, fraud and internet crimes against children. Hofland also served previously as a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer in the U.S. Navy. During his time with the Navy, Hofland gained significant trial experience prosecuting and defending service members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary proceedings.

Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly, ’04 J.D.

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Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly has joined Bodman PLC as a member in the firm’s Detroit office. An established employee benefits lawyer with a multi-disciplinary approach to complex benefits issues, she is co-chair of Bodman’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group and a leader of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan service team. She has been honored by several of the leading publications that evaluate business attorneys, including recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by southeast Michigan business publication DBusiness, as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers, and as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Courtney A. Kirtley, ’00 BA, ’03 J.D.

Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC is pleased to announce that Courtney A. Kirtley has joined the firm as an attorney practicing in the areas of commercial and financial law. Ms. Kirtley will serve the firm’s clients from the Fayetteville, West Virginia office. At Kay Casto & Chaney, Ms. Kirtley counsels clients in the areas of general business, and commercial/financial law, a focus that entails banking, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, consumer protection, as well as real estate.

Robyn Bowland, ’08 J.D.

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Akerman LLP is proud to announce that Robyn Bowland has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Bowland is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and focuses her practice on intellectual property, litigation and counseling. She has experience litigating all aspects of patent disputes dealing with various technologies, including software, telecommunications, and medical devices. Bowland also represents clients in trade secret, false advertising, privacy, tortious interference and breach of contract claims.

Thomas M. Burnett, ’09 J.D.

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Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren is pleased to announce that Thomas Burnett has been named a shareholder in Reinhart’s Litigation Practice in its Milwaukee office. Burnett represents a variety of clients such as business owners, insurers, actuaries, and financial institutions as well as product manufacturers, developers and distributors. Burnett has experience with a wide range of complex legal issues but concentrates his practice on product distribution and franchise litigation, false advertising and unfair competition, antitrust and trade regulation, and insurance and financial services litigation matters. Burnett is involved in all aspects of trial and appellate practice and successfully represents clients before state and federal courts throughout the country at both the trial and appellate levels.

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Classes 2010-Present

Blake Angelino, ’15 J.D.

Faegre Baker Daniels is pleased to announce that Blake Angelino has been hired as an associate in its product liability group. Angelino will practice from the law firm’s Chicago office. In addition to product liability issues, Angelino represents clients in mass tort litigation, class action litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and oil and gas litigation. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Angelino was an associate with a large law firm in Ohio.

Lindsey Brazys Pianowski, ’10 J.D.


Lindsey Brazys Pianowski has been promoted to Partner of Sanders Pianowski LLP. Pianowski is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Western District of Michigan. Pianowski is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice is concentrated in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, Business Planning, and Mergers and Acquisitions

Brian L. Salvi, ’09 BA, ’13 J.D.


Illinois Super Lawyers has named Brian L. Salvi, an associate with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2017. Each year, no more than five percent of Illinois lawyers receive this honor.

Steven Melzer, ’16 J.D.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Steven D. Melzer (J.D. 2016) has joined the firm as an associate in Wilmington, Delaware. Melzer will begin his practice by joining the Commercial Law Counseling group.

Alvin A. Adjei, ’09 BA, ’12 J.D.

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The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is pleased to welcome Alvin Adjei as an associate. Adjei joins the firm from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney. Adjei will focus his practice at the firm on representing people who have been injured as a result of negligence, including premises liability accidents and automobile accidents. During his time at Notre Dame Law School, Adjei formed a team to compete in the National Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Competition where his team won the Midwest regional Championship and advanced to the National competition.

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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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