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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.

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

Michael P. Seng, ’64 BA, ’67 J.D.


Michael Seng, a professor for nearly 40 years at The John Marshall Law School, was awarded The Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for his outstanding work in public service. For almost 40 years, Professor Seng has been inspiring countless students to devote their careers to public service and become leaders in a multitude of good causes. Beyond training students in fair housing law, in 1992 he founded the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, the first law school clinic in the country to solely handle issues involving housing discrimination. Read more

Charles A. Weiss ’68 J​.​D​.​ ​H​elps ​Win ​Client’s ​Freedom ​Pro ​Bono


Working pro bono, Charlie Weiss,’68 JD, and fellow Bryan Cave attorney Thor Mathison have won the freedom of Alonzo Martin, who had been jailed in 2007 and later committed without a trial to Missouri state psychiatric hospitals.

Dennis G. Collins, ’68 J.D.

Dennis G. Collins has been recognized by Chambers USA 2014: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top attorney in the practice area of labor and employment law. Collins is a partner in the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri.

In Memoriam: Raymond W. Brown, ’62 J.D.

It is with deep sadness that the Law School announces the death of Ray Brown who passed away on April 3, 2014 in Prescott, Arizona. The link to the obituary, a beautiful tribute to Ray’s life and his many contributions to the legal profession, can be found at

Richard G. Harbinger, '69 J.D.

Beloved Richard G. Harbinger passed away January 17, 2014 in Santa Monica California. He was 90. He had a distinguished career as a CA Deputy Attorney General and a CA Deputy District Attorney. One of his many notable cases was the People v. William and Emily Harris and Patricia Hearst. He was special assistant to the president of The American Bar Assn. He served on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation. Richard taught at many law schools in China. He has written many legal articles. He will be missed.

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Classes 1970-1979

James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA


James Mall, of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys for 2014. Mall is a partner and chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use and zoning.

Scott C. Sullivan, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.


Scott Sullivan, a partner in WilliamsMcCarthyLLP, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the field of commercial litigation. Sullivan is a partner in the Rockford, Illinois firm’s business law and commercial litigation practice groups. Sullivan has been recognized for selection in Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2014), a distinction awarded to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Illinois as well as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2014) by Law and Politics in the areas of commercial litigation and corporate law.

John W. Espenshade, ’76 J.D.


John Espenshade, a Stevens & Lee shareholder, presented at the Third Circuit Judicial Conference in late spring in Hershey, Pennsylvania as part of a panel presenting “Municipal Bankruptcy: Perspectives from Practitioners and the Bench.” Espenshade focuses his practice on state and local government, municipal law and government affairs.

John Gaal, ’74 BA, ’77 J.D.


John Gaal, a partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been named on the Top 50 New York Super Lawyers list for 2014. Gaal is a labor and employment law attorney who practices in the firm’s Syracuse office.

ND Lawyer and ND Football Player Becomes Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association

Dallas attorney, Daniel P. Novakov, ’72 BA, ’76 J.D., a Greenberg Traurig shareholder, is named chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association in the first season of the new college football playoff system. Novakov was part of the Notre Dame football team that played in the Cotton Bowl against the Longhorns in both 1970 and 1971. Read more (subscription required)

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Classes 1980-1989

In memoriam: James F. Smith, ’89 J.D.

Brigadier General James Smith passed away on September 29, 2014 from cancer complications at the age of 54. Jim was married to Jennifer O’Leary Smith, ’89 J.D. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, as a Brigadier General, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President of the United States. Jim was a partner in the firm of Butler Pappas in Chicago. Please view the online obituary for more about Jim’s many accomplishments. Also view a beautiful tribute to Jim, as “A true Domer”, in an article in The Observer written by the daughter of one of Jim’s classmates.

Robert A. LaBerge, ’83 J.D.


Robert LaBerge, a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC has been named the 2015 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the firm’s Syracuse office for Labor Law – Management.

William (Chip) Cavanaugh, Jr., ’84 J.D.

William Cavanaugh, a shareholder at Munsch Hardt, has been recognized by Chambers USA as a notable practitioner within the firm’s “Real Estate” practice.

In memoriam: Thomas J. Kernell, ’86 J.D.

A beloved classmate, Tom Kernell, lost his battle with leukemia and passed away on September 14, 2014 surrounded by his close family. Tom was a longtime partner of the Roberts Perryman firm in St. Louis until three years ago when he founded the Kernell Law Firm, P.C. to specialize in asbestos and toxic tort work. Please view a tribute to Tom’s life by linking to the online obituary.

Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley, ’78 EG, ’81 J.D.


Frederic Shadley, a partner at Ulmer & Berne, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America. Shadley is Chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Construction Litigation Group and brings thirty years litigation experience with knowledge gained from his Notre Dame engineering degree as he represents parties to construction, environmental, product-liability, and toxic-tort litigation.

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Classes 1990-1999

Anthony P. Patti, ’90 J.D.

Anthony Patti, currently a partner with Hooper, Hathaway, Price, Beuche & Wallace, P.C., has been selected for appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.


Domenique Camacho Moran was recently inducted into the “Women in Business” Hall of Fame at the 12th Annual “Top Women in Business” event hosted by The Queens Courier. Moran is a partner in the employment section in the firm of Farrell Fritz, P.C. in New York. Additionally Moran was named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

Marsha Foulks Griggs, ’96 J.D.

Marsha Foulks Griggs joined Thurgood Marshall School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness in Houston, Texas.

Daniel M. Fitzgerald, ’89 EG, ’93 J.D.


Daniel Fitzgerald, a partner in Armstrong Teasdale LLP, is named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of patent law. Fitzgerald practices in the St. Louis office.

Casey Ryan, ’93 BA, ’96 J.D.


Casey Ryan has been named as the Global Head of Legal Personnel of Reed Smith LLP’s Senior Management Team and will assume this position on March 1, 2015. Ryan is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office and a member of the Labor & Employment practice group. Casey is currently the Vice Chair of the Litigation Department.

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Classes 2000-2009

Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., Awarded Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award


Brian Skaret, ’02 J.D., has been awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for the successful investigation and prosecution of the Barrio Azteca criminal organization earlier this year. This prestigious award is the second-highest conferred by the U.S. Attorney General.

Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.


A brief written by Johnathan Bridges, a partner with Susman Godfrey, has been praised as among the “best ever” in the newly released edition of a highly regarded book on legal writing. In The Winning Brief (Third Edition, 2014), respected legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner highlights the brief written by Bridges in Maria Antonieta Martinez-Aguero v. Humberto Gonzalez submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. The brief addressed the question of whether the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth and Fifth Amendments applied to a nonresident alien attacked on U.S. soil by an INS agent.

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, ’04 J.D.

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Francisco Valenzuela, of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for the 5th consecutive year. The Texas Rising Stars recognizes the state’s best lawyers under the age of 40 and those practicing law under 10 years. Valenzuela was selected based upon his expertise in employment litigation defense, school and education law, and state, local and municipal work.

Juan Castaneda, '05 J.D.

Juan Castaneda, ’05 J.D. has been selected to the “2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list.

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Classes 2010-Present

Joshua D.K. Figueira, ’13 J.D.

Joshua Figueira recently joined the firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City as an associate. Figueira will practice in the firm’s First Amendment section.

Andrew M. Pauwels, ’14 J.D.

Andrew Pauwels, joins Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Detroit office. Pauwels will practice in the firm’s litigation department.

Brian M. Murray ’11 J.D. Receives Teaching Fellowship


Brian M. Murray ’11 J.D. has accepted an Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellowship at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, '05 B.A., '07 M.Ed, '11 M.B.A., ’11 J.D.

Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, an associate with Faegre Baker Daniels, was presented with a Rising Star Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center at its annual awards luncheon. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice and generosity in providing high quality pro bono services to clients with complex immigration cases.

Maternowski, '12 J.D., Named Reinhart Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Kate E. Maternowski

Kate E. Maternowski, ’12 J.D., was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2013 by Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in Milwaukee.

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2013 Notre Dame Law School Commencement Awards

2013 Commencement

184 J.D. graduates, 15 LL.M. graduates, 3 J.S.D. graduates received degrees during the May 18, 2013, diploma ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Hesburgh Library’s reflecting pool.

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