Elections and Nominations
The 2017-2018 NDLA Election is now closed. In general, you may vote for one candidate per region during NDLA elections. You may vote for candidates in any region, regardless of where you live. Please see below for candidate bios and personal statements from the most recent election in Region 7, Region 10, Region 17, and At-Large candidates.
Thank you for participating in the election!
Region 7 (Michigan)
Andrew T. Blum, ’95 B.A., ’98 J.D.
Andrew T. Blum graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts in government and English in 1995, and from the Notre Dame Law School in 1998. Since graduation, Blum has worked for Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. and is a principal in the firm’s commercial litigation group. Blum’s practice concentrates on a variety of complex litigation areas, including business fraud/tort cases, oil and gas right disputes, eminent domain and land use litigation, and material supply agreement disputes in the automotive industry.
Blum has stayed involved with Notre Dame both in Grand Rapids and on campus at the University since graduation. He has served in various leadership positions with the Notre Dame Club of Grand Rapids, including as president, vice president, UND Night chairman, as well as the club’s young alumni coordinator, and was recently named the 2017 Person of the Year by the Notre Dame Club. Blum has also regularly participated in the Law School’s “Mock Interview Program” for 2Ls and 3Ls, as well as mentored prospective and current law school students from the Grand Rapids’ area. In addition, Blum has served as chairman of the Shakespeare at Notre Dame National Board’s Executive Committee since 1999 and as a member of the University Libraries’ Presidential Advisory Council during the period leading up to and resulting in the recent significant library renovations on campus.
Since graduation, Blum has also been active in the Grand Rapids community. In addition to serving on various local nonprofit boards, Blum has helped start two local nonprofit educational organizations, including a laboratory school which assists children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Similarly, Blum has assisted the Grand Rapids diocesan schools in starting up a diocesan-wide development effort as well as serves on the diocesan-wide School Board and the Feasibility Committee for New Schools for the Diocese. In conjunction with local religious organizations, Blum has also developed and then led his firm’s efforts in assisting longtime U.N. political refugees from Bhutan and sub-Saharan Africa in achieving their goal of obtaining U.S. citizenship.
Blum and his wife, Christine, ’98 J.D., reside in Ada, Mich., with their two young children, Tom and Maggie. They are also active members of the Basilica of Saint Adalbert, their local parish.
Personal statement: Whether it was three years ago or 53 years ago, each one of us chose the Notre Dame Law School because it was and still remains a unique place where morality, religious inquiry, and service are at the forefront of the educational experience. As the Law School continues to evolve and grow in stature, I would, if elected, do my best to ensure that the Law School retains this unique moral and service character going forward.
In order to fully realize the Law School’s potential for its students going forward, I would also like to see the NDLA accelerate its efforts in four key areas. First, I would expand the NDLA mentoring efforts of prospective and current students. Such mentoring efforts benefit the students as they move forward and hopefully make them both better potential candidates for future employers as well as better attorneys down the road. Second, I would pursue additional ways to help students afford the cost of a NDLS education. My wife and I know first-hand the effects that law school debt can have on a graduate’s life going forward and I would like to make these types of law school financial burdens as minimal as possible for future graduates. Third, I would like the NDLA to establish policies and efforts to encourage both NDLS and Notre Dame graduates to hire more NDLS graduates. By doing so, we can best continue the traditions and ideals of the Notre Dame Family. Fourth, since NDLS strives to produce a “different kind of lawyer,” I would like to see the NDLA play a more active role in encouraging all of us to promote and advocate why producing this “different kind of lawyer” is so valuable to our firms, companies, and the wider world. I think this type of promotional effort by all of us would raise the profile of NDLS and ensure that our Law School retains the unique values we associate with it.
Since my time at Notre Dame has had a profound and positive effect on my life, I would welcome the opportunity to help ensure that future generations of students have that same life-changing experience. Thank you for your consideration.
Gregory P. Ripple, ’94 B.A., ’03 J.D.
Greg Ripple is a “Double Domer,” having graduated from Notre Dame in 1994 with a B.A. in History and from the Law School in 2003. He is a member at Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, where he has practiced labor and employment law for the last decade. Ripple has been a member of local and national nonprofit boards and is a member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
Ripple resides in Rockford, Mich., with his wife, Liz Talarico, ’98 B.A., ’03 J.D.; his three children, Madeleine, Henry, and Margaret; and his step-daughter, Hannah. In his spare time, he has coached soccer and basketball and works as a referee for United States Fencing Association and NCAA events.
Personal Statement: More than most, Notre Dame Law School formed me. I literally grew up in and around the Law School, around and among the faculty and students. Over the years, the building has changed, deans have come and gone, faculty members join and depart, and students remain only three years. Yet, one thing always remains – Notre Dame Law School’s commitment to educating a “different type of lawyer.”
Having been active in recruitment for two large firms, I can attest that Notre Dame Law School does indeed educate a “different type of lawyer.” Notre Dame students stand out from their peers. Notre Dame Law School does more than educate. It does more than teach students the required technical foundations to practice law. It surely does that, but Notre Dame graduates emerge from the Law School prepared to engage, become involved, and become leaders in their communities and profession.
The alumni of Notre Dame Law School can play a vital role in the formation of current students. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed maintaining relationships and connections with the Law School. Whether returning to speak to Professor Fick’s labor class, meeting with the Career Development Office staff to discuss the hiring needs of firms in smaller or mid-sized markets, or simply taking students to lunch to discuss career opportunities in Michigan, I have enjoyed giving back and playing a small role in the formation of another generation of Notre Dame lawyers – another generation of a “different type of lawyer.”
I look forward, if elected, to continuing my involvement with the Law School and the formation of its students by representing Region 7 on the Notre Dame Law Association Board. Thank you for the opportunity and the consideration of your vote.
Region 10 (New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, South New York)
Matthew R. Nussbaum, ’00 B.A., ’04 J.D.
Matt Nussbaum serves as assistant general counsel at the Major League Baseball Players Association, the New York-based labor union that represents Major League Baseball players. Prior to joining the MLBPA in 2011, he clerked for a federal judge in Boston, served as an Associate in the Chicago office of Jones Day, and spent three years as in-house counsel at the National Hockey League Players Association in Toronto.
For his work at the MLBPA, Nussbaum was recently named to the Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of top young executives in the sports industry. Nussbaum has served as a guest lecturer at colleges and law schools around the country – including our alma mater – and he has the good fortune to regularly counsel Notre Dame law students on career building in the sports industry.
Nussbaum was born in South Bend, Ind., and received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Notre Dame (2000, 2004). While an undergraduate, Nussbaum captained the Notre Dame baseball team, after initially making the team as a walk-on, and in 2000 he received the Athletic Department’s Francis Patrick O’Connor Award. He resides in New Canaan, Conn., with his wife Lauren and three daughters, Nora, Brigid, and Grace.
Personal statement: Building a law practice in the sports industry has for me been a dream come true. It would not have been possible, however, without Notre Dame Law School and the power of the Notre Dame network. I will be forever indebted to our alma mater, and I’m thrilled about the possibility of giving back by serving on the NDLA Board of Directors.
I have remained connected to the Law School over the last several years, counseling ND students on the daunting task of breaking into the sports industry and also returning to campus as a guest speaker. I’m excited to do much more, though, and joining the NDLA Board represents a perfect opportunity.
Having worked in various segments of the legal marketplace – as a law clerk to a federal judge, as an associate at one of the world’s leading law firms and as in-house counsel for two different professional sports unions – I hope to leverage these experiences in ways that will strengthen and expand the Notre Dame network in Region 10 and beyond.
The legal landscape awaiting today’s graduates has never been more challenging. What better time to appreciate all Notre Dame has done for us and “pay it forward”? Many thanks in advance for your consideration.
Thomas P. Olivieri, ’71 B.A., ’72 M.A.
Tom Olivieri graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in 1971 and an M.A. in 1972. While obtaining his master’s degree, Olivieri taught elementary Spanish at Notre Dame and Holy Cross Junior College. He graduated from the University of Richmond Law School in 1975.
Olivieri served as an assistant county prosecutor and was elected president of the New Jersey Assistant County Prosecutors’ Association. He formed the law firm of Olivieri and Lamparello where he practiced criminal and civil law.
After serving for 20 years as a New Jersey State Superior Court judge, Olivieri retired from the judiciary in March 2012. As a judge, he sat in the family, criminal, civil divisions and was presiding judge of the chancery division. In 2008, New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner named Olivieri as the chairperson of the conference of New Jersey chancery division judges. He also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee.
Olivieri and his wife, former New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Patricia Costello, lectured to the International Business Tribunal in Abuja, Nigeria, on effective case management and decision-making. He has lectured at the New Jersey Judicial College on topics such as Business Valuation of Closely Held Businesses and Ethics and to the New Jersey Bar Association on Specific Performance of Real Estate Contracts, Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants, Foreclosure, Orders to Show Cause and Injunctive Relief, Mediation and Arbitration. He also wrote an article on Top 10 Best Practice Tips for Handling Cases in Chancery that was published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. Olivieri has lectured at the New Judge Orientation seminar for New Jersey judges on how to control your courtroom.
He currently serves as a private mediator and arbitrator and is counsel to Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC in Secaucus, N.J.
Personal Statement: I have assisted Notre Dame law students in obtaining their first job after graduation. I conducted a seminar at Notre Dame Law School on the application process for clerkships with New Jersey State Superior Court judges. I have mentored ND law students during their application process for judicial clerkships and referred law students to specific judges.
I have mentored local high school students on the Notre Dame undergraduate application process and organized trips to Notre Dame for the students and their parents.
Whatever success I have achieved in my legal career, I owe to the relationships formed and the lessons learned at Notre Dame. My best friend today is my Notre Dame roommate that I met as a freshman in 1967. I hope to continue serving the University as a member of the Notre Dame Law Association Board.
Region 17 (Florida and Puerto Rico)
Christopher D. Avila, ’11 J.D.
Chris Avila received his J.D. from Notre Dame in 2011. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Notre Dame Club of Miami, where he is responsible for managing the Club’s law alumni group and acts as the primary contact between NDLS students and the Miami alumni community. During his time at NDLS, he was an editor of the Journal of College & University Law and an active member of the Hispanic Law Student Association.
Avila resides in Coral Gables, Fla., where he has practiced law since graduation. He is an associate at Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP, specializing in transactional and bank regulatory law. He is a graduate of Florida State University (’06 B.A. in Political Science) and Florida International University (’08 M.A. in International Relations).
Personal Statement: For the past three years, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame Club of Miami, during which period I am proud to say the Club has enjoyed great success, including being named Club of the Year for 2016. During much of my time on the board, I have worked to promote a greater sense of community among local NDLS alumni. I have also worked closely with NDLS to provide guidance to current students and facilitate networking opportunities between them and our local alumni. I look forward to helping to foster a similar sense of community throughout Region 17. Florida is home to a large number of Notre Dame alumni and is an increasingly important source of support not only for the Law School, but for the University as a whole. As such, I applaud the decision to give a greater voice to our passionate and diverse alumni. I also applaud the decision to include Puerto Rico within this new Region, and to finally give our fellow alumni there a place in the NDLA. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities presented by the establishment of a new region. If elected, I will work hard to start Region 17 off on a strong footing by helping to expand the number of NDLA groups throughout the Region and by promoting their collaboration with both the Law School and their local alumni clubs. In this way, our alumni can more effectively serve as a source of strength to the Law School, its students, and their fellow alumni. The alumni of Region 17 have much to offer the University and the Law School, and I welcome the opportunity to serve as their representative.
William P. McCaughan, ’76 B.A., ’79 J.D.
William P. McCaughan is a partner at the international law firm of K&L Gates, LLP in Miami. He practices in the area of real estate and commercial litigation. He received a B.A. in Economics in 1976 and a J.D. in 1979 from the University of Notre Dame. McCaughan and his wife Joan (Saint Mary’s College, 1977) have sent three children to Notre Dame. He has been active in the Notre Dame Club of Miami. He was awarded the Notre Dame Club of Miami Award of the Year in 1993 for his involvement in connection with recovery efforts after Hurricane Andrew. He enjoys biking and swimming.
Personal Statement: I would be honored to serve on the NDLA Board if selected. Over the years, I have been involved in the Notre Dame Club of Miami. I would enjoy the opportunity to mentor and assist young lawyers in their development. I would work to expand opportunities of all Notre Dame Lawyers within and outside of the Notre Dame Community. I would work with other NDLA members in assisting lawyers seeking to move into Region 17 as well as helping lawyers relocating from Region 17 to another area. I am proud to be a part of the Notre Dame Family and will continue to be involved in whatever capacity I am able to serve.
Adrienne M. de la Rosa, 03’ B.B.A., ’13 J.D.
Adrienne de la Rosa graduated from Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in 2003 and from the Law School in 2013. She is a recipient of the Law School’s Peter Lardy Fellowship for strength of character and Judge Joseph E. Mahoney Award for outstanding student leadership. During law school, de la Rosa served as editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law and articles editor of the Journal of College and University Law. She mentored several law students through the Asian Law Students, Hispanic Law Students, and Black Law Students associations.
During her undergraduate time on campus, de la Rosa was an active participant in the community. She was a Notre Dame cheerleader and frequent choreographer, dancer, and singer in student-run shows, including Asian Allure, Fiestang Filipino, Latin Expressions, and Hawaii Club’s Luau, among many other events. She also sang with the Women’s Liturgical Choir and Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and at Walsh Hall’s Dorm Mass.
De la Rosa, her husband, David Dang, and their 7-month-old son, Logan, reside in Atlanta, Ga., where she currently practices intellectual property law as an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP. Prior to practicing law, de la Rosa held diverse corporate roles across Fortune 500 companies in Atlanta. Her business experience includes corporate sales, marketing, internal audit, and consulting.
Personal Statement: I have a strong desire to give back to the University. I am very fortunate to have attended Notre Dame twice, and both times, the University has played an instrumental role in my academic, spiritual, and professional formation. Many of my lifelong mentors are former professors and friends from the University. They have been trusted advisors in my personal and professional life and have shown me why Notre Dame alumni are so special: we genuinely care about each other. As a Double Domer, I have a responsibility and the great privilege to serve my community, within the Notre Dame family and beyond, through my generosity, kindness, and integrity.
Thanks to the invaluable time and advice that my mentors and friends from Notre Dame have shared with me, I enjoy paying it forward. I regularly meet with students and graduates who are seeking counsel regarding their respective career paths or who would like to enter the New York or Atlanta markets upon graduation. As a steadfast advocate of Notre Dame, I believe I would serve the NDLA Board well if I were fortunate enough to be chosen for the position. Thank you for your consideration.
Katherine Kirkpatrick Bos, ’09 J.D.
Katherine Kirkpatrick Bos graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2009 and has worked for King & Spalding LLP in New York since graduation. At K&S, where Kirkpatrick Bos is a Senior Associate in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice group, she sits on the Hiring Committee; serves as chair of the Associate’s Committee; and serves as the firm’s summer associate coordinator. She is also a repeat NDLS mentor and NYU Law mentor.
Outside of the firm, Kirkpatrick Bos is on the United Way Young Leaders Council, and sits on the Junior Advisory Board of Her Justice, a pro bono organization which provides free legal services in family, divorce, and immigration to low-income women. For her work with Her Justice and other long-term work on pro bono matters, she has twice received the K&S Pro Bono Service Award.
During law school, Kirkpatrick Bos served as president of the Student Bar Association, and was a recipient of the William O. McLean Award and the Judge Joseph E. Mahoney Award. Kirkpatrick Bos and her husband, Nick (Penn ’03) live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and she has converted him into an ardent Irish fan.
Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board, and would like to be a part of the Board for two distinct reasons. The first is selfish – I genuinely enjoy meeting and mentoring students, and attempting to further their future careers. The second is broader – I’m so grateful for the education, opportunities, and relationships I gained at NDLS that I would like nothing more than to be a small part of ensuring that the institution succeeds and thrives. NDLS is unique – its graduates are largely and passionately committed to a higher cause and thus bring an important commitment to fairness, justice, and community to their careers.
During my time on the Hiring Committee at K&S, I have actively sought out highly qualified NDLS students and alums to fill our ranks (two in my group alone in the past two years), and I feel as if this experience can enable me to contribute to the dialogue regarding Career Development and employment for our recent grads. I also feel like my advocacy on behalf of the school in the greater New York market, a city full of transplants, will allow me to offer valuable insight into our marketing efforts. Finally, my zeal and dedication to this position will bring new energy to the NDLA. I thank you for your consideration. Go Irish!
Nominations for the 2017 elections are now closed.
NDLA regional directors and constituency representatives:
- Regularly attend board meetings;
- Participate in one or more NDLA committees;
- Sponsor, direct, and participate in activities that advance the interests of the NDLA and the University;
- Mentor and promote students and graduates of the Law School in their efforts to secure employment;
- Foster a spirit of solidarity and dedication among NDLA members and friends of the University of Notre Dame and the Law School; and
- Raising funds and soliciting contributions to the University of Notre Dame for use by the Law School.
NDLA regions are compatible with university regions as defined by the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Directors serve a three-year term, renewable for an additional three years. The Nominations Committee reviews board nominations during the NDLA Board spring meeting. To be considered for vacancies occurring during the upcoming year, nominations must be received approximately one month prior to the spring meeting date. Two candidates per director position are selected to participate in an election held in late spring or early summer.
The board also appoints constituency representatives to serve as liaisons to the following university affinity groups – Asian-Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame, Black Alumni of Notre Dame, and Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame.
If you are interested in submitting a nomination for a regional director or constituency representative position, please complete the NDLA Board Nomination Form. For more information, contact email@example.com.