Elections and Nominations

NDLA Election

The 2018-2019 Election is now open. 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 8 and Region 9.

Thank you for participating in the election!

Candidates include:

Region 8 (Indiana & Kentucky)

Too Keller, ‘95 BA, ‘98 J.D.

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Too Keller graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and from Notre Dame Law School in 1998. During Law School, Keller participated on the trial advocacy team and was the 1998 recipient of the Barrett Award as the outstanding student in trial advocacy. After Law School, Keller worked at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis for twelve years in its commercial litigation group. In 2010, he and one of his partners from Bose launched Keller Macaluso LLC, an entrepreneurial law firm in Carmel, Ind.

Outside of the office, Keller and his wife, Sheila McMillen ’99, spend most of their free time coaching and shuttling between their three children’s basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse practices and games.

Personal Statement:I am honored to be considered as a candidate for the NDLA Board. Notre Dame is in the fabric of my immediate family and giving back to the NDLS is one of the reasons I want to serve on the NDLA Board. In my years at Bose McKinney, I was on the Recruiting Committee and regularly recruited, hired and mentored NDLS students through both the summer associate program and as associates. I served on the ND Club of Indianapolis Board of Directors from 2007-2010. I am grateful for the many opportunities NDLS provided me and I want to work to be sure today’s NDLS graduates in Region 8 are given the best opportunities to succeed. I thank you for your consideration. Go Irish!

Jane Dall Wilson, ‘03 J.D.

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Jane Dall Wilson graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2003. During Law School, Wilson served as Executive Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and published notes in both the Law Review and the Journal of College and University Law. She graduated as the recipient of the Hoynes Prize. After Law School, Wilson began a clerkship with The Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2004, she joined the law firm Baker & Daniels LLP, now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, in the business litigation group. Over the last fourteen years of her practice, Wilson has worked on a number of complex litigation matters and appeals. She is a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum for Achievement Leadership Council and has been actively involved in the firm’s hiring process. She has also participated in various pro bono matters ranging from criminal appeals at the Seventh Circuit to one-time amicus representation of the Conference of Chief Justices.

In the community, Wilson has also served on several non-profit boards including Indy Reads, the adult literacy organization for Central Indiana, and Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation, the supporting organization for the Indianapolis Public Schools system. She is currently a member of the lay board of advisors for the Sisters of St. Benedict at Our Lady of Grace Monastery. She and her husband Brad live outside Indianapolis with their two children, who are four and two and avidly learning to cheer for Notre Dame. Her two-year-old proudly tells just about everyone that he is “going to Notre Dame to play football and baseball.”

Personal Statement: I was truly privileged to attend Notre Dame Law School fifteen years ago. Notre Dame has opened many doors for me in my career and also gave me a special outlook on the profession of law. I would be honored to promote and nurture the Notre Dame experience for other students and potential students as a representative for Region 8 on the NDLA Board.

In my work at the firm, I have had opportunities over the years to interview many students from Notre Dame. These men and women patiently answer my questions about what is different and what remains unchanged. Though some of my professors have come and gone (and many have achieved various accolades) my sense is that students, faculty, and administration remain committed to the ideal that drew me to Notre Dame years ago—the objective of “educating a different kind of lawyer.” I am excited at the prospect of increased exposure to the men and women whose careers are now being influenced by the Notre Dame difference, as well as working with other alumni, especially in Region 8, to further strengthen the Notre Dame lawyer network. As home to Notre Dame, Region 8 has a special role to play and energy to be cultivated. I am committed to that effort, and appreciate your consideration for the opportunity to represent the region.

Region 9 (Ohio, West Virginia, West Pennsylvania)

Lee DeJulius, ’02 J.D.

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Lee DeJulius is the Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office, where he focuses on trial and appellate matters. DeJulius graduated Notre Dame Law School summa cum laude in 2002. While at NDLS, DeJulius served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review and as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. After graduation, DeJulius clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon, and then for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC. DeJulius has had the privilege to represent the University of Notre Dame three separate times in his career, including two constitutional lawsuits and advising the University following a fatal videography lift collapse during football practice. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has been named a national Healthcare MVP by Law 360, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and an Acritas Star Lawyer, among other honors. In addition to his law practice, DeJulius taught First Amendment law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for six years. DeJulius serves on the board of directors for the Extra Mile Foundation, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. DeJulius will serve as Chairman of the March of Dimes 2019 Pittsburgh March for Babies.

DeJulius and his wife Stacye have been married for almost 19 years and have four children, ages 14, 12, 11 and 2. In 2013, they were awarded the Manifesting the Kingdom of God award from the Diocese of Pittsburgh for their volunteer work within the Diocese.

Personal Statement: When asked to run in this election, I quickly agreed. NDLS changed my life. I am the first lawyer in my extended family and was naïve as to what law school or the practice of law required. Being a lawyer is hard and demands far more than a technically sound legal education. I was incredibly fortunate to have chosen NDLS to prepare me for my career. NDLS has provided opportunities for which I scarcely dreamed and for perspective that I could only have hoped. It truly trains a different type of lawyer: one that is professionally proficient but also understands the honor of the profession and the importance of justice, has the courage needed to defend often unpopular causes, is spiritually healthy to confront potential ethical dilemmas, and lives the obligation that attorneys have to give back to the community. It is a unique education and one that needs to be encouraged, nurtured, and promoted in today’s society. As graduates of NDLS, we have an obligation to try to live that often impossible ideal for which we have been trained and to continue to live the school’s mission. If I can be even a small part of ensuring that tomorrow’s lawyers are educated in the same manner and are positioned to become leaders and protectors of the profession, it would be an honor and I would do all I can to further that mission.

Jennifer Girard Gehrlein, ‘97 J.D.

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Jennifer Girard Gehrlein graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1997 and started her legal career with Jones Day in Cleveland. She practiced in Jones Day’s Business Practice Group for six years, where she worked on M&A transactions, SEC filings, contracts, and general corporate matters. Gehrlein took some time off from her legal career while her children were young and served as the President of the Junior League of Cleveland during this time. She resumed her legal career in 2008 as in-house Corporate Counsel at Cliffs Natural Resources. After five years at Cliffs, Gehrlein moved to Chart Industries, Inc. for four years as Senior Corporate Counsel. She is now Director – Senior Corporate Counsel for Fairmount Santrol Inc., where she is responsible for drafting and negotiating all of the company’s contracts.

Outside of her legal work, Gehrlein is a dedicated community volunteer. In addition to the Junior League of Cleveland, she served as the Chair of the Finance Committee for Lakeside Chautauqua’s Board of Directors for six years, where she oversaw several community improvements, including building a swimming pool and wellness center. She has served as the President of her church’s Women’s Guild and PTO, and recently co-chaired the Saint Ignatius High School Loyola Society’s annual fundraiser.

During Law School, Gehrlein was a two-year member of the Barristers Trial Team and was a recipient of the Barrett Award for Oral Advocacy. At her graduation, she was also awarded the University of Notre Dame’s Distinguished Graduate Award for her dedication to the Notre Dame community. In addition to graduating Cum Laude, Gehrlein served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of College and University Law, President of the Women’s Legal Forum, and was honored to be the Assistant Rector of Badin Hall.

Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board and hope that you will support me in this effort. If I were fortunate enough to be elected to this position, I would be excited to help NDLA with its efforts to advance and improve NDLS new student recruitment, student mentoring, and alumni outreach. In order for Notre Dame Law School to maintain its status as a top-ranked institution, we need to continue to recruit the best and brightest students. I would be happy to contribute to NDLA’s recruiting efforts by meeting with potential students and representing NDLS at events. I would be honored to share how well NDLS has prepared me in my legal career and in life, and to take the time to mentor and get to know NDLS students. To support NDLA, I would gladly serve as a resource to NDLS students who are looking for advice on how to have a balanced yet challenging career. Finally, I have always maintained a strong relationship with our University and its alumni, and have helped with reunion activities over the years. I would be interested in meeting and reaching out to other NDLS alumni and broadening this relationship if I were lucky enough to become a NDLA Board Member. Notre Dame is a big part of who I am and I would be honored to have the opportunity to be involved with NDLA’s efforts to help the Notre Dame Law School.

NDLA Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 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 contact lawalum@nd.edu.