NDLA Election: 2015-16 Candidates

The Notre Dame Law Association Board is pleased to announce the following candidates for open board positions. Voting will be done electronically. An email sent to alumni will provide access to the ballot.

REGION 1 (AK, HI, North CA, ID, North NV, OR, WA)
Marlon Alvarado, ’98 J.D.


I have spent my entire legal career in Silicon Valley representing technology companies in a variety of legal roles. I am currently a Senior Director in the legal department of NVIDIA Corporation where I have been employed for the past 10 years. I manage a team of attorneys supporting business operations and commercial/ technology transactions. Prior to NVIDIA, I was in-house counsel at Brocade Communications and Hitachi Data Systems where I handled complex technology transactions for multiple business units. I began my career in the San Jose office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley where I focused primarily on commercial litigation. I enjoy golf and spending time with my wife, Katherine, and our three boys, Spencer, Ryan and Lucas.

Personal Statement
I appreciate the important role the NDLA plays for students and graduates looking to develop their careers, and I welcome the opportunity to become more actively involved in supporting this effort. It is, in my opinion, one of Notre Dame’s great strengths. It would be a privilege to work closely with the law school to find innovative ways to expand opportunities for students in the San Francisco/ Bay Area legal markets and help mentor current students and graduates throughout the region.
Larry Ward, ’98 BA, ’00 M.Ed., ’03 J.D.


As a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, I focus my practice on U.S. national security law, international trade compliance and licensing. I am currently serving a two-year appointment to the Defense Trade Advisory Group, an advisory group to the U.S. State Department. I began my legal career at very small firms in Philadelphia and in San Diego. I serve on the School Commission at my children’s Catholic grade school and on the Board of Treehouse, a local non-profit dedicated to serving foster youth. My wife, Julissa Robles, and I are proud parents of Luke (9) and Lily (6). I’d be honored if selected to serve on the NDLA.

Personal Statement
I’m a rare Triple Domer and enjoyed my nine years at Our Lady’s University. Having held numerous legal positions since graduation and through my local bar association service, I’ve experienced the challenges faced by young lawyers, particularly those starting a career somewhere different from where they went to law school. The Region 1 legal community is one of the fastest growing and ND students face tough competition from graduates of the strong law schools in the region. Through service on the NDLA, I would be a voice to connect NDLS students with opportunities and mentors and to expand relationships between alums throughout the region. I’d help the NDLS administration understand the legal landscape in the region and always be the preeminent Catholic law school. I’d also strive to ensure that NDLS continues to be a diverse and inclusive student body.
REGION 16 (Cook County IL)
Stephanie Giggetts, ’87 BA, ’92 J.D.


Stephanie graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in 1987 and from the Law School in 1992. She was the recipient of the 1997 Alvin McKenna Alumnus of the Year Award from the Notre Dame Black Law Student Association. She is a current member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, having been a member of the Field Hockey team during her undergraduate years. Stephanie has practiced law in Chicago since 1995 and has spent the last 9 years at the American Bar Association where she served as Associate General Counsel and currently serves as Accreditation Counsel for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Stephanie has been involved in local bar associations and local non-profit boards. She was a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Area Runners Association from 2005-2006. She is a current member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and served as a board member and secretary from 2004-2006. Stephanie and her husband John Chen have a son (9) and reside in Chicago, Illinois.

Personal Statement
I truly believe that Notre Dame is a special place that instills a commitment of service to others, which is why I was very active in supporting the law school earlier in my career. I attended law school fairs in Chicago on behalf of the Admissions Office and returned to campus to speak to new students during orientation events. In addition, I invited and organized a group of female students at Notre Dame Law in 2007 to participate in a large conference in Chicago for female attorneys. As I watch my child form his own catholic identity and love for Notre Dame, my thoughts return to the place where I developed life-long friendships and I wish to return to actively supporting the law school.

As a Chicago attorney working with many ABA accredited law schools, I hope to provide valuable insight into what is happening at law schools nationwide and engage alumni in recruiting a diverse student body by championing the strengths of Notre Dame Law School. It is a close-knit community that you do not find at many other places. I see the decline in applications to law school and job openings after law school and believe now is a critical time to support Notre Dame Law. I look forward to working with current friends and establishing new friendships should I become the law school alumni representative for Region 16.
John V. Smith, II ’79 AB, ’82 J.D.


John graduated from Notre Dame with an AB in 1979. He is now an equity partner with the Chicago firm of Pretzel & Stouffer where he has practiced, primarily as a trial lawyer, for the past 34 years since graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 1982. While at the Law School he was a member of the Notre Dame trial team. John has practiced trial law including medical malpractice litigation and commercial litigation and has served regularly as a member of his firm’s executive committee. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Society of Trial lawyers. John has also participated as a visiting faculty member for many years at the Notre Dame Intensive Trial Law class taught by Professor Seckinger. John also lectures at the Trinity Law School in Dublin, Ireland. He has assisted with the establishment of an exchange program for law students between Notre Dame Law School and Trinity School of Law. As a Pro bono Trial lawyer, John has represented Debra’s Place, a center for homeless women in Chicago. John is also the author of several articles and book chapters in publications both in the United States and Ireland.

John served as an R.A. at Notre Dame, was a member of the Notre Dame Varsity Wrestling Team, and also worked with The Center for Social Concerns as part of the CILA program.

John and his wife Patti (ND 1980) reside in Wilmette, Illinois and have four children: Katie (ND 2009), John Joe, Colleen, and Patrick (ND 2015).

Personal Statement
I am an enthusiastic supporter of Notre Dame. My fortunate success as a trial lawyer is due, in large part, to the education I received at the Law School, and especially to the Law School’s trial law programs. I teach at the Notre Dame Law School two to three times per year and am committed to assisting Notre Dame law students and graduates. I regularly hire Notre Dame graduates for my group of trial lawyers at our firm and often met with Notre Dame law students and graduates who are interested in practicing in the Chicago area to provide advice and potential employment contacts. I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of Notre Dame lawyers to support other Notre Dame lawyers, especially those who are at the beginning of their careers.

I am a strong supporter of Notre Dame University as a whole. My wife, two of my children, my father, (Notre Dame 1954), mother, (St. Mary’s 1955), five of my siblings, as well as uncles, nieces and a nephew have been blessed with a Notre Dame or St. Mary’s education. I am most proud of my role as a husband and father, and I am grateful to have the faith and the values of the University to pass on to my family. If elected as a member of the North Dame Law Association Board, I would work enthusiastically to support the Law School and would focus on job opportunities for its students.
REGION 18 (North NY, Toronto)
Joseph J. Karaszewski, ’88 J.D.


I have been an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York since 1992, and have been Chief of my office’s Appellate Division since 2006. Prior to that, I clerked for United States District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo, New York and was in private practice at Phillips Lytle in Buffalo from 1988 to 1990.

I have served on the Notre Dame Attorney Alumni Group of the Notre Dame Club of Buffalo/Western New York. This group has sponsored social gatherings and more formal career mentoring sessions at which area Notre Dame lawyers have met with and shared their knowledge and experiences with current law students and recent law graduates. The Attorney Alumni Group also co-hosted the 2014 and 2015 Hesburgh Lectures in Buffalo.

I also am active at my parish, St. Mary Church, Swormville, New York, and serve on the parish’s School Advisory Council. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College in Buffalo, my undergraduate alma mater.

My wife Karen and I have a daughter, Abigail, who is 13.

Personal Statement
I am eager to serve as a Director of the Notre Dame Law Association. I believe sincerely that Notre Dame truly does educate a different kind of lawyer, both competent and compassionate. I welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the law school in identifying and recruiting the best students possible to become the next generation of Notre Dame Lawyers. I also recognize that new graduates entering the legal work force face formidable challenges. As a Director for Region 18, I would continue to support the networking and mentoring efforts of the Attorney Alumni Groups which already exist, and work to model these programs throughout the Region. It would be an honor to serve you as Region 18 Director.
Peter C. Lutz, ’86 J.D.


I started my legal career in Dallas in 1986 and moved back home to Central New York in 1990. I worked at the Harris Beach Rochester office beginning in 1993, became a partner there and in 2008 left to become a founding member of the Rochester, New York office of Bond Schoeneck & King where I practice primarily commercial real estate law. I am actively involved in several committees at Bond, including the Associate Review Committee, Business Growth and Opportunity Committee, Pension & Investment Committee and serve as the Deputy Department Chair-Property. I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Seneca Park Zoo Society. I am on the Executive Committee, where I serve as Secretary, and also as a member of the Forever Wild Society of the Zoo Society.

While I was at the Law school I was selected to be a Thomas J. White Scholar; served on the Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy and was an Assistant Rector in Grace Hall. I am currently a member of the St. Thomas More Society (Dean’s Circle) and The Sorin Society.

Personal Statement
I love all things Notre Dame. I proposed to my wife Margot at the University and would like to believe it was the power of my degree that ultimately convinced her to marry me. We now have 4 beautiful, active children, two of whom are avid Notre Dame fans. They very much enjoy their annual football weekend trips to Notre Dame with Dad.

Given my passion for the University and my professional experience, I feel I am well positioned to further the ND mission and provide career guidance to our students and graduates.