New Board Members

Region 7 (Michigan)

Gregory P. Ripple, ’94 B.A., ’03 J.D.

Greg Ripple

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.


Region 10 (New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, South New York)

Matthew R. Nussbaum, ’00 B.A., ’04 J.D.

Matthew Nussbaum

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.


Region 17 (Florida and Puerto Rico)

Christopher D. Avila, ’11 J.D.

Chris Avila

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).


At-Large Representative

Katherine Kirkpatrick Bos, ’09 J.D.

Katherine Kirkpatrick

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.