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Arthur O’Reilly, ’02 J.D., Saving the Cultural Soul of a City

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If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”

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Two NDLS Grads Join the Federal Bench

December saw two Notre Dame Law School grads confirmed to the federal bench. Double Domer Jack Blakey, ’88 B.A., ’92 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the U.S. Senate December 16. Earlier this month Jerry Pappert, ’88 J.D., was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Todd Kingma, ’85 J.D., Recognized as Governance Professional of the Year

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Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo Company PLC, has been recognized as Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine in the area of Corporate Governance and Compliance. Additionally, Perrigo was awarded Best Overall Governance Compliance and Ethics program in the same area. The national Corporate Governance Awards are designed to recognize outstanding disclosure in corporate governance, risk and compliance. Kingma joined Perrigo, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, in 2003.

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Kristen M. Fletcher, ’96 J.D., Named Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate of Lewis & Clark

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Kristen Fletcher was named a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School where she received a Masters of Environmental and Natural Resources Law (LL.M.) in 1998. The award recognizes significant contributions to the environmental and natural resources law field. Fletcher has worked in environmental law and policy, specifically ocean and coastal law, for more than seventeen years. Fletcher has directed grant programs, taught law and graduate students in the areas of Ocean and Coastal Law, Natural Resources Law, and Fisheries Law. From 2007-2012, Fletcher was the Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO) which represents governors of the nation’s 35 coastal states and territories regarding ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. Currently Fletcher is the Principal of Fletcher Coastal Consulting in Pacific Grove, California where her work includes advancing coastal management at the state, regional, and national levels.

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Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, ’04 J.D., Honored as a Top Female Litigator and Pro Bono Attorney in Missouri

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.

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Matthew M. Killen, ’04 BA, ’07 J.D.

Matthew Killen has joined Nicoladies LLP as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Killen’s practice focuses on providing advice to insurance clients on complex coverage issues in a variety of areas and representing insurance clients in complex coverage disputes in state and federal courts.

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Kristen E. Polovoy, ’98 J.D.

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Kristen Polovoy, a partner in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, has been reappointed Chair of the Class Action Practice Committee of the Camden County Bar Association. Polovoy’s practice includes complex commercial litigation with a focus on class action defense of product manufacturers in consumer fraud and household product advertising lawsuits, including food labeling litigation.

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Thomas J. Jennings, ’80 MBA, ’80 J.D.

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Thomas Jennings, a partner in Hill Wallack in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office, has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Council at Delaware Valley College, an independent, interdisciplinary college featuring individualized attention, small class sizes and an applied as well as theoretical approach to learning, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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Jason M. Yarbrough, ’01 BA

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Jason Yarbrough, a partner in Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, in Pittsburgh, has been named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for 2014. Yarbrough is a member of the firm’s Construction Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Creditors’ Rights Groups. Yarbrough is an undergraduate of the University of Notre Dame and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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Jeremy S. Kemper, ’11 J.D.

Jeremy Kemper recently became an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Bismark, North Dakota. In this new position, Kemper will spend a major part of his practice defending Native Americans charged with crimes under the Major Crimes Act (18 USC 1153).

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Eileen M. Martin, ’91 J.D.

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Eileen Martin has joined the firm of Hiscock & Barclay as a partner in the Buffalo and Toronto offices. Martin brings much knowledge and experience to the firm’s Immigration Practice Area as she has practiced immigration law since 1995, most recently at Hodgson Russ LLP.

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Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

Patrick Scott, a partner with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.

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Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Julia Meister, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 for her work in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, and Trusts and Estates. Additionally, Meister has been designated as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” within the Litigation – ERISA practice area.

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Arthur T. O’Reilly, ’02 J.D.

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Arthur O’Reilly, an attorney with Honigman in Detroit has been named in the top 100 of the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyer listing and as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of Business Litigation.

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Elizabeth Hughes Latchana, ’98 J.D.

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Elizabeth Latchana has been named Best Lawyers 2015 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing, Michigan. Latchana is a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, specializing in employee health and welfare benefits. Latchana’s areas of expertise include Affordable Care Act Compliance, ERISA, COBRA, Cafeteria Plans, Wrap Plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and other federal law compliance involving group health plans.

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Larry A. Ward, ’98 BA, ’00 MEDUC, ’03 J.D.

Larry Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Seattle, specializing in U.S. National Security Law, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that advises the U.S. State Department on defense trade matters. The DTAG provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies, and regulations for munitions exports.

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Brad A. Sobolewski, ’00 J.D.

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Brad Sobolewski, a litigator at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland, has been promoted to counsel and has been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Sobolewski has extensive experience in complex litigation matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., defending companies in complex commercial, banking, insurance, consumer class action, trade secret and non-compete, product liability, and mass tort litigation.

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Ralph A. Caruso II, ’94 J.D.

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Ralph Caruso, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Indianapolis, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Corporate Law.

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David J. Butler, ’97 J.D.

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David Butler, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Commercial Litigation.

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Edward J. Leader, ’97 J.D.

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Edward Leader, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cleveland, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law.

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George D. Molinsky, ’94 J.D.

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George Molinsky, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, in Cincinnati, has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in the area Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law. Additionally, Molinsky has been designated as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” for his work within the Venture Capital Law practice area.

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Kim L. Kirn, ’85 J.D.

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Kim Kirn has joined the Senior Arbitrator Panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. Kirn currently serves on USA&M’s Mediation Panel.

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Douglas J. Austin, ’69 J.D.

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Douglas Austin, a partner at Fraser Trebilcock, in Lansing, Michigan, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in 2015 in the practice area of Real Estate Law.

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Krishna Thomas Walker, ’08 J.D.

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Krishna Walker, an attorney at Bryan Cave, LLP, has been selected as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” lawyers for 2014. Walker focuses her practice on business financing representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions. To read more about the award and Walker’s practice.

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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.

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Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.

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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.

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James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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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.

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