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Ryan J. Dwyer, ’05 JD

Ryan J. Dwyer will begin a clerkship with U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Covington, KY in September 2012. Dwyer is currently a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William Zloch in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Edward J. Heath, ’99 JD

Edward J. Heath was recently awarded the 2012 Pro Bono Award from the Connecticut Bar Association. Heath is a partner at Robinson & Cole and chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

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Stephen P. Mullery, '97 JD

Stephen P. Mullery has been appointed Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary of Farmer Mac. Mullery previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel and was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft before joining Farmer Mac.

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Ralph A. Caruso, '94 JD

Ralph A. Caruso of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been named a “Leader in Their Field” in Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA.

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Kevin R. Gingras, ’03 JD

Kevin R. Gingras has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Director by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Gingras had previously served as Director Mueller’s Special Counsel for National Security.

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Arthur A. Vogel Jr., ’79 JD

Arthur A. Vogel Jr. has been recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Vogel specializes in Natural Resources & Environment at Quarles & Brady.

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Kevin E. Griffith, ’82 BA, ’86 JD

Kevin E. Griffith has been recognized in Ohio as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Griffith specializes in Labor & Employment at Porter Wright.

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Diane Haller, ’86 JD

Diane Haller has been recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Haller specializes in Real Estate at Quarles & Brady.

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Andrew Bojko, ’98 JD

Andrew Bojko has been recognized in Ohio as an Up and Coming “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Bojko specializes in Banking & Finance at Porter Wright.

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Christopher R. Schraff, ’72 JD

Christopher R. Schraff has been recognized in Ohio as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Schraff specializes in Natural Resources & Environment at Porter Wright.

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Ryan L. Van Den Elzen, ’02 JD

Ryan L. Van Den Elzen has been recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA. Van Den Elzen specializes in Corporate/M&A at Quarles & Brady.

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Dwight D. Smith, ’82 JD

Dwight D. Smith has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Smith serves as Executive VP, General Counsel for The Neighborhood House Association.

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Margaret A. Czuchaj, ’10 JD

Margaret A. Czuchaj recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Czuchaj focuses her practice in the areas of premises liability, retail liability, and motor vehicle no-fault disputes.

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John Gaal, ’74 BA, ’77 JD

John Gaal of Syracuse is the new chair of the 2,360-member Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Gaal is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He practices labor and employment law on behalf of management, with an emphasis on higher education, construction and health care.

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James Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 JD, ’78 MBA

James Mall has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2012. Mall is chair of the Construction Practice Group at the Pittsburg law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott. Mall focuses his practice in construction and commercial litigation, land use, and zoning.

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Patrick Salvi II, ’07 J.D.

Patrick Salvi II has been selected as one of 40 trial lawyers in the state of Illinois for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 organization. Salvi is a partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard and concentrates his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability.

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Kevin O’Connor, ’76 J.D.

Kevin O’Connor has been named a Florida Super Lawyer for his work in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. O’Connor is a partner in the Miami office of Foley & Mansfield.

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Shannon Buffum, 09 J.D.

Shannon Buffum has joined the Harris Beach law firm in the Buffalo office as an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. She also serves as the Educational Institutions Industry Team.

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Megan E (Tierney) Bryson, '02 B.A., '07 J.D.

Megan E Bryson has been listed on the Connecticut Rising Star list for 2011-2012. Bryan works in the Law Offices of Paul A. Lange and focuses her practice on Litigation, Insurance, and Transactional Work in the area of aviation law.

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Leslie Budewitz, '84 J.D.

Leslie Budewitz’s first book: Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Crinimal Law and Courtroom Procedures (Quill Driver Books) has received the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

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Stephanie Martin, '06 J.D.

Stephanie Martin has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. Martin is an associate at Adams and Reese.

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David L. Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David L Guevara has co-designed and edited a book titled Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery, published in May 2012 by ABA Book Publishing and sponsored by the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Guevara is a member of Taff Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Environmental Law and Litigation practice group.

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Jorge Narvaez-Hasfura, ’93 LLM

Jorge Narvaez-Hasfura has been appointed an honorary Independent Advisor and Member of the Sounding Board of the Mexican Taxpayers’ Ombudsman. Narvaez-Hasfura works for Baker & McKenzie.

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Thomas W. Cushing, ’84 B.A., ’87 J.D.

Thomas W. Cushing has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Lyons Township High School’s Board of Education. Cushing is Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

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Patrick J. Kilbane, ’05 J.D.

Patrick J. Kilbane has been elected president of the Notre Dame Club of North Florida. Kilbane is a an attorney in the Jacksonville office of GrayRobinson, P.A.

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George Ng, ’02 J.D.

George Ng, a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was recently recognized by M&A Advisors with their Top 40 Under 40 Award.

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David Guaderrama, ’79 J.D.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Guaderrama has been confirmed by the Senate as District Judge for the Western District of Texas – El Paso Division.

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Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane M. Haller has been named among the top five percent of attorneys in Arizona by Southwest Super Lawyers for 2012. Haller focuses her practice on Real Estate Law.

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