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Patrick J. Hines, ’11 JD

hinesp_web Patrick J. Hines has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Hines works in the Buffalo NY office of Hodgson Russ and focuses his practice on personal injury and business litigation matters.

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Richard L. Hill, ’72 JD

Richard L. Hill from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of government finance.

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Edward A. Sullivan III, ’93 JD

Edward A. Sullivan III from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of business litigation.

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Thomas J. Brunner, ’66 JD

Thomas J. Brunner from the South Bend office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers for 2012 in the area of employment and labor.

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Julio Quintanilla, ’05 LL.M

julio_quintanilla_web Julio Quintanilla has been appointed a professor of Introduction to Business Law at Universidad Privada Boliviana beginning February 2012. Quintanilla is a founding partner of “Abogados Consultores Soc. Civ.” In La Paz, Bolivia. The firm specializes in commercial and corporate law.

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Brian P. Lennon, ’92 JD

lennon_brian_web Brian P. Lennon has joined the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Lennon served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.

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Kevin Warren, ’90 J.D.

kevin_warren Kevin Warren has been inducted into the Grand Canyon Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Grand Canyon University, Warren scored 1, 118 points and earned Academic All-America awards while at Grand Canyon. Warren is Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer for the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to working for the Vikings, Warren worked with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig.

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Mary Ellen Schill, ’88 JD

mary_ellen_schill Mary Ellen Schill has been elected President of the St. Norbert College Alumni Board of Directors, effective October 2012.

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Robert J. Konopa, ’67 JD

Robert J. Konopa, a partner at Tuesley Hall Konopa in South Bend, Indiana has been named to the 2012 Indiana Super Lawyers list as a top attorney in Indiana. Konopa’s specializes in civil litigation.

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Danielle Hermanny, ’11 JD

Danielle Hermanny has been appointed executive assistant to the President of the University of Portland. Hermanny will assist Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp with legal affairs and coordinate the projects of the university’s board of regents.

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Thomas R. Curtin, ’68 J.D.

tom_curtain_classnote Thomas R. Curtin has been elected to the ABA Board of Governors with a 3-year term beginning in August 2012. Tom will serve as Governor for District 3, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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John H. Bemis, '84 JD

johnbemisweb_gallery The New Mexico State Senate has confirmed John H. Bemis has been confirmed as Secretary of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department. Bemis is a former assistant commissioner for oil, gas and minerals at the State Land Office.

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George Ng, ’02 J.D.

george_ng_web George Ng is a new partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Orange County, CA. Ng has extensive domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions experience. He has held various senior management roles with publicly-traded, global biotechnology companies.

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Dr. Sean Seymore, ’06 JD, ’01 PhD

Sean Seymore has been awarded tenure as a full professor at Vanderbilt University Law School beginning Fall 2012. His research interests include patent law and law and science.

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Nathan A. Hall, ’03 J.D.

hall_nateweb Nathan A. Hall has been named a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Hall is a member of the litigation practice group in the Toledo, Ohio office and represents individual and business clients in commercial matters, including contract claims and business torts.

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Nelson O. Ropke, ’03 J.D.

Nelson O. Ropke has been elected a principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield. Ropke has expertise in state and federal commercial litigation and practices in the firm’s Detroit, Michigan office.

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Todd Hembree, ’91 J.D.

Todd Hembree has been confirmed as attorney general for the Cherokee Nation. Hembree has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and has served as independent counsel for the Cherokee Nation’s legislative branch for 12 years.

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Michael J. Hays, ’02 JD

michealhays_web Michael J. Hays recently joined Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP as Of Counsel. Michael is practicing in the areas of general business, commercial litigation and employment law.

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Jock Smith, ’73 J.D.

Jock Smith passed away on January 8, 2012. Smith was a former assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama and a partner at Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith P.C. He also served as political science professor at Tuskegee University. The Trial Lawyer Magazine recently recognized Smith as one of the 100 most influential trial lawyers in America. Smith was also author of “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: From Queens to Tuskegee: A Trial Lawyer’s Journey on Behalf of ‘the Least of These,’” a book about his father, an attorney in New York who represented black activists and entertainers before he was shot and killed by a client when Jock was 8 years old. Smith’s professional memberships included the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the National Bar Association.

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Timothy J. Howard, ’76 J.D.

howard_photo_web Timothy J. Howard has been names to Illinois Super Lawyers 2012. Howard is an associate at Howard & Howard PLLC in Peoria, Illinois. He specializes in business litigation.

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Jane S. Hahn, ’06 J.D.

hahn_photo_web Jane S. Hahn has been named to Illinois Rising Stars 2012. Hahn is an associate at Howard & Howard PLLC in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in business litigation.

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Jane Dall Wilson, ’03 J.D.

jane_dall_wilson_web Jane Dall Wilson has been named a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. Wilson is based in Indianapolis and practices business litigation, including complex contract disputes, and appellate advocacy.

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Uyen Mguyen, ’07 J.D.

nguyenuyen_web Uyen Nguyen has joined the Menlo Park office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as an associate. Nguyen focuses on corporate and securities law, including corporate representations and venture capital financings.

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Dennis J. Ring, ’00 J.D.

Dennis J. Ring, the principal in the Law Office of Dennis J. Ring, PC, in Queens, New York, has been named to the 2011 Irish Echo 40 Under 40 List. Dennis specializes in personal injury and criminal defense litigation.

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Kevin R. Talbot, ’01 J.D.

Kevin R Kevin R. Talbot of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo New York, has been elected to the firms’ partnership. Talbot represents private and public companies, both domestically and internationally, in complex acquisitions and disposition transactions, joint ventures, and restructuring transactions.

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Andrew Dillon, ’84 B.A., ’88 J.D.

Andrew Dillon has been appointed Michigan’s 44th State Treasurer by Governor Rick Snyder. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Dillon served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was elected to serve as Speaker of the House during his final two terms.

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John T. Sperla, ’75 J.D.

John T John T. Sperla of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC has been included in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.

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Liz Hurley, ’95 J.D.

Liz Hurley, St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor, has been selected as magistrate judge in Mishawaka, Indiana for St. Joseph Circuit Court. Hurley has been a deputy prosecutor for 10 years.

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