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Mary Ellen Schill, ’88 JD

Author: Susan Good

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

Author: Susan Good

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

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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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Jane S. Hahn, ’06 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Timothy J. Howard, ’76 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Uyen Mguyen, ’07 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Jane Dall Wilson, ’03 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Dennis J. Ring, ’00 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Andrew Dillon, ’84 B.A., ’88 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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Kevin R. Talbot, ’01 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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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John T. Sperla, ’75 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

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.

Author: Susan Good

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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John Wingerter, '05 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

John Wingerter has been promoted to a director position at Cohen & Grisby. Wingerter is a member of the Business Group and assists clients with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private equity and mezzanine financing transactions.

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Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

haller_color Diane M. Haller, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, has been named chair of national Real Estate Practice. Haller’s practice focuses on commercial real estate development.

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Susan Brichler Trujillo, ’04 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

Susan Brichler Trujillo Susan Brichler Trujillo, an associate at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix, has been appointed to the Community Legal Services board of directors by the State Bar of Arizona’s board of governors. Trujillo practices in the areas of health law and litigation.

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Dylan Johnson, ’11 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

Dylan Johnson is an associate in the natural resources group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

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Patrick A. Salvi II, ’07 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

patrick_salvi_ii Patrick A. Salvi has been promoted to partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Patrick has also been named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 2011 “40 Under Forty” Illinois list recognizing up and coming lawyers.

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Ophelia Camiña, J.D. ’82, Honored by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine

Author: Susan Good

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Ophelia Camiña, J.D. ’82, is the subject of a feature story in the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Camiña, who took trial advocacy with Professor James Seckinger, is now a partner with Susman Godfrey LLP, where she specializes in business litigation.

The magazine profile notes that Ms. Camiña’s trial victories include Dilliard’s v. i2 Technologies, Inc. The $238 million jury verdict awarded in that case ranks among the Top 10 Jury Verdicts in the United States for 2010.

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