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In Memoriam: Gerald G. Vairo, ’62 BA, ’64 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Gerald Vairo of Lake Linden, Michigan on September 8, 2017. In 1965 Gerry began his law career with the law firm of Messner & Labine in Houghton, Michigan. Later he became the senior member and partner of the law firm of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson and Manchester for 50 years with offices in Houghton and Calumet. Please view a beautiful tribute to Gerry’s life and his many contributions to his community.

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In Memoriam: Robert S. Krause, ’66 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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It is with great sadness that the law school announces the passing of Robert “Bob” Krause, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who passed away on July 13, 2017. Krause had a long and successful career at Dickenson Wright in Detroit. Krause served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law School Association from 1994 – 1999 and later served on the board as an executive advisory member from 1999 through 2014. To read more about Krause’s many accomplishments see a beautiful tribute to his life.

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The NDLS Community Remembers Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D.

Author: Dean Nell Jessup Newton

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks, ’63 J.D., passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. He was 77 years old. Justice Crooks served in the Wisconsin judiciary for 39 years, first on the trial court and then on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006. Only a week before his death, he announced that he planned to retire on July 31, 2016.

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In Memoriam: John H. Leahy, ’59 BA, ’64 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

Double domer, John Leahy passed away on August 19, 2015 after losing a fast-paced battle with cancer. While at Notre Dame, John was the senior football manager and lived in the football stadium during his law school years, locking it up and taking care of the legendary mascot Clashmore Mike. John served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and later as a reserve, retiring as a Captain after 30 years. Later he practiced law in both Chicago and California. John then served as a judge in the Superior State Court of California for thirty years. Please view a beautiful tribute to John’s life here.

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Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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Charles Weiss, a partner from Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office, has been named a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. This prestigious, invitation-only fellowship is limited to 500 active trial lawyers from around the U.S. Weiss has more than 35 years of experience in business and complex litigation, representing numerous Fortune 500 companies and other clients in significant litigation matters. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a former president of The Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. He is currently a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Weiss is a Past President on the Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors.

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In Memoriam: Bernard P. Malone, ’63 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

It is with a heavy heart that the law school announces the passing of Bernard “Bud” Malone on February 27, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Bud devoted much of his legal career as an advocate for financing affordable housing under the FHA Program. Bud later co-founded Malone Mortgage, a finance mortgage company which specialized in federal housing loans. Most recently, Bud founded MORTGAGES

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In Memoriam: John Francis Beggan, ’57 BA, ’60 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

The Law School is sad to announce the passing of John Beggan on February 1, 2015 in Wilmette, Illinois. After his graduation from NDLS, John began his career in Washington, D.C. working in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Five years later John and his wife moved to Chicago where they raised their family and he practiced corporate law at the firm of Gardner, Carton, and Douglas for over 30 years. To read more about John’s life and his love for Notre Dame, please visit the obituary.

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In memoriam: Maurice A. Nelson, ’66 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Maurice Nelson on January 12, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 88 years old. Maurice came to the practice of law later in life after serving our country in WWII. After graduating from NDLS, Maurice served a few years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Berrien County followed by two decades of private practice in Niles, Michigan. Please view a lovely tribute to Maurice’s life by linking to the online obituary.

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Timothy J. Malloy, '66 EG, '69 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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Timothy Malloy, founding partner of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, has been named one of the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in Illinois in the September 2014 business edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Nationally recognized for his IP litigation successes, Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements, and has served as lead counsel in IP-related trials throughout the country. His professional highlights include arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company the leading case directed to the scope of patent protection for medical devices.

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Douglas J. Austin, ’69 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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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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Michael P. Seng, ’64 BA, ’67 J.D.

Author: Tammye Raster

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Michael Seng, a professor for nearly 40 years at The John Marshall Law School, was awarded The Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for his outstanding work in public service. For almost 40 years, Professor Seng has been inspiring countless students to devote their careers to public service and become leaders in a multitude of good causes. Beyond training students in fair housing law, in 1992 he founded the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, the first law school clinic in the country to solely handle issues involving housing discrimination. Read more

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Dennis G. Collins, ’68 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

Dennis G. Collins has been recognized by Chambers USA 2014: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top attorney in the practice area of labor and employment law. Collins is a partner in the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Richard G. Harbinger, '69 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

Beloved Richard G. Harbinger passed away January 17, 2014 in Santa Monica California. He was 90. He had a distinguished career as a CA Deputy Attorney General and a CA Deputy District Attorney. One of his many notable cases was the People v. William and Emily Harris and Patricia Hearst. He was special assistant to the president of The American Bar Assn. He served on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation. Richard taught at many law schools in China. He has written many legal articles. He will be missed.

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Alvin J. McKenna, '66 J.D.

Author: Susan Good

Alvin J. McKenna has been named to Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus, Ohio.

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Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.

Author: Paula Smith

Charles A. Weiss will be recognized as an Equal Access to Justice Champion at the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s (LSEM) 2013 For the Common Good Annual Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have been supportive of LSEM’s mission of providing civil legal services and equal access to justice for the low-income community. Weiss is partner at Bryan Cave, LLP and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Robert Hanlon, Sr., ’62 BA, ’64 J.D.

Author: Paula Smith

Robert Hanlon, Sr. is listed in 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers. Hanlon concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, transportation, and personal injury. He is of counsel at Goldberg Segalla in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Alvin J. McKenna, ’66 J.D.

Author: Paula Smith

Alvin J. McKenna has been named a 2013 Ohio Super Lawyer. McKenna specializes in Business Litigation and is a Partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Columbus, Ohio.

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Merle F. Wilberding, ’69 J.D.

Author: Paula Smith

Merle F. Wilberding received a lifetime community service award from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Wilberding received the award at the annual dinner in November 2012.

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Robert S. Krause, ’66 JD

Author: Paula Smith

Robert S. Krause is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense: Products. Krause is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC’s office in Troy, Michigan.

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James E. Mackin, ’66 BA, ’69 JD

Author: Susan Good

James E. Mackin has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Syracuse Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” Mackin is based in the Syracuse, NY office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

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Frank J. Miele, ’64 JD

Author: Susan Good

Frank J. Meile has authored a fiction book exploring the relationship between a father and son.

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