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Classes 1940-1949


In Memoriam: Lawrence E. Carr, Jr., ’48, ’49 J.D.

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It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the passing of Lawrence Carr, Jr. on November 21, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia. Carr practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 60 years, most recently as senior partner with Carr Maloney, PC. Devoted to Notre Dame, Carr served on the Advisory Council for Notre Dame Law School for 24 years, from 1984 to 2008. Carr sent four of his five children to Notre Dame. Please view a tribute to Carr’s life in the online obituary.

Leading Scholar of International Art Law, John H. Merryman, ’44 M.S, ’47 J.D. Passes Away

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John Merryman was a world renowned expert in art law, cultural property law, and comparative law. John studied and taught in these areas at Stanford Law School for sixty-two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015 at the age of 95. Stanford Law School posted an article which is a beautiful tribute to this Notre Dame double domer who lived an extraordinary life.

Mike Stepovich, '43 J.D.

Mike Stepovich, Who Led Alaska to Statehood, Dies at 94

Mr. Stepovich was the last presidentially appointed governor of the Territory of Alaska and also helped lobby Congress for statehood.

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Alexis “Alex” Thomas Cholis, ’41 BA, ’42 J.D.

Alexis Cholis is retiring after more than 70 years after admission to the Indiana bar. According to the Indiana Roil of Attorneys, Cholis has been an active lawyer six years longer than anyone in Indiana has. Cholis is an Estate and Tax attorney at Cholis & Cholis in South Bend, Indiana.


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Classes 1950-1959


Donald W. Ward, ’54 J.D. Receives the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award

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Donald Ward, partner at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis was named the 2015 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession throughout a career of 50 years or more. Ward has practiced for 60 years and currently practices with his son at Ward & Ward. Attorney Richard Eynon commented that, “Perhaps no other individual attorney has had a greater impact over the past 50 years in maintaining the integrity of the Appellate and Supreme courts, while putting aside self-interest for the best interests of Hoosiers’ justice, than Don.” Ward was humbled and honored by the award stating, “It is hard for me to believe that I can receive an award for doing the thing I have enjoyed doing for the past 60 years – going to the office and practicing law.” Read more.

In Memoriam: Edward F. Broderick, Jr., ’54 BA, ’56 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of Edward Broderick, Jr. on July 22, 2015 in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Broderick was a senior managing partner of Broderick, Newmark and Grather P.C. for over five decades, providing legal counsel in the areas of commercial and corporate law, employment law and civil rights litigation. Most recently, Mr. Broderick had joined Wilson Elser, LLP and continued his law career Of Counsel. See a beautiful tribute to Mr. Broderick’s life in the online obituary.

In memoriam: James Fitzgerald, Jr., ’57 BA, ’59 J.D.

It is with great sadness that the Law School announces the passing of James Fitzgerald, Jr. on June 18, 2014 in Gross Ile, Michigan. Please view the online obituary.


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Classes 1960-1969


Thomas Curtin, '68 J.D. Awarded Prestigious Daniel J. O'Hern Award

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Tom Curtin, founding member of Graham Curtin, in Morristown, New Jersey received the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in Law. Tom was honored “for his lifetime achievements and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession” at the annual awards ceremony. Read more about his many contributions to the legal profession.

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

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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.

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

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.

Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.

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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.

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

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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Classes 1970-1979


The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, ’76 J.D.

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The Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania was chosen by the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (MCWP) as the recipient of its 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Award. Judge Fischer was formally recognized with the award on November 18, 2015 during the MCWP’s annual Conflict Resolution Day event. The MCWP selected Judge Fischer for this award due to her dedication to training and mentoring lawyers throughout their legal careers and for serving as a helpful, positive role model to both male and female lawyers, her family and the Pittsburgh community.

James D. Friedman, ’72 J.D.

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Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Milwaukee partner James D. Friedman has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School. There are 30 Cristo Rey schools nationwide serving 9,800 students. The Milwaukee Cristo Rey facility welcomes its first class this fall. “I’m honored to serve on the board,” said Friedman. “Cristo Rey has a very unique and innovative approach to high school education for economically deprived children.” Friedman is a member of this firm’s Business Law Practice Group. He has provided legal counsel to clients in very challenging legal, financial and business matters for more than 40 years. He handles countless legal matters including business litigation, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, banking regulation and corporate governance.

Michael J. Visnosky, ’72 J.D.

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Michael Visnosky, of counsel at Knox Law and Director of Governmental Affairs for Millcreek Health System, Inc., was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. During his career at Knox Law, he handled a variety of family law, real estate, civil litigation and personal injury matters. Mr. Visnosky is Co-Incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Millcreek Health System, Inc. and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the United States.

Patrick Scott, ’76 BA, ’79 J.D.

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Patrick Scott, a partner at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy.

James R. Mall, ’74 BA, ’78 J.D. MBA

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Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that James Mall has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction.


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Classes 1980-1989


Mary Beth Uetz Kelly, ’87 J.D.

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Justice Mary Beth Kelly has retired from the Michigan Supreme Court and joined Bodman PLC in Detroit. Kelly will serve as a partner and vice chair of the firm’s litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group. Kelly joins private practice after serving as a Supreme Court justice for four and a half years and sixteen years in the judiciary. Read more

Brian E. O’Donnell, ’89 J.D.

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Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to announce that partner Brian O’Donnell, co-chair of the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group, has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Fellows are selected and invited into the Litigation Counsel after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. O’Donnell has also been included in the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute by virtue of his fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America. O’Donnell is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in handling complex commercial matters. A member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, O’Donnell has successfully resolved complex matters including high stakes reinsurance and insurance coverage disputes, class action products liability lawsuits and government investigations of insurance and financial regulatory matters.

Tom Ajamie, ’85 J.D.

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Tom Ajamie, founder of Ajamie LLP, was recently included in the National Law Journal list of the Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers. Ajamie continues to focus his practice on “representing the underdog against abusers of power” and his accomplishments include the largest securities arbitration win in history. Ajamie has offices in both Houston and New York.

Thomas Ahearne, ’81 Finds Meaning in a Fight for Education Funding in the State of Washington

Thomas Ahearne, a graduate of Notre Dame and University of Chicago Law School, had risen at a powerful Seattle firm by working for business clients who took on insurance companies, often winning millions of dollars. Ahearne, upon the suggestion of a colleague, decided to put his litigation skills to work in fighting the state of Washington over education funding. Read more in the Boston Globe.

Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley, ’78 EG, ’81 J.D.

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Ulmer & Berne is pleased to announce that partner, Fritz Shadley, has been recognized in the 2016 Benchmark Litigation as one of the “State Litigation Stars” in the practice area of Construction Law.


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Classes 1990-1999


Lance A. Lawson, ’96 J.D.

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McNair Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of shareholder Lance Lawson to the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. Lawson is a seasoned intellectual property (IP) litigator whose practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secrets, and copyright litigation, as well as commercial disputes involving technology. Lawson joins McNair from North Carolina IP firm Myers Bigel. Read more

James M. Lewis, ’91 J.D.

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James “Jay” Lewis a partner at Tuesley, Hall, Konopa, LLP, received the honor of being named the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in South Bend, a recognition given to only a single lawyer in each category. Lewis is licensed to practice law in IN and MI. His practice areas also include business law, real estate, labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

Julia B. Meister, ’95 J.D.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Julia B. Meister has been appointed ethics and malpractice co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Meister currently serves as vice-chair for the section. Her new one-year leadership term began Sept. 1. Meister is a partner in Taft’s Litigation, Health & Life Sciences, and Private Client groups and heads the firm’s Cincinnati Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice.

Domenique Camacho Moran, ’93 J.D.

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Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Domenique Moran has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management. Moran has also been selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list for her work in Employment and Labor Law.

F. Mark Reuter, ’96 J.D.

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Keating Muething & Klekamp, PLL is pleased to announce that Mark Reuter has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.


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Classes 2000-2009


Julie E. Maurer, ’04 J.D.

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Julie Maurer was presented with one of five Awards of Professional Distinction from Missouri University of Science and Technology. The award recognizes outstanding Missouri Science and Technology graduates for professional achievement. Maurer is an attorney with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix and practices primarily in the commercial litigation group

Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.

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Johnathan Bridges joined the faculty of UNT Dallas College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law, having most recently served as a partner in the firm of Susman Godfrey LLP. Professor Bridges will teach Property, Evidence, Legal Writing, and other subjects.

Justin T. Stolte, ’07 J.D.

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Justin Stolte, a senior associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, in Houston, was named to Law360’s 2015 top energy attorneys under 40. Stolte’s expertise in advising major energy clients, comes not only from his legal training at Notre Dame Law School, but also from his years working in the industry as a petroleum engineer at Chevron Corporation and as a senior commercial advisor for Apache Corporation.

Patricia Victory Waterkotte, ’05 J.D.

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Patricia Victory Waterkotte, an attorney with Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, was named one of Tucson’s “40 Under 40”, an award that recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work.

Thomas Olohan, ’01 J.D. Receives Highest Honor from FBI

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FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Thomas Olohan, received the FBI’s highest honor of the Director’s Award for Excellence in 2015 due to his work in a sensitive human source operation run jointly with the Department of Defense. Additionally, Olohan was honored with an Anti-Defamation League 2015 SHIELD Award for his role in an investigation that resulted in the incarceration of a US-based individual. The SHIELD Award recognizes major success in the fight against hate crimes, terrorism, and the protection of civil rights.


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Classes 2010-Present


Jennifer N. Hernandez, ’10 J.D.

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Jennifer Hernandez joined the firm of Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP, in Miami. Hernandez will practice in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Hernandez was named to the 2014 and 2015 Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. Hernandez is also a board member for the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Miami.

Megan K. Meyer, ’11 J.D.

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Megan Meyer has been hired as Real Estate Counsel at Port Cincinnati Development Authority, an economic development agency that initiates projects to increase jobs and regional prosperity through real estate and community development.

Katherine Merck, ‘12

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Katherine Merck, a Notre Dame undergrad and current student at Gonzaga Law School, was crowned Miss Rodeo America and received a $25K scholarship which she plans to use toward an LL.M. in Tax. Merck’s plan is that her practice will eventually include helping farmers and ranchers with estate planning and water rights. Read more

Corben A. Lee, ’15 J.D.

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Gutwein Law, in Lafayette, Indiana is pleased to announce that Corben Lee has joined the firm in the practice area of business law.





Nicole C. Ruggirello, ’08 BA, ’11 J.D.

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce that Nicole Ruggirello has joined the firm in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. Ruggirello will practice in the Insurance Law Group where she will represent property and casualty insurance providers in coverage litigation that involves such complex issues as environmental contamination, construction defects, and products liability. Formerly, Ruggirello clerked in the Michigan Court of Appeals for Judge Michael Riordan.

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1L Katie Jo Baumgardner Awarded Weigand Scholarship

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“The generosity of Mr. Weigand’s gift is overwhelming, and I am so grateful to have been chosen as a Weigand Scholar,” said Baumgardner.

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