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Classes 1940-1949

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.

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

Edward F. Broderick Jr., ’54 B.A., ’56 J.D.

Edward F. Broderick Jr. has joined the firm of Wilson Elser as counsel in the New Jersey office. Broderick has transitioned his practice from his former firm of Broderick, Newman & Grather, P.C. His practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death actions, employment law, and civil rights and EEOC litigation.

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Classes 1960-1969

Richard G. Harbinger, '69 J.D.

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.

In Memoriam: Robert J. Wilczek, J.D. ’68

Bob Wilczek

It is with a heavy heart that the Law School announces the death of Bob Wilczek, J.D. ’68, who passed away on January 8, his 70th birthday.

Alvin J. McKenna, '66 J.D.

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

Alex Talcott, '07 J.D. and Peter King '68 J.D.

alex_talcott Alex Talcott ’07 J.D. and his boyhood Congressman Peter King ’68 J.D. of New York during a presidential exploratory visit to New Hampshire (Stratham, NH)

Charles A. Weiss, ’68 J.D.

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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Classes 1970-1979

Patrick A. Salvi, '78 J.D.

Illinois Super Lawyers has named Patrick A. Salvi ‘78 one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers for 2014, out of more than 90,000 lawyers in the state. Mr. Salvi is the managing partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Timothy J. Howard, ’76 J.D.

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC announcing that Timothy J. Howard has been named to Illinois Rising Stars and Illinois Super Lawyers 2014.

Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. (JD ’75)

Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr.

The Notre Dame Law School community has learned that Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. died unexpectedly while winterizing his boat at his Detroit home on November 6.

Dean A. Calland, '79 J.D.

Dean A. Calland has been named an International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyer in 2013.

Steven L. Owen, '76 J.D.

Steven L. Owen has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Real Estate Law.

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Classes 1980-1989

Lorelie S. Masters, ’81 J.D.

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Lorelie (“Lorie”) S. Masters has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partner in the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group.

Masters’ clients include companies and individuals seeking counsel in enforcing insurance coverage under general liability, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, first-party property, business-interruption, cyber liability and damage, and other types of insurance. She has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations, both domestic and abroad, and has won significant trials and arbitrations enforcing insurance coverage for policyholder clients.

Elizabeth Murphy, '85 J.D.

Elizabeth Murphy has been named an associate director in its Division of Corporation Finance of The Securities and Exchange Commission.

For the past five years, Ms. Murphy has served as the Secretary of the Commission, heading the office that prepares, reviews, and maintains records of Commission action and advises the Commission and the SEC

Paul Lewis BA ’80; JD ‘83

Paul M. Lewis has been appointed as special envoy for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lewis will begin his work at the Pentagon on Nov. 1.

Diane M. Haller, ’86 J.D.

Diane M. Haller named in The Best Lawyers in America 2014®.

David Dreyer '77 B.A., '80 J.D.

Judge David Dreyer has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN.

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Classes 1990-1999

Melinda J. Caterine, '90 J.D.

For the second consecutive year, Melinda J. Caterine is the only Maine attorney to receive the Client Choice Award for outstanding client service in the Employment & Labor Law category.

Patrick Flynn, '97 J.D.

Patrick Flynn has joined the Tucker Ellis LLP firm as Counsel in the Business Department.

Kristen E. Polovoy, '98 J.D.

Kristen E. Polovoy has been selected as the 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year in Law by the Burlington County, NJ Advisory Council on Women.

The award honors women who have made a difference within the Burlington County, NJ community and significant contributions in their field, as well as those who have demonstrated their support for women.

Jamie Billotte Moses, '94 J.D.

Jamie Billotte Moses, has been appointed by The Florida Bar Board of Governors to serve on the Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee. Moses focuses her practice on professional malpractice litigation, including a wide range of legal matters involving real estate brokers and salespersons, appraisers and title companies. She is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Bradley J. Wiskirchen, '96 J.D.

Bradley J. Wiskirchen has been named Chairman of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Board of Directors for 2014. Mr. Wiskirchen is currently Chief Executive Officer of Keynetics Inc. and its subsidiary Kount Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Click Sales Inc. dba ClickBank, in Boise, Idaho.

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Classes 2000-2009

Peter Breen '00 J.D.

Peter Breen successfully defeated a six-term incumbent state representative in the 2014 Republican primary for Illinois’ 48th House District, which covers parts of the western suburbs of Chicago. Breen won the election by 14 percentage points, 57-43, with almost one million dollars being spent on the race between the candidates and outside groups. Breen is currently unopposed in the general election.

Chris Mugica, ’00 J.D.

Chris Mugica was selected to the “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list by Thomson Reuters.

Justin O. Kay, '05 J.D.

Justin O. Kay has been named partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Kay is a litigator in the firm’s Chicago office. Justin’s practice focuses primarily on defending corporations and individuals in state and federal court and before federal agencies in cases involving consumer protection statutes, securities laws, and corporate governance statutes. Justin also has a broad array of experience involving general litigation and client counseling, including antitrust compliance; appellate litigation; general business and contract disputes; qui tam defense; insurance coverage defense; personal injury defense; and mediations, arbitrations, and administrative actions before the Federal Communications Commission.

Joseph P. Reid, '00 J.D.

Joseph P. Reid has joined Perkins Coie, San Diego office, as partner in the firm’s Patent Litigation practice. Reid has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in district courts nationwide, as well as the ITC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience in multi-defendant cases and cases involving industry standards. Reid has worked on dozens of cases, including ten that culminated in a jury or bench trial. Of particular note, he had a significant role in defending Microsoft Corporation against Lucent Technologies and the Multimedia Patent Trust in a series of trials that forged new damages law and were named among the “Top 10 Litigation Wins of 2008” by IP Law and Business.

Luke E. Debevec, '04 J.D.

Luke E. Debevec has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Luke is a member of the Insurance Recovery Group and has experience litigating, arbitrating, and settling numerous types of insurance, captive insurance, and reinsurance disputes. This includes coverage for environmental pollution and contamination claims; products liability litigation; liabilities faced by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and healthcare organizations; claims against churches and other religious organizations; civil rights cases and other municipal or governmental liabilities; fidelity and crime losses; claims arising from complex financial and real estate transactions; and first-party property losses.

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Classes 2010-Present

Lesley Nash, '13 J.D.

Lesley J. Nash has joined Modrall Sperling as an Associate in the Abuquerque, New Mexico office. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial transactions and business matters.

Kate E. Maternowski. ’12 J.D.

Jerome M. Janser, CEO of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., in Milwaukee, is pleased to announce that Kate E. Maternowski was named the Reinhart Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2013. Maternowski was selected as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for her work on a federal jury trial where she represented a prisoner bringing a claim for sexual abuse against a correctional officer. After the first trial resulted in a mistrial, Maternowski successfully mediated the case to resolution before a federal magistrate judge. The award recognizes exceptional efforts of attorneys within the firm who demonstrate a long-standing and devoted commitment to pro bono work.

Joshua M. Munro, '12 J.D.

Joshua M. Munro has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an attorney in its Corporate Department and is located in the firm’s Detroit office.

Grace Donovan '10 BA, '13 JD and Max Gaston '13 JD

grace_donovan_max_gaston_web Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (center) congratulates Notre Dame Law School graduates Grace Donovan (left) and Max Gaston (right), who were recently sworn in as newly appointed Cook County Assistant State’s Attorneys at a recent ceremony held in downtown Chicago.

Meghan McMahon. '10 J.D.

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown, PLLC. She concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and intellectual property.

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Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. (JD ’75)

Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr.

The Notre Dame Law School community has learned that Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. died unexpectedly while winterizing his boat at his Detroit home on November 6.

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