2016-17 Board Candidates

REGION 4 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, & Wisconsin)
Thomas J. Brink, ’88 J.D.

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Thomas J. (“TJ”) Brink started his legal career in Minneapolis, MN as a litigator with Brenner, Workinger, Thompson & Hartmann, P.A. In 1994, he started his own law firm, Brink & Brink, Ltd. with his brother Chip, also a Notre Dame graduate (B.B.A., Finance and Business Economics ’77). Mr. Brink left private practice in 2001 to join a hotel & commercial real estate development company. He currently is the President of HB Development, Co. and the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Semper Development, Ltd. Mr. Brink has for the past 20 years been rated AV® Pre-Eminent by Martindale-Hubbell law directory and for several years has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota Law & Politics and Twin Cities Business Monthly magazines. Mr. Brink is a member of the Minnesota Bar, the University of Notre Dame Club of Minnesota and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Brink has also acted as campaign manager (1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016) for the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas, currently a justice on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Personal Statement
I am honored to have the opportunity to be a candidate for the Region 4 Board representative of the Notre Dame Law Association. As I am sure is similar for most graduates, my time at Notre Dame Law School provided me with lasting friendships and a strong foundation on which to build a successful professional career. Notre Dame Law School is set apart from other law schools by its the selfless support, mentoring, recruitment and guidance of fellow alumni. This support and guidance is essential to the ongoing and continued success of the law school and it graduates. It has a strong alumni presence/network in Region 4 and, if elected. I would work within the local clubs and existing networks to establish a unified network of all law school alumni in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. A unified network of law school alumni in Region 4 will increase the law school’s outreach to its alumni and provide its law students with greater access to law school alumni for support, mentoring and recruitment opportunities. Additionally, a unified network will afford current and future alumni with more opportunities to establish personal friendships and working relationships with local and regional law school alumni. I look forward to representing you and thank you for your consideration and vote.

David C. Link, ’81 B.B.A, ’86 J.D.

David C. Link graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 1981 and from Notre Dame Law School in 1986. Upon graduation, David worked for Winston and Strawn as an associate focusing on assets and project finance and mergers and acquisitions. In 1992 David joined Cargill, Inc. where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Tax Counsel. David focuses his present work on international corporate taxation, mergers and acquisitions, financial products and hedge and private equity funds.

Personal Statement
I have been connected for more of my life than most with the Notre Dame Law School. For me it has always been a place of memories, inspiration, friendships and the comforts of home. If elected to the Region 4 Board position, however, this would begin an entirely new and different association with the NDLA and the Law School. I am interested to serve on the Board because I genuinely believe that Notre Dame Law produces lawyers, professionals and servants that are unique in terms of breadth, principles, spirit and compassion and that the NDLA presents opportunities to tap into these collective talents to better our communities and our alma mater. I will work to leverage the power of the ND Law community through the organization of lawyer committees across the region. I will promote opportunities for mentoring prospective law students, recent graduates and those alumni looking to start a new journey. I hope to increase collaboration and communication between the NDLA and both the Law School and undergraduate Notre Dame alumni associations. And, of course, I look forward to working to sponsor social and networking events. I know of many ND Law graduates in this region that would be great in this position and I will be honored to either serve as, or work with, the next NDLA Region 4 representative.
REGION 5 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, & Nebraska)
Thomas F. Gordon ’63 J.D.

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Tom Gordon graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in 1963, received his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1966, and his LL.M in Trial Practice in 1973. After law school Tom served as a Captain in the Army before returning home to Kansas City to become a civil trial lawyer. In 2000, Tom became the President of Avila College, a Catholic college in Kansas City. During Tom’s presidency Avila College became Avila University, he successfully conducted the largest capital campaign drive in Avila’s history, and he expanded the women’s and men’s athletic programs, fielding Avila’s first varsity football team. In 2006, Tom was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the U.S. Department of the Interior, hearing and deciding cases throughout the western United States. Tom has now retired and has returned to Kansas City.

In addition to his Notre Dame alumni activities, Tom has been active in civic and church affairs, serving as Chairman of the Kansas City Plan Commission, on the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation Board and Board of Governors, on the Board and as an officer of the Citizens Association of Kansas City, and on the Board of Directors of the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Tom is currently serving on the Board of the Endowment Trust Fund for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Personal Statement
My ties with Notre Dame are strong, and I have been promoting the University of Notre Dame in my community, and region, for many years. In the 1980s, I served on the Notre Dame Alumni Board, representing Region 5. Later, I served on the Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board, including a year as Chair. In addition, over the years I have been involved in my local Notre Dame clubs, and have constantly spread the word about the unique qualities of Notre Dame graduates, and the exceptional education and experience that the University of Notre Dame has to offer. I would like to continue my mission of helping Notre Dame graduates, specifically Law School graduates, as a member of the NDLA Board.

As a long-time practicing attorney, retired Federal Administrative Law Judge, and former university president, I am well-positioned to mentor Notre Dame Law School graduates by assisting them to find employment in private practice, the public sector and the corporate world. Although my judicial work was in the western part of the United States, I was in practice for many years in Kansas City, and have contacts throughout the Midwest, enabling me to develop a network of Notre Dame alumni and others who would be interested in helping a Notre Dame graduate toward his or her career goals. Additionally, as President of Avila University, a Catholic University in Kansas City, I became familiar with academia and can assist those graduates who have a call to teach.

Jason R. Scheiderer, ’01 J.D.

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As a commercial litigator, I represent leading companies in many industries, including: manufacturing, technology, media, entertainment, real estate, and agribusiness. I have successfully resolved lawsuits through dispositive motions and at trial, including arbitrations, bench trials, and jury trials. I have also prevailed in numerous appellate courts, including California, Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri. I am frequently asked to present at seminars and conferences, on a variety of litigation topics. My efforts have been recognized by my peers. For example, since 2011, I have been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Personal Statement
I seek to serve on Region 5 of the Notre Dame Law School Board of Directors for, principally, three reasons: (1) to improve upon the visibility, reputation, and recruiting efforts of the law school in our Region, (2) to develop and increase the involvement of Notre Dame lawyers in pro bono causes and initiatives in this Region, and (3) to increase the camaraderie and professional networking of Notre Dame lawyers in Region 5.

We were very blessed and privileged to have earned a law degree from Notre Dame. I believe that one of the responsibilities of our unique education and experience is to further the mission of the law school. I want our efforts in this Region to show that Notre Dame Lawyers, while academically excellent and rigorously prepared, are different. Different in how they engage the law, and how they engage their communities.

Consequently, I would like us, as Notre Dame Lawyers, to better engage our community and each other in this Region. One of the best ways we can increase the involvement and visibility of Notre Dame Lawyers is improve and expand upon our involvement in causes and initiatives in this Region. When we do so, we will tangibly demonstrate the strengths of the school—academically, ethically, and spiritually.

With a stronger reputation in this Region, we can improve and expand upon our recruiting efforts, bringing more—and more high quality—students to our school. Thus, by highlighting and promoting the school’s presence and involvement in this Region, I am confident we can simultaneously strengthen both the law school and its alumni relations.
REGION 6 (Illinois – excluding Cook County & Northwest Indiana)
John Patrick McCabe, B.B.A. ’86 ’89 J.D.

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John P. McCabe graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 1986, and from the Notre Dame Law School in 1989. As a former Notre Dame football player from 1982 to 1985, he has been a member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club for over 30 years. During Law School, he was a member of the Faculty/Athletic Board under the direction of Fr. Ned Joyce. After graduation from Notre Dame Law School, John worked for 13 years at Ross & Hardies in Chicago, Illinois, ultimately becoming the hiring partner for the firm. In 2002, John founded the Law Offices of McCabe and Hogan, P.C. in Palatine, Illinois.

John has been very active in the community. John has worked to raise awareness for the fair treatment of those with mental and physical disabilities through Special Olympics and Clearbrook. He has also coached over sixty football, basketball and baseball teams over the past 20 years.

John and his wife, Virginia (SMC ’87) reside in Palatine, Illinois, with their four children Jack, Matt, Will, and Molly.

Personal Statement
I have made it my goal to give back to the various communities that have helped me along the way. I would relish the opportunity to give back to the Notre Dame community by serving on the NDLA Board. Not only did I receive a superior education at Notre Dame, but my time there has provided me with many great professional and personal opportunities. Notre Dame graduates share the hallmarks of integrity, tenacity and service. With this in mind, I welcome the opportunity and am eager to assist the next generation of Notre Dame Law School graduates. In keeping with Notre Dame’s strong sense of community, I strove to hire many Notre Dame Law School students and graduates during my tenure as the Ross & Hardies hiring partner. If elected to serve as the Region 6 NDLA representative, I will continue to foster opportunities for Notre Dame attorneys. I will assist them in connecting with other attorneys in the area, as both a reference and a mentor. The continuity of the Notre Dame Alumni network is paramount to the success of the next generation of Notre Dame graduates. If I am fortunate enough to be elected to the NDLA Board, I will be a determined advocate for the Notre Dame Law School, its students and its graduates.

Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

Timothy J. Storino, ’02 B.A. ’00 J.D.

Timothy J. Storino is an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois. Tim graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2005 after receiving a B.A. from Notre Dame in 2002. For the past ten years, Tim has worked primarily in the public sector. He has served as a law clerk for Notre Dame Law School alumni, including the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, a district court judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Charles R. Wilson, an appellate court judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also worked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, before joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in January 2013.

Tim presently serves in the Violent Crimes Section, where he prosecutes gang cases as well as firearms and drug offenses. Tim also mentors law students and, to this end, he has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul Law School in Chicago, Illinois, as well as an instructor in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Notre Dame Law School. Tim and his wife Maggie, ‘05 J.D., live in the Chicagoland area with their three daughters.

Personal Statement
As a Notre Dame lawyer, I have benefited from the advice and mentorship of fellow Notre Dame Law School graduates. In fact, I would not be the lawyer that I am today without the guidance of fellow classmates, judges for whom I’ve clerked, and my father and three brothers, all of whom are also Notre Dame graduates. For me, the Notre Dame Law School alumni network is what separates our alma mater from other schools. The willingness of the Notre Dame legal community to help one another is unprecedented. If elected, I will work diligently to foster relationships and connect students and new graduates in Region 6 with seasoned Notre Dame lawyers. Moreover, as a representative I will provide a unique perspective to new graduates interested in pursuing opportunities in the public sector. If elected, I hope to help young alumni connect with Notre Dame lawyers for mentorship in all facets of the legal profession. Thank you for your consideration and your vote.
REGION 15/17 (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Florida)
Matthew J. Hoefling, ’97 BA, ’00 J.D.

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I am a 1997 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 2000 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School. During my time at Notre Dame, I served as hall president for Stanford Hall, Resident Assistant for Stanford Hall, and Assistant Rector for Morrissey Hall. My wife, Jennifer, is also a double-domer, graduating in 1996 from the University and then from the law school in 1999.

Upon leaving South Bend in 2000, I went on to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Voorhees of the Western District of North Carolina. Thereafter, I was an associate for the law firm Jones Day in Washington D.C., practicing in general litigation. In 2003, I became an Assistant United States Attorney in Charlotte, NC, responsible for white collar prosecutions such as mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. I later went into private practice and became a partner at what is now McGuireWoods. I focus on white collar criminal defense work, internal investigations, and civil litigation.

I am the father of five children, ages 5 to 14, all die-hard Notre Dame fans. We live in Charlotte and remain active as a family in the local Notre Dame community, and I have recently served as a founding member of the Notre Dame Lawyers Division of the Notre Dame Club of Charlotte. Additionally, I serve as a little league baseball, soccer, and basketball coach. We are active in our local parish, St. Vincent DePaul. My hobbies include golf, spending time with my family, and avidly following Notre Dame sports.

Personal Statement
I am honored to be considered for the NDLA Board. I would like to be part of it for many reasons. First off, I welcome the opportunity to give back to a place that helped define who I am as a person and as a Catholic. I look back at my time in South Bend with great fondness and realize that Notre Dame provided me with the kind of education and mentoring that made me the father, husband, and lawyer I am today. The unique blend of Catholicism and high academic standards sets Notre Dame apart. As a member of the NDLA Board, I would anticipate serving a vital role in furthering this mission. I am also interested in figuring out ways to help students better afford a legal education and avoid being saddled with crippling post-graduation debt. I know my wife and I personally benefitted from our time at Notre Dame, and I would like to be part of a greater movement to make Notre Dame available at a broader level, geographically and across different economic backgrounds. Finally, I want to serve on the NDLA Board because I miss Notre Dame and miss being around its people and on its campus. I welcome the opportunity to return to Notre Dame and serve my fellow law school alumni, this time as one of its caretakers.

Scott E. Moran, ’90 BA, ’97 J.D.

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Scott is a 25-year legal, business and sports executive. He has directed operations, managed teams and advised clients throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia in the telecommunications, television, digital media, global-football, insurance, energy and construction equipment industries.

Scott currently serves as General Counsel for Latin America at Assurant, a global Fortune 300 insurance, technology and protection services company. He manages legal operations in 12 countries, leads a team of over 30 lawyers and staff and advises on hundreds of corporate transactions and risk assessments.

Scott’s previous executive positions include legal and business affairs roles with Turner Broadcasting, AT&T/BellSouth and Doosan Infracore. He has also been a partner and associate at Atlanta law firms Troutman Sanders and Berman Fink VanHorn, a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico and an adviser to the Florida Office of International Trade. Prior to his legal career, Scott was a military intelligence officer in the United States Army, completing his service with the rank of Captain.
In addition to his corporate and legal work, Scott is the President and CEO of Celta Global Football, a consulting firm that advises professional soccer-football clubs, leagues and organizations in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Scott was also the General Counsel of the Atlanta Host City Committee for the USA 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.

He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he completed the Concannon Programme of International Law in London, England. His undergraduate degree in Government & International Studies is also from Notre Dame.

Scott was born in New York City to an Irish-American and Spanish-Puerto Rican family. He grew up in San Juan, where he completed his college preparatory studies at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola. Scott is a native English and Spanish linguist, is proficient in Portuguese and French, and has as substantial experience with Irish, Italian and Galician.

Scott lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and two boys, and enjoys football (both the soccer and American versions), tennis, softball, scuba diving, horseback riding, traveling and reading. He is active in multiple community organizations, non-profit boards and his Catholic parish.

Personal Statement
The University of Notre Dame provided me with the tools and experience to build the career I’ve been fortunate to enjoy. Beyond my undergraduate and law degrees, I developed friendships and skills that endure to this day.

I have served Notre Dame as a recruiter, guest lecturer and donor and would be honored to continue these efforts as a Board Member of the Notre Dame Law Association. At Notre Dame, I gained the confidence and the ability to become an officer in the United States Army, a Federal Court law clerk, a partner at a law firm, an international sports consultant and a senior executive at three Fortune 500 companies.

My education has also guided me to a life of service— mentoring youth, providing pro-bono legal services and assisting community organizations in my present hometown of Atlanta, such as the Latin American Association, the Georgia Soccer Association and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Notre Dame also gave me the opportunity to capitalize on my multi-cultural background, using my linguistic and cultural skills to build bridges in dozens of countries, as a lawyer, diplomat and leader.

I always strive to be the moral and ethical lawyer that Notre Dame prepares us all to be, both in my professional and personal life. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and I am, of course, properly “encouraging” my sons to be the next generation of the Fighting Irish.

I hope to continue repaying the trust and responsibility that Notre Dame gave me, helping the Law School and the NDLA continue its mission as a faith-based institution of higher learning to mold the future lawyers and leaders who will serve and improve our communities in the future.