New Board Members

REGION 4 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, & Wisconsin)
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)
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.

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.

Hispanic Alumni Representative
Juan Castañeda, ’05 J.D.

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For over 10 years, Juan Castañeda has served as a lawyer representing businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and property owners in litigation matters with a focus on business disputes, internal investigations and white collar criminal defense.

Mr. Castañeda is an experienced trial attorney who previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego. Mr. Castañeda gained valuable experience in complex business litigation as a lawyer representing Fortune 500 companies for top-tier national firms, Sheppard Mullin and Mintz Levin.

Mr. Castañeda received his Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. He returns every year to Notre Dame to help at the Notre Dame Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program. Mr. Castañeda is proud to serve as a member of Notre Dame’s Law Association Board.

Mr. Castañeda is a family man and lives with his wife, Signe and their children in Carlsbad, California. Juan is active in his Carlsbad community through his church and a thriving homeschool co-op where he teaches speech & debate.