Elections

The 2021 NDLA Board election will open May 19. 

The Notre Dame Law Association Board is pleased to announce the following candidates for open board positions:

Region 1 (AK, HI, Northern CA, ID, Northern NV, OR, WA)

Andrea Barton, ‘05 BA, ‘09 J.D.
Lauren Whalen, ‘10 BA, ‘13 J.D.

Region 9 (OH, WV, Western PA)

Thomas J. Antonini, ‘85 BA, ‘88 J.D. 
Michael B. Mattingly, ‘12 J.D.    

Region 16 (Cook County, IL)

Judge John “Jack” Blakey, ‘88 BA, ‘92 J.D.
Timothy E. Horton, ‘02 J.D.

Region 18 (Northern NY, Eastern Canada)

Anthony Kroese, ‘17 J.D. (running unopposed)

You may vote for one candidate per region. You may vote for all regions, regardless of where you live. You’ll need to use a Google account to vote - either one you already have or your alumni email account. Electronic balloting will be open until June 18th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. View the ballot here.

Candidate Biographies & Personal Statements

Region 1 (AK, HI, Northern CA, ID, Northern NV, OR, WA)

 

Barton

Andrea Barton, ‘05 BA, ‘09 J.D.

Andrea Barton is Vice President and General Counsel at the University of Portland, a private, Catholic institution guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.  In her role as chief legal officer, Barton manages and oversees all legal affairs for the University, including coordination of outside counsel.  Barton serves as a resource to the campus community and provides legal advice to the University’s President, Board of Regents, administration, faculty, and staff in support of the mission of the University and its core themes of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.  As a member of the President’s Leadership Cabinet, Barton also collaborates with other officers and senior administrators to advise and counsel the President on strategic, operational, and policy matters impacting the institution.

Barton is a 2005 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame Law School.  Following graduation, she returned to Portland to begin her legal career as a litigation attorney at the Pacific Northwest law firm of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.  In 2013, Barton joined the Miller Nash Graham and Dunn law firm to focus her practice on employment and education law, where she represented institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts.  She was named partner in 2016 before accepting the position as General Counsel of the University of Portland in 2017.   
 
Both of Barton’s siblings and her father are graduates of Notre Dame Law School (’02, ’04, and ’72, respectively) and live in the Portland area.  As a native Oregonian, Barton has significant and longstanding ties to the Pacific Northwest legal and business communities and has served as a member of Portland-area non-profit boards.

Personal Statement

As a higher education lawyer and a senior administrator for a university, I have a unique experience and an understanding of the modern issues facing colleges and universities.  But while the challenges facing institutions of higher education are complex, so are the opportunities.  Like Notre Dame, the University of Portland emphasizes the Holy Cross model of educating the whole person to prepare our students to be people who respond to the needs of the world and its human family.  The need to recruit students and cultivate graduates that continue to be tangible examples to the world of the values promoted by a Notre Dame education is more pressing than ever before.  If elected, I would enjoy working with the board to expand NDLA membership through increased participation in Region 1 in order to enhance the law school’s ability not only to attract a wider, more diverse pool of incoming candidates, but also to demonstrate to outgoing Notre Dame Law School graduates a continuing commitment to their success through diverse mentorship relationships and expanded employment opportunities.  It would be a privilege to serve as a member of the NDLA Board, to be a part of advancing the mission of Notre Dame while meeting the modern-day challenges and opportunities, and to serve as an ambassador for the NDLA for Region 1.

 

Whalen

Lauren Whalen, ‘10 BA, ‘13 J.D.

Lauren Whalen graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 followed by Notre Dame Law School in 2013.  While at NDLS, Lauren competed on the Jessup International Moot Court Team. She was also Communications Chair for Phi Delta Phi and participated in the Small Businesses Pro Bono Project. 
 
Following law school, Lauren began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, where she gained extensive litigation and investigative experience in a variety of matters, ultimately specializing in prosecuting identity theft, fraud and other computer crimes.  While there, she teamed up with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and other law enforcement partners to launch a Cyber Safety Program for middle school-aged children and their parents.  She then transitioned to private practice as Senior Associate at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP where her litigation practice focused on a wide array of complex commercial matters.  Lauren currently works for Genentech, a biotech corporation located in South San Francisco.  She is also pursuing her LLM in Privacy and Cybersecurity from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. 
 
Lauren serves on the boards of Community Violence Solutions and GetVocal, two non-profit organizations centered on victims' rights and support. Lauren lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Personal Statement

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Notre Dame Law Association Board representing Region 1. This honor, of course, is grounded in my immense appreciation for the mentorship and guidance I've received from NDLS alumni through the years.  My appreciation for the legal training I received, centered around educating a different kind of lawyer, has only expanded now knowing the realities of practice and the needs of the profession. Put simply, the world needs more Notre Dame lawyers.  To that end, I am interested in joining the Notre Dame Law Association Board in order to ensure others are provided with the same opportunities, and that Notre Dame Law School continues to excel and grow.  If elected, I will continue to further the efforts of the Board to generate career and networking opportunities for current students and graduates, as well as educate prospective students on what makes NDLS so special.  I’m particularly dedicated to the mentorship of students and recent graduates to help them thoughtfully navigate the earliest stages of their respective careers.  I have already been on the front lines of these efforts in working with former Board Members to form Notre Dame Lawyers of Northern California--connecting ND alumni practicing in the Bay Area regardless of where they went to law school.  I welcome the opportunity to bring new energy to the Board and to serve this special community filled with some of my dearest friends and most respected colleagues. Thank you for your consideration and Go Irish! 


Region 9 (OH, WV, Western PA)

Antonini

Thomas J. Antonini, ‘85 BA, ‘88 J.D.

Following graduation from Notre Dame in 1985, and from Notre Dame Law School in 1988, Tom practiced law primarily as a civil litigator with Robison, Curphey & O’Connell in Toledo, Ohio.  In 2017, Tom was hired as General Counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, and in that capacity offers counsel on a wide variety of matters to the Bishop of Toledo and other Diocesan leaders, as well as to leadership and staff at over 125 parishes, schools and other entities within the 19-county wide Toledo Diocese.  He is a member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Bar Association, the National Lawyers Society, as well as the Toledo and Ohio State Bar Associations.  Tom has mentored a number of prospective and current ND law students through the Notre Dame Lawyer Committee, and has volunteered to serve ND’s recently formed Religious Liberty Initiative.

Tom married his wife Jennifer in 1992, and they have three adult sons (Joseph Chicago Loyola ’16, Johnny University of Dayton ’18, and Stephen University of Dayton ’21).  The family are longtime members of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio, where Tom served on the School Advisory Council and as coach of multiple C.Y.O. teams.  He remains an active alumnus of St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, a supporting member of Foundation for Life in Toledo, and a founding member of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Toledo.

During law school, Tom served on the Journal of College and University Law, and has fond memories of serving up food in the lounge, scrambling for a Law Ball date, battling in Bookstore Basketball, and surviving the Talent Show.
 
Personal Statement

The very fact that you are taking the time to read my statement demonstrates your genuine love for and commitment to Notre Dame Law School.  In that same spirit, I am honored to be considered for election to the NDLA Board.  Like most of you, I embrace the school’s mission of educating a different kind of lawyer.  That concept first struck home with me while attending Sunday evening Mass with Father Mike, who during his sermons often challenged each of us to consider how anyone could tell, when examining our lives in action, that we were Catholic?   Perhaps the follow up to that challenge is to remind ourselves why Notre Dame Law School is in my view the most important law school in the country.  We are uniquely positioned to foster the mission of the Church as “ND lawyers” in an otherwise secular legal profession.  If I am fortunate to gain your support for Board membership, I am hopeful that my current experience as diocesan legal counsel will allow me to contribute meaningfully to the school’s response to ever-increasing efforts to restrict religious liberty, and I admire ND for its direct involvement in that fight through its Religious Liberty Initiative.  My sense is the NDLA serves its students and young alumni extremely well, and I would commit to continuing that effort.  I would be equally interested to assist the NDLA to expand even further its role as the go-to networking and referral source for alumni.  I would be most grateful for your support.

 

      

Michael Mattingly

Michael B. Mattingly, ‘12 J.D.

Michael B. Mattingly graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2012. Prior to attending Notre Dame, Mike served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division. He started his legal career as an associate nine (9) years ago at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP in Cincinnati and was promoted to Partner in 2020. Mike’s practice includes the provision of general employment advice and counsel to employers, with a focus on national collective and class action defense. Mike also serves on Dinsmore’s seven (7) member Business Development Committee.

Outside of Dinsmore, Mike is a dedicated community volunteer and was selected as one of Cincinnati’s 40 Under 40 class members in 2019. Since his graduation from Notre Dame Law School, Mike has served on the following non-profit boards in the Greater Cincinnati Area: Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America Board (6 years); Chair Governance Committee, Mount Saint Joseph University Board of Trustees (3 years); President, Queen City Kitchens (8 years); President of the Board, Joseph House (8 years); and American Sign Museum Trustee (1 year). Mike is also married to his wife Michelle, and is the father of two boys, Colton and George.

Personal Statement 

I have always been passionate about Notre Dame Law School. Having been raised by two NDLS graduates, Paul and Elizabeth Mattingly (NDLS ‘75), I had the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the impact an NDLS education had on their lives and their careers. Thus, when I decided to become a lawyer following the completion of my military service, NDLS was the only place for me. Because NDLS has had such a personal and impactful presence throughout my life and my career, I am truly honored and humbled to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board. I hope that you will support me in this effort.

If I were fortunate enough to be elected to the NDLA Board, I would endeavor to utilize my proven leadership abilities to thoughtfully advance and improve NDLS student recruitment, student mentoring, and alumni outreach. I have personally experienced the power of the Notre Dame alumni network in my own professional career, and appreciate how alumni relationships can open doors for the members of our community. If elected, I will work diligently to foster relationships and connect prospective and current students and recent graduates in Region 9 with the law school, Notre Dame attorneys, and professional contacts within the Region and beyond. As a member of the NDLA Board, I would be happy to contribute to NDLA’s recruiting efforts by meeting with potential students and representing NDLS at events and sharing my personal experiences regarding how NDLS has prepared me to be a different kind of lawyer. Finally, I would willingly serve as a resource and advocate for current NDLS students who are looking for advice and assistance as they transition into the professional services market. NDLS has had a substantial impact on my life, my career, and the lawyer I have become. I would be honored to have the opportunity to be included in NDLA’s efforts to further advance the mission of Notre Dame.
 


Region 16 (Cook County, IL)

Blakey

Judge John “Jack” Blakey, ‘88 BA, ‘92 J.D.

Judge Blakey currently sits on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (’88 B.A.), and the Notre Dame Law School (’92 J.D.), Judge Blakey previously served as a federal law clerk in the Southern District of Florida, and worked as a litigation associate in a large Chicago law firm, a state prosecutor in Chicago, and a federal prosecutor in both Miami, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois.  Just prior to his judicial appointment in 2014, he served as the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and was cross-designated for joint prosecutions, as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  Prior to the bench, Judge Blakey also had extensive experience as a national instructor and subject matter expert, and he reviewed and drafted various pieces of legislation, including serving as the principal drafter of the Illinois Safe Children’s Act (2010) and the Illinois Street Gang RICO Act (2012).  Judge Blakey also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the Notre Dame Law School (where he teaches Federal Criminal Practice in South Bend), and for the UIC John Marshal Law School (teaching Trial Advocacy in his courtroom in Chicago).  Judge Blakey lives in the western suburbs of Chicago (Oak Park, Illinois) with his wife Christina (’94 B.A.), and they have four sons: Joseph (’19 B.A.), Charlie, Daniel and George.

Personal Statement

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board to represent Region 16 in Chicagoland.  When I first started my career many years ago, I relied upon the generosity of the Notre Dame alumni network for advice and contacts, and their help made a profound and positive impact on my professional and personal life. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoy “paying that debt forward” now as a professor and mentor to the Notre Dame students and recent graduates.  If elected to represent Region 16, I will continue and expand those efforts, and use my membership on the board to ensure that each of our university’s young people can not only do well in their careers, but also do good for others and the community.

Timothy E. Horton, ‘02 J.D.

Tim Horton graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2002. Following graduation, Tim joined the Chicago office of Ungaretti & Harris LLP as a litigation associate and was named a Partner in the firm in 2009. In 2015, Ungaretti & Harris merged with Nixon Peabody LLP. While at Ungaretti/NP, Tim was Co-Chair of the Summer Associate Committee and a member of the Associate Mentor Committee. In 2019, Tim co-founded Polales Horton LLP, a litigation boutique, focused on complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. 

Outside of the practice of law, Tim is active in the daily life of his parish, Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier in Wilmette, Illinois, and has served as Chair of the Parish School Board since 2019. Tim is an active member of the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, serving on its Legal Advisory Board since 2019.

Tim and his wife Megan Glunz Horton ’99, ’02 J.D. live in Wilmette, Illinois with their three sons Ned, Patrick, and Thomas. 

Personal Statement 

It is an honor to be a candidate for the NDLA Board. Simply stated, I would not be where I am personally or professionally without Notre Dame Law School. The personal and professional relationships I made at Notre Dame and through the Notre Dame alumni network are a gift beyond measure. I would like to serve on the NDLA Board to help current Notre Dame Law students nurture relationships in the Chicagoland legal community, which will help them grow professionally.

While at Ungaretti & Harris and Nixon Peabody, I had the pleasure of interviewing Notre Dame Law students looking for Summer Associate jobs every year from 2002 through 2018. It was a yearly highlight for me to meet with so many talented and eager students and a moment of professional pride when we hired a Notre Dame Law student. Notre Dame students are well-trained, highly qualified, and committed to professional growth. As importantly, they are also committed to serving their community, especially the underserved and vulnerable. These students need the support of the alumni community and I believe my many years of hiring and mentoring places me in a unique position to help our students flourish through service on the NDLA Board.  Thank you for your consideration.  Go Irish!


Region 18 (Northern NY, Eastern Canada)

Kroese

Anthony Kroese, ‘17 J.D. (running unopposed)

Anthony M. Kroese is an associate attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP. Anthony is a graduate of Canisius College, a Jesuit university located in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the All College Honors program. He went on to earn his juris doctor from Notre Dame, where he was an active member of his class and university community, serving in various roles for the Student Bar Association and as one of the law school’s representatives to the American Bar Association. His passion for higher education led him to join the Journal of College and University Law as an editor, the Office of Admissions as a fellow, and the Office of Athletic Compliance as a legal extern. He has received several awards and recognitions from Canisius and Notre Dame for his commitment to public service and community building, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, the Captain William O. McLean Community Citizenship Award, and the H. King Williams Memorial Award.
 
Anthony is currently based in Goldberg Segalla’s Buffalo headquarters, where he is a member of its Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration practice group. He represents a variety of clients—from the boardroom to the courtroom—on matters involving corporate disputes, commercial real estate, and intellectual property. He has served as the chair of the firm’s Associate Initiatives Committee and is an active participant in coordinating social activities that greatly contribute to the firm’s culture. In his free time, Anthony enjoys coaching youth hockey, participating in fundraising campaigns with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and spending time with his friends and family.
 
Personal Statement

It is my great honor to be nominated for the Notre Dame Law Association Board, where I hope to continue cultivating my commitment to serving the Blue & Gold as the Regional Representative for Region 18: Northern New York and Toronto. I understand firsthand the importance of engaging alumni across the country and around the world to serve as stewards for future members of the Notre Dame family. I firmly believe that the Notre Dame culture helps to develop stronger relationships within our alumni, as well as leads to a deep-seated bond with the alma mater and its guiding principles.
 
As a member of the NDLA Board, I look forward to collaborating with Notre Dame lawyers to optimize the alumni network and innovate for the future of our profession. As we reemerge from the remote and virtual realities of the past year, my guiding goal will be to reconnect with alumni and to create fresh opportunities for fostering a lasting alumni community. I value the opportunity to strengthen connections across our alumni footprint and to reinforce a legacy of lifelong learning. Moreover, if granted the chance to contribute at the decision-making level to the governance of the Notre Dame Law Association, my focus will remain on providing inclusive opportunities for all Notre Dame lawyers, as well as the extended University family, that reflect the values of a Notre Dame education.