Elections

The election is now closed. Thank you to all of the alumni who voted.


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

Region 6 (IL - excluding Cook County & Northwest IN)

Thomas C. Pavlik, Jr. ’89 B.A., ’92 J.D.
Timothy J. Storino, ’02 B.A., ’05 J.D.

Region 11 (ME, MA, NH, North CT, RI, VT)

Raymond M. Ripple, ’01 J.D.
Alex Talcott, ’07 J.D.

At-Large (Young Alumni)

Tim Dondanville, ’16 J.D.
Mauri Miller, ’13 J.D.

You may vote for one candidate per region. You may vote for all regions, regardless of where you live. You’ll need to sign in to your myNotreDame account to vote. Electronic balloting will be open until June 14th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. View the ballot here.

Candidate Biographies & Personal Statements

Region 6 (IL - excluding Cook County & Northwest IN)

 

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Thomas C. Pavlik, Jr. ’89 B.A., ’92 J.D.

A Double Domer, Tom Pavlik graduated from Notre Dame with a B.S. from the Program of Liberal Studies in 1989 and went straight to Notre Dame Law School, from which he graduated in 1992 Magna Cum Laude. Tom’s wife Sarah is also a 1992 Law School graduate, and, like Pavlik, was a fellow Senior Editor on the Law Review.  After a one year judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Benjamin Miller of the Illinois Supreme Court, Pavlik joined the Dallas office of Jones Day as a litigation associate, and from there went to a small Dallas boutique litigation firm with an active commercial litigation practice. Pavlik returned to Springfield, Illinois, in 1999 and, with his wife, joined their family firm which they have now expanded. Pavlik’s practice is concentrated in the areas of banking, general business and corporate law, commercial transactions, real estate, and commercial litigation.

Pavlik is very involved in the Central Illinois community, serving on many committees and commissions of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, as a past president and current trustee of the YMCA, as a long time board member of Salvation Army, and as a past president of the local Notre Dame Club. Pavlik is also a monthly legal affairs columnist for a local newspaper and is a regular commentator on local radio and TV stations.

Pavlik’s firm has been voted the best law firm in Springfield by the readers of the local paper for over ten years, and Pavlik himself has been voted the best lawyer in Springfield in the same readers’ poll.

Personal Statement

Notre Dame has been part of the fabric of my life since as early as I can remember. My father, a 1963 graduate, instilled in me from an early age that “God, Country, Notre Dame” is more than just a phrase – it’s an instruction on living a good life. As an NDLA Board member, I would be committed to getting out the word that there are many wonderful opportunities to live the “God, Country, Notre Dame” life outside of Chicagoland. Notre Dame law students need to hear that they can have rewarding, remunerative, and complex professional lives in cities like Peoria, La Porte, DeKalb, or Valparaiso; that would be my first priority. I would also take steps to educate all Irish supporters in Region 6 that they should reach out directly to the Law School for their legal recruiting needs – whether for new graduates or others who have been out for some time and are looking to transition to a new job. I would also do my best to reach outside of our ND family to extol the virtues of Notre Dame Law School and its graduates. Finally, I would make it a point to encourage all NDLA members in Region 6 to mentor and guide younger lawyers as they begin their practices.

 

Timothy J. Storino, ’02 B.A., ’05 J.D.

Timothy J. Storino is an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois. Storino graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2005 after receiving a B.A. from Notre Dame in 2002. For the past fourteen years, Storino has worked primarily in the public sector. He has served as a law clerk for Notre Dame Law School alumnus, 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, where he still works today. Storino presently serves as a Deputy Chief in the Violent Crimes Section, where he prosecutes gang cases as well as firearms and drug offenses. Storino 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. Storino 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.


Region 11 (ME, MA, NH, North CT, RI, VT)

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Raymond M. Ripple, ’01 J.D.

Since graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 2001, Ray Ripple has practiced law in the Providence, Rhode Island area. He was an associate at Edwards & Angell, LLP and later an associate and partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and at Locke Lord LLP. He is currently employed by Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Providence where he focuses exclusively on labor and employment law and litigation. Ripple also served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is a member of the bars of both the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   

 

Ripple has been actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations. He served two court-appointed terms as a member of the Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and as a board member of the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Ripple also served for a number of years as a board member and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island – Greater Providence, Inc.

 

During law school, he served as the managing editor of The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy and was a teaching assistant in the Legal Writing Program.

 

Personal Statement

 

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board to represent Region 11, which covers the New England region. As a Midwestern transplant to New England, I benefited greatly from the local Notre Dame alumni network when I moved to New England to start my legal career. Local graduates were always willing to meet with me to discuss career opportunities and serve as a mentor. For that reason, I have always enjoyed opportunities to meet with students and recent graduates exploring career options in New England, or who were simply trying to build their network. I believe that the NDLA plays an important role in facilitating this process. If elected to represent Region 11 on the NDLA Board, I would continue to build on the work of prior NDLA representatives to support career and networking opportunities for law school alumni in New England.       

 

      

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Alex Talcott, ’07 J.D.

Alex Talcott and his college classmate wife live with their 4-year-old twins and 2-year-old on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Talcott is the managing partner of a financial planning, tax, and trust practice that has grown to a team of 13, with offices in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Boston, with clients in more than 40 states. He also teaches undergraduate and MBA business law and finance at three colleges: the University of New Hampshire, Southern NH Univ., and Great Bay Community College.

At Notre Dame, Talcott served as a teaching assistant in political science and trial advocacy, tutor through the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, and managing editor of the Journal of College and University Law. His B.A. from Dartmouth was in Religion, where he was awarded that department's Faculty Prize at commencement.

Talcott's volunteerism has focused on education as well — from mentoring and tutoring students from Chicago public schools and housing projects to more recent service on parent, building, and hiring committees of his own children's nursery school, the advisory board of a national nonpartisan fiscal policy nonprofit, bench-bar continuing legal education with the American Inns of Court, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee of his local community college, and with admissions offices and alumni clubs of his almae matres.

Personal Statement

To be honest (as a Different Kind of Lawyer ought to be!), Notre Dame's alumni club out here in my small state of New Hampshire has been more active up until recently than my in-state undergraduate alma mater. The reach and the persistence of the spirit is why I chose Notre Dame in the first place.

While some schools are spreading themselves thin by attempting to be all things to all people, Notre Dame in my judgment has managed to manifest multifaceted excellence. However elite, Our Lady's University is as inclusive as it is exclusive.

Areas of personal passion for service to the Law School and you via the Board:

  1. 1:1 career mentoring (The namesake of our inspiring law building courtroom set up an informational interview for me, which inspired my own giving-back-by-paying-it-forward. In the New England civic community, we say, "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person." I will never be too busy for an aspiring attorney with interest in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island...or anywhere.)
  2. increasing applications for admission (The best and brightest should consider, crave study at ND! It's good for the pedigree of our degree, and it'll be great for the world.)
  3. interdisciplinary education (expanding opportunities for students and alumni at the business school, social science academic departments, scholarly centers, and off-campus and international programs)

At-Large (Young Alumni)

Dondanville

Tim Dondanville, ’16 J.D.

Tim Dondanville received his J.D. from Notre Dame in 2016. He currently serves on the Notre Dame Lawyer’s Networking Committee in Chicago, where he is responsible for outreach to recent graduates and GALILEE-related activities.

Dondanville resides in Chicago, where he has practiced law since graduation. He is an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the firm’s real estate group. In his spare time, he is an associate board member of World Sport Chicago, a non-profit organization that provides after-school sports programming to at-risk youth, mentors a student at the Phoenix Military Academy, and does his best to help his amazing fiancée (also NDLS class of ’16!) plan their upcoming wedding. He is a graduate of Princeton University (’13 A.B. - History), where he was a four-year member of the football team and president of Uplifting Athletes, a national, student-athlete run non-profit focused on raising funds for rare disease research.

During his time at NDLS, he was the Student Bar Association president and an editor of the Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. He received the Capt. William O. McLean Community Citizenship Award and the Judge Joseph E. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Personal Statement

I am very honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board. NDLS has opened so many doors for me (most importantly, it is where I met my soon-to-be wife!), and I owe so much to my experience and the people I met there. As part of my SBA duties, I attended NDLA Board meetings, where I learned so much: what classes to take, how to tackle interviews, and where to set up a tailgate. The most important lesson I learned was that “a different kind of lawyer” is one who gives back and connects others. If elected, I will continue to serve as a bridge between young alumni and NDLS utilizing the vast Chicago-area network to keep the bonds between recent graduates and our great alma mater strong for years to come. Thank you very much for your consideration. Go Irish!

 

Miller

Mauri Miller, ’13 J.D.

Born and raised with Notre Dame in his backyard, Mauri Miller, an Elkhart, Indiana native, received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 2013. During law school, he held numerous leadership positions with organizations including the Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum and the Midwest Black Law Students Association. Additionally, as the President of the NDLS Black Law Students Association, Miller worked closely with then NDLA leadership to expose BLSA students to new competitions and ND alumni who were able to assist with job searches.

After several years in big law, Miller joined Platinum Dermatology Partners, a private equity backed dermatology management company with 33 offices. In 2018, while serving as the Director of Business Development and Associate General Counsel, the Association of Corporate Counsel (DFW Chapter) selected Miller as one of three finalists for the Rookie of the Year Award (reserved for lawyers with less than three years in-house experience). He currently serves as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer.

Outside of the office, Miller received the Director of the Year Award for his service with the J.L. Turner Legal Association (a National Bar Association affiliate) and is currently active with the National Bar Association as a member of its Health Law Section. Miller also provides pro bono services through volunteer efforts with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

Miller resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Ashley (a Purdue alumna who now cheers for the Irish), and three-year-old son, Logan.

Personal Statement

I am honored and humbled to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board. This opportunity excites me for many reasons, two of which stand out above the rest. First, I embrace the call to give back to our students in ways that NDLA members did (and continue to do) for me. My interactions with the NDLA showed me first-hand that our alumni are second to none and care about students in ways that matter – ensuring students are prepared to be the best lawyers and willing to lend a hand when needed to ensure they find employment. I welcome the opportunity to invest in others like people have done for me. Second, as legal education constantly evolves, I want to be a part of NDLS proactively adjusting to remain one of the leading legal institutions in the world.  With the practice of law continually changing, students are rightfully demanding law schools do the same when preparing students for legal careers. It is imperative that NDLS anticipate those changes and the NDLA Board should play a role in making that happen.

Thanks again for considering me for this position. It would be an honor to serve current and future ND lawyers.