Elections

The 2020 NDLA Board election is now closed. 

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

Region 2 (CO, MT, NM, SD-Black Hills, UT, WY, Calgary)

Susan L. Combs, ‘01 J.D.
Patricia Pogge, ’10 BBA, ’13 J.D.

Region 13/14 (OK, TX, AL, AR, LA, MS, TN)

Chrissy Williford Metcalf, ‘06 BBA
Bernard M. Jones, ‘04 J.D.

At-Large (Young Alumni)

Tim Dondanville, ’16 J.D.
Fritz Shadley, ’08 BA, ‘12 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 15th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. View the ballot here.

Candidate Biographies & Personal Statements

Region 2 (CO, MT, NM, SD-Black Hills, UT, WY, Calgary)

 

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Susan L. Combs, ‘01 J.D.

Sue Combs graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2001. She is a partner at Holland & Hart LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation and federal income tax controversy. Combs started her law practice in Washington D.C. at Arnold & Porter. She also served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for the Honorable Kenneth Ripple, a Notre Dame professor of law. At Holland & Hart, Combs frequently serves as a mentor and representative on the firm’s Women’s Forum, and she previously served as a board member of the Holland & Hart Foundation. 

Outside of Holland & Hart, Combs serves on the Wyoming Equal Justice Foundation as Treasurer. She also served as a board member of the local chapter of Rotary and volunteers with the JH Friday Food Project. 

During law school, Combs was an Article Editor on the Notre Dame Law Review and a legal writing teaching assistant. 

Combs lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her husband and two kids. 

Personal Statement

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board to represent Region 2. As a Notre Dame lawyer, I have benefitted (and continue to benefit) from alumni’s mentorship at each point of my education and career. My gratitude for this support—and understanding the difference it makes—drives me to give back and connect others to Notre Dame Law School, to promote the law school, and to mentor students as they embark on their future careers. 

If elected, I would continue to build on the work of prior NDLA representatives to support career and networking opportunities for prospective and admitted students and to sponsor, plan, and participate in activities that foster solidarity and dedication among NDLA members. I would also work to help the Board adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and to continue fulfilling our purpose of connection. 

 

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Patricia Pogge, ’10 BBA, ’13 J.D.

Patty Pogge graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2013 and returned home to Denver, Colorado to become an associate at Holland & Hart LLP. Pogge practiced in the firm’s corporate and securities group for approximately three years until she assumed the Associate General Counsel role for Sturm Group, LLC in 2016. As the current Deputy General Counsel for Sturm Group, LLC, Pogge assists with the legal matters for the Sturm family’s various entities, which include, among others, a bank and its holding company, a private foundation, and real estate entities involved with commercial and residential properties, planned community development and property management.

Pogge has been involved with various educational and other charitable organizations and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of J.K. Mullen High School, a Lasallian high school in Denver. Additionally, Pogge has been actively involved in the Catholic Lawyers Guild, including serving as President.

While at NDLS, Pogge was a member of the Law Review and a staff editor for the International Law Journal in its inaugural year.

Personal Statement

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered and honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board. The Notre Dame Law School alumni community in Denver not only was critical in assisting me as I began networking to find the first job of my legal career but also ultimately connected me to the law firm I joined immediately after law school, Holland & Hart LLP. I could not be more thankful for this strong, supportive community that helped me land at a firm that I loved. I am thrilled to be considered for an opportunity that would allow me to return the favor throughout Region 2.

I have always been a proponent of investing significant time and energy into networking. As we enter into what many anticipate will continue to be challenging and uncertain times for employment, including for the legal profession, I believe networking will only become more important. As an active, social lawyer who has been involved in my community, if I were to become the representative for Region 2, I would seek to connect Notre Dame Law School students and alumni throughout the region in the hopes of providing the same networking opportunities to current and future Notre Dame law students as were provided to me. I believe my passion for Notre Dame and its law students, coupled with my willingness to expend the time and effort necessary to facilitate and foster networking among Notre Dame law students and alumni, will further the NDLA Board’s mission and the impact already made by the prior Region 2 representatives. Equally as important, I hope to be a useful resource for current and future Notre Dame law students and alumni as they transition into and continue their legal careers. Thank you for your consideration.


Region 13/14 (OK, TX, AL, AR, LA, MS, TN)

Chrissy Metcalf

Chrissy Williford Metcalf, ‘06 BBA

Chrissy (Williford) Metcalf is originally from Kountze, Texas, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in accountancy in 2006. After Notre Dame, she returned to Texas and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2009. In the fall of 2009, Metcalf moved to London to work as a corporate associate for Linklaters LLP and in the spring of 2011, she relocated to Dallas, Texas, where she joined Andrews Kurth LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) as a corporate associate. Metcalf is currently a corporate partner at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas, Texas, where she focuses her practice on private mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other corporate/transactional matters. She is a member of the bars of ‎both Texas and New York.
 
While at Notre Dame, Metcalf was active in numerous activities, most significantly, as a cheerleader for three years and is now a lifelong member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. Throughout her more than ten years of practicing law, she has always been active in recruitment efforts at each of the law firms where she has worked and currently serves on the recruiting committee for the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the Cancer Support Community of North Texas.
 
Personal Statement
 
I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the NDLA Board to represent ‎Regions 13 and 14. While I am based in Dallas, I welcome the opportunity to represent the entire region represented in Regions 13 and 14, which covers a lot of ground - Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
 
Attending Notre Dame, without question, had an immeasurable impact on my career trajectory, and the Notre Dame family has been both a wonderful resource and an amazing support network for me since the first moment I stepped on campus for a tour in early 2002. The opportunity to serve on the NDLA Board is of particular interest to me because it is an intersection of two things that matter dearly to me – Notre Dame and the placement, retention and advancement of young lawyers. Irrespective of which degree an attorney obtained at Notre Dame, we are all Notre Dame lawyers and that community can continue to do great things to support our fellow Notre Dame lawyers at all stages of their careers. If elected to represent Regions 13 and 14 on the NDLA Board, I will focus my energy on helping connect and support Notre Dame lawyers, building on the impressive work done by prior NDLA representatives to support career and ‎networking opportunities for Notre Dame lawyers.     

 

      

Judge Jones

Bernard M. Jones, ‘04 J.D.

Bernard M. Jones is a United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Nominated by President Donald J. Trump on October 17, 2019, Judge Jones was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 2019 and received his commission on December 31, 2019. He previously served as a United States magistrate judge on the same court from July 31, 2015 until his elevation. 

Immediately preceding his federal judicial service, Judge Jones was a District Judge for Oklahoma’s Seventh Judicial District where he presided over the Family and Domestic Relations and Civil dockets. Notwithstanding his docket assignments, Judge Jones also exercised oversight of the District’s Drug and Mental Health Court programs and was appointed to the Access to Justice Commission by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. 

Judge Jones began his legal career as an associate practicing both commercial and labor and employment law, first at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP in Columbus, Ohio, and later at the Oklahoma City office of McAfee & Taft. He would later join the administrative faculty of Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he attained the rank of Associate Dean. During his tenure in academia, Judge Jones accepted appointments to serve on the Oklahoma Board on Legislative Compensation as well as the Board of Adjustment for the City of Oklahoma City. 

A native Oklahoman, Judge Jones was born and raised in Oklahoma City where he attended Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and his Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School. 

Personal Statement 

Since graduating from law school, I have been richly blessed with tremendous opportunities, all of which I attribute to my NDLS experience. During my time at the law school, I learned that being a lawyer was more than professional membership or a means of earning a living; it is a vocation of service requiring each of us to use the gifts with which we have been blessed in service of others. This principle has guided every aspect of my personal and professional career and is what guides me as I seek to join the NDLA Board of Directors. I desire to serve our legal community and to do my part to inspire future generations of ND lawyers to do the same.  


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 serving as a speaker at GALILEE-related activities. 

Dondanville resides in Chicago with his wife, Sara (also NDLS class of 2016!), where he has practiced law since graduation. He is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in the firm’s real estate group. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Catholic Charities legal outreach desk, mentors a student at the Phoenix Military Academy through iMentor, and watches as many Notre Dame sporting events as he can. He is a graduate of Princeton University (‘13 A.B. - History), where he played quarterback on the football team and served as the president of Uplifting Athletes, a national, student-athlete run non-profit organization 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 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!

 

Shadley

Fritz Shadley, ’08 BA, ‘12 J.D.

Fritz Shadley is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently works as an Assistant United States Attorney in Miami, Florida. Shadley graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in History in 2008, spent the year after graduation teaching English in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, and then graduated from NDLS in 2012. After law school, Shadley worked for a law firm in Chicago called Winston & Strawn, and then clerked in the Northern District of Illinois for Judge John Robert Blakey. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Shadley prosecutes cases involving international organized crime, narco-terrorism, darknet markets, and cross-border money laundering. Shadley is not nearly as serious as his “serious flag picture” makes him look, and – for the sake of full disclosure – his hairline has receded slightly since that picture was taken.  

Outside of the office, Shadley serves as an instructor with the Law School’s intensive trial advocacy program, and recently joined the Young Professional Board of Miami’s Riverside House – a non-profit organization that offers residential re-entry programs to assist people making the transition from prison back into the community. Shadley and his wife Kayt live in Miami and are expecting their first child any day now. Shadley found it a bit strange to write this entire section about himself in the third person, and looks forward to the personal statement, where he can switch to a less formal first person narrative.  

Personal Statement 

I have been pestering more experienced Notre Dame lawyers for career advice since I started law school, and I look forward to repaying their many favors by helping the current generation of NDLS students and graduates. One of the greatest benefits of attending Notre Dame Law School is the incredible alumni network. Our graduates work around the world and throughout the country. They work in the public and private sectors, and they are – in my experience – uncommonly willing to help out. I hope to use my time with the NDLA to help our students take advantage of this resource, and to build on the work of prior board members by growing outreach and mentoring, both at the Board level and in our local alumni clubs. Working with the NDLA, we can recruit top-notch candidates to Notre Dame, improve the law school experience, help our students and graduates find fulfilling careers, and maybe even have a little fun while we’re at it. Thanks for your consideration, I’m honored to be nominated, and Go Irish (it’s Our Year, pandemic allowing).