New Board Members
Region 1 (AK, HI, Northern CA, ID, Northern NV, OR, WA)
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.
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.
Region 9 (OH, WV, Western PA)
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.
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)
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.
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.
Region 18 (Northern NY, Eastern Canada)
Anthony Kroese, ‘17 J.D.
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.
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.
Jackie Wilson, '07 J.D.
Jackie Wilson is the Executive Directory of Diversity and Inclusion at BSE Global where he oversees BSE Global’s Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives and helps to develop and execute the company’s overall social justice vision. He also spearheads BSE’s Diversity Council and collaborates with departments across the company, as well as the Employee Resource Groups. Wilson developed and oversees BSE Global’s Supplier Diversity Program, which creates opportunities for local minority and women-owned businesses to become suppliers of goods and services for the organization.
Wilson joined BSE Global in 2020 with tremendous experience focused on the recruitment and growth of diverse talent, as well as establishing corporate and community programs related to Diversity and Inclusion. Jackie began his career as a litigation associate at Graham Curtin, and after a few years, his love of sports led him to become the General Counsel of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a sports agency based in New York City, where he served as a certified player agent. At All Pro, he was charged with spearheading the social responsibility efforts of professional athletes, helping them identify areas of need in their communities and establishing charitable foundations that addressed those issues, while also overseeing the implementation of community programming.
After more than five years at All Pro, Wilson followed his entrepreneurial dreams and his passion for fitness into health and wellness space by becoming the founder and CEO of Nova Fitness Innovation. As a Black entrepreneur, Wilson not only focused on diversity and inclusion within his own company, but also participated in efforts to help other minority entrepreneurs break the barriers he and his professional athlete clients have faced.
Wilson is proud to hold a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, and earned a bachelor of arts in public policy with a minor degree in African American studies from Duke University.
Jing He, '00 J.D.
Jing He is a specialized legal practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in handling complex China litigation, IP, antitrust, policy advocacy and compliance matters. He started his legal career as a US patent attorney and spent about 9 years in a major international law firm before starting his private practice in China. A number of his cases were listed as top intellectual property cases by Chinese judiciary authorities. Major industrial associations often consult with He on Chinese legal and policy matters.
He was selected as Recommended Intellectual Property Lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide and Managing Intellectual Property. Other industrial awards he has received include Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals from WTR, ALB, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, and the Client Choice Awards by Lexology.
He is passionate about making policy changes and contributing to rule of law reforms in China. He was the key consultant conducting a U.S.-China Intellectual Property Dialogue where top U.S. and China experts convene and deliver roadmap documents for China intellectual property reforms. He also leads the policy programs as the executive director of Beijing Zhongguancun (ZGC) Intellectual Property Strategy Research Institute.
He is admitted to the State Bar of California and PRC. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School with his J.D. in 2000 and obtained his LLB and B.Sc from Peking University in 1997.
Over the past years, He has been an outstanding ND alumnus in China. He greatly supported the ND Law School student internship at his own law firm as well as initiated and supported crucial connections and conversations with the Beijing Global Gateway and Notre Dame to expand the partnership and programs in China. He offers great networking opportunities in China with universities and international companies. Most importantly, He loves Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School and has worked to support efforts to connect students and alumni.
Liaison to LGBT Law Forum
Kyle Sommer, '09 J.D.
Kyle Sommer is a senior associate in the New York City office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a global business immigration law firm. He counsels clients on US visas, green cards, and immigration compliance. Sommer is also a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee where he contributed to developing the firm’s mentoring program.
Sommer was awarded Fragomen’s 2020 Pro Bono Award, Attorney of the Year. His pro bono activities include providing guidance to immigrant students at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) – a college and career readiness program for underserved and underrepresented students; assisting women and children in immigration detention; and representing LGBTQ asylum seekers.
While at Notre Dame Law School, Sommer established the framework for the future LGBT Legal Forum (LLF). He organized the Law School’s first LGBT Awareness Week sponsored by a coalition of law student organizations and consisting of a series of speaker panels discussing LGBT-related legal issues. Sommer also studied abroad with the London Law Program, published an article as a senior articles editor of the Journal of Legislation, participated in GALILEE, and was Social Chair of the Student Bar Association (SBA).
Sommer has continued to support Notre Dame Law School by mentoring prospective and current students as an alumni representative to the LLF and speaking on panels sponsored by the Admissions and Career Development offices.
I am honored to serve as the Notre Dame Law Association’s (NDLA) first Liaison to the LGBT Legal Forum (LLF). Consistent with Notre Dame’s Spirit of Inclusion, this new position reflects the NDLA’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ students and alumni as welcome and valued members of the Notre Dame family.
LGBTQ students and alumni add to the diversity of experiences, ideas, and opinions that make for a rich and dynamic learning environment at NDLS. As a Board member, I will focus on recruiting and supporting LGBTQ students through outreach, mentoring, and networking programs. I will also facilitate coalition building with other Notre Dame affinity groups to advance our shared goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will involve developing a partnership with the Alumni Rainbow Community of Notre Dame (ARC ND), the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s (NDAA) newly recognized LGBTQ affinity group. I also hope to inspire other diverse alumni to engage with NDLS.
Together we will foster an inclusive environment for Notre Dame’s LGBTQ community to flourish.