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Cordell Carter, II, ’07 J.D.

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Cordell Carter has been named CEO of TechTown Global, the network of youth-focused technology and entrepreneurial learning centers. Carter was former chief of staff and director of operations for U.S. programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carter will oversee efforts to grow the centers nationwide. TechTown’s first location, its headquarters, will open in the summer of 2015 in the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. Carter brings leadership experience in both technology and education.

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In Memoriam: John Francis Beggan, ’57 BA, ’60 J.D.

The Law School is sad to announce the passing of John Beggan on February 1, 2015 in Wilmette, Illinois. After his graduation from NDLS, John began his career in Washington, D.C. working in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Five years later John and his wife moved to Chicago where they raised their family and he practiced corporate law at the firm of Gardner, Carton, and Douglas for over 30 years. To read more about John’s life and his love for Notre Dame, please visit the obituary.

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Mark T. Emery, ’05 J.D.

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Mark Emery has been promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in its Washington, D.C. office. Emery focuses his practice on appellate and dispute resolution matters. He has briefed cases to the US Supreme Court and has argued cases in numerous other federal and state appellate courts.

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Andrew Ryan Stokesbary, ’12 J.D.

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Drew Stokesbary was recently elected to his first term in the Washington State House of Representatives where he will represent a district in a suburban area located 30 miles southeast of Seattle. Stokesbary also is a practicing attorney in Seattle.

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Rudolph J. Gerber, ’71 J.D.

The Honorable Rudy Gerber, having retired from the Arizona Court of Appeals after 22 years as a judge, has been teaching law at Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego. In that capacity he was invited to serve as a visiting law professor at the American University of Armenia, in Yerevan, Armenia, in the spring semester of 2014, where he taught human rights and criminal law and also was invited to consult on these issues and other legal reforms with the Armenian Ministry of Justice.

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Louis T. Perry, ’02 BA, ’05 J.D.

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Lou Perry was recently named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in its Indianapolis office. Perry practices intellectual property law, focusing on trademark, copyright, advertising and media matters. A litigator, he serves as trial counsel for clients in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

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John R. Vales, ’94 BA, ’97 J.D.

Jack Vales recently joined the law firm of Dentons US LLP as a partner in its New Jersey office. Vales focuses his practice on the litigation of business disputes for clients in the insurance, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.

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Geoffrey Spiess, ’08 J.D.

Geoffrey Spiess recently became Corporate Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the City of Mishawaka in Indiana.

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Kathleen Portman Tinnerello, ’09 J.D.

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Kathleen Tinnerello has joined the law firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. as an associate in its Cleveland office. Tinnerello represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Employment Relations Board and arbitrators.

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Robert T. Numbers, II, ’05 J.D.

Robert Numbers was recently appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to his appointment, Judge Numbers practiced at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice where he focused his practice on complex business litigation in the state and federal courts.

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In memoriam: Maurice A. Nelson, ’66 J.D.

It is with sadness that the law school announces the passing of Maurice Nelson on January 12, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was 88 years old. Maurice came to the practice of law later in life after serving our country in WWII. After graduating from NDLS, Maurice served a few years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Berrien County followed by two decades of private practice in Niles, Michigan. Please view a lovely tribute to Maurice’s life by linking to the online obituary.

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James S. Carr, ’87 J.D., Elected Chair of Kelley Drye

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP announced as part of the Firm’s strategic plan that James S. Carr has been elected Chair of the Firm. Carr joined Kelley Drye’s New York office in 1988, was elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. He is well known in the bankruptcy bar, and he has been recognized for his creditor-oriented practice by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, US Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. In 2014, The M&A Advisor chose one of his matters as Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year, and he has been consistently awarded top-five honors in The Deal Pipeline’s Bankruptcy League Tables. See the full announcement here. Currently, Carr is the Chair of the Notre Dame Lawyers of New York City (NDL-NYC) Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Law Association.

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Conor B. Dugan, ‘03 J.D.

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Conor Duggan has joined the firm of Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dugan joins Warner Norcross as a senior counsel in its Appellate & Supreme Court Practice group. Dugan focuses his practice in trial and appellate law and has extensive experience in appellate work at the state and federal levels focused on commercial litigation, criminal law and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Warner Norcross, Dugan practiced as a trial and appellate law attorney for Varnum, LLP.

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Shaun Michael Kelly, '13 J.D.

Shaun Kelly has joined Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP as an associate with the firm’s Corporate & Business Litigation group in its Wilmington, Delaware office.

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Courtney Lee Tawresey, ’06 J.D.

Courtney Lee Tawresey, has joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in its Denver office as a member of the Financial Services industry team where she will focus on banking and finance and tax credit matters. Tawresey has experience in international tax, transactional tax, compliance and corporate law matters and has assisted national and international companies with merger and acquisition planning and execution. Tawresey received her LL.M in Taxation from Denver University Sturm College of Law in 2011.

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Timothy J. Malloy, '66 EG, '69 J.D.

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Timothy Malloy, founding partner of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, has been named one of the Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in Illinois in the September 2014 business edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Nationally recognized for his IP litigation successes, Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements, and has served as lead counsel in IP-related trials throughout the country. His professional highlights include arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company the leading case directed to the scope of patent protection for medical devices.

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Caroline McIntyre, ’91 J.D.

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Caroline McIntyre, Managing Partner of Bergeson, LLP in San Jose, California, has been elected President of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court. On behalf of the Inn, she recently attended the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence gala at the United States Supreme Court hosted by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where the Inn was recognized for earning platinum distinction for achieving excellence, the highest distinction an Inn can achieve. She also has been named a Super Lawyer.

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John H.T. Bales, ’09 J.D.

John Bales joined Kutak Rock, LLP as an associate in the public finance group. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on transactions in the firm’s charter school practice.

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Angela Johnson, ’14 J.D.

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Angela Johnson has joined Faegre Baker Daniels in its South Bend office and will practice in the areas of labor and employment.

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Jeffrey L. Vercauteren, ’08 J.D.

Jeffrey Vercauteren has joined the firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as a member of its Commercial Real Estate Team in its Madison, Wisconsin office. Vercauteren represents clients in all aspects of project development and financing and advises on detailed and complex regulatory and government affairs issues, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state, county, and municipal administrative agencies, boards and committees.

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Thomas J. Jennings, ’80 MBA, ’80 J.D.

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Thomas Jennings has joined the law firm of Curtin & Heefner, LLP as a partner in the Business & Municipal Finance and Environmental and Public Sector Departments in the Morrisville, Pennsylvania office. He represents national and local business entities in a wide range of commercial transactions, focusing on facility development and operations. He provides guidance in structuring agreements with the public sector and formation of public-private partnership often involving elements of public, policy and procurement issues, economic development, government contracting, environmental regulation and land use planning.

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James W. Murray, ’04 J.D

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James Murray is the Director of the John Gardner postgraduate program at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service. Murray was recently selected to be a part of the inaugural national cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows. The Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.

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In memoriam: Robert E. Helm, ’71 J.D.

Robert Helm passed away on December 11, 2014 in Port Huron, Michigan. Robert spent his legal career practicing law in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Saginaw, Michigan. Please view a tribute to Robert’s life by linking to the online obituary.

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Erin T. Escoffery, ’14 J.D.

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Erin Escoffery has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Escoffery will practice in Taft’s Labor and Employment group.

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Krysta K. Gumbiner, ’14 J.D.

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Krysta Gumbiner has joined the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate in its Indianapolis office. Gumbiner will practice in Taft’s Environmental group.

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Shelley Bacon Bacastow, ’84 J.D.

Shelley Bacastow has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel at PCTEL, Inc., a leader in performance critical telecom solutions, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Prior to this promotion, Bacastow served as PCTEL’s Assistant General Counsel for eleven years where she managed securities, corporate governance and compensation issues.

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Philip Kalamaros, ’84 BA, ’87 J.D.

Philip Kalamaros has been chosen by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to serve on the board of directors for the Defense Bar for 2015. Kalamaros is a partner in the firm of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros in South Bend, Indiana.

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Richard A. Nussbaum, ’74 BA, ’77 J.D., Chosen as President of the Midwest League

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Richard Nussbaum recently became president of the Midwest League, which includes the South Bend Cubs and fifteen other teams. In addition to his role as president, Nussbaum will remain in his roles as general counsel of the league, in which he has served since 1993 and secretary, in which he has served since 2009. Nussbaum was a four-year starter for the Notre Dame Baseball team. Nussbaum is a partner in the South Bend firm of Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit & Kaczmarek. Read more.

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Arthur O’Reilly, ’02 J.D., Saving the Cultural Soul of a City

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If you were to ask Arthur O’Reilly what his favorite piece of art is in the Detroit Institute of Arts, he would tell you that Diego Rivera’s murals have the greatest meaning to him because they tell an important story about Detroit and its history. But he would quickly add that right now, he is drawn to Mark Rothko’s “Orange and Brown 1963.”

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