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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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Sean Seymore, ’06 JD, Wins Vanderbilt Faculty Honor

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NDLS grad Sean Seymore has been named a Chancellor Faculty Fellow by Vanderbilt University.

The appointment extends over two fiscal years and includes additional funding designed to support Professor Seymore’s innovative research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, ’04 J.D., Honored as a Top Female Litigator and Pro Bono Attorney in Missouri

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

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Matthew M. Killen, ’04 BA, ’07 J.D.

Matthew Killen has joined Nicoladies LLP as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Killen’s practice focuses on providing advice to insurance clients on complex coverage issues in a variety of areas and representing insurance clients in complex coverage disputes in state and federal courts.

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Arthur T. O’Reilly, ’02 J.D.

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Arthur O’Reilly, an attorney with Honigman in Detroit has been named in the top 100 of the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyer listing and as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of Business Litigation.

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Larry A. Ward, ’98 BA, ’00 MEDUC, ’03 J.D.

Larry Ward, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Seattle, specializing in U.S. National Security Law, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that advises the U.S. State Department on defense trade matters. The DTAG provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel for regular consultation and coordination with U.S. private sector defense exporters and defense trade specialists on issues involving U.S. laws, policies, and regulations for munitions exports.

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Brad A. Sobolewski, ’00 J.D.

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Brad Sobolewski, a litigator at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland, has been promoted to counsel and has been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Sobolewski has extensive experience in complex litigation matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., defending companies in complex commercial, banking, insurance, consumer class action, trade secret and non-compete, product liability, and mass tort litigation.

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Krishna Thomas Walker, ’08 J.D.

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Krishna Walker, an attorney at Bryan Cave, LLP, has been selected as one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming” lawyers for 2014. Walker focuses her practice on business financing representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of transactions. To read more about the award and Walker’s practice.

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Johnathan Bridges, ’00 J.D.

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A brief written by Johnathan Bridges, a partner with Susman Godfrey, has been praised as among the “best ever” in the newly released edition of a highly regarded book on legal writing. In The Winning Brief (Third Edition, 2014), respected legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner highlights the brief written by Bridges in Maria Antonieta Martinez-Aguero v. Humberto Gonzalez submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. The brief addressed the question of whether the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth and Fifth Amendments applied to a nonresident alien attacked on U.S. soil by an INS agent.

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Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, ’04 J.D.

Cynthia Cordes recently received a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater Boston University’s College of Communications. The award was presented to Cordes for career achievements at a ceremony on campus in Boston during alumni weekend. Cordes was selected by Boston University President, Robert Brown, for a position on the newly launched Women’s Leadership Coalition and participated in the inaugural event , “The President’s Panel: A Conversation with BU Women.” Cordes was also invited to serve as a featured speaker at the College of Communication 100 year anniversary celebration where Cordes spoke on the role of the media in the law.

Cynthia Phillips-Cordes, a partner with Husch Blackwell, has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Cordes is one of only five women in the state of Missouri recognized for this honor. Additionally, Cordes was the recipient of the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award, presented annually to four attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low income persons in need of legal assistance. Cordes is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor and leader in complex criminal litigation. During her years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Cordes spearheaded and led a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies and 60 non-profits. Today, Cordes represents clients under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments and leads internal investigations and government compliance for companies. Cordes is a member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team and also leads the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

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Francisco J. Valenzuela, ’03 J.D.

Francisco Valenzuela, of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for the 5th consecutive year. The Texas Rising Stars recognizes the state’s best lawyers under the age of 40 and those practicing law under 10 years. Valenzuela was selected based upon his expertise in employment litigation defense, school and education law, and state, local and municipal work.

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Juan Castaneda, '05 J.D.

Juan Castaneda, ’05 J.D. has been selected to the “2015 San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list.

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David Guevara, ’06 J.D.

David Guevara, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, L.L.P., has been recognized as a leader in the area of “Environmental Law” by Chambers USA for 2014.

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John R. Linzer ’01 BSME, ’04 J.D.

John R. Linzer has joined the firm of Quarles & Brady LLP, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of its Chicago office. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Linzer was an attorney at Beem Patent Law Firm in Chicago. His practice focuses on patent counseling, prosecution, litigation, and post-grant proceedings. Linzer’s counseling and prosecution experience involves working with inventors and corporate counsel, beginning at the earliest stages of the patent process. Linzer has tried cases at both the Federal district and appellate levels as well as participated in proceedings before the International Trade Commission.

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Cordell Carter, II, ’07 J.D.

Cordell Carter was recently appointed Chief of Staff & Director of the Office of the President – United States Programs, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Matthew T. Nelson, ’02 J.D.

Matthew Nelson, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is a contributor to the new Michigan Appellate Handbook. As co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, Matthew contributed to a chapter entitled “Appellate Briefs”.

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John Z. Huang, ’07 J.D.

John Huang has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” lawyer by Indiana Lawyer in its 2014 Leadership in Law program. John is an associate in the Litigation Group of Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP where he represents clients in commercial, education and Constitutional litigation matters.

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