1 1940s Maurice Wagner 49 received the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Supreme Court. He also was one of 20 lawyers to receive The Florida Bar President s Pro Bono Service Award. 1950s Malcolm L. Stephens Jr. 52 married Georganna Sutton on May 19, James E. Tribble 57 is currently Of Counsel with the law firm of Collins & Truett, P.A. in Tallahassee. He specializes in civil appeals and has been re-certified by The Florida Bar in the area of appellate law. Robert E. Beach 58, a Sixth Judicial Circuit senior circuit court judge, was the U.S. National Masters Swim Champion in four open water national championships ranging from one to six miles in the age group. Last year, he traveled to Venezuela, Ecuador, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. He continues to serve as a senior circuit judge throughout Florida. 1960s Bob Anderson Mitcham 62 has retired from the bench as a judge for Hillsborough County s 13th Judicial Circuit. Judge Mitcham s son Matt graduated from Stetson Law in June 2001, and he was able to swear him in as a member of The Florida Bar prior to stepping down from the bench. Robert E. Pyle 62 has retired from the bench as a judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit. He is enjoying his leisure time, traveling and fishing. John R. Cappa Sr. 63 is a board member for the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. Paul Steinberg 63 has changed the name of his law firm to Steinberg & Associates, P.A. His son Richard has joined the practice as an associate. Raphael Steinhardt 63 received the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Service Award from the Stetson Lawyers Association. Robert K. Downs 65 has been elected third vice president of the The Florida Bar recognizes 50-year members Each year, The Florida Bar recognizes those lawyers who have marked their 50th year as a member. Stetson is proud to acknowledge 33 alumni on this momentous accomplishment. Among them are judges, community leaders, Florida Bar leaders, veterans and respected individuals in the legal community. We salute you! These honored alumni include: Isham L. Anderson, Robert G. Bamond, Gerald S. Berkell, Norman J. Bolinger, Earl C. Branning, Ernest M. Breed Jr., Emory C. Chase, C. Archie Clement, James M. Cole, Kenneth C. Cross Jr., French C. Davis Jr., Dennis R. Dingle, Frank Fernandez, Sam Goodfriend, Cliff B. Gosney Jr., Albert Sidney Johnston, Edward J. Kwiatkowski, John H. Leathen, William T. Moore, Harry E. Nichols, Clyde L. Roberts, Joseph A. Scarlett III, Malcolm L. Stephens Jr., Stephen Stratford, John R. Tamm, Edward L. Trader, Dominic Alfred Troiano, Dan R. Warren, William E. Weaver Jr. and Grady W. White. Illinois State Bar Association and recently was installed at the organization s annual meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis. He will serve as the president in three years. Downs is a partner with his wife in the Oak Park, Ill. law firm of Downs Law Offices, P.C., where he concentrates in family law litigation and mediation. T. Michael Foster 65 is boardcertified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. J. Bert Grandoff 65 was incorrectly referred to as a 1985 graduate in the last addition of Class Notes. He is with the Tampa law firm of Allen, Dell, Frank & Trinkle, P.A., and was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He maintains an extensive litigation practice with a concentration in the area of construction and design law in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and is currently a member of The Florida Bar Board of Bar Examiners. Grandoff is a member of the American Arbitration Association s largest complex case panel. Stephen deh Schwarz 66 is board-certified in wills, trusts and estates by The Florida Bar. He is also an artist, and his original lifesize steel sculptures of birds were recently exhibited in the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County office and gallery. Richard S. Dick Graham 67 has been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as a Seventh Judicial Circuit Court judge. 32 STETSON Lawyer
2 Robert L. Hamilton 67 retired as Orlando City Attorney in January. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for Columbia College and with the Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida. James C. Smith 67 was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President s Commission on White House Fellows. Also, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to serve as Florida s Secretary of State until Jan. 7, when the elected post changes to an appointed position. Helen S. Hansel 68 has been named a life fellow for the American Bar Foundation. She continues to serve as a Sixth Judicial Circuit senior court judge. Thomas R. Kirkland 68 has completed 25 years of service as a county court judge. He has been the administrative judge for the county court in Orange County since Stephen Stottlemyer 68 has joined the board of directors of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, a community for adults 60 and older. Ted Doremus 69 represents financial firms in the Washington, D.C. firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He and his wife Mary enjoy traveling together with their two sons, TJ and Brody. He serves as a board member for Blair Academy in New Jersey, Good Samaritan Mission Services in Orlando and the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. John Lenderman 69 recently spoke to a Family Law Reform Congress, convened in England to discuss the fate of children in broken marriages. Judge Lenderman was invited to the forum by Family Training and Education Ltd., a branch of Kensington-Institute and organizer of the meeting. He also received the Florida Law Related Education Association s Friend of Education Award. Thomas B. Freeman 69, a Pinellas County judge, was reelected to serve another term as a member of the State of Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission by the Conference of County Judges of Florida. 1970s Karl B. Grube 70, a Pinellas County Court judge, received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his contributions in judicial outreach programs involving highway safety. Charles J. Morachnick 70 received the Merit Award and 2001 Boss of the Year Award from the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce during the Chamber s Annual Installation. Theodore F. Zentner 70 practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law and personal injury. He recently became a member of the Volusia County Bar Association. John David Bone 71 recently retired as a judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court after 20 years of service. The Seventh Judicial IN MEMORIAM Sincerest condolences are extended to the families and friends of alumni who are no longer with us. James Nemec 36 June 1, 2002, West Palm Beach The Honorable Kenneth E. Cooksey 49 Dec. 31, 2001, Monticello George F. Hall 49 Oct. 11, 2001, East Dennis, Mass. Robert J. Baker 50 May 4, 2001, La Mirada, Calif. Perry Penland Sr. 50 Sept. 1, 2002, Jacksonville David W. Bride Jr. 51 July 2, 2002, Daytona Beach William C. Walker Jr. 53 July 8, 2002, Titusville Edward C. Smith 54 Feb. 5, 2002, Winter Park Melvin E. Page 57 Feb. 19, 2002, Treasure Island John F. Turbiville 57 May 12, 2002, Safety Harbor Alan Stephen Goldberg 64 June 14, 2002, Potomac, Wash. John L. Graham 67 Jan. 6, 2002, Mount Dora Joan Fortune 78 Dec. 29, 2001, St. Pete Beach Michael K. Reese 78 Nov. 4, 2001, Tarpon Springs Gregory E. Like 80 Dec. 15, 2001, Tampa Captain John H. Macfarlan 88 Jan. 25, 2002, Murphy, N.C. Muhammad Ishaque Shaikh LL.M. 02 Aug. 30, 2002, Gulfport FALL
3 Stetson alumni in the judiciary The last issue of the Stetson Lawyer included a section devoted to alumni serving in the judiciary. After the printing of that issue, it was brought to our attention that a few additional alumni needed to be included in this prestigious group. It was not our intent to forget anyone. Stephen M. Brown 73 Chief Judge, Division III The Court of Appeals Spokane, Wash. James D. Sloan 81 County Court Judge Hendry County LaBelle Retired judges subject to recall Helen S. Hansel 68 Senior Judge Sixth Judicial Circuit St. Petersburg Michael Roy McDermott 70 Senior Judge Volusia County DeLand Circuit includes Morgan, Sangamon, Scott, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin counties in Illinois. Before returning to the practice of law, he and his wife Patricia plan to relax, travel, sail along the east coast and visit their children, who live in Hawaii. F. Linton Sloan Jr. 71, senior vice president with LandAmerica Financial Group Inc. has been appointed to serve as the company s Florida State Underwriting Counsel. He will continue to oversee the company s Caribbean and Latin American initiatives. Denis M. devlaming 72 was elected to serve as the president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a boardcertified criminal defense lawyer and has practiced in this area for 30 years. David G. Murray 72 has been certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar. Claudos G. Spears 72 has become counsel to the Lindsey M. Porter law firm in St. Petersburg. John P. Warren Jr. 72 is associate vice chancellor for intellectual property management and associate general counsel for research and intellectual property at the University of Houston System. He is responsible for review of all university documentation involving research grants, contracts and technology transfer. Stephen M. Brown 73 serves as Chief Judge of Division III for the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington. Joseph I. Davis 73 is a partner with the Miami law firm of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty, P.A. The firm was awarded the 2002 Law Firm Commendation from the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. This award is presented to a law firm that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. In 2001, the firm donated more than 2,200 hours of pro bono services. Rick A. DeFuria 73 was reelected to serve as a judge on ALUMNI EVENTS HOLIDAY PARTY Left to right: Professor Bob Davis, Carolyn DuPree Hill 92, Brenda Walker, Carolyn Roberts Chaney 83 and Felix Hill 95 enjoy the party. 34 STETSON Lawyer HOLIDAY PARTY Dean Vause with Party sponsors Scott Brainard 79 (left) and Brian Deeb 85. HOLIDAY PARTY Second District Court of Appeal Judge Chris Altenbernd, Senior Judge Horace Andrews 67, and Oscar Blasingame 69 gather at the event.
4 Manatee County s 12th Judicial Circuit Court without opposition. Cary R. Singletary 73 received the 2002 Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award from the Stetson Lawyers Association. Peter S. Miller 74 was elected as a senior officer and director of the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Miller serves as President and COO of the firm. Thomas E. Stringer Sr. 74, a judge on Florida s Second District Court of Appeal, recently attended an African-American Judicial Retreat program at Bethune- Cookman College in Daytona Beach. The program paid tribute to African-American judicial pioneers in Florida. Robert E. Doyle Jr. 75, a partner with the firm of Quarles and Brady LLP, was recently honored by the American Bay Association s Construction Industry Forum for his 20 years of membership in the forum and his commitment to excellence in construction law. He is also board-certified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Doyle was named chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County for Gerald A. Lefebvre 76 is boardcertified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. William D. Keith 76 has recently completed his term as president of the Thomas S. Biggs American Inns of Court. He served as president for the term. Marsha Griffin Rydberg 76 has been named board chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Jacksonville. She is a partner in The Rydberg Law Firm in Tampa. Stephen J. Wein 76 has been elected treasurer of the Menorah Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. He is a shareholder with the St. Petersburg law firm of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein, P.A. Robin A. Blanton 77 is currently serving a president of the Palm Beach Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. Kenneth A. Marra 77 was selected by President George W. Bush to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He has served as a circuit judge since Fred S. Ridley 77 serves as a vice president for the United States Golf Association. He is also the chairman of the championship committee. His committee is in charge of selecting tournament courses and setting them up. Ridley is with the Tampa law firm of Foley & Lardner and is a member of the firm s Business Law Development and Real Estate Practice Group. He chairs the firm s National Golf & Resort Services team. Lynn Tepper 77 presides over a Model Unified Family Court in Dade City. It is one of the model courts selected by the Florida Supreme Court. She handles all of the domestic violence injunctions, dependencies, delinquencies, divorces, child support HOLIDAY PARTY Sylvia Walbolt and Bob Biasotti 96 with Director of Alumni and Development Darlene Kelly. HOLIDAY PARTY Nancy Thomas, Judge David Seth Walker 65 and Joan LoBianco Walker 71 attend the Holiday Party. HOLIDAY PARTY Carol and Allen Samuels 56 participated in the holiday festivities. FALL
5 enforcement and paternity cases for families, which accomplishes the goal of one judge, one family. This program minimizes family court appearances, avoids conflicting orders and maximizes information available for the judge. Marc Gilner 78 was re-elected to serve as a circuit judge in Manatee County s 12th Judicial Court without opposition. Robert Schumaker 78 has been elected as chairman of the St. Petersburg Environmental Development Commission. He is a partner with the law firm of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Harvey A. Ford 79 recently opened his own office, Harvey A. Ford, P.A. He specializes in the areas commercial and residential real estate transactions, banking, title insurance and corporate matters. Rhea F. Law 79 has been named president of Fowler White Boggs Banker. She is the first woman in the 59-year-old firm to be named ALUMNI EVENTS president and the only woman to head one of Florida s 25 largest law practices. Law was recently inducted into the Florida Council of Economic Education s Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. She also received the 2002 Ben C. Willard Award from the Stetson Lawyers Service Association. Marian P. McCulloch 79 has been elected to serve as presidentelect of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is a shareholder with the Allen Dell, P.A. law firm in Tampa. Carlos M. Megias 79 has been certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar. He is with the law firm Megias McCabe & Samicjan in West Palm Beach. Melissa Suarez Jones 79 has left the practice of law and is now a pastry chef at Latitudes Restaurant in the Burnt Store Marina in Port Charlotte. Paul A. Turk 79 has been elected to serve as second vice president of the Stetson Lawyers Association for s Gail Andersen Adams 80 was elected to serve as a circuit judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando. Beth Houghton 80 has been elected chairwoman of the hospital board at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa. She is the chairwoman of the Signature Bank board. Daniel P. Mitchell 80, a shareholder in the Tampa office of GrayHarris, has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He will also be serving the group as chairman of the Products Liability Committee for Mitchell is boardcertified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer, and he concentrates his practice in the area of civil trial law. Daniel W. Bivins 81 has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and member of the board of directors of Cybercare in Boynton Beach. Cybercare is an MIAMI RECEPTION Louie Adcock, Marsha Griffin Rydberg 76, and Eythan Schiller attended the event, held in conjunction with a Florida Bar meeting. MIAMI RECEPTION Ellen Bryan Block 92, Debbie Crumbley Brown 87, Lorna Salomon 96 and Jason Dimitris STETSON Lawyer
6 online service for health care payments. Paul S. Boone 81 has become board-certified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. John Paul Parks 81 is pleased to announce that he has relocated his law office to Two Renaissance Square, 40 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2800, Phoenix, Ariz He is admitted to practice in Arizona, Florida and the District of Columbia. Parks concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business law and related litigation. He is also of counsel to Horne, Ducar, & Staton LLP. Luis Prats 81 has been named managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, P.A. He is a trial lawyer in the construction law practice group and has served on the board of directors and executive committee. Gregory S. Hagen 82 has been certified in city, county and local government law by The Florida Bar. He has served as the assistant port attorney for the Lee County Port Authority since Shawn Crane 83 was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as a Pinellas County Court judge. He has served with the Pinellas County State Attorney s Office as an assistant state attorney since 1983 and as misdemeanor division director since Joseph M. Fasi II 83, of the law firm Peterson, Johnson, and Murray, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wis., has been elected to the Defense Research Institute board of directors. DRI is a national and international membership association of lawyers and others concerned with the defense of civil actions. He is also board-certified in civil trial law by the American Board of Trial Advocacy. Marcia Cohen 84 recently lectured on Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Barriers to Workplace Equality at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. She chaired the Justice and Rights session of the Feminist Ethics and Social Theory conference in Clearwater Beach. Caroline Kapusta Black 84, a partner with the law firm of Sessums, Mason & Black P.A., has become the chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section. She is Florida Bar board-certified in family law. Robert E.V. Kelley Jr. 84 has been named a shareholder in the law firm of Hill, Ward & Henderson, A Professional Corporation, in Tampa. Kelley was formerly a shareholder in the law firm of Holland & Knight in Tampa. Rand Hoch 85 of the Law & Mediation Offices of Rand Hoch in West Palm Beach was elected to a term on the board of trustees of Florida Stage. Matthew R. Danahy 86 joined the firm of Douglas L. Grose P.A. in Tampa. The firm limits its practice to first-party suits against insurance carriers and bad faith litigation. He was also recently awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. MIAMI RECEPTION Gary Vause and Florida Bar President Terrence Russell visit at the reception. CLASS OF 1952 REUNION Cliff Gosney 52 (left) organized the reunion, which was hosted by Joseph Scarlett 52 (right) and his wife Scarlett in their DeLand home. CLASS OF 1952 REUNION Members from the Class of 1952 gather at the reunion event. F ALL
7 Nancy S. Isenberg 86 has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorney s Association. She serves the board as the representative for the geographical region of the First District Court of Appeal. Dee Phelps 86 owns several luxury properties in Breckenridge, Colo., which she rents on a shortterm and long-term basis for ski vacations, family reunions and summer and fall color visits to the Rocky Mountains. Dee can be reached at Scot Samis 86 has become a partner with the firm of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. The firm concentrates in the areas of insurance defense, coverage issues, civil litigation, worker s compensation, employment law and appellate law. Mark S. Bentley 87 is a new partner in the Tampa office of GrayHarris. He practices in the areas of eminent domain litigation, land use, zoning, government and administrative law. Bentley serves as a member of The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, the Environmental and Land Use Law Section, and the City, County & Government Law Section. He also serves as chairman of the Ybor City Development Corporation and as a member of the Central Park Village Youth Services Inc. board of directors. Deborah Crumbley Brown 87 has become Florida Bar board-certified in the area of labor and employment law. Brown is pleased to announce her marriage to Jim Brown in May John F. Bradley 88 has been reelected to the Executive Council of The Florida Bar Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section. This is his second term on the Executive Council. He recently presented Recording and Distribution Agreements at the Entertainment and Sports Potpourri course sponsored by the Entertainment and Sports Law Section. Richard B. Ray Burton 87 received the 2002 Florida Bar President s Pro Bono Service Award. Donald R. Fountain Jr. 88 has become board-certified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. A. Larry Ringers 88 was recently elected to serve as a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He will occupy a newly added seat in the 20th Judicial Circuit. Ringers is a stockholder with the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. He practices in the area of torts and insurance litigation, specializing in premises liability defense, personal injury, insurance coverage and construction law. James C. Runyon 88 received the 2002 Florida Bar President s Pro Bono Service Award. Mary Lynne Duet 89 has been named president of the Carrollwood Community Bar Association. Joseph G. Jarret 89 has joined the Polk County Attorney s Office as an assistant county attorney. He is a former Manatee County assistant county attorney. ALUMNI EVENTS LAW ALUMNI GATHERING Alumni concentrate on CLE materials at Vice Dean Darby Dickerson s legal writing workshop. LAW ALUMNI GATHERING Professor Kelly Feeley 95 leads a CLE segment on Deposition Ethics Today during the Law Alumni Gathering in March. 38 STETSON Lawyer
8 Mark R. Kapusta 89 has been named to serve as chairman of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee A for the 12th Judicial Circuit. He is the managing attorney for the Law Office of Bohdan Neswiacheny. 1990s Lila A. Jaber 90 has been selected to serve as chair of the Florida Public Service Commission. Her term on the Commission will end in January Kelly Brewton Plante 90 is a partner with the law firm of Brewton, Plante & Plante, P.A. She practices in the areas of administrative and appellate law dealing with state government. Robert Rossitto 90 and his wife Marjorie spent eight weeks traveling through Sicily and Italy last fall. Bill Shouyun Tong 90 recently joined Wyselead, a firm in Shanghai, after spending the last three years as head of the Beijing office of Allen & Overy. He continues to advise international clients doing business in China. Kenneth G. Turkel 90 has been elected to serve as the first vice president for the Stetson Lawyers Association for He is a member of the board of directors for the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Turkel is a shareholder with the Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady P.A. law firm in Tampa. Gerald T. Buhr 91 has been appointed city attorney for Mulberry. He is with the firm of Buhr & Associates, P.A. in Tampa and is city attorney for Zolfo Springs and Bowling Green. Daniel L. Castillo 91 has become board-certified in criminal trial law and appellate law. He specializes in federal narcotics cases. He and his wife Michelle live in Tampa with their six children. Pamela Dato 91 and her husband Joey are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joseph on Sept David Doney 91, his wife Jeanne and daughter Elizabeth are proud to announce the birth of their second child and brother, John on Dec Daneil McAuliffe 91 has become a partner of Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. He practices in the areas of medical malpractice, administrative claims and health care law. Chris Shulman 91, his wife Ellen and their five-year-old son David, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter and sister, Rebekah, on Feb Steve Stavrakis 91 has written a script about one man s spiritual journey and produced it as a movie in The film, To Kill a Lawyer, is inspired by the Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs and it recently won second place at the statewide Crystal Reel Awards in Orlando, where it competed with about 130 entries for best feature film. Robert Blank 92 was recently named the administrative partner of the Tampa office of Rumberger, LAW ALUMNI GATHERING Dean Gary Vause recognizes Justin Hosie at the Barrister s Ball for his service as president of the Calvin A. Kuenzel Student Bar Association. LAW ALUMNI GATHERING Beverly Shaw 97 and her husband Pete enjoy the Barrister s Ball festivities. LAW ALUMNI GATHERING Student Ben Hillard twirls his wife Tambra around the dance floor at the Barrister s Ball. FALL
9 Kirk, & Caldwell, Professional Association. He has been a partner with the firm since September Blank practices in the areas of products liability, employment discrimination, medical liability, nursing home litigation, pest control litigation, commercial litigation and general civil trial work. Suzanne E. Collins 92 was awarded a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of South Florida in December Her dissertation, Knowing Nursing Error: Understanding Nursing Error Through Nurse s Error Experience, researched nursing law, ethics and patient safety. Carolyn DuPree Hill 92 has been elected to serve as the president of the Stetson Lawyers Association for Grady C. Irvin Jr. 92 recently opened a branch of the Law Offices of Grady C. Irvin Jr., P.A. in Tampa. His firm practices in the areas of federal and state criminal law, personal injury and wrongful death, in addition to providing co-counsel services in targeted jury matters. Reginald G. Stambaugh 92 has been certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar. He is with the law firm of Stambaugh & Tyrone in Palm Beach. Charles Scott 92 and Kathryn Fenderson Scott 95 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles The Scotts continue to practice personal injury law, family law and criminal law at their firm, Scott and Fenderson, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Mr. Scott recently became a certified family law mediator. Gregory K. Showers 92 became the second president of the Fred G. Minnis Bar Association. Showers practices criminal defense law and personal injury law with the firm of Kwall, Showers & Coleman, P.A. in Clearwater. Terry J. Deeb 93 has become a shareholder in the law firm of Allan, Shipp & Deeb, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Carol Ann Kalish 93 has become board-certified in the area of health law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. A shareholder with the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, Professional Association, Kalish represents hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in multiple areas of health law including regulatory compliance, risk management, bioethics and medical negligence defense. She is serving her second year as president of the board of the American Cancer Society, Sarasota Chapter. This year she was honored with the Heart of the Community Award for her outstanding volunteer service to the community and her service to the American Cancer Society. Robert J. Sniffen 93 serves as the president-elect of the Stetson Lawyers Association for John J. Carey 94 recently passed the Missouri Bar and is now working at the law firm of Welch, Martin & Albano, P.C. in Independence, Mo. He continues to practice in the area of family law. ALUMNI EVENTS TALLAHASSEE ALUMNI RECEPTION Fred Dudley 68, Robert Telfer 97, Heather Savage Telfer 97 and Dean Vause meet at the Tallahassee Reception in May. 40 STETSON Lawyer TALLAHASSEE ALUMNI RECEPTION Left to right: Stetson Lawyers Association president-elect Robert Sniffen 93, Dean Gary Vause, Judge Dan Kilbride 74, and Stetson University Board of Trustees chairman Joseph Jay Landers 70.
10 Linda Harman 94 is teaching part-time at John F. Kennedy University College of Law and Columbia College. Meredith Level 94, has become a shareholder with the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. She is a real estate attorney who concentrates her practice in real estate transactions, development and finance. Level has been elected to the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. David Orta 94 has recently become a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He is a member of the litigation, product liability and antitrust group. Rebecca L. Palmer 94 has become a shareholder with the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Her areas of practice include litigation, with an emphasis on domestic relations and family law. She has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Orange County Bar Association s Legal Aid Society. Palmer is also a TALLAHASSEE ALUMNI RECEPTION Dean Gary Vause, top row right, visits with students (left to right) Michael Kinney, Kelly Keller and Cassandra Ponder, all of whom interned at the Florida Supreme Court this summer. member of the executive council of the Orange County Bar Association. Andrew A. Seenath 94 has become an associate with the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. He is a member of the firm s Products Liability Litigation Division and has experience in defending manufacturers and sellers in the product liability field and doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice claims of wrongful death and catastrophic injury. Brian L. Tannebaum 94 has been elected to the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association. He has also been re-elected to the board of directors if the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and appointed vice chair of both The Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee and Grievance Committee. Tannebaum practices criminal defense in both state and federal courts. Sarah E. Warren 94, a boardcertified attorney in city, county and local government law, has established a solo practice in the TALLAHASSEE ALUMNI RECEPTION Richard Rick Collins 73 and Ronald Ron Meyer 72 attend the reception. areas of commercial litigation, appeals and government/special education law. Her practice includes representing individuals and businesses before local governments and school districts, including parents of children with special needs. Robert G. Dittmer 95 has become associated with the firm of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. The firm concentrates in the areas of insurance defense, coverage issues, civil litigation, worker s compensation, employment law and appellate law. Kenneth B. Evers 95 has become the new city attorney for Wauchula. Kathryn Fenderson Scott 95 and Charles Scott 92 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles The Scotts continue to practice personal injury law, family law and criminal law at their firm, Scott and Fenderson, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Michael Hamaway 95 has joined the Ft. Lauderdale firm of Mombach, Boyle & Hardin, P.A. as head of its litigation department. Thomas S. Harmon 95 was elected to the board of directors for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and was the recipient of its Gold Eagle Award. He is a partner with the law firm of Davis & Harmon, P.A. in Tampa. Matthew E. Noyes 95 has been named a partner in the law firm of Perenich, Carroll, Perenich, Avril & Caulfield, P.A. FALL
11 Terri E. Oster 95 been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to a fouryear term on the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board. She is an attorney in Office of the Attorney General, Economic Crimes Division, in Tampa. Holly Bierkan Platter 95 has been elected a partner/shareholder in the law firm of Richards, Brandt, Miller and Nelson in Salt Lake City, Utah. David Sampedro 95 of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. in Miami is president-elect of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association. He has been appointed to The Florida Bar 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Sampedro continues to practice personal injury law with an emphasis on nursing home neglect, medical malpractice and general negligence. He recently presented Medical Records for Florida Attorneys to a statewide trial lawyers group seminar. James M. Craig 96 has become board-certified in labor and employment law by The Florida Bar. He is a partner with the Ford & Harrison, LLP law firm in Tampa. C. David Harper 96 is a member of Foley & Lardner in Tampa. He recently presented a lecture titled Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA): Compliance for the Florida Practitioner during a National Business Institute seminar. His practice focuses on general commercial litigation. Desha L. Jackson 96 was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey State Bar Association s Young Lawyers Division. She is currently an assistant corporate counsel for the City of Newark. She was previously an assistant prosecutor in Ocean County, N.J. She was the first African-American woman to hold this position and the youngest assistant prosecutor for Ocean County. Rajesh A. Kumar 96 is a member of the Gibson, Jones & Kumar, LLP law firm in Riverdale, Maryland. The firm s concentration is criminal defense, death penalty defense, major felonies, misdemeanors and civil litigation. Donall O Carroll 96 has joined the law firm of Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen, P.A. in West Palm Beach as an associate. He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Law Society of England and Wales. Donna Brookes DeVaney 97 has been re-elected to the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyer s Division board of directors. Kristin A. Demers-Crowell 97 has become an associate in the Tampa law firm of Gunn Merlin P.A. She practices in the area of policyholder and claimant insurance dispute litigation. She recently served as a law clerk for federal magistrate Thomas B. McCoun III in Tampa. Christopher E. Doran 97 has become an associate with the law firm of Murray, Marin & Herman, P.A. He concentrates his practice in the area of insurance defense. Anne Trefz Gibson 97 is an assistant county attorney with the Polk County Attorney s Office. ALUMNI EVENTS SLA ANNUAL MEETING Marc Millian 91, Jennifer Card 01 and Professor Stephanie Vaughan 91 meet at the annual event, held in Boca Raton. 42 STETSON Lawyer SLA ANNUAL MEETING Paul A. Turk 79, Carolyn DuPree Hill 92, Pam Campbell 89 and Robert J. Sniffen 93 serve as officers for the Stetson Lawyers Association. SLA ANNUAL MEETING Second District Court of Appeal Judge Chris Altenbernd, Bob Biasotti 96, Second District Court of Appeal Judge Oliver Green 58, and Adjunct Professor Toby Isaacson.
12 William Raymond Ray Holley 97 and Jacqueline Maurer were married on July 7, Holley has been working in-house for TNT Logistics North America Inc. Catherine Hudgins 97 is a member of the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of nursing home and health care litigation, professional, accountants and medical liability and general civil trial litigation. Francesca A. Ippolito 97 is a member of the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of nursing home and health care litigation, professional, accountants and medical liability and general civil trial litigation. LeAnne Letize 97 is a member of the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of nursing home and health care litigation, professional, accountants and medical liability and general civil trial litigation. Stetson Lawyers Association announces award recipients, new officers The Stetson Lawyers Association recognized five alumni with service awards and named new officers at its annual meeting on June 20 in Boca Raton. Rhea Law 79 received the Ben Willard Award for humanitarian achievements that benefit citizens of Florida. Law is the president of Fowler, White, Boggs & Banker law firm in Tampa. Judge Raphael Steinhardt 63 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding service to the legal profession and humanity. Judge Steinhardt serves the Dade County Court for the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami. Cary Singletary 73 received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award for continuous support of time and gifts to the College of Law. Singletary is a sole practitioner in Tampa. James Thaler Jr. 00 received the Outstanding Alumni Representative Award for encouraging alumni involvement in local district activities. Thaler is a sole practitioner in Largo and is a consultant for the College of Law. Pamela A.M. Campbell 89 was recognized with the President s Award for her year-long service as president of the Stetson Lawyers Association. Campbell is a sole practitioner in St. Petersburg. The Stetson Lawyers Association elected its officers, which included: President: Carolyn DuPree Hill 92, Clearwater President-elect: Robert J. Sniffen 93, Tallahassee First Vice President, Kenneth G. Turkel 90, Tampa Second Vice President, Paul A. Turk 79, West Palm Beach The Stetson Lawyers Association serves as the alumni association for the more than 6,800 law graduates, who live in 46 states and 13 countries. For more information about Stetson s alumni events and programs, contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Darlene Kelly, at (727) Left to right: James Thaler Jr. 00, Pamela Campbell 89, Cary Singletary 73, Rhea Law 79, Judge Raphael Steinhardt 63, and Carolyn DuPree Hill, 92 SLA ANNUAL MEETING Sonya Hoener 94, Pam Campbell 89, Camille Iurillo 91 and Florida Bar President Tod Aronovitz. SLA ANNUAL MEETING Several of Stetson s alumni were recognized by The Florida Bar for 50 years of membership. Malcolm Stephens 52, John Jack Tamm 52, Judge Sam Goodfriend 52, Cliff Gosney 52 and Frank Fernandez 52. FALL
13 Michele L. Slingerland 97 has become the assistant county attorney for Citrus County. She was previously an assistant state attorney with the Citrus County State Attorney s Office. S.M. David Stamps III 97 has become an associate with the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa. He practices in the firm s real estate litigation group. Robert Taylor 97 has become general counsel for Senate Minority Whip Don Nickles (R- Okla.). Robert J. Telfer 97 and Heather Telfer 97 are pleased to announce the birth of their son Max on March Dana Underwood 97 is a member of the law firm of GrayHarris. She recently spoke at a joint continuing legal education conference with The Florida Bar and the New York Bar Association on Cultural Exchange 2002: The New York Seminar on the World of the Russian Federation and the United States Entertainment Industries. ALUMNI EVENTS Barbara Whitmore 97 was sworn in as a member of the board of directors of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers by U.S. 11th Circuit Court judge Rosemary Barkett. Gregory T. Zele 97 has joined the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams in West Palm Beach. He will concentrate his practice in the area of products liability, personal injury and wrongful-death litigation. Blaine Christopher Dickenson 98 and Leala Gabrielle Gulisano were married on June 30 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach. He is a member of the firm of Cohen, Norris, Scherer, Weinberger & Wolmer in North Palm Beach. Brendan M. Lee 98, his wife Jennifer and son Griffin are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter and sister Isabella on Nov Mercedes Leon 98, a former assistant Orange-Osceola public defender, recently opened the law firm, Leon, Gillespie & Associates in Osceola County. Marcella Mika 98 of Wilson & Mika, P.A. in Sarasota was recently honored by the Department of Elder Affairs with the Golden Choice Awards for her work with the SHINE program, a statewide, volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education. Todd B. Miller 98 has become an associate with the law firm of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. Nancy T. Slack 98 has become an associate with the law firm of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. Robert Sriver Jr. 98 is a member of the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of nursing home and health care litigation, professional, accountants and medical liability and general civil trial litigation. Otto Berges 99 has become an associate with the law firm of Diaz, TAMPA ALUMNI RECEPTION Heather Tirnauer Tager 01, Professor Brooke Bowman 02, Myra Calo 01 and Dotti Bressi, associate vice president for college relations, attended the Tampa event. 44 STETSON Lawyer TAMPA ALUMNI RECEPTION Judge Walter Crumbley, Dean Gary Vause and Debbie Crumbley Brown 87 gather at the event.
14 O Naghten & Borgognoni, L.L.P. in Coconut Grove. The firm s practice focuses on matters involving complex business litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, bankruptcy and creditors rights, business and real estate transactions, insurance regulation, and government relations. Berges is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution department. Sonja K. Burkard 99 has opened the Burkard Law Firm, P.A. It is a full-service law firm, focusing on business, immigration and real estate law. Burkard is licensed to practice in Florida, New York and Germany. She was previously a State Attorney for the Federal State of Hamburg, Germany. She is also an agent for the Attorney s Title Insurance Fund. Sean C. Burnotes 99, formerly law clerk to the Honorable Lacey A. Collier, Northern District of Florida, has become associated with Proskauer Rose LLP. He practices in the firm s labor and employment department. Robin M. Ciaccio 99 has joined the law firm of McCutchen, Mumford, Vaught & O Dea, P.A., in South Carolina. Trevor L. Cofer 99, his wife Jen and daughter Makenna are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter and sister Madison 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces and 19 inches long on July Mr. Cofer is with the law firm of Dewhirst & Weeks, LLP in Colorado Springs. R. David Jackson 99 and Danielle Lee Miller were married on May 19, 2001 at Andrews Memorial Chapel in Dunedin, Florida. He is court counsel for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Florida. Ka imi Lani Jones 99 has joined the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP as an associate. She practices in the firm s commercial litigation and corporate law section, in Naples. Jones practice focuses on commercial litigation and general trial work. Natalia Poliakova 99 is a member of the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. She represents business owners relocating to the United States. Poliakova was previously a lawyer in Russia heading the procurement division s legal department at JSG Gazprom, Russia s largest naturalgas company. Patrick W. Ryskamp 99 is a member of the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, P.A. He practices in the area of real estate. Ryskamp has been elected a a member of the board for the Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding Inc. 2000s Justin Brass 00 has recently left Greenberg Traurig s Miami office to accept a position clerking for Judge Robert D. Drain in the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Omar Asim Brumley 00 and Jessica Serrano were married on Sept. 15, 2001 in Brooklyn, N.Y. TAMPA ALUMNI RECEPTION Chief Ambassador Kristin Schmit and Courtney Smith 00 enjoy the reception. TAMPA ALUMNI RECEPTION Jay Morgan 00, John Jay Nornton 00, Wendy Pepper 00, Donald Kilfin 00, Ken Foote 99 and Brad Burnett 98 participated in the reception. FALL
15 Kevin R. Bruning 00 has joined the firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, P.A. and will practice primarily in litigation. Angela Chao Clark 00 has become a member of the Texas Bar. She is a member of the firm of Hughes, Watters & Askanase, L.L.P. in the transactional division. Lisa C. Conley 01 has joined the law firm of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pritchford & Gordon Chartered as an associate in the litigation department. Melany K. Crawford 00 has joined the firm of Fowler, Measle and Bell, LLP as an associate. Her practice will focus primarily on litigation and trial practice. Scott A. Kuhn 00 and his wife Connie proudly announce the birth ANNOUNCEMENTS Alumni Jobs Database Are you looking for a new position, or just looking? Stetson s Office of Career Services is developing an alumni-only jobs database for recent graduates. For more information, please contact Cathy Fitch at 2001 Commencement Videos Videos of the Spring 2001 and Fall 2001 commencement ceremonies have been mailed to all 2001 graduates. If you did not receive your copy, please contact the Office of College Relations at (727) The Spring 2002 commencement video is currently in production. Barrister s Ball This black-tie event will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight on March 8, 2003 at the elegant A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, and will include a cocktail hour, three-course meal and dancing. Alumni tickets are $70 and can be ordered by calling (727) CLE in York, England Stetson will host continuing legal education programs on bankruptcy law and elder law in York, England May 18-21, For more details, contact the Office for Continuing Legal Education at (727) STETSON Lawyer of their daughter Kennedie on May Mr. Kuhn has joined the Burkard Law Firm. Kathie Jo Malti 00 has become associated with the law firm of Hayes & Martohue, P.A. in St. Petersburg. Clinton Paris 00 is with the law firm of GrayHarris in Tampa. He practices in the areas of insurance, litigation and dispute resolution. Paris recently served a member of the in the Tampa Bay Area Legal Services Phone-a-thon Committee. Jennifer Galloway Pike 00 has joined the law firm of Bush Ross Gardner Warren & Rudy, P.A. in Tampa as an associate. She will concentrate her practice on real estate litigation matters. Jamie Rosenberg 00 has joined the Hillsborough County Public Defender s Office. James D. Thaler 00 received the 2002 Outstanding Alumni Representative Award from the Stetson Lawyers Association. Carla Turner-Hahn 00 has become associated with the law firm of Hayes & Martohue, P.A. Eric S. Zufelt 00 has become an associate with Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. in St. Petersburg. Latesa K. Bailey 01 has joined the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker as an associate. She will practice in the firm s labor and employment department in Tampa. Mayra Calo 01 announce the opening of The Law Office of Mayra L. Calo in Tampa. She will practice in the area of immigration and nationality law. David F. Chalela 01 recently became a Captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. Howard E. Chappell 01 has joined the Law Offices of Charles R. Scully. The firm s practice focuses in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, criminal, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Lisa C. Conley 01 has joined the law firm of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon in Sarasota. She will practice as an associate in the firm s litigation department. Kelly Holbrook 01 has joined the law firm of Broad and Cassel as an associate. She will practice in the computer technology, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and employment law practice groups. Thomas W. Krug 01 has become an assistant state attorney with the Sarasota County State Attorney s Office. Lorieann Z. Maiorella 01 is a member of the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of nursing home and healthcare litigation, professional, accountants and medical liability, and general civil trial litigation. Michael Ohle 01 has joined the Tampa office of Rumberger, Kirk &
16 ALUMNI NEWS Caldwell as an associate practicing in the area of general civil trial defense. Timothy H. Olenn 01 has become an associate with the law firm of Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P. in St. Petersburg. Eric Partlow 01 has joined the law firm of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A. as an associate in Tampa as a member of the litigation practice group. Partlow received the top score of those taking the February 2002 bar examination within the Second District Court of Appeal and spoke at the swearing-in ceremony. Courtney E. Rowan 01 and Thomas L. Rankin Jr. were married on June 25, 2002 at Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island. She is an assistant state attorney with Dade County State Attorney s Office in Miami. Kelly Spegon 01 has joined the law firm of James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, P.A. in its Tampa office. The firm s practice focuses on computer fraud, product liability and whistleblower cases. Christy L. Thornton 01 has joined the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker in West Palm Beach as an associate. Sean Brian Kelley 02 and Glenda Roza Apodaca were married on May 11, 2002, the afternoon of graduation, at Stetson University College of Law. Alumni News/Information Update Any news? What s going on in your life? A career change? Opened your own firm? Recently married? New additions to your family? Took a trip around the world? Keep your classmates posted! We want to hear from you! Just fill out this form and send us your news clippings, photos, news releases, etc. Current Last Name Graduation Month/Year Last Name in Law School First Name Middle Name Preferred First Name Date of Birth Name of Spouse Children s Names and Ages Home Information Street City State Zip County Home Phone Number Address Firm/Business Information Employer Name Street City State Zip County Firm/Business Phone Number Fax Number Your Title Area of Practice or Specialty Preferred Mailing Address: Home Business Send Us Your News Any other information you would like to share with us would be appreciated. Return this to: Alumni Office, Stetson University College of Law, st Street South, Gulfport, Fla Fax (727) You may also this information to or visit the alumni page of Stetson s Web site at FALL