1 William & Mary Law School 2014 Fall Class Notes Stuart Randolph Hays, JD 60, passed away June 17, Stuart graduated from the College of William and Mary and the College s law school. After earning his JD, Stuart served in the US Air Force. He later practiced law in Chesapeake, VA for 26 years and retired in He spent his retirement in Shaker Heights, OH and Williamsburg, VA. He is survived by his wife Janet. Roland W. Dodson, BCL 65, has recently retired from the active practice of the law after 47 years. Marcia Faith Rachy, JD 66 passed away on August 25, Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, and after obtaining her JD, Marcia devoted 32 years to service in the federal government. In her retirement, Marcia invested significant time in fundraising for the College of William and Mary, served as a class agent for many years, and was a continuous member of the Dean s Council. She also became very active with the Northern Virginia Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter, and was a strong supporter of a number of local arts and choral organizations. Alvin Pete Marks, JD 68 was recently elected to the Waynesboro, VA, City Counsel. He obtained a Bachelor s degree in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary before attending law school. He practiced law in Waynesboro from 1970 until his retirement in Robert E. Scott, JD 68 is serving as Interim Dean of Columbia Law School. He joined the school s faculty in 2006 as the Alfred McCormack Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Contract and Economic Organization. He is nationally recognized for his work in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy.
2 George S. Newman, JD 70 has had the honor of welcoming his first grandchild, Nathaniel Orwig. Nathaniel was born on August 18, 2014 at 6 pounds 14 ounces. Both the mother, Kate, and the baby are doing well. George is a Senior Partner Immigration Law Practice Group Leader at Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Kenneth Alvin Phillips, JD 70 recently retired; formerly Kenneth was an assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and Chesapeake for a total of thirty-three years. Since 2003, Kenneth has been a member of Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through endurance events. Kenneth has completed five marathons, six half-marathons, one triathlon, and fourteen century (100 mile) bicycle races to raise over $80,000 for the cause. John J. Sabourin, Jr., JD 70 is enjoying retirement with his wife, Camille, in Chattanooga, TN, where his son and daughter-in-law also reside. John plays golf and tennis and serves on two non-profit boards, while still reserving time to travel with his wife. Thomas Reavely, JD 71 attorney at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., was selected to The Best Lawyers of America 2015 for Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs. Thomas T. Terp, JD 73 was recognized among the Leaders in their Field by Chambers USA for his work in Natural Resources and Environment Law. He has worked on commercial litigation and environmental matters for over 35 years. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP. The Honorable Calvin Richard Depew, Jr., JD 75 retired after eight and a half years on the bench in the Virginia Beach General District Court. Patrick B. McDermott, JD 77 has been named as one of six new board members for WHRO Public Media for a three-year term. In addition to serving on the board, Patrick serves as an attorney at McDermott & Ward P.C., as director of the Virginia Symphony, director of the Hampton Arts Foundation, and director of Downtown Hampton Development Partnership.
3 Frank L. Willard, JD 77 passed away on September 18, Frank was a veteran, having served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife Regina; children, John, Lindsey, Sarah, and Meg; grandchildren and host of other family and friends. Graveside services will be conducted at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran s Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. Jay P. Porter, JD 78 was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2015 for Real Estate Law. Jay, an attorney in the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP, was one of one-hundred and ten attorneys named to the Best Lawyers list from that firm. Francis C. Bagbey, JD 80 was selected as one of America s Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA for his work in Real Estate Law and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for Real Estate Law. He is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, NC and works in the areas of commercial contracts and real estate, debt finance, land use and zoning, and financial institutions. Stephen M. Griffith, Jr., JD 81 was recognized among the Leaders in their Field by Chambers USA for his work in Real Estate Law. He specializes in Commercial Real Estate as a partner in the Business and Finance group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP. He previously served as Captain of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General s Corps. Lisa Lillian Schenkel, JD 82 is a partner at the firm of Schenkel & Donaldson, P.C. in Lynchburg, VA. She works in Family and Domestic Relations Law. James Holahan, JD 83 was named the Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Rochester, NY, in two fields: Employment Law and Management and Labor Law Management. James is a member of the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, P.L.L.C.
4 Michael J. Garvin, JD 84 is now Partner with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Mike lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two daughters. He was formerly a partner at Hahn, Loeser & Parks in intellectual property. Matthew G. Brenner, JD 85 is now Second Vice President of The Florida Bar Foundation, a charitable organization that works to provide greater access to justice. He has served on the Foundation s Board since 2008 on various committees. Matthew is a partner at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. He specializes in real estate and banking litigation. \ Eric Cantor, JD 88 has joined the global investment firm of Moelis & Co., and will serve as Vice Chairman and Managing Director for the company. Mr. Cantor was formerly the United States Representative for Virginia s 7 th Congressional District, and was selected by his peers in the House to serve as Majority Leader for the 112 th and 113 th Congresses. Deborah C. Waters, JD 88 was recently appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as a Commissioner of the Virginia Port Authority. Earlier this year, Ms. Waters was recognized as an Influential Woman of the Year for 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She founded and owns Waters Law Firm, P.C. in Norfolk, Virginia where she works as an Attorney at Law and Proctor in Admiralty. Her law practice concentrates on admiralty law and maritime personal injury claims, and labor union and employment issues. Leo P. Rogers, JD 88 has been named Loudoun County s new chief legal officer. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted to approve Rogers appointment effective November 17, Felicia L. Faragasso, JD 90 works as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Employment Organization for Leidos in Reston, VA. Her work is focused on International Corporate Law.
5 Robert M. McDowell, JD 90 has joined the D.C. Office of Wiley Rein as a partner in the firm s premier Communication Practice. He will provide strategic legal, business, and public policy advice to clients on important domestic and international matters in telecommunications, media, technology and digital media industries. Robert was formerly a commissioner and senior member of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) where he worked on a bipartisan effort to negotiate and successfully secure the first federal entitlement reform in a generation through an overhaul of the FCC s $8 billion-per-year Universal Service subsidy program. Sandra E. Rizzo, JD 92 is now with Arnold & Porter as an Energy Regulatory Partner by Arnold & Porter, LLP in Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in regulatory and compliance matters affecting the electric industry and advocates for changes to and development of federal electric industry policies. Joan Ziglar, JD 92 was recognized as an Influential Woman of the Year for 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She has served as Commonwealth s Attorney for the city of Martinsville since She has extensive experience in public service and public administration. Deidre ( Dee ) Cohen Katz, JD 93 is a partner in the Orange, CA, office of Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall, LLP. Dee specializes in defense claims of products liability, premises liability toxic torts, and general liability. Dee also gives lectures and presentations on current trends in the law for various clients as well as national industry conferences, her most recent being Walk the Line: Ethics for Insurance Carrier-Selected Defense Counsel. In addition, Dee holds the title of Marketing Partner at Walsworth and oversees all of the firm s marketing efforts. Nancy N. Delogu, JD 94 works for Littler Mendelson in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. She defends management in various employment disputes, such as workplace harassment, workplace privacy, and disability accommodation. Nancy also offers compliance and employment law counseling. Linda Jackson, JD 94 has been recognized by her peers as a member of the Virginia Lawyers Weekly 2014 Leaders in the Law. Members of this distinguished group are recognized as the lawyers who are setting the standards for other practitioners in the Commonwealth by serving the community and improving Virginia s justice system, among other accomplishments.
6 Carla Archie, JD 95 has been elected as President of the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Bar. She is also a candidate for Superior Court Judge in North Carolina. Carla works as Senior Litigation Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company and serves on the board of directors for the S.T.A.R.S. Math & English Academy, which works to improve students math, English, and reading skills. Susan R. Blackman, JD 95, was recognized as an Influential Woman of the Year for 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She works in Immigration, Labor, and Employment Law at Willcox Savage, and is Chair of the firm s Business Immigration Law Team. Elizabeth Patricia Bruns, JD 95, is an Adjunct Professor at American University s Washington College of Law. Elizabeth will begin teaching her second semester of Entertainment Law this fall. Elizabeth is also an associate at Mitchell Silderberg & Knupp, LLP, focusing on Entertainment and New Media. Jessica Rachel Arons, JD 00, runs a non-profit reproductive health organization and raises her three-year-old son, Max. She is the President and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Commander Kenneth Roy Shook, JD 00, retired from the Navy JAG Corps. As of June 2014, he entered private practice in the Hampton Roads region working at the Hallauer Law Firm. Sandra L. Smith, JD 00, was recognized as an Influential Woman of the Year for 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. She works in many areas, including estate planning, trust administration, and veteran s benefits planning at the law firm of Oast & Taylor.
7 Jessica M. Norris, JD 01 is a Senior Assistant Commonwealth s Attorney for Louisa County, Virginia. On September 28, 2014, she married Mark DesNoyer aboard the Carnival Pride in Baltimore. Mark, a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, is an appellate attorney for the Office of General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, in Washington, D.C. John Bagwell, JD 02 has joined CBS Television as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. He has expertise in the areas of broadcasting, licensing, and regulatory compliance. John lives and works in New York, NY. Courtney M. Malveaux, JD 02 has been appointed as a member of Governor Terry McAuliffe s 10-member Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government. He is a practicing attorney at ThompsonMcMullan, previously served as Commissioner of Virginia s Department of Labor and Industry, as President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, and is a former Assistant Attorney General and past Deputy Counsel to the Attorney General of Virginia. Raul M. Bhat, JD 05 recently graduated the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy. As part of a public service project for the program, Raul and the other Fellows visited Baltimore City schools to teach students about environmental laws focused on protecting the Maryland oyster population. The project culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing an interactive, permanent display on local oyster preservation at the Maryland Science Center. Mark Sapirie, JD 06 and his wife Marie welcomed their second child, Alice Teresa Sapirie on August 25 th, Lauren D. Smith, JD 06 welcomed a new daughter, Isabella, in June. Lauren works for Farkas & Toikka Attorneys in Washington, D. C. Her areas of practice include breach of contract, real estate, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property.
8 Sarah Fulton Hutchins, JD 08 was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Mecklenburg County (NC) Bar Association Young Lawyers division. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the practice of law and to Mecklenburg County. She was also recognized as a 2014 Rising Star in the field of business litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers. Sarah works for Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP. Joshua S. Whitley, JD 08 was elected to lead the Berkeley County (SC) Republican Party. In his new role, he intends to focus on party membership, unity, and platform development. Josh practices law in various areas, including long-term healthcare, medical malpractice, maritime law, and environmental law. Josh works for Smyth Whitley, LLC. Tabatha Crystal-Blake Carter, JD 10 married George Carter on August 16, Tabatha works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. James W. Noel, III, JD 10 was appointed by VA Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as on-site counsel to the Virginia Port Authority. He oversees the full range of the Port s legal operations. James has worked in the Attorney General s office for the past three years. Joseph B. Allen, JD 12 has joined the corporate practice group of Willcox Savage in Norfolk, VA. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Business Administration prior to law school. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. Jared T. Green, JD 12 is an attorney at the Fessler Law Center in White Lake, MI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI prior to attending William & Mary Law School.
9 Katherine Ann Peebles, JD 12 is working with the Labor & Employment law firm Littler Mendelson in Northern Virginia. She received a Legal Skills Scholar Award and Law Community Service Award upon graduation, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Zachary P. Hunt, JD 13 joined the firm of Otey Smith & Quarles in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to his current position, he worked for the real estate section of Hirschler Fleischer, P.C. Melanie Walter, JD 13 has been hired as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. She will be involved in resolving state elections issues and acting as a liaison for county and local government entities and non-profit state aid recipients. Kayla McCann, JD 14 has been hired as an associate at McGuireWoods in Charlotte, NC. While attending law school, Kayla was a Notes Editor for the William and Mary Law Review and participated in the Election Law Society. Christopher Kaltsas, JD 15 a 2014 Summer Associate at Riker Danzig, accepted an offer to join Riker Danzig upon completion of a clerkship in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division after graduating law school.