1 THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL Benchmark C O LU THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW MSCHOOL ALUMNI NEWS NPUBLICATION JANUARY 2009 VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 Judge Brown has an interesting and inspiring story that reflects a core principle of Cooley s mission: a legal education can be a reality for anyone with the desire and ability to practice law. President and Dean Don LeDuc OVERCOMING THE ODDS JUDGE JOE BROWN 300 South Capitol Ave. P.O. Box Lansing, MI Change Service Requested Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage P A I D Lansing, MI Permit No. 241 INSIDE SCHOOL NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT OVERCOMING THE ODDS JUDGE JOE BROWN STUDENT AWARDS FACULTY BRIEFS ALUMNI MATTERS LANSING ALUMNI MIXER DALLAS ALUMNI RECEPTION CLASS NOTES
2 FEATURE ARTICLE OVERCOMING THE ODDS In south central Los Angeles, countless children fall victim to the harsh environment of the inner city and never achieve a high school diploma, let alone a law degree. Enter Joe B. Brown, one of south central s most successful natives. I grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, he explained on his website.* If you saw the movie Boys n the Hood, that was the way I grew up. Despite the unfavorable conditions of his childhood, Judge Joe Brown has achieved national success as a lawyer, judge and television personality. While scores of viewers tune in daily to watch Judge Brown s creative approaches to alternative sentencing, prior generations recognize him for a much broader role as the judge who reviewed the last appeal of Martin Luther King Jr. s convicted assassin, James Earl Ray. As part of Cooley Law School s 2009 Martin Luther King: Equal Access to Justice Day events, Judge Brown is scheduled to speak to the Cooley community this month about his role in the Ray case, the progress of civil rights, and Martin Luther King Jr. s legacy in a time when America inaugurates its first African-American president. Judge Brown has an interesting and inspiring story that reflects a core principle of Cooley s mission: a legal education can be a reality for anyone with the desire and ability to practice law, Cooley President Don LeDuc said. Judge Brown credits his success and his popular tough-love sentencing philosophy to his parents, hard-working teachers who moved from Washington, D.C. to south central Los Angeles when Judge Brown was young. I watched my parents tough it out on a daily basis, and I saw that what really kept them going was making a difference to others, he said. That s why making a difference to others is everything I m about. Judge Brown s career path started in high school when he elected to pursue education above all else and graduated at the top of his class from Dorsey High School in Crenshaw, Calif. He worked his way though undergraduate courses at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) loading trucks and digging ditches, and he hadn t considered law school until a close friend suggested it. Soon after, law became his passion, and he worked as a substitute teacher to finance law school at UCLA. Once he had earned his law degree, he moved to Memphis, Tenn., to take his first position in the legal field, later moving on to a position with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Continuing to move up the legal ladder, Judge Brown became the city s first African-American prosecutor and eventually the director of the city s Public Defender s Office. He opened his own practice in 1978, and returned to public service in 1990 when he was elected as a Tennessee Criminal Court judge. Instead of doling out jail or prison time sentences for guilty offenders, Judge Brown opted to find alternative, yet effective, sentences, which led him to become widely recognized. INSPIRATION Judge Brown s national recognition grew when he was assigned to review the last appeal of Martin Luther King Jr. s convicted assassin, James Earl Ray. Ray had initially pled guilty in the assassination of King, was convicted and in 1969 was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Days after his conviction, he recanted his confession and spent nearly three decades seeking a new trial. In 1997, Judge Brown was asked to review Ray s appeal. Judge Brown was later removed from the case before making a decision for a perceived bias in favor of Ray. A replacement judge was never assigned to the case, and Ray died in Judge Brown s personal and professional experiences have shaped his work outside of the courtroom as well. He has devoted his weekends to mentoring youth in the roughest parts of Memphis, following up on court cases and helping kids and teens get involved in safe, healthy activities instead those that could land them in jail, or worse. I listen to young people talk about what s happening in their world, and I tell them about how I survived in south central, Judge Brown said. Because I overcame the street life and got a good education, they tend to listen to me more than most adults, and I think I give them hope. EVENTS Judge Joe Brown is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, January 19, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the Cooley Auditorium on the 6th floor of the Temple Building, 217 S. Capitol Ave., in downtown Lansing, as part of Cooley s 2009 Martin Luther King: Equal Access to Justice Day events. His speech will be followed by a question-and-answer session. At 3 p.m., there will be a cultural presentation and reception sponsored by the Black Law Student Association. The event featuring Judge Joe Brown is free to the public and tickets are encouraged but not required. Donations to benefit the school s student diversity program are welcome at the door and will be used to host similar diversity events in the future. Tickets are available at: The Student Bar Association Office Contact: Kieshaune Perkins Cooley Center, Lower Level 300 S. Capitol Avenue Lansing, MI Enrollment and Student Services Offices Cooley Center, 8th Floor 300 S. Capitol Avenue Lansing, MI Judge Brown has been recognized repeatedly for his dedication to the law and service to the community. He was honored with the Olender Foundation s Advocate for Justice Award at the Kennedy Center for his work with inner-city youth. In recognition of Judge Brown s service as a community leader and jurist, he was inducted into Phi Alpha Delta, the world s pre-eminent law fraternity, as an honorary member in Goldie Adele, Cooley s coordinator of student services and diversity, who is organizing Judge Brown s visit to campus, believes that Judge Brown is a perfect fit to headline Cooley s Equal Access to Justice Day. Judge Brown has more than four decades of experience both inside and outside the courtroom, Adele said. He has endured personal and professional challenges and is willing to share his candid story. Today, Judge Brown has a daily syndicated television program. The program has no judicial power sanctioned by any government, but it acts as an agreed-upon arbitration in place of small claims court litigation. It s simple, Judge Brown said. People should be kind, caring, and humane. When they are not, it s my job to turn them around. * All quotes attributed to Judge Joe Brown reflect postings on the website judgejoebrown.com Judge Brown has an interesting and inspiring story that reflects a core principle of Cooley s mission: a legal education can be a reality for anyone with the desire and ability to practice law, Cooley President Don LeDuc said.
3 300 South Capitol Ave. P.O. Box Lansing, MI Change Service Requested THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Lansing, MI Permit No. 241 SCHOOL NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT OVERCOMINGTHE ODDS JUDGE JOE BROWN STUDENT AWARDS FACULTY BRIEFS ALUMNI MATTERS LANSING ALUMNI MIXER DALLAS ALUMNI RECEPTION CLASS NOTES JANUARY 2009 VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL MAGAZINE SPECIAL EDITION 35YEARS 2008 SCHOOL NEWS WELCOME TO THE NEW Greetings Cooley alumni and friends: Benchmark COLUMN THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI NEWS PUBLICATION Judge Brown has an interesting and inspiring story that reflects a core principle of Cooley s mission: a legal education can be a reality for anyone with the desire and ability to practice law. President and Dean Don LeDuc OVERCOMING THE ODDS JUDGE JOE BROWN INSIDE NEW ALUMNI PUBLICATION Benchmark COOLEY CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OVER 13,000 GRADUATES ACROSS THE NATION AND WORLDWIDE BENCHMARK ALUMNI MAGAZINE I am proud to introduce the first issue of our new Cooley alumni publication, the Benchmark Column. We hope you enjoy the newsy style and quick-read format. In the Benchmark Column, you will get up-to-date information about your classmates, Cooley faculty, recent events, and upcoming events. We want to hear from you, and we invite you to send your Class News and story submissions to The Benchmark Column will be the companion to our longstanding alumni magazine, Benchmark, and will be yet another way for Cooley Law School to connect with you throughout the year. Speaking of Benchmark magazine, in the next several weeks you will be receiving our keepsake 35th anniversary issue that will take you from our founding in 1972 to the present and into the future of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. You will find that, although much has changed over the past 35 years, much has also stayed the same. You will see that we have remained true to our mission of providing the opportunity to obtain an outstanding legal education to men and women who seek to learn the knowledge, skills, and ethics necessary to competently and ethically practice the law. I know that you will enjoy this wonderful keepsake issue. Look for both publications in the mail or on the web at cooley.edu. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful Kind regards, James D. Robb, Associate Dean of Development Cooley Law School and the Alumni Special Events Committee hosted the Lansing Alumni Reception and Student Mixer on May 29, Seventy-five guests, including Cooley faculty, staff, graduates from the Mid- Michigan area, and current students joined cohosts Alumni Association President Diane M. Smith (North Class, 1980), Alumni Treasurer Aletha L. Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990), and Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979) for the evening in the Cooley Center. Elizabeth Clarke (Fisher Class, 2007), Steve Heisler (Iredell Class, 2001), Constituent Alumni Club Committee Chair Amanda Roggenbuck (Swainson Class, 2003), Membership & Outreach Alum Committee Chair Alecia Ruswinckel (Swainson Class, 2003), and Nancy Wonch (Kelly Class, 1978) helped to greet the guests. Alumni Director Darryl Parsell is always glad to provide occasions for Cooley's graduates and current students to meet. Both groups have such a transforming experience in common, but are at different locations along the same path. The mixers are win/win scenarios. Students have the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day lives of lawyers, and to explore specific areas of the law. Alumni have a time to reconnect with their law school, and to become energized by meeting students who are in the process of obtaining a legal education. Alumni always enjoy comparing their own school days with the students' experiences. Both students and alumni begin relationships that can last for years. Finally, everyone has a few hours to relax and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of fellowship. The Cooley contingent included Student Services Coordinator Goldie Adele (Paterson Class, 2002), Gary Bauer (Green Class, 1988), & Alumni Association Past President Julie Clement (McDonald Class, 1998), Events Director Margie Doyle, Receptionist Vivian Jackson-Boko, Linda Kisabeth (Snow Class, 1998), Programs Planning & Assessment Clinical Coordinator Marianne Menna (Blair Class, 2001), CPD Assistant Director Julie Mullens, Marjorie Russell (Chandler Class, 1983), Otto Stockmeyer, Alumni Executive Assistant Amy Swope, and Assistant Dean of Students Cynthia Ward. Assistant Director Julie Mullens stated that The Career and Professional Development Office (CPD) has several ways for alumni to volunteer. The On Campus Interview Program and Cooley Classifieds provide targeted student and alumni recruitment. The Cooley Volunteer Corps and the Professional Development Program matches alumni with qualified students to assist in their office and gives the student an opportunity to gain legal or non legal experience. Excursions to the Legal Community and the Speaker Series give alumni the opportunity to speak about their career path and assist students with career exploration. Finally, the Mock Interview Program offers alumni the chance to assist students with their interviewing skills. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Career and Professional Development Office by telephone at (517) , ext or by at We look forward to working with you! The alumni guests included Judge Rosemarie Aquilina LANSING MIXER (Carr Class, 1984), Kathy Bielefeldt (Steere Class, 1995), Christine Campbell (Potter Class, 1980), Rhonda Clark-Kreuer (Ostrander Class, 1994), Tony Dowling (Steere Class, 1995), Steven W. Dulan (Person Class, 1994), Randy Eicher (McGrath Class, 1992), Jeffrey Estrella (Sharpe Class, 2008), Navjyot Francis (Adams Class, 2008), Tom Fredericks (Wing Class, 1982), Diana Lauren Gramenos (Brickley Class, 2007), Tiffany Grappin (Adams Class, 2008), Terence Manarpaac (Adams Class, 2008), Judge Paula Manderfield (Goodwin Class, 1982), Randall Mattson The student-alumni mixers are a great opportunity for students to network with practicing attorneys, for attorneys to network with one another and meet potential law clerks, and for old friends to simply catch up. They're always professional, but fun and relaxing events. Past Alumni President Julie Clement (Edwards Class, 2006), Rhonda Yvonne Miller (Rutledge Class, 2000), Adam Mittman (Boyles Class, 2005), William Nordeen (Adams Class, 2008), Billie O Berry (Manning Class, 1984), Mary Schrauben (Brickley Class, 2007), Lynnea Schurkamp (Sharpe Class, 2008), Linda Sutton (Dethmers Class, 1981), Michael Tornero (Brickley Class, 2007), Karen Truszkowski (Flannigan Class, 1999), and Eric Van Steel (Edwards Class, 2006). According to Past Alumni President Julie Clement, The student-alumni mixers are a great opportunity for students to network with practicing attorneys, for attorneys to network with one another and meet potential law clerks, and for old friends to simply catch up. They're always professional, but fun and relaxing events. Current Cooley students also attended the event including Faheema Abdullah, Shahzad Akhtar, Tammy Allison, Christine Caswell, Erin Chestang, Floyd Frank, Ashley Ferrel, Jill Gagnon, Amit Ghoshal, Nazeen Hasan, Courtney Haueter, Robin Koshy, Faith LaQualla Sackey, James Lee, Gloria Mason, Dana C. Matthews, Lansing SBA President Patrick McCabe, Thomas Myers, Nosheen Rathore, Trevor Reaves, David Rutledge, Lisa Shannon, Louvenia Stevens, Sarah Simchowitz, and Zeely Stewart. Current student Thomas Myers said, I think the Lansing alumni-student mixer was a great opportunity for students to network with Cooley graduates who are proven in their respective profession. At the same time, it was a great opportunity for alumni to come back to the school and remain an integral part of the Cooley family. Graduates felt that the mixer served as a pressurefree way for current Cooley students to interact with former Cooley students. As a Cooley student, the Lansing alumni-student mixer gave me the opportunity to meet Cooley alumni who have gone on to become professors, judges, and practicing attorneys; and it took place all in the same room. Graduates also felt that the mixer in Lansing was an excellent way for current Cooley students and Cooley alumni to join as one to represent the ever-growing Cooley community. Even though Cooley Law School has more alumni than any other law school, the alumni-student mixer provided an inviting and intimate setting for current Cooley students to meet Cooley alumni. KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS. ETHICS.
4 SCHOOL NEWS SAVE THE DATE Boston Area Alumni Reception January 22, :30-7:30 p.m. Royal Sonesta Hotel Cambridge, Mass. Hilary Term Honors Convocation April 2009 Cooley Temple Auditorium U.S. Supreme Court Admission Ceremony and Related Events April 26-29, 2009 Various Locations Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. area Alumni Reception April 29, 2009 Key Bridge Marriott Hotel Arlington, Va. Cooley Alumni Association Board of Directors Spring Meeting May 2, :00-3:00 p.m. Cooley Temple, Middle Temple Classroom Michigan Bar Admission Ceremony May 2009 Cooley Center Cooley 5k Race for Education June 5, :30 p.m. Downtown Cooley Alumni Association Golf Outing Benefit June 22, :30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Country Club of Lansing Alumni Reception at State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting September 17, :30-6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rotunda Dearborn, Mich. Cooley Alumni Association Annual Meeting October 10, :00-6:00 p.m. Cooley Temple, Middle Temple Classroom Cooley Alumni Association Evening of Good Taste Annual Wine Tasting, Silent Auction and Jazz Night October 10, :00-10:00 p.m. Cooley Temple Auditorium Cooley Society Debut: the Annual Donor Recognition Gala October 24, :30 p.m. Cooley Center Lobby Michigan Bar Admission Ceremony November 2009 Cooley Temple Auditorium Faculty Briefs Tammy Asher, Assistant Attended, the Legal Writing Institute conference July 14-17, 2008 in Indianapolis, Ind. Spoke, on Plain Language, to the 2008 Michigan Family Planning Update, on Sept. 17, 2008 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Attended, Teaching Prospective Seminar, in Patrick Corbett, Spoke, on Searches and Seizures: How Limiting is the Fourth Amendment? Educating for Citizenship, Michigan Center for Civic Education, 24th Annual Conference, East, on Dec. 4, Spoke, on Topics in Cyber Security: A Review of Michigan Cyber Crime Laws, Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., on Nov. 18, Spoke, on Searching and Seizing Computers - the Fourth Amendment in Cyberspace, Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., on Nov. 18, Spoke, on Topics in Cyber Security: A Review of Michigan Cyber Crime Laws, Michigan State University, East, on Nov. 11, Attended, SUMIT_08, at the University of Michigan, Information Technology Security Services, Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 21, Panelist, Internet Security and Privacy, Due Process Productions, Ch. 56-WTVS, Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 13, Spoke, on A Review of Michigan Cyber Crime Laws - Cyber Bullying, Identity Theft, and Other High Tech Crimes, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools Fall Conference, Mackinac Island, Mich., on Oct. 9, Spoke, on A Review of Michigan Cyber Crime Laws - Cyber Bullying, Identity Theft, and Other High Tech Crimes, Advanced Training Associates Conference, Jackson, Mich., on June 27, Attended, CyberLaw: Expanding the Horizons, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., from June 18-20, Spoke, on Cyber Bullying and Other High Tech Crimes Involving Teens, Michigan Association of Teachers of Children with Emotional Impairments Spring Conference, Boyne Mountain, Mich., on May 1, Mary Phelan D Isa, Published, Grammar Control: What Is a 'Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence' Under the Federal Gun Possession Statute? in PREVIEW of U.S. Supreme Court Cases (ABA Div. for Pub. Ed.) Issue No. 2, Vol. 36, Pg. 103, Nov. 3, David L. Finnegan, Associate Received, his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan on Dec. 14, He defended his dissertation on Oct. 1, The dissertation, titled Law and Private Sector Development in Tanzania, examines law and economic policy reform in Africa. Spoke, on Law and Economic Development at the ILS Symposium on the Rule of Law in Africa, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, on Oct. 4, Spoke, on Law and the Private Sector in Africa at the 2008 U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference, Lansing, Mich., on July 24, Authored, The Path to Successful Law Reform, a paper prepared for the World Bank s Doing Business project, on Feb. 26, Gerald Fisher, Published, as a co-author, Michigan Zoning, Planning and Land Use, by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Spoke, on Land Use Planning, at the Michigan Planning Association Seminar on July 22, 2008, in Bedford Township, Mich. Spoke, on the Examination of Major Legal Land Mines in Land Use Risk Sept. 9, 2008, in Plymouth, Mich. Spoke, on Conservation Easements, at the Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Harvest Seminar on Sept. 25, 2008, Upton Farms, Metamora, Mich. Spoke, on Planning and Risk Management, at the Michigan Planning Association Seminar on Oct. 30, 2008, in Belleville, Mich. Elected, President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) for by the OCBF Board of Trustees. Attended, meetings of the State Bar Public Corporation Law Section Council; Board of Directors for the Land Information Access Association, public interest corp.; and the Michigan Municipal League Professionalism and Education Committee of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. Moderated, a May 19, 2008 presentation on municipal law by two Cooley alumni to Cooley students. Served, as Master of Ceremonies at a golf outing fundraiser for the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, July 21, Heather Garretson, Assistant Authored, an article, Federal Criminal Forfeiture: A Royal Pain in the Assets, that will be published in the University of Southern California Gould School of Law s Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, in the volume. Elliot B. Glicksman, Spoke, on May 21, 2008, at the 24th Annual Conference of the Referees Association of Michigan held in Petoskey, Mich. These referees handle family dispute matters such as child custody issues, abuse claims and support issues while working closely with circuit court judges throughout the state jurisdictions. Topics for discussion included the use and admission of computer/electronic evidence, admission of psychological reports, parties testifying as to what their children stated: whether or not it is offered to prove the proof of the asserted matter, trial limitations on the use of child interrogations, admissions of police and school records and the admission standards of business records when uniquely prepared for child support hearings. The Hearsay Rule and its ramifications was also a central theme of the talk. Joseph Kimble, Spoke, on redrafting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, at three conferences: the international conference of the Legislative Drafting Institute, in New Orleans, La.; the biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute, in Indianapolis, Ind.; and the third international conference of Clarity, in Mexico City, Mexico. Kimble is the immediate past president of Clarity. Organized, the annual membership luncheon and meeting of Scribes-The American Society of Legal Writers. Justice Scalia received an award and spoke at the luncheon. Attended, a meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Kimble is redrafting those rules as the drafting consultant to the Standing Committee on Federal Rules. Completed, his 20th year as editor of the Plain Language column in the Michigan Bar Journal. The column is the longest-running legal-writing column in any journal. Donna McKneelen, Assistant Published, an article, Legal Barriers to Post-Conviction DNA Testing, in CDAM The Right To Counsel. Ann Miller, Associate Dean and Appointed, as Consultant Evaluator by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an independent corporation and one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Management, at the ICLE Land Use and Development 2008 Seminar on
5 SCHOOL NEWS Nelson P. Miller, Associate Dean/ Associate Published, and co-authored, Equality as Talisman: Getting Beyond Bias to Cultural Competence as a Professional Skill, in 25 Cooley Law Review 100 (2008). Published, The Lost of Michigan Released Prisoners Needing State Identification, in 87/11 Michigan Bar Journal 36 (2008). John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean and Received, the 2008 Legacy Justice Academic Achievement Award for Commitment to Diversity in the Legal Profession from the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education Opportunity. Appointed, by American Bar Association President H. Thomas Wells, Jr. to the ABA Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and named Chair of the PACD s Legal Education Subcommittee. Named, Co-Chair of the Federal Bar Association s Pro Bono Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan. Attended, a Civic Leaders Tour to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Forces Command at the invitation of Gen. Michael Peplinski, Commander of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Don Petersen, Associate Represented, a group of Russian investors who bought the thirdlargest auction house in the world for about $40 million. Secured Transactions, which he teaches, were heavily involved. News of the event was published in the Wall Street Journal. James D. Robb, Associate Dean and General Counsel Served, as Master of Ceremonies and a principal presenter on the topic of ethics ordinances at Food for Thought, a training symposium for city of Birmingham, Mich., employees and committee volunteers on the city s code of ethics, Michigan s Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act, and rules of parliamentary procedure on May 15, 2008, in Birmingham, Mich. Spoke, on A Review of Proposed Municipal Ethics Ordinances to the city of Rochester Hills (Michigan) City Council to review and comment on that city s proposed ethics ordinance on June 23, 2008, in Rochester Hills, Mich. Appointed, to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation in September, Selected, by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan s 20 In-House Leaders in the Law 2008 in April John P. Rooney, Spoke, as a commentator, at the Amintaphil Conference at Villanova University Sept , 2008, on Swaying in the Balance: Civil Liberties, Security, and Justice in Times of Emergency. Speaking, Jan. 24, 2009, at the 24th Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California, on Semiotics is Taught in Communications Courses. Marjorie Russell, Presented, at the summer conference of the NORML Legal Committee in Aspen, Colo., on Action Methods in Case Development - client and witness interviews. Taught, at the 15th annual Trial Lawyers College in DuBois, Wyo., July 15-22, Conducted, the 5th Annual Cooley/CDAM Criminal Defense Trial College, at the Cooley Lansing campus, Aug , Taught, at a Regional Seminar of the Trial Lawyers College, held in New Harmony, Ind., Nov. 5-9, The subject was Discovering the Story of Your Case. Conducted, a psychodrama methods workshop at the winter conference of the NORML Legal Committee in Key West, Fla. Devin S. Schindler, Associate Accepted, for publication, Pay For Performance, Quality of Care and the Revitalization of the False Claims Act, in Health Matrix: Journal of Law/Medicine. Delivered, a paper, The Future of Nursing Home Litigation, at the Defense Research Institute Annual Conference, on Sept. 21, 2008, in Orlando, Fla. Published, his response to the article When Judges Make Foreign Policy, in the New York Times Magazine on Oct. 12, Chris A. Shafer, Attended, the Wind Energy Workshop on Dec. 11, 2008 at Michigan State University. Delivered, the keynote speech, The Public Trust Doctrine and Offshore Energy Facilities: Modern Application of an Ancient Doctrine, for the International Submerged Hands Management Conference Oct. 27, 2008, in Traverse City, Mich. Wrote, the forward for David Slade s new book titled, The Public Trust Doctrine In Motion Otto Stockmeyer, Emeritus Published, To Err is Human, to Moo Bovine: The Rose of Aberlone Story, in 24 Thomas M. Cooley Review 491 (2007). Published, Using Microsoft Word s Readability Program, in The Scrivener (Scribes, Spring 2008). Amy Timmer, Associate Dean and Published, as a co-editor, authored, and co-authored chapters of the book: Reflections of a Lawyer s Soul The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Published by William S. Hein & Co. William Wagner, Published, in 2008, When Biology Speaks Truth to Parliament, in 2008-(S) Revue juridique Chretienne 7. Published, in 2008, Restoring the Intrinsic Value of Human Life A Federal Legislative Proposal to Euthanize Physician-Assisted Killing, in the book, The American Experiment: Religious Freedom, published by the University of Portland. Elected, in 2008, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Angel House USA Inc., an international educational/ service non-profit organization. Elected, in 2008, as Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Parental- Rights.Org, Inc., a national civil rights organization. Presented, on Oct. 4, 2008, The Interplay Between the Liberian Constitutional Provisions Protecting Parental Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, at an International Law Society Symposium. Presented, in 2008, Law, Ethics, and Good Governance in Africa, at the 17th Annual U.S.-Africa Sister Cities Conference. Presented, An Introduction into Legal Ethics, made to members of the Student Statesmanship Institute. Presented, in 2008, The Divine Law, Natural Law, and Common Law Foundations of a Parent s Right to Direct and Control the Upbringing of Children, presented to leaders of education organizations at the 25th Annual INCH Home Education Convention. Presented, in 2008, Will You Recognize God s Ring Tone When He Calls? at the 25th Annual INCH Home Education Convention. Presented, in 2008, The Coming Storm: State Interference with a Parent s Constitutional Right to Make Educational Choices for Their Children, to the Center Right Coalition. Presented, in 2008, Worldviews Collide Series: God, Man, and the Courts, at the Home Education League s Homeschool Family Day at the Capitol. Presented, in 2008, Navigating to the City on the Hill or over the Gomorrahian Precipice, to members of the Manitoba Bench and Provincial Bar in Manitoba, Canada. Presented, in 2008, The Jurisprudential and Constitutional Underpinnings of the Fundamental Right of Liberian Parents to Direct the Upbringing of Their Children, at the 40th Annual World Conference of the Liberian Studies Association. Presented, in 2008, A Primer on Judicial Elections and the Founder s Reasons for Separating Power, presented at CTV Inc., 16th Annual Legislative Briefing. Presented, in 2008, The Relevance of Morality to Good Governance under the Rule of Law in the Americas, to a delegation of lawyers, judges, officials, and academics representing 10 different countries from South and Central America, at the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Presented, in 2008, The True Test of Tolerance, as part of a symposium panel commemorating ABA National Diversity Day. Presented, in 2008, How One s Jurisprudential World View Affects the Destiny of A Nation, at the Christian Legal Fellowship national conference of Canadian law students. Presented, in 2008, Fresh Perspectives on Law in a Global Context the Threat to Free Expression, at the Christian Legal Fellowship national conference of Canadian law students. Presented, in 2008, A Primer on State Legislative Committees: Structure and Function, made at the Student Statesmanship Institute s Onsite Program. Presented, in 2008, How One s World View Affects the Destiny of A Nation, at the national speaker forum sponsored by Point of Relevance. Presented, The Free Exercise of Religious Conscience at Risk, at the Political Leadership Academy annual forum. Presented, on Oct. 1, 2008, Why Walking the Ethical Walk beats Talking the Ethical Talk, at the Phi Delta Phi Annual program. Presented, on Sept. 13, 2008, Building More than Buildings Building a Legacy, at the 2008 national benefit for Angel House USA. Derek S. Witte, Assistant Presented, on Dec. 11, 2008, oral argument in front of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., on behalf of a former client. The name of the case is Reynolds v. Credit Solutions. He argued for the Defendant-Appellant that Congress did not intend to make consumer arbitration agreements unenforceable with regard to federal statutory Credit Repair Organizations Act claims. Presented, on Jan. 13, 2009, the Michigan ICLE program on e-discovery in Ann Arbor, Mich. (and via webcast), along with an Ann Arbor, Mich., federal district court judge, the Hon. Steven D. Pepe, and an attorney from Distinguished Student Award Alumni Association President Diane Smith Grants the Distinguished Student Award to the Kavanaugh Class The faculty, staff, and student body of Thomas M. Cooley Law School gathered in the Auditorium of the Temple Building on July 11, 2008 for the Honors Convocation of Trinity Term Alumni Association President Diane M. Smith (North Class, 1980) was on hand to grant the Distinguished Student Award to Jihan T. Bahhur (Kavanagh Class, 2008). Nine students were considered for the term s Distinguished Student Award. Nominees furnished a variety of information, including résumés and letters of reference that were reviewed by the Alumni Executive Committee. Nominees were also personally interviewed as part of the selection process. Members of each graduating class were evaluated on the criteria of character, academic accomplishment, leadership, and extracurricular activities in the decision to grant the Distinguished Student Award. Ms. Bahhur will take the Michigan Bar Examination in February She wants to work in the areas of estate, probate, and general civil law practice at a firm in Oakland County, Mich. Her ultimate goal is to become a partner in a medium to large-sized law firm and to continue to practice in the same areas of the law. It is a great feeling to know that I am being awarded with the Distinguished Student Award. This is definitely an honor that I was not expecting, and it feels great to know that my hard work and accomplishments have been noticed by the Cooley community. The Alumni Association is proud and pleased to give recognition to this outstanding member of the Kavanagh Class and extends its best wishes for her continuing success. It is a great feeling to know that I am being awarded with the Distinguished Student Award. This is definitely an honor that I was not expecting, and it feels great to know that my hard work and accomplishments have been noticed by the Cooley community. Jihan T. Bahhur KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS. ETHICS.
6 ALUMNI MATTERS Alumni Receptions Dallas Alumni Reception Cooley Law School hosted an alumni reception in Dallas on May 15, Texas alumni and friends joined Texas alumni leader Bill Cox III (Witherell Class, 1990) and Alumni Relations Director Darryl Parsell (Wiest Class, 1979) at Cantina Laredo. Bill Cox also generously donated the cost of the event to the law school. It was great seeing everyone in Dallas. Over the years we have been having these alumni receptions and it is nice seeing how everyone has excelled in their law practices. The reception was the talk of the courthouse the following morning, said Cox. According to graduate David Karlen, As always, all the Cooley grads had a wonderful time at our annual alumni gathering last month in Dallas. It was great to catch up with old friends, talk about recent developments at the law school, and meet with new graduates to share a little advice about the legal profession. Thanks go out to hosts Darryl Parsell, Bill Cox, and all our colleagues in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for making this event such a success. The alumni guests included Don Hood (Krinock Class, 1991), Jeanne Huey (Voelker Class, 1997), David Karlen (Krinock Class, 1991), William Luce III (Fitzgerald Class, 2006), Okwy Maduforo (Boyles Class, 2005), Jude Menes (Fellows Class, 1997), Christopher Migliaccio (Boyles Class, 2005), Obioma Osimiri (Boyles Class, 2005), Roger Trerice (Carpenter Class, 1993), and Gary Warren (Krinock Class, 1991). Jude Menes said, Please extend my appreciation to the Alumni Office for organizing the Texas reception. I truly enjoyed myself and was able to re-establish contacts with other alums. I am already looking forward to the next reception and will be sure to tell those alums who were unable to attend this one. Thanks again! As always, all the Cooley grads had a wonderful time at our annual alumni gathering last month in Dallas. It was great to catch up with old friends, talk about recent developments at the law school, and meet with new graduates to share a little advice about the legal profession, said David Karlen. Class Notes 1977 Felch Class Johnson, Byron, was elected to chair the International Alliance of Food/Dietary Supplement Associations. He is the nutrition and wellness industry relations director for Access Business Group, LLC, which manufactures Nutrilite vitamins and mineral supplements. He was also awarded the CRN (Steuben) Apple Award by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The award is CRN s highest award. Graves Class Miller, Kenneth, received the Kalamazoo, Mich., Rotary Club s Red Rose award for outstanding community service. He is chairman of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees Marston Class Hoort, Hon. David A., 8th Circuit Court Judge in Ionia, Mich., was honored by the State Bar of Michigan with its Champion of Justice Award. His innovations have included Saturday morning court sessions, night sessions for Small Claims Court, and criminal trials held in high schools with students serving as jurors. He also implemented the 8th Circuit s Mental Health Court, the first of its kind in Michigan. Vary, Richard R., was named a vice president and shareholder at Masud, Patterson, Schutter, Peters & Vary, PC, in Saginaw, Mich. He previously was a Michigan State Police trooper and an Assistant U.S. attorney. Ransom Class Craft, Barbara A., has been named a trustee of the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Bar Association. Koch, Kevin William, was named secretary/treasurer of the Marquette County (Michigan) Bar Association. He practices in Negaunee, Mich. Phone: (906) ; Kelly Class Reynolds, Frank Harrison, has joined the firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, PC, in Lansing, Mich., as a shareholder. He is part of the firm s litigation practice group and continues to focus his practice in criminal defense Butzel Class Manis, Paula K., taught How to Become a Mediator and ADR Opportunities for Non-Lawyers at a State Bar of Michigan Legal Assistants Section event in May, 2008 in Plymouth, Mich. She practices oil and gas law and is a lead trainer for mediation. She is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Sepic, Mike, was elected presidentelect of the Berrien County (Michigan) Bar Association. He is the chief assistant prosecuting attorney for the Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney s Office. Wiest Class Baker, G. Ann, was named the sole recipient of the Third Annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award. She is the director of the corporate division for Michigan s Bureau of Commercial Services Potter Class Rabaut, Stephen, received the 2008 Leonard Gilman Award which is presented to the outstanding practitioner of criminal law in the Eastern District of the Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He was selected by prior award winners. Bushnell Class Daugs, E. John, was recently named as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He founded his Beaufort, S.C., law firm in 1984, and has over 25 years experience in the plaintiff s personal injury field. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which less than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys are members. He is a former prosecutor Kavanagh Class David, Jonathan J., has joined the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith, PC, as a shareholder in the firm s Grand Rapids office. He is part of the firm's Business & Corporate Practice Group, where his focus is contracts, business organizations, probate and estate administration, real estate law, and estate planning. He writes a question and answer column for Legal- Ease that is published in area newspapers and through a Colorado syndicate. He has also published Estate Planning: The Basics. Morris, Margaret, has joined the law firm of Reger, Rizzo and Darnall, LLP in Philadelphia, Penn., as a partner in the Business Practice. She specializes in utility law. Phone: (215) ; Toy, Charles, was named an associate dean at Cooley Law School. He oversees Cooley s Office of Career and Professional Development. He is president-elect of the State Bar of Michigan and will become president of the State Bar in He was most recently a partner at Farhat & Story, PC. Long Class Robbins, Jeffrey, has been appointed Chief Operations Officer at Homeland Integrated Security Systems, Inc. He manages the company's daily operations and oversees the production of its security, fleet management, and GPS tracking products Goodwin Class Brennan, Theresa, was re-elected as District Court Judge in Livingston County, Mich., Nov. 5, Chandler Class Aaron, Richard J., has joined the law practice of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC, located at 4151 Okemos Road, in Okemos, Mich. The firm specializes in providing counsel to public utilities, municipalities and franchised businesses. Mr. Aaron is a recognized expert in energy and public utility law. Prior to joining FSBR, Mr. Aaron was a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn for over 14 years. He is listed in the 2008 Best Lawyers in America (Energy Law Specialty), Cambridge Who s Who McQuillan, Kevin, was chosen as #37 on Forbes Technology Investment List. Kevin is co-founder and general partner of Focus Ventures. He learned the business at Dominion Ventures and Comdisco Ventures, where he made software and communications investments. Focus took five of its portfolio companies public in 2007 and helped sell another three. EqualLogic's pending $1.4 billion sale to Dell had the honor of being the largest all-cash acquisition of a venture-backed company of all time. Phone: (650) , ext. 254; e- mail: 1985T. Smith Class Mittleman, David S., of Church Wyble, PC, has been designated by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Chair of the Michigan Public Educational Facilities Authority. He has also been selected by his peers for 2009 Best Lawyers in America in personal injury litigation. Morell Class Dietz, Diane, has been named chief marketing officer for Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She previously served for three years as senior vice president of the Comcast Foundation and senior director of public affairs for Comcast Corp., in Philadelphia, Penn Mundy Class Luckett, Lori, has joined the firm of Young, Graham, Elsenheimer & Wendling, PC, in Bellaire, Mich. She has specialized in family law and general practice areas. Phone: (231) Champlin Class Davis, Mark A., president and CEO of Howard & Howard Attorneys, PC, has been named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2008 in the Real Estate practice area by a survey of Law & Politics Media, Inc. He was selected through a process which included peer evaluation and independent research. Only 5 percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the list.
7 ALUMNI MATTERS Fox, Mark R., a shareholder at Fraser Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, PC, in Lansing, Mich., has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2008 by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine. Gilbert, Thomas S., of Traverse City, Mich., was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Addiction Counselor from the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals. He is a retired district court judge, and is a trained interventionist associated with the professional practice of Jeff and Debra Jay of Grosse Pointe, Mich. He is also a frequent speaker on addiction, treatment, recovery, and advocacy. Phone: (231) ; Morse Class Missad, Nicholas B., has joined the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith, PC, as a shareholder in the firm s Grand Rapids, Mich., office. He is a member of the Litigation Practice Group, handling domestic relations, white-collar crime, criminal defense, and general litigation issues. He is Past President of the Ionia-Montcalm Bar Association. Stoner,Tim, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has authored his first non-fiction book, The God Who Smokes. He previously published a fiction book, The Paladins Copeland Class Breisach, Eric, has joined the firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on telecommunications, cable, and broadcast law. He previously was a partner at Fleischman & Harding. Quimby, Mike, a DWI defense lawyer in Florida, has joined Drunk- DrivingDefense.com, the national directory of premiere DUI defense attorneys, along with his partners, Ron Sholes and Garry Crews. Douglass Class Nichols, William P., was re-elected as prosecutor in Monroe County, Mich Bacon Class Chapman, Kevin K., is the new pastor at Berean Bible Church in Santa Fe, N.M. He also practices law, primarily in conveyances, trusts and wills. Dowd, M. Cathy, was appointed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to serve as a Flint, Mich., district court judge. She previously served as an assistant city attorney for five years following an 11-year career as a district court magistrate in Flushing. Hughes, Stefan, has been hired as a full-time Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Phone: (816) ; Wilson Class Carlson, Kurt M., has joined the firm of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., in Chicago, Ill., as chair of the Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Creditors Rights practice group. Previously he was with Tishler & Wald, LTD., for nearly 12 years. Phone: (312) ; Crumpler, Mike, was elected president of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville, Fla., for the year. He is a solo practitioner and a board-certified workers compensation attorney specializing in the defense of accidents and injuries at work. 1991Turner Class Pasteur, Micki, with Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Manning, PC, Okemos, was elected vicepresident of the Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA) Board of Directors. She also continues to co-chair the ICBA Probate Section for the program year. She has also been named a Michigan Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law. Lawrence Class Gaines, Helen I. (Campbell), received notification that the Court of Appeals has certified her case, In Re Estate of Linda Louise Doerr for hearing. She has relocated her office to Monroe, Mich., were she serves as LGAL in matters of neglect and abuse of children. Phone: (734) Makiyama, Ruby Hiroe (Otomi), was elected as a member of the House of Councilors (upper house member) of the national government of Japan. As a member of the upper house, she works in the Foreign Diplomacy and Defense Committee, ODA Committee, and Audit Committee. She formerly worked as a legal manager for Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, as the law office legal department manager for PolyGram Japan (currently Universal Music), and for Marks & Murase, a New York firm specializing in Japanese business McGrath Class Quinn, Tim, has been appointed as the personnel director for Bay County, Mich. Quinn has been the human resources director for GM Powertrain for 10 years. He also is an adjunct business instructor at both Northwood University and Central Michigan University Hooker Class Kolasa, Michael, was named as vice president and wealth management specialist at Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group in Marquette, Mich. He previously served Michigan clients as a vice president and trust officer, developing new trust and estate planning business relationships and providing trust and agency account administration for clients. Kromholz, John W., was named managing partner by OTA Services, LLC, in Sebring, Fla. He is the owner of Kromholz Law in Sebring with offices at 104 N. Ridgewood Drive. He is a former assistant state's attorney and practices criminal, malpractice and personal injury law. OTA Services LLC provides sales and rental of highdensity compaction equipment. Carpenter Class Perlman, Lee M., operates the Law Offices of Lee M. Perlman, at 1926 Greentree Rd., Ste. 100, Cherry Hill, N.J Lee concentrates exclusively in consumer bankruptcy, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt and Collections Act work. He and his staff oversee three offices and file over 500 consumer bankruptcy cases per year. Lee and his wife Kristen live in Haddonfield, NJ and have a 7 month old daughter named Kate. Phone: (856) , (609) , and (732) ; Ostrander Class Harter, Mathew, was elected to serve as the 8th Judicial District Court Judge, Family Division (Dept. N), in Nevada Bird Class Bostick-Tullis, Catherine, has been appointed to the Lapeer, Mich., City Commission for a term expiring in November She is a past chairman of Lapeer County Habitat for Humanity and has been a member and vice chairman of the city's zoning board of appeals. Dienes, Scott, was elected president of the Berrien County (Michigan) Bar Association. He is a partner with DeFrancesco Dienes, PC, in the Niles, Mich., area, and focuses his practice on zoning and land use, municipal law and public finance matters. Stuart, Don, a partner in the tax practice at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville, Tenn., was appointed to serve a one-year term as vice chairman of the Tax and Finance Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). The AHLA is the nation s largest nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 10,000 members. Stuart s appointment began June 28, Steere Class Benchetrit, Michael M., has joined Akerman Senterfitt as Of Counsel in the firm s Miami, Fla., office. He is co-chair of the firm s Immigration Practice, and focuses on immigration matters for national and multi-national companies in the financial services, real estate development, manufacturing, engineering, and information services industries. He previously was partner and chair of the Immigration Law Practice Group of Robert Allen Law in Miami. Goldenberg, Alison E., was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. Phone: (303) ; Kuhn Class Easthope, Chris, has been elected a district court judge in Ann Arbor, Mich. Rapchick, Anthony T., has rejoined Hunton & Williams LLP, Litigation Support Department, in Richmond, Va. He had been with Philip Morris USA. Stawiarski, Lawrence V., an associate attorney with McDonald Hopkins, LLC, has been elected to the firm s membership. He works in the firm s Detroit office, and is a litigator who focuses on commercial litigation, general corporate law, product liability defense, employment law, and intellectual property law Stone Class Macheers, Charles, and his wife, Diane, announce the birth of their son, Jackson W. Macheers, born on Feb. 20, Jackson weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz., at birth. In addition, Charles has opened the firm of Charles W. Macheers, LLC, Attorney at Law, 6750 Antioch Rd., Ste. 301, Overland Park, KS His practice areas include estate planning, real estate, corporate/business, conservatorships, and contracts. Previously, he worked for a Fortune 100 company where he focused on complex landlord, real estate and multi-million dollar software contact negotiations. Phone: (913) ext Romeo, Karen Ann, was appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as a judge in the 5th Judicial District. Previously, she worked in the District Attorney s Office in the 5th Judicial District since 1997, and was most recently the Chief Deputy and Assistant District Attorney. Moody Jr. Class Chazell, Col. Russell E., has been named Chief of Staff for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He directs and oversees the organization s national staff and advisers. He has been a CAP member since joining as a cadet in He has served in various command and staff positions during his CAP career, most recently as the Rocky Mountain Region commander, leading more than 3,100 CAP officers and cadets in 100 units located throughout Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming in their performance of CAP s primary missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. He is also a qualified CAP pilot and mission observer. Kahloon, Khalid, was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney s Office for the Western District of Kentucky. Previously he worked as Assistant Commonwealth s Attorney for Jefferson County Commonwealth s Attorney s Office. Phone: (502) Liebman, Cheryl Jan, married Keith Adam Guliner June 14, She is an attorney in New York. Tripp, Amy, has been selected as Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a partner with Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices in East Black Class Cole, Bill, and Melissa Cole adopted a baby boy, Andrew Joseph, from Taiwan, on July 11, Knox, Steven L., has been elected a shareholder in the law firm of Seyburn, Kahn, Ginn, Bess & Serlin, P.C. in Southfield, Mich. His areas of emphasis include all aspects of business law and he handles the negotiation and documentation of sophisticated corporate transactions. He represents clients in the purchase and sale of companies, financing arrangements, operating agreements, buy-sell and shareholder agreements, technology agreements, licensing agreements, real estate transactions, manufacturing, distribution and supply agreements, estate planning, prenuptial agreements, employment matters, and business aircraft transactions. Phone: (248) ; P. Adams Class Popplewell, Brenda, in private practice in Kentucky, secured a new trial for a man convicted of complicity to murder and complicity to wanton endangerment, when the U.S. 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the defendant s previous attorney had a conflict of interest in the 1999 case. Portions of her brief were cited in the court s opinion. She will handle the new trial. Voelker Class Buquicchio, Steven, has been named a partner at Varnum Attorneys at Law in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was also elected to a three-year term on the American Board of Certification's Board of Directors. The American Board of Certification (ABC) is dedicated to improving the quality of the legal bars for bankruptcy and creditor's rights. Buquicchio is certified in creditor's rights law. Buquicchio is a Martindale- Hubbell AV-rated attorney and a member of the Varnum s Litigation and Trial Services Group where his practice focuses on creditor's rights and commercial litigation. He specializes in receivership law with an emphasis in federal enforcement actions. He is the immediate past chair of the Grand Rapids Bar Association Section on Litigation. Flynn, Allison, has been promoted to the office of the Counsel to Head of Compliance Americas for UBS Investment Bank and has relocated from London UK to Stamford, Conn N. Sharpe Class Larson, Mark A., announces the opening of Larson & Associates, P.C., in downtown Denver, th St., Suite 2800 South, Denver, Colo , on May 1, 2008, concentrating on general and commercial litigation, business consulting, and appellate advocacy. In September 2007, Mark argued Holcomb v. Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems of Southern Colorado, before the Colorado Supreme Court, a case of first impression in Colorado regarding the Colorado No-Call List statutes. Phone: (303) , Sysol, Brad H., was elected a principal of the firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC. He works in the firm s Kalamazoo, Mich., office and practices exclusively in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He focuses on e-discovery and corporate records management issues; contract litigation, real estate, construction lien and construction litigation; antitrust, intellectual property and other complex litigation matters Weadock Class Hauser, Karen, has joined the staff of the Marinette County (Wisconsin) District Attorney s Office as a parttime Assistant District Attorney. She previously practiced insurance defense for several years Jay Class McGraw, Robert P., has been appointed an attorney with the Utica, N.Y., office of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service in the Fourth Judicial Department. The Utica office oversees the agency s affairs in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and Oneida counties. He previously worked in the Cortland County District Attorney s office. Sullenger, June G., has joined the Cherokee County, Ga., Office of the Solicitor General as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Domestic Violence Unit. Rutledge Class Habeck, Melissa, has been elected to the board of Washington Defense Trial Lawyers. She also received the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Outstanding Associate for 2008 Award and was selected by Washington Law and Politics magazine as Rising Star Attorney for She is an attorney with Forsberg & Umlauf in Seattle, Wash., where she practices general civil litigation with a focus on asbestos tort litigation. Phone: (206) ; Cushing Class Daley (Haapala), Karen, and her husband, Jeff Daley, announce the birth of their son, Jackson Robert Daley, born on Dec. 4, He weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and was 21.5 inches long at birth. Morrison, William W., has joined the Prince Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Mich., as an associate. He specializes in estate planning and probate litigation. Formerly, he was a judicial staff attorney for the Oakland County Probate Court. Phone: (248) ; Sachs, Scott J., was nominated by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources as Young Lawyer of the Year, appointed as chairperson for its Smart Growth and Urban Policy Committee, and is coauthoring the construction chapter in a forthcoming ABA publication on green building. He is with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in Cerritos, Calif. Phone: (562) ; Wilson Class Ambrozaitis, Michelle, was elected KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS. ETHICS.
8 ALUMNI MATTERS Blair Jr. Class Gardner, Katherine S., has joined the Law Office of Julie A. Gafkay in Frankenmuth, Mich. She practices in the areas of employment litigation, employee benefits, and estate planning. Phone: (989) ; Gregg, Randall S., has joined the firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP., in Grand Rapids, Mich. His practice focuses primarily on real estate and business law. He was previously a founding and managing member at Hicks, Mullet & Gregg, PLLC, in Phone: (616) White III, George O. (Rex), earned a Ph.D. in International Business from the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has accepted a position as an assistant professor of international business at the University of Michigan-Flint. He teaches classes on international business, international management, and strategy. His research focuses on how regulations and laws in Asian emerging markets influence multinational enterprise subsidiary strategies. Iredell Class LaMarca, Joy, joined the law firm of Block, Colucci, Longo, in Buffalo, N.Y., as an associate attorney. She previously was an associate attorney at Schop & Pleskow, LLP, in Buffalo. 2002T. Johnson Class Downs, Timothy, has been named a city deputy director of economic development in Dayton, Ohio. He has been an assistant city attorney since 2004, and worked with the economic development office on a variety of issues including contract negotiations. A registered patent attorney, Downs has also served as an adjunct professor at National College. Lesperance, Jeffrey, accepted a position as corporate counsel-patents Legal Division-with Alticor, Inc., in Ada, Mich. He prepares patent applications, supervises outside counsel, conducts clearance studies, does patent licensing, assures global patent protection, and assists product developers/ inventors for Alticor s various business divisions. Phone: (616) Swainson Class Roggenbuck, Amanda L., has renewed a certificate of completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The program serves to strengthen an attorney s skills in the area of estate and probate planning. It also allows attorneys to learn about new areas in the law and changes to current laws and practices. She practices in the area of estate planning and family law in Cass City, Mich. Amanda has also been named the Chairperson of the Cooley Law School Alumni Association Constituent Alumni Clubs Committee. The committee has members throughout the country and helps to organize a network of alumni to support each other and develop individual alumni clubs throughout the country and world. Phone: (989) O. Smith Class Frimpong, Ben K., was appointed by the Board of Directors of Michigan s Tri-County Dental Health Council to serve as the organization s vice president. He has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America-Michigan Chapter. He presently serves as the Employment & Labor Counsel to Learning Care Group, Inc., based in Novi, Mich. Phone: (248) Lawrence, Marc P., was appointed as an associate attorney with the firm of Foley Baron & Metzger, PLLC, with offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich. He concentrates his practice in environmental and toxic tort litigation, complex commercial, civil, and products liability defense. He also counsels clients on the environmental and administrative law aspects of real estate development. Tibbs, Demond L., has joined the Saginaw County (Michigan) Prosecutor s Office as an assistant prosecutor. He previously served as a Wayne County assistant prosecutor and an associate with Shinners & Cook in Saginaw, Mich. Toy Class Maitland, Maurice, with the Immigration Law Office of Maurice Maitland, was invited to participate in the ABA/LSD Career Fair in New York City. Phone: (212) Cross Class Eastman, Kathryn M., was named an associate in the area of workers compensation with the law firm of Kenney Shelton Liptak & Nowak, with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Corning and New York City. Needham Class Biltekoff, Dara B., has joined Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y., as in-house corporate counsel. She is involved in energy-related regulatory proceedings across the country. Kruger, Judy, has been named the new procurement counselor for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Swift Class Souchick, Erin, was selected by the local and state chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to receive the History Award for Teaching. She teaches history to Edwardsburg Middle School (Michigan) eighth graders McAllister Class LaLonde, Christopher J., has joined the Veritas Law Group in Kalamazoo, Mich., as a principal. He was formerly an associate attorney with Willis & Willis, PLC, in Kalamazoo. He has expertise in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and corporate law. He was selected as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers in Phone: (269) Olson, Charity A., was elected to her second term on the Michigan Association of Collection Agencies board of directors. She is a member of the commercial litigation practice group at Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Boyles Class Cohen, Adam G., married Sarah Alexandra Long on Aug. 31, He is a trial attorney in Baltimore, Md. Kretzschmer, Julie E., has joined Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn, LLP, in the firm s Oakland County, Mich. Office. She is in the corporate department and intellectual property practice group. She previously was an attorney with Cooper & Riesterer, a business law firm in Brighton, Mich. McDonough, John, was elected St. Joseph County (Michigan) prosecutor. He previously served as an assistant prosecutor with the office. Nawrocki, Mark L., has joined the firm of Fabrizio & Brook, PC, in Troy, Mich. He practices civil litigation, commercial transactions, creditors rights, real estate litigation, and contracts. He formerly worked for the Bay County Prosecutor s Office, the Washtenaw County Public Defender s Office, as a clerk for the Third Circuit Court, and as a juvenile probation officer for the 44th Circuit Court. Starr Class Dubbeld, Jennifer C., married Joseph J. Paolillo Jr. on March 30, 2008, in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Gower, Jason P., was awarded first place in the category of Best Attorney by the readers of the Bay City Times newspaper in Bay City, Mich., along with his partner, Adam C. Reddick (Sharpe Class, 2008). Johnson, Brian F., has been named a shareholder in the Peoria, Ill., law firm of Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C. Johnson's practice areas include: business formation, mergers, and acquisitions; commercial real estate; estate planning; and litigation with emphasis in creditors' rights. Mossell, Kimberly, has accepted a staff attorney position at Cleary Gottlieb Sheen & Hamilton, LLP, in New York, N.Y. She specializes in complex corporate litigation. Savaglio, Adam, has joined the firm of McLean Kerr, L.L.P, in Toronto, Ontario. He specializes in corporate securities and commercial law. Phone: (416) Reid Class Munson, Matthew E., has joined the Montgomery, Ala., law firm of Frank M. Wilson, P.C., as an associate. His practice focuses on personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability, and appellate practice. Trott, Amanda, joined the Detroit, Mich., law firm of Tanoury, Corbet, Shaw, Nauts, Essad, & Beutel as an associate. Trott concentrates her practice in medical malpractice defense. Mysliwiec, Melisa (Werkema), of Foster Zack Little Pasteur & Manning, PC, in Okemos, Mich., has been named the assistant editor of the State Bar Probate and Estate Planning Journal. She has also been named to serve on the Elder Law Committee and Amicus Curiae Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Council. Edwards Class Good III, Joe, has been named partner in the firm of Olson, Good Attorneys at Law in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He practices civil defense litigation, primarily construction-related cases, real estate law, and criminal defense. The firm has been added as the principal firm in South Carolina representing the Council on Litigation Management, formerly the Council on Ethical Billing. Niven, Crystal Beitler, married Chad D. Niven (Boyles Class, 2005). She is an associate attorney at Hoopes & Adams, PLC, in Chandler, Ariz., where she does estate planning, wills, probate, and business transactions. Phone: (480) Fitzgerald Class Chialastri, Carlo, has joined the Los Angeles, Calif., immigration law firm of Darren Silver & Associates as an associate in the business, entertainment and employment division. He has built a career as an immigration lawyer focusing on all aspects of business, employment and entertainment immigration law in Miami, Fla. The firm is located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor, Los Angeles, Calif Phone: (213) ; Esser, Lisa Michelle, married Timothy Allan Czerniawski on June 28, 2008 in Clarkston, Mich. Lisa is an associate attorney for Sommers Schwartz, PC, in Southfield, Mich. She specializes in medical malpractice. Sharpe, Stephen Patrick, married Mary Margaret Kennedy on June 21, 2008, in Hampton, Va. He is an assistant commonwealth attorney in Louisa County, Va Fisher Class Bower II, Ross K., has joined the law practice of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC, in Okemos, Mich. He specializes in municipal law, administrative law and labor and employment law. He previously was an associate with Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White & Bengtson, PC, where he practiced civil, commercial and criminal litigation. Sass, Erica, has accepted a contract position as an Assistant Crown Attorney/Prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Waddell, Mary A., joined the firm of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson & Manchester, PLLC, in Houghton, Mich. She practices in the areas of domestic relations, litigation, real estate, general business transactions, corporations, wills and estates. Boston Class Altieri, Timothy J., has been hired as an associate at Cohen & Lombardo, PC, in Buffalo, N.Y. He concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal law and real estate law. Despetorich, Jason M., married Natalie K. Hoying on June 21, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. Jason is in private practice in Columbus. Evans, Nicole, was appointed city clerk for the city of East Lansing, Mich. She previously served the city as a deputy court clerk, a probation officer, chief probation officer, and a deputy city clerk. Pratt, Vanessa-Nola, began a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Ive A. Swan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in January Phone: Tel: (340) ; Brickley Class Mazur, Melissa, is employed with O Brien & Ryan, LLP, in Philadelphia, Penn. Misir, Kap, has opened his own practice, Misir & Associates, Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY. Phone: (718) ; Ross, Codie J., accepted an associate position with Hunt Suedhoff & Kalamaros in Fort Wayne, Ind. He previously taught social studies at DeKalb High School from 1999 to Phone: (260) and (260) ; Smith, Shane S., has joined the Sarasota, Fla., law firm of Levin Tannenbaum as an associate attorney. She practices primarily in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Wiggins, Corey J., has joined Zirnhelt and Bowron, PLC, as an associate attorney in its Traverse City, Mich., office E. Sharpe Class Murphy, Erin R., has joined the Detroit, Mich., office of Plunkett Cooney as an attorney in the firm s insurance law and litigation practice groups. She focuses her practice in the areas of insurance coverage law and general liability. Reddick, Adam C., was awarded first place in the category of Best Attorney by the readers of the Bay City Times newspaper in Bay City, Mich., along with his partner, Jason P. Gower, (Starr Class, 2005). Tierney, Matthew C., has joined the law practice of John W. Stevenson and Sean S. Land in Owensboro, Ky. Torres, Judy Marie Deleon Guerrero, has joined her elder brothers Vince, Joaquin, and Victorino (all T. Johnson Class, 2002) as an attorney in the Torres Brothers Law Firm in Saipan. C. Adams Class Frazier, Melanie T., has joined the firm of Howard & Howard Attorneys, PC, in its litigation group. She will practice out of the firm's Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office. She received her LL.M. from Cooley with this class. Smith VI, Thomas Dixon, of, married Sakélé Elizabeth Wallace on March 15, 2008 in New Haven, Ind. Whipple, R. Charles, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was appointed to the State Plumbing Board to represent the general public for a term expiring June 30, The State Plumbing Board makes recommendations per the plumbing code rules and licenses plumbers in the state. obituaries 1976 Cooley Class Thomas, Claude, 65, died Aug. 17, He was a former police officer, Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor, and Lansing District Court Judge Graves Class Bevez, Brian Ware, 58, died June 15, He worked in private practice and for the, city attorney s office until his retirement in Kelly Class Hershman, Murray J., 57, died Aug. 6, 2008 in Prescott, Ariz. He was a tax attorney and tax accountant with a special expertise in the tax controversy area. He was active in the Worcester, Mass., community, and was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Clark University. He was also assistant basketball coach at Yavapai High School in Prescott G. Clark Class Lambert, Gary M., 59, of Grand Blanc, Mich., died Aug. 23, He was a tax attorney North Class Seidlein, Geoffrey H., 53, died April 24, He was an environmental attorney and a partner at Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White & Bengston, in Lansing, Mich. He was also on the board of Woldumar Nature Center and an adjunct professor at Cooley. 1982Wing Class Haza, Michael Mike, 54, died June 29, He practiced law in the Campbellsport/Fond du Lac, Wis., area. He was active in the Lions Club, Cougar Club, Jaycees, and Chamber of Commerce in Campbellsport Snow Class Ogbonna, Michael C., 47, died April 21, 2008, during a visit to Nigeria. He was a practicing attorney in Lansing, Mich., and an employee of the Michigan Department of Transportation Edwards Class Boehms, Amy Derieg, 41, of Lapeer (formerly of Holland, Mich.) died Tuesday, September 2, She was most recently Director of Special Education for Lapeer Community Schools. Previously, she was a Supervisor of Special Education at Fenville Public Schools through the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency.
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