Classmate Announcements

’67 James (Jim) Harris III, a founding member of Harris Martin Jones in Nashville, has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

T. William Samuels Jr. retired as president of Maker's Mark on April 15, becoming chairman emeritus of the brand owned by Fortune Brands Inc.

Frank Vandall published two books over the last year. A History of Civil Litigation: Political and Economic Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The Policy Debate Surrounding Gun Litigation in the United States: Handguns: The Law and Economics of the Hamilton v. Beretta Suit Against Handgun Manufacturers (Lambert Academic Press, 2010). Frank has taught torts and products liability at Emory University School of Law for 40 years.

’69 Lloyd Ator, who has served as non-partisan legislative counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation since 1994, has retired. Lloyd has almost 30 years of service with the Senate and spent more than 12 years in private practice. He joined the Senate Legislative Counsel's Office immediately after earning his law degree, serving as a legislative draftsman until 1980. He was tax counsel to the American Bankers Association from 1981-83, and then joined PriceWaterhouse's national tax service, becoming a partner in 1987. He established a legal practice in the early 1990s serving private-sector clients, the International Monetary Fund and the Agency for International Development.

John Fitzgerald Jr. (BA'66) has retired from his practice at Tune Entrekin & White, where he was of counsel. Before entering private practice, John served from 1975-2001 as the general counsel and a special counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health, where he co-authored the rules promulgated by the state Licensing Board for Health Care Facilities regarding trauma care centers and perinatal care facilities and the hazardous waste management rules promulgated by the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Board. He also served as a prosecutor before all health-related boards in the Health Department. John entered private practice after retiring from his position with the state and specialized in health law. He had practiced with Tune Entrekin and White for six years.

’72 Todd Eberle was recently appointed to the Metropolitan Louisville Merger 2.0 Task Force by Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. The 21-person task force is charged with assessing of the progress and effectiveness of the 2003 city-county merger between the City of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky. Todd was re-elected to a second term as mayor of Prospect, Kentucky, in November 2010, and elected to the office of secretary of the executive committee of the Jefferson County League of Cities in February 2011.

’73 Logan Hassig was elected president of the West Virginia Bar Association. Logan is the WVBA's 126th president.

’74 Lee Maddux joined Adams and Reese in Nashville as a special counsel.

’75 Bruce Hawthorne has been named to the positions of corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), previously known as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, in Newport News, Virginia. Bruce is the company's chief legal officer. Prior to joining HII, he was a partner in Arnall Golden Gregory and the firm's development chairman.

Eve Biskind Klothen, assistant dean for pro bono and public interest programs at the Rutgers School of Law-Camden, received the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from Philadelphia VIP, an organization committed to providing community access to justice and legal services for her work in advancing pro bono and public interest programs.

’76 Mary Jo Middlebrooks was honored with a pro bono award by West Tennessee Legal Services at the 2011 Law Day Celebration in Jackson, Tennessee, where she practices. Mary Jo was one of the original organizers of West Tennessee Legal Services and has served on its board since its inception. She also received the 2011 Ernie H. Gray Paralegal Utilization Award by the West Tennessee chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association. The award was especially poignant for Mary Jo, as Ernie Gray was her husband and law partner until his death 20 years ago.

’77 John Dewar Gleissner is the author of the new book, Prison & Slavery - A Surprising Comparison (Outskirts Press, 2010).

’78 Ann Huckstep, partner-in-charge at Adams and Reese in Birmingham, Alabama, has been elected chair of the board of trustees of YMCA Birmingham. At Adams and Reese, Ann is a member of the firm's health care, real estate, corporate/securities/mergers and acquisitions, and economic development teams.

John Kelly has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

George Taylor III, a partner at Burr & Forman, is co-author of the new edition of Negotiated Acquisitions, a BNA Corporate Practice Library portfolio released in March 2011.

’79 Judy Bond McKissack (AS'76) was appointed executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization by the Tennessee Supreme Court in January. Judy was previously a Board of Review hearing officer with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Before joining state government, Judy was managing attorney for the Clarksville office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Jesse Markham Jr. is the Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco Law School. He previously was a partner at Morrison & Foerster, where he chaired the firm's global antitrust law practice.

James Graves Ramsey was promoted from senior vice president to principal at the Nashville office of Diversified Trust, a regional wealth management firm. He joined Diversified Trust in 2010 after serving for 10 years as the senior risk officer with UBS Financial Services.

’80 Gary Brown (BA'77) has been named CEO of CMG Life Services in Naples, Florida, a company that manages investments for pension plans and other large institutions. He will oversee the company's next stage of expansion, which includes a possible initial public offering of stock and other efforts to raise capital.

’81 Bill Young (BA'77), who was formerly general counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, is Tennessee Solicitor General. Bill also previously headed the commission that helps select judicial nominees for the bench in Tennessee.

’82 William Carpenter III (BA'76), who is CEO of LifePoint Hospitals Inc., a Brentwood-based hospital company, has also been named chairman of the company.

Peter Oldham (BA'78) is now the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Peter formerly served as the non-profit's senior vice president and chief legal counsel. In his new role, he will continue to his role as chief legal counsel and also oversee all departments that serve staff, including human resources, information technology, marketing and communications.

’83 Henry Callaway III was elected president of the Mobile Bar Association for 2011. Henry also received the association's Albert Vreeland Pro Bono Award at its 2010 annual meeting for his work in developing volunteer lawyer programs over the last 20 years.

Dianne Ferrell Neal is an assistant instructor at Nashville School of Law, where she teaches the Tennessee bar review course. After starting her career at a private law firm, Dianne spent six years as Tennessee's assistant attorney general. She was also chief legal counsel to former Governor Ned McWherter and general counsel to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. After nearly a decade of state service, she was president and CEO of the Cumberland Science Museum, now Adventure Science Center.

Jim Priester has been named senior vice president of external affairs and chief legal officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Jim will be responsible for BCBS Alabama's corporate communications and community relations, governmental affairs and legal divisions. He previously spent 26 years as a partner with Maynard Cooper & Gale.

’84 Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General, is serving his third term as the state's chief legal officer and top law enforcement official.

William Hagerty IV (BA'81) was sworn in as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development by Governor Bill Haslam on January 15. While he heads the state agency primarily responsible for job creation in Tennessee, Bill will be on leave from Hagerty Peterson, the merchant bank and private equity firm he founded.

’85 Jerry Smith has joined Jones Day in Atlanta as a partner focusing on international, federal and state taxation of corporations and partnerships.

’86 Jeanna Brannon has retired from legal practice after 25 years with Morris Manning & Martin. Jeanna and her husband, Robert, plan to travel and work with a non-profit organization, Start With One International Inc., which focuses on water, health and education matters in Kenya.

Mary Barrett Brewer has been appointed the chief counsel for the Nashville field office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mary clerked for Judge Thomas A. Higgins on the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, practiced at Branstetter Stranch and Jennings in Nashville, and served as a staff attorney for the Tennessee Supreme Court before joining the HUD legal department in Nashville.

Stuart Starry has founded a new company, Quickpoles, which will market his invention—a ski pole that attaches to the ski binding to make skis easy to carry. Stuart's Quickpoles debuted at the Snow Sports Industries of America's 2011 Snow Show in Denver. Stuart practiced aviation law for 17 years, arguing cases for American Airlines, TWA and others, before founding his own residential contracting business, Contemporary Classic Homes. His Quickpoles are a result of two years of tinkering during 2007 and 2008 while in business as a residential contractor.

’88 Robert Corrigan Jr. has been named vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Baylor College of Medicine. Bob was previously a partner in the health care group at Fulbright & Jaworski.

Ivan Reich (BA'85), shareholder in the Ft. Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, is president-elect of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA), which provides legal, educational and professional services to the business and credit communities. Ivan will lead CLLA's board of governors starting in April 2012.

’90 Melanie Merkle Atha is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, a consortium of lawyers, financial professionals and mental health professionals who work with clients to resolve civil and domestic relations disputes in a collaborative manner outside of traditional legal forums.

’92 William Outhier has joined Riley Warnock & Jacobson as a member focusing on commercial litigation and health care and election law. Before joining the firm, Bill was managing director with the Carmen Group, a Washington, D.C., government relations firm. He also spent six years working as an attorney with the U.S. Congress, most recently as the Republican chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Joseph Pinjuh has been named lead task force attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and chief of the Narcotics Unit for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Ohio. Joe is responsible for the district's drug enforcement program and supervises attorneys and support staff in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo. He has served with the Department of Justice since 1998.

’93 John Hayworth has been named the managing partner of Walker Tipps & Malone, where he has practiced since the firm's inception in 2000.

John Williams Rose married Chelsea Brooke Doss on January 8 in Cookeville, Tennessee. The couple lives on John's family farm in the Smith and DeKalb counties of Tennessee, where his family has farmed since 1790. He is also a principal of Smith Fork Ventures Inc., an investment firm, and president of Boson Software, an information technology training software company based in Nashville. In 2010, he helped form the Tennessee State Fair Association and chairs its board.

Lawrence Rosenthal is professor of law and associate dean for academics at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Cincinnati area.

’94 Robert (Bobby) Guy Jr. is a member at Frost Brown Todd, focusing on business bankruptcy, workouts and distressed acquisitions. He is the author of Distress to Success, released by Frenetic Market Press in April 2011. Bobby and his wife, Sydney, live in Nashville with their two children, Glory Rose, 12, and Nicholas, 10.

Paula (Fernandez) Lutes and her husband, William, welcomed a son, William Austin, on January 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Paula is an in-house counsel with State Farm Insurance.

’95 Kenneth Robert Cunningham (BA'91) was named the chief legal officer at Grant Thornton in February. Ken joined the firm in 2004 as senior counsel in its risk, regulatory and legal affairs group.

Charles Andrew Head (BA'91) is a partner in Fried Bonder in Atlanta.

Tom Lee, longtime Tennessee government relations practitioner and public strategist, has joined Frost Brown Todd as a partner in Nashville. Tom has 30 years of experience as a government relations counsel, lobbyist, attorney, journalist and strategist. He launched his own firm, BlairBlvd, in summer 2009 after practicing law at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

’96 Reggie O'Shields has been promoted to senior vice president, deputy general counsel and director of legal services at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Reggie has served as the bank's deputy general counsel since 2007. He joined FHL Bank of Atlanta in 2003 as a senior attorney and has served in various leadership positions in the legal services department.

Richard Porotsky Jr. (BS'93), a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, was recently featured in a Cincinnati Bar magazine article.

Keith Powell, and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a daughter, Isabel Nina, on January 20. The couple lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where Keith practices at Childs & Halligan.

’97 Jim Hippe has been named as legislative director and counsel for U.S. Representative-elect Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican elected to the 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee in November 2010. Jim worked for Senator Bill Frist for seven years in several roles, including legislative director and deputy chief of staff, and as a counsel for policy to the state Senate Republican leadership in Nashville.

Timothy Hoover was elected partner in the Buffalo, New York, office of Phillips Lytle. Tim joined Phillips Lytle in 2008 as a litigator focusing on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and litigation.

Vanessa Simmons Scott of Southerland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C., is a recipient of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation's 2011 Nolan Fellowship.

’98 Beth Alexander, a partner with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in Nashville, announced that five Nashville organizations will receive a total of $2.8 million as the result of a recent $16.5 million settlement of a consumer class action lawsuit. Vanderbilt University Medical Center will receive more than $1 million of the settlement funds.

’99 Chris Sloan has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville as a shareholder in the firm's business technology practice.

’00 Jennifer Kirk Dunlap has been elected partner at Parker Poe in Charleston, South Carolina, where she practices employment and labor law and litigation.

Jason Elvers has been named partner at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, where he focuses on technology transactions, intellectual property, general copyright and entertainment law.

Michael Houston has joined Cummins & White in Newport Beach, California, as a partner. He focuses government agency and public law, real estate development, land use and natural resources.

Suzanne McNabb has joined the Cincinnati office of Thompson Hine, where she will focus on corporate transactions and securities law.

Rob Strayer is the director of the National Security Preparedness Group at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the successor to the 9/11 Commission. Rob previously served as the Republican deputy staff director for Senator Susan Collins on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he oversaw the development of national security legislation and oversight investigations.

’01 Scott Burns has been promoted to counsel at Baker & Daniels in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he practices business planning and real estate law.

Justin Riess (BS'96) has joined King & Spalding as partner in the firm's Charlotte, North Carolina, office, where he will practice finance law.

Michael Sherman has been named partner at Dechert in Washington, D.C. He practices finance law.

Christopher Smith recently completed a legal fellowship with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, and is now the director of policy and regulatory affairs with the National Community Pharmacists Association. Chris has recently published articles in the Hastings Women's Law Journal, the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal and the Journal of Law and Health.

David Smith is practicing real estate law of counsel at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville.

Joycelyn Stevenson, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings focusing on labor and employment law, was named to Nashville Business Journal's 2011 "Forty Under 40" list.

’02 Daniel Fisher has been named a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he practices corporate law.

Courtney Hunter Gilmer has been named a shareholder in Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, where she focuses on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and commercial litigation.

Alonda McCutcheon has been elected a member of Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. She practices labor and employment and workers' compensation law.

Russell Miller (BS'99) has been elected a member of Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on tax-exempt finance.

Robert Pippenger is practicing of counsel to the intellectual property section of McGlinchey Stafford in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

’03 Merritt Abney has been named a partner in the Charleston, South Carolina, office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where he practices complex commercial litigation.

Blind Akrawi, former Tennessee assistant attorney general in the Civil Litigation & Staff Services Division, has joined Neal & Harwell in Nashville, where he will practice civil litigation. He previously served for six years with the Tennessee Attorney General's office.

Jason Bergeron (BA'99) will marry Corinne Ciocia on October 8 in Nashville, where he is an associate with Lewis King Kreig & Waldrop.

Brian Casper married Emma Hamilton (BS'06, MD'10) in May 2010. The couple lives in Dallas.

Richard Haglund III recently became director of charter schools for the Tennessee Department of Education. Rich spent the last seven years working as a legal counsel to the Tennessee State Board of Education.

Miles Hall, DVM, is a principal at McKeon Meunier Carlin & Curfman in Atlanta. Miles is a registered patent attorney and also has a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, and is active in a number of bioscience and medical device organizations.

Charles Malone has been named the recruiting partner at Walker Tipps & Malone in Nashville, where he has practiced since 2003.

Jason Penrod received the 2011 Community Leadership Award from the Lake Wales, Florida, Area Chamber of Commerce. Jason is a partner with Weaver McClendon & Penrod.

Christopher Phillips has been elected partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, payment processing and financial technology.

Ryan Spitzer married Tracy Loch in February in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Ryan is an assistant district attorney general for Anderson County, Tennessee.

Ryan Stumphauzer will marry Celinet Maldonado on November 11 in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ryan became a founding partner of O'Quinn Stumphauzer after leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, where he served as the health care fraud coordinator and deputy chief of the Economic & Environmental Crimes Section. He practices white-collar criminal defense and deals with internal investigations, fraud and corporate misconduct.

Elizabeth Tipping has been named partner at Neal & Harwell in Nashville, which she joined as an associate in 2003. She focuses on product liability, business and class action litigation, and serves on the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association.

Carrie Von Hoff and her husband, Paul, welcomed their third child, Anna Grace, on April 29. Anna joins big brother Christopher and big sister Chloe.

Joshua Wolfe has been named a member at Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan in Knoxville, where he focuses on product liability, construction, premises liability, and workers' compensation defense.

’04 Christopher Freeman and his wife, Melissa, welcomed a daughter, Katherine Lily, on December 15, 2010. The family lives in Atlanta, where Christopher is an associate at Carlton Fields.

Todd Hoppe was elected a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith and named leader for the firm's business and corporate practice group, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ari Kuchinsky has founded the Kuchinsky Law Firm in Dallas, which represents startups and small businesses. He was previously an attorney with Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in Dallas, where he handled commercial real estate and corporate transactions. He blogs on topics related to startups, entrepreneurship and commercial real estate.

Nathan Lloyd and his wife, Jamie, welcomed a son, Jackson Stephen Hudson Lloyd, on December 24, 2010. The Lloyds live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Nathan serves on the legal staff of MGM Resorts International.

Junaid Odubeko, former legal counsel to Governor Phil Bredesen, has joined Miller & Martin in Nashville as an associate. Junaid had joined the Bredesen administration as deputy legal counsel. Before joining the Bredesen team, he practiced at Burch Porter & Johnson in Memphis.

Dan Steimel and Natalie Mathews Steimel welcomed twin boys, Max Gardner and Samuel Earl, on November 9, 2010. Max and Sam joined big brother Jake. The Steimels live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Natalie directs attorney recruiting and development for Snell & Wilmer, and Dan is Assistant General Counsel for U-Haul International.

Krista Thornton Cooper (BA'00) and her husband, Tobias, welcomed a daughter, AnnaLeigh (Annie) Frances, on March 16, 2010. The family lives in Nashville, where Krista is an associate at Bass Berry & Sims.

Michelle Bedoya Barnett has co-founded the labor and employment boutique of Alexander DeGance Barnett in Jacksonville, Florida.

J. Michael Meenan Jr. (BS'01) and Anna Waszkowski Meenan (AS'01) welcomed a daughter, Margaret Sanders (Maisy), on October 13, 2010. Maisy joined big brother Jack, 17 months. The Meenans live in Washington, D.C., where Michael serves as counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee.

’05 Michael Mellen has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Bryan Cave as an associate in the international trade group. He previously practiced international trade compliance with Patton Boggs.

Rachel Penski married Ryan Fissell December 11, 2010, at Studio 450 in New York, where the couple lives. Rachel is a litigation associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

’06 Steven Edward Bartz has joined the Atlanta office of King & Spalding as an associate focusing on corporate law.

Jessica Bennett has joined the real estate group of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Denver, Colorado.

Todd Koretzky has joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York, where he will focus on global leveraged finance.

Alisa Peters has been elected secretary of the Nashville Bar Association for 2011. Alisa is an associate with Burr & Forman, where she focuses on creditors' rights and bankruptcy. She chairs the Local Rules Subcommittee for the Bankruptcy Court Committee of the Nashville Bar Association.

Ryan Pry has been named partner at Brumberg Mackey & Wall in Roanoke, Virginia, where he focuses on elder law, business succession planning and probate. Ryan is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

’07 Bryan Cantrell and his wife, Oksana, welcomed their first child, Alexander John, on April 29. The Cantrells live in Parsippany, New Jersey, where Brian is an associate in the labor and employment group of K&L Gates in Newark.

Peyton Cooke is working as a program officer for justice in the Liaison Office in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently researching the relationship between government courts and traditional shuras and jirgas.

Julia Mitchell Elam recently completed a two-year Health Policy Fellowship on the Energy and Commerce Committee and has joined the staff of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ben Gastel has joined Branstetter Stranch and Jennings in Nashville. He was previously with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta.

Raghu Seshadri has joined the in-house legal department of Southwest Airlines in Dallas, where his practice focuses on intellectual property protection and transactions. Before joining Southwest, Raghu was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California.

Erick Wang joined the Houston office of DLA Piper as an associate focusing on corporate securities law.

Joseph Wells has been named a senior associate at Frost Brown Todd. He is in the corporate and business department representing clients in financial restructuring.

’08 Laura Gary has been invited to join the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia, for which participants are selected through a competitive application process. Laura is a litigation associate with Miller & Martin in Atlanta.

Hugh Hill IV and Julia Gorodetsky welcomed a daughter, Virginia Gorodetsky Hill, on November 2, 2010. The family lives in New York, where Hugh is an associate at Hogan Lovells and Julia is an associate with Andrews Karth.

Daniel W. Robertson Jr. plans to marry Colleen Givens in July 2011. Colleen teaches in the New York City public schools, and Daniel is an associate with Orrick Harrington & Sutcliff in Manhattan.

’09 Matthew Blumenstein has joined Williams & Connelly's Washington, D.C., office.

John Greer (BA'02) is an intellectual property and technology law associate at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville.

Victoria McCoy is a litigation associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago. Before joining Mayer Brown, Victoria clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Sara Beth Myers is an associate with Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville, where her practice focuses on commercial litigation. She was previously an associate with Jones Day in Atlanta.

Ben Schrader was sworn in as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia on March 8. Ben joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for D.C. in October 2010, after clerking for Judge Thomas A. Varlan on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Rita Thomas and Carsten Rauch (LL.M.) will be married in Galveston, Texas, on August 6. The couple will live in Frankfort, Germany, where Carsten is an associate with Linklaters and Rita plans to pursue an LL.M. at Goethe University.

’10 Ashley Bassel has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as a litigation associate. She was previously a legal clerk at the Federal Public Defender's Office of Middle Tennessee and for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee.

Brent Baxley has joined King & Ballow in Nashville as a litigation associate.

Stuart Burkhalter is an associate with Riley Warnock & Jacobson in Nashville, where he will focus on commercial litigation.

Ethan Flatt has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as an associate in the firm's corporate and securities practice.

Alison Grippo has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as a litigation associate.

Chris Hamp-Lyons will marry Betsy Noelle Burkett on May 27 in Charleston, South Carolina. The couple will live in Philadelphia, where Chris will practice corporate law in Delaware while Betsy pursues a graduate degree.

Daniel Kuninsky (BA'01) has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as a healthcare law associate.

Jody Shaw was honored for public service he performed during his third year of law school with the "Law Student Volunteer of the Year" award at the Tennessee Bar Association's Public Service Luncheon on January 22 in Nashville. Jody worked with immigrants at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors.

Caitlin Vandevander has joined the litigation group of Ober Kaler in Baltimore.

In Memoriam

William Maginnis Walsh '48 died May 11. A lifetime resident of Memphis, where his family settled in 1859, Bill graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, in 1942, and then enlisted in the Army Air Force. After earning his law degree, he spent most of the next 58 years practicing law at Hanover Walsh Jalenak & Blair and then Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh. He retired in 2007. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the Memphis Bar Association's Lawyer's Lawyer Award in 1994. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Wilbur F. Cash '49, age 93, retired attorney and school teacher, died December 16, 2010, at his home. Wilbur served on the Tipton County Board of Education and was also a former Covington city attorney and city judge. He is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Richard "Dick" J. Beamish III '51 died October 19, 2010, in Coral Springs, Florida. He was 82. Dick was a World War II veteran and a sports reporter for The Tennessean while attending law school at Vanderbilt. He raised his family in Miami and practiced law in Dade and Broward counties until a disabling illness ended his career at age 52. He lived happily with his wife and family for 30 more years, always with a positive outlook and good sense of humor. Dick is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his six children, a stepson and six grandchildren.

Lucile Cate Spain (BA'38, MS'39), sister of George Cate Jr. '51 (BA'49), died at age 92 in New Braunfels, Texas, on December 22, 2010. She was the Founder's Medalist for the undergraduate class of 1938.

Kenneth Alan Sunne '57 died March 22 of a respiratory illness. He was 82. Ken was born in Westminster, Massachusetts, and earned his undergraduate degree at Boston University in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Army, he earned his law degree at Vanderbilt, where he met his wife, Una. In 1958, the couple moved to Clearwater, Florida, where Ken practiced law for the next 51 years. He founded Sunne Keiser & Locke in 1972 and served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Clearwater from 1969-75. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Leonard D. Walberg '58 died February 26. He was 82. Len was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois, and after earning his law degree, returned home to practice law for more 35 years. He was village attorney for Harvey, attorney for School District 152, president of the South Suburban Bar Association, and president of Olympia Fields Planning Commission. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kate O'Leary, their daughter and a grandchild.

D. Austin Stubblefield '62 (BS'59) died December 10, 2010. He was 73. Austin was a resident of Collierville, Tennessee, where he and his wife had moved from Miami, Florida, three years ago to be near their daughter. He practiced law in Kentucky for 10 years, then joined the executive management team of Holiday Inns, and ultimately founded companies offering real estate and financial services. Austin was an enthusiastic traveler and visited several continents. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriet Henderson Stubblefield (BA'59, MAT'60), their daughter and a granddaughter.

William Crutchfield Jr. '63 died April 30 after a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, Bill was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina before earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt. He joined Chambliss Chambliss & Hodge in 1963, and then took a leave of absence to serve as a Judge Advocate with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. He was an honor graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and retired with the rank of colonel. Bill returned to Chambliss Chambliss & Hodge in 1968 and was a partner there until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Pat, their son and daughter, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Lon F. "Sonny" West '64 (BA'61) who worked for Metro Nashville government for more than 55 years, died March 5 of kidney cancer. He was 73. Sonny started working for Davidson County on June 1, 1955, and became a Metro employee after the city and county governments merged in 1963. He became Metro's zoning administrator in 1986. The Metro Council voted last month to name the auditorium at the new Howard Office Building for him. Sonny is survived by his wife, Barbara, four sons, a daughter, and two stepdaughters.

Thomas W. (Tom) Moore Sr. '67 died May 2. He was 73. A native of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned his undergraduate degree at what was then George Peabody College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He practiced with Baker Worthington Barnett & Crossley in Knoxville for two years before joining the legal department of South Central Bell in Nashville. He moved to South Central Bell's offices in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1972, and spent the remainder of his career with the company, which became BellSouth, retiring in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jackie, their son and two daughters, and two grandchildren.

William Caveney '69 died March 15. He was 66.

Barney James "Jim" Reeves '73 died at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on December 18, 2010. He was 64. Jim was born in Chicago, and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before pursuing his undergraduate and law degrees. He served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps until 1977, when he moved to Las Cruces and founded a law firm where he practiced from 1978 to 2004. He and his wife, Edith Reeves, formed Reeves and Reeves in 2004. Jim was a mentor, colleague, guide and friend to attorneys and judges throughout the state of New Mexico. He is survived by his parents, three children and four grandchildren.

J. Michael Franks '74 (BA'71) died December 14, 2010. He was 61. As a Vanderbilt undergraduate, Michael founded Versus Magazine. After earning his law degree, he joined Manier & Herod, where he practiced for more than 35 years and served as the managing partner. He was a director of the Surety Claims Institute and a former director of the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Association and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. He was author and co-author of numerous publications on surety and construction law. He is survived by his wife, Alma, and their children.

Rush W. Dozier Jr. '76, a Madisonville, Kentucky, native who served as city editor of the Herald-Leader and chief counsel to Governor John Y. Brown, died December 26, 2010, in Sacramento, California. He was 60. After earning his J.D., Rush returned to Kentucky to work as a journalist. He served as an aide and later as the chief counsel to Governor Brown, who later appointed him to the Public Service Commission. In later life, Rush wrote several books, including Fear Itself: The Origin and Nature of the Powerful Emotion that Shapes Our Lives and Our World, and Why We Hate: Understanding, Curbing, and Eliminating Hate in Ourselves and Our World. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.

Michael Lee Williams '81 died November 25, 2010, after a battle with melanoma. He was 54. He was a senior counsel in litigation and employment law with the El Paso Corporation in Houston. Mike joined the legal department of Colorado Interstate Gas, a subsidiary of the Coastal Corporation in Colorado Springs, in 1984. When Coastal merged with El Paso Corporation in 2001, Mike joined El Paso's legal department, where he worked until his death. Mike possessed an unsurpassed grasp of the many intricacies of the energy business. He knew the gas pipeline business as well as most of his clients and developed a similar expertise on the exploration and production side of the business. The way he practiced law truly reflected who he was as a person; he was always above board and never felt that the adversarial nature of the profession required a lack of civility. He treated everybody with kindness and respect, no matter what challenge he faced. He had a great sense of humor. Mike is missed by his colleagues at El Paso and by his parents, Jack and Laura Williams, and his sister and brother.

Robert E. Mansbach Jr. '82 died December 25, 2010, after a battle with cancer. He was 53. Bob practiced law in Orlando, Florida, where he was a partner with Zimmerman Kiser and Sutcliffe. He had been with the firm since its inception and was a highly esteemed and successful trial attorney and the senior member of the litigation group. Bob will be remembered for his trademark tenacity, attention to detail, and sharply focused trial skills. His quiet, calm demeanor always reflected his total preparation, which resonated with judges and jurors alike. He is survived by his wife, Daisy, their son and daughter, and his parents.

Christopher Steven Lantz, Class of 2011, died December 27, 2010, in a snowmobiling accident. Chris was president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association, and a memorial service was held at the law school on January 28. A native of Oakland, Maryland, Chris graduated first in his class at West Virginia University in December 2007 with degrees in both electrical and computer engineering. At Vanderbilt, Chris was an M. Lee Smith Scholar and also held a Dean's Scholarship. He had accepted a position with the Atlanta law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. He is survived by his fiancée, Jillian Mazur; his parents, Steven and Mary Lantz; and his brother.

Emeriti Faculty

Charles O'Neill Galvin died January 27. He was 91. Professor Galvin has served as Vanderbilt's Centennial Professor of Law from 1983-90 and as Executive in Residence at Vanderbilt from 1990-94. Professor Galvin also taught at the law schools of Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Pepperdine, Kansas and Texas as well as the business schools of Northwestern University and SMU. He was also a Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, at SMU. In retirement, he was most recently of counsel to Haynes and Boone in Dallas.

A native of Dallas, Professor Galvin earned a B.S. in commerce from Southern Methodist University, a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and an S.J.D. from Harvard. He also held honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Capital University and SMU.

A tax policy expert, Professor Galvin testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and was twice appointed to the Advisory Group of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and acted as consultant to the Treasury Department. He was co-editor of the Texas Will Manual, tax editor of Oil & Gas Reporter, author of the Estate Planning Manual and of numerous professional articles, and a frequent lecturer on taxation and tax policy. He served on the boards of Lomas & Nettleton Mortgage Investors, North Park National Bank and State Farm Insurance.


L. Harold Levinson, who served on Vanderbilt's law faculty from 1973 until his retirement in 1999, died on January 26 of complications from Parkinson's Disease.

"He was a beloved and respected member of our community, who contributed to our lives in many ways," said D. Don Welch, Associate Dean for Administration.

Professor Levinson earned both his bachelor's and law degrees at the University of Miami in 1957 and 1962, respectively, and held an LL.M. from New York University (1964), and a J.S.D. from Columbia University (1974). He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1973 after serving on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Law from 1966-73. He was a scholar of professional responsibility, comparative law, administrative law and accounting, and was also known as an authority on legal ethics. He was a visiting professor at New York University, and the Jervey Fellow in Comparative Law at Columbia University from 1964-66, spending the second year of the fellowship in France researching French administrative law. Professor Levinson retired from Vanderbilt's law faculty and took emeritus status at the end of the 1998-99 academic year.

In addition to being admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and by the U.S. Supreme Court, Professor Levinson was a Certified Public Accountant. During his career, he was a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union from 1965-70 after working at the organization's New York office as a summer associate in 1964 and 1965. A distinguished scholar of comparative law, he was invited to participate in the congresses of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Caracas (1982), Sydney (1986), Montreal (1990), Athens (1994) and Bristol (1998). He was a member of the American Law Institute and of the Members Consultative Group on the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, and he served as a consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1976-86. He was a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, from 1979-97.

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