Vanderbilt Lawyer - Volume 35, Number 2

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’49Cecil D. Branstetter has been honored by Vanderbilt Law School by naming its first endowed curricular program "The Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program." Branstetter is the senior member in Branstetter Stranch & Jennings, the Nashville law firm that brought the class action lawsuit in Tennessee Circuit Court that resulted in a $2.9 million settlement directed by the court to endow the new program at Vanderbilt Law School (story).

Evans Harvill has been selected to the Red Coat Society of Austin Peay University. Harvill's father was a president of Austin Peay, and Harvill, who literally grew up around Austin Peay, has been a longtime supporter of Austin Peay athletics.

’59Bob Youngerman will be writing a weekly opinion column for The Asheville Citizen-Times in Asheville, North Carolina.

’64Warren Pengilley is an emeritus professor of law at on the faculty of business and law at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Pengilley, who received an LL.B. at Sydney before earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt, is a fellow in the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and the author of more than 20 books and 300 refereed articles He is married with two children, Andrew, a doctor specializing in emergency medicine, and Tara, an emergency medicine nurse.

’65Frank Drowota retired as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court in June 2005.

’66Judge Randall Wyatt received the Jack Norman Award in June 2005. The award is given to a Nashville attorney whose service pertains to criminal law and contributes to the improvement of the legal profession and criminal justice system. Judge Wyatt has served as a Davidson County judge since 1974.

’69William Ozier, a partner with Bass Berry & Sims, has been named to the boards of directors of the Tennessee Business Roundtable and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ozier is the only person to hold membership on the boards of both organizations. He joined Bass Berry & Sims in 1969 and represents management in labor and employment matters from the firm's Nashville office.

’70Robert P. Thomas has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents, the governing body for six state-run universities, 13 junior colleges and 25 technical colleges. Thomas has been a partner in the Nashville law firm of Boult Cummings Conners & Berry since 1974.

’72Paul M. Kurtz, who is associate dean of the University of Georgia School of Law, has been named to three committees of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Kurtz has worked with NCCUSL, a non-profit group whose 300 members review state laws and determine which areas of law should be standardized, since 2001. Kurtz will serve on several of NCCUSL's key committees, the most prestigious being the Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Family Law. In addition to working with NCCUSL, Kurtz will continue his work on the executive committee of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. An expert in criminal, family and constitutional law, Kurtz has been a member of Georgia Law's faculty since 1975.

Philip C. Wolf is vice president and general counsel of Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL). Wolf has more than 30 years of legal experience, with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining Hecla, Wolf served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Cyprus Amax Minerals and General Attorney for Amoco Minerals Company. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan.

’73James (Jim) Bradford has been appointed to the board of directors of Granite Construction. Bradford is dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt.

Stanley Dunbar is chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tennessee-based Moody Dunbar, Inc., a company founded by his father that is now one of the nation's top niche food producers. Stanley Dunbar succeeded his father as head of the company following the elder Dunbar's death in 1981. At that time, Dunbar says, "I saw that the business was right on the verge of either going forward or dying off. I could have worked for 10 or 15 years to build a law practice; I enjoyed this business more." Moody Dunbar, Inc., was profiled a recent edition of Tennessee in Business.

Richard Murphy was highlighted in a Washington Post story, "U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban," on March 3, 2006. Murphy is representing Mohammed Bawazir, a Yemeni national held at Guantanamo Bay since May 2002.

Robert Watson is vice president of legal affairs and government relations for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Watson had previously served in the U.S. Attorney's Middle Tennessee division for 20 years, ultimately as the division's civil chief and first assistant.

’75Curt Welling, president and CEO of AmeriCares, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization delivered the Vanderbilt Law School 2006 Victor S. Johnson Lecture on February 7. Welling leads an organization that delivers emergency medical supplies to areas overwhelmed with political refugees, such as Darfur, and supports long-term health care initiatives around the world.

’76E. Thomas Bishop, founding partner of the Dallas-based litigation firm of Bishop & Hummert, has become the youngest lawyer ever to receive the Founders Award of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC). The award has been conferred only 16 times in the TADC's 45-year history.

Bob Tuke became Tennessee Democratic Party chairman on July 1, 2005. Tuke, a former party treasurer is a partner in the law firm of Trauger & Tuke in Nashville. He serves as general counsel for Meharry Medical College and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where he teaches professional and ethical considerations in corporate practice. As state chairman, he will lead the party through the 2006 elections, including races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor and state legislature.

’77W. Perry Brandt has joined the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Bryan Cave as a partner. He will continue to practice in the field of commercial litigation, especially in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, and employment law.

Ralph Levy has been named counsel to the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. An attorney with the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd, Levy practices in the corporate, health care and personal financial planning groups. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced with Little House & Levy and served for more than 10 years as general counsel, executive vice president and secretary for Gambro Healthcare.

’79Cornelia (Connie) Clark was named by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to fill the Tennes-see Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Chief Justice Frank Drowota, '65. Clark has been the administrative director of the state court system since 1999, and before that was a circuit court judge for 10 years.

Douglas W. Ey, Jr., has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Ey is a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Helms Mulliss & Wicker.

’80Peter F. Clark is senior vice president and general counsel at SEMCO Energy, Inc., in Troy, Michigan (outside of Detroit). Before joining SEMCO, he was vice president, general Counsel and secretary at Conectiv, a Fortune 500 public utility holding company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Roy Herron, a Tennessee State Senator, was elected to a third term in November 2005, and was elected Democratric Floor Leader. Herron is also the author of three books. His third book, How Can a Christian Be in Politics?, was published by Tyndale House in 2005.

Sam Long is of counsel to the Dallas law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley. He practices in the areas of tax and estate planning, probate and closely held business law and transactions.

Earle J. Schwarz has been named chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. A partner at Glankler Brown, Schwarz earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University. He is a listed civil mediator under Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31.

’81Mark Feidler became president of BellSouth on July 1, 2005. Feidler joined BellSouth in 1991 as director of strategic transactions. In 1993, he was promoted to vice president of corporate development for BellSouth, and was named president of Interconnection Services three years later. In 1998, he was appointed president of BellSouth Mobility Inc. In 2001, he was named COO for Cingular Wireless, a position he held until January 2004, when he was named chief staff officer for BellSouth. He became BellSouth's chief operating officer on January 1, 2005.

Randall C. Schauer has joined the Philadelphia office of Dilworth Paxson to chair their Labor & Employment practice group. He has spent his career counseling on and litigating matters involving the full spectrum of the employment relationship. He currently chairs the Chester County Leadership Connection (a collaborative initiative of the United Way, West Chester University and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry), Chester County Planned Parenthood, and the personnel committee of the Chester County Bar Association.

’82Ken Weigand, vice president of human resources for Walgreen Co., the country's leading drug retailer, is based at the company's headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois. The Summer 2005 edition of the Lawyer incorrectly stated that Walgreen's headquarters were in Deerfield, Michigan.

’83Paul Atkins, who is one of five members of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was profiled in the February 13, 2006, edition of Investment News. Atkins was appointed to the SEC in 2002, after an 18-year career that included eight years as a partner in the Washington offices of New York-based Coopers & Lybrand and its successor firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. From1993 to 1994, he served as counselor to SEC Chairman Arthur S. Levitt in Washington, and he worked for SEC Chairman Richard Breeden from 1990 to 1993. He began his career as law associate in Paris and New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Barbara Bennett, of the Washington D.C. firm Hogan & Hartson, was featured in an April 10 Legal Times profile focusing on her classic mergers and acquisitions work and life sciences transactions practice.

James R. "Jim" Browne has joined the Dallas office of Strasburger & Price as a partner in the tax, estate planning and employee benefits practice area. He has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on complex tax matters. Before joining Strasburger, Browne was the senior vice president and general tax counsel at TXU Corp., the largest nonregulated retail electric provider in Texas. He also previously served as the senior vice president in the corporate tax group at a leading diversified consumer and commercial finance organization. A Certified Public Accountant, Browne also formerly held a partner position in a "Big 4" accounting firm and was partner at a prominent national law firm.

Robert D. Hays, Jr., became chairman of King & Spalding on January 1. Hays started the firm's products liability practice in 1990 (story).

Yaakov Har-Oz (fka Steven N. Harris) has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel of Arotech Corporation (NasdaqNM: ARTX), a leading provider of defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets.

Marc Joseph is general counsel of Haggar Corp. in Dallas and was profiled in Texas Lawyer magazine on July 4, 2005 (story).

Emmett McAuliffe is of counsel with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in St. Louis. His practice focuses on intellectual property, with an emphasis on business transactions, entertainment and media law. He also is the host of a regular weekend radio call-in program on KMOX-AM. Before joining Spencer Fane, McAuliffe was with Thompson Coburn, another St. Louis law firm. McAuliffe is an adjunct professor at the St. Louis University School of Law and a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Stephen Pate was recently elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Pate, who has more than twenty years of experience as a trial lawyer, is a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski of Houston, focusing on first party insurance litigation and extracontractual litigation against carriers.

Jerry Seidler is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai in Amherst, New York. His wife, Kathy Bress, '84, teaches seventh grade English at Clarence (New York) Middle School. "Both agree that life starts after the practice of law," writes Jerry.

’84Ed Cassady is executive vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel of BE&K, Inc., one of the Southeast's largest employee-owned companies. Cassady joined BE&K in 2000 as vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining BE&K, he was partner at Bradley Arant Rose & White. In the mid-1980s, he worked for U.S. District Court Judge James H. Hancock. The author of several legal publications, he has also served as the Alabama chapter president of the American Corporate Counsel Association. He and his wife, Lynn Stein Cassady, have three children.

William H. Mathieu has joined the real estate finance and development group of Powell Goldstein's Atlanta office as a partner. Mathieu was previously a member of Fine and Block, an Atlanta-based firm which he joined in 1997. Prior to that, he was corporate real estate counsel for AFC Enterprises, Inc., in Atlanta. At Powell Goldstein, his practice will focus on commercial real estate and secured lending and leasing, business organizations, land use, complex loan workouts, and real estate-related environmental law.

’85Jennie Carlson, executive vice president and director of human resources at U.S. Bancorp, was listed among the 15 "Top Women in Finance" in the October 27 edition of Finance and Commerce. Carlson is responsible for U.S. Bancorp's employment and employee relations areas, for the company's payroll function, which exceeds $2 billion annually, and for the design and administration of the company's employee health and welfare, and retirement plans. Carlson began her career at U.S. Bancorp as a member of its legal team, and she led the legal group as general counsel and corporate secretary at Firstar and Star Bank, predecessor companies to U.S. Bancorp. Carlson lives in Edina, Minnesota, with her husband, Richard, and their daughter.

’86Frank A. Hirsch has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in the law firm's Raleigh office. Hirsch practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation and arbitration, business torts, unfair competition, and financial services law, with emphasis on defending class action cases. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Center for Banking and Finance at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Andrew R. McCarroll, general counsel at Southeastern Asset Management, has been appointed to the Memphis University School board of trustees. McCarroll taught English and history at Memphis University School from 1990-92 and coached the school's track and football teams.

Edward "Jack" Hardin received the ninth annual Anti-Defamation League Elbert Parr Tuttle Award on April 6 in Atlanta. The Elbert P. Tuttle Award recognizes individuals in the legal community who best exemplify the ADL's mission to secure justice and fair treatment for all people. Hardin is a founder and partner of Rogers & Hardin.

’87Larry De Respino was named general counsel of AMERCO in October 2005. AMERCO is a publicly-traded company best known for its subsidiary, U-Haul (story).

Neal H. Weinfield has joined Greenberg Traurig's Chicago office as shareholder. Weinfield has more than 18 years of environmental experience and joins the firm from Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, where he was a member. He focuses his practice on the defense of civil, criminal and administrative enforcement actions brought under the full panoply of environmental, health and safety laws.

’88Richard D. Crotteau, Jr., has joined the Real Estate Group of Smith, Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta, which is headed by Mac Young, '68.

Darby Dickerson, dean and vice president of Stetson University College of Law, was named "Business Woman of the Year" in the nonprofit/social services category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Under Dean Dickerson's leadership, Stetson has earned a No. 1 ranking in trial advocacy and a No. 3 ranking in legal writing by U.S. News and World Report in its recent ratings of the nation's best graduate schools.

Paul Oppold has left New York City, where he had worked in compliance with both Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers, to join Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he serves in the compliance department.

Bill Senhauser was appointed senior vice president and chief compliance officer of Fannie Mae. His duties including leading Fannie Mae's Office of Compliance, Ethics and Investigations, reporting to the CEO and to the Compliance Committee of the Board on compliance and ethics issues and on any open investigations. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Senhauser was Executive Director of the Equal Justice Foundation and Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He has several times served as a special master or mediator for class actions pending before the U.S. District Court, for the Districts of California and the District of Columbia.

’89Deh Chien Chen has relocated to London and is studying for her Ph.D. at Imperial College.

Andrew Bayman was named head of the tort and environment litigation group at King & Spalding on January 1, 2006.

W. Leighton Lord was elected chairman of the board of Nexsen Pruet Adams Kleemeier in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Lord clerked for the Delaware Chancery Court and practiced corporate litigation in Wilmington, Delaware.

Matthew A. White, a partner in the business litigation practice group of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia, co-authored the forthcoming Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual, 12th edition. The manual, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), is considered by the court and practitioners as one of the definitive guides to the local rules and procedures that face lawyers who have civil litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. White also serves as general counsel to the Jewish Family & Children's Services of Philadelphia and on the board of directors for the Society Hill Civic Association.

’90Rene Augustine is serving as associate counsel in the White House Counsel's Office.

Elizabeth McCallum received one of the 2005 ABA Pro Bono Publico awards. McCallum was selected for the award by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

Jonathan Pittman is a member of Crowell Moring's insurance and litigation groups, based in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on representing and counseling insurers regarding environmental asbestos, long-term exposure and other complex coverage issues at the trial and appellate levels. Before joining Crowell & Moring, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable John A. Terry of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

John Thomas is president, chief development officer and business counsel for Cirrus Health, a premier healthcare development and management company. Thomas previously served as vice-president and general counsel for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.

’91Christopher L. Howard joined Psychiatric Solutions as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Howard was previously a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, where he practiced corporate and securities law with a primary focus in the health care industry.

Mark Schein is the chief compliance officer of York Capital Management, a hedge fund in New York City with $5 billion under management that was started in 1991.

Gregory Wesner has joined the intellectual property group of Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle.

Mark Hayes Wildasin, a litigation partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, has been tapped to head the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. In addition to his duties as Civil Division Chief, Wildasin will also serve the Middle District's Affirmative Civil Enforcement ("ACE") Attorney, responsible for pursuing civil regulatory enforcement actions against entities that have fallen out of compliance with applicable federal regulatory statutes and rules. Wildasin also ran the Music City Half-Marathon in April 2006.

’92Scott Dresser is senior vice president with Folksamerica Reinsurance in New York City. Dresser previously spent three years as senior legal and financial advisor for the Global Conservation at Conservation International in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Ric Keller, a third-term Republican Congressman who represents the Orlando, Florida, area, was named chairman of the Subcommittee on 21st-Century Competitiveness, the panel that oversees post-secondary education policy in the House of Representatives.

Patrick Paul is partner in the Phoenix, Arizona office of Snell & Wilmer and a member of the National Council. The Summer 2005 Lawyer incorrectly listed "Paul Patrick" as a partner in Greenberg Traurig.

Ben Vernia accepted the National Exploited Children Award on behalf of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division in May. "The award was given for work I and others did on Operation Falcon, a multi-agency prosecution of a large, Belarus-based commercial child pornography syndicate," Vernia said. "The investigation led to more than 1,400 arrests worldwide. " Vernia left his position as a prosecutor with the DoJ's Criminal Division last summer to join the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Covington & Burling as special counsel handling white-collar criminal and government investigation cases.

’93Ari Bass has been appointed CEO of Pop3 Media Corp, where he will help Pop3 create a diverse catalog of film, television, print and music properties. Bass has worked extensively in entertainment sales and marketing as well as film production, writing, recording and as a professional musician with Mickey Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band.

James Hassan is a partner in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Cadwalader, Wickersham &Taft, practicing in the firm's Global Finance Department. His practice focuses on real estate finance, representing institutional lenders.

Jeffery Hunt is executive officer at the Navy's Trial Service Office Northeast (TSONE) in Washington, D.C. Commander Hunt is second in command of the TSONE, a military prosecutor's office that oversees military justice in a 22-state area.

John Stanton is deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of the Fourth District in Northern Kentucky. He is widely regarded as a policy expert with a keen interest in education.

Bryan L. Sutter was appointed senior counsel of Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Missouri. Sutter will provide legal counsel for corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance and commercial contracts. Prior to joining Peabody, he held several positions with Bunge North America, including associate general counsel and assistant secretary.

Nancy Vincent is of counsel to the corporate group of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville. Vincent's practice includes aviation, administrative and construction law as well as commercial litigation. She was vice president of legal affairs and government relations for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority for several years before joining Baker Donelson.

’94Rupert A. Byrdsong was highlighted as a "rising star" in the September 2005 issues of Los Angeles magazine. Byrdsong is a partner at the largest African-American law firm in California, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, where he oversees the firm's employment litigation department.

Heather M. Corken has been named a partner in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski. Corken has practiced all aspects of environmental law. A major focus of her practice is representing clients in state and federal superfund matters. Corken was profiled in the March 2006 edition of Texas Lawyer in an article about new firm partners. Corken has worked at Fulbright for the more than 11 years since she graduated from Vanderbilt. She and her husband have four daughters: Katherine, 7; twins Brittany and Meg, 5; and Elizabeth, now 2. "I am proud that I was able to plot my own career, able to have my children, able to stay on track and accomplish what I view as the pinnacle of the law profession: to be partner at a major international law firm," she told Texas Lawyer writer Jeanne Graham.

Tracey M. Roberts received the Access to Justice Committee's first Civil Justice Innovation Award in June 2005. The Civil Justice Innovation Award honors an individual lawyer or legal project that, through the use of innovative technology, has extended civil legal services to the poor or marginalized communities or met previously unmet legal needs. Roberts, an attorney-consultant for Georgia Legal Services Program and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, was recognized for her work developing, a web-based legal information and self-help resource that is one of the most heavily visited sites of its kind in the country.

Dana Renea Brown Shaffer was recently appointed Deputy Bureau Chief for Wireline Competition at the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C., by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Shaffer was formerly vice president and regulatory counsel at XO Communications in Nashville. In her new job, Shaffer is working on proposals to change the federal government's universal service program, which includes a telecommunications subsidy for schools and rural areas.

James Wodarski was recently promoted to partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. He is a trial lawyer who practices in the Litigation Section of the firm's Boston office. His experience encompasses complex business litigation, white-collar crime, products liability, federal securities actions, insurance coverage and intellectual property.

’95Melanie Dubis is one of a team of lawyers at Charlotte-based Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein who have spent the past decade fighting for low-wealth school districts in the state, and their legal victories have forced the state to come up with more money to support education for schools in low-wealth counties. Dubis—along with another partner in Parker Poe's Raleigh office, Robert Spearman—was a lead attorney for Hoke County and other low-wealth school districts in the so-called Leandro litigation (story).

Kendall Jones was listed as one of "40 Under 40" most influential young professionals on the Gulf Coast of Florida by the Gulf Coast Business Review. Jones owns and is the co-creator and editor of The S2 Report.

Sandra G. Wilkinson is of counsel with Haynes and Boone in the firm's real estate practice group, based in Richardson, Texas.

Anna L. Spencer is a partner in the health care group of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, based in Washington, D.C. She counsels clients on regulatory and transactional health care matters.

Abigail Turner has joined Bass Berry & Sims' Nashville office as an attorney in the litigation practice area. Prior to joining the firm, Turner spent four years as a career law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Higgins. She also worked for six years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter, litigating civil rights and general tort cases in state and federal courts and the Tennessee Claims Commission.

’96Kathalyn Anne (Anne) Bullen has been a member of The Sadler Firm in Houston since 2002. Her practice consists primarily of rendering title opinions for oil and gas exploration and production companies.

Lance Cargill was named Majority Floor Leader for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He formerly served as chair of the Republican State House Committee.

Eric Chung is the general counsel of Protiviti, Inc., a global independent risk consulting firm. Chung lives in San Francisco.

Kevin B. Fischer is a partner in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave, focusing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate matters.

Christopher Keene has joined Archer Norris as an associate in the Los Angeles office. Prior to coming to the firm, he provided business consulting services in the field of entertainment law.

Paul Monnin is an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta. Monnin prosecutes mostly white-collar cases through the office's fraud and public corruption section.

John B. Rosenquest has been named partner in the Hartford office of the 350-attorney national law firm of Edwards & Angell, which focuses on private equity & venture capital, financial services and technology.

Richard S. Zembek has been named a partner in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski. Zembek's practice focuses on matters involving intellectual property litigation, transfer, licensing and protection.

’97Jack W. (Jay) Campbell IV was selected as the new executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, a state organization that exists to protect the public's health, safety and welfare in the practice of pharmacy. Campbell is a 1993 graduate of the UNC School of Pharmacy. Upon completion of his law degree, he served in a clerkship for The Honorable Bruce Selya, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has practiced law with Jones Day, a large multi-national firm in Washington, D.C. and most recently in Charlotte with Helms Mulliss & Wicker, a large North Carolina-based law firm.

Danny Van Horn has joined the firm of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada in East Memphis. Van Horn serves as the president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association and is active in the ABA/YLD. He is serving as clerk of the National Assembly for 2005-06, and he will be the assembly speaker - the second-ranking position - in the ABA/YLD next year.

Thomas Wang is a founding partner in the law firm of Sedor, Wendlandt & Wang in Anchorage, Alaska.

’98Anthony T. Barnes is a shareholder of Law Weathers & Richardson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An experienced corporate lawyer and West Michigan native, Barnes has been with Law Weathers for two years.

Monica Victoria (Vicky) Harris Bowers has joined the New Orleans office of Oats & Hudson.

Meredith Griffith has become a partner of the firm of Little, House & Griffith, formerly Little & House, in Brentwood, Tennessee. Griffith's practice includes estate planning, probate and general corporate matters. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1994.

W. Judd Peak has been promoted to senior associate at Frost Brown Todd. Peak joined the firm's Nashville office as an associate in 2003. He concentrates his practice in employment litigation and traditional labor law, representing employers in both federal and state court.

Jeffrey Ratinoff has joined Gordon & Rees in San Francisco as senior counsel in the intellectual property and business litigation groups. Ratinoff was formerly with Dechert.

Gray Sasser has joined the Nashville office of Miller & Martin. Sasser practices corporate and international law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital investments.

Sonya Smith was appointed by the University of Nebraska as associate to the president and assistant vice president of academic affairs for diversity. Smith, who previously served as associate dean of admissions at Vanderbilt Law School, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, and a doctorate of education as well as a law degree from Vanderbilt.

Jane Hyatt Thorpe is the associate vice president of payment and policy at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) in Washington, D.C. An active member of the D.C. Bar, Hyatt Thorpe serves on the D.C. Bar Health Law Section Steering Committee and oversaw the development of a Patient Rights Manual and the revitalization of the Health Care Decision Making Project. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and serves on the Board of Physician-Parent Caregivers, Inc.

Jerry Trippitelli moved from Washington, D.C., to San Diego to join securities litigation group of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in August 2004.

’99Thomas B. Bosch has joined the Atlanta office of Counsel On Call to help manage the company's recruiting efforts. Bosch previously practiced with the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, concentrating in the area of commercial litigation. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Bosch earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Julie and John Ehinger have moved to Dallas to take corporate positions. John took a general counsel/chief compliance officer position with Placemark Investments, and Julie is corporate counsel for the specialty pharmaceuticals division of a large healthcare company, AmerisourceBergen Corporation. They have a 16-month-old daughter, Lulu.

Scott Fielding was recently named partner of Sherrard & Roe in Nashville. Fielding joined the Nashville law firm in 1999 and focuses his practice in commercial lending, real estate and corporate transactions.

Stephen Hurd was recently named partner of Sherrard & Roe in Nashville. Hurd joined the firm in 2000 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration, securities and health care.

Tom Tong has left Locke Liddell in Houston to launch his own legal boutique, the Tong Law Firm, which specializes in a unique niche stimulated by steadily rising business relationships between the United States and China. Tong, a dual Chinese national and U.S. citizen fluent in English, Mandarin and several Chinese dialects, continues to support Locke Liddell's work involving Chinese parties.

’00Brett Figlewski is a staff attorney with the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services, a division of Sanctuary for Families in New York City. Figlewski lives in lower Manhattan.

Hugh S. O'Beirne has joined the Real Estate Capital Markets Group in the Atlanta office of Morris, Manning and Martin as an associate. He was formerly a Corporate and Securities attorney with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York.

’01Kim Gilman has joined the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke as an associate in their corporate practice group.

Lori Schwartz Glenn has been hired by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Glenn is working in the general crimes division, where her primary area of responsibility is economic crime.

James B. Griffin delivered the 2005 commencement address at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, where he taught history from 1994 to 1998. Griffin practices land-use, local government and environmental law in Covington, Georgia.

Christopher Smith is currently Special Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.

Courtney Spivey is Assistant U.S. Attorney in the misdemeanor trial section in Washington, D.C.

Corey Stringer and wife Niki (Evans) Stringer ('02) returned to Nashville after several years in Los Angeles. Corey works at the construction law firm of Burrow & Cravens.

’02Robert C. (Rob) Bigelow has joined the law firm of Stewart, Estes & Donnell. Bigelow was previously a judicial clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Juliet E. Griffin. He represents clients in civil rights, governmental, product liability and commercial litigation.

Dan Fisher is an associate in the corporate department of Skadden Arps' Washington office. Dan and his wife, Ashley Rogers, '04, live in Arlington, Virginia.

Jason Hall is president of a new group, Lawyers for Equity, which is the first gay lawyers' association in St. Louis. Lawyers for Equity, which is incorporated under Missouri law and currently awaiting federal tax-exempt status, joins a growing number of specialty bar groups nationwide. Hall was recently featured as a spokesman for the group in the business section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "A big part of this is consciousness raising," Hall said. "It's easy for us to be marginalized in the legal profession. We want to provide an independent legal voice." Hall is an associate in the Anti-Trust and U.S. Trade Regulation practice group of Bryan Cave in St. Louis.

Niki (Evans) Stringer is assistant director of Development & Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt Law School. She and her husband, Corey Stringer, '01, live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Josh Westerman is an associate with the Houston office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, focusing on corporate and securities law.

Matthew (Matt) E. Wright is helping to start the new Tennessee office of Nix, Patterson & Roach.

’03Kahliel R. Barlowe has been named assistant general counsel with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in Nashville.

Dianna R. (Renea) Jones has joined the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig as an associate. Jones has been recognized in the November 2004 issue of H Magazine as a "Houston Lawyer on the Fast Track" and in Texas Monthly magazine as a young "rising star" in the legal industry. The annual lists recognize Texas attorneys who have been in practice 10 years or less.

Robert N. Rust IV is an associate in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Moore & Van Allen, practicing with the business team. His law practice encompasses a variety of transactional fields, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition representation.

Neena Shenai recently completed an internship with the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Shenai is now an associate in the International Trade Group of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C.

’04Michael Alan de Gennaro has joined Baker Botts in Houston, Texas.

Wendee M. Hilderbrand has joined Bass, Berry & Sim's Nashville office as an associate in the litigation practice Area. Hildebrand earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado.

June Hong (LL.M.) is chief financial officer for Nike Korea.

Chloe C. Truslow has joined the real estate team at Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry. Truslow previously practiced at Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before attending law school, she worked as a foreign service officer with the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and Mexico City.

’05Pooneh Ghiassi has joined the healthcare practice area of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville. During the 2004-05 academic year, Ghiassi completed an externship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Thomas Hayes has joined the law firm of Miller & Martin as an associate focusing on mergers, acquisitions and business transactions. Hayes joins Miller & Martin after having taught for many years at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville. Hayes earned in undergraduate degree in Latin from Brown University and earned an M.A. in classics from Vanderbilt in 1994. While in law school, he was also appointed to the faculty of Vanderbilt University's College of Arts and Sciences as an instructor of Latin. He has published articles on effective classroom instruction in the New England Classical Journal and in the Journal of Legal Education, along with a Latin reader.

Denise Hill has joined Spice, Flynn & Rudstrom as an associate at the firm's Nashville office, where she will practice in the areas of civil liability, workers' compensation and premises liability.

Dr. Martin Kellner, LL.M., was granted a postdoctoral fellowship in Tokyo, Japan, by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Kellner will be performing legal research on the present discussion concerning a revisions of the Japanese Constitution at the invitation of Dean Isao Kaminaga of the Aoyama Gakuin University Law School in Tokyo. He is currently working as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Public Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Kate Komp has accepted a prestigious Bristow Fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, which will start at the conclusion of her clerkship with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Monica Leigh Pace has joined Jackson Walker as an associate in the Corporate department of their Dallas office.

Lorenzo Segato, LL.M., is a partner with Policicchio & Segato Studio Legale in Padova, Italy. Segato's LL.M. thesis, "A Comparative Analysis of Shareholder Protections in Italy and the U.S.: Parmalat as a Case Study," has been accepted for publication in the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business.

Catherine J. B. Sloan has joined the healthcare practice area of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville.

James Streett has joined the Brentwood, Tennessee, law firm of Branham & Day as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, Streett completed an internship with the Tennessee Supreme Court and spent a year working with Native American tribes in Montana.

Matthew Trent has joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's Greenville, South Carolina, office as an associate in the Real Estate Development practice group. Trent earned his undergraduate degree in language and international trade from Clemson University and attended the Duke Law School Institute in Transnational Law in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2003.

Jonathan V. Trousdale is an associate in the Chattanooga office of the law firm of Husch & Eppenberger. Trousdale, who earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from UC-Berkeley, practices in the firm's corporate practice group, representing clients in corporate transactional matters.

Emily Reddick Walsh has joined the litigation team of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry. Reddick Walsh received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Michael Wall has won the $600 first prize for his essay in the local Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition at Vanderbilt Law School. He is an associate with Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings in Nashville.

Nicholas White has joined the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler as an associate.

Proud Parents

Philip Gross, '86, welcomed a baby boy, Eli, on July 11, 2005.

Kirk Henderson, '89, and his wife, Kristin, welcomed their third daughter on August 1, 2005. "A legal education prepares us for so much, but has little to say about how to cope with three children less than three and a half years old, except maybe for some training in multi-tasking and sleep deprivation," Kirk writes. "Still, my wife Kristin and I are doing well since Caroline Elisabeth joined Logan and Amelia."

Nancy Baughan, '93, and her husband, Kevin Kastner, welcomed their first child, Luke Emerson Kastner, on December 5, 2005. The family lives in Atlanta, where Nancy is a partner at Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs.

Monica Ann Krachman (Toback) and her husband, Dr. Brian S. Krachman, of Marietta, Georgia welcomed their first child, a son, Alexander "Myles" Krachman, on May 7, 2004. "The past year has been hectic and absolutely wonderful!" Monica writes. She has a boutique family law practice serving the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Paul Monnin, '96, and wife Alicia welcomed their third child, John Paul.

Glen Staszewski, '96, and Ellen Armentrout, '97, welcomed a daughter, Nora Armentrout Staszewski, on May 10, 2005. She joins her big brother, Benjamin, now 3.

Adam Pechter '97, and his wife, Lauren, welcomed a baby girl, Sasha Miriam, on April 23, 2005. Big sister Lila is two and a half.

Jennifer Laura Feltham Cohen, '00, and Daniel Adam Cohen, '00, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Elizabeth Mary, on July 23, 2005. They live in Atlanta.

John Faldetta, '01, and Susan (Bartlett) Faldetta (B.A. Vanderbilt '98) welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Anne Faldetta, on April 26, 2005. They live in Nashville.

Anna Lee Barry, '01, and Dave James Barry, '01, welcomed their second daughter, Ella Jane, on June 26, 2005. Ella joins big sister Caroline.

Mary Ann Miranda, '02, and husband Kristian Klaene celebrated the birth of a daughter, Elsa, on June 8, 2005.

Happy Couples

Susan Sgarlat, '74, and Charles Fels, '74, were married in May 2005 in Washington, D.C. The couple reconnected through a Classmates listing in the Vanderbilt Lawyer (story).

Daniel Aronowitz, '91, and Jeanine Lynne Bush were married on January 7, 2006, in Falls Church, Virginia. Aronowitz is president of Ulico In-surance Group in Washington, D.C.

Kathalyn Anne Bullen, '96, writes: "On November 4, 2000, I married Andres Zornosa. We have been blessed with two beautiful, healthy children, Ethan, who is 4, and Adriana, who is 5 months. Andres graduated from the University of Houston with a Masters in Architecture in May 2004, and is preparing for the exams that he must pass to become a registered architect."

Timothy W. Hoover, '97, married Amy C. Martoche on September 3, 2005. Hoover is an assistant federal defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Buffalo, New York. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica.

Renee M.H. Yuen, '97, married Iain J. Juden on May 28, 2005, in Honolulu. Yuen and Juden live in Orlando, Florida, where Yuen is employed by Walt Disney World Co. VULS alumni attending the wedding included Edward Carlisle and Christine (Davitz) Connolly from the class of 1997, and Daniela Stoia and Virgilio Crespo from the class of 1998.

Mark Backofen, '01, and Victoria Mitchell, '01, were married on May 28, 2005. They live in Dallas, Texas.

Coretta Eugenia Johnson, '01, married Gary Mario Gray at the Louisiana Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The bride, who earned her undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University, is an attorney and captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. The groom, a fighter pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force, is an instructor pilot with the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training program, at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the couple lives. They honeymooned in Hawaii.

Brendan Thompson, '01, married Charity Myatt on September 17, 2005, in Nashville. Thompson is an associate with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Dan Fisher, '02, and Ashley Rogers, '04, were married in October 2005. Dan and Ashley live in Arlington, Virginia.

Chris Schreiber, '02, married Virginia Kingman in June 2005. After a honeymoon trip to Italy, the couple settled in Washington, D.C., where Schreiber is a third-year corporate associate with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Courtney Ellis Felts, '03, was married on December 2, 2005.

Laura Elizabeth Floyd, '05, married Michael Patrick Ketcham on August 13, 2005. Floyd earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt and is an associate with Husch and Eppenberger in Chattanooga.

Elizabeth Moore, '05, and Chris Fox, '05, were married on May 22, 2005, at Wightman Chapel in Nashville.

In Memoriam

Morris Davis, '30, on June 25, 2005. Morris Davis was born in Wiggins, Mississippi, in 1910. The family moved to Nashville in 1919 and opened Davis Stores on Third Avenue North. Morris earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt in 1929, followed by an LL.B. in 1930, and was a founder of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity at Vanderbilt and its first master.

John Collins Inscho, '48, on July 29, 2005 in Whittier, California. A retired corporate attorney, Inscho was born 1919 in Wichita, Kansas. He came to Vanderbilt Law School after serving in the U.S. Navy in North Africa and Italy during World War II, assigned to the Tuscaloosa, President Roosevelt's flag ship. During his long and successful legal career, he served as corporate counsel for Beach Aircraft Corporation and for Hoover Electric Corporation, and as contract law administrator for Northrop Corporation and North American Aviation. He ultimately founded the Inscho Company of Hermosa Beach, California. After retirement, Inscho lived on a yacht at King Harbor, Redondo Beach, California and traveled the world by sea.

William Lane Abernathy, '49, on October 9, 2005. Abernathy was a retired senior vice president and trust officer of First American National Bank and former director of alumni relations of The Webb School. A veteran of World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy aboard a fleet tug in the Panama Canal Zone and the Western Pacific. He joined the Trust Department of First American National Bank in 1949 later becoming head of the Trust and Investment Group. In 1978, he took early retirement from banking and moved to the Webb School campus in Bell Buckle, where he served in the Alumni and Development Office. He served as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association.

Marshall Edgar Derryberry III, '49, on November 7, 2005. Derryberry served in the Navy during World War II in Intelligence and retired from the Naval Reserve as Commander. Following his retirement from J.C. Bradford & Co., he served as volunteer at St. Thomas Hospital, and delivered Meals on Wheels for St. Luke's Community House.

James Perry "J.P." Foster, '50, May 9, 2006, at his home in Nashville. Born in Columbia, Tennessee, J.P. attended earned his bachelor's degree and J.D. from Vanderbilt. He earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other honors as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Southwest Pacific. After working as managing partner and senior tax partner for what was then Touche Ross & Deloitte, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management.

William Lowe Sheftall, Jr., '50, on June 4, 2005. After graduating from Lanier High School in Macon, Georgia, Sheftall volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps. As a fighter pilot stationed in Italy for 17 months during World War II, he flew 74 missions and was awarded among other honors, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of first lieutenant. Sheftall spent much of his career in Macon, Georgia, where he retired in 1992 as vice-president of Murphey, Taylor and Ellis and manager of its insurance department.

Frank Joseph Romeo, '51, on December 29, 2005. Romeo was a commercial mortgage banker for many years with Hancock Mortgage and Equitrust Mortgage in Gulfport, Mississippi, before moving to Lafayette in 1991. He continued his mortgage banking and real estate career until his retirement. Romeo served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre.

David C. Rutherford, Sr., '51, on August 20, 2005, after an extended illness. A long-time Nashville lawyer and author, Rutherford was the senior member of the Rutherford Law Offices, where he had practiced law during his entire legal career. His law firm traces its roots to 1890, when his uncle, Alfred G. Rutherford, opened a law office in Nashville. Rutherford volunteered for the Merchant Marine. During his World War II service as a crew member of a U.S. Army transportation ship, Rutherford crossed the English Channel 26 times, delivering gasoline to ports in Belgium and France. He later was appointed Judge Advocate of the American Merchant Marine Veterans. Upon graduation from law school, he became congressional secretary for Senator Albert Gore, Sr., and worked in Washington, D.C., for two years, after which he returned to Nashville to enter law practice. A former president of the Nashville Bar Association, Rutherford was the author of Bench and Bar, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, a history of the creation of the courts of Tennessee, in the days before Tennessee obtained statehood, and of their operation until the present time.

Darrell Blain Sisk, '51, on July 5, 2005. Sisk was an attorney with Travelers Insurance Company for more than 30 years.

Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin, Jr., '51, on February 10, 2006, after an unexpected illness. Judge Tomlin was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Princeton University before earning his degree at Vanderbilt Law School. He served in the Army Air Corp in 1945 and in the Naval Reserve from 1948-51. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1952-54, and practiced law as a defense attorney for 29 years with Waldrop, Hall & Tomlin. In December 1980, Judge Tomlin was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Governor Lamar Alexander, and in 1985, he was elected Presiding Judge of the Western Division and served in that position for 10 years. He served as Senior Judge for three additional years before retiring in 1998.

Woodward M. (Woody) Hampton, '52, on July 17, 2005. Hampton was best known in South Florida in city management, as he served seven cities during his career tenure of 35 years. He moved to Miami in 1955.

Jay Alan "Skip" Hanover, '52, on November 12, 2005. Hanover as an elected member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1956 to 1961. He began his law practice with his late father, David, and uncle, Joseph Hanover, each distinguished lawyers in Memphis. During his legal career, Hanover headed Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair. Hanover was both a Master of the American Inns of Court and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Herman O. Loewenstein, '52, on December 8, 2005. Loewenstein had been a practicing attorney in Nashville since 1952. He was born in Hamelin, Germany, and received his elementary school education in Germany and England. He served two years in the United States Air Force Counter Intelligence Corps as a Special Agent in Germany. He was instrumental in recruiting German scientists to work on the United States rocket programs. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Vanderbilt in 1950.

Richard Watts Smith, '52, on June 27, 2005. Smith retired as president and chairman of the board of City Finance Company and AIC Financial Services, both subsidiaries of Leucadia National Corporation in New York City, where he began his career in 1954. He served on the board of directors with American Investment Bank in Salt Lake City. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

John H. Wilbur, Sr., '54, on April 12, 2006. Wilbur was born in Memphis and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1963. He was a 1951 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated second in his class and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt Law School, and was a Fullbright Scholar to England. He served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. During his military career, Wilbur worked in Maryland at Ft. Holabird in the Intelligence Department, where he was in charge of settling claims for the Texas city disasters. He was then transferred to the Pentagon, where prior to his retirement he was awarded a distinguished service medal. In 1984, he founded the law firm of Wilbur & Allen, where he served until his death. Wilbur practiced before the U. S. Supreme Court and was one of 50 attorneys to participate in the Cultural Exchange in China. At the time of his death, he lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Elmore Holmes III, '58, on July 25, 2005. A corporate attorney who "moonlighted as an artist." Elmore Holmes III practiced corporate law for 47 years at what is now Armstrong Allen in Memphis. Holmes was also an artist who painted birds, nature scenes and people in watercolors. His daughter, Sally Holmes Thomas of Memphis, said her father considered his paintings a "private indulgence." Holmes graduated first in his class and returned to his hometown of Memphis to practice law. A founder of the Community Legal Center, he was honored for his work with the center in 1997 with the Tennessee Bar Association's Pro Bono Award.

Douglas E. Robertson, '63, on May 26, 2005. Robertson practiced law for 41 years in Bowling Green, retiring in 2004. Robertson played Daddy Warbucks in two separate local productions of the musical, Annie, in the 1980s and acted, directed and produced plays at the Alley Playhouse, which he once co-owned. He was instrumental in the formation of the "Stuck in the Fifties" band.

Charlie Williams, '69, on April 27, 2006. A prominent Nashville attorney who served on the Metro Sports Authority board, Williams worked as a Fraternal Order of Police lawyer in the 1970s and '80s and helped transform the Metro Police Department into its modern status. He and his wife, Carol, were also pioneers in the revival of Historic Edgefield in East Nashville. He had been a member of the Metro Sports Authority board since 1996. But it was his work as chief counsel and lead negotiator for the FOP that is credited with moving the police department away from an agency marked by political patronage into the force it is today.

Daniel Steven Horowitz, '72, on November 25, 2005. Horowitz had a distinguished legal career in New York. A native New Yorker, Horowitz worked as an investment banker in New York City for many years before moving to Nashville in 2001. He was recently employed by the U.S. Bank in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Drake Holliday, Jr., '76, on February 2, 2006. A Nashville attorney who spent three decades fighting for the rights of the needy, including many victimized by consumer scams, elder abuse and illegal evictions, Holliday spent 30 years working for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and had recently left to become a partner at the firm of Rothschild, Holliday and Nave. He was one of the chief attorneys in a federal lawsuit in the 1980s and '90s that forced an overhaul of Tennessee's prison system. "Drake was a gifted attorney who fought tirelessly for people who were the most in need," said Ashley Wiltshire, '72, executive director of the Legal Aid Society. Holliday served on the Governor's Task Force on Elder Abuse and was also appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Affordable Housing.

Gary Irvin Christian, '79, on November 20, 2005, of cancer. Christian was an associate of Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay in Jacksonville from 1979 to 1983, and of the law firm of Foley & Lardner from 1983 to 1986. He was a founding partner of the firm of Christian, Prom, Korn & Zehmer from 1986 to 1992, when he joined Rumph, Stoddard & Christian.

Maureen Breen Gerhardt, '84, on July 16, 2005, at her home, with her family, after an almost two-year struggle with cancer. Breen Gerhardt was born in New York City, grew up in West Hempstead , Long Island, and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1978. She worked as a coronary care nurse until entering Vanderbilt Law School in 1981. After her graduation in 1984, she served as St. Thomas Hospital 's first in-house legal counsel and later as an associate with the Nashville law firm of Howell, Fisher and Branham. She moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1989, and in 1992 became an associate with a predecessor firm to Stern Klepfer & Wright. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Edward B. Gerhardt, and their children, Margaret and John.

Daniel B. Reece IV, '84, on October 30, 2005. Reece had worked for MeadWestvaco in Charleston, South Carolina.