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Doug Henry

’51 State Senator Doug Henry (BA'49), who represents Tennessee District 21, received MTSU's Dr. Joe Nunley Memorial Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a man or woman who served with distinction in the military, on November 19. The award is named in honor of the late Joe Nunley, an MTSU professor, author and historian who served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Doug was honored for his service as a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II, for which he received the Philippine Independence Medal. He was also recognized for his 40-year career commitment to service in both Tennessee's house and senate. Doug has served on the Tennessee Bicentennial Commission and is a past chair of the State Capitol Commission and of the Southern Legislative Conference. He and his wife, Loiette, have been married for 52 years.

’64 Robert Dickey recently released a new book, Greyhound to Vegas: The Odyssey of Hilda Reynolds Krause.

’70 Rita Geier has joined the board of the Tennessee Justice Center, which advocates for Tennessee families in need.

Nick Gladding, who is special counsel at Adams and Reese in Sarasota, Florida, has been named to the Florida Energy Systems Consortium Advisory Board.

’71 Steven Guise has joined the trusts and estates practice of Katten Muchin & Rosenman in Los Angeles. He was previously a partner at Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles.

’72 Larry Ahern (BA'69), a partner at Burr & Forman in Nashville, was inducted into the American College of Mortgage Attorneys as a Fellow at the 2011 annual meeting, where he was a featured speaker. Larry is chair of the organization's Bankruptcy Committee.

Todd Eberle, mayor of Prospect, Kentucky, received the 2011 Kentucky League of Cities Elected Official of the Year Award. Todd has served as Prospect's mayor since 2006. He was re-elected in 2010. He also serves on the executive committee for the Jefferson County Kentucky League of Cities.

Bill Roach has been named chairman of the American Heart Association. Bill is a retired partner of McDermott Will & Emery. His legal textbook, Medical Records and the Law, is now in its fourth edition.

John Treitz (BA'68), a member at Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville, Kentucky, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of Meritas, an international alliance of business law firms located in more than 230 markets in 73 countries.

Betty Outhier Williams was honored as a 2011 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award winner at the Oklahoma Bar Association's Women in Law Conference. Betty has a civil litigation practice in Muskogee. She was the first female Assistant U.S. Attorney in any district of Oklahoma and also served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District.

’73 Lee Bennett, a shareholder at GrayRobinson in Orlando, Florida, was named Rotarian of the Year for his significant contributions to the Rotary Club of Orlando. Lee serves on the Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Committee, the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee and the Fifth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission.

Jim Bradford, who is dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, was one of five Nashville businessmen honored in June by the American Diabetes Association as a Father of the Year.

Judge John Robbins has announced that he will retire from the Arkansas State Court of Appeals at the end of his term in 2012. John was in private practice until being elected Chancery Judge for Judicial District 18-East in 1984, where he served until his election to the Arkansas Court of Appeals in 1992.

’74 Eric Ison, a member at Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville, has been re-appointed chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

’76 Bob Tuke, a partner at Trauger & Tuke, was one of five Nashville businessmen honored in June by the American Diabetes Association as a Father of the Year.

’77 Julian Bibb, a partner at Stites and Harbison in Nashville, has been awarded the Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award from the Civil War Trust for exceptional merit in Civil War battlefield preservation. Julian has led a pro bono initiative of Stites & Harbison for the past seven years to acquire and preserve battlefield acreage in Franklin and Middle Tennessee.

Thomas Csatari was elected chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees. He joined the board in 2005.

Jane Schukoske has joined the S.M. Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, as its chief executive officer. Jane was previously director of the LL.M. program at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

’79 Alan Duncan, a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, North Carolina, was the 2011 recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association's Litigation Section's prestigious Advocate's Award.

’80 Wade Cowan (BA'78) has been elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Wade is of counsel at Davies Humphreys Horton & Reese in Nashville.

Stephen Owens stepped down from his position as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention on November 30 and returned to Arizona, where his family had remained since he joined the EPA staff two years ago.

Margie Schreiber has been appointed a circuit judge for Florida's Ninth District, which serves Orange and Osceola counties. She was previously a partner at Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed.

Anne Davis

’81 Anne Davis will head a new Nashville office of the non-profit, non-partisan Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). The establishment of the Nashville office puts an SELC office in each of the organization's six focus states, which include Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Anne is married to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean '81 and previously served as head of a Nashville metropolitan task force on environmental sustainability. She and Karl received the 2011 Sustainable Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Environmental Council. Before joining SELC, Anne was a legal writing instructor at Vanderbilt Law School.

For the past 25 years, SELC has used the power of the law to protect water, air, forests and unique lands, gaining more protection for two million acres of national forest lands in its six-state region. "The Southern Environmental Law Center is focused on a healthy sustainable future for the entire Southeast region, and all of their efforts are geared toward making that happen," Anne said. "Their mission fits perfectly with what our community is doing to make Nashville a thriving, livable 'green' city."

’82 Robert Brody, founder of the employment law firm Brody and Associates in Westport, Connecticut, has joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut Legal Committee.

David Dowd is president of the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club. David is a partner at Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, and leads the firm's corporate and tax practice.

’83 Henry A. Callaway III received a 2011 Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association recognizing his work providing legal assistance to low-income residents of Mobile, Alabama, through the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which he helped found. Henry is a partner at Hand Arendall and chairs the firm's bankruptcy practice.

Stephen Pate (BA'80), a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, has been elected to the American Law Institute. Steve is chair of Fulbright's insurance litigation practice.

Stephanie Reevers, who formerly served as Middle Tennessee commissioner on the Tennessee Claims Commission, now heads the legal staff at Austin Peay State University. She is also a master of the newly formed Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court.

Sharon Roberson (BA'78), senior vice president and chief operations officer for American General Life and Accident Insurance Company, was inducted into the 2011 Academy for Women of Achievement in Nashville.

’84 Edward Cassady has joined Robins & Morton in Birmingham, Alabama, as chief financial officer. Ed was previously with the Martin Companies, a venture capital firm in Nashville.

Fred Frost is a 2011 inductee into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame. Fred earned his undergraduate degree at Huntingdon, where he lettered for four years in golf, served as captain of the golf team, and was the team's MVP his senior year, all while graduating cum laude with a degree in finance and a minor in history. Fred is assistant chief attorney of production for ExxonMobil in Houston, where his wife, Kem, is a judge on the Texas Court of Appeals. They have four sons.

Chris Giancarlo testified in October 2011 before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on implementation of financial reform in the U.S. swaps markets under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Chris is executive vice president of GFI Group Inc., a global provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. He is also a founding board member and former chair of the Wholesale Markets Brokers Association, Americas, which addresses issues of public policy common to the wholesale brokerage industry. He was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Korea's Wholesale Financial Markets Development in Seoul on November 17, which examined the interdealer brokerage sector in Korea.

David Khorey has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is a partner at Varnum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael Quinan, a partner and vice chair of the energy law group at Christian & Barton in Richmond, Virginia, was elected president of the HARPS Foundation, which provides training to young harpists, music lessons to students from low-income families and therapeutic music programs in Richmond.

’85 Jon Mack has joined the class-action business development team of Kurtzman Carson Consultants. Jon was previously of counsel at Zelle Hoffman Voelbel & Masonin Minneapolis. He has authored several articles on trends and issues in securities litigation.

Lucian Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese in Memphis, began a three-year term as treasurer of the American Bar Association at the ABA's Annual Meeting in Toronto in August. He will also serve on the ABA's Board of Governors and its Executive Committee.

’86 Jeff Bivens has been appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for the Middle District of Tennessee. As a circuit court judge, Jeff presided in Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. Before taking the bench, he was a partner at Boult Cummings Conners & Berry (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) in Nashville.

Richard Gazala (BA'83) recently released his second book, Trust and Other Nightmares, an anthology of short stories published exclusively as an e-book.

Peter Sutherland has joined Lee Smart in Seattle as a shareholder. He focuses on insurance defense and general litigation.

’87 Albee Bates (MBA'87), a partner at Duane Morris in Pittsburgh, has been named vice chair of the firm's national construction group.

’88 Darby Dickerson became dean at Texas Tech University School of Law in July. Darby was previously dean of Stetson University College of Law in Florida.

Darlene Marsh, a partner at Burr & Forman in Nashville, was elected president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys at the organization's 2011 meeting in San Francisco.

Colonel Maritza Ryan, professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession at the ABA's annual meeting in Toronto.

’89 Jeff Biederman, a partner at Manatt, has joined the board of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles. Jeff practices entertainment law and is a co-author of the casebook, Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries (5th edition).

Anne Owings Ford is a member at McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland, Ohio, where she focuses on litigation and co-chairs the firm's pro bono "and public service committee.

Kathy Hunt Pennington has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville, where she focuses on corporate real estate law. Kathy previously worked for Chief Judge Todd J. Campbell on the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

’90 Gif Thornton (BS'84), a partner at Adams and Reese, was one of five Nashville businessmen honored in June by the American Diabetes Association as a Father of the Year.

Adolpho Birch III

’91 Adolpho Birch III, senior vice president of law and labor policy with the National Football League, discussed the numerous legal issues involved in the NFL lockout and his work as an in-house lawyer with the NFL in a talk sponsored by Vanderbilt's Law and Business Society and its Entertainment and Sports Law Society on October 21. Adolpho joined the NFL's legal staff in 1997 after six years in private practice, and his role at the NFL involves oversight of player and club contracts and injury grievances, administering benefits, and enforcement of the NFL's drug and criminal misconduct policies, among other tasks. Adolpho has played an important role in developing programs to support players in their lives off the field, including education initiatives, financial literacy programs and career development counseling. Adolpho earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He was recognized among "The Root 100" as an African American leader in 2010.

Mitch Glazier was named senior executive vice president of the Recording Industry Association of America, where he has led government relations activities for 11 years.

’92 Stuart Brown is of counsel at Ice Miller in Indianapolis and co-chair of the firm's collegiate sports practice group. Stu was previously a principal at an Atlanta-based law firm where he represented college coaches and student athletes regarding NCAA infractions and student athlete eligibility issues.

Scott Dresser was appointed general counsel and corporate secretary of Virgin Media in London in January 2011. Scott joined Virgin in 2006 and had been acting as the media company's deputy general counsel. Scott is also a non-executive director and chair of the compensation committee of UKTV, a joint venture between the BBC and Virgin Media.

Reese Henderson has joined GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a shareholder. Reese is a board-certified construction attorney.

’93 Lisa Collins has been named 2011-12 vice president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Lisa is a solo practitioner who focuses on adoption law and law regarding assisted reproductive technology.

Judge Kevin Sharp was confirmed on May 3 to the seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama. The Senate vote in favor of his confirmation was 89-0. Kevin previously practiced at Drescher & Sharp, which he co-founded in 2003.

’94 Amy Marie Clunan (BS'91) has been promoted to director and managing corporate attorney at AutoZone Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael Pauzé has rejoined the special matters and government investigations practice of King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., as a partner. Michael was previously deputy chief of the Southern Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

’95 Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, received a Triangle Business Journal's 2011 Women in Business Award.

David Gerregano (BS'92) has been promoted to deputy commissioner over legal services, tax policy and administrative hearings with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. David has been with the department for 14 years. He has also served as an administrative hearing officer and departmental liaison to the Tennessee General Assembly.

’96 Jill Kempenaar has joined BBN Raytheon in Rosslyn, Virginia, as contracts manager. Before joining BBN, Jill spent two years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of General Counsel.

’97 Darin Klemchuk is managing partner of Klemchuk Kubasta, an intellectual property law firm he co-founded in Dallas, Texas.

Danny Van Horn took office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association at the association's annual convention in Chattanooga. He is the youngest member of the TBA to hold that office. Danny practices law at the Memphis firm of Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada, where he leads the commercial litigation group.

Renee Yuen (BA'94) has been appointed to a three-year term on the advisory council of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Division of Hotels and Restaurants. Renee is an in-house counsel at Walt Disney World Resort.

’98 Patricia Judd has joined Washburn University School of Law as an associate professor. She was previously executive director for international copyright enforcement and trade policy at the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C.

Greg Munson has been appointed deputy secretary for water policy and ecosystem restoration by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In addition to working with the state's water management districts, Greg oversees the DEP's Office of Ecosystem Projects, which assists with policy development and implementation of restoration projects, including Everglades restoration.

Judd Peak has joined the labor and employment practice at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville.

’99 Trent Cotney (BS'96), a shareholder at Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampa who focuses on construction law, is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. He was recognized as the 2011 Earl Blank "Heart" Award recipient by the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRSA) for outstanding service to the roofing industry by an associate member.

Timothy Gregg has been named chair of the securities regulation practice area at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama.

’00 Mary Beard, senior counsel at FedEx Corporation in Memphis, was inducted as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at the association's convention in June.

Jessica Clancy Crowson, a member at Pennington Law Firm in Columbia, South Carolina, was named a 2011 Woman of Influence by Greater Columbia Business Monthly.

Meredith Schaffran Ferguson has joined the Columbus, Ohio, office of Northlich, a brand engagement agency, as a management supervisor.

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

Kevin Kent, a partner at Conrad O'Brien in Philadelphia who is also licensed to practice in Ireland, now serves Irish businesses and law firms that need assistance with legal matters in the U.S.

Sondra Keys, a public policy advisor at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program in July.

Jack Preis, a law professor at the University of Richmond, argued a pro bono case before the U.S. Supreme Court November 1. Jack represented Richard Lee Pollard, who contends that he should have the right to sue employees of privately run prisons for cruel and unusual punishment. This right is guaranteed prisoners in facilities run directly by the government by the U.S. Constitution, but is not currently available to prisoners in privately run institutions, who must confine their complaints to damage claims in state courts.

’01 Jon Coffman was elected 2011-12 treasurer of the Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section. Jon is a member at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, where he focuses on tax law.

Walt Davis is a partner at Jones Day in Atlanta, where he focuses on commercial litigation and securities and corporate governance matters.

Cullen Kuhn has been named a partner at Bryan Cave in St. Louis, Missouri, where he focuses on bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights.

Randy Michels (BA'98) and his wife, Clare Heburn Michels (BA'99, MBA'05), welcomed a son, William James, on April 4.

Jamie Nicholson was promoted to senior vice president and team leader within Nashville Bank and Trust's wealth management services group. Jamie worked at SunTrust before joining NBT in 2007 as a senior wealth advisor.

’02 John Farringer, an associate at Sherrard & Roe in Nashville, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program in July.

Kyrus Freeman, a partner at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., was recently featured in the National Law Journal's 2011 "Minority 40 Under 40" listing. Kyrus counsels clients on zoning and land use issues. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he became the first of his siblings to graduate from college. He is also an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he teaches legal writing focused on transactional documents.

Shay Zeemer Hable has joined Taylor English Duma in Atlanta, where she focuses on employment law.

Tyson Schwerdtfeger has joined Alliance Resource Partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as corporate counsel. Tyson was previously a partner at GableGotwals, where his practice focused on energy litigation. Tyson, his wife, Kenna, and their two children live in Jenks, Oklahoma.

Steven Sedberry is the author of Law School Labyrinth: The Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education (Kaplan Publishing, May 2011).

John Yoon was recently featured in a article discussing the growing need for international firms to hire professional development managers. John works with Baker & McKenzie in Tokyo, Japan.

’03 Ashley Palermo and Nick Goodling welcomed their second child, Reid Nicholas, on June 25. Reid joins big sister Addison Claire, 3. The family lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where Nick practices real estate and transactional law at Stutes & Lavergne and Ashley is the administrative general counsel for the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Jacki Pick is a 2011 Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. She serves as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and as deputy chief of staff to Congressman Trent Franks, chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution. Prior to her work in public policy, Jacki was an assistant vice president for Wachovia Corporate Trust and an associate for a prominent litigation firm. She serves on the Capitol Hill Steering Committee of the Federalist Society and on the board of visitors of the Fund for American Studies—Legal Studies Institute.

Russell Stair, an associate at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program in July.

Amy Killebrew Steindorff and her husband, Bert, welcomed a second daughter, Elizabeth Ann, on August 13. Betsy joins big sister Margaret, 13 months. The family lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where Amy is an associate at Balch & Bingham.

Jeffrey Usman is an assistant professor at the Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure.

Simone Wilson (BS'00) was honored by the YWCA of New York City as one of the Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2011. Simone works on leasing, financing and real estate transactions for the Rockefeller Group.

’04 Damon M. Brown was recognized by IMPACT and the National Bar Association as a finalist for the "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40." Damon is an employment law associate at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Los Angeles.

Nicole D'Amato was named global intellectual property counsel at Samsonite. Nicole will marry Patrick Sherwood, an analyst in McKinsey, in fall 2011.

Robert Eric DuFour has been promoted to senior felony trial attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Amy Todd Holmes and her husband, Kevin Craig Holmes (BS'96, MS'98, PhD'02), welcomed their second daughter, Henley Hannah, on June 8. Henley joins big sister Hadley, 3. The family lives in Houston, where Amy is associate general counsel for Champion Technologies.

Sarah Glasgow Jacobs (BS'01) married Ryan Jacobs on December 4, 2010. The couple lives in Nashville, where Sarah is corporate counsel for Community Health Systems and Ryan is a resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Ashley Jones Johnson (BS'01) was appointed to the Texas Judicial Council, which studies and reports on the organization and practices of the Texas judicial system. Ashley is an attorney at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. She was formerly a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jonathan Stanley has been named a shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner in Nashville, where he practices corporate and securities law.

Jessica Harris Telligman and her husband, Avery, welcomed a son, Henry Miles, on August 8. Jessica is an associate at Carruthers & Bailey in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Tim Weatherholt has joined Fisher & Phillips in Louisville, Kentucky, as a labor and employment associate. His wife, Emily Turner Weatherholt, works in the Jefferson County Attorney's Office. They are the proud parents of John Turner, 3.

’05 Kristal Boone, founder of Boone Law, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program.

Elizabeth Moore Fox and James Christopher Fox welcomed a daughter, Annabel Jane, on January 19. They live in Atlanta, where Chris is a litigation associate at Thompson Hine and Elizabeth is an intellectual property associate at King & Spalding.

Matthew Kraus married Emily Sweet on June 18. The couple lives in New York, where Matthew is an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman.

’06 Amy Gentry is a legal officer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She was previously an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani.

Jeremy Smuckler (BS'02), corporate counsel for CAN Inc., is part of a team that created the free email service Mermailer. Jeremy and his wife, Ashley, live in North Carolina. They are expecting their third child.

Andrew Warth has joined Neal & Harwell in Nashville as a litigation associate. He previously clerked for Judge Aleta A. Trauger '76 on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Amanda Schlager Wick is an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Atlanta U.S. Attorney's Office. She was previously at the Bloom Law Firm in Atlanta.

’07 Emily Jane Aten and William Whitney Kilgroe were married on April 9 in Atlanta. Lindsey Bowen Mann was a bridesmaid. Taylor Hayden and Bradley Reed were groomsmen. Emily and Whit live in Atlanta, where Whit is a corporate associate at Jones Day and Emily is an in-house corporate attorney at Credigy.

Joe Chase, a corporate law associate at Gunster in West Palm Beach, Florida, was recently elected to the board of the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association.

Jillean Dubatowka has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nash-ville as a corporate law associate.

Ashley (Grovert) Kasarjian was appointed to the editorial board of Arizona Attorney magazine. She was also elected to the board of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. She is an associate at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, where she is the author of a legal blog, "Employment and the Law," which was named the top labor and employment blog of 2011 by LexisNexis.

Taylor Sutherland has joined the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm in Nashville.

’08 Kelley Connolly Barnaby married Nick Barnaby on May 28. Kelley is a litigation associate at Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C.

Jamie Hoxie has joined the securities litigation/corporate governance group at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York.

Matthew Kroplin joined Stites & Harbison in Nashville as a business litigation associate. Matthew serves on the junior board of the American Cancer Society of Nashville, on the Nashville Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division board and on the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee.

Sarah Laird has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville as an associate. Sarah was previously a judicial law clerk on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Ben Mainzer married Nicole Hanson on May 14 in Sonoma, California. Ben is a founding partner of Zwerdling Bragg and Mainzer in Eureka, California.

Matthew Sanderson, an associate at Caplin & Drysdale, represented Stephen Colbert in the comedian's quest to get Federal Election Commission approval for a "super PAC" or political action committee—a spoof on the campaign contribution process that raised provocative questions about the role of media corporations in campaign financing.

Nolan Shenai has been appointed to a three-year term on the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the District I Disciplinary District. An independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Disciplinary Board assists the Supreme Court in executing exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. Nolan practices banking and finance litigation and sports and entertainment law at Thorp Reed & Armstrong in Philadelphia.

’09 David Bartz has joined Akin Gump in Houston, where he will focus on corporate and securities matters for companies conducting business in the energy sector.

Thad Bzomowski and Dani Brody were married on August 27. They live in New York, where Thad is an associate with Seward & Kissel and Dani is an associate with Allen & Overy.

Thomas Garberson is an associate at Blackmon & Associates in Sacramento, California.

Scott Gardner has joined Buerger Moseley & Carson in Franklin, Tennessee, as an associate.

Rachel Gore married Jonathan Freed (MBA'10) October 14 in Nashville. Rachel is an associate at the Law Office of Theodore N. Cox in New York, where she specializes in asylum and refugee law, and is a chair of the ABA's International Refugee Law Committee.

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

Irina Khasin was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the Rebecca Davis Dance Company. Irina is an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta, which she joined after clerking for Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Christopher LaLonde has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville as an associate focusing on real estate law.

Sara Beth Myers and her husband, John Haubenreich (JD'10, MPP'10), welcomed their first child, Abigail Anne Haubenreich, on September 29. They live in Nashville, where Sara is an associate at Riley Warnock & Jacobson.

Courtney Smith, a litigation associate at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, has been named one of the firm's Nashville Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year. Courtney was recognized for conceiving and implementing Helping Advocate Against Violent Environments Now, which provides legal services to victims of domestic violence.

Kevin Tran has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville as a healthcare transactions associate. Kevin was previously a capital markets associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in New York.

’10 Ben Bolinger has joined Babst Calland Clements and Zomnir in Pittsburgh as a real estate associate. He was formerly with Delaney Dougherty and Fritz, an oil and gas boutique law firm.

Josh Burgener (BA'05) has joined the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in Nashville. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Thomas Brothers on the Tennessee Circuit Court, Twentieth Judicial District, Sixth Circuit.

Ethan Flatt has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as a corporate and securities associate.

Rachel Friedman has joined Burr & Forman in Birmingham as a commercial litigation associate.

John Haubenreich (MPP'10) and his wife, Sara Beth Myers (JD '09), welcomed their first child, Abigail Anne Haubenreich, on September 29. They live in Nashville, where John is an associate at Neal & Harwell.

Ryan Holt (BA'05) has joined Sherrard & Roe as a litigation associate. Ryan was a law clerk to Senior Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. '60 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Elizabeth McCostlin (BA'05) has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville as a litigation associate.

Eric Penkert has joined Ogletree Deakins in Greenville, South Carolina. Eric earned an LL.M. in taxation at the University of Florida in 2011.

Jamie Thalgott has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Las Vegas as a litigation associate.

Lauren Winter and Peter Routhier were engaged in April 2011. They live in Minneapolis, where Lauren is an estate planning associate at Leonard Street & Deinard and Peter is an intellectual property litigation associate at Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.

Maia Woodhouse (BA'07) has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville as an intellectual property associate.

’11 Gonzalo D. Castro has joined Thompson & Knight in Houston, where he will focus on international energy law. He is admitted to practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Texas.

Mark Donnell (BS'05) has joined MGLAW in Nashville as a business litigation associate.

Michael Dumitru has joined Miller & Martin in Chattanooga as a bankruptcy associate.

Lauren Fromme has joined Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, as a commercial and real estate associate.

Christopher Gilmore has joined James Bates Pope Spivey in Macon, Georgia.

James Gottry has joined Snell & Wilmer in Tucson, Arizona, as a commercial litigation associate.

Lauren Kilgore has joined Burr & Forman in Nashville as a litigation associate.

Casey McLaughlin has joined the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in Washington, D.C., as an associate general counsel. The DNFSB is an independent agency that provides technical oversight of operations at the nation's defense nuclear facilities.

Carrie Pytynia has joined Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, Kentucky.

Keith Randall has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville as a litigation associate.

Stephanie Roth-Evans has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville as an employment law associate.

Rachel Moore Schafer has joined Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tyler Stevens has joined Burr & Forman in Atlanta as a banking and real estate associate.

Katherine Thornton (JD/MBA) has joined Williams Mullen in Washington, D.C., as a corporate law associate.

In Memoriam

William Maginnis Walsh '48 died May 11. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II, surviving a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. After he earned his law degree, he returned to his hometown of Memphis, where he practiced for nearly 58 years at Walsh Jalenak & Blair and Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh until his retirement in January 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.

James M. Bryant '49 died August 2. He was 87. A World War II Navy veteran, James served for two years in the Tennessee State Legislature after earning his law degree. He retired after 25 years of service as a sales representative with ITT.

Sidney Lavelle Farr '49 died June 11 in Houston. He was 88. He served in Europe as a first lieutenant during World War II. He practiced civil trial law in Texas from 1949 until his death.

John Evans McKee Jr. '49 died November 21. He was 88. While serving in the Air Force based in England during World War II, John flew 67 combat missions in P-38 and P-51 fighters, including six missions during the first two days of the Normandy invasion. During his combat tour, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, five Oak Leaf Clusters and eight service stars. After the war, he earned his undergraduate degree at Southwestern University (now Rhodes College). After earning his law degree in 1949, he practiced law in Memphis for almost 60 years, retiring from his partnership at Lewis McKee and Hall. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Ann.

William "Bill" Allen Parsons '51 died November 10 after a brief illness. After serving as a pilot in the European Theater during World War II, Bill earned degrees from Peabody College and Vanderbilt Law School. He spent his career as a trial attorney in Nashville, where he also served as a night court judge. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Andrea.

Thomas Weissinger Schlater III '55 (BA'52) died July 26. He was 87. A native of Nashville, Tom founded Taylor Schlater, which later became Taylor Schlater Lassiter Tidwell and Trentham. He was a litigator for 35 years, also serving as the first City Judge of Brentwood for 40 years from 1969 to 2009. He was also an accomplished pilot with an instrument rating who dabbled in acrobatic flying and worked on his "greased landings." He is survived by wife of 22 years, Jane.

William Felder Howard '56 (BA'52) died July 6. He was 80. William retired from the Nashville Metropolitan Legal Department in 1998. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

John Goodall Crutchfield '60 died June 28. He was 82. During World War II, he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy. He practiced law for more than 50 years as a partner at MacKenzie and Peden in Louisville, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne.

Ben F. Loeb, Jr. '60 (BA'55) died September 11 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ben was professor of public law and government and assistant director of the University of North Carolina's Institute of Government for more than 35 years. He served as counsel to several committees of the North Carolina General Assembly, including Highway Safety, Wildlife Resources and Transportation. He also wrote numerous books and articles on such topics as motor vehicle law, alcohol beverage control and eminent domain. During the Korean Conflict, Ben served for two years as an Army intelligence officer.

Alfred H. Knight '61 died October 10. He was 74. Alfred was a prominent Nashville attorney who fought for decades to open government to the press and public, working for The Tennessean and the Society of Professional Journalists, which awarded him its highest accolade, the First Amendment Award, in 1984. He helped write laws that require government meetings and records to be open and that protect Tennessee journalists from being forced to disclose information obtained during news gathering. He won cases that forced federal prosecutors to disclose basic information concerning arrests and that led the state legislature to expressly prohibit public bodies from voting by secret ballot. Alfred was the author of The Life of the Law: The People and Cases that Have Shaped Our Society, which won the 1997 Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.

William Crutchfield Jr. '63 died April 30 after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Bill was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina before earning his law degree. He joined Chambliss Chambliss & Hodge in Chattanooga in 1963, and then took a five-year leave of absence for military service, serving as a Judge Advocate with the 7th Infantry Division in Korea, retiring 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.

J. Roy Weathersby '64 of Ashville, North Carolina, died August 13. He was 75. Roy specialized in employment law and practiced for 40 years in Atlanta and throughout the U.S. He was a life member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia and served for a time as the organization's general counsel. He also served as labor counsel to the Atlanta Olympic Games. He is survived by his wife, Lydia.

Donald E. Gartrell '65 died after a protracted struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease on September 13 in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was 70. Don served in the Air Force, leaving with the rank of captain in 1969, and joined Sulloway Hollis Godfrey & Soden in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1974, Don and two colleagues established Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell in Concord. Don was a proud supporter of the Boy Scouts and an avid sailor. He served on the board of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Concord Hospital and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Red Cross, and was also a supporter of several community initiatives in Swans Island, Maine. He is survived by his wife, Sarah.

Robert Lee "Bob" Sullivan '77 (BA'74) died September 15 at home after a 14-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Bob was a partner at Loeb & Loeb in Nashville, where he represented major recording artists, songwriters, publishing companies and record companies, including Johnny and June Carter Cash, the Carter Family, B.B. King, Thompson Square, The Fray, Sean Penn, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, EMI Publishing, John Prine, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. He taught Intellectual Property and Copyright Law at the Nashville School of Law and Belmont University. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob played in many bands over the years as a lead singer and rhythm guitarist. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Catherine Cate Sullivan. His father-in-law is George Harrison Cate Jr. '51.

Pendleton Cobb Waugh '77 (BA'74) died August 27. He was 61. Pendleton also earned an LL.M. from New York University in 1981. He was president and a co-founder of Smartcomm in Phoenix, Arizona, and renowned in the wireless communication industry as an innovator and leader.

Julius E. Price Jr. '82 died August 31. He was 53. Julius owned and managed a successful law practice in Louisville, Kentucky.

David J. Mooney '88 died suddenly September 16. He was 48. David was admitted to the bar in New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

Tilley Delquan Wilhite '01 died September 26. She was 37. Born in Tusca-loosa, Tilley earned her B.S. in psychology at Yale before earning her law degree. She was a member of the Alabama bar.

Christine "Christy" Allen Pauley Bratten '05 died October 20 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 36. Christy was an attorney at Finklestein Kern Steinbergof & Cunningham in Knoxville. She is survived by her husband, Phil Bratten, and a large extended family.

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