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’50 Robert B. Deen Jr., president and chairman of the philanthropic Riley Foundation, received an honorary doctoral degree from Mississippi State University in May. Bob was a Lauderdale County attorney in general practice for 55 years. He is a founding member of the Phil Hardin and Riley foundations and a member of the Mississippi Bar Association Foundation. A national and international award-winning photographer, he is a former national secretary of the Photographic Society of America.

’62 David E. Caywood (BA'59) was profiled in Memphis Daily News, reflecting on his 50 years in practice. David established his own legal practice focusing on divorce cases in 1970.

’64 Judge Hamilton V. Gayden Jr. (BA'61) is profiled in the March 2012 edition of the Nashville Bar Journal. Judge Gayden's judicial career began in General Sessions Court, a seat to which he was appointed by then-Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn. In 1978, he ran successfully for a seat on Tennessee's First Circuit Court and has served on the court continuously since then. He plans to run for reelection in 2014. Judge Gayden has been in charge of all Middle Tennessee mental health committals since 1982 and holds mental health hearings at area prisons. He is the author of two novels—A Circle Across and Miscarriage of Justice—and a third novel is in the works.

’69 A. David Baumhart III was appointed citizen commissioner by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. David offers alternative dispute resolution services through his private practice, ADR Advantages, in Bloomfield, Michigan.

Stephen E. Gilhuley has been named executive vice president of administration of Park Electrochemical Corporation. He has been with the company since 1994 and has served as executive vice president since October 2006 and as secretary since July 1996.

William N. Ozier (BA'66), a member of Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 2012. Bill has served as a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber since 2006 and as its general counsel for the past three years.

’71 Patrick D. Coleman, a partner at GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, Florida, has been elected to the Salvation Army's advisory board.

’72 Stephen Houze is profiled in the April 13 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. Steve has a private practice in Portland focusing on criminal defense law.

’73 R. Lee Bennett, a shareholder in the Orlando, Florida, office of GrayRobinson, was awarded the Henry Cragg Volunteer Award, given to those who have gone above and beyond expectations in furthering the work of the Junior Achievement organization.

John C. Fennebresque was elected vice chairman of McGuireWoods in December 2011. John is based in the firm's Charlotte, North Carolina, office. John was also elected to a four-year term on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in March 2011.

’74 James M. Dedman was recently presented with the National District Attorneys Association Staff Award for exemplary career contributions to the prosecution profession. Jim recently retired after conducting continuing legal education courses for the NDAA for 26 years and previously serving as the assistant district attorney general in Memphis, Tennessee.

Andrew M. Kaufman, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School and formerly a senior transactional partner and now of counsel in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, has been appointed executive director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. Andy and his wife will be moving to Los Angeles this summer.

’75 Stanley R. Forbes will serve as one of 14 California state commissioners charged with drawing new district lines for Congress and for representation in California's State Assembly, State Senate and State Board of Equalization. The independent commission was created by a statewide initiative that took redistricting away from the legislature and placed it in the hands of the commission.

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

’76 John D. Kitch was elected president of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) for 2012 and began his term on January 1. He is the first solo practitioner to assume this role in more than 50 years. John was elected to his second term on the NBA board of directors in 2008.

Patrick J. McHale (BA'73) has joined the Nashville School of Law (NSL) faculty as instructor of conflicts of law. Pat has served as an adjunct teacher at NSL since 2009.

Matthew J. Sweeney III, a shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, has been elected by the American Bar Association board of governors to the National Judicial College board of trustees for a term that extends through June 2013.

John B. Tate has joined Davis Wright Tremaine in Los Angeles as a partner.

’77 W. Patrick Mulloy II (BA'74), chairman and CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living, a Louisville, Kentucky- based provider of senior housing services, has been elected to the board of directors of Republic Bank. Pat has also been named a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, charged with offering suggestions for tax reforms to Kentucky Governor Beshear and Kentucky's General Assembly. Pat is currently serving a two-year term as president of Vanderbilt Law School's Board of Advisors.

’78 Jay B. Angoff has been appointed acting regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDA) Region VII, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Jay joined the USDA's Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs as a senior advisor.

Thomas A. Hoy (BA'71), a partner in the Louisville, Kentucky, office of Dinsmore, has been elected to serve on the board at Seven Counties Services Inc.

’79 Alan W. Duncan has been listed among Business North Carolina's 2012 Legal Elite in antitrust law.

Frederic F. Manget retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after 26 years of service. A member of the Senior Intelligence Senior Executive Service, an elite management corps within the federal government, for 16 years, Fred served in a number of legal positions, including deputy general counsel and acting director of congressional affairs, and received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award. Fred is also a retired colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. He and his wife, Lesle, live in Jasper, Georgia.

Representative E. Gregory Snowden has been elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the Mississippi House of Representatives, the second-highest ranking officer of that body. Greg, a practicing attorney and four-term Republican from Meridian, was elected by acclamation at the beginning of the Mississippi legislature's 2012 regular session January 3.

Kenneth L. Stewart has been named chair of the executive committee at Fulbright & Jaworski, beginning on January 1, 2013. Ken, who is also a certified public accountant, has been partner-in-charge of Fulbright's Dallas office since 2004. He has been a partner at Fulbright since 1987.

’80 Laurence M. Papel has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner. Larry will manage the South Carolina-based firm's new Nashville office.

Bill Norton '82 and Anne Davis '81 with Jim Redwine '81 (right) who delivered a talk at the law school April 5 in which he discussed the environmental aspects of the General Motors Bankruptcy case

Bill Norton '82 and Anne Davis '81 with Jim Redwine '81 (right) who delivered a talk at the law school April 5 in which he discussed the environmental aspects of the General Motors Bankruptcy case

’82 David A. Beyer has been named a "Legal Eagle for 2012" by Franchise Times magazine. David is a partner in the Tampa, Florida, office of Quarles & Brady, where he practices franchise and distribution law.

Gordon G. Dean, former managing director and vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, has co-launched Dean Bradley Osborne, a new boutique investment banking firm in San Francisco and New York City.

Betsy G. Ramos has been named to Capehart Scatchard's executive committee. Betsy is a shareholder in the firm's Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, office.

Stephanie Parker '84 and James Nobles '83 hosted a luncheon for Atlanta alumni February 1

Stephanie Parker '84 and James Nobles '83 hosted a luncheon for Atlanta alumni February 1

’83 Dianne F. Neal has joined Lighthouse Counsel's Tennessee office in Franklin as a senior consultant. Dianne will assist the group in their work with nonprofits to boost fundraising, strategic planning and board development.

David J. White (BA'80) has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner in the firm's newly formed Nashville office.

’84 Stephanie E. Parker, a partner at Jones Day in Atlanta, has been named one of Law360's "Top Female Trial Attorneys" and was profiled in May as part of a series highlighting the achievements of top female trial attorneys.

G. Daniel Shealer Jr. has been appointed vice president and general counsel of The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dan had served as the Health System's deputy general counsel for 17 years and will continue to serve as the system's vice president for compliance, deputy general counsel for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and secretary of the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

’85 Stephen A. Bernheim was recently recognized for his service as a city councilman in Edmonds, Washington, where he has a private law practice. Steve was elected to the Edmonds city council in 2007.

Laurel C. Williams has been named to the board of trustees at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Laurel is a member of Burch Porter & Johnson.

’88 Steven E. Anderson is a founding partner of Anderson & Reynolds, a Nashville-based firm focusing on high-stakes and complex personal injury and business litigation. He was previously with Walker Tipps & Malone.

Thomas Cutting Gean has been named Global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores. Tom is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. He has worked as an attorney for Wal-Mart since 2004.

Ivan J. Reich (BA'85), a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was sworn in as president of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) on May 5 at the organization's 80th annual spring meeting. A member of the CLLA since 1991, Ivan has served on CLLA's board of governors, as its southern region chair and is the immediate past chair of its young members section.

’89 John D. Buchanan was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. John previously served as the general counsel of several S&P 500 banks.

Scott H. Finch has recently joined the management team of Pernix in Lombard, Illinois, as vice president of finance and corporate strategy.

Stephen C. Mahon is global managing partner of Squire Sanders and serves on the firm's global board. Steve is based at Squire Sanders' U.S. offices in New York and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bradley Gerson Siegal joined Retail Specialists Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama-based commercial real estate firm, as chief investment officer and general counsel. The position was created specifically for Brad, who has been practicing law for more than 22 years.

Rene Augustine '90 and her husband, Mark Alarie, hosted an alumni reception in Washington, D.C., March 13

Rene Augustine '90 and her husband, Mark Alarie, hosted an alumni reception in Washington, D.C., March 13

’90 Guilford F. Thornton Jr. (BS'84) was elected chairman of the executive committee at Adams and Reese. This is Gif's second term as chairman after serving in the role in 2010. He is based in the firm's Nashville office.

’91 Rick Atwood Jr. was named "Attorney of the Year" in securities litigation by the California Lawyer. Rick is a partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in San Diego.

Stephen Fletcher Wood Jr. is a shareholder of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, where he co-chairs the firm's emerging companies group and serves as the firm's information security officer.

’92 Robert L. Hutton (BA'89), a member at Glankler Brown, has been featured in Memphis Business Quarterly's "2012 Power Players" as a top business leader in criminal law.

Stacey L. Jarrell joined Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a counsel in the firm's energy and natural resources practice group.

David M. Macaione (MBA'92) relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, as the new president of Family Time Media. Dave was formerly president and chief operating officer at Rigel Entertainment, following his time spent as chief operating officer at Regent Entertainment.

Judge Derek K. Smith was appointed to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the 21st Judicial District by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. For the past 19 years, Judge Smith served in the Office of the District Attorney General, 21st Judicial Circuit, beginning as an assistant district attorney before being promoted to deputy district attorney in 1999. Judge Smith was vice president of the Williamson County Task Force Against Domestic Violence, where he earned a lifetime achievement award.

’93 Steven Howard Trent is managing shareholder for the Tri-Cities (Tennessee) office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Steve will maintain his practice in labor and employment law while serving as his office's managing shareholder.

’95 Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, has been reappointed to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee for the second consecutive year. Melanie also represents low-wealth North Carolina school districts as lead attorney in Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina, a case currently in appeals court, which is based on what has been described as one of "the most important North Carolina Supreme Court rulings in living memory."

Kendall T. Jones has launched Flat Fee Law, a legal service in Thousand Oaks, California.

Robert J. Stark, partner with Brown Rudnick in New York, was lead editor and co-author of a chapter of Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy, a 400-page treatise published in 2011 by LexisNexis as part of its "Collier on Bankruptcy" monograph series.

Harrison J. (Buzz) Frahn IV has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center board of directors. Buzz is a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett based in Palo Alto, California.

Kevin A. Pollack (MBA'96), managing director of the investment firm Paragon Capital and president of Short Hills Capital, a FINRA broker-dealer, in New York City, has been appointed to the board of directors of Lightlake Therapeutics, a London-based biopharmaceutical company.

’97 Reece B. Alford has been named general counsel and secretary at Acosta Sales & Marketing, a company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, which serves the consumer products industry. Reece joins Acosta from the St. Joe Company, a publicly held real estate development company, where he served most recently as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Dustin Carfield has been named director of resort markets for CalCon Mutual, a nationwide mortgage banker. Dustin joins CalCon from NextStar Funding, a mortgage lending company he co-founded in 2002. Before co-founding NextStar, Dustin practiced international transactional law.

Michael O. Duff has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mike practices in the area of federal taxation with an emphasis on renewable energy, partnership taxation and infrastructure/project finance.

M. Wade Turner has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Academy Sports Outdoors. He has served as the company's general counsel since 2009. Wade began his in-house career in 2005 as senior corporate counsel in charge of litigation with The Home Depot.

’98 Donna L. Green is a founding partner of Green & Leininger based in Brentwood, Tennessee. Green began her legal career at Neal & Harwell in Nashville.

David O. Watson has been appointed a member of Frost Brown Todd in Nashville, where he recently relocated from Louisville, Kentucky.

’99 Martha L. Boyd (BA'90), a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, has been named a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association. Martha practices labor and employment law and employee benefits litigation.

Cristina Eubanks O'Brien recently joined Kindred Healthcare Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky, as vice president and real estate counsel. Cristina practiced commercial real estate law with Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta for more than eight years before joining Kindred.

’00 Douglas J. Abell has been appointed general counsel of Curo Health Services, which provides home healthcare and hospice services, based in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Jeffrey R. Baker received the 2011-12 Professor of the Year award at Faulkner University Jones School of Law, where he is an associate professor of law and director of clinical programs.

Andre J. Burba has been promoted to managing director of Pine Brook's energy investment team. Andre joined the New York-based energy and financial services investment firm in 2008, having previously worked for Credit Suisse as a principal investor in the special opportunities group.

James Lawrence Lasser, art director for the Chrysler Group's "Born of Fire" commercial, which debuted at the 2011 Super Bowl, received an Emmy Award for the commercial from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 63rd Emmy Awards presentation. Jimm is an art director at Wieden + Kennedy, an ad agency, based in Portland, Oregon.

Christin Camp Lumpkin was promoted to vice president and division general counsel of Global Payments Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, in late 2011.  Christin and her husband, Michael, welcomed a baby girl, Caroline Parrish, on May 9, 2011.

Eleanor G. McDonald has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel for Ingram Industries in Nashville. She previously served as vice president and assistant general counsel for the company.

Reuben Douglas Rosof is a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston.

Rick G. Sanders Jr. is a founding partner in Aaron & Sanders, a Nashville-based technology and intellectual property law firm.

’01 Michael James Bronson, a partner with Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named a young lawyer to watch in the government contracts industry by Law360. Michael was one of only four lawyers nationally to be named a government contracts rising star honoree. He was selected for his work securing dismissals of more than a half-dozen False Claims Act (FCA) cases and for his successful defense of a client in FCA suits.

Thomas H. Fusonie is a partner in Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a litigator.

Jeremy D. Kernodle is a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he practices appellate litigation.

Laura H. Luo is a partner at Winston & Strawn. Laura is currently based in the firm's Shanghai office after relocating there from New York in 2009.

Blaine H. Smith is a member at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on estate planning and administration and probate litigation.

’02 Jason M. Gichner has joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella in Nashville as an associate in the litigation section.

Jason Ryan Hall has been named director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development by Governor Jay Nixon. Jason will oversee the continued implementation of the Missouri Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth, a five-year blueprint developed by the Nixon administration and business leaders throughout the state.

Miranda K. Kelley is a partner at Waller in Nashville, where she represents clients in the financial, healthcare, real estate and manufacturing industries.

’03 Nicholas J. Baumgartner and his wife, Kristin, welcomed a daughter, Cosima Auguste Helena, on February 23. Cosima joins big brother Valentin. Nicholas is assistant general counsel in the investment banking division of Citigroup in London.

Jason M. Bergeron (BA'99) married Corinne Ciocia on October 8, 2011, at Benton Chapel on Vanderbilt's campus. The couple lives in Nashville.

Candice Cook, a business, technology, entertainment and new media attorney at Ca-Co Global Inc. in New York, was featured in the March edition of Elle magazine.

Sisera M. Dowdy, a partner in Kutak Rock's Atlanta office, has been nominated a Glenda Hatchett Volunteer of the Year by the Truancy Intervention Project. Sisera has volunteered with this nonprofit for seven years, serving as pro bono counsel and mentor to 16 children charged with truancy and as an advocate to parents of grade school students in need of early intervention and truancy prevention plans.

Carrie A. Von Hoff has joined the home office of Zurich North America in Schaumburg, Illinois, as an environmental claims specialist.

Tara J. Kilfoyle has joined the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Division of the Department of Justice as a trial attorney. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Stephen Burks, and their two-year-old son, TJ.

Justin W. Leach (BA'99) has been named a partner at Waller in Nashville, where he specializes in commercial real estate law.

R. Slade Sevier Jr. has joined Adams and Reese in Nashville as special counsel. Slade has a litigation and transactional practice that typically involves representing clients with respect to disputes and contracts related to construction, real estate development or general business. Slade is also is a professional engineer with an active license in Tennessee and a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Russell E. Stair has been named a partner at Bass Berry & Sims in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he focuses on bankruptcy and litigation.

James Gerard Stranch IV and his wife, Patty Daniel Stranch (JD'05), welcomed their second child, Gerard Theodore (Teddy), in November 2011. Gerard is a managing member in the class action, mass torts and complex litigation group of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings in Nashville.

’04 Erika Rose Cramton Barnes has been elected a member of Stites & Harbison in Nashville, where she focuses on creditors' rights and bankruptcy law and business litigation.

Autumn J. Witt Boyd and her husband, David, welcomed twin boys, Samuel Graham and Tyson Witt, on October 24, 2011. The family lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Autumn is an associate with Harmon & Seidman.

Damon Michael Brown and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their first child, Mason Conner, on December 28, 2011. Damon was installed as president of the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles on February 4.

Chadwick E. Crews is a partner in the Orlando, Florida, office of Shutts & Bowen, where he focuses on real estate development transactions.

Akash R. Desai and his wife, Erica, welcomed a son, Siddarth Akash, on April 9. Akash and Erica recently relocated to Nashville, where he is clerking for Judge Aleta A. Trauger (MAT'72, JD'76) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Wendee M. Hilderbrand, an associate at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, received the Tennessee Bar Association's 2011 Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for her work on behalf of death row inmate Edward Jerome Hardison.

Heather J. Hubbard is a partner at Waller in Nashville, where she focuses on intellectual property and trial and appellate litigation. She serves on the firm's diversity and social development committees.

Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs (BA'01) and her husband, DeAngelo Toombs, welcomed their first child, Nina Madison Ann, on October 7, 2011. Kyonzte serves as assistant general counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville.

Mark A. Ison is a member at Sherrard & Roe in Nashville, where he practices health care and corporate law.

Amy K. Jordan is a partner in Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, where she practices labor and employment law.

Aruna Parthasarathy has joined eBay as commercial and product counsel. Aruna will support eBay's mobile, home and garden, and clothing, shoes and accessories business units. Prior to joining eBay, Aruna was a senior associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Palo Alto, California.

Chris James Tardio is a member at Gideon Cooper & Essary in Nashville.

Kelly Louis Worman has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner in the firm's newly formed Nashville office. Kelly concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate.

’05 Julie Schreiner-Oldham has joined Arrowood Peters in Boston as a senior associate.

Patty Daniel Stranch and her husband, James Gerard Stranch IV (JD'03), welcomed their second child, Gerard Theodore (Teddy), in November 2011. The Stranches live in Nashville.

Justin G. Tanner has been named a legislative analyst in the Intergovernmental Affairs and External Relations department of the City of Atlanta, Office of Mayor Kasim Reed. A recent inductee into Outstanding Atlanta, he served as the Reed administration's senior communications specialist. Justin currently serves as the national co-chair for President Barack Obama's Generation 44 program.

Kathryn V. Whitfield and her husband, Adam L. Fotiades, welcomed their first child, Wyatt Whitfield Fotiades, on March 18. Kathryn and Adam live in Washington, D.C.

’08 Brian Joseph Baltz has joined the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., as an attorney.

Christopher A. Bowles has joined Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings in Nashville as an associate in the real estate practice group. Chris previously served as director of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's Office of Environment and Sustainability.

Ramona L. Kappel Johns has joined Zions Bank in Boise, Idaho, as an administrator and corporate trust officer.

Nicholas James Nugent has joined the Northern Virginia office of Hogan Lovells, where he will focus on intellectual property law.

Daniel Robertson married Colleen Givens on July 1, 2011, in New York, where Daniel is an associate at Orrick Harrington and Sutcliffe.

Jeffrey B. Sand has joined Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta as an associate in the labor and employment practice.

Justin P. Welch has joined Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he will practice in the intellectual property practice group.

Douglas Wolford (BA'03) plans to marry Colette Bennett Andrews of Nashville in Columbia, South Carolina, October 26. Doug is an attorney with Community Health Systems in Nashville.

’09 Jason Andrew Hughes married Catherine Michelle Harris in Pulaski, Tennessee, on April 28. Drew is an attorney with Buerger Moseley & Carson in Franklin, Tennessee.

Anne Elizabeth Koday, who is an associate at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago, was named Illinois Legal Aid Online's pro bono volunteer of the month for February.

Christopher D. Lalonde has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate in the firm's newly-formed Nashville office, where he will practice commercial and industrial real estate law.

Michael James Sirlag married Hillary Shayne Adler on February 19 in New York, where Michael is an associate with Kirkland & Ellis.

’10 Richard Aaron Chastain has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Alabama, as an associate in the firm's litigation and appellate practice groups.

Alexander F. Denton has joined Rhoades McKee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he will practice general civil and appellate litigation.

William Lane Holby has joined McGuireWood in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an associate in the firm's debt finance practice group. Lane will marry Addie Diller of Columbia, South Carolina, in summer 2012.

Nina Mackenzie Kumar has joined the litigation and dispute resolution team at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs as an associate based in Nashville.

Benjamin A. Seeger has joined Washington Federal in Seattle as assistant counsel.

Aparna M. Shewakramani has joined Phelps Dunbar in Houston as an associate in the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice group.

Jesse K. Skinner has joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville as an associate. Jesse will practice corporate and securities law. He was previously an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston.

Hannah June Smith has joined Holton Blackstone & Mayberry in Nashville. Hannah earned her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2011.

’11 Kali R. Backer has joined the Denver office of Schutjer Bogar, which specializes in the representation of long-term care providers.

Thomas A. Barr has joined Richards Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Delaware, as an associate in the firm's general transactions group.

Barbara R. Barreno has joined Sidley Austin in Chicago as an associate in the employment and labor group. Before joining the firm, Barbara participated in the Public Interest Law Initiative's Summer Graduate Fellows Program at the National Immigrant Justice Center and now serves on PILI's board of directors as a Fellows representative.

Raquel L. Bellamy has opened a boutique law firm, The Bellamy Law Group, in Memphis, Tennessee. Raquel focuses her practice on immigration law, family law, business consulting and estate planning.

Michelle Ann Bholan has joined Rivkin Radler in Uniondale, New York, as an associate in the firm's litigation and appeals practice group.

Andrew M. Connor has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he will practice general and corporate litigation.

Julia C. Daly has joined the Charleston, South Carolina, office of Schutjer Bogar, which specializes in the representation of long-term care providers.

N. Patrick Hely (BA'06) has joined Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose in West Palm Beach, Florida, as an associate focusing on business and commercial litigation.

Lauren Bair Jacques (BA'08) has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville as an associate in the firm's health care practice group.

Hal B. Johnson Jr. has joined Adams and Reese in Nashville as an associate.

Christopher Clark McCauley has joined Presley Burton & Collier in Birmingham, Alabama. Before pursuing a career as a bond lawyer, Chris worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor and for a Fortune 500 company in North Carolina as a senior SEC reporting analyst. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Alabama Society of CPAs.

Elizabeth B. Meadows has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Schutjer Bogar, which specializes in the representation of long-term care providers.

Jacob William Neu has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, where he will practice intellectual property law.

Cory E. Ridenour has joined Blake & Uhlig in Kansas City, Kansas, which specializes in representing labor unions and Taft-Hartley fringe benefit funds. Cory married Sarah Elizabeth Kuhn on August 20, 2011, in Hudson, Ohio, the bride's hometown. Bret James (JD'11) served as a groomsman.

Phillip Scott Rufener has joined the Washington, D.C.-based federal advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He will work in the firm's homeland security and law enforcement group providing business advisory services to federal agencies.

Mitchell P. Ronningen has joined the Denver office of Schutjer Bogar, which specializes in the representation of long-term care providers.

Caitlyn M. Whitney has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, where she will focus on complex business transactions.

In Memoriam

Harold Joseph Feldman '42 of Medford, Massachusetts, died March 2. Harold attended Tufts University before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He was a four-year veteran of World War II. Harold practiced law in New York as a founding partner at Josephsberg & Feldman for 45 years before retiring in 1989. He is survived by two sons and three grandsons.

C. Dewees Berry III '48 (BA'43) died April 1 in Franklin, Tennessee, after a brief illness. He was 89. Dewees earned a degree in economics from Vanderbilt in 1943, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, where he was a staff member of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He practiced law for more than 60 years in Nashville and Franklin and was the acknowledged dean of the Williamson County Bar. In the early 1960s, Dewees and several friends started First Franklin Federal, the first savings and loan in Williamson County, where he served as a board member for many years. He is survived by five children, including Coburn Dewees Berry IV (BA'73, JD'76); Douglas Berry (JD'79); Mary Susan Berry Kennedy (BA'78); and Amanda McNairy Berry Moody (MEd'93); and 10 grandchildren.

William E. Walsh Jr.'49 died December 27, 2011, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was selected for the U.S. Navy's V-12 program and earned his bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in just two years. William served in World War II as a Lieutenant JG before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He practiced law for many years in Memphis.

Edward Preston Acker Smith '49 of Memphis, Tennessee, died February 28. He was 86. He practiced law in Memphis for over 50 years and was a member and past president of the Memphis Shelby County Bar Association. Ed was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and flew for many years as a weekend Navy aviator in the Naval Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne.

Morris N. Karch '49 of Los Angeles, California, died March 2. He attended the University of Washington before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He joined the Army Air Corps, serving as a transport pilot in World War II.

Robert Winfield Collins Sr. '50 died March 29 in Pendleton, Oregon. Bob served as Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific theater. Bob earned his undergraduate degree at Centre College of Kentucky. He practiced law at Raley Kilkenny & Raley and later was a partner in Fabre Collins & Kottkamp. After his sons became lawyers, Bob founded Collins & Collins in 1980 and spent the rest of his career there. In 2001, he was recognized by the Oregon State Bar for 50 years of distinguished legal service in Oregon. Bob's first wife, Ruth Mae Brooks, died in 2004, after which Bob married a childhood friend, Mary Emily Thompson of Louisville, Kentucky, who survives him.

John Burl Henry '50 of Brentwood, Tennessee, died February 6. He was 93. John served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot instructor during World War II and later with the Fifth Air Force Headquarters Squadron during the Korean Conflict. After earning his law degree, John practiced law with H.H. Chitwood in Nashville. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Christine.

Erle Wendell Coppedge '51 of Clarksville, Tennessee, died March 13. He was 86. Erle was a World War II veteran of the 398th Regiment of the U.S. 100th Infantry Division, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He served as vice president of business affairs at Austin Peay State University and was a certified public accountant.

Mark Clyde Hicks Jr. '51 of Johnson City, Tennessee, died December 13, 2011. Mark served one year with the U.S. Navy, after which he attended East Tennessee State University before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. He was a senior partner with Hicks Arnold Haynes & Sanders for 25 years and also served as the Washington County Attorney for 18 years. Mark was active in Washington County, having served on the Tri-City Regional Airport Commission for 35 years, on the Tennessee Republican Executive Committee for 39 years, and as a Presidential Elector in 1984.


John Y. Powers '53 (BA '51), a former federal magistrate judge who retired from the bench in 2004, died March 29. Judge Powers lived in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, with his wife, Bobbie Powers, who survives him.

His many friends and colleagues recalled him as a dedicated jurist who showed compassion to all who entered his courtroom, according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Carter '68, who replaced Judge Powers when he was appointed to the bench in 1999. Judge Powers had completed two eight-year terms but then was recalled to part-time status until his full retirement. "He really helped me learn my way as a judge," Carter said. "He was a great colleague, friend and mentor."

Judge Powers was appointed to the bench by U.S. District Judge H. Ted Milburn in 1984. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he moved to Chattanooga in 1959 and practiced law there until his appointment to the federal bench. After law school, he served in the U.S. Army in counter-intelligence and the JAG Corps, retiring with the rank of colonel. He met his wife, Bobbie, while stationed at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Maryland, where the Army Intelligence School and the Counter Intelligence Records Facility were located.

Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier, appointed in 1995, related a story of one of Judge Power's many empathetic actions while serving as a magistrate judge. A woman who had won a civil lawsuit as a plaintiff lived in a remote county in the region. Before she could receive the settlement she was awarded, the woman was required to come to court so that Powers could explain the results of the case to her and sign the paperwork. But the woman, who disliked cities and courtrooms, refused to return to Chattanooga. Judge Powers drove to her remote county, where he had arranged to meet her on the side of a country road near her home at 8 p.m. one evening to explain the judgment and sign the paperwork.


Frank Jasper Runyon II '57 of Clarksville, Tennessee, died February 29. He was 83. An Eagle Scout, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Frank volunteered with the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean Conflict. Following law school, he returned to Clarksville and entered his father's law practice. Frank served two terms in the state legislature from 1967-70. While in private practice, he was legal counsel to the City of Clarksville from 1959-91 and to the Clarksville Electric Power Board from 1959-2005. Frank was a founding member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Sheila.

W. Mitchell Crawford III '60 (BA'58) died December 19, 2011, in Fayetteville, Tennessee, following an extended illness. At Vanderbilt, Mitch was an officer of the Kappa Sigma men's fraternity, president of the Young Democrats Club, editor of the Tower, and on the staff of the Dean of Men. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1960-66. Following law school, Mitch became a partner at Chambliss Bahner and Crawford before entering private practice in Franklin, Tennessee, from 1975-85. He served as deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Employment Security from 1987-96. He retired in 2009 as Assistant District Attorney for Child Support Enforcement for the 17th Judicial District.

Henry Von Sutton '61 of Memphis, Tennessee, died February 27. He was 80. Henry served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer during the Korean Conflict, after which he earned his undergraduate degree at Memphis State before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. Henry was co-chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and an Elector of the Electoral College.

Judge Don A. Foster '61 died January 15 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Judge Foster served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952-54 and was awarded the Korean Service Medal. In 1957, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in zoology before earning his law degree. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown of Ridgway, Illinois, and practiced law. In 1962 he was elected Gallatin County Judge. Two years later, he was appointed Associate Circuit Judge. He became a Circuit Judge in 1970 and served until his retirement in 2008.

Robert Steven Mirin '68 of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died February 9. Bob graduated from the University of Maryland before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He later earned an LL.M. from George Washington University. He spent his career in private practice. Bob is survived by his wife, Joanna.

Michael C. Pescatello '69 died January 22. He was 67. Mike was a member of Vanderbilt Law School's Board of Advisors. He earned his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He was senior vice president at Northern Trust, a wealth and asset management company, and served as the managing director and chief fiduciary officer of the company's Bay Area region. He joined Northern Trust in 1988, when the company opened its first offices in California. Before joining Northern Trust, he served as vice-president of the trust and investment division of Crocker National Bank and was active in the investment syndication business, serving in an executive capacity with several national syndication firms. He began his legal career as an associate with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York. Mike is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolie (Kiki).

James Lanier ("Rocky") Walker '72 died March 18 after a four-year battle with cancer. Rocky was an Eagle Scout. He earned his bachelor's degree from Davidson College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif and served as associate articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. Rocky served as a captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He practiced law for 37 years as a commercial and personal injury litigation defense lawyer. For the past 19 years, Rocky was a partner with Jackson Walker in San Antonio, where he headed the litigation section for all of the Jackson Walker offices. In fall 2011, he was honored with the South/Central Texas Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel's "Ethical Life Award." Rocky was a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, of which he was past president. In addition, he served as chairman of the State Bar of Texas District Four Grievance Committee and was a member of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He is survived by his wife, Jacki.

James Strong Hereford Jr. '74 of Fayetteville, Tennessee, died January 8. A longtime Fayetteville attorney, he had served as City Attorney since 2008 and was a former Fayetteville alderman and former Lincoln County commissioner. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie.

John Reid Tait '74 died February 1 in Lewiston, Idaho. He was 65. After graduating from Columbia College, John enlisted in the U.S. Army, graduated from its Military Intelligence School and served as a counterintelligence special agent. After John earned his law degree, he became a founding partner in Keeton & Tait in Lewiston, where he practiced for 35 years. John served as Clearwater Bar president, member and chairman of the Idaho State Bar Ethics Committee, and board member of the Worker's Compensation Section of the Idaho State Bar, serving as chair for 2004 and 2005. He served for many years on the Board of the Idaho Trial Lawyers and for 25 years on the State Board of Idaho Legal Aid Services. He is survived by his wife, Christina Bjornstad.

Stephenie Kay Cook '78 of Manchester, Maine, died April 1, following a battle with cancer. She was 60. She graduated from Valparaiso University before earning her law degree at Vanderbilt, where she met her husband, Rick Cook (JD'79), who survives her. She began her legal practice as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn. Stephenie successfully transitioned from lawyer to educational leader, with particular dedication to helping public school students fulfill their aspirations. In Sudbury, Massachusetts, she served as an elected school committee member for nine years, twice chairing the committee, and then worked with school districts throughout the Commonwealth. Stephenie came to Maine full-time in 2002, serving as executive director of the Maine Educational Leadership Consortium. Most recently she worked with the Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation Education Foundation.

Charles William ("Chet") Gerdts III '78 died February 16 in New York City. Chet was a member of Vanderbilt Law School's Board of Advisors and had served as the U.S.-based general counsel of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) since 2002. Before becoming head of PwC's U.S. corporate legal staff, Chet was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he served as the managing partner of the firm's litigation department and on its executive committee. He began his legal career in 1978 at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in Manhattan, where he became a partner in 1986. He was featured in an article focusing on Vanderbilt Law alumni serving as general counsels in the fall 2011 Vanderbilt Lawyer. Chet was a member of the New York City Bar Association's 2006 Task Force on the Lawyer's Role in Corporate Governance, served on the ABA's Presidential Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege, and was a member of the board of directors for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth.

Eugene James Honea '81 of Nashville died February 25. He was 65. Gene had a private law practice in Franklin, Tennessee, until he retired. He was known for his sharp wit and legal acumen. Gene is survived by his wife, Charla.

Herman Taylor Bayless '90 died April 14, 2011, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. He was 52. Before earning his law degree, Herman graduated from The McCallie School and Harvard University. Herman had lived and worked as an attorney in Boston since earning his law degree.


Angela Avis Holland

Angela Avis Holland died April 28 following an emergency hospitalization on April 25. Angie was an associate at Reed Smith in Washington, D.C., where she practiced in the firm's global regulatory enforcement group, focusing her practice on education law, labor and employment, and commercial litigation. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Before entering law school, she served through Teach for America at Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where she taught Spanish, chaired the foreign language department, and coached cheerleading. A cheerful and effective leader everywhere she served, Angie crafted curricula and delivered instruction for the Teach for America program and was a corps member advisor for the Los Angeles School District.

Angie excelled in law school, where she served on the staff of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, receiving the journal's Outstanding Editor Award. Her dedication to public service and community involvement was recognized with numerous awards, including the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award; the Junius L. Allison Legal Aid Award; the Damali K. Booker Award, which honors graduates for their commitment to public and community service; and Scholastic Excellence Awards in Domestic Violence Law and Taxation of Nonprofits. She was the senior articles editor of the Southern Region BLSA Law Journal, and director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society's Street Law program, where she established a classroom program for high school students. She also served as the Academic Excellence Committee Co-chair of the Black Law Students Association.

Before entering private practice, Angie clerked for Judge Karen Wells Roby of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. At Reed Smith, her education law practice included the representation of school boards, public school districts and private schools.

She was an associate trustee of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and a member of the Education Law Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She served on the board of directors for Beacon House, a non-profit that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreational and nutritional programs to at-risk children. She was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which she joined as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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