Visitors to C|M|LAW are often struck by the contemporary renovations that have shaped the law school building, as well as by the broader transformation of the Cleveland State University campus. From the lobby areas of the Wolstein facade, the views through striking, floor-to-ceiling walls of glass reveal what has become a vibrant downtown cityscape: towering office buildings form a solemn backdrop for the energy and activity of Euclid Avenue and PlayhouseSquare. It is appropriate that the vista from the law school is of the newly re-energized downtown Cleveland. Few institutions can legitimately claim to have had a more far-reaching impact on this city than C|M|LAW. Our graduates have shaped this community legislatively, judicially, economically and through public service. The mayor of Cleveland, four members of the Cleveland City Council, and the Cuyahoga County Executive are all alumni of the law school. Our alumni occupy a significant portion of the offices within every major law firm in Northeast Ohio as well as in scores of small- and medium-sized law firms and solo practices. Our alumni comprise more than 60 percent of the judiciary in Cuyahoga County, and they are prominent leaders in Clevelandâ€™s business and non-profit sectors. C|M|LAW graduates are innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. But the boundaries of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County cannot contain the talent that flows from this law school. In Ohio, three of the stateâ€™s nine Supreme Court Justices, two state senators, and three state representatives are law school graduates. In Washington, D.C., we boast one sitting member of Congress, and until recently had two. Two U.S. Court of Federal Claims judges are our alumni, as are the general counsel of the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Chief Deputy Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court. The list goes on and it is indeed impressive. We have recently identified a substantial number of our alumni whose career paths have taken them in-house at some of the largest corporations in the country. This issue of the Stories Book highlights some of these individuals, their careers, and the ways in which their professional lives have intersected in some recent, high profile M&A transactions. Through our newly created Corporate Counsel Club, we hope to create deeper connections among our in-house alumni as well as harness their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the next generation of C|M|LAW students. At this time of crisis in legal education, many law schools are struggling with their identities. However, as I look out over this city and beyond, I can see clear reflections of who we are. I hope you find the stories in these pages to be as inspirational as I do, and that you will commit to engaging with and supporting C|M|LAW as we continue to build a law school of quality and influence.
Craig M. Boise Dean and Professor of Law
C|M|LAW Launches the Corporate Counsel Club........................5 Emily Smayda Kelly......................................................................................6 Luke Cleland.....................................................................................................8 Tracy Crandall................................................................................................10 ACQUISITIONS OF COMPANIES
STERIS Acquires US Endoscopy.......................................................... 12 United Technologies Corporation Acquires Goodrich............ 13 Dan Mordarski................................................................................................ 14 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Larry James..................................................................................................... 16 DEANâ€™S AWARD RECIPIENT
Irene Rennillo................................................................................................. 18 50th ANNIVERSARY FEATURES
John Martindale, Stanley Stein, Sheldon Rabb, John Gill.......20 Michelle & Brendan Sheehan................................................................ 22 Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Alumni of the Year...................................................................................... 23 Alumni Association Life Members..................................................... 24 Alumni on the Move................................................................................... 28 In Memoriam.................................................................................................. 37
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C|M|LAW Launches the Corporate Counsel Club The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, in its continuing commitment to foster vital career networking opportunities for its students and graduates, announces the creation of the Corporate Counsel Club, its latest professional development initiative.
The CCC is designed to bolster the school’s relationships with corporations and law firms, and consists of general and in-house counsel representing a wide range of companies from Ohio and across the country. It will serve as a dynamic forum for advice on trends in business and law, offer a resource for current students interested in a career in-house, and will connect professionals in those fields with others interested in pursuing similar career paths.
P. Kelly Tompkins ’81
Kelly Tompkins ’81, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cliffs Natural Resources, recalls the inception of the club. “In a recent conversation with Dean Boise about the number of Cleveland-Marshall alumni who are now senior legal officers or are otherwise practicing in-house, it was clear that most don’t know, or know of, each other,” Tomkins says. “With that reality, we could see a unique opportunity to connect these attorneys through a corporate counsel club, and the idea took off from there.”
corporate counsel who are graduates of C|M|LAW, NEO ACC members, as well as counsel whose companies are based in Ohio. The program, Inside the Mind of Inside Counsel, in which panelists discuss current trends for in-house legal departments, addressing internal and external legal needs and best practices for partnering with outside law firms, is coming up this spring. A complimentary Student Career Panel will provide a forum for current students to hear CCC members share their career paths and their decisions to serve as corporate counsel, in addition to offering guidance on developing a career in corporate law. “The expertise of this long and impressive list of lawyers in the Corporate Counsel Club will be a valuable resource to our students and the broader C|M|LAW community,” says Dean Craig Boise.
The Club’s commitment will be seen in numerous events held throughout the year. Its first, a social event co-hosted by the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel on Monday, October 1, 2012 was in conjunction with the ACC’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The event was open to
Emily Smayda Kelly General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
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Corporate Counsel Club
Emily Smayda Kelly can’t say she has an easy job, but it’s a job she thoroughly adores. The 1999 graduate of C|M|LAW serves as General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, a 111-year-old nonprofit, community-based home health care organization that serves 23 Ohio counties. In her position for just over a year, Smayda Kelly has already played a leading role in everything from union negotiations to corporate restructuring.
“It’s two roles that are 100 percent diametrically opposed. I fight with myself on a daily basis!” “It’s two roles that are 100 percent diametrically opposed,” she says with a laugh. “I fight with myself on a daily basis!”
In many ways, Smayda Kelly’s position represents a return to her roots at C|M|LAW, where she remains an active student mentor today. “I was editor-inchief for the Journal of Law and Health, and I knew health care was where I wanted to end up,” she says. “But how I got here is a winding story.” A lifelong Clevelander, she began her career in the public sector as a union contract negotiator for the City of Cleveland. She later jumped the aisle to serve in the same capacity for various skilled-trade unions before accepting a position as in-house counsel for a national labor supplier. She joined VNA in November 2011, shortly after the birth of her son, Grayson, and she quickly found that her executive team shares her intertwined passions for career and family. “I have a supportive CEO who has two children and a wonderful CFO who has four children,” Smayda Kelly says. “They are all people who very much understand who I am: I have an excellent work-life balance.”
LUKE Cleland Assistant General Counsel University Hospitals
In his own way, Luke Cleland â€™05 has followed in the footsteps of his mother and father.
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“I always had an interest in health care,” says the Akron native, whose parents both served as nurses. “Health care is kind of a neat business to work in because at the end of the day, the people who you’re able to help are the patients—people who truly need it.”
“Health care is kind of a neat business to work in because at the end of the day, the people who you’re able to help are the patients— people who truly need it.”
After a post-C|M|LAW stint with Akron General Hospital, Cleland joined the in-house legal team of University Hospitals in July 2008 and quickly assumed a prominent role in the system’s $1.2 billion expansion initiative. He served as lead counsel for construction of the $260 million Seidman Cancer Center, a facility especially dear to Cleland because he lost his mother to brain cancer. He also led negotiations for a new $17 million rehabilitation hospital, a joint venture slated to open in Beachwood in March 2013. In 2012, he was feted as a rising star among general and in-house counsel by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
from his graduation at C|M|LAW. “At the beginning of my career, it was very interesting to walk into meetings with folks who had been doing this for 30 or even 40 years. It can be kind of intimidating at first, but you get over that.”
Upon joining the team at UH—the partner hospital of Case Western Reserve University—Cleland was quick to establish a relationship with C|M|LAW that has led to student externships at UH every semester since 2009. “At University Hospitals, part of our mission is to teach, and that really flows through all of our organization,” he says. “It’s been good for us, and it’s been good for the school and the students. Students really get a lot of exposure, and they have an opportunity for experiences beyond what the typical law school offers.”
“I’m fairly young for what I’ve had the opportunity to do,” says Cleland, just seven years removed
TRACY Crandall Assistant General Counsel AND Assistant Secretary RPM International
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Corporate Counsel Club
Tracy Crandall wasn’t always a corporate lawyer, but it may be what she’ll be from here on out. A 1997 graduate of C|M|LAW, she parlayed her role as a partner with Cleveland’s Calfee, Halter & Griswold into a career with RPM International of Medina, a $4.5 billion, publicly traded company that specializes in coating and construction products. “I always knew I wanted to be a corporate lawyer, says Crandall, RPM’s Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. “I never wanted to be a trial lawyer or a litigator—it just doesn’t mesh with my personality.” Devoted primarily to securities, contracts, and compliance work by day, she also finds time to raise five children. It’s a schedule she knows she never could have maintained as part of a law firm. “It’s been my experience that it’s easier to balance life in the corporate world. I think the biggest difference is in not having to worry about business development,” she says, recalling countless evenings devoted to building client relationships over the years.
“I have a great affinity with Cleveland-Marshall. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone there, and that’s an important thing for all students and alumni to remember.”
Crandall’s more manageable schedule has also allowed her to play an active role with the boards of the children’s services agency Beech Brook as well as Leadership Medina County, and she relishes opportunities to engage with current students at C|M|LAW. “I have a great affinity with Cleveland-Marshall,” she says. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone there, and that’s an important thing for all students and alumni to remember.”
Companies with C|M|LAW Ties Acquire Other Companies With C|M|LAW Ties The year 2012 was marked by a pair of corporate mergers that were unique not only for their great impact on their respective fields of technology, but for the fact that they were brokered on both sides by executives who gained their start at C|M|LAW.
STERIS Acquires US Endoscopy
In July, STERIS Corporation announced its agreement to assume control of United States Endoscopy Group, Inc., a privately owned medical device company specializing in design and manufacture of gastrointestinal products. STERIS, a 5,000-employee, worldwide supplier of products and services for the health care industry, specializes in operating rooms but previously had no involvement with GI products. Founded in 1991, US Endoscopy includes a newly created product-development team that has led a recent surge in proprietary endoscopic devices, a growing segment of the company’s business. Both companies are located in Mentor, Ohio. At the time of the pact, Mark D. McGinley ’82 served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for STERIS. Mark joined STERIS in 2002, following stints with BF Goodrich, the Glidden Company, and Noveon.
Gulam Khan ’93
Gulam Khan ’93, President, CEO, and Co-Chair of US Endoscopy, joined the company in 2000 as Product Manager and International Sales Manager. Craig Moore ’94, General Counsel and head of Regulatory Affairs, joined the US Endoscopy team in 2007. Both Khan and Moore are graduates of C|M|LAW, where they became friends while they were students. “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to become part of STERIS, a company we respect and know well,” Khan said at the time. “Not only will we gain the size and scale necessary to continue to innovate and grow over the long term; we will also ensure that we can and will remain a vital part of the Greater Cleveland community. While we have had great success the last two decades, having the support of STERIS will better enable us to take full advantage of global opportunities.” “It was a very interesting transaction in that STERIS is literally next door to us,” says Moore. “There wasn’t much in the way of travel expenses going back and forth,” he adds with a laugh. “Throughout the entire process, and for the last few months, as we’ve gotten to know the folks at STERIS, I’ve been very impressed by them and by their company.”
Craig Moore ’94
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United Technologies Corporation Acquires Goodrich Terry Linnert ’75 and F. Scott Wilson ’81
In July 2012, United Technologies Corporation completed its $16.5 billion acquisition of aircraft equipment maker Goodrich Corp. (formerly BF Goodrich). The takeover resulted in the creation of a new group known as UTC Aerospace Systems, which also includes the former Hamilton Sundstrand. United Technologies specializes in a wide range of products and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries. Among its commercial properties are Otis elevators and Carrier heating and air conditioning; its aerospace businesses include Sikorsky aircraft and UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems. C|M|LAW graduate F. Scott Wilson ’81 serves as Associate General Counsel at Pratt & Whitney, a division of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems. Troy Prince ’02 joined Pratt & Whitney as Assistant Intellectual Property Counsel after the merger. They are based in Hartford, Connecticut. Also an alumnus of C|M|LAW, Terry Linnert ’75 served as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Goodrich at the time of the acquisition. Wilson worked only sparingly with Linnert, but he toiled regularly with associates of Linnert and speaks highly of his C|M|LAW colleague, whom he met at a college function in Washington, D.C. several years ago. Terry and Goodrich CEO Marshall Larsen negotiated the terms of the acquisition with UTC. “The transaction resulted in an almost 50% premium for Goodrich shareholders and, since our company’s aerospace product lines were complementary to those of UTC, avoided the need for any significant antitrust mandated divestitures,” stated Linnert. “It’s an extremely important acquisition for my company in terms of the execution of its long-term strategy of being the number one aerospace supplier in the country,” says Wilson, who traded in a role with Pratt & Whitney’s Russian operations for one in San Diego as a result of the acquisition. “I like to tell people that I swapped my Moscow office for one in San Diego,” he says, “so I think I made out all right in the deal.” Though Wilson initially harbored ambitions to be a litigator, he accepted instead a government position as a corporate lawyer in Washington, D.C. “One thing led to another, and now I’m an aerospace finance guy,” he says cheerfully. “And I have no regrets whatsoever.”
Founder Law Offices Of Daniel R. Mordarski LLC
Dan Mordarski didn’t believe that any teacher could be so cruel to a child. But when he heard for himself the horrific words spoken by two educators, he couldn’t stand by quietly. He had committed his career to doing otherwise. A native of Northeast Ohio, Mordarski earned his degree from C|M|LAW in 1994 and settled into commercial litigation in Columbus, eventually working his way up to partner at a firm spun off from Jones Day. But by the summer of 2006, Mordarski’s yearning to take on a wider variety of cases and clients led him to venture out on his own.
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“Many of my cases are what you might call nontraditional,” says Mordarski. “There are many, many good lawyers out there who can handle a routine auto accident case, but my cases tend to be unique. I decided I wouldn’t just represent large corporations or do defense work. I would represent clients who needed help. I wanted to try cases that might make a difference.” And almost from the start, he did just that: winning a $3.2 million verdict against a builder of defective homes, then a $3.6 million settlement for a do-ityourselfer who was critically burned by ready-mix cement. Both cases sent ripples through their respective industries. But the story of a 14-year-old named Cheyanne affected Mordarski like no other case he’d seen. A special-needs student in western Ohio, Cheyanne had long told her family she was being bullied at school—not by classmates, but by her teachers. The girl’s parents repeatedly took their concerns to school administrators, but each time were told their daughter was lying. Finally, Cheyanne’s parents sent her to school with a hidden recording device; what she brought home broke their hearts: four days’ worth of verbal abuse from her teacher and an aide. “Some of the comments were so horrific, it made you sick just to listen to it,” Mordarski recalls. “For any teacher to say these words to any student is unacceptable. To say it to a special-needs student is sickening.” Mordarski eventually earned a settlement for Cheyanne, though the school district has dug in its heels in the wake of subsequent allegations of similar teacher misconduct by two other students. The teacher’s aide resigned her position, and the teacher underwent anti-bullying training but was permitted to keep her job.
“Our goal is to say that if this is really how a district wants its teachers to conduct their classrooms, then maybe we need a jury to be involved,” says Mordarski. Cheyanne has gone on to high school, while Mordarski continues his efforts to ensure that students everywhere are treated with respect. His work with Cheyanne was splashed across the national media, from the Today show to Anderson Cooper, and from the Columbus Dispatch to the Associated Press. Before long, news outlets as far away as Taiwan were reporting Cheyanne’s tragic story, complete with the original recordings of the teachers’ abuse.
“Our goal is to say that if this is really how a district wants its teachers to conduct their classrooms, then maybe we need a jury to be involved.” And almost immediately, Mordarski started hearing from parents of special-needs children across the country—words of thanks for bringing a heartwrenching issue to light, as well as pleas to represent children in other states. In some ways, it was a learning experience for the entire educational system. It was a learning experience for Mordarski too. “One of the things I learned was how special some people are in this world—and, sadly, how cruel some people can be. I would have never imagined that someone in a school district who works with special-needs students could ever say such things. Until you hear those recordings, it’s something you couldn’t even imagine.”
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
LARRY James Partner Crabbe, Brown & James LLP
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2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
If there was one moment when Larry James ’77 knew he had made it as a litigator. It came during a major antitrust case that went to trial in Federal District Court back in 1984. Three years into his career with the Columbus firm of Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt, James was taken by surprise when he was assigned to serve as second chair alongside acclaimed litigator Charlie Brown, a partner who had gained notoriety during the civil trials stemming from the 1970 shootings at Kent State. “I ended up doing the closing argument,” James recalls. “It was at that point that my career, in terms of confidence and complicated cases, just took off.”
“There was something so unique about Cleveland-Marshall students. They were tied into the fabric of Cleveland.”
A partner in the firm since 2001, James serves as general counsel for the National Fraternal Order of Police and the USA Track & Field Board of Directors. In 2011, he was selected by The Ohio State University to represent its student-athletes in NCAA investigations—a role that came about at the time of the school’s infamous “Tattoogate” scandal. In October of last year, James returned to campus to be honored as C|M|LAW’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. A former Assistant Law Director for the City of Cleveland, he attributes his early career success to connections made at Cleveland-Marshall. “There was something so unique about Cleveland-Marshall students,” he recalls. “They were tied in to the fabric of Cleveland. And when you get to come home like I did this year, you look back on your legal education and your involvement there. Who would have ever thought that somewhere down the road, I would be chosen as one of the outstanding graduates of a school that has produced so many very distinguished people? I didn’t. And I am truly honored by this recognition.”
2012 Deanâ€™s Award Recipient
IRENE Rennillo President and Chief Operating Officer Rennillo Deposition & Discovery
Cleveland State University
2012 DEAN’S AWARD RECIPIENT
It was through her own work as a lawyer that Irene Rennillo ’83 learned firsthand of the endless details and ever-present stresses that can accompany any career in law. For 10 years she served with Climaco, Climaco, Seminatore, Lefkowitz & Garofoli, as a specialist in business transactions, personal injury defense, and RICO.
“They were very powerful litigators, and they set a great example for me,” Rennillo says, still vividly recalling the sense of awe she felt during initial interviews with the firm’s partners. “I was very blessed.” Out of her experience came Rennillo Deposition & Discovery, a Cleveland-based litigation services firm she opened with her husband, Louis. Launched in 1998, the company specialized in services ranging from court reporting and trial presentation to videography and document retrieval at its downtown Cleveland and Akron offices. In 2010, Rennillo’s success drew the attention of industry giant Veritext of New Jersey, which bid to acquire Rennillo D&D. By January of the following year, her company was rebranded with the Veritext name. As a conclusion to her consulting services, Rennillo spearheaded the largest single year of revenue growth in the firm’s history. “Without having been a lawyer and knowing what true, intense litigation is all about, I never would have been able to have the successful business that I did,” she says. Throughout her career, Rennillo has made giving back to the community a priority. While her firm was still in its infancy, she created the Rennillo Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to supporting education and community outreach. The foundation’s mission has resulted in
“It’s day to day work, and Cleveland-Marshall really equips people to handle that. My degree has been invaluable in every single thing I’ve done.” contributions to charity, fundraising galas, creation of inner-city schools, and high school internship programs, among other causes. With a generous gift from the Rennillos and the Rennillo Foundation, C|M|LAW established The Irene & Louis Rennillo Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2005. A 1983 graduate of C|M|LAW, Rennillo has remained active with the college. Recipient of Cleveland State University’s George B. Davis Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010, she was honored with the Dean’s Award in 2012. “Law doesn’t just apply in some high esoteric realm,” she says. “It’s day to day work, and Cleveland-Marshall really equips people to handle that. My degree has been invaluable in every single thing I’ve done.”
C|M|LAW celebrated the 50th anniversary of the class of 1962 with four remarkable attorneys during homecoming festivities this fall.
Members of the class of 1962: Sheldon Rabb, John Martindale, John Gill and Stanley Stein, with Dean Boise.
JOHN Martindale John Martindale’s family boasted a rich history in the legal profession, but not rich enough to appeal to him as a young man. “Originally, I didn’t want to be a lawyer—it looked deadly dull to me,” says the native of Lakewood, whose father and grandfather had been lawyers dating back to 1898. Educated at Harvard, Martindale juggled a career in insurance and a stint in the army before Cleveland-Marshall lit the path to a legal career. He went on to serve as a trial lawyer with more than 250 cases over 40-plus years, and he finds in retrospect that he managed to avoid the dullness his forebearers knew. “It certainly had its excitement,” Martindale says today. “Jury trials are a lot different from writing wills and real estate transfers.”
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STANLEY Stein For 45 years and counting, Stanley Stein has practiced law from the same Public Square office. “I’ve paid my dues, but I like keeping busy,” says Stein, 84, whose Cleveland-Marshall education rescued him from an unsatisfying career in consumer finance. Striking out on his own immediately after graduation, Stein met with success quickly. “I was doing anything I could get my hands on,” he recalls, rattling off a list that ranges from divorce to bankruptcy, and from personal injury to criminal law. “I can afford to be picky now.” Being more selective these days allows Stein to keep busy as a magistrate for the City of Garfield Heights and as an active volunteer with C|M|LAW and the West Shore Bar Association.
SHELDON Rabb “I really didn’t know what I was getting into,” Sheldon Rabb admits today when he reminisces on his start at Cleveland-Marshall. “Those were different days. We got married and then worried about whether we could support a marriage. Then we had kids and tried to figure out how we could afford kids. It was a struggle, because I did it on my own.” Like many from his graduating class, Rabb worked by day and attended law school by night. “I found what I liked there, and the people were good to me from the start.” Fifty years later, Rabb is freshly retired from Rabb & Davis Co. LPA and enjoying winters in Florida, proud to note that he has two sons, a son-in-law, and a daughter-in-law who have followed his path into law—three of them with degrees from C|M|LAW. “We make lawyers,” he says with a subtle note of satisfaction.
JOHN Gill John Gill’s illustrious career in law was made possible by daily breaks from his first job out of college. A towering, 6-foot-6 Cleveland fireman stationed downtown on St. Clair Avenue, he began using his evening dinner breaks to attend classes at Cleveland-Marshall, which sat in the backyard of the firehouse. Gill’s dual careers intertwined for seven years, but his passion eventually gave way to the full-time pursuit of law. Specializing in criminal defense, he tried countless memorable cases over the years—but none more so than the original trial of suspected Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the 1980s. After 18 months spent in Israel, Gill earned his client’s exoneration, though the legal turmoil for Demjanjuk had only just begun. Now 80, Gill continues to practice law while finishing up a book on his experiences during the landmark trial. “It was like a show,” recalls Joan Gill, John’s wife of 52 years. During visits to see her husband, she was moved by how transfixed Israeli citizens were by the daily proceedings. “It was very colorful,” she says, “very interesting.” The same could be said of John Gill’s career.
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Michelle & Brendan
Sheehan Met & Married at C|M|LAW “Our children have learned that there are rules, and if you break the rules there are consequences. But they’ve also learned that there are mitigating circumstances.”
Brendan Sheehan eventually earned the love of Michelle Joseph. But he didn’t do it on his first try. A night student at C|M|LAW, Brendan served as a bailiff by day in the court of then-Northern District Judge Donald Nugent. It was on a Friday evening in October 1991 that he encountered day student Michelle with a friend at a popular downtown nightspot. And he moved in quickly. “His pickup line was, ‘You should come by and meet my judge,’” Michelle says today, with a roll of her eyes that’s practically audible. “I’m like, seriously? I didn’t even know what a bailiff was. Cheesiest pickup line ever.” Brendan remembers the evening somewhat differently: “From that moment on she chased me.” The two had met through a mutual friend at the Cleveland-Marshall library a year earlier, but it wasn’t until a few weeks after that fateful Friday night that Brendan and Michelle finally clicked—on a dinner date…with Michelle’s father. Though their career paths diverged— Brendan studied criminal law, Michelle chose the civil route—they grew close through their studies, and even took a couple of classes together. It was a dilapidated Ford that finally cemented their love.
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“Nobody is interested in a serious relationship in law school,” Michelle recalls. “But when my old car broke
down, he pushed it from the law school to the mechanic. I said, ‘This has to be the one.’” By the summer of 1995, they were married. In the years since, both have seen their careers blossom as their dedication to Northeast Ohio remains unwavering. Brendan rose through the ranks of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and has served since 2009 on the bench of the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas. Michelle specializes in appellate law with the Cleveland office of Reminger and remains active with the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. They live in Rocky River, where the guiding principles of their profession are never lost on their three children, 15- and 13-year-old daughters and a 9-year-old son. “Everything’s in mediation in our house,” says Michelle. “Our children have learned that there are rules, and if you break the rules there are consequences. But they’ve also learned that there are mitigating circumstances.” That’s why when trouble arises in the Sheehan household, the children settle easily into the roles of defendant, prosecutor, and witness. Mom can’t help but take up counsel for the defense, and Dad—at home, just like at work—handles judicial duties.
Alumni OF THE YEAR Award RecipientS
DENNIS Lansdowne If things had gone as planned, Dennis Lansdowne would have been writing books instead of reading law books. “I was an English major and assumed I would author the next great American novel,” he says. “When I realized I had never written more than a few pages of fiction – none of it very good – I thought another career might make sense.” Law was an obvious choice for Lansdowne, who entered ClevelandMarshall in 1978. “Like great literature, there are compelling stories in law,” he says. “The difference is the people and events are real and, as an advocate, you get to affect the end of the story.” Cleveland-Marshall proved to be a place he enjoyed and at which he excelled. As for his fellow students, Lansdowne is effusive in his affection. “My law school classmates are among my closest friends. They and their families have enriched my life beyond measure.” Lansdowne graduated summa cum laude in 1981 and became a law clerk for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky of the Northern District of Ohio. He stayed
with Judge Krupansky when the Judge was elevated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Following his clerkships, Lansdowne was hired as an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. “Growing up in Cleveland, it was a huge thrill to get a chance to work at Jones Day and it was a great opportunity. I was privileged to work with a number of excellent lawyers on a variety of business litigation matters.” Several years later a friend from law school called about an opportunity at a firm known for its trial work, particularly representing plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. “I was attracted to it because of the opportunities to get in the courtroom and to represent individuals coping with overwhelming circumstances in their lives.” Lansdowne says. He has remained with the firm, now known as Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, for the past twenty-five years. Lansdowne is widely regarded for his
representation of catastrophically injured persons, primarily in the medical malpractice area. Another part of his practice, however, involves representing large corporations in commercial disputes. “It is a diverse practice and I am fortunate to be able to pursue cases I am passionate about,” he says. He has remained close to ClevelandMarshall, serving as an adjunct professor, president of the alumni association and on several advisory boards. What about the great American novel? “Maybe someday, but my wife Kim and our four children are my most important narrative now. I am more than satisfied with that.”
In November of 2012, Timothy J. McGinty was elected Cuyahoga County Prosecutor on a platform of reforming the criminal justice system and reducing crime in Greater Cleveland. McGinty has already begun working to create a culture of transparency and accountability in the County Prosecutor’s Office in order to help restore public confidence. Prior to his election, McGinty had served for more than 18 years as a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. While on the bench, McGinty ran one of the most efficient criminal and
civil dockets, and consistently fought for reform and transparency in the criminal justice system. Prior to serving as a judge, McGinty was an award-winning Assistant County Prosecutor for almost 10 years who served in the Major Trial Division and was named Ohio Prosecutor of the Year. He has been married for 37 years to his wife, Ellen, a nurse, and they raised their two children in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood where they now often spend time with their two grandchildren. McGinty graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1981 and is honored
to be receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award with his friend and classmate, Dennis Landsdowne.
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Richard J. Moriarty Charles F. Ipavec Bernard Mosesson Hon. Lillian W. Burke Hon. Eugene M. Fellmeth Dr. Bernice G. Miller Philip R. Brodsky Hon. Thomas Lambros Walter L. Greene William T. Monroe Olga Tsiliacos George J. Frantz William D. Carle, III Carol Emerling Hon. Robert E. Feighan Glenn J. Seeley Hon. George W. White Joseph C. Domiano Thomas J. Brady Richard T. Reminger Charles R. Emrick, Jr. George M. Maloof Julian Kahan Donald M. Colasurd Donald L. Guarnieri Don C. Iler Norman T. Musial Rodion J. Russin Hon. James D. Sweeney Hon. Hans R. Veit Richard J. Bogomolny Stephen J. Cahn Hon. Anthony O. Calabrese, Jr. Winifred A. Dunton Kevin B. Fergus Harold D. Graves Fred Lick, Jr. Leon G. Nagler Robert R. Wantz Sheldon E. Baskin Arthur R. FitzGerald Clarence L. James, Jr. Lucien B. Karlovec Sheldon E. Rabb Stanley E. Stein Anthony J. Asher Robert W. Haskins Robert H. Moore, Jr. Thomas J. Scanlon James A. Thomas
1949 1950 1950 1951 1951 1951 1952 1952 1953 1953 1953 1954 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1956 1957 1957 1958 1958 1959 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1960 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1961 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1962 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963
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Lester T. Tolt James J. Brown Henry B. Fischer Donald Pokorny Raymond J. Schmidlin Jr. Joseph T. Svete David S. Lake June W. Wiener Edward T. Haggins Carl L. Stern Charles B. Donahue II Michael R. Gareau Theodore R. Kowalski Kenneth R. Montlack Stanley Morganstern Lawrence J. Rich Norman D. Tripp William M. Wohl Gerald F. Broski Hon. John E. Corrigan Hon. Bohdan Futey James R. Kellam Bernard Mandel Richard Moroscak William E. Powers, Jr. Nancy C. Schuster Marc J. Bloch Hon. John J. Donnelly William W. Owens James E. Spitz William L. Summers Wendel E. Willmann James A. Baker Glenn E. Billington Kenneth A. Bossin Stephen J. Brown Hon. Annette G. Butler Hon. C. Ellen Connally William T. Doyle, Jr. Blaise C. Giusto Harry W. Greenfield John C. Kikol Hon. Ted R. Klammer Robert M. Phillips Lucian Rego Walter A. Rodgers Richard W. Sander Timothy W. Sauvain Michael I. Shapero Robert J. Sindyla
1963 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1965 1965 1966 1966 1967 1967 1967 1967 1967 1967 1967 1967 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1968 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1969 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970
Emil F. Sos Joseph A. Valore Joseph H. Weiss, Jr. William A. Wortzman Thomas L. Aries Joyce E. Barrett Timothy M. Bittel M. Lee Graft Thomas P. Hayes Dharminder L. Kampani James J. Komorowski James E. Melle William T. Plesec Bert R. Tomon Hon. William H. Wiest Robert I. Chernett Michael L. Climaco William P. Farrall William P. Gibbons Hon. Joseph Gibson Gary N. Holthus John V. Jackson, II James A. Lowe Ronald H. Mills Keith A. Savidge David A. Fegen W. Frederick Fifner Terry H. Gilbert Thomas O. Gorman Timothy W. Hughes Mary A. Lentz Frank R. Osborne Jack A. Staph Oliver H. Claypool, Jr. Thomas E. Downey Michael C. Hennenberg Timothy G. Kasparek David R. Knowles J. Michael Monteleone Quentin J. Nolan Hon. Donald C. Nugent Barbara Stern Gold Stephen O. Walker Hon. Lesley Wells Leonard D. Young James S. Aussem Steven M. Barkan William L. Bransford Michael M. Courtney Jose C. Feliciano
1970 1970 1970 1970 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1973 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975
John B. Gibbons Deborah Lewis Hiller William C. Hofstetter Joseph B. Jerome Richard S. Koblentz Dr. Gregory J. Lake Dale H. Markowitz Michael E. Murman L. Richard Musat Jeffrey H. Olson John M. Richilano Alan J. Ross David J. Skrabec Gerald L. Steinberg James F. Szaller Christopher W. Vasil B. Casey Yim Alan L. Zmija Deborah Akers-Parry Patrick J. Alcox Keith E. Belkin Patrick R. Bianconi Charles G. Deeb Teresa Demchak Harold W. Fuson, Jr. Michael H. Gruhin Michael J. Nath David Ross Steven H. Slive Michael A. Sweeney Harvey W. Berman Jack W. Bradley Kathleen M. Carrick Lawrence J. Cook Rita S. Fuchsman Kevin E. Irwin Sumner E. Nichols II F. Ronald O’Keefe David A. Peyton Linda M. Rich Barbara K. Roman Charles T. Simon Roger M. Synenberg John D. Wheeler Robert M. Wilson Mark W. Baserman Thomas L. Colaluca Mary Llamas Courtney Dale E. Creech, Jr. Emerson S. Davis Elisabeth T. Dreyfuss Sally M. Edwards Angelo F. Lonardo Stephanie H. Malbasa David M. Paris Robert A. Poklar M. Steven Potash Patrick R. Roche Steven L. Wasserman Ronald F. Wayne Sheryl King Benford Peter J. Brodhead
1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1976 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1979 1979
New Life Members are listed in bold.
Janet E. Burney William J. Day David A. Forrest W. Andrew Hoffman, III Steven B. Lesser Anne L. Rosenbach LaVerne Nichols Boyd Maria E. Quinn Joel H. Rathbone H. Jeffrey Schwartz Richard C. Alkire Kemper D. Arnold Richard J. Berris David P. Burke Gregory F. Clifford Carl J. Dyczek Jeffrey Endress Culver F. Eyman, III Susan L. Gragel William Hawal James H. Hewitt, III David W. Kaman Hon. Diane J. Karpinski Lynn Arko Kelley John C. Meros Floyd James Miller, Jr. Howard D. Mishkind Timothy P. Misny Richard S. Pietch Loree Ellen Potash Kenneth R. Roll Robert G. Walton Gerald R. Walton Richard M. Arceci Louise P. Dempsey Hermine G. Eisen Michael E. Gibbons Henry J. Hilow Joseph J. Jerse Sandra J. Kerber Peter W. Klein Dennis R. Lansdowne Vincent T. Lombardo Peter A. Sackett Robert N. Schmidt P. Kelly Tompkins Mark D. Weller Frederick N. Widen Hon. Joseph J. Zone Jamie R. Lebovitz James L. Reed Kathleen J. St. John Keith D. Weiner Laura A. Williams Richard G. Zeiger Gary S. Adams K. Ronald Bailey Hon. Paul Brickner Michael P. Cassidy William J. Ciszczon Anthony P. Dapore William B. Davies
1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983
John L. Habat Elizabeth Haque Jill Melanie Marcus Peter Marmaros Mary Jane McGinty Thomas P. O’Donnell Hon. Ralph J. Perk Irene A. Holyk Rennillo Kevin J.M. Senich Susan M. Stephanoff Donna Taylor-Kolis Marilyn Tobocman Stephen E. Walters Dr. Carl F. Asseff Frank D. Aveni Susan J. Becker Edward A. Doles Joseph R. Gioffre Patrick F. Haggerty Carol Rogers Hilliard Christopher M. Mellino M. Elizabeth Monihan Michelle L. Paris Joseph G. Stafford Carter E. Strang Mark M. Termini Gary R. Williams Beverly Blair Tim L. Collins Mary E. Golrick Daniel S. Kalka Jeffrey A. Leikin Margaret A. McDevitt Laurie F. Starr Adam Vetter Tina E. Wecksler Jane Barrow Greta E. Fifner Laura J. Gentilcore Niles P. Rogers Bernadette F. Salada James E. Tavens Hon. Richard J. Ambrose Sam R. Bradley Bruce Committe Schuyler M. Cook Anthony J. Coyne Thomas L. Feher Scott C. Finerman Jayne Geneva Michael P. Harvey John T. Hawkins Chris Hurlbut John M. “Jack” Jones Hon. Joan Synenberg Gary Lichtenstein Mary D. Maloney Brian M. O’Neill E. Tasso Paris Laurence J. Powers Barbara Silver Rosenthal Thomas M. Wilson
1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1986 1986 1986 1986 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987
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Mitchell J. Yelsky Matthew F. Browarek Pamela Daiker Middaugh Hon. Nancy A. Fuerst Joyce Hribar Fiebig Wayne Kriynovich John P. Luskin Christopher R. Malumphy Gary Maxwell Royce R. Remington Hon. Melody J. Stewart Sheila Brennan Judith Arcoria DeLeonibus Hon. Sean C. Gallagher Raymond L. Gurnick Diane Homolak Lori White Laisure David M. Lockman Anthony A. Logue Sheila McCarthy Kathleen M. Newton Scott A. Spero Barbara J. Tyler Henry W. Chamberlain Cassandra Collier-Williams J. Michael Goldberg Patrick Leddy Robin J. Levine Francis P. Manning Ellen M. McCarthy Karin Mika David E. Nager Edele Passalacqua Carol A. Roe
1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990
J. Charles Ruiz-Bueno Brian G. Ruschel Sonia M. Winner Gary I. Birnbaum Perdexter Hogue Williams John F. Burke, III Meena Morey Chandra Hon. Michael P. Donnelly Lillian B. Earl Kevin P. Foley Jack Landskroner Diane S. Leung Hon. John J. Russo Howard E. Skolnick Gretchen Y. Cohen Elaine Eisner Gloria S. Gruhin Christopher B. Janezic Frank E. Piscitelli, Jr. Oscar E. Romero Peter A. Russell Jerald A. Schneiberg Michelle Joseph Sheehan Megan Hensley Bhatia Matthew V. Crawford Rosalina M. Fini Lisa Gold-Scott David H. Gunning, II Jean Marie Hillman Richard W. Jablonski Shawn P. Martin Tyler L. Mathews Lisa Ann Meyer Dennis P. Mulvihill
1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994
Parmanand (Parm) Prashad ’94 obtained his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with honors. Prashad has been admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the States of Ohio and New York and the Province of Ontario, Canada, as well as bars of several Federal District Courts. The C|M|LAW graduate practices both U.S. and Canadian law in the areas of criminal law, personal injury litigation and immigration law. He has appeared in major narcotics and personal injury cases in jurisdictions throughout the continent including New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Vancouver. When he is not involved with legal matters, Prashad enjoys traveling, food, music, and the company of his friends and family including his wife, Sabita, and their three children, Rashmi, Nilesh and Yadesh.
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Melvin F. O’Brien Michael W. O’Neil Parmanand Prashad Darnella T. Robertson Marc D. Rossen James P. Sammon Brian D. Sullivan Patricia A. Ambrose Matthew J. Baumgartner Amy Posner Brooks Rodney G. Davis Denise A. Dickerson Deborah S. Ferenczy-Furry Cheryl A. Green Karen E. Hamilton Norman E. Incze Hon. Benita Y. Pearson Maureen Redlin Swain Nancy Q. Walker Donna M. Andrew Hon. Peter J. Corrigan Ian H. Frank Anthony Gallucci Linda L. Johnson Thomas R. O’Donnell Colleen M. O’Neil Michael S. Owendoff Daniel A. Romaine Rachel D. Lerner Gregory S. Scott Robin M. Wilson Michelle M. DeBaltzo Maureen M. DeVito Ian N. Friedman William E. Gareau Jr. Andrew S. Goldwasser Carlos O. Gomez Leslye M. Huff Joseph R. Klammer Darya P. Klammer Cheryl L. Kravetz Stacey L. McKinley Anthony T. Nici Matthew A. Palnik Susan E. Petersen Anthony R. Petruzzi Kate E. Ryan Sam Thomas III Adam J. Thurman Wendy Weiss Asher
1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997
Thomas W. Baker Mary L. Bradley Geraldine J. Butler Laura Courry-Zhao Tonya E. Thomas Abigail J. Gardner David C. Genzen Amgad Husein Richard J. Koloda Andrea Nelson-Moore Jill S. Patterson Edward P. Simms Tammy L. Bogdanski Patricia McGinty Aston M. Terrell Menefee Mark A. Miller Lillian Ortiz Nicholas G. Rennillo Heather J. Ross Joseph M. Saponaro Emily Smayda Kelly Dean M. Valore Elizabeth F. Wilber Jennifer B. Lyons Todd A. Broski Frank L. Gallucci Theresa M. Kulp Wallace J. Lanci Lori A. Luka James A. Marniella Jennifer Mingus Mountcastle Mark S. O’Brien Michael D. Shroge Eileen M. Sutker, Ph D. Darlene E. White Kelly Burgan Kevin M. Butler Roklyn DePerro Turner Joseph DiBaggio Lynda L. Kovach Sonja Lechowick Siebert Brett A. Miller Bryan L. Penvose John A. Powers Lauren P. Steiner Elizabeth Z. Golish Roger M. Bundy Colleen Barth DelBalso Nicholas A. DiCello Amy E. Gerbick Chance N. Gerfen Michael V. Heffernan Christina M. Hronek Caitlin Magner Troy Prince Weldon H. Rice Donald P. Scott Michael J. Sourek Rick Strawser Kelly Summers Lawrence Heather M. Zirke Louis A. Vitantonio, Jr.
1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002
New Life Members are listed in bold.
Benjamin Beckman ’10 graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is an associate at Jones Day where his legal practice involves mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate and securities matters. Beckman’s primary responsibilities include assisting public and private companies in acquisitions and divestitures of business units across multiple jurisdictions. Beckman resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife and son.
Monica L. Wharton Sandra L. English Manju Gupta Madeline J. Lepidi-Carino James P. Mramor Rhonda J. Porter Kimberly Ann Thomas Hallie Ilene Yavitch John A. Yirga Todd A. Atkinson Jonathan L. Cudnik Dayna M. DePerro Erik S. Dunbar Ronald L. Frey Siegmund F. Fuchs Tahani M. Kablan Kevin J. Kelley Patrick J. Milligan Aaron T. Snopek Jonathan J. Walsh Nathan J. Wills George J. Zilich Melanie Bordelois Nicholas C. DeSantis John A. Favret III Nora E. Graham Scot J. Haislip Inga N. Laurent Ho-Jun Lee Monique A. McCarthy Dean C. Williams Keller J. Blackburn Paul D. Castillo Maggie Fishell David A. Herman Amy L. Scheurman Kristina W. Supler Joseph P. Dunson Erin M. Kriynovich Chan B. Carlson Gregory A. Gentile Nicholas Hanna Eric C. Nemecek Shawn A. Romer Keith D. Scheurman, Jr. Lei Jiang Anthony W. Scott Allison E. Taller Benjamin Beckman Bradley Lipinski Anne Walton Wanda Jones
2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2010 2010 2010 2011
Leslie Pina Linda Ammons David Barnhizer Carol Barresi Paul Carrington Laverne Carter Anne-Marie Connors Patricia J. Falk Joel J. Finer David Forte John Gabel Prof. Sheldon Gelman Louis Geneva Holli Goodman Jack Guttenberg Patrick Harrington Maurice L. Heller Edward J. Hyland Edward G. Kramer Stephen R. Lazarus John Makdisi, Dean Deane Malaker Ernest P. Mansour Ellen L. Mastrangelo Jessica Mathewson Daniel R. McCarthy Mary McKenna Geoffrey S. Mearns Louise F. Mooney Sandra Natran Marshall Nurenberg Hon. Solomon Oliver Kevin F. O’Neill James H. Peak Victoria Plata John Thomas Plecnik Nicolette I. Plottner James D. Proud Fred P. Ramos Tina Rhodes Heidi Gorovitz Robertson Yolanda Salviejo Steven Smith Lloyd B. Snyder Steven Steinglass William Suter Alan Weinstein Norman H. Weinstein Stephen J. Werber Frederic White James G. Wilson Margaret W. Wong
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USAF Major Jack A. Birkland, a pilot who served in World War II, received the Certificate of Valor for his courage and devotion to duty. Hon. Jean M. Capers, retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, was recently honored by the Forest City Tennis Club with the renaming of their courts at Rockefeller Park to the Judge Jean Murrell Capers Tennis Courts.
Kevin E. Irwin was named to Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Mr. Irwin practices in the Cincinnati office of Keating Muething & Klekamp.
1978 James S. Aussem, a shareholder at Cavitch, Familo & Durkin, was appointed to the C|M|LAW National Advisory Council.
1979 Leonard D. Young, Associate General Counsel, Cleveland State University, retired December 2012.
1975 José E. Feliciano was honored with the Community Catalyst Award at the 2012 International Entrepreneur Award Ceremony, recognizing his efforts in creating global connections for the region. Mr. Feliciano was also appointed the 2012-2013 President’s Ambassador at Kent State University.
Miriam A. Ross is the recipient of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Woman in Business Champion Award for New England.
Carol F. Dakin, a senior partner at Squire Sanders, retired December 2012.
Teresa Demchak, Managing Partner at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California, retired December 2012. Ms. Demchak is a member of the C|M|LAW National Advisory Council.
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Sheryl King Benford is President-Elect of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Ms. Benford is General Counsel at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and a member of the National Advisory Council. Christine C. Covey joined the Avon Lake firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. as an associate in the firm’s litigation department. Ms. Covey’s practice is focused on workers’ comp and labor and employment relations. Kenneth B. Liffman received the Jurisprudence Award from ORT, a nonprofit global Jewish organization that promotes education and training in over 100 countries. Mr. Liffman is the managing principal at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co. in Cleveland.
Steven W. Percy was appointed Interim Dean of CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business. Mr. Percy was also installed as a Trustee of the Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June.
recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Richard A. Pignatiello is the Law Director of the City of Seven Hills.
1980 Magistrate Gregory F. Clifford was installed as the 2012-13 Treasurer of the ClevelandMarshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June. Howard D. Mishkind was recognized in the 2012 edition of Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers in the areas of medical negligence and personal injury. The list is created through a peer review rating and includes lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. Mr. Mishkind is president and founder of Mishkind Law Firm Co., L.P.A. in Beachwood, OH.
P. Kelly Tompkins received the Jurisprudence Award from ORT, a non-profit global Jewish organization that promotes education and training in over 100 countries. Mr. Tompkins is the Executive Vice President – Legal, Government Affairs and Sustainability and Chief Legal Officer at Cliffs Natural Resources.
K. Ronald Bailey was chosen as one of the Techiest Lawyers in America by the ABA Journal.
Brent M. Buckley received the 2012 People of Vision Award from Prevent Blindness Ohio. Mr. Buckley is the Managing Partner at Buckley King and a C|M|LAW National Advisory Council member.
Louise P. Dempsey was the recipient of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s President’s Award. Michael E. Gibbons, Senior Managing Director and Principal at Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., is a new member of the C|M|LAW National Advisory Council. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers announced the election of Denise J. Knecht as a newly elected Fellow, the highest
Patricia M. Stanton was named Partner in Charge at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas C|M|LAW National Advisory Council Chair Richard P. Stovsky was appointed a member of the board of trustees for the Cleveland Museum of Art for a five-year term. Mr. Stovsky is the national leader of the private company services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and leads its national audit and tax practice.
1984 Michael W. Czack opened The Czack Law Firm, LLC Cleveland in June.
Former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge Linda Rocker is the author of Punishment, A Legal Thriller.
Daniel L. Rosenthal was recently elected by colleagues in his judicial district to a six-year term on the Virginia State Bar Council. Mr. Rosenthal is a sole practitioner in Richmond, VA and works part-time as a host/producer at the Richmond NPR member radio station. Carter E. Strang was installed as the 2012-13 President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
1983 Retired U.S. Administrative Law Judge Paul Brickner was elected a member of the Willoughby Eastlake City Board of Education.
1985 Tim L. Collins was elected Secretary of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio.
Mary Cibella was selected as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient for Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. Ms. Cibella is of counsel in the Cleveland firm McGinty Hilow & Spellacy.
Alumni on the MOve
1991 William D. Mason joined the Cleveland office of Bricker & Eckler where he is a partner in the public finance group.
Brian A. Cook joined Waldheger Coyne in Westlake where his practice will focus on domestic relations and the resolution of criminal and juvenile conflicts in local courts.
1992 Meena Morey Chandra was appointed as the 2012-2014 Chair of the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee. Ms. Chandra is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
Kenneth C. Ricci, Chairman of Flight Options, LLC, received the William A. Ong Memorial Award from the National Air Transportation Association. Flight Options is the nation’s second largest private aircraft transportation company. Robert G. Trusiak is the senior associate general counsel and chief compliance officer at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, NY.
1987 Anthony J. Coyne was appointed Law Director for the City of University Heights. Hon. Joan L. Synenberg is a trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Lisa Gasbarre Black, General Counsel at Catholic Charities Health & Human Services, was the recipient of the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2012 General and In-house Counsel Summit award in the Nonprofit Category. Bradley L. Greene is a partner in the Cleveland law office of Bartimole Greene Co., LPA, where his practice is focused on elder law and estate and life care planning.
1990 Thomas P. Goodwin was recently awarded the 2012 Access To Justice Pubic Interest Law Award for his continued representation of individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Mr. Goodwin is a sole practitioner in Toledo and represents clients in family law and criminal matters. Daniel L. Schiau is in the corporate real estate department at Parker Hannifin Corp. in Cleveland.
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Hon. Michael P. Donnelly is a trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys announced that Janet L. Lowder is the winner of the 2012 Powley Elder Law Award. Ms. Lowder is a partner in the Cleveland firm of Hickman & Lowder. Andrew M. Wargo is a shareholder in the Cleveland office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman Goggin, a Philadelphia based firm.
1993 Todd W. Bartimole is a partner in the Cleveland law office of Bartimole Greene Co., LPA, where his practice is focused on elder law and estate and life care planning.
1994 Henry Grendell was selected as one of the “Best Legal Minds Representing a Northeast Ohio Private Company” by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Mr. Grendell is Vice President and General Counsel at Family Heritage Life Insurance Co. of America. Governor John Kasich appointed David H. Gunning II to the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees. Mr. Gunning is a partner with Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland.
Daniel R. Mordarski is featured in the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Summer 2012 for a case that received international news coverage. The case is centered on a special-needs student who was bullied by two of her teachers and received coverage by The Today Show, CNN, and Anderson Cooper, as well as other media outlets. James P. Sammon was installed as the 2012-13 Vice President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June. Deborah Yue was elected President of the Asian American Bar Association. Ms. Yue is a partner at Gallagher Sharp.
David Griffin, President of Tallahassee– based David Griffin Consulting, was the closing speaker for the Florida Public Relations Association’s Annual Conference. Mr. Griffin’s firm provides expertise in legislative and executive lobbying. Laurie Klopper is the owner of Blush Boutique, which carries a wide range of women’s fashion and jewelry, with an emphasis on independent and emerging designers. Blush Boutique is located on Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights, OH.
George H. Carr joined McGlinchey Stafford PLLC as of counsel in the commercial litigation section of the Cleveland firm. Matthew H. Matheney joined the Chardon firm of Thrasher Dinsmore & Dolan as a partner. Jill S. Patterson was installed as the 2012-13 Immediate Past President of the ClevelandMarshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June.
Jane Koehl-Colling, Chief of Global Operations, Squire Sanders LLP, was appointed to the C|M|LAW National Advisory Council. James L. Miller is an associate in the business organization and tax department of the Avon Lake firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. Mr. Miller’s practice is concentrated on bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.
Patricia S. Conti is Vice President and General Counsel at Big Boy Restaurants International, LLC in Warren, MI.
Gregory S. Scott was installed as the 2012-13 President-Elect of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June.
Joseph J. Crimaldi was elected a member of the McDonald Hopkins Law Firm in Cleveland in their intellectual property group. Marilena DiSilvio has been appointed to the board of The Gathering Place, an organization that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer, through programs and services provided free of charge. Ms. DiSilvio is a partner at Reminger Co., LPA in Cleveland.
Cleveland firm Frantz Ward where she represents management in all areas of labor and employment.
1997 Ian N. Friedman was installed as the 2012-13 President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June.
Kimrey D. Elzeer joined the Avon Lake firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. as an associate in the litigation department focusing on family law.
Mark Abood was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business to appear in its yearly “Forty Under 40” section. Rebecca Dessoffy Bennett is Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland. Ms. Bennett is a partner in the
1999 Matthew Golish is a senior associate in the Cleveland office of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, the nation’s largest minority-owned law firm based in Milwaukee, WI. Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Honorary Trustee Joseph M. Saponaro, is Of Counsel at Dinn, Hochman & Potter LLC in Mayfield Heights, OH. Jennifer L. Whitney joined the J.M. Smucker Company in Orville, OH as the senior labor and employment counsel.
2000 Anjanette Arabian Whitman has rejoined the Rocky River City Council. Michael L. Cantor is the Managing Director of Allegro Realty Advisors in Cleveland. Mr. Allegro has more than 20 years of experience solving commercial real estate challenges and serves corporate, public sector and real estate industry clients with global, national and regional real estate portfolios.
Alumni on the MOve
Frank Gallucci III was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business to appear in its yearly “Forty Under 40” section.
Troy Prince is Assistant Intellectual Property Counsel at Pratt & Whitney. Tracy A. Turoff joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Cleveland office as a partner.
Alex Gertsburg was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business to appear in its yearly “Forty Under 40” section.
2003 Ilah M. Adkins, Director of Legal Services and Vice President at Charter One Bank, is a new member of the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee.
Rita Kline was promoted to Partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP. Michael D. Shroge, a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Plevin & Gallucci, received the prestigious 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) at the Association’s annual meeting. Darlene White is Deputy Director — Risk Management at the Cuyahoga County Department of Law.
Patrick J. Burke, a senior associate at Squire Sanders, appeared in the Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who to Watch: Law” section. Mr. Burke recently was appointed to the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee. Sandra English Shambley was installed as a member of the Ursuline-St. John College Alumnae Association Board for a two-year term. Charles E. “Chuckie” Harris, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, IL, is a new member of the C|M|LAW National Advisory Council.
2001 Kevin M. Butler was installed as the 2012-13 Secretary of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association at the Association’s annual meeting in June.
Scott Claussen is Law Director for the City of Brooklyn, Ohio. Matthew J. Hite joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs Division as the Policy Counsel for the Environment and Agriculture Committee. Scott J. Robinson joined the law firm of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. as an Associate.
2002 Colleen Del Balso opened the Del Balso Law Office, LLC in Cleveland.
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Christopher W. Peer was elected partner in the Cleveland firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. David E. Schweighoefer is a partner in the healthcare practice group at Walter & Haverfield LLP in Cleveland. Mr. Schweighoefer is also an adjunct professor at C|M|LAW. Scott M. Slaby was elected a member of the McDonald Hopkins Law Firm in Cleveland.
2004 Stephen L. Bittence joined Tucker Ellis as counsel in the firm’s Cleveland office, where his practice is focused on commercial real estate, real estate-based transactions, real estate finance, joint venture formation and public financing transactions.
Christopher B. Congeni is a partner in the health law department in the Akron office of Brennan, Manna & Diamond. Robert O. DeBaldo is President of Fourth Peak Advisors in Las Vegas, NV. Kristin R. Erenburg is an associate in the Cleveland office of Walter Haverfield where she practices in the areas of public and private sector labor and employment law and education law. Christine Kuntz is an associate at Davis & Young Belinda Kyles-Gest is the owner of the Kyles Gest Law Firm in Cleveland.
2005 Brian Ambrosia is an associate in the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister where his practice focuses on litigation, labor and employment. Luke W. Cleland was selected as a Rising Star by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Mr. Cleland is Assistant General Counsel at University Hospitals Health System. Monique A. McCarthy is now the Associate Dean of Admissions at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, FL. Thomas E. Stuckart joined the Cleveland office of McCarthy Lebit. Bradley L. Triplett is general counsel at Cocca Development LTD, a real estate development and management company engaged in the development, ownership, leasing, operations, and management of both residential and commercial real estate in Boardman, OH.
Maggie Fishell is a senior workforce relations consultant at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, NC.
Ljudmila Hadzikadunic serves as the general counsel and compliance officer for Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio.
Alexander Kipp is an associate at Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland.
Joy L. Roller was appointed President of Global Cleveland, an organization focused on regional economic development. Global Cleveland concentrates on attracting newcomers, and welcoming and connecting them both economically and socially to the many opportunities throughout Greater Cleveland.
Kate McDonough was named partner in the Maryland-based firm Andalman & Flynn. Ms. McDonough was also selected as one of the Maryland Daily Record’s “Leading Women” in recognition of her pro bono work. Paul Shipp, an associate in the Cleveland office of Weston Hurd, was featured in “Who to Watch: Law” in Crain’s Cleveland Business. Mr. Shipp’s practice focuses on criminal defense and white collar litigation. Stephen T. Tsai is an associate in the energy and derivatives practice group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC.
2007 Joseph P. Dunson was named to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 40 Under 40” for the state of Ohio. Mr. Dunson is a principal in the Cleveland firm Dunson & Dunson. Reminger Co. attorney Brian C. Lee was recently selected to serve a one-year term on the Young Lawyers Steering Committee and as the Young Lawyers Substantive Liaison for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Law Practice Management Committee. Sheila Schiffman is Global Corporate Counsel at Veyance Technologies, Inc. in Fairlawn.
Matthew J. Samsa joined the business department at McDonald Hopkins LLC in Cleveland as an associate. Mr. Samsa will practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Angela Simmons joined Hahn Loeser as an associate practicing labor and employment law. David A. Valent was appointed Secretary and Treasurer of the Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (CACTA). Mr. Valent is an associate in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co.
2009 Melissa S. Aquanno is a sole practitioner in Bohemia, NY where she practices criminal defense and family law. Lydia Arko is an assistant attorney general in the Worker’s Compensation section at the Ohio Attorney General’s office in Columbus, OH. Kathryn Kramer joined the real estate group at Thompson Hine in the firm’s Cleveland office.
Daniel Ari Sherwin is Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property with The SherwinWilliams Company in Cleveland.
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Erika Imre Schindler was appointed to the Board of Directors of IngenuityFest Cleveland. Ms. Schindler practices complex business litigation in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne. Anthony W. Scott opened the Law Office of Anthony W. Scott, L.P.A in Cleveland.
Tia R. Suplizio is the U.S. Navy staff judge advocate at Region Legal Service Office MIDLANT, the Newport, RI Naval Station.
David Sporar joined the Cleveland office of Brouse McDowell as an associate. Allen Tittle is an associate with Mellino Robenalt in Rocky River where he practices personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, consumer and civil rights law. Brandi Weekley joined the Cleveland firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister as an associate.
2010 Stefanie Baker has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as an associate in its Cleveland office. Benjamin W. Beckman, an associate at Jones Day, is a new member of the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee.
Brett Altier joined the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice. He will also serve the firm’s energy industry clients, including oil and gas, electric, chilled water, solar power, wind power and steam generation companies. The president of the New York City Bar Association appointed Nicole Lester Arrindell to serve a three-year term on the Association’s Consumer Affairs Committee.
Scott Ebner is an Associate at Dodd, L’Hommedieu & McGrievy, LLC (DLM Legal) in Chagrin Falls, OH. Samera I. Habib is a judicial intern at Colorado 18th Judicial District — Douglas County District Court in Denver, CO and in practice at the Law Office of Samera I. Habib. Alana C. Jochum, an associate at Squire Sanders, is a new member of the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee.
Woo S. Jun is an associate with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA practicing consumer collections in the firm’s Brooklyn Heights, OH office. Laura Kolat Kogan is an associate in the Akron office of Brouse McDowell where her practice is focused on litigation.
Joanna Lopez is Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland.
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Benjamin G. Chojnacki is an associate with Dreyfuss Williams & Associates LPA in Cleveland.
Elizabeth A. Cullivan is an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. Thomas M. Ehrnfelt joined Waldheger Coyne in Westlake.
Thomas Hodgkiss-Lilly is a sole practitioner in Cleveland Heights, OH, where he practices transactional law, focusing chiefly on real estate, including contracts, landlord-tenant law, and leasing.
Joseph T. Palcko joined Reminger Co. as an associate and will focus his practice on medical malpractice, trucking litigation and general liability.
John C. Calabrese is an associate in the Cleveland firm Plevin & Gallucci where he represents plaintiffs in cases of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability and workers’ compensation.
Wanda Jones is a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Wanda Jones in Cleveland where her practice is focused on family law.
Stephanie S. Pinskey opened the Law Offices of Stephanie Smith Pinskey, LLC in Elyria.
Matthew A. Chiricosta is an associate at Calfee Halter & Griswold in Cleveland.
Ashley L. Jones opened her own law firm In Cleveland where she will practice in the areas of criminal defense, landlordtenant law and child support.
Grant Steyer is an associate in the Cleveland firm Renner, Otto, Boiselle & Sklar LLP.
Jonathan Krol is an associate at Reminger Co., L.P.A. Michael T. Tangry is an associate in the tax practice group at the Cleveland firm of Ulmer & Berne. Allison S. Lawson is a sole practitioner in Cleveland practicing in the area of criminal defense.
Sarah Thomas is an assistant attorney general in the worker’s compensation section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Cleveland office.
Breana M. Malloy is a Legislative Affairs Associate with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, DC. Neil P. McGowan is a national production underwriter at The McGowan Companies in Fairview Park.
Samantha Vajskop is an associate attorney at DDR Corporation in Cleveland.
Daniel Myers is the founder of Myers Law, LLC in Cleveland, OH, where his practice is focused on serving clients with employment, construction law, consumer law, and general litigation issues.
Amanda VanGaasbeek is an associate in the Houston, TX firm Kwok Daniel.
Rebecca J. Austin is a sole practitioner in Lakewood, Ohio.
Brandon D. Cox is an associate in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP. He works in the trial department, focusing his practice on the representation of drug and device companies in nationwide litigation. Benjamin C. Heidinger is an associate in the Cleveland office of Robert J. Fedor, Esq. Amanda Hoffman is an associate in the financial services group in the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders. Erin H. McBride is an associate in the business department of the Cleveland firm Ulmer & Berne. Donesha L. Peak is a deputy clerk at Cuyahoga County Probate Court. Andrew J. Renacci is an associate in the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders where his practice is focused on corporate transactions, finance and governance. David Schwartz is employed at the Superior Court of Fulton County’s Business Court Division in Atlanta, GA.
Daniel R. Birnbaum joined the Cleveland office of Jones Day as an associate in the firm’s new lawyers group.
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INMemoriam Judge John L. Angelotta ’52
Ronald E. Klima ’70
Donald E. Braden ’56
Frank H. Knox ’57
Judge Lillian W. Burke ’51
Janet L. Kronenberg ’78
Joseph W. Caterini ’56
George G. March ’54
John V. Catuogno ’93
Stuart P. Miller ’77
Raymond E. Dugger ’99
Richard B. Mills ’58
Jay B. Ellis ’59
Bernard Mosesson ’50
Judge Robert E. Feighan ’55
William A. Mullee ’69
Arthur E. Foth ’98
Lester H. Needham ’67
Jean M. Gallagher ‘86
Judge Kathleen O’Malley ’89
Judge Patrick F. Gallagher ’53
Walter A. Rodgers ’70
Joseph J. Gallo, Sr. ’55
Herbert E. Rudy ’44
Christopher A. Gray ’93
Scott F. Taylor ’05
Robert W. Haskins ’63
Fred J. Waltz ’77
Glenn F. Heideloff ’53
Karl E. Ware ’59
Ralph Hennie, Jr. ’53
Robert F. Weber ’58
Robert T. Hicks ’54
Rita Whatley ’76
Donna L. Hunt ’79 Charles F. Ipavec ’50
John V. Jackson, II ’72
Professor Joan E. Baker
Robert C. Keeler ’71
Professor James T. Flaherty
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