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ONTENTS Dean’s Message..............................................................................................................................................2 Solo Practice Incubator...............................................................................................................................4 Solo Practitioner Features Edna Shalala.....................................................................................................................................................6 Steve Potash....................................................................................................................................................8 Nathan Wills...................................................................................................................................................10 Evelyn Moya................................................................................................................................................... 12 CMLAA Hosts Warren Commission Event.......................................................................................... 14 George B. Davis Award Recipient: Louis Stokes.............................................................................. 16 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Teresa K. Demchak...................................................... 18 Message from the CMLAA President..................................................................................................20 Alumni of the Year Recipients The Honorable Terrence O’Donnell....................................................................................................... 21 Terry Gilbert.................................................................................................................................................. 22 CMLAA Life Members............................................................................................................................... 24 Alumni on the Move ................................................................................................................................. 28 In Memoriam................................................................................................................................................. 35

From the Dean




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The field of solo practice can be a gateway to a broad spectrum of opportunities. For some, it offers an opportunity to build their own law firm — honing a legal specialty and developing a strong client base. For others, solo practice serves as a launch pad away from traditional practice, and into business, politics and other varied careers. Featured alumnus Steve Potash ’78 provides a remarkable example of the latter. As you will read, Steve not only used his legal education and business experience to launch a thriving company, he did so to serve a need he discovered while managing his law practice. Likewise, this year’s winner of CSU’s George B. Davis Award for Service, Louis Stokes ’53, spent 15 years running his own high-profile law practice before using that experience to commence a successful 15-term career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The invaluable career experience that launching a solo practice can provide is part of the reason Cleveland-Marshall recently opened the Solo Practice Incubator. The Incubator is structured to give our graduates a competitive advantage in the market, as well as guidance in the practical management of their firms, and moral and mentoring support in the handling of their cases. In addition to understanding the law, a solo practitioner must have business skills to manage a solo practice, and we believe the Solo Practice Incubator will prove valuable in bridging that skills gap. Being able to merge the ability to practice law with other skill sets is important for all of our graduates as they enter the workforce, and the specific merging of entrepreneurial and business skills will serve useful to these incubator occupants, no matter what doors solo practice opens on their career path. The practitioners featured in this year’s Stories Book are just a few of the countless Cleveland-Marshall graduates who have put their degrees to use in solo practice. They have either successfully continued on that path or discovered new and innovative ways to employ their legal knowledge in a world where understanding law is more important than ever. At Cleveland-Marshall, we want to inspire this generation of students to do the same, and to use their legal knowledge to discover opportunities for satisfying and fulfilling careers. Dean Craig M. Boise

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McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A. Managing Principal Kenneth B. Liffman, CSU President Ronald M. Berkman, Dean Craig M. Boise, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association President Gregory S. Scott and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Vice President Of Membership Darrell A. Clay officially open the Solo Practice Incubator.

Cleveland-Marshall officially opened its solo practice incubator with a ribbon-cutting ceremony February 4. The grand opening commemorated the first law schoolbased incubator in Ohio, and one of approximately 10 throughout the United States. “This project speaks to the energy, creativity and imagination of the law school,” said CSU President Ronald M. Berkman in his grand opening remarks. Recent Cleveland-Marshall graduates looking to start careers as legal entrepreneurs will be housed in a state-of-the-art, newly constructed office space situated in what was previously a section of the school’s law library. Each practitioner will establish his or her own private law practice over a two-year period in the practice area of their choosing. “We offer students the resources to explore solo practice as a viable, chosen career path early in their law school education, and we are now able to provide them with affordable office space close to the courts and our law library once they graduate,” said Dean Craig Boise. “While our graduates have a thorough


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understanding of the law, they might not have the background necessary for starting their own businesses. We believe the programming and resources the incubator offers will bridge that educational gap.” Incoming occupants will be provided with low-cost resources, including office space, business services and office amenities, including access to the Dan McCarthy Conference Room, funded through a gift from McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA and the McCarthy family. Through a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, reduced-cost health and liability insurance and vendor discounts will also be available to the practitioners. Beyond the monetary advantages, occupants will benefit from substantial guidance in the practical management of their firms and the handling of their cases. The school’s Solo Practice Advisory Council will host frequent presentations and workshops by local lawyers, service providers and others. The incubator will also have a designated coordinator who will be available as a resource for guidance and troubleshooting, and will hold regular workshops to discuss management and related matters. “I am thrilled to work with the tenants, and am especially looking forward to seeing growth in their practices,” said

Ashley Jones ’11, a criminal defense attorney in solo practice, who will serve as the incubator’s coordinator. “With recent

This project speaks to the energy, creativity and imagination of the law school,” said CSU President Ronald M. Berkman

experience going through the exciting time these new lawyers will be facing, I believe I can offer the kind of guidance and assistance that would have been invaluable to me when I was starting my own practice. In addition to our regular discussions and programming, I will be available to answer their questions at any time.” While tenants’ success is the primary goal, the incubator is also expected to make positive contributions to Cleveland-Marshall students and the larger community. This incubator is just a part of the school’s rapid move toward practice-oriented, experience-based training. As the incubator develops, ways to integrate current law students into its operations will be explored, including involving students in clinic work and externship programs. In addition, the incubator is expected to have a positive impact on the broader community, as resident lawyers will be encouraged to take advantage of overhead savings to provide legal service to clients who do not qualify for legal aid, but are unable to pay the legal fees charged by larger firms. Incubator Coordinator Ashley Jones

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Most solo practitioners hang their own shingle by choice, but for Edna Shalala ’52, the decision to go into practice was out of necessity.

Edna Shalala receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University President Ronald M. Berkman in 2011.

When Shalala graduated from Cleveland-Marshall as one of just six women in her class, downtown law firms with high paying jobs were not hiring females, particularly one who was the granddaughter of Lebanese immigrants. Undiscouraged, Shalala opened her probate practice, and spent the next 50 years serving the Cleveland community.


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Solo Practitioner Spotlight Just getting through law school was no easy task for Shalala, as she juggled responsibilities as a wife, mother and a schoolteacher at a school for the deaf, while taking classes at night over four years. Shalala opened her law practice on Cleveland’s West Side along with partner Jean King, believing that there was a “place for a new women’s law firm.” Shalala would later partner with another ClevelandMarshall graduate, Susan Batal ’83, in their Rocky River, Ohio office. Operating a small but busy practice, Shalala always treated clients with respect and care. Toward the end of her career, she would visit with former clients in the nursing homes in her spare time, sharing a bond that went beyond the typical attorney-client relationship. After giving up teaching to practice law, Shalala continued to take a special interest in the welfare and safety of children. The former schoolteacher of 14 years served as a member of the Cleveland Board of Education. Were Shalala to have graduated law school today, or even a generation ago, the opportunities available to her coming out of school would have been far different than the prospects she faced in the 1950s. She need look no further than the twin daughters she raised while attending Cleveland-Marshall to see how far things have come. Her daughter, Donna Shalala, has worked as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was appointed U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services by President Clinton, and since 2001, has served as president of the University of Miami. Shalala credits sports with developing the leadership skills of women. She taught physical education classes at multiple schools after graduating from Ohio State in 1933, and was a local amateur tennis star. Shalala played in the U.S. National Championships three times, and earned induction into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Shalala played the sport competitively on the senior circuit well into her 80s, and retired from her law practice in 2002 at the age of 90, moving to Coral Gables, Florida, where she currently resides.

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Potash Steve Potash ’78 leveraged previous business experience when starting a successful law practice after graduating from Cleveland-Marshall. Years later, Potash leaned on business experience that had been furthered by operating his solo practice, to build an industry leader in an ever-evolving digital field.


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Solo Practitioner Spotlight “During the practice of law, I was highly motivated to be successful and generate revenue,” explained Potash. “That same level of drive is required from any successful business. A solo practice is a stepping stone for someone who really wants to be successful growing his or her practice, or for transferring into other business opportunities.” Potash is the President and CEO of OverDrive, a company he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become the world’s leading multichannel digital distributor, supplying a secure

eBook-lending platform for thousands of libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. In 2013, OverDrive’s content included a selection of more than 1.8 million eBooks, audiobooks and other digital contents available in more than 64 languages.

The legal education I have is invaluable, and provides a level of experience that is a significant advantage for any business person.” The seeds for OverDrive, which is headquartered in Garfield Heights, Ohio, and employs over 200 people, were formed during Potash’s law practice. He found his client work was generating a considerable amount of paperwork, and that he needed a way to automate his documents. Using now obsolete 6”×8” large-format floppy discs, Potash digitized reference books and various legal forms. Potash realized the software he developed would be useful to other practitioners, and eventually that the technology and software experience he had could be leveraged for book publishing. His first publishing deal was with West Publishing, for the digitization of law books. While he launched the software business, Potash continued to practice law for over a decade. Eventually, OverDrive grew to the point where he decided to transition out of private practice, but Potash stayed active with the Ohio State Bar Association until the last couple of years. Potash believes legal experience is helpful when running almost any business, and has been beneficial to OverDrive. “The legal education I have is invaluable, and provides a level of experience that is a significant advantage for any business person,” said Potash. “They enhance the strategic evaluation of many of the transactions and deals that are part of the day-to-day operations of virtually any business.” Potash stays involved at Cleveland-Marshall as a member of its National Advisory Council, and the respect he has for legal education is evident when looking at those closest to him. Potash’s wife Loree ’80 also attended Cleveland-Marshall, and their daughter Erica graduated from the law school in 2004, where she met her husband Anthony Lazzaro ’04.

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For Nathan Wills ‘04, a career in solo practice allows him to do what he enjoys most as a lawyer — making oral arguments. In particular, Wills enjoys making a powerful closing argument.


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When I sat down after making my closing arguments, I could see my client sitting there with tears in her eyes.”

“It is an exciting thing to present someone else’s case,” said Wills. “The courtroom is the culmination of so much work that goes into a case. It’s the opportunity to encapsulate it all.” Those closing arguments have been the culmination of many successful cases for Wills. However, the closing argument that stands out as the one he remembers most vividly is actually a case he lost. “When I sat down after making my closing arguments, I could see my client sitting there with tears in her eyes,” explained Wills. “It was the emotion that she felt about the way I was able to articulate her position. Even though I lost the case, I felt I did right by her.” Wills focused on the art of argument while studying philosophy and international studies at Denison University. During that time, his arguments were primarily written — a skill that also translates to his practice today. Wills fell in love with delivering oral arguments as a member of the Moot Court team at Cleveland-Marshall. He credits moot court for developing the courtroom skills he uses regularly in practice. Wills’ journey towards solo practice began by working as an attorney at a pair of Cleveland area law firms after graduating from Cleveland-Marshall. Those positions were great learning experiences for the Bay Village, Ohio native, but he ultimately wanted to spend more time in the courtroom. The idea of starting his own practice was always in the back of his mind, and when the timing was right in 2009, he jumped at the opportunity to hang his own shingle. Now five years into practice on his own, Wills is satisfied with how his establishment has taken form, and is helping shape the next generation of solo practitioners as a member of ClevelandMarshall’s Solo Incubator Advisory Council. He particularly enjoys the flexibility solo practice affords in deciding which cases to take, and making connections on his own terms — discoveries he will pass on as he connects with the latest Cleveland-Marshall graduates entering solo practice.

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Evelyn L. Moya ’97 defined her career by helping others through difficult situations. Her passion for serving those in need started well before she ever had a notion of a career in law.


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Solo Practitioner Spotlight Moya was a long-time certified registered nurse anesthetist (C.R.N.A) in Cleveland before living in California, where she encountered a life-changing event that led her to pursue law school. She was involved in her first multi-organ harvesting procedure on a patient declared “brain-dead,” a victim of domestic violence. That experience marked the starting point in a life of advocacy on behalf of the voiceless and the powerless. “This was a very dramatic experience knowing that patient was never getting off the table, and it dawned on me to look at what else I could do to help in situations such as this before they reached a grave stage,” said Moya. After graduation from Cleveland-Marshall, Moya moved to Florida where she became a Guardian ad Litem for children, and then a staff attorney in Sarasota for Legal Aid. She worked for two years as a family law attorney, mostly representing victims of domestic violence. She believes that her work likely prevented several situations where emergency room admission would have occurred. After two years with Legal Aid, Moya decided to go into solo practice. Bolstered by a prior career in healthcare, she recognized an unserved niche in her county covering administrative law, for professional license defense. Her practice focuses on pre-licensing and disciplinary cases, professional practice standards, and regulatory compliance issues, especially under HIPAA and ACA. Additionally, she delivers continuing education programs on legal and ethical issues for healthcare professionals. “I never expected to practice administrative law but it is rather satisfying to be up against the State of Florida and occasionally prevail on due process grounds and assertions of property rights in professional licenses,” said Moya. By focusing on a solo practice where her strengths as a healthcare professional are effectively applied, Moya is able to devote additional

I never expected to practice administrative law, but it is rather satisfying to be up against the State of Florida and occasionally prevail on due process grounds and assertions of property rights in professional licenses.”

time and energy to community-based pursuits. Her latest project involves securing the support of a Roman Catholic diocese in funding a non-profit legal services agency for an area currently underserved due to budget cuts and legislative and social agendas. Ultimately, Moya’s focus as a lawyer is on the people she serves — ­­ whether as clients, or by serving on non-profit boards working on behalf of neglected children, migrant workers or the elderly. Recently, she met a young man who greeted her fondly and reintroduced himself gratefully as a juvenile she represented in court 15 years ago. “That was the ultimate reward,” said Moya.

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Two Warren Commission Members Speak at CMLAA’s

Judge Brendan Sheehan (center) moderates as Warren Commission members Judge Burt W. Griffin (left) and Howard Willens (right) discuss the inner workings of the Commission.

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Those issues, along with evidence of Oswald’s guilt in assassinating President

Oswald have received

Marshall College of Law’s sold-out December 6 event, “JFK’s Assassination and

a fair trial in the

Association. Highlighting the eight-member panel of legal experts were Judge

assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and what

Kennedy, were key topics discussed during Cleveland State University’s Clevelandthe Law: 50 Years Later,” sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Burt W. Griffin and Howard Willens, two staff members of the Warren Commission. The CMLAA event was well received, with nearly 400 attendees, making it one of the highest ever event attendances for a CLE event at the school. Proceeds from the lecture, nearly $30,000, will go toward scholarships for Cleveland-Marshall students. Judge Griffin’s and Willens’ talk centered on the establishment and inner

legal challenges

workings of the Warren Commission, and the Commission’s findings. Willens,

would have been

the investigation, including the tenuous relationship between the Commission

faced in obtaining a

to the Warren Commission, explained his involvement in the investigation, and


Commission’s finding that Oswald acted alone.

second in command of the Warren Commission’s staff, spoke on the process of and government agencies, including the FBI. Judge Griffin, assistant counsel provided details about Oswald assassin Jack Ruby. Both men are confident in the

“No one with the Warren Commission staff had any doubt then or now about the credibility of the Commission’s findings,” said Willens. Judge Griffin explained further, “If I could have found a conspiracy, I would have eventually become senator of Ohio, so there was plenty of motivation (to find one).”


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JFK Assassination Event Judge Brendan Sheehan ’93 (moderator), Judge C. Ellen Connally ’70, Steven Dever ’84, Jerome Emoff ’74, Magistrate William Vodrey and professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich also spoke during the all-day event. The panelists provided background information on Oswald and the assassination, detailed the challenges of a hypothetical trial for Oswald, and examined how such a trial may have affected the evolution of constitutional and interrogation law. Prior to President Kennedy’s death, assassinating a president was not a federal crime, meaning the case would have been tried in Dallas as local officials preferred. Oswald’s murder changed the dynamics of the case, and led to the establishment of the Warren Commission as the ultimate authority on the assassination, in lieu of criminal proceedings. “The Commission was more effective than a trial because it

was not held to the restrictions on seeking evidence that are applicable in a court case,” said Willens.

No one with the Warren Commission staff had any doubt then or now about the credibility of the Commission’s findings.”

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Stokes For Louis Stokes ’53, serving others is a way of life. Throughout his career, Stokes has used the platform of his high-profile positions to champion social and economic justice, education, health care, and veterans’ issues, among other causes.


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Stokes’ commitment to service was evident well before attending law school, as the native Clevelander joined the United States Army at the age of 18, during World War II. After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall, Stokes quickly became a leading lawyer while opening the firm Stokes and Stokes with his brother Carl ’56, who later served Cleveland as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Louis Stokes became involved in a number of civil rights cases, often working pro bono on behalf of underprivileged clients and activists. He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the seminal “stop and frisk” case of Terry v. Ohio. Initially reluctant to take elected office, in 1968 Stokes was instrumental in creating Ohio’s first mostly minority congressional district through a Supreme Court decision. He went on to represent that newly formed 21st District (later 11th District) in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 30 years, becoming the first African-American to represent Ohio in Congress. His many prestigious appointments included membership on the House Appropriations Committee, where he was influential in bringing revenue to Cleveland; chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; chair of the House Select Committee on Assassinations; and membership on the House Iran Contra Panel. While serving his constituency, Stokes cited his ability to bring Appropriations Committee money to his district to address needs in housing and urban development among his proudest accomplishments. His constituents on Cleveland’s East Side were satisfied with Stokes’ efforts, as he never faced serious opposition in his 14 bids for reelection, until his retirement from office in 1999. He went on to work as senior counsel at Squire Sanders, retiring from the firm in 2012. Having developed a focus on education while serving on the House Education and Labor Committee, Stokes now takes an active role with several educational institutions, including the school that spawned his legal career. Stokes is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law National Advisory Council, and supports law students through the Louis Stokes Scholarship Fund. Stokes was also instrumental in helping CSU and Northeast Ohio Medical University establish the Urban Primary Care Initiative, a collaboration that is training primary care physicians for urban areas, and he co-chairs its advisory committee.

GEORGE B. DAVIS AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY – The George B. Davis Award recognizes a graduate’s generous dedication to the growth and advancement of Cleveland State University. Alumnus Davis, for whom the award is named, received a BBA in 1941 and an MBA in 1981.

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Alumni Award

Teresa K. Demchak ’76 spent nearly four decades fighting against discriminatory practices. Over that period the social and legal landscape for discrimination has changed immensely, and she is proud of the progress to which she contributed over that time. However, she notes there is still plenty of work to do to ensure an equal playing field.

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Demchak CSU Alumni Association President David Petro, Demchak, President Berkman and Dean Boise during the Distinguished Alumni Awards reception last October. “Some of the (discriminatory) practices were more overt early in my career, making them easier to prove than the more subtle discrimination that occurs today,” explained Demchak. “The situation is better overall, but there still has to be constant monitoring, and we need to be on our toes to prevent erosion of the successes we’ve had.”


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By her second year of graduate school for social administration, Demchak knew she was interested in shaping civil rights through a career in law and social policy. She returned to the CSU campus where she had previously received a Bachelor of Arts in social work, and

“When I look back at what my

after graduating law school, began her career as cooperating attorney and assistant general

legal education

counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where she

provided me in

had worked throughout law school. After four years as an attorney with the NAACP, she went on to work as a staff attorney with the National Center for Youth Law in San Francisco,

terms of career

before joining Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian (formerly Saperstein &

opportunities, I

Seligman) in 1990 and becoming a managing partner at the firm in 2000. During her time in public interest law, Demchak worked on a wide variety of class action and civil rights cases. Among the most prominent was Ridgeway v. Denny’s, a civil rights discrimination case which at the time resulted in the largest public accommodations class

think it’s really important for young people

action settlement in the history of Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When Demchak looks

thinking about law

back on that case, it is not the settlement she is most proud of, but the call to action it

school to consider

evoked from Denny’s Restaurants. In the decade following the settlement, Denny’s became known as a leader in customer service for minorities and for the diversity in its workforce

public interest law

— with minorities making up nearly half of its franchisees, senior leadership team and

and be exposed

employees according to Associated Press data. Demchak cites several other cases she was proud to be a part of, highlighting Kraszewski v. State Farm, where she represented women in a landmark gender discrimination class action settlement. Again for Demchak, the satisfaction comes from the company’s commitment to

to the real need for attorneys to represent

evolve. State Farm Insurance Company increased the number of female agents in California

people who

from just one out of nearly 1,500 at the time the suit was filed, to over 50% of the agent

would not have

workforce today. Demchak retired as managing partner at the end of 2012 and moved to Houston, where she is opening a new phase of her career in public interest — leveraging her vast experience to

representation otherwise.”

give back beyond the practice of law. One area she has always stayed involved in is legal education. At Cleveland-Marshall she serves as a member of the National Advisory Council and she has established the Teresa K. Demchak Scholarship for students interested in careers in public interest law. “When I look back at what my legal education provided me in terms of career opportunities, I think it’s really important for young people thinking about law school to consider public interest law and be exposed to the real need for attorneys to represent people who would not have representation otherwise,” said Demchak.

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Message from the

CMLAA President Last September, the Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a plan under which the administrative needs of the Association would henceforth be provided by employees of the law school. The result of this action was that the Alumni Association would no longer need to employ an executive director or assistant director. That is really just a polite way of saying that the Alumni Association permanently laid off its executive director of 24 years, Mary McKenna, and its assistant director of 10 years, Jill McDonnell. Make no mistake, the decision to take this course of action was extremely difficult. Mary and Jill were more than employees — they were family. Mary started with the Alumni Association in 1989, at a time when the Association was reinventing itself and striving to provide new and better benefits for its members. Mary took the Association on her shoulders and grew it into the organization it is today. She developed the Association’s highly successful CLE program, energetically recruited intelligent and active Board members, developed new social programs and grew membership to over 1,000 at its high water mark. There were obviously many others who deserve to share in some of the credit for the Association’s growth and success, but Mary was always the constant driving force of the Association, year after year. For more than two decades, Mary McKenna’s name was synonymous with the Alumni Association.

CMLAA’s Year of Change Change and loss are often difficult experiences of life that can cause tremendous stress, anxiety and deep sadness. But life goes on, and as time passes, we often emerge from these experiences stronger and better than we were before them. As the wounds slowly heal, we develop new relationships, feel a renewed sense of purpose and become committed to the next chapter in our lives. Unfortunately, over the past year the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association experienced two significant losses in its family as it goes through a major structural transformation.

When the responsibilities of running the Association expanded beyond the capacity of one person, Mary hired Jill in 2003. The consummate assistant, Jill diligently worked in the background for 10 years, handling most of the administrative needs of the Association. Without the need or desire for any credit or fanfare, Jill quietly took care of the mundane but essential administrative matters that kept the organization running smoothly. Unfortunately, like many other nonprofit organizations today, the Alumni Association has been challenged for the last several years by steadily declining revenue. These economic conditions and other financial factors forced the Association to make the tough decision to eliminate its staff, and have its administrative needs provided by law school employees. The loss of Mary and Jill, and the change from our former administrative structure to our current one, certainly has been difficult. Yet out of this loss and change, the Alumni Association is emerging with an energized and renewed sense of purpose to support the law school, students, alumni and faculty. The Association is enjoying a closer and more collaborative relationship with the law school that has already resulted in a jointly produced CLE that had the highest ever attendance for any CLE at the school. The Association is on its firmest financial ground in years, and expects to give $50,000 in scholarships this year, five times more than any previous year. Our Board of Trustees is working hard to create new and interesting programs for students, and great opportunities for our alumni to connect with each other and the school. Loss and change can be hard, but what happens after that can be new and exciting. It definitely has been a stressful and challenging year. I believe, however, that we are emerging as a better, stronger organization that is more committed than ever to serving Cleveland-Marshall and its alumni, faculty and students. If you have ever considered getting involved with CMLAA, now is a great time to become a part of our new and exciting future. Gregory S. Scott ’96 President, 2013-2014 Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA


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“One of the first days of school, Dean James K. Gaynor came to address our class, telling us what a blessing it would be and what a great opportunity we would have to serve the public as lawyers,” recalled O’Donnell. “However, he cautioned that we would never become wealthy as lawyers — just able to earn a comfortable living. Dean Gaynor suggested we invest in oil because he forecasted the future would be all about oil and petroleum. Of course, none of us listened or bothered to take his advice.” O’Donnell did follow through with guidance that he received during law clerk positions on the Supreme Court of Ohio for Justice J.J.P. Corrigan and on the Ohio Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County for Judges John V. Corrigan and John M. Manos. He began his career with Marshman, Snyder & Corrigan in Cleveland, before spending the past 34 years on the bench as a member of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, the Ohio Court of Appeals and ultimately, the Ohio Supreme Court. O’Donnell joined the Ohio Supreme Court in 2003, and is currently serving his third term on the court through 2018. The justice takes great pride in the



stamp of approval he received in the 2012 election, having received 70% of the statewide vote and winning the majority in all 88 Ohio counties. O’Donnell is also gratified to receive the recognition of being named one of this year’s Alumni of the Year by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. “I am very humbled and honored by this recognition,” said O’Donnell. “This is a special moment in my career, and I am very proud to join the ranks of those prior

The Honorable Terrence O’Donnell ’71 was given the tools to succeed during his time at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He and his fellow classmates even received a tip beyond the scope of law that proved to be extremely valuable in retrospect.

distinguished recipients who have been recognized.” More important than any accolade for O’Donnell is that his position allows him to provide assistance to others. The former schoolteacher enjoys being able to write letters of recommendation, guide students on their career path and help lawyers in the service of a client. Along with his wife Mary Beth, O’Donnell instilled that pride in service to his four children, three of whom are accomplished attorneys, including Michael, a 2004 Cleveland-Marshall graduate.

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CMLAA Alumnus of the Year Honoree To bring back fond memories of law school, Gilbert has to look no further than his partner, Gordon Friedman who he met while Friedman was a professor at the law school in the early ’70s. Even without that connection, Gilbert credits his time at Cleveland-Marshall as a transformative period that became the foundation for his life as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer. He recalls the importance of a class boycott that helped shape his future. “The new breed of law students wanted relevancy ­— with courses that reflected the challenges of the times in the midst of growing social movements, persistent inequality and a festering, unpopular war,” explained Gilbert. “We threatened to boycott a class unless the administration met with us to hear our concerns about the curriculum. It worked, and this show of student opinion led to new professors and progressive programs. Such appetite for positive change helped shape my motto: ‘never be complacent and accept authority for authority’s sake. It is possible to stand up and be heard’.”



Gilbert’s career as a civil rights attorney took shape, and was helped by the opportunity to work on a high-profile national case as a young lawyer. In 1973, a 71-day standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation between American Indians and law enforcement captivated the nation. Known as the Wounded Knee Operation, the event attracted widespread press coverage, and brought to light longstanding issues of injustice related to American Indians. Hundreds of lawyers from across the country, including Gilbert, heeded the call to represent those indicted in the aftermath.

Terry Gilbert ’73 needs no

“We worked collectively with our clients in difficult conditions, sometimes sleeping on floors,” said Gilbert. “The sense of

reminders of his time at

community and spirit­— and the breaking down of barriers

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between the lawyer and client working on a common cause to expose an injustice­— is a lesson I never forgot. Gilbert has continued to work as an activist for groups, including American Indians, as part of his practice. He also worked pro bono for a decade to re-open the Dr. Sam Shepard case, bringing the case back into the national focus in the early


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’90s. The high-profile nature of many of his cases has landed Gilbert on national and local media as a legal expert, including The Today Show, CNN, 60 Minutes and Dateline. For Gilbert, the pride comes from the people and causes that he serves, rather than the attention he receives. As for his honor as one of the Alumni of the Year from the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Gilbert is

more appreciative of what it says about his profession, than the personal accolade.

The new breed of law students wanted relevancy — with courses that reflected the challenges of the times in the midst of growing social movements, persistent inequality and a festering unpopular war.”

“This is recognition of the importance of progressive and activist lawyers who often challenge the status quo and put themselves on the line to confront unjust treatment against minorities, the disadvantaged, and unpopular dissent,” said Gilbert.

2014 Annual Recognition Luncheon The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

cordially invites you to attend its Annual Recognition

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel – Grand Ballroom

Luncheon honoring Alumni of the Year:

24 Public Square Cleveland, Ohio 44113

The Honorable Terrence O’Donnell ’71 Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

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Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association New life members are listed in bold.

Dr. Bernice G. Miller Mr. Philip R. Brodsky Hon. Thomas Lambros Mr. William T. Monroe Ms. Olga Tsiliacos Ms. Carol Emerling Mr. Glenn J. Seeley Mr. Joseph C. Domiano Mr. Richard T. Reminger Mr. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Mr. George M. Maloof Mr. Julian Kahan Mr. Donald M. Colasurd Mr. Donald L. Guarnieri Mr. Don C. Iler Mr. Norman T. Musial Mr. Rodion J. Russin Hon. James D. Sweeney Hon. Hans R. Veit Mr. Richard J. Bogomolny Mr. Stephen J. Cahn Hon. Anthony O. Calabrese, Jr. Ms. Winifred A. Dunton Mr. Kevin B. Fergus Mr. Harold D. Graves Mr. Fred Lick, Jr. Mr. Leon G. Nagler Mr. Robert R. Wantz Mr. Sheldon E. Baskin Mr. Arthur R. FitzGerald Mr. Clarence L. James, Jr. Mr. Lucien B. Karlovec Mr. Sheldon E. Rabb Mr. Stanley E. Stein Mr. Anthony J. Asher Mr. Robert H. Moore, Jr. Mr. Thomas J. Scanlon Mr. James A. Thomas Mr. Lester T. Tolt Mr. James J. Brown Mr. Henry B. Fischer Mr. Donald Pokorny Mr. Raymond J. Schmidlin Jr. Mr. Joseph T. Svete Mr. David S. Lake Ms. June W. Wiener Mr. Edward T. Haggins Mr. Carl L. Stern Mr. Charles B. Donahue II Mr. Michael R. Gareau Mr. Theodore R. Kowalski Mr. Kenneth R. Montlack


1951 1952 1952 1953 1953 1955 1955 1956 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 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1965 1965 1966 1966 1967 1967 1967 1967

LIFE Members Mr. Stanley Morganstern Mr. Lawrence J. Rich Mr. Norman D. Tripp Mr. William M. Wohl Mr. Gerald F. Broski Hon. John E. Corrigan Hon. Bohdan Futey Mr. James R. Kellam Mr. Bernard Mandel Mr. Richard Moroscak Mr. William E. Powers, Jr. Ms. Nancy C. Schuster Mr. Marc J. Bloch Hon. John J. Donnelly Mr. William W. Owens Mr. James E. Spitz Mr. William L. Summers Mr. Wendel E. Willmann Mr. James A. Baker Mr. Glenn E. Billington Mr. Kenneth A. Bossin Mr. Stephen J. Brown Ms. Annette G. Butler Hon. C. Ellen Connally Mr. William T. Doyle, Jr. Mr. Blaise C. Giusto Mr. Harry W. Greenfield Mr. John C. Kikol Mr. Robert M. Phillips Mr. Lucian Rego Mr. Richard W. Sander Mr. Timothy W. Sauvain Mr. Michael I. Shapero Mr. Robert J. Sindyla Mr. Emil F. Sos Mr. Joseph A. Valore Mr. Joseph H. Weiss, Jr. Mr. William A. Wortzman Mr. Thomas L. Aries Ms. Joyce E. Barrett Mr. Timothy M. Bittel Mr. M. Lee Graft Mr. Thomas P. Hayes Mr. Dharminder L. Kampani Mr. James J. Komorowski Mr. James E. Melle Mr. William T. Plesec Mr. Bert R. Tomon Hon. William H. Wiest Mr. Robert I. Chernett Mr. Michael L. Climaco Mr. William P. Farrall

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 1970 1970 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1972 1972 1972

Mr. William P. Gibbons Hon. Joseph Gibson Mr. Gary N. Holthus Mr. James A. Lowe Mr. Ronald H. Mills Mr. Keith A. Savidge Hon. Ronald B. Adrine Mr. David A. Fegen Mr. W. Frederick Fifner Mr. Terry H. Gilbert Mr. Thomas O. Gorman Mr. Timothy W. Hughes Ms. Mary A. Lentz Mr. Frank R. Osborne Mr. Jack A. Staph Mr. Oliver H. Claypool, Jr. Mr. Thomas E. Downey Mr. Michael C. Hennenberg Mr. Timothy G. Kasparek Mr. David R. Knowles Mr. J. Michael Monteleone Mr. Quentin J. Nolan Hon. Donald C. Nugent Ms. Barbara Stern Gold Mr. Stephen O. Walker Hon. Lesley Wells Mr. Leonard D. Young Mr. James S. Aussem Mr. Steven M. Barkan Mr. Michael M. Courtney Mr. Jose C. Feliciano Mr. James A. Gay Mr. John B. Gibbons Ms. Deborah Lewis Hiller Mr. William C. Hofstetter Mr. Joseph B. Jerome Mr. Richard S. Koblentz Dr. Gregory J. Lake Mr. Dale H. Markowitz Mr. Michael E. Murman Mr. L. Richard Musat Mr. Jeffrey H. Olson Mr. John M. Richilano Mr. Alan J. Ross Mr. David J. Skrabec Mr. Gerald L. Steinberg Mr. James F. Szaller Mr. Christopher W. Vasil Mr. B. Casey Yim Mr. Alan L. Zmija Ms. Deborah Akers-Parry Mr. Patrick J. Alcox

1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1972 1973 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 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1976 1976

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Mr. Keith E. Belkin Mr. Patrick R. Bianconi Mr. Charles G. Deeb Ms. Teresa Demchak Mr. Harold W. Fuson, Jr. Mr. Michael H. Gruhin Mr. Michael J. Nath Mr. David Ross Mr. Steven H. Slive Mr. Michael A. Sweeney Mr. Harvey W. Berman Mr. Jack W. Bradley Ms. Kathleen M. Carrick Mr. Lawrence J. Cook Ms. Rita S. Fuchsman Mr. Kevin E. Irwin Mr. Sumner E. Nichols II Mr. F. Ronald O’Keefe Mr. David A. Peyton Ms. Linda M. Rich Ms. Barbara K. Roman Hon. Anthony J. Russo Mr. Charles T. Simon Mr. Roger M. Synenberg Mr. John D. Wheeler Mr. Robert M. Wilson Mr. Mark W. Baserman Mr. Thomas L. Colaluca Ms. Mary Llamas Courtney Mr. Dale E. Creech, Jr. Mr. Emerson S. Davis Ms. Elisabeth T. Dreyfuss Ms. Sally M. Edwards Mr. James A. Joseph Mr. Angelo F. Lonardo Ms. Stephanie H. Malbasa Mr. David M. Paris Mr. Robert A. Poklar Mr. M. Steven Potash Mr. Patrick R. Roche Mr. Steven L. Wasserman Mr. Ronald F. Wayne Ms. Sheryl King Benford Mr. Peter J. Brodhead Ms. Janet E. Burney Mr. William J. Day Mr. David A. Forrest Ms. Joy M. Freda Mr. W. Andrew Hoffman, III Mr. Steven B. Lesser Ms. Anne L. Rosenbach Ms. LaVerne Nichols Boyd Ms. Maria E. Quinn Mr. Joel H. Rathbone Mr. H. Jeffrey Schwartz Mr. Richard C. Alkire Mr. Kemper D. Arnold Mr. Richard J. Berris Mr. David P. Burke Mr. Gregory F. Clifford Mr. Carl J. Dyczek

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 1977 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1978 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1979 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980

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Mr. Jeffrey Endress Mr. Culver F. Eyman, III Ms. Susan L. Gragel Mr. William Hawal Mr. James H. Hewitt, III Mr. David W. Kaman Hon. Diane J. Karpinski Ms. Lynn Arko Kelley Mr. John C. Meros Mr. Floyd James Miller, Jr. Mr. Howard D. Mishkind Mr. Timothy P. Misny Mr. Richard S. Pietch Ms. Loree Ellen Potash Mr. Kenneth R. Roll Mr. Robert G. Walton Mr. Gerald R. Walton

1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980

Mr. Michael P. Cassidy Mr. William J. Ciszczon Mr. Anthony P. Dapore Mr. John L. Habat Ms. Elizabeth Haque Ms. Jill Melanie Marcus Mr. Peter Marmaros Ms. Mary Jane McGinty Mr. Thomas P. O’Donnell Hon. Ralph J. Perk Ms. Irene A. Holyk Rennillo Mr. Kevin J.M. Senich Ms. Patricia M. Stanton Ms. Susan M. Stephanoff Ms. Donna Taylor-Kolis Ms. Marilyn Tobocman Mr. Stephen E. Walters

1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983 1983

Brendan Doyle ’04 joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2013, with his practice focused on litigation in the state and federal courts. Previously, he served as a judicial staff attorney in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas assisting the judges overseeing the Court’s complex litigation and mass tort docket. In 2007, Doyle joined a small Cleveland law firm and entered private practice, where he concentrated on civil and criminal litigation matters, including business litigation. Prior to earning his J.D., he clerked at Reminger LLP and served as a legal extern for United States District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent. Doyle currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Shoes & Clothes for Kids, and the Irish American Archives Society. Mr. Richard M. Arceci Ms. Louise P. Dempsey Ms. Hermine G. Eisen Mr. Michael E. Gibbons Mr. Henry J. Hilow Mr. Joseph J. Jerse Ms. Sandra J. Kerber Mr. Peter W. Klein Mr. Dennis R. Lansdowne Mr. Vincent T. Lombardo Mr. Peter A. Sackett Mr. Robert N. Schmidt Mr. P. Kelly Tompkins Mr. Mark D. Weller Mr. Frederick N. Widen Hon. Joseph J. Zone Mr. Jamie R. Lebovitz Mr. James L. Reed Ms. Kathleen J. St. John Mr. Keith D. Weiner Ms. Laura A. Williams Ms. Diane E. Wynshaw-Boris Mr. Richard G. Zeiger Mr. Gary S. Adams Mr. K. Ronald Bailey Hon. Paul Brickner

1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983

Dr. Carl F. Asseff Mr. Frank D. Aveni Ms. Susan J. Becker Mr. Edward A. Doles Mr. Joseph R. Gioffre Mr. Patrick F. Haggerty Ms. Carol Rogers Hilliard Mr. Christopher M. Mellino Ms. M. Elizabeth Monihan Ms. Michelle L. Paris Mr. Joseph G. Stafford Mr. Carter E. Strang Mr. Mark M. Termini Mr. Gary R. Williams Ms. Beverly Blair Mr. Tim L. Collins Ms. Mary E. Golrick Mr. Daniel S. Kalka Mr. Jeffrey A. Leikin Ms. Margaret A. McDevitt Ms. Laurie F. Starr Mr. Bud Vetter Ms. Tina E. Wecksler Ms. Jane Barrow Ms. Greta E. Fifner Ms. Laura J. Gentilcore

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


Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association New life members are listed in bold.

Mr. Niles P. Rogers Ms. Bernadette F. Salada Mr. James E. Tavens Mr. Timothy J. Viskocil Hon. Richard J. Ambrose Mr. Sam R. Bradley Mr. Bruce Committe Mr. Schuyler M. Cook Mr. Anthony J. Coyne Mr. Thomas L. Feher Mr. Scott C. Finerman Ms. Jayne Geneva Mr. Michael P. Harvey Mr. John T. Hawkins Ms. Chris Hurlbut Mr. John M. “Jack” Jones Hon. Joan Synenberg Mr. Gary Lichtenstein Ms. Mary D. Maloney Mr. Brian M. O’Neill Mr. E. Tasso Paris Mr. Laurence J. Powers Mr. Dennis R. Rose Ms. Barbara Silver Rosenthal Mr. Thomas M. Wilson Mr. Mitchell J. Yelsky Mr. Matthew F. Browarek Ms. Pamela Daiker Middaugh Mr. Walter F. Ehrnfelt III Hon. Nancy A. Fuerst Ms. Joyce Hribar Fiebig Mr. Wayne Kriynovich Mr. John P. Luskin Mr. Christopher R. Malumphy Mr. Gary Maxwell Mr. Royce R. Remington Hon. Melody J. Stewart Ms. Sheila Brennan Ms. Judith Arcoria DeLeonibus Hon. Sean C. Gallagher Mr. Raymond L. Gurnick Ms. Diane Homolak Ms. Lori White Laisure Mr. David M. Lockman Mr. Anthony A. Logue Ms. Sheila McCarthy Mr. Scott A. Spero Ms. Barbara J. Tyler Mr. Henry W. Chamberlain Ms. Cassandra Collier-Williams Mr. J. Michael Goldberg Mr. Patrick Leddy Ms. Robin J. Levine


1986 1986 1986 1986 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990

LIFE Members

Mr. Francis P. Manning Ms. Ellen M. McCarthy Ms. Karin Mika Mr. David E. Nager Ms. Edele Passalacqua Ms. Carol A. Roe Mr. J. Charles Ruiz-Bueno Mr. Brian G. Ruschel Ms. Sonia M. Winner Mr. Gary I. Birnbaum Ms. Perdexter Hogue Williams Mr. John F. Burke, III Ms. Meena Morey Chandra Hon. Michael P. Donnelly Ms. Lillian B. Earl Mr. Kevin P. Foley Mr. Jack Landskroner Ms. Diane S. Leung Hon. John J. Russo

1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992

Ms. Lisa Ann Meyer Mr. Dennis P. Mulvihill Mr. Melvin F. O’Brien Mr. Michael W. O’Neil Mr. Parmanand Prashad Ms. Darnella T. Robertson Marc D. Rossen Mr. James P. Sammon Mr. Brian D. Sullivan Ms. Patricia A. Ambrose Mr. Matthew J. Baumgartner Ms. Amy Posner Brooks Mr. Rodney G. Davis Ms. Denise A. Dickerson Ms. Deborah S. Ferenczy-Furry Ms. Kathleen Norton Fox Ms. Karen E. Hamilton Mr. Norman E. Incze Hon. Benita Y. Pearson

1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995

Monica Sansalone ’95 is the practice group manager of Gallagher Sharp’s Professional Liability Group. She represents lawyers in grievance proceedings and defends them against malpractice claims. Sansalone provides representation in trial courts and on appeal, including matters before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and lectures on ethics, malpractice issues and professionalism. Sansalone provides counsel for risk management matters, pre-suit evaluation and claim repair. She has been a partner at Gallagher Sharp since 2003, and is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.

Mr. Howard E. Skolnick Ms. Elaine Eisner Ms. Gloria S. Gruhin Mr. Christopher B. Janezic Mr. Frank E. Piscitelli, Jr. Mr. Oscar E. Romero Mr. Peter A. Russell Mr. Jerald A. Schneiberg Ms. Michelle Joseph Sheehan Mrs. Gretchen Younger Levy Ms. Megan Hensley Bhatia Mr. Matthew V. Crawford Ms. Rosalina M. Fini Ms. Lisa Gold-Scott Mr. David H. Gunning, II Ms. Jean Marie Hillman Mr. Richard W. Jablonski Mr. Shawn P. Martin Mr. Tyler L. Mathews

1992 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994

Ms. Monica Sansalone Ms. Maureen Redlin Swain Ms. Nancy Q. Walker Ms. Donna M. Andrew Mr. Ian H. Frank Mr. Anthony Gallucci Ms. Linda L. Johnson Mr. Thomas R. O’Donnell Ms. Colleen M. O’Neil Mr. Michael S. Owendoff Mr. Daniel A. Romaine Ms. Rachel D. Lerner Mr. Gregory S. Scott Ms. Robin M. Wilson Ms. Michelle M. DeBaltzo Ms. Maureen M. DeVito Mr. Ian N. Friedman Mr. William E. Gareau Jr. Mr. Andrew S. Goldwasser

1995 1995 1995 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997

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Mr. Carlos O. Gomez Ms. Leslye M. Huff Ms. Darya P. Klammer Mr. Joseph R. Klammer Ms. Cheryl L. Kravetz Ms. Stacey L. McKinley Mr. Anthony T. Nici Mr. Matthew A. Palnik Ms. Susan E. Petersen Mr. Anthony R. Petruzzi Ms. Kate E. Ryan Mr. Sam Thomas III Mr. Adam J. Thurman Ms. Wendy Weiss Asher Mr. Thomas W. Baker Ms. Mary L. Bradley Ms. Laura Courry-Zhao Ms. Tonya E. Thomas Mr. Amgad Husein Mr. Richard J. Koloda Ms. Andrea Nelson-Moore Ms. Jill S. Patterson Mr. Edward P. Simms Ms. Tammy L. Bogdanski Ms. Julianne V. Hostovich Ms. Patricia McGinty Aston Mr. M. Terrell Menefee Mr. Mark A. Miller Ms. Lillian Ortiz Mr. Nicholas G. Rennillo Ms. Heather J. Ross Mr. Joseph M. Saponaro Ms. Emily Smayda Kelly Mr. Dean M. Valore Ms. Elizabeth F. Wilber Ms. Jennifer B. Lyons Mr. Frank L. Gallucci Ms. Theresa M. Kulp Mr. Wallace J. Lanci Ms. Lori A. Luka Mr. James A. Marniella Ms. Jennifer Mingus Mountcastle Mr. Michael D. Shroge Ms. Eileen M. Sutker, Ph D. Ms. Darlene E. White Mr. Kevin M. Butler Mr. Pablo Castro Ms. Roklyn DePerro Turner Ms. Lynda L. Kovach Ms. Sonja Lechowick Siebert Mr. Brett A. Miller Mr. Bryan L. Penvose Mr. John A. Powers Ms. Lauren P. Steiner Mr. Roger M. Bundy Ms. Colleen Barth DelBalso Mr. Nicholas A. DiCello Ms. Amy E. Gerbick Ms. Christina M. Hronek Ms. Caitlin Magner Mr. Troy Prince

1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

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Mr. Weldon H. Rice Mr. Donald P. Scott Mr. Michael J. Sourek Mr. Rick Strawser Ms. Kelly Summers Lawrence Ms. Heather M. Zirke Mr. Louis A. Vitantonio, Jr. Ms. Monica L. Wharton Ms. Sandra L. English Ms. Manju Gupta Ms. Madeline J. Lepidi-Carino Mr. James P. Mramor Ms. Rhonda J. Porter Ms. Kimberly Ann Thomas Ms. Hallie Ilene Yavitch Mr. John A. Yirga Mr. Todd A. Atkinson Mr. Jonathan L. Cudnik Ms. Dayna M. DePerro Mr. Brendan R. Doyle Mr. Erik S. Dunbar Mr. Ronald L. Frey Mr. Siegmund F. Fuchs Mr. Michael P. Graham Mr. Tahani M. Kablan Mr. Kevin J. Kelley Mr. Patrick J. Milligan Mr. Aaron T. Snopek Mr. Jonathan J. Walsh Mr. Nathan J. Wills Mr. George J. Zilich Ms. Melanie Bordelois Mr. John A. Favret III Ms. Sabrina Frey Ms. Nora E. Graham Mr. Scot J. Haislip Ms. Inga N. Laurent Mr. Ho-Jun Lee Ms. Monique A. McCarthy Mr. Dean C. Williams Mr. Keller J. Blackburn Mr. Paul D. Castillo Mr. David A. Herman Ms. Amy L. Scheurman Ms. Kristina W. Supler Mr. Joseph P. Dunson Ms. Erin M. Kriynovich Mr. Chan B. Carlson Mr. Gregory A. Gentile Mr. Nicholas Hanna Mr. Eric C. Nemecek Mr. Shawn A. Romer Mr. Keith D. Scheurman, Jr. Mr. Benjamin P. Wiborg Mr. Philip M. Angelo Ms. Lei Jiang Mr. Anthony W. Scott Ms. Allison E. Taller Mr. Benjamin Beckman Mr. Joseph M. Corsaro Mr. Bradley Lipinski

2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 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 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009 2010 2010 2010

Ms. Anne Walton Ms. Wanda Jones Ms. Ashley L. Jones Mr. Daniel J. Myers Ms. Sunny Nixon Ms. Leslie Pina Ms. Erin P. Brown Ms. Kimberly Kendall Mr. Jonathan McGory Ms. Dana M. Paris Ms. Linda Ammons Mr. David Barnhizer Ms. Carol Barresi Mr. Paul Carrington Ms. Laverne Carter Ms. Anne-Marie Connors Mr. Walter F. Ehrnfelt Ms. Patricia J. Falk Mr. Joel J. Finer Mr. David Forte Mr. John Gabel Prof. Sheldon Gelman Mr. Louis Geneva Ms. Holli Goodman Mr. Jack Guttenberg Mr. Patrick Harrington Mr. Maurice L. Heller Mr. Edward J. Hyland Mr. Edward G. Kramer Mr. Stephen R. Lazarus Mr. John Makdisi, Dean Mr. Deane Malaker Ms. Ellen L. Mastrangelo Ms. Jessica Mathewson Ms. Mary McKenna Mr. Geoffrey S. Mearns Ms. Louise F. Mooney Ms. Sandra Natran Mr. Marshall Nurenberg Hon. Solomon Oliver Mr. Kevin F. O’Neill Mr. James H. Peak Ms. Victoria Plata Mr. John Thomas Plecnik Ms. Nicolette I. Plottner Mr. James D. Proud Mr. Fred P. Ramos Ms. Tina Rhodes Ms. Heidi Gorovitz Robertson Ms. Yolanda Salviejo Mr. Steven Smith Mr. Lloyd B. Snyder Mr. Steven Steinglass Mr. William Suter Mr. Alan Weinstein Mr. Norman H. Weinstein Mr. Stephen J. Werber Mr. Frederic White Mr. James G. Wilson Ms. Margaret W. Wong

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Jośe C. Feliciano was honored at the Hispanic Law Student Association’s First Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Gary Avery is a senior consultant at Law Advisory Group Inc. in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he advises law enforcement agencies and school districts nationally on best current practices in school safety planning and management.

1970 Jeffry Weiler, of counsel in Tucker Ellis’ Estates, Trusts & Probate practice group, has also been elected to a three-year term as chair of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

1976 M. Colette Gibbons, a partner in the Cleveland office of Ice Miller LLP, was recognized by Chambers USA in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice area. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2007.


John H. Lawson received the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.

Patrick J. Gnazzo is a principal at Better Business Practices, LLC in McLean, Va.

David Ross has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Professional Malpractice Law by Best Lawyers 2014. Ross is a partner and chairperson/leader of multiple litigation practice groups at Reminger Co. LPA.

1972 Avery S. Friedman was elected president of the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court.

Lawrence A. Turbow was appointed chair of the Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.

1977 Alan Lee is featured in the New York Magazine year-end double issue recognizing the New York area’s “Top Rated Lawyers.” The recognition is also circulated in Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, New York Law Journal, New Jersey Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune.

Ronald K. Lembright retired from Stark & Knoll’s Business Services Group in Akron, where he focused his practice on the areas of oil and gas law, securities law and business transactions for small and medium sized businesses. Hon. J. Timothy McCormack is a judge on the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District.

1973 James Mitchell Brown, a nationally known attorney and consultant who is recognized for both his legal and his marketing skills, released his book, Marketing for the Contingency Fee Law Firm. Brown is the CEO of Attorney Consultant Inc. in Cleveland. Albert J. Teichman is the executive assistant district attorney in the Nassau District Attorney’s Office in Mineola, N.Y.

1974 Timothy G. Kasparek litigated a $3,700,000 plaintiff’s verdict in the medical malpractice case, Sara Jaynes et al v. Marc Goldblatt et al, recognized in Arizona Attorney as one of the Top 10 largest civil verdicts in Arizona for the year.

1975 Molly Fayen is the management officer in the office of the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok, Russia.


Mark J. Valponi, a partner in the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

1979 Sheryl K. Benford, general counsel, deputy general manager for legal affairs for Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award. Peter Brodhead, a partner with Spangenberg Shibley & Liber in Cleveland, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

Janet E. Burney is the deputy general counsel at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, concentrating on administrative, labor and transactional law. Christine Covey joined the firm of Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash as an associate. Steven B. Lesser has been chosen as chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. Lesser, a member of Cleveland-Marshall’s National Advisory Council, is a partner in the Ft. Lauderdale firm Becker & Poliakoff, and heads the firm’s construction law practice.

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Greg Victoroff opened his own firm, Greg Victoroff & Associates, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Hon. Ralph Perk, Jr. was elected chief justice of the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity at its biennial. Judge Perk, retired from the Cleveland Municipal Court, has served as a national officer of the fraternity since 2001. Paul J. Schumacher is a shareholder and litigator at the Cleveland office of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, where he represents companies and individuals in cases involving various product liability claims, industrial accidents, construction claims, chemical exposures, fire losses, OSHA workplace investigations and high-value business disputes.

1980 Gregory F. Clifford, Cleveland Municipal Court Chief Magistrate, was honored at Cleveland-Marshall’s Black Law Students Association Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

Marilyn Tobocman received the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award in the area of in-house government. Stephen E. Walters, a partner in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

William Hawal, a Spangenberg Shibley & Liber partner, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Hawal has also been granted a fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named a founding member of the Summit Counsel, a group of today’s top civil justice lawyers in the United States. Howard D. Mishkind, the president and founder of Mishkind Law Firm Co., LPA, was selected for the 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of plaintiff medical malpractice law.

1984 Richard H. Nemeth is the first recipient of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys’ (NACBA) prestigious Hammes-Shulman Award. Given in recognition of the leadership and commitment, the award honors significant legislative and advocacy contributions made by an NACBA member.

1981 Dennis Lansdowne, a partner with Spangenberg Shibley & Liber in Cleveland, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

Hon. David A. Schroeder was appointed by Governor John Kasich as a judge for the Ashtabula County Court Western District. Judge Schroeder previously served as the Conneaut Law Director. Frederick N. Widen, a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

R. Russell O’Rourke joined the firm of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis as a partner and chair of the construction law group. Carter E. Strang, a partner in the firm of Tucker Ellis LLP, has won the 2013 DRI Lifetime Community Service Award, nominated by the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. Strang also received the 2013 Federal Bar Association’s Elaine “Boots” Fisher Award.

1985 Charles P. Alusheff (deceased), an attorney in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Barbara A. Belovich is a consultant in the employee benefits division of Oswald Companies in Cleveland.

1982 Albert N. Salvatore, a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, was named among The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of corporate law practice.

Diana Marie Thimmig, a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, was named among The Best Lawyers in America 2014, in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights and insolvency and reorganization law.

Russell D. Kornblut is forming a new multi-functional legal department at Cross Country Mortgage, Inc. in Brecksville. Mary Forbes Lovett, a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Hon. Cheryl L. Waite was elected secretary/treasurer of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association.



Edward H. Kraus joined the litigation department at McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland.

Kathleen M. Kahoe was appointed acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Clifford C. Masch, an attorney in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Russell J. Meraglio, Jr., an attorney in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

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1987 Eric M. Simon, a partner in the Cleveland office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.


ALUMNI ON THE Hon. Joan Synenberg was appointed judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas by Governor John Kasich. Judge Synenberg was appointed to this position to fill the unexpired term of Judge Eileen T. Gallagher ’95.

MoVE 1991 Zena B. (Clark) Elliott was announced partner at the Licata & Toerek Law Firm.

Timothy P. Trainer is the author of a novel, Pendulum Over the Pacific. He also became a member of John Marshall Law School’s (Chicago) Intellectual Property Advisory Board.

Jeffrey P. Hastings was appointed to the Western Reserve Insurance Group of Wooster, Ohio’s Board of Directors. Hastings serves as of counsel with the Cleveland firm of Collins & Scanlon.

1988 David W. Hildebrandt joined the Cleveland firm Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos as a senior associate in the firm’s business services practice group.

Christopher Holecek is a partner in the civil litigation practice group at Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg in Independence, where he represents corporations and individuals in complex business matters, including breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes, and theft of trade secrets. James Imbrigiotta is a partner at Glowacki & Imbrigiotta in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, where he practices civil litigation, including insurance defense, insurance coverage, automobile negligence, commercial law, defense of automobile dealerships, transportation, premises liability, municipal liability, products liability, construction defects, employer intentional tort, and property and casualty. Shannon F. Jerse, deputy general counsel of Sisters of Charity Health System, was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

Constance A. Powall was named partner at the Licata & Toerek Law Firm.

Hon. Nicola A. Selvaggio is a judge on the Champaign County Common Pleas Court in Urbana, Ohio. Timothy L. Zix, a partner in the Cleveland office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

1992 Kenneth P. Abbarno, of the Skolnick Weiser Law Firm, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Douglas G. Leak, a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, was named among The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the practice area of medical malpractice law. Hon. Michael P. Donnelly was elected to serve as a trustee of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association.

1989 David A. Armstrong was named the 14th president of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY.

Sharon L. Rogers-Barron is the chief operating officer at Corporate Fitness Works in St. Petersburg, Fla. Stephen S. Vanek is a magistrate/staff attorney at Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Elizabeth A. Crosby is a partner in the Cleveland office of Buckley King, where her practice is focused on labor and employment law. Timothy J. Fitzgerald is a member in the Cleveland office of Koehler Neal LLC where his practice focuses on commercial and business litigation.

1993 Steven M. Auvil is head of the intellectual property and technology group at Squire Sanders in Cleveland. Christopher J. Carney became partner-in-charge at Brouse McDowell.

Patricia Seifert, chair of the Tucker Ellis Construction Group, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. She focuses her practice on construction litigation and defect claims, as well as commercial, real estate, and product liability litigation matters.


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Adam E. Carr of The Carr Law Office, LLC, has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for insurance law. Carr helps resolve disputes for insurance companies, businesses, and high net worth individuals either by settlement or through litigation, depending upon the circumstances. Patricia Gaul, senior vice president general counsel and CFO of the PlayhouseSquare Foundation, was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

Cate Kurela Smith graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Dayton in December. Smith is executive director of the Education Law Association, a national non-advocacy membership association of administrators, attorneys, and professors.

1996 Leslie M. Jenny joined the Cleveland office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a shareholder in the firm’s health care department.

Thomas W. Ostrowski joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis as a partner in the firm’s business department, where he will focus on all aspects of commercial banking.

Kevin P. Roberts joined McMahon DeGulis as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Hon. Michael J. Ryan is a judge in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court’s Juvenile Division. Leo M. Spellacy, Jr., a partner in Porter Wright’s Cleveland office, was recently appointed to the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

1994 Jennifer A. Blaga joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as director of legal recruiting. Ann M. Caresani, a partner in the Cleveland office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA. David H. Gunning II has joined McDonald Hopkins as a member of their real estate practice.

Jennifer L. Stueber, counsel in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, was elected chair of the board of Project Learn.

1997 Eileen M. Bitterman, a partner in the Cleveland office of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, was elected to the 2013-14 ACA International Council of Delegates for the Member’s Attorney Program (MAP) Division.

Richard F. Kwarciak is a partner in the Cleveland office of Reese & Kwarciak Co., where his areas of practice include personal injury, automobile accidents, wrongful death claims, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, insurance law, business law, and contracts. Kwarciak is also an active chairperson and arbitrator for the Cuyahoga County Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.

Ian N. Friedman was quoted in The New York Times regarding the conviction and sentencing of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for a decade. Friedman recently joined the firm of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co., L.P.A. as a principal and a chair of their Criminal Law Practice.

K. Vesna Mijic-Barisic is the new assistant general counsel for Cleveland State University.

Davina A. Furnish was appointed general counsel and corporate secretary at Concurrent Computer Corporation in Duluth, Ga.

Debbie Yue, a partner at Gallagher Sharp, was appointed chair elect of the Diversity Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association

1995 Suzanne M. Conroy is real estate counsel at the Children’s Place in Secaucus, N.J. Marilena DiSilvio, a partner in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was named president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation for 2013-2014. She was also included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. DiSilvio is a member of the firm’s executive and management committees, and chair of its health care law practice group.

Aaron J. O’Brien was named by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Twentieth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission is made up of nine members and makes recommendations to the governor for judicial appointments. O’Brien is the founder of the O’Brien Law Firm in Ft. Myers, Fla. Susan E. Petersen, a founding partner of Petersen & Petersen in Chardon, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the Ohio Chapter of ABOTA.

Andrew J. Dorman, a partner in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co. LPA, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Anthony R. Petruzzi joined the trial department in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis as counsel, focusing on white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and business litigation. Hon. Eileen T. Gallagher is a judge on the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District.

1998 Ann-Marie Ahern was inducted as a trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Ahern is a partner in the Cleveland office of McCarthy Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, where her practice is focused on employment litigation.

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ALUMNI ON THE George H. Carr is of counsel at Janik LLP in Cleveland, where his practice is focused on litigation and dispute resolution, including complex litigation and class actions.

MoVE 2002 Brian W. Bonham joined the business organization and tax department at Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista in Avon, Ohio. Bonham will focus his practice on business and corporate law, real estate and education law.


Sarah C. Flannery, a partner in the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine, was featured in “Who to Watch in Law” in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Hon. Pamela D. Houston serves as an administrative law judge in Orlando, Fla. Emily Smayda Kelly was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

Matthew T. Norman became a partner in the law firm of Gallagher Sharp where he represents attorneys in grievance proceedings and malpractice suits, real estate professionals in errors and omissions claims, and manufacturers and suppliers in asbestos litigation involving product liability, personal injury and wrongful death.

Leah M. Hohenberger is an attorney at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote in Cleveland, where she represents businesses, individuals and insurance companies in a wide variety of civil litigation matters.

Christina M. Hronek is a solo practitioner in Broadview Heights.

Dean M. Valore was interviewed on several news programs including NBC’s “Today Show,” as a national expert in criminal law on the Ariel Castro sentencing. Valore is an adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall, and a partner in the Cleveland firm of Valore & Gordillo, where his practice is focused on federal criminal defense.

2000 Alexander E. Gertsburg has opened his own law firm, Gertsburg Law Firm Co., LPA, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Helena J. Oroz joined the Cleveland office of Zashin & Rich as an associate.

Megan K. Roberts was named a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, where she focuses on real estate law and business law. David Schweighoefer joined Brouse McDowell as a partner in the firm’s Health Care Practice Group.

Joseph R. Leonti is associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Parker-Hannifin Corporation, where his practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance and finance. Gary C. Norman is a co-founder of the non-profit Mid-Atlantic Lyceum. The Lyceum will serve as a tool to bring together diverse perspectives and peoples, including leaders with disabilities, to foster and promote more informed and civil dialogue and decision-making. Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith has become a partner in the law firm of Gallagher Sharp, where she defends manufacturers and suppliers in asbestos litigation, and represents railroad companies in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death and occupational injury. Darlene E. White, deputy director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Law, was honored at the Black Law Students Association Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

2001 Pablo Castro was honored at Cleveland-Marshall’s Hispanic Law Student Association’s First Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet.

2003 Stacy R. C. Berliner became a shareholder at Thacker Martinsek in Cleveland.

Kevin Brokaw, director of development and general counsel at Geis Cos., a developer and industrial contractor, was featured in “Who to Watch in Law” in Crain’s Cleveland Business. Amy L. DeLuca was elected a shareholder and director at the Westlake firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. DeLuca is a member of the firm’s litigation department, focusing on labor and employment law. Hon. Denise N. Rini is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court’s Juvenile Division.

Sean Lavin was named a partner at the Cleveland firm of McLaughlin Law, LLP, where his practice is concentrated on civil litigation and white collar defense.

Kelli M. Witt is an attorney in the Office of Construction & Facilities Management of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, DC.

Mary B. Sullivan is vice president at Kemper Insurance in Jacksonville, Fla.


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2004 Erik Dunbar was named director of construction operations at Dunbar Mechanical, where he oversees day-to-day operations, technology implementation and quality control procedures for the certified firm.

Evelyn K. Holmer has been appointed to the associate board for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. R. Glenn Knirsch joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate in the firm’s Cleveland office, handling consumer financial services matters.

Jason P. Ferrante joined Marshall Dennehey as an associate in the firm’s health care practice in the Cleveland office. Ferrante focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense. Robert I. Koury joined Republic Steel as employment and labor counsel. Ronald L. Frey co-founded The Frey Law Firm, LLC, which represents clients in complex criminal and white-collar matters at the state & federal levels.

Brian C. Lee was elected a shareholder at Reminger Co., LPA, where he focuses his legal practice on a wide array of civil defense litigation matters. Sean T. Needham is a partner in the Cleveland office of Janik LLP, where his litigation practice focuses on business and professional liability matters.

Patrick J. Milligan joined the Cleveland office of Houston, Calabrese and George, as a partner. Sara Santoli is an associate in the Cleveland office of Walter & Haverfield LLP. Aaron A. Schmidt is assistant legal counsel at the Ohio Lottery Commission. David L. Van Slyke was named a partner of the law firm Plunkett Cooney, where he practices in the Columbus office in the areas of general litigation, title insurance and banking law.

Kristina W. Supler was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Supler joined the Cleveland firm of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co., L.P.A. as an associate, where she concentrates her practice in the area of criminal defense.

2005 Sabrina Frey co-founded The Frey Law Firm, LLC, which represents clients in complex criminal and white-collar matters at the state & federal levels. Jennifer M. Griveas, director of legal affairs at Eliza Jennings, is a recipient of the First Chair 2013 Rising Star Award. The First Chair Award is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have made significant contributions to the legal community.

2007 H. William Beseth III is an associate with Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

Michael S. Lewis is an attorney at Willacy, LoPresti & Marvocy in Cleveland, where his practice is focused on workers’ compensation defense. John C. Orlando, general counsel and director of operations at Orlando Baking Co., was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

Arthur W. Brumett ll is a member of the litigation department at Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista in Westlake, Ohio, where his practice is focused on workers’ compensation matters.

Jason M. Smith joined the firm of McDonald Hopkins as an associate. Kathleen A. Cole joined the firm of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl as an associate. John Warren, assistant general counsel of University Hospitals, was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

LaDavia S. Drane is the executive drector of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC.

2006 Paul D. Castillo is a staff attorney with Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.

Nadine Ezzie, general counsel and assistant secretary of Broadvox, received a Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

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Elizabeth Evans, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Republic Steel, was selected as a finalist for the Crain’s 2013 In-house & General Counsel Award.

Risto B. Pribisich is a partner at Benesch in Cleveland in the firm’s innovations, information technology & intellectual property practice group.





Michael H. Jagunic is an associate in the Cleveland office of Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill.

Jamie Cole joined the corporate law practice group in the business department at Polsinelli Shughart in Phoenix.

Madeline McGrane joined Benesch in the firm’s Cleveland office as an associate in the real estate practice group.

Christian Moratschek joined Benesch in the Cleveland office as an associate in the firm’s environmental practice group.

Sunny Nixon is associate general counsel at Explorys, Inc. in Cleveland. Nadeen Nassar is an associate attorney with Synenberg & Associates in Cleveland.

Adam C. Smith is an associate in the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins.

Shawn A. Romer joined the Akron office of Roetzel & Andress as an associate attorney in the employment services group.

Angela L. Simmons is senior counsel at Parker Hannifin Corporation, where her practice is focused on providing counsel and litigation management to business groups on a wide variety of labor and employment matters.

2009 Philip M. Angelo is special assistant to Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova. Kevin Brown is a landman in the Canton office of Purple Land Management.

Lindsey M. Wilber joined McElroy Law in Westlake as an associate practicing in the area of criminal defense. Justin A. Zucker joined Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley as an associate in its Redwood City, Calif. office. Zucker is a member of the firm’s environmental practice group, focusing on environmental law and insurance defense litigation.

2012 Kelly Albin is an associate attorney at Kropf Wagner Law Firm in Orrville, Ohio.

Justin S. Gould is an assistant United State attorney, Northern District of Ohio. Sabrina J. Gross is a complaints specialist at the Virginia Department of Education in Richmond, Va. Megan R. Miller joined Tucker Ellis as an associate.

Tiffany Allison is an associate attorney in Sutter O’Connell’s Cleveland office.

2010 Anne Walton Keller joined the Cleveland firm of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co., L.P.A. as an associate. She will concentrate her practice in the area of criminal defense.

Patrick G. O’Connor joined the litigation and employment group at Stark & Knoll in Akron. Robert Terbrack joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate.

Erin P. Brown is an attorney with Robert Brown LLC, where she provides legal assistance for immigration matters such as adoption, employment, family, removal and citizenship.

Jonathan Decker joined the Cleveland office of Zashin & Rich as an associate.

Charissa Walker joined the firm of Tucker Ellis LLP as an associate. Daniel Dew is a visiting legal fellow in The Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.


Nicholas J. Habursky is a new associate for the firm Babst Calland.

Lucas R. Didion has accepted a position as an associate with Corsaro & Associates. Thomas G. Haren is an associate at the Westlake, Ohio firm of Seeley Savidge.


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Jillian Henzler joined Ritzler Coughlin & Paglia as an associate practicing insurance defense law.

William A. Doyle is an associate with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Sarena Holder has joined the law firm of Tucker Ellis as an associate in the firm’s Cleveland office, where she practices in the area of mass tort and product liability.

Nicholas Kopcho is an associate at Dreyfuss Williams & Associates Co., LPA

Jonathan McGory is an assistant director of law with the City of Cleveland, in the real estate and development section. Brendan Mewhinney is a principal at Brendan Mewhinney Law in Brecksville, Ohio, where his practice is focused on counseling small businesses.

Rachel Kuhn is an attorney at Reimer, Arnovitz, Chernek & Jeffrey Co., L.P.A. in Solon, Ohio, where her practice will focus on real estate and commercial litigation, and appeals.

Joseph M. Muska joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm’s litigation department.

Chang T. Nguyen is a hearing officer in the office of General Counsel at Houston Housing Authority in Houston, Texas. Malorie A. Rooney joined Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Law Firm in Avon, Ohio as an associate. Rooney will focus on all aspects of litigation as well as representing employers in workers’ compensation matters. Carolyn Soeder is a staff attorney at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Beachwood, Ohio, where her practice is concentrated on family law and domestic relations.

Julia Szabo is a partner at Szabo & Szabo in Lorain, Ohio, where she focuses on estate planning, estate and probate administration, elder law, and real estate law. Sireen I. Tucker joined the Norristown, Pa. firm of High Swartz LLP, as an associate with the firm’s real estate practice. Jennifer Soucie Wilson is an attorney with the Cleveland firm of Milano Pasch Medici, where her practice is focused on a wide range of criminal and civil litigation matters.

2013 Elizabeth E. Collins joined the firm of Brouse McDowell as an associate in its litigation group.

Class of 1963 Reunion This past December, several members of the Cleveland-Marshall graduating class of 1963 came together to reminisce about their time spent in the old Ontario Street law building. Class of 1963 president Thomas J. Scanlon helped organize the gathering, held at the Union Club of Cleveland. “It was delightful to get together with my old friends from law school and reminisce, and discuss our days — really nights — we spent together more than 50 years ago studying to become lawyers,” said Scanlon. “I also enjoyed the Dean’s update on the law school, and the delightful wine and food of the evening.” Among those in attendance for the celebration were Dick Klein, Michael and Joanne Ruggieri, Thomas and Anita Scanlon, and Erwin and Reva Zaretsky.



Sylvia K. Adler ’43 Charles P. Alusheff ’85 Raymond R. Amari ’54 Jerome E. Apple ’70 Gerald I. Arnson ’65 Jack H. Berger ’60 Edward S. Blanarik, Jr. ’82 William L. Bransford ’75 James L. Burns ’89 Neil J. Byrne ’53

Charles E. Cannon ’54 William D. Carle III ’55 Katharine S. Carter ’82 Paul W. Cassidy ’47 Claire A. Cloud ’03 Judge Eugene M. Fellmeth ’51 Warren E. Fleischner ’58 John J. Grady ’56 Donald F. Harrington ’61 M. Diane Henry ’71

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Bernard Husock ’86 David W. Jones ’85 Frank A. Kender ’54 Magistrate Joan M. King ’83 John F. Kirwan ’70 Judge Ted R. Klammer ’70 Albert Krill ’59 Walter J. Laska ’62 Patrick G. Lazzaro ’57 C. Daniel Nash ’63

Reuben M. Payne ’53 Ronald J. Perrin ’54 Edward C. Powers ’80 Most Reverend A. James Quinn ’72 Robert F. Revello ’57 Judge Patrick J. Rhoa ’90 William L. Richard ’67 David Jay Richards, Jr. ’71 Nicholas D. Satullo ’85 Philip W. Skove ’55

Judge Andrew P. Slivka ’53 Alonzo Snipes, Jr. ’68 Joseph E. Sotak ’52 Barbara A. Stapleton ’53 Timothy A. Taylor ’68 Glenn F. Torch ’74 Louis A. Turi, Jr. ’50 Carole R. Turoff ’70 Thomas C. Vanik ’75 Walter R. Wagner ’61


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2014 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Stories Book  
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