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Stories BOOK



efore becoming dean of Cleveland-Marshall last July, I knew from the school’s reputation that I was joining a legal community with prominent and successful graduates, many of whom stand out as trailblazers in our profession. But I did not anticipate that the breadth and depth of experiences—the Cleveland-Marshall stories—would make such a strong impression on me. Something extraordinary is built here—on a proud Cleveland-Marshall foundation—a community of distinguished leaders and practitioners with remarkable stories of lives lived in justice. It has been my great privilege to meet many outstanding individuals since coming to C|M|LAW. Please enjoy this opportunity, through our first “Stories Book,” to learn more about our alumni and friends. These are stories about your classmates, colleagues, teachers, mentors – the lawyers making up our global C|M|LAW community. It is a community I am proud to be a part of, and one that inspires me every day as dean of C|M|LAW. Through their experiences and generosity, these remarkable individuals help the Cleveland-Marshall story continue to unfold with magnificent possibilities for our school, our graduates, and the future of law.

Crai g M. Bo i s e De a n a nd Profe ssor of Law

Thank you.

the stories Peter Carfagna Putting Cleveland on the Map . ............................................................................................. 2 Reverend Edward T. Haggins '66 The Good Reverend................................................................................................................... 6 Gordon Friedman and Terry Gilbert '73 And Justice for All...................................................................................................................... 8 Alumna of the Year The Honorable Maureen O’Connor '80 Hail to the Chief.........................................................................................................................12 Alumnus of the Year James Lowe '72 Defining a Trajectory................................................................................................................14 Xenophon “Xen” Zapis '54 A Living Legacy..........................................................................................................................16 C|M|LAW Alumni Association New Life Members....................................................................................................................18 Life Members.............................................................................................................................20 Alumni on the Move...............................................................................................................24 In Memoriam............................................................................................................................. 31



Putting Cleveland on the Map


Peter Carfag na: Executive in Residence Co-Founde r, Sports a nd Entertain m ent Law Acad emy at C|M|LAW isionary leadership, innovative partnerships and a focus on practical preparation have made ClevelandMarshall College of Law a destination for prospective law students across Northeast Ohio. Launching in 2012, the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, a program built on all three, will establish Cleveland-Marshall and the City of Cleveland itself as a destination for prospective law students across the nation and around the world. The Academy began with visionary leadership. In 2011, Provost Geoffrey S. Mearns, formerly the dean of the law school, invited Peter Carfagna to bring his courses on sports law from Harvard to ClevelandMarshall as an Executive in Residence. A visiting professor at Harvard, Carfagna had originated three sports law courses, each of which has a published case book. Carfagna agreed to teach the courses in Cleveland, a great boon for C|M|LAW students. Around the same time, he was invited to join Case Western Reserve University School of Law as a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner. Carfagna proposed a novel idea: why not cross list the courses at Cleveland-Marshall and Case Law Schools? The Academy grew out of the resulting successful and innovative partnership between ClevelandMarshall and Case, that was supported by Dean Craig M. Boise at C|M|LAW and Dean Lawrence E. Mitchell at CWRU Law School. Carfagna began working with an old friend, Craig Nard, the director of


the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at CWRU. Nard’s experience in Intellectual Property and Carfagna’s experience in Sports Law complemented one another, and from their work together, the idea for an Academy emerged. When Carfagna began teaching his three courses to students from C|M|LAW and CWRU Law, it immediately became clear that students here in Cleveland were highly interested in them and their practical nature.

“These are skills-based, clinically-based courses,” says Carfagna. The skills that students learn are useful across industries, but they also address issues in sports that appear in the headlines today.

“Consider the scandal at Ohio State University, or at University of Miami (FL),” says Carfagna. “Our graduates will have the skills to assist an athletic director in interpreting and becoming compliant with NCAA regulations,” he says. With sports and entertainment crossing over more and more in venues like the Wolstein Center, students who are well-prepared to draft and manage event and venue related contracts will have an advantage. After teaching his courses in Cleveland for one year, Carfagna decided an immersion experience might be more beneficial to students. “Craig Nard had been doing immersion on the entertainment side with music and law,” says Carfagna, “and we talked about the possibility of putting our courses together.” The two felt that their courses combined would make a unique, practical, attractive package and their deans agreed. Carfagna and Nard became co-directors, and the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy was born. The pair looked to their successes with current students to guide the development of the program. “These are pre-professional, specialized courses that offer the platform for students to enter these industries as attorneys,” says Carfagna, “but the difficult question is, how can we make those opportunities available to them?” One of the top students who had already taken the cross-listed courses offered an answer. After shining in two of the three courses, Christopher Harrington, a student from ClevelandMarshall, had impressed Carfagna. When the opportunity arose for him to recommend students for an externship placement at The Madison Square Garden Company in New York City, he submitted Harrington’s name along with the names of several of his best Sports Law students. “As a result of my participation in Professor Carfagna’s courses, I managed to obtain the externship and transition quickly into my new position at MSG,” says Christopher Harrington. “When I arrived I was given contract reviewing, editing and drafting assignments. Because we had extensive practice with similar complex agreements, I recognized the various provisions and boilerplates,” he says. “I knew exactly what to do, and I was able to get started without asking many questions, which impressed my




supervisors.” Harrington was assigned to MSG Sports and worked under Jamaal Lesane, the Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Teams and Sports Operations. “There I was,” says Harrington, “this kid from Cleveland-Marshall surrounded by lawyers from Columbia, Yale and Harvard,” he said. No matter how surreal the experience, it was a successful one for Harrington. Carfagna and Nard wanted to have a similar impact on students at the Academy. The question became how to provide such unique externship opportunities to students in the Academy. Of course, one of the reasons Carfagna chose to teach in Cleveland in the first place is the unprecedented access to sports and arts institutions here in town. For example, Global Spectrum, part of the Comcast Group, is the on-site agency that manages the Wolstein Center for athletic events and music events as well. “Would they appreciate a clinical student who can help them go over their forms and manage event related contracts for sports and events?” says Carfagna. “Of course, and if a student can get that placement, they will have a huge advantage.” Carfagna and Nard began soliciting local organizations for externship opportunities and Global Spectrum, Nelligan Sports Marketing and Cleveland State University’s NCAA Athletics organizations were among the first. The counsel for the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lake Country Captains and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission have since joined the expanding list. “Our plan is to provide the top students in this summer’s inaugural Academy class with direct placement into these organizations for externships,” says Carfagna. In May 2012, the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy will open its doors for its first class of students. Students will be immersed in four courses over three weeks: Representing the Professional Athlete, Negotiating Strategies in Sports Management, Representing the Musical Artist and Entertainment Law: Film and Television. The faculty includes Peter Carfagna, Mark Avsec, partner and vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, and David Shall, Head of Business Operations & General Counsel at Vuguru LLC. “These faculty members are unique,” says co-director Craig Nard. “Mark Avsec, for example is also a professional musician,” he says. “He’s going to simulate what it’s like to represent an artist from the early days of a band all the way to becoming a heritage band.” The first day, students from the course will travel to a music studio, see how musicians work in the field and learn about the legal issues involved in recording. Each of the courses leverages the three-week immersive format to the fullest. “With guest speakers, field trips and more to look forward to, this year’s Academy program will be wonderfully rich,”



says Nard. “And, this is only the first year. We plan on making it bigger and better every year to come,” he says. But, 2012 is already exceeding everyone’s expectations. “We were hoping for 20-25 students to register for this summer’s Academy,” says Carfagna. Registration is open to students from across the country, with courses to take place on the Cleveland State University campus. By the time registration closed, the program had far exceeded initial expectations with 73 registrants from schools across the country. Of those 73, the top 10-15 will receive placement in Cleveland-area externships. “This program is a magnet,” says Carfagna. “It’s a one-of-a-kind program – there is nothing quite like it out there. The program is great for Cleveland, great for CWRU Law, and great for Cleveland-Marshall,” he says. “It will bring people here and create a brain gain.” The real gem of the program? Peter Carfagna. “It’s a tremendous privilege to work with Peter,” says Craig Nard. “I’ve known him for almost ten years, and he’s always been terribly gracious and anxious to give back to the community; he brings an energy and intelligence to the Academy, which explains why he’s been so successful in his career,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot from him – it’s a real asset to have someone like that in our own backyard.” Carfagna’s students agree.

“In every e-mail I send Professor Carfagna, I say thank you,” says Christopher Harrington, who is assisting Carfagna and Nard with the administration of the Academy. “I could have gone to a few schools, but I could not have made a better decision than the one to come to Cleveland-Marshall. I’m so thankful to him for everything I’ve learned and everything he’s done for me.

“The far-reaching impact of the Academy speaks to Peter’s vision, but also to his generosity and dedication to our students and our community,” says C|M|LAW Dean Craig Boise. “We have known Peter as a generous supporter of the school, including, through the Carfagna Family Foundation, his establishment of a scholarship fund for C|M|LAW students demonstrating an interest in sports and entertainment law. We also regard him as a valued advisor through his service on our National Advisory Council. That Peter would lead an initiative having the global potential of the academy comes as no surprise to those of us who regularly witness his drive to foster excellence in our community.” We offer sincere thanks to Professor Peter Carfagna, first, for choosing Cleveland-Marshall as the venue to teach his renowned Sports Law courses, and second, for establishing this new Academy that will be a major benefit to our students, our school and our City. n n n


The Good Reverend


Ed ward T. H ag g i ns ' 66: Priso n Min ister, Atto rn ey an d Ph ilanth ro p ist nce every week Reverend Edward T. Haggins picks up the phone to make a very important phone call. The man on the other end of the line is 50 years old, and has spent more than 30 years of his life in prison. Today he’s the director of a men’s choir at a local church, and he and Haggins are close friends. The two men met a number of years ago when Haggins was conducting a Sunday service as a chaplain in one of the three prisons he regularly visits. That particular Sunday morning he had the good fortune to meet a man who was leading the prison choir. “I took a liking to him immediately because I could tell that he was a strong individual,” says Haggins. “We became, and still are good friends.” Reverend Haggins ministered to the choir director while he remained in prison and kept in touch regularly during his parole. “When he finished his parole, I helped him become involved in the church in ministry and music,” says Haggins. Now the men talk every week, and Haggins is committed to ensuring that his friend remains strong. Although the story of this relationship may seem like an extraordinary one of friendship bonded under extraordinary circumstances, it is one of the many that Reverend Haggins has created through his work in the prisons and through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Matthew Prison Fellowship Association. “I don’t try to be a hero,” he says, “I just try to give these men godly advice and minister to them.” Edward T. Haggins was a young man working for the IRS in the early 1960s when opportunity knocked. The IRS offered a program to its employees


that allowed them to earn a promotion and deduct their tuition by attending law school. Haggins enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1961, and he remembers law school fondly. His work as a student and member of the Law Review was honored by a first place award from The Saturday Review for writing “the most outstanding article appearing in a College Literary Magazine during the Academic Year 1965-66.” The award was for his article, “Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases.” Haggins graduated in 1966 and passed the bar the same year. From 1966 until 1996, Haggins worked in tax and real estate law, but it was his work in criminal defense that inspired him. “I represented some young men who were unjustly charged or over indicted,” he says. “It was then that I became interested in working in the prisons.” Haggins also had a lifetime relationship with the church and heard about a program where laypersons could attend seminary on weekends to become ministers over the course of three or four years. In 1996 he was ordained. After his ordination, he and his wife Brenda began to minister to male and female inmates, especially to men on death row, through the Matthew Prison Fellowship Association. Today, Haggins still practices some law, but mostly to help fund his robust prison ministry. He teaches Bible study, anger management classes, and presides over some Sunday services in the Grafton, Trumbull and Lorain prisons. “They know me as Reverend Ed, but they also know and appreciate that I’m a lawyer and that I am still willing to give them Biblical advice,” says Haggins. “I told them that God took me out of the court room to go into the prisons and help save souls.” He has also extended his generosity outside the walls of the prison to students who are looking to improve their lives with a legal education at C|M|LAW.

In 2008 he established the Edward T. Haggins Scholarship, awarded each year to a student who exhibits academic promise and who will enhance the ethnic, racial, socio-economic or ideological diversity of the C|M|LAW student body.

Reverend Haggins also has established a Charitable Gift Annuity with the Cleveland Foundation to benefit the law school. Reverend Haggins is generous with his time and energy, speaking to and mentoring C|M|LAW students and other aspiring attorneys as well. “I speak to a group of high school students every year about law as a career,” says Haggins. “I tell them they shouldn’t go into law for the money, they should do it to help others. Once you start helping people, you’ll be blessed and you will find prosperity in your career.” n n n


And Justice For All G o rd an Fri ed man, Form er C|M|LAW Professo r, an d Alu m n u s, Te rry Gilbe r t '73 Build Successful Practice Serving the Disenfranchised


t was a lively party in a famously haunted house on Cleveland’s near west side that would become a defining moment for two young lawyers. Terry Gilbert, a recent graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, walked into Franklin Castle that evening to attend a unique community fundraiser. The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry staff, in partnership with several community activists, was holding a bail-bond ball to raise money for prisoners in the county jail who couldn’t afford their bail. Rather than raucous party-goers, the castle was filled with activists, ministers, nuns and social workers enjoying beer, wine and dancing. “There were even some future judges at the fundraiser,” says Gilbert. No one could have guessed where the evening would end. “The police raided the fundraiser,” explains Gilbert. “They claimed that the organizers did not have the proper liquor or dancing permit.” What shocked Gilbert the most was the way the officers treated the attendees. “People were dragged down the stairs, kicked and beaten,” he recounts. “They charged more than a dozen wellknown and prominent community activists that night.” Terry Gilbert called upon his law professor and friend Gordon Friedman to join him, and the two represented those arrested at Franklin Castle. Every defendant was found not guilty. By 1980, the two had created a practice with a group of other lawyers, which evolved over the years, until 1990, when it became Friedman & Gilbert, a firm specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Gordon Friedman and Terry Gilbert met several years before the bail-bond ball case, in the early '70s. Friedman began teaching at C|M|LAW in 1972 and reached the rank of tenured associate professor before going into private practice in the late '70s. Terry Gilbert was his student. “There was a very progressive atmosphere of creativity and activism as a result of the '60s,” says Gilbert. “Gordon and I got to know one another because we were part of the first class of a new clinical program that gave students an opportunity to actually work in the community and assist people who had been charged with crimes,” he says. The two became fast friends, but it

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was the Franklin Castle case that solidified their partnership and helped them find their eventual focus: social justice and civil rights. More than 30 years later the two attorneys are still together. “I think we’re unique,” says Friedman.

“There are people in the legal community who have called us Batman and Robin because we take cases that most lawyers won’t go near, and we associate with clients that many attorneys aren’t willing to get close to.

“If that’s the case,” he says with a chuckle, “I’m certainly an aging Batman, or a very aging Robin.” Gilbert, who considers himself the more serious of the two, isn’t sure he likes the analogy, because “it makes me the sidekick,” he says. “Gordon will always be the older one, and he will always be the professor.” And by logical extension, that must make Friedman Batman. But, regardless of who wears the cape, both men are heroes to the clients they serve. The pair have worked on famous cases separately and together, including the attempted murder trial of Dr. David Mays, and a wrongful incarceration case on behalf of Sam Shepard, but the two are most passionate about social justice and civil rights cases. “We represent a lot of impoverished clients,” says Friedman. “It’s not a way to send the kids to college, but it’s the right thing to do.” Many of their clients over the years have not been able to pay them, but the money wasn’t what either valued. Instead, they invested their time


Batman and in upholding the rights of the homeless, the incarcerated poor and those who simply could not afford representation. Currently Friedman and Gilbert represent the disenfranchised in cases of wrongful police contact and are interested in affecting police training reform. “There seems to be a huge gap in training police officers when it comes to deadly force,” says Friedman. “It’s a terrible, terrible gap, in training the officers when not to use deadly force and how to approach mentally ill and emotionally disturbed people, which are not always the same,” he says. “They need to be trained to recognize options other than deadly force.” Undoubtedly their strong partnership will help them successfully address this gap. “Our partnership is kind of like a marriage,” says Gilbert. “We’ve been together so long, we’ve outlasted some of the personal relationships in our lives.” Both men speak fondly of their partner, and both admit that their differences are an essential element in their partnership. “Terry is my dark side,” says Friedman. “He sometimes does outrageous things that I’ve thought about, but would never do, and it’s always amused me,” he says. “My favorite things about him are his passion and enthusiasm.” Gilbert has similar sentiments about Friedman. “I like the fact that I have someone who cares about me working with me,” says Gilbert. “Over the years I’ve gotten myself into jams as more of an outspoken rebel,” he says, “but he was always there to extricate me from them.” In addition to their complementary personalities, both cite their similar values as a key to their success. Neither of the two has ever forgotten the important role that the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law played in bringing them together and inspiring their storied careers.



nd Robin Friedman and Gilbert are more than an adjunct professor and an alumnus with a successful practice, they are committed supporters of the law school. The pair is actively working to provide opportunities for students who want to pick up the mantle of social justice and uphold the rights guaranteed by our constitution to those who cannot afford representation. Their firm, Friedman & Gilbert, sponsors an annual Criminal Justice Forum at the law school, which brings prominent, cutting edge legal thinkers to the school to discuss current criminal justice issues. In its sixth year, the 2011 forum featured Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights speaking on the topic of eviscerated rights in a post 9/11 world. In addition, Terry Gilbert and his wife established The Terry and Robin Gilbert Social Justice Fellowship Fund to provide fellowships for students enrolled in Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law who work in the summer with a public interest group, government office or individuals who represent or do research in the area of civil and human rights and criminal justice. “We further encourage students to work on behalf of those deprived of rights because of class, race, or sexual preference,” say the Gilberts, “and to advocate the promotion of constitutional rights and progressive justice for those charged with crimes.” Their hope is that students who receive the fellowship will gain experiences that will enrich their perspectives as to the role of lawyers in creating a more just society. Gilbert and Friedman have come a long way from Franklin Castle, and plan to continue their involvement with C|M|LAW, and their professional partnership, far into the future. “We’re both very dedicated to ensuring that Cleveland-Marshall is the best it can be,” says Gilbert. The parting words he chose to describe his partnership with Gordon Friedman were equally inspiring. “Yes he’s a great lawyer and has great instincts, yes we’ve accomplished a lot together, but to me, the most important thing is that he’s always been there for me, and I hope that I’ve always been there for him too. That’s what makes us a success.” n n n


Hail to the Chief


The H o no rab l e Maureen O ’Conn or ’80, Alu m n a of th e Year leveland-Marshall College of Law third-year student Mary Santez was both excited and a little bit nervous to learn that her Moot Court team would present a case before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. “When I learned that she would be there, I was immediately nervous because she’s so accomplished and because her career is one that I would someday aspire to,” says Santez. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has indeed enjoyed a remarkable career that spans more than three decades. In January of 2011, she became the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Supreme Court of Ohio, an accomplishment to add to the many she has achieved as a public servant. After earning her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall in 1980 and gaining experience in private practice, Chief Justice O’Connor was appointed a magistrate in Summit County in 1985, and served in that capacity until becoming a common pleas judge in 1993. In 1995 she resigned from the bench to become the Summit County prosecuting attorney, and in 1998 she was elected lieutenant governor of the State of Ohio. In 2002, O’Connor was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court and became the 148th Justice to the Court and the sixth woman to join the court. Her election gave the court its first-ever female majority. In 2008 she celebrated a re-election victory, and in 2010, she was elected Chief Justice. O’Connor has been recognized throughout her career for her exemplary service, leadership, collegiality and her tireless commitment to her community and to the State of Ohio. This esteemed career started with humble beginnings. “I was teaching during the day and waitressing in the evening,” says the Chief Justice about entering law school. “I wanted to stay here in Cleveland, and I wanted to be able to work if I needed to,” she says. “I never seriously considered another law school because of everything Cleveland-Marshall offered.” Her current position is a rigorous one with many demands, and she feels that the education she received at Cleveland-Marshall prepared her for success. “It gave me a good foundation,” says O’Connor. “I chose to use my degree in public service, and it certainly has enabled me to do that well.” Today, her everyday work has a major impact on justice in Ohio, from the Supreme Court to the law schools, but most important to Chief Justice O’Connor is the impact it has on the lives of Ohio’s citizens. “One of the most rewarding and gratifying parts of my career is having people approach me and share their stories with me,” says O’Connor. “I might have been the magistrate that handled the adoption of their child or presided over a case in com-




mon pleas court that had a positive impact on their lives.” People often come up to her saying, “You probably don’t remember me, but…” Whether from her time as prosecuting attorney, magistrate or common pleas judge, hearing that her work has touched the lives of others is the best reward for Chief Justice O’Connor. “Knowing that I helped people at a point in their lives that shaped their future is incredible,” she says. “It’s one of the reasons that judges want to be judges.” Chief Justice O’Connor’s desire to help isn’t only evident in her public service career. It’s also evident to students like Mary Santez, who had a one-of-a-kind real-world experience when the Chief Justice presided over her Moot Court case at Cleveland-Marshall this past November. “Chief Justice O’Connor was highly prepared, and at the same time very easy to relate to,” says Santez. “I learned a great deal during the session.” After the Moot Court experience had ended, O’Connor went out to dinner with the students and took time out to mentor them and speak with them about their careers. “I know how busy her schedule must be,” says Santez, “and the fact that she was willing to stay until after 10 p.m. on a Thursday night to help us understand the issues and to mentor to us, that was an incredible experience.” In between her busy schedule, including two initiatives about which she is very passionate: a task force on the death penalty in Ohio and another on court funding reform, O’Connor continues to be involved at Cleveland-Marshall regularly, attending graduations, speaking to the incoming class of first years, and presiding over Moot Court. When she ran for chief justice, the law school sponsored a debate between O’Connor and her opponent, who was also a Cleveland-Marshall graduate. The forum was well-attended by students and was a wonderful showcase for the school itself. “I think it’s important for graduates of the law school to be visible,” says O’Connor.

“It’s important for the students to realize that supreme court justices went to our school,”

O’Connor says. “Then they might think ‘if they can do it, maybe I can do it too.’” Her advice to students? “Keep your options open and keep an open mind about your career,” she says. “Do well in everything you’re doing right now and doors will open for you – you’ll be ready and able to take advantage of whatever opportunity comes along.” We are so happy and grateful to celebrate Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor as a distinguished C|M|LAW Alumni of the Year Award recipient. n n n


Defining a Trajectory


James Lowe ’72 , Alumn u s of th e Year ames Lowe chose law school, in part, because his father was a lawyer. “I saw law as an honorable profession,” he says. “I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.” Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, he chose Cleveland-Marshall Law School because he wanted to be able to support his family while attending school. He has always been happy with his decision. “Cleveland-Marshall offers more than any other law school to a wide variety of individuals who are interested in a law school education,” says Lowe. When Lowe began at Cleveland-Marshall, it was an exciting time of change and growth. “I started law school at the same time as a number of faculty members including Steve Werber, Bill Tabac, Hyman Cohen and Ann Aldrich, who came and enhanced the educational experience at the school,” he says. “There was also a new Dean at the time – Craig W. Christensen – who was a forward thinker and brought the law school from its reputation as a night trade school to being respected as a full-service law school.” Of the new faculty members, Alan Miles Ruben, his Moot Court Advisor, was among his favorites. “Alan was one of those new breed of law professors,” says Lowe, “but he was also very demanding, which really helped me develop my advocacy skills.” Reflecting back on his school days, one experience in particular stands out for Lowe among all of the others: Moot Court. “I loved Moot Court,” he says. “It had a lot to do with directing my path as a lawyer and it was the single most important experience I had in law school.” Lowe recalls fondly preparing arguments that would be delivered in front of faculty and sitting judges. “It was at that point I really knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” he says. He enjoyed both the trial and appellate experiences he had while working full time at Legal Aid and in the Moot Court program, and decided to choose a position that would give him the most opportunity to try cases and make appellate arguments. “I went out on my own a few years later and started my law firm in 1976,” says Lowe.




The firm Lowe created in 1976 has fulfilled his original goal of making a difference in people’s lives. Currently, Lowe’s successful firm has five partners, one associate and ten staff members. He has become a nationally recognized trial lawyer in products liability, automobile product safety and other complex cases. Lowe has tried cases successfully in state and federal courts throughout the country. “I often represent people who have suffered horrific injuries,” he says. His career began with cases involving lawnmowers, chainsaws, workplace equipment, household equipment, children’s toys and clothes and other product liability. Over the years, he’s noticed a positive trend sprouting out of the litigation he’s worked so hard on as he received accolade after accolade for his amazing work.

“One of the benefits of the work done by me and other product liability lawyers is that companies have improved their product safety so much that there are vastly fewer consumer and workplace cases.”

When asked about his favorite part of being an attorney that works in product liability, he responded: “The world is safer and that has made a big difference in my life; it’s been very gratifying. It’s also been very satisfying to help individuals. Whatever money we got for people who were hurt or lost their lives still made a difference in lives, whether their lives or their family’s lives.” In his spare time, Lowe enjoys spending time with his wife Teresa. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Two of Lowe’s children followed in their father’s footsteps and pursued careers in law. “Teresa and I ride our Harley together,” says Lowe. “We rode up to Milwaukee for Harley’s 100th anniversary and we attend HOG rallies from time to time.” Cleveland-Marshall Law School helped define James Lowe’s career trajectory; his life’s work has been to use litigation to encourage manufacturers to design products that protect people’s lives and limbs before accidents happen. We are so happy and grateful to celebrate James Lowe as a distinguished C|M|LAW Alumni of the Year Award recipient. n n n


A Living L Xeno p ho n “Xen” Zap i s '5 4: Alu m n u s Ho n o red by th e Fam ily Fo llowin g in H i s Footste ps

It had been more than a few years since Xenophon Zapis had walked the halls of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. A newly-minted graduate in 1954, his career had taken him from the DJ of a Greek radio show in Cleveland to owning and operating radio stations in several major cities, enjoying a successful career as a real estate developer, founding Zapis Capital Group and Rockport Retirement, and many other entrepreneurial endeavors in between. On this particular summer afternoon, he was seeing his alma mater again for the first time in a long time. His family had something special in store. As he walked into the brand new state-of-the-art Trial Courtroom, he paused for a moment, taking it all in. Then, a big grin spread across his face. Zapis had always stressed the practicality of a law education to his children, and seeing this new courtroom, a law lab where students could learn and practice their trade, was a particular delight. “Dad, we have a gift for you,” his children said. They guided him to the jury section and asked him to take a seat in one of the jury chairs. “Look at the plaque dad,” they said, pointing to the engraved plaque on the seat. “That’s my name!” he exclaimed. Zapis’ wife Lula stood at his side with her hand on his shoulder. She had tears in her eyes as she stood surrounded by her children, grandchildren, the Dean of the Law School and several key members of the C|M|LAW community. Zapis’ children enjoyed seeing their father’s smile, though no one could quite tell if there were tears behind his thick glasses. “We explained the meaning behind the seat and why we chose to have it named for him in his 85th year,” explained Donna Zapis Thomas, Xen’s daughter and the family’s second C|M|LAW grad. “Dad is a quiet man, but I think he was very moved,” she says. “We all were.” Xen Zapis’ parents were both born in Greece and moved to the United States without a working knowledge of the English Language. He was proud of being a first generation US citizen. “Dad was a self-made man,” says Zapis Thomas. “His father passed away when he was 15, and he has worked ever since,” she says. Xen served in the Army and enrolled in Fenn College when he returned to Cleveland after receiving an honorable discharge. One of his first positions after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business was as a radio DJ, producing and hosting a Greek radio program. Xen soon went from DJ and host to owner. He also practiced general business law, owned apartment buildings and owned a television store. “He was always looking for good business ideas,” says Donna. Zapis wasn’t only building a career, he was also building a family. “My mother came from Greece, and she supported my father every step of the way,” says Zapis Thomas, one of the couple’s four children. “They were married with two children when he went to law school at night. It was a big achievement for both of them when he graduated.” Zapis Thomas recalls her father as one of her own earliest inspirations. “I liked playing at my dad’s desk,” she says. “I liked the books and his notary stamp as a kid. I liked to look at the scales of justice on his desk. I also liked that his degree afforded him a certain respect within the community,” she said.


Donna Zapis Thomas graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1987. “I chose to go to law school because it was always a personal goal,” says Donna; “I chose to go to Cleveland-Marshall because I wanted to remain in Cleveland, close to my family, friends and community. Cleveland-Marshall fit my needs as a practical law school where you were going to be taught the law and how to work as an attorney.” There was a smile in her voice as she recounted her father’s own practical view of pursuing a legal education. “The training I received there gave me the confidence to really begin my career.” Over the years Zapis Thomas has had many opportunities to apply her C|M|LAW education to everything from housing court to her current position as executive director of The Harbor Court, an assisted living facility owned by the Zapis family. “The most rewarding part of what I do is working with older adults and helping to increase their quality of life,” says Zapis Thomas. Her legal education comes in handy when reviewing standards for compliance and helping navigate the complex Medicare system. “I also serve as a mentor to our staff and encourage them to further their medical educations.” When asked about Cleveland-Marshall, Zapis Thomas recounts a favorite lesson. “I remember a professor of mine saying ‘you’ll never use five minutes the same way again,’” says Zapis Thomas. “He was right, I can do much more in five minutes than I ever thought possible. A good law education alters your way of thinking and teaches you how to look at time and situations differently.” The Zapis family has shown over the years that practicing is only one way to utilize a legal education. Both Xen and his daughter Donna have applied that education to a variety of endeavors.

“I want to thank the people at Cleveland-Marshall,” says Donna Zapis Thomas. “They made it a special experience for our whole family. If any other family is looking to help out at Cleveland-Marshall, they make it very easy to do so,” she says.

Also present for the naming ceremony held in the new Trial Courtroom this past summer was Matthew Wymer, Xen’s grandson and Donna’s nephew, who is currently enrolled in the JD/Master of Urban Planning, Design Development program at C|M|LAW. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of both my grandfather and aunt,” says Wymer. “I am most proud of the work ethic that my family has exemplified as well as the value placed on a legal education. My grandfather came from very humble beginnings and it was his intelligence and work ethic that led to his success, both as an attorney and a businessman.” Wymer plans to join the family in advancing their development and construction interests. “I believe my dual degree will afford me the requisite tools to be successful in an industry that has undergone significant changes the past few years,” says Wymer. “My favorite part of attending C|M|LAW is learning to ‘think like a lawyer’ and continuing a tradition that my grandfather started.” Thus the family legacy continues, not only through Matthew Wymer, but through many other students who will benefit from the family’s generosity and personal encouragement as they too pursue a practical legal education. n n n



C|M|LAW Alumni Association

Profiles Four New Life Members Amgad T. Husein ’98

Carl J. Dyczek ’80

Amgad Husein manages the Saudi Arabian operations for SNR Denton, a leading global law firm. Amgad has practiced in the Middle East since 1999 and in Riyadh since 2001. His work focuses primarily on major Asian, European and Americanbased banking, industrial and corporate institutions doing business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his career, Mr. Husein has worked extensively with various multinational entities on various high-profile Saudi Arabian transactions. Mr. Husein’s representative experience includes advising EADS Deutschland GmbH (part of European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) on the high-profile multibillion dollar Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior border fence security project. EADS has been awarded the project by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior to create a high tech security fence around the Kingdom. He has also advised a global banking conglomerate regarding its several hundred million dollar Saudi Arabian dispute with Abdulrahman Al-Gosaibi and Brothers Company and Saad Trading & Contracting Company, and advised MMC International Holdings Ltd. (MMC) on its acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in a consortium to develop and operate a shipping terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port.



Carl Dyczek graduated from C|M|LAW and was admitted to practice in Ohio in November 1980. He served as in house counsel at National City Bank for many years. Mr. Dyczek is the administrative partner at the law firm Walter Haverfield LLP, where his practice involves structuring and documenting commercial loan transactions, representing secured and unsecured creditors in forbearance, restructurings and bankruptcies, all aspects of sales, acquisition and leasing of commercial real estate, and the acquisition of and lending to businesses. He is married and has four children and four grandchildren. His oldest daughter is an attorney with a global law firm based in Cleveland. His youngest daughter Mary graduated from C|M|LAW in May 2011 and is an associate at Jones Day. Mr. Dyczek is a member of the Board of Trustees of Transitional Housing Inc. and the Intermuseum Conservation Association.


Bud Vetter ’85

Lauren P. Steiner ’01


As a C|M|LAW student Lauren Steiner was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pro Bono Service Award multiple times. After graduating Magna cum laude in 2001, she became involved in Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Community Advocacy Clinic, and the Cleveland Bar Association’s Committee on the Homeless. She enjoyed these philanthropic activities so much that after only six months of practicing law, she left to pursue more charitable work. In 2002, Ms. Steiner became the first development director for the West Side Catholic Center. That same year, she completed Cleveland Bridge Builder’s Flagship Program. In 2004, she became Manager of Foundation and Donor Relations at Achievement Centers for Children. In 2007, she left full-time nonprofit work to form Grants Plus, a grant writing and development consulting firm based in Cleveland.

Mr. Vetter is also the CEO and principal owner of Barrister Title Group, one of the largest statewide title insurance agencies in Ohio; University Housing Solutions, which builds residence halls for colleges; Veterans Housing Solutions, which builds homeless veterans facilities; and Continuing Healthcare Solutions, a large Ohio based nursing home operator. Mr. Vetter has participated in billions of dollars of real estate transactions and in 2011, he participated in real estate transactions in excess of 200 million dollars. In addition to owning and operating numerous real estate and development companies, Mr. Vetter also quarterbacks the legal team of one of Ohio’s largest nursing home developers.


Ms. Steiner has been a member of the Northern Ohio Council on Planned Giving and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has served on numerous volunteer boards, including the Chagrin Valley Little Theater and the Village Foundation. She has taught film as an adjunct instructor at Cleveland State University, and produced a short documentary film that was shown at film festivals in Ohio and New York. In 2006, she was named one of Cleveland 20/30 Club’s Top 25 under 35.

Attorney Bud Vetter, a cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and a magna cum laude graduate of C|M|LAW, has been a corporate and real estate attorney and developer for 26 years. He currently owns over three million square feet of real estate. His holdings include industrial buildings, warehouses, office buildings, strip malls, apartments, college residence halls and other residential real estate.

Mr. Vetter, named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, has served on a college board of trustees as well as many charitable, private and public boards of directors.



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Mr. Richard J. Moriarty Mr. Charles Ipavec Mr. Bernard Mosesson Hon. Lillian W. Burke Hon. Eugene M. Fellmeth Dr. Bernice G. Miller Mr. Philip R. Brodsky Hon. Thomas Lambros Mrs. Walter L. Greene Mr. William T. Monroe Ms. Olga Tsiliacos Mr. George J. Frantz Mr. William D. Carle, III Ms. Carol Emerling Hon. Robert E. Feighan Mr. Glenn J. Seeley Mr. Joseph C. Domiano Mr. Thomas J. Brady 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 W. Haskins Mr. Robert H. Moore, Jr. Mr. Thomas J. Scanlon Mr. James A. Thomas Mr. Lester T. Tolt

1949 1950 1950 1951 1951 1951 1952 1952 1953 1953 1953 1954 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 1963

Mr. James J. Brown Mr. Henry B. Fischer Mr. Donald Pokorny Mr. Raymond J. Schmidlin 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 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. Glenn E. Billington Mr. Kenneth A. Bossin Mr. Stephen J. Brown Hon. Annette G. Butler Hon. C. Ellen Connally Mr. William T. Doyle, Jr. Mr. Blaise C. Giusto Mr. Harry W. Greenfield Mr. John C. Kikol Hon. Ted R. Klammer 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.

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 1970

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 Mr. William P. Gibbons Hon. Joseph Gibson Mr. Gary N. Holthus Mr. John V. Jackson, II Mr. James A. Lowe Mr. Ronald H. Mills 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. Francis 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 Ms. Barbara Stern Gold Mr. Stephen O. Walker Hon. Lesley Wells Mr. Leonard D. Young Mr. James S. Aussem Mr. Steven M. Barkan Mr. William L. Bransford Mr. Michael M. Courtney Mr. Jose C. Feliciano Mr. John B. Gibbons Ms. Deborah Lewis Hiller Mr. William C. Hofstetter Mr. Joseph B. Jerome Mr. Richard S. Koblentz Dr. Gregory J. Lake

1970 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 1971 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 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975 1975


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 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 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. Angelo F. Lonardo Ms. Stephanie H. Malbasa Mr. David M. Paris Mr. Robert A. Poklar Mr. Patrick R. Roche Mr. Steven L. Wasserman Mr. Ronald F. Wayne

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

Ms. Sheryl King Benford Mr. Peter J. Brodhead Ms. Janet E. Burney Mr. William J. Day Mr. David A. Forrest 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 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 Scott Pietch Mr. Kenneth R. Roll Mr. Robert G. Walton Mr. Gerald R. Walton 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

1979 1979 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 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982

Mr. Keith D. Weiner Ms. Laura A. Williams Mr. Richard G. Zeiger Mr. Gary S. Adams Mr. K. Ronald Bailey Hon. Paul Brickner Mr. Michael P. Cassidy Mr. William J. Ciszczon Mr. Anthony P. Dapore Mr. William B. Davies Mr. John L. Habat Ms. Elizabeth Haque Mr. Peter Marmaros Mr. Thomas P. O’Donnell Hon. Ralph J. Perk Ms. Irene A. Holyk Rennillo Mr. Kevin J.M. Senich Ms. Donna Taylor-Kolis Ms. Marilyn Tobocman Mr. Stephen E. Walters 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. Adam Vetter Ms. Tina E. Wecksler Ms. Jane Barrow Ms. Greta E. Fifner Ms. Laura J. Gentilcore Mr. Niles P. Rogers Ms. Bernadette F. Salada Mr. James E. Tavens Hon. Richard J. Ambrose Mr. Sam R. Bradley Mr. Bruce Committe Mr. Schuyler M. Cook

1982 1982 1982 1983 1983 1983 1983 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

New Life Members are listed in bold.



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Mr. Anthony J. Coyne Mr. Thomas L. Feher Mr. Scott C. Finerman Ms. Jayne Geneva Mr. Michael P. Harvey Mr. John T. Hawkins 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 Ms. Barbara Silver Rosenthal Mr. Thomas M. Wilson Mr. Mitchell J. Yelsky Mr. Matthew F. Browarek Ms. Pamela Daiker Middaugh 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 Ms. Kathleen M. Newton Mr. Scott A. Spero Ms. Barbara J. Tyler Mr. Henry W. Chamberlain Mr. J. Michael Goldberg Mr. Patrick Leddy Ms. Robin J. Levine Mr. Francis P. Manning Ms. Ellen M. McCarthy Ms. Karin Mika Mr. David E. Nager Ms. Edele Passalacqua Ms. Carol A. Roe

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 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990

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 Mrs. Gretchen Y. Cohen Ms. Elaine Eisner Ms. Gloria S. Gruhin Mr. Christopher B. Janezic Mr. Frank E. Piscitelli, Jr. Mr. Oscar E. Romero Mr. Peter A. Russell Ms. Michelle Joseph Sheehan 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 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. Deborah S. Ferenczy-Furry Ms. Cheryl A. Green Ms. Karen E. Hamilton Mr. Norman E. Incze Maureen Redlin Swain Ms. Nancy Q. Walker

1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995

Ms. Donna M. Andrew Hon. Peter J. Corrigan 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 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. Geraldine J. Butler Ms. Laura Courry-Zhao Ms. Tonya E. Thomas Ms. Abigail J. Gardner Mr. David C. Genzen Mr. Amgad Husein Mr. Richard J. Koloda Ms. Jill S. Patterson Mr. Edward P. Simms Ms. Tammy L. Bogdanski Ms. Patricia McGinty Aston Mr. M. Terrell Menefee Mr. Mark A. Miller Ms. Lillian Ortiz Mr. Nicholas G. Rennillo Ms. Heather J. Ross

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 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999


Mr. Joseph M. Saponaro Ms. Emily Smayda Kelly Ms. Elizabeth F. Wilber Ms. Jennifer B. Lyons Mr. Todd A. Broski Mr. Frank L. Gallucci Ms. Theresa M. Kulp Mr. Wallace J. Lanci Mr. James A. Marniella Jennifer Mingus Mountcastle Mr. Mark S. O’Brien Ms. Eileen M. Sutker, Ph D. Ms. Darlene E. White Ms. Kelly Burgan Mr. Kevin M. Butler Ms. Roklyn DePerro Turner Mr. Joseph DiBaggio Ms. Lynda L. Kovach Ms. Sonja Lechowick Siebert Mr. Brett A. Miller Mr. Bryan L. Penvose Mr. John A. Powers Ms. Lauren P. Steiner Ms. Elizabeth Z. Golish Mr. Roger M. Bundy Ms. Colleen Barth DelBalso Mr. Nicholas A. DiCello Ms. Amy E. Gerbick Mr. Chance N. Gerfen Mr. Michael V. Heffernan Ms. Christina M. Hronek Ms. Caitlin Magner Mr. Troy Prince 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

1999 1999 1999 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 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004

Ms. Dayna M. DePerro Mr. Erik S. Dunbar Mr. Ronald L. Frey Mr. Siegmund F. Fuchs Mr. Kevin J. Kelley Mr. Patrick J. Milligan Mr. Jonathan J. Walsh Mr. Nathan J. Wills Mr. George J. Zilich Ms. Melanie Bordelois Mr. Nicholas C. DeSantis 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 Ms. Maggie Fishell Mr. David A. Herman Ms. Amy L. Scheurman Ms. Kristina W. Supler 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. Ms. Lei Jiang Ms. Allison E. Taller Mr. Benjamin Beckman Mr. Bradley Lipinski Ms. Anne Walton Ms. Linda Ammons Mr. David Barnhizer Ms. Carol Barresi Mr. Paul Carrington Ms. Laverne Carter Ms. Anne-Marie Connors 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

2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2010 2010 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Mr. Edward J. Hyland Mr. Edward G. Kramer Mr. Stephen R. Lazarus Mr. John Makdisi, Dean Mr. Deane Malaker Mr. Ernest P. Mansour Ms. Ellen L. Mastrangelo 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


New Life Members are listed in bold.


Alumni On the MOVE

Class of 1951

David J. Kovach, a trial and appellate attorney who is of counsel to the Independence firm of Licata & Toerek, was selected to the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2011 Fellows Class.

Class of 1981

William R. Kraham is the author of, a website dealing with the content of the cosmos and the natural forces which influence it.

Class of 1970

Class of 1979

Vincent T. Lombardo retired after 27 years of continuous service to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Lombardo worked in the Cleveland Office as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the workers’ compensation section, and also in the civil rights and labor relations sections. Mr. Lombardo is a past president of C|M|LAW Alumni Association and a past mentor extraordinaire, as well as the recipient of the OAG Professionalism Award, presented to him in 2001 by then Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery.

Annette G. Butler was elected a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Class of 1975 Noreen S. Dreyer, shareholder with the Florida firm Greenspoon Marder, has recently been re-certified by The Florida Bar as a City, County and Local Government Law specialist. Ms. Dreyer concentrates her practice in the representation of clients on zoning and land use matters and with regard to other issues involving local government. Jeffry F. Kelleher is an attorney practicing criminal defense, state and federal appeals and state and federal law at Jeffry F. Kelleher & Associates in Cleveland.

Peter J. Brodhead, a partner in the Cleveland firm Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at the LCA’s spring conference and induction of fellows in Laguna Beach.

Class of 1980 Gregory F. Clifford was elected president of the Ohio Association of Magistrates for 2012-2013 and was honored as “Trailblazer” at the Norman S. Minor Bar Association’s 30th anniversary celebration and scholarship luncheon. Mr. Clifford is the Cleveland Municipal Court’s Chief Magistrate and a Trustee of the C|M|LAW Alumni Association.

Class of 1976

William Hawal, a partner in the Cleveland firm Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, was elected president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial

James A. Samuels joined Guggenheim, Inc. as senior vice president of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Group.

Class of 1977 Steven J. Pollok is president/senior partner in the Lansing, Michigan law office of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, PC. Magda B. Szabo joined the Certified Public Accounting firm of Perelson Weiner LLP as director - Tax Services. The firm is based in New York City and Jerusalem.

Class of 1978 Richard P. Dell’Aquilla was elected mayor of Seven Hills, effective January, 2012.

Advocates. Howard D. Mishkind, C|M|LAW Alumni Association past president and Annual Recognition Luncheon co-chair, opened Mishkind Law Firm Co., L.P.A. in Beachwood, where he is joined by his former associate David Kulwicki. The firm will continue to represent individuals seriously injured or killed due to medical negligence and other catastrophic personal injury matters.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Hon. Charles Glasrud judge on the 8th District Judicial Court.

Class of 1982 Linda Bluso, chair of Baldwin-Wallace College’s Division of Business Administration, was recognized by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio as a “Woman of Infuence”. Brent E. Routman, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Merchant & Gould, was sworn in as President of the Minnesota Bar Association. Patrick J. Perotti, a partner at Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. in Cleveland, was designated Attorney of the Month in Northeast Ohio Attorney at Law Magazine.


Class of 1983

Class of 1985

The Albany Government Law Review at Albany Law School published Hon. Paul Brickner’s 29-page book review of Professor Melvin Urofsky’s “Louis A. Brandeis: A Life.” Judge Brickner also had a letter to the editor on the right to privacy published in the Wall Street Journal in August.

Sara Fagnilli is a partner at Walter & Haverfield in Cleveland and the Director of Law at the city of Fairview Park, Ohio.

“How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents,” written by Yeshiva University Professor Daniel Pollack, was recently published and is now available at

Bernard J. Smith is general counsel at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, Ohio.

Marilyn Tobocman, adjunct professor for the Fair Housing Law Clinic and assistant Ohio attorney general, was named to serve as a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association‘s new Civil Rights Section, Discrimination in Employment, Housing and/or Public Accommodations Committee.

Class of 1984 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia appointed Michelle Paris foreperson of the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. C|M|LAW Alumni Association trustee Carter E. Strang, a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis & West, was named an Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow. He was also named chair of the newly created Cleveland Early College High and president-elect of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Russell Kornblut joined the Cleveland law firm Javitch Block & Rathbone as of counsel.

Adam “Bud” Vetter, a corporate and real estate attorney and developer in Mansfield, Ohio, was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richland County Chamber of Commerce. John C. “Jack” Weisensell, a partner with the Akron firm of Bernlohr, Niekamp & Weisensell, is president-elect of the Akron Bar Association. Mr. Weisensell’s practice is focused on civil litigation, including complex commercial business disputes, insurance disputes, personal injury and insurance litigation.

Class of 1986 James E. Conlon is secretary and general counsel at Stein, Inc. in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Michael C. Regulinski is the assistant general counsel for Dominion Resources Services in Richmond, Virginia.

Class of 1987 Todd J. Andersen is general counsel at Tenable Protective Services, Inc. in Cleveland.

Tim Trainer was a speaker at the U.S. Commercial Law Development Program’s Eurasia Intellectual Property Customs Enforcement and Coordination Workshop for Armenian, Georgian and Turkish Customs officials in Tbilisi, Georgia, in October. Aside from the Eurasia program, he conducted multi-day workshops on intellectual property protection and enforcement for Georgian Customs officials in Tbilisi and Batumi in October and November. He also conducted a series of intellectual property education and awareness workshops in three cities of BosniaHerzegovina. The programs were held in March for government officials, business representatives and university faculties.

Class of 1988 Wayne Kriynovich is the Planetarium Program Specialist at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Lisa Reid is of counsel at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cleveland.

Class of 1989 Brian C. Cruse joined Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co. LPA as a member of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Division, Business and Corporate Division and the Sports and Entertainment Law Management Division. Randi M. Ostry is the managing attorney of the Cleveland office for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Joseph Saadi is the Head of Trust for TIAA-CREF in St. Louis, Missouri.


Alumni On the MOVE

Class of 1990 Michael G. Polito is a partner in the Cleveland firm of Polito Paulozzi Rodstrom Burke LLP, where he focuses his practice on personal injury.

Class of 1991 Gary Birnbaum is serving as president of the American College of Legal Medicine and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Health Underwriters Group. He currently practices primary care medicine in Willoughby Hills where he focuses on advanced lipidology and heart attack prevention.

Class of 1993 Teresa Metcalf Beasley joined the Cleveland firm Calfee Halter Griswold as senior counsel practicing in the firm’s real estate, public law and finance groups. Richard J. Kasmer was named interim dean of the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy. Michelle J. Sheehan, a partner in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co., L.P.A and C|M|LAW Alumni Association Trustee, has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Appellate Law. This distinction makes Ms. Sheehan one of only 29 Certified Appellate Law specialists in the State of Ohio.

Class of 1994 Rosalina Fini is the law director at the Cleveland Metroparks system.

Daniel R. Mordarski appeared on both NBC’s Today and HLN’s Dr. Drew shows as the defense attorney for a special needs girl who allegedly was verbally abused by her teachers. More information can be found at

RPM International Inc. appointed Tracy D. Crandall to serve as assistant secretary in addition to her current position of associate general counsel.

Alan S. Ritchie was elected to partner at Thompson Hine LLP.

Timothy J. DeGeeter was elected mayor of Parma.

Thomas R. Wolf is a partner in the Cleveland office of Reminger Co., L.P.A.

Leslye M. Huff has been elected to the executive committee of the Cleveland NAACP. Ms. Huff was also elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the National Black Justice Coalition.

Class of 1995 Brendan J. Mackin is the assistant law director/City Prosecutor for the city of Stow. Karen T. Manning is vice president, portfolio manager at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Cleveland.

The National Trial Lawyers Association named Susan E. Petersen to the list of Ohio’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Ms. Petersen is a principal in the Chardon, Ohio firm of Petersen & Petersen.

Sarah J. Moore joined the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress as a partner focusing her practice on representing and advocating for school districts.

June (Lawhorn) Rickey is a patent attorney at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Class of 1998

Michael S. Owendoff is deputy general counsel at DDR Corporation in Beachwood, Ohio.

John C. Coyne is an attorney practicing personal injury law at Motherway & Stapleton in Chicago, Illinois.

Perrin Sah is a partner with Williams, Moliterno & Scully in Twinsburg, Ohio representing property and casualty insurance companies primarily where personal injury is claimed.

Daniel Montenaro is general counsel at ARS National Services in Escondido, California.

Class of 1996 David Bentkowski was elected councilman-at-large for Seven Hills, Ohio.

Class of 1997 Louis Aliberti is an attorney in the Cleveland office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an associate professor at University of Phoenix.

Class of 1999 John D. Goodman is general counsel, vice president and corporate secretary at TSG Resources, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio. Monica M. Newell is an attorney with Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg in Cleveland. Ms. Newell’s areas of practice are elder law, estates, trusts, probate and taxes.


Class of 2000

Class of 2002

J. Bartley Cosgrove joined the office of the Ohio Attorney General as an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Section of the Cincinnati regional office. William L. Dawson was elected judge in the East Cleveland Municipal Court. Karen Kaminski was named vice president of human resources at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. Darlene E. White, a partner with the Cleveland firm of Gallagher Sharp and a C|M|LAW Alumni Association trustee, was elected a trustee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and a member of its executive committee.

Class of 2001 Amy Marquit Renwald is the assistant director of law at the Cuyahoga County Law Department. Ray Thomas, Jr. is a trademark lawyer with Miles & Stockbridge P.C. in Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he counsels and represents domestic and foreign clients in connection with clearing, prosecuting, maintaining, managing and protecting their trademarks. Mr. Thomas currently serves as the adjunct assistant professor & supervising attorney in charge of building Howard University School of Law’s new Intellectual Property & Trademark Clinic. Additionally, Mr. Thomas was appointed to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association for the 2012-2013 committee term.

Marquetta J. Bryan was voted into partnership at Carlock, Copelan & Stair in Atlanta, Georgia effective January 1, 2012.

Larry J. Jones is assistant general counsel with the holding company of Electrolux North America, Inc., a global manufacturer of household and professional appliances and products, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Troy S. Prince was elected to partner at Thompson Hine LLP.

Class of 2003 Sandra English was recognized by the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio for successful completion of the 2011 Lead DIVERSITY 2011 program. She was also selected to the Ohio Political Leaders Fellowship program and was awarded the Cleveland State University Distinguished Service Award for Professional Staff. Mary Jo (Briggs) Hanson is in private practice at Mary Jo Hanson, LLC in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on criminal, landlord/tenant, employment, civil rights, family, divorce, custody, juvenile, small business development, employment, corporate handbooks with employee policies and all other types of litigation.

Class of 2004 Abby L. Botnick of Shapero & Roloff in Cleveland has been appointed to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Board of Trustees for a seven year term. Ms. Botnick has also been appointed to the board of the Anti-Defamation League for the Ohio, Kentucky and Allegheny region.

Jeffrey Lorek is an assistant staff judge advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Air Force. Stephen M. Nowak is an attorney in the Cleveland Office of Karen H. Bauernschmidt Co., LPA. Jennifer Rozic Scroggs was promoted to vice president in the private bank at Fifth Third Bank in Toledo. Ms. Scroggs administers personal trusts, estates, guardianships, escrows and agency account services to executive, business and professional clients.

Class of 2005 Joshua Angelotta is a litigation associate at Kisling, Nestico & Redick in Akron where his practice is focused on personal injury and insurance litigation. Jacqueline Jackson is the compliance manager at Equity Trust Company. Travis Jeric is an associate attorney at Chesapeake Energy. Joshua A. Klarfeld joined the Cleveland firm of Ulmer & Berne where he will concentrate his practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass tort litigation. Damon C. Patton is a staff attorney at BuckleySandler LLP in Washington, DC. Jill Regez Whelan was appointed vice president, corporate communications at Swagelok Company in Solon, Ohio.

Dean C. Williams is an attorney with Jones Day in Cleveland.


Alumni On the MOVE

Class of 2006

Class of 2007

Class of 2008

Keller J. Blackburn was sworn in as the Athens County (Ohio) Prosecutor.

H. William Beseth III joined the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate.

Kesha A. Christoph is manager of special projects at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Paul D. Castillo is an attorney in the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer L. Hanzlicek is an associate in the Akron office of Brouse McDowell where her practice is focused on intellectual property. Evelyn K. Holmer joined the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP an associate. Nicole M. Hitch is an associate at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman in Cleveland where she practices in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate and banking law. Gregory C. Johnson is an associate concentrating on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and real estate matters with the Cleveland firm of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond. William McClain joined Dinsmore & Shohl in the firm’s Cincinnati office where he will concentrate on commercial litigation.

Paul Shipp is an associate in the Cleveland office of Weston Hurd where his practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation.

Karl G. Borgquist is an assistant attorney general practicing public finance, municipal law, investments and securities in the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

Jamie D. Cole joined the Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr as an associate focusing her practice on business and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities.

Jennifer Carroll is a principal in the Austin, Texas firm of Carroll Robson where she practices in IP and startups.

Edward Gecovich is an associate in the intellectual property practice group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Cleveland.

Jessica Cardenas Jarvis is an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico.

Ljudmila Hadzikadunic joined Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio as its compliance officer.

Reminger Co., L.P.A. attorney Brian C. Lee was selected to serve a one-year term as the DRI young lawyers substantive liaison for the law practice management committee. DRI is an international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation.

Erin Peters Kraus is an associate attorney at Stewart and Kraus in Naples, Florida, where her practice focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate and civil litigation.

Paul J. Malie joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP as an associate in the firm’s business department practicing in the areas of business transactions and securities. Alisa N. Benedict O’Brien is the assistant director in the office of career planning at the University of Akron School of Law. Callista Puchmeyer is an attorney-advisor at NASA Glenn Research Center. Jeffery Schiffman is a project manager with Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Holly Moore is a medical malpractice attorney at The Becker Law Firm in Elyria. Rashiya Washington is a senior contracts manager at Brandon Technology Consulting, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia.

Class of 2009 Rick Ferrara is of counsel at the Cleveland firm of Lindner Sidoti Jordan. Hilary Michael is an associate attorney at Javitch, Block & Rathbone in Cleveland. Bryan M. Rosser is a partner at Jeanblanc & Rosser in Mayfield Heights.


Adam N. Saurwein is an associate at McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland practicing in the areas of real estate law, commercial finance, real estate finance and development, energy and renewable energy.

Class of 2010 Troy Ezell is a land law examiner at the Bureau of Land Management in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Maryann C. Fremion is an associate at Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell in Cleveland where her practice focuses on estate planning and personal tax, and business law and tax. Samera Habib is a volunteer attorney at Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado. R. Scott Heasley is the media relations manager for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Daniel P. Hinkel joined the Cleveland firm of Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel, where his practice will focus on real estate, real estate taxation, business law, and commercial litigation.

Melanie Shwab is an associate in the private equity division of Jones Day in Cleveland. Maya Simek is the Ryan White Medical Case Manager at Proyecto Luz and a visiting clinical law professor at C|M|LAW’s Employment Law Clinic. Paul W. Smith joined Tucker Ellis LLP as an associate and will concentrate his practice on medical malpractice and pharmaceutical liability. David D. Thomas is an associate attorney in the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine. Andrew Trout is an attorney in the Cleveland office of Black Letter Discovery.

Jonathan Krol joined the Cleveland office of Reminger Co., L.P.A. where his practice will focus on professional liability, general liability and trucking and commercial transportation. Mona Ma joined the Cleveland office of Calfee Halter & Griswold as an associate in the firm’s general corporate and mergers and acquisitions groups. Michael J. Meyer joined Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP as an associate with the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Nicholas Miahlic joined Patent Copyright & Trademark Law Group, LLC.

Craig S. Tuttle is an attorney at Leeseberg & Valentine in Columbus, Ohio where his practice focuses on medical negligence and personal injury.

Justin L. Monday joined the general litigation and mass torts practice groups in the Cleveland firm Gallagher Sharp.

Lindsay Wasko is a staff attorney in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler.

Bill Mooney is an associate at McGinty Hilow & Spellacy in Cleveland.

S. Scott Wick is an associate attorney at Reznicsek, Fraser, White & Shaffer P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jill Murphey is an associate attorney at Bailey Cavalieri LLC in Columbus, Ohio.

Class of 2011

Kelly Needham is a staff attorney in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler.

Krishna Grandhi is an associate with Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland where his practice focuses on intellectual property law.

Allie Shapero is an adjunct professor of philosophy at National College and the assistant legal associate at Mark A. Newton, Attorneys at Law, located in Cleveland.

Lisa Hughes is a law clerk at Tully & Winkelman in Melville, New York.

Daniel Myers is an attorney at O’Rourke & Associates in Independence, Ohio where he practices construction law. Sunny Nixon is the associate general counsel at Explorys, Inc. in Cleveland.


Alumni On the MOVE

christopher A. Pantoja joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP where he practices medical & pharmaceutical liability. Rebecca Petrulis joined the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine as a business intake analyst.

Stephanie (Smith) Pinskey joined Key Bank in Cleveland as a contract negotiator. Kevin L. Preslan joined Robert J. Fedor, Esq. LLC as an associate. Marilyn Robertson joined the firm of Brown McCarroll as an associate in Austin, Texas.

Complete Alumni on the Move can be viewed each month on the Alumni Association’s section of the law school website,

Fund for

Excellence In 2009, The Fund for Excellence was created with the goal of raising $1 Million to expand Cleveland-Marshall’s national profile. We’re more than halfway to our goal and your gift could make all the difference!

Finish the Fund Challenge In support of this campaign, C|M|LAW alumni James A. Thomas ’63, Steven W. Percy ’79 and P. Kelly Tompkins ’81 challenge you to join them in making a gift to “Finish the Fund”. Together they pledge to match up to $225,000 in gifts made to the Fund for Excellence before June 30, 2012. What does this mean? your gift will be doubled and will have twice the impact! With your help we can Finish the Fund and continue to make C|M|LAW an innovative college where students Learn Law. Live Justice. you can make your gift at or by contacting a member of our development staff at 216-687-2300.



Michael E. Bryant ’82

John Mizisin ’50

Judge Salvatore R. calandra ’51

Richard J. Moriarty ’49

Ishmael c. childs ’55

Michael T. Murray ’70

Q. Albert corsi ’62

Thomas F. O ‘Malley ’57

Elmer g. cowan ’52, ’64

Richard F. Patton ’54

Roger A. cramer ’65

John S. Rea ’51

charles J. gallo, Sr. ’55

Rudolph Valentino Rizzo ’52

Dorothy S. gamiere ’74

Joseph A. Robison ’75

Donald Harvey ’52

Paul S. Sanislo ’61

Judge charles E. “chip” Henry ’85

John H. Schuler ’74

John H. Higgins ’56

Ernest F. Sobieski ’75

Robert R. Hussey II ’70

Justice Francis Sweeney ’63

Seymour M. Jacob ’57

Thomas A. Walters ’77

clarence L. James, Jr. ’62

Myron E. Wasserman ’50

Anthony J. Kellon ’88

Frederick F. Waugh ’63

Daniel R. Mccarthy, Sr. ’54

Judge george W. White ’55

Rathuel L. Mccollum ’61

Judge David A. Zeitzheim ’68

Alex P. Mekedis ’50

Walter A. Rodgers ’70


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efore becoming dean of Cleveland-Marshall last July, I knew from the school’s reputation that I was joining a legal community with prominent and successful graduates, many of whom stand out as trailblazers in our profession. But I did not anticipate that the breadth and depth of experiences—the Cleveland-Marshall stories—would make such a strong impression on me. Something extraordinary is built here—on a proud Cleveland-Marshall foundation—a community of distinguished leaders and practitioners with remarkable stories of lives lived in justice. It has been my great privilege to meet many outstanding individuals since coming to C|M|LAW. Please enjoy this opportunity, through our first “Stories Book,” to learn more about our alumni and friends. These are stories about your classmates, colleagues, teachers, mentors – the lawyers making up our global C|M|LAW community. It is a community I am proud to be a part of, and one that inspires me every day as dean of C|M|LAW. Through their experiences and generosity, these remarkable individuals help the Cleveland-Marshall story continue to unfold with magnificent possibilities for our school, our graduates, and the future of law.

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