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May 2013 Class Notes
Vapnek ’64 was honored by the State Bar of California as
the 2013 recipient
of the Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award. Vapneck is senior
counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and
focuses on trademark and copyright.
’68 was profiled in the Palo Alto Online
News recognizing his roles and contribution to the education system in Palo
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis ’74 was the honorary degree recipient at The John
Marshall Law School’s 195th commencement ceremony in Chicago, Illinois.
Retired judge Rosemary
Pfeiffer ’76 was featured in the February 2013 issue of the Daily Journal. Pfeiffer was the first
female judge elected in San Mateo County in 1990.
Brodsky ’77 was appointed to the California Fair Employment
and Housing Council. Brodsky is a partner at Beeson Tayer and Bodine and was also
an adjunct law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Sarah Crawford ’77 has been named the new executive director of Friends of the
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority on the Big Island.
Louderback ’79 has opened his own firm, the Louderback
Law Group. Louderback focuses on employment law and business litigation.
Brooks ’80 was featured in Arizona’s Green Valley News & Sun article “Explore
joys of opera with OLLI group leader”.
Collins ’82, general counsel of the East Bay
Municipal Utility District in Oakland, was featured in an interview in the Daily Journal in January.
Meri Glade’88, chief compliance officer and
general counsel at FordDirect, was granted the General Counsel Award by Crain’s Detroit Business. Glade has
helped lead FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and its dealers,
in its establishment of online vehicle sales.
Leung Lerche ’90 of Bishop | Barry | Drath presented insurance
coverage issues at the West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar in May
2013 in Anaheim, Calif. This seminar is the largest event of its kind focusing
on construction defect, insurance coverage and claims.
Graham Scott ’90, abook and scriptwriter, was featured in a PRWeb article detailing her
success on fundraising for feature films. She is the founder of her own
publishing company and has published books with major companies as well.
Jessica Grant ’95 of Sher Leff LLP led
the state of New Hampshire to a $236 million verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp.
in a case over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. She was profiled for the San Antonio Express article “Lawyer in NH Exxon Mobil case has
string of wins” and The Recorder’s “Drawing
on Lessons from Wal-Mart Battle, Lawyer Defeats Bigger Giant.”
Tamara F. Lawson ’95, a tenured
professor at St. Thomas University
School of Law, has authored “A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound – A Critical Analysis
of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion,
and the Stand Your Ground Law” in the University
of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Michon Martin ’98 has been appointed general
counsel of the Nevada governor’s office. Martin was the chief deputy attorney general,
where she served as the lead tobacco counsel in nationwide litigation and
manages the state’s tobacco enforcement unit.
joined Louderback Law Group, and specializes in and represents private and
public sector employers in labor and employment law matters.
Caleb Jay’02 has published the article “10
Things to Know About Arizona Promotions Law” in Arizona Attorney magazine. Jay is senior director of legal affairs
and associate general counsel for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and an adjunct
professor at Arizona State University College of Law.
Tsubota ’02 was welcomed into the Construction
Group of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Tsubota focuses on business and
commercial litigation, construction litigation, commercial leasing, and
Gallegos ’03 was named a Top Lawyer Under 40 by the
Hispanic National Bar Association. Gallegos is a partner in the Labor and
Employment Department of Fox Rothschild LLP.
Steven Kassirer ’03 was featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article
“Brockport Graduate Gets a Second Chance to Learn and Live.”
David Xue ’07
hasjoined the intellectual property team at Duane Morris LLP. Xue has represented
clients and counseled technology companies on patent-related matters. His
expertise includes computer software and hardware, medical devices, and telecommunications.
Costin ’08 has opened her own law firm, Costin
Law Inc., where she focuses her practice on representing employees in
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation civil rights cases. Since 2011
Costin has also served as an Adjunct Professor for USF’s Employment Law Clinic.
Kaloustian ’09 has launched a new website for The Law
Offices of Jeffrey L. Kaloustian. He focuses on legal services in criminal
defense, personal injury, family law, mediation, and alternative dispute
has joined Bayview/Hunter’s Point Community Legal as a director of legal
services. Taylor has worked with numerous nonprofit legal assistance programs
within the Bay Area.
Robert D. Clark ’66, April 2013