2000s Class Notes
Dwayne Andrews has joined the New York office of Cozen O’Connor as a member of the public strategies group. He focuses his practice on education, transportation, state and local government representation, and telecommunications and technology policy.
Shari Beth Domow Bacsardi was elected partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg in Baltimore, Md. She practices with the business and technology group.
Amy Stoken has joined the American Jewish Committee as the Chicago regional director. The AJC’s mission is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Stoken is an attorney and active member of Chicago’s Jewish and nonprofit communities.
Adjunct Professor Mark Vlasic (B’96, L’00) has been named to the World Economic Forum’s List of 2013 Young Global Leaders. Two hundred leaders were chosen from 71 countries for their professional accomplishments and commitment to society.
Matthew Beck has joined Wolff & Samson, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, internal corporate investigations and complex civil litigation. He comes to the firm from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey.
Ralph Winnie (LL.M.) was interviewed by CCTV in March on China’s new leadership and U.S.-China trade relations; in May on political ties between the two countries; and in July on creating business opportunities. He also recently visited Istanbul and Azerbaijan, and was quoted in several news stories involving Burma, China, Malaysia and South Korea as part of the Asia Pacific Defense Forum. Winnie is the Eurasian Business Coalition’s China program director at the Eurasia Center.
Alexander Brauer has launched Bailey Brauer, a law firm in Dallas, Texas, focusing primarily on complex commercial litigation and appeals. He was formerly with Baker & McKenzie.
Littler Mendelson has named Eboneé Hamilton Lewis a fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Lewis will be participating in a landmark program to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
Michelle Lipkowitz was included in the 2013 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40.” The list recognizes talented individuals age 40 and under within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically. Lipkowitz is a partner at Saul Ewing.
Tony Mesa, a personal injury lawyer with the Mesa Law Firm, was named a “Super Lawyers’ Rising Star,” his third consecutive year on the list. He practices personal injury law in Florida.
David Cheng (LL.M.) was recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Cheng leads Nixon Peabody’s China and Asia Pacific practice.
Jason A. Strain has been elected a shareholder at Baker Donelson. Strain, who works in the firm’s Memphis office, focuses his practice in the areas of real estate acquisitions, sales, financing, development and leasing.
Kathryn E. Deal has been promoted to partner at Drinker Biddle.
Gabriel Eber of the National Prison Project of the ACLU and his colleagues have been named one of five finalist teams for Public Justice’s 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, recognizing the attorney(s) who made the greatest contribution to the public interest by trying or settling a precedent-setting case. The team was nominated for its work in Henderson v. Thomas, a case holding the Alabama Department of Corrections accountable for its long-standing policy of segregating and discriminating against HIV-positive prisoners, who were excluded from rehabilitative services, jobs, vocational training and mental health care, and made to live apart from other prisoners.
Habeeb “Hobbs” I. Gnaim (LL.M.) has been named to the Texas Rising Stars list of top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas for 2013. Gnaim is a shareholder in the tax practice at the Houston-based law firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka.
J. John Kim has joined the litigation practice of Pashman Stein in Hackensack, N.J., as an associate. He joins the firm from Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman.
Dotie Joseph was appointed assistant city attorney for North Miami Beach.
Karen S. Kurtz (LL.M.) has been promoted to income shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Kurtz is based in the firm’s Atlanta office. She focuses her practice on income, estate and gift tax planning for businesses and high-net-worth individuals.
Phillip Mancini has joined the high-technology intellectual property team of Duane Morris in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He was previously an associate at Crowell & Moring.
Chris Dolan was selected as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year for 2012 by Minnesota Lawyer. He is an associate in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels.
Clayton Graham, a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, has been named “Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2013” by the King County (Washington) Bar Association. He practices in the firm’s Seattle office, assisting clients with a broad range of issues that arise in the acquisition, development, use and sale of real property.
Max R. Masinter has joined the Baltimore law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg as an associate in the business, corporate and tax department.
Benita N. Jones, an education law attorney at Tharrington Smith, has been selected as one of 16 North Carolina attorneys to participate in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, a program aimed to help young lawyers develop and refine leadership skills.
Matthew Fischer (L’08, LL.M.’12) and Mary Jane Fischer (LL.M.’08, L’12) were among the 42 Georgetown Law alumni sworn in as members of the Supreme Court Bar in June. As noted in the Fall 2008 issue of Georgetown Law, Matthew earned a J.D. degree from the Law Center at the same time that his mother, Mary Jane, was earning an LL.M. They then went on to another joint achievement in 2012 — Matthew, now an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman, earned an LL.M. in National Security Law as Mary Jane, now an associate with the law firm of Cohn, Goldberg & Deutsch, completed a certificate in International Human Rights Law.
Robert Friedman works in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the State Department within the Office of Diplomatic Law and Litigation. He also serves on the board of governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society.
Adjunct Professor Ali Adnan Ibrahim (S.J.D.’08) has been named to the World Economic Forum’s List of 2013 Young Global Leaders. Two hundred leaders were chosen from 71 countries for their professional accomplishments and commitment to society. Ibrahim is vice president of Al Baraka Banking Group in Bahrain.
Laura Stevens Kent has been appointed vice president of federal legislative services at the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. She comes to HAP from the office of Rep. Charles Dent, R-Penn., where she most recently served as deputy chief of staff, appropriations director and counsel.
Dan Lerman (LL.M.’08) argued American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles in the Supreme Court in April. Lerman is an appellate and trial litigator at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber in Washington, D.C. An article on Lerman’s work (his first Court appearance), “Young Guns Take Over at the Supreme Court,” appeared in the National Law Journal in April.
Aaron S. Turner has joined the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate. He is a member of the firm’s banking and finance practice.
Nevada Business Magazine reports that Suneel J. Nelson has joined Pisanelli Bice in Las Vegas as an associate attorney.
Tyler S. Moore has joined the Des Moines office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the product liability litigation group, focusing on agricultural litigation.
Emily Benfer (LL.M.) was named one of Chicago’s “40 under 40” by the National Law Journal in its July 1 issue. She currently directs the Health Justice Project, a clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and is a clinical professor.
Bindhu Pamarthi was crowned Miss District of Columbia on June 9. She is the first Georgetown Law student to win the pageant since Marshawn Evans (L’05) in 2001
A five-member team that included Georgetown Law student Tommy Tobin won first place at the International Graduate Competition held at the HEC Business School in Montreal in May. Tobin is a George J. Mitchell Scholar studying for a M.Sc. in Food Business at University College Cork in Ireland — one of 12 Americans selected to study in Ireland — and helped organize the team to compete in this business competition.