Alumni Awards, Recognitions and Appointments
Rupal Shah Palanki (L’99) with her husband, Cha; Lydia Kay Griggsby (L’93); Donald B. Tobin (L’96); George J. Hazel (L’99); Robert W. Adler (L’80).
Robert W. Adler (L’80) was named dean of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. He joined the University of Utah faculty in 1994.
In May, President Barack Obama nominated Bruce H. Andrews (L’97) to the position of deputy secretary of Commerce. Andrews was confirmed in July.
Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou (LL.M.’03), a member of the Hellenic Parliament and chairperson of the Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection, was elected to the position of president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs.
Eric Bachman (L’99) has joined the U.S. Office of Special Counsel as deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs.
Neil J. Dilloff (L’73) has received a 2014 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award for his article “Law School Training: Bridging the Gap Between Legal Education and the Practice of Law,” 24 Stanford Law & Policy Review 425 (2013). Dilloff is a litigation partner in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper.
Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. (L’73) is the 2014 recipient of the William R. McMahon Award, presented by the National Conference of Specialized Court Judges of the judicial division of the American Bar Association. Dixon, a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, has served as presiding judge of both the civil and multi-door dispute resolution divisions, and currently serves in the criminal division.
Donald R. Dunner (L’58) was honored in August with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer in recognition of his distinguished career as a leading expert on patent law. Dunner played an instrumental role in the creation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has also argued more cases than any other lawyer before that court — including the second largest patent verdict ever sustained on appeal, i4i v. Microsoft.
Lance A. Gable (L’01) has been named associate dean at Wayne State University Law School. He has served as interim associate dean since June 2013. Gable teaches public health law, bioethics and the law, torts and other health law subjects.
Lydia Kay Griggsby (L’93) was nominated to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by President Barack Obama in April. Griggsby has been the chief counsel for privacy and information policy of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary since 2008.
Susan Grover (L’83), a University Professor for Teaching Excellence at William & Mary, was named the university’s vice provost for academic and faculty affairs in March.
George J. Hazel (L’99) was confirmed by the Senate to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Since 2011, he has served as the chief deputy state’s attorney for Baltimore City; he previously served as assistant U.S. attorney for D.C. and Maryland.
Helen E. Hoens (L’79) was honored in June with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, for her longstanding service to the bench and ongoing dedication to the legal profession. Hoens is a former justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
In March, President Barack Obama appointed Joshua Javits (L’78) to a presidential emergency board to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the Long Island Rail Road Company and its employees. Javits is a self-employed mediator and arbitrator for labor-management, pension, commercial, contract and a variety of other disputes. He served on presidential emergency boards in 2007 and 2009.
Thomas Krysa (LL.M.’98) was named associate regional director for enforcement in the Denver office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He joined the Denver office in 2003 as a staff attorney.
Joyce McConnell (LL.M.’90) was named provost and vice president of West Virginia University. She has served at WVU for 19 years, the last six as dean of the College of Law.
Mildred Methvin (L’76) was appointed to Louisiana’s 27th Judicial District, Division D, by the Louisiana Supreme Court in July. She served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana from 1983 to 2009.
R. Neil Miller (LL.M.’01) was appointed deputy secretary of finance by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. He was most recently the budget director for Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rupal Shah Palanki (L’99) was recently sworn in as a judge of the Superior Court in Connecticut, serving in Rockville. She was previously an assistant attorney general in the Connecticut attorney general’s office.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Robert E. Richardson (LL.M.’89) a circuit judge in West Virginia in May. He has been engaged in the private practice of law for the last 17 years, primarily as a solo practioner.
Janine M. Saxe (L’83) was recently reappointed to serve a second term as a Fairfax County, Va., juvenile and domestic relations district court judge. Saxe was initially appointed to the bench in 2007.
Jane C. Sherburne (L’83) was appointed to the board of directors of Teledyne Technologies. She is a principal of Sherburne PLLC.
Donald B. Tobin (L’96) has been named dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He was previously at Ohio State University, where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law.
Staci Williams (L’84) won her race against incumbent Martin Lowy and was elected judge of the 101st Civil District Court in Dallas.