Alumni Awards, Recognitions and Appointments
Mary Jacksteit (L’75); Suzanne Rich Folsom (L’93); Osamudia James (L’04); Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez with Jim Taronji (L’76); Dominic L. Bianchi (L’97); Eric Rosenbach (L’08). Group: Rob Cacace, Benjamin Lee (L’14), Daniel S. Ward (C’96, L’99), Joseph Rogan (L’14), Harlan Harrell and Van Samuel.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has appointed Earl W. Bartgis (L’89) to be a district court judge for Frederick County. For the past seven years, Bartgis has been a solo practitioner working on matters including commercial and real estate litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, family law and personal injury cases. He has been a court-appointed mediator in circuit court and a volunteer mediator in district court. He also serves as a court-appointed attorney with the Maryland Disability Law Center, which presented him with a Legal Advocacy Award in 2010.
President Barack Obama nominated Tommy Beaudreau (L’97) to the post of assistant secretary for policy, management and budget of the Department of the Interior. He currently serves as the acting assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Department as well as the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Dominic L. Bianchi (L’97) was named general counsel of the U.S. International Trade Commission in October. Bianchi previously held several roles in the agency, including acting general counsel, chief of staff under Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and congressional relations officer.
Suzanne Rich Folsom (L’93) was appointed general counsel and senior vice president of governmental affairs at U.S. Steel. She is based at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters.
George J. Hazel (L’99) was nominated by President Barack Obama 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.
Mary Jacksteit (L’75) has been reappointed chairman of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, an independent entity within the Federal Labor Relations Authority. She has more than 20 years of experience in mediation, facilitation and negotiation working for nonprofit organizations, government agencies and community organizations. Jacksteit previously served on the panel for seven years during the Clinton Administration.
Osamudia James (L’04) was named a co-recipient of the 2014 Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award. Given annually by the American Association of Law Schools’ Minority Groups Section, the award recognizes a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice. James is a professor at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Fla.
President Barack Obama nominated Peter J. Kadzik (L’77) to be assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice. Since April 2013, Kadzik has served as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs. He was previously in private practice at Dickstein Shapiro.
In February, Andrew Mark Luger (L’85) was confirmed to the post of United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. President Barack Obama nominated him to this position in November.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nominated Tim Lydon (L’00) to be a Superior Court judge. The state senate confirmed Lydon in January. Lydon has served as the executive director of the New Jersey Senate Majority Office.
D. Douglas Metcalf (LL.M. ’90) was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court in Arizona.
In December, President Barack Obama appointed John D. Podesta (L’76) counselor to the president. Podesta served as chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton (F’68, H’80) and he is a distinguished visitor from practice at Georgetown Law.
The U.S. Senate confirmed New Orleans attorney Kenneth A. Polite Jr. (L’00) as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Polite was previously an attorney with Liskow and Lewis, where he practiced in the areas of business litigation, appellate advocacy, government investigations and white-collar criminal defense.
Jerome H. Powell (L’79) was nominated by President Barack Obama to another term on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, a position he has held since 2012.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Tracy Retchin (L’91) deputy counsel to the governor and policy adviser.
Eric Rosenbach (L’08) was nominated by President Barack Obama to the post of assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense.
Mark Silverman (B’72, L’75) has been appointed to the California Board of Accountancy by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Silverman has been an adviser at Twistory Entertainment Studios and entrepreneur in residence at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
William E. Smith (C’82, L’87) is the new chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He joined the court in 2002.
Jim Taronji (L’76) received the Federal Trade Commission’s A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award in October 2013. He was honored “in recognition of his hard work, dedication, and invaluable contributions in making the agency a better place to work — a place where … diversity is celebrated.” He received the same award in 2010.
Dan Ward (C’96, L’99) of Ward & Ward received a Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization. Ward has worked with Georgetown Law Military Law Society President Joe Rogan (L’14), a former Ward & Ward law clerk, to create a veteran fellowship program at the firm, which will be hosting its first Veteran Fellow this summer. The Washington, D.C., litigation boutique focuses on intellectual property, business and human rights litigation. “We thank Mr. Ward for his dedication and commitment to our students and to his country,” said Harlan Harrell, manager of Records and Veteran Services at the Law Center.
H. James Williams (L’88, LL.M.’90) will be inaugurated as the 15th president of Fisk College this spring. He was named to the post in 2012 and began serving as president in 2013.
Gregory D. Winfree (L’89) was nominated by President Barack Obama to the post of administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation and was sworn in to that post in October. As directed in the Omnibus Bill of 2014, RITA was elevated to the newly created Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, and on January 23, Winfree was sworn in as the assistant secretary.