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Alumni Newsmakers
Pierre Hines (L’15), Kathryn Zyla (L’14), Mike Sacks (L’10), Eric Tars (L’04), Francis Q. Hoang (L’03)

Vicki Arroyo (L’94), executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, was quoted in multiple articles regarding the release of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, including one in Bloomberg Business entitled “Obama’s Climate Push Sets Up Battle Reminiscent of Obamacare,” and on Public Radio International’s “The World.” She and Kathryn Zyla (L’14) co-authored the chapter “Transportation Policy” in a new book called Climate Change and Public Health (Oxford University Press, July 2015).

“‘You Have Shaped This Building’,” a profile of retiring Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. (L’67) appeared in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

“App For Natural Disasters Could Help Houstonians In Future Floods,” coverage by Houston Public Media in July, featured Saundra Brown (L’87) and the Georgetown Law students who developed the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Tool (DART) for the Iron Tech Lawyer competition. 

A student commentary by guest columnist B. Shaw Drake (L’15) — discussing how the use of torture may be counterproductive to American military efforts — appeared in Jurist in January.

“Hollywood Intern Case Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court,” coverage in the Los Angeles Times and other outlets, featured Eric Glatt (L’15)

Justin Hansford (L’07) was quoted in the New York Times Magazine in May in an article entitled “Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us.” The story focused on online activists working against police brutality and excessive force. Hansford, a law professor at St. Louis University, helped publish the This Is the Movement newsletter scrutinizing the daily news out of Ferguson. “The newsletter was a crucial part of helping to lay the groundwork for the #BlackLivesMatter movement out of Ferguson,” Hansford explains. And a piece by Hansford entitled “I went to Ferguson to protest the protesters. I got arrested instead” appeared in Vox in October. 

“Black Philanthropy Month celebrates charity and giving,” coverage by the Arizona Republic in July, featured Pierre Hines (L’15)

Francis Q. Hoang (L’03) has joined the board of directors of the Stimson Center. Hoang currently serves as chief strategy officer of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG) and as a partner at Fluet Huber + Hoang, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary. Hoang was also featured in an article in the American Lawyer in April entitled “From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again” and also penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal entitled “An Immigrant’s Tale, from Saigon in ’75 to American Entrepreneur,” describing how his family was evacuated to the United States from Vietnam 40 years ago. 

Sarah E. Hunt (LL.M.’12) was quoted in a Scientific American article in August entitled “Republican Candidates Avoid Climate Change in First Debate.” Hunt, who is an energy policy analyst and general counsel at Niskanen Center, was also recently named an Atlantic Council “2015 Emerging Leader in Environment & Energy.”

“Mexico is deporting record numbers of Central American children,” coverage in Fusion in April, cited a Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute report and quoted student Lindsey Keiser (L’16).

Natalie Khawam, MBA, M.S. (L’05), the founder and president of the Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Fla., was featured on the front page of the Tampa Tribune in July. The article covered Khawam’s work and representation of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 556 (12 airports in Florida) and other Transportation Security Administration officers across the country. 

An op-ed by Ian Kysel (L’11) entitled “End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers” appeared in the New York Times in December. Another column called “Solitary confinement makes teenagers depressed and suicidal. We need to ban the practice” appeared in the Washington Post in June. 

William J. Lansing (L’85), the chief executive officer of FICO, was interviewed by FOX Business in April regarding changes to the FICO score in “FICO announces new credit score based on alternative data” (video) and “What FICO’s New Credit Score Means for You.” 

A feature on Heather Lennox (L’92), mentioning her first year at Georgetown Law, appeared in Crain’s Cleveland Business in July. She is a partner at Jones Day. 

“Odd living: A peek inside ‘Wolf’s Museum of Mystery,’” coverage in the St. Augustine Record, featured Wolf Mertz (LL.M.’02)

Michael Millemann (L’69) was profiled in a July Baltimore Sun article entitled “Legal activist Mike Millemann has spent his career striving to provide ‘access to justice.’” Millemann is the Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law. 

“Representing Freddie Gray’s family: A venerable lawyer in cases involving race, police and death,” coverage in the Washington Post in July, mentions Hassan Murphy (L’94) and his attorney father Billy Murphy. 

Richard H. Orman (L’91) was featured in an article on (Fox 31, Denver TV) in February regarding his role as a member of the prosecution team in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting trial. Orman is an Arapahoe County senior deputy district attorney; see his “Alumni Essay” on page 71. 

“Pipeline to Prison Crammed With Girls of Color,” coverage in the National Journal in July, featured the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and Malika Saada Saar (L’01).  A separate article entitled “Sexually abused girls face pipeline to prison in U.S.: report” appeared in Reuters

Mike Sacks (L’10) was named to The Hill’s 2015 list of “50 Most Beautiful.” He is a congressional correspondent for the National Law Journal

Jack Shane (L’88) was featured in a July Washington Post article, “NCAA title opening doors for Virginia’s Ryan Shane,” regarding his son’s goal of becoming a professional tennis player. 

Eric Tars (L’04) was featured in various articles relating to homelessness, including one in Salon entitled “‘Worst nightmares that we are becoming’: Why America’s treatment of homeless people is a disgrace” and one in the Huffington Post entitled “How a Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide the Homeless.” He was also quoted in an Associated Press story that appeared in the New York Times, “High Housing Costs Hurt Effort to Aid Homeless in Hawaii.” Tars is a senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. 

Gary Thorne (LL.M.’76), the Baltimore Orioles play-by-play TV announcer on MidAtlantic Sports Network, was featured in a pressboxonline cover story in June, “The Calling of the Game.”  

Moses Weisberg (L’16) was featured in a Washington Post article in August entitled “This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb, and no one knew until 2001.” 

Andrew Whitman (L’16), the head of Georgetown Law’s Contemplative Law Society, was quoted in a Washington Lawyer cover article in March called “Keep Calm and Practice Law: Mindfulness in the Legal Profession.” The article also quoted Jewish Chaplain Michael Goldman (L’69), who helped found the Law Center’s “Lawyers in Balance” program.

“Passing Bill Would Boost Aid to Child Abuse Victims,” an opinion piece co-authored by R. Seth Williams (L’92), the district attorney of Philadelphia, appeared in 

Kathryn Zyla (L’14), deputy director of the Georgetown Climate Center, was quoted in a ClimateWire article in May entitled “McConnell’s Clean Power Plan warning — a stumbling block, or empty threat?” and one in August entitled “EPA rule includes ‘panoply’ of changes to help states trade carbon emissions.” Other summer articles appeared in ClimateWire, Politico, EcoSystem Marketplace and Scientific American. She and Vicki Arroyo (L’94) co-authored the chapter “Transportation Policy” in a new book called Climate Change and Public Health (Oxford University Press, July 2015). And a piece written by Zyla and Professor Peter Byrne called “Koontz and Climate Exactions” appeared in Planning magazine. 

Across Classes

“Two lawyers work to get juvenile offenders back in school,” coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer in April, featured Maheen Kaleem (F’07, L’13), Elana Baurer (L’13) and Professor Kris Henning (LL.M.’97).  

A pro bono case worked on by Britt Haxton (L’09) and Andrea Alegrett (L’10) of McDermott Will and Emery received coverage in the Washington Post in June, “To settle lawsuit, U.S. Park Police throws out dated policy on pregnant officers.”

“Celebrating DC’s Trending 40: Lawyers Under 40,” coverage by on July 23, 2015, featured Adjunct Professor Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy and Technology, along with Michelle Mitchell (L’09), Ria Williams (C’04, L’09), Brian Ashin (L’08), John W.F. Chesley (L’05), Loren AliKhan (L’06) and Paul R. St. Lawrence III (C’99, L’03).

Nine alumnae were selected to the National Law Journal’s (NLJ) list of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession. Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Kathryn Fritz (L’85), Meghan Ludtke (L’95), Janet McDavid (L’74), Erin Murphy (L’06), Linda Myers (L’89), Obrea Poindexter (L’93), Kathryn Ruemmler (L’96), Kara Farnandez Stoll (L’97) and Barbara Underwood (L’69) represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest representation, legal education and the judiciary. A report appeared in the NLJ in May.

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