Alumni Awards, Recognitions and Appointments
Shauna Prewitt (L’09) with Brian Duwe, Keith Ann Stiverson (L’83), Yousef T. Jabareen (S.J.D.’03), Nancy Chi Cantalupo (F’95, L’03), Navy Capt. Darse E. “Del” Crandall (L’92)
Elizabeth A. Abdoo (C’80, L’86) was one of two distinguished women graduates honored with the 2015 Alumnae Award at Georgetown Law’s annual Women’s Forum on February 27. Abdoo is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Host Hotels & Resorts. She leads the company’s global legal, compliance and corporate governance functions and advises the board of directors, CEO and management on these matters. Prior to joining Host, she was senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Orbital Sciences Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of space and technology systems.
Peter V. Berns (LL.M.’83) was appointed a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in May. Berns is CEO of The Arc, the world’s largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a position he has held since 2008. Berns was first appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011 and was re-appointed in 2014. He has been named to The Nonprofit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” list five times over the past 15 years.
Nancy Chi Cantalupo (F’95, L’03) became a professor at Barry University School of Law in August. She was previously the associate vice president for equity, inclusion and violence prevention at NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Cantalupo, a victims’ rights attorney, researcher and gender-based violence expert who has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, has 20 years of experience combating sexual harassment and violence in education and has written nine law review/journal articles on the subject.
Navy Capt. Darse E. “Del” Crandall (L’92) was appointed by President Barack Obama to the rank of rear admiral and will assume duties as legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the end of September. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July. Crandall is currently serving as assistant judge advocate general, operations and management, in the U.S. Navy’s Office of the Judge Advocate General.
Yousef T. Jabareen (S.J.D.’03) was elected last March to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament, composed of 120 members total). Jabareen, a human rights activist and scholar, says that his training at Georgetown provided him with unique experience and tools to succeed in his career. “I majored at Georgetown in minority rights,” Jabareen writes, “and after a few years of teaching, I decided to pursue a public career in order to devote my knowledge and experience to work to enhance Arab-Jewish relations on an equal basis in Israel and specifically to advance the minority and indigenous rights of the Arab-Palestinian community in Israel.”
Terrell McSweeny (L’04) was one of two distinguished women graduates honored with the 2015 Alumnae Award at Georgetown Law’s annual Women’s Forum on February 27. McSweeny was sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2014. Previously, she was chief counsel for competition policy and intergovernmental relations for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as deputy assistant to the president and domestic policy adviser to the vice president from 2009 to 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence.
Ajay K. Mehrotra (L’94) is the new director of the American Bar Foundation, a Chicago-based research institute dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes and the law’s impact on society. After graduating from the Law Center (as a member of the first Section 3 class), Mehrotra was an associate in the Structured Finance Department in the New York City offices of J.P. Morgan. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, which he pursued while he was also a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He began his teaching career at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where he has been associate dean for research and a professor of law. His book, Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), won the annual book award of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History for 2014.
Efe Poturoglu (L’03), an attorney and shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C., office, received the Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C (ATA-DC). Poturoglu received the award during the association’s 50-year anniversary and gala fundraiser on April 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Shauna Prewitt (L’09) was selected as this year’s recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award. The award was presented at the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation’s 17th annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 14. Prewitt has been instrumental in developing and passing state and federal laws strengthening protections for women with children conceived by rape. She also helped draft a bill known as the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act that was signed into law earlier this year.
Darlene M. Soltys (L’90) was nominated by President Barack Obama in July to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She has been an assistant United States attorney in the District of Columbia since 2003 and serves as a senior attorney in the Violent Crime and Narcotic Trafficking Section.
Keith Ann Stiverson (L’83) was installed as president of the American Association of Law Libraries in August. Stiverson is director of the law library and senior lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Kara Farnandez Stoll (L’97) is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on November 12, 2014, and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on July 7, 2015. Stoll took her oath of office on July 17.