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Class Notes

compiled and edited by deborah j.wakefield

BC Law generations
        1930s
        1950s
        1960s
        1970s
        1980s
        1990s
        2000s




Norman L. Jacobs '64 with his son Jon M. Jacobs '92 and daughter-in-law Andrea Beth Jacobs '94






1930's

Francis J. Voss ’32, the sole surviving member of BC Law’s first class, was presented with a 75th Anniversary Award at the 2007 Commencement ceremony at BC Law in May.

1950's

James F. Stapleton ’57 was honored with the John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award by the Connecticut Bar Association, and received special recognition on the occasion of his 50th anniversary at the bar. He is of counsel in the New, Haven, CT, office of Day Pitney LLP.

Gilbert L. Wells ’58 continues his long history of volunteer work in Colares, Portugal, where he lives with his wife, Justina.

1960's

R.Robert Popeo ’61 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” and was recognized among the “Top 100” lawyers in business litigation in the state by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. He is chairman of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC and practices in the firm’s Boston office.

Edward D. Tarlow ’64 is the recipient of the 2007 Community Service Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. He is a founding member of Boston-based Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rogers PC.

Hon. Richard W. Norton ’65 was honored with the 2007 Frank G. Mahady Public Service Award by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association.

John E. Peltonen ’67 is included in the 2007 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his practice in environmental law. He is a partner in the Manchester, NH, office of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green PA.

Thomas F. Stephenson ’69 was nominated to be US ambassador to Portugal by President George W. Bush in September. He is a partner at Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, CA.

1970's

Hon. James J. Brown ’71, a federal administrative law judge in Raleigh, NC, was a member of the “Judgment Enforcement” panel at the California Association of Judgment Professionals 2007 Annual Conference in Irvine, CA, in October. His novel, Will the Laughter Stop? Baby Boomer Chronicles, was published by AuthorHouse in September.

Michael B. Katz ’74 was honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award at the Hampden County (Massachusetts) Bar Association’s annual meeting in June. He is a partner and cochair of the bankruptcy department at Bacon & Wilson PC in Springfield, MA.

Barbara E. Schlaff ’74 was included in Best Lawyers in America 2008 for her practice in employee benefits law. She is a partner in the Baltimore, MD, office of Venable LLP.

Kathryn Cochrane Murphy ’75 is a partner in the real estate practice at Krokidas & Bluestein LLP in Boston. She was formerly senior counsel in the Boston office of Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP.

William D. Kirchick ’76 was honored in October by the Jewish Family and Children’s Service Community Housing for Adult Independence for his efforts to improve the lives of those living with disabilities. Kirchick is the estate planning partner at Bingham McCutchen and chair of the board of trustees of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Disabilities Trust. He was named a top lawyer in 2007 by New England Super Lawyers magazine.

William D. Palmer ’76 became chief judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, FL. He will serve in that position for two years, having been unanimously selected for the position by his fellow judges.

Marianne D. Short ’76 was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is managing partner in the Minneapolis, MN, office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Maureen A. Brennan ’77 is included in the 2007 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for her practice in the areas of natural resources and environment. She is a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, OH.

Harlan M. Doliner ’77 is a partner in the corporate financing and transactions department at Pepe & Hazard LLP in Boston and practices environmental, land use, and maritime security law.

Edward J. Notis-McConarty ’77 was appointed chair of the Probate Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a partner at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston.

Peter A. Pavarini ’77 is included in Best Lawyers in America 2008 for his practice in health care law. He is a partner in the Columbus, OH, office of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn LPA.

Fern L. Frolin ’78 was appointed chair of the Family Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She is an attorney, mediator, and partner at Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin in Wellesley, MA.

James E. Duzak ’79, author of a blog on issues of marriage and divorce, has published Mid-Life Divorce and the Rebirth of Commitment (Cold Tree Press, Nashville, 2007). Known as “the attorney at love,” he is a divorce lawyer, divorce mediator, and relationship coach living in Green Valley, AZ.

1980's


Jesse A. Finkelstein ’80
was listed among the “Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America” for 2007 by Lawdragon Magazine. He is a partner in the corporations department at Richards, Layton & Finger PA in Wilmington, DE.

Ann-Ellen Hornidge ’80 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. She is a partner in the public finance section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston.

Gary B. O’Connor ’80 is a partner in the Waterbury, CT, office of Pepe & Hazard LLP and practices in the areas of real estate and business and finance.

Hon. Robert N. Scola Jr. ’80, of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, is the 2007 recipient of the William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award presented by the Florida Bar Association. He and his wife, Jacqueline, who is also a circuit judge, have two sons.

Marlene Gillette-Ibern ’81 is an adviser to the Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos/Latin American Center for Human Rights. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2006 in Argentina to promote and protect human rights, works closely with the Hispanic branch of Human Life International.

Bradford C. Auerbach ’82 is employed in a strategic business development role with Hewlett-Packard. Based in Los Angeles, CA, he is currently working with major Hollywood studios and television and cable networks to unlock their content for online and DVD distribution.

Paul J. Gallagher ’82 was appointed chair of the Atlantic City Regional Mainland Chamber of Commerce in September. He is vice president and general counsel of Atlantic County Utilities Authority in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hon. James W. Hubert Jr. ’82 was confirmed by the New York State Senate to fill a vacancy for the position of Westchester (NY) County Court judge and subsequently was elected for the full ten-year term. Former justice of the Greenburgh Town Court, he lives with his wife, Isabel, and their two children in Greenburgh, NY.

Linda D. Bentley ’83 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. She is a partner in the business and finance section and life sciences practice group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston.

Hon. Leslie E. Kobayashi ’83 was reappointed to a second term as US magistrate judge in the US District of Hawaii.

Albert A. Notini ’83 is senior advisor at New Mountain Capital LLC in New York, NY. He was formerly president, chief operating officer, and a director of Sonus Networks in Westford, MA.

John J. Aromando ’84 is included in the 2007 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his practice in litigation. He is a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Pierce Atwood LLP.

Tracy A. Miner ’85 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. She is a partner in the litigation section at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston.

Eleanor Wm. Dahar ’87 is the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association for 2007–2008.

Frank A. Flynn ’87 was interviewed on the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts Legal Line program, “The Landlord Side of Housing Court Issues,” aired on Boston Neighborhood Network.

Paul T. Milligan ’87 is co-chair of the Tort Committee of the Boston Bar Association Litigation Section. He is an attorney in the Boston office of Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley PC.

Jonathan D. Lee ’88 is employed by Shanxi Evergreen Service in Taiyuan, China. He was formerly a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group in Minneapolis, MN.

Julianne Kurdila ’89 was appointed to a three-year term on the Cleveland (OH) Bar Association Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Technology Advisory Committee of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. She is chief of the Health, Environment, and Enterprise Fund Section of the City of Cleveland Department of Law.

Kevin J. O’Connor ’89 is a partner in the business litigation practice group in the Boston office of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP. He was previously the co-founder and managing partner of Paragon Law Group LLP in Boston.

1990's

Joseph P. Curtin ’90 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. He is a partner in the litigation and the employment, labor, and benefits sections at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston.

Kevin M. McGinty ’90 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. He is partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC and practices in the area of complex corporate and class action litigation.

Maureen Mulligan ’90 is co-chair of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. She is a partner at Ruberto, Israel & Weiner PC in Boston.

Paul J. Andrews ’91 is a partner in the Boston office of Denner Pellegrino LLP. He previously served with the US Department of Justice Criminal Division, Fraud Section. He and his wife, Pola, live with their three children in Saugus, MA.

Scott M. Farley ’91, an attorney with the US Army Environmental Command, is the recipient of the Department of Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest commendation given by the Secretary of the Army. He and his wife, Rachel, and their two children live in Bel Air, MD.

Thomas Hanley ’92 graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in June. He is assistant general counsel for MTA in New York, NY, where he focuses on infrastructure project financing, development, and construction.

David W. Loh ’92 is a member of the insurance department in the New York, NY, office of Cozen O’Connor.

Richard D. Lara ’93, a partner at Mase & Lara PA in Miami, FL, obtained a significant defense verdict in the Norwegian Dawn rogue wave case. The case was selected for inclusion in its annual list of top verdicts by National Law Journal. He was appointed to a three-year term on the Consumer Protection Law Committee of the Florida Bar Association, and was selected for a second consecutive year by South Florida Legal Guide as a “Top Up and Comer” in the areas of employment and commercial contracts.

Karen A. Whitley ’93 is a partner in business litigation and employment practices at Hanify & King PC in Boston. She previously served as a law clerk to the associate justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Catalano ’94 was appointed chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a partner at Boston-based Todd & Weld LLP.

Yolanda W. Rabun ’94, staff counsel at IBM Corporation in Raleigh, NC, traveled to South Korea, Japan, and Okinawa to entertain US troops and their families for a three-week tour with Armed Forces Entertainment in September. She performs in local and regional theater, and serves as the president- elect of the Raleigh Little Theater Board of Governors.

Ellen J. Zucker ’94 is a partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston and practices in the areas of employment law, white collar criminal defense, and business litigation.

Scott C. Ford ’95 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. He is a partner in the litigation section at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC in Boston.

John T. Morrier ’95 was named a 2007 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers magazine. He is of counsel in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC.

Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner ’95, as host of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts Legal Line, interviewed the Hon. Jay D. Blitzman ’74 of the Middlesex County Juvenile Court of Massachusetts on the program, “Juvenile Justice: Views of a Judge and Practitioner,” aired on Boston Neighborhood Network.

Dennis J. Haley Jr. ’96 was selected to participate in the 2008 Leadership Greater Manchester program. He is an associate in the corporate department at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA in Manchester, NH.

Jennifer McCoid Thompson ’96 and her husband, Craig, welcomed their second son, Cash Emmer, who joined his big brother, Nolan, in May 2006. The family lives in Roswell, GA, where Jennifer does legal work on an independent contractor basis.

Vincent W. Lau ’97 organized and moderated an Asian American Legal Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) panel, “Charting Your Legal Career,” at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. He is an associate at Flynn & Clark PC in Cambridge, MA, and a member of the AALAM Board of Directors.

Fernando M. Pinguelo ’97 was honored as one of the “Forty under 40” business leaders in New Jersey by NJBIZ magazine. He is chair of the entertainment law group at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus PA in Bridgewater, NJ.

Cecely A. Reardon ’97 is the recipient of the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award presented by the Boston Bar Association. She is a supervising attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Youth Advocacy Project in Roxbury, MA.

Patrick C. Closson ’98 was named a director in the corporate department at is of counsel in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson PC and focuses his practice McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA in Manchester, NH.
Christopher R. Dillon ’98 on patent litigation. He was formerly a litigation senior associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston.

Jon S. Liland ’98 is of counsel in the Lebanon, NH, office of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green PA, where he is a member of the firm’s corporate group.

Geoffrey G. Why ’98 was appointed by former Attorney General Thomas Reilly to the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts.

Melissa Hegger Shea ’99 and her husband, David, announce the March birth of twins, Jack Cash Shea and Olivia Ireland Shea, who join their big sister, Julia Hegger. Melissa is legal counsel practicing securities law with Fidelity Investments in Boston. The family lives in Waltham, MA.

2000's

Julie B. Elza Goldman ’00 and her husband, Jim, welcomed their first child, Madeline Rose, in June.

Kathleen M. Merrigan ’00 is an associate in the Bronxville, NY, office of Begos, Horgan & Brown LLP.

Colin C. Durham ’01 and Cynthia M. Guizzetti ’02 were married in Key West, FL, in March. Cynthia is an associate in the financial institutions litigation practice group at Bingham Mc- Cutchen LLP in Boston. Colin practices intellectual property law as an associate at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds PC in Concord, MA.

Michael T. Marcucci ’01 is an associate in the litigation practice group at Hanify & King PC in Boston. He was previously an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP. He lives with his wife and three children in West Roxbury, MA.

Christopher M. Morrison ’01 was appointed to the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He is an associate at Hanify & King PC in Boston.

Kara S. Suffredini ’01 was named a Wasserstein fellow for 2007–2008 by Harvard Law School. She is the state legislative director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, DC.

John P. McAdams ’02 is an assistant US attorney for the District of Rhode Island. He was formerly a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Meghan, have two children and live in Barrington, RI.

Jennifer A. Cardello ’03 was selected by the Boston Bar Association as a member of the organization’s Public Interest Leadership Program for 2007–2008. She is an associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston.

Danielle R. Porcelli ’03 is director of recruiting at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

Lucinda J. Ringer ’03 is an associate in the business litigation and employment law practice groups at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC in Boston.

David L. Sterrett ’04 was named co-chair of the Land Use and Development Committee of the Boston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section. He is an associate at Riemer & Braunstein LLP.

Emily K. Yu ’04, a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, was cochair of the organization’s annual banquet in Boston in April.

Michael W. Wong ’05 and his wife, Anna Jigyoung Nam ’03, welcomed their first child, Michelle Ashley Wong, in May. He is an associate in the Los Angeles, CA, office of Duane Morris LLP and practices in the field of litigation.

Jesse Cook-Dubin ’06 is an associate in the commercial and real estate practice in the Columbus, OH, office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP.

Christopher Morgan ’06 and Julie H. Margetta ’06 were married at Holy Name Church in Fall River, MA, in August.

Joseph F. Kadlec ’07 and Mary McKenna were married in Philadelphia, PA, in August.

Christopher D. Liwski ’07 stroked the USA men’s four with coxswain team to a gold medal at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany, in September. He is currently training to qualify for a seat on the US rowing team for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.