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    April 2011 Alumni Briefs

    Walter Reynolds '78 received the 2011 Joseph Cinque Award from Dayton Law's Black Law Students Association during a banquet on March 18 in Keller Hall. Walter is partner-in-charge of the Dayton office of the law firm Porter, Wright. He received the School of Law's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

    Each year, BLSA honors an attorney with the Cinique Award, which celebrates diversity, public service, professional excellence and the promotion of justice. Award winners are not only excellent in their areas of practice, but also have shown a heightened level of public service and professional achievement.

    In his remarks at the Cinque Banquet, Reynolds advised students to "be a giver, then a receiver."


    Robert A. Skelton '87 has been named to the Ohio Heritage Bank Board of Directors. He has served as board secretary since 2005 and is a founding director of Ohio Heritage Bancorp, the parent company of Ohio Heritage Bank. He is a partner in the law firm Pomerene, Burns and Skelton and also serves as law director for the city of Coshocton.


    Jim Burn '88 was elected president of Allegheny County Council in Pennsylvania in March. First elected to the council in 2005, Jim serves as chair of the council's Public Safety and Government Reform Committees and chairs the Allegheny and Pennsylvania Democratic Parties. He served as the mayor of Millvale, Pennsylvania, from 1994 to 2005.


    James Casey '88 has been promoted to executive director of the Office of Grants, Contracts and Industrial Agreements at The University of Texas at San Antonio.


    Jeffrey T. Cox '91 was featured in a question-and-answer article in the Dayton Business Journal in which he discussed trends in the legal industry and his career. Jeff is partner in charge of Faruki Ireland & Cox's Cincinnati office, splitting his time between the firm's Cincinnati and Dayton offices.


    Winifred M. Weitsen '00 has been elevated to the position of counsel at Venable LLP. She works in the firm's Washington, D.C., office in its SEC and white collar defense practice, and focuses on defending companies and corporate executives facing criminal investigations, as well as civil and regulatory government enforcement actions. She also serves as vice chair of the DRI Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee.


    Greg Kaskey '01 has been elected a partner at the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl. Practicing out of the firms Dayton office, Greg focuses real estate and business law.


    Clarence Williams III '01 was recently honored by the State Bar of Georgia for his community service. He was one of the recipients of the Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service. He was nominated by his peers in the legal community for his continuous service to Houston County and the surrounds areas. Clarence is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. He and his wife, Erikka Williams '01, are expecting their first child in April.


    Cori Stirling '06 has joined Dinsmore & Shohl as an associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the firm's Cincinnati office. Prior to joining the firm, Cori practiced in Faruki, Ireland & Cox's Dayton office.


    Michael Eshleman '08 published an article, Prego Signor Postino: Using the Mail to Avoid the Hague Service Convention¿s Central Authorities, in the Oregon Review of International Law at the University of Oregon. The article discusses how to serve process abroad by mail.


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