Sunday August 1, 2010

Summer 2010 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Jim Meaney '77 and Mike Zaino '83 hosted Dean Lisa Kloppenberg at their offices, Zaino and Humphrey, at a gathering of the UD Business Connect Group of Central Ohio on May 12 in Columbus. About 25 UD graduates attended including Dayton Law alumniDavid Chakeres '77 and Gil Gradisar '78. The Business Connect Group includes accountants, bank officers, engineers, software designers, marketing professional, doctors and lawyers.

Michael Hall '79 is heading to the Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals next year, after winning the Republican Primary in May. Since no Democrats have filed to run for the seat, Hall will run unopposed this November.

Michael Biondolillo '79 has been named senior vice president of human resources at Henkel Corporation. Prior to joining Henkel, Biondolillo, who has more than 20 years of HR experience, was a vice president of human resources at QVC in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Mark R. Chilson '81 was appointed executive vice president and general counsel for CareSource in Dayton. Mark has represented CareSource since its inception in 1989. He is an Ohio Super Lawyer, as well as an Ohio Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel.

Chris Atkins '84, a defense attorney from Middletown, Ohio, was featured in an article on his chess-playing skills, "Chessaholic plays 11 at a time," in the Hamilton, Ohio, Journal-News.

Carrie E. Cope '90 has merged her regulatory and compliance and specialty lines claims practices with Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. in Chicago. Carrie's regulatory practice includes advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues in the United States and foreign jurisdictions, while her specialty lines claims practice includes providing consulting services to the insurance industry.

Jason S. Miller '98 joined Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando. A registered patent attorney, Jason will work in the firm¿s Intellectual Property Business Group.

Michael Navarre '98, special counsel in Steptoe & Johnson¿s Washington, D.C., office, was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the National Institute of Military Justice. The nonprofit National Institute of Military Justice seeks to encourage the fair administration of justice within the military justice system, as well as public understanding of the system. Navarre, a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp, also maintains a well-regarded military justice blog,

Ryan O. White '00 was named partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister. A registered patent attorney, White is located in Taft's Indianapolis office.

Sean M. Young '06 recently joined the law firm Bellock & Coogan in Oak Brook, Illinois, as an associate attorney. He specializes in federal and state taxation, estate planning, estate administration and real estate law.

Michael O. Eshleman '08 has been appointed to the Judicial and Legislative Committee of the Warren County, Ohio, Bar Association. Michael practices in Ohio.

Mark D. Thompson '10 has joined the Cleveland firm Gallagher Sharp, working in the Professional Liability, Transportation, and General Litigation Practice Groups. He served as the comment editor on the Dayton Law Review and received the Dean Frederick Davis Award for Excellence and the Gerald and Kathleen Green Scholarship. 


Ashley Rabaa '04 died April 12, 2010, after a months-long battle with catastrophic antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Ashley, who was 37, had been working at LexisNexis for the past few years. Her brother Shareef Rabaa graduated from Dayton Law in 2003.

Lee Hohl '84 died May 29, 2010, at the age of 51. Lee practiced law in Kettering, Ohio, for the past 25 years.

Grace D. Wolff died April 28, 2010. She was 98. Grace and her family have a long history with the School of Law. Her husband, the late William H. Wolff, graduated from UDSL in 1931. Their son William Wolff Jr. is a former president of the law school's Advisory Council. Her grandson Dan Wolff is a 2001 graduate. The School's judges chambers are named in honor on William Sr. and William Jr.

Former Adjunct Professor Diane Gentile died June 12, 2010, at the age of 54. She received her J.D. from the School of Law in 1986 and her B.A. from UD in 1977. She was a founding partner in the Dayton law firm Cooper, Gentile & Washington. She served as an adjunct professor at Dayton Law from 2004 to 2006.

"We will miss Diane deeply," said Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. "She was a fabulous teacher, a dedicated advocate and mediator, an outstanding professional role model and an all around inspiration."

In 2006, Diane was recognized for her dedication to improving the law when she was named a Life Fellow by the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Diane impacted many lives in the community as an active volunteer in support of public service programs, particularly those that affect low-income people. She served on the Emergency Food and Shelter Committee of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. In 2008, she was awarded the Charles W. Peckham Award for Humanitarian Leadership by the Community Action Partnership for her work on homelessness in Dayton. She also received the "We the People in Action" award from the Dayton Bar Association in 2005. She volunteered for many years as a mediator for the Dayton Mediation Center and participated in the mediation program of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division. She also served as president of the Dayton Women's Bar Association from 1995 to 1996.

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