Tuesday February 1, 2011

February 2011 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Michael B. Coleman '80 was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Michael will also continue to serve as the mayor of Columbus, Ohio. He received the Dayton Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.


D. Jeffrey Ireland '80 has been selected to the Super Lawyers¿ list in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. A founding partner of Faruki Ireland & Cox, Ireland¿s practice includes antitrust, advertising and trademarks, products liability, employment and class actions. He received the Dayton Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.


Sue Reisinger '80 won the 2010 American Business Media-Jessie H. Neal Award for ¿Best Integrated Package¿ for her magazine and web article that examined the firing of Bank of America General Counsel Timothy Mayopoulos during the bank¿s merger with Merrill Lynch. Sue is senior reporter for Corporate Counsel/American Lawyer magazines in New York.

Sue previously won the national award in 2008 for best single article, for an in-depth story exploring the role of then-General Counsel Ann Baskins in the Hewlett-Packard pretexting scandal.


Helen Jones-Kelley '84 was recently named executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Montgomery County, Ohio, effective July 1. Helen previously served as chair of the board. She is currently a special assistant to the president for external relations at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.


Jeff Taylor '84 is the assistant director of law enforcement training at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he facilitates continuing education courses for law enforcement officers. He also serves as the college¿s school director for detention officer certification training and is an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs. Jeff is presently researching the connection between human behavioral norms and hearsay exceptions and working on a journal article on improving teaching methods for this material.

He also serves as a volunteer judge for the Onslow County Youth Court Diversion Program, a "Teen Court," which serves youth 11-17 years of age. He is a member of the facilitation team for Leadership In Police Organizations, a cooperative partnership between the Jacksonville Police Department, Coastal Carolina Community College and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He previously served as a magistrate in the Montgomery County, Ohio, Domestic Relations Court, a position he held for eight years before retiring in 2003.


Jeffrey T. Cox '91 has been selected to the Super Lawyers¿ list in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. Jeff is partner in charge of Faruki Ireland & Cox¿s Cincinnati office, splitting his time between Cincinnati and Dayton offices.


Kathleen Duffy Bruder '93 is serving as deputy chief of staff for new Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. She previously was a partner at the law firm of Rhoads & Sinon in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as associate counsel for Highmark Inc., and as an in-house labor attorney and human resources director for the City of Harrisburg and deputy city solicitor for the City of Harrisburg.


Ronald I. Raether, Jr. '96 has been selected to the Super Lawyers¿ list in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. He is a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox.


Christian N. Valentino '00 was elected a partner at Woods Oviatt Gilman of Rochester, New York. Christian is a member of the firm¿s litigation department, where he focuses his practice on representation of individuals seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligence of others. He also has an extensive practice in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation.


Roxanne Ingles '03 has joined the Cincinnati law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl as an associate in the litigation department. Roxanne¿s practice focuses on general commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, she served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Clermont County Prosecutor¿s Office.


Patrick J. Palascak '10 recently joined Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, an intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C., as an associate in the firm¿s electronics practice group. Patrick, who also earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from UD, previously worked as a telecommunications network engineer for a national local exchange carrier and as a systems engineer for a large defense contractor.


Felicia I. Phipps '10 cowrote a commentary, ¿Opening a Business Requires Taking Some Legal Steps,¿ in the State Journal in Charleston, West Virginia. Felicia is an associate in the business department of the Charleston law firm of Jackson Kelly.

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