Monday July 23, 2012

Summer 2012 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Ashley C. Brown ’77 joined Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in its Boston office and as a member of its global energy and infrastructure practice. He is also the executive director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as an instructor of infrastructure in the market economy at Harvard’s Executive Program on Infrastructure. He has also advised the Brazilian government on the design its electricity market and has assisted in drafting regulatory and energy laws in numerous other countries. He is a former commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  

Frank Geraci Jr. ’77 was recommended for a federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His nomination today now goes to the full Senate, though it's unclear when the Senate may vote on it. Frank is nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Since 1999, he has served as a Monroe County Court judge in Rochester, N.Y., where he primarily handles criminal felony matters. Previously, he was a judge on the Rochester City Court. He also received his B.A. from the University of Dayton in 1973.

Paul R. Juhasz ’82 gave a presentation at the University of Dayton School of Law’s annual Seminar on Significant Developments in the Intellectual Property Law of Computers and Cyberspace on June 8 in Keller Hall. Paul’s talk “I Know It When I See It” explored case law surrounding the Bilski decision and provided patent practitioners with the fundamentals for understanding what makes software inventions subject matter patentable. Paul operates The Juhasz Law Firm in Houston.

John Carter ’84 was named the administrative services manager for the Collier County office of Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit. Previously, he was a case manager in the court’s civil division and legal counsel to the clerk of circuit court in Collier County. John has also served as an assistant state attorney in Florida and for the Department of Children and Families.

Neil Sheehan ’88 has joined HDR Inc. as a vice president responsible for regional program and client management in the Pacific region. He will be based in HDR's Honolulu office, where he will support HDR's overseas environmental planning practice, service Department of Defense clients in the Pacific, and develop global business opportunities, particularly in China and Australia. Neil has more than 22 years of legal and program management experience, including 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy. A captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, he is serving the U.S. Pacific Command as an assistant staff judge advocate. For the past 13 years, Neil has focused on environmental law and the management of large environmental projects throughout the Pacific, including serving as the senior environmental counsel to the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Rob Johnson ’91 was named first assistant prosecutor in the Cape May County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office. Rob, who joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 1992 as an assistant prosecutor, has served as chief assistant prosecutor for the last 10 years, supervising the office’s trial section. He also handled many homicide prosecutions for the office.

Tabitha Justice ’02 graduated from the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. The program helps prepare young lawyers become leaders in their firms, communities and the legal profession. Tabitha is an attorney with the Dayton law firm Subashi & Wildermuth, where she represents schools, municipalities and insurance entities. Previously, she was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Peter Le '02 (pictured above), who was 7 when he fled Vietnam as a refugee in 1981, is featured in an article “Refugee’s ordeal makes Fourth of July sweeter” in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The article discusses Peter’s life in Vietnam and his eventual escape. Peter operates Peter Le Law Offices in Cincinnati, where he specializes in corporate immigration law.

Stephanie Kimbro ’03 has joined the virtual law firm Burton Law, based in Beavercreek, Ohio, as the director of its North Carolina branch. Previously, she operated a virtual law office for six years delivering unbundled estate planning and small business legal services to clients online.

For the sixth year in a row, Stephanie was named the best family lawyer by the readers of Wilmington Family Magazine in Wilmington, N.C.

Michael Eshleman '08 was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the State of New Mexico's Public Defender Department in Hobbs, N.M.

Rodney Stieger ’09 wrote about Ohio House Bill 473, a water usage bill, on the Jackson Kelly Oil and Gas Update blog. Rodney is an associate in Jackson Kelly’s Charleston, W.Va., office, working in the firm's industrial, environmental and complex litigation practice group.

Samuel K. Conrad ’12 has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the firm's Fort Wayne, Ind., office. As a law student, he served as an extern with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Fort Wayne. Before attending the School of Law, he worked in the White House's Presidential Personnel Office.

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