Tuesday August 28, 2012

September 2012 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Ron Raether Jr. ’96 will participate on a panel on “Litigation Round Up: Using Recent Cases and Class Actions to Assess What Breaches & Resulting Claims Are Worth” at the sixth annual Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, sponsored by the American Conference Institute, on Sept. 27 in New York. Ron, a partner with the Dayton law firm Faruki Ireland & Cox, works in the areas of technology-related litigation, class action defense, privacy, data security and compliance, antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Todd Duwel ’98 (pictured above) was named chief compliance officer at CR Architecture + Design in Cincinnati. Todd is responsible for ensuring that the firm is in substantial compliance with internal operational policies as well as external legal, regulatory and contractual requirements.

David Herier ’98 is running for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He hopes to represent the 79th district in southwest Ohio. David is a partner at the law firm Geyer, Herier & Frizzell of Springfield, Ohio.

Ted Wood ’98 discussed the potential for cyber attacks on the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure on the Science Progress podcast, hosted by the Center for American Progress. He also wrote an article on "Tapping the Patent System for Innovation in Cyber Security" for Science Progress. Wood is a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, where he leads the grid industry group and electronics group. Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Ted achieved the rank of major with the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Ria Farrell Schalnat ’99 has joined the law firm Dinsmore as of counsel in the intellectual property department. She works in the firm’s Cincinnati office. She is experienced handling patents with a technology focus in computer arts, including billing, customer relationship management and speech technology. Her practice includes patent prosecution, software and open source licensing, due diligence reviews for mergers/acquisitions and patent portfolio management. Previously, she practiced with Frost Brown Todd. Ria also teaches the Patent Litigation Capstone at the School of Law and is a president of the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association.

Jennifer Denslow ’02 was promoted to supervising attorney of the Grand Jury/Intake Division in the Prosecutor’s Office in Montgomery County, Ohio. She is responsible for supervising the assistant prosecutors presenting criminal cases to the Montgomery County Grand Jury as well as the assistant prosecutors handling preliminary hearings in municipal court. Jennifer, who joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2002, has also worked in the Juvenile Division and as criminal docket attorney.

Stephanie Kimbro ’03, an adjunct professor at the School of Law, wrote about the online course she taught for Dayton Law on her blog. Students used a virtual law firm simulation that Kimbro created and completed a law firm business plan that incorporated unbundling legal services and the use of technology to deliver services online.

Lindsey A. Coley ’07, an associate with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke, Va., was named a 2012 Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Employment & Labor. The list recognizes Virginia’s top attorneys under age 40, or those who have been practicing less than 10 years, as nominated by their peers across the Commonwealth.  

Michelle Thomas ’07 is now blogging for RIPS Law Librarian. Michelle is a reference and catalog librarian at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Library. This fall, she will teach Legal Research to first-year students and serve as the liaison for the Law Review. She also is responsible for the cataloging department and serves as associate editor of Technical Services Law Librarian

Shahrzad P. Allen ’08 has joined the Dayton law firm at Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling. Serving as of counsel, Shahrzad is working in the area of immigration and naturalization law.  

Chandler N. Hodge ’09 has joined Frost Brown Todd as an associate in its Louisville office. She is a member of the firm’s real estate practice group. Previously, Chandler was an associate with Bingham Greenebaum Doll, where she was involved in its real estate practice as well as their corporate and commercial practice.  

Mitch Hedrick ’11 has joined the Chicago law firm Cole Sadkin as an associate attorney. As a student at the School of Law, he was a dean's scholar and earned a CALI Award for Excellence in Complex Litigation. Mitch also worked as a law clerk for Premier Health Partners and served as an extern for Judge Mary L. Wiseman of the Montgomery County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas. Mitch focuses his practice on labor and employment, employee benefits and insurance law.

Serah Siemann ’11 joined Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, working the firm’s Dayton office. She primarily practices Social Security disability law. Serah previously worked as a consumer advocate law clerk at Wells Law Office in Dayton.

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek, communication specialist at the University of Dayton School of Law, at 937-229-4683 or bob.mihalek@udayton.edu.