Monday November 5, 2012

Fall 2012 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Tom Reid ’79 co-wrote an article “The Oxymoron of the ‘1099 Employee’” in the August issue of Contract Management magazine, published by the National Contract Management Association. Tom is director of government contractor services at Navigant Consulting, Inc. He is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of government contracting topics. Tom has received both the Outstanding Fellow Award and the National Achievement Award from the National Contract Management Association.

Ellis Jacobs '81 was interviewed about voting by mail and early voting in Ohio on WYSO 91.3 FM. Ellis is a senior attorney with Advocates For Basic Legal Equality.

Nancy Phillips Roberson '81 was selected as a winner of the Dayton Daily News’ 2012 Ten Top Women Award. She will be honored on Dec. 4 at Sinclair Community College during at a luncheon celebrating the 50th anniversary of the award. Nancy, the owner of Roberson Law in Kettering, Ohio, is a certified specialist in Ohio in the areas of estate planning and probate law and has frequently lectured at the School of law.

Christopher T. McGrath ’83 received the St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County, N.Y., during the guild’s 2012 Red Mass and Dinner. Chris is a partner with the New York law firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo and a former president of the Nassau County Bar Association.

David Primo ’83 was named chief clerk of the Family Court in Onondaga County, N.Y. Previously, he had worked in the county’s law department, in private practice and as an assistant district attorney in Onondaga County.

Debbie Lieberman '86 has been selected a winner of the Dayton Daily News’ 2012 Ten Top Women Award. She will be honored on Dec. 4 at Sinclair Community College during at a luncheon celebrating the award’s 50th anniversary. Debbie serves on the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County, Ohio, and is running for re-election this year. Previously, she served Randolph Township, Ohio, Planning Commission and the Clayton city council.

Tim Young '92, the director of the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, was elected chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders. In November, Tim will take over leadership of the council, which is a section of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. He joined the Ohio Public Defender's Office in 2000 and was appointed its director in 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in 1988.

Ron Raether Jr. ’96 moderated a discussion on “The State of Cyber Nation: Cases, Theories & Damages” at the NetDiligence Cyber Risk and Liability Forum on Oct. 11-12 in Marina del Rey, Calif. Ron was a co-chair of the conference.

He also presented “Welcome to Tomorrowland, Today: BYOD — It's Here, Are You Ready?” at the Information Systems Security Association’s 2012 International Conference “The Magic Kingdom: Embracing a Changing World” in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 25-26. 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.

Ted Wood ’98 has joined the Atlanta law firm Parks IP Law as partner. Ted will lead the firm's new grid industry practice and expand its operations in the Washington, D.C., area. He previously was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Ted also serves as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Bernie Layne ’99 (pictured above) was elected to the University of Charleston Board of Trustees. Bernie received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Charleston, where he played on the baseball team and was named the Ivor F. Boiarsky Award Winner, which annually recognizes the top political science student in the graduating class. He is an attorney at Mani Ellis & Layne in Charleston, W.Va. He is the president-elect of the West Virginia Association for Justice and serves on the association’s Board of Governors. He also is a member of the healthcare advisory board for the Putnam County Career and Technical Center. 

Jennifer Brill ’04 was promoted to shareholder at Freund, Freeze & Arnold. Jennifer, who works in the firm’s Dayton office, concentrates her practice in insurance defense, appellate practice and workers' compensation defense. She has been named an “Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star” from 2010-12. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Law, where she teaches Appellate Advocacy, and at Sinclair Community College, where she teaches Real Estate Law. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for United Rehabilitation Services.

Adam Armstrong ’05 was promoted to shareholder at Freund, Freeze & Arnold. Adam, who works in the firm’s Dayton office, has experience in the areas of medical malpractice defense, real estate, environmental, employment, non-compete/confidentiality agreements, insurance coverage, creditor's rights, business transactions/disputes and contracts. He has been named an “Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star” each year since 2010. Adam is also an adjunct professor at the School of Law teaching a Medical Malpractice Tort Litigation Capstone. He sits on the boards of the Muse Machine, Reach Out of Montgomery County and the School of Law’s Alumni Association.

Jim Singler ’05 was elected partner at the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp. A member of the firm's Private Client Services Practice Group, Jim has experience in estate planning, business planning, probate and trust administration, taxation, adoption matters, wealth transfers, business succession planning, general corporate law and real estate law. He also has experience counseling clients on the formation and representation of private foundations, public charities and other nonprofit organizations.  

Michael Eshleman '08 published an article “Service abroad under the new civil rules” in the November/December issue of the Ohio Lawyer, the Ohio State Bar Association's magazine. Michael is an assistant public defender for the New Mexico Public Defender Department in Hobbs, N.M.  

Amanda DiOrio Lynde ’08 has joined Hull Barrett as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Amanda will work in the firm’s Augusta, Ga., office and will focus on general civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense, hospital liability litigation and long-term care facility litigation. Previously, she worked at Anderson, Rasor & Partners in Chicago.

Patricia R. Foley ’09 was named bourse chair of the Central States Numismatic Society, a position she will assume at the conclusion of the society’s convention in April 2013. She is currently the society’s deputy bourse chair. Earlier this year, Patricia was appointed general chairman of the annual National Coin and Currency Convention, sponsored by the Professional Currency Dealers Association, Nov. 8-11 in Rosemont, Ill. Patricia also serves on the staff of the New York International Numismatic Convention. She operates the Law Office of Patricia R. Foley in Milwaukee.

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek, communication specialist at the University of Dayton School of Law, at 937-229-4683 or