Saturday December 1, 2012

December 2012 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Terry Miller ’77 (pictured) discussed her experiences serving as the general counsel for the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in a two-part feature in Corporate Counsel magazine. Terry was interviewed by Sue Reisinger '80, senior reporter for Corporate Counsel/American Lawyer magazines in New York. Next May, Terry will return to Dayton to deliver the law school’s commencement address. Read part one and part two of the interview.

Tom Whelley ’77, a partner in the Dayton office of Dinsmore & Shohl, was named the firm's Mentor of the Year. Outside of the practice, Whelley teaches civil trial practice at the University of Dayton School of Law. He also is also a member of the law school’s Advisory Council and on the board of the Dayton Early College Academy and Law Leadership.

Deborah A. Hagan ’81, the consumer protection division chief in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, recently received a Distinguished Service Award at the annual U.S. Attorney General's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Deborah was honored for her work in a $25 billion mortgage settlement reached earlier this year with 49 states and the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement with the nation's top five mortgage servicers stemmed from allegations of widespread "robo-signing" of documents and other fraudulent practices during thousands of foreclosure proceedings. Deborah, who joined the Illinois Attorney General's Office in 1982, has served as the consumer protection division chief for eight years.

William Myers ’81 was appointed vice president, secretary and general counsel of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., a publicly traded company and the largest Burger King franchisee in the world. It operates 572 restaurants in 13 states.

Dan Picard ’81 served as co-chair of the 92nd annual Charity Ball, sponsored by the Middletown Area Federation of Women’s Club in Middletown, Ohio. Proceeds benefited the club’s endowment to assist uninsured or underinsured women in the Middletown area. Dan is the vice mayor of Middletown and operates a solo practice in Monroe, Ohio.

Dennis Breen ’82 ran as an independent for the 7th Congressional District in New Jersey. He works at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan in Manhattan representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

David Joyce ’82 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio’s 14th District in the November election. He has served as prosecutor of Geauga County, Ohio, since 1988.

William Dearbaugh ’83 discussed his legal work at the University of Cincinnati College of Law during a “Law in Practice” program on Nov. 7. William is the supervising attorney/house counsel for Grange Insurance. He previously worked at Nationwide Insurance and the law firm of Louis and Froelich. 

Joyce Deitering ’84 ran for a seat in the Ohio House of Representative in the November election. She serves as mayor of Clayton, Ohio.

Debbie Lieberman ’86 was reelected to the Montgomery County, Ohio, Board of Commissioners in the November general election. She was first elected to the county commission in 2004. Previously, she served on the Randolph Township, Ohio, Planning Commission and the Clayton city council. She also was honored as one of the Dayton Daily News’ 2012 Ten Top Women during at a luncheon on Dec. 4.

Lori Shaw ’87, the dean of students at the School of Law, was named the Title IX coordinator for the University of Dayton. In the October issue of “Voices Raised,” she wrote about the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX and its impact on women.

Valoria Hoover ’92 ran for judge of the General Division of the Common Pleas Court in Franklin County, Ohio, in the November election. Valoria is a partner at and managing attorney in the Columbus office of Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz. She also has served as president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation.

Jeff Rezabek ’97 ran for Montgomery County, Ohio, Juvenile Court judge in the November election. Jeff has operated his Dayton law practice since 2003, and serves as a substitute magistrate with the Dayton Municipal Court.

D. Andrew Wilson ’01 was unopposed in his re-election bid as prosecuting attorney for Clark County, Ohio. He joined the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office in 2002 and previously worked for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. As a member of the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, he has served in the civil section representing the townships and agencies within Clark County; the criminal division, where he specialized in prosecuting cases involving violence against women; the Clark County Child Advocacy Center; and as an assistant prosecuting attorney.

Gerald Greene ’02 was elected chairman of the board of the Taft Museum of Art. He is a volunteer attorney for family law with Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. He received the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2012. Gerald attended law school after retiring from Proctor and Gamble, where he was manager of global capital management.

David M. Mustard ’11 joined Kos & Associates in Fort Wayne, Ind., as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice on creditors' rights, bankruptcy and commercial law.

Masashi Okuyama ’12 has joined the law firm Taft as an associate in its Cincinnati office. A member of the firm’s business and finance group, he focuses his practice on general corporate, immigration and employment matters for Japanese companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies with business interests in Japan.

Dean Paul McGreal and Deborah Adler ’81, director of development at the School of Law, recently visited with UDSL graduates in Albany, N.Y. Guests included Frank Capaldo ’81, president and CEO of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State; Robert Williams ’92, director of the New York State Lottery in Schenectady, N.Y.; Kevin Colwell ’97, the founder of Colwell, Colwell and Petrocccione; and Meghana Godambe ’99, a governmental relations representative for the New York State School Boards Association in Albany.

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