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In the spring, Robert Mundheim, a longtime professor and leader in law and business, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he has been a professor of corporate law and finance since 2011. Since 1999, he has also been of counsel to Shearman & Sterling, and past positions have included University Professor of Law and Finance and dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, general counsel for the U.S. Treasury Department, and special counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission. In recognition of his commitment to education as not only professor and dean but also organizer of continuing legal education programs, in 2022 University of Arizona Law established the Robert H. Mundheim Professorship of Law and Business.
Jack Wofford was the recipient of the 2022 Interdisciplinary Award from the Family Firm Institute, an international association of advisers to family enterprises (lawyers, finance experts, management consultants, and therapists). For nearly 30 years, Wofford has mediated and facilitated disputes in family businesses, real estate holdings, summer homes, and estate conflicts. Often teaming with a professional from another field, he works from his home base in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary Cohen continues to practice investment company law at the D.C. office of Carlton Fields. He writes that the D.C. Addison/Ripley art gallery showed his work in a one-man show last June/July and shares this from The Washington Post: “The paintings, executed from 1967 to 1972, are crisp and tidy but imbued with an unruly energy by their hot colors. The sculptures, made since 2016, call attention to the clean lines, vivid hues and flawless surfaces of assembly-line products. Both series are, in a sense, machined. But where Cohen the painter was a meticulous fabricator, Cohen the sculptor is an impish disrupter, demonstrating that form can trump function.”
Herbert “Bert” Lazerow
Herbert “Bert” Lazerow is still teaching law full time at the University of San Diego and reports that 2023 was an exceptionally productive year: “In addition to an article on recovering Holocaust art, two books appeared in June: ‘Mastering International Sales Law’ and ‘International Business Negotiations in a Nutshell’ (with Ralph Folsom).”
Jacques Malherbe LL.M.
Jacques Malherbe LL.M. was recently honored by the Brussels Bar on the occasion of his 60th year of membership. He wrote that among those in attendance at the celebration were his son, François (LL.M. Duke 2009), and his brother, Philippe (LL.M. Berkeley 1978). Malherbe is of counsel with Simont Braun in Brussels. A professor emeritus at the University of Louvain, he continues to teach tax law as a visiting professor at other universities.
Eugene Fidell, a visiting lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale Law School, is a co-author of “Military Justice: Cases and Materials,” published in its fourth edition this year by Carolina Academic Press.
Michael H. Levin
In July, Michael H. Levin wrote: “‘Firebird: The Musical Life and Times of [Classical Pianist] Rebecca Burstein-Arber,’ as told to Nora Jean & Michael H. Levin, was published in May and is available at https://bit.ly/Levinbook. It was briefly reviewed in the July online issue of Quad (the Oxford University [U.K.] Alumni Magazine), which described it as ‘a remarkable history.’” He also noted that “Watching Bees, New & Selected Poems,” his fourth poetry collection, “just concluded advance sales for formal publishing in September. It’s available at https://bit.ly/Levinbook2.”
Jim Wright, a retired lawyer at Venable in Baltimore, was awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters from Maryland Institute College of Art in June 2023 in honor of his “steadfast support of entrepreneurial programs … and efforts to expand economic opportunities.”
Gerald D. Kisner
The Rev. Gerald D. Kisner writes that this year he celebrated 28 years as the pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Donald Rez, a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, was included in the 30th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Commercial Litigation. He focuses his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation.
Daniel Victor is the author of “The Evil Inclination, a novel,” which was published earlier this year. The multilayered love story follows an observant young Jewish man and the Catholic woman he falls in love with and addresses themes of identity, tradition, longing, and passion.
Jeff Rosen was a resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics this fall semester. In July, he joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore’s investigations and regulatory enforcement group in Washington, D.C., as of counsel, and was appointed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to the board of visitors of George Mason University. Since 2021, Rosen has been a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the C. Boyden Gray Center at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School and an appointed member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He previously served as the acting attorney general and the deputy attorney general of the United States.
Lawrence S. Lustberg
This year the New Jersey State Bar Foundation conferred its highest award, the Medal of Honor, on Lawrence S. Lustberg, co-chair of the Gibbons P.C. white collar and investigations group and longtime director of the Gibbons Fellowship. The NJSBF annually awards its Medal of Honor to professionals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the justice system or the betterment of the legal profession in New Jersey, and who have attained professional excellence in the law or service to the profession and the community. Lustberg has argued groundbreaking cases before federal and state courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court and has done extensive criminal defense, public interest, and pro bono work. He is the former president of both the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.
Ken Bresler, a state administrative law judge in Massachusetts, has published “The Witch Trial Trail of Boston and the Harvard Witch Walk: The People and Places of Boston and Harvard Connected with the Salem Witch Trials.” He writes that the guidebook with two walking tours is actually the second edition; the first edition was published in 1992, the tercentennial of the witch trials.
Seth Tucker writes: “I have been admitted as a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, the preeminent association of attorneys who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders in disputes arising out of insurance policies. I have practiced in this field, on the policyholder side, since I joined Covington in 1989.”
Raj Bhala is the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School. His new book, “Trade War: Causes, Conduct, and Consequences of Sino-American Confrontation,” has been published by Carolina Academic Press. Based on five years of research, it is the first full-length scholarly analysis of this conflict by a lawyer, he writes. The third edition of his textbook, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a),” which features new chapters on Iran’s Constitution, the Taliban, and America’s longest war, has also been published by CAP. Bhala writes: “I was fortunate to complete my 115th marathon, the London Marathon (in April 2023), and thereafter enjoy afternoon tea with my wife, Dr. Kara Tan Bhala (an Overseas Research Scheme Scholar and an Amazon bestselling author, whom I met while a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford), and our daughter, Shera (a Fulbright Scholar and Dartmouth Class of 2022). We look forward to reuniting with friends in Boston.”
Jennifer Josephson has joined Hogan Thompson Schuelke in Houston as of counsel. She works with trial teams on pretrial, trial, and appellate strategy for commercial disputes. Previously, she worked at Reynolds Frizzell.
Pamela Everhart received a 2023 New England Women’s Leadership Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (Massachusetts). Everhart is senior vice president of regional public affairs and community relations at Fidelity Investments, where she oversees the firm’s state and local government relationships, public affairs, and community relations activities across the U.S. Passionate about increasing financial literacy for underserved communities, she has helped launch several related programs at Fidelity, including Invest in My Education, a $250 million initiative that provides access to education and ongoing support to underserved students so they might graduate with no college debt.
Lars Noah, a professor of law at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has published “Law and the Public’s Health: Cases, Controversies, and Covid-19” with Carolina Academic Press.
Leonard Feldman writes, “I was recently appointed as a judge on the Washington Court of Appeals, currently teach Torts (and previously Federal Courts) at Seattle University School of Law, and am a co-editor of ‘Tort and Accident Law: Cases and Materials’ along with HLS Professor Lewis (Sarge) Sargentich [’70].”
Michael Friedland has founded intellectual property boutique Friedland Cianfrani in Orange County, California. He had been a partner at Knobbe Martens, where he served as co-chair of the litigation practice.
Jacqueline A. White
Jacqueline A. White writes that her daughter, Serena Loren White, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship: “She will serve as an English teaching assistant in Madrid during the 2023-24 academic year. In May 2023, Serena graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a double major in political science and Hispanic studies. While at Columbia, Serena was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Political Review and vice president of Columbia University Women in Law and Politics. Serena plans to pursue law school upon her return from Europe.”
30th Reunion April 5-6, 2024
Miriam Baer, vice dean and Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, announces the publication of her new book, “Myths and Misunderstandings in White-Collar Crime,” by Cambridge University Press.
John Wu LL.M.
John Wu LL.M. writes that he has joined Paul Hsu & Partners (or PH&P, a Taiwan-based private think tank and comprehensive consulting firm for all industries), serving as vice chairman and CEO since March 1, 2021. Previously, he served as a member of the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s Congress) for three terms. He also served as the mayor of Taoyuan, a municipality of northern Taiwan, for five years. And he finished his second term as commissioner of Taiwan’s major league baseball after the closure of 2020 season. He adds: “PH&P’s vision is to set trends for Taiwan’s industries and governments, both central and local. PH&P intends to set up platforms showcasing Taiwan’s experiences and to promote worldwide cooperation for Taiwan’s industries.”
25th Reunion April 5-6, 2024
Christopher M. McNeill
Christopher M. McNeill joined Blank Rome as a partner in the firm’s corporate, M&A, and securities group based in Dallas.
Matthew Brett has become general counsel at 2Life Communities, a not-for-profit senior housing organization. In addition to providing strategic legal counsel to support the organization’s “aging in community” model for senior housing and resident services, he assists with real estate development and corporate governance matters. Previously, Brett focused on affordable housing at Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, where he was the firm’s first risk management partner and served on the management committee. He and his wife and two daughters live in Chicago.
Brett Dakin is now general counsel at the Simons Foundation, a private foundation working to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.
20th Reunion April 5-6, 2024
After nearly 11 years of federal service at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Kirsten Robbins has joined the Investment Company Institute as associate chief counsel, ICI Global.
Jennifer Cabrera has become a partner at Vicente law firm. She advises clients on the full range of matters impacting new cannabis businesses in New York and New Jersey, from state and local licensing to fundraising to compliance. She manages the firm’s New Jersey office and promotes and works with small and locally owned businesses across the region. A member of the board of the National Hispanic Cannabis Council, she has been recognized as a top cannabis attorney by Best Lawyers and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.
Charles R. Platt
Charles R. Platt has been appointed practice chair of the private client group at Hemenway & Barnes after nearly 10 years as partner. He works with individuals and families on their personal planning needs, including estate and charitable planning as well as probate and trust administration.
Melanie Tomanov has joined Frankfurt Kurnit, a media and entertainment law firm, as partner. Based in the Los Angeles office, Tomanov represents production companies, animation studios, toy and video game companies, and technology companies. She also works with individual creators, writers, animation designers, producers, and directors.
Michael Lloyd has been appointed president of IMC Construction, a Philadelphia-based commercial construction and development company. Previously the firm’s general counsel, executive vice president, and chief operating officer, Lloyd will now lead its strategic direction and oversee all daily activities.
Hogan Thompson, an energy-focused litigation boutique in Houston, has changed its name to Hogan Thompson Schuelke in recognition of partner James Schuelke’s contributions. Schuelke has spearheaded complex litigation and arbitrations for the firm’s energy clients and also has substantial experience in construction, property, and petrochemical disputes.
Paul M. Cathcart Jr.
Paul M. Cathcart Jr. has been promoted to counsel at Boston law firm Hemenway & Barnes. He assists individuals and families with tax and estate planning. Focused on developing tax-efficient wealth transfer strategies, Cathcart advises clients on issues relating to complex assets such as businesses, real estate, art, and investments. He also frequently consults with families on estate planning, probate, and gift and estate taxes.
10th Reunion April 5-6, 2024
Sarah Gersten, executive director of the Last Prisoner Project, wrote that in October she accepted a Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on behalf of her organization, a nonprofit working to redress the harms of cannabis criminalization.
Marco Imperiale LL.M.
Marco Imperiale LL.M., the former head of innovation at Milan law firm LCA Studio Legale, has launched a “human-centric” consultancy. Called Better Ipsum, it will be focused on legal design, legal innovation, and legal well-being.
Carl Werner has become a partner at Vicente LLP. He advises clients on corporate and transactional matters and provides licensing and regulatory counsel within emerging states in the Mountain and Central U.S. regions.
Cody Rutowski has joined Hogan Thompson Schuelke in Houston as an associate. He has represented clients from the pleadings stage through presenting oral argument before a court of last resort, and he has appeared before the Supreme Court of Texas. Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant solicitor general in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas.
Lucien Wang has been hired at Fish & Richardson in San Diego as an associate. His practice focuses on pharmaceutical and technology-related litigation in federal district courts. He is a certified English-Chinese translator, which assists him in cases involving Chinese companies.
James Yang is also a new associate in the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson. With a background in biochemistry, he is experienced in high-stakes patent litigation relating to medical devices and pharmaceuticals as well as technologies in the electronics and software industries.
5th Reunion April 5-6, 2024
David Shea has joined the law firm Goodell DeVries in the commercial litigation practice. Previously, Shea was an assistant state’s attorney at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.
Echo Qian has joined the bankruptcy and restructuring group at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Delaware.