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Alumni Roundup

Triumphs, Honors, and Good Deeds

A periodical update of the noteworthy achievements of BC Law alumni.


Judge Ellen Huvelle ’75
A judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Huvelle was honored June 29 with the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the DC Circuit, where she has served since 1999. Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland bestowed the award at the DC Circuit Judicial Conference on June 29.

This honor comes less than a year after she was celebrated with a portrait at a district courthouse ceremony and just six months after she was profiled in BC Law Magazine. The story describes her scrupulous fairness and how her legendary efficiency helped transform courthouse procedures, ensuring more timely adjudication of cases. Such rigor is in keeping with the Inns of Court’s mission to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring.

Huvelle, now the district court’s senior judge, was previously an associate justice of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. assigned her to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and to the Committee on Criminal Law and the Committee on Judicial Resources of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

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Jennifer Henricks ’15
In her second year out of law school, Henricks was part of the two-person legal team at the Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove to win $32 million in damages in a breach-of contract case in June against Steward Health Care.

Henricks and colleague Kevin T. Peters represented Dr. Lynn Hlatky, who asserted that Steward, which acquired St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston in 2014, failed to honor its commitment to continue to support the cancer research laboratory she operated there. Read more here.

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John E. Henry ’91
Henry, who at one time aspired to a career in music, has been appointed to New England Foundation for the Arts’ board of directors.

Before becoming a lawyer, Henry earned a bachelor of music degree from the Hartt School of Music and worked as a freelance musician and assistant manager of the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent in Massachusetts.

During his legal career he has provided business and consulting services to early-stage companies and investor groups, most recently as principal of MarlinSpike LLC. Earlier pursuits include GC of a Lexington biotechnology company, founding director of a green technology pipeline rehabilitation provider, and senior VP and GC of Investors Financial Services Corp.

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Kimberly Lowe ’98
A senior business lawyer at the JUX Law Firm in Minneapolis, MN, Lowe was appointed in June by American Bar Association President-Elect Hilarie Bass to serve a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Community Service.

Lowe is currently chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Pro Bono Committee and holds several other leadership roles in the ABA Business Law Section. She recently completed her term as the 97th president of the Hennepin County Bar Association, an 8,000-member metro-bar.

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Kristen Kittle ’09
Just four months after being promoted to partner at the Rhode Island law firm Barton Gilman, Whittle was included in Providence Business News’ list of 2017 “40 Under 40” honorees. The winners were selected based on career success and community involvement, according to PBN, which described them as “young professionals who have committed to making a difference on a local, national, or international scale.”

Prior to joining Barton Gilman, Whittle clerked for Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice William P. Robinson III ’75.

Christina Nolan ’04
Nolan was recommended in June by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Phil Scott to be the next US Attorney for Vermont. If President Donald Trump appoints her and the US Senate confirms her, she will be Vermont’s first woman federal prosecutor.

A native Vermonter, Nolan has served as an Assistant US Attorney in Vermont since 2010. According to a release from Governor’s Scott’s office, “she has proven to be a fair and tough prosecutor respected by law enforcement throughout the state.”

She is particularly well informed, the statement said, about “the many challenges brought by our state’s opioid crisis through her focus on heroin prosecutions and other drug-related crime. She recognizes that addiction is a pressing threat to the health of our state, and she will make dismantling trafficking organizations a top priority, as well as working side-by-side with partners in the prevention and treatment communities.”