Class Notes: Winter 2020

Anthony A. McManus

Anthony A. McManus was the recipient of the 2019 Nixon-Zachos Award presented by the New Hampshire Bar Association for enduring contributions to his community as a lawyer and civic volunteer. He is retired from a decades-long legal career, during which he served in the state legislature, managed a private practice in family and criminal law, and was a member of numerous nonprofit boards and legal associations.

Hon. James M. Cronin

Hon. James M. Croninis the author of World of Shadows, his first book of poetry, published last December by The Poetry Loft. He is retired as first justice of the Bristol (MA) County Division of the Juvenile Court.

Hon. Bonnie G. Wittner

Hon. Bonnie G. Wittner was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, Wheaton College in Norton, MA, in May. She is an acting justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the 1st Judicial District and a retired judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York. Previously, she served in the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office as a staff attorney and later as deputy bureau chief.

David Strauss

David Strauss is counsel to Global Regulatory Legal at Boston Scientific Corporation in Marlborough, MA. He and the entire legal team at Boston Scientific were honored with the inaugural Alfred C. Phillips Pro Bono Service Award by MetroWest Legal Services for their ongoing dedication in providing legal aid to the Marlborough (MA) Senior Center.

Christopher G. Mehne

Christopher G. Mehne, town moderator in Shrewsbury, MA, was recently elected president of the Massachusetts Moderators Association. He notes that, while there may be others, BC Law alumni Dennis Berry ’73 and Michael Puzo ’77 also serve as Massachusetts moderators. Mehne is a partner in Bowditch & Dewey’s Worcester, MA, office and specializes in trusts and estates law.

Betty Brannan-Jaen

Betty Brannan-Jaen, vice president and founding member of the new Museum de la Libertad in Panama City, Panama, spoke about the museum, which is dedicated to freedom and human rights, at the Florida State University-Republic of Panama Campus in Panama City. She is president of Fundación Democracia y Libertad, a nonprofit created to contribute to the respect, defense, and advancement of human rights and democracy.

Scott Stevenson

Scott Stevenson was appointed to the Board of Directors of the San Miguel School, a mission-based Lasallian school for boys from under-served populations, in Providence, RI. He is of counsel at Benanti & Associates in Stamford, CT, following retirement in 2016 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Robert H. Farrell

Robert H. Farrell has retired from his position as associate regional counsel for litigation at the Boston Regional Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. He joined the office in 1982 as a staff attorney and assumed responsibility in 1999 for managing the office’s litigation division.

David P. Rosenblatt

David P. Rosenblatt was named to the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an independent nonprofit organization and the only lawyer assistance program in Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being. Rosenblatt is managing partner at Boston-based Burns & Levinson LLP, chair of the firm’s environmental group, and a member of its real estate group.

Scott P. Brown

Scott P. Brown will assume the roles of president and dean of New England Law Boston in December 2020. Since graduation from BC Law, Brown has been a solo practitioner, judge advocate general, member of the Massachusetts General Court in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and a US senator for Massachusetts. He is currently US ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

Eric D. Daniels

Eric D. Daniels was honored by Hartford Interval House, Connecticut’s largest domestic violence intervention and prevention agency, as one of the founding members of the organization’s Men Make A Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence initiative. He is the partner in charge of the Hartford office of Robinson & Cole LLP, chair of the firm’s product liability practice group, and a founding member of its manufacturing industry team.

Maryam Elahi

Maryam Elahi was one of four 2018 “One Woman Makes a Difference” honorees named by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. She is president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London, CT, and has served the international human rights community as an advocate, teacher, and grant maker for more than twenty-five years.

Marcia Belmonte Young

Marcia Belmonte Young is the author of Visit House Museums: Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, available on Amazon as a paperback or ebook. The book includes descriptions of thirty-five historic properties, from modest 17th century homes to mansions, and includes practical information for planning a visit. She is also a contributor to the Vita Brevis blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Her website is

Julie M. Kinch

Julie M. Kinch has left her role as senior vice president and chief legal officer of the American branch of Heineken USA (HUSA) in New York, NY. As the first American general counsel at Heineken, she created the legal department, helped to oversee many organizational changes as a decades-long member of the management team, and served as a strong advocate for the representation of women in the HUSA workforce.

Daniel G. Kagan

Daniel G. Kaganwas honored with a 2019 Certificate of Recognition by the American Association for Justice. A trial attorney with Berman & Simmons PA in Lewiston, ME, and a leader in legal education, he has written several legal articles, is a frequent presenter on tort law and trial advocacy, and is a contributing author for A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Maine. He is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

Robin M. Pearson

Robin M. Pearson is the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award presented by the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. A past president of the association, she has also served as president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California and chair of the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness. She is a partner in the Walnut Creek, CA, office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC and focuses her practice on real estate issues.

Jared W. Huffman

Jared W. Huffman was a member of a delegation that accompanied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain. He is the US representative for California’s 2nd Congressional District and an early proponent of the Green New Deal to address climate change.

Mary Duff Henry

Mary Duff Henry was elected president of the Peabody Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts Local 1289 of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

Walter E. Judge

Walter E. Judge was instrumental in securing a $3.66 million verdict on behalf of his client Mansfield Heliflight, a Vermont-based aviation company. The case involved allegations of fraud and tortious interference against the defendant, an aircraft brokerage firm in New Jersey, relating to the purchase and sale of a Gulfstream corporate jet. He is a senior partner in the Burlington, VT, office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and focuses on business litigation issues.

ileta A. Sumner

ileta A. Sumner, founding general counsel of the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter in San Antonio, TX, was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in recognition of her accomplishments with the Bexar (TX) County Women’s Bar. Sumner is the fifth person in the association’s history to be so honored, and its only African American past president. She is the author of a two-part article in San Antonio Lawyer, a publication of the San Antonio Bar Association, on the life and death of Emmett Till.

Kelly L. Wilkins

Kelly L. Wilkins, vice president and senior counsel at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC, provides counsel on cybersecurity and information security, compromised data, operational resiliency and preparedness, and cyber regulations. She was previously a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Phoenix, AZ.

Anthony E. Varona

Anthony E. Varona was named dean of the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL, and is the first dean to hold the M. Minette Massey Chair in Law. Former professor and dean of faculty at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, Varona is considered a trailblazer in the fields of media and sexuality law. He continues as chair of the Host and Planning Committee for the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods, and serves on the boards of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization Program on International Communications Regulation and Policy.

Karen J. Crawford

Karen J. Crawford, owner and managing attorney of the Law Office of Karen J. Crawford in Austin, TX, focuses her practice on family immigration, asylum and humanitarian programs, naturalization, and removal defense. She is a commissioner on the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs, currently serving in her third term as chair.

Deborah J. Peckham

Deborah J. Peckham was named a 2019 Women Worth Watching Award winner by Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is a partner in the Boston office of Burns & Levinson LLP and co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group.

David J. Stubenvoll

David J. Stubenvoll was named a 2019 Mountain Desert finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He is co-founder and chief executive officer of Wowza Media Systems in Golden, CO, which was launched in 2005 as a startup to simplify and improve media streaming and is now an award-winning industry leader in streaming technology. Described as a “serial entrepreneur/intrapreneur,” he has founded or been involved at the outset of five successful startups, including Adobe Systems, Freeworks, Intuit, and GALT Technologies.

Elizabeth A. Talia

Elizabeth A. Talia was named a 2019 Corporate Counsel Award honoree by the Daily Record in Rochester, NY, for her professional achievement, community leadership, and commitment to mentoring. She is general counsel and vice president of legal and regulatory affairs at Thompson Health in Canandaigua, NY.

Nicholas William Targ

Nicholas William Targ, a partner in the San Francisco, CA, office of Holland & Knight LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s national environmental team and focuses on complex redevelopment projects, environmental compliance, and government advocacy. His projects include large-scale brownfields restoration, the permitting and NEPA compliance with the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Burning Man Project, and the environmental impact of cannabis cultivation in California.

Debra Moss Vollweiler

Debra Moss Vollweiler was appointed interim dean of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. She is a tenured professor at the college of law and has served as associate dean for academic affairs since 2017.

Scott L. Weber

Scott L. Weber, a partner in the New York, NY, office of DLA Piper, is also a member of the firm’s litigation practice. Former executive vice president and general counsel of CNA Financial Corporation in Chicago, IL, he has extensive experience in complex federal and state civil and criminal litigation, regulatory actions, and government investigations.

John F. Ventola

John F. Ventola was named a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a partner at Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP and co-chair of the firm’s finance and restructuring practice group.

Ellen J. Zucker

Ellen J. Zucker was presented a 2019 Women Worth Watching Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is a partner in the Boston office of Burns & Levinson LLP and a member of the firm’s business litigation and dispute resolution, employment, and white-collar criminal defense practice groups. She recently reached at $13 million settlement with Massachusetts General Hospital for her client, a surgeon who sued for wrongful termination after expressing concerns about double-booked surgeries.

David Hammer

David Hammer writes that he and classmates, Lisa J. Del Pizzo and Christine S. Keenan, joined the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York, NY, following graduation, and are still there. Hammer and Del Pizzo are assistant district attorneys, and Keenan is a senior trial counsel.

Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner

Ingrid Chiemi Schroffne, associate general counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, spoke on the topic of unconscious bias at a diversity and inclusion panel at Suffolk Law School in December sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Color Magazine. Tommy Shi ’89 moderated.

James G. Murphy

James G. Murphy, legal advocacy director of the National Wildlife Federation, was named director of the Vermont Law School (VLS) Environmental Advocacy Clinic, which was recently selected as the federation’s legal counsel. An assistant professor at VLS in South Royalton, VT, he is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on water policy and law, transportation and smart growth, and energy production. Murphy serves on the editorial board of Natural Resources and Environment, a publication of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, and is a member of the boards of the American Wind Wildlife Institute and the Vermont Conservation Law Foundation.

Jenny Kim

Jenny Kim is the deputy general counsel and vice president of public policy for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC in Washington, DC.

Peter F. Durning

Peter F. Durning is the new managing partner of Mackie Shea Durning PC in Boston and focuses his practice on environmental litigation, enforcement defense, land use, and permitting, with a specific focus on water and wetlands-related matters. He is an active member of the Environmental Business Council of New England and serves as chair of the organization’s Water Resources Committee.

Scott T. Buckley

Scott T. Buckley is vice president of client services and former director of legal services at Circle Surrogacy in Boston. With Circle since 2003, he has been instrumental in growing a small surrogate parenting agency with a staff of four to one of the largest surrogacy and egg donation agencies nationwide, with seventy-five employees.

Janelle Kuroda

Janelle Kuroda, a senior policy advisor at the US Department of State, was promoted in August to the rank of commander in the US Navy.

Andrew M. Sodl

Andrew M. Sodl is cofounder of Sodl & Ingram PLLC, a commercial real estate firm in Jacksonville, FL, and focuses his practice on banking, finance, and corporate transactions. He was previously a partner in the Jacksonville office of Akerman LLP.

Alistair “Sandy” Christopher

Alistair “Sandy” Christopher is a partner in the New Haven, CT, office of Withers LLP and a member of the firm’s private client and tax team. He is a frequent writer and speaker on estate planning topics.

Amanda S. Eckhoff

Amanda S. Eckhoff was elected a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She is a partner in the Boston office of Robinson & Cole LLP and a member of the firm’s real estate and development practice group.

Pratt N. Wiley

Pratt N. Wiley is president and chief executive officer of The Partnership, Inc., a Boston nonprofit that makes corporations and institutions more competitive in an increasingly diverse and global economy by promoting and supporting multicultural professionals in the workforce. As the organization’s former senior executive consultant, he was responsible for its expansion outside of New England and its C-Suite Program. He was previously national director of voter expansion for the Democratic National Committee in the Obama Administration.

Joseph F. Kadlec

Joseph F. Kadlec was named a “40 Under 40” honoree for 2019 by Philadelphia Business Journal. A partner in the Philadelphia, PA, office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and a member of the firm’s corporate and securities practice group, he also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing boards and nonprofit entities in governance and strategic transaction matters.

John P. Condon

John P. Condon is a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin and focuses his practice on corporate and securities law matters with an emphasis on the biotechnology, medical device, and technology industries.

Matthew B. Harvey

Matthew B. Harvey is a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Wilmington, DE, and a member of the firm’s business reorganization and restructuring practice.

Andres F. Torres

Andres F. Torres is a recipient of the Thomas E. Dewey Medal, presented annually by the New York City Bar to outstanding assistant district attorneys in the city’s District Attorney’s Offices and the Office of the City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP). A senior supervising attorney at SNP, he has led several successful prosecutions against national and international drug trafficking organizations, working with the DEA, NYPD, and foreign law enforcement agencies in Latin America and Europe.

Angela M. Arroyo

Angela M. Arroyo, a legal specialist with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, NY, focuses on employment and labor issues for United Nations employees worldwide and continues to work on sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation policy reform. She was previously in the Legal Office of the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy.

Kelly E. Reardon

Kelly E. Reardon was elected managing partner of The Reardon Law Firm PC, a nearly 100-year-old firm in New London, CT, that specializes in serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation. She succeeds her father, Bob Reardon, who remains an active partner in the firm.

Jennifer Barrow

Jennifer Barrow, RSM professed her final vows as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in June. She currently ministers as an immigration lawyer in the Housing Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services in Brooklyn, NY.

David Fox

David Fox was recognized by the Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) for his bro bono efforts, along with other members of his firm, Downey Brand, in supporting the victims of the 2018 Butte County Camp Fire.

Eric B. Reustle

Eric B. Reustle is an associate at Boston-based Krokidas & Bluestein LLP and concentrates his practice on nonprofit and public law. He was previously an attorney at Casner & Edwards LLP in Boston.

Steven S. Chen

Steven S. Chen was promoted to deputy chief human capital officer for the Boston Public Schools from his position as the district’s director of training and accommodations.

Nina L. Harrison

Nina L. Harrison was awarded the 2019 Racial Justice Fellowship by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. The two-year fellowship will support her work at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA, where she helps former inmates in Central and Western Massachusetts reintegrate into society. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the Responsible Parent Project of the Rhode Island Legal Services in Providence, RI.

Katherine English Galloway

Katherine English Galloway married Arlen Sullivan Galloway in Richmond, VA, in May. Classmates Mary Delsener and Brittany Campbell Morreale served as bridesmaids. Other BC Law attendees were classmates Jennifer Lang, Miguelina Mercedes, Morgan Sellers, and Cole Goodman ’16. Galloway is an associate at Verrill Dana LLP in the private clients and fiduciary services group.

In Memoriam

  • Robert D. O’Leary ’49
  • Thomas D. McManus ’51
  • John E. Connors ’52
  • Albert R. Annunziata ’56
  • Wilfred J. Baranick ’56
  • Edward E. Williams ’57
  • Richard L. Curley ’59
  • Albert E. Good ’59
  • Robert F. Sylvia ’62
  • John D. Arenstam ’63
  • Richard M. Doherty ’63
  • Kenneth R. Nickerson ’64
  • Francis Barry Maher ’65
  • Robert E. McGinness ’65
  • William B. O’Keefe ’65
  • John William Kaufmann ’66
  • John Francis Murphy Jr. ’67
  • Thomas E. Clinton ’68
  • Dennis L. Hallisey ’68
  • William J. Kaschub ’68
  • Gerald Cohen ’70
  • Richard G. Hamann ’73
  • Gary R. Miller ’74
  • Pauline M. Olsen ’75
  • Thomas A. Wirtanen ’77
  • Gregory Read ’78
  • Daryl L. Diesing ’79
  • Jeffrey T. Letzler ’79
  • Mark V. Nuccio ’83
  • Clifton Boone ’84
  • Pasquale J. D’Orsi III ’84
  • Peter S. Canelias ’89
  • Paul A. Nappi ’89
  • Craig Robert Nickerson ’93