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Empowering Others

Chiquisha Robinson inspires as do the other alumni in our April Alumni Roundup.


Chiquisha R. Robinson ’05 (above) is the author of The D.C. Reentry Navigator: Empowering You to Succeed with a D.C. Criminal Record, published by the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia. Her article, “Defense Attorneys Are the Best Line of Defense Against the COVID-19 Pandemic for Incarcerated People,” appeared in Criminal Justice Fall 2020, a publication of the American Bar Association. She is deputy chief of the Prisoner and Reentry Legal Services Program in the Community Defender Division at PDS.

Tim O’Leary ’69

O’Leary published his second novel, Robes, a whodunit that involves the murder of a controversial judge and continues the adventures of Connor McNeill, the protagonist in his 2011 debut political thriller, The Day Job. Both titles are available on He is the former deputy director of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and served three terms in the Massachusetts State Legislature. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Wakefield, MA.

Charles B. Gibbons ’70

Gibbons, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), lectured on federal evidence at the Pacific Judicial Council and ACTL Trial Practice Training in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, in January. He is of counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Pittsburgh, PA, where his practice includes trial and appellate experience in complex commercial civil litigation. In addition, he is a frequent speaker on topics of evidence and trial practice for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Steven B. Farbman ’75

Farbman retired in 2020 after more than forty years as a federal government attorney. He began his career with the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1978. Since 1996, he has served as adjudications counsel for the Federal Highway and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Kasey, live in Plymouth, MA, where their daughter, Megan, who has paused her graduate Spanish studies at Middlebury College during the pandemic, also resides.

F. Thomas O’Halloran ’80

O’Halloran was profiled in an article entitled “Why a Growth Stock Fund Is Betting on Align Technology, DocuSign, and Apple” in the March 2021 issue of Barron’s. He is a partner and portfolio manager at Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC in Jersey City, NJ, where he leads the firm’s innovation growth equity team, serves on the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Investment Stewardship Council.

William E. Vita ’83

Vita is a partner in the newly established New York, NY, office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he represents national and international corporate clients in many forms of complex civil litigation. He was previously a partner at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein LLP in Uniondale, NY.

Leon Rodriguez ’88

Rodriguez testified at the US Committee on International Religious Freedom Hearing on Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution, in February. According to Rodriguez, “As the US prepares to resume meaningful levels of refugee admission, we were able to identify a number of the critical steps the US will need to take in order to recapture its leadership role in welcoming refugees.” He is an immigration partner in the Washington, DC, office of Sayfarth and former director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services at the US Department of Homeland Security.

Aileen Walborsky Josephs ’90

Josephs is co-author and producer of a documentary, Prosecuting Crimes of the State, based on the Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Research Project conference at BC Law and available at She is founder and sole practitioner at the Law Office of Aileen Josephs in West Palm Beach, FL, and focuses on immigration and civil and human rights issues.

Hon. Maureen Mulligan ’90

Mulligan was confirmed as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, following nomination by Governor Charles Baker. Prior to her nomination, she was a partner in the Boston office of Peabody & Arnold LLP and practiced in the areas of business litigation, insurance, and professional liability litigation. Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, she has been an advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession throughout her career.

Rhona Silverbush ’92

Silverbush announces the release of three more picture books for toddlers: Potty!, New Baby!, and Time to Go! in the Terrific Toddlers series of books she has co-written with Carol Zeavin. Published by Magination Press, the children’s book imprint of the American Psychological Association, the series has drawn the attention of early childhood initiatives, such as the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail, the National Diaper Bank Network, and the National Black Child Development Institute, which are partnering with the authors to create greater access to books to promote children’s social-emotional development and help parents navigate the toddler years.

Deborah J. Peckham ’93

Peckham was named to the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR) list of the world’s leading trademark professionals in the trademark prosecution and strategy category. According to WTR, “Peckham knows her way around the high-technology sector and procures strong trademarks for innovative companies—and protects them rigorously.” She is a partner at Boston-based Burns & Levinson and co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group.

Deirdre M. Robinson ’94

Robinson is a partner in the Boston office of Robinson+Cole and focuses her practice on all aspects of affordable housing development. Additionally, she is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. Robinson was previously a partner at Sullivan & Worcester in Boston.

Ingrid C. Schroffner ’95

Schroffner was reappointed to a two-year term on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. She is the senior associate attorney at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Management.

Jessyn S. Farrell ’03

Farrell announced her campaign for mayor of Seattle, WA, following a previously unsuccessful run in 2017. She served as a legislator for two terms in the Washington House of Representatives, focusing on transportation, education, and labor issues, and was instrumental in negotiating the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Most recently, she was senior vice president at Seattle-based Civic Ventures, a progressive think tank and public policy organization.

Meagan E. Garland ’06

Garland was highlighted as a rising attorney by Color magazine during Women’s History Month 2021. A partner in the San Diego, CA, office of Duane Morris LLP, she concentrates her practice on employment law with a particular focus on the fashion and beauty industry. She is a member of the Steering Committee and programming chair of the Women’s Impact Network for Success Inclusion Committee, and co-chair of the Recruiting Committee in the firm’s San Diego office.

Palash R. Gupta ’08

Gupta is a partner and the head of international arbitration at Jerome Merchant+Partners LLC and divides his time between the firm’s Mumbai and Singapore offices with plans to “grow its dispute resolution practice across Asia.” He was most recently a partner at Collyer Law in Singapore.

Adam N. Mueller ’08

Mueller, a partner at Haddon, Morgan & Foreman PC in Denver, CO, is a criminal and civil appellate specialist, practicing in state and federal courts across the country. Apart from his practice, he is an avid soccer fan and has been a certified soccer referee for the US Soccer Federation since he was eleven years old. Now focused on the collegiate level, he is a referee in the Division II NCAA tournament. His wife, Tenley J. Oldak ’07, is a partner in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and is a member of the tax litigation and corporate and business practice groups. The couple has two daughters.

Daphne M. Van De Meerssche ’09

Van De Meerssche is senior counsel at Moderna in Cambridge, MA, and has extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, and international matters.

Dylan Hayre ’11

Hayre is director of criminal justice at Arnold Ventures (AV), a philanthropic organization focused on evidence-based solutions that “maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.” In his new position, he oversees two parts of AV’s criminal justice reform portfolio, focusing on supervision, probation and parole, and reintegration. He was previously with the ACLU’s Justice Division and led the organization’s advocacy work on criminal reform, clemency, and death penalty repeal.

Jennifer M. Kent ’13

Kent is an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the private equity finance practice. She has extensive experience with complex cross-border financings and, from 2019–2020, worked in the firm’s London office on European-based financings and restructurings with multijurisdictional components. In her pro bono practice, she advises small businesses and low-income entrepreneurs through the Small Business Legal Assistance Program of the DC Bar.

Jordan A. Smith ’15

Smith is an associate in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and a member of the firm’s development, environmental zoning and land use, and real estate practice groups. He focuses his practice on land use law and complex mixed-use development work in the Greater Boston area.

John W. Fitzpatrick ’20

Fitzpatrick is an associate at Boston-based Laredo & Smith LLP and concentrates his practice on civil litigation and the resolution of disputes related to contracts, mortgages and loans, breaches of fiduciary duty, and other civil matters.

In Memoriam

James A. McAvoy ’51

Robert H. Breslin Jr.’54

Victor L. Hatem ’56

William Walsh Corcoran ’58

Robert W. McAllister ’59

Francis J. Shea ’60

Frederick W. Lord ’77

John David Delahanty ’78

John Joseph Sullivan ’97