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Class Notes Reported in June 2015

Ashley A. Akins, '13, received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.   

Lauren Benedict, '97, was appointed to Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration.

Meredith Williams Chilausky, '10, married Mat Chilausky at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina on Nov. 22, 2014. 

V. Sharon "Sharri" Edenfield, '03, completed her term as the 68th president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. 

Richard Flournoy, '10, was named Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency. Also, Flournoy married Michelle Carney in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 16, 2015.

Peter Harrison, '09, along with his wife, welcomed their first child, Simon Whitcomb Harrison, on January 28, 2015.

Robert J. "Bob" Kauffman, '88, was installed as the president of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.  

John Ryd Bush "Jack" Long, '06, was installed as the 69th president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. 

Will Mann, '12, and Hadley Hayes Mann, '12, were married April 25, 2015 on Saint Simons Island. 

Rizza O'Connor, '10, was installed as the secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June.  

Kevin C. Patrick, '08, was installed as co-editor of The YLD Review, the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. 

Stephanie D. Powell, '03, received the Friend of the YLD Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. She received the award for working with the YLD to establish the YLD's Succession Planning Pilot Program, which seeks to connect Georgia attorneys who intend to transition out of full-time practice with new attorneys and recent graduates who may be interested in succeeding the attorney. 

Margaret W. S. Puccini, '99, was recently installed as the secretary of the Savannah Bar Association. Puccini's practice, Bouhan Falligan, focuses on bankruptcy, creditors' rights, construction and commercial litigation, mechanic's and materialmen's liens, representation of condo and homeowner's associations, and landlord/tenant disputers. 

Joseph C. Sumner Jr., '03, was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. Sumner will serve in the Dublin Judicial Circuit post on the board.

L. Rachel Wilson, '11, received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Profession from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting in June. 

Class Notes Reported in May 2015

Terri K. Benton, '12, now serves as the Vice President of the Macon Regional Chapter of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In her role, she makes sure Macon GABWA members stay connected to each other, Mercer Law GABWA members, and GABWA members across the state.

Robert E. Cabe III, '14, joined Spivey, Pope, Green & Greer as an associate. His practice areas include business and corporate law, business litigation, employment law and estate planning. Robert and his wife, Becky, welcomed their first child, Robert Eugene Cabe IV ("Bobby"), in May 2015.

Lara Thomas Carswell, '08, along with husband Robert and big brother Leland, welcomed twin girls, Charlotte Victoria and Elizabeth Adeline, on December 22, 2014.

Lindsay A. Daniel, '11, was hired as East Tennessee State University's compliance officer in the Office of University Counsel on May 4, 2015.

Tomieka R. Daniel, '02, was awarded the Bensonetta Tipton Lane Award for Commitment to the Family by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.She will receive her award at GABWA's 2015 Glitter Gala &Auction on July 25, 2015.

Jarome E. Gautreaux, '90, and Richard L. Sizemore, '00, announced the opening of their new firm, Gautreaux & Sizemore, LLC, on December 1, 2014. The firm is located at 778 Mulberry Street in Macon.

Jeannette Lewis Little, '79, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on May 28, 2015. Little is a Troup County State Court judge. She is a past president of the Council of State Court Judges and has served as a member of Judicial Council. Little received the annual Ogden Dorcmus Award from the Council of State Court Judges in 2003 and was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Council in 2011. Little and her husband, Randy, have two children. They reside in LaGrange.

The Honorable Katherine Lumsden, '96, was appointed to the State Commission on Family Violence by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on May 28, 2015. Lumsden is a Houston Superior Court judge. She oversees the Day Reporting Center-Lite program for substance abuse offenders and is working to implement a mental health court in the Houston County Circuit. She and her husband, Derek, have two children. They reside in Perry.

Emily E. Macheski-Preston, '10, was appointed as Deputy Solicitor of the City of Brookhaven Municipal Court in April 2015.She practices regularly in local government, constitutional and zoning law and has represented clients across Georgia, including the cities of Valdosta and Brookhaven.

Kenneth D. McArthur Jr., '93, has joined Pietragallo to run the Richmond, Virginia office.He practices in the areas of health care, complex litigation, business and corporate and Federal and State Qui Tam litigation.

Christopher B. McDaniel, '14, has joined the law firm of Butler Wooten Cheeley &Peak LLP as an associate in the Columbus office. McDaniel's practice areas include personal injury, car and trucking cases, wrongful death, auto defects and business torts.

Patrick M. Mincey, '08, Co-Chair of the Criminal Defense Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner &Hartzog, LLP, was named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in October 2014.

Patrick J. Poff, '95, was elected as one of four attorneys nationwide to the 12 person Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law on April 16, 2015.He will serve a three-year term. He was the immediate past chair of the Forum's Division on Insurance, Surety and Liens. Poff is employed by Trenam Kemker, in Florida with offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

 

Class Notes Reported in April 2015

Jason Blanchard, '07, was elected President of the Young Professionals of Augusta for 2015.

Megan E. Boyd, '08, will be joining the Georgia State Law faculty as a full-time professor in the Fall of 2015.

Ivy Cadle, '07, was elected as one of 14 new shareholders across Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Additionally, he will assume the role of New Litigator Advisor for the Georgia offices.

Leslie Cadle, '07, was appointed to serve as the Macon Bar Association's representative on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Legal Services Program.

Gina Ginn Greenwood, '01, was elected as one of 14 new shareholders across Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

Jonathan W. Hedgepeth, '91, has been selected for Georgia's Super Lawyers list for 2015 by Atlanta magazine.

Dr. Jay A. Sekulow, '80, will be the keynote speaker at Regent University's Commencement Ceremony on May 9.

Robert W. Smith, Jr., '98, joined the Prosecuting Attorneys' council of GA as a State Resource Prosecutor specializing in RICO and Appeals.


Class Notes Reported in March 2015

Richard S. Bergholtz, '84, was appointed to a one-year term on the Mount Dora (Florida) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The recently formed Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court has been named for the Honorable W. Homer Drake Jr., '56. The Homer W. Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court will be a bankruptcy specialty inn.  Membership will include bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners, judges, law professors and law students from throughout the state.

Linda Finley, '81, was elected to the Board of Directors of Baker Donelson's Atlanta office.

Kristin S. Gray, '06, was selected as a Rising Star in the area of Employment and Labor Law by South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.She also announced the birth of her daughter, Lenora, on October 30, 2013.

Tommy Malone, '66, received a $16.5 million verdict for his client, Albert Dallas, '67. Read more here.

William D. Nesmith, III, '97, became the Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia in October 2014.

Shannon M. Sheppard, '04, was appointed Managing Shareholder of Smolker, Bartlett Loeb Hinds & Sheppard, PA of Tampa, Florida.


Class Notes Reported in February 2015

Christopher James Arnold, '08, was named a partner at Jones, Cork and Miller, LLP.

Michael Bender, '04, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Gas Natural Inc.

Brandon C. Jones, '05, welcomed a son, Wes, on November 22, 2014.

Darcy L. Jones, '05, was promoted to partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.

The Honorable Randall A. Meincke, '75, was appointed an Associate Juvenile Court Judge in Forsyth County on August 1, 2014.

Notes Reported in January 2015

John G. Breakfield, '01, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.

Ryan W. English, '13, joined the law firm of Walker, Hulbert, Gray, & Moore in Perry, where he will handle domestic and family law as well as criminal defense and general litigation.

 

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Class Notes published Spring 2013

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