CLASS NOTES


Richard O. Hart '54

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Richard O. Hart was selected as a Laureate in the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Illinois Lawyers. The academy was formed to honor members who exemplify the highest standards and integrity of the Illinois legal profession. Hart is with the Benton, Illinois, firm of Hart & Hart.


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Michael N. Newmark has joined Bryan Cave LLP as partner in its St. Louis office. As leader of the Firm's Tax Advice Client Service Group, Newmark will focus on tax matters involving corporate, institutional, and individual clients. He will continue to provide estate planning for individuals and families. Previously Newmark chaired the tax departments of two major St. Louis-based law firms. During his professional career, Newmark served for 20 years as adjunct professor at the School of Law teaching federal tax procedure in the graduate tax program. He has served as president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University.


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Michael M. Berger, a shareholder in Berger & Norton in Santa Monica, California, recently won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes, 119 S.Ct. 1624 (1999), affirmed a $1.45 million award for a temporary taking of property in violation of the Fifth Amendment because the city abused its land-use planning powers to his client's detriment. His commentary on the case may be found as "Municipal Myopia Run Rampant," 31 The Urban Lawyer 363 (1999). Berger, a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has now argued three land-use cases in the U.S. Supreme Court--more arguments in that field than any other attorney.


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Maury B. Poscover was named to the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. A partner in the St. Louis firm of Husch & Eppenberger, member of the Management Committee, and chair of the Business/Transactions Department, Poscover represents commercial financial institutions including banks, asset-based lenders, and insurance companies. He provides counsel to both middle market and multinational companies on a variety of matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses. A frequent speaker on topics related to the financial services industry, opinion letters, and the business practice of law, Poscover also has authored numerous articles and publications. He is contributing author to Asset-Based Financing -- A Transactional Guide, a publication widely used by lenders and attorneys. Poscover also writes on "Avoidance Techniques" for the Lender Liability Law Report.


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Robert L. Firth and his wife, Monika Lovewell, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Benjamin. Firth and his family live in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he and his wife have their own law firm, Lovewell & Firth, devoted exclusively to estate planning.


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Donald L. Kohl, a partner in Shea, Kohl, Alessi & O'Donnell, LC in St. Charles, Missouri, recently completed a two-day training workshop on mediating civil cases, qualifying him to be listed as a mediator of civil cases in directories maintained by the Missouri Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. His practice areas include personal injury, Social Security disability, workers' compensation, and federal court litigation. Kohl is also the municipal judge for the City of St. Peters and the municipal prosecutor for the City of St. Charles.


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Audrey G. Fleissig was recommended by U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt to President Bill Clinton for nomination to the post of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Fleissig has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 1991. She is also an adjunct instructor at the School of Law and has been active in Legal Advocates for Abused Women, a local nonprofit group. Fleissig was formerly a partner with the St. Louis firm of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage (now Blackwell, Sanders, Peper, Martin).


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Stephen D. Landfield has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Human Relations Council. Established by law in 1997, the council serves many important human relations functions to promote anti-prejudice education and to address the problems of bias and violent acts based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Landfield is also chair of the Morris County Human Relations Commission.


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Howard Smith, principal of the Clayton law firm of Ziercher & Hocker, PC, received the 1999 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri

Bar Association in recognition of his work in the area of low-income housing. Smith has served as president of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis and as legal counsel for the organization. He is also active with the Northside Team Ministries, a Missouri not-for-profit corporation, which focuses on housing and neighborhood enhancement issues in the north St. Louis City area. Smith is also the author and publisher of the Recent Developments in Leasing Law newsletter for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. His practice areas include banking law, real-estate transactional and development law, construction contract mediation, and related corporate matters.


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Pamela (von Soosten) Werner and her husband, John, proudly announce the August birth of their second child, Nicholas. He joins Kyle, who is almost 4. After 13 years with the NASA Headquarters Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., Werner is now telecommuting and working part-time. As a senior attorney, she specializes in legislation, labor relations, and other areas of administrative law.


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After seven years, Jill Goldsmith has left the Felony Trial Division of the Cook County Public Defender's Office in Chicago and moved to Santa Monica, California, to write for television. She is in her second season on the writing staff of The Practice, a David E. Kelley Production. Her other writing credits include NYPD Blue.


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Lucy T. Herbers has joined the Litigation Department of Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis. She will focus her practice on all phases of general litigation matters including personal injury, product liability, and commercial litigation. Previously Herbers served as clerk to the Hon. William Crandale, Missouri Court of Appeals, and as associate general counsel for Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. She is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Illinois State Advisory Board for the Education of Children with Disabilities. She also serves as vice president of the Mounted Miracles Equestrian Therapy Center for Children with Disabilities.


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Paul Machesky has become a member of the Lansing, Michigan, law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith in the Farmington Hills office. He practices in the firm's labor and employment law department. Machesky and his wife, Kerrie, also welcomed a new addition to their family, Abigail Julia, on August 23, 1999. Abigail's siblings include Sarah, Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Madeline. Belinda B. May has joined the law firm of Suelthaus & Walsh, PC in St. Louis as a principal of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Protection Group. Prior to joining the firm, she was principal of Polsinelli, White, Vardeman & Shalton, PC. May's practice areas, which are concentrated in the rapidly growing areas of intellectual property law and Internet law, include trademarks, service marks, and licensing matters. She also practices in the employment law area, having lectured on issues relating to corporate compliance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.


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Martin B. Sipple was elected as a shareholder of the law firm Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee, Florida. He specializes in business, commercial, and tort litigation. Kathy A. Surratt-States was named one of Missouri's "Up And Coming Lawyers" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Named the "Rising Star at the Bankruptcy Bar," Surratt-States is one of only five attorneys in the state to be so honored. The tribute comes after she served as bankruptcy trustee in the high-profile Family Company of America (National Supermarkets) Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. Surratt-States, an associate at the Clayton-based firm of Ziercher & Hocker, PC, practices in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She is a member of the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for the Eastern District of Missouri.


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Amy (Fisher) McFarland and her husband, Jeff, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Emily, on July 13, 1999. She joins big brothers Michael (4) and Andrew (2). McFarland continues to job-share a law clerk position for U.S. Magistrate Terry I. Adelman in St. Louis. Mary S. McMath has joined Bryan Cave LLP as partner in its St. Louis office. She is a member of the Private Client Service Group, focusing on estate planning for private clients. In addition to regular estate planning activities, she has significant experience assisting clients in establishing charitable trusts and family private foundations. She has also aided organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status and resolving controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. McMath is a member of the Estate Planning


In Memoriam


1920s

York Johnson '29


1930s

Noel F. Delporte '31
Herbert L. Kelley, Jr. '32
William R. Edgar '37
William O. Klein '39
John M. Martin '39


1940s

John F. White '47
Francis M. Barnes III '48 Charles B. Sevier '48


1950s

Philip V. Maher, Jr. '56
Dwight W. McGrew '59
Harvey Tessler '59


1960s

P. Terence Crebs '62


Donald L. Kohl '79

Howard Smith '83

Lucy T. Herbers '89

Belinda B. May '90

Council of St. Louis. Thomas J. Palazzolo practices in the General Litigation Practice Group at the St. Louis office of Husch & Eppenberger. His experience primarily is in commercial, intellectual property, and government contract/aerospace litigation. Mark A. Smith practices in the General Litigation Practice Group at the law firm of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC in St. Louis. Working primarily on products liability, medical malpractice, and business litigation matters, he has developed expertise in litigating business insurance coverage issues.


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Paula Hunt McMenamin and her husband, Bill, proudly announce the birth of John "Jack" Ryan McMenamin on August 12, 1999. He is welcomed by his big sister, Tori, who is two-years-old. Paula McMenamin is a partner in the estate planning and probate department of McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago.


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R. Anthony Hartsoe has joined the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, PA in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as an associate. His practice areas include medical malpractice defense, workers' compensation, employment litigation, commercial/business litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, civil rights, constitutional law, product liability litigation, and other general civil litigation.


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Terri J. Abernathy is a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Frances Laughlin Goetz and her husband, Peter, celebrated the birth of their first child, William Roman Goetz, on November 6, 1999.


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Bryan Hopkins has joined the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn LLP as an associate in the product liability litigation practice. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the deputy director, chief prosecutor, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina.


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Heidi Forster has begun a two-year postdoctorate fellowship in clinical bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. She was the 1997-98 Clinical Bioethics Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic and later spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at both the law and medical schools of Case Western Reserve University. Former classmates can reach Forster by e-mail at: hforster@nih.gov. David Seidman has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Thompson Coburn LLP as an associate in the transportation regulatory practice. Prior to joining the firm, Seidman clerked for the Hon. William Stiehl in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.


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Gregory P. Aycock joined the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, firm of O'Neal Walsh & Associates as an associate practicing primarily in the areas of insurance defense and employment law. William E. Burris has joined the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn LLP as an associate in the tax and corporate practice areas. He concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, and general corporate taxation.


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A number of recent graduates have joined the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn LLP as associates in the following practice areas: Benjamin G. Carter (estate planning); Susan M. Gerling (environmental); Laura M. Jordan (labor and employment); Vanessa R. McKenzie (small business); Suzanne Montgomery (litigation); and Phillip Stanton (corporate and securities). Michael Loynd has joined the Clayton law firm of Behr, Mantovani, McCarter & Potter, PC as an associate. His practice is concentrated in the area of civil litigation. Steven F. McCandless has joined Ziercher & Hocker, PC, St. Louis County's oldest law firm, as an associate. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Kimberley L. McCormick has joined the Houston office of Bracewell & Patterson, LLP as an associate in the Trial Section.

Kathy A. Surratt-States '91

Bryan Hopkins '96

David Seidman '97

William E. Burris '98

Benjamin G. Carter '99

Susan M. Gerling '99

Laura M. Jordan '99

Vanessa R. McKenzie '99

Suzanne Montgomery '99

Phillip Stanton '99

Michael Loynd '99

Steven F. McCandless '99

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