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 &
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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
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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
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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
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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
York Johnson '29
Noel F. Delporte '31
Herbert L. Kelley, Jr. '32
William R. Edgar '37
William O. Klein '39
John M. Martin '39
John F. White '47
Francis M. Barnes III '48 Charles B. Sevier '48
Philip V. Maher, Jr. '56
Dwight W. McGrew '59
Harvey Tessler '59
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
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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,
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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
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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