Class of 1981
Andrew S. Birrell ’81, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was sworn in as Secretary of the Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar.
Class of 1982
Joyce McConnell ’82, serves as the first woman President of Colorado State University. Listen to her podcast interview on Bizjournals.com.
Class of 1983
Karen Clopton ’83, who serves as Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, co-stars in a new podcast RaceConvo.com.
Class of 1986
Richard Condit ’86, of the DC-based Mehri & Skalet law firm, is representing Dr. Michael Salvana, a physician who blew the whistle against the New York State prison system for systematically under- prescribing pain medication. Although not mentioned in the AP News story, Richard is quoted in the CooperErving story.
Class of 1995
Charles County, MD Council President, Reuben Collins ’95, has announced the release of his second book entitled On Resistance: And the Expansion of We the People’s Civil Rights in America, a series of essays that address the ongoing debate centered on how patriotism is defined and who is a patriot.
Class of 1996
Bess Freedman ’96 is the CEO of Brown Harris Stevens. As CEO, Bess oversees her firm’s 55 offices and more than 2,300 agents across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida. “Under her leadership, Brown Harris Stevens has grown into one of the largest and most successful privately held real estate companies in the United States with annual sales of more than $9 billion.”
Class of 1997
UDC Law Professor Saleema Snow ’97 was a featured speaker at the Muslim Bar Association of New York event “How Did I Get Here?” Professor Snow spoke about her work, from Neighborhood Legal Services Program to teaching the vital skill of legal writing to prepare students to practice law, promote justice and change lives.
Class of 2000
Okey Mbonu ’00, has published a new book entitled Sons of Thunder: an American Odyssey
Read the incredibly touching story on how Seldon Peden, II, son of our alum, Hon. Seldon Peden Sr. ’00, coped with his mom’s death by writing a book to help other kids.
“I hope people can learn a lot from it, especially younger kids who don’t really know how to cope with grief,” Seldon said. “I hope they can learn that it’s OK to ask questions.”
Class of 2005
Jeremy Schroeder ’05, is running for re-election to the Minneapolis, MN City Council. For more information, visit his campaign website.
Class of 2006
Sunny Eaton ’06, Director of the Nashville, TN, Conviction Review Unit, along with the Tennessee Innocence Project, successfully advocated for the exoneration of Paul Shane Garret. Garret was falsely accused of a 2000 killing of which DNA evidence later revealed his innocence. Sunny Eaton was interviewed by NewsChannel5.
Dipti Pidikiti-Smith ’06, the Director of Advocacy at Northern Virginia Legal Services, was recently appointed to be a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Class of 2011
Mike Ewall ’11 and his grassroots energy agenda, Energy Justice Network, were recently profiled in Main Line Today for their continued advocacy for environmental justice. as evidenced by this post from the Chester (PA) Environmental Justice Organization.
Class of 2012
Sakinda Skinner ’12 was recently hired as Litigation and Advocacy Director for DC Neighborhood Legal Services which is headed by our own Karen Newton Cole ’86.
Evan Mascagni ’12 directed a new documentary entitled Building a Bridge. The Martin Scorsese produced film documents a Catholic priest who worked to spread a message of inclusion following the 2016 Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub.
Following the release of the film, Evan was interviewed by Rolling Stone.
Former UDC Law Took Crowell Institute Clinical Instructor Kaitlin Banner, LLM ’12, is quoted in this DCist story about a judicial order that incarcerated juveniles be provided with special education.
On September 13, Megan Coyle ’12, became Associate General Counsel at the American Urological Association after serving for several years in the General Counsel’s office of the National 4H Club.
Class of 2017
Nichole Tuchinda, LLM ’17, had her first op-ed published – on the legal basis for mask requirements – in CommercialAppeal.com.
Class of 2019
Florida attorney Amy Currotto ’19, was presented with an American Bar Association leadership award for her role as Program Chair for the COVID-19: Challenges for Litigators and Underwriters.