Class of 1980

Tony Oppegard ’80

Tony Oppegard ’80 continues the fight against corporate criminals in the mining industry. Oppegard told Yahoo! News that dusty conditions are “rampant” in mining, adding, “It’s not just illegal, it’s immoral to knowingly expose miners to a disease that basically strangles them to death.” The piece focuses on a Kentucky case in which a group of former coal company officials allegedly skirted federal rules meant to reduce deadly dust in underground mines.


Class of 1981

Claudia Schlosberg ’81 (left), Wade Henderson (right)

On Thursday, October 15, longtime UDC Law Rauh Professor Wade Henderson and alumna Claudia Schlosberg ’81 were among those honored with the Arnold and Porter Community Service Award from DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Claudia was recognized for her work to improve long-term care services and supports in Washington, DC and to address the long-term care workforce shortage.


Class of 1983

Rob Rabinowitz ’83

Rob Rabinowitz ’83 was named 2021 Top Lawyer – Securities by Monmouth Health & Life Magazine. According to his firm, Becker, “His outstanding service to regulatory and securities litigation, SEC disclosure and securities regulation, and securities and corporate finance has been recognized by the publication since 2018.”


Class of 1984

Susan Au Allen ’84

Susan Au Allen ’84 was named Vice Chair of FCC’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). She is National President and CEO of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).

Jonathan Smith ’84 (Patrice Gilbert)

According to The Washington Post, former UDC Law Clinical Dean Jonathan Smith ’84 calls for street heat to mobilize the DOJ to investigate police misconduct. 


Class of 1986

Richard Condit ’86

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.  Richard is quoted in this CooperErving story.


Class of 1987

Gail Belfert ’87

Gail Belfert ’87 will help judge a mock trial competition at Yale University. Students from universities across the country will compete in the mock trials. “We don’t come to a verdict, we’re just judging them on how they’re applying the case law and the facts to the particular case,” Belfert explained.


Class of 1997

Prof. Saleema Snow ’97

Prof. Saleema Snow ’97 shared her invaluable advice with UDC Law students, staff, faculty and alumni last week in our Law and Leadership Series. Watch the discussion on our YouTube channel.


Class of 2003

Stanley Myers ’03

In an interview with WLTX/CBS News19 (Columbia, S.C.), Whitney Sullivan wrote, “Stanley Myers is a military judge, managing partner and attorney at Moore Bradley Myers, and Lieutenant Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard. He holds several high-ranking titles, but if you ask him how he wants to be addressed, it is ‘just Stanley.'”


Class of 2005

Michele Harewood ’97

Congrats to Michele Harewood ’05, who was appointed Acting District Public Defender for District IV, which incorporates Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. She is now awaiting final approval from their Board of Trustees before it becomes permanent. Michele has been with the Maryland Office of Public Defender since she graduated in 2005.


Class of 2006

LaRuby May ’06 (Photo: Jati Lindsay Photography for Washington Lawyer)

LaRuby May ’06 featured in a Washington Lawyer article by John Murph in November/December 2021 issue: “(LaRuby) May founded May Lightfoot PLLC in 2017 right in the community where she lives after serving two years as D.C. councilmember for Ward 8. ‘It’s important that Black kids here see that not all law firms have to be on K Street or downtown,’ she says.”


Class of 2010

Elijah McKinley ’10

A star is born! California attorney Elijah McKinley ’10 was cast in Black Dads, a Hollywood stage play about black fatherhood. The shows began this month at the Theater of Arts on Santa Monica Blvd.

Yesenia Rivera ’10

Yesenia Rivera ’10 talks equity in the solar energy in a Forbes article that discusses the need for clean energy policy to be more inclusive. “Direct pay will go a long way to make these projects equitable,” said Yesenia Rivera, the director of Energy Equity and Inclusion at Solar United Neighbors.


Class of 2012

Jennifer Blemur ’12

Jennifer Blemur ’12 is the new Director of Policy and Advocacy at The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) which works to ensure that individuals and their caregivers in the midst of serious illness receive high-quality patient-centered care. Jennifer writes, “If we’ve learned anything from the last two years in the pandemic, it is that our systems are more than capable of being responsive to our needs. Excited to be doing the work to make sure they are!”


Class of 2013

Crystal Ikanih-Musa ’13

Congrats to Crystal Ikanih-Musa ’13 the new Malala Fund Regional Advocacy Manager for Africa.


Class of 2014

Jaunita George ’14

Navy Federal Credit Union interviewed Jaunita George ’14 about her commitment to prioritizing accessibility. George is a Quality Assurance (QA) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Analyst for Navy Federal Credit Union.


Class of 2015

Anna Massoglia ’15

Read recent articles by Anna Massoglia ’15 on efforts to stop an international hydro-power transmission line, illegal foreign “dark money” in US elections, a breast cancer charity scam (co-authored with Roger Sollenberger for Daily Beast) and the Pandora Papers.


Class of 2016

Deborah Hopkins ’16 (left) and Katie Atkinson

The Federal Employment Law Training Group’s virtual training, The Exemption Proves the Rule: Reasonable Accommodation, Discipline, and the Vaccine Mandate, was presented by Katie Atkinson and alumna Deborah Hopkins ’16. Sign up for future seminars and read more about this one.


Class of 2018

Renee Mims ’18

Renee Mims is serving as President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association (GWAC). Mims said, “We have a lot of great programming underway for this Bar Year and will be operating under the theme ‘Living Our Mission, Empowering Our Community, Building Our Legacy.'”

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