Class Notes - J.D. - 2000s



Class of 2000

Leonard Herschberg

After five years of work in accounting firms, I have joined Jones Day in their New York tax department. 8/15/06

Monica Rodriquez

Since graduation, I have been practicing in Akin Gump's litigation section in San Antonio, Texas.

Sara K. Thompson

After 5 years of practicing at several firms in Boston, I returned to the south and moved to Atlanta where I am in the Products Liability group at Greenberg Traurig. I miss the snow occasionally and the Red Sox often, but I love it down here. (6/07)


Class of 2001

Stefanie Raue Chalberg

I switched jobs from Cooley Godward Kronish to Latham & Watkins in November 2006 and changed my law concentration from corporate work to life sciences licensing. I love what I do and the people I work with. I am currently helping Stefanie Fleischmann (LL.M. 01) plan her wedding as her maid of honor.

Pat Costello

I supervise two in-house clinics (Victims’ Rights and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault) at the University of Idaho College of Law, where I have taught for the past seven years. I have lived and worked in Idaho since 1978. It has been wonderful to be back in a law school setting. Hopefully, being among the students retards the aging process. My students can’t believe that when I was at BU Law we had no PCs or acces to electronic legal research. What dinosaurs we were!

Vanessa Moreno Franklin

I was married a little over a year after graduation to my law school sweetheart, David Franklin (Harvard Law Class of 2000). I am still happily working at Shearman and Sterling, LLP. I have traveled quite a bit since graduation, with two particularly notable recent trips to Peru and South Africa. I am now happily expecting my first baby (due Sept. 28, 2006).

Sarah E. Hancur

I'm an associate in the trial department at McDermott Will & Emery in Washington, DC. 8/29/06

Kelly Koyama

I have joined the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Corporate Legal Department as associate general counsel, where I will be involved primarily in the areas of corporate, employment, and intellectual property law. Prior to joining The McGraw-Hill Companies, I was an attorney at the New York City law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where I worked on a variety of corporate transactions, intellectual property, and bankruptcy matters.

Melissa Tonor Lozner

After graduation I worked for two years as a litigation associate at CRavath, Swaine, & Moore LLP in New York City. In the summer of 2003, I married Josh Lozner (LAW ’00), and we moved to Louisville, Ky., for my two-year clerkship with the Honorable Boyce F. Martinm Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. On April 8, 2005, our daughter, Ava Emerson Lozner, was born. In the Fall of 2005, the three of us moved to Mendham, N.J., where we currently live with our two dogs: Quinn, a boxer, and Stella, a bulldog. I currently work part-time as a litigation associate at Lowenstein Sandler PC, in Roseland, N.J. My favorite part of my job is my involvement in pro bono criminal appeals with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.

Alexander Lycoyannis

I have been an associate with the firm of Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., a real estate firm in New York, since May 2002, where I practice in the litigation and appeals groups.  I married my longtime sweetheart Kim, a BU undergrad I met between 2nd and 3rd years, on November 5, 2005.  Right now we live in Astoria, Queens, but are looking for our first house out in Long Island.  I won't be able to make it to the reunion, but feel free to shoot me an email: 8/29/06

Dan Malasky

In 2004 I left the firm of Piper Rudnick, LLP in Washington, D.C. to join as Sr. Vice President & General Counsel of DIRT MotorSports, Inc., the premier sanctioning body for dirt track auto racing in the world. In that capacity, I have served as Secretary to the Company, managed all legal affairs, and assisted with the day-to-day operations of 16 touring series' including the "World of Outlaws."  I currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado with my wife, Desi, and remain close with many BU Law alums. 8/23/06

Timothy McIntyre

I serve as General Counsel for Terracotta, a Java software company headquartered in San Francisco. I specialize in intellectual property and software licensing issues. In December 2006, Terracotta, which is backed by top Silicon Valley VC firms Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital, as well as Goldman Sachs and the Sumitomo Corporation, released its previously proprietary source code in open source form.

Jennifer Lossia McManus

After graduation I clerked for two years for Judge Bernard Friedman in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  I then went to work as an associate at the Detroit office of Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC in the commercial litigation group.  After about two and a half years, I returned to the federal court as a career clerk for now Chief Judge Friedman.  I am married to John McManus, whom I met while working as a clerk, and we have an infant son, Jack Naim. 7/13/06

Ernesto Pacheco

Ernesto is a Deputy Public Defender defending persons charged with criminal offenses at all levels including cases involving Three-Strikes.  Ernesto has handled matters involving armed-robbery, car-jacking, possession-for-sale, narcotics labs, including those alleging the controversial California 186.22(b)PC gang enhancements.  Ernesto is from Los Angeles and currently lives in Palms Springs, California.

A. Michael Primo

Michael Primo has joined the New York office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP. He represents and advises investment companies, investment advisers, investment company boards of directors, hedge funds and broker-dealers.

Jennifer Yen & Peyton Worley

Jennifer Yen, class of 2001, and Peyton Worley, class of 2001, were married in Boston on September 16, 2006. Details of their wedding can be found in the September 17, 2006, New York Times. Jennifer practices business litigation at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Peyton has a corporate practice at Sullivan and Worcester. 10/2/06


Class of 2002

Jonathan Israel Bakalarz

I am still married (happily) and practicing commercial litigation in Miami, Florida. In April I had my fourth-year anniversary at the same law firm I started working at after law school. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a month off work (and my bosses were cool enough to let me go) to practice yoga in Mysore, India, and if all goes according to plan I will be doing it again in July of this year. So on balance, things are very good. (6/07)

Karen Chan

I got married right after law school, and am happily raising my son Hagen (4) and my daughter Linden (1 month old) in Newton, MA. I have been practicing intellectual property law in Boston since graduation, first at Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault, and currently at Kirkpatrick and Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis.

Monica Cuan

Monica recently moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she accepted an in-house position doing contracts law for a French-based company called ALSTOM, a global leader in power generation and rail infrastructure, with corporate headquarters in Zurich and Paris.

Matthew Gildart

I just changed firms last March. I went from one of the largest firms in Maine to one of the smallest. I wanted to be more specialized, so I left PretiFlaherty in Portland and joined a boutique firm (Wakelin, Hallock & O'Donovan, LLP) specializing in ERISA and benefits work. I've been married for 5 years and have two small children. (10/07)

Joanne Hepburn

After graduation, I joined Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) in Seattle. My practice includes commercial, intellectual property and employment litigation. Outside of work, I enjoy filling in as a DJ on a local radio station and I will be getting married in December 2007. (10/07)

Todd Alan McGee

Elected to the city councilor for the city of Holyoke. Director of the Estate & Business Planning Department at Mass Mutual in Enfield, CT. (6/07)

Huai-Yu Wang

Identified by Asia Law & Practice as 2007 Asialaw Leading Lawyer.

Julie Zovko

I am currently living in Miami Beach, Florida. I work as senior counsel at Fortune 500 Company, Ryder System, reporting to the General Counsel of International Operations. I work on international, intellectual property, technology, procurement, finance and other corporate and commercial matters. Outside of work, I am in the process of starting YSC Miami, a local CVG (community volunteer group) of the Young Survival Coalition, a national non-profit organization dedicated to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. I am also in the process of becoming a board member and life member of The Cancer Lifeline at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL, as well as becoming a Young President of Mount Sinai. (10/07)


Class of 2003

Gregory N. Blase

I recently passed the Massachusetts Bar and relocated to Boston to take a position as an associate at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham.  I would be happy to hear from fellow classmates who are still in the Boston area, so please feel free to get in touch. 6/16/06

Katherine C. Gehringer

I recently began a position as an associate with Thompson Coburn LLP. I was previously a Trial Attorney at the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (6/07)


Class of 2004

Orlando Cordero

I just returned from a conference in Washington, D.C. this past weekend so I'm a bit weary from the traveling. Just wanted to share a bit of what I've been up to the past couple of years and happy to report that all is the way it should be in my life.

After graduation, I returned home to New Haven and did a clerskhip with the Connecticut Superior Court. It was a great learning experience and insightful as to how judges think about the cases they preside over.

As the clerkship was nearing its end, I was searching for jobs in government as well as private firms. I subsequently worked as an associate at Bai, Pollock, Blueweiss & Mulcahey, P.C., a small to mid-sized insurance and medical malpractice defense firm, for about a year. It didn't take long for me to figure out that insurance defense and/or this particular firm was not for me.

Ultimately, my heart was always in the public interest and I happened to be in the right place at the right time and found my ideal job. (How I got my job is another story iself.) Currently, I am a staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. ("NHLAA"). Founded in 1964, it is one of the first modern legal aid societies in the country. I'm working in the housing unit now but hope that my duties will expand into family and immigration law.

That's all for now! (10/06)


AJ Picchione

Many changes in the past few months. On November 13, my wife (Lilly) gave birth to our first child, Avery John. A few months later, the three of us said goodbye to New York City and moved back to Providence, RI. I am working in the tax department at the Boston office of WilmerHale. I look forward to seeing Boston folks at up coming BUSL Young Alumni Events.

Jason Pollak

Jason Pollak has joined the Chicago Office of Deloitte Tax LLP as a member of the multistate tax practice. Jason concentrates his practice on state & local taxation, including corporate & partnership tax. (9/06)

Carolyn Arango Sanin

After graduation, I served as a judicial law clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 2004 to 2005.
After my clerkship, I joined Dickstein Shapiro LLP as an associate in the Insurance Coverage Practice in November 2005. My practice focuses on insurance coverage litigation and counseling on behalf of policyholders. I would be happy to hear from fellow classmates who are in the DC area, so please feel free to get in touch. (9/07)

Margaret L. Weir

I began my own practice in an effort to prove that a firm can make a profit and zealously advocate for clients, while serving the community through reduced fee representation and pro bono activities. So far this year, I have grown my client base through mostly reduced-fee cases, have shepherded cases from intake to closing, have conducted trials, and have handled an appeal; things I would never have been exposed to as a first year associate. In addition, I regularly accept pro bono cases from a variety of sources, volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyer for the Day program at the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court and also for the Dial a Lawyer program through the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Personally, I will continue to be a mentor to two BU Law students this fall, I am a mentor and big sister to one Boston Scholar student for the coming year, will teach a class as a citizen teacher through Citizen Schools and will begin the BU Law LL.M. in Banking Law program part-time in the fall.

Kang Tai (Kevin) Weng

I finally found the appropriate position in which I can grow as a regulatory/compliance professional and acquire the essential experience in securities regulations, on the institutional side. Recently, Goldman, Sachs & Co. offered me a Global Equities Compliance Associate position on its trading floor, specifically, on the Equities Finance (Equity Derivatives) Trading Desk.

Marc S. Wilson

I joined Stinson Morrison Hecker as an associate in the Financial Services Division. Prior to joining the firm, I served as communications director for U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore and as international sales manager at a Kansas City-area manufacturing company.


Class of 2005

F. Jackson Stoddard, III

After graduation I moved to California to pursue my interest in energy policy. I am now working as legal counsel to the California Public Utilites Commission, the state agency responsible for implementing California's climate change legislation as it applies to electricity and natural gas. I am also working on the California renewables procurement program, the resource adequacy program, and electricity procurement generally.