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Mark Bremer (’75) recently won a large case on behalf of the School District of Clayton, MO and its taxpayers. The Missouri Attorney General and plaintiff’s counsel are expected to appeal directly to the Missouri Supreme Court. Bremer is a partner at Kohn, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP where he focuses on litigation, employment law and education law.
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Marta C. Bukata (82), was selected as the recipient of The Chicago Bar Foundation Thomas H. Morsch Public Interest Law Award.  This prestigious award was presented at the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation 14th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012.
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In Hamilton v. Scott, decided February 17, 2012, four Justices of the Alabama Supreme Court cited two separate articles published in the Valparaiso University Law Review, both of which were written by alumni of the Law School.  The concurring Justices cited a 1987 article by Clarke D. Forsythe (‘83), Homicide of the Unborn Child: The Born Alive Rule and Other Legal Anachronisms, and a 2009 Note by Justin Curtis (’09), Including Victims Without a Voice: Amending Indiana’s Child Wrongful Death Statute.Grand Rapids Alumni Event

 

Frances M. Jagla (’84) joined Lane Powell as a shareholder in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. Since graduating from Valpo Law, Jagla has worked for several different firms and companies including Microsoft Corporation, Abbott Laboratories and Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd. She focuses on trademark, copyright, Internet domain name matters and unfair competition counseling.
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Michael Moellering (’92) is a partner with Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP. He has   served as Managing Partner in charge of operations since 2005 and focuses on business and corporate law, employment law and real estate.
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Beth Serafini-Smith (‘96) has joined the Springer Law Firm in Katy, Texas. Practice areas include wills, estate planning, and family law.
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Michael DeBoer (’98) offered his praise for Justice Brent Dickson in an article discussing the newly appointed Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. DeBoer clerked for Justice Dickson from 1998-2000. He is currently an Associate Professor of Law at Faulkner University. Boer previously practiced health law, labor and employment and litigation at Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP and taught at Valparaiso University Law School.
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Marcy Klaus (’99) announced her candidacy for probate judge in Clare and Gladwin counties in Michigan. She is currently a partner at Allen & Klaus and specializes in family and probate cases, will, trusts and estates.

 

Jeff (’03) and Sarah Muntz welcomed daughter Mary Katherine on January 18, 2012. “Mary Kate” was born at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.

 

Kimberly Fay (’10) is working on a human trafficking T-visa case as a legal volunteer for BENNU Legal Services. This non-profit agency provides assistance to immigrants entering the U.S. and helps small businesses interested in growing. (www.BENNUlegal.org)

 

Carter Alleman (’11) is serving as Regulatory Counsel in the Regulatory Services Division for Stateside Associates in Washington D.C. Stateside Associates is a lobbying group that provides consulting services.
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Grand Rapids Alumni Event

On June 28th the law school hosted an alumni event at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Christine Corral invited alumni to join the Law Schools LinkedIn community and help identify career positions for our students. Dean Conison addressed the audience and spoke about changes in legal education.

 

Congratulations new hires:

Christina Hubley (nee Ecker) (’09), Associate, Glaser & Ebbs, Fort Wayne IN

Christopher Lerner (’07), Associate, May Oberfell Lorber, Mishawaka IN

 

In Memoriam

Paul W. Hagemann (’39), of Sycamore Healthcare Centre, died on June 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm in Sycamore Healthcare Centre.  He was a 1934 graduate of Quincy High School. He served in the Navy during WWII. He worked at Gardner Denver for 38 years, retiring in 1977. He was member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
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Herbert H. Freise (’41) was born May 1, 1917, in Palatine Township, Illinois, the third of the four children of Louis H. and Marie Kirchhoff Freise. He is a graduate Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana (Bachelor of Arts degree, 1939; J.D. degree, 1941). He was sworn in as a lawyer in the State of Illinois in November 10, 1941.  Herb is survived by his children and their families.
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Sally Sittler Wilson (’79) passed away on March 20 at the age of 58. During her 33 years of service, Sally practiced general law, family law and estate planning. She also served as president of the Women Lawyers Association in Fort Wayne and a member of the Indiana Bar Association. Her daughter, Abigail Wilson, works for Valparaiso University as the Residential Learning Coordinator.

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Donald Pagos, a former Valparaiso Law Adjunct Professor, passed away on Nov. 3, 2011. He worked as an attorney in Northern Indiana for 30 years at Sweeney, Dabagia, Thorne and Pagos Law Firm. His colleague, Jeffrey Thorne honored Pagos by presenting a resolution to the superior and district courts in his honor during the Law Day celebration held each first Friday of May by the La Porte County Bar Association.
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