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John M. Bouman ’75, was recently named to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a newly created committee that consists of 32 members. Bouman is currently the President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

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M. Scott Wolfram ’79, was recently elected Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge. He joins Judge John W. Lohrmann ’77, who was just elected to a second term in this two-judge county in the state of Washington. A Valparaiso Law sweep!

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Richard F. Nugent Jr. ’80recently was hired as director of human resources and college counsel at Saint Mary’s College. Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame in 1977 and a law degree from Valparaiso Law in 1980.
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Allison Nichol ’84, received the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity at the Attorney General’s 60th Award Ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Nichol serves as Special Counsel for Disability Employment and liaison to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice, Washington D.C.
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John E. Martin ’87, has been selected to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Court in the Hammond Division.  Chief Judge Phillip P. Simon said that Martin “is an outstanding attorney with significant experience representing defendants in Federal court and state court, and also as a prosecutor in State court.” He currently serves as deputy federal community defender in Hammond.  Mr. Martin will assume office March 1, 2013.
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Kevin Sprecher ’95has recently joined Baker Hostetler as counsel. Baker Hostetler’s intellectual property group consists of 75 attorneys nationwide. Sprecher was previously a partner with Frost Brown Todd LLC before coming to Baker Hostetler.
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Kathleen E. Peek 97, has joined the Chicago office of Wilson Elser and will participate in two of the firm’s national practices, General Liability & Casualty and Product Liability.
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Melinda Bentley ’01, recently accepted a position on the Legal Ethics Counsel in Jefferson City, MO.
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Jim Palmer ’02 recently became a Regional Vice President for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). Jim is employed as the executive director for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA). He is the youngest chief executive in the WPPA’s 80 year history and was recently featured on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss the tragic Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
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Michael M. Bell ’03, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office while still advising clients in Southwest Michigan and Indiana. Mr. Bell concentrates his practice in the areas of finance, real estate development, agriculture and strategic corporate planning.
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Curtis J. Martin II ’03, was recently presented with the 2012 Presidential Award by the National Bar Association Award for his exemplary service to the legal profession In 2011, Mr. Martin was named to “Who’s Who in Law and Accounting” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, was recognized as one of the Atlanta Business League’s Men of Influence, was named a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star, and was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
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Crystal Morgan ’05, partner at Bloom Sluggett Morgan, P.C., a Grand Rapids based law firm, has received Rising Star honors from the peer review group, Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
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Jamie Parsons ’06, recently accepted a position at Exelon.

Avaneesh Marwaha ’05, accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Keno Kozie Associates in Chicago.

Dino L. Pollock 08, has been named the Deputy Attorney General in Civil Litigation for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in Indianapolis.  Pollock was sworn in by Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller.
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Valparaiso Law Leaders

Congratulations to the following Valparaiso Law Alumni invited to serve on the ISBA’s Leadership Development Academy. Jessica Arnold (’10), Jacquelyn Pillar King (’04), Dino Pollock (’08), Tammy Somers (’01 ). See more…

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