Class Notes

Share a Note. Read a Note.

Earned a promotion, changed jobs, received an award? Getting married, building a family, or relocating? We want to hear about what’s happening in your life! Share your news with fellow alumni here at Class Notes—or look up your classmates, and read their updates.
Submit a Class Note.

Class Notes

  • John M. Conroy '82 was reappointed by the judges of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont to a second, eight-year term as the United States magistrate judge for the District of Vermont.

  • Samantha L. Brooks '09 is now an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Matthew T. Kinney '10 was recently promoted to senior counsel at Patriot Energy Group in Burlington, Massachusetts, where he has had a diverse in-house practice since 2011. He was recently invited to be a co-chair of the Regulatory Committee and member of the board for the Northeast Chapter of The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA), a retail energy industry trade group.

  • April Giancola '00 has taken a position with the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as director of public interest advising. After 16 years of practice in the public and nonprofit sector, April is excited at the opportunity to use her experience to mentor and guide law students in their career paths.

  • David S. D'Amato '10 joined DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, as an adjunct professor in 2015 and recently joined the Chicago office of Perkins Coie LLP. He is a widely-published columnist and an expert policy advisor for the Heartland Institute, a think tank based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and the Future of Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit education foundation based in Fairfax, Virginia. His writings have appeared at the Cato Institute, the Institute for Economic Affairs, Investor's Business Daily, RealClearPolicy, and newspapers around the world. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle Cochrane D'Amato '10.

  • Amar Khoday '04, of the University of Manitoba's faculty of law, has two recent publications. "Resisting Revenge Pornography: When victims strike back" is in Canadian Cases on the Law of Torts and "Visualizing interrogative injustice: Challenging law enforcement narratives of Mr. Big operations through documentary films" is in The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research.

  • Larry Wentworth '91 was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Alex Lopez '04, assistant professor of occupational therapy at Touro College School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore, New York, was honored for his contributions to Long Island organizations that serve at-risk youth and people with disabilities. “Professor Alex Lopez Receives Awards for Community Service,” Touro College News, August 9, 2016.

  • Jeffrey J. Trapani '04, former editor-in-chief of the New England Law Review, has been appointed as the chair of the Legislative Steering Committee for the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.  “People in Business: Attorney Jeffrey J. Trapani of Robinson Donovan,” MASSLIVE, August 2, 2016.

  • Matthew G. Feher '09, counsel at Burns & Levinson, has been selected to serve on the development committee of Boston-based Veterans Legal Services (VLS). As a member of the development committee, Matthew will continue to support VLS’ mission to promote self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security for veterans through comprehensive and accessible legal services.

  • Adam Haigh '00 is HoneyBaked Ham Co.’s first ever general counsel. He is based in Alpharetta, Georgia. “New-Look HoneyBaked Ham Has Its First General Counsel,” Daily Report, August 2, 2016. 

  • Edward “Ted” Ardini, Jr. '92 has been appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.  Ardini has worked for Gov. Nixon since 1993 in the attorney general's office and then as a legal counsel in the governor's office since 2009. Nixon names longtime aide Ardini of Columbia to Missouri appeals court,” Columbia Missourian, July 15, 2016.

  • Glennon Gregory '02 was appointed judge of the Probate Division of the Chittenden Unit of the Superior Court in Vermont. He previously served as general counsel to the Agency of Education.

  • Paul E. Pelletier '82 joined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice group in the Washington, D.C., office. Previously he was a partner in the Washington office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. He also spent 27 years with the Department of Justice in various capacities.

  • Brian Mahler '08 joined the Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel. He currently works in its Dependency Division within its Appeals Section. Following law school, he worked as a clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court.

  • Paul D. Ragosta '85 has been elected to serve on the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants board of directors. A 30-year veteran attorney and auditor, he is the first representative of the society’s new Professional Affiliate Membership group to serve on the board. He has a private practice in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Diane Webster '04 has been appointed Office Partner-In-Charge of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Jeffrey J. Trapani '04 has been appointed as the chair of the Legislative Steering Committee for the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. Trapani is an attorney at Robinson Donovan, P.C. in Springfield, Massachusetts. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including insurance defense, employment law, municipal liability, business litigation, and professional malpractice.  He is a former editor-in-chief of the New England Law Review.

  • Sandra Caggiano '92 joined the Board of Directors for East Boston Savings Bank in Boston, Massacusetts. She is a former Corporate Trustee for East Boston Savings Bank. She has worked as an Administrative and Assistant Clerk/Magistrate within the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

  • Christopher Bright '90 has been appointed fire chief of the Revere Fire Department in Revere, Massachusetts. He has been a dedicated firefighter for the past 30 years.

  • William Dessel '95 has joined the law firm of Duffy and Sweeney in Boston, Massachusetts, as of counsel. He started his career as an attorney for The Cookson Group as corporate development manager. He has also led manufacturing and distribution organizations, both as an owner and member of senior management.

If you have a news item you would like to share, please e-mail it to, or update the Class Notes section of your profile.