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Michael Kanach has been elevated to partnership at the law firm Gordon & Rees in San Francisco, California. Mike is an partner on the intellectual property team, where he focuses on all types of IP disputes, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. He also counsels clients on obtaining IP, avoiding disputes, and entering into license agreements or other resolutions. His experience with IP involves both high-tech and low-tech, including food and beverage, craft beer, wine, and spirits, and sports, entertainment, and media. On a personal level, he celebrated 8 years of marriage to Kristen Kanach and has a 3 year old daughter and 8 month old son. He is still playing lacrosse for the Barbary Coast mens club lacrosse team in the Bay Area.
WASHINGTON DC, SEP 12, 2017: Georgetown alumni Miss Joanne Michelle F Ocampo, Advisor for the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Project Director at Georgetown University has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the San Francisco-based Filipina Women's Network.

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. Miss Ocampo was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world and is receiving the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) for 2017 under the Emerging Leader award category.

This award category recognizes Filipina women below age 35 who are making their mark in a leadership role, are on the pathway to principalship and building capacity across an organizational system in the public and private sectors. Emerging Leaders have powerful mindsets and skill sets that drive achievement for their organizations.

The Global FWN100™ women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

Miss Ocampo will along with her peers receive the award during the Network’s Global Summit taking place on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

“When you grow up as a global citizen, in a world where many are trying to put you into (conceptual) boxes that you simply do not fit into, it can be hard to find your true identity. However, once you do find and realize what and who you are, the global opportunities seem endless. It is absolutely a dream come true to be connected to my heritage from the Philippines through this award. With that said, I must admit that in my life though, the number one most influential Filipina woman is my mom. She has taught and showed me that brains equal beauty.

I am very honored and humbled to receive this award and thank the Filipina Women’s Network for selecting me,” says Ocampo.
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Huckaby Briscoe Conroy (HBC) Group at Keller Williams Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary
…..Smart Real Estate Expertise since 1977

McLean, VA. – HBC Group at Keller Williams McLean is busting with ruby red celebration as Partners Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy ring in a milestone anniversary for their office doors being open. Past and present clients, affiliate vendors, friends and supporters joined in the celebration which was held at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA on Tuesday, October 3.

The evening was dedicated to Sue Huckaby (deceased) and her now 40 year old legacy, the HBC Group. Sue began her career as a Realtor® in McLean, Virginia in 1977 and became one of the most successful Realtors® in America. Nationally in 2002, Sue was ranked as the number ten Realtor® out of over two million Realtors® in the United States. For many years, Sue was the number one Realtor® in Northern Virginia. Sue was a "people" person, she loved her work, and everyone enjoyed working with her.

Sue's husband, Jerry Huckaby, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Louisiana, worked with Sue full time from 1993 to 2008. Sue and Jerry Huckaby met Karen Briscoe at Trinity United Methodist Church and in 2006 asked Karen to become a partner. What Sue and Jerry wanted was for Karen Briscoe to carry on her legacy after Sue sadly lost her battle with cancer in September of 2008. Lizzy Conroy joined the team as Karen’s partner shortly after in 2009.

Jerry Huckaby, Karen and Lizzy gathered with past and present clients to lift a toast to the legacy which Sue started back in 1977. It was a celebration event for all attending.

Included in the distinguished list of guests, were Jerry Huckaby and his wife Marie from Louisiana; sponsors of the Community Charity Champions (CCC) which Karen and Lizzy founded in 2012 to support the local community in McLean and surrounding areas; and past and present clients who initially supported Sue and now the HBC Group through the years.

“We are delighted that so many have joined the celebration of 40 years and Sue’s memory. HBC Group continues her legacy to impact and improve people’s lives,” said partner Karen Briscoe.

“I am fortunate to be a part of a remarkable team," says Lizzy Conroy. "Celebrating a 40 year legacy of serving clients with their real estate needs signifies a great milestone in the growth and longevity of the HBC Group.

Pastor Jim Sprouse from Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean provided the blessing for all attending. Others who shared remarks and well wishes on the occasion included: Mary Weaver, Dr. Shashank Desai, and Eric Goldman.

Since 1977, HBC Group has sold more than 1,500 homes valued at more than $1.5 billion. The team consistently sells over one hundred residential properties annually, ranging from multi-million-dollar luxury estates to condominiums and townhomes. Primary market areas include Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The music for the celebration was provided by Veronneau Jazz Ensemble.

Norm "Norm" Powell

Class of 1986
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Norman M. Powell Appointed Content Officer of the ABA Business Law Section

(Wilmington, DE – October 2, 2017) Young Conaway is pleased to announce that Norman M. Powell has begun a three year term as Content Officer of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

As Content Officer, Mr. Powell will oversee the development and distribution of substantive intellectual work-product including articles, papers, model agreements, checklists, presentations, books, CLE webinars, and other educational programs and accompanying materials for the nearly 50,000 member Section.

Mr. Powell is a partner in the Delaware law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where he provides guidance and renders legal opinions regarding security interests and all aspects of the laws governing Delaware entities in both domestic and international transactions. He has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association and its Business Law Section for more than a decade and is an officer of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. As an elected member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to the Permanent Editorial Board on the UCC, Mr. Powell participates in various drafting committees.

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP counsels national and international clients, handling sophisticated advisory and litigation matters involving bankruptcy, intellectual property, corporate and alternative entity law. Young Conaway also guides regional businesses through a myriad of employment, education, real estate, tax, estate planning, environmental, and banking issues. For additional information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Felicia Gojmerac,

Wrug Ved

Class of 2004
Anika Indra Ved
Anika Indra Ved
Alpana Das Ved (MSB ' 06) and Wrug Ved (MSB '04) Ved are proud to announce the arrival of our daughter and future Hoya, Anika Indra Ved. Born June 10, 2017. Hoya Saxa!
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Upon graduation from Georgetown in 1968, I devoted myself to public service and law enforcement. Served 40 years as a State Criminal Investigator with the Broward and Palm Beach State Attorney's Office. My criminal cases were featured on CBS TV 60 Minutes and 48 Hours Mystery. In my limited free time, I played on a travel softball team which travelled around the country for tournaments. I am a 15 time national senior softball champion. I have two grown children.
Dear class of GU 68 PLEASE save the date this spring for our 50h yup 50th reunion. Come and have some fun dance while we still can and create more great 68 memories GO HOYAS GO GU 68ers !
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Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena (LLM, International and Comparative Law ‘95), Director, Shareholder and Chair of the Commercial Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice with Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. is the co-editor for the newly released American Bar Association's, third revised edition of Reorganizing Failing Businesses. This two volume treatise analyzes key situations from the perspective of the varied constituencies within a restructuring process. Mr. Zahralddin-Aravena is also an author for several chapters in the book. More information is available here.

Elliott Greenleaf:
Ted Weihe (SFS 1965) published his eight book: Transitions: American Values of Democracy and Free Markets in Post Cold War World. At the end of the Cold War, there was euphoria as we thought we would usher in a new world order consistent with U.S. values. I was present and introduced innovative projects at the beginning of these transformations: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Chile, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Montenegro, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Sudan and Ukraine. At its core, this book is about how cooperatives and people-to-people assistance lifted millions of economic and social lives in diverse fields of telecommunications, agriculture, insurance, rural electricity and health.

Lauren Dolecki

Class of 2011
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Lauren Dolecki (C'11, L'14) and Michael Kober (MSB '11) were married on June 10, 2017 at the Church of Christ the King in New Vernon, New Jersey. Judge Joseph F. Bianco (C'88), for whom Lauren clerked, gave the homily, and many Hoyas, including half the wedding party, were in attendance. The couple currently resides in New York City.

John Gaberino

Class of 1963
Georgetown graduate John Gaberino, Jr. (1963) was named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Gaberino practices with the law firm GableGotwals.

He is being honored for his work in energy law. Selections are based upon voting averages received during peer-review assessments.

GableGotwals is a full-service law firm of more than 90 attorneys representing a diversified client base in Oklahoma, the Southwest and across the nation. The firm has offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, Texas.

Bryce Kassalow

Class of 2021
New Book by Erica Komisar class of 86'
New Book by Erica Komisar class of 86'
Erica Komisar class of 1986's book Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood In the First Three Years Matters was published by Penguin Random House released in April 2017.

Merrill "Wes" Clark

Class of 1972
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Regarding members of the class of '72 who have passed away, please note that Richard M. Pettinger left us on January 13, 2000. Rick was my roommate our senior year and he is very much missed. He was one of the finest people I have ever met and one heck of a nice guy. Everyone who met him liked Rick or "Pooh" as he was known to his Alpha Phi Omega brothers.

Michael Auslin

Class of 1989
In July, I joined the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as the Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia (though still based in DC, not far from GU).

Michael Auslin

Class of 1989
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My new book, "The End of the Asian Century (Yale, 2017), was included on the "Politico 50 Reading List," listed by Mick Mulvaney (F'89), Director of OMB (

Bridgette Walker

Class of 2000
Bridgette Walker (B'00), a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan in August 2017. Bridgette serves as the chief of the political section at U.S. Embassy Baku.

Cynthia Pekron

Class of 2007
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Cynthia Pekron (F'07) and Michael Bishof are proud to announce the arrival of their third son, Ignatius "Indy" Charles Bishof. Indy was born in August in Elmhurst, IL. He joins big brothers, Casimir Patrick (2), and Ronan Thomas (4).
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Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that Matthew Moriarty is among 44 of the firm’s attorneys that have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2018.
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Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that Christopher Hewitt is among 44 of the firm’s attorneys that have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2018.

Mark McCarthy

Class of 1973
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Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that Best Lawyers® has selected Mark McCarthy as one of five of the firm’s partners as 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Cleveland and Houston markets. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.
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