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Michelle Nelson

Class of 1992
Family Unity Ceremony
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Michelle Darby married Nick Nelson on Sept. 25, 2016, and gained two daughters - Kait and Laura. The family makes their home in Mooresville, NC.

Carl Mazzanti

Class of 1998
Georgetown Alumni, Carl Mazzanti, shared his insight with our authors and was featured in our newest article: 25 Sales Tips to Boost Your Small Business Profits From the Pros. We really appreciate him sharing his expertise with us!

Joseph Asselta

Class of 1989
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Joseph Asselta Honored by the Long Island Business News With the Leadership in Law Award

November 17, 2017 --- Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP Partner Joseph P. Asselta was honored by the Long Island Business News with the Leadership in Law award. The award recognizes experience, dedication, hard work, skill, and excellence and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.

Mr. Asselta is Co-Head of the Firm’s Construction Law Practice Group. He represents clients in all segments of the construction industry including owners, developers, financial institutions, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, government contractors, trade contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, equipment rental companies, and insurers and sureties. A significant portion of his practice includes the review, drafting, and negotiation of construction contracts and related project documents.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University and St. John’s University School of Law.
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Kim Askew, of K&L Gates, was awarded the inaugural DBA Distinguished Service Award. This award, which going forward will be named the Kim Askew Distinguished Service Award, recognizes the DBA member who, through service to the Association and the Dallas community, has shown a lasting dedication to good works—above and beyond the traditional service of DBA members—while promoting good relations among lawyers, the judiciary, and the community.

Please click here to read a DBA article announcing Kim’s award.
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WASHINGTON, DC (November 30, 2017) – Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Brian McCalmon has joined the firm as a Shareholder in its Litigation group in the Washington, DC office.

Mr. McCalmon focuses his practice on Antitrust & Trade Regulation, defending corporations and individuals in civil investigations by government entities such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general. A majority of his practice is in mergers and acquisitions investigations before DOJ, FTC and state attorneys general. His representations have included 20 years of merger clearances in a wide range of industries, including waste services, paper and paperboard, airlines, medical devices, funeral services, security screening, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. He also handles government monopolization and price-fixing investigations, civil antitrust and class action litigation, and unfair and deceptive trade practice investigations before the FTC.

“I’m thrilled to join Vedder Price and their active litigation practice,” said Mr. McCalmon. “The culture of collaborative cross-selling in place at Vedder is paramount for a growing practice, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to provide best-in-class service to our clients with antitrust and regulatory needs.”

Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. McCalmon was a Partner at K&L Gates in Washington, DC. His past experience includes multiple representations in nearly every aspect of healthcare, including providers, pharmaceutical companies, laboratory testing services and medical devices. He has also led multiple representations in every aspect of the product lifecycle – from licensing to manufacturing, transportation, distribution and finally to disposal or recycling.

“Brian is a solid addition to Vedder, with his impressive HSR, antitrust and regulatory background,” said Joseph Strubbe, Chair of Vedder Price’s Litigation practice area. “His presence significantly expands our capabilities in these areas and bolsters our litigation experience in DC.”

Mr. McCalmon earned his J.D. and Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

Sorell Negro

Class of 2004
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Robinson+Cole Promotes Eight Lawyers to Counsel
Associates elevated in Hartford, Boston, and Miami offices

HARTFORD, CT (November 27, 2017) – Robinson+Cole is pleased to announce the promotion of eight associates to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. The new counsel includes Sorell E. Negro.

“The elevation of these lawyers further enhances some of our core practices in three of our key markets,” said Stephen E. Goldman, Robinson+Cole’s Managing Partner. “It’s my pleasure to congratulate this group on their well-deserved promotions.”

Sorell E. Negro – Ms. Negro represents clients involved in complex real property, environmental, and product liability disputes, and she often focuses on issues involving national and international environmental laws. She is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Land Use, Real Estate + Development, Manufacturing, and Sustainability Groups. Ms. Negro works primarily in the firm’s Miami office.

About Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with more than 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
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Mark Rudnitsky
Mark Rudnitsky
In September, I founded a company, HealthHeart, LLC! We aim to merge healthcare and blockchain technology to secure patient records and ensure patient safety. We've seen some great physician support for our new EHR and are currently in a fundraising phase, which is going well! We're hoping to focus initially on podiatry, but we're making our software extensible for all specialties and use cases - that's the beauty of blockchain!
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Entering my 4th year as an airline pilot and never been happier. Incredibly grateful that the industry conditions allowed me as an older guy to make the career change to where my passion has always truly been.

Jack Plaxe

Class of 1990

I’m pleased to announce that earlier this year I formed a new security consulting firm – the Security Consulting Alliance. I’ve assembled a team of former corporate security, law enforcement, and military professionals from the FBI, Secret Service, DEA, ATF, Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police, Jefferson County Sheriff, Army Military Police, and Navy SEALs to create a unique, exceptionally qualified boutique security consulting firm.

Our focus is on protecting people, facilities, information, assets, and operations. While we’re all based here in the greater Louisville area, we have the ability to travel to assist our clients. We also have alliances with specialist firms that focus on cyber security, one of the fastest growing risk areas.

Please reach out if our team can be of service.

Our website is

I can be reached at 502-541-0698 or at

Best regards,


John Repke

Class of 1974
John T. Repke, MD, C’74

After serving as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State University College of Medicine since 2002, Dr. Repke announced his retirement from the Chair effective June 30, 2017. Prior to his appointment at Penn State Dr. Repke held positions at The University of Nebraska College of Medicine , where he also served as Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN (1998-2002), Harvard Medical School (1992-1998) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1978-1992). After his graduation from Georgetown (BS Biology) he attended medical school at New York Medical College, receiving his M.D. degree in 1978. He and his wife Jaque (G’87) reside in Palmyra, PA.

Michael Burns

Class of 1998
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I've spent the last seven years in India developing the country's largest storytelling event series and creative writing workshops collection. I'm thrilled to be launching a brand new series of international writing retreats for writers of all levels. Our lineup for 2018 includes breathtaking hotels and retreat centers in Thailand, Greece, Nepal, and India. Each retreat is five days long and balances instruction, free time, and networking opportunities where you can get concrete, practical, and (above all) useful feedback on your writing. More at I'd love for you to join.
Solutions to Wellness, which consists of a conference and an honorees dinner, would like to acknowledge Jonathan Carrington for his academic achievement. We are pleased to announced that Solutions to Wellness 2017 will take place on November 18th (Saturday) and 19th (Sunday). You are cordially invited to join us next month.

Solutions to Wellness is an annual 2-day event that consists of a conference and a honorees dinner. The mission of Solutions to Wellness has been to raise awareness of health and wellness issues, and to acknowledge the work of people who are dedicated to improving healthcare of the communities in the city.

This year, we are putting together 10 health-related workshops for the conference. Please refer to the link below to learn more about the event, the speakers, and the honorees this year.

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LL.M. (2017) in Environmental Law.

Barrister (UK), specializing in international law and its intersection with the environment, human rights and economic development.

Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S. J. Prize (2017) for the most distinguished academic performance leading to a degree in Environmental Law.

Norm "Norm" Powell

Class of 1986
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Norman M. Powell’s article titled, “Delaware Goes Paperless (Sort Of) – Direct Submission of Paper or Imaged UCC Filings Is No Longer Permitted as of December 1, 2015,” was published in the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal

(Wilmington, DE – October 25, 2017) Norman M. Powell’s article titled, “Delaware Goes Paperless (Sort Of) – Direct Submission of Paper or Imaged UCC Filings Is No Longer Permitted as of December 1, 2015,” was published in the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal (47 UCC L.J. 5 (2017)). In it, Mr. Powell discusses the end of paper UCC filing with the Delaware Secretary of State and provides an overview of the three remaining filing methods – e-UCC, XML, and electronic submission by Authorized UCC Filers designated by the Delaware Secretary of State. It concludes that this third method—electronic submission of images of completed financing statement forms—is likely to be preferred by those providing and those accepting legal opinions relating to perfection of security interests by way of filing.

Norman M. Powell’s article titled, “Bogus Filings – Some Legal and Policy Considerations,” was published in the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal

(Wilmington, DE – October 25, 2017) Norman M. Powell’s article titled, “Bogus Filings – Some Legal and Policy Considerations,” was published in the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal (47 UCC L.J. 43 (2017)). Bogus UCC1 financing statements serve no legitimate purpose under the UCC, and generally fall into two broad categories. Harassment filings name public officials, bank and corporate employees, and others as debtors, and are filed in retaliation for a perceived injustice wrought by the nominal debtor. Fraudulent filings name the same person as debtor and secured party, and are made in furtherance of dubious ideologies. In recent years, roughly half of the states have enacted non-uniform revisions to Article 9 or other legislation to combat bogus filings. These revisions vary widely, and have given rise to renewed efforts by the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code to fashion a model legislative response that appropriately balances harm and relief. Mr. Powell’s article discusses the key elements featured in many legislative responses to bogus filings and the salient legal and policy considerations they present, and concludes that the PEB’s model language, which reflects a considered (but nonetheless imperfect) effort to minimize substantive harm to the Article 9 filing system and detriment to its legitimate users, is preferable to continued enactment of ad-hoc legislative responses.
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History Comes Alive by Dr. M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska will be published this fall.

History Comes Alive
Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s
by M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska
258 pp., 15 illus, notes, bibl., index
ISBN 978-1-4696-3385-5 $90.00 cloth; ISBN 978-1-4696-3386-2 $29.95 paper
Publication date: November 19, 2017
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Shivani Dugar

Class of 2002
Time Imagined: Solo Exhibition - Meet the Artist: Shivani Dugar

Samuel "Sam" Visner

Class of 1976
Samuel Visner (F'76) has been appointed Director, National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center at MITRE. See:

I have been selected to serve on the Intelligence Community Studies Board, convened by the National Academy of Science to serve the Office of the Director, National Intelligence. I continue to teach as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where I offer a course on cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology.

I served previously at ICF, located in Fairfax, VA USA as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Samuel was previously employed at CSC located in Falls Church, VA USA as VP and General Manager. In that role, I led ICF International's cybersecurity business, including consulting, policy and program development, support to the cyber research and development community, and the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure.
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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.
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