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Class Notes Spring 2013

Class of 2009

Christopher Blaszkowski is an associate at RatnerPrestia, where he focuses his practice on patents, from the acquisition of intellectual property rights during patent preparation and prosecution, to the enforcement of these rights.

Ken Gardner was sworn in as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State in February and will leave for an assignment in Libreville, Gabon in late 2013.

Jennifer Hermansky is now an associate at Greenberg Traurig in Center City, where she is a member of the Business Immigration and Compliance Group

Kevin Huang, an associate at Dilworth Paxson LLP who focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency as well as general litigation, has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star.  He also became a father!  His son, Colin Nathaniel Huang, was born March 30.

Danielle Jouenne was named vice chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s International Law Committee.  An associate at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, she practices in the firm’s Energy Section.

Katherine M. Robinson, an associate at Layser & Freiwald who represents clients injured through medical malpractice, toxic tort and environmental contamination issues, has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Blake Roth has moved from Duane Morris to Waller, the oldest and largest law firm in Nashville, Tenn., where he is an associate in the Finance and Restructuring department.

Shira Katz Scanlon is a principal in a new firm, Martine, Galemba & Katz Scanlon.  Located in Voorhees, N.J., the firm focuses on matrimonial and family law.

Gini Varughese is an associate at the Fein Such Law Group with office in New York and New Jersey, where she focuses her practice on creditors’ rights, real estate, bankruptcy and foreclosure.

Class of 2010

Juan Baez is a staff attorney with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where his caseload includes Social Security appeals, consumer protection, employment law and private benefits.

Patrick Horan, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP, was a presenter at a CLE, “Introduction to Nonprofit Board Service,” offered by the firm’s Nonprofit Board Service Institute.   

Daniela Ivancikova is a deputy attorney general in New Jersey, where she works in the Education and Higher Education Division.

Kimberly Magrini, an associate at Ballard Spahr, was listed on the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2012.

Class of 2011

Scott Bender has worked for the last year as an attorney advisor at the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. 

Kevin Demko joined Saltz Matkov PC in Wayne, Pa. in January.  

Gary Brotman is a volunteer deputy city attorney in Los Angeles, Calif.

Devon Morrissey is an associate at White and Williams LLP, where she focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions and financings, representing national lending institutions as well as regional and local lenders.

Amanda Nini is an associate at Mason, Griffin & Pierson PC in Princeton, NJ, where her practice focuses on local government law.

Noah Sharkan is an associate at Design IP, a boutique firm that handles intellectual property law in Allentown, Pa.

Monica Platt, an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, was appointed co-chair of the Public Service Task Force of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee.

Amanda Stewart and Kyle Hause founded the Law Office of Stewart & Hause in Seattle, Wash., focusing on family law, bankruptcy and employment law.

Elaine Yandrisevits is an associate at McAndrews Law Offices PC, where she works in the Estates and Trusts Group.   She is pursuing an LL.M. in taxation at Villanova University School of Law.

Class of 2012

Steven Boc is associate general counsel at the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Ryan Buchanan is an assistant compliance attorney with Apothaker & Associates PC in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Claudia Joy Hage is clerking for Judge Michael Guadagno of the New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division.

Kristen Sawicki is an associate at Sacks, Weston & Petrelli, Diamond & Millstein, LLC in Center City, Philadelphia, where she focuses on family law.

Rachel Shaffer is clerking for Judge Richard J. Geiger of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Colleen Swim is a child advocate with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Michael Zettlemoyer is an associate at Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo in King of Prussia, Pa., where he represents design professionals and others in the construction industry.

Class of 2013

Adam Busler is joining Fox Rothschild LLP as an associate at the firm’s office in Atlantic City, NJ.

Raj Datta has accepted a job as assistant district attorney in the Bronx, New York.

Jordan Fischer will clerk at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg from September until November 2013, after which she will return to the U.S. to work as an associate at Archer & Greiner.

Rachel Horton will clerk for Judge Legrome D. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the 2013-14 term and for Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit during the 2014-15 term.

Rosa Parks received a Philadelphia Barristers’ Association scholarship.

Mina Thomas is among 662 finalists (from 12,000+ applicants) selected for the Presidential Management Fellows program, which provides two-year paid positions that lead to management-level jobs in the federal government.