Class Notes

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Paul Nick, 1990

Paul M. Nick ’90 was named interim executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission. Prior to being named to the position, Nick was the commission’s chief investigative attorney. He joined the commission in 1995 as an investigative counsel. The Ohio Ethics Commission is an independent agency that oversees the Ohio Ethics Law for most state and local public officials and employees throughout Ohio.


Ronald Petroff, 2006

Ronald Petroff '06 and his wife, Natasha, welcomed their first child, Samantha Erin Petroff, on Dec. 10. 


Thomas Stickrath, 1979

Thomas Stickrath ’79 was appointed to head of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation's crime lab. Stickrath had previously been Ohio’s public safety director.


Steve Schumaker , 1978

Steve Schumaker ’78 was appointed Ohio’s deputy attorney general for law enforcement. Schumaker was previously the Clark County, Ohio, prosecutor.


Mary Mertz, 2002

Mary C. Mertz ’02 was named top legal deputy for new Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Mertz was an aide to DeWine when he was lieutenant governor.


Kimberly Lawler, 2005

Kimberly (Blackwell) Lawler '05 and husband, Mike, welcomed their second son, Malcolm James, on Aug. 4. He joined older brother Michael Timothy III, who turned 2 on Nov. 12, 2010. After spending five years with Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Lawler recently joined Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C. in Dallas.


Michael Kass, 1999

Michael B. Kass '99 was named chair of the Employment & Labor Practice Group at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, Mo.


Patrick Pauken, 1994

Patrick Pauken '94 has been named vice provost for governance and faculty relations at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Pauken also holds the rank of associate professor in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies. In this role, he works with the university's academic leaders and governance groups on policy and contract matters, and continues as secretary to university’s Board of Trustees.


Brian Burns, 1997

Brian E. Burns ’97 accepted partnership with Bricker & Eckler. He is a member of the firm’s Business Law Group and will work in the firm's Columbus office. His practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and private equity.


Bruce Cryder, 1972

Bruce E. Cryder ’72 was named the Lexington, Ky., National Resources Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Cryder is a member in the Lexington office of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, and is a member of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. His practice focuses on mineral, energy and natural resources law, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry.