Class Notes

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Whitney Siehl, 2013

Whitney K. Siehl '13 has joined the Chicago, Illinois, office of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. Her primary area of practice is representing families and children in birth injury and birth trauma litigation nationwide.


Gerry Beyer, 1979

Gerry W. Beyer ’79 was recently inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. He was also selected this year as an Integrated Scholar by Texas Tech University and as a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Texas Tech University School of Law. Beyer was also recently awarded the Gardner DeMallie Award for Best Presentation at the 38th Annual Douglas W. Conner Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Seminar, and his Wills, Trusts, and Estate Prof Blog was also inducted into the American Bar Association's Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.


Kirsten Davis, 1995

Kirsten K. Davis '95 was recently awarded Stetson University's Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes “outstanding teaching inside and outside the classroom.” Davis, a professor of law and director of the Institute for Advancement of Legal Communication at Stetson, has been a tireless advocate regarding legal writing, both within the university and in the larger legal writing and professional community.


Lynette Chappell-Williams, 1982

Lynette Chappell-Williams '82 has joined the editorial board of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education. She currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.


Herman Marable, 1987

Judge Herman Marable, Jr. '87 was recently elected to a three-year term as a member of the National Bar Association (NBA) Judicial Council Executive Committee. He has been appointed to chair the Community Outreach and Youth Committee. Judge Marable currently serves on the Flint 67th District Court.


Norton Webster, 1952

Norton Webster '52 has been awarded the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) highest honor, the Bar Medal, which is given to attorneys who "have given unselfishly of their time and talent by taking prominent leadership roles on the bench and in the organized bar, and to those who have worked quietly to earn the deep admiration and respect of the community." Webster served as the OSBA president from 1967 to 1968, and continues to hold the record for being the youngest person to ever serve in that role. Throughout his career his commitment to increasing diversity in the profession has been widely recognized by such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and the Columbus Bar Association, as well as The Ohio State University. Webster is a retired partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.


Richard Brown, 1981

Richard Brown '81 has been elected to represent Ohio's 20th House District, which encompasses the southeastern portion of Franklin County. He has practiced private law for more than 35 years and also has seven years of experience as a Hearing Examiner for the Ohio Department of Commerce.


Charles Kurfess, 1957

Hon. Charles Kurfess '57 was awarded the 2017 Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence at the Ohio Judicial Conference Annual Meeting in Columbus. The award was established in 2010 by the OSBA in honor of the late chief justice to recognize a current or former Ohio state or federal judge who displays outstanding qualities of judicial excellence including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professionalism, ethics, creativity, sound judgment, courage and decisiveness.


Nicole Crum, 2003

Nicole Crum ’03 has been selected to co-lead Sullivan & Worcester’s Women’s Initiative—a program designed to coordinate professional development programs aimed at retaining and promoting women lawyers through a series of networking, education, and mentoring programs; informal social events designed to promote networking among the firm’s female attorneys; and regular “brown bag lunches” specifically to encourage associates to meet and discuss career advancement and development. Crum is a partner in the firm’s Investment Management Group in the Washington, D.C., office.


Theodore Essex, 1980

Theodore Essex '80 retired from the International Trade Commission as an administrative law judge after more than nine years on the bench. He is continuing his practice in intellectual property law by joining the IP practice of Hogan Lovells.