Class Notes

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Joanne Beasy, 1994

Joanne S. Beasy ’94 was recently appointed to serve as the vice chair of the Columbus Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee. Her term runs from July 2017 through June 2019. Beasy chairs Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC’s Family Law Group as well as serves on the firm’s Ethics Counsel. She was also recently reelected to serve a second term on her firm’s Management Committee.


Michael Spencer, 2006

Michael Spencer '06 was recently named chairman of the D.C. Rental Housing Commission. Previously, he served as a labor and employee relations specialist and supervisory program analyst for the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health and an attorney in private practice.


Eli Humphries , 2015

Eli T. Humphries '15 has joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP's Wheeling,West Virginia, office as an associate. His practice focuses on real estate transactions for large energy companies. He has significant experience abstracting and drafting complex title opinions for oil, gas, and coal leases.


Steph Fernandes, 2014

Steph Fernandes ‘14 was recently awarded the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind's Arline Phillips Achievement Award. She currently serves as an assistant public defender with the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office in Pennsylvania.


Catherine Heigel, 1995

Catherine Heigel '95 has joined Elliott Davis, LLC, one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting services firms in the Southeast, as chief operating officer. She previously served as director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. In her new role Heigel manages the firm’s operational support functions, including legal, information technology, human resource, marketing and communications, and firm administration.


Kristi Wilcox Arth, 2011

Kristi Wilcox Arth '11 received the 2017 Outstanding Committee Chair Award from the DRI Young Lawyers Committee. An associate in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's Nashville office, her practice focuses on a wide variety of litigation and intellectual property matters for individuals, small and large companies, tax-exempt organizations, and governmental entities.


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.