Class Notes

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David Kern, 2000

David G. Kern '00 was promoted to partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress. Kern works in the Cincinnati office, focusing on complex commercian and business litigation and risk management and liability defense. He also handles business torts, foreclosure actions, construction litigation, disability insurance defense, transportation and maritime litigation, and personal injury litigation.

Kimberly Strong, 1989

Kimberly Strong '89 was named vice president of ethics and compliance at a Colorado environmental engineering company, MWH Global. Strong, a former AOL, Inc. chief ethics and compliance officer, has 20 years of in-house litigation and compliance experience in utilities and telecommunications.

Bret Busacker, 2000

Bret F. Busacker '00 joined Hawley Troxell as of counsel. A tax lawyer specializing in employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and related tax areas, Busacker is joining the firm's Tax Practice Group. He is a former partner of Thompson, Hine, LLP in Cincinnati.

Elizabeth Gill, 1987

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Elizabeth Gill '87 was honored with the George E. Tyack Award for Judicial Excellence for outstanding jurisprudence and service by the Central Ohio Association for Justice. The award is presented annually to a judge chosen by the association, which is primarily made up of attorneys who practice in Central Ohio courts.

Monica Ramirez, 2003

Monica Ramirez '03 was the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual Latino Youth Summit, where she talked about being the descendant of a farmworking family, shared experiences of social injustice and discrimination, and told her own story of success. Ramirez is director of Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which works to eradicate discrimination against farmworking and low-wage immigrant women.

Laura Smith, 1994

Laura B. Smith '94 was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve as judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. Smith took office Aug. 8 and will serve out the remainder of the term, which ends Jan. 1, 2013. Smith must run in November 2012 in order to start service for a six-year term beginning Jan. 2, 2013.

Jeffrey Helmick, 1988

Jeffrey J. Helmick '88 was nominated by President Obama to be a judge on the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio. Awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Helmick already was recommended to the president by Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and George Voinovich '61 (R). He is a principal in the law firm of Gamso, Helmick & Hoolahan.

Priya Lakhi, 1999

Priya Lakhi '99 was recently named as faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She will be a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Interim Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic.

Shawn Welch, 2009

Patrick Welch '09 recently left his position as a law clerk for the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission to take a position as an assistant state public defender for the Office of the Ohio Public Defender.

Richard Davies, 1980

Richard Davies ’80 was named a 2011 Ohio Super Lawyer in workers’ compensation law. Davies is in private practice representing employers in workers’ compensation cases. In April 2012, Davies will compete in the 27th annual Marathon des Sables. The race, billed as “The Toughest Footrace on Earth,” is a seven-day, 155-mile, self-sufficiency race that takes place in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Davies is running the race on behalf of The Up Side of Downs, an Akron nonprofit organization which provides support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.