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Class Notes from Fall 2019
- 1980: Mark NorrisMark S. Norris (J. D. 1980) has joined fellow Sturm College of law alumnus John T. Fowlkes, Jr. (J. D. 1977) as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis. Ceremonial investiture ceremonies, including remarks by Judge Fowlkes and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, took place in Memphis on January 11, 2019.
- 1983: Lucien DhoogeLucien J. Dhooge (J.D. 1983) received the Distinguished Career Faculty Award at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business' annual conference in Montreal. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research, teaching excellence, and leadership in the business law academic community. Lucien is the Sue and John Staton Professor of Law at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he teaches international business law, legal aspects of business, and ethical decision-making.
- 1997: Margaret "P.J." WebbMargaret “P.J.” Webb — a tireless Cambria advocate for the sea, shore, marine mammals, environment and women who need her help — will receive the first annual “Sea Star Panetta Award” from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Her award is one of five that Panetta and former Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant will present Sunday, Sept. 22, during the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s ceremony in Marina. Panetta championed the 1992 designation of the sanctuary, and was present at its dedication in San Simeon. He served as U.S. Representative for northern San Luis Obispo County to Santa Cruz. He eventually served nine terms from 1977 to 1993, until he went to Washington to fill various prestigious roles at the Pentagon level, including director of the CIA, White House chief of staff and budget director. “Their amazing leadership in their respective fields is making significant impacts to furthering our mission to understand and protect the coastal ecosystem and cultural resources,” Sanctuary Superintendent Paul Michel said of the award recipients. Webb’s environmental accomplishments cover a wide spectrum. She chaired the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council since 2014 to when she termed out in 2018, and has served as an at-large representative there since 2004. She received a National Marine Sanctuaries Volunteer of the Year award in 2011 and the Bill Deneen Award in 2018. “I do not work alone. I am always on a team, and it is the synergy of the team that makes movement happen,” Webb said when she learned about the latter honor. “I cannot think of a single action that I have taken in my activism where I was not standing in spirit or in person with others... The outpouring of love, support and strength of my colleagues is what makes this power of the people work.” In June, Webb and indigenous leader Violet Sage Walker were invited to attend the Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, D.C., and they spent their whirlwind time going from one legislator to the next, advocating for their causes. The two women have been a driving force behind establishing the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary to protect shoreline waters in the gap between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. For details, go to https://chumashsanctuary.com/. She has been a driving force behind protecting shoreline waters in the gap between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. She worked with the Marine Sanctuary Alliance to develop strategies to protect the Central Coast from offshore oil drilling and served as a liaison for the Marine Interest Group, a panel of countywide stakeholders collaborating on issues ranging from coastal business and tourism to water-quality concerns. Webb also is known throughout the Central Coast for her advisory, outreach, education and rescue efforts on behalf of The Marine Mammal Center, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Coastal Discovery Center and the Women’s Community Center. She’s also a past president of the county’s Women Lawyers Association. Webb practices public-interest law, focusing primarily on marine conservation, wildlife advocacy and women’s rights. Other 2019 award recipients include: Research, John Ryan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; resource protection, Lisa Emanuelson; education and outreach, Brian Nelson; and business and tourism, Cass Schrock, Monterey Bay Kayaks. For more about the Monterey Bay sanctuary, which stretches from Marin to Cambria, go to https://montereybay.noaa.gov or www.montereybayfoundation.org.
- 2002: TyJuan GarrettBloomfield Hills, MI — October 17, 2019 — Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms, recently expanded its Indianapolis office with the addition of senior business attorney TyJuan Garrett. With more than 15 years of experience, Garrett serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Tax Law Practice Group Leader. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of taxation and business law, including administration law, business planning, cannabis, compliance, contract management, financial analysis, insurance law, policy analysis, real estate and securities. Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Indiana, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court, Garrett is an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA). He currently serves on the association’s Board of Governors and is a member of the Membership & Member Benefits and Future of the Legal Profession committees. Garrett previously served as chair of the ISBA’s Outreach and Inclusion Subcommittee, as vice-chair of the Association’s Investment Committee and co-chair of the Audit Committee. Garrett received his master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver - Sturm College of Law in 2002. He is also a 2000 graduate of Drake University Law School and a 1997 graduate of Truman State University. – More – The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Law Department provide legal services to clients in numerous industries, including automotive, banking, construction, foodservice and hospitality, healthcare, medical cannabis, nonprofit, real estate and others. Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in Indianapolis, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and seven Michigan cities. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.
- 2005: Arnulfo HernándezArnulfo D. Hernández, Managing Partner of Hernandez & Associates, P.C., was named to the 2019 Top Latino Lawyers by Latino Leaders Magazine.
- 2005: Christine HernándezChristine M. Hernandez, Partner at Hernandez & Associates, P.C., was named a 2019 Top Latino Lawyer by Latino Leaders Magazine. Christine began her Presidency of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association in January 2019.
- 2007: Linda KnightDENVER: Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (WTO) Of Counsel Linda Knight has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is an invitation-only organization comprised of defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry leaders who have achieved professional distinction during their careers. The organization is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits. The organization has about 1400 members from the United States and around the world. “This is a well-deserved recognition for Linda as an outstanding trial lawyer,” said WTO Partner and former FDCC Board Member Terence Ridley. “Linda stands out as a next generation leader in our firm and the legal industry.” She joins Ridley and four other WTO attorneys as a member of the FDCC, including Past FDCC President Jack Trigg. Linda has served as national trial counsel for insurers and their insureds in 17 states. She brings exceptional creativity to bear for clients when reading juries and judges in diverse jurisdictions. Linda is a 2007 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to joining WTO, she served as a judicial clerk to The Hon. Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court.
- 2007: Matthew NybergDENVER – Oct. 2, 2019 - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Matthew Nyberg, a shareholder in its Denver office, has been elected to the board of directors of Team Breckenridge Sports Club. Team Breckenridge Sports Club is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide youth athletes with a positive environment and balanced guidance that fosters self-confidence, embraces goals and nurtures a lifelong love for the mountains and snow sports. As part of his two-year term, Nyberg will help guide Team Breckenridge Sports Club’s strategic vision. Nyberg has been involved with the organization for several years, as his son is currently a member of its ski team. “Over the last four years, I have seen the amazing commitment that the coaches and other members of the organization give to the growth and betterment of the kids, both personally and athletically,” he said. “Knowing how important this experience has been for my son, I wanted to be a part of Team Breckenridge to help ensure that other kids and their families have a similar experience.” To learn more, visit https://www.teambrecksportsclub.com/.
- 2010: Kimberly Chavez CookAfter nine years of appellate advocacy, Kim has recently accepted a position as the Appellate Defender for the New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender. In her new position, Kim will lead the Appellate Division, a team of public defenders who handle all indigent criminal appeals to the New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
- 2012: Lindsey DaughertyLindsey Daugherty proudly announces her candidacy for the 2020 election for Colorado State House of Representatives District 29. Daugherty is an attorney specializing in juvenile and family law. She has managed her own law firm since 2013, providing legal expertise and representation to often-underserved communities. Daugherty is a member of the Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, American Association of Justice, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and frequent volunteer of free legal programs for the underserved. Daugherty grew up in Colorado, graduating from Thompson Valley High School in Loveland before attending the University of Northern Iowa on a soccer scholarship. After graduating in three years, Daugherty returned to Colorado to attend law school at the University of Denver. Daugherty gained valuable policy experience as a law clerk for former Congressman Bruce Braley in the House of Representatives, former Senator Tom Harkin on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee investigating for-profit colleges, and the White House Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration. Learn more about Lindsey Daugherty and her campaign by visiting www.LindseyforColorado.com. For Further Information, please contact: Lindsey Daugherty Lindsey For Colorado Lindsey@LindseyforColorado.com PO Box 1657 Arvada, CO 80001
- 2012: Jay MankamyerDenver, CO – December 17, 2019 – Fox Rothschild LLP welcomes Jack “Jay” L. Mankamyer in Denver as a partner in the Real Estate Department. “Jay is a valuable addition to the firm and our respected Colorado real estate team,” said Patrick J. Casey, Fox’s Denver office managing partner. “Clients will benefit from his extensive background in business management and tax law, and appreciate his practical, business-oriented approach to client service.” A skilled real estate adviser, Mankamyer represents developers, purchasers, sellers, investors and lenders in complex commercial real estate transactions. He negotiates commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants, and has worked with clients in the health care, hospitality and construction industries on project financing, loan negotiations, the sale of commercial and residential property and construction contracts. Mankamyer also serves as outside general counsel to an international ski resort company with respect to all operational and development matters. An adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Mankamyer teaches a course in real estate law for MBA students at the Leeds School of Business. He earned an LL.M. with an emphasis in tax law from the University of Denver, a J.D. and an MBA from the University of Colorado and a B.A., cum laude, from Georgetown University. Prior to joining Fox, Mankamyer was a shareholder at Polsinelli in Denver.
- 2019: ARNULFO HERNANDEZManaging partner, Arnulfo D. Hernández , of the Colorado criminal defense and immigration defense law firm, Hernández & Associates, PC, has been selected by his colleagues to receive the Law Week Colorado "Barrister's Best Immigration Lawyer" Award for 2019. The award is particularly notable as it is one of the few awards that is locally driven by Colorado attorney peer-review surveys.