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Judge Ralph Beistline took senior status as a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Alaska. He works in Anchorage and Fairbanks with a reduced calendar.

Steve DiJulio was elected chair of the executive committee and managing partner of Foster Pepper PLLC.

Bill Redkey retired after many years as a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Seattle. Now, he skis 1.5 million vertical feet a year and plays pickleball as often as possible.

Philip Harju was re-elected as the vice chairman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

Blair Henry founded the neutral and nonpartisan, headquartered in Sedona, Arizona. His new book The Sedona Amendments.

Linda Strout received the 2017 Helen M. Geisness Award for her exemplary service on behalf of the King County Bar Association.

Charles Shotwell presented a human rights report on Bahrain on the sidelines of the 34th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The report was part of a pro bono project of Dorsey Whitney LLP and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

Alec Stephens was elected as an at-large member to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. He has a small consulting firm, and is exploring teaching opportunities.

David von Wolffersdorff retired after 30 years with Morgan Stanley as the first vice president of investments.

Eileen Lawrence Baratuci enjoys semi-retirement in Port Townsend. She consults on employment law issues and conducts workplace investigations and training programs.

Peter Camiel defends persons accused of crimes in the state and federal courts. He practices with his wife, Catherine Chaney, at Camiel & Chaney, P.S. The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers previously awarded him the William O. Douglas Award.

Melissa Irene Taylor recently received her PhD in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

William "Jay" Abbott celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the FBI. He is currently the special agent in charge of the FBI's Indianapolis Division.

Andre Borrello practiced for 23 years, mostly in municipal law, serving as Saginaw (Mich.) City Attorney and Civil Counsel for the County of Saginaw. Andre was elected to the 10th Circuit Court in November 2016.

Jeffrey Izzo is the assistant professor and Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University Northridge. He teaches legal and business aspects of the curriculum, overseeing internships and the student-run record label.

Laurie Law is Washington Mediation Association's Distinguished Mediator for 2017.

Nancy Norton and Martin Garthwaite, who met during 1L year in Criminal Law, celebrate their 23rd year of marriage this year. Nancy is general counsel of Kymeta Corporation and Martin is a patent attorney at Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt.

Trisha Gum rebranded her law firm, Film and Ink Law Group PC. Film and Ink serves clients in the areas of television, feature film, home entertainment, digital media, music, and consumer products.

Jennifer Keough co-founded JND Legal Administration, a full-service settlement administrator in the class action, bankruptcy, eDiscovery, and mass tort sectors. Jennifer is the first and only female CEO in her field. She has 15-month-old twins, Will and Gracie.

Misha Igra is a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow during the 2017-2018 term. Misha is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Division of the California Department of Justice.

Jennifer Barrett Farmer retired from the U.S. Army. She now works for the Department of Energy with the Office of Chief Counsel at Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.

In July 2017, Steven Stolle opened the Stolle Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, specializing in insurance coverage and litigation.

Kirsten Curry founded Leading Retirement Solutions (LRS) in 2011. LRS is one of less than 4 percent of women-owned businesses in the country that has surpassed $1 million in annual revenue. Kirsten became one of the newest Emerging Leader Graduates of the Small Business Administration in 2016.

Thomas E. Gates has featured in numerous editions of Marquis Who's Who. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the King County Bar Association, and the Knights of Columbus.

John Murphy works at a law practice limited to litigation support for fire departments and provides legal education on preventing litigation. He will run for King County Council, District 3 in November.

Naoko Inoue Shatz co-founded a non-profit organization, International Families Justice Coalition, to provide civil legal assistance and representation to low-income immigrant families. She also maintains her law practice, Shatz Law Group PLLC.

After filling her office wall with race medals, Amanda Greenway Johnson opted for a new challenge: summiting Kilimanjaro! She is happily married to Sloan Johnson '02.

Tina M. Bondy is now senior counsel for intellectual property at Vista Outdoor, a leading provider of innovative outdoor sports and recreation products.

David Hunnicutt was elected to membership in the Society of Golf Appraisers, a national group of professional real estate appraisers.

Masaki ("Saki") James Yamada became a partner of Ahlers and Cressman PLLC.

Sara Lingafelter joined Edelman's Seattle office as senior vice president of channel planning.

Lindsay Abraham and her husband, Allen, welcomed their first child, Thomas, on April 12.

Hallie Eads Spies is executive council with Eagle Strategies, LLC and New York Life Insurance. Her practices focus on risk management and investments.

Jamal Whitehead joined the Seattle law firm of Schroeter Goldmark and Bender, where he represents plaintiffs in individual and class action employment cases.

John Cummings was named the 2017 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of the Year by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Neil Juneja, the managing partner and founder of Gleam Law, was selected for the 40 Under 40 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry by Marijuana Ventures Magazine.

Miriam Farhi was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Miriam is a member of the firm's technology transactions and privacy practice.

Joseph L. Gordon joined the Philadelphia office of the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP as a senior associate in the employment & labor and commercial litigation practice groups.

James Banks founded Banks Law Office in Bellevue, focusing on plaintiffs personal injury and DUI defense.

Natalya Maze and husband, Andrew Maze, recently celebrated their daughter's first birthday. Natalya has been working at Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle for the last three years as a senior litigation attorney and was recently recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine.

David J. Billetdeaux, formerly a partner at the Cowan Moore Billetdeaux Law Firm of Richland, Wash., is now in-house counsel for the Port of Benton.

Jeffrey M. Dore has joined Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S. as a defense litigation attorney. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation.

Pavel Stepanov has been named a new CEO of Virtudesk, Inc., which provides virtual assistant services.

John H. Varga and Forrest Carlson '08 formed Assemble Law Group, PLLC. The Seattle-based practice primarily serves estate planning, probate, and business clients and develops technology projects.

Scott Kimberly practices on the Historic Public Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn., focusing on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury.

David J. Faber ran for and was elected to the Port Townsend City Council in 2015, where he is currently serving a four-year term.

Classmates David Faber and Sam Feinson recently celebrated the third anniversary of their law firm, Faber Feinson PLLC, in Port Townsend, Wash.

Chad W. McHenry was sworn in as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas office. He serves in the white collar unit as the office's lead cybercrime prosecutor.

Rosemary Boelens and Nicole Potebnya '05 have formed Tephra Law, PLLC, a South Sound law firm focused on providing collaborative and comprehensive legal services in the areas of real estate, contract, and business law.

Elise Fandrich is the new director of customer success at MetaJure, focused on helping lawyers discover new ways to access firm knowledge quickly and efficiently.

Katie Searing and Alex Hurt were married on February 11, 2017, in Issaquah. Alex is an attorney at Livengood Alskog in Kirkland and Katie is an attorney with Brothers Henderson Dussault in Seattle.

Jonathan Segura is a trial attorney at BASTA, a non-profit defending poor people from being evicted. BASTA was recently featured in Curbed LA.

Kasha Roseta is now a program supervisor with the Equity and Civil Rights Office at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She resolves discrimination allegations, conducts civil rights trainings, and monitors school districts for compliance with civil rights laws.


Zachary K. Haveman has joined Carney Badley Spellman law firm as an associate attorney.

Claire McNamara has joined Pacifica Law Group as an associate in its litigation group, where her practice will focus on trial and appellate litigation.

Kerri Gettmann works at the Law Offices of Sweeney and Dietzler.

Paul Barerra launched his own practice, North City Law. His firm provides representation in matters related to business, trust and estates, and tax position.

Emma Aubrey joined Ryan, Montgomery and Armstrong, Inc., P.S. in Silverdale, Wash. Emma lives on Bainbridge Island with her children and husband, Stetson, a 1L at Seattle University School of Law.

Patrick Carter completed an LLM in taxation law at the University of Washington and now works as a trust and estate attorney in Seattle.