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Lawrence Guyot ’72, a long-time civil rights leader and community activist, died on Nov. 23 at the age of 73. A Mississippi native, Guyot was one of the original members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and founding chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. His efforts to have blacks included among the Mississippi delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention was unsuccessful but paved the way for their inclusion at the party’s convention in 1968. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Washington, DC, representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, described Guyot, who was severely beaten for his civil rights activities on several occasions, as the “unsung hero” of the civil rights movement.
Richard F. Kessler ’48, who practiced law with the Newark firm of Kessler and Kessler from 1948 until 1980 and then as a solo practitioner, died on Nov. 10 at the age of 90.
Thomas Judd McCormick ’72, who retired as assistant ethics counsel in 2002, died on Oct. 15 at the age of 69. McCormick was an assistant prosecutor in the Mercer County and later Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and then worked as managing attorney at the Insurance Company of America. In 1983 he joined the office now known as the Office of Attorney Ethics within the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Hon. Charles M. Morris, Jr. ’48 died on Oct. 10 at the age of 92. After practicing law for 14 years, Judge Morris was appointed to the Middlesex County District Court in 1962, to the County Court in 1966, and then in 1972 was promoted to the Superior Court where he served until stepping down in 1981 due to health issues.
Stuart R. Koenig ’72, a partner at Stickel, Koenig and Sullivan and long-time attorney to the Millburn Planning Board, died on Sept. 15. He was 65 years old.
William N. Ogden ’51, who for many years was in private practice in Somerville, died on Aug. 28 at the age of 88.
Howard Martin Newman ’66, a partner practicing educational law with Kalac, Newman & Lavender PC, died on Aug. 20 at the age 73.
Richard Allen Koerner ’59, who was of counsel in the firm Koerner & Crane LLC, died on Aug. 10 at the age of 80. Koerner was a deputy attorney general during the Gov. Richard Hughes administration, was a Municipal Court judge for Hillsborough Township and the Borough of Rocky Hill, and practiced law in Hillsborough for 35 years.
Laura Farina ’88 has become a member of the firm at SmithDehn LLP and head of the firm’s new Washington, D.C. office. She had been vice president for legal affairs at Discovery Communications, Inc.
Senior Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux ’87 has been appointed co-chair of the Amicus Committee of the National Association of Women Judges.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly named Steven Sheehan ’81, a partner in Wistow, Barylick, Sheehan & Lovely, PC, as one of the 2012 Lawyers of the Year.
Gov. Chris Christie has appointed Martin Perez ’86, president of the latino Alliance of New Jersey, to the Rutgers University Board of Governors. His six-year term will begin on July 1.
The Charmer, written by former prosecutors Richard Muti ’80 and Charles Buckley, was a finalist for a 2012 USA Best Book Award in the true crime category.
Donna J. Jackson ’96 is the author of the new book Not One Second Late.
William S. Greenberg ’67, a partner at McCarter & English and retired Brigadier General, has been nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Rutgers Magazine has a profile of Donna Lieberman ’73, executive director of the New York ACLU, in its Fall 2012 issue.
The corner of Clifton and Bloomfield Avenues in Newark has been named Federico Velez Esq. Place in memory of Federico Velez ’75, who died in 2009. Velez, who was a founding member of the Rutgers Association of Latin American Law Students and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, maintained law offices adjacent to the corner for almost 30 years.
The Bergen County Bar Association has selected Lorraine A. Abraham ’74 as the Hon. Peter Ciolino Professional Lawyer of the Year. Abraham is a partner at Schiffman, Abraham, Kaufman & Ritter, P.C.
Donita Judge ’03, staff attorney with the Advancement Project, spoke about voting rights as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show.
Mirtha Ospina ’96 has been sworn in as a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Hudson County. Judge Ospina, previously a Middlesex County assistant prosecutor, is temporarily assigned to Union County.
Lurethra Stribling ’01 won a unanimous decision before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Geraldine Murray and Odis E. Murray v. Plainfield Rescue Squad and a remand to the trial court.
James A. Goniea ’90 has joined Wiggin and Dana LLP as a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution Practice Group, resident in the Philadelphia office. He was previously vice president and general counsel of American Driveline Systems, Inc. and its AAMCO and Cottman brands.
Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff ’73 has been temporarily assigned to the New Jersey Supreme Court, effective October 1. Judge Cuff has served on the Appellate Division since 1998.
Jessica Goldberg ’09 has been named the first Partner in Hope Fellow by Partners for Women and Justice. The goal of the fellowship is to help victims of domestic violence secure restraining orders, safe visitation and custody arrangements, and financial support.
Crowell & Moring LLP has added Walter Nagel ’84 to the Washington, DC office of its Tax Group. Nagel focuses his practice on handling tax planning, tax policy and controversies for clients nationwide. He is a past chair of the ABA’s Committee on State and Local Taxes and current chair of the Hispanic College Fund.
Carol Marcus ’69 has been elected to a two-year term as a vice president of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey.
Philip Kwon ’94 has been appointed deputy general counsel for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Previously he was New Jersey’s first assistant attorney general.
Michael Beggs ’10 has joined MTBC, a healthcare IT company serving providers throughout the country, as a director of its client relationship management team.
Louis Freeh ’74 won widespread praise for his investigation of Penn State’s role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
Howard University School of Law has named Professor Okianer Christian Dark ’79 as its interim dean. She had served as associate dean for seven years during the tenure of Dean Kurt L. Schmoke.
Martin Cabalar ’11 has joined Becker & Poliakoff in its Morristown office as a member of the firm’s Community Association Law practice.