Class Notes: Life Events
David D. Vineyard, Class of 1982
David Vineyard, JD, MD, had the pleasure of leading a charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro last July to benefit Neema Village, an orphanage in Arusha,Tanzania
J. Robert Beatty, Class of 1979
J. Robert "Rob" Beatty has retired from Locke Lord LLP after forty years of practice. He and his wife Leslie reside in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts.
Patricia O’Connell Alvarez, Class of 1987
Justice Patricia O. Alvarez
Justice Patricia O'Connell Alvarez was recently re-elected to the Fourth Court of Appeals. She is grateful to her friends and family for their support.
Carolyn Owen, Class of 1981
Carolyn Owen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Farm Credit Bank of Texas, will retire form the cooperatively owned wholesale funding bank on Dec. 31, after 35 years of Farm Credit Service. Owen joined the legal department of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Texas in 1983. Over the years and through several bank name changes, she has held the positions of attorney, senior attorney, associate general counsel, assistant general counsel and deputy general counsel.Read More
Raymond A. Villareal, Class of 1993
Raymond A. Villareal's first novel entitled "A People's History of the Vampire Uprising" will be published on June 5, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company. Film rights were sold to 20th Century Fox in a pre-empt deal in 2017. There is plenty of case law in the novel so Raymond made good use of his law degree!Read More
James P. Hill, Class of 1978
James P. Hill was elected as the Chair of California Lawyers Association (CLA) by his fellow members of the CLA Board of Representatives. The CLA officially launched on January 1, 2018, shifting oversight of the 16 Sections together with the California Young Lawyers Association from the State Bar of California to a new voluntary bar association. CLA’s mission is focused on providing educational and networking opportunities.
Hill practices primarily in bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial law.
Christopher Hawkins, Class of 1993
Sullivan Hill shareholder Christopher V. Hawkins has been appointed Vice President of the California Bankruptcy Forum for the 2017-2018 term. As Vice President, Hawkins will manage the Pro Bono Project and oversee all pro bono efforts of CBF. CBF is committed to supporting pro bono efforts of the various local Bankruptcy Forums and County Bar Associations throughout the state. Hawkins practices insolvency and commercial bankruptcy, business transactions, and commercial and business litigation.
Andrea Fair, Class of 2011
Andrea Fair, '11, welcomed a new baby boy, Everett Thomas Fair, on January 14. Baby Everett weighed in at 9 lbs 4 oz and 21.5 inches long.
Mary Fuentes Valdez, Class of 1989
In October of 2009, Mary Fuentes Valdez and a colleague, Brenda Lee Knowles (University of Houston School of Law) formed YTIA (Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to assist youths leaving State foster care. The organization is doing great work in the community.Find out more about YTIA.
J. Scott Sheehan, Class of 1976
J. Scott Sheehan, a shareholder with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was recently elected as president-elect of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel (TABC) at its 39th annual convention in New Orleans.
Megan Sheffield, Class of 2013
Megan Sheffield, '13, welcomed daughter Mila Love Sheffield Motaghedi on Aug. 16, 2015.
Elise Harriger, ’08 and Matt Harriger, ’10, Class of 2008
Elise Harriger, '08 and Matt Harriger, '10, welcomed their twins, Evaline and Wiley, in February 2015.
Stephanie Potter, Class of 2008
Beginning this month, Stephanie Potter, a Partner at Naman Howell Smith & Lee PLLC, will lead the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association as its President, taking the reins from Lauren Schoenbaum of the Schoenbaum Firm, PLLC. Potter has been actively involved with MAMAs for over four years.
David Kitner, Class of 1973
David Kitner was reappointed by the Texas Supreme Court to a second 3 year term on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals and has been elected Board Chair. He is a partner with Strasburger & Price in Dallas.