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OBITUARY: Adolfo Cespedes Zavaleta LL.M. 2001

Our dear friend and former student, Adolfo Cespedes Zavaleta died suddenly in a car accident on April 7, 2012.  Driving from Piura to Lima, Peru, he was hit by a larger vehicle and died instantly.  All of us who knew him recall his passion and hard work.  Six years after graduating, Adolfo returned to Pittsburgh to participate in our conference on the Export of Legal Education.  We proudly continue to publish his photo and presentation from that event. 

Adolfo with Professor Ronald Brand and Professor Brand’s daughter, Megan, at Machu Picchu in June 2008





In the 2010-2011 school year CILE continued its Alumni Lecture Series with visits by Ivan Abrams (JD ‘75) and Ginny Nagy (JD ‘06).  Abrams, who is the Chief of Party for the DAI-USAID Mission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kosovo, spoke to students on October 14, 2010 and Nagy, who is Program Manager at the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine at the Department of Defense, spoke to students on April 1, 2011. Both spoke on the paths they took to get to their current positions and the skills they have seen as valuable for students seeking similar career paths. In fall semester 2011, Brandon Gardner (JD '06) and Ravi Reddy (JD '06) did a joint presentation about working for the UN Volunteer Program, the Department of Peace Keeping Operations, the UN Mission in Kosovo and the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste.



Ivan Abrams (JD ‘75) coauthored an article in the March 2011 edition of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange journal on “Kosovo - the Reset Button on Foreign Aid: A Report from the Support Project on Economic Diplomacy.”


Kathleen Bradley (JD ‘84) accepted a position as Counsel at K&L Gates. She will be establishing their new office Doha, Qatar.


Renee Martin-Nagle (JD ‘84) published her LL.M. thesis, “Fossil Aquifers: A Common Heritage of Mankind,” in the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law.  Her thesis received the Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship from George Washington University Law School. In April 2011, she accepted a position as a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.


Max Laun (JD '88) has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Alcoa. Read all about it.


James Kolan (JD ‘89) is starting his second year as a Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law.


Luke Dembosky (JD ‘94) received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for exmplary service and dedication in carrying out the mission of the DoJ. He received the award in December 2010 for his work on the investigation and successful prosecution of the largest cybercrime offender at that time.


John Blanck (JD ‘95) completed a 13 month posting as the first U.S. State Department attorney based in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is now working on international law enforcement and intelligence matters for the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.


Mark Walter (JD ‘95) accepted a position as a Principal Associate in the Trade and Investment Practice at Nathan Associates, a firm specializing in overseas development contracts.


Amanda Beamon (LLM ‘98) was promoted to Assistant General Counsel at H.J. Heinz Company in July 2011.


Alejandro Osuna (LLM ‘98) was selected to sit on the Advisory Committee of the Construction Industry Arbitration Center in Mexico City, Mexico. Alejandro was one of the drafters of “Model Contracts for Small Firms: Legal Guidance for Doing International Business” which was published by the International Trade Center of the United Nations World Trade Organization in 2010. He also wrote the chapter “Interpretation of the Sales Convention by Mexican Courts” for the book “Arbitration and International Contracting” in 2010.


Corin Stone (JD ‘98) married Chris Thuma on June 11, 2011.


Thomas Ogoreuc (JD ‘99) was appointed Executive Director - Law & General Affairs at U.S. Steel Serbia in Belgrade in September 2010.


Melissa Evans (JD ‘00) joined Jackson Lewis LLP in Pittsburgh  in July, 2011.


Francesco G. Mazzotta (LLM ‘00, JD ‘05) coauthored A Practitioner’s Guide to the CISG, published by JURIS in November 2010. He accepted a position with The Honorable Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the  U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as her judicial law clerk in Pittsburgh in August 2011.


Adolfo Céspedes Zavaleta (LLM ‘01) published “El Estado Empresario: Verdades, Conjeturas y Mitos Jurídicos” ("The State Enterpriser: Truth, Myth, and Legal Guesswork") in 2010. In November 2010, Céspedes accepted a position at the Peruvian Department of the Treasury as a Legal Advisor.


Daniil Fedorchuk (LLM ‘01) and his wife Anna welcomed their first child, Roman, on November 9, 2010.


Nasos Mihalakas (JD ‘01) authored an article in the March 2011 edition of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange journal on “China’s Investments in Greece - Creating Economic Opportunities for both Nations.”  On October 4, 2011, he was quoted in the TTalk Quote of the Day for October 4-5, 2011.

Charles Kotuby, Jr. (JD '01) authored an article titled "'Other international obligations’ as the applicable law in investment arbitration" in volume 14 number 5 of the International Arbitration Law Review.  He is also the current U.S. editor for Conflict of --, an authoritative online source for news on private international law.


Pavel Astakhov (LLM ‘02) and Luke Dembosky (JD ‘94) both chaired the delegations for their respective countries, Russia and the United States, at the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Child Protection, held in mid-February, 2011. [photo]


Evelyn Kamau (LLM ‘02) published “Domestic Adjudication of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Armed Conflict: Considerations for Prosecutors and Judges” in the African Journal of Legal Studies in 2011.


Irina Nurzad (LLM ‘02) and her husband welcomed their second child, a girl named [haven’t chosen name yet], into the world on June 18, 2011.


Robert Paulson (JD ‘02) and his wife Katie welcomed their second child, a son named Aidan Sweeny, into the world on May 17, 2011.


Oleksandra Gorak (LLM ‘04) joined the DLA Piper Kyiv office as an associate in 2010.


Vjosa Osmani (LLM ‘05, current JSD) was elected as a member of the National Parliament of Kosovo in January 2011. She was one of several members of the Democratic League of Kosovo to file a complaint at the Constitutional Court, Kosovo’s highest judicial body, addressing the constitutionality of the presidential selection process.


Annick Imboua-Niava (LLM ‘06), along with two other lawyers, opened her own firm, IKT, in Cote d’Ivoire.



Ines Litzenberger (LLM ‘06) accepted an associate position at Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek law offices in Brussels, Belgium in April 2011.


Ravi Reddy (JD ‘06) accepted a position at the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste as an Associate Legal Officer of the Legal Affairs Section.


Cynthia Yializis (JD ‘06) accepted a position as an Immigration Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Office of International Services in February 2011.


Thomas M. Beline (JD ‘07) and Emily Ruger (JD ‘08) are planning to marry on November 12, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA. Thomas is the President of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Pitt Law Alumni Association.


Aleksandra Jurewicz (LLM ‘07) and her husband Alex welcomed their second child, Alexander Jan, into the world on April 5, 2011.


Krista (Contino) Kahn (JD ‘07) is a law clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.


Amelia (Kuschel) Knollman (LLM ‘08) and her husband Friedrich, welcomed their third daughter, Aurelia Gracey Josephine, into the world on July 29, 2011.


Debra Lefing (JD ‘08) completed her position as a member of the Defense Team for the Accused at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in April 2011 and joined the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a legal advisor, focusing on international election law and election monitoring.


Emily K. Ruger (JD ‘08) and Thomas M. Beline (JD ‘07) are planning to marry on November 12, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA. Emily is the Vice President of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Pitt Law Alumni Association.


Maksym Sysoiev (LLM ‘08) gave a presentation on “Green Tariff Projects for Biomass” at the “Chemistry and Technology of Fats: Prospects of the Oil and Fat Industry” conference in the Crimea in September 2010 and the “Modern Technologies of Energy Production from Biomass” conference in October 2010 in Kyiv, Ukraine.


Erin Hoffman (JD ‘09) married Paul Gray on May 29, 2011. Erin is a Presidential Management Fellow, currently working at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.


Derek Illar (JD ‘09) published “Cyber Fatwas and Classical Islamic Jurisprudence” in the John Marshal Journal of Computer & Information Law in the summer of 2010.


Yongwook Kim (LLM ‘09) is a Prosecutor with the Korean Ministry of Justice at the Incheon District Prosecutors' Office, in Incheon, South Korea.


Chase LoVerde (JD ‘09) accepted a position as a Legal Consultant at IntegrityOne Partners in Washington, D.C. in October, 2010. He provides legal and policy support to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service in its attempt to transform the immigration process to a completely electronic, web‑based system. 


Elena Petraskova (LLM ‘09) was promoted to Vice President of Management Services and Administration at the US Steel Kosice office in Slovakia in February, 2011.


Donike Qerimi (LLM ‘09) accepted a position as a Legal Advisor at the Kosovo Ministry of Justice. She also served as a coach of the University of Prishtina team to the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition for the second year.


Raed Taher (LLM ‘09) joined Baker Hughes Saudi Arabia as the Legal Specialist for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait. He is engaged to Lama Taher and they are expecting to marry in the next year.


Lithemba Velleman (LLM ‘09) accepted a promotion and new position as Senior Associate at Bowman Gilfillan law offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Elina Aleynikova (LLM ‘10) was promoted to Vice President at Priroda Agricultural Holding Company, Ltd in Rostov‑on‑Don, Russia in November 2010.


Zana Berisha (LLM ‘10) accepted a position at a Team Leader at the Kosovo Private Enterprise Program, funded in part by the US Agency for International Development.


Carrie Cecil (JD ‘10) accepted a position as an Associate at Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, West Virginia.


Brittany Conkle (JD ‘10) accepted a position as a Legal Researcher at the Office of the Prosecutor Trial Division of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Lillian Destin (LLM ‘10) and her husband Yven welcomed their first child, Isaiah Magala, into the world on October 30, 2010.


Amy DiBella (JD ‘10) completed a six month internship position in February 2011 at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the Netherlands.


Yi He (LLM ‘10) is a legal assistant at West Legend Corporation, a China-headquartered construction company in New Jersey.


Eric Linge (JD '10) who completed an advanced certificate in Asian Studies, focusing on Chinese, and a study abroad in Singapore while completing his Pitt Law JD, is employed as an Associate in Transfer Pricing at KPMG Singapore.  In September 2011 Tsinghua China Law Review published his article titled "Trusts as Financial Instruments in China's Financial Markets."


Ryan Olden (JD ‘10) accepted a position as an analyst for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington D.C. in October 2010.


Chuan Tang (LLM ‘10) accepted a position as an associate at Guangxi Qianxing Law Firm in Nanning City, China. He still continues to work with his previous employer, Nanning City Legal Aid Center on a volunteer basis, providing free legal advice to disadvantaged members of the community.


David Willey (JD/MBA ‘10) accepted a position as a contractor at US Forces-Iraq in January 2011. He is currently in country, working with senior military officers and U.S. State Department foreign service officers.


Cristina Mariottini (LLM ‘11) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Milan Faculty of Law in February, 2011, and received her Ph.D. in Private International Law.


Morgan (Kronk) Matson (JD ‘11) accepted a position as an Associate in the Manhattan, New York office of Littler Mendelson P.C. She will be working with the firm’s growing international employment division.


James Quinn (JD ‘11) was in Benghazi, Libya in May with ACTED, a French NGO, and the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). James worked with the humanitarian support mission and also provided expertise on information mapping.


Abby Wilson (JD ‘11) accepted a position as Director of Public Sector and NPO Relations at the LUMA Institute in Pittsburgh.


Patrick Yingling’s (JD ‘11) article, “Learning Disabilities and the ADA: Licensing Exam Accommodations in the Wake of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008,” has been accepted for publication in the Cleveland State Law Review in 2011. Yingling will be teaching international commercial law and legal writing courses at Moi University School of Law in Eldoret, Kenya in the 2011 fall semester before returning to accept a position as an associate at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh.



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