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Alumni Achievements

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February 2018

William E. Huber, JD ’68, Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William E. Huber Esq. with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Focusing his practice on family law, probate and business law, Huber is a well-known and reputable attorney in west central Ohio who has more than 40 years of relative experience. Located in the downtown area of Saint Marys, Ohio, The Law Office of William E. Huber is a small law firm that takes great pride in providing personal attention to each and every client. His firm has been in business since 1968. Huber formerly served as acting judge for the Municipal Court of Auglaize County from 2005 to 2015, assistant law director for the city of Saint Marys from 1972 to 1979, and assistant prosecuting attorney for Auglaize County, Ohio, from 1969 to 1976. He has lectured at the Life Long Learning Institute of Ohio State University and served as a contributing author to The St. Marys Anthology in 2013.

Elise N. McQuain, JD ’13, has been hired as an associate to join Frost Brown Todd in its Charleston office and Product, Tort and Insurance Litigation Practice Group. McQuain has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation throughout the state of West Virginia, including in cases involving alleged violations of the West Virginia Human Rights Act and Consumer Credit Protection Act. McQuain is currently serving as a parliamentarian of the West Virginia Symphony League and chairs/co-chairs several of the organization’s events. She is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit organization working to improve communities and make life better for all through numerous programs and charities.

MAY 2018

Arlene Dudeck, JD '88, a partner at Sahlaney & Dudeck Law Office in Johnstown, was presented with the fifth annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Solo and Small Firm Section Award during the association’s Annual Meeting on May 10 in Hershey. The award honors an individual lawyer who, or law firm that, has enhanced the professional reputations and abilities of solo and small firm attorneys in Pennsylvania. Dudeck is receiving the award for her dedication to the Solo and Small Firm Section—more specifically for her willingness to take on new section projects and for the creativity that she brings to the membership newsletter. 

Ned Hark, JD ’84, a partner of the Law Firm of Goldsmith, Hark & Hornak P.C. in Philadelphia, recently was a co-course planner for the Family Law Institute presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  He was also a presenter for the Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Practice Course. Hark, a past chair of the Family Law Sections of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations, is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has also chaired and served as a member of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Oversight Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Hark has been recognized by Super Lawyers for 15 years and by Best Lawyers in America since 2015. He is a frequent lecturer on family law topics and has appeared as a guest on several television programs dealing with divorce, support and custody issues.

James J. Ross, JD ’80, Beaver County Court of Common Pleas Judge James J. Ross began his second year of a two-year term as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, the association's policy-making body, at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting, May 11, in Hershey. Active in the organized bar for many years, Ross is currently co-vice chair of the PBA Judicial Administration Committee, and he recently served a three-year term on the PBA Board of Governors as the unit county governor representing county bar associations. Ross is a past president of the Beaver County Bar Association and has chaired the association’s Civil Rules and Charitable Giving committees. In 2008, he received the Judge James E. Rowley Service Award for outstanding commitment and dedication to the Beaver County Bar Association and to the legal profession. Ross served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Ross was a member of the Civil Justice Advisory Group to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which advised the court on the efficient and cost-effective management of civil litigation. He was also appointed by the U.S. District Court to the Merit Selection Committee to review candidates and to recommend finalists to the court for the position of U.S. magistrate judge. In November 2013, Ross was elected to a 10-year term as a Beaver County Court of Common Pleas judge. From 1991 to 2013, Ross was a partner in the law firm of Bowers, Ross & Fawcett and litigated plaintiffs’ personal injury claims and criminal defense cases.

June 2018

John Genovese, JD ’79, has been named one of 2018 Florida Super Lawyers, which honors the leading attorneys in the state. As one of the founding partners of Genovese Joblove & Battista P.A, Genovese was recognized as “Top 100” in Miami. Only the top 5 percent of all attorneys in Florida are named each year as Super Lawyers. They are selected through peer nominations and evaluations along with third-party research. 

Judge Howard Harcha III, JD '82, has been named to the board of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.  Judge Harcha of the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas in Portsmouth is a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference (OJC). He serves as co-chairman of the OJC’s committee on community corrections and on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors.

JULY 2018

Tessa R. Scott, JD ’14, has joined Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP as an associate. Scott is a member of the firm’s Asset Receivable Management and Consumer Financial Services team, for which she defends creditors against claims involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other consumer-protection statutes. She also has significant experience with insurance litigation defense, including premises liability in residential, commercial and municipal arenas.