Class Notes

James Gale '13


James Gale '13 has joined the Chicago law firm of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Gale focuses his practice on medical negligence and healthcare, and also has extensive experience with civil rights litigation.

E. Alex Espinoza '14


Alex Espinoza '14 was selected as a 2016 Honors Attorney for the Federal Communications Commission. Alex is serving in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.

Tegan Machnich '09


Tegan Machnich '09 was recently promoted to Chief Deputy Public Defender in Clark County, Nevada.

Angel Wawrzynek '09


Angel Wawrzynek ’09 has been re-elected to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors after a contested election. Wawrzynek is an attorney with the Tapella & Eberspacher law firm in Mattoon where her practice focuses on civil litigation and personal injury cases.

John McGuinn '65


John McGuinn '65, who is a former chair (1989-1990) of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry, was invited to the 40th Annual Meeting of the organization in Nashville TN in April to give a short presentation on the early history of the Forum. McGuinn enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the struggles and successes of the organization's earliest days and was the oldest former chair in attendance.

Neil Fox '85


Neil Fox '85 has been named the 2016 recipient of the William O. Douglas Award by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The highest award presented by the organization, the Douglas Award recognizes "extraordinary courage and commitment in the practice of criminal law." Fox is in private practice in Seattle, focusing on criminal defense and human rights cases.