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Ever wonder what's going on with your former classmates? Welcome to Class Notes online where you can stay abreast of the latest professional activities and other important milestones in your classmates' lives. Visit often, as we are frequently updating the site, with information compiled from alumni, including news published in local and national media.

Amy F. Altman and co-authored an article, “Have We Got it All Wrong? Rethinking the Fabric of Estate Planning,” featured in Trusts & Estates magazine (Feb. 2016). Kestenbaum is a partner and Altman is an associate at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone, with offices on Long Island and in New York City. Kestenbaum is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law. (3/9/2016)

Clara J. Altman joined the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) as Director of its History Office, which is charged with promoting the preservation of the history of the judicial branch. Altman oversees the work of the historians at the FJC and plans and implements projects to promote the judicial branch. She was previously a visiting assistant professor at Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. (8/26/2015)

Ami Aranha joined Callan Capital in La Jolla, CA, as a client relationship manager. She is responsible for providing advanced personal financial planning and asset management to individuals, executives, and families. She is also a member of the Callan Capital Investment Committee. (3/9/2016)

Nora E. Christenson, previously a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, joined the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services in Albany, NY as Hurrell-Harring Implementation Counsel for Caseload Standards. She is the first person to hold this position and is working to improve New York State's public defense system in five counties by implementing the terms of the October 2014 landmark settlement in Hurrell-Harring v. New York State which called for the creation of a system for providing effective representation for criminal defendants. Christenson’s specific role is geared toward caseload relief (reducing caseloads and setting caseload standards to ensure quality defense). She is also part of a larger team that is working to address issues, including quality improvement, counsel at first appearance and creating eligibility standards. (11/3/2015)

Letitia A. (DeGrasse) Walker was promoted to partner in the intellectual property practice group at Akerman LLP. Based in Denver, CO, she focuses her practice on intellectual property issues in the life sciences area. (3/9/2016)

Matthew Haicken established his own firm in December 2015. He focuses his practice on personal injury, employment, and the representation of business owners in the liquor license process. (4/22/2016)

Jason B. Klimpl was promoted to partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. As an employment law attorney in the firm’s employment law practice, he advises businesses regarding wage and hour compliance, EEOC issues, and employment agreements. A frequent speaker on employment and staffing issues, Klimpl also serves as an associate general counsel of the New York Staffing Association. (3/9/2016)

Christian A. Matarese has been elected partner at global specialist law firm Dechert LLP. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and various private equity transactions, with an emphasis on domestic, cross-border, private and public company M&A. (3/9/2016)

Matthew A. Scoville became a partner in the New York office of Hunton & Williams LLP in the firm’s Capital Finance and Real Estate team. Scoville focuses his practice in the areas of construction and real estate finance, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development, leasing, and loan workouts and restructurings. (8/26/2015)

Maryann Stallone, a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution department of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, was named “Woman of the Year” by Festival of Song USA. Festival of Song USA keeps the Italian culture and arts alive through music, dance, and food. The award recognizes an individual’s drive to succeed, contribution to the community, and accomplishments in her profession. (3/9/2016)

Thomas Vance, an attorney in the Milwaukee, WI office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., was named leader of the firm’s Tax Exempt Organizations Team. Vance advises clients on international, federal, state, and local tax matters. (7/15/2015)

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