Alumni Newsletter
Summer 2011
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Danette Wilkins 07 RIP shot 2 Deaths:

Danette D. Wilkins, '07, age 44, of Battle Creek, died Saturday July 2, 2011 at her home.


Danette is survived by her husband Dennis C. Wilkins, sons; Daniel O. Wilkins and Dillon J. Wilkins, all of Battle Creek, a sister; Dana (Bradley) Kraker of Grand Haven, her parents, Adam "Butch" and Joann Youngman of Grand Haven,and many loving nieces and nephews.


Her full Obituary is linked here. Please visit Danette's  memorial webpage for more information. 


Brian Potts, '05, and his wife Maria celebrated the birth of their sixth child, Charlotte Meara, on March 28, 2011. Mr. Potts practices civil litigation with Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads in South Bend, Indiana.

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Brian Potts '05 and family

Honors, Promotions and News:  

 AMSL Rising Star! 

James D. Fox, '03, has been named to the prestigious list of Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars for three

consecutive years (2009-2011). Mr. Fox is an associate of the firm Roetzel & Andress in Naples, Florida where he focuses his practice on matters involving litigation and governmental practice.Profile Here


Founded in 1876, Roetzel & Andress is a law firm with 12 offices throughout Ohio, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. The firm has more than 200 attorneys who provide comprehensive, integrated legal counsel in more than 40 different areas of law, and practice both nationally and internationally. For more information, visit  


Health Care Attorney

Adele P. Jorissen, '07, has joined Butzel Long as an associate in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office.  Adele Jorissen

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Ms. Jorissen served internships and clerkships with the Michigan Children's Law Center, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Juvenile Division, and the Department of Homeland Security. She also was a Legal Advocate at a local domestic violence shelter, where she accompanied and represented domestic violence survivors in court matters. Ms. Jorissen earned her BA from the University of Dallas.  


Her husband, Jonathan F. Jorissen, '07, is also an associate with Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills. He concentrates his practice primarily in areas of commercial litigation.  


Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website.

Victory Before 7th Circuit

Beverly M. Griffor, '07, scored an important win for her clients, a Chicago-area bridal shoppe, before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Her colleague, John O'Brien, '07, had successfully defended against the action in federal district court and aided in upholding his victory on appeal.


Learn more about Ms. Griffor, her cases, and her firm here.


Boutique Firm Thriving 

Former AMSL classmmates, Jason R. Lee, '05, and JungJin (J.J.) Lee, '05, are partners and co-founders of Lee, Lee & Associates, P.C. in Ann Arbor Michigan. Since opening in 2008, the boutique firm has concentrated its efforts on Trademark Law. Jason graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science and J.J. graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a BA in Psychology. For more information, visit

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Labor Issues Spark Testimony Before Congress

On June 1, Vincent Vernuccio, '07, testified before a Congressional House Oversight Committee on official time in the federal workforce.

Mr. Vernuccio is labor policy counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. area thinktank. He has also made several important media appearances in recent months on labor issues. Profile and Links Here.

Vincent Vernuccio on SEIU Organizing Tactics Manual 
Vincent Vernuccio on SEIU Organizing Tactics Manual

Navy Profiles Talented Bluegrass Musician

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Navy JAG Officer, Lt. William Bloomfield, '04, seen here out of uniform. He was profiled recently in the Northwest Navigator, a publication of the U.S. Navy. Full Article Here.

Lateral Move

Albert Starkus III, '05, joined the firm Fish & Richardson in its Dallas litigation group.


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Starkus worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. James L. Ryan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Detroit. Mr. Starkus graduated summa cum laude and first in his class at AMSL and earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Christendom College in 2001.


Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm with more than 350 attorneys and technology specialists practicing intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. For more information, visit

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Scenes from Graduation and Baccalaurate Mass

David Tomaino, Karen Mann, Jennifer Rowan, Brett Grannemann,

Gifty Duah-Boakye (left to right)


Stephanie Grewe, Nicole DeAnda, Katherine Budz, Cheryl LeDoux, Rebecca Rambo, and Stephanie Biearman

(left to right)

Fr Isanga at Baccalaurate Mass 2011

Professor Rev. Joseph Isanga offering a congratulatory hug

to a graduate after Mass

Chris Miller, Tamara Riadi, Nicole Cecchini, Sean Flynn, and John Shea (left to right)


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Nicole DeAnola, Cheryl LeDoux, Katherine Budz, and Rebecca Sanchez (left to right)


students at commencement 2011
Alexandria Everson, Christine Kaelin, Tamara Riadi (left to right)


Prayer for Graduates Taking Bar Examinations  

Please join me and the entire Ave Maria School of Law Community as we pray for our graduates taking bar examinations next week.



Almighty God, the giver of wisdom, without whose help resolutions are vain; without whose blessing study is ineffectual, enable me, if it be thy will, to attain such knowledge as may qualify me to direct the doubtful, and instruct the ignorant, to prevent wrongs, and terminate contentions; and grant that I may use that knowledge which I shall attain, to thy glory and my own salvation, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.


Samuel Johnson, 1765

Ian A. Northon, Esq.

Special Assistant to the Dean and

Director of Alumni Relations (Class of 2004)

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