Class Notes, Winter 2021-22 Issue

Recent updates about UW Law School Alumni, where they are in their career and what recent news they have to share.


Howard Quenton Bain ’72 received the 2019 Brigadier General Olan G. Waldrop Jr. Unsung Hero Award from Judge Advocate General Jeffrey Rockwell, Lt. General, U.S. Air Force. Bain retired from the Department of the Air Force in 2015, having received the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award and two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards during his career.


Ned Jaeckle ’80 retired in June from the Colorado State Public Defender Appellate Division. One of the many appellate cases he litigated was Nelson v. Colorado, 137 S.Ct. 1249, 1251 (U.S. 2017), holding that Colorado violated due process by requiring defendants whose convictions have been reversed or vacated to prove their innocence by clear and convincing evidence to obtain the refund of costs, fees, and restitution paid pursuant to the invalid conviction.

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Syl Sobel ’83

Syl Sobel ’83 coauthored Boxed Out of the NBA: Remembering the Eastern Professional Basketball League, a book examining the Eastern League, the top pro basketball minor league in the country in the 1950s and ’60s, when the NBA had ten or fewer teams and an unwritten quota on African American players. Sobel and his coauthor, Jay Rosenstein, interviewed more than forty former Eastern League players, officials, owners, and fans to highlight a bygone era in pro basketball and underrecognized players.


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Cherylyn Harley Lebon ’91

Cherylyn Harley LeBon ’91 joined Copart’s board of directors. She also currently serves as a partner with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig based in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the firm’s corporate and government contracts practice.

Bryan A. Schneider ’92 recently joined the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the firm’s financial service group.

David Ansel ’93 retired from private practice after twenty-one years at Loeb & Loeb LLP and seven years at Thacher Proffitt & Wood and now focuses on environmental matters. At Loeb, he was a partner in the corporate department specializing in mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and joint ventures. He now serves as a trustee of the Waterkeeper Alliance and as a director for the Westchester Land Trust.

Arthur Gollwitzer ’94 has joined the Texas-based law firm Jackson Walker LLP as a partner in the Austin office. Gollwitzer combines experience as a federal prosecutor with twenty-five years in private practice and focuses on intellectual property litigation. He is also highly experienced in criminal matters and internal investigations.

Frank DiCastri ’97 was named the chair of the business reorganization practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren. DiCastri focuses on insolvency proceedings, including corporate reorganization cases, liquidations and receiverships, and other litigation and trial work arising from sophisticated commercial transactions.


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Carol R. Ashley ’00

Carol R. Ashley ’00 joined Jackson Lewis PC as a counsel at the firm’s Washington, D.C. region office. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and has experience concerning a wide range of civil rights issues arising in educational institutions, including the enforcement of federal statutes pertaining to harassment and discrimination.

Brian Joseph Bushaw ’04 was appointed as family court commissioner in Outagamie County. Bushaw has practiced as a family law attorney and Guardian Ad Litem for sixteen years.

Nicki Vander Meulen ’04 was included in the video “State of Disabled Women in Politics” alongside other elected officials, including Pennsylvania State Representative Jessica Benham and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. In 2017, Vander Meulen was elected to the Madison Metropolitan School Board, becoming the first openly autistic school board member in the United States.

Beth Ann Richlen ’06 was named the executive director of Wisconsin Judicare, the civil legal aid provider for northern Wisconsin and members of the eleven federally recognized tribes.

Randy Enochs Jr. ’07 joined Magna International, Inc., an automotive supplier, as in-house labor and employment counsel.

Gabriel Krambs ’09 co-founded DISCO, a legal technology company. The company went public in July 2021 and is listed on the NYSE under the ticker LAW.

Elizabeth Wamboldt ’09 was promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady. She is a member of the intellectual property team in the firm’s Milwaukee office. Wamboldt focuses her practice on IT transactions, commercial contracting, e-commerce, IP counseling, and data privacy.


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Caroline Hecht ’11

Caroline Hecht ’11 has been promoted to partner at Buckley Fine Law. She concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, prenuptial planning, and guardianships. Hecht also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for the Lake County Circuit Court’s probate division.

Emily Kelchen ’11 relocated her government affairs and legal marketing firm, Kelchen Consulting, to the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

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Jorge Fragoso ’12

Jorge Fragoso ’12 joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP, where he practices in the firm’s criminal defense, appellate, and civil litigation teams. He previously worked at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office.

David Groose ’13 was promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady. He is a public finance attorney in the firm’s Milwaukee office. He serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and special tax counsel representing a full range of governmental issuers and financial institutions.

Travis Romero-Boeck ’14 joined Regal Beloit Corporation as its associate general counsel in litigation. He was previously a senior associate at Quarles & Brady, where he served as national counsel to clients in product liability litigation matter.

Emily Paust ’14 joined Symbiont Sciences as assistant general counsel and contracts manager. She develops and negotiates contracts with clients and vendors for the firm’s construction, design-build, and engineering, procurement, and construction services.

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