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Texas A&M Law Professor Elected to Law Institute Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Huyen Pham has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and her A.B. in social studies from Harvard College, magna cum laude. She chaired the Immigration Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools for 2016-17. “My scholarship focuses on immigration law and the changing enforcement roles for the federal government, local governments and private parties,” said Huyen Pham in a statement on the Law School’s website. “ My most recent project, working with Professor Pham Hoang Van (an economist at Baylor University), measures the immigration climates created when states, counties and cities enact laws regulating immigrants within their jurisdictions.” Huyen Pham continued, “I am also passionate about my work in Vietnam (where I was born). I spent 2010-2011 teaching at a Vietnamese law school through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program and return to teach in the summers; I also work with a non-profit that supports development projects in rural Vietnam.” The ALI is the "leading independent organization" in the U.S. producing scholarly work to improve the law, according to a statement by the law school. Celebrating 90 years of existence, the Institute is made up of 3,000 judges, lawyers and law professors from the United States and abroad. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law that are influential in the courts and legislatures and in legal scholarship and education. Three Join Peckar & Abramson’s Construction Practice National construction law firm Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) announced that two litigation and corporate attorneys have joined the firm’s Houston office in the firm’s Construction & Infrastructure Practice. Timothy A. Rothberg has been named a partner and Jonathan Scott Miles has been named Senior Counsel in the firm’s Houston office. In addition, Ian Fullington has named as an associate in the firm’s Dallas office. Recently inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Rothberg provides both litigation services and corporate advice. He holds a B.A. in political science/communications from Houston Baptist University; and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Miles’ experience includes advising clients on a wide range of commercial litigation and corporate concerns, particularly in the construction and energy sectors. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, he served as Corporate Counsel for The Brock Group and as Vice President and General Counsel for Houston’s Wolfcreek Group. Miles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Washington & Lee University and a Juris Doctor degree from Drake University Law School, with honors. Fullington focuses his practice on construction litigation, commercial dispute resolution and construction defect litigation and has significant experience with Texas lien and bond claims. Prior to this, he was an associate with Griffith Davison, P.C. Fullington holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and economics from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. New Attorney at Family Law Firm KoonsFuller Family Law welcomed attorney Jessica Perroni to the firm’s Plano office. She previously had her own firm, Peroni Law, PLLC, with offices in Plano and Dallas, Texas. Before that, she was of counsel with criminal defense firm Lewis & Wilton LLP, representing clients in family law matters. Perroni received her Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 2009, and her B.S., with an advertising and media concentration, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association Family Law Section, the Collin County Bar Association, the Collin County Women Lawyers Association, the Frisco Bar Association, the Annette Stewart Inn of Court and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. Perroni can be reached at 5700 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 2200, Plano, Texas, 75093, (972) 769-2727. Austin Firm Welcomes Two Transaction Counsel Michael Best & Friedrich LLP announced the additions of Marianne S. Dwight and Sharmila “Shar” Kassam to the firm’s Transactions Practice Group, both of whom will hold the position of counsel in the Austin office. Dwight and Kassam will utilize their experience of business operations and allocator focus to advise investment managers in a full service manner, complimenting the firm’s nationwide practice. Dwight has advised clients in the public and private sectors through various transactional matters across multiple asset classes, including fund formation, financing and offerings, private real estate fund formations and joint ventures. Before joining Michael Best, she served on the investment committee and as general counsel for the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company with more than $65B of assets under managementDwight received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, her M.A from St. Edward’s University, and her B.B.A. in accounting, with honors, from Texas A&M University. Kassam advises on investment and transaction structures, asset allocations and asset management. Her investment and legal expertise are across multiple asset classes, including private equity, private credit, venture, hedge funds and infrastructure. Kassam previously served for over a decade as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the Employee Retirement System of Texas, a government pension plan sponsor with assets valued at over $28 billion. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.B.A. in accounting, with honors, from The University of Texas. New Patent Agent Harness Dickey announced the addition of Spenser Schwabe to its team of intellectual property professionals. She currently serves as a Patent Agent in the firm’s Dallas-Fort Worth office. Schwabe previously served as a summer associate with the firm in 2018. Her practice focuses primarily on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients in the medical device field. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Clemson University. In addition, she also holds a Lean Six Sigma certification. Schwabe recently took the Texas Bar Exam and is awaiting the results in early November. “We are excited to have Spenser on board full-time,” said Harness Dickey Principal Gerald Welch, in a statement by the firm. “We got to know her well last summer and are proud to have her back with us as she gets started on what we expect will be a very strong legal career.” Associate Blank Rome LLP announced that Abdul S. Abdullahi has rejoined the firm as an associate in the Intellectual Property and Technology group. He is based in the firm’s Houston office. Abdullahi rejoins Blank Rome from Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent matters. Abdullahi is admitted to practice in California, Florida, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, and his B.S. in electrical engineering and B.B.A in international business from Florida International University. Firm Receives 2019 Human Trafficking Litigation Firm of the Year Award The Texas firm of Fish & Richardson, with offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston, has received the 2019 Human Trafficking Litigation Firm of the Year award from the Human Trafficking Legal Center. This national non-profit organization creates a bridge between highly-skilled pro bono attorneys and trafficking survivors to ensure that survivors have access to justice. Fish was selected for this year’s award for its remarkable victory in Alfaro v. Gandy, winning a $1.43 million civil award on behalf of plaintiff Jose Alfaro, a teen survivor of sex trafficking. Fish won the civil case on summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on March 14, 2019, and the court awarded $1,436,409 in compensatory and punitive damages on April 24, 2019. “We are honored to receive this award, and proud to have achieved such a rare and substantial award for our client,” said Andrew Kopsidas, the Washington, D.C.-based Fish principal who led the trial team. “We admire Jose’s courage and fortitude in pursuing this case, and hope it will encourage other trafficking survivors to come forward and hold perpetrators accountable for their egregious actions. We look forward to our continued work with the Human Trafficking Legal Center.” In addition to Kopsidas, the Fish pro bono trial team included associates Bethany Mihalik and Alex Kykta. Also assisting on the case were senior principal Danielle Healey, principal Jayme Partridge, and associate Bailey Benedict. Kopsidas accepted the award for the team at the Human Trafficking Legal Center’s annual On My Side Awards event on October 17 in Washington, D.C. Dallas Attorney Sworn In as President of NAFUSA Locke Lord’s Dallas partner Paul E. Coggins, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group, was sworn in as President of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA) during its annual meeting held from September 25-27 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Coggins, who served as the organization’s President-Elect for the past year and previously as Vice President, was U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001. Coggins twice served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Council and, in 1998, became its Vice Chair. As U.S. Attorney (appointed by President Clinton), he prosecuted the nation’s first “three strikes” case in Texas and some of the earliest cybercrime cases in the United States. He is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Houston Attorney Elected Senior Care Nonprofit Chair National Senior Campuses Inc. has elected Michelle Bohreer to chair its board of directors. Bohreer is the first female chair of NSC, a Springfield,Virginia-based nonprofit organization founded in 1999 that governs 16 affiliated seniors housing communities. She previously served as corporate secretary of the organization and has been an independent director for two NSC communities in Texas, Highland Springs and Eagle’s Trace, for the past 10 years. The NSC board of directors also oversees the management company, Erickson Living Management, which has staffing and service agreements with each NSC community. Bohreer said her main goals for NSC as chairwoman are to increase diversity among the residents and staff of the communities, upgrade the technology so that residents have access to the latest new features such as smartphone apps, and to expand the influence of the NSC communities outside the gates through involvement and collaboration with local residents on civic issues that impact everyone in the local community. Bohreer is a partner in the law firm of Bohreer & Zucker LLP, an employment law defense and commercial litigation firm located in Houston. A licensed certified public accountant, Bohreer graduated from the University of Houston Law Center. Huyen Pham                                                                                                                                                                            [Courtesy Photo.]

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