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Tuesday, January 1, 2008  
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Daniel Brodsky - Bowker Inn 1987

Phi Delta Phi Barrister member, Daniel Brodsky, is described as diving into the "gritty defence cases most [of his] colleagues avoid" in this article from the Toronto Star dated September 5, 2009.


Hon. Patrice M. Ball-Reed - Stevens Inn 1984

Long-time ISBA member and active committee participant Patrice M. Ball-Reed was sworn in as a newly elected Cook County Associate Judge on September 26, 2008. When asked how she felt after receiving the good news in a phone call on September 15, Judge Ball-Reed joyfully answered, "Overwhelmed. I have ten days to pack up my office of five years and transition my work to someone else.” [From "Journey to Judgeship: An Interview with Judge Patrice M. Ball-Reed" written by Mona M. Stone]

Marc L. Levine - Cardozo Inn 2006

(July 2009) Marc L. Levine, attorney in the Orlando office of GrayRobinson, P.A., was recently selected to serve on the Stetson Lawyers Association Advisory Council. Levine's new position on the advisory board is in keeping with Gray Robinson's firm culture founded in leadership and initiative. "I am honored to have been selected to serve as a member of the Advisory Council, " says Levine. "I look forward to working with fellow alumni and contributing to the future of the law school and its students."

Wade Vandiver - Wood Inn 2002

R. Wade Vandiver has become a partner at Eggleston & Briscoe in Houston, Texas. Wade is primarily a civil litigation and appellate attorney with an emphasis representing individuals and companies in complex commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience in commercial general liability policy claims, as well as oil and natural gas matters. As a value-added service, Wade also assists his clients in small estate planning and probate matters.

Wade has served as Phi Delta Phi Asst. Province President and Province President of Province 22 - Texas since 2003.

Carolyn Bolyes - Leflar Inn 1991

Carolyn Vieth Boyles, a freelance writer and a spinal cord injury survivor herself, has written a handbook for everyone touched by a spinal cord injuryindividuals, family members and friends, and medical and legal professionals. The book, A Complete Plain-English Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Valuable Information From a Survivor, was published by iUniverse in late 2007. Her websites are www.carolynboyles.comand

The Hon. R. Roy McMurtry - Osgoode Inn (Honorary)

The York University Board of Governors announced the appointment of Roy McMurtry, former Ontario chief justice and attorney general, as the 12th chancellor of York University. McMurtry, who also served as Canada's high commissioner to the United Kingdom, will be installed as chancellor in May.

McMurtry will succeed former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory, who has served as York's chancellor since 2004.

To learn more, click here


Robert K. Rae- Osgoode Inn (Honorary)

Bob Rae served as Ontario's 21st Premier, and was elected eight times to federal and provincial parliaments. Bob has a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and was a Rhodes Scholar in 1969. He obtained a B.Phil. degree from Oxford University in 1971 and was named a Queen's Counsel in 1984. Bob has received numerous honorary degrees and awards from Canadian and foreign universities, colleges, and organizations. To find out more about him, click here.



Jonathon T. Tichy - Sutherland Inn 2003

Jonathon T. Tichy (Sutherland Inn 2003) joined Prince Yeates & Geldzahler in May 2005 after two years with the law firm of Parker & McConkie. Mr. Tichy is licensed to practice law in Utah and Nevada, and has experience serving business and individual clients in both states. Mr. Tichy’s practice involves all aspects of civil litigation and appellate work. Mr. Tichy has participated in several jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations, and was co-counsel on a case that resulted in a record jury verdict in one Utah court. He has prepared appellate briefs for cases at the Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court and has successfully represented clients in oral argument before the Utah Supreme Court.

On a national level, Mr. Tichy is also active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, and in Phi Delta Phi, one of the largest and most prominent legal associations in the United States.

Mr. Tichy’s prior experience includes work at a leading Nevada law firm, the Utah Supreme Court, and two of the top international commercial and litigation firms. He also has extensive overseas professional experience. He has spent nearly six years living and working abroad in various business, legal, and governmental capacities.

Mr. Tichy graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He was selected as a Phi Delta Phi Balfour Scholar in 2003. He was a regional semifinalist in the Jessup Moot Court Competition in Hawaii and a top contender at the Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Tichy also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and is a published author of several articles and analytical surveys. He was recently invited to author an essay for a much-anticipated historical publication of the Slovak National Library and Archives. In 1998, Mr. Tichy was invited to address the Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business in Vienna, Austria to discuss a groundbreaking study that he co-authored on female entrepreneurship. That same year, he was selected as a Fascell Fellow by the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs in Washington, DC, for his academic and professional work in international business and foreign policy. In 2004, Mr. Tichy was appointed to the Board of Fellows for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. He has also been an occasional guest commentator on various radio programs.

In the late 1990’s, Mr. Tichy worked for the U.S. Department of State as a political officer and analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. He was responsible for overseeing several legal and judicial reform initiatives in Central Europe, and was the Embassy’s liaison to the American Bar Association’s Legal Institute in Prague. Mr. Tichy also played a key role in researching and preparing the State Department’s Annual Human Rights Report and the inaugural Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, for which he was awarded the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award. Additionally, he served as the Staff Aide to Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador John Shattuck. He was also an official OSCE-sanctioned election monitor in several post-communist countries in Europe.

Mr. Tichy is an avid hockey fan, and previously worked for an NHL hockey team in player relations and development.

Mr. Tichy is certified fluent in both the Slovak and Czech languages.

David V. Wilson II - Wood Inn 1993

David V. Wilson II, a shareholder with the Houston law firm of Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering, has been named to H Texas Magazine's list of the Best Lawyers in Houston. In addition, he has been named associate editor of The Houston Lawyer, the official journal of the Houston Bar Association.

Mr. Wilson can be reached at

Appeal Justice Rosalie Abella - Osgoode (Honorary)

Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Rosalie Abella has been tapped for Canada's highest court. Madame Justice Abella was graduated from University of Toronto law school in 1970. She practiced civil and criminal litigation before being appointed to Ontario Family Court in 1976, then to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992.

The Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Chapnik - LLB 1976

Dear Fellow Alumni:

It is my pleasure to announce to you that Atul Tiwari (Osgoode Inn '87) will succeed me as President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association as of the September 21, 2004 Annual General Meeting. I am sure all of you know that Justice Dennis O'Connor (LLB '64), who was to succeed me, is heading the Maher Arar Inquiry and had to withdraw his acceptance of the position.

But the Alumni Association has never been in more capable hands. Atul, who has served as Vice-President of the Alumni Association for the past three years, will bring a fresh and forward-thinking outlook to the Law School and its alumni. Atul is currently the Managing Director in the Mutual Fund and Investment Management area of the BMO Private Client Group and I know the Law School will make good use of his business savvy and management skills.

I want to wish Atul and the rest of the Board of Directors good luck in the coming years, and thank the Law School for the wonderful opportunity to represent such an exceptional group of alumni for the past three years.

It has been my pleasure.


The Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Chapnik (LLB '76)
President, Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association

Ms. Julie Pietrzen, Esq.- Ranney Inn 2004

Province President for Province 13, Julie Pietrzen was also the International Graduate of the year in 2004 and honored at the General Convention in New Orleans in 2005. To read more about Ms. Pietrzen and one of her most recent accomplishments, click here