M. Dawes Cooke Jr. (Law ’76 L/M) has been chosen the No. 1 attorney in South Carolina for the 2015 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers; this is the second consecutive year that he has topped the list. Mr. Cooke is a member lawyer with Barnwell Whaley in Charleston, where he focuses on complex civil litigation, professional liability defense and personal injury litigation. He frequently lectures on alternative dispute resolution.
Robert F. Graboyes (Col ’76 A/M) received the 2014 Bastiat Prize for Journalism from the Reason Foundation. The international competition honors “writing that best demonstrates the importance of individual liberty and free markets with originality, wit and eloquence.” His recent monograph, Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care, offers a new paradigm for analyzing American health care policy. Mr. Graboyes is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of health economics at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Health Administration. In his spare time, he writes and records music.
C. David Hein (Col ’76, Grad ’82 L/M) has been named to the board of trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of George C. Marshall through various conferences and symposia, a museum, a research library and archives, and more. Mr. Hein is a professor of religion and philosophy at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where he has taught since 1983.
Daniel J. Hoffheimer (Law ’76 L/M) has been elected to the board of directors of Linton Music, a chamber music organization in Cincinnati under the artistic leadership of internationally acclaimed musicians Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson.
James C. Lewis (Col ’76 L/M) has been appointed to the Accomack Circuit Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Before he joined the bench, he was a personal injury attorney for 35 years. Judge Lewis also is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. He is serving a one-year term as president of the l’Anson-Hoffman American Inns of Court.
Eston “Dusty” Melton (Col ’76 L/M) has been elected secretary of the first national board of directors of Scouts for Equality, the nonprofit organization that spearheaded the successful effort to allow openly gay youth to be members of the Boy Scouts of America. The organization is currently leading the campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban against adult volunteers who are openly not heterosexual. Mr. Melton, former chief political writer for the Miami Herald, is chairman of Global Projects Inc., a Miami-based political consulting and lobbying firm.
Natasha Saje (Col ’76) recently published two books, Vivarium, a book of poems; and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, a book of essays. She is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and also teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a low-residency MFA program.
Paul A. Tershel (Col ’76 L/M) has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; this is the seventh consecutive year he has been on the list. He is owner and principal of Tershel & Associates in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he focuses his personal injury practice on serious injury cases resulting from medical malpractice, automobile accidents, defective products and injuries to workers on the job.
Jill Stein Tietjen (Engr ’76 L/M) has been named chief executive officer of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which is located in Seneca Falls, New York. She has a long affiliation with the hall, having attended every induction ceremony since 1994, and has served on the hall’s board of directors since 2009, most recently as president.
Donald C. Wright (Law ’76 L/M) was elected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Lawyers.” An attorney with Rogers Towers in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Wright was recognized for his expertise in trusts and estates.