Introducing the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board
Introducing the Scalia Law Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board, formed in August 2021 to assist in articulating and implementing the Law School’s strategic vision, to expand our base of support for the Law School’s programs, and to raise awareness of what we do.
Lisa Estrada, JD’ 99
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Life Point Health in Nashville, Lisa is also a part-time professor of law at Seattle University School of Law, teaching courses on health industry compliance. She serves as a frequent conference speaker for the Health Care Compliance Association. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in health care law. Prior to entering that field, she worked in politics as a field representative and later as a press secretary in the US House of Representatives.
Laura Fraedrich, JD ‘95
Laura, who graduated first in her law school class, is Senior Counsel, Global Trade and Policy, at Lowenstein Sandler LLP. She handles complex international trade matters, including CFIUS, economic sanctions, export control, customs, and trade remedy matters in the energy, semiconductor, telecommunications, defense, and transportation sectors. Formerly, Lisa was a partner at Jones Day and at Kirkland & Ellis. She serves on the board of directors of Kluwer Law International’s Global Trade and Customs Journal.
Travers Garvin, JD ‘04
Travers is the Managing Director, Public Affairs, at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR). Travers is married to Jessica Garvin, JD ’05. For eight years he was an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, representing clients on public policy matters before Congress. He previously served as a policy aide in Congress, where he focused on issues before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Melissa Glassman, JD ‘87
Melissa is the first woman to serve as office managing partner at McGuireWoods LLP. She has spent her entire 25-year career at the firm in the Complex Commercial Litigation Department, becoming the first woman to chair that department. Melissa has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for construction industry litigation every year since 2013.
Jina Hwang, JD ‘05
Jina is Senior Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, Federal Reserve Board. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Scalia Law, where she has taught courses in legal writing and in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a frequent course instructor for the Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy. Jina is a board member of Scalia Law’s Corley Institute for Diversity and Inclusion Education.
Chidi James, JD ‘01
A partner at Blankingship & Keith, P.C., Chidi is a trial attorney focusing on wrongful death, products liability, and inadequate security cases. He was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America in 2014 for products liability litigation in the DC area. A staff judge advocate for the US Armed Forces since 2002, he serves with the National Guard Bureau Legal Service Office. In 2019 he was honored with the Dean’s Medal for Alumni Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services.
David Landers, JD ‘93
David has over 20 years of experience leading legislative and regulatory advocacy campaigns for trade associations, asset managers, investment and commercial banks, insurance companies, and lobbying law firms. He is Managing Director and head of US government affairs at Mizuho, a leading financial institution. David also serves as an adjunct professor at Scalia Law, directing the supervised externship program and placing students as interns on Capitol Hill and at lobbying firms. Before entering private practice, David was a Capitol Hill staffer in both the House and Senate.
Taylor Meredith, JD ‘16
Taylor currently serves as a counsel, US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, having previously served at the EPA as senior advisor and policy counsel. She has also been an associate counsel at American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. She was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Commercial Law at Scalia Law, served on the Moot Court board, and was honored at graduation with the Law School Community Service Award. She also mentors Scalia Law students, helping them find internship and clerkship opportunities.
Christopher (Chris) Nolen, JD ‘99
Chris is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and also executive vice president of McGuireWoods Consulting. In his government affairs practice, Chris represents clients before the Virginia legislature, executive branch, and state and local agencies. He specializes in legislative and regulatory strategy, grassroots campaigns and campaign finance, lobbying compliance, drafting legislation, administrative law, public official gift and contribution rules, and government ethics laws.
The Honorable Charles (Chip) Nottingham, JD ‘94
Chip is Founder and Principal at Charles D. Nottingham PLLC, a legal, regulatory, policy, and government relations consulting firm. In the Department of Transportation, he held the roles of commissioner, vice chairman, and chairman and CEO of the Surface Transportation Board, in addition to director of policy and government relations for the Federal Highway Administration. He has also been commissioner and CEO of the Virginia Department of Transportation. He is a board member of the DC Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.
The Honorable Maureen Ohlhausen, JD ‘91
Maureen is a partner at Baker Botts LLP, chairs the firm’s Global Antitrust and Competition Group, and is also a Scalia Law adjunct, teaching courses on privacy law and unfair trade practices. She received the Scalia Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She has been acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, as well as director of the FTC Office of Policy Planning and an attorney advisor. For her FTC service she was honored with the Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also served on the ABA Task Force on Competition and Public Policy and was a senior editor of the Antitrust Law Journal.
Marcia Thompson, JD ‘98
Marcia is the former Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Jensen Hughes, a global leader in safety, security, and risk-based engineering. She is an attorney and criminal justice consultant with more than 20 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Marcia has owned a mediation consulting service and has been a consultant to law enforcement agencies. For eight years she was a faculty member at Bowie State, teaching law, criminal justice, social justice, and sociology. She began her career as an intelligence analyst with the DEA.
David Whitestone, JD ‘98
David is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, and the executive partner of the firm’s Washington, DC, office. After working on Capitol Hill on the House Appropriations Committee and as a staffer for a Virginia congressman, David joined the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation Practice Group. He serves on the boards of the Congressional Management Foundation and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Craig Young, JD ‘82
Of Counsel at Kutak Rock LLP, Craig is a seasoned litigator with more than 35 years of experience in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. His practice is focused on commercial transactions and civil litigation, including sales and secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and creditors’ rights under the Bankruptcy Code. He was an adjunct at Scalia Law for 20 years, teaching courses on bankruptcy law and supervising the bankruptcy externship program. From 2014 to 2019, he was recognized as a top Virginia attorney by Super Lawyers, and in 2019, he was honored for his pro bono work by Legal Services of Northern Virginia.