Harris Kline, J.D. ’79, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Harris is a mobilization assistant to command staff judge advocate assigned to the Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He has served in the military for 28 years.

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John P. Griffith, J.D. ’94, managing partner of Smith & Griffith, L.L.P., in Anderson, S.C., was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in South Carolina for 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. John concentrates his practice in representing injured employees in Workers Compensation claims. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Marc L. Roark, J.D. ’02, accepted the position of associate professor and director of the Office of Academic Achievement at the new Savannah Law School in Savannah, Ga. His previous appointments include the University of La Verne, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Tulsa.

Marlynne Bidos, J.D. ’09, Jamaica, N.Y., was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to obtain a master of laws degree in information technology and intellectual property at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, she was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Ghana next year. She chose the Rotary award because it will provide an opportunity for her to study intellectual property management from a human rights perspective.

The Hon. David Bowers, J.D. ’78, was re-elected on May 1, 2012, to his fourth four-year term as mayor of the city of Roanoke, Va. David, a Democrat, served two terms on Roanoke City Council from 1984 – 1992. He was first elected to serve as mayor in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. He was elected for his third term as mayor in 2008, and he will begin his fourth term on July 1. (

Elia Diaz-Yaeger, J.D. ’94, New Orleans, La., a shareholder with Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, was elected president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana for 2013. She is currently serving as president-elect of the Association. She also was selected for membership to the International Association of Defense Attorneys and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors for ASI Federal Credit Union.

Attorney Carl “Trey” Woods of Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.P. has been appointed to the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Election and Law School Committees. 

As the world's largest trial bar, the AAJ promotes a fair and effective justice system and strengthens this system through education. The AAJ’s Election committee is designed to enforce the rules for election and develop recommendations pertaining to changes in the election rules; it also conducts and oversees all AAJ’s elections.

Brian D. Perry Sr., J.D. ’88, was selected as the deputy chief of staff for personnel and logistics at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) located on the Presidio of Monterey. The DLIFLC is the world’s largest foreign language institute. The mission of the DLIFLC is to educate, sustain, evaluate, and support foreign language specialists under the guidelines of the Defense Foreign Language Program, which provides the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies with linguists fully capable of supporting U.S. national interests worldwide.

Erin Mulligan Graber, J.D. ’03, was appointed to the District Court bench for the Tenth Judicial District, which covers Wake County. Erin is currently in private practice in Raleigh, N.C., focusing on family, juvenile, and criminal law. She has held leadership positions in various legal organizations and has received recognition for her extensive pro bono work. Before attending law school, she worked at Interact of Wake County as an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

Frank Liantonio, J.D. ’88, Kenner, La., Adams and Reese partner, was re-elected president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans affiliate. He will serve a two-year term from April 2012 to March 2014. This is Frank’s second two-year term after originally being named president in 2010.


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