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Simao J. Avila J.D. '83 is Senior Counsel, Legal & Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Avila was labor and employment counsel for the Office of General Counsel, University of California. He was previously a partner with Littler Mendelson where he represented private and public sector clients on nearly all aspects of employment and labor law. He lecturers at Leland Stanford University, Law School (Gould Center) and at University of California - Boalt Hall on negotiations and ADR. He was a comments editor for Santa Clara Law Review at Santa Clara University, which published an article he authored, entitled "The Erosion of the Exclusionary Rule." He has presented on various subjects at professional conferences and speaks regularly on pertinent labor and employment issues dealing with the complexities of today’s diverse work force. To assist employers with one of those difficult contemporary challenges, while at Littler Mendelson, he co-authored a handbook entitled Terror and Violence in the Workplace. Avila is also co-author in A Litigator’s Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (CEB, 2005).
Simao “Sim” Avila J.D. ’83 was named a Diversity Champion Finalist in the 2012 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards publication, a joint production of the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.
Avila became a lawyer to create social justice in the world around him. It was a natural outgrowth of his years studying philosophy and existential phenomenology at St. Patrick’s College and law at Santa Clara University. In October 2011, he earned the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the cause of equality, social justice, and human rights.
Born on St. George Island in the Portuguese Azores, Avila worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Puerto Rico before coming to California. He practiced law as a partner at Littler Mendelson. Then as the labor and employment counsel for the University of California.
Martha C. Artiles '83 is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Manpower, one of the world's leading staffing and employment firms. At Manpower, Artiles oversees strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, and her expertise is organizational change, recruitment, quality management, and mechanical engineering.
Robert H. Thomas '84 is the Managing Attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Hawaii Center in Honolulu. Thomas joined PLF in 2003, and he directs land use, coastal zone, and environmental litigation across the State of Hawaii at the appellate and trial levels. His area of specialty is land use and eminent domain, but Thomas appreciates having a range of issues to tackle at PLF Hawaii. He is also Of Counsel to Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a Honolulu firm that is one of Hawaii’s leaders in land use law.
Laura Rogers Stimson '84 and husband Charles "Cully" Stimson welcome children 3 and 4, Will and Cate--they join Ian and Sophia, both 7 years old. Laura is Director of the Career Litigation Track for the US Navy and Cully is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.
Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."
Santa Clara Trustee Mary Stevens ’84 and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, have made a $7.7 million gift to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University.
James Stapleton '84, has joined 800-lawyer Littler Mendelson as the Chief Marketing Officer based in San Francisco.
Thomas M. “TJ” Spear, Jr., '84, a lawyer in Bend, Ore., with a private practice focusing on criminal defense and litigation, announced his candidacy in March for Oregon's Circuit Judge of the Deschutes County Circuit Court.
Prior to his entering private practice, Spear was a deputy district attorney in the State of Oregon for over 12 years. He is an accomplished trial attorney having both prosecuted and defended high-profile criminal cases, including murder and other serious crimes. Spear also previously served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and worked in the energy industry.
Monica Smyth J.D. '84 of Stamford, Conn., was appointed a member of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities on October 27. The council is a governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. Smyth works as a family resource support coordinator for Abilis, Inc., a Greenwich-based not-for-profit agency.
Steven Ryan ’84 has been working in Jakarta, Indonesia, since 1996 as senior management in the field of freight transportation and logistics. Steven earned his master's degree in engineering from RMIT University (Australia) in 1994 and is currently pursuing his MBA. His wife, Evi, is from Indonesia and two boys, Vincent and Lawrence, attend an international school.
Bob Reid MBA '84 has been admitted to the PhD program in business at Oklahoma State University.
Timothy McMahon J.D. ’84 was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association and one of the top 100 Irish American attorneys in the United States by the Irish Voice for 2013. Tim and his wife Lisa Twomey McMahon ’83 live in Los Gatos with their 3 children.
Timothy D McMahon Corsiglia McMahon & Allard 96 N 3rd St 620 San Jose Ca 95112
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Mary McCurdy '81, J.D. '84 writes: "I live in Menlo Park, CA with my husband Kevin McCurdy. We have two children, Helen (22) and Brigid (19). Kevin and I have our own law firm, McCurdy & Fuller, in Menlo Park. As we are now empty nesters, we are enjoying traveling."
Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84 has been elected to SCU’s Board of Trustees. Along with her husband, Mark, a former partner in the venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, Mary has been active in education philanthropy with their support of numerous educational organizations in California. Earlier in her career, Mary spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley. She served as a Vice President at Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank in Santa Clara. Their philanthropy has included a $500,000 gift to endow a fellowship program for graduates of the high school Mary attended in Portland, St. Mary's Academy, who wish to attend SCU. In a gesture to honor the late former president of Santa Clara University, in 2008 the couple donated $7 million for the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center.
Megan Martinelli '84 writes: "I will be installing my son, Phil, as an incoming freshman at SCU come September. I can now honestly say, 'I birthed a Bronco!'"
Steven Laufer MBA '84 is leaving employment with the state of California, for General Motors in Phoenix.
Shelley (Simmons) Kapur '84 and husband Vineet live in Portland, where Shelley is a project manager for Aerotek.
Shelley (Simmons) Kapur ’84 is working for TEKsystems Global Services as a project manager in Portland, Ore.
Shelley Simmons Kapur ’84 and her husband, Vineet, live in Portland, Ore., where she works as a delivery manager for TEKSystems Global Services. Shelley recently joined the Rose City Rollers, a women's flat-track roller derby league, and skates with their recreational team known as the Wreckers.