June 2021

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James Connelly, JD ’66

James Connelly was appointed as an associate judge for the city of Sugar Land Municipal Court.

Lyn Fenwick, JD ’75

Lyn Fenwick from Macksville, Kansas, shared news that her recently published book, Prairie Bachelor: The Story of a Kansas Homesteader and the Populist Movement, was named a Notable Book about Kansas for 2021 by the State Librarian of Kansas.

Jim Kennerly, JD ’86

Jim Kennerly was named General Manager and CEO of the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association (MOCA). He joined the funeral, cremation, and cemetery company as its in-house counsel in 2011 before being named president in 2016. MOCA is the leading provider of funeral, cremation and burial services in the greater Fort Worth area.

Hon. Daniel O'Brien, JD ’01

Hon. Daniel O'Brien was appointed Judge of the Hays County Court at Law No. 3. He also serves as President of the Hays County Bar Association. Upon his appointment, he commenced closure of his private practice, Daniel O'Brien Law, P.C., a civil litigation and mediation firm.

Hon. Artie Renee Pobjecky, JD ’01

Hon. Artie Renee Pobjecky has been selected as a federal immigration judge in Houston. After years of representing immigrants in legal matters from her Winter Haven, Florida, office, she will be assigned to removal proceedings for non-residents facing deportation.

Britta Stanton, JD ’02

Britta Stanton, has joined the Castaneda Firm in Dallas as a partner. She currently serves as chair of the Court Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Texas.

Jennifer Seale Job, JD ’07

Jennifer Seale Job, counsel for ExxonMobil in Beaumont, Texas, has accepted an invitation to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. She serves as the sole in-house counsel for the ExxonMobil manufacturing complex in Beaumont. She manages a broad range of issues including environmental and safety compliance, contractual matters, real estate, personal injury litigation, dispute negotiations, and labor and employment.

Kathryn Boatman, JD ’08

Kathryn Boatman, counsel at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, was recognized by Houston Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree.

Alex J. Bell, JD ’09

Alex J. Bell is a founding member of Ziegler Gardner Bell PLLC in Dallas. The firm expands on its decades of success representing Architecture and Engineering (A&E) firms in all aspects of their day-to-day operations. The firm also has other industry clients in the construction, real estate, and insurance fields.

Clay Allen, JD ’10

Clay Allen has been promoted to General Counsel of the Houston Rockets. Clay began his career with the Rockets as a part-time Marketing Associate in 2001, working his way up within the organization for six years before leaving to attend Baylor Law. He returned to the Rockets as Associate General Counsel in 2013.

Bryan Bufkin, JD ’11

Bryan Bufkin has been appointed Judge of the 355th Judicial District Court in Hood County by Governor Greg Abbott. Bryan is a partner at Bufkin & Adams, PLLC., and previously served as an assistant district attorney for the Johnson and Somervell Counties District Attorney’s Office. He is a volunteer coach for the Granbury Athletic Association and former member of the United Way of Hood County Board of Directors.

Gabrielle M. Shayeb, JD ’16

Gabrielle M. Shayeb was promoted from Associate Litigation Attorney to Senior Counsel this year at Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP in Dallas.

Joshua Dunegan, JD ’19

Joshua Dunegan joined Ford + Bergner LLP’s Houston office as an associate in the Estate Planning and Administration Groups.

Joseph Shaneyfelt, JD ’19

Joseph Shaneyfelt has joined Greenberg Traurig as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in Austin.

Molly Maier, JD ’20

Molly Maier has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Houston as an associate.