Class of 1985 - 35th Reunion

Life After BC Law

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Catch up with classmates near and far

As a prelude to all the meeting and greeting we plan to do at our virtual 35th reunion, here are updates on classmates who are making us proud!

David L. Arons

Since 2014, I have been working as general counsel for Saxon Partners, LLC, a real estate development company in Hingham, Mass. I am devoting most of my time on the development of workforce apartment projects in several states such as Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maine, and South Carolina. In 2019, my father, Gilbert, passed away in Newton at age 94, and was survived by my mom, Jacqueline. My wife, Lynn Brandes, and I recently celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary, and we live in Sharon, Mass. Lynn is an optometrist and works in Canton and Taunton. Our son, Josh, graduated from American University Washington College of Law, clerked for a judge at the Montgomery County Circuit Court, and now is an attorney at a law firm in Bethesda, Md. I look forward to joining you all for the virtual reunion.

Ron Gerwatowski

I was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and confirmed by the State Senate in June, to become chairman of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. I started in July and have a term that runs to March 2026. 

Diane Lukac

I have spent the last year working as the Finance Committee Chair for Sara Gideon, the candidate who is trying to unseat the 24-year incumbent Republican, Senator Susan Collins. The race has received national attention because it is considered crucial by Democrats who wish to flip the Senate.

Jim McGiffin

We all need something to help us deal with the stress of our work. As a Family Court Judge, I spend my days hearing about child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and situations involving litigants who seem to just hate each other. So to put it all out of my mind I do what I have always done – I make music. I play in my community orchestra, and with my church choir, and I ran an Irish Traditional band for 25 years. But in recent years I have discovered just how cathartic blues music can be. I grew up in rock ‘n roll, and all rock ‘n rollers are children of the blues. Now I immerse myself in traditional blues with musicians who are fiercely committed to the genre. Whether I am playing with my band or jamming with friends and strangers, I am transported to a place where only the groove matters. It is an emotional and physical experience, after which I find myself recharged and ready to face my day-to-day with a positive attitude.

Audrey Yee

Wow, it’s been a crazy last five years. And that’s not even counting 2020. In brief, I continue to doggedly work for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit partner to the National Park Service in the Golden Gate National Parks, and my husband, Michael, is starting to wind down as a partner in his litigation law firm, both of us working entirely remotely. We had hoped to start spending more time ­– and our retirement – at our Kenwood (Sonoma Valley) property, but our home burned down in the Wine County fires in 2017. (Classmate Frank Lombardi and his wife Diane were our first overnight guests when we purchased the property when our son Samuel was in grade school.) We just received our rebuilding permit in late February, and at this writing, we have put yet another autumn pause on our thinking and doing. We had continued to do a fair amount of traveling, domestically and abroad, before sheltering-in-place, including more of Central Europe and Japan, trips that now seem so aspirational. Sam is a student at the Univ. of Washington but has opted to spend his fall quarter studying from his childhood bedroom. The good news is that everyone in my immediate family – including my parents and siblings – remain safe and healthy.