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Continuing Legal Education
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Sharon McIlnay, JD, 1989
Sharon McIlnay is a member of Matias Energy LLC, an energy industry focused consulting and project development company formed in 2007 by McIlnay and her business partner, Tom Miller. Prior to founding Matias Energy, McIlnay served as general counsel for CMS Enterprises Company for 15 years. While at CMS, McIlnay had overall legal responsibility for approximately $7 billion of independent power production, electric distribution and natural gas transmission, storage, gathering and processing assets located across North and South America, Australia, the Middle East and India.
Andy Massey, JD, 1997
Chief Legal Counsel for Valmont Industries
Andy Massey became chief legal counsel for Valmont Industries, an international company known for being the world’s biggest pivot manufacturer, in July 2006. In reality, pivot manufacturing makes up only approximately 20 percent of Valmont’s business, according to Massey. The Omaha-based company, which has more than 9000 employees in 20 countries, also manufactures streetlights and utility poles and is a leader in the custom galvanizing business.
Eartha Jean Johnson, JD, 1994
Eartha Johnson applied her law degree in a creative and unconventional way by forming LegalWatch, Inc., a legal staffing and training company aimed at advising other companies and their employees about how to avoid litigation through risk mitigation, diversity, ethics and employment law training. LegalWatch’s clients include Shell, Wal-Mart, Halliburton and Exxon. Johnson began LegalWatch after a successful career practicing commercial and environmental law for Exxon and working for the United States Department of Justice. Using the knowledge and information she gained through her legal practice, Johnson created classes that focused on helping companies avoid behaviors that can often force them into unnecessary settlements or lead to costly litigation and damaging headlines.
Thomas Wayde Pittman, JD, 1992
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Thomas Wayde Pittman is Head of Chambers for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a Directorate-level position within the United Nations. His primary responsibility is to serve as the principal legal adviser to the President and Judges of the Chambers of the ICTY, providing guidance and direction on the most complex and sensitive of legal issues and taking responsibility for directly supervising such matters where necessary. He is also responsible for the management of Chambers and the supervision of Chambers staff (which currently numbers about eighty lawyers) and represents Chambers legal support within the Tribunal as an institution. He will be part of closure of the Tribunal at the end of 2017 upon completion of the final two cases.