’79 Classmates Stay Connected

Thirty-five years after graduating from GW Law, five members of the Class of 1979 are still closely connected. The group members, who have kept in touch since meeting in their first-year contract class, gathered recently for their own mini reunion. Pictured at the get-together are (from left to right):

Tod Gold, who practices environmental law with Joyce Ziker Parkinson in Seattle. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gold worked at WMATA and the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters. 

Art Hoffman, who practices health care litigation with Thomas, Thomas & Hafer in Harrisburg, Pa., after previously working for Duane Morris LLP. Before entering private practice, he worked at Israel’s Environment Ministry in Jerusalem and served as a prosecutor for the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine.

Barry Hartman, who practices environmental, white-collar, and administrative law at K&L Gates in Washington, D.C. Previously he served in the Justice Department as deputy assistant attorney general, and as deputy general counsel to the governor of Pennsylvania.  

Mike Hammer, who is now retired after serving as a communications lawyer at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in Washington, D.C.

Steve Katich, who practiced law for four years before being hired to help bring Major League Baseball to Denver. Today, he is the director of business development and government relations for JE Dunn, a large national general contractor.

The five have enjoyed their own private pool for the NCAA tournament for more than 35 years, betting on who would pick the fewest right. The lucky winner gets a T-shirt. They send their congratulations to the Class of ’79 and encourage anyone in the Denver, Harrisburg, Seattle, or Washington, D.C., areas to look them up.