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Passed away July 4, 2007 at age 74
12/19/2007 3:30:55 PM AudreaS Attached is a recent press release issued by the Government of Argentina. Stanley G. Schneider Schneider & McKinney P.C. 440 Louisiana Suite 800 Houston, Texas 77002 713-951-9994 713-224-6008(fax) Houston, December 14th, 2007 On December 20, the Consul General of Argentina in Houston will present one of the country's highest recognitions, the "Orden de Mayo al Merito" -Order of Merit- to two Houston attorneys, Stanley Schneider and Scott Atlas, for their work on a high-profile death penalty case involving Victor Saldano, an Argentine national on Texas' death row. This award is presented to outstanding foreigners whose "services and personal works have been distinguished by and deserve the gratitude of the Nation." They are the first Texans to ever receive the award. The presentation will take place in the Rotunda at City Hall at 4:00 p.m. Schneider and Atlas are being honored for their successful effort to seek resentencing of Saldano, who received the death penalty several years ago after a state-sponsored psychologist testified that he deserved the death penalty based in part on the fact that he was Hispanic. Ultimately, the courts agreed that Saldano (and at least five others who were sentenced to death based on testimony from the same expert) should be given a new sentencing hearing. After the Saldano case was widely publicized, the Texas Legislature banned the use of similar testimony in the future. Schneider is a partner at the Houston law firm of Schneider & McKinney P.C. Schneider was born in Schenectady, New York and attend Linton High School. He graduated from Alfred University in 1971. Schneider is a 1974 graduate of St. Mary's University Law School and attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in 2000. Schneider lives in Houston with his wife, Susan, and children, Alexandra and Michael. Schneider is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the State Bar of Texas and is currently First Vice President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Schneider has received the Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas in 1997 and the President's Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association in 2003 for his work in death penalty litigation. Schneider has been recognized in criminal defense by "Best Lawyers in America" in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Texas Lawyer named him a "Super Lawyer" for 2004 through 2007 and one of the "Go To Criminal Defense Lawyers" for 2007. Atlas is a partner at the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, an international law firm with 19 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He specializes in complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Atlas is a former Chair of the 70,000-plus member American Bar Association Section of Litigation. He graduated in 1975 from The University of Texas School of Law. Atlas lives in Houston with his wife, Nancy, and has two adult sons. Atlas has been named in the "Best Lawyers in America" in commercial litigation repeatedly by Woodward White, the 2000 Distinguished Alumnus for Community Service by The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association, and the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Houston. He received the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association. He has served for several years as an ex-officio member of the Texas Criminal Justice Advisory Council, a gubernatorial appointment. Schneider and Atlas first worked together when they successfully represented Ricardo Aldape Guerra, who in 1997 became the first Mexican national ever released from Texas' death row.
12/19/2007 3:17:48 PM AudreaS From: Shardlow, Mark S Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 3:32 PM To: '' Subject: RE: Public Works Director Named National Trendsetter - Alfred Alumni Hey Keith - Congratulations on the award and your success, always great to hear how our Alfred Alumni are making a difference in today's world. I've passed your communication on to our Alumni Publications Editor, Debbie Clark, for inclusion in the April edition of the Alfred Magazine, you will find mention under the class notes section. If I can be of any further assistance please let me know. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Mark From: Cornell, Anne R On Behalf Of Alumni Relations Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 8:43 AM To: Clark, Deborah E; Shardlow, Mark S Subject: FW: Public Works Director Named National Trendsetter - Alfred Alumni Please see message below from Keith Reester. Thanks. Anne Cornell Alumni and Community Relations University Relations Alfred University Welcome Center (607) 871-2144 From: Keith Reester [] Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:09 PM To: Alumni Relations Subject: Public Works Director Named National Trendsetter - Alfred Alumni Mark, I'm sending out some press releases, thought you could use this for alumni news. Have a great holiday, and let me know what I can be doing to assist Alfred's mission here in Colorado. Keith Public Works Director Named National Trendsetter Public Works Director Keith Reester recently joined the ranks of such notable people as Bill Clinton and a 14-year-old mayor. In the November, 2007 issue of Public Works Magazine (, Reester was named one of 2007's 50 Trendsetters for the Public Works Industry. Reester was recognized for researching and developing strategies to bridge the skills gap that is anticipated as baby boomers begin to retire. Reester has done extensive parallel surveys in the U.S. and last summer in Australia. The bulk of Reester's work has focused on how to identify and develop new talent in the public works and engineering arenas for departments here and abroad. Earlier this year Reester was named an Eisenhower Institute/American Public Works Association International Fellow and represented the United States in Australia-another country anticipating serious labor shortages as a result of retirement. In addition to completing his fellowship which included interviewing industry leaders and conducting focus groups, Reester was invited to speak at several conferences in Melbourne and Cairns. Keith Reester is the Public Works Director on Loveland, Colorado; a city of 65,000 in one of the nation's fastest growing regions. Reester is also a 1990 graduate of Alfred University. Respectfully, Keith Keith Reester Director of Public Works City of Loveland 410 E. Fifth Street Loveland, CO 80537 (970) 962-2520 (970) 962-2908
Ordained on June 30, 2007 Bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. John Fisher College Master's of divinity degree from the Catholic University of America Theological College
Employed as a financial analyst with Bank of America
Baby daughter, Mae Grobengieser, on September 16, 2007
Daughter born, Stella Jeanne Riley, on August 1, 2007
Son born, Adrian Wayne Jones, Jr., on June 2, 2007
First child, Kayla Marie Edson, on August 20, 2007
First child, Kayla Marie Edson, on August 20, 2007
Deaths - Alumni
Passed away November 1, 2007
Frieda Wenger passed away on August 15, 2007
Died Thursday, Nov. 1, at 85
Passed away
passed away October 16, 2007 at age 74
passed away on September 22, 2007 at 84
Passed away September 25, 2007, at age 70
Passed away June 21,2007, at 69
Passed away, October 11,2007, at 59
Married to Kenneth F. Garrison, Jr., July 29, 2007
Married to Chris Nestico, August 3, 2007 in Buffalo, NY.
Marriage to Ian Stewart Hodkin on June 2, 2007
Married to Beth Ann Skivington on March 31, 2007
Married to J.D. Haesloop, Sept 1. 2007