Scranton Alumni Serving Others through the Practice of Law

As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, The University of Scranton strives to transform the personal ambitions of students into great desires for the promotion of justice and the common good. This ambition is a cornerstone of our University’s tradition of producing “men and women for others.” The alumni featured below have heeded the call, devoting their careers – and lives – to practicing law and the pursuit of equality, righteousness and fairness. Most importantly, these individuals – and the more than 1,500 Scranton alumni like them who have earned law degrees – are serving the needs of others.

While their profession has led these Scranton alumni far and wide en route to achieving distinction in virtually every area of the law, their Jesuit education laid the foundation — a foundation for peace and justice.

As Counsel to the Select Committee on Ethics of the U.S. Senate, Bill Corcoran, Esq. ’64 is one of eight attorneys who provide ethics guidance to members, officers or employees of the Senate. The former president of the University’s Debators Club, Corcoran calls it rewarding to serve “one of the most important institutions of government in our country.” Read more »
Vincent Reilly, Esq ’80, founder of the firm Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, maintains active ties with the University three decades after his graduation. In May, Reilly – as well as his wife, Eileen ’82 – spoke at a Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign reception at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. In his free time, Reilly is
an avid runner, hitting the road at least twice a week. Read more »
An agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania, April Phillips ’92 investigates white-collar crime including public corruption and mortgage and health care fraud. However, the former Royal continues to make time for the University, as shown here, participating
in a round-table discussion on campus in May
for students considering a career in law. Read more »
Before Col. Paul Toolan ’42 embarked on a legal career spanning six decades, he served as the University’s president of the senior class during the 1941-42 school year. According to The Aquinas, dated Sept. 26, 1941, Col. Toolan – a “dark horse candidate in the primaries” – defeated runner-up Matt Lynott by a margin of 50 votes to 35. Read more »
As the Senior Counsel West for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a small agency within the U.S. Treasury Department, Suzanne M. Sirotnak, Esq. ’90 represents the government in administrative proceedings involving the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act, the Webb Kenyon Act, and the Internal Revenue Code. Sirotnak’s area of expertise is the wine industry, and she fittingly works in office located in San Francisco, Calif. Read more »
A Scranton political science class introduced Hon. Thomas Rueter ’77 to the legal profession, paving the way for a successful career in law. The former Royal has taken an interest in helping University pre-law students reach their career aspirations. Read more »
Although M. Stacey Bach Esq. ’97 and Todd West were married in October 2009 in Washington, D.C., the wedding had a distinct Scranton connection as Rev. Ronald McKinney, S.J., Bach’s philosophy professor at the University, officiated the nuptials.   Read more »
Casmir Sondey ’80, a municipal court judge and an attorney in private practice in Wallington, N.J., explains the influence of his Jesuit education permeates in his life and plays an active role in decision-making on the bench.   Read more »
After spending more than two decades away from the University, Joseph Kadow, Esq. ’78 felt the pull of his alma mater a few years ago – thanks in large part to an invitation from Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J, the former University president. Kadow’s decision to become more involved led to him to accepting a position on the University’s Board of Trustees last year. Read more »