Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2014

FRANK KOSTIK JR. Frank Kostik Jr. graduated from Mercyhurst in 2001 with a major in political science and an ROTC commission. When his fellow cadets were heading to active duty, he requested a waiver to pursue a degree in law. It was only a temporary delay, though. After earning his J.D. from Harrisburg’s Widener University School of Law in 2004, he entered the Army. His frst assig nment was as a legal assistance attorney at Fort Riley, Kansas, but he worked his way rapidly up through the ranks. He’s held a range of legal posts, including a deployment to Iraq during “the surge” as a brigade judge advocate, and earned a Master of Laws degree from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Now a major, he’s part of the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, assigned as senior defense counsel at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and acting senior defense counsel at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In that role, he defends soldiers accused of committing crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies like sexual assault and murder.

It was Professor Michael Federici’s American Government class that drew Frank to political science, and a recommendation by an ROTC instructor that aimed him toward the law. He’s grateful for the preparation he received at Mercyhurst, particularly in case analysis and legal writing. The notoriously rigorous requirements of the poli sci department taught him to stay ahead of the reading, he says, and that’s a major component of success in law school. Frank’s wife, Alison L. Fedrow, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, so she splits her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and their home in Kansas. Frank’s brother, Adam, graduated from Mercyhurst in 2011 with a double major in philosophy and political science – and an ROTC commission. He earned his degree this spring from the University of Dayton School of Law.

LINDSEY WEBER KELJO Lindsey Weber Keljo ’04 majored in political science and world languages (specifcally Russian and Spanish) a t Mercyhurst. After her 2004 graduation, she did campaign work for the Republican Party in Pennsylvania for a couple of years until one of her clients – Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Garhart – encouraged her to take the LSAT and apply for law school. Before and during college, she worked as a child entertainer and clown, under the stage name “Rainbow.” She wrote about that experience when she applied to law schools, impressing admissions ofc ers enough to win entrance to schools like Michigan, Duke and the University of Pennsylvania. She chose top-rated Michigan, whose admissions director told her, “You’re the frst clo wn we’ve ever let in.” Graduating in December 2008, she accepted a job in Washington, D.C., with Patton Boggs LLC (later Squire Patton Boggs), a law fr m that is also consistently ranked as the nation’s top lobbying fr m. Lindsey loved her job, which allowed her to use her legal degree to advocate on behalf of her clients on Capitol Hill and with the regulatory agencies. Perhaps because she joined the fr m during the depths of the recent fnancial crisis, she specialized in fnancial ser vices, focusing on, among other things, many of the regulations that have stemmed from the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Earlier this year, she accepted a new position as counsel to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a trade association

that includes many of her former clients. At SIFMA, she will continue to advocate on behalf of the fnancial ser vices industry. Lindsey and husband Michael Keljo (an executive with Hilton Worldwide) welcomed

son Charles John (Charlie) earlier this year. They look forward to raising him in D.C., which she says has some of the best schools in the nation, multitudes of educational activities, and where she expects him to meet “lots of Washington dorky famous people.”The frst time she took Charlie to a work event, she recalls, Ken Starr kissed his head.

In her spare time, Lindsey likes to enjoy all the Washington area has to of er, from exploring museums and historical sites, to hiking just outside the city limits, to walking the streets of Old Town, Alexandria, where she lives with her family. She also enjoys playing soccer on a recreational team with fellow Michigan alums and spending time with her dog, Marcie.


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