Bernadette Barnard ’98 was a corporate lawyer specializing in equity derivatives and securities. She passed away on March 12, 2012, at the age of 46.
Originally from Kearney, Neb., Barnard earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, she served as an assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City. While at the Law School, Barnard founded the wine tasting club “DeVinimus,” which hosted wine tastings for guests including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59 and Antonin Scalia.
Barnard’s friend Brian Threlkeld ’98, in a note to the Law School, wrote: “She showed that we will find the life of the mind richest when we are engaged with life as a whole, and with each other.”
Barnard is survived by her husband, Daniel Martz; her daughter, Alexandra; and her father and brother.