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December 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Alumni Connect has launched!

On December 2nd, Fordham Law and the Fordham Law Alumni Association launched Alumni Connect, an online community that allows you to establish networking contact with other Fordham Law graduates, search for classmates by practice area, graduation year or geographical region, and reconnect with Law School friends. You can also review and update your personal contact information quickly!

Alumni Connect is web based and password protected, so you are able to log in securely from any device with Internet access. Log on to to claim your account. All alumni should have received an ID and temporary password for Alumni Connect in early December. If you did not receive this email please contact Emma Angevine Narvaez.

Reintroducing Fordham Lawyer Magazine

After a hiatus in its publication, Fordham Lawyer magazine has been reintroduced to showcase faculty scholarship and the robust academic community of Fordham Law School, as well as the achievements of our alumni and students. Your print copy should arrive later this month. View it online here.

2012 Rising Star Awards: Nominate a Classmate or Colleague!

Nominate a Fordham Law classmate or colleague for Fordham Law School’s Inaugural Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Awards will recognize extraordinary achievement by alumni who have graduated within the last 15 years, beginning with the class of 1997. Each year, one alumnus/alumna will be honored in each of the three following areas:
  • Private practice
  • Government, public interest, and non-profit
  • Business

To submit a nomination, click here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16th

Recipients will be announced in January 2012 and a cocktail reception honoring the recipients will be held at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP on Thursday, February 16th. The entire alumni community will be invited to share in the celebration.

Upcoming FLS Events

   2012 AALS Reception

Thursday, January 5, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Park Tower Suite 8222, Lobby Level
Washington, DC 20008

RSVP here

Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2000-2011

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023

RSVP here

  Rising Star Awards Reception

Thursday, February 16, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
767 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10153-0023

RSVP here

Current Trends Networking Series with Professor Richard Squire
Thursday, January 19, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Joseph DeSimone’ 94
Mayer Brown LLP
1675 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
RSVP here

Greater Palm Beach County Chapter Reception
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30 PM
Hosted by Ambassador Earle I. Mack
1950 S Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, FL 33480-5100
RSVP here

Miami Chapter Reception
Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Stuart McGregor ’76
100 Andalusia Avenue
Apartment 405-6
Coral Gables, FL 33134-6112
RSVP here

Current Trends Networking Series with Professor Howard Erichson
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Loretta Shaw-Lorello’93
Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1618
RSVP here

Fordham Law Comes to Asia 

Seoul Alumni Reception
Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:00 PM
Location: TBD
RSVP here
Beijing Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
7:00 PM
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
2301 China Central Place Tower 2
No. 79 Jianguo Road
Beijing 100025, China
Host: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
RSVP here
Shanghai Alumni Reception
Thursday, March 15, 2012
7:00 PM
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Unit 1601, Jin Mao Tower
88 Century Avenue
Pudong, Shanghai 200121
People's Republic of China
Host: Howard Wu '98
RSVP here

Hong Kong Alumni Reception
Saturday, March 17, 2012
7:00 PM
Location: TBD
Host: Gary Wigmore '82
RSVP here

European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner
Barcelona, Spain
June 15 – 16, 2012
Following on the enormous success of last year’s meeting of the Fordham Law Alumni Association meeting in Rome, the European Chapter will meet in June 2012 in Barcelona – Spain’s magical port city. 

For details, click here.
RSVP here

News and Reminders

Leah Hill Receives Fulbright Award

Clinical Associate Professor Leah A. Hill has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados during the 2011–2012 academic year. Hill is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this academic year.

To read the complete article, click here

Moot Court Team Named Champions and Receive Best Oralist Award in National Criminal Procedure Tournament

Fordham's moot court season has started on a high note with the Championship and Best Oralist in the country in the National Criminal Procedure Tournament.
The issues raised were whether the warrantless installation of a GPS device on a suspect's car violated the Fourth Amendment, and whether statements made to law enforcement officers before Miranda warnings were given fell under the public safety exception to Miranda, even if the identified threat to safety would have occurred several hours later and miles away from the interrogation.
The team members were Michael A. Keough ’13 (Best Oralist) and Lindsey A. Olson ’13.  The team's faculty coach, Professor Maria L. Marcus, noted: "These students showed extraordinary promise from the outset of their preparation for the competition.  They swiftly incorporated suggestions and continuously developed new insights.  This outcome recognizes their energy and talent."

SAVE THE DATE! FSSF 21st Annual Public Service Auction

Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship 21st Annual Public Service Auction
"A Bright Future, A Brighter City"
Thursday March 1, 2012
Silent Auction:  6:00 pm
Live Auction:    7:30 pm
Edith Platt Atrium, Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Mark your calendar for a fun night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and friendly bidding wars over a variety of exciting auction items-- all to help fund summer grants for students working in unpaid public interest legal internships.

Brendan Moore Trial Advocates Finish Second in Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

After six rounds and over three days, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy 2L team of Graham Amodeo, Kevin Ramnarain, Anne Reilly, and Tanya Rolo (coached by Fordham alums Adam Shlahet ’02 and Kate Donoghue ’10) finished second among 30 schools in the Eighth Annual Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition. The team lost a close Championship round to the University of Georgia.

Also, 3L Jenna Felz received a Best Advocate Award for the highest score among all the advocates during the National Pretrial Competition’s third round.

To read more on the Moore Advocates’ achievements this semester, click here

Fordham Law to Offer Certificate in Assert Management Practice and Regulation

Fordham Law has launched a certificate program in Asset Management Practice and Regulation, in collaboration with the Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA).  This certificate, which is delivered online (with the option of a live component), includes highly specialized courses designed to prepare participants for careers as compliance officers, compliance practitioners, or counsel within the asset management industry. 

Professor Sean J. Griffith, the T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center, has been named Director of the Asset Management Practice and Regulation Program.  “We are delighted that Fordham is the first law school in the nation to offer such a program," he said. "We are confident that this program will be a fertile training ground for those seeking careers as compliance officers, compliance practitioners, or counsel within the asset management industry.

For additional information, please visit the program web page.

Become a Judge for the Kaufman Moot Court Competition

Each spring, Fordham Law School hosts the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition.  Held in honor of Chief Judge Kaufman, a Fordham Alumnus who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Kaufman Competition has a rich tradition of bringing together complex securities law issues, talented student advocates, and top legal minds.   

The year’s Kaufman Competition will take place on March 23, 2012 to March 25, 2012.

Our esteemed final round panel includes Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the Tenth Circuit; Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, of the Ninth Circuit; Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the Sixth Circuit; Judge Richard A. Posner, of the Seventh Circuit; Judge Jane Richards Roth, of the Third Circuit; and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
We are currently soliciting practitioners and academics to judge oral argument rounds and grade competition briefs.  No securities law experience is required to participate and CLE credit is available.

Information about the Kaufman Competition and an online Judge Registration Form is available on our website.  Please contact Michael A. Kitson, Kaufman Editor, at or 212.636.6882 with any questions.

Fordham Law Alumni on Facebook

"Like" Fordham Law Alumni on Facebook and connect with other alums, including faculty and staff! Click here to join our page.

Lawyers in Transition

35th Annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair

Interested in employment in the public service sector?  Participate in the 35th Annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair (PILC Fair), co-sponsored by Fordham Law and held at New York University School of Law on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2012.

The PILC Fair is the nation's largest public interest legal career fair and gives alumni an opportunity to talk with public service employers (non-profit organizations and government agencies) at information tables.  Last year, representatives from 200 organizations attended the Fair. 

Register here. Click on Students and then PILC Fair Student Registration-and then check "graduate" in "status" box. For Student ID just enter your last name and first initial. No fee to register or attend.  You must register to attend but, you are under no obligation to attend once registered.  Deadline to register is February 8, 2012 at 3 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Hillary Exter in the Public Interest Resource Center, 212.636.7789 or

Career Counseling Services

The Career Planning Center reminds you that the office and the counselors remain an essential resource to all alumni of Fordham Law School throughout their careers. If you are an alumnae/us in career transition, we encourage you to contact the CPC to make an appointment (in person or by phone) - 212.636.6926. We also welcome you to visit our Alumni Webpage here which has a host of resources.

Hiring? Think Fordham If you or your organization is hiring, whether for internships, post-graduate positions or lateral opportunities please contact the CPC at 212.636.6926. We have an active online job bank extensively utilized by students and alumni.

Clerkship Program

FLS has an active and successful Clerkship Program.  Alumni who are interested in pursuing clerkships now or in the future should email Professor Capra at and include their court and geographic preferences and attach their resume.  Interested alumni are also encouraged to visit the CPC Website, J.D. Alumni page selecting the Post-Graduate Clerkship link to access a multitude of clerkship related resources.

Class Notes

Stephen Sussna ’54 authored the book "Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth.” For more information on the book, please click here.

Lawrence M. Kenney ’66 has joined Islandia-based Tsunis Gasparis Lustig & Ring as counsel in the municipal law and not-for-profit division. Kenney was previously partner at Kenney, Goidel, Wrenn & Schmid.

Andrew Tananbaum ’72, Executive Chairman of Capital Business Credit LLC, authored an article titled “Beyond the Zombies: Financing SMEs to Strengthen Trade.” To view the article, please click here.

Paul J. Ostling ’73 has been honored with a 'Director of the Year' award by Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS. Ostling, MTS' non-executive director, won the 'Independent Director' award. 
Ellen Martin ’77 and Michael M. Martin, Dean of Fordham Law, welcomed their first grandchild, Claire Rebecca Martin, on November 10, 2011. Parents, Bethany and Andy Martin, and baby Claire are happy and well.

Leah Jaffe ’83 has been named Deputy Regional Attorney of the National Labor Relations Board’s Regional Office in New York. Jaffe had been a Supervisory Attorney in the Manhattan office prior to her appointment.

Robert Hanna ’84, director of the New Jersey State Division of Law, was nominated by Governor Chris Christie to replace Lee Solomon as Board of Public Utilities President. To view the full story, click here.

Peggy Sheahan Knee ’84, served as an adjunct professor for the Fall semester 2011 at Rutgers Newark Law School teaching Trusts and Estates. Sheahan Knee was also named a 2011 New Jersey Super Lawyer and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Super Lawyers.

Michael Lane ’85, a partner at Anderson Kill & Olick, received the 2011 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award on November 4th at the David Nee Foundation’s Black and White Masquerade Ball. To read more, click here.

Lauren P. Raysor ’88, author of “Living the Wealthy Life,” will be one of four special guests at The Learning Tree Multi-Cultural School fundraiser, which will be held December 16th from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (at 125th Street) in New York, NY. For more information, please click here.

Nick Katsoris ’91 recently had his book Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook named as one of Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine’s Best New Parenting Books. To view the article, please click here.

Edward Raab ’94 received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the Academy and to Ophthalmology in 2011.

Tracey Spencer Walsh ’94 was elected partner in October at Mayerson & Associates, a firm that specializes in securing individualized and effective educational programs and services for students with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities.

Willard C. Shih ’96, a shareholder at Wilentz Goldman and Spitzer, has been presented with the 2011 Best Under 40 award by The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Only 20 attorneys were selected for this national distinction.

Mary Mihalopoulos Refermat ’97 and her husband David welcomed twins John and Rebecca in February. The babies join older siblings Annie and Peter.  

Holly Schepisi ’97 was elected assemblywoman for the 39th Legislative District for New Jersey. To view the full story, please click here

Todd Cosenza ’98 was elected partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the firm’s New York office.

Edgar De Leon ’98 co-hosted a FindLaw webcast for attorneys who want to capitalize on social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to broaden their reach and generate visibility and new business for their firm. De Leon is a founding partner of De Leon and Associates, which practices in the areas of criminal defense, matrimonial and family law, real estate transactions, and bankruptcy.

Carrie Girgenti ’98 was promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP, effective January 1, 2012. Girgenti is based in the firm’s New York office.

Sean O'Neill ’98 recently volunteered for a one-year tour in Afghanistan as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.  His prior tours include service as the Political-Military Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand as well as tours as a Political Officer in Burma, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Washington, D.C.  O’Neill previously practiced at Shearman & Sterling and Dechert LLP before joining the Foreign Service in the wake of September 11th.

Jack E. Pace III ’98, a partner at White & Case LLP, was named one of Law360's 2011 "MVPs" for Competition Law for his achievements in antitrust litigation during the past year.

Alexander Suslensky ’98 recently celebrated the 9-year anniversary of the Law Firm of Alexander Suslensky, P.C.  The firm specializes in real estate law.

Jessica Cortes ’01 has been elected partner in the Labor & Employment Group at Davis & Gilbert effective January 1, 2012.

Ross B. Galin ’01 has been named counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the firm’s litigation department.

Michelle Fumai Abola ’03 and her husband Ramon Abola welcomed their first child, Benjamin Carlos on October 2, 2010.

Edward E. Neiger ’04 has moved his firm, Neiger LLP, to a new state of the art headquarters on West 46th Street in New York. To read more, click here.

Danitra Oliver Spencer ’04 is now Associate General Counsel at Teach for America. Oliver Spencer was previously an associate at Weil Gotshal and Manges.

Lauren Moskowitz ’05 was honored on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Sanctuary for Families Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Awards & Benefit in New York City. Moskowitz, an associate at the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, received an award for her skilled and strategic advocacy in successfully litigating a Hague Convention case and ongoing commitment to assisting her client in the pending appeal.

Michael Yim ’05 is featured in the New York Times article “Skipping the Partner Track for a Shingle of One’s Own.” To read the article, click here.

Samantha Freedman ’06, founder of “Samantha’s Charms,” had her jewelry line featured on the Today Show on November 15th. To view the video, click here. To receive a great deal on “Samantha’s Charms” click here and type in TODAYCHARM.

Julie Salwen ’09 will be honored with special distinction as a 2011 Pro Bono Leader at Legal Services NYC’s Annual Pro Bono Recognition Awards Breakfast on December 7th.

Veni Manickam ’11 has joined Moses & Singer LLP as an associate in the firm's Litigation and Corporate/M&A practice groups.

Richard Stewart ’11 married Queen Redding in North Bergen, NJ on August 19, 2011.

In Memoriam

Joel J. Tyler ’46
Francis Y. Sogi ’52
James P. Murphy ’57
James T. Conlon, Jr. ’72
Stephen P. Markus ’83