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January 2011 Insider


FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcement

2011 FLAA Dues Mailing

Last month the 2011 membership materials of the Fordham Law Alumni Association should have arrived in your mailboxes. Please note that membership dues subsidize the ticket price for every FLAA event. We encourage you to join the Alumni Association and take advantage of all the benefits that membership offers.


Member benefits this year include:
• 15% corporate discount at Brooks Brothers
• Discounts on Apple, HP, and Dell computers
• 50% discount on Zip Car membership

Interested in joining the FLAA, download the form (PDF).

Important Announcement Concerning 2011 Alumni Directory

The FLAA has engaged Harris Connect to produce the next alumni directory. As we seek to produce a directory with the most accurate information possible, please expect to receive communications from Harris Connect.

*While the Harris Connect representative will inquire whether you would like to purchase an alumni directory, please note that Fordham Law will be unveiling an online password- protected, searchable alumni database in April/May 2011.

Upcoming FLS Events

     

 

Greater Palm Beach Alumni Chapter Reception
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
6:30 PM
The Mar-a-lago Club, L.C.
1100 South Ocean Blvd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
$50 per person. $25 for the Class of 2009 & 2010

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews or register online.

 

Miami Alumni Chapter Reception
Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
$50 per person. $25 for the Class of 2009 & 2010

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews or register online.

 

Evening of Remembrance for Judge Dennis E. Milton
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
6:00 PM
Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
Room 430 B&C
New York, NY 10023

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews.

 

FLAA Annual Luncheon Save the Date
Saturday, March 5, 2011
12:00 PM
The Waldorf=Astoria
301 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
$95 per person. $900 per table of 10
 
RSVP to Sabriena Matthews or register online.

Our featured speaker is DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association and the 2011 Medal of Achievement Recipient is John H. Wolff ’76. 

The following is the Report of the Committee on Nominations of the Fordham Law Alumni Association for the vacancies to be filled at the Annual Meeting of the Association on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria, beginning with a Luncheon at 12 noon.

Committee on Nominations:
 
Vice Presidents:
Laurie Berke-Weiss '83
Hon. Denny Chin '78
Vilia B. Hayes '80
Hon. Sherry Heitler '76
Constantine N. Katsoris '57
Hon John F. Keenan '54
Hon. Loretta A. Preska '73
Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann '72

Corresponding Secretary:
Sylvia Fung Chin '77
 
Recording Secretary:
David B. Anders '94
 
Director Emeritus:
Stephen Fearon '63
 
Class of 2013 (one vacancy):
William Min '90
 
Class of 2014:
Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein '75
William J. Fenrich '97
Eric F. Grossman '93
Rose Gill Hearn '88
Adam S. Hoffinger '82
Mark J. Hyland '80
John J. Kenney '69
Annemarie P. McAvoy '87
Denis J. McInerney '84
Matthew T. McLaughlin '94
Ignatius John Melito '76
Thomas J. Schwarz '69
Hon. Cathy Seibel '85
Michael K. Stanton, Jr. '86

U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admission

Each year the School and the Fordham Law Alumni Association sponsor a group admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court. We currently have a waiting list for the event, which will take place on Monday, June 13, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Please email Sabriena Matthews if you are interested, and we will contact you regarding availability.
 
Alumni must be admitted for three years. For further details, you can refer to the Supreme Court of the United States website: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/bar/baradmissions.html.

2011 Alumni Cruise

We are currently considering the following cruise (http://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR110913/itinerary.aspx) for the 2011 alumni trip. Please email Michael Schiumo if you are interested in this trip.

News and Reminders

LL.M. Program Seeks Fordham Law Alumni Mentors

The Master of Laws program now enrolls more than 200 students, the vast majority of whom are from around the world. These students have completed at least one degree in law and many of them have a number of years of practical experience in their home countries.

Our LL.M. students have an extraordinary academic experience at Fordham Law but often lament the lack of practical experience of, and insights into, law practice in the United States. In order to fill this void, we are instituting a mentorship program under which we hope to pair our LL.M. students with alumni in and near New York City in all fields of practice who can serve as mentors to our Master of Laws students.

In this capacity, we would ask you to meet occasionally (perhaps a few times per semester) with the student or students to whom you are assigned. Some mentors may allow their students to attend a client meeting, a negotiation, or a hearing, or shadow them in the office for a day. The precise nature of the mentoring relationship would be left to mentors to define.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete and submit by email the attached form. We know that our students will benefit enormously from learning from your experiences, and we also hope that you will enjoy meeting and working with our graduate students. 

If you have any questions, please contact Toni M. Fine at LLMMentors@law.fordham.edu.

Thank you very much for participating in what we are confident will be a very important and very exciting project.

Revisions to the Law School’s Brochure on the Supreme Court Admission Ceremony

We are currently revising the Law School’s Supreme Court Admission Ceremony brochure. If you have ever appeared before the Supreme Court or have been cited in a Court decision, please email the relevant information to our Development Office. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 4.

Fordham Law Fundraiser for Pakistani Flood Relief

"Spend your lunch towards Pakistani Flood Victims"

Date: Monday, January 31, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lunch & Student Bazaar and 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Panel & Reception
Location: Fordham Law School | 140 West 62nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam)
Cost: The South Asian Law Student Association ("SALSA") is looking for corporate sponsors and donations. Please contact fordhamsalsa@gmail.com and manickam@aya.yale.edu if interested. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please call (828) 734-7384 to RSVP.

Alumni Wine Tasting: Wines of America

Please join fellow alumni on Thursday night, February 24th at 7:30pm for a night of great company, delicious food and delectable wines at the FLS Wine Tasting Event- wines of America.  The dinner will take place at Villa Berulia (http://villaberulia.com/), located just off the southeast corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue (107 E. 34th Street, 212 689 1970), and will begin at 7:30pm.  Total cost for the dinner is $70 per person (inclusive of tax and tip) and will consist of the following 5 courses:
 
Passed Hors D'Oeuvres: Stuffed Mushrooms paired with 7 Daughters Blended Chardonnay 2007- California
Appetizer: Roasted Winter Harvest Arugula Salad paired with Firesteed Pinot Noir 2007, Oregon
3rd Course: Baked Stuffed Cod Fish (Vegetarian Option: Butternut Squash Risotto) paired with Palmer Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 - North Fork, LI, NY
4th Course: Veal Rolatini (Vegetarian Option: Artichoke Ravioli) paired with Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Washington State
Dessert: Warm Apple Pie with Vanilla Gelato paired with Ste. Chapelle Ice Wine Riesling 2007, Idaho

To RSVP for the event please email angevine@law.fordham.edu or call 212-636-7467 and provide your name, class year, your credit card information as well as your guest's name if you are bringing a guest.

Space is limited (35 people) so RSVP early!  Note that if you cannot get there at 7:30, food and wine of the "missed" courses will be saved for you so long as we know prior to the start of the dinner. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

20th Annual FSSF Public Service Auction

Please join us for the 20th annual Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship (FSSF) Public Service Auction, to be held on March 3rd, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Law School. This event brings together students, faculty, alumni and friends for a lively evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversation while engaging in fun, friendly bidding wars over a wide variety of auction items, all to support the FSSF.
FSSF is a student-run organization which promotes careers in public interest law by providing fellowships that allow the students to pursue internships in the public interest sector. The money raised will fund summer grants for students who wish to work in otherwise unpaid public interest legal positions.
Enjoy three hours of open bar service and delectable treats, while reuniting with old friends and bidding on great items including vacations and sports memorabilia as well as gift certificates to favorite area bars, restaurants, salons and much more!
To donate an item for the auction or purchase tickets, please call 212-636-6971 or visit http://www.fssf.org. Tickets are $30 in advance for non-students ($45 at the door).

Thirty-sixth Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition

On March 25-27, 2011 the Fordham Moot Court Board will host the Thirty-sixth Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition. Held in honor of Judge Kaufman, a distinguished alumnus who served for many years on the Second Circuit, the Kaufman Competition has a rich tradition of bringing together complex securities law issues, top competitors from across the country, and esteemed jurists, practitioners, and alumni. We are honored that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh (D.C. Cir.), Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. (10th Cir.), Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr. (6th Cir.), S.E.C. Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, and Judge Richard A. Posner (7th Cir.) have agreed to serve as our final round panel for 2011.

Please help make this year's competition the most memorable and successful to date by registering to serve as a preliminary round judge! We need help from all interested with all levels of experience, whether in litigation, transactions, securities, finance, in-house, or public service. CLE credit is available. Online sign-up is available at http://law.fordham.edu/kaufmanjudge. With questions, please contact Gabriel Gillett, Kaufman Editor, at kaufmanmc@law.fordham.edu or (212) 636-6882.

Seeking Volunteer Attorneys for the Bronx and Staten Island CLARO Programs

The Feerick Center for Social Justice is recruiting volunteer attorneys for the Bronx and Staten Island CLARO Programs. CLARO is an innovative pro bono program that provides limited legal advice to unrepresented debtors with consumer debt cases. The Center co-sponsors the Bronx CLARO Program and is helping launch the Staten Island CLARO Program. CLARO is designed to assist the unprecedented numbers of individuals who must defend themselves pro se in consumer debt collection litigation. Bronx CLARO clinics take place in Bronx Supreme Court on Thursdays, from 3pm to 6pm. A Basic CLARO Training will take place on February, 16, 2011, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Bronx County Bar Association's library, located at Bronx Supreme Court. Staten Island CLARO will take place (starting on January 19, 2011) on Wednesdays, from 5pm to 7pm, in the Central Jury Room from 6pm to 9pm. Three CLE credits will be offered for free to those who attend the training and volunteer 6 hours for CLARO. To register for either the Bronx CLARO or Staten Island CLARO training programs, please email wlopez@law.fordham.edu. For more information, please contact Asst. Dean Robert Reilly at rreilly@law.fordham.edu.

The Fordham Law Library is always Available to Our Alumni

In these challenging economic times, we recently launched a new research assistance program for alumni. One-on-one sessions are available to aid alumni with project-specific research. For example, we have provided specialized reference aid to an alumna preparing an article for publication. To schedule a session, please contact Alison Shea at aashea@law.fordham.edu or 212.636.6751.

Lawyers in Transition

6th Annual Alternative Career Informational Fair

Please join us for the 6th Annual Alternative Career Informational Fair (Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fordham Law School Atrium)

This event is open to all current students and alumni interested in learning more about alternative legal careers. It will take the form of informal table talks, with the goal of providing information about alternative legal careers, ways to transition from legal practice to an alternative career, as well as provide a sense of the breadth of potential career choices for attorneys.  

If you are currently working in an alternative career and interested in participating as an informal speaker at this event, please R.S.V.P to careers@law.fordham.edu by Friday, February 4, 2011 and note what area you are presently working in.

What to Know Before You Go Solo (sponsored by the Career Planning Center)

- featuring a panel of alumni who started firms or joined practices with an existing solo practitioner
- panelists will share their own experiences as well as advice for those considering the move to launching a practice
-topics will include business considerations, creating a marketing plan as well as things to consider before you go solo

When: Wednesday, March 30th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fordham Law School, room (TBA)

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 which has a host of resources at http://law.fordham.edu/career-planning/1338.htm.

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, spearheaded by Faculty Clerkship Chair Professor Daniel J. Capra.  Alumni who are interested in pursuing clerkships now or in the future should email Professor Capra at dcapra@law.fordham.edu 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.
 

Alumni CPC Programs

The CPC regularly hosts programs for J.D. Alumni to find out about the current programming offerings please visit the CPC Website Alumni J.D. Page - Alumni CPC Programs (http://law.fordham.edu/career-planning/1574.htm).  Alumni can also view/listen to past Alumni programs on the CPC Website Alumni J.D. Page - Alumni CPC Past Programs link (access requires an alumni username and password which is obtainable on this page - http://law.fordham.edu/career-planning/12256.htm).

Past Alumni CPC Programs, including "Government Opportunities in a Down Economy" and "Handling a Lay Off" can be listened to via streaming audio on the CPC Alumni JD Website (http://law.fordham.edu/jdalumni) at the link "Alumni CPC Past Programs".

Class Notes

Prof. John D. Feerick ’61, former dean of Fordham Law School, was honored by the Flax Trust at a lunch at the 21 Club in New York City on October 13th. John was primarily responsible for the composition of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifies how the president can remove himself from office temporarily (Ronald Reagan made history when he transferred power to his vice president George H.W. Bush when he underwent a colonoscopy that required anesthesia). On the 13th, Prof. Feerick was honored for his efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland.  

Donald J. Farinacci’s ’66 book Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause (Merriam Press, 2010) received the Silver Medal Award, for second place in the history category, from the Military Writers Society of America at the society’s annual conference, in Pittsburgh on October 2nd.   

Thomas A. Hickey ’75 has joined Gunster’s West Palm Beach office as a shareholder. Thomas will concentrate his areas of practice in Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Executive Compensation & Benefits and Labor & Employment.

Peter J. Neckles ’77 will retire from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP effective March 31st.  He will continue to serve as an advisor to the firm. 

Ellen M. Creede ’78 has joined Latham & Watkins as a counsel in the corporate department. Her practice encompasses broker-dealer and investment advisory regulations, U.S. securities laws, stock exchange listing and corporate governance requirements, and state securities laws compliance.

Jacqueline C. Wolff ’80 has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the litigation division, based in the New York office.

Susan Strawgate Code ’83 has been named the Branch Top Producer for Houlihan Lawrence’s Briarcliff Manor office for the second year in a row.

Howard Bunsis, Ph.D. ’84, professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University and chair of the American Association of University Professors Collective Bargaining Congress, delivered a talk “Judging the Reality of University Finances “How Your University Works,” at the University of Northern Iowa on September 6, 2010.

Timothy J. Feighery '87, attorney advisor in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, was nominated by President Obama to be Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Feighery was a Deputy Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, where he was responsible for assessing claims for compensation by victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Laura Sigal ’88 has started her own firm (Laura Sigal, Solicitor) through which she is contracted to Professional Footballers Australia, the Australian Football League Players’ Association, and the Australian Athletes’ Alliance. Laura is admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia.

Sonia Tanksley '88 was re-appointed as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the Village of Ossining, New York.

Sharon McCarthy ’89 has been appointed by Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to serve as a member of a newly established Crime Reporting Review Committee. Sharon is a partner in the law firm of Kostelanetz & Fink. Prior to entering private practice, Sharon was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. While at the United States Attorney’s Office, Sharon served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and later as Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit.   

Yonah Lloyd ’90 has served as the SodaStream International Ltd.’s Executive Director of International Projects and Corporate Communications since April 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Yonah consulted for Cupron, Inc., and later served as their Executive Vice-President of Sales and Business Development. From 1996 to 2007, he served as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Net2Phone, Inc. From 1990 to 1996, Yonah was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York.

Crayton L. Bell ’91, a mergers, acquisitions and private equity lawyer, has joined the New York office of King & Spalding as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. 

Seth Popper ’91 has accepted a position as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Key Brand Entertainment, a company primarily involved in producing and presenting theater around the country. 

Melissa Roper Barnett ’92 has been named senior vice president of network business affairs for Home Box Office. She joined HBO in 1997 as an associate counsel.

Brian T. Flanagan ’92 was elected to partnership at Bourne, Noll & Kenyon in Summit, New Jersey. Brian’s practice areas include commercial litigation, estate and fiduciary litigation, business and employment counseling, real estate transactions and land use. 

Linda Evans ’93, vice chair of the Georgia Board of Driver Services, has been appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the State of Georgia by Governor Sonny Perdue.

Nicole Macarchuk '93 joins KKR as a Director and also serves as General Counsel of KKR Asset Management LLC. Prior to joining KKR, Nicole served as Co-General Counsel and Managing Director at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.

John Ciulla ’94, executive vice president at Webster Bank, has been named head of its middle market banking and chairman of the bank’s Regional President’s Council. 

R. Andrew Richards ’95, partner at McCarter & English LLP, has been recognized along with Ralph Delouis for their tremendous pro bono efforts in Haiti, where they are developing a microfinance initiative that will enable predominantly low-income Haitian farmers to obtain loans, with the goal of stimulating economic development in the earthquake –ravaged country. Andrew specializes in corporate and banking law. He became familiar with microfinancing in 2003 while volunteering for the Peace Corps in Cameroon.     

Karla Sanchez ’95 has been named Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice under New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Karla was a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Taylor. She has successfully litigated before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country representing both plaintiffs and defendants involving a broad range of products and disciplines. Karla is the first and sole Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap and was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under Forty.

Patrick J. Comerford ’96 has joined McCarter & English as a special counsel in the product liability group in the firm’s Boston office. He is president of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association, a group of legal professionals who are alumni of the College of Holy Cross; a member of the board of directors of Cristo Rey High School in New York City; and a trustee and founding member of the board of directors for Gigi’s Playhouse in New York, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and provides support for individuals with Down syndrome.

Stacey J. Rappaport ’96, litigation partner and Chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established by Fordham Law School to provide law students with clinical education opportunities.

Nolan E. Shanahan ’99 has been named special counsel at the law firm of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. Nolan concentrates his practice in general commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a broad range of commercial matters, including contract disputes, real estate actions and bankruptcy litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Nolan was an assistant district attorney in Kinds County, New York where he was lead counsel on numerous jury and non-jury trials before the New York City Criminal and New York State Supreme Courts. 

Jeffrey Wasserman ’99 has joined the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke as a partner in the New York office.

Michael English ’00 was named Deputy Chief of the White Plains Division under Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Michael joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005 and served in the Violent Crimes Unit in Manhattan. Prior to that, Michael worked as an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

Joshua H. Warmund ’00 has started his own firm, WarmundLaw LLC, which is a hi-end, transactional boutique servicing technology ventures of all sizes as well as tech-focused investors.  M&A, investments/financings, formation, joint ventures, equity distribution, day-to-day & operational contracts, licensing and other general corporate matters. To learn more about Josh’s firm click on the following link: http://www.warmundlaw.com

David Chun ’01 has been elected to partnership in the intellectual property litigation group of Ropes & Gray LLP. He will reside in the New York office. David focuses on litigating intellectual property matters, including patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. He has participated in litigations involving a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor and flash memory, cellular telephones, digital signal processing for hearing aid devices, on-line gaming, hard disk drives, alternative fuels, software interfaces, medical devices, business methods and consumer products.

Christine M. Debevec ’01 has been admitted to the partnership of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP. As a senior associate in Stradley Ronon’s litigation practice group, Christine litigates a diverse range of complex corporate and commercial cases.

Michael Kahn ’01 has been elected to partnership in the intellectual property litigation group of Ropes & Gray LLP. He will reside in the New York office. Michael advises clients concerning patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate analyses and focuses on patent and trade secret litigation. His litigation and advisory experience spans a variety of technologies, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and electrical, chemical, computer science and mechanical engineering.

Andrew S. Lerner ’01 has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as partner in the firm’s New York office. Andrew concentrates on complex insurance and reinsurance matters. He has represented ceding companies, reinsurers, retrocessionaires and liquidators in a range of matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the county.

Jeffrey M. Mann ’01 has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as partner in the firm’s New York office. Jeffrey is a registered patent attorney, whose practice includes all facets of intellectual property law, including transactional work, patent prosecution, licensing, litigation and opinion work.

Leah Quadrino ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Leah focuses her practice on complex litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on disputes involving the insurance and reinsurance industry. Leah currently serves as a vice chair of the ABA’s Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance Committee and is a member of ARIAS-US.

James Regan ’02 has been elected to partnership at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP. James concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and also advises clients on intellectual property transactions. He has experience in a broad range of complex litigation including matters involving securities, credit card fraud liability, copyright, trade secrets, antitrust, and defamation.

Sheila A. Agnew ’03 has been promoted to partnership at Moses & Singer. Sheila’s primary practice encompasses all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including the litigation of complex equitable distribution issues as well as spousal and child support matters. 

Desiree Fusco '03 was recently promoted to partnership at Bondi Iovino & Fusco. Desiree heads the Trust and Estate department of the firm, and is experienced in litigation and appeals, participating in all aspects of the practice.

Justin E. Klein ’03 has been elected to partnership at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, intellectual property law, media law, and sports law, in particular the presentation of clients involved in boxing and mixed martial arts.

Irena Royzman ’03 has been elected to partnership in the New York office of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

Laura Jastrem Walther ’03 has been promoted to counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Morning LLP.

Natacha Carbajal ’04 has joined Baker & Hostetler as an associate in the firm’s New York office. Natacha focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, financial restructuring, insolvency and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. She is part of the Baker Hostetler team representing Irving H. Picard, Trustee for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Deborah L. Lu, Ph.D. ’04 has joined Vedder Price as a shareholder in the firm’s intellectual property group in New York. She was a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology at Harvard Medical School and in structural biology at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University Medical Center. 

Ben K. Gibbs ’05 has joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a Senior Regional Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sheila M. Fitzpatrick ’05 and Matthew P. Germond were married by Father Kenneth Calder on August 7, 2010 at Our Lady of Angels Church in Brooklyn. Through May, Sheila was a Mergers & Acquisitions associate in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers. Matthew holds an MBA from NYU and is a management consultant. 

Francesca Don Angelo ’06 joined BNY Mellon as counsel in the Corporate Securities and Disclosure group.

Benjamin Schrag ’06 has joined Kurtzman Carson Consultants as a director of corporate restructuring services in the company’s New York office.

Andrea Alvarez-Calderon ’07 has been named as assistant district attorney in the Criminal Court/Intake Bureau of Queens, District Attorney’s Office.

Daniel A. Gottesman ’08 has joined the Cleveland, Ohio, office of Ulmer & Berne as a corporate finance associate.

Laura A. Laughlin ’08 has joined Sills Cummis & Gross as an associate in the litigation practice group in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office.

Gavin Reynolds ’08 has joined Phillips Lytle as an associate attorney in its Rochester, New York office.

Laura Buckley DeRossi ’10 and Jack Hart Sousa ’08 were married on October 8th at the Lake George Club in Diamond Point, New York. She is an associate specializing in banking at the New York law firm Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen. He is an associate specializing in corporate law at the Greenwich, Connecticut law firm Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan.

Victoria Hill Clarkson ’13 and William Banks Clarkson were married at the Fox Hollow, a caterer in Woodbury. Victoria graduated from the University of Delaware. William, a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University, is studying for a Ph.D. in computer science at Princeton. He also holds a master’s from Princeton in that subject.

In Memoriam

Frank E. Curley ’46
Robert L. Conkling ’49
Stephen H. Fields ’57
John A. Hila ’60
John S. Manning ’61
John Finnie ’68
Fred A. Manley, Jr. ’78
Thomas J. Byrne ’82
Garyowen Morrisroe ’82