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February 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

62nd Annual Luncheon on Saturday, March 5th

The 62nd Annual Luncheon of the Fordham Law Alumni Association will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria, beginning at 12 noon. The Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Luncheon. Please join us for this once a year event when the entire Law School community comes together to celebrate our common affection for, and devotion to, Fordham Law School.  Click here to regiser for the Annual Luncheon.

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 multiple 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.

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).


Upcoming FLS Events


 FLAA Annual Luncheon
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 Mahathi Kodamanchili 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. 


San Francisco Alumni Reception

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 7 PM.
Hotel Adagio
550 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

RSVP by March 28, 2010 to RSVP to Mahathi Kodamanchili or register online. Formal invitation to follow.


Los Angeles Alumno Chapter Reception
Please Save the Date

Thursday, April 7, 2011 7PM
The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

RSVP by March 28, 2010 to RSVP to Mahathi Kodamanchili or register online. Formal invitation to follow.




















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 Tickets are $30 in advance for non-students ($45 at the door). Download the Auction Catalog here.


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:

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

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

New Faculty News

Professor Jim Brudney of the Ohio State School of Law has joined the faculty of Fordham Law School. Professor Brudney is a leading and prolific scholar whose work in the area of statutory interpretation and labor law is renowned. He has recently been invited to become the third author on the esteemed Eskridge & Garett Legislation casebook, and be a part of the development of our first-year required course on Legislation and Regulation.

Nester Davidson and Clare Huntington, University of Colorado, have joined the faculty of Fordham Law School.  Davidson and Huntington are both groundbreaking scholars in their respective fields and excellent teachers.

Feerick Center

Chief Judge of New York Jonathan Lippman issued a call to arms for attorney’s to provide pro bono representation to poor civil litigants. He noted that 8 out of 10 poor people seeking civil legal representation in New York City are being turned away by providers.  Judge Lippman made a point to promote the Unified Court System’s “Attorney Emeritus” program, which offers special recognition to attorney’s age 55 and over, with 10 years of legal experience, who donate at least 30 hours a year to pro bono clients.  The “Attorney Emeritus” program of New York was conceived by the Feerick Center for Social Justice, under the leadership of Fern Schair and with the active involvement of students and alumni.

Feerick Honored by ABA

John D. Feerick ’61, has been selected by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution to receive its presetigious D’Alemberte-Raven Award. The award recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community who have contributed significantly to the field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writings in the area of dispute resolution or continuing education programs.

Feerick has had a long career as a mediator and mediation advocate. He has served in many public service positions during his career, including Chair of the New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, Chair of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity, and member of the New York State Salary Commission and the New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence and Trust in the Legal System.

Fordham Students Win International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition

On February 10th 2011, the Fordham Law Dispute Resolution Society became World Champions in Paris, surpassing 57 universities from around the globe to win the International  Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition.

The competitors were: Matt Bress, Christie Houlihan, Pat Jacobs and Veni Manickam. Matt, in addition to competing, directed the efforts of the team as this year’s ICC Editor. In addition, Steve Grable ’07 has been responsible for coaching the ICC Team each year since graduating, as well as Dan Hope ’08, Henry Ko ’08, Kenny Shaw ’09, Cindy Alvarado ’10, Justin Elliot ’10 and Mike Kanatake ’10 and DRS Managing Editor Tres Bulger who supported the preparation of the teams.

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 With questions, please contact Gabriel Gillett, Kaufman Editor, at or (212) 636-6882.

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 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 by Friday, February 4, 2011 and note what area you are presently working in.

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

"What to Know Before You Go Solo", sponsored by the Career Planning Center has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 30th from 5-6 p.m. in Room 303 This program features 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 and creating a marketing plan.

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

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 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 (  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 -

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 ( at the link "Alumni CPC Past Programs".

Class Notes

Donald J Farinacci ’66 . His book“Truman and MacArthur: Adversaries for a Common Cause” received the Silver Medal Award, for second place in the history category, from the Military Writers Society of America.

Walter T. Burke ’78 is the new chair of the Senior Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association. Burke is co-founder of Burke & Casserly, P.C. , concentrating his practice in elder law; trusts and estates; corporation and business  succession planning; and financial, retirement and tax planning. Along with his business partner Timothy E. Casserly, he is the co-author of the consumer planning guide Boomer Basics: Everything You Need to Know About the Issues Facing You, Your Children and Your Parents.

Paul H. Silverman ’71 is the new chair of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Silverman is a partner at McLaughlin & Stern LLP, concentrating his practice on corporate reorganization, commercial litigation, creditors’ and debtors’ domestic and international strategy and forensic investigations.

Mark S. Flynn ’80 has joined the Virtus Investment Parnters in a new position as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. Flynn previously was chief legal officer and corporate secretary for iBasis Inc., an international telecommunications carrier. He has also served in senior legal counsel positions at public and private companies in the chemicals and healthcare industries, including as senior deputy general counsel of Olin Corp., a diversified chemicals and materials company.

David C. Stoller ’82 has joined First Artist as Executive Chairman. He began his professional career as an attorney in 1982. He was a partner and co-head of global project finance for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP where he helped build one of the world's largest and most successful project finance practices, participating personally in financings totaling more than $4 billion. At the end of 1992, Stoller joined Charterhouse Group International, a large New York City-based private equity firm, as Chairman of its Environmental Capital Group. He then launched Americana Financial Services, raising over $40m in private equity capital.

John P. Hornbostel ’87 joined K2 Advisors, a Stamford, CT based fund of hedge funds, as General Counsel in July 2010.

Claire C. Cecchi ’89 has been nominated by President Barack Obama for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  She current serves as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, a position she has held since 2006.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Cecchi spent 14 years in private practice, during which time she focused on complex civil litigation.  From 2005 to 2006, she was a partner at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.

Sanjit S. Shah ’91 was named special counsel at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass for insurance coverage.

Matthew S. Schorr ’91 has been nominated to become a Member of the Council on Litigation Management. Membership to this note worthy organization is by invitation only and through the recommendation of a “fellow” member. As an experienced litigator, Schorr has defended individuals, insurance companies, and major corporations in complex litigations within a variety of practice areas.

Diane L. Burman ’91 has been named Counsel to the New York State Senate Republican Conference.

Melissa R. 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.

Philip J. Philliou ’93 has joined the Board of Directors of Electronic Payments Exchange, Inc., a Delaware based processor of payment transactions. Philliou is an advisor and investor to several private equity backed financial technology companies.

Ralph W. Johnson ’93 has been appointed Counsel on Senator Grassley’s Judiciary Committee staff.

Craig M. Deitelzweig ’94 has joined Rockrose Development Corp. as head of the office division. Deitelzweig will oversee leasing and asset management, as well as work closely with the Rockrose team on developing office properties and new acquisitions. His immediate focus will be the renovation and leasing of office space at 300 Park Avenue South. Deitelzweig joins Rockrose after two years as vice president at Investcorp International, Inc.

Patrick J. Comerford ’96 has joined McCarter & English as 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 the 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.

Joanne Quinones ’97 was sworn in by Mayor Bloomberg to the Criminal Court. Hon. Quinones was first appointed as Interim Civil Court Judge last September.

Victor E. Salerno III ’97 joined Mayer Brown as a partner. 

Daniel J. Endick ’98 was named special counsel at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass for reinsurance.

Daniel Winterfeldt ’98 was appointed as diversity and inclusion partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, LLP. Winterfeldt, who joined the firm earlier this month from Simmons & Simmons to lead its international capital markets group, founded LGBT network InterLaw in 2008 and played a key role in driving diversity policy at his old firm.

Carol A. Challed ’99 has been named Director, Strategic Relationships & Operations for Henry Schein, Inc.’s Global Healthcare Specialties Group. She joined Henry Schein in 2005 as Associate General Counsel.

Steven Raffaele ’99 has been elevated to partnership at Holland & Knight.

Malani Cademartori ’99 announced the birth of her daughter this spring.

Michael S. Timpone ’00  was named partner at  Seward & Kissel.

Alicia A. Russo ’00 has been elected to the partnership of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

Allen W. Burton ’01 has been promoted to partner at O’Melveny & Myers.

Evangeline Shih ’01 was elevated to partner at Jones Day.

Christine M. Debevec ’01 has been admitted to the partnership of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP. She has extensive experience in sophisticated legal matters. Debevec also regularly represents nonprofit organizations including religious, educational and health care institutions, in litigation and appellate matters.

Benjamin Y. Koenigsberg ’01 has been promoted to counsel at Chadbourne & Park.

Catherin B. Schumacher ’01 has joined Kaye Scholer as a partner in its New York Office. Schumacher focuses her practice in complex commercial litigation, securities and derivative litigation, and internal government investigations.

David A. Mollin ’01 and Vanessa Primack ’02 announced the birth of their second child, Susannah Meredith Mollin. Sussanah arrived on January 20, 2011 and joins big sister Alexis.

Andrew S. Lewner ‘01 was named partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Jeffrey M. Mann ’01 was named special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Brian S. Kelleher ’02 has been made partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He focuses on leveraged finance transactions involving high-yield debt securities, syndicated institutional loans and debt restructurings.

Marc B. Friess ’01 has been appointed special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Amanda M. Ferriso ’02 has accepted a position as a career consultant at Greiner Consulting. She previously worked at the Fordham Law School’s Career Planning Center.

Sheila A. Angew ’03 has been elected partner at Moses & Singer .

Justin F. Klein ’03 has been named partner at Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke.

Muna Abu-Shaar ‘03 has been elected partner at Dechert LLP. Abu-Shaar is a member of the intellectual property group in New York. She focuses her practice on patent prosecution, counseling and litigation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She specializes in strategic counseling and patent portfolio management in connection with technologies such as biologics (antibodies and peptide drugs), vaccines, enzymes, drug discovery, drug formulations, nutritional supplements and diagnostics.

Ann M. Alves ’04, along with her husband Andrew Walker, is pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Logan Manuel on July 29, 2010.

Trudy Fenster ’05 has been appointed Chief Legal Counsel to the Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands.

Seth A. Brookman ’05, in conjunction with his partner Joseph M. Lucosky, announced the official launch of Lucosky Brookman LLP, a boutique corporate finance and securities law firm representing both domestic and international clients in sophisticated corporate and securities transactions, mergers, and acquisitions, secured and unsecured  lending transactions, PIPEs and other general corporate matters.

Keith R. Roussel ’05 and his wife Kelly A. Roussel welcomed their first child, Benjamin Alexander Roussel, on October 16, 2010.

Colleen B. Ferris ’05 has been promoted to Managing Director at Bank of America. She is in Global Banking Risk Management. Colleen was recently married to Michael Ferris in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Seth P. Bender ’06 has authored the book “Negotiating Skills for the ISDA Master Agreement: The Essential Playbook for Over-the-Counter Derivatives” to be published and released by Financial Time Prentice Hall in February 2011.

Joshua D. Halpern ’06 and Elizabeth Whelan Turchyn were married in January at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. 

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

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

Kenneth C. Oh ’07 has joined Scarinici Hollenbeck’s New York City office.  He has worked with Dan Brecher, a nationally known author and speaker and a recognized authority on securities and investment banking law, for over 14 years.

Isy-India Geronimo ’07 has been named Director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History. Geronimo previously served as a law clerk to Judge Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and more recently clerked for the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She also clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and was an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program, where she was the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow.

Trevor H. Coe ’10 has joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy, of Baltimore, where as an associate he works in disability rights litigation, focusing on accommodations for high-stakes testing, general commercial litigation, employment law and disputes under the Randolph-Sheppard Act.

Joseph Tartakovsky ’12 reviewed the book “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices” by Noah Feldman in the March issue of the National Review. Tartakovsky is a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books, and is a student at Fordham Law School.

In Memoriam

Charles K. Stoeppler ‘39
John H. McDonald ‘44
Henry Corey ‘49
Philip A. Federico ‘53
Gregory J. Faljean ‘54
Robert L. Ferraro ‘54
William A. Pascarell ‘56
Robert J. Corcoran ‘57
Rodney L. Enochs ‘58
Daniel J. Keenan ‘59
Frank C. Parascandola ‘60
Frank Parascandoloa
John S. Manning ‘61
Christophr McGrath ‘61
Barrie K. Driscoll ‘62
Mary Doherty Gillen Barbieri ‘64
Daniel J. Healy ‘65
Rachel F. Cohen ‘68
David L. Just ‘69
Mary Butler-Sibley ‘71
James J. Barry ‘74
Matthew Crosson ‘74
Ronald S. Melnyk ‘74
Madelyn L. Wagner ‘76
Judith Jobin ‘92
Kent D. Hunter ‘04