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March - April 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Alumni Connect

The law school is excited to launch our first online, searchable, password-protected alumni directory- Alumni Connect. This exclusive network will allow you to connect with friends, share news ideas and stay in touch with your alma mater. Stay tuned for more information.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Please save the date for the Fordham University School of Law & Residence Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 4 PM on Monday, May 2, 2011 at Robert Moses Plaza. Please contact Sabriena Matthews at (212) 636-6809 or for additional information.

2011 FLAA Dues Mailing

The second dues mailing with membership materials of the Fordham Law Alumni Association will be sent out mid-April. 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 select Apple, HP, and Dell computers
• 50% discount on Zip Car membership
Interested in joining the FLAA, download the form (PDF).

Upcoming FLS Events


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

RSVP to Peter Pallotta or register online.

   Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Reception
Thursday, April 7, 2011 7PM
The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

RSVP to Peter Pallotta or register online.

2011 Scholarship Reception
Thursday, April 14, 2011 6PM
Edith Guldi Platt Atrium
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

RSVP to Peter Pallotta or call 212. 636.6806


Groundbreaking Ceremony
Monday, May 2, 2011 4PM
Robert Moses Plaza
Lincoln Center Campus
Enter at 113 West 60th Street

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews or call 212.636.6809


Fordham Law Reunion Gala
One grand cocktail reception, ten private dinners.
1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006
Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:30PM
Waldorf=Astoria, New York

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews or call 212.636.6809

Local Chapter Events

New Jersey Chapter 19th Annual Dinner
Date: June 1, 2011
Price: $85 per person/ $60 for classes of 2009 &2010
Time: Cocktails at 6PM; Dinner at 7PM
Place: Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack, NJ

Westchester-Putnam Chapter 54th Annual Dinner
Date:  June 6, 2011
Price: $60 per person/ $40 for classes of 2009 &2010
Time: Cocktails at 6PM; Dinner at 7PM
Place:  J.C Fogarty’s Town Tavern, Bronxville, NY

Connecticut Chapter Reception
Date:  June 8, 2011
Price: $55 per person/ $25 for class of 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Place:  Woodway Country Club, Darien, CT

Nassau-Suffolk Chapter 54th Annual Dinner
Date:  June 15, 2011
Price: $60 per person/ $40 for classes of 2009 &2010
Time: Cocktails at 6PM; Dinner at 7PM
Place:  Milleridge Inn Carriage House, Jericho, NY

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 here.

Mulligan Golf Outing

There are still a few openings, including openings for individuals and twosomes, for the 2011 Mulligan Golf Outing, to be held on July 18th at the Westchester Country Club. The cost is $800 per person or $3200 for a foursome. Please contact Assistant Dean Mike Schiumo if you are interested in playing this year.

Save-The-Date Fall 2012:  Meet the Dean “Decades” Event Series:

We are delighted to announce a new event series for the Fall 2012. Alumni, grouped by the decade in which they graduated, are invited to attend a “Meet the Dean” event. The dates are as follows:

Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1930s/40s- September 15, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm
Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1950s- September 23, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm
Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1960s- September 30, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm
Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1970s-October 6, Room 430 b and c, 8:30-10am
Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1980s-October 14, 12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein, 8:30-10am
Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1990s-October 20, Room 430 b and c, 8:30-10am
Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 2000s-October 27, Room 430 b and c, 8:30-10am

News and Reminders

Fordham Law School Wins in J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition.

Fordham Law School has been named National Champion, First Place Team, and Best Oralist in J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition. The team members, Alexander Broche ’12, Adam Brody ’12 (Best Speaker) and Omar Tuffaha ’12, were tested on First and Fourteenth Amendment issues concerning a government ban against alcohol-related advertisements in a state university’s student newspaper, and the due process rights of the editors who were suspended for a semester as a penalty for a possibly inadvertent violation of that ban.

Moore Advocacy Center will present final round of the Inaugural William M. Tendy Federal Criminal Trial Competition

On April 27th at 5PM in the Moot Court Room, the Moore Advocacy Center will present the final round of the Inaugural William M. Tendy Federal Criminal Trial Competition. Two teams of Fordham students will try a mock federal narcotics case before a distinguished bench consisting of Southern District Judges John F. Keenan and Barbara S. Jones, former U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York Robert B. Fiske and Mary Jo White, and former U.S. Attorney and District Judge for the Southern District of New York, John S. Martin, Jr.

William M. Tendy '49 was a longtime pillar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where he served as Acting U.S. Attorney, Chief Assistant to U.S. Attorneys Robert B. Fiske and John S. Martin, and Deputy U.S. Attorney to U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani.

A reception will follow at 8PM and will include the extended Tendy family, Bill’s former colleagues, and current friends of Fordham and the Southern District.

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.

Fordham Law Alumni on Facebook

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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

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.  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

William J. Burke ’68 was honored with Halligan-McGuire Irish American Good Guy Award

William J. Burke, Managing Director-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, was honored with the the second annual Halligan-McGuire Irish American Good Guy Awards on March 22nd at Gallagher’s Steak House in New York City. A staunch supporter of Fordham athletics, Mr. Burke is a graduate of FCRH, ’65, and Fordham Law, ’68, and a former Sports Information Director at the university. The John Halligan Memorial Scholarship was established at Fordham in lasting memory of the revered Rangers and NHL public relations executive who graduated from Fordham in 1963.

Peter Guang Chen ’80 has been named Vice President at Charles River Associates.  Chen is certified public accountant and an attorney with more than 25 years of experience. His extensive experience includes advising China and U.S corporations on their inbound and outbound transactions; tax, regulatory, and business issues, mergers and acquisitions, and the reorganizations of multinationals in China.

Janet O’Conner Cornell ’83 along with Keith Grace, Esq. opened the firm Cornell Grace, P.C specializing in defense litigation, construction law, insurance law and municipal law.

Steven J. Kuperschmid ’85 has joined the Board of Directors of The Marty Lyons Foundation. Kuperschmid concentrates his practice of law in the areas of corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, and high-tech transactions.

Paul C. Curnin ’87 has been appointed as a co-head of the litigation practice at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett.

Michael E. Shea ’91 has been promoted to Assistant Chief in the NYPD. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the office of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. He was formerly the Commanding Officer of the 20th Precinct, covering Fordham's Lincoln Center campus. Mike would like to thank all of the Fordham Law alumni who attended his promotion and the reception afterward.  

Richard W. Goldstein ’92 has joined Blank Rome LLP. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Goldstein served as founding partner of Goldstein Jones LLP. For nearly 20 years he has focused his practice in the area of state and local taxation, handling tax matters for many of the world’s largest corporations and high net worth, high profile individuals.

Dennis M. Cariello ’99 and Andrea F. Cariello ’98 welcomed the birth of daughter Lily Marie in February 2011.

Anthony J. Borrelli ’00 has been elected partner in the Commercial Litigation Group at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Borelli has developed a particular focus on defending claims unique to the securities industry.

Earl M. Crittenden, Jr. ’00, an attorney in the Orlando office of Gray Robinson, P.A., co-chaired the fourth annual Central Florida Diplomats' Reception on February 11, 2011 with Air France. Appointed to chief of protocol by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Crittenden is responsible for extending hospitality on behalf of the city to national and international dignitaries
Kristin D. Kiehn ’00 was named counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Maria da Paz Tierno Lopes ’00 was elected partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira in its Lisbon office where she has been an associate lawyer since 2003. Her main areas of practice are Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions. Before joining Cuatrecasas, she was an associate lawyer at the White & Case LLP offices in São Paulo and New York. 

Christopher Robinson ’01 has been elected partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Nehemiah E. Ginsburg ’03 has joined the legal department of Starr international USA, Inc. He joins Starr International USA from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP where he was an associate in the Financial Institutions Group.

Omri Y. Flicker ’07 welcomed the birth of his daughter Carmel in January 2011.

In Memoriam

Stephen LaSala ’40
Hon. Robert E. Gaynor ’46
Jack Maher ’53
Edward G. Brennan ’56
Hon. Geraldine A. Ferraro ’60
Brian E. Comerford ’66
Jerome W. Scanlon, Jr. ’64
Robert J. Ried ’73