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May 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

BREAKING NEWS! Fordham Names New Law Dean

Fordham University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Michael M. Martin, Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Law, as the dean of the Law School. Martin has been serving as interim dean for the Law School during the 2010-2011 academic year. His appointment as permanent dean is effective immediately.

Click here for more information.

Reunion Gala 2011

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
Reserve your ticket now! And don't forgot to check out which of your classmates has already registered.
For more information on Reunion Gala 2011, please visit here.
To make a class gift, click here.

Alumni Connect

On July 1st, the Law School will 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.

2011 FLAA Dues Mailing

The second dues mailing with membership materials of the Fordham Law Alumni Association was sent out recently. 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


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

Register Now!

  Fordham Law European Alumni Chapter

Academic Program and Dinner
June 17-18, 2011
Rome, Italy

For details, visit here.

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
Honoree: Honorable Harry G. Carroll ’78

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
Honoree: Honorable Vincent L. Briccetti ’80

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
Honoree: Frank J. Gilbride ’67

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

Washington, D.C. Chapter Reception
Monday, June 13, 2011 
6 - 8 PM
The Home of Howard Schiffman ’76
Business Attire
RSVP by Monday, June 6 to Peter Pallotta at 212.636.6806 or

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 19, Room 430 b and c, 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 Celebrates Groundbreaking for School of Law and Undergraduate Residence Hall

Fordham University launched its new School of Law and undergraduate residence hall with a
ceremonial groundbreaking on May 2. The 22-story, $250 million facility was designed by award- winning architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and is scheduled to open for the fall 2014 semester.

The event took place on Robert Moses Plaza at the Lincoln Center Campus with dignitaries including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmember Gale Brewer.

To read the full story, click here.

Learn more about the new building.

Law School Library Exhibits

Over the course of the year, the Law School library creates numerous current and historical exhibits for its two display cases located in the Law School lobby and the library display case. Below is the exhibit schedule for 2011:

Lobby display case:
4/15 – 5/14/2011: Fordham Law School and Sports
5/15 – 8/14/2011: Graduation, 2011

Library display case:
4/1 – 5/15/2011: Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany
5/15 – 8/31/2011: Fordham Law School Yearbooks

Library exhibit notes and pictures of each exhibit can be found at here.

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

Join Alumni Relations on Facebook and connect with Fordham Alumni, including Faculty and Staff! Click here to join our page.

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

Hon. Norman J. Peer ‘63 was honored by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Monmouth County for his dedication to improving the lives of children. Judge Peer was honored at the Voices for Children Gala on April 2, 2011.

Cesar A. Perales ’65 Nominated for New York Secretary of State

Perales has been nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to become Secretary of State of New York. He will also serve as a senior policy adviser to the Governor. Perales is co-founder of the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, serving as its first executive director and then later as president and chief counsel. For more information, please visit here.

Richard Beckler ’68, former chief of the criminal division of the Justice Department's fraud section, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner in its white-collar defense, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement practice in Washington.

Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73 will be honored by the New York Women’s Bar Association at its Annual Dinner on June 14th, 2011. Judge Preska will receive the President’s Special Award.  The event will be held at Capitale.

Hon. Denny Chin ’78 was honored by the Fordham Law Review with the 19th Annual Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award on April 13th at The Bryant Park Grill.

Sayde J. Ladov ’78, a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, will begin a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors at the conclusion of the statewide association’s Annual Meeting May 6th in Philadelphia. One of 12 zone governors, Ladov will represent Philadelphia lawyers.

Hon. Christopher P. Lee ’79 has retired as a United States Administrative Law judge and now teaches grammar and writing to high school students at Legal Outreach, Inc. He has begun coaching the Girl’s Varsity Tennis team at Marymount School of New York.

Hon. Vincent L. Briccetti ’80 has been confirmed by the United States Senate to join the bench in the Southern District of New York.  Judge Briccetti is a partner at Briccetti, Calhoun & Lawrence in White Plains, New York.

Susan A. Feeney ’81 will be sworn in as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association on May 19, 2011 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The New Jersey Chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association and Fordham Law School will be hosting a reception in Susan's honor in the Aqua Room at the Water Club from 5:30 to 7 PM. To RSVP, please contact Peter Pallotta.

Stephen M. Miller ’81 has received the Homeless Legal Clinic Award from the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. The award serves to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made to the Homeless Legal Clinic.

Alan Schacter ’87 has joined Allen & Overy as a senior counsel in its U.S. real estate practice. He was general counsel and executive vice president of GFI Capital Resources, Inc., a national real estate and financial services company.

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez ’82 will retire as Chief Judge of the New York Bankruptcy Court this spring to become a a senior fellow at NYU Law. In addition to teaching bankruptcy law courses, Judge Gonzalez will serve as co-director of the school’s Bankruptcy Workshop and its Galgay Fellows Program.

Andrew J. Bernstein ’88, an attorney at Mintz Levin, has been selected by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in his field of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

Tracey Spencer Walsh ’94 has published two articles in Autism Spectrum News. The Winter 2011 article is titled “Parents: Give the IEP Team Quality Evaluations with Recommendations” and the Spring 2011 article is titled “Compensatory Education is an Important Remedy to Consider.” To view both articles, please visit here.

Edward Hassi ’95 has joined the Federal Trade Commission as the Bureau of Competition's chief litigator.

Igor Makarov LL.M. ’97 has been appointed Chief Legal Officer to UC RUSAL, the world’s largest aluminum producer. During the last 7 years, Makarov was a lawyer and partner in the Moscow branch of Jones Day law firm.

Patrick J. Lawless ’00 has been elected partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.

Matthew Guttman ‘01 and Debby Guttman welcomed the birth of their daughter Ruby Lauren on March 3, 2011.

Hilary Macklin ’04 and Andrew Macklin ’04 welcomed twin boys, Evan and Ryan, on December 30, 2010.

In Memoriam

Hon. Frederick C. Kentz, Jr. ’43