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June 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Become A Faculty Fan!

Honor your favorite professor with a gift to the Law School Annual Fund by becoming a Faculty Fan. Learn more here.

2011 Class Gift Challenge

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Class of 2011 into the Fordham Law alumni community.  Already proving their leadership and commitment to Fordham Law School, the Class of 2011 has displayed remarkable participation and success with the 2011 Class Gift.  To date, an impressive 36% of the class has supported the School with a donation in honor of their graduation.  With the close of the fiscal year approaching on June 30th, there is still time to increase that number! 
To donate, click here.
For more information about the Class Gift, please contact Emma Angevine at

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


Washington, D.C. Chapter Reception

Monday, June 13, 2011
6 - 8 PM
The Home of Howard Schiffman '76
1617 21st Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

To RSVP, contact Peter Pallotta


Fordham Law European Alumni Chapter

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

For details, visit here.


1905 Society Luncheon

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

11:30 AM

Fordham University, Lowenstein Building

113 West 60th Street

12th Floor Lounge

New York, NY 10023

To RSVP, contact Peter Pallotta

Local Chapter Events

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
Register here.

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
Register here.

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
Honoree: Honorable Peter B. Skelos ’80
Register 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 2011:  Meet the Dean “Decades” Event Series:

We are delighted to announce a new event series for Fall 2011. Alumni, grouped by the decade in which they graduated, are invited to attend a special meeting with Dean Mike Martin to learn about his vision for Fordham Law’s future. The dates are as follows:

Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1930s/40s- September 30, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm

Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1950s- October 6, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm

Lunch for Alumni who graduated in the 1960s- October 17, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 12-2pm

Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1970s- November 4, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 8:30-10am

Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1980s- November 11, President's Dining Room, Lowenstein, 8:30-10am

Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 1990s- November 14, Room 430 b and c, 8:30-10am

Breakfast for Alumni who graduated in the 2000s- November 21, Room 430 b and c, 8:30-10am

News and Reminders

Professor Maria Marcus Receives Dean’s Highest Honor 

Maria L. Marcus, Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law, received the Dean’s Medal of Recognition at the Law School Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 22nd at the Javits Center. Professor Marcus joined the Law School faculty in 1978 as an associate professor. She become professor in 1986 and was named the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law in 1997. Prior to arriving at Fordham Law School, Professor Marcus served as an Assistant Attorney General of New York State and rose to be chief of the Litigation Bureau. She has retired from teaching, but will continue to serve as coach of Fordham Law’s Moot Court program.

Reunion Gala 2011: A Night to Remember!

The Reunion Gala at the Waldorf=Astoria was truly an unforgettable evening! We thank all those who came to reconnect with their fellow classmates and share memories of Fordham Law.

Don’t forget to visit the Reunion photo galleries here!

There is still time to make a class gift

2011 Firm Challenge: Last Chance to Participate!

Now in its fifth year, the Firm Challenge raises money by engaging alumni at participating firms and reconnecting them to one another and the Law School. Chadbourne & Parke LLP won the 2010 Firm Challenge with 97% of alumni at the firm making a gift. 
 With little time left until the close of the fiscal year on June 30th, competition between participating firms is heating up!  The firm with the highest alumni participation rate for Fiscal Year 2011 will receive special recognition, an advertisement in the FSSF Public Service Auction Journal, and a prominently displayed “Winner’s Plaque” at the Law School, among other benefits.

To make a gift, please visit here. Stay tuned for the winning results!

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:
5/15 – 8/14/2011: Graduation, 2011

Library display case:
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.

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

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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

Hon. William L. Owens ’74, U.S. Representative for New York's 23rd congressional district, gave the keynote address at the commencement exercises for Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY on May 20, 2011.

Hon. Dean G. Skelos ’75, Minority Leader for the New York State Senate, is profiled in a recent article from Newsday. To view the article, click here

Michael T. Cornacchia ’76, a former Eastern District prosecutor, who is now in private practice, has been named 2011 Man of the Year by the National Police Defense Foundation, a non-profit group that provides legal assistance and support to men and women in law enforcement and their families.

Darcy M. Katris ’85 has joined Hodgson Russ as a partner in the law firm’s estates and trusts practice. She was of counsel at Sidley Austin.

Paul J. Pollock ’85 has been named partner at Crowell & Moring. He concentrates on middle-market private equity, M & A and corporate finance. 

Gregory Karawan ’88 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become a member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry Investor Corporation. 

James K. Stronski ’88 has joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in its Intellectual Property Group.

Christine Testaverde '88 has been appointed chief legal officer of Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan. Testaverde was previously with the firm KisselHirsch & Wilmer, where she has been since 2008.

Michael T. Nedder ‘99 has established the law firm Nedder & Associates, LLC in Fairfield County.

Scott W. Parker ’99 became a founding member of Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  The firm represents national banks, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers and other financial services companies, handling the full range of litigation, enforcement, transactional and regulatory issues confronting the mortgage banking industry.

Ellen A. Scordino ’01 has joined Fish & Richardson as a principal in its IP Litigation Group in Boston, where she will continue to focus her practice on patent infringement litigation and patent counseling.  Before joining Fish, she was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York.

Matthew Mamak ’03 has been named partner in Financial Services and Products Group at Alston & Bird LLP.

Andrew Mandelbaum '04, a senior associate at Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer and Gleser, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Fordham Law, married Tracie Heyman in Delray Beach, Florida on April 9, 2011.

D. Maimon Kirschenbaum ’05 was featured in a Crain’s New York Business article titled “For restaurants, more lawsuits on the menu.” To view the article, visit here.

Dr. George Tatung Wu ’06 has joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as a registered patent attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office. Wu handles patents and trademarks for those clients in the biotechnology, metabolic therapy, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Peter F. Cifichiello ’10 and his band Admiral Pete and the Seamen played in Times Square during Fleet Week in May.

Divya Jayachandran ’10 has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in the Trademark and Copyright department.

In Memoriam

Joseph J. MacDonald ’56
Patrick F. Foley ’64
Ralph A. Daiuto, Sr. ’68