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July 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam 

Special Announcements

Fordham Law Alumni Survey: We Want Your Feedback!

The Fordham Law Alumni Association (FLAA) is currently engaged in a strategic planning initiative that will chart the course of the FLAA for the next five years. The goals and objectives that come out of this process will allow the Law School and its alumni to strengthen the school through better programming and increased opportunities for alumni to interact with the faculty, students, and fellow alumni.

A critical aspect of this initiative is hearing the alumni community’s thoughts on whether the services and activities currently available fit the needs of our alumni community. For this process to be successful and beneficial, we would like to hear from all alumni—those who are dues paying members of the FLAA and those who are not.

After completing the survey, email your classmates or other alumni at your place of employment and encourage them to complete the survey. The more alumni who complete the survey, the better sense we will have of how best to continue serving the alumni community.

Click here to take the Fordham Law alumni survey. The survey will take only five minutes to complete.

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

William Hughes Mulligan Golf Tournament
Monday, July 18, 2011
Westchester Country Club
99 Biltmore Avenue
Rye, NY 10580

Dean’s Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building 
113 West 60th Street
Atrium/Robert Moses Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Golden Rams Luncheon
Friday, September 9, 2011
12:00 PM
21 Club
21 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Chicago Alumni Reception
Monday, September 12, 2011
6:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

New England Chapter Reception
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
6 PM to 8 PM

New Partner Luncheon
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
12:00 PM
Fordham Law School 
140 West 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
New York, NY 10023

Meet the Dean “Decades” Event Series:

We are delighted to announce a new event series for the Fall 2011. Alumni, grouped by the decade in which they graduated, are invited to attend a “Meet the Dean” event. The dates are as follows: (please note: some of the dates have changed)

Dean’s Lunch with Alumni from 1930s/1940s/1950s
Friday, September 30, 2011
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Fordham University 
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
President’s Dining Room
New York, NY 10023

Dean’s Lunch with Alumni from 1960s
Thursday, October 6, 2011
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Fordham University 
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th Street
President’s Dining Room
New York, NY 10023

Dean’s Lunch with Alumni from 1970s
Monday, October 17, 2011
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Fordham University 
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th Street
President’s Dining Room
New York, NY 10023

Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 1980s
Monday, November 14, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham Law School 
140 W. 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
New York, NY 10023

Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 1990s
Monday, November 21, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham Law School 
140 W. 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
New York, NY 10023

Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2000s
Monday, November 28, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham Law School 
140 W. 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
New York, NY 10023

News and Reminders

Fordham Law on Twitter

Follow @FordhamLawNYC on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest FLS news and events.

Check out the Photo Galleries from our Alumni Events!

This spring, Fordham Law School hosted many memorable and exciting alumni events! Whether or not you were able to attend, don’t forget to visit our Photo Galleries page to view the wonderful moments shared by the Fordham Law family.

Fordham Law Ties Scarves and Headbands Are Available Now
Fordham Law ties, scarves and headbands, designed by Vineyard Vines, are currently available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing a tie, scarf or headband, you can download the order form by clicking here. Ties and scarves are $65 each and headbands are $25 (plus $5 Shipping & Handling), payable by credit card or check. Please see the order form for further details.

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.

Fordham Law Alumni on Facebook

"Like" Fordham Law Alumni on Facebook and connect with other alums, 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

Frank P. Lucianna ’51 has been selected by the New Jersey State Bar Association as the Professional Lawyer of the Year. Lucianna has also been selected for the Lifetime Lawyer Achievement Award by the Bergen County Bar Association.

John D. Feerick ’61, professor and former dean of Fordham Law School, has been named the 2011 recipient of the American Bar Association's Robert J. Kutak Award. The Kutak Award is given annually to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench, and the bar. To view the complete story, please click here

Cesar Perales '65 has been unanimously confirmed as Secretary of the New York State Department of State. To view the complete story, please click here.

Kemp Hannon ’70 was elected to his 12th term in the New York State Senate, representing the 6th district. Hannon is also an attorney in private practice with the law firm Farrell Fritz.

George Hodges ’73 served as moderator of a panel on the In house/Outside Counsel relationship at The International Association of Defense Counsel Corporate Counsel College in Chicago.

Michael V. Mitrione ’75, a Gunster shareholder, was named one of the “Super Lawyers” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Florida Super Lawyers magazine is an annual publication that recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Peter J. Neckles ’77 has joined Duff & Phelps Corp. as a managing director in the Global Restructuring Advisory practice. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Neckles was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Hon. Denny Chin ’78 is featured in the Summer 2011 edition of the FORDHAM Magazine.  To view the complete story, please click here.

Deborah DeMasi ’80 has published the 4th edition of International Project Financing. The 4th edition has been extensively revised and updated and continues to represent the leading reference work on the subject.

Karen M. Muller ’81 has been named by CryoPort, Inc. to its Board of Directors. She will serve as an independent director.

Kevin B. Leblang ’84 is listed as one of Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2011 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.  The listing, which appeared in the magazine on June 16 and attracted over 5000 nominations in the immigration, employment and benefits arena, marks the third consecutive year that Leblang made the Most Powerful list. Leblang is chair of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel’s Employment Law department.

Gregory G. Calabro ’87 has joined Morrit Hock & Hamroff as a partner in the firm’s landlord/tenant practice. Calabro was the principal of Calabro & Associates.

Hon. Claire C. Cecchi ’89 has been unanimously approved for promotion to U.S. District Court judgeship by the Senate. She previously worked for 14 years in private practice, primarily as a civil litigator, and had been assistant corporate counsel for New York City.

Mark Ierardi ’89 has joined Smart Devine and Company as director in their tax practice.

Ron Holland ’90 has joined the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the law firm’s labor and employment practice group.

Nick Katsoris ’91, General Counsel of the Red Apple Group in New York and acclaimed author and founder of the Loukoumi book series was interviewed for the Greek Reporter. To view the complete interview, please click here.

Madeline Singas '91 has been appointed Nassau County's Chief Assistant District Attorney. The appointment was made by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Singas is being elevated from her current post as Nassau’s chief sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence prosecutor. To view the complete story, please click here.

Arlene Gordon-Oliver ’92
was elected vice-president for the Ninth Judicial District on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Gordon-Oliver is the managing partner of Arlene Gordon-Oliver PC.

Michael C. Lancer ’92 has been named partner at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola, a Buffalo-based law firm. Lancer is the former managing partner of the Buffalo office of Cascone and Kluepfel.

Jeffrey Meskin ’95 has been promoted to partner at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He joined the firm in 2000 and also serves as co-manager of the firm’s private equity funds.

Suzie Scanlon ‘95, Senior Counsel at Berger Legal, LLC, co-founded bliss lawyers, a new legal services firm, which creates significant employment opportunities for legal professionals via a virtual platform.

Scott A. Shaffer ’96 has joined Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky as a partner in the firm’s advertising, marketing and promotions department.

Adam M. Endick ’97 has joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP as a partner to launch the firm's real estate practice. Endick was formerly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Sam Greene ’97 has joined Centerview Partners as a partner and will establish a new restructuring advisory practice in mid-July. Before joining Centerview, Greene was Managing Director at Miller Buckfire & Co. To view the complete story, please click here.

Toni S. Jordan ’97 has joined Blank Rome as of counsel in the real estate development group. Jordan, who was a partner at Cassin & Cassin, represents Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan services in affordable housing and bond credits transactions, and financial institutions in commercial transactions.

Elena Paraskevas-Thadani ’97 has been named partner at Littler.

Brian M. Seymour ’97, a Gunster shareholder, was named one of the “Super Lawyers” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Florida Super Lawyers magazine is an annual publication that recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Gianluca Morello ’98 has been recognized as one of the “Rising Stars” in the 2011 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Morello is a lawyer at Wian Guerra King in Tampa. To view the complete story, please click here.

Sheri Bonstelle ’01 has been named a partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, where she practices in the law firm’s government, land use, environment and energy group.

Ellen A. Scordino ’01 has joined Fish & Richardson as a principal in its IP Litigation group in Boston. Scordino 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.

Cort T. Malone ’02 has been promoted to shareholder at Anderson Kill & Olick.

Erin A. Eliasen ’03 has been named partner at Stoel Rives, a U.S. business law firm, based in Seattle.  Eliasen has also been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Washington Super Lawyers magazine where she was named a “Rising Star” in her area of law.

George J. Pagano ’03 of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has been elected to the partnership.  Pagano specialtizes in business reorganization, financial restructuring, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights.

Jill Sulkes ’04 has been appointed head of the U.S. financial institutions practice at Marsh, an insurance broker and risk  advisor.

Ralph Lawrence Wolf ’06 and Hannah Suzanne Sholl were married on June 5, 2011 at the Manhattan Penthouse, an event space in Manhattan. Wolf is a court attorney to Monica Drinane, the supervising judge of Bronx County Family Court.

David Cole ’07 and Nicole Washienko ’07 were married in Stonington, Connecticut on May 14, 2011.  The couple celebrated their marriage at Saltwater Farm Vineyard with many members of the class of 2007.  Cole is a litigation associate at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, where his practice is focused on maritime matters.  Washienko is an associate at Morrison Mahoney LLP, where she litigates product liability and insurance coverage disputes.

Alexander Najemy ’08 and Laura Nastase ’09 will wed on July 30, 2011 at St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in Anaheim, California.

Jake Wolff ’10 and Josh Gelb ’10 have co-founded a website that simplies the process to change your legal name. For more information, visit, ‘like’ hitchswitch on Facebook or follow hitchswitch on Twitter.
Michael Damian Camarinos ’11 married Lauren Anne Mavroudis on June 25, 2011 at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York. Camarinos is an assistant district attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.

In Memoriam

John Spata, Sr. ’40
Francis Murano ’51
James Grifferty ’54
Rothwell Mason ’56
Stanley Leyden ’57
William McKee, Jr. ’61
Kevin D. Moloney '63
George Miller ’64
Lawrence Kennedy ’69
Frank Russo ’81