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September 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam 

Special Announcements

FLAA Strategic Planning Focus Groups

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 emerge from this process will enable 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 nine alumni focus groups that we will hold across the nation this Fall. We hope that you'll join us at one of the following focus groups. To RSVP to a focus group, please contact Peter Pallotta.

Monday, September 12, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Henry F. White ’76
CCIM Institute
430 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Simon Malko ’97
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
1600 Atlanta Financial Center
3343 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326

San Francisco
Friday, September 30, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Ed Kavounas ’65
Rockwood Capital, LLC
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 2360
San Francisco, CA  94111

Los Angeles
Monday, October 3, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Hosted by Brian J. McCarthy ’78
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
300 S Grand Ave Fl 34
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3109

New York
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Ed Joyce ’86
Jones Day
222 East 41st Street
New York, NY 10017-6739

New York
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
6:30 PM. to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Mark J. Hyland ’80
Seward & Kissel LLP
One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004

Friday, October 14, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Paulo Lima ’05
Hunton & Williams LLP
1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2500
Miami, FL 33131

Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by Adam Hoffinger ’82
Morrison and Foerster
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 6000
Washington, D.C. 20006-1888

Thursday, November 10, 2011
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hosted by John C. Cushing ’99
K&L Gates
State Street Financial Center
One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111

2012 Annual Luncheon – Location Change

Please note that the 63rd Annual Fordham Law Alumni Luncheon on March 5, 2012 will be held at Cipriani Wall Street. We hope you will be able to 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.

Upcoming FLS Events


Chicago Alumni Reception

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

RSVP here


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

RSVP here


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

RSVP here


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

RSVP here

Corporate Counsel Dinner
Monday, October 24, 2011
6:30 PM
130 Bowery
New York, NY 10013
Honoree: Don Urgo ’62
RSVP here

New England Chapter Reception
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
6 PM to 8 PM
The Home of Neal J. Curtin ’68
15 Charles River Square
Boston, MA 02114
RSVP here

New Partners Luncheon

Congratulations to the Fordham Law School Partnership Class of 2010-2011. The following alumni will be recognized by Dean Michael M. Martin at the New Partner Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16th at 12:00 PM in Room 430 B & C at the Law School:

Muna Abu-Shaar ’03, Dechert LLP
Sheila A. Agnew ’03, Moses & Singer
Sheri Bonstelle ’01, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
Anthony J. Borrelli ’00, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Allen W. Burton ’01, O'Melveny & Myers
Malani J. Cademartori ’99, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
David Chun ’01, Ropes & Gray
David P. Connolly ’02, Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Maria da Paz Tierno Lopes ’00, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira & Associados
Christine M. Debevec ’01, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Erin Eliasen ’03, Stoel Rives LLP
Allison Fitzpatrick ’01, Davis & Gilbert LLP
Brian Flanagan ’92, Bourne, Noll & Kenyon, P.C.
Jeffrey Fried ’89, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
Desiree Fusco ’03, Bondi Iovino & Fusco
Daniel F.X. Geoghan ’99, Young Conway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Antonia F. Giuliana ’98, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Diana Shafter Gliedman ’00, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
Samuel Greene ’97, Centerview Partners
Ron Holland ’90, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Michael P. Kahn ’01, Ropes & Gray
Darcy M. Katris ’85, Hodgson Russ
Brian S. Kelleher ’02, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Justin E. Klein ’03, Satterlee Stetphens Burke & Burke LLP
Andrew D. Komaromi ’97, Harris Beach PLLC
Eleanor M. Lackman ’03, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Michael C. Lancer ’92, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola
Patrick Lawless ’00, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman
Christopher E. Lawrence ’99, Bingham McCutchen, LLP
Andrew Lewner ’01, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
Deborah L. Lu ’04, Vedder Price
Robert Maier ’02, Baker Botts LLP
Matthew Mamak ’03, Alston & Bird
Jeffrey Mann ’01, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP
Jeffrey Meskin ’95, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
George J. Pagano ’03, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Elena Paraskevas-Thadani ’97, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Kevin R. Puvalowski ’94, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Steven Raffaele ’99, Holland & Knight
James Regan ’02, Satterlee Stetphens Burke & Burke LLP
John F. Resek ’01, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Christopher Robinson ’01, Davis Wright Tremaine. LLP
Irena Royzman ’03, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Alicia A. Russo ’00, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Catherin B. Schumacher ’01, Kaye Scholer LLP
Evangeline Shih ’01, Jones Day
T.L. Summerville ’97, Dykema

If you recently made partner or know someone who made partner who is not on the list, please contact Peter Pallotta as soon as possible.

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
RSVP here

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
RSVP here

Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2000s
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 620th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

News and Reminders

Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine Awarded Brazilian Medal

Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean of International and Non-J.D. Programs, received the Medal of Judicial Merit from the president of the Supreme Court of Pernambuco, a northeastern state in Brazil, during a recent two-week visit to the country.

Fine was awarded the medal, officially called the Mérito Judiciário Desembargador Joaquim Nunes Machado, in Recife, the state's capital, where she also received a plaque of commendation from the Escola da Magistratura de Pernambuco (ESMAPE), the judges' training school in Pernambuco.

Fordham Law Roundtable Series Offers Free CLE

The Law School, in partnership with American Lawyer Media, will present a webinar series offering free CLE credit this fall, featuring Professors James J. Brudney, Tanya Hernandez and Richard Squire. Topics include a new approach to a common issue in bankruptcy litigation, intragroup guarantees; battling employment discrimination after Wal-Mart v. Dukes; and the future of unions and collective bargaining. Learn more and register here.

Fordham Law to Offer Certificate in Assert Management Practice and Regulation

Fordham Law has launched a certificate program in Asset Management Practice and Regulation, in collaboration with the Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA).  This certificate, which is delivered online (with the option of a live component), includes highly specialized courses designed to prepare participants for careers as compliance officers, compliance practitioners, or counsel within the asset management industry. 

Professor Sean J. Griffith, the T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center, has been named Director of the Asset Management Practice and Regulation Program.  “We are delighted that Fordham is the first law school in the nation to offer such a program," he said. "We are confident that this program will be a fertile training ground for those seeking careers as compliance officers, compliance practitioners, or counsel within the asset management industry.”

For additional information, please visit the program web page.

Corporate Law Center: Fall 2011 Programs

Fordham Law's Corporate Law Center is excited to announce its schedule of programs for Fall 2011. To view a full list of all the events offered, please click here.

Created in 2001, the Center convenes public lectures, roundtable discussions, expert panels, and academic symposia on topics of current interest in business and financial law.  The Center also serves as a platform to showcase the business law scholarship of Fordham faculty and research affiliates in a wide variety of financial sub-specialties. 

For more information on the Corporate Law Center, please click here or contact Ann Rakoff, Executive Director of the Corporate Law Center.
Catholic Fellow Position

The Catholic Lawyer’s Program of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work is seeking support for the creation of Catholic Fellow position.  To become involved or to learn more, please contact Michele Galioto at or (212) 636-7637.

Law Library Services for Alumni
Alumni are reminded that the Law Library offers a number of resources to them, including one-on-one research sessions to aid alumni with project-specific research.  Please contact our alumni liaison, Alison Shea, at or (212) 636-6751 to learn more.

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.

Fordham Law on Twitter

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

Lawyers in Transition

Alumni CPC Programs

Secrets to Successful Informational Interviewing
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room 211
Many legal jobs aren’t posted –so how do you find them?  Informational interviewing is a critical component of an effective job search and finding those “unfindable” jobs, but how does it work? 
• How do you best reach out to attorneys to speak with you? 
• What questions do you ask? 
• How can you make and maintain a professional network?
• This panel, featuring FLS alumni, will help you learn how to use this important tool to give you positive results in your job search.
 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".

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.

Class Notes

Tom Conniff ’61 will receive the Graymoor Award at the Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement to be held at The Hotel Pierre on September 30, 2011.

William "Pat" Schuber ’72, former Bergen County Executive, was welcomed as the
newest member of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners after having been nominated to the post by Gov. Chris Christie in April.

William D. Yoquinto ’79, an attorney at Carter Conboy, has been selected by New York Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2011. This is the 5th consecutive year that Yoquinto has been selected by Super Lawyers. He focuses his practice on all phases of defense, including trials and appeals, in matters relating to products liability, medical malpractice, pharmacy, professional licensing, and other liability claims.

Andrew T. Heller ’80, Vice Chairman of Turner Broadcasting System, will be inducted by Broadcast & Cable Magazine into the 21st Annual Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame.  The induction will be held at the Waldorf=Astoria on October 26, 2011.

James A. Resila ’87, an attorney at Carter Conboy, has been selected by New York Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2011. Resila focuses his practice on appellate advocacy, defense of municipalities in federal civil rights cases, the defense of medical and dental malpractice, and general negligence claims.

Allison J. Brody ’94 was promoted to Senior Counsel, Compliance, at Elsevier and is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jeffrey S. Mooallem ’94 has joined Equity One, Inc., an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, as Vice President, Leasing and Development. Mooallem will lead the expansion and redevelopment of Serramonte Center in Daly City, California in addition to evaluating and executing acquisition and redevelopment opportunities throughout the West Coast.

Joseph De Simone ’94 and his wife, Ashley, welcomed a baby daughter, Belle Marie De Simone, on August 16th. Mom and Baby Belle are doing great.

Ralph A. Dengler ’96 has joined Gibbons P.C. in Newark as counsel in the firm's intellectual property department. Dengler was previously an attorney with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in New York.

Willard Shih ’96, an attorney at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., was recently named to the New Jersey Law Journals' "40 Under 40" list for 2011. For more information, click here.

Gwenn Kalow ’98 recently joined Grais & Ellsworth LLP in Manhattan after taking some time off to spend with her boys, Zachary (age 5) and Brandon (age 2). 

Dr. Matthew E. Langer ’98 has joined Cooley LLP as a partner in the New York office of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Langer will focus on patent prosecution and counseling.

Daniel M. Yarmish ’99 has been promoted to senior counsel at Loeb & Loeb.

Aimee E. Saginaw ’01 has been named one of the National LGBT Bar Association's “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award.” Click here to view the complete list.

George Demos ’02 announced that he filed his candidacy to run for the United States Congress in 2012. Demos is a conservative Republican candidate and a Greek issues advocate in America. To view the complete story, please click here.

Eleanor M. Lackman ’03 has joined Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP as a partner in the litigation practice. Lackman will specialize in copyright, trademark, digital media and entertainment law.

Gemma Giantomasi ’05 has been named to the committee for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice's Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe).

John Timmermann’06 and Rosemarie Ruddy Timmermann ’07 (and big brother Jack) welcomed a baby girl, Annabelle Joanne Timmermann, on March 23, 2011.

Capt. Allison Anne Maimona ’06 and Capt. Stephen Roy DeVito, both of the Air Force, were married May 8th at Club Hillbrook, an inn and private club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

In Memoriam

J. Stanley Sheridan ’45
Richard Gaza ’52
Norman George ’56
Lola Miranda - Hale ’68
Jerome W. Kineavy '72
David Atlas ’88
Randl Shure ’91