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October 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 alumni focus groups that are being held across the nation. We hope that you'll join us at one of the following focus groups. To RSVP to a focus group, please contact Peter Pallotta.

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
RSVP here

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
RSVP here

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
RSVP here

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
RSVP here

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
RSVP here

Current Trends Networking Series

We are delighted to announce a new event series designed to foster networking opportunities for alumni and to increase interaction between the Law School faculty and the alumni. In Spring 2011, the Law School will launch the Current Trends Networking Series. Professors will present on current trends within their area of expertise. More information on those topics will be included in the November edition of the Fordham Law Insider.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Professor: Richard Squire
Hosted by Joseph DeSimone’ 94
Mayer Brown LLP
1675 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Professor: Howard Erichson 
Hosted by Loretta Shaw-Lorello ’93
Covington & Burling
620 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Professor: Linda Sugin 
Hosted by Matthew McLaughlin ’94
Venable LLP
1270 Ave of the Americas Fl 25
New York, NY 10020

Tuesday, March 8, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Professor: Sonia Katyal 
Hosted by Patricia Murphy ’81
Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Professor: Sean Griffith 
Hosted by Pamela Chepiga ’73
Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Professor: Joel Reidenberg 
Hosted by Rita Glavin ’96
Vinson & Elkins LLP
666 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10103

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


Dean’s Lunch with Alumni from 1970s

Monday, October 17, 2011
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
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

Register 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
  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

New Partner Luncheon

Wednesday, November 16th
12:00 PM
Fordham Law School 
140 W. 62nd Street
Room 430 B & C
New York, NY 10023

RSVP here

NOTE: 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 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 2000-2009

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building 
113 W. 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023

RSVP here

News and Reminders

Fordham Law to Offer Certificate in Assert Management Practice and Regulation and will host an Open House

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.”

The RCA Open House will be on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 at Fordham Law School.

For additional information, please visit the program web page.

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.

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

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 here which has a host of resources.

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 dcapra@law.fordham.eduand 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

Joseph Bock ’53, counsel with Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader LLC, will be inducted into the sophomore class of the Warren County Hall of Fame on October 15th at the Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington, NJ. To view the complete story, click here.

Julian S. Millstein ’78 has joined Moses & Singer as special counsel, focusing on information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, cloud computing and other matters.

David L. Glass ’79 has joined Moses & Singer as counsel in the banking and finance and litigation groups.

T.J. Maloney ’79 was honored during the naming dedication ceremony of Maloney Hall at Boston College on September 23, 2011. “The naming is in recognition of a major gift from T.J. Maloney, and his wife, Nancy, and their lifelong support of Boston College," said University Spokesman Jack Dunn. To view the complete story, click here.

William D. Yoquinto ’79, an attorney at Carter Conboy, co-authored an article in the 2011 Summer Edition of ALFA International’s Products Liability newsletter.  The article “User’s Gross Mishandling of Product Does Not Entitle Defendant Manufacturer to Summary Judgment in New York” analyzes procedural distinctions between Federal and New York State court with respect to a plaintiff’s gross mishandling of a product and the additional burden of proof faced by defendant manufacturers in New York State.

Ruth Raisfeld ’80 has been chosen as a 2011 Super Lawyer for the Metropolitan Area in the category of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Raisfeld served exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator primarily of labor and employment law cases for about 10 years. She was also chosen as one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers in the Westchester Area.

Susan A. Feeney ’81, a partner with the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP in Newark and president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will be honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award at honored at the Diocese of Metuchen’s Annual Flame of Charity Dinner at 6 p.m. on October 27, 2011. To view the complete story, click here.

Kathryn Keneally ’82, a partner of the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in New York, has been nominated by President Barack Obama for Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division, Department of Justice. To view the complete story, click here.

Richard J. Nicolello ’85
, a resident of New Hyde Park, NY, is seeking another two-year term in the Nassau County Legislature, 9th District. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

A.J. Bosco ’86 has joined Moody’s Corporation as Senior Vice President of Global Investigation.

Marcia S. Greenblatt '89, recently joined Societe Generale Energy Corp. as a director in the legal department.  Prior to joining SocGen Energy, Greenblatt had been with Sempra Energy Trading LLC for 13 years.  Her last position at Sempra was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel.

Eric Charles Rosenbaum ’91 and Brian Edward Sprague were married August 27, 2011 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan. Rosenbaum is the chief of the DNA Prosecutions Unit in the Queens County District Attorney's Office Special Victims Bureau in Kew Gardens.

Tracey Walsh ’94 is co-chairing the NYSBA CLE on Special Education, which will be hosted in NYC, Long Island, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo. Walsh will be presenting on the topic: “Going to Due Process-Litigating a Special Education Case in NY/ Impartial Hearings” at the Long Island venue on October 19, 2011 and in New York City on October 25, 2011. In addition, Walsh was asked to speak at the 14th Annual 2012 COPAA Conference at The Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida on March 8-12, 2012. The presentation will be: “Autism on Trial - What You Need to Know to Represent/Advocate for a Student.” She will also be making a presentation at Fordham Law School to Professor Leah Hill’s Family and Child Advocacy Clinic class on October 26, 2011 on due process procedures for children with disabilities.

Paul J. Andre ’96 has joined the new Silicon Valley office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Andre focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling involving complex technology.

John Selmon Blakely, Sr. ’96 has joined the United States Department of the Treasury as a Tax Law Specialist in their Tax Exempt Bonds, Compliance & Program Management Department. The department analyzes and assesses financial service industry company transactions, particularly within the Wall Street area, and throughout New York State.

Paul Garfinkel ’96 and Holly Schepisi ’97 welcomed their son Easton John Garfinkel on July 26, 2011.  Easton joins big sister Kayla (8).  When Easton was several weeks old, Holly was selected to be the Republican New Jersey State Assembly Candidate for District 39 in the upcoming November election. Holly is replacing Charlotte Vandervalk who is retiring after 21 years in the Assembly.

David Greene ’96, an attorney at Fox Rothschild, spoke at the Southeast Florida In-house Counsel Conference titled, “A Day in the Life of An In-house Counsel: Managing a Multi-disciplinary Practice” on September 22, 2011. A member of the Litigation Department, Greene focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation matters involving banking, title insurance, and real estate and construction litigation.

Richard C. Pettus ’96 has joined the New York City office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Pettus was a partner at King & Spalding and served as deputy practice leader of its Intellectual Property Practice as well as co-head of the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device Initiative.

Andrew Lee ’97, a veteran attorney and business executive, will serve as General Counsel to the New York/New Jersey 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee. Lee will be one of the principal guides of the activities of the Host Committee as it prepares for the landmark Super Bowl in February 2014.

Anthony Constantinople ’01 has been named as one of Rising Stars Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Constantinople is Vice President of Constantinople & Vallone Consulting, LLC. To view the complete story, please click here.

Benjamin Koenigsberg ’01 has been elected partner at the New York office of Chadbourne and Parke. Koenigsberg concentrates his practice on project development, financings, public-private partnerships, hedge transactions, acquisitions and sales relating to complex power, transportation, natural gas and other infrastructure projects.

Paola Lozano ’01, a mergers and acquisitions partner at Skadden, has been chosen by the Partnership of New York City to serve as a David Rockefeller Fellow for 2011-2012.

Michael Perna '01, who has recently joined the firm of Frazer & Feldman, LLP as an associate, wed David Joscher on September 18, 2011 in a ceremony that took place in Yorktown, NY.

Melissa H. Harris ’02 has joined the New Orleans office of McGlinchey Stafford as an associate practicing government contracts, corporate investigations and white-collar defense law. Prior to joining McGlinchey Stafford, Ms. Harris served as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge M. Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Mauricio A. España ’03 has joined Dechert LLP. Prior to joining Dechert, España was an associate at Mayer Brown.

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

Lauren Abolsky Haberman ’04 and Darryl Haberman welcomed a baby girl, Juliet Poppy Haberman, on April 15, 2011.

Elizabeth Jane Roper ’06 and David Bradley Shanies were married September 17, 2011 at the Foundry, an event space in Long Island City, Queens. Roper is an assistant district attorney working in the official corruption unit of the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Steven Eichorn ’08, an associate with the firm Ifrah PLLC, which focuses its practice on white-collar criminal defense cases, has recently moved to new offices at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Sean Daniel Mersten ’09 married Diana Elizabeth Reiter on September 18, 2011 at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, a historic home in Edgartown, MA, on Martha's Vineyard. Mersten is an associate in the Manhattan office of Jones Day.

Judah Fuld ’10, who recently completed his clerkship in the New Jersey Superior Court, will join his father’s firm, The Law Office of Elliot H. Fuld.   Fuld will handle both civil and criminal matters in New York and New Jersey, in Federal and State courts. 

In Memoriam

Harold T. Pitt ’53