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November 2011 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Alumni Connect

In late November the Law School will launch an exciting new password-protected online community called Alumni Connect.  This exclusive online network will allow you to connect with friends, share new ideas, and stay in touch with your alma mater!

Online opportunities include:
  • Create a personal profile
  • Password-protected searchable alumni directory -- reconnect with former friends and colleagues (search by location, practice area, year, etc.)
  • Create a circle of friends
  • Career networking
  • Update your contact information

2012 Rising Star Awards

On Thursday, February 16th Fordham Law School will host its first Rising Star Awards Cocktail Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at Weil Gotshal.

The Rising Star Award is designed to honor remarkable achievement by alumni who have graduated from the Law School within the past 15 years.

There are three areas of recognition:

  • Private practice
  • Government, public interest, and non-profit
  • Business

One alumnus/ae will be honored in each area.

An email to all alumni will be sent out soon soliciting nominations.

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 2012, 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 December 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 3, 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


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 University
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th Street
Lowenstein Glass Atrium
New York, NY 10023

RSVP here
  New Partner Luncheon

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
12:00 PM
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 University
Lowenstein Building
113 W. 60th Street
Lowenstein Glass Atrium
New York, NY 10023

RSVP here
  FLAA Christmas Reception

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
6:30 PM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023

Register here!
  Westchester-Putnam Chapter Christmas Reception

Thursday, December 8, 2011
6:30 PM
Hosted by Vincent Cappucci ’84
4 Rye Ridge Place
Harrison, NY 10528-1008

RSVP here

New Jersey Chapter Christmas Reception

Monday, December 12, 2011
6:30 PM
Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Register here!

  Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2000-2009 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Fordham Law School  

140 W. 62nd Street
430 B & C

New York, NY 10023

RSVP here

European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner

Barcelona, Spain
June 15 – 16, 2012
Following on the enormous success of last year’s meeting of the Fordham Law Alumni Association meeting in Rome, the European Chapter will meet in June 2012 in Barcelona – Spain’s magical port city. 

For details, click here.

News and Reminders

Professor Mgbako Named to National Law Journal's Minority 40 Under 40 List

Clinical Associate Professor Chi Mgbako was recognized for her leadership of the Law School's Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, which creates opportunities for Fordham Law students to learn firsthand about international and human rights law. Read more here.

FSSF 21st Annual Public Service Auction

SAVE THE DATE! On March 1, 2012 the Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship will hold their 21st Annual Public Service Auction. Mark your calendar for a fun night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and friendly bidding wars over a variety of exciting auction items-- all to help fund summer grants for students working in unpaid public interest legal internships.

Brendan Moore Advocates Win National Trial Advocacy Competition

Members of Fordham Law's Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy team won the Lone Star Classic Trial Competition at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas. The winning team consisted of Travis Atkinson '12, Christian Levis '12, Kristen McIntosh '12, and Maddy Stokes '12. Levis also won the award for Best Advocate.

Adjunct Professors Bernard Ozarowski '10 and Andrew Mercer '09 coached the Fordham team under the supervision of Brendan Moore Professor of Advocacy James L. Kainen, who also serves as the Director of Trial Competitions.

Alumni and Students Participate in New York Cares

On Saturday October 15th nearly 40 Fordham Law alumni and students participated in a volunteer day with NY Cares.  The Recent Graduates Committee a group of 60 alumni who graduated in the last decade organized the day.  Current members of the Urban Law Journal joined the 25 or so alumni and friends to make the event a huge success. For more pictures, click here.

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.”

For additional information, please visit the program web page.

Kimani Paul-Emile Awarded Competitive Two-Year Grant

Associate Professor Kimani Paul-Emile was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to analyze how criminal background checks affect the health and welfare of individuals with criminal records precipitated by a low-level offense. Read more here.

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

15 Fordham Law Alumni Named to the Irish Legal 100

Fifteen Fordham Law alumni been named to the esteemed 2011 Irish Legal 100.  Sponsored by Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper, the Irish Legal 100 is a network of distinguished and accomplished men and women of Irish descent in the legal profession. The honorees were recognized at the home of Irish Ambassador Michael Collins in Washington, D.C.

Irish Legal 100 - Fordham honorees:
Robert D. Bickford, Jr. ’74
Joseph A. Boyle ’89
Timothy J. Brosnan  ’84
Timothy P. Burke ’91
Raymond J. Dowd ’91
John D. Feerick ’58
Thomas J. Maloney ’79
Thomas A. Moore ’72
William M. O’Connor ’80
Robert J. Reilly ’75
Timothy G. Reynolds ’80
Kevin J. Rooney ’96
Frederick L. Sullivan ’65
Frank J. Sweeney  ’79
Mark H. Tuohey, III ’73

For the complete list of the 2011 Irish Legal 100, visit here.

Hon. John F. Keenan ’54, Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was presented with the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Edward Weinfeld Award at the annual Luncheon Honoring the Federal Courts in New York City on Wednesday, October 26 at the NYCLA Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street. The award was presented by Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy ’58, Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

William J. Corbett ’65 is featured in the Floral Park Dispatch. The article, titled “ Living and Loving in Floral Park” can be found here.

Ronny Greenwald Siegal ’72 presently sits as a Superior Court Judge in the Family Part, Bergen County, New Jersey. She has three grandchildren that keep her smiling!

Peter Curry ’78, a partner at Farrell Fritz, was selected for inclusion on the New York Super Lawyers 2011 – Metro Edition list. Curry specializes in Estate & Trust Litigation.

George Dalton ’78, General Counsel of Dubai World, will be the guest of honor at The Directors Roundtable “World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel” event on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  For full event details, please click here.

John P. Hicks ’78 bought a controlling interest in the thoroughbred "Drosselmeyer", the 2010 Belmont Stakes winner. Drosselmeyer will run on November 4th in the $5 Million Dollar Breeders Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Drosselmeyer will then be retired to Keane Farm in upstate New York.

Patrick Foye ’81, New York’s deputy secretary for economic development, has been selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo to head the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. To view the complete story, click here.

Laurie Berke-Weiss ’83 has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers 2011 list in the Employment and Labor practice area. Berke-Weiss also was named one of the 50 Top Women Lawyers in Metro New York. 

Richard P. Hastings ’83 has penned an article for the Ridgefield Patch titled “National Teen Driving Safety Week.” To view the article, please click here.

Joyce Boland-DeVito, '84,'07 LL.M., a Professor of Business Law at St. John's University (College of Professional Studies), was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with Ph.D. candidates at the National University of Ireland School of Law in Galway, Ireland over the summer.

Richard Nicolello ’85, Nassau County Legislator (R-New Hyde Park), is featured in an article in The Island Now. To view the article, please click here.

Patricia Angley ’87 and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June, as well as the college and high school graduations of two of their three daughters.

Ken Hershman ’88 was announced as President of HBO Sports. Hershman, who will start his new position in January 2012, was previously Vice President of Showtime Sports and Event programming. To view the complete story, please click here.

Michael P. Murray ’90, an attorney and partner with Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara LLC’s New Canaan office and a sitting judge for the Darien-New Canaan Probate Court, joined First County Bank as a corporator. Murray was welcomed by the bank’s board of directors and officially became a corporator at the June 22nd annual meeting. For the full story, please click here.

Anthony McGinty ’91 has been named by the New York State Family Court Judges’ Association as a new officer for the upcoming year.

Scott J. FitzGerald ’92 has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, teaching a course in Immigration Law.

Steve Keyes ’92, a human resources executive at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., is running for Bexley City Council in Ohio.

Karen Seemen ’93 has been named the new Manhattan borough chief of the Family Court Division. Seemen was previously senior counsel in the Pensions Division.

Betty Woo ’93 has been named as deputy chief of the Economic Development Division. Woo was senior counsel in the division.

Kevin N. Ainsworth ’94 has joined the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and was again selected to Super Lawyers – NY Metro edition in 2011.

Michael Bertrand ’96 was recently announced by the Chair of the Vermont Republican Party as the GOP’s Executive Director.  To view the complete story, please click here.

Dora Galacatos ’96, Senior Counsel at the Feerick Center, received the Medal of Honor from Manhattan Legal Services at their 2011 Awards Reception on October 25th.

Eric Penzer ’96, a partner at Farrell Fritz, was selected for inclusion on the New York Super Lawyers 2011 – Metro Edition list. Penzer specializes in Real Estate.

Carmen St. George ’97 will pursue a judgeship during the eminent elections of the 8th of November.  St. George is taking part in the elections for Nassau County District Court Judge. View the complete story here.

Andrew M. Moskowitz ’97 has joined Pashman Stein, PC, in Hackensack, NJ as a member of the firm in its labor and employment practice.  Moskowitz joins the firm from Deutsch Atkins, P.C., where he was a partner.

Brian M. Seymour ’97, a Gunster shareholder, was recently accepted into "Leadership Florida’s Class XXX."  The program, which will kick off in September, selects the finest leaders to participate in an eight-month curriculum. Seymour was chosen for his abilities, passion and commitment to help make great things happen for Florida.

Rick Sharma ’98 and his wife Kara welcomed their first child, daughter Mila Sharma, this summer.  Sharma is the Chief Compliance Officer of Plural Investments, an investment manager in New York.

Joy Fallek ’01 works as an Administrative Attorney in the Clerk’s Office of the Second Court of Appeals.

Nancy I. Becker ’02 currently lives in Rumson, NJ and is a full time mom to two little girls, Olivia, who is almost 3, and Julia, 14 months.  Becker also works part-time in her father's litigation firm.

Jonathan Ching ’02 has joined Jones Day as of counsel in the firm’s banking and finance practice. Ching was previously vice president and counsel at D.E. Shaw Group.

Victoria Lane ’02 has been recognized by the Legal Project in Albany for her pro bono efforts.

Christopher R. Paldino ’02 recently joined Wolff & Samson, in West Orange, NJ, as counsel in the Litigation Group. Prior to joining Wolff & Samson, Paldino was a shareholder at Budd Larner, P.C. in Short Hills, NJ.

Gordon Eng ’05 has joined SKY Harbor Capital Management, LLC as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.  Eng was a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focusing on white collar, regulatory defense, and litigation of complex financial instruments.

Gayle Gerson ’05 and Mitch Gerson welcomed a baby girl, Hayley Nora Gerson, on August 18, 2011.

Elizabeth Elices ’10 joined the law firm Chronakis Siachos.

Joshua Gelb ’10 and Jake Wolff ’10 are featured in the November 2011 edition of Entrepreneurs Magazine. To view the article, please click here.

Mindy Fox ’10 recently joined Wolff & Samson, in West Orange, NJ, as an associate. Previously, Fox was a judicial clerk and mediator for the Honorable Donald J. Volkert, Jr., A.J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court - Passaic Vicinage and a judicial extern for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, U.S.D.J. in the United States District Court - Southern District of New York.

Marc Schlesinger ’10 is pursuing a career in music. Click here for more information on this debut album, "The Looking Glass.” His album can also be found on iTunes.  To stream audio clips, please click here.

In Memoriam

Albert S Commette ’34
Dorothea G. Hagemeyer ’39
Robert J. Snyder ’68