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January 2012 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Join the FLAA Now: Pay your 2012 FLAA membership dues online!

FLAA members also receive access to a variety of terrific benefits:
• Access to Leo T. Kissam Law Library
• 50% discount on Zip Car annual membership
• 15% discount at Brooks Brothers
• Discounts on select Apple, HP, and Dell Computers
• Membership eligibility at the Princeton Club
• 10% discount at Fordham Bookstore with Membership Card
• Discounts on Law School-sponsored CLE programs

Your membership dues help fund exciting new alumni initiatives such as Alumni Connect (see below.)

Join the Association here!

Alumni Connect: The Online Directory has launched!

On December 2nd, Fordham Law and the Fordham Law Alumni Association launched Alumni Connect, an online directory and community that allows you to establish networking contact with other Fordham Law graduates, search for classmates by practice area, graduation year or geographical region, and reconnect with Law School friends. You can also review and update your personal contact information quickly!

Alumni Connect is web based and password protected, so you are able to log in securely from any device with Internet access. Log on to to claim your account. All alumni should have received an ID and temporary password for Alumni Connect in early December. If you did not receive this email please contact Emma Angevine Narvaez.

2012 Annual Luncheon – Save The Date!

Please save the date for the 63rd Annual Fordham Law Alumni Luncheon on March 3, 2012 . The Luncheon will be held at Cipriani Wall Street at 12 noon. 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.

Register Now!

Upcoming FLS Events


Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2000-2011

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


Current Trends Networking Series with Professor Richard Squire
Thursday, January 19, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hosted by Joseph DeSimone’ 94
Mayer Brown LLP
1675 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

RSVP here

Professor Squire will discuss his recent research in the areas of bankruptcy and shareholder liability.


Naples Alumni Dinner
Monday, January 23, 2012
6 PM
Watermark Grille
11280 North Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34110

RSVP here


Greater Palm Beach County Chapter Reception
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30 PM
Hosted by Ambassador Earle I. Mack
1950 S Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, FL 33480-5100

RSVP here


Miami Chapter Reception
Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Stuart McGregor ’76
100 Andalusia Avenue
Apartment 405-6
Coral Gables, FL 33134-6112

RSVP here


Current Trends Networking Series with Professor Howard Erichson
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Loretta Shaw-Lorello’93
Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1618

RSVP here


Rising Star Awards Reception
Thursday, February 16, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
767 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10153-0023

RSVP here


63rd Annual Fordham Law Alumni Association Luncheon
March 3, 2012
12 noon
(Between William & Hanover Street)
New York, NY 10005

Register here!

Fordham Law Comes to Asia

Seoul Alumni Reception
Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seoul
747-7 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu
Namsan V Room
Seoul 140-738, Korea
RSVP here
Beijing Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
7:00 PM
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
2301 China Central Place Tower 2
No. 79 Jianguo Road
Beijing 100025, China
Host: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
RSVP here
Shanghai Alumni Reception
Thursday, March 15, 2012
7:00 PM
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Unit 1601, Jin Mao Tower
88 Century Avenue
Pudong, Shanghai 200121
People's Republic of China
Host: Howard Wu '98
RSVP here

Hong Kong Alumni Reception
Saturday, March 17, 2012
7:00 PM
Location: TBD
Host: Gary Wigmore '82
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.
RSVP here

News and Reminders

SAVE THE DATE! FSSF 21st Annual Public Service Auction

Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship
21st Annual Public Service Auction
"A Bright Future, A Brighter City"
Thursday March 1, 2012
Silent Auction:  6:00 pm
Live Auction:    7:30 pm
Edith Platt Atrium, Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

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.

Corporate Law Center: Fall 2011 Programs

Fordham Law's Corporate Law Center is excited to announce its schedule of programs for Spring2011. 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.

Fordham Law Offers 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.

Become a Judge for the Kaufman Moot Court Competition
Each spring, Fordham Law School hosts the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition.  Held in honor of Chief Judge Kaufman, a Fordham Alumnus who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Kaufman Competition has a rich tradition of bringing together complex securities law issues, talented student advocates, and top legal minds.   

The year’s Kaufman Competition will take place on March 23, 2012 to March 25, 2012.

Our esteemed final round panel includes Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the Tenth Circuit; Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, of the Ninth Circuit; Judge Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the Sixth Circuit; Judge Richard A. Posner, of the Seventh Circuit; Judge Jane Richards Roth, of the Third Circuit; and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
We are currently soliciting practitioners and academics to judge oral argument rounds and grade competition briefs.  No securities law experience is required to participate and CLE credit is available.

Information about the Kaufman Competition and an online Judge Registration Form is available on our website.  Please contact Michael A. Kitson, Kaufman Editor, at or 212.636.6882 with any questions.

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.

Lawyers In Transition

35th Annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair

Interested in employment in the public service sector?  Participate in the 35th Annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair (PILC Fair), co-sponsored by Fordham Law and held at New York University School of Law on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2012.

The PILC Fair is the nation's largest public interest legal career fair and gives alumni an opportunity to talk with public service employers (non-profit organizations and government agencies) at information tables.  Last year, representatives from 200 organizations attended the Fair. 

Register here. Click on Students and then PILC Fair Student Registration-and then check "graduate" in "status" box. For Student ID just enter your last name and first initial. No fee to register or attend.  You must register to attend but, you are under no obligation to attend once registered.  Deadline to register is February 8, 2012 at 3 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Hillary Exter in the Public Interest Resource Center, 212.636.7789 or

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 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

John D. Feerick '61, former dean and current professor at Fordham Law, has been selected by District Court Judge John Keenan ’54  to negotiate a Fosamax lawsuit settlement on behalf of nearly 1,000 plaintiff seeking compensation from drugmaker Merck & Co. Feerick’s appointment as special master has the approval of the plaintiffs’ steering committee and Merck. To read more, click here.

Tom Clarke '71 has been named a Master of the Courts in the Inns of Court of Monmouth County, New Jersey.  He will be working with and teaching young and newly admitted attorneys practical and necessary skills of "lawyering” along with an experienced team of other masters.  The Inn is named for The Hon. Haydon Proctor, a distinguished attorney who was a legendary jurist.

Jason Eyster '78 will run the Thomas M. Cooley Immigrant Civil Advocacy Clinic, a new law clinic benefiting students and clients in western Washtenaw County, Michigan. Eyster served from 2005 to 2011 as director of the Asylum and Immigrant Rights Clinic at Ave Maria Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Naples, Florida. To read more, click here.

Ravi Batra '80 has been appointed to the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez '82, chief judge of the federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan, was featured in the New York Times article “A Judge Who Reshaped the Corporate Landscape” on December 29, 2011. To read more, click here.

William P. Harrington '82
, Partner at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, has become the new Chairman of the Westchester County Association. To read more, click here.

Richard P. Hastings '83 is a Connecticut personal injury lawyer at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, authored an article for the Ridgefield Patch “A New Year's Resolution That Could Save Your Family's Economic Life: How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Family From Irresponsible Drivers.” To read more, click here

Arthur M. Neiss '85 has become Counsel to the law firm Beattie Padovano, located in Montvale, New Jersey.

Lisa S. Lim '90 has joined the Empire State Development Corp. as a Senior Counsel. Lim previously worked for the New York City Housing Authority's Law Department.

Eric Grossman '93 has been named Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley. Grossman previously served as Morgan Stanley’s Global Head of Litigation and General Counsel of the Americas

John Shields '93 has joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP located in Smithtown, New York.

Thomas A. Capezza '93, an assistant U.S. attorney who has specialized in prosecution of mortgage and securities fraud violations, is leaving the Justice Department to become chief counsel for the New York State Police. Capezza has worked for the Justice Department's Albany office since 2003. He served as a forfeiture coordinator while also prosecuting numerous white-collar crime cases. To read more, click here

Christopher K. Annunziata '96 has been elected to join the Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association of attorneys committed to alternative dispute resolution.  Annunziata continues to focus my practice exclusively on the mediation and arbitration of civil and family law disputes.

James P. McCann '98 has been named partner at the Palo Alto, California-based firm Wilson Sonsini & Rosati. McCann specializes in Real Estate & Environmental law. McCann focuses on acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of office, industrial, biotech, and mixed-use property. To read more, click here

David J. Karp '99 has been named partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Karp is resident in the firm’s London and New York offices. To read more, click here.

Amanda Kramer '03 and Ross Kramer '04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin daughters.  Fiona Eloise and Molly Fox were born on November 9, 2011.  The girls and their proud parents are doing great.   

Joshua Y. Milgrim '03 has been named partner at Dechert LLP. Milgrim is a member of the International and Domestic Tax practice in New York and focuses his practice on the international and domestic tax aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, business structuring and financing transactions.

Jason Pressman '03 has joined the firm of Mackevich, Burke, and Stanicki as an associate in Clark, NJ.  Pressman practices commercial litigation.

Wanda Sanchez Day '03 and the firm Ali & Bains, P.C. were named “Law Firm of the Year" on Dec. 4, 2011 by Colombia, USA, a civil organization composed of latino professionals.

Megan Worrell '03 has been named partner at the New York office of Duane Morris LLP.  To read more, click here.

Rebecca B. Joyner '04 has been named partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

Megan Hogan '06 and Curtis Hogan welcomed their first child, Jackson Aidan Hogan, on June 11, 2011. Hogan is a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Julia Klein '06 has joined Murtha Cullina LLP as an associate in the Stamford firm's business and finance department, working primarily in that department's real estate practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Klein represented investment banks and asset managers and also has experience working with private fund and pooled investment vehicle products, including hedge funds, private equity funds and funds of funds, as well as debt and equity private placements. To read more, click here.

Kizzy Jarashow '07 (nee Rosenblatt) and Mark Jarashow '07 welcomed their first son, Joshua Adam Jarashow, on September 2, 2011.  Mark is an associate in the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Kizzy is an associate in the Financial Restructuring group at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP (New York).

Ryan M. Burns '08  has joined Robinson & Cole LLP as an associate. Burns joins the Construction Practice Group, concentrating his practice in construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law.

Meghan Spillane '08 and Kevin Roche '09 were married in October 15, 2011 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Captain James Creedon '09 successfully completed and graduated from the prestigious and coveted United States Army Ranger School.  Captain Creedon is  presently  a JAG officer stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and as a graduate of the Ranger school;

Robert A. Rich '09, a bankruptcy lawyer at Hunton & Williams LLP, coauthored the article “Silence as Deemed Consent to Voluntary Third-Party Releases in a Chapter 11 Plan”; one of the feature articles in American Bankruptcy Institute’s newly published Best of ABI 2011: The Year in Business Bankruptcy. 

In Memoriam

Dudley King '38
Martin Armstrong '46
Warren Cooper '47
Emma Rothblatt '48
John Klett, Jr. '49
Orson Munn, Jr. '51
Dominic Tringali '55
Richard Mannix '56
Raymond Scully '56
Theodore Marache '58
Paul Kelly '59
Iris Finder '62
John Power '65
Elaine Atwood '68
Lola Coles '68
George Lock '72
Jorene Robbie '79