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March-April 2012 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Supreme Court Admission Ceremony

This year marks the 26th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Admission Ceremony! Last year was truly a memorable occasion. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. It includes an appearance before the Court, a tour of the Building, and an official group photograph.

The following materials are attached: the procedures for the event, an Application for Admission to Practice, and Instructions for Admission to the Bar.  Please be mindful that your materials need to be received by the Alumni Relations Office no later than Monday, April 16th.  If you cannot access any of the attachments, please contact our office at 212.636.6809 or e-mail Assistant Director Sabriena Matthews and we will mail you the materials.

Reunion Gala 2012

One grand cocktail reception, ten private dinners.
1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2012
6:30 PM Cocktails
8:00 PM Class Dinner
Waldorf=Astoria, New York
Reserve your ticket now! And don't forgot to check out which of your classmates has already registered.
For more information on Reunion Gala 2012, please visit here.
To make a class gift, click here.

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

Join the Association here!

Upcoming FLS Events

  Current Trends Networking Series with Professor Sean Griffith
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
6 PM to 8 PM
Hosted by Patricia Murphy '81
Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10128
RSVP here
  2012 Scholarship Reception
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
6:00 PM
Edith Guldi Platt Atrium
Fordham Law School
140 W. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  Palo Alto Alumni Reception
Monday, April 23, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by John Mao ’96
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
650 Pagemill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1050
RSVP here 
  San Francisco Alumni Reception
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Thomas Cronan ’84
201 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94103
RSVP here
  Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Reception
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
7:00 PM
Hosted by Robert Platt ’82
Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles
590 South Burlingame Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90049
RSVP here
  Reunion Gala
Saturday, May 5, 2012
6:30 PM Cocktails
8:00 PM Class Dinner
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Register here!
Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Reception

Monday, May 14, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Thomas C. Canfield ’90
1686 34th St NW
Washington, DC 20007-2743
RSVP here

European Alumni Chapter
Academic Program and Dinner in Barcelona

Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 15, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM
Hosted by Fernando Rey (Head of Barcelona Office)
Garrigues Law Firm
Avinguda Diagonal, 654
08034 Barcelona, (Spain)
RSVP here

Academic Program
Saturday, June 16, 2012
10:00 AM
Hosted by Excm. Sr. Pedro L. Yufera Sales, Dean
L’ll luster Collegi d’Advocats de Barcelona (ICAB)
Lunch will be provided
RSVP here

Saturday, June 16, 2012
8:00 PM
Flamant Restaurant
23 Rue Enrique Granados - Barcelona
Tel: 93 323 16 35
RSVP here


London Alumni Breakfast with Dean Michael M. Martin
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
8:30 AM
Hosted by Peter John Sacripanti FCRH ’82
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Heron Tower
110 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 4AY
United Kingdom
RSVP here

News and Reminders

Herman Cain to Speak at Fordham Law

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain will speak at Fordham Law on Tuesday, April 10th at 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in McNally Amphitheatre.  Cain will discuss his proposal for tax reform, known as the 9-9-9 plan, and will reflect on his experiences in the Republican presidential primary. The event is hosted by The Federalist Society and Fordham Law Republicans.

Book Party for Professor Abner Greene

Join in the celebration of Professor Abner Greene's new book, Against Obligation: The Multiple Sources of Authority in a Liberal Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2012) on Tuesday, May 1st at 4 p.m. in Law School Room 430 B/C. Books will be on sale during the gathering, and Professor Greene will be available to sign copies. For more information, please click here.

Fordham Law – New York Cares Day

On Saturday, April 21st, Fordham Law alumni, students and friends will be among the 5,000 volunteers helping to give New York City a spring “greening” for New York Cares Day–Spring.  The Fordham Law team will be revitalizing parks, gardens, and other public spaces to make them cleaner, safer, and ready for summer. For this event, New York Cares has a special focus on the city’s waterfront. The Fordham Law team will help restore a portion of New York’s 10 miles of coastline to make these areas more sustainable for plant and animal life and more accessible for city residents. Fordham Law’s first New York Cares Day in Fall 2011 had a great turnout—over 40 alumni, students and friends participated!

Click here to register. It only costs $10 per person. New York Cares has provided Fordham Law with the discount code NYCDS12HALF—just enter the code when you sign up.

Fordham Law is Coming to London

The Seventh Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, Arthur W. Rovine, Director, is coming to London for 2012.  The Conference will be held in the Great Hall of King's College on April 26-27, 2012. Learn more & register.

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.

Fordham Undergrad Seeks Law Alumnae Survey Participants

Danielle O'Boyle, a senior in the Gabelli School of Business, is working on an undergraduate thesis entitled, "Keeping Women in the Game: The Relation Between Retention of Female Lawyers and Organizational Climate and Culture of Law Firms." She is looking for a sample of both male and female lawyers to take a brief survey about their experiences with their firms' organizational climates and cultures as well as their perceptions of stigmas associated with particular aspects of their firms' climates and cultures. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Danielle O'Boyle at for more information.

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

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 co-chair Professor Capra at or co-chair Professor Saiger 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

Senator Kemp Hannon ’70 has been named by the American Medical Association as a recipient of the 2012 Dr. Nathan A. Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in the category “Outstanding Member of a State Legislature.” Hannon received his award February 14, 2012.

Eric Lane ’70 has been named interim dean at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. To read more, click here.

John P. Cunningham ’73 was the recipient of the 2012 William Reece Smith Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Area of Public Service from Stetson University College of Law.

John Hicks ’78 won the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic with "Drosselmeyer" on November 5th at Churchill Downs. Drosselmeyer was retired to stud after the race at Winstar Farm in Lexington, KY with a stud fee of $17500.00. Hicks purchased a 70% interest in Drosselmeyer, the 2010 Belmont Stakes winner, two weeks prior to the running of the Classic.

Brian J. McCarthy ’78 has named a new office leader in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.  McCarthy is a partner in the firm's corporate practice who was one of the founders of the firm's L.A. office in 1983. 

Joseph A. Pizzimenti ’83 has joined the accounting and business consulting firm Margolin, Winer & Evens. Pizzimenti has more than thirty years of experience in providing complex consulting services to domestic and multinational corporate and individual clients.

Ann M. Waeger ’83, a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, has been added to the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network’s 2012 Board of Directors. Ms. Waeger served on the CREW Network Board of Directors in 2010 and 2011, and was selected by the Nominating Committee as an alternate director in the event of an unexpected vacancy. She is currently serving as Chair of CREW Network’s Chapter Communications Task Force and is a Past Chair of the group’s Member Education Committee. On the local chapter level, she is a past President and former Director of ICREW NJ.

John Schneider ’84 has joined Acacia Research Corporation as Vice President. Schneider most recently served as Senior Counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. where he represented plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement litigation for over 10 years. To read more, click here.

William Vallée ’85, the state broadband policy and programs coordinator at the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel, has been elected to the board of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center in Rocky Hill, CT.

Sean M. Moran ’88 has been elected partner at Sidley Austin LLP in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Moran focuses his practice on the use of complex and innovative structures to finance projects in the renewable energy field, as well as in fossil fuel and other infrastructure assets. To read more, click here.

Ellen S. Friedman ’89, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, has been shortlisted by Chambers USA, publisher of guides to law firms, for its Energy/Projects Lawyer of the Year.  The Chambers USA Women in Law Awards reflect women lawyers’ achievements in their chosen practice area.

Vicki S. Gruber ’90 was presented with the 2012 President's Award for Outstanding Service by the New York Agri-Women, a New York State association of women in agriculture, at the organization’s Annual Meeting & Conference. Gruber, a corporate and securities lawyer in Melville, New York, serves as the organization's Long Island District Leader, Suffolk County Leader and Chair of its Legislative/Governance Committee.

Janice Smith ’90 has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., a market leader in providing energy transportation services. She will maintain her current role as Chief Risk Officer, to which she was promoted in 2010. Her new title will be Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Governmental Affairs. To read more, click here.

Dina DeGiorgio ’92, councilwoman for the town of North Hempstead, NY, is featured in the Port Washington News article “Getting to Know Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio.” To read the article, click here.

Andrew Shipe ’92 has been named counsel at Arnold & Porter LLP. Shipe is a member of the firm’s Financial Services group and resident in the Washington, D.C. office. 

Lauren Wyler ’94 has joined the New York office of McGuire Woods LLP as Counsel in the Real Estate & Land Use Department.

Rita Glavin ’96 has joined Seward & Kissel to serve as co-head of its newly established government enforcement and internal investigations group.

James R. Klaiber ’96 has joined Pryor Cashman LLP's Intellectual Property Group to grow its ranks of patent litigators. Klaiber joins from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where he was a pioneer member of their IP practice.

Paul M. Sayegh ’98 has joined the New York office of Sills Cummis & Gross. Sayegh, previously with LeClair Ryan, represents financial institutions on commercial finance, secured and unsecured lending and asset-based lending transactions.

Carol Challed '99 has been appointed Vice President, Business Operations, Global Animal Health and Strategic Partnerships Group for Henry Schein, Inc.

Steven Coury ’99 has joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP's transactional real estate practice in New York as Special Counsel. He joins from Skadden, where he was counsel with the real estate group.

Michael English ’00 has joined Stamford, CT law firm Finn Dixon & Herling LLP as a partner.

Kevin Roche ’00 has been elected partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  Roche is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Group and is based in New York.

Despina Manolas Filoukatjis ’01 and Demetrius Filoukatjis welcomed their baby girl, Mary, on November 14, 2011.

James Gatta ’02 has been appointed by Eastern District U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as deputy chief of the public integrity section. Gatta joined the office in 2007 and worked in the general crimes and organized crime and racketeering sections. To read more, click here.

Christine Mikail ’02 is joining the Dendreon Corporation as executive vice president, corporate development, general counsel, and secretary. To read more, click here.

Thomas R. Maeglin ’03 has been elected partner at Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP.

Michele (Miki) Navazio ’03 has been elected partner at Sidley Austin LLP.

McKenzie A. Livingston ’04 has joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in the firm’s Miami office.

Sylvia Shweder ’05 and Jeremy Shweder '08 adopted their son, Adrian Dimitri Shweder, on February 6, 2012.  He was born on November 28, 2011.

Daniel B. Lundy ’06 has joined the immigration law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP.

Philippe Manteau LL.M. ’06 has joined the New York office of Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner.

Vivian Arias ’07 has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as Associate in the firm’s New York office

Edward Pekarek ’07 and Laura Hunsberger were married February 16th at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan followed by a reception at City Hall Restaurant. Pekarek is a securities law professor for Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y.

Sean Peter Reisman ’07 and Benjamin Edward Miller were married on Friday, March 16th at the Staten Island Marriage Bureau. Reisman works in Minneapolis as a managing attorney for CPA Global, a British company that provides litigation support services for law firms and companies.

Kate Belmont ’09 has joined Blank Rome LLP as an Associate in the International and Maritime Litigation and ADR group. Belmont was previously an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in New York.

Abby Gregory ’10 has been named an associate at the McClure Law Group, a boutique law firm dedicated to family law.

Brian F. Hannan ’10 has joined the law firm Goldberg Segalla LLP as an associate in the firm’s Princeton, N.J. office.

In Memoriam

Fred Dunbar (Adjunct Professor)
Eunice Hunton Carter '32
Sadie Baris Turak '32
J. Ernest Brophy '51
William J. Crowe, Jr. '55
Thomas Puccio '69
Melville J. Southard '74
Madelyn Littman '76 
Charles Melniker '77
Charles (Chuck) A. Benner '80
Carla Marino '81