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May 2012 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

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.

June Chapter Events

Westchester Chapter Dinner
Monday, June 4, 2012
6:00 PM
J.C. Fogarty’s Town Tavern
60 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
Honoring: Hon. Mark C. Dillon ’84
Register here
New Jersey Chapter Dinner
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
6:00 PM
Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Honoring: A. Michael Rubin ’62
Register here

Nassau-Suffolk Chapter Dinner
Monday, June 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Milleridge Cottage
585 North Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753
Honoring: Anne Donnelly ’89
Register here


Connecticut Chapter Reception
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
6:00 PM
Woodway Country Club
540 Hoyt Street
Darien, CT 06820
Honoring: Anthony A. Piazza ’72
Register here


Catch Fordham Law in Europe this Summer!

Alumni Breakfast with Dean Mike 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

Tour of the Four Courts
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:00 am
RSVP here

Dinner at The Honorable Society of King’s Inns
Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Henrietta Street, Dublin 1
RSVP here

European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner
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

Upcoming FLS Events

  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
  Philadelphia Alumni Breakfast
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
8:30 AM
Hosted by Jane Breslin Jacobs ’80
Symphony House
440 South Broad Street
8th floor (Concierge Level)
Philadelphia, PA
More Information
RSVP here

News and Reminders

Sandra Day O'Connor and Judith S. Kaye on Nation's Judiciary

Two of the nation's most eminent female judges shared their wisdom on the judiciary and legal profession on April 17, in a conversation held at Fordham Law School.
Sandra Day O'Connor, former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, weighed in on everything from the integrity of appointed vs. elected judges, to women in the law.
The hour long conversation was moderated by John D. Feerick '61, the Sydney C. Norris Professor of Law, whose own work on judicial selection in New York State served as a point of departure for a discussion of a legal conundrum: does appointing, rather than electing, judges make for a less corrupt judiciary? To read more, click here.

President Bill Clinton Visits Fordham Law Forum

President Bill Clinton joined Thane Rosenbaum, the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, for a wide-ranging conversation at the Time Warner Center on April 19, 2012. The event was sponsored by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law and marked the first time since 1969 that a current or former U.S. president made an appearance at a Fordham event.

"In terms of attendance, this Forum event topped both the 2010 Forum Film Festival screening with Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Conversation with Alec Baldwin," said Rosenbaum.

"Tickets sold out in under 30 minutes, and Forum fans filled two of Time Warner's auditoriums while nearly 1,000 joined the waitlist for a chance to hear President Clinton."

Fordham Law Alumni Association Establishes Four New Chapters in Asia

In March 2012, Fordham Law hosted four alumni receptions in Asia: Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Organized by Assistant Dean for Advancement Vera Bullock, the receptions were attended by J.D. and LL.M. graduates and prospective students, former visiting scholars and researchers, and friends and alumni of Fordham University.

The kickoff event, attended by 64 alumni, took place in Seoul on March 10th. Brian Hyun Kang Kim ’09 of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Ingyu Hwang LL.M. ’11, a Partner at Lee & Ko, were elected inaugural co-chairs of the Seoul chapter, the School’s largest in Asia.

On March 13th, the Beijing chapter was launched with a reception hosted by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. The event was attended by more than 40 alumni and friends. On March 15th, the Shanghai chapter was established with a reception hosted by chapter president Howard Wu ’98 at his firm, Baker & McKenzie. There were 30 alumni and friends in attendance.

The launch of the Hong Kong chapter on March 17th at the exclusive China Club was hosted by the inaugural head of the chapter, Gary Wigmore ’82 of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, and his wife, Lori.

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 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.

Join the Fordham Law Alumni Network on LinkedIn

Become a member of the Fordham Law School Alumni group on LinkedIn here

Lawyers in Transition

Transitioning Back into Practice”

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Amy Gewirtz, Director, New Directions Program, Pace Law School on Tuesday, June 19th from 5:00-6:00 pm in Room 122 at the Law School. 

Hear from a panel of alums who have successfully transitioned back into practice after taking a break from practicing law, either for family reasons or to pursue a different career path.

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

Ralph Mackin ’65 was elected to his 11th term as a North Salem Town Justice in November 2011. Mackin’s first term commenced January 1, 1972.

William P. Frank ’66, a senior litigation partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, was elected Chair of the Executive Committee for the Practising Law Institute.

Ron Canestrari ’68, Assembly Majority Leader, announced his retirement after 23 years in the New York State Assembly. To read more, click here.

Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann ’72 will be installed as president of the New York Women's Bar Association on June 12, 2012 at the Association's Annual Dinner at Capitale.

William J. Harrington ’73 has joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in the white-collar crime and government investigations practice. Harrington was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Michael Mitrione ’75, an attorney at Gunster law firm in Florida, was named a "Leader in Their Field" by Chambers USA.

Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler ’76, Judge for Civil Matters, First Judicial District, received the Justice Louis J. Capozzoli Gavel Award at the the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s annual Law Day Luncheon on April 27, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street. Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73 presented the Law Day Remarks.

Kathryn Keneally ’82 has been confirmed by the Senate as the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for the tax division. Keneally has worked for more than 25 years in private practice, most recently as a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in New York, on tax, securities and bank fraud issues, as well as other kinds of financial crime. To read more, click here

Anthony Moschetta ’82 has been promoted to General Counsel of Global Aerospace, Inc. Moschetta joined Global Aerospace in 1986. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1989, to Vice President in 1993, and most recently to Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Global, Moschetta held positions as a Staff Author for Matthew Bender & Company and as Law Secretary to the Hon. Eugene L. Nardelli ’60, Acting Justice, Supreme Court of New York State. To read more, click here.

Henry Collins '83 joined the New York State Attorney General's Office's Charities Bureau (Albany office) after four years in the Attorney General's Office's Civil Recoveries Bureau.

Joyce Boland-DeVito ’84/LL.M. ’07 is featured in The Princeton Review's book entitled "The Best 300 Professors.” Boland-DeVito is a tenured professor of Business Law at St. John's University (College of Professional Studies) where she is completing her 25th year of service as a professor.

Niels B. Schaumann ’84 has been named dean and president of California Western School of Law. Schaumann was previously a professor and vice dean at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  To read more, please click here.

David E. Bronston ’85 joined the Manhattan office of Phillips Lytle as special counsel. Bronston was a member of Cozen O’Connor.

Brian J. O'Sullivan ’90 has joined the New York office of Crowell & Moring LLP in the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group. Previously, O'Sullivan was counsel for Mayer Brown. O'Sullivan is one of the latest lateral hires to complement the firm's growing insurance practice in New York.

Hon. Robert K. Holdman ’91 retired from the New York State Supreme Court on September 30, 2011, having presided in Brooklyn, Bronx & Westchester County Supreme Courts. Judge Holdman is now General Counsel North America for West Legend Corporation/The Rilin Group, a multi-national Chinese conglomerate. Judge Holdman also serves on The Executive Advisory Committee of The National Center for Judicial Security based in Washington D.C. with the United States Marshal Service, Department of Justice. 

Harry K. Ahn ’94 has joined the New York office of McCarter & English LLP as a partner. Ahn focuses his practice on patent prosecution, trademarks and licensing. Ahn was previously a partner at Abelman, Frayne & Schwab. To read more, click here.

Michael S. Cryan ’95, a partner at Arent Fox LLP, received the 2012 Fordham Moot Court Distinguished Alumnus Award on Monday, April 16 during a gala dinner hosted by Fordham Law. The award is given each year to an alumnus who demonstrates commitment to the Fordham Moot Court Board and has made a lasting impact on the program.

Joseph T. McKernan ’97 has joined the law firm Hodgson Russ as a partner in the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group. McKernan is a resident in the firm’s New York City office.

Seth A. Metsch ’98 has been promoted to Vice President & Digital Media Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs at A+E Networks.  A+E is home to major television pay networks, including A&E Network, the History Channel and Lifetime Network.  Metsch has been at A+E since 2007 and continues to work across A+E's networks and corporate divisions with a focus on digital media issues. 

Malani J. Cademartori ’99, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, was interviewed for the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel article “Legal And Jurisdictional Issues: Focus On Municipal Bankruptcy”.  To read the article, please click here.

Karen Hoffman Lent ’99 has been elected partner at the New York office of Skadden. Hoffman Lent is a member of the firm's antitrust group.

Michael Q. English ’00 has joined Finn Dixon & Herling LLP as partner. English joins the firm from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the criminal division. To read more, click here.

Jonathan Wilbur ’00 has joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond, a Cleveland based civil practice law firm. Wilbur will be Of Counsel to the firm where he will primarily work with health care, nonprofit and privately-held organizations. To read more, click here.  

Ross Galin ’01 has joined the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP as Counsel. Galin will be a member of the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice and the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice.

Peter Serating ’02 has been elected partner at the New York office of Skadden. Serating is a member of the firm's M&A practice.

Michael Davis ’03 and Beth James-Davis welcomed a baby girl, Michelle Naomi, on January 3, 2012 in Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Michelle Naomi weighed 6 lb., 4 oz.  Her big brother, Michael (3) is excited about her arrival. Davis also accepted a position at Fulton County Schools located in Atlanta as Chief of Staff.  He was previously employed at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as Director, Office of Accountability.

Edward Neiger ’04, founding partner of the New York bankruptcy law firm Neiger LLP, announced the launch of the firm’s Corporate Practice.

Lissa Gangjee ’05 has joined Sentinel Trust Company, a multi-client family office serving affluent families and their closely held companies and foundations, as Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Officer and member of the Executive Committee. For the last five years Gangjee has served as Managing Director - Wealth Planning, Senior Relationship Manager, and Portland, Oregon Office Head for Threshold Group, LLC. To read more, click here.

Juan Carlos Polanco ’05, the New York City director for the State Assembly GOP leader Brian Kolb and a commissioner at the New York City Board of Elections, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune article “A Future in Politics Less Desirable Among Today's Pre-Law Students.” To read the article, click here.

Philippe Manteau ’06 has joined Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in the Corporate and Securities, International, Intellectual Property, and Litigation Groups.
Peter Snell ’06 has been elevated to Member of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Snell is a member of the Intellectual Property Section in the firm's New York office.

Laura Rowntree ’09 and Andrew Gilman ’09 were married March 31, 2012 at Bubby’s, a restaurant in Brooklyn, where the Rev. Edward T. Falsey, a Congregational minister, led a nondenominational ceremony. Rowntree is a law clerk to James L. Cott, a United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Gilman is a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.  To read more, click here.

We would like to thank the following people and firms for generously hosting an alumni event this academic year. Your continued support of Fordham Law is greatly appreciated.

Joseph Albero '89 – Conversation with Ian Weinstein
Jane Breslin-Jacobs ’80 – Philadelphia Alumni Breakfast
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP – Beijing Alumni Reception
Joseph Campolo ’97 – Long Island Luncheon
Thomas C. Canfield ’90 – Washington, D.C. Chapter Reception (2012)
Vincent Cappucci ’84 – Westchester-Putnam Chapter Christmas Reception
Patton ’70 and Laura Corrigan – Chicago Alumni Reception
Thomas Cronan ’84 – San Francisco Alumni Reception
Neal Curtin ’68 – New England Chapter Reception
John Cushing ’99 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Boston
Joseph DeSimone’ 94 – Networking Series with Prof. Richard Squire
Adam Hoffinger ’82 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Washington, DC
Mark J. Hyland ’80 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in New York
Ed Joyce ’86 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in New York
Ed Kavounas '65 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in San Francisco
Paulo Lima '05 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Miami
Earle Mack – Greater Palm Beach County Chapter Reception
Simon Malko ’97 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Atlanta
John Mao ’96 – Palo Alto Alumni Reception
Brian J. McCarthy ’78 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Los Angeles
Stuart McGregor ’76 – Miami Chapter Reception
Matthew McLaughlin’94 – Networking Series with Prof. Linda Sugin
Patricia Murphy '81 – Networking Series with Prof. Sean Griffith
Charlie O'Neill '72 – FLAA Strategic Planning Summit
Robert Platt ’82 – Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Reception
Jim Rizzo ’90 – Conversation with Prof. Mark Cohen
Peter John Sacripanti FCRH '82 – London Alumni Breakfast
Howard Schiffman ’76 – Washington, D.C. Chapter Reception (2011)
Loretta Shaw-Lorello’93 – Networking Series with Prof. Howard Erichson
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP – Conversation with Assoc. Dean Ben Zipursky
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP – Rising Star Cocktail Reception
Gavin N.L. White ’01 – Conversation with Prof. Bruce Green
Henry F. White ’76 – Strategic Planning Focus Group in Chicago
Gary Wigmore '82 – Hong Kong Alumni Reception
Howard Wu '98 – Shanghai Alumni Reception

In Memoriam

Kevin E. Kavanagh ’47
Robert F. Mitchell ’52
William R. Kohler ’65