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October 2012 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

2013 Annual Luncheon To Be Held Friday, March 1, 2013

The FLAA Strategic Planning Executive Committee has unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the Engagement Committee to hold the 2013 Annual Luncheon on the first Friday in March (March 1, 2013) in the well-recognized need to broaden the appeal of the Luncheon. The move to a Friday in 2013 will be done on a trial basis.

This year's luncheon will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street because the Waldorf-Astoria was unavailable on Friday, March 1st. No decision has been made concerning whether the Association should consider making the new venue permanent.

New Partners Luncheon

Congratulations to the Fordham Law School Partnership Class of 2011-2012. The following alumni will be recognized by Dean Michael M. Martin at the New Partner Luncheon on Wednesday, November 14th at 12:00 PM in the 12th Floor Lounge of the Lowenstein Building (113 West 60th Street).

Joshua Amsel ’00, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
James Berger ’93, King & Spalding
Yehudah Buchweitz ’02, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Jessica S. Carey ’03, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Neil S. Cohen ’84, Bingham McCutchen
Jessica G. Cortes ’01, Davis & Gilbert
Todd Cosenza ’98, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Peter Dennin ’02, Hogan Lovells
Michael Q. English ’00, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP
William J. Harrington ’73, Goodwin Proctor
Karen Hoffman Lent ’99, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Rebecca B. Joyner ’04, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
David J. Karp ’99, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Ariel Kronman ’93, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Evelyn Lim ’97, Chadbourne & Parke
Thomas R. Maeglin ’03, Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP
Philippe Manteau LL.M. ’06, Schiff Hardin LLP
James P. McCann ’98, Wilson Sonsini & Rosati
Thomas McGovern ’03, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Joshua Y. Milgrim ’03, Dechert LLP
Jason Myers ’00, Clifford Chance
Michele (Miki) Navazio ’03, Sidley Austin LLP
BrianW. Nolan ’99, Mayer Brown
F. Joseph Paldino ’93, Fragomen
Kevin Roche ’00, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Peter Serating ’02, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Noah Shapiro ’01, Haynes and Boone
Peter Snell ’06, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C
Tracey Spencer Walsh ’94, Mayerson and Associates
Ken Steinberg ’05, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Eric Tajcher ’02, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Carrie Tendler ’05, Kobre & Kim LLP
Michael O. Ware ’95, Mayer Brown
Megan Worrell ’03, Duane Morris LLP

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.

Join Fordham Law for New York Cares Day

This year the Fordham Law Recent Graduates Committee will volunteer at a large grade school in Brooklyn that serves pre-K through 8th grades on Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Right now we are only 29 away volunteers from our goal (the more the merrier)!  You can sign up and register here.  Cost is $10 (1/2 price)! NY Cares has provided Fordham Law with a discount code: NYCDF12HALF. Just enter the code when you sign up. 
Here is a list of the fun things Fordham Law will be doing to help the school:
All Tasks Location Description Capacity
1) School Garden – Planting:  Volunteers will weed, plant bulbs and prep the garden for the Fall.
2) Painting: Volunteers will give four rooms a fresh coat of paint.
3) Fitness Room - Indoor Projects:  Install gym equipment
4) Auditorium – Indoor Projects: Volunteers will help wash down the auditorium room chairs.
5) Paint Over Penny Harvest Mural – Outdoor Painting: Volunteers will paint a new mural near the garden.
PS 306 K- Ethan Allen
970 Vermont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
For more information regarding transportation, lunch and what to wear, contact Sarah Perkins at

FLS Events

  A Conversation with Professor Nestor M. Davidson
Smart Cities and the Law:
How technology, particularly creative use of data, promises to transform urban governance.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
8:30 AM
Hosted by Mike Dillingham ’05
Dillingham Law Group
100 Pine Street, Suite 1250, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
RSVP here
  New England Chapter Reception
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Christopher P. Sullivan ’75
Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, LLP
800 Boylston St Fl 25
Boston, MA 02199-8040
RSVP here
  Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 1986-1995
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  New Partner Luncheon
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
12:00 PM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  European Alumni Chapter
Paris Cocktail Reception
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:00 PM
Société d'Avocats174, avenue Victor-Hugo
75116 Paris France
Hosted by Deborah Fournet LL.M. 2010
RSVP here
  Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 1996-2005
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  Dean’s Breakfast with Alumni from 2006-2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here
  Atlanta Alumni Reception
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by Simon Malko ’97 and Christy Malko
5075 Long Island Drive, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
RSVP here

Westchester-Putnam Chapter Christmas Reception
Thursday, December 6, 2012
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 10, 2012
6:30 PM
Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601
RSVP here

FLAA Christmas Reception
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6:30 PM
Fordham University
Lowenstein Building
113 West 60th Street
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

News and Reminders

The Bloomberg Administration's Legal Legacy

The Urban Law Center, FLS’s newest center, will officially launch by hosting its first event on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in the Law School’s McNally Amphitheatre.  Join Professor Nestor Davidson, Director of the Urban Law Center, and others for the first night of a two-night program with the City Bar Association that will examine how the Bloomberg Administration utilized legal tools and addressed legal issues in implementing several of its signature initiatives.  In addition to the program, hear from Professor Davidson about the mission of the Urban Law Center and how it aims to be a premier resource for exploring the role of law in the complexity, density, and diversity of 21st century urban life. For more information, contact Jared McDuffey.
Highlights of the Upcoming Supreme Court Term

Join Professors Dan Capra, Abner Greene, Clare Huntington, and Robin Lenhardt for a panel discussion “Highlights of the Upcoming Supreme Court Term” for students and the entire Law School community. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 312 at the Law School and is sponsored by Fordham’s chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Alumni and Friends Honored at 2nd Annual Feerick Center Awards and Benefit Reception

At its 2012 Awards and Benefit Reception, the Feerick Center for Social Justice honored five individuals for their commitment to building a more just society. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., President Emeritus of Fordham University, received the George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award.  Dennis J. Kenny '61 received the Spirit of Service Award for his dedicated involvement with several Feerick Center programs.  Timothy J. Brosnan '84 and Claire F. O’Brien '83 received the Spirit of Hope Award and Norma Ramos, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women–International (CATW), received the Center’s Life of Commitment Award.

The September 24 event, held at the headquarters of Mutual of America, drew approximately 190 alumni and friends to celebrate the achievements of the honorees and to raise funds for the Center.

Constitutional Experts Take Aim at Targeted Killings

On September 24, Fordham Law hosted a debate that addressed President Obama's targeted killings program. The event drew 245 people to McNally Amphitheatre, was moderated by former Fordham Law School dean William M. Treanor and featured two leading constitutional law experts, Fordham Law Professor Martin S. Flaherty and Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith. View video of the event here.

In God We Teach Film Screening

Fordham's Catholic Law Students Association and the Feerick Center will screen In God We Teach at noon on October 9 in McNally Amphitheatre. Professor John D. Feerick '61 will introduce and moderate the event. RSVP to

New Study by Deborah Denno Examines Behavioral Genetics Evidence in Criminal Cases

A new study by Professor Deborah Denno examines the role of behavioral genetics evidence in criminal cases and suggests that, not only is much of the controversy surrounding the admission of genetics-related evidence unwarranted, but also that the use of such evidence has been greatly misunderstood.

Denno presented the study at a recent symposium based on publication of an article in the Michigan State Law Review. The piece has been recommended by the Getting Scholarship into Court Project, sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as a "must read" article that will be especially useful to courts and practitioners. To read more, click here.

Corporate Law Center: Fall 2012 Programs

Fordham Law's Corporate Law Center is excited to announce its schedule of programs for Fall 2012. 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.

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 Dan Capra at or co-chair Professor Clare Huntington 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

David J. Gilmartin, Sr. ’64, previously of Southampton law firm of Gilmartin & Bregman, has joined Farrell Fritz, P.C. as counsel, concentrating in land use, real estate, trusts & estates, business and corporate matters. Gilmartin has served as Southampton Village Attorney, Southampton Town Attorney, and as Suffolk County Attorney and Assistant District Attorney.  He is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. 

Charles Carberry ’76, a partner in the international law firm Jones Day, was selected as the Guild of Catholic Lawyers’ Charles Carroll Award Recipient for 2012. Carberry and Jones Day are the attorneys for the Archdiocese and other plaintiffs in The Archdiocese of New York, et al v. Katherine Sebelius, et al., the Archdiocese’s challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate.  The Award Reception was held on October 3rd, the Union League Club immediately followed the Guild’s Annual Red Mass.

Karl F. Schneider ’77, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of the Army, and fifty-three other senior executives were honored with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. Together, the top civil servants have saved the government more than $36 billion, according to a review of their accomplishments by the Senior Executives Association. To read more, click here.

Daniel J. Hayes ’81, a partner in the Houston, Texas office of Jackson Walker LLP, has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Formerly a partner in Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein, Hayes has practiced health law since 1981.

Dana B. Klinges ’86, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, had been honored by the Chambers USA survey of the American legal profession. Klinges received a citation for excellence in Litigation: General Commercial.

David J. Gilmartin, Jr. ’93, previously of Southampton law firm of Gilmartin & Bregman, has joined Farrell Fritz, P.C. Gilmartin is a partner focusing in land use, zoning, real estate, commercial matters and related litigation. He has previously served as Southampton Deputy Town Attorney; Southampton Town Attorney and Special Assistant District Attorney.

Jessica Thaler ’99 has written an article for the September 2012 edition of NYSBA Journal entitled “Reflections on Transitions: Things I Have Learned.” To read the article, click here

Palmina Fava ’97 was named a Rising Star in the fields of compliance and ethics by Ethisphere Institute in its 2012 ranking of Attorneys Who Matter.  Ethisphere recognizes approximately 100 outstanding attorneys annually based on peer and client review, participation in high-profile cases, and overall success.  Fava also was named Woman of the Year by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America in recognition of her efforts to raise awareness for the need for organ and tissue donation and to improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from renal and urologic diseases.

Joel S. Torrance ’99 has joined Gabelli Securities, Inc., a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc., to assist in the firm's alternative investment fund business. Gabelli Securities which began managing its first fund, the Gabelli Associates Fund, in February 1985, is approaching $1 billion in assets under management. Torrance spent the last six years at two alternative investment entities acquired by Morgan Stanley, including Graystone Research where he was the head of business and operational risk, and Alternative Investment Partners, where he contributed to the broader business risk function.

Jessica Rose ’01, Director of the Community and Economic Development Unit for Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, was honored with a Public Service Award by the New York County Lawyer’s Association at a Reception on September 12th.

Ellen A. Scordino ’01, a principal at Fish & Richardson, has been selected as a 2012 “40 Under 40” honoree by the Boston Business Journal.  The award recognizes 40 business and civic leaders, all under the age of 40, “who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy.”  Scordino, who was selected from over 300 nominations based on her professional accomplishments and community involvement, will be honored at a ceremony on October 4, 2012. At Fish, Scordino focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation and patent counseling in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, and medical devices.  Prior to her law career, she was a research scientist at Purdue Pharma LP and a chemist at Copley Pharmaceuticals.

Trudy Fenster ’05 has been appointed Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission.

Adekunbi Ayinke Sijuwade ’10 and Dr. Olamide Adurasegun Odubogun were married Saturday at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Fla. The Very Rev. Anthony P. Clark, an Episcopal priest, performed the ceremony. Sijuwade is an associate specializing in immigration law for the New York law firm Edelstein & Grossman. To read more, click here.

In Memoriam

John F. Lydon ’48
Charles F. Donnelly ’53
William Duggan ’61