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October 2013 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers In Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

James W. Quinn ’71 to receive Medal of Achievement at the Annual Luncheon
James W. Quinn ’71, partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, will receive this year’s Medal of Achievement at the 2014 FLAA Annual Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Jim, graduate of the Evening Program and a member of the FLAA Board of Directors, is an accomplished trial lawyer who specializes in high stakes commercial disputes. He has practiced in all areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on antitrust, securities, false advertising, sports, entertainment, patent, and related complex intellectual property litigation. He is also a senior member of Weil's 17-person Management Committee.

Last year, over 850 alumni and guests were in attendance at the Luncheon, truly making it the Association’s premier event.

Make sure to save the date for this year’s Luncheon! 

Lawyers in Transition
Possible New Alumni Affinity Group!
The FLAA is exploring the creation of an affinity group for lawyers who have gone through a career transition, as well as those who are currently in the process of such a transition. To become involved, please contact Peter Pallotta at 212.636.6806 or

FLS Events

New England Alumni Chapter Reception
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00 PM-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

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Reception
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Hosted by Simon Malko ’97 and Christy Malko
5075 Long Island Drive, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
RSVP here

Fordham Law Women’s Networking Ann Taylor Event
Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Ann Taylor
645 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10173

FLAA Learn and Lead CLE Series: Appellate Practice
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Presented by Hon. Mark Dillon ’84
Fordham Law School 
140 West 62nd Street
Room 430 B&C
New York, NY 10023

New Jersey Chapter Christmas Reception
Monday, December 9, 2013
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601
RSVP here

FLAA Christmas Reception
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Fordham University
113 West 60thStreet
12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023

Westchester-Putnam Chapter Christmas Reception
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Westchester Hills Golf Club
401 Ridgeway
White Plains, NY 10605
RSVP here

FLAA Annual Luncheon
Friday, March 7, 2014
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
RSVP here

Join the European Alumni Chapter in Amsterdam for a Welcome Reception, Academic Program, and Dinner.
Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 27, 2014
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre
NieuwezijdsVoorburgwal 51012 RC
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Academic Program and Dinner
Saturday, June 28, 2014

News and Reminders

Tax Affinity Group
A group of alumni are looking to form an affinity group for Fordham Law alumni and current students active, or interested, in the Tax field.  The group would facilitate greater connection among alumni in this field.  The group is looking for members from across the Tax field, and hopes to plan social events throughout the year and substantive discussions on a variety of Tax topics, such as International, Federal, State and Local, and Estate tax issues.

If you are interested in joining the group and/or being part of the steering committee, please contact Brian Power ’07 (

Compliance Affinity Group
A group of alumni are seeking to create a compliance affinity group. The group would facilitate interactions among alumni in this growing area. 

Please email Jennifer Juste ’06 ( if you are interested in becoming involved.

2013 Forum Film Festival
Get tickets and Forum Passes at
Thursday, October 24th
7 p.m.
Fordham Law McNally Amphitheatre
2nd Annual International Short Film Competition FOLCS Awards Night
Screening of the top selected legal-themed shorts
Post-screening discussion guests with filmmakers

The FOLCS Awards Night celebrates the top selected and winning shorts of the 2nd Annual International Short Film Competition; a competition for aspiring and amateur filmmakers to create a 15 minute short in any genre that relate to law and justice.
Conference: Building the Trustworthy Organization
Friday, October 25th
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Lowenstein Building 12th Floor Lounge
Registration: (CLE credit is available)
Sponsored by the Fordham University Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations

SERV: the Fordham Law Veteran’s Group
SERV (Students for the Education and Rehabilitation of Veterans) has two chapters, one at Fordham Law and the other at New York University.  As the name suggests, SERV’s mission is to aid New York City Veterans in accessing their educational and rehabilitative benefits. Specifically, SERV works with veterans and non-profits in the areas of discharge upgrades, Department of Veteran’s Affairs benefits, and access to state and local level public assistance. SERV members who work on these issues have found the work to be satisfying and fulfilling. Through these endeavors, SERV provides its members with valuable clinical work and networking opportunities. 

Additionally, SERV acts as a veteran's community at the law school, offering a place for students to share school, VA benefits, and employment best practices.  SERV intends to help all Fordham Law Veterans succeed in their legal careers by mastering their academics, acquiring practical legal skills, and finding post-graduate employment.  In addition to the discharge work, SERV will be hosting alumni networking events, legal career fairs, and working on outreach to educate the law school community on issues that affect veterans and military families.

Please contact SERV at to get on our listserv and to receive upcoming details about our first inaugural alumni event in Winter 2014, which will be a great opportunity to meet Fordham Law veterans and assist in their transitions to civilian life.

Corporate Law Center: Fall 2013 Event
The Eurozone Debt Crisis, Greece and the Fate of Nations: A Discussion with Lee C. Buchheit
Monday, November 4th
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School – Room 430B/C
Mr. Buchheit is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on international and corporate transactions, including Eurocurrency financial transactions, sovereign debt management, privatization and project finance. During his 35‐plus years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Mr. Buchheit has secured groundbreaking debt restructuring deals in numerous countries in Latin America, and more recently in Iraq and Iceland. Mr. Buchheit was recognized by the Financial Times' U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report as one of the ten most Innovative Individuals of 2012 for his work on the Greek debt restructuring.
A light reception will follow the program.
Co‐sponsored by the Fordham Corporate Law Center and the Fordham Hellenic Law Student Association.

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 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 consider posting your position on the CPC’s Online Job Bank. 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

The New York City Law Department has hired the following attorneys and post-graduate fellows:
Assistant Corporation Counsels:
Max Colmers ’12
David Mou ’13
Nicholas Schaefer ’13
Post Graduate Fellows:
Christina Lee ’13
Heather Sertial ’12
Avi Strauss ’13

Hon. Sherry K. Heitler ’76
will be presented the Harlan Fiske Stone Memorial Award by the Trial Lawyers Association on October 23rd at Tribeca Rooftop in New York.

Anne B. Rudman ’77 has been named the new chair of the board of Lawyers Without Borders. Rudman recently participated in a Q&A with the New York Law Journal which can be read here.

Peter L. Curry ’78 has been selected for the 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Curry is currently practicing Real Estate law at Farrell Fritz.

Brian J. Campbell ’82 has joined the Retirement Strategies Group at Reliance Trust Company. 

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez ’82 delivered the 2013 Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law on September 23rd. Judge Gonzalez is currently a Senior Fellow at New York University Law School, where he teaches courses in bankruptcy law.

Maria Imbalzano ’83 is publishing a new book entitled “Unchained Memories", which is available in limited release on Amazon Kindle. The worldwide release date is January 25, 2014.

William F. Dahill ’91 was sworn in as the President of the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on October 1, 2013. The Honorable Loretta A. Preska '73 presided over the ceremony. Other senior members of the local chapter and national governing body of the FBA include Ray Dowd '91, John McCarthy '91 and Simeon Baum '82. Dahill is a litigation partner at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, where his partners include Frederick R. Kessler '88.

Michael R. Manley ’91 has joined Venable LLP as partner in their New York office.

Michelle DePass ’92 has been named Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. DePass previously served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, click here.

Marylou Scofield ’94 has founded Marylou Scofield, PC and taken over the law office of John Lorentz in Killington, Vermont. Scofield previously worked in commercial litigation, insurance defense, regulatory and public utility matters, and environmental defense litigation at firms located in New York. Since relocating to Connecticut in 1996, Scofield has represented municipal clients in the areas of general municipal law and governance, litigation, land use and administrative law and regulatory compliance. 

Palmina Fava ’97 has been named by Ethisphere Magazine as a Rising Star in its 2013 “Attorneys Who Matter” list for Compliance, Ethics, and Anti-corruption Investigations. Fava has also been ranked as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Metro NY for its 2013 list.

Howard Zucker ’00 joined the New York State Health Department has the First Deputy Commissioner of Health. Previously, Zucker served as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization. For more information, click here

Kevin Carroll ’01 has joined the Washington, DC office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Carroll previously served as senior counsel to Chairman Peter King on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

Jessica G. Cortes ’01 has been named to the 2013 New York Metro Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Cortes was also recognized for the second year by Chambers USA and for the first time by Legal 500.

Ellen Scordino ’01 has been named one of the 2013 Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Scordino currently works at the firm Fish & Richardson, as well as the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Association.

Richard L. DeNapoli ’02 has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for a State House District in Florida. For more information, click here.  

Nicole Hyland ’02 has been appointed chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Aaron Zerykier ’02 has been named to the 2013 New York Metro Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers in recognition for his work in the field of Business Litigation. Zerykier currently practices at Farrell Fritz.

Matthew B. Stein ’03 has been elected partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Stein practices in the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy group.

Derek B. Leo ’04 has been appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and General Compliance Officer at Dion Money Management. Leo joined after serving over seven years in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate, legal secretary, and military prosecutor. 

Christian Klossner ’05 has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. He was also elected to be secretary for the Association.

Jesenia Ruiz de la Torre ’05 has joined the firm Zuckerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, LLP. She was previously an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Muhseen Abdoolraman ’07 has joined the firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Rajiv D. Shah ’11 has been appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to the 2013-2015 Class of Empire State Fellows. Shah was previously a volunteer Assistant Attorney General where he specialized in environmental crimes and other white collar crimes. He will be placed at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Valentina Shenderovich ’11 has joined WNET New York Public Media as an associate attorney.

Meghan Hill ’12 has been selected for the City Bar Justice Center’s annual Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service. She, along with a group of her fellow awardees, will be honored at a ceremony for National Pro Bono Week on October 22nd. To read more, click here

In Memoriam

Marjorie A. Quinn ’43
Raymond V. O'Connor ’50
David J. Tubridy ’51    
John Jay Mangini ’54
William W. Evans ’55
John J. Breslin ’62
Thomas F. Wynn, III ’68
Paul B. Gaynor ‘71