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December 2014 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

CLE Events @ FLS

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Fordham Law Alumni Association

FLAA Christmas Reception
Thursday, December 18, 2014
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Fordham Law School
Costantino Room
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Register Now!

Join the FLAA Now: Pay your 2015 FLAA membership dues online or by mail!
FLAA members receive access to a variety of terrific benefits:

• Free admission on all FLAA-sponsored CLE programs
• Access to the Maloney Library at Fordham Law School
• 50% discount on Zip Car annual membership
• 15% discount at Brooks Brothers
• 10% discount at Fordham Bookstore with Membership Card

Schedule of Dues
Membership is free for the Classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
$50 Alumni 4 – 9 years (2005 – 2011) 
$100 Alumni 10+ years (2004 and earlier)
$200 Circle of Support*
*Alumni who subsidize free membership for the Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Join the Association today! Or please download and complete the membership form and return to the address provided.

2015 Rising Star Awards

Nominate your fellow Fordham Law alumni (or yourself) for the 4th annual Rising Star Awards.

The Awards recognize extraordinary achievement by alumni who have graduated within the last 15 years (2000 – 2014). One alumnus will be honored in each of the following three areas:

• Private practice 
• Government, public interest, and nonprofit 
• Business and in-house

Nominations criteria:

• an alumnus of Fordham Law School 
• graduated no earlier than 2000

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 16, 2015.

The recipients of the Rising Star Awards will be honored prior to this year’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, March 6, 2015.

For more information and to submit a nomination, please click here.

FLS Events

D.C. Chapter Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
6:00 PM
Cities Lounge
919 19th Street NW
Washington, DC  20006
RSVP here

D.C. Alumni Breakfast with Associate Dean Nestor Davidson
Monday, January 5, 2015
8:30 AM
Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC
Washington Conference Room
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
RSVP here

Dean Mike M. Martin’s Farewell Breakfast with Alumni 1985-2014
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham Law School | Bateman Room
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

Dean Mike M. Martin’s Farewell Breakfast with Alumni 1935-1984
January 16, 2015
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Fordham Law School | Bateman Room
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

Naples Alumni Chapter Reception
January 26, 2015
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Hosted by Bill Burke ’68
The Country Club of Naples
185 Burning Tree Drive
Naples, FL 34105-6308
RSVP here

Greater Palm Beach County Alumni Chapter Reception

January 27, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: TBD
RSVP here

Miami Alumni Chapter Reception

January 28, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted By McKenzie Livingston ’04
Broad and Cassel
One Biscayne Tower
2 South Biscayne Boulevard, 21st Floor
Miami, FL 33131
RSVP here

Save the Date: European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner in Paris
June 26 – 27, 2015
Join the European Alumni Chapter in Paris for a Welcome Reception, Academic Program, and Dinner.

News and Reminders

FLAA/RGC Healthcare Affinity Group

A group of Fordham Law alumni are looking to form an affinity group for both alumni and current students who are active, or interested, in healthcare law. As a new affinity group, healthcare law will broadly include hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechs, medical malpractice, Medicare and Medicaid, healthcare regulation, and public health policy and research.

The aim of the group is to facilitate greater connections among alumni working in all aspects of healthcare law. The group hopes to plan social events throughout the year as well as CLE programming. If you are interested in joining the group and/or being part of the steering committee, please contact Julie Smith at the Fordham Law Alumni Office.

Fordham Law School Supreme Court Admission Ceremony

Join Fordham Law School for its 29th anniversary of the Group Admission Ceremony to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. 

The ceremony will take place at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. This is always a wonderful and memorable occasion at the Court. It includes an appearance before the Court, a tour of the Supreme Court building, and an official group photograph.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Julie Smith at 212-636-6809 or via email and she will email you the necessary admission materials. Please be mindful that your materials need to be received by the Alumni Relations Office no later than Tuesday, February 10th.

Feerick Center

The LEEAP program at the Feerick Center for Social Justice, which seeks to direct the skills and experience of lawyers and other community members to volunteer activities, is hosting an information session on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in Room 7-03 at the Law School. This session will highlight volunteer opportunities for Spring 2015 for individuals interested in counseling public school students in the high school or college application process. Please contact Liza Carroll at for more information.

FSSF Annual Auction, March 5, 2015

The Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship (FSSF) is continuing its tradition of providing funding to students who work in public interest over the summer. Our annual auction, March 5, 2015, will be our main event! We are excited for our theme this year which will be POP Art! We welcome your continued support, whether it be through attendance at the auction, donation of items for auction, or direct financial support. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at We are excited to host the first auction in the new law school building and invite all alumni to spend an evening with friends, family, and fellow Fordham alumni in support of Fordham students committed to serving the public this summer. We hope to see you there!

CLE Events @ FLS

Annual John Wolff and Nancy Eppler-Wolff Lecture in Jewish Law 2015 (January 12, 2015)

"Undecided Verdicts: Jewish Law’s Respect For Doubt, Uncertainty And Ambiguity"
Legal decisions often aim at certainty and sometimes even at finality. Most decisions however will settle for good arguments that provide predictability within the legal system, learning to tolerate “seeing through a glass darkly.” In contrast, the Jewish legal system as a whole and over time appreciates and values multiple positions and approaches to both cases and issues of law. This lecture explores this open and tolerant quality of Jewish legal texts in civil, family, and religious law.    
Register here! 
Fordham Law Offers Bridge-the-Gap: Full Year of CLE Credits in One Weekend (January 24-25, 2015)

During the weekend of January 24 and 25, 2015, Fordham Law School will offer a Bridge-the-Gap CLE course. This program is designed for newly admitted attorneys but is open to attorneys at all levels. It offers 16 CLE credits in New York (7 Professional Practice credits, 6 Skills credits, and 3 Ethics credits) and 16 CLE credits in New Jersey (1.5 Ethics, 14.5 General). The program is designed to help meet the CLE requirements for the first two years of New York bar admission. It will be offered free of charge to Fordham Law alumni who are awaiting admission or are in their first two years of New York bar admission; all other alumni receive a 50% discount on the registration fee.
Register here! 

Career Support for Alumni

Career Counseling Services

As always, the Career Planning Center (CPC) stands ready to assist J.D. alumni with career development. Assistant Dean Endrizzi and her experienced career counseling team are available to provide guidance and support. To schedule a counseling session, which may be done in person or by phone, simply call 212-636-6926.

The CPC’s website offers a wealth of resources for J.D. alumni; to learn more, visit You may be especially interested in the online job bank, a critical resource that is updated daily and includes opportunities for experienced attorneys. This free service is available to alumni with a simple online registration at

LL.M./S.J.D. alumni receive career support from the Graduate Professional Development Program, an initiative of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. Graduates of the LL.M./S.J.D program may visit or contact Kandice Thorn for all of their career advising and professional development–related needs.

Additionally, counselors in PIRC, the Public Interest Resource Center, are available to speak to alumni who would like to explore pro bono opportunities or pursue careers in public service (i.e., with legal nonprofits or government agencies). Interested alumni may contact PIRC at 212-636-6952.

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 Aaron 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.
Think Fordham When Hiring

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, visit We have an active online job bank extensively utilized by students and alumni.

Class Notes

Michael P. Gennaro ’85 is the new executive director of Goodspeed Musicals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theater and the creation of new works. He was previously the executive director of Trinity Repertory Company.

Jean P. O'Grady ’86 has been elected as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. Fellows of the College are distinguished law practice management professionals who represent law firms, educational institutions, professional associations, and other organizations that contribute to excellence in law practice management.

James M. Haddad ’93 has been appointed to the Queens Borough Public Library Board of Trustees by Mayor Bill de Blasio. As a principal at the Law Office of James M. Haddad in New York City, he advises and represents clients on commercial litigation and insurance matters. His background includes extensive private law firm and corporate experience.

Daniel J. Buzzetta ’94 has joined Baker & Hostetler LLP as a partner, focusing on commercial litigation. He was previously practicing at Greenberg Traurig.

Timothy W. Donovan ’00 has been promoted to senior counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP. His practice principally focuses on U.S. and global tax matters relating to taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation and investment, real estate transactions, capital markets, structured finance, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Allison Holzman ’01 was recognized as a "New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Stars" by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Holzman was also named among 2014's "Top 10 Attorney Under 40" in Northern New Jersey by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as well as 2014's "10 Best Under 40" by the American Institute of Family Law Attorney.

Zhiying Li ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Ropes & Gray LLP. She focuses in the area of intellectual property.

Ryan K. deFord ’03 has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP in the firm’s corporate department.

Anthony Pirraglia '03 has been elected to partnership at Loeb & Loeb LLP. He focuses his practice in the area of commercial finance, representing both borrowers and lenders in connection with unsecured and collateralized lending transactions.

Nichole D. Cortese ’04 has been elected to partnership at Loeb & Loeb LLP. Cortese practices in the area of commercial real estate law, concentrating on the representation of both landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing and subleasing.

Richard Tisdale ’04 has joined the New York office of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP in the corporate department. He was previously an associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Christopher O. Bell ’05 has been elected to partnership at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. His area of practice concentrates on banking, credit, and acquisition finance.

Roger A. Cohen ’05 has been promoted to senior counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP. His practice focuses on representing health care and life science clients, including academic medical centers, hospitals, physician organizations, health information technology and medical device companies, private equity firms, and other financial institutions in a wide array of health care regulatory matters.

Elisa D’Amico ’06 has been recognized as a 20 under 40 making a difference by the Miami Herald. To read the article, please click here.

Elina Teplinsky ’06, an attorney in the Washington DC office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, has been elected to partner as of January 2015. Teplinsky is a member of Pillsbury's premier nuclear energy practice and International Nuclear Projects team. She advises owners and operators, reactor and equipment suppliers, architect-engineering companies and technical consulting firms on complex nuclear transactional and regulatory matters. She has also become a go-to adviser in nuclear trade and export control matters.

William Lim '07 has joined Rivkin Radler, LLP, as an associate in the firm's Hackensack, NJ office. His practice focuses on healthcare and insurance litigation. Lim was previously associated with Frier & Levitt, LLC, and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. He is a member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association's Recent Graduates Committee.

Lucila Pescarmona ’08 married Robert Bernard Nolan III at the Civil Registry Office in Buenos Aires. The bride is a manager at Lagarde, a family owned winery in Mendoza, where she oversees the company’s exports. The groom works in Buenos Aires as a senior director for strategy at Thomson Reuters, the media and information company based in New York.

Anthe M. Vorkas ’09 is now Co-Supervisor of the Community Economic Development Clinic at Fordham Law School.

Huston R. Rivera ’14 has joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC as a member of the firm’s Asbestos and Toxic Tort practice group. Rivera will focus his practice on the defense of asbestos and toxic tort litigation.

Wangxizi Xie ’14 has joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as an associate trainee.

In Memoriam

Lawrence U. Costiglio ’41
Doris J. McCann ’48