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May 2015 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

CLE Events @ FLS

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Farewell to Dean Michael M. Martin

Please join the Fordham Law faculty, alumni and students as we bid farewell to Dean Michael M. Martin.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

Portrait Unveiling for William M. Treanor

Please join Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and Dean Michael M. Martin for the portrait unveiling of former dean, William M. Treanor.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Remarks by Rev. Joseph M. McShane, Matthew Diller, T.J. Maloney, Sheila Foster, Denis Cronin, Julie Lucas, Michael M. Martin and John D. Feerick.
Cocktail Reception to immediately follow.
RSVP to or 212.636.6806.

June FLAA Chapter Events

Westchester-Putnam Chapter Dinner
Monday, June 1, 2015
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner
J.C. Fogarty’s Town Tavern
60 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708
Honoring Professors Gus Katsoris ’57
and Joseph Sweeney
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New Jersey Chapter Dinner
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner
Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Honoring Hon. Menelaos W. Toskos ’73
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Nassau-Suffolk Chapter Dinner
Monday, June 8, 2015
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner
Milleridge Cottage
585 North Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753
Honoring Jennifer M. Mone ’93
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Connecticut Chapter Reception
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
6:00 PM
Woodway Country Club
540 Hoyt Street
Darien, CT 06820
Honoring William E. Min ’90
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FLS Events


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European Alumni Chapter Events in Paris

Welcome Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 26, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Assistant Dean Vera Bullock
7, Rue du Perche
75003 Paris

Academic Program
Saturday, June 27, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration
10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. - Program
Sorbonne Law School
Pantheon Building
Salle 1 (2nd Floor)
12, Place du Pantheon
75005 Paris
Dean Michael M. Martin
Associate Dean Nestor Davidson
Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine
Raymond Dowd '91, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
Ariane Samson-Division, Associate, K&L Gates
Lunch will immediately follow in the Apartment Decanal

Alumni Dinner
8 p.m.
Location to be confirmed.
Complimentary for alumni and incoming students, €TBD for guests

RSVP by Friday, June 19th to or 212-636-6806.

News and Reminders

25th Annual William Hughes Mulligan Scholarship Golf Tournament
There are still openings, including openings for individuals and twosomes, for the 2015 Mulligan Golf Outing, to be held on July 6th at the Westchester Country Club (99 Biltmore Avenue, Rye, NY). The cost is $800 per person or $3200 for a foursome. Please contact if you are interested in playing this year.

Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Affinity Group
A group of alumni are looking to form an affinity group for Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law alumni.  This group will be dedicated to helping alumni to network, learn of opportunities, connect with students and stay apprised of special alumni events. If you are interested in joining this affinity group and/or being part of the steering committee, please contact

A Fond Arrivederci to the Dean
Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin embarked on a tour of four European cities to meet with alumni and enhance the School’s presence on the continent. The visit kicked off March 12 in England, where alumni enjoyed a lunch with the Dean hosted by Peter John Sacripanti PCS ’82 at the London office of McDermott Will & Emery.

Rome was the next stop. On March 16 Dean Martin and 18 alumni, as well as admitted LL.M. and S.J.D. students, enjoyed a tour of the Palazzo Patrizi’s Pinacoteca del Tesoriere followed by dinner at Casa Coppelle. Alumni were encouraged to become members of the Fordham Law European Alumni Chapter.

On March 17 a farewell dinner for the Dean was held in Milan. Among the alumni in attendance were Pierantonio Musso ‘10 and Maria Francesca Ferrari ‘10, who, after meeting in Fordham Law’s LL.M. program, got engaged and are now married and expecting their first child, a daughter. Franci and Pierantonio are Co-Presidents of the Milan chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

Two days later, the Fordham Law contingent traveled to Padua, where Dean Martin gave a lecture at the University of Padua with Professor Maurizio Bianchini.

A West Coast Farewell to the Dean
On April 21st and 22nd, Dean Michael M. Martin visited the San Francisco and Los Angeles Alumni Chapters for special farewell receptions in his honor. The event in San Francisco was hosted by Matthew Kaufman ’05 at JustAnswer. 

The Los Angeles Reception was hosted by Robert Platt ’82 at the Brentwood Country Club. Jonathan Seber ’11, President of the Fordham Law chapter, presented Dean Martin with the Los Angeles Chapter Distinguished Alumni Award.

Fordham Wall Street Council
Fordham University’s Wall Street Council presents Nemir Kirdar, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp International Ltd.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Fordham University
113 W 60th Street
12th-floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center
New York, NY 10023

Admission: $25 for alumni | $30 for guests (Complimentary for Students)
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Seating is limited. Advance registration strongly recommended.

Summer Compliance Training at Fordham University
July 6-10, 2015
The Corporate Compliance Institute, presented by Fordham Law School and the Gabelli School of Business, offers a one-week intensive training program on the fundamentals of Corporate Compliance and the role of a compliance officer, with particular emphasis on the financial services sector. The highly interactive Institute features lectures by industry professionals, engaging classroom discussions, and a range of written and oral projects. A certificate of completion is issued by Fordham to each participant after satisfactory completion of the Institute.
Cost: $2,000 / $1,600 for Fordham University graduates
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
To learn more, click here

Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Course: June 11 & 12, 2015
Join FLS Alumni speakers and attendees at the second annual CSR Leadership Course at Fordham Law School's new building at the Lincoln Center. This two-day intensive training program for lawyers and business professionals will educate participants on recent legal and business developments in the field of CSR, with a special focus on Women's Empowerment, Climate Change, Human Rights and Human Trafficking. CLE credits are available for New York and New Jersey attendees.
Details of our program can be found here:

CLE Events @ FLS

Fifth Annual Antitrust Enforcement in the Americas
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
Costantino Room, 2nd Floor
Registration: 5:15 p.m. - Soden Lounge, 2nd Floor
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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

Ronald LoLordo ’69 is a Senior Prosecutor in the Socorro County, New Mexico, District Attorney's Office.

Michael V. Mitrione ’75 has been elected to the governing board of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for the 2015 – 2016 term. Mitrione is currently co-chair of Gunster’s corporate law practice and also a shareholder in the firm’s West Palm Beach office.

George Stella ’75, member of the George Stella Quartet, will perform two shows at Jazz at Kitano (66 Park Avenue– 38th Street & Park Avenue, New York) on Wednesday, May 13th. The shows begin at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended; please call 212.885.7119.

William M. O'Connor ’80 was honored by the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx at its annual Scholarship Tribute dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on May 6 for his years of philanthropic works. O’Connor has been involved in several charitable causes in New York and Ireland. He is the president of the New York-based Abbey Theatre Foundation, which supports the work of the famed theater in Dublin. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Irish Fighting 69th Regiment, the Sixty-Ninth Regiment Historical Trust, and a member of the U.S. board of the Galway University Foundation.

Edward P. O’Keefe ’81 joined Moore & Van Allen PLLC in the firm’s litigation practice group. O’Keefe was previously deputy general counsel and global legal operations executive at Bank of America.

Douglas A. Rediker ’84 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Cowen Group, Inc. as an independent director of the firm. Rediker has worked with a variety of organizations, including his current and past board positions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Stacey Anne Mahoney ’94 has been appointed Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee. Mahoney focuses her practice on antitrust litigation and has been recognized numerous times as a leader in Antitrust, most recently by the distinguished Chambers and Partners 2015 USA guide. She is currently a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Eric W. Penzer ’96 has been awarded the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Nassau County Bar Association at its first annual Access to Justice Pro Bono Recognition Reception. Penzer is currently practicing at Farrell Fritz.

Noah Genel ’98 has joined the New York City Business Integrity Commission as General Counsel.

Barbara Ruskin ’98 has joined Bionor Pharma ASA as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Patent Officer. Ruskin has acted for over two decades advising diverse clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She has broad expertise in worldwide patent portfolio management, litigation strategies, corporate transactions and due diligence on behalf of companies and investors.

Stephen I. Brecher ’99 has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel as special counsel in the Employment & Employee Benefits Group. He joins the firm from Proskauer Rose LLP and will focus his practice on executive compensation and employee benefits.

Robin H. Gise ’00 has joined JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. Gise will be based in the JAMS New York Resolution Center and serve as a mediator and arbitrator in Business/Commercial, Construction and Employment disputes. Gise specializes in resolving all types of employment cases, including allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment, cases involving multiple claimants, wage and hour claims under the FLSA and state labor laws, as well as class and collective actions.

Vanessa Kaye Watson ’02 has been recognized as one of Pro Bono Partnership’s Volunteers of the Year for 2014. Watson is being recognized for her dedication and commitment to pro bono legal service. She has been a Partnership volunteer since May 2012, starting with a logo trademark protection assignment for O Positive Festivals. In the end, through her hard work and tenacity, Watson, with the assistance of the O+ Board, obtained a trademark registration for O+.

Charles V. Bilello ’05 is the first-place winner, with Michael A. Gayed, of the $10,000 NAAIM Wagner Award for Advances in Active Investment Management for their paper “Lumber: Worth Its Weight in Gold - Offense and Defense in Active Portfolio Management.” Bilello is the Director of Research at Pension Partners, LLC, an investment advisor managing mutual funds and separate accounts. He is also the co-author of two award-winning research papers in 2014.

Sylvia Shweder ’05 has been appointed by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be senior trial counsel in the Criminal Division's Business and Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. She was formerly a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Gillian Groarke Burns ’06 and her husband, Jason Burns, welcomed a son, Patrick Skelly Burns, on January 6, 2015.  Groarke Burns was promoted to special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where she is a member of the litigation department.

Michael D. Hamersky ’07 has launched the law firm, Griffin Hamersky P.C., which focuses on distressed M&A, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, restructuring, reorganization, creditors’ rights, and corporate governance matters in distressed situation.

Jeremy W. Shweder ’08 has been appointed as Senior Counsel in the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department. Shweder was previously a litigation associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Lindsay K. Zahradka ’10 has joined Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, in the firm’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. Her practice will focus on business restructuring and insolvency proceedings, including chapter 11 reorganizations, asset sales and acquisitions and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Uriel Carni ’14 is working at the in-house legal department of Interlaken Management LLC, a private investment management firm and building a corporate video production business, Verite Productions LLC.

In Memoriam

Gerald McLaughlin (former faculty member)