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March-April 2015 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

CLE Events @ FLS

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Reunion 2015: Thursday, April 16th

Join us for Reunion 2015! Celebrating the Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 & 2014

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
Skadden Conference Center | 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

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For more information about Reunion 2015 visit or to make a gift in honor of your Reunion, click here, contact Nancy Totino at (212) 636-6993 or send an e-mail to

Portrait Unveiling for William Treanor

Please join Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and Dean Michael M. Martin for the portrait unveiling of former dean, William Treanor.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
Costantino Room
New York, NY 10023 
Cocktail Reception to immediately follow.

RSVP to or 212.636.6806.

Farewell to Dean Michael M. Martin

Please join Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., 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
Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

RSVP to or 212.636.6806.

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
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

Dean Michael M. Martin Law Scholarship

Last month, nearly 700 alumni attended the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s 66th Annual Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. In addition to presenting the 2015 Medal of Achievement to James S. Brown ’72, the luncheon served as an opportunity to honor and thank Michael M. Martin—who will be stepping down as Dean at the end of the academic year—for his many contributions to the School.

In recognition of all that Dean Martin has done for the entire Fordham community, the Dean Michael M. Martin Law Scholarship has recently been established. All contributions made in support of this fund will have an immediate impact, providing much needed financial aid to future generations of Fordham Law students who, like Dean Martin, embody the School’s motto “in the service of others.” To make a gift, visit

Feerick Center

Please join us as we celebrate the Feerick Center for Social Justice and the contributions of law students, recent graduates, alumni, and AmeriCorps and NYC Civic Corps VISTA to advance its mission.

Monday, April 13, 2015
6–7:30 pm
Fordham Law School
Room 7-119
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

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For more information, click here.

LEEAP Information Session
Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice invites experienced attorneys to an informational session on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00pm for those interested in volunteer opportunities to assist low-income New Yorkers with consumer debt defense, specialized identity theft assistance, and credit repair. The informational session will introduce a program at the Feerick Center called the Legal, Economic, and Educational, Advancement Project (LEEAP), an AmeriCorps VISTA initiative. The economic component of LEEAP seeks to direct the energy, skills, and experience of seasoned lawyers to volunteer activities including, but not limited to:

• Limited scope or full service representation of defendants in consumer debt cases;
• Staffing a hotline to provide limited scope advice on consumer debt matters;
• Assisting indigent individuals with filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions as appropriate;
• Providing one-on-one assistance to resolve identity theft issues and engage in credit repair; and
• Financial coaching in the areas of banking, savings, credit, and debt.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6 – 7:00 pm
Fordham Law School
Room 7-119
150 W. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Please email Kyle Giller ( to RSVP for this event, or if you have any additional questions. We hope to see you on April 21st!

Fordham at the Forefront of Political Behavior with Zephyr Teachout

Thursday, April 23, 2015
6 p.m. Networking Reception
7 p.m. Program
The Roosevelt Hotel
Madison Avenue at 45th Street
New York, NY

Join alumni, parents, students, and friends of Fordham to hear a talk about corruption throughout our nation's history.

Zephyr Teachout is an associate professor of law at Fordham University and the author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United. She is a former anti-corruption candidate for New York Governor. Teachout served as the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and the director of internet organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign. Teachout holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, as well as a JD and Master of Arts in political science from Duke University.

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For more information, contact Sara Hunt Munoz at 212-636-6523 or

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:

Upcoming CLE Events @ FLS

Planning for Now and into the Future: An Overview of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law (April 21, 2015)

Fordham Law School will host a one-day conference for attorneys, accountants and geriatric care professionals centered on trusts and estates and elder law. The event will include topics on retirement plans and their impact on the Estate, Medicaid, advanced health care directives, Article 81 proceedings, and planning for the special needs child. Also featured will be discussions regarding client communication, competence, and fraud and abuse.
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Ethical Issues in FCPA Compliance & Investigations: Practical Advice from the Front Lines (May 11, 2015)

Earn 2 CLE ethics credits while learning from an experienced panel of inside compliance counsel, white-collar practitioners, legal ethicists and former prosecutors, as they give their perspectives and practical guidance on real-world situations regarding FCPA investigations and compliance.
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Learn more about Fordham Law CLE events at

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

Richard Schaeffer ’69 has formed a new practice, Schaeffer Venaglia Handler & Fitzsimmons LLP, which focuses on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, employment counseling, employment litigation, internal investigations, and corporate compliance.

Jeffrey Allister ’72 has joined Cullen and Dykman LLP as of counsel. He was previously a founding partner of Allister & Naudon.

Mark H. Tuohey III ’73 has been appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia as the first Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel (MOLC). In this capacity, Tuohey will provide legal and policy advice to the Mayor, as well as, Executive Branch agencies of the District, and supervise the work of agency general counsels.

Adam S. Hoffinger ’82 has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a partner. Mr. Hoffinger will co-chair the firm's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group.

Steven DeRicco ’84 has joined DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise, and Wiederkehr LLP in White Plains. He joins after serving 21 years as the lead Surrogate’s Court litigator with Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan at their Park Avenue, New York City, NY, White Plains, NY and Greenwich, CT offices.

Seth J. Finkel ’84 has been named by Barron's magazine as one of "America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.” Finkel is currently a wealth advisor at Neuberger Berman in New York.

Dominic A. Capolongo ’85 has recently joined MLV & Co. as managing director and co-head of its Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Capolongo will lead a team of investment banking professionals and advise specialty finance companies extending across numerous corporate finance, financial advisory, and corporate banking sectors.

Stephen Fogerty ’86 has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Fogerty currently practices at Halloran & Sage LLP.

Gregory Calabro ’87 has been appointed to serve on the advisory board of the Community Housing Improvement Program in New York City. He is currently a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff.

L. Kevin Sheridan Jr. ’88 has been elected as a partner at Mayer Brown in the firm’s corporate and securities practice.

Christian H. Gannon ’89 has been appointed as an executive committee member of the 2015 Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Executive Committee.

Bart Pisella’89 has been hired as partner at Winston & Strawn. He previously practiced at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

J. Edward Pagano ’90 has been appointed to join the University Of Vermont’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Matthew D. Nafus ’91, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and former Assistant District Attorney, has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court.

Ellen L. Shapiro ’91 has joined Herrick, Feinstein LLP as a partner in the firm’s real estate department. She was previously practicing at Squire Patton Boggs.

Barbara Hart ’92 has been appointed the new president and CEO of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart.

Ray Liddy ’93, a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the newly formed Bureau of Children's Justice within the California Department of Justice. Liddy will advise the Bureau on issues related to children and the state's Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, which provides healthcare coverage for low income children.

Vincent Travagliato ’93 has joined DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise, and Widerkehr LLP in White Plains. He joins the firm after heading The Travagliato Law Firm, a boutique estate and trust firm which he established in 2010 in Chappaqua, NY.

Y. Shukie Grossman ’94 has been elected partner and co-chair of the investment funds practice group at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher.

Matthew T. McLaughlin ’94 was elected as a Trustee of Pelham Manor.

Timothy J. Rooney, Jr.’94, the General Counsel at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, has been selected as the 2015 Grand Marshal for the 60th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will take place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 21.

Hon. Russell Wojtenko, Jr. ’94 was appointed as the new Director and Chief Judge of the NJ Division of Workers' Compensation.

Beth T. Hill ’95 was appointed General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and its franchise dealer.

Palmina Fava ’97 and her husband, Richard Pastilha, welcomed a son, Leonardo Roberto, on January 23, 2015.  Their son, Leonardo, joins siblings Milena, Eric, and Gianni.

Jeffrey Meckler ’98 has been appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Cocrystal Pharma, Inc.

Anthony Schouten ’98 has been hired as partner at Winston & Strawn. He formerly worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Robin Gise ’00 has been added to the JAMS panel, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, as a mediator and arbitrator in business/commercial construction and employment disputes.

Jennifer Gordon ’00 has been appointed to serve as Vice President and the Chief Compliance Officer of TPG Specialty Lending, Inc. Prior to joining TSSP, from 2004 to 2014, she held various positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., including most recently as Co-Head of Americas Securities Division Compliance.

Ryan Poscablo ’01 has been added as a litigation partner at Schiff Hardin, in the firm’s complex litigation, corporate internal investigations, white color criminal defense, and cyber security practices.

Barry M. Rothchild ’01 has been elected to partnership at Nixon Peabody LLP in the firm’s public finance practice. 

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri ’02, Managing Director, Chief Diversity Officer and Global Co-Head of Talent Development at Goldman Sachs & Company, will be honored at the Sixth Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast on June 16th. Every year, LatinoJustice PRLDEF chooses a cohort of Latina trailblazers whose groundbreaking accomplishments illuminate new paths for Latinas nationwide. For more information, click here.

Kevin Broughel ’03 has been elected to partner at Paul Hastings LLP in the firm’s litigation practice.

Victoria A. Turchetti ’03 has joined Trial Division at Nationwide Insurance as a managing attorney.

Jensen Varghese ’03 has been elected to partner at Goldberg Segalla in the firm’s insurance coverage and construction defect practice.

Robert Condon III ’04 has been promoted to partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in the firm’s corporate practice.

Suzanna Morales ’04 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as counsel in the firm’s intellectual property department. She was previously practicing at Lathrop & Gage LLP.

Christopher Desiderio ’04 has been promoted to counsel at Nixon Peabody in the firm’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

Tracey K. Wishert ’04 has been elected to counsel at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP in the Firm’s Insurance and Litigation Groups, focusing her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters.

Zachary Bernstein ’05 has been promoted to special counsel Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Real Estate Department.

Lisa Chaney ’05 has been elected to partner at Paul Hastings in the firm’s real estate practice.

Menachem Farber ’05 has been promoted to special counsel Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Corporate Department and the Asset Management Practice.

Matthew J. Kaufman ’05 has become the General Manager at Just Answer, an online expert platform that connects visitors with verified experts in several categories including medical, legal, automotive, veterinary, and tech support.

Michael J. Werner ’05 has been elected to partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Real Estate Department.

Jordan M. Gaspar ’06 has been featured in Huffington Post Business Blog in an article about Women in Business. She is a Managing Partner of AccelFoods, where she is a member of the investment committee and is responsible for supervising strategy on legal and investor relations for our entrepreneurs. She also oversees the daily operations of AccelFoods. To read more, click here.

Elizabeth Halpern ’06, who is the recruiting manager at Blank Rome, recently welcomed a baby girl. The baby’s name is Emma.

Benjamin Nixon ’06 has been promoted to partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the firm’s corporate and financial services practice.

Adam Summers ’06 has been elected to counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. He is also part of Cahill’s capital markets and lending practice group.

Francesca J. Perkins ’08 has recently married this past November 15, 2014, in her hometown, New Orleans, LA. Several Fordham Law alums were in attendance including Raya Salter ’08, Alex Jean ’09, Lacey Zoller Pope '08, Nadine Etienne Bazile ’10, Cheri Bessellieu ’08, Maria Wong ’08, William Lim ’07, Tim Razel ’08 and Young Yoo ’08.

Patrick F.X. Fitzpatrick ’09 has joined Benesch Friedlander as an associate, where his practice encompasses a broad range of complex commercial disputes. He was previously practicing at McElroy Deutsch in Morristown.

Dmitry Kheyfits ’09 has formed his own New York based firm, Kheyfits & Maloney LLP, with another partner, Michael Maloney. Mr. Kheyfits was previously an associate at Desmarais LLP.

Timothy J. Fitzmaurice ’13 has joined Rogers & Hardin LLP as an Associate in the firm’s litigation group, where he will focus on assisting businesses and individuals in complex dispute resolution and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Carolin C. Brucker ’14 has joined the law firm of Barton LLP as a legal intern.

In Memoriam

Winifred D. Morio ’46
John Cullen ’49
Hon. Chester James Wallace ’52
John I. Bosco ’59
Hon. Aldo A. Nastasi ’59
Kenneth Joel Rome ’67
Robert Y. Chung ’97