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January-February 2015 Insider


FLS Events

News and Reminders

CLE Events @ FLS

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

FLAA Annual Luncheon– Register Now!

66th Annual Fordham Law Alumni Association Luncheon
FRIDAY, March 6, 2015
Cipriani
110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
11:30 am | Cocktails
12:30 pm | Luncheon

Over 800 people attended last year’s Annual Luncheon and we expect a sold out crowd this year!

Don’t miss out – register today! 2015 members of the FLAA receive a special ticket price! To join the Association, click here.

Report of the Committee on Nominations of the Fordham Law Alumni Association

The following is the Report of the Committee on Nominations of the Fordham Law Alumni Association for the vacancies to be filled at the Annual Meeting of the Association on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Cipriani 42nd Street, beginning with a Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Nominations:
 
Corresponding Secretary:
Sylvia Fung Chin '77

Recording Secretary:
David B. Anders '94

Director Emeritus:
Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez '82
Betty J. Santangelo '74

Class of 2018:
Hon. Vincent Briccetti '80
William Campbell '85
Joseph De Simone '94
Hon. Mark C. Dillon '84
Leda Dunne Wettre '93
Brenda Gill '95
Edward Joyce '86
Karl Kilb '95
Maura K. Monaghan '96
Thomas A. Moore '72
Timothy G. Reynolds '80
Salvatore A. Romanello '97
Loretta Shaw-Lorello '93
Thomas McC. Souther '84
Hon. John Sweeny '74
Betsy Tsai '01
Kathleen Walsh '89

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.

Save The Date: Reunion 2015: Thursday, April 16th

Join us for Reunion 2015 in the new Law School building! Celebrating the Classes of:
1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2014

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
Second Floor
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Register Now!

For more information about Reunion 2015 visit law.fordham.edu/reunion. To become a Reunion volunteer or to make a class gift contact Nancy Totino at 212.636.6993 or send an e-mail to ntotino@law.fordham.edu.

FLS Events

What You Can Do With a Law Degree: Alternatives to Legal Practice
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
5 - 6:15 pm
Fordham Law School
Room 2-01A
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

Chicago Chapter Happy Hour with Prof. Bruce Green
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6 pm
The Peninsula Hotel
The Bar
108 E Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP here

Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Breakfast
Friday, February 20, 2015
8:30 am
Hosted by Brian McCarthy ’78
Skadden
300 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
RSVP here

Beyond the Glass Ceiling - Women Leadership in Law
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
5 pm | Program
Room 2-01A
6:30 pm | Reception
Faculty Dining Room
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Register here

FLAA Annual Luncheon
Friday, March 6, 2015
11:30 am | Cocktails
12:30 pm | Luncheon
Cipriani 42nd Street
110 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Register here

Washington, DC Chapter Reception
Monday, March 9, 2015
6 pm to 8 pm
Hosted by Thomas C. Canfield ’90
1686 34th St NW
Washington, DC 20007-2743
RSVP here

London Alumni Luncheon with Dean Michael M. Martin
Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:30 pm
Hosted by Peter John Sacripanti PCS ’82
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 4AY
United Kingdom
RSVP here

How Organizations Identify and Manage Risks Associated with Cyber-Attacks
Thursday, March 12, 2015
6 pm | Registration
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Program
Costantino Room
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Networking reception to follow
Register Here

Italian Alumni Receptions with Dean Michael M. Martin
Rome: Monday, March 16, 2015
Milan: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Padua: Thursday, March 19, 2015
For more information, please email Julie Smith.

Reunion 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:30 pm
Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
Second Floor
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Register 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.
For more information, please click here.

News and Reminders

25th Annual William Hughes Mulligan Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please save the date 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 lawalumni@law.fordham.edu if you are interested in playing this year.

FSSF Auction: Pop in and Celebrate the Art of Public Service
 
Don’t miss the 24th Annual Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship (FSSF) Auction! This event is the largest source of funding for student summer public interest work and brings together alumni, faculty, friends, and students for a lively evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, friendly conversation, and ruthless bidding wars. 

This year the auction will be held on March 5, 2015.  We are transforming the Law School’s Constintino Room located on the second floor into a 1960s POP Art gallery and we are introducing some new surprises to the auction this year! The evening begins with a silent auction at 6:00 PM, followed by a rousing live auction at 7:30 PM.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets ($20 student, $35 non-student), please visit http://www.fssf.org/ or contact us at fssf@fordham.edu. We hope to see you there!

Feerick Center

Information for Senior Attorneys
The Attorney Emeritus Program [AEP] is a state-wide initiative of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to help address New York State’s “access gap.” As the number of senior New York attorneys grows, he seeks to tap their skills and experience to assist in closing this gap. The New York State Unified Court System’s Access to Justice Program operates the AEP, and Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice provides administrative support to the program.

The Attorney Emeritus Program connects experienced attorneys to volunteer opportunities with legal service organizations and to court-sponsored programs that address poverty-related issues. Attorneys Emeritus commit to serving sixty hours over the course of two years and are provided with malpractice insurance by their legal host organization. Participating attorneys must be fifty-five or older, in good standing, and have practiced for at least ten years. Attorneys do not need to be retired to participate.

An Information Session presenting current AEP volunteers and representatives of legal host organizations will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2015 at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, 425 Lexington Avenue, NYC. Reservations required: Donita Krasniqi dkrasniqi@fordham.edu  212-930-8871.

Attorneys may sign up for the AEP either by changing their attorney registration status to Attorney Emeritus or by filling out an application online, available here or go directly to www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/volunteer/emeritus. For any questions, please contact Matthew English at menglish13@fordham.edu or by phone at 212-636-6304.

CLE Events @ FLS

The Changing Face of Corporate Compliance and Corporate Governance
February 9, 2015
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fordham Law School
Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Sponsored by the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law Symposium
Register here

The Call of the Wild: The Legal Responses to Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century
Friday, February 20, 2015
9 am – 5 pm
Fordham Law School
Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Sponsored by the Fordham Environmental Law Review Symposium
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 law.fordham.edu/jdalumni. 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 law.fordham.edu/jobs.

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 law.fordham.edu/llmalumni 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 dcapra@law.fordham.edu or co-chair Professor Aaron Saiger at asaiger@law.fordham.edu 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 law.fordham.edu/postajob. We have an active online job bank extensively utilized by students and alumni.

Class Notes

Adam S. Hoffinger ’82 has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he will continue his practice in white collar and government enforcement matters and commercial litigation. He will also serve as co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group.

Conrad P. Voldstad ’82 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Orpheus Group Ltd. and American Overseas Reinsurance Company Limited. He has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry, previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer of International Swaps and Derivatives Association, founder and Senior Principal of Arlington Hill Investment Management, LLC., and also senior positions at Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.

Bradley Butwin ’85 has been honored with The Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 Human Relations Award for his commitment to diversity, civil rights, and the defense of democratic ideals. As Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Butwin has furthered the Firm’s longstanding legacy of civic responsibility, pro bono support, and commitment to diversity and has helped to advance ADL’s mission of protecting civil rights and defending democratic ideals.

Richard M. Molot ’88 has been named Chief of the Civil Division’s Affirmative Enforcement Unit for the US Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut, which pursues claims on behalf of the United States in cases involving health care fraud, defense contractor fraud, drug diversion and forfeitures, as well as civil rights and environmental violations.

Lisa Lim ’90 has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the firm’s real estate group. She was most recently senior counsel at Empire State Development.

Raymond J. Dowd ’91 has been selected to present the luncheon keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York Bar Association on January 28, 2015.  The Trusts and Estates Law Section is one of the largest sections of the New York State Bar Association, and its annual meeting attracts over six hundred attendees. Mr. Dowd will address the topic Nazi Art Looting, Stolen Art and Our Museums: Why The Ghosts of The Past Still Haunt Us.

Emanuel C. Grillo ’91 has joined Baker Botts LLP as a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy group. He was previously a partner at Goodwin Proctor’s financial institutions group and chaired its financial restructuring practice.

Madeline Singas ’91 has been sworn in as the Nassau County acting District Attorney. Singas joined the Nassau County District Attorney's office in 2006 and led the office's special victims' bureau before becoming chief assistant in 2011.

Katharine Parker ’92 was honored with an award from Girl Be Heard, a not-for-profit organization that uses theater as a vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident and socially conscious leaders and explore their own challenging circumstances. The award recognizes that Ms. Parker has provided Girl Be Heard with trusted counsel and engaged a dedicated team of pro bono support from Proskauer Rose.

Ricardo Davidovich ’93 has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in its investment funds and private equity practice. He previously practiced at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt.

Ariel Kronman ’93 has been elected to partnership at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in the firm’s structured finance and derivatives group.

Danielle Keats Citron ’94 has released her new book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, which exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes ways to prevent and punish online harassment. She is well-known for her writings on privacy, cyber civil rights, and online harassment and has done considerable work to create awareness of this issue, including her efforts on behalf of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.

Brett Coffee ’96 was acknowledged as the Outstanding Chief Legal Officer in the region by the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA), the leading regional bar association for in-house counsel in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

Micah L. Hobbs ’96 has been elected to partnership at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. She is a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation group and represents clients including Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Company, Bausch & Lomb, Covidien and C.R. Bard.

Lyle S. Zuckerman ’96 has joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner, where he will co-lead their East Coast employment practice, representing clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment and media, publishing, financial services, higher education, and retail, as well as in the not-for-profit sector.

Michael Kim ’97 has been elected to Of Counsel at Blank Rome LLP, where he concentrates his practice in asset-based lending, asset securitization, equipment leasing and financing, vessel and railcar financing, and corporate trust matters.

Deepak Reddy '98 has joined global law firm Dentons as a Partner in the New York office. Deepak is a member of the Aviation Sector Group and leads the Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance Practice. Deepak is also a leader of the firm's India Practice Group. Deepak was previously with the New York office of Jones Day.

Alexis P. Zoullas ’98 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. She continues to serve as President of Eagle Shipping International LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company that provides commercial and strategic management to the company's fleet.

Howard C. Roseman ’00 has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he will continue directing contract negotiations, salary cap management and NFL strategic matters, while overseeing the team’s medical staff, equipment staff and more.

Howard A. Zucker ’00 has been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Previously, he served as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health as well as First Deputy Commissioner.

Rekha Auld ’01 has been elected to Counsel at Baker & McKenzie, LLP in the Corporate & Securities Practice, based in New York.  Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, acquisition finance and the representation of lenders and borrowers in commercial credit transactions.

Steven DiCesare ’03 has been elevated to Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP in the firm’s litigation group.

Guy F. Birkenmeier ’04 has been promoted to partnership at Baker & McKenzie, LLP in the Intellectual Property Practice, based in Dallas. He counsels clients on a broad spectrum of patent issues including efficient portfolio growth and management, freedom to operate and product clearance opinions and invalidity opinions and re-examination strategies.

Natacha Carbajal ’04 has been selected to receive the John K. Geiger Award from Her Justice. She has been involved with Her Justice for the last four years and has made an outstanding contribution. She oversees all of the Her Justice pro bono matters at BakerHostetler and actively leads many of them.

Andrew Chizzik ’04 has been elected to partnership at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in the firm’s private funds group.

Kelly DiBlasi ’04 has been elected to counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in the firm’s business finance and restructuring group.

Efram Friedman ’04 has been promoted to partnership at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in the firm’s real estate practice.

John P. Gordon ’04, an attorney at Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP based in Lake Success, NY has been elected president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons, which is dedicated to the cooperative efforts of the business and residential communities in preserving the quality and character of business in its neighborhoods. Prior to assuming his role as president, Mr. Gordon was the Chamber’s networking director.

Michael Berengarten ’05 has been promoted to partnership at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Seanna R. Brown ’06 has been elected to partnership at Baker & Hostetler LLP, focusing on complex business litigation.

Giuseppe Franzella ’06 has been promoted to partnership at Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, P.C. in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Merritt Johnson ’06 has been elected to partnership at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the firm’s capital markets practice.

Daniel B. Lundy ’06 has been chosen to head the newly launched EB-5 Compliance Sector at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. He has also been named to the list of the top 25 EB-5 lawyers in the country by EB5 Investors magazine.

Jacob Preiserowicz ’06 has just been promoted to Special Counsel in the Investment Management Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he focuses his practice on counseling commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, other commodity professionals and private investment fund managers on operational, regulatory and compliance matters.

Juno Turner ’06 has been promoted to partnership at Outten & Golden LLP, where she primarily represents employees in class wage and hour and discrimination cases.

Lauren Curry ’07 has been elected to partnership at Brown Rudnick LLP. She is a member of the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations group, focusing her practice in the areas of civil and white collar criminal litigation, internal corporate and government investigations.

Matthew F. Putorti ’11 has joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a Litigation associate. He was previously practicing at Anderson Kill P.C.

Iana A. Vladimirova ’13 has joined the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. as an attorney in the firm’s Corporate & Finance Practice Group.

In Memoriam

James J. Drumgoole ’51
John Q. McQuillan ’59
John J. Parker ’60
James McGough ’61
Joseph W. Halliday ’63
Robert P. McGrath ’63