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February 2013 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

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 1, 2013 at the Cipriani 42nd Street, beginning with a Luncheon at 12 noon. 

First Vice President: 
Michael K. Stanton, Jr. ’86

Corresponding Secretary:
Sylvia Fung Chin ’77

Recording Secretary:
David Anders ’94
Director Emeritus:
Timothy J. Brosnan ’84
Pamela R. Chepiga ’73
David M. Einhorn ’76
Patricia M. Hynes ’66
Robert A. McTamaney ’70
Susan S. Webster ’84

Class of 2014:
(one vacancy)
Todd Cosenza ’98

Class of 2015:
(one vacancy)
Brenda Gill ’95

Class of 2016:
Hon. Eileen Bransten ’79
Steve Epstein ’98
Palmina Fava ’97
Scott Fitzgerald ’92
Jack Ford ’76
Jodi Ganz ’98
Rita Glavin ’96  
Ellen M. Martin ’77 
Brian J. McCarthy ’78 
William Min ’90
Maura O’Sullivan ’85
James W. Quinn ’71
Elisa Shevlin Rizzo ’98  
Hon. Renee R. Roth ’69  
Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi ’89 

FLAA Annual Luncheon – Register Now!

64th Annual Fordham Law Alumni Association Luncheon
FRIDAY, March 1, 2013
110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
12 noon cocktails
12:30 p.m. luncheon

Be there when history is made. The first Annual Luncheon ever held on a Friday!

Register Now!

Join the FLAA Now: Pay your 2013 FLAA membership dues online or by mail!

The alumni reaction to the dues structure has been extraordinary. We encourage you to join the Association today!

FLAA members receive access to a variety of terrific benefits:
• Free attendance for all FLAA-sponsored CLE programs (six classes will be offered in 2013)
• $25 off the ticket price for the 2013 FLAA Annual Luncheon*
• Access to Leo T. Kissam Law Library
• 50% discount on Zip Car annual membership
• 15% discount at Brooks Brothers
• Discounts on select Apple, HP, and Dell Computers
• Membership eligibility at the Princeton Club
• 10% discount at Fordham Bookstore with Membership Card
*Only individual reservations received by February 15, 2013 will be eligible for this discount

The Schedule of Dues for 2013:

• Membership is free for the Classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012.
To activate the complimentary membership, please download and complete the membership form and return to the address provided.
• $50 Alumni 4 – 9 years (2003 – 2009) 
• $100 Alumni 10+ years (2002 and earlier)
• $200 Circle of Support*
*Circle of Support members are alumni who subsidize free membership for the Classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012. These members will be acknowledged on the FLAA portion of the Law School web site.

FLS Events


64th Annual FLAA Luncheon
Friday, March 1, 2013
12 noon, Cocktails
12:30 p.m., Lunch
110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Register Now!


Sao Paulo Alumni Reception
Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:30 PM
Hosted by Rafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho LL.M. ’09
Peixoto e Cury Advogados
Rua Mário Amaral, 205
04002-020 - São Paulo, Brazil
RSVP here


Buenos Aires Alumni Reception
Monday, March 18, 2013
7:30 PM
Hosted by Pablo Palazzi LL.M. ’00
Allende & Brea Abogados
Maipú 1300, 11th floor
C1006ACT Buenos Aires, Argentina
RSVP here


Rising Star Awards Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by James E. Kellett ’88
Crowell & Moring LLP
590 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Nomination Form
RSVP here

  Palo Alto Alumni Chapter Reception
Monday, April 15, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Robert Ferris ’66
77 Elena Ave
Atherton, CA 94027-4025
RSVP here

San Francisco Alumni Chapter Reception
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hosted by Thomas L. Cronan, III ’84
7:00 to 9:00 PM
201 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94103
RSVP here

Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Reception
Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 PM
Hosted by Robert Platt ’82
Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles
590 South Burlingame Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90049
RSVP here
  Reunion 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:30 PM
Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Register Now!
Click here for more information.
  Chicago Alumni Chapter Reception
Tuesday, May  14, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Henry F. White ’76
CCIM Institute
430 North Michigan Avenue, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP here

European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner in Vienna (June 21 - 22, 2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Mercure Wien City
Belvedere Bar
Hollandstrasse 3
1020 Vienna, Austria

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Academic Program
Hosted by Ambassador Balázs Csuday LL.M. ’08
Permanent Mission of Hungary to the International Organizations in Vienna
Bankgasse 4-6
1010 Vienna

Informal Walking Tours of Vienna

Alumni Dinner
TBD Heuriger

Probusgasse 12

A-1190 Wien, Heiligenstadt

Tel.: +43 (1) 318 97 97

Fax: +43 (1) 318 98 88

News and Reminders

Jacqueline Nolan-Haley Receives Award for Best ADR Article

Fordham Law Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley has received the Outstanding Original Professional Article award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). The award recognizes an article published by academics and other professionals that advances understanding in the field of ADR.
Nolan-Haley was granted the award for her article “Mediation: The ‘New Arbitration” 17 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 61 (2012). In the article, Nolan-Haley explains that mediation is increasingly moving into the realm of arbitration practice. This directional shift, she argues, is problematic because it clashes with mediation’s core values of self-determination and participation and limits the spectrum of options available to disputing parties, depriving them of mediation’s benefits. To read more, click here.

22nd Annual Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship Auction

The 22nd Annual Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship Auction will be held at on March 7th 2013, starting with a silent auction in the Platt Atrium at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction in the McNally Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.

Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship is a student run non-profit organization that provides summer funding for Fordham Law students who want to pursue careers in public interest law.  The organization was founded in 1988 with the goal of eliminating the financial burdens that can occur when students take public interest summer internships, which are traditionally unpaid.  FSSF was largely inspired by the founding dean of Fordham Law School, Paul Fuller’s goal of educating lawyers acting “in the service of others.”

The auction is FSSF’s main fundraising event and a highlight of the school’s social calendar where alumni, faculty, and students gather for delicious food, cocktails, and good-spirited bidding wars.  Around $100,000 is raised annually and these funds, combined with a substantial donation from Fordham Law School, allow us to award over 30 fellowships each year.  This translates to about 15,000 hours of public service.

The success of FSSF depends on the participation of Fordham Law Alumni in the annual auction. The theme of this year’s auction is “Good Spirits, Great Cause!”  To buy tickets online or to donate, please visit

We look forward to your help in continuing the tradition of strong alumni support.

Corporate Law Center: Upcoming Programs

Monday, February 11, 2013
Journal of Corporate & Financial Law Symposium
“Harmonization versus Diversification of Global Financial Regulations”
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch to follow in Lowenstein Cafeteria Atrium)
McNally Amphitheatre
Free and open to the public.
CLE Available: 3 Non-transitional & transitional, Professional Practice NYS CLE Credits: $65 ($55 for Fordham Law alumni and public interest attorneys)
A distinguished panel of international and national scholars and policy makers will address the general question of regulatory design, focusing in particular on global efforts to contain systemic risk. Panelists will share ideas for reforming the architecture of global financial regulation.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Part II of a Three Part Series on The Business & Ethics of Managing a 21st Century Law Firm
“New, Smart & Ethical Business Models”
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  (Light Reception commencing at 6:30 p.m.)
South Lounge, Lowenstein Building, 113 West 60th Street
Free and open to the public.
CLE Available: 2 non-transitional & transitional (1 professional practice and 1 ethics) NYS CLE Credits: $55 CLE ($35 Fordham Law Alumni, public interest attorneys and government attorneys)
Co-Sponsored with The Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
13th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law
6:30 p.m.  (Light Reception to immediately follow in the Atrium)
McNally Amphitheatre
J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Free and open to the public

Stein Center: Global Legal Profession Workshop

Plan to attend the next Global Legal Profession Workshop, Asian Social Justice Lawyers: Reflecting on Practice, which is scheduled for 12:00 pm on February 27 in Room 430 B/C at Fordham Law.   
Speakers and commentators include:  Louise Trubek, Clinical Professor of Law Emerita University of Wisconsin Law School;  Frank Munger, New York Law School Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Law and Society Colloquium; Martin S. Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law and founding Co-Director of Leitner Center for International Law and Justice; Carl Minzner, Fordham Law School Professor of Law; and Russell Pearce, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Professor of Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion and Co-Director, Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham Law School.
The Workshop, co-sponsored by the Stein Center for Law and Ethics ( and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, will focus on the emergence, development and transformation of lawyering for social justice in Asia. Register via email: Questions?  Call 212-636-6988.

Feerick Center for Social Justice: Legal and Non-Legal Volunteer Opportunities for Experienced Lawyers
The Legal Economic and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP) seeks to direct the energy, skills, and experience of seasoned lawyers to volunteer activities in three discrete areas: non-legal assistance with consumer credit; legal assistance with consumer debt; and assisting New York City youth from families with low incomes in accessing high-quality secondary and higher education.

LEEAP Prospective Volunteer Attorney Informational Orientation
The Center will be hosting an orientation for experienced lawyers interested primarily in assisting New York City youth from families with low incomes in accessing high-quality secondary and higher education on February 27th at 6pm at Fordham Lincoln Center. Brief presentations will also cover volunteer opportunities related to consumer debt and credit reporting. Please contact LEEAP Co-Director Brandon Ruben at or visit to learn more and register for the event.

Teaching Fellowship in Israel

Recent graduates (2002 – 2012) are invited to apply for a unique fellowship opportunity that offers the possibility to spend a semester teaching at the College of Management Law School in Israel.

The College of Management is located in Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, and is one of the top private law schools in Israel.  Fordham Law School has been designated to name one fellow to teach a course, in English, at the College of Management.  Fellows are free to propose a course of their choosing.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $10,000.  Teaching obligations typically require only one or two days per week, allowing the fellow to seek employment in Israel to supplement the stipend.  If you would like to apply for this fellowship, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship and describing your course proposal, together with your resume and an unofficial Fordham Law transcript to  Indicate whether you would be available for the fall 2013 or spring 2014 semester.  Israeli semesters typically run from October through January (fall) and March through June (spring).  The deadline for applications is March 15, 2013.

Catholic Fellow Position

The Catholic Lawyer’s Program of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work is seeking support for the creation of Catholic Fellow position.  To become involved or to learn more, please contact Michele Galioto at or 212.636.7637.

Lawyers In Transition

Career Counseling Services

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Room 204
Does having a law degree mean you’ll be practicing law for the rest of your career?
Maybe….but maybe not!
• Meet FLS alumni who transitioned out of traditional legal careers
• See what other opportunities exist and how you can make a transition to an alternative career

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Room 205
Considering pursuing a post-graduate clerkship?  Find out about:
• Creating effective application materials
• How FLS supports you in your clerkship search
• What doors open for you by doing a clerkship?

Visit the CPC Alumni Webpage here 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 contact the CPC at 212.636.6926. 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

Kevin J. Quinn ’68 has been elected special counsel in the Newark office of McCarter & English LLP.  Quinn practices in the area of public finance, serving as bond counsel for conduit and direct issuers, and counsel for underwriters, borrowers, banks and trustees. He concentrates primarily on revenue bond financings, having extensive experience with acute and sub-acute health care facility financings, higher education facility financings and economic development transactions. He has participated in financings through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Healthcare Facilities Financing Authority and the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, as well as financings of various municipalities, school districts and local authorities.

Kenneth Held ’69, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at University of La Verne College of Law, has retired after 36 years of teaching law.

Thomas DeJulio ’77, international president of the worldwide Kiwanis organization, was honored December 28, 2012 at a special luncheon held at the University Club in Pasadena. DeJulio told Kiwanis members about his goal to integrate the Kiwanis family into service for the community and noted the humanitarian projects Kiwanis is involved in. Several members of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada attended the event, including President Jim Philips. DeJulio has been general counsel of Fordham University for more than 30 years. To read more, click here.
Susan A. Feeney ’81, a partner in the Newark office of McCarter & English, LLP and the immediate past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, has received the Mary Philbrook Award from The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey.   She accepted the award on January 22 at the organization’s “Passion, Power, Progress 2012 Awards” ceremony, which was held at the New Brunswick Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

Janet O’Connor Cornell ’83 opened a litigation boutique in 2010 with her partner Keith Grace. The firm recently hired its third associate and moved to larger offices near Wall Street.

David H. Hennessy ’85, of West Boylston, Massachusetts, has been chosen to be a Magistrate Judge, subject to the required background investigation. Hennessy now serves as the chief of the Worcester branch in the Office of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, and has served in that capacity since 2008. While serving in the Worcester Branch Office since July 1999, the cases he has tried include violations of federal tax, gun, drug and child protection laws. To read more, click here.

John O’Donnell ’89 and his wife, Therese Corcoran O’Donnell, welcomed a son, Sean William, on August 3, 2012.  Sean weighed 8 lb., 3 oz., and was 20 ½ inches long.  O’Donnell is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

John “Jay” Sullivan ’89, Managing Partner at Exec|Comm, LLC, a communications consulting firm, has published Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, (Apprentice House Publishing) a memoir about his years teaching at a Jesuit high school, and helping run an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica, as part of the Boston College International Volunteer Program.  The story includes mention of Fordham Law School.  Check out or purchase the book on Amazon.

Theresa Mohan ’90, IBM senior regional counsel, has been listed on the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List. To read more, click here.

Jo Anne Simon ’90 was featured in the October 22nd National Law Journal article “Heat is on for law school test.” To read the article, please click here.

Matthew H. Haverstick ’96, Shareholder of Conrad O’Brien, has been invited by the American Bar Association to serve as a Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the White Collar Crime Committee, Public Corruption and Extortion Sub Committee.

Monique Cheng Joe ’97 was promoted to Vice President, Trademark Counsel at NBCUniversal this past fall.

Alex Dadoyan ’98 has been named the new executive director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York.

Charles E. Cantine ’99 has been elected partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.  He had been special counsel with the firm. Cantine, based in the firm’s New York office, focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and trade secret litigation.  He has served as trial counsel before federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.  Cantine also helps clients develop and manage international and domestic intellectual property portfolios involving patents, trademarks and trade secrets to protect his client’s research and development activities and commercial products.

Beth K. Clark ’99 has promoted to special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She was previously an associate with the firm. Clark’s practice focuses on reinsurance and insurance litigation and arbitration.  She has represented cedents, reinsurance companies and liquidators in a wide variety of matters in federal and state court and before arbitration panels.  These disputes have involved areas such as misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance and retrocessional agreements; the protection afforded under reinsurance and retrocessional agreements; the accumulation of loss under both property and casualty reinsurance contracts; standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in dealing with reinsurers; disputes with program managers; and broker negligence.

Stephen Sullivan ’99 has been elected partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. Sullivan focuses on intellectual property matters in biotechnology and chemistry. 

Jeanine Dames ’00 has joined Yale College as Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Career Service.

Jim Montes ’00 has been elected to partner at Nixon Peabody LLP. Mr. Montes concentrates his practice on the financing of general infrastructure, electric utilities, and water utilities. He has been involved in public offerings, Rule 144A offerings, and private placements. Mr. Montes has served as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with tax-exempt and taxable bond financings, including representing various local municipalities throughout the state of New York and various public authorities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. To read more, click here.

Joshua Larocca ’01 has joined Stroz Friedberg, LLC as a Vice President in the firm's Business Intelligence and Investigations practice.  He was previously a Trial Attorney in the Counterterrorism Section at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

Iram Valentin ’01 has been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee as the Hispanic Bar Association representative. Valentin is a civil trial attorney and partner at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo in Hackensack, N.J. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and professional liability defense. His appointment is effective through August 31, 2014.

Gavin White ’01 and his wife, Romina, welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Dagny White, on January 07, 2013. White has also been elected partner at Concepción, Martinez & Bellido. To read more, click here.
William Connolly ’02 was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Arbor Realty Trust.

Aaron E. Zerykier ’02 has been promoted to counsel at Farrell Fritz.  Zerykier concentrates his practice in commercial litigation.  He represents businesses, public entities, financial institutions and individuals in disputes involving contracts, real estate, insurance, franchises and business tort matters.

Jennifer L. Bougher ’03 has been promoted to counsel at Arent Fox. Previously an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice has significant experience representing clients in federal and state court litigation, as well as international and domestic arbitration. She also serves as mediator in commercial disputes, and represents litigants in mediations and negotiations. A member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Bougher she is now a member of the adjunct faculty at Fordham Law and teaches alternative dispute resolution and coaches interschool competition teams.

Jonathan Deblinger ’03 has been promoted to of counsel at Olshan law firm.

Richard Guidice Jr. ’03 was elected partner at K&L Gates LLP in the firm's Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments group.

Jason Sobel ’03 has been promoted to Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Sobel specializes in intellectual property law.  He has litigated claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and other business torts through trial and appeal in federal and state courts.  Sobel also advises clients on intellectual property and technology issues related to transactions and performing intellectual property due diligence and counsels clients concerning their intellectual property portfolios.

Jordanna Nadritch ’04 has been elected partner at Olshan law firm.

Miriam Yael Gross ’05 and Dr. Amir Cohen were recently married by Rabbi Lawrence M. Hajioff at Three Sixty Degrees, an event space in Manhattan. Gross works in Manhattan as a senior associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman, a Chicago law firm.

Giuseppe Franzella ’06 and Maryam Franzella (nee Parvaneh) ’08 were married on November 27, 2011. They are both associates at Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid in Melville, N.Y.

Xin He ’06 has been elected partner at Troutman Sanders.

Benita Hussain ’06 has been selected as one of the first two “Greenovate Fellows” for the City of Boston by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Hussain will work to expand Greenovate Boston, a new sustainability movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the City by meeting Mayor Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. To read more, click here.

William W. Kim ’06 has been elected partner at WilmerHale.

Miles Hampson Plant ’10 married Lane Leidy Marmon (GBA '14), on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, N.Y. 

Allison Cerilli ’11 has joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as assistant district attorney.  To read more, click here.

Christian Stueben ’11 has joined Gibbons law firm in Newark, N.J. as an associate.

Aria Vaughan ’11 and Randall Dass were married on January 19, 2013 at Ohana Villa on Tobago in the West Indies. Pastor Kelvin G. Siewdass of the Trinidad Christian Center officiated, with Nancy J. Lichtenstein, a judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals, taking part in the ceremony. Vaughan is a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York. To read more, click here.

Paul Hershan ’12 has joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as assistant district attorney. To read more, click here.

Amy Young ’12 has joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as assistant district attorney. To read more, click here.

In Memoriam

Walter J. Sullivan ’51
Thomas F. Donovan ’52
William Fleckner ’57
Philip J. Hoblin Jr. ’57
Sister Madeline Welch ’74
Christopher Martin ’82
Michael Davis ’92
Mark S. Jordan ’93