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April 2013 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Reunion 2013: Thursday, April 25th

Join us for Reunion 2013! Celebrating the Classes of:
1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2012

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Register Now!

For more information about Reunion 2013 or to make a gift in honor of your Reunion, contact Candice Cantalupo, Reunion Director, at (212) 636-7612 or send an e-mail to

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CLE Series: Learn and Lead

Mastering the Art of Success: How to Thrive in Today’s Competitive Workforce
Friday, April 19, 2013
1-2 p.m.
Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street, Room 205
New York, NY 10023

Presented by Kathleen Brady
Principal, Brady & Associates Career Planners and Former Assistant Dean of Career Services, Fordham Law

CLE: This seminar has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for a maximum of one (1) transitional and nontransitional, skills credit hour.
COST: This event is a free benefit for FLAA members.  Not a member? Join today. All others: $75.

Register Now! Or for more information, click here.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to Serve as 2013 Graduation Speaker

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will serve as the graduation speaker at Fordham Law School’s 106th diploma ceremony, on Sunday, May 19, at Radio City Music Hall.

Mr. Bharara, who was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has served in the position since 2009. He oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York and supervises more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. His tenacious, principled work has garnered many plaudits, including a Time magazine cover story, “This Man is Busting Wall Street,” and recognition in that publication’s 2012 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also has a special tie to Fordham Law, having taught legal writing on our adjunct faculty and served as a guest speaker at School events.

FLS Events


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
(limited capacity)
In-house and Business:
Martha Heinze ’98, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Government, Public Interest, Nonprofit:
Sean K. O’Neill ’98, U.S. Department of State
Private Practice:
Daniel F.X. Geoghan ’99, Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP


Palo Alto Alumni Chapter Reception
Monday, April 15, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Robert ’66 & Evie Ferris (parents of Kathleen Ferris ’13)
77 Elena Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027-4025

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

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

Pebble Beach Luncheon with Dean Mike M. Martin and Asst. Dean Vera Bullock
Saturday, April 20, 2013
12:30 p.m.
The Bench Restaurant
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
1700 17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

  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
Monday, May 13, 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
Evening Program Centennial Celebration
Monday, May 20, 2013
In celebration of the Evening Program Centennial enjoy CLE master classes taught by Fordham Law faculty and a cocktail reception.

Supreme Court Admission Ceremony
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
8:00 AM
The Supreme Court
One First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20543
For more information, email Sabriena Matthews at

Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter Reception
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hosted by Thomas C. Canfield ’90
1686 34th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2743


Fordham Law Comes to Europe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
8:30 AM
Hosted by Jay J. Aragones ’92
K&L Gates LLP
116 Avenue des Champs-Elysees, 3rd Floor
Paris, F-75008
Join Dean Michael M. Martin, Vice Dean Sheila Foster, and Assistant Dean Vera Bullock for breakfast

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Join Professors Sean Griffith and Richard Squire for a cocktail reception

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

Probusgasse 12

A-1190 Wien, Heiligenstadt

Tel.: +43 (1) 318 97 97

Fax: +43 (1) 318 98 88

News and Reminders

Fordham Law Women's Networking Group

A group of alumnae have formed a Women’s Networking Group to better connect and organize activities for Fordham Law alumnae and students.  The group’s kick-off event will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at the Lincoln Center campus. Further details about the May 22nd event will be forthcoming. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Hon. Jacqueline Silbermann ’72 (, Maura Monaghan ’96 (, or Victoria Turchetti ’03 (

Corporate Compliance Institute: Fordham Law School’s New Program

The job market for trained corporate compliance professionals is expanding both in the United States and around the world because an effective compliance program may reduce a company’s risks, reduce the severity of claims and penalties when violations do occur, and enhance corporate performance and profitability. Recent efforts by regulators in various industries have heightened the importance of corporate compliance initiatives.

The program is geared primarily toward bachelor degree holders seeking entry-level compliance positions, but it may also be helpful for those with some compliance experience and professionals seeking to transition into the compliance field.

The 3-week program will launch in July and is designed to serve as an introduction to the basics of compliance and the role of in-house counsel and the corporate compliance office. This program is directed by Professor Sean Griffith, the head of the Law School’s Corporate Law Center, and Adjunct Professor Carole Basri, a recognized authority in the field of compliance.

For more information, please visit Please circulate this to any of your friends or colleagues who may be interested.

Feerick Center: Attorney Emeritus Program

The Feerick Center for Social Justice has been supporting, for the past several years, a NYS Access to Justice program called CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Referral) at locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Westchester. Many Fordham Law alumni are participating as volunteer attorneys at CLARO open clinic sessions giving advice to pro se litigants primarily in the area of consumer debt, especially credit card debt. To act as a volunteer one must participate in a 3 hour survey course of the law, procedure and other issues involved. (3 MCLE credits awarded after 6 volunteer hours of service).

There will be a free basic training on Monday, April 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for all who would like to participate in any of these programs. This training will take place at the office of a CLARO partner of the Feerick Center, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Project, 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.   For additional information or to register contact the Feerick Center at 212-636-7671 or

The Feerick Center also invites experienced attorney's to participate in a new volunteer program that it has created called LEEAP which will have activities in 3 distinct areas: 1. Education and assistance on consumer credit. 2. Legal assistance with consumer debt and 3. Assistance to New York City families with low incomes in accessing high-quality secondary and higher education for their children.  The first information session was sold out and a second one will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the offices of Paul Hastings, 75 East 55th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues) from 6:00 to 7:15 PM.  For additional information or to register contact the Feerick Center at 212-636-7671 or

Restructured Fordham Alumni Arts Group Seeks Law School Alum To Serve On Board of Directors

For the past several years, the Fordham Theatre Department at Lincoln Center has been producing theatre pieces through the Fordham Alumni Theatre Company. There's been some movement in the leadership of the organization and they've decided to shift directions a bit, restructuring the company to become a more inclusive University-wide Alumni Arts project. It will no longer be solely a Theatre-centric organization, but has been opened to Visual Arts, Ailey, and Film Alumni etc.

Previously, the company was run by directors made up exclusively of Theatre Department alumni. As part of this restructuring initiative, they will be opening a position on the board for a Fordham Law School alum with interest or experience in Entertainment Law. The goal is twofold 1) to open the organization up to the broader Fordham community, and 2) to help to structure the company as more of a traditional not-for-profit organization.

The basic commitment would be a meeting once a month to plan for upcoming events, devise fundraising and outreach strategies, and lay the formal groundwork for the company. The schedule would intensify around events. This summer they intend to reinvigorate interest in the company through a Film Festival and a Theater Festival open to the creative talents of all Fordham alums.

If interested, please contact David Ruttura at

Upcoming NYSBA Events

Alternative Careers for Lawyers
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Herrick, Feinstein, LLP 2 Park Avenue | NYC
Spring Networking Event Sponsored by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location : Arctica | 384 3rd Ave (Between 27th and 28th Streets) | NYC
Price: $20
Understanding Your Insurance Options
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Location: USI Affinity | 261 Madison Ave | NYC
Monday, April 8, 2013 | 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Location: NYSBA | One Elk Street |Albany, NY
LIT Breakfast Series
Life as an In-House Lawyer
Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Anchin Block & Anchin | 1375 Broadway (enter on 37th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue) | NYC
How to Become a Thought Leader
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Location: Anchin Block & Anchin |1375 Broadway (enter on 37th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue) | NYC
LIT Breakfast Series

Visit the NYSBA website here:  The webcasts are free to members and non-members.

Lawyers in Transition

Career Counseling Services

The Career Planning Center reminds you that the office and the counselors remain an essential resource to all alumni of Fordham Law School throughout their careers. If you are an alumnae/us in career transition, we encourage you to contact the CPC to make an appointment (in person or by phone) - 212.636.6926. We also welcome you to visit our 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 consider posting your position on the CPC’s Online Job Bank. 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

Rick DeBobes ’62 has retired as Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, culminating an extraordinary record of 50 years of service to the Senate, the Navy, the men and women of our Armed Forces, and his country. DeBobes will enjoy this retirement with his wife Margaret, his children, and his grandchildren.

Eli R. Mattioli ’71 has joined the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s New York office as partner in the Litigation Division. Mattioli joins from K&L Gates, where he was a litigation partner. To read more, click here.

Jerry Wein ’74 will be honored on May 23 by the NYS Empire Justice Center in Rochester, NY for his lifelong career in public service.  Wein is currently a consultant to the Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice working on a project to enlist senior attorney's to volunteer in an approved pro bono legal service program in order to help the growing number of New Yorkers who cannot afford counsel.

Hon. Claire V. Eagan ’76 was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  

Kenneth Steinthal ’78, a veteran intellectual property lawyer, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in its San Francisco office. Steinthal joins King & Spalding from Greenberg Traurig, where he served as head of its San Francisco office, and prior to that, as co-head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ IP/media practice. To read more, click here.

Judith A. McHale ’79 has been named a member of the board of directors of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a leading theme park and entertainment company. McHale, who recently served in the U.S. State Department as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, joins SeaWorld with more than three decades' experience in public service and the private sector. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel. To read more, click here.

Dave Howard ’85, distinguished sports executive, has joined The Madison Square Garden Company as president of MSG Sports, effective April 9. In this role, Howard will be responsible for running the business operations of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty and Hartford Whale, as well as the management of the company's Sports Properties unit.

Peter J. Biging ’86 has joined Goldberg Segalla LLP as partner in the firm’s New York office. Biging is a former vice chair of the professional liability practice at Lewis Brisbois. He is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney with more than 26 years of experience as a litigator in the state and federal courts of New York, and a prolific author and presenter on professional liability and coverage issues. His practice includes the defense of professionals against errors and omissions claims, intellectual property claims, labor and employment practices litigation, commercial litigation, municipal liability litigation, and professional liability coverage work.

Noreen Weiss Adler ’88 has joined Barton as a partner in the corporate, finance and international transactions practice. She most recently practiced at her own firm, Noreen Weiss Adler PLLC.

John C. Canoni ’93, formerly of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP will serve as the Partner- in-Charge of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP’s NYC office. To read more, click here.

Bret I. Parker ’93 has been named Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association. Parker will succeed Barbara Berger Opotowsky as Executive Director at the Association’s Annual Meeting on May 21, 2013. Parker is currently Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. and President-Elect of the International Trademark Association. Previously, he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Wyeth (now part of Pfizer Inc.) and Assistant General Counsel with the Colgate-Palmolive Company. To read more, click here.

Lewis J. Greenwald ’94 joined Mayer Brown’s New York office as a partner in the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. Greenwald was a partner at Sullivan & Worcester in Boston, where he headed the firm’s International Tax Practice Group.

Yael Weinman ’94, who currently serves as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Julie Brill, will join ITI in April as Vice President for Global Privacy Policy and General Counsel. She has worked at the FTC in various capacities since 2002.

Michael S. Cryan ’95, currently a partner in Arent Fox’s New York office where he focuses on complex litigation primarily in healthcare, insurance, IP and bankruptcy/financial restructuring, will relocate to the West Coast in June to open the firm’s new office in San Francisco.

Melissa Rooker ’97 has been appointed Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Columbia University.

Anastasia Danias ’98, vice president of legal affairs for the National Football League, was featured in a Q&A with Marie Claire Magazine entitled “The Best Defense in Football.” To read more, click here.

Dennis M. Cariello ’99 and his wife Andrea welcomed their third child on March 7, 2013 – Sabrina Melinda (8 lbs, 14 oz). 

George Ruback ’99 has joined DLA Piper as a partner in the finance practice. Ruback, who was partner at Proskauer Rose, represents corporate borrowers, including private equity firms, and financial institutions and agents in bilateral and syndicated acquisitions and working capital financing.

Jordan Altman ’04 has been promoted to counsel at Shearman & Sterling.

Joseph R. Wetzel ’04 has joined King & Spalding’s San Francisco office as counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Wetzel was previously employed at Greenberg Traurig and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. To read more, click here.

Sheila M. Fitzpatrick ’05 and her husband, Matt Germond, welcomed twin girls, Cathleen Fitzpatrick Germond and Margaret Fitzpatrick Germond, on December 1, 2012.

Elisa J. D'Amico ’06 is running for a Director position of the Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Meryl Gail Rosen ’06 and Roderick Samuel Bernstein were married Saturday, March 9, 20313 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  Rosen is an assistant general counsel at Gilt Groupe, an e-commerce company in New York that sells merchandise as well as classes, trips and services through online flash sales. To read more, click here.

Nicholas William Haddad '07 and Thomas Rimbey Ogletree were married October 20, 2012, at the Yale Club of New York.  Haddad is an associate specializing in appellate litigation in the Manhattan office of Jones Day.  To read more, click here.

Garrett Scott Kamen ’08 and Shaina Joy Schallop were married on Saturday, March 9, 2013 by Rabbi Michael P. Singer at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Kamen is an associate in the New York office of Herbert Smith Freehills, a law firm based in London and Sydney, Australia. To read more, click here.

Marcia N. Topiwala ’08 has joined Bass Berry & Sims in the firm’s corporate and securities practice from the Nashville office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs.

Katherine Sophia Lamper ’12 and Alex Radetsky were married Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Rabbi Dr. David M. Posner officiated. Lamper is a vice president and head of United States compliance at Doral Bank in Manhattan. To read more, click here.

Kristen L. Teatom ’12 has joined Nicoletti Hornig and Sweeney as an associate in the firm’s New York office.

In Memoriam

Hon. Alvin Ruskin ’47
Joseph C. Madonna ’55
Henry Klingman ’59
Ronald Sarno ’71
Lawrence Robert Jerz ’74
Richard A. Hill, Jr. ’83