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June 2013 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Lawyers in Transition

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

FLAA to Implement New 1L Advising Program

As part of an overall effort to create more meaningful interactions between the alumni association and current students, the FLAA is implementing a new program aimed at providing designated alumni advisors for the upcoming 1L class.  Under this program, a few alumni volunteers will be assigned to each 1L section and will serve as informal mentors for the students in that section.  The program will kick off on August 21, 2013 with a lunch at the Law School that will be part of the 1L Orientation Program.  We ask that volunteers ensure that they will be able to attend this lunch, which should last around an hour.  In addition, we hope that the alumni advisors and their sections can organize at least one other event a semester and that students will also individually reach out to their alumni advisors with questions or concerns. 

If you would like to volunteer for this program please send an email, including your class year at Fordham and where you currently work, to Questions about the program can also be directed to the same email address or to John Gerba ’06 at 212-310-8190.  We hope that you will seriously consider being a part of this program.

SPOTS AVAILABLE: 23rd Annual William Hughes Mulligan Scholarship Golf Tournament

There are still foursome openings, including openings for individuals and twosomes, for the 2013 Mulligan Golf Outing, to be held on July 8th at the Westchester Country Club (99 Biltmore Avenue, Rye, NY). The cost is $800 per person or $3200 for a foursome. Please contact Peter Pallotta at if you are interested in playing this year.

FLS Events

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

Friday, June 21, 2013

    Welcome Cocktail Reception
    7-9 p.m.
    Mercure Wien City
    Belvedere Bar
    Hollandstrasse 3
    1020 Vienna, Austria

Saturday, June 22, 2013

    Academic Program
    9:30 a.m. Registration
    Hosted by Ambassador Balázs Csuday LL.M. ’08
    Permanent Mission of Hungary
    to the International Organizations in Vienna
    Bankgasse 4-6
    1010 Vienna
    10:00 a.m. Program begins
    12:45 p.m. Luncheon

    Vienna Informal Walking Tours
    Guide: Sarah Mirzaei (3L at the University of Vienna)
    Starting point: Permanent Mission of Hungary
    to the International Organizations in Vienna

    Alumni Dinner
    8 p.m.
    Probusgasse 12
    A-1190 Wien, Heiligenstadt
    Tel.: +43 (1) 318 97 97
    Fax: +43 (1) 318 98 88
    Complimentary for alumni, 60 Euro for guests
    (check and credit card will be accepted at the door on the night of the event)
    Transportation Information

RSVP to Sabriena Matthews at or 212.636.6809

News and Reminders

Insurance Affinity Group

A group of alumni are looking to form an affinity group for Fordham Law alumni and current students active, or interested, in the Reinsurance/Insurance field.  The group would allow for greater connection among alumni, as well as the creation and organization of events and activities geared toward those involved in the Insurance Law industry.

If you are interested in joining the group and/or being part of the steering committee, please contact Charles Guttler ’99 (

Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme

The “QLTS” is England's new official transfer exam for foreign attorneys. It is a three-part exam comprised of both written and practical assessments in which candidates must demonstrate a basic familiarity with English common law.  Fordham Law is partnering with The QLTS Advantage™, a complete interactive legal learning system designed to guide you through the whole process of becoming an English Solicitor.

Passing this exam can license you as a solicitor in England and Wales, and may also confer a right to practice in other jurisdictions, including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Singapore and South Africa.

Before the exam, participants will attend a live final review weekend at Fordham Law School with exam tips from recent successful exam takers and networking opportunities with representatives from international associations.

For more information, please visit

Feerick Center Announces Volunteer Opportunities Through Attorney Emeritus Program

New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman established the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) in 2010 to help the growing numbers of New Yorkers with legal needs who cannot afford legal counsel.   The Feerick Center for Social Justice was tapped by Chief Judge Lippman to develop and support AEP, which is designed to enhance the capacity of New York State legal service providers—who are faced with increased demands at a time of diminished resources—by engaging seasoned lawyers in pro bono projects under the auspices of these organizations. Attorneys who are 55 years or over, with at least ten years of practice experience, are eligible for Emeritus status. Interested attorneys may sign up online here or request Emeritus status during their biennial registration.

Should you be interested in volunteering through AEP (over 600 attorney's have) or learning more about it, please contact Anting Wang at the Feerick Center at or 646-312-8725.

Join the Fordham Law Network on LinkedIn

Did you know that over 4600 alumni are members of the Fordham Law Alumni LinkedIn group? Don’t miss the chance to connect with your fellow alumni today, click here to join the conversation now!

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 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

Hon. Geraldine Ferraro ’60 will be honored posthumously when PS 290, currently in operation as IS 73 in Maspeth, New York is renamed after her. The building will open at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Tonsor Street for the 2014 school year. To read more, click here.

Hon. Joseph F. Scancarella ’62, retired NJ Superior Court judge and former NJ state assemblyman, was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the NJ State Commission of Investigation (a blue ribbon watch-dog panel on waste and inefficiency in government) which reports its findings to the Governor and the Legislature recommending reforms.

John H. Wilkinson ’65 is the new chair of the 1,596–member Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. Wilkinson is of counsel to Fulton, Rowe & Hart. He is an arbitrator and mediator resolving complex commercial disputes. To read more, click here.

Greg Porges ’66 was selected as one of Manatee County's top ten LEGAL LEGENDS. Porges was honored at the Lawyers & Legends, a multi-media event benefitting Legal Aid of Manasota,
Inc., held on September 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL.

Jack S. Kannry ’68, a senior partner and chair of the Construction Law Group at the New York City law firm of Warshaw Burstein, LLP, was selected in 2013, for the fifth year, by the New York Super Lawyers-Metro publication, in his specialty area of construction law and litigation.  Additionally, he is a New York licensed and registered professional engineer. Kannry was also the keynote speaker at a Spring 2013 seminar presented at the New York City Bar Association, entitled “Leveling the Field for New York Contractors on Public Construction Projects .

Greg Battersby ’72 has announced the formation of The Battersby Law Group in Westport, CT.   The firm will concentrate on intellectual property and licensing matters.

Hon. Denny Chin ’78 has been elected to the Princeton University Board of Trustees.

Nick DiPiazza ’78 has been promoted by the Glendale City Council from deputy city attorney to interim city attorney.

Barbara Hoey ’84 has rejoined Kelley Drye & Warren as a partner and chair of the labor and employment practice. She has been with Kelley Drye for 20 years before departing in 2010 for Littler Mendelson, where she was a partner. 

Zachary Murdock ’84, a litigation partner at Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. in Melville, New York, and the singer of the National Anthem at numerous FLS functions, authored the article, "Requiring Sellers To Attempt to Mitigate Damages on Property Buyers' Default," which was published in the New York Law Journal on May 1, 2013.

Michael Lane ’85 has joined Cullen and Dykman as partner, focusing on commercial, intellectual property, employment, banking and real estate litigation. Lane was a shareholder at Anderson Kill & Olick.

Andrea Satty ’85 has joined Stroock Stroock & Lavan in the firm’s energy and project finance group. She was a partner at Chadbourne & Parke.

Margaret Sherlock ’85 has been appointed to Vice President, Regional Director, Staff Counsel at Selective Insurance Company of America. Sherlock joined Selective in 2005 as a managing attorney. Prior to that, she was a managing attorney with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

Robert C. Hughes ’86 has been re-elected to serve as a member of the Board of Education in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. To read more, click here.

Robert Leary ’86 has been appointed executive vice president of TIAA-CREF and president of TIAA-CREF Asset Management. Leary most recently served as president and chief operating officer of ING U.S., leading all aspects of ING’s investment management, retirement, insurance and annuity businesses, as well as operations, information technology and marketing. He also has served as chief executive officer of ING Insurance U.S. To read more, click here.  

Christopher McCormack ’87, a partner with Pullman & Comley, LLC, was selected as a 2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award Winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement for his article, “The ASTM Standard Practice for Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.” McCormack’s environmental law practice includes litigation of liability and cost recovery actions including lead counsel responsibility for Superfund site coalitions, as well as enforcement defense and administrative proceedings.  He also has extensive experience with environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.  His litigation practice includes prosecution and defense of commercial litigation matters involving contract and business loss claims, commercial torts and unfair trade practices for clients in manufacturing, computer equipment, insurance and the professional services sectors. McCormack is Secretary and Legislative Liaison for the Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  He is also Membership Secretary of ASTM International’s Committee E50 on environmental assessment standards, and chaired the ASTM Task Group responsible for revising ASTM Standard Practice E1903 on Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. 

Elizabeth M. Young ’87 has joined the New York City office of Wilson Elser as partner. Young practices in the areas of product liability and mass tort litigation, as well as commercial and business litigation. Prior to joining Wilson Elser, she was of counsel with Aaronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch LLP.

Lawrence Quinn ’88, an attorney at Tydings & Rosenberg, was recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his labor and employment practice.

Ellen S. Friedman ’89, a partner at Nixon Peabody, has been recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Friedman was honored as an international leader in the field of Projects.

Hon. Maria Araujo Kahn ’89 was honored in April by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in Hartford, CT as one of 17 immigrants who have made significant contributions to the state. Judge Kahn presides over criminal court in Hartford. To read more, click here

Hon. Andrea Masley ’91, elected to NYC Civil Court in 2007, was promoted to Acting Supreme Court Justice, NY County. 

Ellen Quackenbos ’91 has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as of counsel. Quackenbos was previously with Skadden.

Jennifer Jones Austin ’93 has been elected to the New York Blood Center Board of Trustees. To read more, click here.

Matthew J. Cushing ’95 has become General Counsel and Vice President of EnerNOC Inc. in Boston. To read more, click here.

Noah Melnick ’97 has been named of counsel at Linklaters.

Joseph Sponholz ’97, Chief Operating Officer at RF Capital, has joined the Apex Minerals NL Board of Company.

Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones ’97 was honored by the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association at a black-tie event held at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Also honored were Elaine N. Avery, Esq. and the Honorable Marsha L. Steinhardt.

Andrew Bloom ’98 has been promoted to managing director at Hudson Realty Capital LLC. Bloom joined Hudson in June 2006.

David Cielusniak ’99 has become General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Moffett Research LLC. To read more, click 

Hal Beerman ’02 and his wife, Audrey, welcomed their first child, son Ari Roy Beerman, on September 2, 2012.  Beerman is currently with Greenberg Traurig in the Real Estate Operations group. 

Jeff Davis ’02 joined Wachtel, Masyr & Missry LLP in New York where he will be practicing in the firm's Corporate Department.

Tamar Duvdevani ’02 has been elected partner at DLA Piper.

James Gatta ’02 has been named chief of the Public Integrity section at the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office. Gatta, who joined the office in 2007, had been serving as deputy chief since February 2012.

Jeffrey Laner ’02 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Queens Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit formed in 1967, to provide free legal services to low income visitors on issues such as consumer rights, government benefits, housing, and immigration.

Kevin Fernández ’08 and Jennifer B. Rosenthal were married on May 11, 2013. Fernández is an associate at the international law firm Clifford Chance.

Tiffany Hall ’08 joined MasterCard Worldwide as Vice President, Marketing Transactions Counsel.

Kush Shukla ’08 was named to the Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List (Eastern Region).

Lindsay H. Einhorn ’09 has joined the Blank Rome as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate group. 

Diego J. Arredondo ’10 has joined Concepción Martinez & Bellido as an associate.  He concentrates his practice on commercial and insurance litigation.  He has experience in the area of criminal prosecution and defense.  Prior to private practice, Arredondo was an Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District in Brooklyn, New York.  He also worked the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he conducted legal research, writing, and investigative work as part of preliminary and formal investigations being conducted by FINRA.

Leigh Anne Van Ostrand ’10 and Patrick Donovan McKegney ’11 were married Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Port Jefferson, N.Y.  Van Ostrand is an associate specializing in mergers and acquisitions at the New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. McKegney is a litigation associate in the New York office of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers. To read more, click here.  

Alyssa Beaver ’11 and Daniel James Gomez II were married in Larchmont, N.Y. on Saturday, May 5, 2013. Beaver is a law clerk to Judge John F. Keenan ’54 in Federal District Court in New York. In October, she is to become a clerk for Judge Denny Chin of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, also in New York. To read more, click here.

Craig Cagney ’12 married Courtney Christine Pichard on September 7, 2012. The double ring ceremony was held at the Church of St. Gabriel the Archangel in Saddle River, N.J. and a celebration followed at the Castle at Skyland Manor in Ringwood. To read more, click here

Raymond J. Furey ’12 has been promoted to Senior VP and Chief Compliance Officer of Questcor Pharmaceuticals.

Angelo Guisado ’12 received a clerkship with the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Guisado, currently a clerk at the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, will move to Detroit this fall to assist Judge Keith in all aspects of federal appellate law.  Guisado is the second Fordham Law alum to clerk for Judge Keith, following India Geronimo ’07 who is the Director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School.

In Memoriam

Richard J. Powers ’50
Robert E. Kusch ’51
Norman Blass ’52
Hon. Joseph J. Maiorino ’53
Michael A. Russo ’56 
A. Gordon Olsen ’57
Hon. Gregory J. Potter ’57
Hon. John J. P. Ryan ’57
Jon N. Willcox ’72
Edward H. Beck ’74
Francis W. Benner ’74
Bill Slamkowski ’91