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June 2014 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Fordham Law Alumni Association Compliance Affinity Group Launch Event

Thursday, June 19
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Lowenstein Glass Atrium  |  Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus  |  113 West 60th Street

Guest Speaker:
Andrew M. Calamari ’85
Director of New York Regional Office
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Register here: $20 per person

24th Annual William Hughes Mulligan Scholarship Golf Tournament

There are still openings, including openings for individuals and twosomes, for the 2014 Mulligan Golf Outing, to be held on July 7th at the Westchester Country Club (99 Biltmore Avenue, Rye, NY). The cost is $800 per person or $3200 for a foursome. Please contact if you are interested in playing this year.

Save the Date: Dedication of the Fordham University School of Law

Thursday, September 18, 2014
12:00 PM–4:00 PM Open House and Tours
5:00 PM Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
5:45 PM Reception

FLS Events

European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner in Amsterdam
Join the European Alumni Chapter in Amsterdam for a Welcome Reception, Academic Program, and Dinner.

Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 27, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre
Hospitality Room
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5
1012 RC Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Academic Program
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Registration 9:30 AM
Program 10:00 AM
Agnietenkapel (Home of the University of Amsterdam)
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229-231
1012 EZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Complimentary Luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
8:30 PM
Restaurant Haesje Claes
Spuistraat 275
1012 VR Amsterdam
Complimentary for alumni and incoming students, €75 for guests

RSVP here

News and Reminders

International LL.M. Student Mentorship Program

The Fordham Law School LL.M. program is recruiting alumni volunteers for our International LL.M. Student Mentorship Program.  The program has been in existence for three years now, and is small but successful.  At present, we have two volunteers (both retired lawyers) who, together, meet weekly with a group of about 15 students.  The students who participate are grateful for the opportunity and benefit tremendously, but unfortunately every semester we must turn many students away due to lack of space.  Thus, we are looking to expand the program. 

A primary focus of the program has been to help these students practice and improve their colloquial English, so that they can thrive in a professional environment and begin to have success in networking, which is so crucial to the LL.M. job search.  To that end, the volunteers work with students on things like pronunciation and English idioms, and also read together articles on local or international events of interest.  Beyond English language practice, other topics could include American customs in a business setting and practice with networking and interviewing.  The program content is dynamic and is largely driven by what the students desire to learn or practice. 
The time commitment is small - one hour per week during the semester, most likely on Tuesdays or Thursdays from about 12:45 - 1:45, beginning in Fall 2014 (late August or early September) and continuing to the spring semester.  Meetings will take place at the Law School.  We intend to continue the structure of having two volunteers meet together with about 15 students weekly.  Our current volunteers will provide an orientation to help you get started in advance of the semester. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mike Schiumo at

Feerick Center for Social Justice’s Annual Awards & Benefit Reception, Monday, October 6, 2014 | Mutual of America Headquarters

The Award recipients will be Professor Constantine N. Katsoris, Alan Rothstein (General Counsel of the NYC Bar), Miriam A. Buhl '92 (Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP), and Leonard Noisette (formerly of Harlem Defender Service) of our adjunct faculty.

The following are two volunteer opportunity info sessions with the Feerick Center:
  1. In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA grant to launch the Legal Economic and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP). There are two distinct components: the economic, and the educational:The Economic Component of LEEAP seeks to direct the energy, skills, and experience of lawyers and professionals to volunteer activities including:
    • 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;
    • Resolving identity theft issues and assisting with credit reporting issues; and
    • Financial coaching in the areas of banking, savings, credit, and debt.
    Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Place: Fordham Law School, Room 430 B/C
    140 W 62nd Street
    New York, NY 10022
    Please direct RSVPs and inquiries to Sara Trongone or call 646-312-8725.
  2. The Education Component  of LEEAP has a mandate to recruit and train volunteers  to assist students from families with low income to navigate the New York City public high school application process.
    The Education Component of LEEAP offers long term and short term volunteer opportunities at community-based organizations and schools in Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

    Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Location: Fordham Law School, Room 430 B/C
    140 West 62nd Street
    New York, NY 10023
    For more information or RSVP contact Priscilla Alabi, LEEAP Co-Director, or call 212-636-7715.

Summer 2014 Corporate Compliance Institute (July 7 – 11, 2014)

The Fordham Corporate Law Center and Fordham Law Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs, in conjunction with the Fordham Gabelli School of Business, proudly announce a one-week intensive training program on the fundamentals of corporate compliance and the role of a compliance officer.  Emphasis is on the financial services industry.  Class sessions will be taught by Fordham professors, Fordham alumni and industry experts.  Each day features a luncheon with a keynote lecture delivered by a prominent compliance professional.

Who should apply: Junior compliance professionals and audit and risk management professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge and others with law or business experience seeking to enter the compliance field.   Participants may be from the US or abroad.
CCI is directed by Mario DiFiore (Gabelli School of Business) and Sean J. Griffith (Fordham Law School.)

Cost: $4,000 per participant.
The program fee includes instruction, materials, lunch, field trip and a welcome reception.
There is a 25% discount for graduates of any Fordham University degree program.
For further information:

Corporate Law Center

The Forum on Building a Trustworthy Organization
Wednesday and Thursday, June 18th and 19th
Intensive 2-Day Interactive Workshop
The Conference Board Center 

The Conference Board and the Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations at Fordham University are pleased to announce an intensive 2-day interactive workshop for Ethics Compliance, HR, Learning and Development, Risk Management, and Communications professionals on how to build more trustworthy organizations. The focus will be on building organizations that can innovate and achieve performance goals while increasing their reputational capital with all the stakeholders including employees, customers, investors, and regulators.

For more information, contact Ann Rakoff. Or to register online, click here.

At Checkout use code "RH1" for $500 off.

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Career Support for Alumni

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

Thomas Conniff ’61 has been granted a Doctor of Laws degree honris causa by St. Francis College in recognition of his 43 years as outside counsel.

Charles Gibbs ’62 has joined Solomon Blum Heymann as senior counsel. He was recently partner at Holland & Knight.

Richard Seldin ’72 has published a book of poems entitled “Pearls Beneath the Rind.” He co-authored the book with his sister, Carole Seldin-Bolinski and it is now available on and most book stores.

Eugene J. O’Connor ’75 has joined Montgomery McCracken where he will focus on maritime and environmental law. 

Peter Curry ’78 has been honored with the Fred Meyer’s Community Partners Award from Services Now for Adult Persons. He is currently a real estate attorney concentrating in economic development.

Bill Whelan ’83 and Susan Marren Whelan ’84 have become first time grandparents. Their daughter, Mary Whelan Lovely ’10 and her husband, Christopher, welcomed home baby Claire in May.

Michael R. Graham ’86 has been recognized as one of The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals of 2014 by World Trademark Review. He has also been named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine and a Top Lawyer in Illinois by Chicago Magazine. 

Katherine Miller ’86 has a chapter published in the book, “A Cup of Coffee with the 10 Top Divorce Attorneys”, which highlights the benefits of collaborate divorce, among other things.  

Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn ’88 received the Sheldon Oliensis Award for Ethics in City Government on May 20th at the New York Law School. The Oliensis Award is presented by the City of New York Conflicts of Interest Board to honor an agency or individual for promoting ethics and integrity in City government.

Lawrence Keane ’88 has been named Top Association Lobbyist for 2014 by CEOUpdate. He is currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Brian Haskel ’90 has joined Sills Cummis & Gross as a member of the firm’s corporate practice. He was previously a partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt.

Michael Bono ’95 has been elected a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He is currently a partner at Wade Clark Mulcahy.

Liliana Villatora ’96 has been promoted to Chief of the Air Branch at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Palmina Fava ’97 has been named in The New York Times Magazine’s list of Top Women Attorneys in New York. She was previously featured in Law 360 as a Female Power Broker. She currently serves as a partner at Paul Hastings LLP.

Drew G.L. Chapman ’98 has joined King & Spalding as a partner in the firm’s financial institutions practice. He was previously a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Marjorie De La Cruz ’98 has been promoted to senior vice president and chief counsel for global groups for PepsiCo. In this newly created role, De La Cruz will provide direct functional support to Zein Abdalla, president of PepsiCo.  She will also lead the critical legal functions of litigation, global transactions, including global procurement and M&A, and BIS legal support.

Sean Hayes ’98 has joined Nixon Peabody with the firm’s private equity team. He was previously a partner at Dentons US LLP. 

Ian Goldruch ’00 has been honored by the New York State Bar Association as a 2013 Empire State Counsel. The Empire State Counsel program recognizes lawyers who donate at least 50 hours of pro bono services in a calendar year. He currently practices complex business litigation at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

John Hanley ’00 has joined Otterbourg as a member of the firm’s corporate group, where he will be focusing on the loan market and the sale of debt. He was recently a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn

Benson Martin ’00 has received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Julian K. Petty ’06 has been named a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he will practice as a transactional entertainment attorney. He was previously an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Courtney Mitchell ’08 and his wife Sarah have welcomed their first child, Rose Elizabeth, on May 1, 2014. He has also joined McGuireWoods as an associate in the Private Fund Group and is a founding member of the firm’s Dallas office. 

Daniel Rinaldi ’09 has joined Meyer Suozzi English & Klein. He was previously an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

David M. Carnright ’10 has started his own firm, Carnright Velasquez, where he will specialize in all civil litigation matters. He was previously at Damian & Valori.

Shabbir R. Chaudhury ’10 has joined Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney as an associate. His practice will focus on representing clients in product liability and toxic tort matters.

Christelle Dorcil ’10 has joined Wiggin & Dana LLP as an associate in the Corporate Group. She was previously an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Gabriel Gillett ’11 has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP as an associate attorney. He was previously a law clerk to Hon. Vincent L. Briccetti ’80.

Mary Pennisi ’11 has been named deputy chair of the advisory board at GlamourGals Foundation Inc. She is also currently a litigation associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Kelly Starcevich ’12 has joined Haskins Law Group, where she will specialize in entertainment law.

Evonne Xu ’12 has been named to the 2014 Class of Twenty in their 20’s by Crain’s Detroit Business. She is currently at attorney at Howard & Howard.

In Memoriam

Orlando Nero ’47
Francis Tengi ’51
Charles N. Sellick ’56
Edward C. Mendrzycki ’67 
Seth Popper ’91