March-April 2015 Insider
News and Reminders
CLE Events @ FLS
Career Support for Alumni
Special AnnouncementsReunion 2015: Thursday, April 16th
Join us for Reunion 2015! Celebrating the Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 & 2014
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
Skadden Conference Center | 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023
For more information about Reunion 2015 visit law.fordham.edu/reunion or to make a gift in honor of your Reunion, click here, contact Nancy Totino at (212) 636-6993 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portrait Unveiling for William Treanor
Please join Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and Dean Michael M. Martin for the portrait unveiling of former dean, William Treanor.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Cocktail Reception to immediately follow.
RSVP to email@example.com or 212.636.6806.
Farewell to Dean Michael M. Martin
Please join Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., faculty, alumni and students as we bid farewell to Dean Michael M. Martin.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Fordham Law School
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.636.6806.
European Alumni Chapter Events in Paris
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 26, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Assistant Dean Vera Bullock
7, Rue du Perche
Saturday, June 27, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration
10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. - Program
Sorbonne Law School
Salle 1 (2nd Floor)
12, Place du Pantheon
Lunch will immediately follow in the Apartment Decanal
Location to be confirmed.
Complimentary for alumni and incoming students, €TBD for guests
RSVP by Friday, June 19th to email@example.com or 212-636-6806.
News and RemindersDean Michael M. Martin Law Scholarship
Last month, nearly 700 alumni attended the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s 66th Annual Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. In addition to presenting the 2015 Medal of Achievement to James S. Brown ’72, the luncheon served as an opportunity to honor and thank Michael M. Martin—who will be stepping down as Dean at the end of the academic year—for his many contributions to the School.
In recognition of all that Dean Martin has done for the entire Fordham community, the Dean Michael M. Martin Law Scholarship has recently been established. All contributions made in support of this fund will have an immediate impact, providing much needed financial aid to future generations of Fordham Law students who, like Dean Martin, embody the School’s motto “in the service of others.” To make a gift, visit law.fordham.edu/DeanMartinScholarship.
Fordham at the Forefront of Political Behavior with Zephyr Teachout
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Upcoming CLE Events @ FLSPlanning for Now and into the Future: An Overview of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law (April 21, 2015)
Fordham Law School will host a one-day conference for attorneys, accountants and geriatric care professionals centered on trusts and estates and elder law. The event will include topics on retirement plans and their impact on the Estate, Medicaid, advanced health care directives, Article 81 proceedings, and planning for the special needs child. Also featured will be discussions regarding client communication, competence, and fraud and abuse.
Ethical Issues in FCPA Compliance & Investigations: Practical Advice from the Front Lines (May 11, 2015)
Earn 2 CLE ethics credits while learning from an experienced panel of inside compliance counsel, white-collar practitioners, legal ethicists and former prosecutors, as they give their perspectives and practical guidance on real-world situations regarding FCPA investigations and compliance.
Learn more about Fordham Law CLE events at law.fordham.edu/cle.
Career Support for AlumniCareer 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or co-chair Professor Aaron Saiger at email@example.com 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 NotesRichard Schaeffer ’69 has formed a new practice, Schaeffer Venaglia Handler & Fitzsimmons LLP, which focuses on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, employment counseling, employment litigation, internal investigations, and corporate compliance.
Jeffrey Allister ’72 has joined Cullen and Dykman LLP as of counsel. He was previously a founding partner of Allister & Naudon.
Mark H. Tuohey III ’73 has been appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia as the first Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel (MOLC). In this capacity, Tuohey will provide legal and policy advice to the Mayor, as well as, Executive Branch agencies of the District, and supervise the work of agency general counsels.
Adam S. Hoffinger ’82 has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a partner. Mr. Hoffinger will co-chair the firm's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group.
Steven DeRicco ’84 has joined DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise, and Wiederkehr LLP in White Plains. He joins after serving 21 years as the lead Surrogate’s Court litigator with Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan at their Park Avenue, New York City, NY, White Plains, NY and Greenwich, CT offices.
Seth J. Finkel ’84 has been named by Barron's magazine as one of "America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.” Finkel is currently a wealth advisor at Neuberger Berman in New York.
Dominic A. Capolongo ’85 has recently joined MLV & Co. as managing director and co-head of its Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Capolongo will lead a team of investment banking professionals and advise specialty finance companies extending across numerous corporate finance, financial advisory, and corporate banking sectors.
Stephen Fogerty ’86 has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Fogerty currently practices at Halloran & Sage LLP.
Gregory Calabro ’87 has been appointed to serve on the advisory board of the Community Housing Improvement Program in New York City. He is currently a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff.
L. Kevin Sheridan Jr. ’88 has been elected as a partner at Mayer Brown in the firm’s corporate and securities practice.
Christian H. Gannon ’89 has been appointed as an executive committee member of the 2015 Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Executive Committee.
Bart Pisella’89 has been hired as partner at Winston & Strawn. He previously practiced at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
J. Edward Pagano ’90 has been appointed to join the University Of Vermont’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term by Governor Peter Shumlin.
Matthew D. Nafus ’91, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and former Assistant District Attorney, has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court.
Ellen L. Shapiro ’91 has joined Herrick, Feinstein LLP as a partner in the firm’s real estate department. She was previously practicing at Squire Patton Boggs.
Barbara Hart ’92 has been appointed the new president and CEO of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart.
Ray Liddy ’93, a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the newly formed Bureau of Children's Justice within the California Department of Justice. Liddy will advise the Bureau on issues related to children and the state's Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, which provides healthcare coverage for low income children.
Vincent Travagliato ’93 has joined DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise, and Widerkehr LLP in White Plains. He joins the firm after heading The Travagliato Law Firm, a boutique estate and trust firm which he established in 2010 in Chappaqua, NY.
Y. Shukie Grossman ’94 has been elected partner and co-chair of the investment funds practice group at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher.
Matthew T. McLaughlin ’94 was elected as a Trustee of Pelham Manor.
Timothy J. Rooney, Jr.’94, the General Counsel at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, has been selected as the 2015 Grand Marshal for the 60th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will take place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 21.
Hon. Russell Wojtenko, Jr. ’94 was appointed as the new Director and Chief Judge of the NJ Division of Workers' Compensation.
Beth T. Hill ’95 was appointed General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and its franchise dealer.
Palmina Fava ’97 and her husband, Richard Pastilha, welcomed a son, Leonardo Roberto, on January 23, 2015. Their son, Leonardo, joins siblings Milena, Eric, and Gianni.
Jeffrey Meckler ’98 has been appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Cocrystal Pharma, Inc.
Anthony Schouten ’98 has been hired as partner at Winston & Strawn. He formerly worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Robin Gise ’00 has been added to the JAMS panel, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, as a mediator and arbitrator in business/commercial construction and employment disputes.
Jennifer Gordon ’00 has been appointed to serve as Vice President and the Chief Compliance Officer of TPG Specialty Lending, Inc. Prior to joining TSSP, from 2004 to 2014, she held various positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., including most recently as Co-Head of Americas Securities Division Compliance.
Ryan Poscablo ’01 has been added as a litigation partner at Schiff Hardin, in the firm’s complex litigation, corporate internal investigations, white color criminal defense, and cyber security practices.
Barry M. Rothchild ’01 has been elected to partnership at Nixon Peabody LLP in the firm’s public finance practice.
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri ’02, Managing Director, Chief Diversity Officer and Global Co-Head of Talent Development at Goldman Sachs & Company, will be honored at the Sixth Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast on June 16th. Every year, LatinoJustice PRLDEF chooses a cohort of Latina trailblazers whose groundbreaking accomplishments illuminate new paths for Latinas nationwide. For more information, click here.
Kevin Broughel ’03 has been elected to partner at Paul Hastings LLP in the firm’s litigation practice.
Victoria A. Turchetti ’03 has joined Trial Division at Nationwide Insurance as a managing attorney.
Jensen Varghese ’03 has been elected to partner at Goldberg Segalla in the firm’s insurance coverage and construction defect practice.
Robert Condon III ’04 has been promoted to partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in the firm’s corporate practice.
Suzanna Morales ’04 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as counsel in the firm’s intellectual property department. She was previously practicing at Lathrop & Gage LLP.
Christopher Desiderio ’04 has been promoted to counsel at Nixon Peabody in the firm’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice.
Tracey K. Wishert ’04 has been elected to counsel at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP in the Firm’s Insurance and Litigation Groups, focusing her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters.
Zachary Bernstein ’05 has been promoted to special counsel Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Real Estate Department.
Lisa Chaney ’05 has been elected to partner at Paul Hastings in the firm’s real estate practice.
Menachem Farber ’05 has been promoted to special counsel Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Corporate Department and the Asset Management Practice.
Matthew J. Kaufman ’05 has become the General Manager at Just Answer, an online expert platform that connects visitors with verified experts in several categories including medical, legal, automotive, veterinary, and tech support.
Michael J. Werner ’05 has been elected to partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in the Real Estate Department.
Jordan M. Gaspar ’06 has been featured in Huffington Post Business Blog in an article about Women in Business. She is a Managing Partner of AccelFoods, where she is a member of the investment committee and is responsible for supervising strategy on legal and investor relations for our entrepreneurs. She also oversees the daily operations of AccelFoods. To read more, click here.
Elizabeth Halpern ’06, who is the recruiting manager at Blank Rome, recently welcomed a baby girl. The baby’s name is Emma.
Benjamin Nixon ’06 has been promoted to partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the firm’s corporate and financial services practice.
Adam Summers ’06 has been elected to counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. He is also part of Cahill’s capital markets and lending practice group.
Francesca J. Perkins ’08 has recently married this past November 15, 2014, in her hometown, New Orleans, LA. Several Fordham Law alums were in attendance including Raya Salter ’08, Alex Jean ’09, Lacey Zoller Pope '08, Nadine Etienne Bazile ’10, Cheri Bessellieu ’08, Maria Wong ’08, William Lim ’07, Tim Razel ’08 and Young Yoo ’08.
Patrick F.X. Fitzpatrick ’09 has joined Benesch Friedlander as an associate, where his practice encompasses a broad range of complex commercial disputes. He was previously practicing at McElroy Deutsch in Morristown.
Dmitry Kheyfits ’09 has formed his own New York based firm, Kheyfits & Maloney LLP, with another partner, Michael Maloney. Mr. Kheyfits was previously an associate at Desmarais LLP.
Timothy J. Fitzmaurice ’13 has joined Rogers & Hardin LLP as an Associate in the firm’s litigation group, where he will focus on assisting businesses and individuals in complex dispute resolution and civil litigation in state and federal courts.
Carolin C. Brucker ’14 has joined the law firm of Barton LLP as a legal intern.
In MemoriamWinifred D. Morio ’46
John Cullen ’49
Hon. Chester James Wallace ’52
John I. Bosco ’59
Hon. Aldo A. Nastasi ’59
Kenneth Joel Rome ’67
Robert Y. Chung ’97