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October 2014 Insider

FLS Events

News and Reminders

CLE Events @ FLS

Career Support for Alumni

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Special Announcements

Corporate Counsel Dinner: Register Now!

Join us for the 21st Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner in the new Law School building. This year’s recipient of the Bennett Award is Louise Firestone ’85, Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.

Monday, October 20, 2014
6:30 PM Cocktails | Bateman Room
7:30 PM Dinner | Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Register now!

FLAA Learn and Lead CLE Series

Creating a Culture of Ethics, Compliance and Best Practices
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street | Bateman Room
New York, NY 10023
Presented in partnership with the Fordham Law School Compliance Affinity Group
Please join us for the Compliance Affinity Group Networking Reception following the panel.

Cloud Computing: U.S. Tax Issues
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street | Bateman Room
New York, NY 10023
Presented by Alan Blecher, Principal, Marks Paneth LLP and Lewis J. Greenwald, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP in partnership with the Fordham Law School Tax Affinity Group
Please join us for the Tax Affinity Group Networking Reception following the panel

Representing Clients with Undisclosed Foreign Bank Accounts
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Fordham Law School 
150 West 62nd Street | Room 4-05
New York, NY 10023
Presented by Sharon McCarthy ’89

FLS Events

Corporate Counsel Dinner
Monday, October 20, 2014
6:30 PM Cocktails | Bateman Room
7:30 PM Dinner | Costantino Room
150 W 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Honoring Louise Firestone ’85
Register now!

Fordham University U.K. Regional Reception
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. Program
Royal Aeronautical Society
4 Hamilton Place
London W1J 7BQ
The Reception will feature the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and noted professor Mary Bly
Register now!

Dean’s Luncheon in London
Thursday, October 30, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Doug Getter ’84
Dechert LLP
160 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4QQ
United Kingdom
RSVP here

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Reception

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Simon Malko ’97 and Christy Malko
5075 Long Island Drive, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
RSVP here

New England Alumni Chapter Reception
Monday, November 17, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Christopher P. Sullivan ’75
Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, LLP
800 Boylston Street, Fl 25
Boston, MA 02199-8040
New York, NY 10023
RSVP here

Save the Date: European Alumni Chapter Academic Program and Dinner in Paris
June 26 – 27, 2015
Join the European Alumni Chapter in Paris for a Welcome Reception, Academic Program, and Dinner.

News and Reminders

Fordham Law Tax Affinity Group CLE Event

The Fordham Law Tax Affinity Group will be holdings its first CLE on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Lewis J. Greenwald (Law ’94 / Mayer Brown) and Alan M. Blecher (Law ’85 / Marks Paneth) will present on the tax issues surrounding cloud computing.  The presentation will cover the basics of cloud computing and how different cloud computing arrangements are taxed at the Federal, state, and local levels.  The presentation will be followed at 7:30 PM by a networking reception featuring light refreshments.  Fordham Law is currently setting up an online registration portal and will circulate a link once it is available.  Pricing will be as follows:

Members of FLAA:  Complimentary
Fordham Alums (non-FLAA):  $37.50
Non-Fordham Alums:  $75.00

Networking Reception
$20 per person

This will be a great opportunity to see the new law school building! However, guests who cannot attend both are welcome to join for either the CLE or networking reception.  In addition, we are working with Fordham to arrange for a WebEx / internet broadcast or conference line that would allow out-of-state group members to participate in the CLE presentation.

D.C. Women’s Networking Group

Please reserve Thursday, November 6th, from 12noon until 1:30pm for a lunch meeting at Steptoe & Johnson, 1330 Connecticut Avenue.  This will be a brown bag lunch with complimentary soft drinks and coffee/tea.  Part of the lunch will be dedicated to a presentation/interactive discussion led by John Hart '87 of the Impact Center. The remainder of the time will be reserved for networking.

Save the Date: FSSF Annual Auction, March 5, 2015

The Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship (FSSF) is continuing its tradition of providing funding to students who work in public interest over the summer. Our annual auction, March 5, 2015, will be our main event!  We welcome your continued support, whether it is through attendance at the auction, donation of items for auction, or direct financial support. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at We are excited to host the first auction in the new Law School building and invite all alumni to spend an evening with friends, family, and fellow Fordham alum in support of Fordham students committed to serving the public this summer. We hope to see you there!

European Chapter Delegates Meet in Amsterdam

This past June, delegates of the FLAA European Chapter, along with Assistant Deans Nestor Davidson and Toni Fine, met in Amsterdam. The meeting took place in conjunction with the Chapter's Annual Academic Program and Dinner, hosted in a different European city each year.

The Chapter, lead by Wolfgang Schönig LL.M. '10, currently has 32 delegates in 25 cities (and counting!) around Europe.

CLE Events @ FLS

Adding Value to the Deal

Focused on the lawyer’s role as business counselor, this program offers a five-prong framework to analyze a business deal and to recognize the business issues. After a brief lecture, participants will complete workshop exercises applying the framework.
Presenter: Tina Stark, Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
Register now!
Advocating for Special Education Under IDEA

Attorneys and others interested in learning about advocating for students with disabilities under the IDEA—including those new to special education law and interested in doing special education law pro bono—will benefit from this 2-hour program covering applicable laws, IEPs and IEP meetings, strategies in working with parents and schools, what to expect at a due process hearing, and more.
Presenter: Tracey Spencer Walsh, Partner, Mayerson & Associates
Register now

Learn more about Fordham Law CLE events at

Career Support for Alumni

Career 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 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

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 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.

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 Aaron Saiger 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.
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 We have an active online job bank extensively utilized by students and alumni.

Class Notes

Joseph Di Palma ’58 is Executive Producer of the feature film Awakened, which had Red Carpet Premieres in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and many more cities in the US and Canada.

Awakened, which stars Julianne Michelle, two time BEST ACTRESS winner (and Di Palma's daughter), Steven Bauer, Edward Furlong, John Savage, OSCAR nominee Sally Kirkland, Bryan Dechart and Sean Stone, is a suspense filled supernatural thriller loved by audiences around the world. Di Palma's wife Joycelyn Engle is writer, co-director and producer of Awakened.

Patricia M. Hynes ’66 received the prestigious 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit. The award was presented in September at the Second Circuit’s Annual Judicial Conference in New York City by Steven F. Molo, Esq.

Peter L. Curry ’78 has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers 2014 for his area of practice in Real Estate. He is currently an attorney at Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Joseph J. Ceccarelli ’80 has been joined Becker & Poliakoff as a shareholder in their New York Office. Prior to joining Becker & Poliakoff, he was the founding and managing partner of Ceccarelli Weprin PLLC.

William M. O'Connor ’80 has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers 2014 for his area of practice in Creditor Debtor Rights. He is currently a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP.

Paul Cicchetti ’83 has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in its real estate finance practice. He was previously practicing at DLA Piper.

William Bryk ’89 lives quietly and happily in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with his wife Mimi, an educator and cultural critic, and their cats Minerva, Rosalind, Sebastian, Cordelia, Henry Plantagenet, and Boo. He practices guardianship and fiduciary law from his home office and, through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Brooklyn Bar Association, has served as pro bono counsel for poor debtors in Bankruptcy Court during the last year. A parishioner of the Church of Our Lady of Angels, Bill pursues his passions for politics, history, literature, railroads, and exercise between bouts of helping Mimi in their garden.

J.B. Reilly ’87 was featured on WFMZ-TV 69 News for rebuilding his rebuilding of Allentown, P.A. To view the segment, click here

Claudia A. Costa ’89 has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as Special Counsel in the firm's Roseland office. A member of the firm's Professional Liability Department, she represents private and publicly held corporations in all aspects of employment-related matters. She also defends lawyers, accountants, and insurance brokers/agents in malpractice suits, and represents municipalities and townships in civil rights and municipal liability claims.

Marvin Miller ’90 has joined Pelican Point Capital Partners, LLC as General Counsel and Managing Director. He was previously a corporate partner in the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP.

Cynthia Carney Johnson ’92 recently joined Hogan Lovells' New York office as a Discovery Attorney.

Eric W. Penzer ’96 has been selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers 2014 list for his area of practice in Estate & Trust Litigation. He is currently an attorney at Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Tricia McGrath ’98 joined Google as a legal recruiter in Mountain View, California.

Margery Perlmutter ’99 has been selected to serve as chair of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She was previously a partner and member of Bryan Cave LLP.

Seunghee Cha ’00 has joined Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP, as counsel in its Trusts and Estates Department. She brings to the firm new expertise in special needs planning. She serves on the board of directors of the United Arc and National Alliance on Mental Illness – Western Massachusetts Inc. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council and is a frequent speaker on special-needs planning and related issues.

James Colgate ’00 has joined Bryan Cave LLP as counsel in its land use team. He was previously the Assistant Commissioner for technical affairs and code development of the New York City Department of Buildings.

Aaron Zerykier ’02 has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 New York Metro Rising Stars list for his area of practice in Business Litigation. He is currently an attorney at Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Afua Atta-Mensah ’04 has been selected in a highly competitive process to join a national cohort of fellows at the Center for American Progress’ Leadership Institute.

Melissa A. “Missy” McGoogan ’04 joined Reed Smith’s Washington D.C. office as counsel in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group. McGoogan focuses on transactions involving energy commodities trading firms. With her arrival at Reed Smith, she joins one of the world’s largest law firms, with over 1,800 attorneys worldwide that represents 25 of the world’s largest 35 oil and gas companies.

Leah Ramos ’04 has joined Thompson Hine as senior counsel in its labor and employment practice.

Mihir A. Desai ’05 and Amee Sampat ’06 were married on August 2, 2014 in Washingtonville, New York.

David M. Rappaport ’05 has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in its entertainment and media practice. He arrives from boutique Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake, LLP.

Vivian M. Arias ’07 has been selected for inclusion in New York Metro Rising Stars 2014 for her area of practice in Creditor Debtor Rights. She is currently an associate at Thompson & Knight LLP.

Brian Igel ’07 has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro “Rising Star” for the second year in a row. He is a principal at Bellizio + Igel PLLC, and counsels clients primarily in fashion, beauty, entertainment and the arts.

Guy Eddon ’09 was featured and pictured on the cover of the August 29th New York Law Journal for his pro bono work on behalf of a wrongfully accused McCarthy era alleged communist spy. To read more, click here.

In Memoriam

Eugene K. O'Connor ’53
Bartholomew Watson ’55
John A. Baldino ’76
Carlos Ricca’82