On November 7, the Cardozo Alumni Association celebrated its achievements and the success of Cardozo graduates at a gala event at The Rainbow Room, where they presented Gary T. Holtzer ’90 with the fifth annual Alumnus of the Year Award. Thomas H. Lee, a Cardozo Board Director, was the keynote speaker.
The elegant location and capacity crowd generated buzz and excitement as more than 300 guests recognized Gary Holtzer’s significant contributions to Cardozo, including hiring record numbers of Cardozo students at Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he is a bankruptcy partner. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Business Reorganizations, and sits on the advisory council of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. Dean David Rudenstine and Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82 noted that this first allalumni dinner was a very special occasion, marking the extraordinary achievements of Cardozo graduates and the School’s increased prominence. The dinner, which was sold out, raised more than $160,000 for the Dean’s Scholarship Campaign.
Vice Dean Michael Herz hosted a reception for those graduating at the end of the fall semester. Both J.D. and LL.M. candidates and their families attended the event held in the Cardozo lobby.
The annual Law Firm Partners Breakfast at The Regency Hotel featured Scott Zemser ’90, partner at White & Case, and Jason Vogel ’99, partner at Kilpatrick Stockton, who each shared with attendees the value of hiring Cardozo alumni, the impact of Cardozo’s growth and success on their careers, and the importance of giving back to the Law School. The breakfast marked the beginning of the 2008 Law Firm Challenge, which ends on June 30, 2008. Firms compete to achieve 100 percent participation in Cardozo’s Annual Fund by graduates at their firms.
In 2007, special recognition went to Hogan & Hartson for achieving 100 percent participation for the second year in a row, followed by Jones Day with 75 percent participation. Weil Gotshal & Manges made the largest total contribution, and Cohen Tauber Spivack and Wagner led the small firm category, with 100 percent (four Cardozo alumni) making gifts to the Law School.
What did you want to be at age five? I wanted to be a doctor, but I’m glad to have made the decision quite early in my life to become a lawyer. I definitely would not have enjoyed looking at people in distress all my life.
What’s your typical workday like? My typical workday starts early with the daily ritual of checking my e-mail and answering all my voice mails. Items that require immediate attention might include negotiating an acquisition deal, a tender, a technology licensing agreement, or a systems integrator agreement that has a high impact on business. These get first priority. Every day is busy because we are required to make quick decisions and give legal opinions on complex issues with a clear understanding of how it will affect the market position of the company. Often I provide legal advice to the Cisco Globalization Office, making recommendations based on legal criteria, business, and risk consideration.
Most interesting project at work? I have been involved with various projects under the Cisco Globalization initiative, which not only requires the application of legal analytical skills but a keen understanding of the business. I recently dealt with an interesting transaction and negotiation with a client, British Telecom. It was a crucial negotiation for both parties, and we did not want to compromise our intellectual property. Most of our negotiations are done collaboratively via TelePresence (real-time teleconferencing).
Most challenging aspect of your job? Solving legal issues with very little time is very challenging. Counsel has to make sure that the legal answer is foolproof and there is no risk involved. We need to understand the situation accurately, react fast, and deliver the goods.
What is your favorite city or site in India? New Delhi is definitely my favorite city in India. I also like visiting Rajasthan, where there are some splendid palaces that are now Heritage hotels.
Favorite Bollywood star or movie? I’m not an avid movie watcher. I would definitely prefer going to a musical or a recital.
Vacation spot you’d like to visit? There are quite a few. Recently I visited the Seascape Resort in Monterey Bay in California, and it was quite picturesque, nestled next to the Pacific.
What are some differences between living in India and living in the United States? In both the US and India, life can be very comfortable. However, in India you can find rich and ancient culture in the architecture, as well as in textiles, antiques, and languages. It is a nation of diversity, with each state having different languages, cuisines, traditions, and art, and most of the people in India can speak and write two or three languages. In India, one can experience a balance between the modern and the ancient and between diversity and unity.
What do you miss most about New York? I miss the vibrant look and feel of New York, and also the wonderful recitals at Carnegie Hall. I enjoyed living in Tudor City, which I found sophisticated and elegant.
Indian restaurant you enjoy most in New York? I like Tabla on Madison at the corner of 25th Street.
Most memorable law school moment? I was delighted to be awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, and was happy to get some excellent grades in Cyber Law, Patent, and Advanced Trademark classes.
Most influential law school professor? I had some excellent professors for my Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in intellectual property. In fact, that was the main reason I chose Cardozo. I was impressed with Prof. Marci Hamilton. She used to make sure that everyone read all the cases and critically analyzed them before coming to class. By the second week, she had memorized every student’s name and where they sat, and called on each of us.
Course you wish you had taken in law school? I definitely would like to have taken courses on corporate finance, strategic alliance, and negotiation skills and strategies. These courses provide a better understanding of the business environment.
Biggest surprise about being a lawyer? The need to handle diverse issues under time pressure came as a big surprise. Critical issues arise in the technology world every day, and we need to understand an issue not only from a legal standpoint but also from a business standpoint.
If you could do it all over, would you be a lawyer? I would definitely be a lawyer and would not do anything differently. Every experience, even if it doesn’t seem relevant, will further your learning and understanding.
Gadget you can’t live without? I’d have to choose between my BlackBerry and my laptop.
Tips for flying to India? Preferably fly first class or business class. I like Lufthansa or Singapore Airlines, and I always opt for a window seat.
Advice for those looking to work in India? It is a competitive legal market if you want to be an in-house counsel or work in a premier law firm, or even if you want to set up your own practice. You can apply via Web sites and, like any other place, it’s helpful to have a good network.
Prof. Sheri Rosenberg ’94, director, Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, was the featured speaker at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting. She discussed the Program’s efforts towards ending human atrocities around the world and described the trip and seminar she organized that explored postconflict Rwanda in January 2008. The Association welcomed new members to the executive committee and discussed plans for the 2008–09 year. (All photos read from left.)
DAVID SAMSON ’92 ADDRESSES STUDENTS Throughout the year, Dean Rudenstine invites alumni, parents of current students, and friends of the Law School to share with students how law degrees shaped their careers. At the Dean’s Speaker Series in October, David Samson ’93, president of the Florida Marlins, gave a vigorously spirited presentation on the current state of the sports business and how his Cardozo degree helped him in his career.
Cardozo in California
Cardozo Board Member Rachel Warren ’92, counsel to M. Kanbar Companies, and Sheryl Gold ’89, senior vice president for business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group, hosted Cardozo receptions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. These events, which were held in February 2008, offered opportunities for alumni to network and to meet with admitted students from their respective cities. Prof. Justin Hughes and Dean David Rudenstine attended the event in Los Angeles. The photos here, from Los Angeles, read from left except where indicated.
Connecticut Alumni Club
Prof. Eric Pan, director, The Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, joined alumni at the Stamford, CT home of Sharon and Jeffrey Lewis, graduates of ’87 and ’86, respectively. Guests networked and learned about Cardozo’s new global initiatives.
DC Alumni Kickoff 2008 With a Law Firm Reception
Former dean Monroe Price addressed an enthusiastic group of Cardozo alumni in March at Dickstein Shapiro, where cochairs Andy Abraham ’98 and Brendan Murray ’02 hosted a reception for DC alumni.
On that day and the next, 14 Cardozo alumni were admitted to the US Supreme Court, where Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein ’79, US District Court judge for the Eastern District of New York and a Cardozo Board member, made the motion for the group. On the first day, alumni were present for the oral arguments challenging the Second Amendment on gun control.
2008 Calendar of Events
Class of 1983
Cardozo School of Law
Alumni Association Dinner
å November 10
Toy Drive and Wrapping Party is Becoming a Cardozo Tradition
Mentors Share Experiences at Cardozo Connections
LL.M. ALUMNI GIVE BACK TO STUDENTS Approximately 25 NY-based LL.M. alumni came to a networking reception to kick off the new school year and greet new LL.M. students. Then in November, several attended a “Bar (Exam) Night” at which they discussed strategies for approaching—and meeting— the challenge of the New York State Bar exam. Panelists included Lyda Tyburec ’07, Sarahi Garcia ’07, and Yaron Lubetsky ’05. Shown here are (from left) Olga Gromyko ’08, Katerina Kiryeva ’08, and Elena Baier ’01.
Stephen Blumert was elected to the board of United Jewish Appeal (UJA)/Federation of New York.
Marilyn Chinitz joined the New York office of Blank Rome LLP as partner in the matrimonial group. Marilyn has 20 years of experience in complex divorce actions.
Frederic Siegel was included in the Worth magazine Top 100 Attorney List for 2007. Honorees are chosen for a combination of skill, experience, and listening ability. Fred is a member of both the New York and Connecticut Bars and is a partner in the Stamford, CT firm of Fitzmaurice & Siegel, where he specializes in high-net-worth divorce and prenuptial agreements.
Steven Steinmetz is cochair and secretary of the real estate section of the Fairfield County Bar Association. Steven is one of the managing members of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, in Greenwich, CT. He focuses his practice on acquisition, leasing, and sale of commercial real estate. In addition, he also is general counsel for the Stamford Jewish Community Center.
Susan Neuberg Doulman joined the real estate practice group of the Washington, DC office of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Michael Schloss returned to the Office of the Solicitor, US Department of Labor, as a senior trial attorney in the plan benefits security division after taking a year off to work in private practice at Thelen, Reid & Priest. At the department, he was the attorney-incharge of secretary’s action against Enron Corp., Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, and others, and brought the division’s first enforcement actions involving securities cross-trading and investments in derivatives, and regarding Section 510 of ERISA.
Howard Berkower joined the New York office of McCarter & English, LLP as a corporate and securities partner. He advises public and private companies, private equity funds, start-ups, financial institutions, and institutional investors in structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, public offerings, private placements, and loan and debt financings.
Sharon Katz-Pearlman was promoted to national principal in charge of the tax controversy services (TCS) practice at KPMG LLP. She was previously principal in charge of the TCS practice for the Northeast. TCS is composed primarily of exgovernment tax litigators who focus on representation of corporate clients in IRS controversies.
James Kosakow was named to the Worth magazine list of top 100 attorneys in the nation, in its December 2007 issue. He is a trusts and estates attorney with McLaughlin & Stern, LLC, in the firm’s New York, Connecticut, and Florida offices.
Diane Edbril is the founder and executive director of CeaseFire PA, an organization that works to reduce gun violence. She spent nine years practicing criminal law in New York City, half of that time as an assistant district attorney, before relocating to Pennsylvania.
Barry Ritholtz, a stock market analyst, was appointed to the board of directors of MicroIslet, a biotechnology company.
Michael Wildes was profiled in the November 2007 issue of Lifestyles magazine. He is now serving his second term as mayor of Englewood, NJ.
Jacqueline Klosek is senior counsel in the business law department of Goodwin, Procter LLP, where she practices intellectual property law. She is the author of three books: The Legal Guide to e-Business, Data Privacy in the Information Age, and, most recently, The War on Privacy.
Christopher Seeger was named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This is the second consecutive year that Mr. Seeger has been included in this ranking. His firm, Seeger Weiss LLP, one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ law firms, was named to the National Law Journal prestigious Plaintiffs’ Hot List for 2007.
Elaine Witty joined the Memphis office of Siskind Susser Bland PC as a senior attorney following a distinguished career in government with the City of New York. She practices in family- and employment-based immigration law, with a specialty in naturalization and derivative citizenship and religious worker cases.
Melinda Fellner Bramwit is of counsel in the taxation group at the law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.
David Kastin joined Town Sports International in August 2007 as senior vice president and general counsel. The company is a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Evan Glassman is a partner at the New York office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Barry Marenberg is the chief patent counsel and assistant general counsel at Enzon Pharmaceuticals in Bridgewater, NJ.
Eric Goldberg has joined Chicago Deferred Exchange Company (CDEC) as regional vice president for the Northeast. He opened a CDEC regional office in New York City.
Jerome Noll joined the firm of Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. He specializes in complex commercial litigation, class actions, and derivative suits in state and federal courts.
Allen Popowitz, a partner at the firm WolfBlock LLP, was included in the annual “40 Under 40” issue of Real Estate New Jersey. The selection includes the rising leaders of New Jersey’s commercial real estate industry. This is the second time that Popowitz, 38, has been named to this prestigious designation.
Ken Weine is vice president of communications for Consumer Union, an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for consumers.
Laverne Berry was elected president of the Board of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), beginning July 1, 2007. She is an entertainment and media business affairs attorney representing on-air talent, independent producers, television and film production companies, and cable networks.
Russell J. Kestenbaum, formerly an associate, has been named a partner in the New York office of Milbank’s global tax department. He advises on the tax aspects of initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, structuring for private equity funds, debt issuances and tax issues relating to bankruptcies, and out-of-court restructurings.
Leslie Firtell formed Tower Legal Staffing, a full-service staffing company dedicated to providing clients with exceptional attorneys and paralegals. She has worked in the legal staffing industry for 10 years.
Judah Prero became assistant general counsel for the American Chemistry Council located in Arlington, VA.
Harley J. Goldstein, who
has been noted for his
skill as counsel in some
of the nation’s highestprofile
became chair of Bell Boyd’s bankruptcy and restructuring group in September 2007, when he and seven attorneys joined the firm from Freeborn & Peters LLP.
Michael B. Likosky, principal at Social Risks LLC, served as an expert to the 12th Session of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Board Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues in Geneva in February 2008. He spoke on Finance and Law in the Infrastructure Sectors of Developing Countries. This work within the Commission relates to Likosky’s contributions to the 2007 and 2008 UNCTAD World Investment Reports. His 2007 UNCTAD Report will be published as “Select Issues in Oil, Gas and Metal Mineral Law” in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: Select Reports for the 2007 World Investment Report (UNCTAD 2008).
Jeffrey Soilson, an associate at Burns & Levinson LLP, was named a “Rising Star” in the May 2007 issue of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. He specializes in divorce and family, and probate and trust litigation.
Valerie Boccadoro was elected president of the New Jersey region of the American Jewish Congress.
Kenneth Carter moved last year to Bad Honnef, Germany, to join Wik- Consult GmbH, where he is helping head up the newly formed NGN and internet economics department, advising both private and publicsector clients throughout Europe and Asia. In addition, he was selected to serve on an international advisory forum on nextgeneration broadband networks in Ireland.
Nafiz Cekirge joined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP as an associate in the commercial litigation group. He has defended large companies and high net worth individuals in a wide range of business disputes, SEC and DOJ investigations, and product defect and environmental tort litigations.
Devin Rice is associate counsel to the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals.
Dan Schoenberg is a director at the Wall Street office of Deutsche Bank AG.
Nicole Topperwein, who is living in Bern, Switzerland, married Errol M. Küffer in 2007. In January 2008 she started a small business called State Concepts, consulting on matters of state organization, powersharing, and conflict transformation.
Aryeh H. Zarchan is a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. His practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions, with an emphasis on raising capital through public offerings and private placement of securities.
Jesse I. Redlener has been named cochair of the practice and procedure committee of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section. The committee serves as a liaison with the office of the clerk of the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and considers local practice issues. Jesse also is an associate in the business department at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
Mohamed Abdelkhalik (LL.M.) is a member of the law faculty at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He was appointed the counter terrorism committee chairman at the Egyptian Council for Foreign Relations and is a policy advisor for NDP, Egypt’s ruling party.
Daniel Biene (LL.M.) has taken a new job in Berlin at Axel Springer AG, Europe’s largest newspaper and magazine publisher. He is also organizing the June 2008 Hamburg International Media Law Forum, a conference of legal and nonlegal professionals in the media industry.
David V. Koenig is an associate at the law firm Rivkin Radler LLP. Rachel Posner is senior managing director and general counsel at Georgeson Inc. She works with clients to help them obtain favorable shareholder vote results on proxy contests, shareholder proposals, compensation plans, and other corporate governance matters.
Vasundhra Prasad (LL.M.), who works as legal counsel for Cisco Systems, Cisco Globalization Center East, in Bangalore, India, recently presented a white paper on “Competition Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and Spam Legislation” at the Indian Ministry of Information and Technology. She also served as a judge at the International Arbitration Moot Court Competition organized by the National Law School of India University, and at the National Level Moot Court Competition of the Indian Law Society.
Michal Feinberg (LL.M.) was named a partner at N. Feinberg & Co., Tel- Aviv, Israel, a firm specializing in labor and employment law, where she has worked since 2004. Michal and her husband, Eyal, are the parents of Maya, born in 2006, and are expecting a baby in July.
Peter B. Katzman has recently joined Mazzeo Song LLP, a law firm that focuses on corporate and securities transactions.
Shay Markus (LL.M.) is a counsel with a NYC law firm founded by his friend and colleague Jose M. Arrufat Gracia ’03, whom he met in Cardozo’s IP LL.M. program. Shay played a key role in the preparation of a bill introduced to the 109th Congress—HR 5055—that seeks to amend the Copyright Act of 1976 to provide copyright protection to fashion designs in the US. Shay was married on January 1, 2008 to Lee- Tal Behiri.
Philippe Nordman (LL.M.) is a senior associate with Wenger Plattner, a law firm in Switzerland (www.wenger-plattner.ch).
Sebastian Weiss joined the New York office of Hodgson Russ LLP. He concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law.
Dr. Marcus Danisch (LL.M.) is an attorney in the field of trademark law with Weickmann & Weickmann. The firm, founded in 1882, has the reputation for being the oldest intellectual property law firm in Germany.
David Aaron Epstein is a foreign service officer in the US Department of State. His first assignment will be at the US Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador.
David Kochman received the Outstanding Young Lawyer award by the New York State Bar Association. He is an associate in the New York office of Reed Smith, concentrating his practice on complex commercial, corporate, and insurance recovery litigation matters.
Seema Lal (LL.M.) recently became a program attorney for Practicing Law Institute, a nonprofit continuing legal education organization.
Nicola Tasca (LL.M.) passed the Italian Bar in January and is an associate in his family’s law firm, Tasco & Associati in Rome. With a focus primarily on real estate law, he specializes in setting up Italian Real Estate Funds. He is also teaching banking and finance law at Luiss Guido Carli.
Jeffrey Anbinder was named an associate at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein in NYC, where he is specializing in labor and employment.
Starr J. Brown is an associate at the Nashville, TN office of Bass, Berry & Sims in the healthcare industry practice area. Prior to joining the firm, she served as an associate at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP in Columbus, OH.
Florian Bruno (LL.M.) is a litigator at the Boston, MA firm of Metaxas, Norman & Pidgeon, LLP.
Erica Ellis (LL.M.) is a senior trial attorney at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Clovis, NM, where she prosecutes felony and misdemeanor victim crimes and second chairs high-level felonies.
Yaron Lubetzkey (LL.M.)
is a procurement officer
at the United Nations
Russell Norman ’05, a Captain in the JAG Corps, went to Iraq early in 2008. He will serve for 14 months as an international/ operational law attorney, working on a number of issues involving the Geneva Convention and international treaties
David A. Bernstein won the NY County Lawyers’ Association’s Public Service Fellowship Essay Competition. His achievement was recognized at an awards reception in September 2007.
Edyta Czaplicka (LL.M.) is a staff attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP in NYC.
Marra Guttenplan is an associate in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on corporate work.
Manuel Madera (LL.M.) returned to the Dominican Republic, where he joined the litigation department of Headrick Rizik Alvares & Fernandez.
Flavia Mascolo (LL.M.) is an associate with Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. in New York.
George Pavlenishili (LL.M.) is an associate at DLA Piper in the corporate and finance group, which represents a diverse array of domestic and foreign financial, corporate, and government clients.
Rodrigo Oviedo (LL.M.) is a paralegal at Campbell, Lynch and Ortiz LLC in NJ.
Daniel Zohny (LL.M.) is an associate at the New York law firm of Robinson, Brog, Leinward, Green, Genovese and Gluck, PC. He is specializing in intellectual property law.
Davide Bresner (LL.M.) is a trademark consultant at Studio Rapisardi, which specializes in intellectual property issues. He oversees the counterfeiting department.
Hewson Chen (LL.M.) is an associate with Powley & Gibson, P.C., in NYC, which represents clients nationally and internationally in the fields of intellectual property, entertainment, and artrelated law.
Robert Doerfler (LL.M.) has been intellectual property counsel at SVP Worldwide/The Singer Company Ltd. since 2006.
Christopher Goetz (LL.M.) has joined the German law firm ARQIS as an associate in the field of intellectual property and media/entertainment law. He lives and practices in Munich.
Asli Karatas (LL.M.) returned to Istanbul, Turkey after graduation and opened a law firm, where she primarily practices intellectual property law.
Hiro Kawashima (LL.M.) is a trainee at the law firm Oblon Spivak in Alexandria, VA, which specializes in patent procedure and litigation.
Fran Mady (LL.M.) practices intellectual property law as an associate at the NYC firm Winslett Studnicky McCormick & Bomser LLP.
Sabrina Martinez (LL.M.), who is living in London, has taken a job as inhouse counsel with RiskMetrics Group, where she focuses on Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia Pacific area. She was previously working in-house handling the same areas for Dow Jones International.
Bryanne Schmitt, an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco, coauthored with a partner at the firm an article, “Preserving Publicity Rights,” published in the December 18, 2007 issue of the San Francisco Daily Journal.
Lyda Tyburec (LL.M.) is a staff attorney at Manhattan Legal Services, the largest provider of civil legal services to lowincome persons in the United States, practicing landlord and tenant law.
Kenneth Matthews ’79
Anilkumar Hoffberg ’80
Suri Friede ’82
Jonathan Siegel ’88
Jacqueline B. Gaynor ’93
Kenneth Fieldston ’94
Ronald Kalfuss ’94
Forrester Lord ’02
Since its founding in 2005, CARDOZO WOMEN has become an important organization in the life of the Law School. Currently chaired by Shoshana T. Bookson ’82, CARDOZO WOMEN is dedicated to acknowledging alumnae accomplishments, creating a network of natural allies, and celebrating the remarkable strides made by the Law School.
Shoshana, a member of the Cardozo Board, convened her first CARDOZO WOMEN networking event in October 2007. A panel featured three Cardozo alumnae who, at the time of the event, served as general counsels in major corporations. Donna Costa ’87, vice president and general counsel, Mitsubishi Chemical America; Barbara Kolson ’82, senior vice president and general counsel, Seven for All Mankind; and Lillian Laserson ’83, special counsel, DC Comics shared their experiences and professional histories with more than 100 alumnae.
Board member Bonnie Steingart ’79, founding chair of CARDOZO WOMEN, and Elaine Laurence ’79 announced the establishment of the CARDOZO WOMEN Scholarship Endowment, which seeks to address the inexorable rise in the annual cost of law school—now estimated by Dean David Rudenstine as nearly $70,000 a year—and support Cardozo’s commitment to attract outstanding women to the legal profession. The goal is to raise $100,000 by June 30, 2008.
BOOK CLUB ESTABLISHED
After 25 women from 16 graduating classes enthusiastically responded to an e-mail invitation from organizer Ilene Fish ’94, the new CARDOZO WOMEN book club held its first meeting in February. Having read Ian McEwen’s Atonement, members attended a discussion led by Ilene and then developed a reading list for future meetings that includes fiction, current events, history, and essays. Alumnae who would like to join the book club are encouraged to attend future meetings and will be warmly welcomed.
Stay up to date with CARDOZO WOMEN events and initiatives by logging on to www.cardozo.yu.edu/ cardozowomen.
In the fall, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) held its annual alumni/student reception at which current and past staff members meet. Dean Rudenstine and Prof. Justin Hughes, director of the Intellectual Property Program, were among those greeting guests. All photos read from left.
SEMINAR ROOM NAMED FOR LORI-ANN SCHWARTZ BERNATH ’79
In October 2007, a new and beautiful 4th floor seminar room—407—was dedicated to and named for Lori-Ann Schwartz Bernath ’79, who died in September 2006. Frances Ward, Lori’s mother, made the gift to Cardozo that will forever memorialize her daughter’s name and legacy.
In thanking her family, Dean Rudenstine noted that Lori-Ann was a member of Cardozo’s inaugural class, a class known as pioneers in a grand experiment and whose singular experiences left them with an indelible attachment to the Law School. “Lori- Ann will forever be linked to an institution that helped shape her and in turn was shaped by her,” he said.
Lori-Ann’s legacy runs deeper than her degree and the named seminar room, however. Dean Rudenstine noted that Lori-Ann was part of a growing constituency of multigenerational Cardozo graduates. Her daughter, Malkah (Melissa) Bernath Fleisher, is a member of the class of 2003, as is Malkah’s husband, Yishai.
FORMER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ESTABLISHES THE COHEN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Gail and Eric Cohen, graduates of the class of 1983, recently established the endowed Cohen Family Scholarship to give assistance to qualified Cardozo students who need financial support to further their law school education.
In presenting their generous gift to Cardozo, Gail and Eric said that promoting education for students in need is an endeavor of great importance to them. They recalled, with thanks, that Cardozo had helped Eric with financial support, and they now wanted to give current students the kind of opportunity that was afforded him. They added, “We hope our gift will serve as an example to other Cardozo alumni who will be inspired to give back to the Law School also.”
Gail and Eric’s gift to Cardozo recognizes one of the Law School’s greatest needs. The annual cost of tuition and living expenses for Cardozo students is approaching $70,000, leaving the majority with an average debt at graduation of $100,000. Scholarship support is vital to ensure that Cardozo is able to recruit the best students, who can then pursue a legal education without incurring massive debt.
Parents Council Founded
The Cardozo Parents Council has been established to give institutional shape and structure to the historically spirited and strong support of parents in the life of Cardozo. Inaugurated in the fall, the Council will strengthen the network of parents who are committed to the well-being and advancement of Cardozo and serve as a bridge to the Law School.
Stephen A. Cooper, parent of Samantha Brand ’08, offered to chair the fledgling group and has organized a steering committee of other Cardozo families. In January 2008, the committee met to set forth a mission, outline the Council’s responsibilities and activities, and plan an inaugural event.
The Parents Council hopes to organize parents for the following:
- Make an annual fund gift to support the Law School and encourage others to donate and/or volunteer
- Serve as ambassadors of the Law School
- Assist in mentoring students
- Lend talent and professional expertise to students, faculty, programs, and initiatives
Parents at the inaugural event in April have the opportunity to meet Dean of Admissions Dave Martinidez and Dean of Career Services Arthur Fama and to hear how students are assisted by their offices.
For more information about the Parents Council, please visit www.cardozo.yu.edu/parentscouncil or contact Stephen Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patricia Weiss, director of institutional advancement, at email@example.com or 212-790-0270.
Parents Council Steering Committee (in formation):
Stephen A. Cooper, Chair
Steven and Evelyn Alden
Ken and Sherry Endelson
Steven and Ruth Katz
Fred and Marilyn Margolin
Irv and Dena Schechter
Ronald and Adele Tauber
Roger and Marcia Warren
Barry and Janet Wolper
Mark ’79 and Lorrie Yagerman
One of the fall semester highlights was the Seventh Annual Parents Brunch in November. A record-breaking crowd of more than 350 Cardozo parents and students gathered in the Greenberg Center for Student Life and enjoyed a sumptuous brunch and the chance to meet fellow parents. Director of Institutional Advancement Patricia Weiss kicked off the program with a short video that some parents were particularly delighted with since it featured their sons or daughters.
Dean David Rudenstine spoke to the capacity crowd about recent Law School accomplishments, including the just-then released New York State bar passage results, which 92 percent of Cardozo first-time test takers passed—a record high that gave Cardozo the third-highest pass rate in the state, just behind NYU and Columbia. Stephen A. Cooper, father of Samantha Cooper Brand ’08, announced the founding of the Cardozo Parents Council to give shape and structure to parent participation in the life of the Law School.
Following the presentations, parents attended mock classes taught by Cardozo faculty. Prof. Justin Hughes introduced parents to intellectual property law with “Free Riders on the Copyright Storm: Understanding Copyright in the Digital World,” and Prof. Peter Goodrich introduced Contracts, a required first-year course, with “Naked Contracts.” At the end of the day, student-led tours allowed parents to see the Law School’s newly renovated facilities.