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David Schlitz joined the Washington, DC office of the law firm Baker Botts in intellectual property, focusing on patent litigation in technologies for the electronics, communications, and computer industries.

Aviva Grossman was named special counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, in financial services. Hillary Potashnick Messinger joined the board of trustees of the United Way of Millburn- Short Hills, NJ. Douglas Stanger is chair of the bankruptcy law practice group at the firm of Flaster/Greenberg in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he is a shareholder. He serves on the US Department of Justice Panel of Trustees and is an approved mediator for the Bankruptcy Court.

Deborah Lauter, southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, was presented with the ADL’s 2004 Milton A. Senn Award for Professional Excellence. Kenneth Weissenberg, partner at Eisner LLP in charge of real estate services, was profiled in the December 14 edition of New York Real Estate Journal.

Terri Krivosha was profiled in the February issue of Women’s Business Minnesota, in which she discussed her career as head of the business law firm Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand in Minneapolis. She is one of the few women to head a law firm in the Twin Cities. Bennett Robbins, a partner at Baker Garber Duffy & Pedersen, was elected president of the Hudson County (NY) Bar Association.

Susan J. Cohen, a partner in the Boston firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, was given special recognition for her work on behalf of the Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation (PAIR) project when her firm was honored with the 4th Annual Adams Pro Bono Publico award. Sharon Kovacs Gruer was appointed vice chair of the trust special interest group of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Richard Saltzman opened his own law firm in Hollywood, FL after 18 years as chief operating officer and legal counsel to a small corporation. His areas of concentration are real estate, wills and trusts, and corporate and commercial litigation.

Philip Rosenberg, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, was named chair of the New York State Bar Association’s health law section. Scott Tannenbaum joined The Schonbraun McCann Group, a real estate and financial consulting firm, as a partner in its tax services group.

David Singer, copresident of Robison Oil and Robison Energy, was honored as an outstanding community leader by Westchester Business and Professional Leaders. Peter Skolnik, partner at Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, NJ, an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer, and adjunct professor at Cardozo, was featured in the May 2005 issue of New Jersey Super Lawyers. He was called “a top legal mind,” and his recent film, TV, and publishing projects were discussed.

Rebecca White was named managing director at UBS Investment Bank, where she heads the employment law and litigation group.

Rick Antonoff joined the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop as a partner in the insolvency and restructuring practice group. Bruce Gudin was named Person of the Year by the Property Owners Association of New Jersey. He is a partner in the Newark firm of Levy, Ehrlich & Petiello, where he practices landlord/tenant, real estate, commercial leasing, and business and commercial law.

Lisa Lippman joined the real estate firm of Brown Harris Stevens as senior vice president in its West Side office. Richard Moss was named special counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, focusing on intellectual property and technology law. Christopher Seeger, partner at Seeger Weiss LLP, was the lead lawyer representing 900 plaintiffs, and the driving force behind the recent settlement in which Eli Lilly & Company agreed to pay $690 million to settle about 8,000 lawsuits filed by people who claimed they developed diabetes and other diseases after taking Zyprexa. Additionally, Seeger Weiss LLP, recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent law firms handling complex individual and class action litigation on behalf of consumers, was appointed in April to be colead counsel in the federal Vioxx litigation.

William Jaffe married Jessica Lieberman in February. He is an assistant state attorney general in New York. Clifford Meirowitz gave a seminar on guardianships at the New York Catholic Center in September. He speaks widely on guardianships and has been appointed court evaluator, guardian, and attorney in guardianship proceedings.

Marilyn Bodner, a member of the executive committee of the Cardozo Alumni Association, has been named director of contract services in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Marc Lieberstein joined the firm of Pitney Hardin as a partner in the NYC office. He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology group. James Kosakow joined the Westport, CT firm of Nevas Nevas Capasse & Gerard as counsel in the firm’s trusts and estates practice. He remains a partner at Kove & Kosakow, LLC of NYC. Izabel Pasagian-McDonald was named special counsel at the firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, focusing on employment and labor. Fred Zemel became partner at Scarinci & Hollenbeck in Lyndhurst, NJ. He is a member of the firm’s commercial real estate and business law group and is a member of its intellectual property and health care and hospital law practice.

Spring Training with the Florida Marlins

Spring training provided a special treat for South Florida alumni, parents, and friends during Dean Rudenstine’s annual visit. David Samson ’93, president of the Marlins, hosted Cardozo for a barbecue on the party deck of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. A gracious host, he brought his World Series Championship ring for all to admire.

Peter Gladstone ’88 and his son, Jaron

Marlins President David Samson ’93 with Ted Curtis ’93

Joseph Nohavicka, a partner at Jaffe & Nohavicka in NYC, was named Arbitrator of the Year by Arbitration Forums, Inc.

Linda Brown joined the law firm of Cacace, Tusch & Santagata in Stamford, CT as an associate. She focuses her practice on trusts and estates and taxation. Stephanie Spirt Evenchick and her husband, David, had a son, Zachary Matthew, in July 2004. Jeffrey Wild was named partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, in Cleveland, OH. He focuses his practice on commercial financing, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and development.

Debra Altschuler joined the Stamford, CT law firm of Day Berry & Howard as an associate in its real estate practice group. Jay Zwerling joined Hahn & Hessen in NYC as a partner and co-head of its equipment finance practice group.

Jennifer Bassuk became the director of content acquisition and business/ legal affairs at, the leading Internet company distributing copyright secure spoken word content. More than 100 alumni and friends attended the February 27 performance of Avenue Q, after which cast members and Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Marx discussed the show.

Harley Goldstein, a partner in the Chicago firm of Freeborn Peters, was profiled in the July 2005 edition of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch. His practice focuses on corporate reorganization, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. Jill Mandell joined WolfBlock, a Pennsylvaniabased firm, as an associate in the business litigation practice group. Alan Mindel won the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award for his involvement and participation in community affairs, his proactive approach to business, and his generosity and hospitality. He has been in the hotel business since 1969, opened the Inn at Great Neck in 1995, and serves on the planning board for the Village of Lake Success. He is on the board of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Success Jewish Center.

David Greenbaum married Rachel Lavim in July. He is an associate at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu in NYC, where he practices intellectual property law. Rebecca Mendel joined the NY firm of Rosin & Reininger as a partner.

Neil Cohen joined the firm of Herrick Feinstein as an associate. He practices tax law in the NYC office. Jesse Mendelson joined the Washington, DC firm of Gilbert Heintz & Randolph as a staff attorney. Joshua Schwartz was named of counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, working at the firm’s NYC office. He is a member of the litigation department, where he focuses on securities, white collar, insurance, and general commercial litigation. Jeffrey Seewald was appointed an administrative law judge in the Bronx. Peter Yu was appointed a faculty associate of The James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at Michigan State University.

Betty Chen joined the real estate firm of Houlihan Lawrence in Pound Ridge, NY as an associate broker. Steven Maksin and his wife, Natalie ’03, had a daughter in November.


The Latin American Festival, a rite of spring on campus, is a lively evening reunion of dinner, music, and dancing at which students from LALSA honor a distinguished member of the Hispanic community. This year, Judge Dora Irizarry (center), the first Hispanic United States district court judge for the Eastern District of New York, was honored. She is surrounded by Fiordaliza Batitsta ’05, Thomas Velez ’05, Ariela Herzog ’05, Taina Caraballo-Bemazel ’06, and Enrique Acuna ’06.

Matthew Forman married Emily Baser ’03 in October; he is an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Scott McCoy won election to the Utah State Senate. Eric Radz is an associate in the Baltimore office of Ober/Kaler working in the firm’s construction practice. Marc Simon’s documentary feature, After Innocence, won a Special Jury Prize in the American documentary category at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. (See story on p. 50.)

Thomas Crowell opened his own firm in Glen Ridge, NJ, concentrating in entertainment and intellectual property. He also was recently hired as the executive director of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He was lead counsel on a number of film projects, including The Unholy, starring Adrienne Barbeau and Nicholas Brendon, and has published articles on intellectual property for filmmakers in film industry publications. He lectures frequently at film and video conferences.

Elizabeth Rotenberg-Schwartz has joined the NY office of Sheppard Mullin as an associate in the business trial practice group.

Pamela Gold ’03 (left) and Nicole Seidel ’03 returned to campus for the screening of the original teleplay Judgement at Nuremberg. The film opened Cardozo’s conference on the Nuremberg Trials.

Mark Dumas won an appeal he argued as a Cardozo student in the Criminal Appeals Clinic that reversed a sentence given by Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, now a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. The case was reported in The New York Times and the New York Law Journal. Mr. Dumas is a trademark attorney at General Electric Company in Fairfield, CT. Julia Fuld has joined the Chicago firm of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein as an associate in its wealth planning and succession planning practice. Leah Lederberger is an associate in the Lakewood, NJ office of Samuel Brown working in general practice litigation, including personal injury, product liability, contract disputes, business management, and real estate. Jonathan Spiegel joined Herrick Feinstein as an associate in real estate. He is working in the Newark office.