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Alumni Association Holds Awards in New Moot Court Room
Jeff Marx ‘96 Enjoys the Life of a Broadway Writer
Alumnae Start Networking Group
Cardozo on the Road
Chief Judge Judith Kaye Delivers Commencement Address
Classes of '83, '88, '93 and '98 Celebrate Reunions
Cardozo Launches New Website
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Alumni Association Holds Awards in New Moot Court Room

Rosemary Byrne ’80 and Judge Lawrence J. Pierce

Immediately following the September 24 ribbon cutting that opened the new facilities at 55 Fifth, the Alumni Association celebrated by honoring their own in the new Jacob Burns Moot Court Room. The first annual alumni awards recognized alumni judges, the entire class of 1979, and Rosemary Byrne ’80, who received the Alumni Service Award. In addition, Cardozo graduates saw for the first time the moot court seats funded by individual alumni and marked with plaques identifying the donors. The opportunity to name moot court room seats has proved very popular among members of every class. For information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs, (212) 790-0293.

Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein ’79, US District Court, Eastern District of New York, whose nomination to the federal bench was confirmed the week before the event, spoke on behalf of the judges and the class of 1979. She paid tribute to her Cardozo roots and the role the Law School has played in her career.

The presentation of the Alumni Service Award, a surprise to Rosemary, highlighted the evening. Each year, an alumnus/alumna will receive this award in recognition of outstanding commitment to Cardozo. Rosemary has been an involved alumna since her graduation, contributing in numerous ways to the Law School and its alumni program, helping to raise funds and working to improve alumni relations. Rosemary is executive vice president and general counsel, Corporate Credit, Inc. in Harrison, NY. Upon graduation, Rosemary clerked for Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce, retired, US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, who has been an important influence on her professional life. His attendance at the ceremony was both a tribute and another surprise for this special alumna.

Last spring, 21 more alumni were admitted to the US Supreme Court. Professors Richard Weisberg and Michael Herz made the motions for the groups. Afterwards the group attended oral arguments in the historic University of Michigan affirmative action admissions cases, obtaining coveted seats in the courtroom.

Jeff Marx ‘96 Enjoys the Life of a Broadway Writer

Jeff Marx ‘96

When Jeff Marx ’96 started law school with the dream that he would someday be involved in the production of a Broadway show, he didn’t imagine he’d be turning down offers from television, movie, and theater producers less than 10 years later. But now with the Broadway hit Avenue Q, which he cowrote with Bobby Lopez, that is how Jeff Marx spends much of his time. It’s not the typical day for a lawyer.

Like many others, Jeff came to Cardozo to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where he was active in the performing arts program, Jeff chose to become an entertainment lawyer to continue his involvement in the industry. Jeff accepted a scholarship from Cardozo knowing the School’s reputation for having a strong entertainment law program. His goal was to be involved in the theater, represent artists and producers, and nurture Broadway shows from conception to the stage.

During law school, which Jeff loved, he interned for Broadway producers and worked in various jobs in the industry. It wasn’t until his experience with the Cardozo Law Revue, an annual musical spoof produced, written, and performed by law students, that he discovered his talent for writing. Lacking volunteers to write the show, Jeff embarked on the task himself. He later used the material to audition for the BMI workshop, which is where he would meet his collaborator, Bobby Lopez, and create Avenue Q.

In addition to collecting royalties for writers, BMI provides a free workshop for young musical theater writers to encourage them to hone their craft. The workshop is taught by Tony Award-winning writers and has to its credit shows like Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Shop of Horrors, Ragtime, and A Chorus Line. At BMI, Jeff and Bobby, both composers and lyricists, teamed up and wrote a 10-minute musical, which was well received by their BMI class. Encouraged by the positive response, they set out to collaborate on something that people like them would enjoy. The result was Kermit, Prince of Denmark, based on Hamlet, and it won the $100,000 Ed Kleban Award.

When the Jim Henson Company declined to produce the piece, Jeff and Bobby decided to create entirely new characters. They worked with puppeteer Rick Lyon, who made the show and the characters come to life. Jeff and Bobby organized an off- Broadway reading hoping it would garner some interest for a television show. Instead, the producers of Rent approached the team and suggested a live musical. After running for two and a half months and garnering rave reviews off-Broadway, Avenue Q made the move to Broadway, where it is playing at the Golden Theatre. Coincidentally, Jeff’s first New York apartment overlooked the Golden, and he remembers looking down on it from his window, dreaming about working in the theater.

Jeff appreciates being a lawyer, and attributes a large part of the show’s success to what he learned at Cardozo: diligence, meticulousness, attention to detail, and, of course, copyright and fair use doctrines. Being a lawyer has given him the confidence to go forward without fear of boundaries.

For more information on Avenue Q , visit

Alumnae Start Networking Group

(From left) Rachel Warren ’92, Bonnie Steingart ’79, Stephanie Mudick ’81, Randi Weingarten ’83, and Kathy Greenberg ’82

Nearly 50 alumnae, some of whom had not been in touch with one another or Cardozo for a number of years, attended the inaugural meeting of a new Cardozo group for female graduates only. It was founded by Bonnie Steingart ’79, partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. The breakfast meeting was held at her offices and was also hosted by Kathy Olson Greenberg ’82, founder, New York Legal Assistance Group; Stephanie Mudick ’81, chief administrative officer, executive vice president, The Global Consumer Group at Citigroup; Rachel Warren ’92, partner, Davidoff & Malito; and Randi Weingarten ’83, president, United Federation of Teachers.

According to Steingart, the group’s purpose is twofold: "Our alumnae need to play a significant role in Cardozo’s rise as a leader in the national legal community, and should create a community where they can promote and support one another."

Dean Rudenstine gave an encouraging overview of the Law School’s recent achievements. Steingart suggested an agenda that includes the creation of a steering committee to explore a direction and mission for the group and the organization of both an annual networking event and a symposium focusing on issues of interest to women.

The enthusiasm generated at the event was palpable; alumnae were excited about what they termed "the valuable potential" of the group, and many immediately signed on to explore ideas for the future. As Steingart viewed the crowded conference room, filled with Cardozo alumnae from the classes of 1979 to 1999, she noted the breadth of talent in the room.

"Each of us," she said, "has worked hard and deliberately to construct a productive professional life using the best of our Cardozo education, and together, we now have the opportunity and the power to enrich our own and Cardozo’s future."

For more information about the Cardozo Women’s Alumnae group and to become involved, please e-mail Bonnie Steingart at

Cardozo on the Road

Through Cardozo on the Road, the dean, members of the faculty, and administrators visit with alumni outside of New York City. Recent trips have provided alumni in south Florida, Boston, northern New Jersey, and Washington, DC with the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and catch up on the latest events and accomplishments taking place at their alma mater.

This fall, a second annual trip to California brought Cardozo to Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the dean and others visited with alumni, prospective students, and employers. Events in Atlanta, Miami, and central New Jersey will take place in 2004, and more are planned. If you are interested in hosting an event for alumni in your city or area, contact Alumni Affairs.

Chief Judge Judith Kaye Delivers Commencement Address

The class of 2003 celebrated Cardozo’s 25th commencement in Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. A happy mood prevailed as 304 men and women received J.D. degrees and 50 received LL.M. degrees. The day also marked the final day of Dr. Norman Lamm’s service as president of Yeshiva University.

Hon. Judith S. Kaye

The Honorable Judith S. Kaye gave a keynote address that was warm and uplifting as she told personal anecdotes and occasionally bantered with Dr. Lamm, who is her neighbor. Coincidentally, Judge Kaye was honored earlier in the semester when the students of Cardozo Women’s Law Journal gave her the Most Influential Woman in the Law Award. The day was also an occasion to honor Sandra Feuerstein, US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, who graduated with Cardozo’s first class in 1979. She was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. More than a dozen Cardozo graduates who are judges in metropolitan New York joined the commencement processional to honor their colleague and fellow alumna.

Dean Rudenstine, Judge Kaye, and President Lamm with Cardozo alumni in the judiciary.

In speaking about Judges Kaye and Feuerstein, Dean Rudenstine said, "Cardozo is proud to focus attention on these highly regarded women of the judiciary who both possess remarkable records of public service, making them exemplary models for new lawyers. I also am delighted that so many Cardozo alumni sitting on the bench are able to be with us and inspire today’s graduates to reach high." Judge Kaye, who was appointed New York Chief Judge in 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo, is the first woman to occupy that post. Sandra Feuerstein was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush and is the first Cardozo graduate to become a federal judge.

Amy Gaudet and Jaye Seidlin

Visiting Professor Aviva Orenstein was honored with the Monrad G. Paulsen Award for devoted service to the vitality of the ideals and purposes of legal education. Each year the graduates select their favorite professors and administrators. Jaye Seidlin, SBA president, who also won the John D. Appel Award for exemplary service to the student body, presented this year’s winners: best adjunct professor—Burt Lipshie; best first-year professor—William Schwartz; and best professor—Marci Hamilton. The best administrator award was given to both Manager of Special Events Amy Gaudet and Dean David Rudenstine. The award for outstanding assistance to students also went to Amy Gaudet.

(From left) Chad Tepper, Dalela Harrison, Lori Masco, Prof. Lela Love, and Harpreet Mann. Not shown: Jennifer Haddad, and Yordanos Teferi.

Certificates in Dispute Resolution awarded together with the J.D. degree were given for the first time to six graduates.

Graduates enjoyed an upbeat student speech by Joshua Sussberg, and Sean Armstrong did a beautiful rendition of the national anthem for his class. Many awards were given out for excellence in academics and contributions to journals, the community, and various fields of law. Among the winners were Ezekiel Arlin, who received the Louis D. Brandeis Award for best academic record over three years. LL.M. graduate Noam Schechner received the Louis Henkin Award, also for superior scholarship. Lois Kinney received the Felix Frankfurter Award for outstanding academic maturity, responsibility, diligence, and judgment; the Samuel Belkin Award for scholastic achievement coupled with exceptional contributions to the Law School was given to Joshua D. Glick. Lauren K. Johnson won the Honorable Archie A. Gorfinkel Award; Joanna Garelick won the Steven Eric Tanenbaum Leadership Award; Rachel Bendit received the Jonathan A. Weiss Award for Public Interest Law; and Elizabeth B. Bullard received the Stanley H. Beckerman Public Interest Award.


Order of the Coif Honorees
Adam D. Aprigliano, Ezekiel D. Arlin, Ilana B. Blass, Devin J. Burstein, Benjamin Charkow, Netanella Cohen, Gregory J. Coughlin, Joshua K. Feierman, Alan R. Feigenbaum, Joanna L. Garelick, Lauren Wolf Gershuny, Deborah J. Ginsberg, Shira D. Hecht, Eric S. Hochstadt, Stephen T. Kaiser, Brian K. Kidd, Lois Kinney, Jordana E. Lambert, Peter D. Luneau, Natalie C. Maksin, Kimberly B. Mandel, Svetlana Milina, Guy R. Padula, Beate S. Parra, Dominick L. Schirripa, Benjamin D. Stern, Joshua A. Sussberg, Lisa A. Sweberg, Sherri L. Toub, Davida A. Williams.

In a ceremony at Cardozo the evening before graduation, the Order of the Coif, a legal honor given to those who finish in the top 10 percent of the class, was bestowed on 30 J.D. students. An honorary Order of the Coif Award was given to Malla Pollack ’91. This was the first event to take place in the redesigned Jacob Burns Moot Court Room. An elegant reception for all graduates and their families followed in the newly renovated lobby.

Classes of '83, '88, '93 and '98 Celebrate Reunions

Vue nightclub in midtown New York provided a unique backdrop for the June 2003 reunions celebrated by the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1998. Two hundred graduates enjoyed food and drink beneath a domed ceiling illuminated by a digital projection of the city skyline. Dean Rudenstine and many faculty members and administrators also attended. A number of volunteers from each reunion class were instrumental in the success of the event.

Reunions for the classes of 1984, 1989, 1994, and 1999 will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2004 in the Cardozo lobby. The Class of 1979, celebrating their 25th reunion, is planning a separate event on May 6. Get involved now. Call 212-790-0293 or e-mail:

Cardozo Launches New Website

At the beginning of the fall semester, Cardozo launched a redesigned Web site: The new look and organization presents current information for students, faculty, and alumni, and has a calendar of public events. One section, devoted to alumni, includes volunteer opportunities, career services information and CLE classes, reunion photographs, and a link to the Online Community, with access to an alumni directory. Current and past issues of Cardozo Life are available as well.

Cardozo’s Office of Public Affairs worked with an outside consultant to create a site that would match in tone and style Cardozo’s awardwinning publications. Each department at the Law School submitted information addressing specific audiences. Sections have been added for admitted students, donors, the news media, and the general public, while expanding those for current and prospective students and alumni. According to Susan Davis, director of communications and public affairs, "Our goal was to offer our many constituencies a site that is easy to navigate and attractive, with information that is timely. Based on early responses and comments, I believe we have more than succeeded."

Prospective students can now access a wealth of information, including how to apply, tuition and financial aid, housing, and career services. Current students can register for courses online, read faculty bios, and easily use Cardozo’s library services, which have links to research guides, databases, and other Internet links.