Class of 1979
Hon. Sandra Feuerstein was confirmed in September as US District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York, and sworn in on December 2. She is Cardozo’s first alumna to sit on the federal bench. She also was honored in June by New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr., as a 2003 "Woman of Distinction." Wayne Halper, general manager and head of label operations for DreamWorks Records, Nashville, was recently elected secretary/ treasurer for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the trade organization that produces Grammy in the Schools and the Grammy Awards. He was also honored as Nashville’s Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council. Mark Yagerman was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
|When Sandra Feuerstein was sworn in as a federal district court
judge, her mother, Annette S. Elstein, a US immigration judge,
administered the Oath of Office.|
Class of 1980
Joanne Gabrynowicz, a University of Mississippi law professor, participated in The Future of Space: The Next Strategic Frontier, a project of the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, DC. The project goals are to find a clear definition of the legal status of space, to facilitate a legal consensus on the acceptable extent of military operations there, and to draft a legal framework to manage its future use. Robert Graubard was named executive vice president and branch manager of the New York office of Julian J. Studley, Inc., responsible for business development and operations. William Herbert published an article, "Balancing Test and Other Factors Assess Ability of Public Employees To Exercise Free Speech Rights," in the September issue of Journal.
Class of 1982
Jonathan Drapkin, executive director of the Gerry Foundation, where he coordinates development of the performing arts center at the site of the original Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, a regional planning and policy group. Kathryn O. Greenberg and husband Alan C. (Ace) Greenberg were honorary chairs of Aging in America’s annual gala in September. Labe Richman’s continuing legal education course at Cardozo, "Trial Communication Techniques: The Application of Drama, Psychology and Advertising to the Trial of a Case," won an award from the New York County Lawyers Association for extraordinary innovation in continuing legal education.
Class of 1983
Gary Becker became special counsel in the creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Terri Krivosha was elected chair of the governance committee of her firm, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand. She was profiled in American Jewish World in July and was the subject of the "Today’s Spotlight" feature in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in June. Gary Mazart was named one of the New Jersey Monthly’s top New Jersey lawyers. He is a partner in the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith and King, trust and estate department, and cochair of the firm’s elder and disability law practice group. Martin Petroff was a guest on Health Talk, the radio callin program on WMCA Radio, in December and January. Brian Sahn was profiled in Long Island Business News in July after completing the $11 million sale of Northrop Grumman’s Building No. 1. He has orchestrated the sale of 37 former Northrop Grumman properties. Randi Weingarten was appointed to the NY State Commission on Education Reform, a bipartisan group of education, business, and community leaders that will work to reform the state’s education finance system.
Class of 1984
Judith Charny, chair of Maslon, Edelman, Borman and Brand, the only femaleled firm in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area, was profiled in the May 29 edition of the Cherry Hill, NJ Courier-Post. James Kosakow coauthored the two-volume text Handling Federal Estate and Gift Taxes, 6th Ed. (West Group), and is assistant editor of Insights and Strategies, a monthly financial and estate planning newsletter for professionals. Acting Supreme Court Justice Esther Morgenstern of the Family Court in Brooklyn was designated by the New York State Office of Court Administration to preside over the Model Integrated Domestic Violence Court. The new court, dedicated in the fall of 2003, will adjudicate matrimonial, criminal, and family court matters in one unified court. Hal Perkins has left Telcom Ventures of Tysons Corner, VA to join Steel, Hector & Davis in Miami, FL.
Class of 1986
Cindy Cardinal was elected to the Manhasset School District Board of Education. Allan Rothschild has joined GFI Management Services, Inc. as chief operating officer. He was also named general counsel for GFI’s parent company, GFI Capital Resources Group.
Class of 1987
Rabbi Lev Baesh (formerly Wesley Odell) affirmed his partnership with C. Andrew Martin in August. Natasha Lapiner-Giresi appeared on MSNBC Live in September as an analyst and criminal defense attorney regarding the Laci Peterson case. Bruce Hurwitz became of counsel to the Sacramento, CA law firm of McDonough, Holland & Allen, focusing on securities law and corporate finance matters. Howard Lazarus published the article "Ruth: A Hero for American Jewry" in American Jewish World in June. Nancy Silver Reiff joined the law firm of Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy in Denver, CO. As special counsel, she focuses on real estate, construction, and commercial and corporate litigation matters. David Zarfes, in-house counsel at the Paris-based Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, the thirdlargest management and technology consulting firm in the world, was profiled in the New York Law Journal in March.
Class of 1988
Mark Osherow published an article, "Florida Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations," in the Florida Bar Journal (July). Hon. Jane Pearl has been appointed Family Court Supervising Judge for Kings County and Richmond County. Robert Seiden, president of Fortress Global Investigations Corp., was profiled in Long Island Business News in June. Robert Siegel, chief executive of Metropole Realty Advisors, was profiled in New York Real Estate Journal in September.
Class of 1989
Robin Levinson was named president of the Queens Women’s Bar Association. She was also profiled in the Queens Courier in July. Elisa Lowy, senior associate in the corporate, securities, and finance group at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, coauthored "Another Growing Trend in Corporate Governance Best Practices: Separation of the Positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer," published in Corporate Counsel in June.
Class of 1990
Adam Ennis was appointed to the Overseas Distribution Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Morris Missry, chairman of the real estate practice group at Wachtel & Masyr, LLP, has been appointed to the Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees.
Class of 1991
Susan Jacquemot became special counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. She concentrates primarily on commercial litigation, employment law, and product liability. Stephen Parnes was appointed director of development for Advance Residential Communities. He is responsible for acquisitions, site selection, and management of development activities. Fern Reidman lectured in July at the Great Neck Library on "Elder Law and You." Stacey Richman was profiled in the New York Law Journal in July. The article featured her success as a solo criminal defense lawyer. Douglas Wolf was named to the 2003 Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, an award program recognizing 40 of Boston’s brightest business and civic personalities. He is a shareholder and cochair of trademark & copyright group, with Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC, an intellectual property law firm in Boston.
Class of 1992
Alice Shooman Lebowitz and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their son, Alexander Judah (Avraham Yehudah), in March. He joins his sister, Danielle, five and a half years old. William Rogers was recently appointed counsel at the firm of Scarinci & Hollenbeck in their transactional group. He concentrates in the areas of real estate and tax appeal litigation, condemnation, and municipal government.
Class of 1993
Stephanie Gayden and her husband, Marc Miller, announce the birth of their son, Joshua Nicholas, in June. Andrew Grossman, vice president and counsel for GGMC Parking, was profiled in the New York Real Estate Journal for Owners, Developers and Managers in April. Gary Lutzker has become a member of the firm Dow Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC, in the Washington, DC office. Joseph McAdams, NYPD sergeant, wrote a personal essay about 9/11 that will be included in the book True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them (St. Martin’s Press, February 2004). All proceeds will benefit victims’ families.
Class of 1994
Wendy Kalnick was married in September to Matthew Hirshfeld. Michael Pantazakos earned his MA in English and comparative literature from Columbia University last spring. Diane Fink Rein and her husband, David, announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Lily Pearl, in March. She joins brothers Alexander, 5, and Oliver, 2.
Class of 1995
Charles Guarino is an associate with Morgan & Finnegan, LLP, handling intellectual property, licensing, and internet matters. He and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Michael Edward and Andrew Charles. Mia Higgins was married to Robert Busser in August. Mario Joseph is a partner in the law firm of Joseph & Smargiassi, LLC, which was reported by the New York Law Journal to be one of the eight largest minority-owned law firms in New York State.
Class of 1996
Eric Feuerstein was made partner at the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Thalia Saposhnik Karny and her husband, Itay, announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Leigh, in August. She joins their two and a half-year-old son, Daniel Jonah. Jeff Marx coauthored the Broadway musical hit Avenue Q and has been profiled in various publications including The New York Times (see article, p. 38). Judah Prero and his wife, Esther, announce the birth of a daughter, Naomi, in August. Don Savatta, former senior assistant district attorney in Kings County, opened the Law Offices of Don Savatta, specializing in criminal defense litigation in federal and state courts. Evan Seideman has joined the Stamford, CT office of the firm Edwards & Angell in the private equity and corporate practice group.
Class of 1997
Brian D. Bauman and his wife, Shari, announce the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Rose, in February. Ariane Dimitris received a Commitment to Justice Award in December from in Motion for providing pro bono legal services to poor and indigent women in New York City. Rebecca (Heller) Hennings has joined the legal department of Verizon Wireless. Douglas Lodmell recently cofounded a charity, World Children’s Relief, and is in the process of creating a network of unique primary education schools in some of the world’s poorest countries. He is managing attorney for the Phoenix-based law firm Lodmell & Lodmell, P.C.
Class of 1998
Shari Blecher spoke at an October symposium on "Women in Business in the New Economy." Jarred Kassenoff coauthored the article "Cooperatives Authorized to Use Business Judgment Rule In Terminating Shareholder Leases" in the Journal of the New York State Bar Association (July). He is an associate in the real estate litigation department of Fischbein Badillo Wagner Harding. Harry Valetk published "Keeping Tom From Peeping," in the New York Law Journal in August. He is an attorney with the US Department of Justice. Stephen Yadegari married Deborah Vaughn in December.
Class of 1999
Dina (Maslow) Lancer and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of their daughter, Atara Chana, in September. Peter K. Yu edited Extending Mickey’s Life: Eldred v. Ashcroft and the Copyright Term Extension Debate (Kluwer Law International). He published "Disnetworking Rules in a Networked World" in STS: Nexus and a book chapter on "The Neverending ccTLD Story" in Addressing the World: National Identity and Internet Country Code Domains (Rowman & Littlefield). The late Andrew Zucker, who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attack, was memorialized by the renaming of the corner of Hicksville Road and Wyngate Drive in North Massapequa, NY, as Andrew Zucker Way.
Class of 2000
Seth M. Kaufman received a Commitment to Justice Award in December from inMotion for providing pro bono legal services to poor and indigent women in New York City. Benjamin Mantell has joined the Queens District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. Scott Steinberg has become a member of the firm of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, PC.
Class of 2001
Alan Gotthelf and Dr. Mayris Webber were married in May. Kevin J. Heller has opened the Law Firm of Kevin Heller, focusing on the emerging intersection of Internet and intellectual property law. Rajal Lele was married in June to Bradley Young. Alexander Lumelsky was profiled in the Hartford Business Journal in August. He has a solo law practice in immigration law, employment law, and general litigation. Marc Simon, a litigation associate at Dreier, is working on a documentary film, After Innocence: Lives of the Exonerated, about the lives of five men transitioning from prison back to society.
Class of 2002
Jacqueline Arcella has joined the firm of Jaspan Schlesinger Hoffman on Long Island. Jessica Hutchins was elected to the Longmeadow School Committee in Longmeadow, MA. David Schechter has joined the firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel in Woodbridge, NJ.
Class of 2003
Jaime Prince joined the firm of Blank Rome in their New York office. She is a member of the General Financial Services Practice Group. Antoinette Schindel joined Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein in Mineola, NY. She is an attorney in the firm’s labor department. Robert Shmalo, a nationally ranked ice dancer, appeared in the August 2003 issue of Skating Magazine.
|Jerry Sykes and his son, Steven
Sykes ’04, and Dean Rudenstine|
One of the Law School’s most popular events is the annual parent’s brunch. Last spring, the event was sold out, with nearly 250 parents and students attending. After remarks from Joanna Garelick ’03 and Dean Rudenstine, parents attended one of three mock classes led by Professors Goodrich, Hughes, and Leslie. The day ended with tours of the new facilities.
Cardozo was well represented at the annual dinner of the New York Women Judges Association in June. Sandra J. Feuerstein ‘79 (center), president of the New York Chapter, welcomed (left) Ava Alterman ‘81 and Arlene Hahn ‘82. Esther Morgenstern ‘84 also attended.
A year ago, the Alumni Association launched a breakfast series featuring New York’s civic leaders discussing public affairs. This fall, Alan Hevesi, New York State Comptroller, gave a talk, "In the Wake of Worldcom, et al.: Advocating for Corporate Reform." Hevesi was elected State Comptroller in 2002 and is the sole trustee of the $105 billion state pension fund, the second largest public pension fund in the nation. He also is responsible for auditing spending practices of all state agencies, public authorities, and municipalities.
John Gilson ’03 (second from right) won third place in the American Judges 2003 Law Student Essay Competition, in which more than five dozen students competed. He is shown here at the Law School receiving the award with (from left) Dean Rudenstine; Hon. Anthony Bentley, NY State Supreme Court; Prof. Leslie Newman, who was John’s writing coach; and Hon. Ira Raab, retired.
Jeffrey Lang ’85 died in May. Amy Seidman ’80 died at her home in East Dover, VT, in June. She had a long career as a public defender in five states, serving as a trial attorney for the New York Legal Aid Society and as an assistant federal public defender in Dallas, Washington, DC, and Concord, MA. She worked most recently in White River Junction, VT.
LL.M. NEWS & NOTES
Class of 2000
Ruth Metcalfe-Hay (UK) is contracts manager of Computer Sciences Corporation and has relocated to the company’s offices in Phoenix, AZ.
Class of 2001
Stacey C. Chesser (US) is associate general counsel of Foreign Resources Corporation. /pdf (Sweden) is associated with Donovan & Yee in NYC, where her work focuses on intellectual property matters. /pdf (Japan) is working at Smith Mazure Director Wilkins Young & Yagerman, PC in NYC, where she mainly does insurance defense litigation.
Class of 2002
Brian Bebchick (US) announces the birth of his second daughter, Tehilla Sara. Brian and his family are living in Jerusalem, where Brian is associated with Ephraim Abramson & Co., doing international commercial and high-tech work. Zohar Efroni (Israel) and Sarah Flaccus (Germany) are the proud parents of Lian, born in Berlin on September 2, 2003. Lisandro Frene (Argentina) is a partner in Richards, Cardinal, Tutzer, Zabala & Zaefferer in Buenos Aires, where he does intellectual property and international commercial work. Mary Lynne Frey (US) is working in the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York. Junko Ishibashi (Japan) completed her entertainment marketing certificate at NYU. She has returned to Japan, where she is working on the legal team in the patent department of an intellectual property company. She also works for istream (Island Stream) network. Ekaterini Mavriki (Greece) and her husband, Nikos, announce the birth of their first child, Anthony, on May 14, 2003. Bianca Mileck (Brazil) is working at Fischer & Mandell LLP in NYC, a firm specializing in mediation and arbitration in the United States and Latin America. David H. McDonald is associated with Pitney, Hardin in NYC, in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group. Tova Rosenberg (US) is an associate litigation counsel in the legal department of Econnenergy Energy Company in Spring Valley, NY. Luiz Filipe Aranha P. S. Santos (Brazil) is with Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in Săo Paulo, Brazil. Philippe Zylberg (Israel) is an associate at Stoll, Miskin, Hoffman & Badie in NYC, where he works on copyright and trademark matters.
Class of 2003
Jose Maria Arrufat Gracia (Spain) married Dr. Mary B. Morgan in Warren, PA, on May 17, 2003. The couple is living in NYC. Alumni attending the wedding, all from the LL.M. class of 2003, include Shay Markus, Maria Ipanema Riavec, Rotem Rosen, Marta Talerek, and Julio Vera. Michčle Babkine (Canada) is an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she is part of the Global Credit Risk Management Group. Cecilia Baunsoe (Switzerland) gave birth to a daughter, Alana Rose, on August 6, 2003. Simon Berry (US) is a vice president at Bear, Stearns & Co. in the firm’s legal department, working primarily on issues involving the separation of research and banking information. Sonja J.M. Cooper’s (US) paper "Lawyer Advertising Papers" was published in volume 14 of Law & Literature. Lisa Foox (US) was married to Ben Marshall in July 2003. The couple is living outside of Boston. Lisa is working for Action Environmental Inc., a small environmental company, doing trademark and contracting work. Chrystal Garipuy (France) is working for the architect/designer Gaetano Pesce, doing contracts and on special assignments, including the sale of artwork. Rotem Rosen (Israel) is in the legal department of Bank Leumi USA in NYC. Kelly Slavitt (US) is associated with Thelen Reid Priest, LLP in NYC. Jane Strachan (US) will have a condensed version of her LL.M. thesis published in the European Intellectual Property Review.
LL.M. PROGRAM CELEBRATES FIFTH YEAR
Cardozo’s graduate law program celebrated its fifth anniversary in the fall. The program has graduated about 170 men and women from more than 40 countries, awarding them LL.M. degrees.
Benjamin Brafman, a criminal defense attorney who is on Michael Jackson’s defense team and has represented Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and nightclub owner Peter Gatien, among others, delivered the keynote address. He spoke on issues affecting our criminal justice system, among them disparities between the state and federal systems, sentencing guidelines, and plea-bargaining. His remarks will be published in a future issue of Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal.
Students and alumni from 29 countries attended a gala dinner held in the new Cardozo lobby. Pavitra Shah-Trivedi ’03 provided the evening’s entertainment, dancing in traditional Indian dress.