Class of 2017
Jae Young Cho became a JAG officer with the Korean Army.

Melanie Goldberg married Benjamin Silver in December. Melanie is an Associate at the Tetzlaff Law Offices in Chicago.

Class of 2016
Brian Grossman wrote articles, “The Gift of Argument” and “Practice Makes Perfect Better”, published in Above the Law. Brian is an attorney at Balestriere Fariello in New York City where he represents clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and arbitration from pre-filing investigations to trial and appeals.

Alexandra Insinga was a legal trial monitor with Civitas Maxima for the Mohammed Jabbateh trial, which resulted in the first criminal conviction involving mass atrocities committed during Liberia’s First Civil War in the 1990s by a ULIMO rebel commander. Alexandra is now a Legal Fellow at the Center for Justice and Accountability.

Class of 2015
Michael Starr Hopkins announced a primary challenge to New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Previously, Michael served as Deputy Director of Voter Protection in Colorado for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Class of 2014
Daniella Isaacson published a report on law firm succession for ALM Intelligence. Daniella is a Market Intelligence Analyst for Netflix based in Los Angeles.

Class of 2013
Stephanie Annunziata was part of a litigation team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. that secured the largest jury verdict in New Hampshire history. The plaintiffs were awarded $274.5 million in damages arising out of a defamation lawsuit brought against a local businessman. Stephanie is an associate on the firm's civil litigation team.

Barry Guttman married Samantha Miller in August. Barry is an Associate at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Cleveland, O.H. where he represents clients on a broad range of commercial real estate matters across all asset classes.

Class of 2012
Aaron Gaynor married Shana Lebowitz in November. Aaron is an Associate at Roberts & Holland, a law firm in Manhattan involved mainly in tax law.

Marc Lynde married Gillian Brooks in November. Marc is a Litigation Associate in the New York office of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, a law firm in Woodbury, N.Y.

Class of 2011
Michael R. Louis co-authored an article, “Governments are Pulling Back the Crypto-Currency Curtain”, published in The National Law Journal. Michael is an Associate at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, based in the firm's Dallas office, where he represents individuals and entities in IRS examinations, administrative appeals, civil tax controversies and criminal tax proceedings.

Class of 2010
Amol Sinha was profiled in NJ Spotlight. Amol is Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union — New Jersey and was previously Chapter Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union in Suffolk County and a State Policy Advocate at the Innocence Project.

Class of 2009
Anusree Nair participated in a panel entitled “Advanced Source of Funds and Path of Funds Issues” at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) EB-5 Investors Summit.

Michael Shepherd was elevated to Principal at Fish & Richardson. Based in the firm's Silicon Valley office, Michael focuses his practice on client counseling and patent prosecution in the areas of software and other computer-related technologies.

Erica Stein married Matthew Goldman in December. Erica is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with JPMorgan Chase Bank in Brooklyn.

Class of 2008
Melissa E. Pierre-Louis was promoted to Partner at Outten & Golden LLP, which specializes in employment law. Melissa is co-chair of the firm's Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group, representing employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law and is based in the New York office.

Class of 2007
Eric Hirschhorn was elected to the Board of Directors of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the acquisition and leasing of restaurant properties. Eric is Chief Marketing Officer, North America for The Burger King Corporation, based in Miami.

Jennifer R. Sharret was promoted to Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Jennifer represents significant parties, including official creditors’ committees, bondholders, indenture trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors and debtors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings and other distressed situations.

Class of 2006
Jonathan S. Goldstein was promoted to Partner at Haber Slade, P.A., based in Miami. Jonathan's practice focuses on real estate law, including condominium and homeowners’ association law, lien foreclosures, landlord and tenant law, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Jonathan was included as a “Rising Star” in the 2017 Florida edition of Super Lawyer’s Magazine.

Gary M. Kaufman was profiled in the New Brunswick Herard in recognition of his inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. Gary is the owner and principal of the Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC, where he specializes in criminal defense law and school suspension law. He has also served as an attorney for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem since 2013.

Aida Leisenring became a Partner at Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP. Aida's practice is predominately in criminal defense and she has been charged with the launch and management of the firm’s New York City office at the Empire State Building. She was selected as a New York Metro “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2014-2016.

Julia L. Wachter was promoted to Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Julia is a real estate lawyer concentrating her practice in the area of condominiums and cooperatives. She represents major developers and other property owners and investors in the acquisition, development, registration and sale of luxury residential units in public offerings, as well in structuring complex commercial and mixed-use developments for sale.

Class of 2005
Rebecca R. Cohen joined the immigration and business practice groups of Bousquet Holstein PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y. She practices business and family immigration law, with a focus on O-1 extraordinary ability artist and athlete visas, and EB-1 green card petitions.

Aaron Wright was profiled in LegalTechNews and quoted in The Chicago Tribune and Inverse.

Class of 2003
Andrew I. Ward was promoted to Speical Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Andrew has a diverse transactional-based practice that focuses on assisting hedge funds, investment banks and other financial institutions with the purchase and sale of bankruptcy trade claims, Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and Loan Market Association (LMA) bank debt, notes, bonds, and various types of equity interests.

Jared Zola was selected to join the Rutgers Cybersecurity Advisory Board for a one-year term. The board is part of the Rutgers Center for Innovation Education, which provides professional and continuing education for technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Jared is a Partner in Blank Rome's insurance recovery group where he advocates for commercial insurance policyholders in high-stakes, complex litigation and corporate transactions.

Class of 1999
Michael Mason was appointed Executive Vice President at X Rail Enterprises, a company that is developing passenger rail service from Southern California to Las Vegas

Class of 1998
Avi M. Zwelling was appointed to the board of OptimumBank. Avi is also a managing partner at Stern Zwelling LLC, which focuses on commercial litigation, real estate and banking in Boca Raton, F.L.

Class of 1997
Andrew Cohen was reelected to the New York City Council for a second term. Andrew represents the 11th District, which includes Riverdale and several Bronx neighborhoods. Facing two opponents, Andrew received an overwhelming majority of the vote.

Jeffrey J. Wild was named Chair for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's 2019 and 2020 Campaign for Jewish needs. Jeffrey is a Partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Cleveland, O.H. where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate matters, with an emphasis on development, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and joint venture work.

Class of 1996
Karen Peled was honored at the Lawyers Alliance for New York's annual Cornerstone Awards, recognizing the outstanding Pro bono work done by business and transactional attorneys throughout New York City. Karen Peled is senior contracts counsel for NBCUniversal Media, LLC’s Broadcast Operations department in New York. Karen began volunteering with Lawyers Alliance on a contract review project for My Blind Spot, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to make the community more accessible to vision impaired individuals. Her work enabled My Blind Spot to engage a technology company to work on a project to make internet and computer software more user-friendly for the visually impaired, and has since been working with Sunnyside Community Services.

Class of 1993
David Samson was awarded an honorary degree at the 2017 Yeshiva University Hanukkah Dinner. David is Chair of the Cardozo Board of Overseers.

Class of 1989
Lauren Mack joined T&M Protection Resources, LLC, a global security and investigations firm based in New York City, as Managing Director of Investigations.

Class of 1987
Jeffrey Todd Schwartz was appointed Director of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center’s New York Office. Shurat HaDin is at the forefront of fighting terrorism and safeguarding Jewish rights worldwide and is dedicated to taking action to protect the State of Israel and its citizens.

Class of 1984
Steven Ettinger was selected to join The American Law Society. Steven is Director Of Tax Services at the Manhattan accounting firm Billet, Feit and Preis, P.C.

Class of 1983
Randi Weingarten was honored by The Workmen’s Circle at their annual winter benefit in November. Randi has been President of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO since 2008.

Class of 1982
Stephen Breitstone was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar leadership or legislative activities. Stephen is a Partner at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP in Mineola, NY where he chairs the Private Wealth & Taxation group.

Class of 1981
John Lino Ponzini celebrated 35 years of practicing law November 1st 2017. During his career he served as a Special Public Defender, Outside Counsel for the Second Injury Fund Attorney General’s Office of the State of Connecticut, a Delegate to the Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee Member of the Criminal Law Section and a Panel Attorney for the Connecticut Education Association. Along with these positions he maintained a private practice serving thousands of clients in the areas of family law, criminal defense, personal injury, real estate and general practice litigation in Connecticut and New York. He also served as an elected official in Stamford, CT as a member of the Board of Representatives and Vice Chair of the Fiscal Committee. He also has been extremely active in Regional and Local Theaters playing major roles in a multitude of productions. He has one daughter, who is, as expected, the apple of his eye. He resides in Wilton, Connecticut.

Martin Shulman became Presiding Justice of the appellate term of the Supreme Court, First Department.

In Memoriam

Mary Ann Walker Martinez (formerly Collins) passed away in 2015 at home in Watchung, NJ just shy of her 74th birthday. Sheraduated from UMass Amherst in 1963 as a home economics major. After her divorce from her first husband she went back to school and graduated from Cardozo in 1983 and practiced law as a bankruptcy and divorce attorney for 30 years. She is proceeded by her mother Helen B. Walker and her father Robert D. Walker and her brother Wellington. Survived by husband Roberto Martinez of Watchung, N.J., daughters Arianna Alexsandra Collins of Ashfield, M.A. and Dierdre Deanna Cimino of Watchung, N.J., grandson Tage Cimino, and younger sister Sonda Epstein of Watchung N.J.. Mary Ann loved to dance. She was an amateur birdwatcher and would go on yearly excursions with her eldest daughter Arianna to Cape Ann for birding and seaside walks. She was an inspired needlepoint artist and a proud member of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), League of Women Voters, and the Watchung Library Book Club.