Ted Slevin
'13

Current Job: Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Undergraduate College: Georgetown University

Ted is sitting exactly where he wants to be:  in an associate’s chair in the real estate department at international legal heavyweight Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. As a law student, he didn’t see that coming.

While at Cardozo, Ted had set his sights on entertainment law, having nurtured a lifelong interest in TV and entertainment. But after internships in film distribution, at a record label, and at an entertainment law firm, he realized the field wouldn’t offer the career he sought. “I was searching for flexibility and a wide range of opportunities,” he says, “and I knew that going into entertainment law would pigeonhole me.”

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Waleed Diab
'04

Current Job: Senior Counsel for Music, Google Inc.

Waleed Diab is Senior Counsel for Music across Google products and services, which include YouTube and Google Play. He is primarily responsible for negotiating, drafting and advising in connection with Google's complex music licensing partnerships. He sets policies and guidelines in connection with a broad range of music and music-related initiatives.  Previously, Waleed spent 6 years at Viacom, Inc. in the Business & Legal Affairs department working on music, television production and general entertainment transactions. At Viacom, Waleed served as Senior Counsel for Music Strategy and Relations at MTV Networks, setting policies for the use of music in MTV Networks’ programs, including CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and a variety of other Viacom properties.

Diab is a board member of the FAME Center for fashion, arts, music and entertainment law at Cardozo Law.

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David P. Samson
'93

 

David Samson received his J.D. from Cardozo Law in 1993. He was  President of the Miami Marlins from 2002 until 2017. As President, he played a key role in securing a public-private partnership to build a retractable roof ballpark in Miami, which opened in 2012. He was a force behind the team’s successful rebranding in 2011. In 2003, the Marlins won the World Series with Samson as President. 

Previously, Samson was the Executive Vice President of the Montreal Expos from 1999 to 2002. Following his graduation from Cardozo, he founded News Travels Fast, which delivered The New York Times, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal to Europe daily. In 1997, he joined Morgan Stanley as an investment advisor, and he held that position until he joined the Expos.

Samson was honored as a Cardozo Alumni of the Year in 2010 for his achievements and his many contributions to the law school. A native of New York City, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 with a B.A. in Economics.

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Jonathan Henes
'96

Current Job: Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Jonathan Henes is recognized as one of the nation’s top restructuring lawyers. He is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, leading some of the most complex restructurings in the U.S. and abroad in a variety of industries, including media, chemicals, energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail, and telecommunications. He is a 1996 cum laude graduate of Cardozo, where he was Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He holds a B.A. from Union College.

Henes is a great supporter of Cardozo Law. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. Henes frequently organizes major conferences, most recently, “The Wolf of Wall Street: Behind the Scenes at Stratton Oakmont.” He often speaks to students as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series and Heyman Center Lunch Talks. As an Adjunct Professor, Henes teaches distressed investing and corporate restructuring.

Henes is a member of the Cardozo Board of Overseers.

 

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Hon. Dianne T. Renwick
'86

Current Job: New York State Supreme Court Justice Appellate Division, First Department

Justice Renwick began her legal career at the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society. She joined the judiciary in 1997, when she was appointed a New York City Housing Court Judge. She was later elected to the New York City Civil Court, and in 2001 she was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. Justice Renwick is the first African American to serve in the First Judicial Department of the State Supreme Court.

She is greatly involved in the legal community. Justice Renwick has taught at several law schools - and bar association-sponsored trial advocacy programs, and has served on numerous committees, including the Governor's Task Force on Judicial Diversity and the Second Circuit Task Force on Gender and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.

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Fabiola Ordoñez
J.D. 2016

Undergraduate College: Pepperdine University

Fabi, a 3L, might be the only Mexican-American at Cardozo who speaks proficient Mandarin and launched a startup in Shanghai before starting law school. A dynamo whose interest in cross-border business transactions comes naturally – her family ran an import-export business in El Paso (TX) and Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and lived in both –she moved to China after college, studied the language for three years, worked in a multinational consulting firm, and started a small business placing US and international university students in summer internships.

Internships: Dentons (Shanghai, China); Michael Kors; Burberry, USA; Starwood Capital Group

Groups/Activities: President of the Business Law Society, Director of Events of International Law Society

Concentrations: Business Law, Corporate Compliance and Risk Control

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Geoffrey Kalender
J.D. 2016

Undergraduate College: University of Kansas

Program Affiliations: The Cardozo Data Law Inititiave

Jobs During Law School: I did an externship in data law, which involved seven or eight classes that met once a week at major law firms. Through the externship I was put in touch with employers and given the language to speak credibly about these (data law) issues. In my job interviews these were the topics the employers really cared about, and I felt really prepared to speak thoughtfully about them.

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Shanitra Waymire
2015

Undergraduate College: The University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.

Clinics: I have participated in The Mediation Clinic, where I learned a plethora of information regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a member of the clinic I have mediated a wide range of cases in Manhattan Civil Court and the Brooklyn Mediation Center. In the Fall of 2014, I will be in the Federal Criminal Prosecution Field Clinic at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Jobs During Law School: The summer after my 1L year, I had an internship at The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York working in their Criminal Division. The summer after 2L year I will be working at The New York County District Attorney's Office.

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Brian Polivy
2015

In February 2014, Brian Polivy '15 was awarded the 2013 Samuel K. Maynard Memorial Student Service Award by the Labor & Employment Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Undergraduate College: Cornell University

Clinics: I'm currently participating in the ADR clinic this semester where I have worked at the EEOC.  It's been a really great opportunity to gain some practical experience through experiential learning.  

Jobs During Law School: I interned this past summer at the National Labor Relations Board. This upcoming summer, I will be working for a small union/plaintiff side Labor and Employment firm Pitta Giblin. 

Groups/Activities: I am President of the Cardozo Labor and Employment Society. I was also a May Mentor to incoming students. 

What type of law do you want to practice? What made you interested in this field of law?

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Alexandra Simmerson
2014

Undergraduate College: The University of Michigan

Internships: Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Morgans Hotel Group, Model Alliance; Participant in Cardozo-FIT Fashion Law Practicum

Law Clerk At: Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Current Jobs:  Deputy Director at Model Alliance; Research Assistant for Barbara Kolsun '82; Law Clerk at Michael Kors

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