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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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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Albert Chang
2014

Internships: Research, Markets, and Regulation Office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC; Legal Aid Society

Undergraduate college: Swarthmore College

Albert Chang ’14 is a member of Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society. He competed at the Price Media Moot Court competition in Oxford, UK, where he and a member of his team ranked eighth and sixth, respectively, as oralists.

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