It is with tremendous pride that I report to you on the record-breaking success of the Seventh Annual Alumni Dinner honoring Hon. Martin Shulman ’81 and Arthur M. Luxenberg ’84 on January 14th at The Pierre. The room was packed with over 700 people (the largest attendance ever) and when Shai Waisman ’96, vice chair of the board of overseers announced that we had raised an unprecedented $660,000, the room erupted in applause. Young alumna, Alison Brill ’09 spoke beautifully about the impact that a Cardozo scholarship had on her life, allowing her to follow her dream job of being a Federal Public Defender. She spoke movingly about her first federal habeas corpus case and her client, who has been imprisoned for 22 years.
The highlight of the evening, of course, was the presentation of the awards to the honorees. Hon. Martin Shulman ’81, was modest and humble, thanking his family for their continued love and support and Cardozo for giving him the skill set necessary to succeed as a judge. He also spoke about his inspiration Benjamin N. Cardozo, whose legacy serves as Justice Shulman’s paradigm in shaping his own judicial thinking and gives him the courage as a judge to alter the legal landscape of the common law if circumstances and justice require it.
Arthur Luxenberg ’84, using the image of a lantern that must be lit to provide necessary illumination, delivered stirring remarks about the people who have inspired him professionally and personally and who have kept his “lantern lit” during his life and career. Arthur thanked his wife, daughters and parents for the continued love and support. He also thanked his law partner, Perry Weitz, who is like a brother to him and spoke about their journey in forming Weitz & Luxenberg. Arthur mentioned that his involvement with Cardozo was rekindled when his partner’s son, David, began at Cardozo in 2011. He spoke about his pride in Cardozo’s accomplishments and the impact that Cardozo has had on his life.
Both of our honorees work in the field of personal injury. Justice Shulman hears many of the asbestos and product liability cases and Arthur and his firm are leaders in the area of mass tort litigation. In tribute to them, the theme of this Alumni Quarterly is personal injury law. We are fortunate to have many articles written by alumni on various topics in this field.
It is also my pleasure to announce that on March 3, 2014, the Personal Injury Practice Group will host a CLE entitled "Ethical Hot Topics in Tort Litigation," featuring Richard Maltz ’79 and moderated by Joseph Fontak ’91. Watch your email for more details.
I hope to see many of you at the CLE or at another Cardozo event very soon.
Chair, Alumni Association