Justice Abella of Canada Delivers Commencement Address
Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada was the featured speaker at Cardozo's 31st commencement on June 1. At the ceremony, held at Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, more than 360 men and women received J.D. degrees and 70 received LL.M. degrees. The celebration was also marked by numerous tributes to Dean David Rudenstine, including one from YU President Richard M. Joel, who presented him with a citation honoring him for his many contributions to the law school. Rudenstine steps down as dean after serving for eight years. Rudenstine also received the Monrad Paulsen Award for devoted service to the continued vitality of the ideals and purposes of legal education. "Wow!" were the first words from Justice Abella, who, noting that her son, Zachary Abella, received a Cardozo LL.M. degree and a hug from Dean Rudenstine in 2007, said, "I never dreamed that two years later I'd be on this stage getting a hug myself." In a highly personal speech she also paid homage to Dean Rudenstine, who, she said, "talks the talk and walks the compassionate walk. I cannot think of a better model of someone who keeps his brain and humanity in perpetual motion."
Abella urged the graduates to use their education to encourage "peace and understanding in the world. Take your education and donate it to the cause of justice," she said. "Never forget how the world looks to the unprivileged."
As a daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors who emigrated to Canada when she was four, she was aware that her father, a former attorney, was not allowed to practice law in their new country. It was that circumstance that galvanized her to want to become a lawyer. She recalled with emotion that he died just before she received her law degree, and never saw his grandchildren. She ended on an optimistic note, quoting from the George Gershwin song "Of Thee I Sing" and offering her own exhortation: "Go for the stars. Be worthy of this mighty nation. Help make America the most just nation it can possibly be."
Justice Abella, who was born in a displaced persons' camp in Stuttgart, Germany, and moved to Canada with her family in 1950, was appointed to her current position in 2004, becoming the first Jewish woman on the Canadian Supreme Court. A 1970 graduate of the University of Toronto Law School, she practiced civil and family law litigation until 1976, when she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court, becoming the youngest "at age 29" and first pregnant judge in Canadian history. She was then named to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992.
The ceremony was highlighted as well by two student speeches, both of which were humorous. Robert Garson, an LL.M. student from Britain, spoke about the new words he learned at law school, such as "Ponzi" and "waterboarding," which is "not something you do whilst on holiday in Hawaii." He remarked how uncrusty and stylish the Cardozo professors are and spoke about the caliber of the education, calling his class the "last of the Rudenstine clan" and saying, "Cardozo's main achievement is that it turns out nice and honorable lawyers."
J.D. graduate Benjamin Thompson created his speech from comments he solicited from his classmates-what he called "Graduation Speech Scratch." He opened by saying, "Before I started law school I always wanted to be a musician and perform on the stage at Lincoln Center. Now as I look out, it looks like one big liability!" He noted, too, that the three years of law school "were a short amount of time that took forever," and closed with, "I don't think I made a mistake."
Student Bar Association senator Christopher Perez, a J.D. graduate, announced the awards for notable administrators and faculty as voted on by the students. Best administrator went to Amy Sugin, assistant dean for graduate and international programs; best adjunct professor to the perennial favorite, Burton Lipshie; best first-year professor to Peter Goodrich; best professor to Justin Hughes; and outstanding assistance to the student body to Jamie Carnes, director of special events.
Class of 2009 Members of the Order of the Coif
The list below contains the names of the 36 members of the class of 2009 who graduated with top academic honors. They represent the top 10 percent of the class and, therefore, are designated members of the Order of the Coif. Jonathan G. Rohr graduated at the top of the class, winning the Louis Brandeis Award. Rohr, Scott Danner, and Lauren Fornarotto all graduated summa cum laude.
- Dustin R. Anderson
- Ashley B. Antler
- Jeremy A. Benjamin
- Jennifer H. Blecher
- Nathaniel S. Boyer
- Alison Brill
- Scott M. Danner
- Matthew R. Diament
- Christopher V. Fenlon
- Anya J. Ferris
- Lauren L. Fornarotto
- Keith C. Gartner
- Adam J. Gelardi
- Thomas M. Grandin
- Steven A. Homan
- Steven Keslowitz
- Michael A. Kleinman
- Alisa T. Levien
- Michael Noam Lipshitz
- Ronit Lock
- Karen E. Meara
- Alexander E. Middleton
- Zachary A. Pall
- Julia Portnoy
- Jonathan M. Ream
- Jay Robert
- Jonathan G. Rohr
- Chelsea M. Rosen
- Karen Rosenfield
- Michael P. Shepherd
- Carrie M. Van Fleet
- Margaret C. Wallace
- Jennifer A. Wilen
- Jason C. Yoder
- Christian J. Yungwirth
- Aaron J. Zakem
THE THIRD ANNUAL TOY DRIVE and Wrapping Party, sponsored by the Alumni Association's activities committee, chaired by Joanna Garelick '03, student members of Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women, and the Office of Special Events, was a tremendous success. More than 1,100 toys were collected and 100 alumni, students, staff, and friends wrapped them. The toys were given to the Sanctuary for Families, New York's largest safe haven for women and children affected by domestic violence. To donate toys to the 2009 toy drive, please write Inez Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARDOZO WOMEN Seeks to Reach All Alumnae
"We need to be an organization that serves all alumnae, not only practicing attorneys, but students, women currently at home raising families, retired alums, and those in transition," says Shoshana T. Bookson '82, chair of CARDOZO WOMEN and a member of the Cardozo Board. This year, the group has reconfigured itself organizationally and expanded its initiatives to do just that.
Most visibly, CARDOZO WOMEN's menu of activities, events, and programs has been broadened to meet more effectively the varied needs and interests of alumnae. The group sponsored three practice-area networking events-in personal injury practice, immigration, and criminal law-that brought many alumnae back to the law school for the first time. In an effort to connect with students, CARDOZO WOMEN offered a two-part mentoring series on career development. It played an active role in organizing a BALLSA award dinner and reached out to alumnae who need help weathering career transitions by sponsoring a panel, "Job Searching in a Tough Economy."
Much of the new activity has resulted from a stepped-up organizational structure that includes the formation of committees on fundraising, programming, and communications, which offer alumnae additional ways to reconnect with the law school and with each other. Some alumnae have held luncheons or arranged mini-reunions with small groups of classmates; others have served as speakers and panelists at CARDOZO WOMEN events or found an active niche as fund-raisers. Some have chosen a lower-profile role and simply greet other alums at programs and events.
The result has been greater numbers of alumnae participating in and enjoying a wider diversity of events. Retirees, those working and those not working in the law, students, and many returning for the first time discover that their connection to Cardozo doesn't end at graduation.
"The elements that I loved
about being a lawyer are the same in my new job—
representing clients, counseling, negotiating,
and interacting with people."
What is a literary agent as opposed to a "talent" agent?
Traditionally, literary agents represent writers, directors, and producers, and talent agents represent actors. However, many actors also have literary agents.
Biggest difference between lawyer and agent?
The elements that I loved about being a lawyer are the same in my new job— representing clients, coun- seling, negotiating, and interacting with people.
Now, instead of reading offering memoranda from investment banks, I’m read- ing people’s stories—their hopes and dreams. That’s a great change.
What’s your typical workday like?
That’s what’s cool about this job—there isn’t a typical day. Whether it is at a busi- ness breakfast or lunch, or in a meeting with my colleagues, my day is spent learning about projects and helping to find opportuni- ties for our clients. If there is an open element—writer, producer, director, talent— our goal is to fill it with one of our clients.
Favorite thing about L.A.?
My career. I have a passion for this business and I’m immersed in it.
Gadget you can’t live without?
The Kindle. It’s a digital book, so I can read all my scripts on it instead of tak- ing the paper scripts home with me. It also saves trees.
Memorable law school moment?
I have two.
Prof. John McGinnis testified in front of Congress during President Clinton’s impeachment hearings when I was taking his Con Law II course. So we watched him testify on tele- vision in class. We actually saw what we were learning in action.
Similarly, I was taking criminal law with Barry Scheck when he was the attorney in the televised au pair trial [Massachusetts v. Woodward, the "Nanny Murder Trial"]. He would go through the case in class and then we’d watch him on television.
Most influential law school professor?
Ed de Grazia. Freedom and Censorship in Art and Film was a phenomenal class. Everyone truly learned how to speak their minds.
Last movie you saw?
I see every movie as they come out; last weekend I saw The Hangover, which was hilarious, and this weekend I am going to see The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
Most challenging aspect of your job?
Finding clients their next job.
What do you miss most about New York?
The Village Vanguard, Lupa (my favorite restaurant), Central Park, MoMA, the Met, and, of course, my friends and family.
Favorite restaurant in L.A.?
Mario Batali’s Pizzeria Mozza because it reminds me of Lupa.
How do you spend your free time?
Reading by the pool.
If you could do it all over, would you do anything differently?
Go to L.A. sooner? I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a better thinker, listener, and advisor after law school and my prior work experience.
Advice for those looking to work in motion pictures? In Hollywood?
When I was deciding to move to L.A., I asked my father if he thought I was crazy. He said, "You’ve been talking about this since you were 17—I’d think you were crazy if you didn’t go for it." If you just want to "hang out with movie stars," then perhaps it’s not the right choice, but if you really have a fire in your belly and a passion for this business and it won’t go away, then you should follow your dreams.
David Rudenstine Named "Honorary" Cardozo Alumnus
The Alumni Association first needed to make Dean David Rudenstine an "honorary alumnus"; then it promptly named him the 2009 Alumnus of the Year. Bonnie Steingart ’79, vice chair of the Cardozo Board of Directors and a partner at Fried Frank, presented him with the necessary credentials-all before more than 300 alumni, Board members, parents, and friends who attended the second annual Alumni Association dinner.
The event, held at Gotham Hall, the old, majestic bank building in Herald Square, honored Rudenstine for his eight years of inspired leadership of Cardozo. David Samson ’93, president of the Florida Marlins; Hon. Dianne Renwick ’86, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division, First Department; and Randi Weingarten ’83, president of the American Federation of Teachers, gave tributes to Rudenstine, speaking of his achievements, commitment to public service, and dedication.
OUTLAW GIVES GATES AWARD TO MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1982 Robert Balsam ’82 of Balsam, Felber, and Goldfeder is shown here with Mary Ann Carlese ’09, president of OUTlaw. He, his partner Daniel Felber ’82, and Geoffrey Bowers ’82, who died in 1987, were honored this year with the E. Nathaniel Gates Award. Balsam and Felber represented Bowers in his HIV discrimination claim against a large law firm, which inspired the movie Philadelphia.
BALLSA AND CARDOZO WOMEN HONOR JUDGE DIANNE RENWICK The BALLSA* Alumni Group and CARDOZO WOMEN honored Judge Dianne T. Renwick ’86 in April for her professional achievement, dedication to Cardozo, and commitment to public service. According to the groups, Renwick, a judge on the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, was chosen to be honored for the level of integrity she brings to her work and for being a wonderful role model for Cardozo students and graduates. Faculty, students, alumni, and her fellow judges attended the event. Renwick is shown here with David Rudenstine and her husband, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. To become more involved with BALLSA Alumni or to contribute to the BALLSA Scholarship Funds, write to Casandra Tolentino at email@example.com.
CARDOZO ON THE ROAD
Cardozo visited a record number of communities in 2008-09 to bring a bit of the law school to graduates, parents of current students, and admitted students living outside the New York area.
In December, Cardozo screened Nuremberg: Reflection and Resonance in Boca Raton, FL. Parents and alumni helped organize the event, including Lisa Roser Gladstone ’81, whose son, Lloyd, is in the Class of 2011; Edward and Barbara Popkin, whose daughter, Courtney, is a member of the Class of 2010, and Gary Krasna ’84. Sherry and Ken Endelson, parents of Alexandra Wolfe ’10 and Elizabeth Endelson Wolfe ’05, were hosts at the Boca Grove and Tennis Club. Speakers included Sheri Rosenberg ’99, director of the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, who helped produce the film, and Ben Ferencz, a Nuremberg prosecutor, who was featured in the film.
Santa Monica, CA was the spectacular site of the reception hosted by Mark Levinson ’82 at Greenberg Traurig, where he is a partner. Dean David Rudenstine attended.
In the spring, the San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC, alumni clubs held receptions for admitted students. Graduates offered inside information on attending law school and shared their career paths since graduation. Hosts included Barbara Friedman ’95, counsel at Hansen Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, Jim Zuckernik ’84 at Robinson & Cole in Boston, and Cliff Elgarten ’79 at Crowell & Moring in Washington.
The DC group held a number of events this year, including a docent-led tour of the exhibition "Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. They also hosted a conversation with "Unsung Heroine" Nesse Godin (at center, above) at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In Stamford, CT, alumni joined with Congregation Agudath Sholom to hear Nitsana Darshan-Leitner’s talk, "Bankrupting Terror: One Lawsuit at a Time." The Cardozo group met privately with Darshan-Leitner prior to her lecture.
JONES DAY WINS LAW FIRM CHALLENGEThe Law Firm Challenge encourages alumni working at the same firm to show their solidarity and support Cardozo. Firms compete to see which one can produce the greatest percentage of alumni participation. This year’s winning firm was Jones Day, which hosted the breakfast when the leading firms were announced. Harold Gordon ’88, a partner at the firm, shared how being involved with Cardozo has been personally gratifying and has benefitted Cardozo and Jones Day. Other leading law firms included Fried Frank, Debevoise & Plimpton, Hogan & Hartson, Day Pitney, and Cohen Tauber. A special mention also went to Weil Gotshal Manges. To have your firm participate in next year’s challenge, e-mail Inez Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARDOZO JUDGES DINE TOGETHER In September, Dean Rudenstine hosted a dinner for alumni who are judges, congratulating them on their achievements and thanking them for their meaningful representation of Cardozo in the legal community. Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein ’79 and Hon. Dianne T. Renwick ’86 co-hosted the evening. Shown here (from left) are Judges Mark Partnow ’79, Tanya Kennedy ’92, and Dennis Nieves ’86.
E.D.N.Y. AND S.D.N.Y. ADMISSIONS Cardozo hosted a special admissions ceremony in September 2008 when 25 alumni were sworn in to the Eastern District and Southern District Courts by Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein ’79 of the Eastern District and Hon. Loretta A. Preska of the Southern District. Judge Feuerstein, working closely with Joshua Glick ’03, her former clerk, and Eric Hochstadt ’03, Judge Preska’s former clerk, organized this event and made it a reality.
Guests at Dean’s Speaker Series Focus on Tough Job Market
Throughout the year, the dean invites a number of special visitors to the law school whose experience and expertise can help students decide on and pursue their professional goals. Speakers include alumni, parents of students, and friends of Cardozo. This year, the guests focused attention on finding a job at a time of financial uncertainty.
Richard Satin ’80, vice president and general counsel at Medical Action Industries, gave a talk entitled "From Main Street to Wall Street: Luck Is the Residue of Design." Satin drew parallels between the weak job market he encountered upon graduation and the current economic situation, encouraging students to be enterprising in their searches.
Ron Geffner ’91, a founding partner in the firm Sadis Goldberg, where he oversees the financial services group, continued that theme in "Making the Most of Every Opportunity." He also spoke about his own career path, his belief that law is a service business, and how to build a fulfilling career.
As the academic year drew to a close, Mark Levinson ’81, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, offered students an insider’s view into life at a large firm with "Law Firm Life- Practical Knowledge of Survival and Success: The Ins and Outs of a Large Firm." Levinson talked about the demands of working at such a firm as well as the business of managing a law practice. He provided handy tips on what to look for when assessing a potential employer.
THIRD-YEAR STUDENTS PLEDGE CLASS GIFT Third-year students engaged in a "3L Challenge" to raise money for the Class Gift Program. As of June, 20 percent of the class of 2009 had contributed. Students who made a donation were invited to Game Night, where Cynthia Abramson ’09 demonstrated how to spin hula hoops.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING INCLUDES CLE Popular professor Burton N. Lipshie was the guest speaker at the Alumni Association’s annual meeting on January 26, 2009. He provided a CPLR update for CLE credits. Marc Lieberstein ’92, chair of the Alumni Association, invited attendees to be involved with the law school and learn about the different programs, symposia, and events taking place. More than 75 alumni attended the annual meeting.
CLASS OF ’79 ENJOYS ANOTHER FIRST: A 30TH REUNION Cardozo’s first graduating class-the Class of 1979-celebrated another first on May 30: its 30th reunion. The Rainbow Room was the venue where fellow classmates, administrators, faculty, Dean Rudenstine, and incoming Dean Matthew Diller celebrated. The class announced the Founder’s Initiative, a new Fundraising campaign, to raise monies to support an annual academic lecture in the name of the class. To make a donation or learn more about the Founder’s Initiative, please call Patricia Weiss, 212-790-0270.
CLASS OF 1984 CELEBRATES 25TH REUNIONOn May 7, 80 members from the Class of 1984 met in the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life at Cardozo to commemorate their 25-year reunion. They were joined in the festivities by Dean Rudenstine, former Dean Monroe Price, and professors such as Stewart Sterk and Lynn Wishart.
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VARIOUS CLASSES COME TOGETHER FOR MILESTONES Alumni from the classes of 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 celebrated milestone reunions with classmates, faculty, and administrators at the Manhattan Penthouse.
Cardozo Board Chair Kathryn O. Greenberg ’82 and Dean David Rudenstine hosted a reception at the Harmonie Club in June to thank Laurie M. Tisch, founder of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Barry Shenkman, president of the Jacob Burns Foundation; and Maurice Kanbar, principal of M.K. Enterprises, Inc., for their extraordinary philanthropy in support of student scholarships and public service programs at Cardozo. A number of alumni, parents, and friends joined in celebration.
Dean Rudenstine spoke of the power lawyers have in serving the public to shape and change society. Matthew Diller, who had recently been named to succeed Rudenstine, underscored that Cardozo would continue to focus on public service, a commitment reflected in his own career.
Alison Brill, a newly minted 2009 alumna and aspiring criminal defense attorney, offered her thanks on behalf of all the students who benefitted from the contributions made by the three donors. Citing experiences at Cardozo that she thought "would not have happened anywhere else," Brill talked about how her visit to a Rwandan prison in 2008 taught her about the necessity for flexibility in the legal system, and how her experience with the Innocence Project led her to co-found a prisoners’ rights advocacy group that worked on pro bono projects with local advocacy coalitions and organizations.
Laurie Tisch, whose daughter, Emily Sussman, graduated in the class of 2008, spoke about the plight of many Cardozo graduates who, encountering substantial postgraduate debt, are forced to reconsider their plans to work for the public good. In response, she established the Laurie M. Tisch Loan Repayment Assistance Program to help scores of Cardozo graduates who work in public-interest law and face the double burden of law school debt and modest public service salaries.
The gifts from both Shenkman and Kanbar are earmarked for student scholarships.
Parents Attend Council Events
"I signed on to be an ambassador for the school, help build awareness for its achievements, and assist families in navigating the process of legal education," said Stephen Cooper, chair of the Parents Council and a member of the Cardozo Board. "I am filled with pride for what my daughter accomplished while a law student, and getting involved with Cardozo is my way of showing support." Cooper helped found the Parents Council in the fall of 2007 to give institutional shape and structure to the historically spirited and strong support of Cardozo parents in the life of the school.
The Parents Council hosted two events this year: a brunch in the fall, and an evening panel in the spring that focused on the resources available to students that are provided by the Cardozo administration.
PARENTS BRUNCHIn November, a capacity crowd filled the Greenberg Center for Student Life for the Eighth Annual Parents Brunch and a chance for parents to gain insight into their sons’ and daughters’ law school experience. The event is a good introduction to the community for parents of first-year students, and provides a chance to reconnect with the law school and friends from prior years for parents of secondand third-year students.
After a welcome from Stephen Cooper, parents saw a short film that highlights the breadth of opportunities available at Cardozo. Andrea Schlissel ’09, chair of the Public Interest Law Students Association, talked about the Public Service Auction and urged all parents to attend and bid vigorously on items. The auction helps fund summer stipends for unpaid internships in public service. Dean David Rudenstine also addressed the group, sharing good news about the 2008 record-high New York State bar exam pass rate of 93.2 percent for first-time test takers, as well as advice for career choices given the current economic situation.
Parents then attended mock classes. Prof. Michael Herz introduced parents to Elements, a class taken by all firstyear students, with a discussion of "The Case of the Murderous Heir-Making Law and Finding Law." Prof. Dan Crane taught "Irrationality and the Rule of Law."
MEET THE DEANSAt the Second Annual Meet the Deans evening in April, parents heard from the deans of admissions, student services, and career services. Ashley Antler ’09, Alison Brill ’09, and Amy Kapoor ’09, all third-year students, spoke as well about their job searches. Bonnie Steingart ’79, vice chair of the Cardozo Board of Directors and a partner at Fried Frank, also addressed the group. Much of the discussion involved the resources provided to students by the Office of Career Services.
Public Service Auction Raises $365,000
Cardozo’s 17th annual public service auction on April 2 raised $365,000, a full $30,000 more than last year’s record-breaking total. Items ranging from weekends in Nantucket to sports tickets and electronics were sold in online, silent, and live auctions. The monies go toward stipends for unpaid summer internships in the public sector. Each qualifying student will receive $4,000 for internships in not-for-profit organizations, judges’ chambers, and government offices.
Items that brought the most-more than $15,000 together-were tickets to three entertainment events: VIP tickets to the MTV Music Video Awards along with 50,000 airline miles for travel to Las Vegas or Miami depending on where the event is held, and tickets to the Bruce Springsteen and U-2 concerts.
New this year was the opportunity for attendees to participate in building a stipend. Auction-goers were able to contribute from $100 to $1,000 to achieve together the $4,000 needed for one stipend. As a result, monies for close to two additional stipends were raised. The community spirit apparent during this part of the evening was characteristic of the entire effort that made the 2009 auction such a success. More than 400 attended, including many parents, Board members, and alumni, as well as students and members of the faculty. Scores of people contributed auction items and became sponsors of the auction.
Cardozo Board Chair Kathy Greenberg ’82 has been credited with the extraordinary growth of the auction in recent years and was honored for her remarkable contributions as the law school’s "Preeminent Public Service Advocate."
Two to Share Chair of Cardozo Board
At its meeting in June, the Board of Directors voted to name Leslie Payson ’91 and Kathy Greenberg ’82 co-chairs. Payson, who has been a member of the Board since June 2006, is a director at Citigroup. She holds a B.A. from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University and upon graduating from Cardozo was a bankruptcy associate at Strook & Strook & Lavan.
After the meeting, Greenberg said, "Leslie has great strengths that she brings to the Board and will offer as a co-chair. She and I have worked together extremely well and I believe that sharing responsibilities will move Cardozo forward even more quickly and to the benefit of our entire community." Greenberg has served as Chair of the Board since 2002.
FORMER CARDOZO BOARD MEMBER BILLI IVRY DIES AT 102 E. Billi Ivry, the first woman to be elected a member of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees and a former member of the Cardozo Board of Directors, passed away in October 2008 at the age of 102.
Ms. Ivry also served on the boards of Stern College for Women, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. In all these schools, as well as the affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, she established major scholarships and student free-loan funds in her name. At Cardozo, she endowed two scholarship funds and a revolving loan fund.
"[Her] vision was focused on the children, on the Jewish story, on learning and knowledge," said YU President Richard M. Joel in the eulogy he delivered at her funeral.
Highly regarded as one of the most beloved YU Trustees, Ms. Ivry received an honorary doctorate from the University in 1987. President Joel called her Yeshiva University’s "matriarch, the first woman university trustee, the longest continual annual donor, the only trustee sitting on five of our boards, our friend, and great benefactor."
Thomas Benigno is a producer of Burn the Floor, which opened on Broadway in August 2009.
Eric Kunkes has been named chair of the sub- committee on futures commission merchants and introducing brokers of the American Bar Association business law section committee on derivatives and futures law.
Adam Krim became a certified empowerment coach, specializing in coaching attorneys. Adam has practiced law for 25 years in Israel and New York.
Martin Aron, a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, has been reappointed chair of the labor and employment committee of the business law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. This is his third term as chair.
Adena Berkowitz coauthored with Rivka Haut Shaarei Simcha: Gates of Prayer, the first liturgical work written in the modern era by Orthodox women for use in the Jewish community.
Hon. Dianne T. Renwick was honored by the New York County Lawyers' Association in February 2009 for her professional achievement and designation to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
Faith Glickman Rossi is a partner at Lerner & Holmes PC, a boutique real estate law firm in Boston. She is living with her husband, Fred, and teenage sons, A.J. and Tyler, in Manchester, MA.
Jeff Ifrah, a shareholder in the Washington, DC, office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been appointed to a two-year term as a co-chair of the American Bar Association criminal justice section white-collar crime committee’s Qui Tam subcommittee.
Lisa Lempel-Sander has opened a second office in NYC for the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. After graduating from Cardozo and while practicing law in the Corporation Coun- sel’s office, she trained as a psychoanalyst and pursued both careers for several years. She now pursues only psycho- therapy, with a specialty in treating attorneys. To contact Lisa, visit www.lempelsander.com.
Juliette Passer attended the Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball, chaired by Douglas A. Durante and Jan Hartke, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009.
Daniel B. Schwartz's article "Reclaiming the Music of Prayer" was published in the winter edition of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine.
Daniel D. Edelman has joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in the firm’s commercial litiga- tion group in New York. He was previously a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP.
Lavi Soloway, a founding partner at Masliah & Soloway, is at the firm’s new office in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on employment and immigra- tion law. (See p. 44.)
David Feldman has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. He focuses his practice on the represen- tation of distressed investors, lenders, bond- holders, and creditor committees in bankruptcy cases, restructurings, and distressed asset and debt transactions.
Peter S. Sloane has joined Leason Ellis LLP, an intellectual property law firm in White Plains, NY, as chairman of the trademark and copyright practice group. He was formerly a partner at Ostrolenk Faber LLP in NYC.
Marc Greendorfer founded Tri Valley Law, PC, in San Ramon, CA, after leaving Thelen LLP, where he was special counsel. Tri Valley Law is a transactional corporate law firm.
Shai Waisman was named one of New York’s "40 under 40" in the business community by Crain’s New York Business. He was also named a "Rising Star" by Institutional Investor News in 2008 and an "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer" by Turnarounds & Workouts in 2006. Shai is a partner in the business finance and restructuring department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Aram Lee Erenburg and Sara Ann Schacter were married on March 14, 2009, at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Aram is a senior associate at the Manhattan law firm Kucker & Bruh, where he specializes in real estate litigation.
Anthony Son joined Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property group. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and will be based in the Washington, DC, office. Prior to this appointment, he was a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP.
Marlene M. Markard, a corporate and commercial attorney in private practice in East Hampton, NY, and a musician, has been appointed executive director of the Choral Society of the Hamptons. She is also the founder of In the Pink, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping breast cancer patients and survivors.
Michael Bachrach was elected vice president of the New York Criminal Bar Association, making him the youngest person—by some 20 years—ever to have held the position. He has also joined the faculty of the Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College at University of Santa Clara School of Law in California.
Manan Shah was named a partner at Jones Day. He focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits and compensation-related corporate governance matters.
Nicole Mauskopf, who had worked as a defense litigator since graduation, resigned from her job in March 2008 to volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania, with a group called CrossCultural Solutions. She worked for four months at a juvenile detention center for boys. Then she took another volunteer position with an American defense attorney in Rwanda. She has since returned to New York.
Brian Wauldbaum has been appointed counsel at Weil Gotshal with the firm’s structured finance practice in New York.
Robert Greenberg (LL.M.) was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar. He is also a member of the bar in Connecticut; Washington, DC; New Jersey; New York; and Wyoming. In addition to practicing, he is a clinical associate professor of business law at Sy Syms School of Business, where he has been named by the students nine years in a row one of the three best professors. He also teaches paralegal studies at NYU and Queens College.
James D. Lawrence is with Bryan Cave’s class and derivative actions, commercial litigation, and product liability groups. He represents clients in matters concerning breach of contract, fiduciary duty claims, enforcement of noncompetition agreements, trade-secret litigation, and complex class-action defense.
Melanie Siegel and Alison Keil have started a matrimonial and family law firm, Keil & Siegel, L.L.P., in Lake Success, NY.
Karen Bekker has joined the New Jersey law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., as a litigation associate. She will work in the New York City office.
Dr. Athena Karamanlis was awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner designation by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Marc Simon wrote the 2008 documentary film Nursery University, which tells the story of five families—each with different backgrounds and economic circumstances— attempting to place their toddlers in preschool.
Zohar Efroni (LL.M.) completed his Ph.D. dissertation on digital copyright law at the University of Munich. He is working on a book on the same topic, to be published by Oxford University Press. A paper he wrote on the concept of information in intellectual property scholarship will be published in a book on law and information technology, a release of the Law, Society, and Culture Series at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. Zohar will present his research at Cardozo’s 2009 IP Scholars Conference, focusing on information-cost theory and its implications for the design of copyright systems. He contributes content to the Web site of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society.
Sarah Flaccus works at Luther Lawfirm GmbH in Berlin in the field of intellectual property, media, and entertainment law, representing national and international clients in music, film, sports, and advertising.
David P. Olener joined Hunton & Williams LLP’s litigation and intellectual property department.
Vasundhra Prasad (LL.M.) is corporate counsel in the licensing and technology group at Cisco Systems in Bangalore, India. She assisted in setting up the Indian Competition Law Commission and was a consulting counsel with the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding an amendment to the Copyright Act.
Lawrence D. Mandelker is an associate in the trust and estates practice group of the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Noam Schechner (LL.M.) welcomed a second son, Tamir, born July 3, 2008. Tamir joins his older brother, Itay. The family lives in Israel.
Vivian Williams (LL.M.) was admitted to the US Supreme Court with other Cardozo graduates on March 31. His firm, Vivian M. Williams & Associates, P.C., has been expanding rapidly and employed two Cardozo J.D. students as summer associates last year.
Yaacov Brisman has joined Scarinci Hollenbeck as a member of the firm’s labor and employment law group. He will work from the firm’s office in Lyndhurst, Long Island. Yaacov represents publicand private-sector employers, including public school districts and other educational institutions, in employee-related disputes.
Andrew J. Chamberlain has also joined Scarinci Hollenbeck in the firm’s environmental and land use law group in the Lyndhurst office. Andrew previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger F. Mahon and as an assistant prosecutor with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
Seema Lal (LL.M.) married Kevin M. Meehan on July 28, 2008, and is a program attorney with the Practising Law Institute.
Nicholas H. Eisenman has joined Major League Baseball as counsel in trademark protection and special projects. He previously worked at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu and Jones Day.
Shinji Niioka (LL.M.) recently left his position at General Electric and is now legal counsel at GlaxoSmithKline’s offices in Japan.
George Pavlenishvili (LL.M.) is doing a six-month secondment in the legal department at Credit Suisse in New York, as part of an effort to develop the relationship between Credit Suisse and DLA Piper, where he is an associate.
Daniella Rudy (LL.M.) joined the team as a legal advisor in the war crimes and crimes against humanity trial of a former Khmer Rouge official. It is the first case of a Khmer Rouge leader to go to trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the courts of Cambodia. On behalf of victims of the Khmer Rouge, the team is assisting the prosecution as civil parties in a case against Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, the official who ran the regime’s most notorious prison, known as Tuol Sleng.
Shiri Torf (LL.M.) was married in Israel to Yuval Zeenreich.
Davide Bresner recently married Nicole Baum, whom he met in New York the year before starting his LL.M. degree at Cardozo.
Deepica Capoor (LL.M.) joins Hewson Chen (LL.M. ’07) and Jason Krasner (J.D. ’05) as an associate practicing intellectual property, entertainment, and art law at Powley and Gibson, PC.
Shakira Dill (LL.M.) is a legal consultant to the registrar general in the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications, and E-Commerce in her native Bermuda.
Jan Niklas Herriger (LL.M.) is an associate in the New York office of Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP.
Michael Hurwitz is the director of New York City’s Greenmarket program for the Council on the Environment of New York City, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainability. Greenmarket operates 46 producer-only farmers’ markets throughout the city and works with 180 producers to preserve 30,000 acres of regional farmland.
Thomas MacLean (LL.M.) announced the birth of his son, Abram Graham MacLean, on January 5, 2009. Thomas practices law in Southern California.
Jennifer McAdam has joined the Kansas City, MO, firm of Lathrop & Gage as an associate in the insurance department. She assists corporate policyholders in handling and litigating insurance disputes. Jennifer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Holliger of the Missouri Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008.
Kyung Shin (Tatyana) Park (LL.M.) is a researcher at the Center for IP & Information Law at the Institute for Legal Studies, the School of Law, Hanyang University, in Seoul, Korea.
Catherine Suh joined Gibbons P.C. as an associate in the products liability department.
Tom Braegelmann (LL.M.) welcomed a daughter, Louisabeth Brooklyn Braegelmann, on October 7, 2008. Tom, his wife, Petra, and Louisabeth live in New York, where Tom is an associate at McLaughlin and Stern.
Laura R. Goldin, admitted to the New York Bar in January 2009, is an honor law attorney with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.
Jan Widmer (LL.M.) is senior legal counsel at Publicitas in Zürich, Switzerland. Publicitas is an international media marketing company.