First Lady, Two Alums
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At a news conference in November at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in midtown, Randi Weingarten '83, union president, was at Hillary Clinton's side to ask the question the media were eager to know. Randi said, "And we need someone to be the successor to Pat Moynihan, who really cares about education. So is it yes or no?" It was at this point, to a hushed room, that the First Lady announced her intention to run for US senator. The event received extensive media coverage, including CNN - Randi was seen on hundreds of television news programs and in newspapers nationwide. Barbara Bracher Olson '89 recently published Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Regnery Publishing, Inc.). As chief investigator of the Clinton's travel office firings, Barbara uncovered the "filegate" scandal. According to the publisher's press release, Hell to Pay "reveals the 'real' Hillary Clinton - a woman fiercely driven to gain power and influence in the national political arena." As a legal analyst and commentator, Barbara is frequently on television and radio talk shows.
Law Review Holds Reunion
(From left) Morgen Bowers '99, Jason Vogel '99, Jay Heinrich '98, Prof. Melanie Leslie '91, Mikhael Vitenson '99, Peter Yu '99.
This year, the Law Review chose a new venue for its annual alumni reunion party - the Gotham Comedy Club. As in previous years, attendance was high. Students, faculty, and alums enjoyed cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and stand-up comedy.
NYS Attorney General Delivers Commencement
(From left) Honorary Order of the Coif member Clifton S. Elgarten '79, Dean Paul Verkuil, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
Cardozo's last class of the century received juris doctor degrees at the Law School's 21st commencement, held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 13. Parents, grandparents, children, and friends came to honor and cheer the 285 stu 1000 dents in the class of 1999. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who delivered the keynote address, spoke about public service and the potential of law and lawyers to advance society and improve people's lives.
Mack Wins Paulsen Award
Nine Receive LL.M. Degrees
(From left) LL.M. graduates Nadia Desyatnikova, Karen Abramson, Nicole Toepperwien in the plaza at Lincoln Center.
In September '98, 16 students were the first to enroll in Cardozo's Master of Laws program. In June, nine of them received LL.M. degrees - six from the General Studies program and three from the Intellectual Property program. Nicole Toepperwien from Switzerland received the Louis Henkin Award for academic achievement and superior scholarship in the LL.M. program and has returned to her country. Upon graduation she became a research fellow at the University of Friborg and is completing a Ph.D. thesis comparing citizenship and nationality. Efrat Lev, a General LL.M. student from Israel, completed a thesis on indentured trustees under the guidance of Prof. David Carlson, which will be published in the January 2000 issue of the University of Miami Business Law Review. Randi Rosen, a graduate of the IP program, became an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where she works on information technology and internet transactions.
Six Win Alumni Association Scholarships
29 Students Receive Order of the Coif
This year was the first that the Order of the Coif was bestowed at graduation on those who finished in the top 10 percent of the class. New members are Maria K. Anastasia, Timur E. Bondarenko, Richard Boter, Morgan M. Bowers, Nafiz Cekirge, Stephanie Cuba, Gabriella A. Davi, David Bruce Diamond, Daniel Darrow Feldman, Jeffrey Michael Gallant, Orlee Goldfeld, Lynda Ellen Kahn, 1000 Mark P. Misthal, Larissa Lea Paule-Carres, Avan Alan Pilchik, Stephen Todd Raff, Ran Zev Schijanovich, Joshua Adam Schwartz, Jason Keith Shames, Kiersten Marijke Skog, Robert Sungolowsky, Susan Taigman, Mikhael Vitenson, Jason Vogel, Brian Andrew Waldbaum, Peter Kar-Ming Yu, and Eleanora Zalkind.
BALLSA Launches Scholarship Appeal
(From left) Robert Johnson, District Attorney, Bronx County; Hon. Diane Renwick '86, Civil Court of the City of New York; Robert Parker '00.
Over 100 alumni and current students attended a reception sponsored by BALLSA where it was announced that the student organization is fundraising for scholarships and needs volunteers to sit on the scholarship committee. Two days after the reception, Melissa Franco, BALLSA president, noted that pledges had already started coming in.
Four Win Intellectual Property Writing Awards
Several students received intellectual property law honors from organizations outside the Law School. Peter Yu '99 won Best Paper on Intellectual Property Law at the Gerald Rose Memorial Competition, held by John Marshall Law School. He also won first prize in the 1998 Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition hosted by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In addition, he received the Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, second place. The International Intellectual Property Society presented three
others with scholarship awards: first and second place went to Jason Boyarski '00 and Jason Vogel '99, respectively. Honorable mention went to Brett Kaplicer '01.
Judicial Clerkship Panel with Cardozo Grads
(From left) Alan Kadish '86, Eric Rothman '94, Craig Sloane '97, Elizabeth Franqui '97, Katrina Rainey '99, Mark Mukasey '93.
One of the most rewarding jobs a graduate can take is a judicial clerkship, agreed those who returned to campus to share their experiences with students. They said that chief among the benefits of the position were opportunities to learn firsthand the workings of the court, to sharpen writing and legal research skills, and to serve under a mentor.
Art Exhibit by Cardozo Grad
In October, Kenny Schachter '87, artist, curator, and art dealer, brought to Cardozo the works of seven emerging artists for the lobby gallery exhibit "Lifer." Because some of the pieces reflected nonconformist perceptions of our times, they provoked a lively exchange on campus that delighted Kenny. He said, "When was the last time anyone at the school engaged in a dialogue about art? It is thrilling and exhilarating to have a conversation about actual works of art. After 12 years in the professional art world, I was beginning to think there was no discourse other than that of a strictly commercial nature." Kenny, whose career veered to the arts shortly after law school, said, "This exhibition is the perfect excuse to find my way back to Cardozo."
Alums Join Board
At the annual Cardozo Board of Directors Dinner, Chairman Earle Mack introduced new board members, five of whom are Cardozo graduates. (From left) Bonnie Steingart '79 (see interview p. 24), Shimmie Horn '96, Barry Schenkman, Stephen Weiss '90 (ex-officio), and Chairman Mack. Not pictured: Jonathan Kuk a89 in '87 and Christopher Seeger '90 (ex-officio).
Attendance Doubles at First All-Class Reunion
Tavern on the Green looked beautiful, inside and out, and the weather was balmy for Cardozo's first all-alumni reunion held last May. Attendance was double that for any previous reunion. Special recognition was given to the class of 1979, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary; more than 50 members were present.
Sheila Klempner '79 and Judge Jon G. Marks '79
Rachel Spiro '97 and Prof. E. Nathaniel Gates
Leon Segen '79 and Cathie Seidman '79
Dean Verkuil and Yisroel Schulman '87, who won the inaugural Alumni Achievement Award
Alan and Kathy Greenberg '82
Matthew J. Kluger '94 and Caroline Cole Durst '95
Prof. Barry Scheck, James D'Auguste '96, and Rhona Silverman '96