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Save the Date - Classes of 1982, 1987, and 1992
Thursday, May 30 -- Reunion Celebration at the Russian Tea Room 150 West 57th Street

Class of 1979
Thomas D. Benigno published his first novel, The Confession (1stBooks Library, 2001), about a young, ambitious defense attorney. He is currently in private practice on Long Island, with his second novel, Christmas Moon, expected out in fall 2002. Alan M. Goldberg was made a partner last year in the New York law firm of Lambert & Weiss. He specializes in commercial litigation. Jerry H. Goldfeder was profiled by The New York Times as a leading election law expert in New York. Martha M. Walters is executive director of the Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum in Cold Spring, NY.

More than 50 recent graduates attended a networking event at Light, a popular East Side club. Chair Rachel Nash ’99 and class representatives coordinated the event. Everyone received a complimentary Cardozo t-shirt.
Lawrence Rosenbloom ’97 and Adam Jaffe ’97 This was the first of regular events the committee hopes will be offered for alumni less than five years out of law school. (From left) Lawrence Rosenbloom ’97 and Adam Jaffe ’97.

James Schwalbe ’93, ex-officio member of the Cardozo Board of Directors, graciously opened his home to Cardozo graduates in northern New Jersey. The upbeat evening was highlighted with greetings from Dean Rudenstine and US Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Cardozo Board member. (From left) James Schwalbe ’93, his wife, Jill, Laura Sutnick ’93, and cohost Michael Wildes ’89 (From left) James Schwalbe ’93, his wife, Jill, Laura Sutnick ’93, and cohost Michael Wildes ’89.

Class of 1980
Joanna Gabrynowicz, director of the National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi, was honored in Washington, DC, at the 16th annual Women in Aerospace awards ceremony. She received the Outstanding International Award for her dedication and contributions to a broad spectrum of aerospace issues. Lynne Hilowitz, a partner in the firm of DaSilva, Hilowitz & McEvily in New City and Garden City, NY, was named chair of the New York State Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section.

Class of 1981
Stephanie B. Mudick is co-general counsel for Citigroup, where she heads the largest in-house legal department at the largest financial services company in the US. She lives in Palisades, NY with her husband, David Gottlieb, and their two-year-old twin daughters. Douglas S. Stanger joined Flaster/Greenberg PC of Cherry Hill, NJ. He will manage the firm’s Atlantic County branch.

(From left) LL.M. graduates Pilar Toro from Colombia, Kampanat Seelasorn from Thailand, and Paula Corredor, a friend, also from Colombia. January LL.M. and J.D. graduates celebrated with faculty, family, and friends at the Salmagundi Club. Thirteen received master of laws degrees and 38 received juris doctor degrees. (From left) LL.M. graduates Pilar Toro from Colombia, Kampanat Seelasorn from Thailand, and Paula Corredor, a friend, also from Colombia.

Class of 1982
Benjamin Heller,
chairman of Heller Realty, received an honorary doctoral degree at the 77th annual YU Hanukkah Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Stephanie J. Ressler-Hochstat announces the birth of her son, Joshua, in August. He joins a sister, Samantha. Stephanie is a sole practitioner in the areas of trusts and estates, planning and real estate. Mark Samuel Ross was honored by Temple Beth Ahm of Springfield, NJ at a gala celebrating the Temple’s 50th anniversary. A past president of the synagogue, he is senior director and co-owner of Menorah Chapels Funeral Homes in Union and Teaneck, NJ.

Class of 1984
Mark Lewis
is vice president of First Virginia Banks Inc., Falls Church, VA. He has been with the company, the largest independent banking company in Virginia, for nine years as assistant general counsel. He provides legal advice and guidance for the bank’s commercial lending and real estate transactions.

Class of 1986
Joseph Lamport is director of online product development for the Legal Research Center, Inc. He is responsible for development of LRC’s new legal knowledge management platform and the creation of its next generation of online legal research products. Honorable Dianne T. Renwick was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, Bronx 12th District in November. She had been a civil court judge of the City
of New York since 1997.

Class of 1987
Joel C. Epstein Joel C. Epstein, currently a senior associate in the Health and Human Development Programs division at Education Development Center in Newton, MA, published his first book, A Parent’s Guide to Sex, Drugs, and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn’t Want You to Ask (Hazelden, 2001). A frequent speaker on student life and college parent issues, he is a consultant to educational institutions, Greek campus organizations, and attorneys on policy and legal compliance, student safety, risk management, and media relations.

Class of 1988
Lawrence Cunningham, a professor at Cardozo since 1992, has accepted an appointment at Boston College, where he will be a professor of law and business. He also will direct innovative programming and pursue graduate degrees in business and finance. At Cardozo, he was director of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance. Loved by his students, he was selected by them at Commencement 2001 as “best professor.” Peter L. Gladstone, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, firm of Gladstone & Weissman, has been appointed chair of the legislative committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Brad Rosen opened his own practice, specializing in entertainment law, in Rochester, NY last October.

(from left) David Marwell, director, Museum of Jewish Heritage; Prof. Lucille Roussin ’96; and Monica Dugot ’90, deputy director of NY State Banking Department, Holocaust Claims Processing Office. The Alumni Association cohosted an event with the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at its Battery Park site. The panel, “Art Reclamation: Political, Legal, and Academic Perspectives,” included speakers (from left) David Marwell, director, Museum of Jewish Heritage; Prof. Lucille Roussin ’96; and Monica Dugot ’90, deputy director of NY State Banking Department, Holocaust Claims Processing Office.

Class of 1989
Elaine Shay
and her husband, Steve Becker, announce the birth of their twins, Strat Joseph Becker and Seren Isabelle Becker. Jill A. G. Zellmer coauthored the article “Legal Guideline for Compliance with Revised Article 9 of the UCC: Part I,” published in The Secured Lender (November/December 2001). Part II appears in the January/February 2002 issue. She is managing director and counsel for the Middle Market Finance Group of GE Capital’s Commercial Finance subsidiary in Stamford, CT.

Class of 1991
David Sanua opened his own practice in workers’ compensation law specializing in appellate work. His offices are located in Brooklyn, NY.

Class of 1992
Andrew Alpern,
senior counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and an architectural historian, published his latest book, The New York Apartment Houses of Rosario Candela and James Carpenter (Acanthus Press).

Class of 1993
Steven D. Fiergang Steven D. Fiergang joined the business services division of the Philadelphia, PA law firm Spector Gadon & Rosen PC.

Class of 1994
Joshua Cohen Joshua Cohen is a partner of Cummings & Lockwood’s Creditors’ Rights Group in the firm’s New Haven office. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Nancy, and their three children. Stephanie Spirt Evenchick and her husband, David, of West Orange, NJ announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Isabel. Stephanie is a corporate associate with Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon LLP NYC. Eli Franks joined the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon as an associate in the firm’s products liability litigation division in the Miami, FL office. Eli Franks He handles worker’s compensation, maritime, and insurance fraud defense matters. Brian Selvin, an adjunct professor in Cardozo’s tax clinic, joined the New Jersey firm Greenbaum Rowe Smith Ravin Davis & Himmel as an associate in the tax, trusts and estates department. Howard Wien married Colleen Read on September 30.

Class of 1996
Melissa S. Channing is an associate with Katz Barron in Miami, FL. Thalia Saposhnik Karny and her husband, Itay, announce the birth of a son, Daniel Jonah, in April 2001. They live in Leonia, NJ. Judah Prero and his wife Esther, announce the birth of their fifth child, daughter Malya. Meyer Y. Silber opened his own firm in NYC. The Silber Law Firm specializes in corporate, commercial, and I.D.E.A. litigation.

Class of 1997
Steven Kaye
and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of a daughter, Na’ama Tehilah. He is the senior partner of Steven J. Kaye Associates, PC a four-attorney law firm focusing on plaintiff’s personal injury in Brooklyn, NY. Michael Likosky edited Transnational Legal Processes, published by Butterworths Publishers (UK), and distributed by Northwestern University Press. The book, consisting of 22 essays by leading scholars in international law and the social sciences, examines the relationship between law and globalization. Michael is a visiting research fellow at the University of Bonn, and has completed a D.Phil. in law at Oxford University.

Class of 1998
Julianne Blumenreich Sitver
joined the law firm of Sanders & Parks in Arizona practicing commercial litigation. Theodore Froum joined the firm of Dykema Gossett in Ann Arbor, MI as an associate in its taxation and estates practice group. Wendy A. Morris Wendy A. Morris joined the Boston, MA office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP as an associate in the litigation department. Andrew Sacher is an assistant district attorney in the Bronx DA’s Office. Harry A. Valetk’s article, “New Bills Address Identity Theft,” was published in the New York Law Journal on January 2. Peter Yu was appointed acting assistant professor of law at Cardozo. He teaches International Copyright, International Trademark, and China Information Law, Policy and Society. He also joined the board of editors of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. Robert Zonenshein and his wife, Leah, announce the birth of twins, Samuel David and Toby. Robert was recently promoted to manager of the multistate tax group at Deloitte & Touche.

Class of 1999
Dina Lancer
and her husband, Adam, welcomed a baby girl, Tamar Rena, on February 16. Rachel Nash, with her sister Esther, wrote, produced, and directed the movie Fashionista Dating, which premiered in November on Time Warner Cable, RCN, and the Internet.

Class of 2000
Adam S. Lurie
recently published an article, “Judicial Law Clerk: The Legal Experience of a Lifetime,” in Pass It On, the newsletter of the ABA’s government lawyers division. The article features alumnus James Nobile ’88, a former law clerk. Adam, a law clerk to Judge Newcomer in Philadelphia, PA, was married to Jodi Sharp ’01, a law clerk for a superior court judge in Camden, NJ. Neel Shah has opened the Law Office of Neel Shah in East Brunswick, NJ.

Class of 2001
Michael Dowdy
is an assistant district attorney in the Bronx DA’s Office. Aaron Fredrickson and Sarah Weisman were married on September 16 in Spain. Aaron recently passed the Virginia State Bar. Alexander Lumelsky has opened his own general practice of law and litigation in Hartford, CT.

Class of 2002
Rachel Hirschfeld
announces the birth of a grandson, Max Goldin Steiger. He joins a sister, Ella Pearl Steiger, 4.
Correction: Ronald A. Spirn ’93 is with the law firm Vincent J. Russo and Associates, PC located in Westbury, NY, not Connecticut.

Terrance Archie and Darlene Bel Grayson Periodically, the Center for Professional Development and the Alumni Association offer panels for students to get an insider’s view on specific careers. This fall, “How to Jumpstart a Career in the Entertainment Field” featured an all-alumni panel that included Adam Liebner ’92, talent agent, N.S. Bienstock, Inc.; Jodi Peikoff ’89, Jodi Peikoff Law Office; Michael Roban ’93, head of business and legal affairs, ContentFilm, Inc.; Victoria Sanders ’88, literary agent, Victoria Sanders Literary Agency; and Glen Trotiner ’84, director, producer, writer, FreeWheel Productions, Inc. Rachel Hirschfeld ’02 helped organize the event and invited professional entertainers to perform before the discussion. They included Terrance Archie and Darlene Bel Grayson (above), Morris Anthony, Leslie Clemmons, Wendy Bobitt Cavett, Jason Knight, and Dexter Porter.

In Memoriam
  • Matthew Todd Adrian ’87, an immigration judge for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, died on September 22.
  • Hedy Forspan ’90 died December 13. (See article in Faculty Briefs.)
  • Stanley J. Lafazan ’82 died tragically in a car accident in Vermont on March 8. A solo practitioner who focused on criminal law in Brooklyn, Stan lived with his wife, Sheryl, an artist, in Tribeca and Vermont. His soft-spoken, sincere style earned him accolades with juries and judges. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and was a talented guitar player. He is survived by his wife.
  • Barbara Bracher Olson ’89 died in the terrorist attacks of September 11. She was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. (See article.)
  • Andrew Zucker ’99 died in the terrorist attacks of September 11. He was working at the World Trade Center. (See article.)
Scholarships in the names of both Andrew Zucker and Barbara Olson have been established at Cardozo. Donations may be made payable to Cardozo and sent to the Office of Development. Please indicate to which schalarship you would like your contribution to go.