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Alan Futerfas '87Alan Futerfas '87 may be the first Cardozo graduate to argue and win a case in the US Supreme Court, Artuz v. Bennett. After preparing for an oral argument that he described as "all-encompassing and exhaustive," he presented the case for his client, Tony Bennett, whose application for habeas corpus relief was dismissed by the district court on the grounds that the application was untimely. Futerfas's firm successfully had that decision reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which then remanded it back to the district court. The Queens County District Attorney's office petitioned for certiorari, which was granted.

 The question presented to the Supreme Court on October 10, 2000, was whether an application for state post-conviction relief, which contains claims that are procedurally barred, is "properly filed" within the meaning of section 2244 (d)(2) of Title 28 U.S.C., such that the time during which such state post-conviction relief is pending tolls the one-year limitations period within which a state inmate must ordinarily file his federal habeas corpus petition. On November 7, the unanimous decision, authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, agreed with Futerfas's interpretation of the statute and affirmed the decision of the Second Circuit.


J.D.
 Class of 1980
Steven S. Goldenberg is of counsel to Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel, L.L.P., and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2001-2002.

 Class of 1981
Gail Markels is senior vice president and general counsel of the Interactive Digital Software Association, IDSA. Anthony L. Rafel joined Riddell Williams in Seattle as a principal. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, condominium construction, and labor and employment issues.

 Class of 1983
Nancy Kramer was a spokesperson for Cardozo in a New York Law Journal article about hiring trends. Naomi P. Meisels is counsel at the NYC office of Bryan Cave, L.L.P.

 Class of 1984
Rabbi Steven Ettinger was a Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Sholom and is president of Machon L'Torah. Phyllis Kaufman is an entertainment lawyer in NYC and organized and served as the artistic director of the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Holly Kennedy Passantino was named of counsel to Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, where she joined the firm's corporate practice group.

 Class of 1985
Dr. Adena K. Berkowitz gave birth to her fourth child, Alexandra Nicole.

 Class of 1986
Mary James Courtenay, CEO of Mary's Games, LLC, based in Seattle, released a new board game called "Disorder in the Court." Merritt McKeon, a native of Laguna Beach, CA, was the featured speaker at the Leisure World Democratic Club and ran as the Democratic candidate for the 70th Assembly District. Richard Reice is vice president of human resources, labor, and employment law at Citizen's Communication in Stamford, CT. Peter Allen Weinmann married Amelida Ortiz on September 3 in Buffalo. He is in private practice, concentrating on eminent domain and tax assessment challenges for commercial properties.

 Class of 1987
Yisroel Schulman, executive director of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), was given the Attorney General's Aw 1000 ard for his work on behalf of the elderly and indigent. He has worked at NYLAG for 10 years and watched it grow into a 30-lawyer organization with a $5 million budget. David Singer, vice president of Robison Oil in Mount Kisco, was elected to the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. He resides in Bedford Hills with his wife and three children. Joseph M. Vann is a member in the corporate reorganization and creditors' rights practice of Gratch Jacobs & Brozman, P.C.

 Class of 1988
Lawrence A. Cunningham, a professor at Cardozo and director of the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, authored a new book, How to Think like Benjamin Graham and Invest like Warren Buffett (McGraw-Hill). Lawrence Rosen was named general counsel for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc.

 Class of 1989
Barbara Bracher Olson and her husband, Theodore, who represented George W. Bush in the US Supreme Court during the election, were recently featured in the "Public Lives" column in The New York Times, December 9. The article reads in part, "As the power couples of Washington come and go, the Olsons may have proven themselves in a class by themselves in the last eight years, becoming the most celebrated and acutely dedicated pair of conservatives who, with great conviction, have opposed and harried Clinton Democrats in the main capital arenas: the courts, the Congress, and the media." David B. Cohen and his wife, Gila, announce the birth of their first child, Sarah Morgan. Barry G. Margolis announces the formation of Margolis Bergson L.L.P., in NYC. Lisa M. Peraza joined Hodgson Russ Andrews Woods & Goodyear in Boca Raton, FL, as a senior associate in the firm's immigration practice group.

 Class of 1990
Howard Berglas and his wife, Judy, announce the birth of twins Eitan Baruch and Ariella Zahava. Jan Louise Ulman is counsel to the planning board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY.

 Class of 1991
Merrill Cohen was featured in a recent issue of New York Lawyer. She founded her own practice in 1994 after specializing in immigration law with several firms. She has handled asylum petitions for clients from Africa, China, Egypt, Rwanda, and Albania, some pro bono. Karen Fiszer Stern, a senior attorney for the Social Security Administration, Office of General Counsel in Manhattan, was married to Jeff Stern this summer.

 Class of 1992
Rachel Warren, a member of Cardozo's Board of Directors, was made a partner at Davidoff & Malito L.L.P.

 Class of 1994
Felicia S. Hoeniger was named Tax Legal Director of the Legal Division by the Commissioner of Revenue Services in Connecticut. Tom Hroncich, Jr., co-founder of Gay Democrats of Suffolk County, was the only Democratic candidate to qualify to run for New York's 7th District Assembly race.

 Class of 1995
Felicia Stacey Gordon joined the New York County Lawyers Association, and chairs the Foreign and International Law Committee law student internship program. Catherine Larocca has joined Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in their business insolvency and creditor's rights group in San Diego, CA. Y. David Taller wrote an article, "Proof of Recurring Conditions Can Satisfy Prima Facie Requirement For Notice in Slip-and-Fall Litigation," which was published in the September 2000 New York State Bar Association Journal.

 Class of 1996
Joshua G. Gerstin was appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on its Consumer Protection Law Committee. In addition, he was appointed by the Palm Beach County Bar Association to serve on its Community Association Law Committee. Jon Henes started a software company, BlazeVentures, that helps law firms and their clients manage documents and communicate instantly on a single secure Web-based platform. Shi 1000 mmie Horn opened up a new restaurant, Triomphe, in his Iroquois Hotel on 44th Street in Manhattan. Richard Horowitz was interviewed by Investor's Business Daily about his work consulting on industrial espionage and other corporate security cases. Jeff Marx has written and sold over 4,000 copies of his recent book, How to Win a High School Election. Ephrain Zinkin announces the birth of a daughter, Tamar Sarah.

 Class of 1997
Jacqueline Klosek is an associate in the corporate department of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, L.L.P. Luca Palombo was recently married and has followed a four-generation family tradition by opening a new bakery in Co-op City.

 Class of 1998
Yael Orkaby Aspir announces the birth of a son, Gabriel Noah. Daryl G. Berg is now director of business development, New Media, for EMI Recorded Music. Adam S. Bernick, an associate with Eizen Fineburg & McCarthy, L.L.P., in Philadelphia, authored an article in Pennsylvania CPA Journal, entitled "It's Never too Early to Save for College." Theodore E. Froum is an associate in the business and finance group of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, P.L.C., in their Ann Arbor, MI, office.

 Class of 1999
Peter J. Bilfield has joined Littman Krooks Roth & Ball P.C. Lisa Dawson has joined Koenitsberg & Rubin, L.L.P., in NYC. Steven J. German practices at Terris, Pravlik and Millian, L.L.P., in Washington, DC, and was part of an eight-attorney team that litigated Harris v. Florida Elections Canvassing Commission, from the Florida state court all the way to the US Supreme Court. He represented a group of Florida voters in the overseas absentee ballot election contest cases. Ran Z. Schijanovich is a detention attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigrant Network and has worked since February at the Elizabeth, NJ, Detention Center. Daniel E. Schoenberg is an associate in the corporate and bankruptcy taxation practice of Gratch Jacobs & Brozman, P.C. Mary Kate Woods joined the Los Angeles firm of White O'Connor Curry Gatti & Avanzado, which specializes in media and entertainment litigation. Andrew S. Zucker is an associate in the litigation department of Norris, McLaughlin, & Marcus, P.A.

 Class of 2000
Gregory M. Dell is an assistant state attorney in Broward County, FL. Jill Farbman is an associate in the governmental affairs group of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti in Morristown, NJ. Erez Gilad is an associate and member of the financial restructuring department at the NYC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. David D. Kim joined the intellectual property department of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in their NYC office. Sharon Steiglitz joined the corporate mergers and acquisitions department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft's NYC office.
 
 

LL.M. Alumni

Class of 1999
Roberta Kraus is an associate at the Manhattan law firm Robin Blecker & Daley, where she practices trademark, copyright, and Internet law. Efrat Lev is a legal counselor in the Finance and International Activity Department of Bank Hapoalim B.M., the largest bank in Israel. She published "The Indenture Trustee: Does It Really Protect Bondholders?" in the U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. She and her husband, Zev, anounce the birth of their second son, Gil, last January.

 Class of 2000
Julia Bogudlova is at Lowenfeld & Associates in NYC, where she works on international copyright protection matters. She plans to take the patent bar in April. Isabel Feichtner is employed at Cravath Swaine & Moore as a foreign associate in the corporate department. She plans to return to Germany in August to pursue her Referendiat (practical training). Robert Greenberg continues as a professor of business law at Y 66b eshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business. Angela Kirtlan returned to her native Australia, where she works on mergers and acquisitions and privatization matters in the corporate department at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney. Zhi (Leon) Li returned to China after graduation to resume his law practice. With several Shanghai lawyers he will be starting a new law firm, Sinotimes Partners, which will serve high-tech companies. Ruth Metcalfe-Hay works as a contract administrator in the legal department of Computer Sciences Corporation in NYC.
 

In Memoriam

Judy Abrams '96 had been a former associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and at Cardozo was a member of the Law Review. She is survived by her 15-year-old son.

 Ravindra (Rav) Murthy '96 was a member of the Law Review and clerked for the Honorable Leonard Bernikow, US magistrate judge for the Southern District of New York, prior to practicing at Debevoise & Plimpton.

 Pamela Vanderputten-Silvernagle '90 was an attorney with the Sussex County Public Defender's Office in the child guardian program. She is survived by her husband, Sean Mike, and her son, Sean Michael, Jr.

Ian A. Spetgang '82 was a member of Temple Judea of Bucks County, where he taught religious school. He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Gerber, and two children, Sarah and David Spetgang.

 Laurie Beth Tobin '82 was an attorney in Woodbridge, NJ, and a member of the New Jersey State Bar. She was 45 years old.
 
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