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Justice Diccia T. Pineda-Kirwan has had the pleasure of having many CUNY Law students in her Judicial Intern program, where she sits in the historic Long Island City Courthouse and looks forward to welcoming more students. She is thrilled to introduce her grandson, Caiden Joseph. His father, Christopher Kirwan, was the first graduate of the day-care center at CUNY Law.
In July, the City of Baltimore announced the settlement of its Fair Housing Act case against Wells Fargo. The case was filed in January 2008, in collaboration with outside co-counsel, the firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax and principally John Relman as lead attorney. Suzanne Sangree was a member of the litigation team, and Michael Braverman, as deputy commissioner for code enforcement, provided critical data to support the City’s damages claim.
Barry Strutt won a ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirming a substantial verdict on behalf of a plaintiff who brought suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the City of Mount Vernon. The ruling denied Mount Vernon’s claim that the verdict was barred by the doctrine of qualified immunity, also finding with- out merit the City’s contention that there had been evidentiary errors.
Paris R. Baldacci was appointed a public member of the Housing Court Advisory Council. The council screens and recommends candidates for initial appointments as housing court judges and renewals. The council also issues reports with recommendations for reforms and changes in Housing Court procedures and practices.
In May, Tonya Gonnella Frichner was conferred the degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa, by the board of trustees of Colby College at the graduation ceremony in Waterville, ME, for her work "to restore the rights of self-determination and sovereignty for Native Peoples throughout the world."
Matilde Leo is an associate general counsel for the New York City Department of Probation, where she has worked for 22 years. Matilde was transferred to the Queens office four years ago. Before that, she worked in the Manhattan office for 18 years.
Victoria Ortiz and Jennifer Elrod (’87) are partners and co-managers of Law School Aces LLC, a web-based consulting company that works with people who are applying to law school: www.lawschoolaces.com. In addition, Victoria’s casebook, Español para Abogados, was published by Foundation Press in September 2012.
Jolynne Miller was selected as a member of the 2012 class of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Leadership Development Program.
Marie Tatro is about to enter the third and final year of her seminary program. She was the guest preacher at an Episcopal church in Provincetown, MA, during the summer.
Daniel Belardinelli is a partner in McGlone, McGlone & Belardinelli, P.C., in Boonton, NJ. His area of practice is criminal defense. In addition to practicing law, Daniel is a painter represented in galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
James P. Curran was elected Hebron, NY, town judge and sworn in January 1, 2012, for a four-year term.
Peter C. Walsh has been appointed associate dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law. He also serves the academy as a member of the curriculum committee and marketing committee, and as a CLE program coordinator, moderator, and faculty speaker. Peter is also the co-chair of the elder law committee and the solo & small firm practitioner committee for the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Since 2008, David Hyland has served as a neutral labor and employment arbitrator and mediator. He currently serves on several arbitration panels statewide, including the New York City Department of Education and DC 37 and PEF and CSEA–represented employees. Since late 2007, David has served on the advisory panel of the Scheinman Institute for Conflict Resolution at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. David and his partner still live in Manhattan.
Harvey Epstein was named an associate director of the Urban Justice Center on August 1, 2012.
Daniel Flanzig released New York’s first free bike crash app, called the Bike Crash Kit, which coincides with the launch of his new cycling practice, www.newyorkbikelawyers.com. He is working with BikeCUNY to help promote safe cycling for CUNY’s cycling community.
Demetra Frazier presented “Parental Substance Abuse and Children: Complications, Consequences, and Cures” at the 35th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference convened by the National Association of Counsel for Children. For the past 16 years, Demetra has represented children as an attorney for the child with the Legal Aid Society.
Victoria Neilson (pictured, right) legal director of Immigration Equality, and Sharon Stapel (’98) (pictured, left), executive director of the Anti-Violence Project, attended the White House LGBT Pride Month reception on June 15, 2012.
Karen P. Simmons received an award from Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) on June 12, 2012. Karen is the executive director of the Children’s Law Center, a not-for-profit law firm that represents children in custody, visitation, guardianship, family offense, paternity, and connected child protective cases in the family court and the integrated domestic violence parts of the Supreme Court in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Karen is also an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.
Harlene Katzman, pro bono counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, received the 2012 Abely Pro Bono achievement award from Sanctuary for Families for her work with immigrant victims of gender-based violence.
Cheryl J. Moran continues her work as a special public defender in Connecticut. She also recently opened SoulSpace Yoga & Wellness in Plantsville, CT, after spending a month in Costa Rica becoming a certified yoga instructor.
Sam Oakland will take a leave of absence from his post as a teaching ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon to accept a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at the Moldova State Institute of International Relations in Chisinau, Moldova, beginning in January 2013. He will teach seminars on law and literature and give lectures throughout the country on the law as seen in American films. This will be Sam’s fourth Fulbright and his second since graduating from CUNY Law.
Joseph B. Maira maintains practices in New Jersey and New York. Joseph is willing to mentor CUNY Law students or alumni on starting, maintaining, and growing a law office.
Joy S. Rosenthal became president of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York in June 2012. She is honored to be serving with several other CUNY Law grads on the board: Katie Cole (’00), Teresa Calabrese (’87), and Andrea Hirshman (’93). Joy speaks regularly about elder mediation and continues her family law and mediation practice in Manhattan. Joy was quoted in SmartMoney magazine’s article "When to Call an Elder Mediator" in August 2012.
Lori Citron Knipel was a delegate for President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.
Thomas Scanlon recently established Juliano, Hansen & Scanlon, in Franklin Square, NY. It is a general practice firm, handling real estate matters, litigation matters, and regulatory compliance concerns. Prior to establishing the firm, Thomas was general counsel, regulatory & governmental affairs manager for Interstate National Dealer Services, Inc., a nationwide service contract company. Thomas has also been an adjunct instructor at Molloy College.
Tito Sinha is a senior associate at Valli, Kane & Vagnini, LLP in Garden City, NY, specializing in employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation. Since January 2012, he has served as a director on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of New York.
Susan Schmidhauser has worked in the Attorney General’s Office in Delaware for 10 years. Susan was recently promoted to head of the sex crimes unit in the Kent County office. She lives in Dover, where she trains and competes with her nine dogs in agility and obedience.
Mercedes S. Cano was elected president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County.
Karen H. Charrington was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40.
Nitin Savur is deputy chief of the trial division at the Manhattan DA’s Office. He is also the attorney in charge of criminal court, which handles about 85,000 cases each year. Prior to this appointment in 2010, he served as deputy bureau chief of the cybercrime and identity theft bureau; deputy chief of the identity theft unit; and criminal court supervisor for a trial bureau. Nitin and his wife, Rita, have two young children, Shailen and Shreya.
Richard J. Zeitler, Jr., joined the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as an administrative law judge. Previously, he spent eight years as a trial lawyer in personal injury and trust and estates with the Staten Island law firm Chelli & Bush.
Ian Hinonangan and the Hinonangan Law Office have joined the rest of the nation in submitting USCIS Form I-821D (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
Harry Berberian is the director of strategic partnerships and resource development at Graham Windham, the longest-serving child welfare agency in the nation.
After nearly five years running the general counsel’s office at Local 100 UNITE HERE alone, Lía Fiol-Matta (pictured, left) is happy to have hired Sarai King as associate general counsel. Sarai, a graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, was a visiting student at CUNY Law during her third year. Prior to being general counsel at Local 100, Lía was associate general counsel at Local 32BJ SEIU and continues to enjoy union-side labor law practice.
Kathryn L. Hudson maintains a solo practice and has taken on a new associate, Aimee Lockwood, to handle domestic relations cases. Kathryn is concentrating on criminal law and appeals.
Azalia Volpe (née Lopez) is the proud mother of two vibrant toddlers, Violetta and Vespasian. In the past three years, Azalia has gotten married, had two children, and received her MBA.
Carolyn E. Coffey, a supervising attorney at MFY Legal Services, Inc., received a New York County Lawyer’s Association Public Service Award in September.
Elisa Fischer is working at New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation medical litigation unit. She is in charge of settling all in-house early settlement cases for Bronx and New York Counties. She loves negotiating, particularly since she has had endless years of training by her children.
Amanda Best is pleased to announce the opening of her new firm, Best Law Office, LLC, in Denville, NJ, where she specializes in family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, and related issues.
Cynthia Conti-Cook is a senior associate at Stoll, Glickman & Bellina, LLP, a small law firm in Brooklyn, NY, where she has worked since graduation. This past summer, she completed her third federal civil rights trial in Albany, and has now settled nearly 100 cases on behalf of people whose rights have been violated by the NYPD, City and State corrections officers, and prison medical staff. In addition to litigation, she manages Five Borough Defenders, an informal association of public defenders, civil rights attorneys, law students, academics, and others who advocate on behalf of the civil rights of indigent New Yorkers.
Yogi Patel and his wife, Shalini Desai, welcomed their daughter, Leyla Desai Patel. Yogi has partnered with three other attorneys to form the Patel Law Firm LLP (www.patellawllp.com) in Manhattan. The firm has six attorneys: five CUNY graduates and a recent CUNY Law graduate.
Charlie Stoll is an assistant district attorney with the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, NM, where he prosecutes felony domestic violence crimes.
Peter L. Quan has been an attorney for almost five years, focusing on immigration and civil litigation.
Yasmin Tabi joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in January 2011, after three and a half years at the HIV Law Project. Yasmin got married in October 2012.
In 2010, Emily White joined the consumer unit of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland as an Equal Justice Works Americorps fellow, providing assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure. Emily has stayed on as a staff attorney focusing on consumer issues including foreclosure law, payday lending, and student loan law.
Taí Merey Alex was promoted to project manager of the Harlem Justice Corps program at the Center for Court Innovation. She and her husband, Cristobal Alex, celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in September.
After four years in solo practice, Trevor Davis joined the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Pittsfield, MA, as a public defender, in February 2012.
Laura Perez was elected second vice president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County. Laura also started her solo practice in January 2011.
Anthony Lise is practicing in the areas of family and matrimonial law, specializing in same-sex families and residential real estate transactions at Weiss, Buell & Bell. He lives in DUMBO with his partner, Kevin, and their dog, Henry.
Suzanne Adely is a legal fellow at the UAW Global Organizing Institute. She helped organize a National Lawyers Guild delegation to study Egypt’s ongoing revolution, particularly the role and responsibility of the U.S. government and American corporations in human rights abuses.
On the Cover: (l-r) Congressman Joseph Crowley, CUNY Law School Dean Michelle J. Anderson, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, and CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt