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Ruth C. Stern coauthored the book Intimate Associations: The Law and Culture of American Families, recently published by the University of Michigan Press.
Barry Strutt submitted a new song and music video, "Waiting for the Day," for Grammy consideration in the category of Best Music Video. The song and video deal with universal themes of hope and loss and are dedicated to the role of military spouses as unsung heroes. Visit www.waitingfortheday.us.
Barbara Henry Trapasso was elected president of the Garden City Union Free District School Board on July 1, 2013.
New York City Criminal Court Judge Toko Serita currently presides over the Queens Misdemeanor Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, and Human Trafficking Intervention Court. A leading judicial expert on human trafficking, Judge Serita wrote "In Our Own Backyards: The Need for a Coordinated Judicial Response to Human Trafficking," which was published in the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.
Eduardo Capulong was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor at the University of Montana School of Law.
Geraldine Ramos Bjallerstedt has relocated to Stockholm, Sweden.
Marc Reitman works for the Social Security Administration in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Marianna Henry Saylor has been certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section. She is a partner in the workers' compensation department of Willig, Williams & Davidson, one of the largest union-side labor law firms in the United States.
Bill Tsoumpelis represents distressed homeowners in foreclosure actions and clients in real estate–based litigation through the Law Office of Bill Tsoumpelis.
Daniel Flanzig spoke at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in San Francisco on bicycle litigation as an emerging area of practice. Daniel was also a panel member on one of the first national bike law webinars sponsored by the organization.
Charlie Casolaro argued a motion for leave to appeal before three judges of the New York State Court of Appeals. It was an election law case, representing a candidate for the Democratic primary for the Nassau County Legislature.
Kim Dvorchak, executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition, was appointed to the Colorado Interim Legislative Committee to Study Juvenile Defense. The committee is considering proposals to ensure the right to counsel for indigent youth in juvenile delinquency court and improve the quality of juvenile defense representation for the 2014 legislative session.
Devika Kewalramani, a partner at Moses and Singer LLP, was appointed chair of the Professional Discipline Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Tracy Bing has been appointed a civil court judge sitting in Bronx Family Court. Her docket will be custody, guardianship, visitation, and orders of protection matters, along with objections to child support orders.
Justin Frankel, a partner at the disability insurance law firm Frankel & Newfield, has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top New York Metro area lawyers for 2013. This is the second time Frankel has been selected as a Super Lawyer.
Lori Citron Knipel was named a Star of Brooklyn by Home Reporter News and the Brooklyn Spectator.
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County President Mercedes S. Cano expanded her practice with the addition of an office on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Mercedes continues working with immigrants and their families, with a particular focus on family petitions for same-sex couples, after the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor. Mercedes can be seen on her biweekly program on Channel 47 Telemundo Noticias, Pregunte Sin Miedo, during which she analyzes immigration issues and answers viewer questions. For more information, visit www.mercedescano.com.
Diego Demaya is a human resources educator and director of ADA Technical Assistance with the Southwest ADA Center covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Diego recently completed a yearlong project providing training to the entire Houston Police Department on the liability of law enforcement under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as on disability etiquette. In May 2013 he presented two workshops at the National ADA Symposium, on the ADA and vocational rehabilitation and on issues of concern for employers under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Kimberly Jones wrote "From Moscow to Makhachkala: the People in Between," a chapter for a special-edition book, The New Normal, to be published by Fordham Urban Law Journal (forthcoming). She cowrote (with Denis Sullivan) "Egypt," a chapter update in The Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, Europa World, forthcoming 2014).
Colleen Marie Richman is a staff attorney with the New York City Administration for Children's Services division of Family Court Legal Services. She is also a board member of the Civil Service Bar Association.
Ignacio Jaureguilorda is the legal director at the AIDS Center of Queens County, litigating issues affecting people living with HIV/AIDS such as homelessness, benefits, and transgender and disability discrimination. He was formerly a staff attorney at Housing Works, Inc., litigating civil rights cases and working on disability, landlord/tenant matters, and other issues affecting poor people living with HIV/AIDS.
After more than five years as the executive director of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs at New York City's Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services, Kavita Pawria-Sanchez is now general counsel at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Katherine (Doyle) Mastaitis is now a supervising litigation attorney at Donnellan, Knussman & Kraigenow, PLLC, a firm devoted to family and matrimonial law. Her husband, Benjamin Mastaitis, continues working at the Albany District Attorney's Office in the Major Offense Bureau. Ben also teaches Albany fifth graders about the legal system as part of the Legal Lives program. Ben has completed his 29th Adirondack high peak, getting closer to his goal of completing all 46 high peaks. Kate and Ben live near Albany with their two daughters.
Mariana Toledo-Hermina has been working at Rawls, Scheer, Foster, Mingo & Culp, PLLC in Charlotte, NC, since December 2012 as an associate attorney practicing immigration law.
Richard M. Goldman continues to represent the injured and disabled at the Workers' Compensation Board and Social Security Administration in New York's capital region. He is the treasurer of the Injured Workers' Bar Association and the chair of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Scholarship Committee, which provides financial assistance for higher education to children of those injured or killed at work.
Cynthia Thompson has been employed by the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Criminal Defense Practice, since graduating from CUNY Law.
After more than five years of private practice, Daniel Baek joined the real estate title company Liberty Land Abstract, Inc. as its general counsel in March 2013. Daniel was recently appointed to the New York City Community Board 11, which cooperates with and advises elected and appointed government officials on the issues related to budget, public safety, consumer affairs, economic development, and zoning.
Carly (Meyer) Bisceglie has been a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Practice in Manhattan, since graduating from CUNY Law. She and her husband, David Bisceglie, welcomed their beautiful daughter Violet into the world in June 2013.
Owen Daniel-McCarter became the legal director of the TransLife Center, a project of the Chicago House and Social Service Agency. The center is a comprehensive holistic "housing first" program that supports the lives of street-based transgender people in Chicago by providing hosting, employment training, legal services, medical support, and affirming case management to break cycles of incarceration and homelessness in trans communities.
Jennifer Frankola is a litigation associate for Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP. She joined the firm in February 2010 and has since established the firm's education and special needs practice. Her work includes representing families at impartial hearings and appeals against school districts to ensure that children receive an appropriate education. She also assists parents in identifying appropriate education plans and services from early intervention, preschool, school-aged, and postsecondary life. Recently selected as a 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star, Jennifer married Jared Crawford in November 2012.
Emily White joined Disability Rights Ohio as a staff attorney focused on employment law. Previously she practiced consumer law at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Veda Collmer presented at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics' Health Law Professors Conference at Seton Hall in June. Her presentation analyzed the constitutionality of tobacco display bans, which may be a viable way to prevent youth from smoking, but violate the manufacturer's commercial speech rights.
Anthony Lise is practicing family law, with a focus on samesex and nontraditional families, at Weiss, Buell & Bell in Manhattan. He is the chair of the Family & Matrimonial Law Committee of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York; he helped conceive and establish the committee. He and his partner of almost five years, Kevin, recently became engaged and are living in DUMBO, Brooklyn, with their dog, Henry.
Jonathan Harris is an associate with the New York labor law firm Cohen, Weiss and Simon. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for Judge James Graves of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and taught legal writing at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.
Raymond Fernandez has accepted a two-year clerkship with New York Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera. He was formerly a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice.
Izel Fortunato has joined the Legal Aid Society's Parole Revocation Defense Unit as a staff attorney.
Angela Torregoza has launched her Art for Social Justice website, www.whoisvenusinorbit.com, with an interview with freedom fighter Yusef Abdus Salaam. The site features photography, interviews, and articles that speak about social justice issues such as mass incarceration, sex trafficking, and indigenous rights. Angela also celebrated her first anniversary as executive director of Kinding Sindaw, a resident artistic group of the world-renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.