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Vincent Maher received his Masters Degree in English Literature from Iona College. His daughter recently graduated from nursing school and received her RN degree.
Hon. Sondra K. Pardes was elected to the NYS Supreme Court in November. Judge Pardes had been sitting in the Nassau County District Court since 2009 and is presently assigned to the Nassau Matrimonial Center.
Joe Rosenberg is one of a handful of participants in the CALI Access to Justice ("A2J") Clinical Project. CALI accepted Joe's proposal to develop a curriculum for the Elder Law Clinic at CUNY School of Law designed to produce materials and forms for pro se litigants in adult guardianship proceedings under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law using the A2J software. The goal is to have the software program disseminated widely to legal aid, legal services, the courts, and others involved in Article 81 proceedings. Joe's article, "Routine Violations of Medical Privacy in Article 81 Guardianship Cases: So What or Now What?" was published in the January 2013 New York State Bar Journal. Joe has been serving as the Interim Associate Dean of Clinical Programs at CUNY and will assume that position on a permanent basis beginning in June 2013.
Cathy Velez-Lippman and Gary Lippman have lived in Florida for almost 17 years. Their daughter Jenna attends Georgia Tech and their daughter Jacqueline is a freshman in high school.
Hon. Doris M. Gonzalez was transferred to the Supreme Court Bronx County- Matrimonial Division. She spent the past six years in the Criminal Division in Criminal and Supreme Court, Bronx County.
The New York Law Journal recognized Barbara J. King, a partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, as a role model for lawyers statewide for her dedication to helping lower middle-income New York families gain access to and navigate the legal system, particularly through her volunteer work with Schenectady County’s Modest Means Panel Program.
Beth S. Lyons served as a defense counsel in three cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Her review of Professor Nancy Amoury Combs’ book, Fact-Finding Without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, was published in the Journal of Genocide Research in September 2011.
Amy Saltzman is serving as a Vice President of the New York Women’s Bar Association for 2012-2013.
In addition to her position as Deputy Director of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, Jerrice Duckette is also President of the Westchester Black Bar Association.
Anna Levine currently works as a mediator. She shares her sympathy on the death of her classmate Lawrence Cullen.
Larry Cullen died in November. He was a judge on the New York State Supreme Court.
The Suffolk County Bar Association appointed Peter C. Walsh as Associate Dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law, Co-chair of the East/End Extension Academy Committee, Co-chair of the Elder Law Committee, and Co-chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.
In December, Stephen Bergstein prevailed in a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed a jury verdict under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case is Zeno v. Pine Plains Central School District, ___ F.3d ___, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24833 (2d Cir. 2012).
Beatrice Havranek began her law career as an associate in the law firm of a local lawyer. In 2006, she became the First Assistant County Attorney for the County of Ulster, and in 2009 she became the County Attorney. She is the first woman to hold either position.
Bill Tsoumpelis represents distressed homeowners in foreclosure actions and clients in real estate based litigation.
K. Jacob Ruppert is in his seventh year as Court Counsel and District Hearing Officer for the 11th Judicial District Court of Louisiana as well as his fourth consecutive year as President of the Louisiana Hearing Officers' Association. Jacob also serves on the Louisiana Supreme Court's Domestic Violence Curriculum Committee. In October, he hosted Kathryn Jones Malwitz ('94) and Jessica Carrigan-Broda ('94) in New Orleans for a Big Easy reunion and to celebrate the life of classmate Larry S. Sharpe ('94), who recently passed away.
Larry S. Sharpe died in September.
Kim Dvorchak was a collaborating author of Colorado: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Defense Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency.
Judith Flamenbaum is retired and continues to help others through pro bono volunteering. She is on the Legal Advisory Board of Sanctuary for Families and is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Law School. She is supervising an uncontested divorce program through one of CLRN's offsprings. Her four grandchildren are all in school. Judith and her husband will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
Sam Oakland continues as a teaching park ranger in the Pacific Northwest. He is on a leave of absence to teach law & literature at the Moldovan State Institute of International Relations and also at the Moldovan State University as part of his 4th Fulbright teaching grant. In February, he was the keynote speaker at the Black History Through Fiction & Film Conference at the American Studies Center of Moldova.
For the past six years, Jeanne Vagell Rowlee has been an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County.
Kathleen McLaughlin is in solo general practice in Ocean Grove, NJ. She is also a pool attorney for the juvenile division of the Monmouth County Public Defender’s Office.
Giovanni C Merlino is with Dinkes & Schwitzer, handling labor law, construction site accidents, and workers compensation claims.
Michael Tobman served as Senior Advisor to Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng during her successful campaign for U.S. Congress. He is coordinating a statewide campaign for an increased role for local governments in the approval and siting of commercial casinos. Michael is the founding Principal of Hudson TG and launched Riverview Public Affairs with his colleague, Julie Roginsky. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Aimee, and their children, Hailey and Jacob.
Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack was ordained in October. He is the founder of 4Lyfe Ministries. He is based in Boston, MA.
Maryann Zalesak died in October.
Diego Demaya is a human resources educator and legal analyst at Southwest ADA Center.
Nathaniel R. Puffer has been a staff attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid in Taos, NM, for the past five years.
Erica Buckley (née McHale) was appointed Chair of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Housing and Urban Development. In December, Erica co-authored “Land Banking in New York Begins-How Our Towns and Cities are Using the New York Land Bank Act to Fight Blight and Encourage Renewal" with Benjamin Flavin (’09) in the New York State Bar Association's Real Property Law Journal.
Kirk Lund is a part-time law clerk for Waukesha County Family Court Judge Michael O. Bohren and plans to seek his license to practice law in Wisconsin on proof of practice in Minnesota.
Mark S. Silver published the 3rd edition of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome.
Leroy Gadsden, the Criminal Justice and Legal Redress Chair for the New York State NAACP, provided testimony on the discriminatory impact and effects of NYPD Stop and Frisk at the New York State Assembly Hearings and the New York City Council Hearings on Police Stop and Frisk.
Ian F. Hinonangan has been in his solo immigration practice for ten years in Jersey City, NJ. Ian plans to expand his practice to Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Rev. Chryll D. Crews was granted Approval for Ordination/Admission to the Roster of Ordained Ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in October by the Candidacy Committee of the Metropolitan New York Synod.
Azalia Volpe (née Lopez) is an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Deirdre A. O'Brien was appointed as a Trustee at the Cornelia Connelly Center.
Harry Berberian is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development at Graham Windham.
Kavita Pawria married Siddhartha Sanchez in New Rochelle, NY. Kavita has been the Executive Director of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs at the City of New York’s Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services since 2008.
Ed Campanelli became staff attorney at Housing Works.
Jonnee Bentley joined Service Employees International Union as Assistant General Counsel in February 2012. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Billy Massey is a partner at the worker/union-side labor and employment firm of Gladstein, Reif, & Meginniss, LLP. He is also an adjunct professor at CUNY Law, teaching and supervising students in the Community and Economic Development Clinic.
Benjamin M. Mastaitis is entering his fourth year at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. His wife, Kate Mastaitis (‘04), is an attorney at Donnellan and Knussman, PLLC in Ballston Spa, NY. They have two children, Eleanor and Greta.
After living in Venezuela for many years, Eva Golinger is practicing immigration and international law in New York. Eva also has a weekly television show, Detrás de la noticia, on RT Spanish. She is preparing a book about her time in Venezuela working as an advisor to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Eva’s son, Zachary, was born in 2012, and they live in Brooklyn.
Carrie Miller’s son, Elias Kassatly, completed his B.A. at Hunter College in December.
Jennifer Leigh DeVenuti (Mazzo) is an Associate at Picciano & Scahill, P.C., in Westbury, NY.
Jonathan Darche became the Deputy Chief Prosecutor with the Civilian Complaint Review Board in January.
Mika Dashman joined Fishman & Mallon, LLP in November.
Maggie Kawinski and Hollis Pfitsch (’05) had their first child, Oskar Pfitsch-Kawinski, in October.
Sebastian Riccardi and Malvika Gupta (’05) welcomed their daughter Anya Gupta-Riccardi in December.
E. Michelle Andrews is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation Housing Unit. She married Kevin M. Noonan in June 2012. Michelle serves on the Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities Committee at the New York City Bar Association.
Christine Zielinski is a Litigation Supervisor in the Manhattan office at the Center for Family Representation. She is engaged to Paul Bruno.
Paula Griffith Edgar welcomed a son, Austin Edgar, in July 2012.
Michael Davidov is an estate planning and elder law attorney in Forest Hills, NY. He launched a financial coaching business in April. His book, Legacy Wealth Planning: The Essential Guide to Estate Planning in New York, will be published in 2013. Michael was named a “Kings of Queens” by the Queens Courier and obtained the designation of Fellow from the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Irina C. Rodriguez was awarded inMotion's 2013 Commitment to Justice Award.
Heather Cook is a prosecutor at the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board's new Administrative Prosecutions Unit. Heather’s new Deputy at the CCRB is Jonathan Darche ('05).
Jeni Wright, her husband, Walter, and son, Jonah, welcomed daughter, Lila Wright Walden, in January. Jeni is a part-time staff attorney at SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia.
Charlie Stoll lives in Albuquerque, NM, where he prosecutes felony domestic violence crimes for the 2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Steve Diamond, his wife, and two daughters moved to Albuquerque, NM, at the recommendation of Charlie Stoll ('06). Steve has joined Charlie in prosecuting domestic violence cases in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Dave Palmer, Execute Director of the Center for Working Families, had two op-eds published recently. “United We Donate” appeared in the Albany Times Union and “Look for Substance of Campaign Finance and Minimum Wage in Albany” appeared in Newsday. Dave and his wife, Paloma, recently celebrated their daughter Maya’s 1st birthday with Michael Oppenheimer (’06), Ivan Pantoja (’06), Yogi Patel (’06), Richard Celestin (’06), and Elizabeth Cordoba (’11).
Sienna Baskin is the co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York. In July, she chaired a panel at the International AIDS Conference on the rights of sex workers. In September, the project issued a comprehensive report on human trafficking from Mexico to New York. Sienna also serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Human Trafficking. She lives with her wife, Christa Douaihy (‘08), in East Harlem, NY.
Kimberly Jones Bendana was married in March 2012 to Raymond Bendana. Their son, Nicholas Gregory, was born in December.
Alicia Perez (Miller) is a private immigration attorney in Houston, Texas.
Rosalba Novoa Davis is a staff attorney at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She lives in Howard County with her daughter Jillian and her spouse Derik.
Paul J. Kilminster is an associate with the law firm Goldberg Segalla in its Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. in Garden City, NJ.
Lauren B. Hyman is a trial attorney at Mental Hygiene Legal Service, 1st Judicial Department, Bronx Office. In November, Lauren married Jeffrey Weinberg. CUNY Law alums in attendance were Amanda Allen (’08), Christopher Fitzgerald (’08), Ruth Cusick (’08), Geoff Bickford (’08), Sean Malley (’08), Matt Monroe (’08), Jen Hope (’07), Jenn Becker (’08), and Kim Tate-Brown (’05).
Christa Douaihy is a Team Leader at the Bronx Defenders in its Civil Action Practice. She also serves on the AIDS Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Christa lives with her wife, Sienna Baskin (‘07), in East Harlem, NY.
In 2012, Alana Chazan opened Baumer & Chazan Law Group, LLP, a community law firm based in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
Anthony M. Lise practices family law at Weiss, Buell & Bell.
Coreal Riday-White was elected Vice President of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. He is an associate at a small civil litigation firm in San Francisco and is expecting his second child this spring.
Ben Flavin, Yogi Patel ('06), and Bikram Singh formed Patel Law LLP in September. This spring, they welcomed Fred Rooney ('86) as a partner, who will continue to consult with law schools to develop access to justice programs. Maggie Sposato ('10) is a Senior Associate with Patel Law LLP, and Erin Lloyd ('06) serves as of-counsel.
In December, Alexander Keblish became an associate attorney at Citak & Citak in Manhattan. He performs pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Mauricio E. Norona ran for a seat in the Ecuadorian National Assembly to represent the Ecuadorian community residing in the United States and Canada.
Virginia Wilber accepted a job at Nelson Law Firm, PLLC in Waterloo, Iowa.
In January, Bradley Parker became an international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defense for Children International–Palestine Section based in Ramallah.
Paula Segal presented “Protest Lawyering: Theory and Practice,” at a NY County Lawyers Association CLE in February. Her article, “Flowers Follow,” appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Shelterforce.
Liza M. Zayas is Assistant Law Clerk to the Honorable Pam Jackman Brown, Justice of the Queens Supreme Court.
Kenny Minaya is a staff attorney at the Catholic Migration Office's Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Project.
Mindy D. Mitchell is a Legislative Fellow in the Albany office of New York Senator José Peralta as part of the New York Senate Graduate Fellowship program.
Emily Rees married Christian Garnett in November in Houston, TX. She will now go by Emily Garnett.
Michael J. Rago is a law clerk (associate upon admission) at the Novo Law Firm, P.C. in Manhattan. In October, Michael married Samantha Skoriak.
Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez is working for the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. While in Phoenix documenting labor-community partnerships in electoral and civic engagement, Kelly assisted the Adiós Arpaio campaign and caught-up with Lauren Dasse (’12), who is an Immigration Staff Attorney at The Florence Project.