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September 2014 - A LETTER FROM GREG ACQUAVIVA '06, ALUMNI COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Gregory Acquaviva '06

As a Seton Hall Law School alumnus, there is much you can be proud of. You can take pride in the Law School’s ever increasing national ranking (No. 68 according to U.S. News and World Report), not to mention our highly regarded health law program (No. 5 according to U.S. News and World Report). You can take pride in the successes of your fellow alumni whose leadership of the bar, bench, government, industry, and their communities are highlighted in the "Alumni News and Notes" section of our 2014 alumni magazine. And, you can take pride in countless other accomplishments of the law school, its students, and its faculty – be it the Supreme Court of the United States’ myriad citations to Professor Hartnett’s scholarship, the regular successes of our moot court program, or the significant legal victories earned by our Center for Social Justice’s numerous clinics. Read more >>



SETON HALL ALUMNI NEWS

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The W. Cary Edwards Foundation held a fundraising event on September 19 to benefit education in New Jersey. The foundation was named in memory of Edwards ’70, former New Jersey Attorney General and chairman of the State Commission of Investigation, who died in 2010.

James B. Ventantonio ‘64 (pictured, left), a member of the Seton Hall Law Board of Visitors, has joined SAI Management Consulting in Bridgewater as Executive Vice President.

Lenore Molee ’88 was appointed Dean of School of Professional Studies at Berkeley College, which has campuses in New York and New Jersey.

Franklin C. McRoberts IV ’05, an Associate at Farrell Fritz PC in its Uniondale, New York office, was named to Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2014 New York Metro “Rising Stars” list, recognized for excellence in business litigation.

Matthew R. Petracca ‘07 joined the Law Offices of Debra Lynn Nicholson in Sparta as Of Counsel. He was named to Super Lawyers Magazine's 2014 “Rising Stars” list.

Rose Maureen Harper ’13 joined Morrison Mahoney LLP as an Associate in the New York Office.

Benjamin J. Smith ‘13 joined Rawle & Henderson LLP in New York City office as an Associate, and will focus his practice on medical professional liability matters.

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Frank E. Ferruggia, Jr. '14 joined Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster in Newark as an Associate in the firm's Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law Practice Group.

Lisa M. Meyer ’14 (pictured, left) joined Main Event Productions as the Director of Business Affairs & Digital Media.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014 CAREERS IN TAX LAW: PANEL DISCUSSION

Monday, October 6
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Pasquale Rufalo '95

This ABA-sponsored event features a distinguished panel of members of the judiciary and tax law practitioners who will address the different tax law specialty areas, tips on building experience, advice on standing out in today's job market, and much more.

Panelists Include:

  1. The Honorable Patrick DeAlmeida, Presiding Tax Judge with the Tax Court of New Jersey
  2. Kevin Glenn, Esq., Partner at KPMG LLP
  3. Pasquale J. Rufolo, Esq. ‘95 (pictured), Founding Member and Partner, Rufolo & Stein, LLC
  4. Selena Schneider, Ph.D., Director Transfer Pricing - Corporate Tax, CIT
  5. and
  6. Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner at McCarter & English, LLP

A networking reception will follow the discussion.

The Careers in Tax Law panel discussion is sponsored by the ABA Section on Taxation, the Seton Hall Tax Law Society, the Seton Hall Law Office of Career Services, and Rutgers-Newark Law School.

Alumni may register for this event via Symplicity or please contact Erin Scherzer, Associate Director, Office of Career Services, at erin.scherzer@shu.edu or call 973-642-8242.



THE GIBBONS INSTITUTE/NJIPLA 12TH ANNUAL FALL LECTURE SERIES

Tuesday, October 7
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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The Annual Fall Lecture Series, sponsored by the Gibbons Institute and the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, provides a forum to discuss the legal, political and social problems that continue to arise as scientific and technological changes challenge existing law and legal institutions. This year's program will feature The Honorable Grace Obermann, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trade Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). She will present "A Day in the Life at the PTAB" and discuss current trends, best practices, important issues, and likely developments in post-issuance AIA patent trial practice before the Board. A reception will follow the program.

The event will take place at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, adjacent to Seton Hall Law School. 1.5 NY/NJ CLE credits will be available. Refreshments and validated parking will be provided in the Laz parking garage on Mulberry Street. There is no cost for the event but registration is required. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Teresa Rizzo, Administrative Assistant, at teresa.rizzo@shu.edu or call 973-642-8506.



FREE ALUMNI CLE - SUPREME COURT REVIEW

Wednesday, October 8
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

CLE_196Please join us for our first FREE CLE program for Seton Hall Law Alumni for 2014-15. The program will take place at Seton Hall Law in the Larson Auditorium, 3rd floor. This 4-hour course will award 4 NY/NJ CLE credits. Sign-in will begin 1 hour prior to the event.

Registration for this class will open on September 8 via Seton Hall Law Connect, our dedicated alumni networking site. Visit www.setonhalllawconnect.com to set up your account. For more information, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.



U.S. HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Monday, October 13
Mon: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tues: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wed: 9:00 a.m. to 5:35 p.m.; Thurs: 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Healthcare Compliance Certification Program (HCCP) is a four-day educational training for compliance professionals and lawyers in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The program immerses attendees in the statutes, regulations, and other guidance that comprise the body of law known as “fraud and abuse law,” as well as other healthcare-related laws and regulations to help them understand the legal underpinnings of the compliance programs they develop and enforce.

The program will take place at Seton Hall Law. The cost of the program is $2,400, with a 50% discount for Seton Hall Law alumni. The program may be eligible for approximately 24 NY/NJ CLE credits. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Catherine Finizio, Administrator, at catherine.finizio@shu.edu or call 973-642-8382.



CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN IP LAW

Thursday, October 23
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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SAVE THE DATE! The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology and Gibbons P.C. will co-sponsor a panel discussion highlighting and recognizing women who are leading the way in intellectual property law.

The event will take place at Seton Hall Law. There is no charge. Registration will open, and breakfast will be available, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., and the discussion will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 1.5 NY/NJ CLE credits will be available. For more information, please contact Teresa Rizzo, Administrative Assistant, at teresa.rizzo@shu.edu or call 973-642-8506.



LALSA'S HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PANEL AND SANGRIA SOCIAL

Thursday, October 23
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Seton Hall Law School Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) presents their Hispanic Heritage Month Panel and Sangria Social. This year's panel is entitled, "Need Not Apply: The Disparate Impact of Criminal Background Checks on Communities of Color."

The event will take place at Seton Hall Law. There is no charge to attend. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Molly Zlock, Director of Student Services, at molly.zlock@shu.edu or call 973-642-8097.



RODINO CELEBRATION

Wednesday, October 29
6:00 pm

Toni Belford DamianoSeton Hall School of Law Peter W. Rodino Jr. Society and Honorary Alumni Chairs, Ed Sturchio, Esq.’00 and Jason M. Santarcangelo, Esq. ‘05 cordially invite you to attend the Celebration of Excellence honoring three exceptional women:

  1. Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq., Excellence in Achievement Award
  2. Toni Belford Damiano, Esq. (pictured), Excellence in Leadership Award
  3. The Honorable Marianne Espinosa, Humanitarian Achievement Award

The event will take place at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, adjacent to Seton Hall Law School. Tickets are $75.00 per person or $750.00 per table (seats 10). Tickets are $50 per person for members of the Classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Please reserve your tickets by October 21. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Molly Zlock, Director of Student Services, at molly.zlock@shu.edu or call 973.642.8097.



APPELLATE ADVOCACY JUDGES NEEDED

Saturday, November 22
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2014 Gressman Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition

The members of the 2014-15 Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board invite alumni to serve as a volunteer judge at Seton Hall Law School. Students enrolled in the Appellate Advocacy program are required to argue their briefs before a panel of volunteer judges traditionally comprised of distinguished members of the alumni community.

Panelists who are members of either the New York or New Jersey bar may receive CLE credit for judging. Judges will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and complimentary parking. To volunteer, please contact Appellate Advocacy Student Director McKenzie Wilson at mckenzie.wilson@student.shu.edu or call 201-755-6152, or contact Professor Charles Sullivan at charles.sullivan@shu.edu.

 



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CLASS NOTES

We want to hear your good news! Visit Seton Hall Law Connect to share your latest career successes with the entire Seton Hall Law community. If you have not yet updated your profile in Seton Hall Law Connect, use the log-in information included in the email that linked to this issue of Alumni News and Notes. For more information about your Seton Hall Law Connect registration, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.

We hope to see you soon!