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December 2014 - MESSAGE FROM DR. KAREN BOROFF, CHAIR OF THE SETON HALL LAW DEAN SEARCH COMMITTEE

Dean Patrick E. HobbsTo Seton Hall Law Alumni and Friends: As you know, Dean Patrick E. Hobbs has chosen to step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. On behalf of Seton Hall University, we are both appreciative and grateful to Dean Hobbs for his many years of exemplary service. It is my honor to serve as leader of the committee that is seeking a new Dean for the Law School. Seton Hall University views the selection of the Dean as one of the most critical strategic decisions to be made this year and we know it is of paramount importance to the entire Seton Hall Law community. Read more >>



MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2015: UPCOMING EVENTS

View our event calendar, below, to make your reservation for upcoming Seton Hall Law events, but save these dates as well! 

  1. Wednesday, February 25: Women of Substance Award Reception
  2. Friday, March 6: Annual Alumni Dinner Dance honoring Paulette Brown '76, ABA President-elect. See details, below.
  3. Wednesday, March 18: 2015 Diversity Banquet
  4. Monday, June 15: Seton Hall Law School and Daniel J. Moore Golf Tournament
  5. Thursday, June 18: Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 1974, '75, '84, '85, '89, '90, '94, '95,' 04 and '05
  6. Friday, September 25: 31st Annual Red Mass

Details will follow in future issues of Alumni News and Events, so stay tuned.


SETON HALL LAW PROGRAM AND FACULTY NEWS

Professor Stephen LubbenSeton Hall Law introduces a new J.D. Concentration in Compliance. “Compliance is the fastest-growing area of corporate law and business practice, especially in such highly regulated fields as health and life sciences, financial services and cybersecurity,” said Professor Stephen J. Lubben (pictured). “As new regulations and laws such as Dodd-Frank emerge, compliance expertise and skills are in great demand.” Read the press release >>

Professor Bernard Freamon Professor Bernard Freamon (pictured) has blogged and appeared on CNN International discussing the attempts of terrorist organization ISIS to justify its abuse and enslavement of women and girls based on the Koran. Professor Freamon dismisses the organization's claims as "just another species of modern-day human trafficking," with the consensus of Islamic scholars agreeing "it is unlawful...under Islam as well as under international humanitarian law." Watch the latest broadcast >>

Professor Rachel GodsilProfessor Rachel Godsil served as lead researcher for "Addressing the Impact of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care." From the report introduction: "We live in a time when discrimination looks less like a segregated lunch counter and more like a teacher never calling on your son or a doctor failing to inspire trust in your daughter and improperly diagnosing her illness as a result." Read the report >>

The Sentinel Project The Sentinel Project, a collaboration of the Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy and the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, published a new guide to help New Jersey consumers choose among the array of health care plans available on the Federal Marketplace. Pictured, from left, are Renee Steinhagen, Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed, Professor John V. Jacobi, and Researchers & Lecturers in Law Kate Greenwood and Tara Adams Ragone. Read the feature story in NJ Spotlight about the Sentinel Project>>


SETON HALL LAW ALUMNI NEWS

Andrew Alcorn ’80 was elected to the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors.

Bob Vetere ‘80, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) has been chosen as the 2014 Pet Industry Executive of the Year by Pet Business magazine.

Frank DeAngelis ’96, along with colleague Bill Wilson, published a book entitled New Jersey Insurance Coverage Litigation: A Practitioner's Guide.

Scott Fleisher '05Scott Fleisher ’05 (pictured) has joined Bank of America in New York as a Director.

John R. Cascarano, ’07 was elected to three year term on Borough Council in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Brook Bowles ’08 joined Connell Foley as an Associate.

Daniel McGrady ’11 joined Gibbons P.C. as an Associate.

Nicholas J. Dimakos ‘11 was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Resource Center of Somerset, Inc., a private, non-profit agency serving victims of domestic abuse in Somerset County. He is an Associate of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. in Bridgewater.

Paul Taylor ’11 joined Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in Washington, D.C. as Managing Director, Research.

Kathleen Faehner ’12 joined Wolff & Samson PC as an Associate.

Corey Klein ’12 joined Hehl & Hehl in Union as an Associate.

Elizabeth Blakely Paquet '13Elizabeth Blakely Paquet ‘12 (pictured) joins Polsinelli PC as an Associate in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring team in New York.

Megan Kosovich ’13 joined Connell Foley LLP as an Associate.

Justin H. Lubas ’13 joined Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, as an Associate.

Amanda Munsie ’13 joined Gibbons P.C. as an Associate.

Michael Rolek ’13 joined Connell Foley LLP as an Associate.

Kaitlyn Stone ’13 joined Gibbons P.C. as an Associate.

Elizabeth A. Matecki ’14 joined McOmber & McOmber, P.C. as an Associate.

UPCOMING EVENTS

FREE ALUMNI CLE - EMPLOYMENT/FAMILY LAW

Thursday, January 15
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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

Registration is available via Seton Hall Law Connect, our dedicated alumni networking site, at www.setonhalllawconnect.com. For more information, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.



LINKEDIN IS THE NEW BLACK - LEARN THE INSIDE TRICKS

Wednesday, January 21
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

LinkedIn

Have you heard about the benefits of LinkedIn and want to learn more about the ways that it can help you with networking, maintaining your professional contacts and researching employers? Or perhaps you have not yet joined LinkedIn and want to find out how and why to get started? Join us for a discussion with Allison Shields, an attorney, consultant and LinkedIn expert. Shields is the author of "LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers" and is a frequent speaker on social media in the legal profession. During her presentation, she will share her advice on how to maximize the benefits of LinkedIn and utilize it effectively in your job search and legal career.

The seminar will take place at Seton Hall Law in the Faculty Library, 5th floor; there is no charge for attendance. For more information, please contact Kara Bowser, Associate Director of Career Services, at kara.bowser@shu.edu or call 973-642-8735.



CIRCUIT REVIEW SYMPOSIUM: WHAT LAWYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND LEGAL MALPRACTICE

Tuesday, February 10
9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Seton Hall Law School

How can lawyers meet the challenges of the changing legal profession? How can lawyers deal with the need to reconcile personal values and the requirements of the adversary system? What is the best way for lawyers to zealously advocate for their clients while following the Rules of Professional Conduct? What qualities do Judges look for when lawyers appear before them. The Seton Hall Circuit Review will explore these issues at its annual Symposium at which panelists, judges, lawyers, and students will discuss legal malpractice, the Rules of Professional Conduct, professionalism, civility, and emerging issues in a half-day event.

The Symposium will take place at Seton Hall Law. 4 NY/NJ CLE Ethics credits will be available. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Dean Rosa Alves at rosa.alves-ferriera@shu.edu or call 973-642-8187.



BADGES, GUNS AND TRUST: EXPLORING THE CRISIS OF POLICE BRUTALITY

Thursday, February 12
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Professor Rachel GodsilThis event gathers together students, faculty and alumni of Seton Hall Law and Rutgers Law-Newark to celebrate Black History Month. Panelists include: Dr. Rod Brunson, Associate Professor/Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice; David Troutt, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law-Newark; Rachel Godsil, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School (pictured); and Nyle Fort, Master's of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a youth pastor, freelance writer and grassroots community organizer.

The event will take place at Seton Hall Law. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the panel. Visit law.shu.edu/blackhistory 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.



ANNUAL ALUMNI DINNER DANCE

Friday, March 6
6:00 p.m.

Paulette Brown '76

The Annual Alumni Dinner Dance is a highlight of the year for the entire Seton Hall Law community, offering an opportunity to celebrate the success of our graduates and to reconnect with classmates, faculty and colleagues. This year's Distinguished Graduate is Paulette Brown '76, a Partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and President-elect of the American Bar Association, the first woman of color to serve in the role. 

The dinner dance will take place at the Westminster Hotel in LIvingston. Cost of tickets is $350 per person; $275 for the Classes of 2009-14 and attorneys practicing in public interest and government service. Visit www.shulawdinnerdance.com for more information regarding reservations, table purchases and sponsorship opportunities or contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.



MORRISTOWN NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR

Thursday, March 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Alumni Social Event

Please join us for our annual Seton Hall Alumni Networking Happy Hour. Our Alumni Council Members will collect your unwanted business and business casual attire to benefit Dress for Success and The Genesis Project Initiative. These non-profit organizations provide interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income men and women. Suits, shirts, ties, dresses, pants, skirts, handbags, costume jewelry and shoes will be accepted. A cash bar will be available and the appetizers are on us!

The happy hour will take place at Grasshopper off the Green in Morristown. Make your reservation at our event page at www.setonhalllawconnect.com or for more information, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at  lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.



QUICK LINKS

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!