To 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!
- Wednesday, February 25: Women of Substance Award Reception
- Friday, March 6: Annual Alumni Dinner Dance honoring Paulette Brown '76, ABA President-elect. See details, below.
- Wednesday, March 18: 2015 Diversity Banquet
- Monday, June 15: Seton Hall Law School and Daniel J. Moore Golf Tournament
- Thursday, June 18: Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 1974, '75, '84, '85, '89, '90, '94, '95,' 04 and '05
- 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
Seton 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 (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 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, 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 ’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 ‘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.
'MURDER AT CAMP DELTA' - BOOK-SIGNING EVENT
Tuesday, February 3
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Seton Hall Law Center for Policy & Research is pleased to host a special event celebrating the release of Murder in Camp Delta, a book by former Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman and published by Simon & Schuster. Murder at Camp Delta chronicles Hickman's eyewitness account of events that took place in June 2006 when three prisoners of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were found hanging in their cells, and how Seton Hall Law research fellows worked with him to uncover the truth of what happened that night. Guest speakers include Professor Mark P. Denbeaux, Director of the Center, Hickman and Chrystal Loyer '12, one of the Fellows who made a vital discovery.
The event will take place at Seton Hall Law. A reception will follow the panel discussion. There is no charge to attend the event. Books will be for sale for Joseph Hickman to sign personally. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Gwen Davis, Administrative Director for the Center for Policy & Research, at email@example.com or call 973-642-8803.
CONFERENCE: INSURANCE COVERAGE ISSUES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES
Friday, February 6
10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Seton Hall Law School’s Sentinel Project is examining issues related to access to essential health benefits by insurers in the reformed individual and small group insurance markets. The purpose of the conference is to discuss several areas of coverage that have raised concerns historically in insurance markets, including access to outpatient therapy and drug treatment, and access to transitions of care following acute episodes.
Featured speakers include Michael Reisman, AAG with the Health Care Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General; Professor Joel Cantor, Director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy; and Professor John V. Jacobi, Academic Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. Presentations will also be made by representatives of advocacy organizations, health care providers, insurers, and employers, and there will be opportunities for discussion and audience participation. All interested in insurance reform and access to behavioral health services are welcome.
The program will take place at Seton Hall Law School. 2 NY/NJ CLE credits will be available. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Please register by January 31. Learn more about the agenda and register at law.shu.edu/sentinel or for more information, please contact Catherine Finizio, Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-642-8382.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
This 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. This event is sponsored by BLSA and the Rutgers University Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CLiME).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-642-8097.
WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE AWARD RECEPTION
Wednesday, February 25
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Women's Law Forum invites you to join them at the Woman of Substance Award Reception, at which they recognize a woman who has achieved excellence in legal profession. The Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, is the 2015 honoree.
The event will take place in the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, 22nd floor. Tickets are $75 per person. Please register by February 20. Visit law.shu.edu/2015womanofsubstance to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Molly Zlock, Director of Student Services, at email@example.com or call 973-642-8097.
SETON HALL LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM, "150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 13TH AMENDMENT: IS THE U.S. LIVING UP TO ITS PROMISE?"
Thursday, February 26
2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Human trafficking is a global problem, affecting over 35 million people worldwide. The U.S. is not immune to it: in fact, the U.S. is considered to be a top destination for human trafficking victims. Incidents of trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, with the issue drawing particular attention in New Jersey following law enforcement's crackdown on sex trafficking during last year's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.
In the face of modern-day forms of slavery and in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment, the 2015 Seton Hall Legislative Journal Symposium will reflect on the extent to which U.S. legislation is accomplishing the goals of the 13th Amendment. The Symposium will present two panels of distinguished attorneys, advocates, and professors, for consideration of an array of legal issues. Panelists will explore the root causes of human trafficking and the impact of trafficking on various groups, as well as analyze and assess the legislative responses to the systemic problem of trafficking in its various forms.
The discussion will take place at Seton Hall Law with a dinner and keynote speech to follow at the Metropolitan Room in the Newark Club. 4 NY/NJ CLE credits will be available. The cost to attend is $50. Make your reservation at law.shu.edu/legjournalsymposium or for more information, please contact Teresa Russo, Assistant to the Dean of Special Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-642-8506.
ANNUAL ALUMNI DINNER DANCE
Friday, March 6
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 email@example.com or call 973-642-8711.
MORRISTOWN NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, March 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-642-8711.
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 email@example.com or call 973-642-8711.
We hope to see you soon!