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March 2014 - SETON HALL LAW GRADS ADVANCING NEW RULES IN NJ TO SUPPORT MILITARY SPOUSES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

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As military spouses themselves – both married to Seton Hall Law alumni who serve in the JAG Corps – Katie Manzi McDonough ’13 (pictured, left) and Jennifer Butch Talley ’10 (pictured, right) appreciate the challenge of fellow attorneys who relocate with their service-member spouses, and then face the burdensome expense and effort to qualify to practice law in a new state. The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering new qualifying rules for military spouse attorneys and McDonough and Talley are organizing support for the change. Read more >>



MORRISTOWN HAPPY HOUR BRINGS TOGETHER DOZENS OF ALUMNI - AND TWO CARLOADS OF SUITS

Morristown Happy Hour suit driveIt was both a networking and social success as more than 50 Seton Hall Law alumni convened at Grasshopper on the Green for the annual North Jersey Networking Happy Hour on March 13. 

Hosted by the Alumni Council, graduates were invited to donate business attire and accessories to benefit Dress for Success and The Genesis Project Initiative, both of which support low-income men and women to gain skills and confidence to enter the work force. 

The response was enthusiastic: with at least 25 bags collected over the evening. The Alumni Council thanks everyone who attended and who participated in the clothing drive. Stay tuned for news on upcoming events!


STRONG RANKINGS AND EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES FOR CLASS OF 2013

Commencement_20132Seton Hall Law is ranked #68 overall, and #5 in Health Law by U.S. News and World Report, and outcomes for the Class of 2013 reflects a near-90% employment rate within nine months of graduation. Dean Hobbs: “We play to our strengths: a curriculum that melds theory with practical applications and opportunities for students to gain professional experience throughout law school. Employers appreciate the high skill level they see in a Seton Hall Law graduate from day one, and that puts our students in demand.” Read more >>


SETON HALL ALUMNI NEWS

The Honorable Dorothea O.C. Wefing '72, Judge of the Appellate Division (ret.), Temporarily Assigned to the Supreme Court, will receive the Trailblazer Award at the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association 7th Annual WILL Platinum Gala on March 25.

Judge_ShippKevin H. Marino ’84, Founding Partner of Marino, Tortorella & Boyle, P.C.; Patrick C. Dunican Jr. ’91, Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C.; and the Honorable Michael A. Shipp ’94 (pictured) of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey were presented with Awards of Excellence at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund gala on March 12, all honored for their dedication to advancing diversity in the legal profession.

David E. Gray ’03 was appointed to the Byram Township Council in New Jersey.

Scott S. Liebman ‘05 joined Loeb & Loeb LLP as a Partner, practicing in the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices He leads the firm’s new FDA Regulatory and Compliance practice.

Kelly Fitzpatrick ’09 has joined The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm in New York City as Senior Counsel.

Christopher J. Gelpi ’12 has joined Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Kelly Ann Taddonio ’13 has joined The Law Offices of Fausto E. Zapata in New York City as an Associate.

Judge Marina Corodemus (Ret.) ‘80, managing partner of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm Corodemus & Corodemus, L.L.C. in Iselin, has been elected president of the Academy of Court-Appointed Special Masters (ACAM).

UPCOMING EVENTS

WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE AWARD RECEPTION

Wednesday, March 26
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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Seton Hall Law and the Women's Law Forum will present the Woman of Substance Award to the Honorable Anne E. Patterson, of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Justice Patterson was sworn into the Supreme Court in 2011, following her appointment by Governor Christie. Prior to her appointment, she was a Partner at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP. From 1991 to 2006, Justice Patterson served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character. She was awarded the William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Product Liability and Toxic Tort Law and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism's Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. She was elected to the New Jersey Fellows of the America Bar Foundation in 2011.

The event will take place at the Metropolitan Room of the Newark Club, One Newark Center, 22nd floor. The cost per ticket is $75. To make your reservation, please send an email to Molly Marmion Zlock, Director of Student Services, at molly.zlock@shu.edu or call 973-642-8097. 

Note: Checks are payable to Seton Hall law School. Payment may be made at the door or checks Payment may be made at the door or checks may be mailed to The Office of the Dean of Students, Seton Hall Law, One Newark Center, Newark, NJ 07102.



STATUS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Wednesday, March 26
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Professor Denis McLaughlin

Professor Denis McLaughlin will host a discussion with two prominent human rights attorneys from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kevin Winters and Niall Murphy, regarding the status of human rights in Northern Ireland 16 years after 1998 Good Friday Agreement with the British Government. Attorneys Winters and Murphy will relate their personal experiences in representing victims of corruption and violence in Northern Ireland and in seeking British Government accountability for its violations of the Good Friday Agreement. They will also address the important role of lawyers in working with human rights organizations to combat governmental failures and to initiate more effective legal actions against lax governmental practices.

The event will take place at Seton Hall Law. 1.5 NJ/NY CLE credits will be awarded. This event is free of charge and open to all Seton Hall students, faculty, alumni and the general public. Click here to make your reservation or for more information, please contact Professor McLaughlin at denis.mclaughlin@shu.edu or call Dean Rosa Alves at 973-642-8187.



THE AFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL: FINDING SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW

Thursday, April 3
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Professor Paula Franzese

Seton Hall Law is pleased to celebrate Professor Paula Franzese's new books, A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Law Student, and A Short & Happy Guide to Being a College Student. These volumes are slim but packed with great information about finding success in all its forms within the cerebral and professional realm. They will inform a discussion among legal scholars and practitioners about what it takes to find fulfillment as an attorney. Excerpts from A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student and A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student can be found at ShortHappyGuide.com.

 

Short_and_Happy_GuidesThe program will take place at Seton Hall Law. 2 NY/NJ CLE Ethics credits will be available. The cost to attend is $30, which includes copies of Professor Franzese's books. There is no charge for attendance for students, faculty and administration. A book-signing celebration and reception will follow. Click here to make your reservation or for more information please contact Dean Rosa Alves at rosa.alves-ferreira@shu.edu or call 973-642-8187.



MSJ ALUMNI CAREER PANEL DISCUSSION & NETWORKING RECEPTION

Monday, April 7
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

MSJ degree evening class

Seton Hall Law hosts a networking opportunity for all M.S.J. degree alumni and current students. The evening includes a tour of the Law School, a panel discussion and a cocktail reception to follow at Maize Restaurant, 50 Park Avenue in Newark. 

There is no charge for M.S.J. degree students or alumni to attend. Click here to make your reservation via Seton Hall Law Connect or for more information, please contact Dean Helen Cummings, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Online Learning, at helen.cummings@shu.edu or call 973-642-8380.



REPRESENTING DETAINED ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN IMMIGRATION COURT

Wednesday, April 9
1:00 to 5:00 pm

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Please join us for this unique pro bono training program in immigration law. Speakers include Third Circuit Judge Michael Chagares '87 (pictured), and Immigration Judges will conduct mock asylum and bond hearings with overviews of practice provided by experienced non-government organization (NGO) practitioners. This program is co-sponsored by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, Human Rights First, the American Friends Service Committee, and Legal Services of New Jersey.

The program will take place at Seton Hall Law and is free to registrants. One free NJ CLE credit is available to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case within the year. o register, please send an email to probono@lsnj.org or for more information, please contact Gwenda Davis, Administrator for the Center for Social Justice, at gwenda.davis@shu.edu or call the Center for Social Justice at 973-642-8700.



HOW TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH LINKEDIN

Wednesday, April 9
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Online professional branding is a key element to building your career and to navigating today's job market. Join Kevin Grubb for an interactive LinkedIn program where you will leave with tools to help your profile make a big impact with employers, tips on building and utilizing your connections (including some hidden tricks) and advice on what employers like and dislike.

The program will take place at Seton Hall Law. There is no charge to attend. To make your reservation or for more information, please contact Erin Scherzer, Associate Director of the Office of Career Services, at erin.scherzer@shu.edu or call 973-642-8242.



APPELLATE ADVOCACY ARGUMENTS - ALUMNI VOLUNTEER JUDGES NEEDED

Saturday, April 12
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The 2013-2014 Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board is in need of volunteer judges to hear arguments presented by students in the Appellate Advocacy Program. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and validated parking are included. NY/NJ CLE credits are available (a maximum of 6 CLE credits may be issued for this activity in one report period).

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Professor Carmen Barbazan, the Faculty Program Director, at carmen.barbazan@shu.edu or call 973-642-8783. Volunteers may also contact Nicholas Keller, the program's Student Director, at nicholas.keller@student.shu.edu or call 908-803-5434.



NJ LEEP: DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION, DIVERSITY IN LEADERSHIP GALA VI

Wednesday, April 30
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) celebrates diversity in the legal profession at its annual gala. This year NJ LEEP will honor Susan Blount, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial (pictured, left), and Gregory K. Palm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

NJ LEEP was founded in 2006 in partnership with Seton Hall Law, empowering low-income minority youth to perform at high academic levels and to obtain admission to four-year colleges and universities. NJ LEEP is part of the pipeline diversity project, which is devoted to preparing urban minority youth for potential legal careers by providing support and exposure at a young age.

The Gala will take place at the Westin Jersey City Newport, 479 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City. The cost per ticket is $200. To make your reservation for the event or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Craig Livermore, Executive Director, at craig.livermore@njleep.org or call 973-242-0951.



ANNUAL ALUMNI DINNER DANCE

Friday, May 2
6:00 p.m.

William Palatucci'89

Please join us in honoring 2014 Distinguished Graduate, William J. Palatucci '89, Special Counsel at Gibbons P.C. Bill Palatucci is one of the state’s most prominent and widely respected attorneys, with a reputation for strategic planning and complex public policy and communications initiatives. In 2010, he was elected the Republican National Committeeman for New Jersey. 

The Dinner Dance will be held at The Grove in Cedar Grove. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a program, dinner and dancing at 7:30. This year we will offer an opportunity to display your advertisement online, and on the big screen during the dinner dance. Click here to purchase seats, learn more about sponsorship information and reserve advertising space today. Or, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.



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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!