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July 2015 - KAROL CORBIN WALKER ’86 IN NEW LEADERSHIP ROLE

Dean Kathleen M. Boozang and Karol Corbin Walker '86 at the AFBNJ Dinner

The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) installed Karol Corbin Walker ’86 (pictured with Dean Kathleen M. Boozang) as the organization’s new president. The official celebration took place on June 18 at the AFBNJ’s Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Awards Reception. Read more >>



ALUMNI PROFILE: MARGOT EVES '06, ETHICIST AND EDUCATOR

Margot Eves '06“You need skills in mediation and diplomacy. And a lot of moral courage,” said Margot Eves ’06, describing her role as both practitioner and educator at the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care at the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Ohio. Eves helps patients and families address the myriad complex ethics issues that arise as they consider healthcare treatment or end-of-life options, and as a teacher in the Clinical Ethics Immersion Program, she imparts those skills to healthcare professionals. Full story >>


SETON HALL PROGRAM AND FACULTY NEWS

Dean Kathleen M. BoozangDean Boozang was quoted in the National Law Journal, which reported on the marked rise in the number of women who are serving as deans of law schools in the past several years. That's nothing new for Seton Hall Law: our founder, Miriam T. Rooney, was the first woman dean of an ABA-accredited law school, and Dean Boozang is the third woman to serve in the role. Full story >>

Last Resort Exoneration ProjectProfessors Lesley and Michael Risinger, who lead Seton Hall Law's Last Resort Exoneration Project, were featured in a two-page front-page series in the Star-Ledger regarding the cases of Kevin Baker and Sean Washington, imprisoned for 20 years for a double murder, and the Risingers' fight to prove the men's innocence. Full story >> 

Professor Brian SheppardProfessor Brian Sheppard published an op-ed in the international edition of the New York Times,"Why Honduras’s Judiciary Is Its Most Dangerous Branch." He had consulted to the government of Honduras in 2011 in the wake of a crisis in 2009, in which the President was removed from office for questioning an inviolable law requiring a four-term limit for his office. In April, the Honduran Supreme Court overturned the law, effectively negating term limits entirely and paving the way for potential dictatorships, which have plagued Honduras and other countries in Latin America. Read Professor Sheppard's New York Times op-ed >>


SETON HALL LAW ALUMNI NEWS

Alfred C. Koeppe ’75 was awarded the NJUA Distinguished Service Award by the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA).

The Honorable Marlene Lynch Ford ’79 was appointed the new Assignment Judge for Ocean County Superior Court.

Arleen Tyndorf ’80 joined Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey as Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer.

The Honorable Bonnie J. Mizdol ’82 was appointed the new Assignment Judge for Bergen County Superior Court.

The Honorable Peter J. Melchionne ’83 was nominated by Governor Chris Christie for tenure in Bergen County.

Stephen M. Gansler ’84 was appointed Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at Oxford Immunotec.

Kathryn Koles ‘84 has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Cable.

Lyza Walsh ’84 was named Managing Partner of Connell Foley LLP's Newark office.

Vivian Sanks King '85Vivian Sanks King ’85 (pictured, left) was appointed a judge for the Municipal Court of Newark.

Charles B. Carey ’86, together with John J. Grossi III '91, formed the firm of Carey & Grossi Attorneys At Law in Livingston.

Kathleen N. Fennelly ’86 was elected Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

The Honorable Lisa A. Firko ’86 was nominated by Governor Chris Christie for tenure in Bergen County.

The Honorable Brian Martinotti ’86 was nominated by President Obama to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo ’89 was appointed a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. 

Gianfranco Pietrafesa ’89 was named a 2015 “NJ Super Lawyer” in the business and corporate category.

Marie A. Accardi ‘90 joined Reardon Anderson, LLC.

The Honorable Liliana DeAvila-Silebi ’92 was nominated by Governor Chris Christie for tenure in Bergen County.

Geraldine Reilly ’92 was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Chair of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board in New York.

John D. Williams ’94 was elected president of the Sussex County Bar Association as well as sworn in as Sussex County counsel.

Athina Cornell ’96 started her own firm, Sciarrillo Cornell Merlino, McKeever & Osborne, LLC.

Karen A. Passaro ’96 was appointed Dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at Seton Hall University

The Honorable John Michael Vazquez ’96 was nominated by President Obama for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Douglas A. Wheeler ’96 joined New York Life as Vice President of Governmental Affairs.

Jim McClammy ’98 was named as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Elaine Rocha '98Elaine Rocha ’98 (pictured, left) was named Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff for AIG Investments.

Nicole DiMaria ’01 of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

John F. “Jack” Gillick ’01 has been appointed a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Neil Mody ’01 of Connell Foley LLP was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Sean A. Smith ’01 was elected co-chair of the Essex County Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee.

Jennifer Critchley ’02 from Connell Foley LLP was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Leora B. Freire ’02 was elected President-Elect of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for the 2015-16 term.

Chris Kunkel ’02 of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Akinyemi Akiwowo ’05 joined Morgan Stanley as Vice President of Legal and Compliance.

Deborah Kelly ’05 was nominated to the Morris County Historical Society's Board of Trustees.

Tracy McSweeney Child ’06 of Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP was selected as the 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Oscar Pinkas ’06 was elevated to partner at Dentons US LLP in New York.

Brendan Walsh ’06 of Pashman Stein was selected as one of the was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

John Cascarano '07John Cascarano ’07 (pictured, left) joined Failla Law Group, LLC in Fairfield, New Jersey as an Attorney at Law.

William “Bill” Ferreira ’07 has been appointed a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Christopher Kinkade ’07 was promoted to partner at Fox Rothschild in the firm’s Princeton office.

Robert Prongay ’08 became the second named partner in Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP.

Joao Magalhaes ’08 of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera and Sodono was selected by New Jersey Law Journal as a 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Grace Byrd ’09 of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. was selected as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2015 New Leaders of the Bar.

Jessica Jansyn ’10 received the Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise Award from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.

Cristal Reyes '12 has been named Legal Counsel at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Colleen Faherty '14Jessica CM Almeida ’13 joined Mazie Slater Katz and Freeman as an Associate.

Jacqulyn N. Simmons ’13 has joined Morrison Mahoney LLP as an Associate.

Colleen Faherty ’14 (pictured, left) has become a law clerk to The Honorable Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

In Memoriam

Eduardo "Pancho" Cruz Lopez ’84, June 21, 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS

31ST ANNUAL RED MASS

Friday, September 18
5:00 p.m.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr. '91

At this year's Annual Red Mass Celebration, the Saint Thomas More medal will be presented to Patrick C. Dunican Jr. '91, Chairman and Managing Director, Gibbons P.C., and the Chair of the Seton Hall Law Board of Visitors. Mass will be held at the exquisite Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. A reception will immediately follow the Mass at the Archdiocesan Center, located across the street from the Cathedral. The cost for the reception is $90 per person. Visit law.shu.edu/redmass to make your reservation, or for information regarding tickets and sponsorships, please contact Lori Thimmel, Director of Alumni Relations and Programming, at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or call 973-642-8711.



LAW REVIEW SYMPOSIUM: POLICING THE POLICE AND COMMUNITY

Thursday, October 1
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Law Review Symposium - Policing the Police

What is the role of policing in society? What are the legal remedies to and repercussions of police brutality? What is the role of attorneys in the movement towards justice? Seton Hall Law Review Volume 46’s Symposium, “Policing the Police and the Community,” will provide a forum to discuss the legal, political, and cultural dimensions of excessive police force and race relations in our local community and nationwide. Panelists will include attorneys, professors, activists, and law enforcement personnel who will discuss and debate how the police can best keep the community safe while respecting the rights of citizens. The event will also include a keynote luncheon. This lecture will be of interest to any New Jersey or New York attorney practicing civil rights litigation, criminal defense, and/or government prosecution.

The event will take place at Seton Hall Law, with luncheon and the keynote speech held at the Newark Club next door, 22nd floor. CLE credits will be available. Make your reservation at law.shu.edu/lawreviewsymposium or for more information please contact Dean Rosa Alves at rosa.alves-ferreira@shu.edu or call 973-642-8187.



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