Affinity Groups

Fordham Law Women's Affinity Group

The Fordham Law Alumni Association has established 11 affinity groups, which aim to connect alumni, students, and faculty with shared interests, practice areas, and backgrounds. Five of these groups link directly to the five new optional concentrations J.D. students can choose from.

If you would like to join or be added to the distribution list of one of the groups below, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at lawalumni@law.fordham.edu.

Don’t see one in an area that interests you? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at lawalumni@law.fordham.edu to find out how to start a new group.

Alumni Attorneys of Color

Contact: Brenda Gill '95

AAC Mission Statement
The mission of the Alumni Attorneys of Color (“AAC”) Affinity Group is to build an active and engaged community of Black, Hispanic/Latino, and South/East Asian Fordham Law alumni and enhance their connection with one another and the Law School community at large. The AAC also serves as a vehicle to further the professional development of its members by providing networking opportunities and a forum to exchange ideas and business opportunities. The AAC is committed to mentoring current law students and partnering with the Law School in its goal to foster an inclusive educational environment where diverse backgrounds and experiences are respected, welcomed and celebrated.

AAC Steering Committee Members
Michael Blackshear ’99, Chief Compliance Office, North America, Chubb
Natacha Carbajal-Evangelista ’04, Assistant Secretary for Labor & Workforce, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Jane Chuang ’05, Partner, Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP
Deneen L. Donnley ’92, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, USAA
Edgar De Leon ’98, Principal, The De Leon Firm, PLLC
Nitza Milagros Escalera, Assistant Dean of Diversity Initiatives and Student Affairs, Fordham Law School
Veronica Escobar ’03, Principal and Owner, The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar
Mauricio Espana ’03, Partner, Dechert LLP
Brenda L. Gill ’95, Partner, Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP
Andy Hinton ’89, VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Google Inc.
Shawn Johnson ’02, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Safari Energy, LLC
Azeema Mohaideen ’04, Senior Business Development Manager, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Romelia Leach ’06, (formerly) Development and Project Management Director, Hearts of Gold
Robin Lenhardt, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
William Malpica ’00, Partner, Martin LLP
Benson V. Martin ’00, Director of Compliance - Legal Department, Empire State Development
WillaJeanne McLean ’86, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Tracey McNeil ’99, Ombudsman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
William Min ’90, Senior Vice President, Legal & Chief Privacy Officer, Live Nation
John Owens, Jr. ’04, serves as legal counsel to an Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court
Leah Ramos ’04, Regulatory Compliance Counsel, Structure Tone
Jeanne Samuels ’87, Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Private banking, HSBC Bank USA, N.A 
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri ’02, Chief Diversity Officer & Global Head of Talent Development, Goldman Sachs
Drew Valentine ’93, Vice President, People & Culture, IBM Analytics
Michael Yim ’05, Partner, Sedgwick LLP

AAC Subcommittees
Event Subcommittee: Kenneth Bailey, Gilbert Lee, William Malpica, Annabel Nau, Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri and Michael Yim 
In-House Subcommittee: Jennifer Munoz
Mentoring Subcommittee: William Malpica, Benson Martin and Shawn Johnson
Solo/Small Law Firm Subcommittee: Jane Chuang, Edgar DeLeon, Veronica Escobar, Laura Rodriguez and Keela White

ALSA (American Law Students Association) Liaisons
BALSA, John Owens, Jr.
LALSA, Edgar De Leon
APALSA, Leah Ramos

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Business and Financial Law

Compliance

Entrepreneurial Law

Contact: Maxim Price '08 
Past Chair: Scott Scuderi '16

The mission of the Entrepreneur Affinity Group is to create a community of Fordham Law alumni who are either entrepreneurs or who wish to work with them, to learn and improve from the vast years of professional experience within the community, and to develop and foster deep personal and professional relationships with community members.

The group broadly defines entrepreneurs as those who are dedicated to personal and professional growth. It is not a group solely related to starting businesses but, instead, also focuses on general productivity hacks, such as mindset training and system building. 

Intellectual Property and Information Law

International Law

LGBTQ

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Public Interest, Service and Government

Solo/Small Firm

Women’s Networking – D.C. Chapter

Contacts: Rhonda Cunningham Holmes ’97 and Kim Versace ’94

The Women’s Networking Group, launched in 2014, is an alumnae-formed and alumnae-driven group that aims to connect female legal professionals with one another through networking receptions, brown bag lunches, informative panels, and service activities. Strong professional networks and diverse relationships are particularly important for women lawyers throughout the stages of their careers. The Women’s Networking Group aims to help alumnae form mentoring circles and provides them an opportunity to meet other alumnae and discuss issues that impact them professionally.         

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Women’s Networking - NYC Chapter

Contact: Victoria A. Turchetti ’03 and Kathleen Lyons '87

The Women’s Networking Group, launched in 2013, is an alumnae-formed and alumnae-driven group that aims to connect female legal professionals with one another through networking receptions, informative panels, and service activities. Strong professional networks and diverse relationships are particularly important for women lawyers throughout the stages of their careers. The Women’s Networking Group aims to help alumnae form mentoring circles and provides them an opportunity to meet other alumnae and discuss issues that impact them professionally.

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Alumni Relations

Fordham University School of Law
Alumni Relations
150 West 62nd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6806

Fax: 212-636-6958

Email: lawalumni@law.fordham.edu