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Affinity Groups

Fordham Law Women's Affinity Group

The Fordham Law Alumni Association has established 12 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

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.

Join our Linkedin Page for updates on events and happenings, news, and reminders.
View the Webinar Series for AAC by AAC on "How to Survive and Advance During Challenging Times?”
View photos from the annual AAC RISE event. 

Executive Committee
Chair and Founder: Brenda Gill '95
First VP: Benson Martin '00
Second VP: Michelle Chan '15
Programming Chair: Emily Jordan '03
Marketing Outreach: Romelia Leach '06
Social Media Chair: Amanda Yu '14
Diversity Chair: Valerie White '96

ALSA Represenatives
BALSA rep: Valerie White '96
APALSA/SALSA rep: BoHee Yoon '09
LALSA rep: Laura Rodriguez '13

Subcommittees
Solo/Small Law Firm: Veronica Escobar '03
In-House Subcommittee: BoHee Yoon '09
Career Advisors: William Malpica '00
AAC New Attorneys: Amanda Yu '14
Compliance Division: Mike Blackshear '99,  Andy Hinton '89, and Benson Martin '00
Government Subcommittee: Jason Otaño '04
Public Interest Subcommittee: Angela Jin '08

Steering Committee
Azeema Mohaideen Batchelor '04
Michael Blackshear '99
Stephanie Blattmachr '06
Gladys Chang '06
Deneen Donnley '92
Adrienne During '06
Veronica Escobar '03
Maraiya Hakeem '17
Andy Hinton '89
William Malpica '00
WillaJeanne McLean '86
John Owens, Jr. '04
Jeanne Samuels '87
Diana Santos '10
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri '02
Drew Valentine '93

Business and Financial Law

Compliance

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Jodi Erlandsen '05
Doel Kar '18

Executive Committee Members:
Tricia Fratto '05
Eric Hawkins '07
Emily Jordan '03
Patrick Marano '10
Denise Wong '21

Student Representative:
Marie Bogenez '22

In collaboration with: Robert Mascola, Senior Director of Compliance Programs, Fordham Law and Michael Rasmussen, Assistant Director of Compliance Programs, Fordham Law.

You may view the Compliance Affinity Group leadership directory here

The strength of Fordham Law’s compliance programs is borne out by the collective success of Fordham alumni who are well represented across all sectors of the compliance profession.  Continued engagement by alumni with Fordham helps each of us, as well as current students, continue to grow our careers as well as catch up with classmates and meet new alumni.  One of the best ways for you to channel your connection to the law school is through the Compliance Affinity Group, formed five years ago, for the large group of alumni from the JD, LLM and MSL programs with connections to compliance.  This group, with the support of the school, has organized speaker panels, networking events and programs to connect you with one another and with existing students, as well as other professionals in compliance.  

If you are interested in learning about how you can become more involved with this group, have ideas for event topics, or know of classmates or colleagues working in this field who may not be receiving our messages, we encourage you to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to provide networking events, job opportunities, CLEs and other events that you truly seek!

Going forward we’ll endeavor to communicate with you mainly via our new Fordham Law Alumni in Compliance page on LinkedIn. We would strongly encourage you to open this page in LinkedIn and request to join our group so that you will know about events and matters of interest and invite your network of Fordham alumni in compliance to join as well by sending them an invitation from within the LinkedIn page. Please help us to keep growing and get the word out!

Entrepreneurial Law

Contact:
Chair: 
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

Contact:
Chair:
Barry Werbin '81

Executive Committee Members:
David Feder '07
Tom Norton '16
Prof. Olivier Sylvain

International Law

LGBTQ+

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Kelly Herbert '15
Damon Suden '02

Executive Committee Member:
Kristen W. Chin '14

Thank you to Professor Liz Cooper for her support. 

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Public Interest, Service and Government

Contact:
Chair:
Allison Mahoney '11

Real Estate

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Hal Beerman '02
Matthias Li '04
Michael Taxin '04

Join our Linkedin Page for event updates: Fordham Law School Real Estate Affinity Group.

Solo/Small Firm

Contact:
Chair:
Veronica Escobar ’03

Women’s Networking - D.C. Chapter

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes ’97
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.         

Join our Linkedin Page for event updates: Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group

Women’s Networking - NYC Chapter

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Kathleen Lyons '87
Victoria A. Turchetti ’03

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.

Join our Linkedin Page for event updates: Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group

Alumni Relations

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Alumni Relations
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New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6806

Fax: 212-636-6958

Email: lawalumni@law.fordham.edu