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FLAA Strategic Plan, Leadership and History

Members of the Class of 1989 at the Fordham Law Alumni Association Annual Luncheon

Strategic Plan

The Fordham Law Alumni Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the Association's strategic plan, Fordham Law Rising. The plan provides a framework for the Association's future and focuses on six key priorities: member services, organizational growth, student engagement, staff development, and financial security.

The Strategic Planning Initiative was launched in the summer of 2011. The process was led by an Executive Committee composed of the following alumni.

Co-Chairs: Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73 and Jim Tolan ’62
David Anders ’94
James Brown ’72
Mark Hyland ’80
Maura Monaghan ’96
Mike Stanton ’86

A comprehensive survey was sent to alumni, and an impressive 23% responded. In the fall, focus groups were hosted in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco to gather additional insights and ideas. 

In January 2012, the Association's Board of Directors held a strategic planning summit, which led to specific task force committees being formed to further sharpen goals. These committees included membership, governance, engagement, development, communications and technology, and education/professional development.

Implementation of the plan began the following summer. The adoption of the plan has been critical to the effort of making a storied organization even stronger. For the goals of the Association to be achieved, we need each member of the community to be active participants in its continued implementation.

Board of Directors

President
David B. Anders '94

First Vice President
Palmina Fava ’97

Vice Presidents
Laurie Berke-Weiss '83
Hon. Denny Chin '78
Vilia B. Hayes '80
Hon. Sherry Heitler '76
Constantine N. Katsoris '57
Hon. John F. Keenan '54
Hon. Loretta A. Preska '73
Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann '72

Treasurer
Edward Joyce '86

Corresponding Secretary
Sylvia Fung Chin '77

Recording Secretary
Maura K. Monaghan '96

Past Presidents
James S. Brown '72
John R. Costantino '70
Denis F. Cronin '72
John D. Feerick '61
William P. Frank '66
James F. Gill '56
Mark J. Hyland '80
Thomas J. Kavaler '72
Sharon L. McCarthy ’89
George C. Ross '66
Michael K. Stanton, Jr. ’86
James E. Tolan '62
Mark H. Tuohey III '73
John H. Wolff '76

Directors Emeritus
Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein '75
Robert D. Bickford, Jr. '74
Timothy J. Brosnan '84
William J. Burke '68
William Campbell '85
Pamela R. Chepiga '73
Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy '58
David M. Einhorn '76
Stephen Fearon '63
William J. Fenrich '97
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick '66
Jack Ford '75
Joseph E. Geoghan '64
Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez '82
Edward W. Greason '58
Eric F. Grossman '93
Patricia M. Hynes '66
Dennis J. Kenny '61
Andrew M. Lawler '61
David A. Luttinger '62
Ellen M. Martin '77
Annemarie P. McAvoy '87
Brian J. McCarthy '78
Ignatius John Melito '76
William Min '90
Patricia A. Murphy '81
Charles K. O’Neill '72
James W. Quinn '71
Robert J. Reilly '75
Timothy G. Reynolds '80
Hon. Jamie A. Rios '77
Hon. Renee Roth '69
Betty J. Santangelo '74
Hon. Cathy Seibel '85
Eugene P. Souther '59
Hon. Ellen Spodek '88
Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi '89
Susan S. Webster '84

Class of 2020
Joseph Cordaro '03
Todd Cosenza '98
Maureen Cronin '02
Ray Dowd '91
Ross Galin '01
Daniel F.X. Geoghan '99
Rose Gill Hearn '88
Adam S. Hoffinger '82
Amy Lamberti '04
McKenzie Livingston '04 
William Malpica '00
Willajeanne McLean '86
Matthew T. McLaughlin '94
CiCi Shen '16
Victoria Turchetti '03
Hon. Laura Ward '78
Gavin White '01

Class of 2021
Hon. Vincent Briccetti '80
Joseph De Simone '94
Hon. Mark C. Dillon '84
Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre '93
Brenda Gill '95
Frederick R. Kessler '88
Karl Kilb '95
Thomas A. Moore '72
John J. Normile '88
Salvatore A. Romanello '97
Sylvia Shweder '05
Thomas McC. Souther '84
Hon. John Sweeny '74
Betsy Tsai '01
Ana Vazquez-Ubarri '02
Kathleen Walsh '89
Gregory Xethalis '05

Class of 2022
Maureen Bateman '68
Hon. Eileen Bransten '79
Kathleen Cunningham '99
Tom Curran '89
Steve Epstein '97
Mauricio España '03
Scott FitzGerald '92
Loren Forrest '98
Jodi Ganz '98
Rita Glavin '96
Edward W. Greason '91
Edward J. Guardaro, Jr. '85
John J. Hanley '00
Maura O’Sullivan '85
John A. Owens Jr. '04
Elisa Shevlin Rizzo '98
Jennifer Rosa '04

Board Meeting Minutes

Coming soon.

Board Committees

Communications and Technology
Co-Chair: Bill Min ‘90
Co-Chair: Laurie Berke-Weiss ‘83
Mission Statement: To work closely with the Law School to explore various avenues to utilize communications and technology to better educate the community about events and to elevate the profile of Fordham law both internally and externally.

Development
Co-Chair: Scott Fitzgerald ‘92
Co-Chair: Palmina Fava ‘97
Mission Statement: Create greater visibility for the financial needs of the Law School and encourage both students and alumni to take on an active fundraising role by focusing on the concepts of “excitement”, “tradition”, and “knowledge” to advance the existing alumni committees and to improve the infrastructure (staff, programs, data, and systems) necessary to support the ongoing expansion and evolution of alumni fundraising and volunteer organization in order to secure the financial resources needed to enhance institutional effectiveness.

Education/Professional Development
Co-Chair: Jodi Ganz ‘98
Co-Chair: TBA
Mission Statement: Increase the value that the FLAA provides to its members by increasing the educational and professional development services offered to alumni and, recognizing that opportunities for professional networking are more critical than ever, enhance networking opportunities by increasing and improving interaction among students, recent graduates, more senior alumni, and faculty members through the establishment of FLAA affinity groups.

Engagement
Co-Chair: Sal Romanello ‘97
Co-Chair: Gavin White ‘01
Mission Statement: Further develop and implement a diversified, meaningful, and comprehensive array of opportunities tied to alumni interests, to Law School priorities, and to the alumni, students, administration, and faculty constituencies in order to further entrench the FLAA as a resource to the Fordham Law community.

Governance
Co-Chair: Rita Glavin ‘96
Co-Chair: Leda Dunn Wettre ‘93
Mission Statement: Diversify the Board so that all alumni members feel welcome, and ensure that the FLAA is structured to effectively carry out its mission of developing and maintaining social and professional interaction among the alumni, administration, faculty and students.

Membership
Co-Chair: Todd Cosenza ‘98
Co-Chair: Gabriel Gillet ‘11
Mission Statement: Provide a framework for a future committed to member services, growth and sustained engagement, by broadening the base; supporting our Memberships’ goals; becoming even more focused on serving the diverse needs of our Alumni; and making the FLAA an important part of the professional lives of our Graduates.

Recent Graduates Committee

If you graduated from Fordham Law within the past 10 years, you are one of our recent graduates. There are more than 5,500 of you who represent Fordham Law School’s tradition of excellence and commitment to service.

Members of the Recent Graduates Committee are leaders in our alumni community and the Law School's champions. They dedicate their time and talents to strengthening the mission of Fordham Law. The group is made up of recent grads across the US with diverse backgrounds and areas of practice.

RGC goals and expectations

Co-Chairs:
Matthew Putorti  '11
Katie Sheridan  '11

Executive Committee:
Maxi Adamski  '12
Mary Kate Brennan  '12
Jeffrey Cunningham  '10
Veronica Dunlap '14
Hannah Lynch '15
Alexander Wentworth-Ping '13

Recent Graduate Committee 2018-2019:
Inessa Abayev '13
George Adams '13
Susan  Akina '12
Philip Arnold '10
Nate Asher '10
Anna Biczo '18
Emilia Brunello '18
Nick Buell '13
Catalina Cadavid '16
Casey Calhoun '11
Michelle Chan '15
Laura Chao '18
Jana Checa Chong '09
Ryan Cloutier '15
Maurice Collada '10
Michael Contos '11
Jonathan Coppola '17
Alex D'Amico '13
Gabriel Dominguez '18
Sean Dougherty '13
Fernanda Gutheil Faleiro '17
Rich Gage '13
Sara Gates '17
Elysa Goldberg '10
Sarah Goodman '14
Kimi Greer '16
Jiarui Guo '18
Tessa Harvey '12
Meredith Hatic '13
Richard Hendrix '14
Katerina Housos '14
Laura Alejandra Irazoque '18
Marcella Jayne '18
Allessandra Johnson '17
Immanuel Kim '18
Aline Guedes Klein '18
Erin Klewin '13
Ellie Krausova '14
Mike Landis '11
Kelly Larkin '16
Alexandre Leturgez-Coïaniz '17
George LoBiondo '12
Julia MacAllister '18
Roberto Machado '18
Samuel Madden '13
Allison Mahoney '11
Greg Manring '18
Kevin Manz '09
Patrick Marano '10
Thomas Mavrovitis '11
Kelsey McCarthy '16
Leigh  McKegney '11
Patrick McKegney '10
Christopher McNamara '10
Colin Missett '12
Stephen Moccia '18
Mariela Monegro '16
Michael Moore '18
Michael Morrissey '10
Susan Moskovits '17
Giselle Pinard '18
Christina Pryor '13
John-Christopher Record '16
Bronwyn Roantree '18
Kate Rocco '09
Christopher Rodriguez '13
Herbert (Herbie) Rosen '17
Brandon Ruben '16
Jackie Ryu '14
Ali Safavi '10
Ezra Salami '14
Diana Santos '10
Eva Schneider '18
Alexander Sellinger '10
Sabih Siddiqi '18
Maria Sinatra '16
Joge Sotto '17
Davide Szep MSL/LL.M '17
Daniel Tyrrell '14 
Emily Vance '16
Kathy Walter '17
Samuel Weiss '18
Daniel White '11
Edouard Wilhelm '18
Amy Young '12
Katie Zacharias '18
Jason Zhang '18
Rebecca Zuks '16
Stephanie Zuniga '18

Interested in joining the Recent Graduates Committee or have additional questions? Julie Smith, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, Special Events, and Office of Public Programs

 

1L Mentors Program

The 1L Mentor program launched in 2013 by the Fordham Law Alumni Association. This program introduces the incoming 1L class to a diverse group of alumni liaisons that span different career paths, seniority levels, backgrounds, and experiences. Alumni serve as a resource for students on a variety of topics, including advice about handling 1L year, strategies for interviewing and the job market, and fielding general questions about the practice of law. Students receive a directory of their Alumni Liaisons for their house. The Alumni Mentors will participate in select house programs and open sessions and will be a resource to their house over the course of the students' three or four years. This important program not only provides students with the opportunity to seek advice from practicing professionals, but also highlights the dedication of the law school’s alumni and introduces students to the alumni association from the beginning of their matriculation. 

We are always looking for new mentors. If you have any questions on the program or would like to be involved, please e-mail Gregory Xethalis ’05, Chair of 1L Mentorship Program or Julie Smith, Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events, and Office of Public Programs.

1L Mentor House Liaison:
Amy Abbandondelo ’11
Sylvia Altreuter ’19
Jared Arcari ’19
Cathleen Benites ’16 
Max Bernstein’ 17
Michelle Chan ’15
Philip Chwee ’15
JP Collins ’13
Jonathan Coppola ’17
Zachary Cronin ’14
Thomas De Simone ’04
Kelly DiBlasi ’04
Liz Downing ’12
Bernard Dufresne ’11
Chapin Fay ’07 
Mike Garza ’15
Joseph Gerber ’17 
Blake Gilson ’12
Susan Glover ’79
Jaclyn Goldberg ’08
Matthew Grier ’16
Maraiya Hakeem ’17
Meredith Hatic ’13
Eric Hawkins ’07
Kelly Herbert ’15 
Caitlin Hickey ’19
Howah Hung ’09
Julie Isaacson ’14
Debolina Kowshik ’12 
Kara Krakower ’19
Ganesh Krishna ’10
Elaine Lou ’09
Jenna Lowy ’16
Lindsay McNeil ’12 
William Min ’90
David Mou ’13
John Owens ’04 
Ankur Patel ’10
Lauren Paylor ’17
Michael Petegorsky ’14
Stacey Rappaport ’96
Brittney Renzulli Novison ’13
Ricardo Rodriguez ’12
Elizabeth Rooney ’19
Jennifer Rosa ’04
Herbie Rosen ’17
Molly Ryan ’15
Daniel Schwalbe ’19
Alexandra Scuro ’08
Patrick Shilling ’02
Jason Sison ’15 
Madhundra Sivakumar ’16
Vi Thai Tran ’17
Daniel Tyrrell ’14 
Joshua Warmund ’00
Greg Xethalis ’05
Imran Yassin ’18
 

History

Fordham University was founded over 150 years ago as St. John's College, Fordham on June 24, 1841. The Law School opened September 28, 1905, in Collins Hall on the Rose Hill campus. From the very beginning, Fordham Law graduates demonstrated a special loyalty to the school and to their fellow alumni, and the earliest school bulletins note the presence of alumni among the faculty and as special lecturers and mentors for students. The first dean, Paul Fuller, along with Fordham Law professor Alton B. Parker, the Democratic nominee in 1904 for president (against Teddy Roosevelt), encouraged this.

In 1948, James B.M. McNally ’20 and a group of alumni (including Justice Samuel Gold ’24, Marion Guilfoyle ’45, Edward Guardaro ’45, Edward Schulkind ’14, and Loretta Conway ’44) incorporated the Fordham Law Alumni Association as a separate entity. Judge McNally, presiding judge of the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, was a man of great stature and great vision. He shaped the Association’s future activities, including the Annual Luncheon, alumni chapters, and annual Christmas reception. Schulkind served as president of the Association for six years and was responsible for instituting the Association’s luncheons at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting.

Judge William C. Hecht ’16 served as president during the mid-1960s as the Association continued to give much-needed financial support to students through our Scholarship Fund.

During the presidency of Denis McInerney ’51, the Association launched the John F. Sonnett Memorial Lecture Series. This annual event has brought many prominent law-related speakers to the Law School, including Supreme Court Justices, the Chief Justice of Ireland, two Lord Chancellors of Great Britain, the Chief Judge of the state of New York, and the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

During the presidency of Harry McCallion ’41, the Association moved its annual Christmas receptions from the Advertising Club on Park Avenue to the Lowenstein Center.

During this period, through the generosity of Louis Stein ’26, the Fordham Stein Prize was created. This annual award recognizes attorneys with the highest standards of professional conduct and leadership, and ultimately led to the creation of the Stein Center for Law & Ethics.

In the mid-1990s under the leadership of Michael K. Stanton ’59, the Corporate Law Center was established. Stanton’s successor, William P. Frank '66, began a summer foreign travel program. At this time, the Association also became a founder of the Crowley Human Rights Program. During the presidency of George C. Ross ’66, the travel program expanded and the Mulligan Golf Tournament, started by Ross, marked its 10th anniversary.

Throughout all the years, Fordham Law has enjoyed the most loyal and supportive of all alumni.

The Fordham Law Alumni Association came into being in January 1911. Eugene F. McGee ’08, the valedictorian of the first graduating class, was named president. The vice president was William J. Fallon ’09. These longtime friends and later partners became legendary in legal circles, especially Fallon who was ranked one of the top three defense attorneys in the history of the country. He was also the subject of the bestseller The Great Mouthpiece. Among his clients were Booker T. Washington, Nicky Arnstein (gambler husband of “Funny Girl” Fanny Brice), and Arnold Rothstein (fixer of the 1919 Black Sox World Series). He is credited with saving 122 men from the electric chair.

Caesar L. Pitassy ’41, a partner in the Rogers & Wells firm, assumed the presidency in 1959. He formalized the Association’s procedures and established our office and staff in the new law school building at Lincoln Center. Our first executive director was Frances M. Blake ’45, the daughter of Fordham Law Professor John A. Blake ’16. During Frances Blake’s tenure, the Association grew into one of the largest dues-paying law alumni groups in the country. We began issuing an Alumni Directory and initiated quarterly luncheons held in midtown and downtown locations. Blake retired from the directorship in 1986 after 22 years of service.

Around this time, Association Vice President Leo T. Kissam ’23 and other alumni created the Fordham Law Annual Fund, which has since become one of the major philanthropic entities among American law schools.

In 1974, John D. Feerick ’61, then a partner in the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, became president of the Association. Under his leadership, the Association created the Corporate Law Institute annual program, from which the LLM programs sprang in 1989.

Beginning in 1978, former Alumni President John R. Vaughan ’64 began a campaign focusing alumni on assisting with career placement. His successors, Paul Curran ’56 and James E. Tolan ’62, further encouraged alumni to raise funds for the school.

The Annual Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is our premier event. Believed to be the largest law school event in the country, it has featured such notable speakers as John F. Kennedy, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Thomas A. Moore, Malcolm Wilson, Edward I. Koch, and William Hughes Mulligan. Indeed, the 2002 Annual Luncheon honoring Dean John D. Feerick was the largest in our history, exceeding the capacity of the Grand Ballroom.

The presidencies of Thomas J. Kavaler ’72, Denis F. Cronin ’72, and John R. Costantino ’70 saw an increased focus on the School’s national ambitions. Under the presidencies of John H. Wolff ’76 and Mark Tuohey ’72 these efforts culminated with the establishment of the Association's national chapters in Los Angeles; Miami; New England; Washington, D.C.; and greater Palm Beach County.

Under the leadership of presidents Jim Brown ’72 and Mark Hyland, the Association engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. In 2012, the Association’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the Association’s first strategic plan, Fordham Law Rising. The multi-year plan is designed to provide a framework for the Association's future and focuses on six key priorities: member services, organizational growth, student engagement, staff development, and financial security. Tremendous strides in the implementation of the Plan have occurred under the presidency of Michael K. Stanton, Jr. ’86.

On March 4, 2016, the Association elected its first female president, Sharon L. McCarthy '89.

The Fordham Law Alumni Association remains devoted to Fordham Law School and its alumni, continuing to work with our ever-expanding network of 15 national chapters and 8 international chapters to serve our alumni wherever they may be.

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