Advisory Councils

Fordham Law Small to Midsize Firm Leaders Dean’s Advisory Council

Our alumni leaders are outstanding individuals whose commitment to Fordham Law is rivaled only by their dedicated service. They help to organize exciting alumni events, raise funds for the School, and form a bond that is unique in legal education. They are drawn together through the School’s shared mission of preparing excellent lawyers for tomorrow’s world, lawyers who are grounded in ethics and who share a commitment to the service of others.

Dean’s Planning Council

Since its inception in 2005, the dedicated group of leading alumni and friends who make up the Dean's Planning Council has worked closely with the Dean to provide invaluable assistance in strategic planning and financial support. The Council is instrumental in promoting new initiatives and provides invaluable guidance and support throughout the year.

Chair
Susheel Kirpalani '94

Members
Andrea A. Bernstein '77
Robert D. Bickford '74
Brad J. Butwin ’85 
Gordon R. Caplan '91
Vincent R. Cappucci '84
Pierre A. L. Charpie '95
Pamela R. Chepiga '73
Linda Christensen-Sjogren '78
Joseph A. Coco ’81
Patton R. Corrigan '70
John R. Costantino '70
Denis F. Cronin '72
Matthew J. Cushing '95
Louise R. Firestone '85
Paul N. Frimmer '69
Andrew G. Gordon '94
Eric F. Grossman '93
William M. Harnett '79
Carlos A. Hawker Costa '08
Robert W. Hollweg '67
Thomas E. Hommel '78
James Leitner '82
Harold W. Lueken '88
Thomas J. Maloney '79
Thomas F. Mann '79
John K. Mara '79
David J. McCabe '83
Brian J. McCarthy '78
M.G. Michael J. Nardotti Jr. (Ret.) '76
Jeannemarie O'Brien '94
Paul J. Ostling '73
Rich Ross '86
C. David Sammons '88
Karla Grace Sanchez '95
John E. Schmeltzer III
Scott V. Simpson '82
Paul A. Soden '68
David M. Tanen '96
Paul P. Tanico '80
Jonathan D. Thieir '83
Mark H. Tuohey III '73
A. William Urquhart '78
Andrew Valentine III '93
Basil K. Vasiliou '79
Conrad P. Volstad '82
Mark A. Walsh '84
Adam K. Weinstein '94
Gary S. Wigmore '82

Entrepreneurial Law Advisory Council

The Entrepreneurial Law Advisory Counsel was created in 2016 in order to provide students with a structured program that delivers practical problem-solving opportunities to serve the strategic and legal needs of start-up enterprises, yielding graduates with both marketable skills and a strong affinity for Fordham’s Jesuit tradition of service  and ethics.

East Coast Chair
Karl P. Kilb, Esq., ’95

West Coast Chair
Andrew J. Hinton, Esq., ’89

Members
Dado Banatao
Ilan (Lenny) Ben Avraham ’16
Sahar S. Hakakian ’08
Seth J. Helfgott ’09
Chieh E. Huang ’08
Colleen M. Kearney ‘01
Alexis Klemish ’93
Mario M. Kranjac ’90
David Lawrence
James C. Maroulis ’94
Brandon A. McKenzie ’14
Christopher M. Mitchell ’96
Robert B. Nolan, Jr. ’77
Gerald (Jerry) Padian ’88
Zeev Pearl
Robert W. Sanchez ’14
David M. Tanen ’96
Charles C. Wolofksy ’14

Public Interest Advisory Council

The Fordham Law Public Interest Advisory Council is a group of Law School alumni and local public interest leaders who provide advice on how best to prepare students for legal practice in public interest and public service positions, including legal knowledge, professional skills, and the ethos of service. The council will also provide feedback on the effectiveness of the School’s programs and serve as a source of ideas for better linking students to public service and public interest careers.

Public Interest Advisory Council Directory

Council Members
Angela Albertus '91
Jojo Annobil  '90
Afua Atta-Mensah '04
Daniel Brown  '98
Miriam Buhl  '92
Hon. Danny Chun  '87
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes '97
Michelle DePass  '92
Leda Dunn Wettre '93
Patrick Foye  '81
Aya Fujimura-Fanselow  '04
Michael Goldberger '87
Sandra Grannum  
Lynn Kelly  
Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler  '76
Kim Koopersmith  '84
Amy Loprest  '95
Tina Luongo  
Linda Manley  '91
Peggy Mastroianni  '74
Molly Murphy '01
Hon. Joanne Quinones  '97
Raun Rasmussen  
Gregory SanGermano  '02
Eric Schaaf  '79
Anamaria Segura '07
Jay Sullivan  '89
I. India Thusi  '07
Betsy Tsai  '01
Susan Welber '98

Small to Midsize Law Firm Leaders Dean’s Advisory Council

Composed of alumni in leadership roles at small to midsize firms, this Council offers expertise and guidance as Fordham Law pursues efforts to prepare students to excel in small-to-midsize firm settings.

Learn More about the Council 

Alumni Relations

Fordham University School of Law
Alumni Relations
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Tel: 212-636-6806

Fax: 212-636-6958

Email: lawalumni@law.fordham.edu