Awards and Benefit Reception
2021 AWARDS & BENEFIT RECEPTION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021
Pre-show 6:00 PM
Program 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Jennifer Jones Austin ’93
CEO and Executive Director, FPWA
Given the continuing uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and to safeguard the health of our honorees, guests, and hosts, we will be holding a virtual program.
This year marks an important milestone for the Feerick Center. The Center celebrates its 15th anniversary.
We are very privileged since our launch to have had an extraordinarily team of staff, Dean’s Fellows, New York City Civic Corps and VISTA members, VISTA Leaders, consultants and volunteers support our work. We express our deep thanks to our Advisory Board Chair, Fern Schair, for her dedicated and brilliant support and leadership in so many areas; to our Advisory Board members for their committed and generous service; and to Professor Elizabeth B. Cooper, our Faculty Director, for her guidance and partnership through the Policy Advocacy and Legislation Clinic.
We are especially honored to have been able to work with significant numbers of law students and alumni during the past 15 years. Their involvement shaped our work and made the Center what it is today.
We thank the extensive network of partners – in government, the courts, the nonprofit sector, and the legal services community – who have been so central to our work. Our mission has been to engage in social justice efforts in partnership with others and are truly grateful for the opportunities to do so.
Finally, and most importantly, we thank our donors. Because of the tremendously generous commitment from our donor community to our mission and mandate, we have been able over the last 15 years take the Center from a concept and work to realize its promise. We hope you will join us in celebration at the 2021 Virtual Awards and Benefit Reception. Help us congratulate our deserving honorees and be a part of our robust benefit committee. Your support is critical to our continued success, and our deep thanks to everyone.
Our deep thanks to everyone and we look forward to celebrating with you this important milestone in our history.
With deep gratitude,
John D. Feerick
Founder and Senior Counsel
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Champion of Justice Award
William M. Hartnett ’79 and Artemis Anninos ’96
Cahill’s storied reputation representing national and global institutions dates back to 1919 and is matched by its legendary commitment to pro bono legal services and to the Fordham community. A member of the Am Law 100 and Am Law Global 100, the firm has fortified its standing as a legal innovator through its work on complex regulatory, corporate, and litigation matters. Cahill’s robust pro bono program advances the goals of nonprofit organizations and provides direct representation to individuals in asylum, immigration, criminal proceedings, international custody disputes, and domestic violence matters. Regularly singled out for its tremendous pro bono contributions, Cahill’s work during the pandemic to assist the increasing number of domestic violence survivors, and to secure CARES relief for individuals and small businesses, merited multiple awards recognizing all tiers of the firm—from its virtual class of 2020 summer associates to associates and partners, as well as the firm itself. This culture of commitment defines Cahill’s enduring relationship with Fordham.
Graduates of Fordham Law School have distinguished themselves at Cahill since the 1930s and have a proud tradition of enriching the Fordham community and Law School. Notably, as presidents of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association (FLAA), Cahill partners have been instrumental in spearheading significant initiatives. Cahill endowed the John F. Sonnett Memorial Lecture Series during the FLAA presidential term of Denis McInerney ’51. Over the course of 25 years, the Sonnett Series featured lectures at the Law School from renowned international, national, and state jurists, legal scholars, and practitioners in honor of the namesake’s remarkable life and career, including his distinguished service in the United States Department of Justice, and his heartfelt devotion to Fordham College (’33) and Law School (’36). Mr. McInerney established public service scholarships at Fordham College and Fordham Law School, supporting countless students in their studies—and careers—to advance social justice. Tapping alumni to assist with legal career placements took root during the tenure of John R. Vaughan ’64. The Law School’s national profile was elevated under the presidency of Thomas J. Kavaler ’72. Donald Mulvihill ’56, an editor in chief of the Fordham Law Review, established Cahill’s Washington D.C. office. Throughout the years, Thomas F. Curnin ’58 and Mathias E. Mone ’65 served as valued counselors to clients, peers, and graduates alike. This inspirational legacy of institutional and individual commitment and generosity to Fordham is exemplary, extending extraordinary opportunities to generations of students and graduates—and to the communities we all serve.
William M. Hartnett ’79
Champion of Justice Award
William M. Hartnett ’79 is chairman of the Executive Committee and has been a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP since 1986. Throughout his tenure as chairman, and particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Hartnett has prioritized the work of the firm’s pro bono program. Under his leadership, the firm strengthened its partnerships with legal services organizations, expanding its network to include The Door, The Legal Aid Society, and Sanctuary for Families. Over his 40 year legal career, Mr. Hartnett has distinguished himself as a trusted advisor to leading commercial and investment banking firms, as well as public and private companies. He is consistently named among the top lawyers globally and nationally for capital markets and banking transactions. Mr. Hartnett is a generous supporter of the Fordham Law community and serves on the Dean’s Planning Council. In 2010, Mr. Hartnett was the recipient of the Fordham Law Review’s Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award. Mr. Hartnett joined Cahill following his 1979 graduation from Fordham Law School cum laude, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rider University in 1976 cum laude.
Artemis Anninos ’96
Champion of Justice Award
Artemis Anninos ’96 was named Cahill’s first dedicated pro bono counsel in January 2018. In this position, Ms. Anninos works with Cahill’s Pro Bono Committee to solidify partnerships with leading nonprofit and community organizations, coordinates Cahill’s extensive pro bono work and provides oversight to Cahill attorneys working with pro bono clients. Ms. Anninos has been instrumental in Cahill’s pro bono efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to help meet the escalating demand for legal representation by domestic violence survivors and to provide Covid-19 related advice to small business owners, nonprofits and performing arts organizations. In addition, Ms. Anninos manages her own roster of pro bono cases and serves on the Board of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a collaboration of over 280 law firms committed to pursuing racial equity in the law, primarily through pro bono work. Prior to her appointment as pro bono counsel, Ms. Anninos was a counsel in Cahill’s real estate department. A 1996 graduate of Fordham Law School, Ms. Anninos was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Ms. Anninos received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1991.
Laura A. Coruzzi Ph.D. ’79, J.D. ’85
Spirit of Service Award
Laura A. Coruzzi Ph.D. ’79, J.D. ’85 is senior vice president of intellectual property at REGENXBIO, a leading clinical-stage biotech company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. Its gene therapy products are designed to deliver genes to cells in the body to address genetic defects or to enable the body to produce therapeutic proteins. Through a single dose, the therapy may provide long lasting effects and the potential to significantly alter the course of disease and improve patient outcomes in retinal, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases.
Prior to joining REGENXBIO, Dr. Coruzzi was a partner at Jones Day, where she counseled clients on patent strategies for biotech and pharmaceutical therapeutics and diagnostics. Her practice encompassed all aspects of patent law—including prosecution, litigation, and appeals—involving genetic engineering, virology, vaccines, immunology, therapeutic antibodies, diagnostics and other therapeutics for the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, immune dysfunctions, and infectious disease.
Early in her career, Dr. Coruzzi was one of the first members of Pennie & Edmonds’ biotechnology group founded by Fordham Law School alumnus S. Leslie Misrock ’59, affectionately known as the “father of biotechnology patent law.” Most recently, she was a member of the team representing Myriad in the United States Supreme Court case, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (569 US 576 ).
Dr. Coruzzi received her J.D. in 1985 from Fordham Law School and earned her Ph.D. in 1979, her M.S. in 1975, and her B.S. in 1973, all from Fordham University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before entering the practice of law.
The Feerick Center is privileged to be among the many beneficiaries of Dr. Coruzzi’s distinguished professional career. Her remarkable medical and legal acumen, combined with compassion, dedication, and heartfelt generosity has positively impacted the lives of countless individuals and families, including asylum seekers, immigrants, and students. Dr. Coruzzi is passionate about using her combined skills “In the Service of Others.”
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes ’97
Honorable Deborah A. Batts Life of Commitment Award
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes ’97 is an extraordinary advocate who has dedicated her career to elevating human and civil rights and advancing social justice. Presently, as the executive director of Legal Counsel for the Elderly, an affiliate of AARP, and formerly as the deputy director of the non-profit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Ms. Holmes works to ensure the integrity and quality of life for individuals compromised by discrimination, age, poverty, housing instability, or other challenges. Her commitment to pro bono legal services is exemplified by her memberships on boards of directors of public interest nonprofits, including the online service DC Refers and, formerly, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s board of trustees.
Ms. Holmes is equally compassionate about the preservation and enhancement of her Washington D.C. community and serves on the Montgomery Parks Foundation’s board of trustees and the advisory board of Montgomery Housing Partnership, where she was the past board chair. Ms. Holmes’ loyalty to Fordham Law School is steadfast; she has been a member of the Fordham Law School Public Interest Advisory Council since its founding in 2018 and co-chairs the Washington, D.C. Women’s Chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. Early in her career, Ms. Holmes was affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, with a practice focused on intellectual property, insurance, and complex commercial litigation cases. She earned her J.D. from Fordham Law School, M.B.A. from the University of Rochester Simon Business School, and A.B. from Duke University.
A. Stephen LaSala ’40 and Helen A. LaSala
Spirit of Service Award
A. Stephen LaSala ’40 and Helen A. LaSala's cherished relationship with Fordham endures in perpetuity. True patrons of the Law School and the University, Mr. and Mrs. LaSala personified Fordham’s philosophy of opening the doors of higher education to individuals from historically underrepresented communities that in the early years included immigrants from Italy and Ireland, as well as women. Their philanthropy helped secure departmental chairs, academic programming, and scholarships, propelling the Law School’s rise to national prominence. In 1976, then President Rev. James C. Finlay, S.J. bestowed the University's President's Club Award upon Mr. LaSala.
Mr. LaSala enjoyed a celebrated career as a commercial and residential real estate investment builder in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. He served as vice president and secretary of LaSala Contracting Company, Inc., considered one of the largest mason contractors in the New York metropolitan area during his lifetime. Mr. LaSala also served as president of Arrow Builders Supply Corp., located on Fordham Road in the Bronx. Cardinal John O’Connor awarded him, along with other members of his family, the Cardinal’s Committee of the Laity Construction Industry Award. With members of his family, Mr. LaSala helped establish The Stefano LaSala Foundation, Inc. to support many charities in the metropolitan New York area. As a testament to the family’s magnanimity and devotion to the Fordham community, Mr. and Mrs. LaSala were named a Knight and Lady of the Holy Sepulcher. The Feerick Center is honored to be a beneficiary of Mr. and Mrs. LaSala’s and their family’s altruism. Mr. LaSala graduated from Fordham Law School in 1940 and Wesleyan University in 1937.
Stephen R. LaSala ’70
Spirit of Service Award
Stephen R. LaSala ’70 sustains his family’s beneficence to the Fordham community. Mr. LaSala served as vice president and general tax counsel at ExxonMobil, responsible for the stewardship of the corporation's worldwide tax liabilities and assets, until his 2010 retirement. Mr. LaSala joined the original Mobil Corporation in 1974 as supervisory tax counsel/manager tax planning and later became Mobil’s general tax counsel. Throughout his distinguished tenure, he held various positions, including assistant treasurer and assistant controller. From 1999 to 2007, he was associate general tax counsel responsible for corporate tax matters in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Mr. LaSala served as chairman of the General Committee on Taxation for the American Petroleum Institute. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. LaSala counseled students and graduates to help guide their careers, a service deeply appreciated by the Feerick Center’s founder.
Early in his career, he practiced law at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn LLP. During law school, Mr. LaSala served as articles editor of the Fordham Law Review. He was a classmate, former moot court partner, and cherished friend of beloved Professor Gail D. Hollister. He was awarded an undergraduate degree from Fordham College in 1968, earned his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1970, and received an L.L.M. (taxation) from New York University School of Law in 1973.
Thomas E. LaSala ’78
Spirit of Service Award
Thomas E. LaSala ’78 is the president and CEO of LaSala Management, Inc., the fourth generation of his family involved in the acquisition, construction, development, and management of real estate in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. An emissary of the LaSala’s family’s devotion and generosity to Fordham, Mr. LaSala is a significant patron of the Feerick Center and a treasured resource for students and alumni, and he identifies the Feerick Center’s founder as a great friend and mentor. Mr. LaSala exemplifies the generational commitment of his family to Fordham and faith in the professional opportunities afforded by Jesuit education. Mr. LaSala earned his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1978 and his B.A. from Fordham University in 1975.
Maura K. Monaghan ’96
James F. Gill Spirit of Hope Award
Maura K. Monaghan ’96 is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, where she serves as co-chair of the Commercial Litigation Group and Healthcare & Life Sciences Group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including mass tort and products liability, environmental law, healthcare, regulatory and criminal investigations, and arbitration.
An exemplar of the legal profession, Ms. Monaghan’s acclaimed practice, lectures, and writings are inspirational to students, academics and practitioners alike. Her well-deserved perennial recognition as a masterful and compassionate litigator by her peers and legal media accounts for her innumerable accolades as a leading lawyer. Ms. Monaghan is cited as a “Litigation Star” and as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation (2015–2021). In 2020, she was awarded Law360’s “Healthcare MVP” and was commended by The Legal 500 US, describing her as a brilliant litigator.
Ms. Monaghan’s intellectual prowess is matched by her generosity and deep pro bono commitment to the Feerick Center and the Law School—as reflected in the professional successes of scores of students and alumni. She is an esteemed member of the Feerick Center’s Advisory Board and the Board of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. Her civic spirit infuses her service on the Board of Advocates for Children and the Board of Friends of the Pelham Public Library.
Prior to joining Debevoise in 1998, Ms. Monaghan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Loretta A. Preska, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1996 to 1997, and to the Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 1997 to 1998. She is a member of the New York and Colorado bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and the District of Columbia Circuit; and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of Colorado. Ms. Monaghan is a member of the Torts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
While a law student at Fordham, Ms, Monaghan was a writing and research editor of the Fordham Law Review. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude with the distinction of Order of the Coif in 1996 and her B.S.F.S. cum laude from Georgetown University in 1990.
BENEFIT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
|D. Benjamin Barros ’96|
|Joanne Borini '88|
|Andree Green Checkley|
|John R. Costantino ’70 and Barbara Costantino|
|Kevin J. Curnin ’95|
|Nancy E. Delaney ’88|
|Joel A. Forman, M.D.|
|Rita M. Glavin ’96|
|Jacquenette M. Helmes|
|Mary Ellen L. Kris ’76|
|Sharon L. McCarthy ’89 and Antonio X. Molestina ’89|
|Robert A. McTamaney ’70|
|Robert J. Quinn ’94|
|Stacey J. Rappaport ’96|
|James J. Reilly ’86|
|Karla G. Sanchez ’95|
|Irene A. Sullivan ’75|
|Michael J.D. Sweeney ’96|
BENEFIT HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
|Laurie Berke-Weiss ’83|
|Kimberley M. Chin ’97|
|Sylvia Fung Chin ’77|
|Denis F. Cronin ’72|
|Barbara Flessas ’81|
|Peggy A. Healy ’96|
|Dennis J. Kenny ’61|
|Kenneth F. Kunzman ’61|
|J. Gregory Milmoe ’75 and Laura Milmoe|
|Thomas A. Moore ’72|
|Bernard F. O’Hare ’80 and Kathleen O’Hare ’80|
|Charles K. O’Neill ’72|
|Daniel P. O’Toole ’92 and Claire O’Toole|
|Robert J. Reilly ’75|
|James J. Roth ’83|
|James E. Tolan ’62|
|Edward M. Wolfe ’91 and Elisabeth K. Wolfe ’97|
BENEFIT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
|Maureen S. Bateman ’68||E. Barry Lyon ’76|
|Robert D. Bickford Jr. ’74||Linda S. Manley ’91 and Michael R. Manley ’91|
|Lucy A. Brusco ’87||Stuart J. McGregor ’76|
|Jay C. Carlisle||Willajeanne F. McLean ’86|
|Alfred Cavallaro ’86||Megan K. McNamara ’13|
|Catherine A. Crecion||Michael J. McNamara ’83|
|Thomas E. DeJulio ’77||Neal J. Miranda ’80|
|Palmina M. Fava ’97||Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey ’82|
|Louise R. Firestone ’85 and Joseph Pizzurro||Patricia A. Murphy ’81|
|Stephen J. Fearon ’63||John J. Normile ’88|
|Margaret M. Giordano Friedberg ’88||Finbarr J. O’Neill ’76|
|Rafal Gawlowski ’00||Jack E. Pace III ’98|
|Dina S. Grant ’85||Carlos G. Ortiz|
|John J. Hanley ’00||Frank D. Papalia ’86|
|William P. Harrington ’82||Bret I. Parker ’93|
|Lisa D. Hayes ’92||Jeremiah J. Quinlan ’75|
|Morgan J. Hayes ’07||George A. Reilly ’84|
|Virginia H. Hinkle||William J. Ruane ’80|
|Kevin T. Hoffman ’81||C. David Sammons ’88|
|Austin Scot Holmes||James P. Sauter ’87|
|Ira Scot Holmes||Eva Coruzzi Schneider ’18|
|Christopher E. Jansen||Jennifer L. Shevick ’96|
|Edward M. Joyce ’86||Paul A. Soden ’68|
|Constantine N. Katsoris ’57||Michael K. Stanton Jr. ’86|
|Mary Pat Kelly||Madeline C. Stoller '76|
|Joseph M. Kolar||Jeanne M. Taylor|
|Adam S. LaSala||Michael F. Turansick ’82|
|Erica A. LaSala||Constance M. Vaughan|
|Stephen R. LaSala, Jr. ’97||Steven P. Vincent ’83 and Nancy Tormey Vincent ’82|
|Thomas J. LaSala||Henry F. White Jr. ’76|
|David A. Luttinger Sr. ’62|
We are proud to have had your support for the last 15 years. If you are interested in joining the benefit committee and for additional information, please call 212-636-7467 or email email@example.com.