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Bridge the Gap

Satisfy a full year of CLE credits in one weekend

Open to attorneys at all levels with New York and New Jersey credits available

The program takes place at Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, New York NY 10023 (between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues). View map and directions.

Saturday and Sunday, January 12 - 13, 2019

  • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.

View Agenda

Networking lunch included on both days.

Topics and Speakers





New York Track
(9 total credits)

Topics (subject to change)

Criminal Prosecution & Defense

Employment Law

Ethical Issues Associated with Trial Practice

Intellectual Property Law

 Legal Writing

Conflict Negotiations

Building Your Brand (sponsored by The Recent Graduate Committee)


Michael T. Contos
Associate, Marcus Rosenberg & Diamond LLP

Alex D’Amico
Cybersecurity Associate, Morrison Mahoney

Edgar De Leon
Attorney, The De Leon Firm PLLC

Veronica Dunlap
Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Network for Safe Communities

Loren Forrest
Partner, Holland & Knight

Natalya G. Johnson
Senior Associate, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP

Chris McNamara
Litigation Associate, Willkie Farr

Kenneth J. Montgomery
Attorney, Law Office of Kenneth J. Montgomery, PLLC
Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School

Anthony L. Ricco
Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School

Stacie Trott
Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld LLP

Kathy Walter
Excelsior Fellow, ITServices Agency of NY State

Michael D. Yim
Partner, Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP

Michael C. Zogby
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


New Jersey Track
(9 total credits, including 5 NJ-specific subject areas)

Topics (subject to change)

Basic Estate Administration

Civil Trial Preparation

Ethical Issues Associated with Trial Practice

Family Law Practice

Landlord-Tenant Practice

Municipal Courts



Honorable Clarence Barry-Austin
Chief Judge, Municipal Court, South Orange, New Jersey

Lindsay Baretz
Attorney, Law Office of Jeffrey R. Kuschner

Honorable Marvin J. Braker
Judge, Municipal Court, East Orange, New Jersey

Melanie R. Costantino
Attorney, Law Offices of Melanie R. Costantino

Helen M. Dukhan
Attorney, HD Family Law-Law Office of Helen M. Dukhan

Rhonda J. Eiger
Partner, Goldzweig, Green, Eiger & Biedzynski, LLC

Norberto A. Garcia
Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.

Joseph C. Mahon
Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Steven J. Zweig
Attorney, Law Office of Steven J. Zweig




New York & New Jersey Tracks
(joint sessions; 9 total credits) 

Topics (subject to change)

Aging Wisely: Estate Planning, Administration, Elder & Special Needs Law

Civil Litigation in the Supreme Court


Ethics in Tax Law

 Introduction to Intellectual Property: Protecting Names, Ideas, Creations and Goodwill

Law and Creative Industries

Money, Power, Beauty: The Value of Art (and related legal issues)


Melissa Bernier
 Attorney, Bernier Legal, LLC

Mary Kate Brennan
Associate, Esptein Drangel LLP

Michael E. Breslin
Managing Partner, Law Offices of Michael E. Breslin
Managing Partner, FulServ Group

Jana Checa Chong
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Louis Vuitton

Raymond J. Dowd 
Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP

Veronica Escobar
Attorney, The Law Office of Veronica Escobar

Edward W. Greason
Counsel, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP

Eric Hawkins
Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Jennifer Juste
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, AIG Advisor Group

John Owens, Jr.
Principal Law Clerk, New York State Unified Court System

Melissa Sanchez
Vice President - Global Financial Crimes, MUFG

Matthew W. Siegal
Of Counsel, Dilworth & Barrese LLP

Dennis M. Wade
Partner, Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP


CLE Credits


Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys (transitional and nontransitional) may earn a total of 17 New York CLE credits as detailed below.

  • Saturday — 9 total credits: 3 professional practice, 4 skills, 2 ethics (1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias for experienced only attorneys in Employment Law)
  • Sunday — 8 total credits: 3.5 professional practice, 2.5 skills, 1 ethics, 1 law practice management


Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys (transitional and nontransitional) may earn a total of 17 New Jersey CLE credits as detailed below.

  • Saturday — 9 total credits: 7 specific, 2 ethics 
  • Sunday — 8 total credits: 7 general, 1 ethics

Registration Options

Both Days

  • Fordham Law alumni in their first two years of bar admission: Free
  • Fordham Law alumni: $500
  • General registrants: $1,000


Single Day
(Saturday or Sunday only)

  • Fordham Law alumni in their first two years of bar admission: Free
  • Fordham Law alumni: $350
  • General registrants: $700


Questions? Contact Shanelle Holley, associate director, conference services at 212-636-7885 or

This event is presented in partnership with the Fordham Law Alumni Association and Career Planning Center.

CLE and Public Programs

Fordham University School of Law
Office of CLE and Public Programs
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-126, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7295

Fax: 212-636-6984