Anthony Agolia is the Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham University School of Law, where he manages the day-to-day operations of Fordham Law’s LL.M., M.S.L. and S.J.D. programs. He oversees all graduate student advisement and career planning activities and is responsible for administering a full suite of academic enrichment and career service programming for the graduate student population.
Prior to joining Fordham, Mr. Agolia served most recently as College Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Briarcliffe College. During his time at Briarcliffe, Mr. Agolia taught a wide variety of undergraduate coursework, including Introduction to Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Torts, Corporations, Critical Thinking and Introduction to Philosophy, among many others. Mr. Agolia oversaw the development of the College's Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies, which launched in 2013.
Mr. Agolia graduated from the Honors Program at James Madison University with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and earned a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He is a member of the New York bar and has experience in the areas of corporate law, real estate and immigration law. Although he is no longer practicing law full-time, he maintains a small pro bono practice specializing in representing clients in Special Immigrant Juvenile proceedings.
Mr. Agolia serves on SUNY Farmingdale's Criminal Justice Advisory Board and Kaplan University's School of Legal Studies Advisory Board, and advises institutions on the development of new undergraduate Legal Studies programs.
Justine Borer is an instructor in the Legal English Institute. She received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She is an active member of the New York State Bar. In her law practice, which she has maintained since 2013, she focuses on matrimonial law. Since 2017, Ms. Borer's professional focus has been teaching at the undergraduate level. She currently teaches in the Philosophy Departments at Hunter College and John Jay College. In previous semesters, she taught in the English Department at Manhattan College and in the Academic Writing Department at Marymount Manhattan College. She has extensive experience teaching students who are non-native English speakers.
Ms. Borer has frequently written about topics in family and matrimonial law in both national media outlets and peer-reviewed publications. She is the founder and organizer of the discussion series Philosophy-in-Manhattan, which is led by philosophy scholars and open to the public. Since 2019, Ms. Borer has assisted low-income parties with uncontested divorces and Family Court matters as a volunteer in the New York State Unified Court System's Access to Justice Program. For her work in that capacity, she received a Certificate of Distinguished Service.
Kurt M. Denk
Kurt M. Denk is pro bono counsel at the City Bar Justice Center, an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, where he serves as a liaison to law firms, corporate in-house counsel, and attorneys in private practice to support and staff pro bono cases originating from the Justice Center's dozen projects serving low-income New Yorkers. Mr. Denk also maintains an active practice docket, and develops pro bono-oriented CLEs, publications, trainings, outreach opportunities, and new legal services projects. Mr. Denk previously worked as an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he maintained a broad general civil and complex commercial litigation practice, as well as an active and diverse pro bono docket that included representing asylum applicants and co-authoring various amicus briefs supporting marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights matters in cases before the United States Supreme Court and United States Courts of Appeals. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Denk clerked for Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was a visiting assistant professor at Boston College Law School. With degrees in history, philosophy, and divinity from, respectively, Georgetown University, Fordham University, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Mr. Denk also served as a university educator and prison chaplain prior to embarking on a legal career.
Toni Jaeger-Fine, Co-Director
Toni Jaeger-Fine is an Assistant Dean at Fordham Law School. She has taught or lectured domestically and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dean Jaeger-Fine is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in the United States and abroad, as well as several books: Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona; American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide; An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (which has been translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese), The U.S. LL.M.: From Whether to When, What, Where, and How; and Mastering the U.S. Legal System. Dean Jaeger-Fine blogs online at YourProfessionalPersona.com. She is a regular speaker to delegations hosted by the U.S. Department of State, Senior Counselor to the International Section of the Federal Bar Association, and an application reader for the Schwarzman Scholars program.
Previously, Dean Jaeger-Fine served as associate director of the global law program at NYU School of Law. She was twice a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program grant recipient, and is past chair of the sections on Post-Graduate Legal Education, International Legal Exchange, and Legal Education for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Jaeger-Fine was associated with the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on commercial, appellate, and administrative litigation. She is a cum laude graduate of Duke Law School and received her B.A. from Harpur College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Gary Kaufman has been practicing in the area of Criminal Defense since graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006. Mr. Kaufman spent his first seven years of practice working as a public defense attorney in Orlando, Florida, Staten Island, New York, and at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in Manhattan. In 2013, he began the Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC, where he represents clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Kaufman also represents students facing discipline at the high school and collegiate levels. He has tried dozens of cases and is a skilled advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Kaufman has received training at the National Criminal Defense College and has taught Continuing Legal Education classes on New York Criminal Law Practice 101, Arraignment Advocacy, Drunk Driving Defense, Grand Jury Practice, and Judicial Diversion for Narcotics Felonies. Mr. Kaufman has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and a top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney in New York by the National Trial Lawyers. He is active in the New York City Bar Association serving as a member of the Criminal Courts Committee and as the Chair of the Small Law Firm Committee.
Altin Nonaj is the founder of Nonaj Law. He advises domestic and international clients on business immigration and corporate transactional matters. He earned his Dottore in Giurisprudenza from the University of Padova in Italy and his Master of Laws from Fordham Law School with a concentration in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law.
Mr. Nonaj has successfully established domestic companies, facilitated the issuance of visas and green cards under federal laws, and has negotiated various corporate agreements. Mr. Nonaj has a unique understanding of both the US and EU legal systems and is an extraordinary resource for national and international clients trying to enter those markets.
Mr. Nonaj is an active member of FALDEF, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping international students with various legal issues. He has published on the crime of genocide under international criminal law.
Rodrigo Sadi is a partner at McLaughlin & Stern LLP in the area of U.S. and international corporate law, representing clients predominantly based in Latin America, including commercial businesses, financial institutions, asset management companies, private equity funds, family offices and high net worth individuals in their activities worldwide. He also has extensive experience in M&A transactions and drafting commercial agreements between private companies, in particular with regard to cross-border transactions between companies in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Admitted to practice in New York and Brazil, Mr. Sadi is fluent in Portuguese and English and can speak some Spanish.
Mr. Sadi holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and is LL.B degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Laura Shields, Co-Director
Laura Shields is a Director in the Office of International and Non-JD Programs at Fordham Law School, where she co-directs the Legal English Institute, Summer Institute, Pre-Law Institute, and other short-term international and executive education programming. She also assists with the coordination of the study abroad, student exchange, and visiting foreign scholars and research fellows programs, as well as some non-JD graduate programs. Laura has been involved in lawyer education for the majority of her career, serving for ten years in various roles at Practising Law Institute, most recently as Vice President of Programs, and she served as Assistant Director of Research and Development and Assistant Staff Director at the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (now ALI CLE). Laura practiced law in a litigation firm and legal services organization in Philadelphia, has worked in the university setting as a planned giving officer, and has consulted with organizations including the New York Open Center. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law.
Marty Slavens is the Director of Graduate Admissions in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. Originally from San Diego County, he has worked and studied in Arcata, CA, Xi'an, China, Urbana, IL, and Bowling Green, OH prior to moving to New York with his partner, Yiju Huang, an Assistant Professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literature at Fordham University, and their daughter, Ruru. Mr. Slavens earned his MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on Mandarin and contemporary Chinese literature. He earned his JD from the University of Illinois, College of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California.