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Alumni of the Year Honoree

At the Annual Alumni Association Luncheon on January 30, 2015, Brooklyn Law School presented distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards to Lawrence I. Feldman '75 and Professor Robert M. Pitler '66. Rising Star Awards were presented to Coco Culhane '10 and Sparkle Sooknanan '10.

2015 Honorees

Alumni of the Year Awards:

Lawrence I. Feldman '74
Chief Executive Officer, Subway Development Corporations of Washington and South Florida

Lawrence I. Feldman, Class of 1974, is the Chief Executive Officer of Subway Development Corporations of Washington, D.C., and South Florida. He currently controls more than 1,250 franchises in his Northern development territory with an additional 300 restaurants in South Florida. Feldman is a founding member of, and advisor to, Brooklyn Law School's Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE). Read More.

Robert M. Pitler '66
Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Professor Robert M. Pitler, Class of 1966, joined the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 1988. He is an expert in the areas of criminal law, procedure, and evidence. Professor Pitler's seminal article on the constitutionality of New York State's search and seizure procedures published in the Brooklyn Law Review is the authoritative source on the subject. He has served as the faculty advisor to the Moot Court Honor Society for more than 12 years and has overseen the annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, the premier appellate advocacy evidence competition in the nation, for more than 20 years. Read More.

Rising Star Awards:

Coco Culhane '10
Director, Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center

Coco Culhane, Class of 2010, is the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) at the Urban Justice Center, New York City's first comprehensive civil legal services program for low-income veterans. Culhane created VAP as part of the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project. Read More.

Sparkle L. Sooknanan '10
Associate, Jones Day

Sparkle L. Sooknanan, Class of 2010, is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day in its Issues and Appeals Practice Group. During the 2013-14 term, she served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sooknanan is the first Brooklyn Law school graduate to achieve this honor. Read More.

  • Eileen T. Nugent, Class of 1978, is a partner at the global law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Nugent is a leading practitioner in the field of mergers and acquisitions and is co-head of the firm’s Private Equity Group.

    Nugent has worked on a wide variety of acquisitions and dispositions of companies, subsidiaries, and divisions, both public and private, hostile and negotiated, in the United States and around the world. A significant number of these transactions have been leveraged buyouts. She is a senior legal, business, and strategic advisor to her clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, particularly in the areas of corporate governance, conflict-of-interest and other matters.

    Nugent is a frequent lecturer and panelist at the Practising Law Institute, ALI-ABA and other M&A seminars, and she plays a key role in the annual Tulane M&A Institute. She has taught classes on M&A at Harvard Law School and New York University Law School and has published articles on M&A-related topics. She is co-author of the two-volume treatise, Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries, and Divisions (1992).

    Nugent received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1975 and her J.D. in 1978. During law school, she was a member of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. In November 2003, she was elected to serve on the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees. She has participated as a Dean’s Roundtable Luncheon Speaker, and she is on the Honor Roll of Donors for the construction of Feil Hall.
  • Nicholas Scoppetta, Class of 1962, is Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York, leading a 16,000-member department that encompasses fire and emergency medical services for the City. His extensive experience in government and management spans more than four decades.

    Scoppetta served as the first Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services from 1996 through 2001. During his tenure, ACS engaged in a comprehensive reform of the City’s child welfare system, which won national praise.

    Earlier in his career, he was a Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Investigation for the City of New York. He also served as Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County, and as the Deputy Independent Counsel in the investigation and prosecution of a former special assistant to the President of the United States.

    In 1978, Scoppetta joined the faculty of New York University School of Law and he also became Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration. In 1980, he then founded the law firm of Scoppetta & Seiff, where he was in the private practice of law until his return to public service in 1996.

    He has served on numerous boards of not-for-profit institutions including the Children’s Aid Society, New Yorkers for Children, an agency he founded, and the New York City Bar Association. He was also Chairman of the Commission to Combat Police Corruption. Scoppetta attended Bradley University after serving in the Army, where he earned a degree in engineering. He then went to Brooklyn Law School at night while working as an investigator for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He has been a speaker at several Dean’s Roundtable Luncheons.
  • Warren T. Lazarow, Class of 1986, is the Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office of the international law firm, O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He also serves on O’Melveny’s Policy Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the firm’s general affairs and management.

    Over the course of his career, Lazarow has counseled hundreds of emerging growth corporations, public companies, venture capital firms, private equity funds, and investment banks on a diverse range of transactional matters including investments, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, and public and private offerings of equity and debt, as well as broad corporate governance, securities, and compliance issues.

    In 2008, Lazarow was named for the fourth time to Forbes Magazine’s “Midas List” of the world’s top 100 technology dealmakers. He is the youngest of the four lawyers chosen to be on this list. He has been ranked among the world’s leading lawyers for Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, and Communications/Technology work by Chambers and Partners. He has been on the “top lawyers” lists of several publications including The Legal 500, which recommends him as one of the industry’s top lawyers for venture capital, emerging companies, and large-scale private equity buyouts. Lazarow is the author of Technology M&A Case Strategies: Acquisition of Clear Shape Technologies by Cadence Design Systems (2008).

    Lazarow graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1982 and received his J.D. in 1986. He was the Notes Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review. Following law school, he worked at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York before moving to Silicon Valley.

    This year, Lazarow and his wife, Barbara, are funding the digital technology for Brooklyn Law School’s lobby. They are also endowing the Warren T. and Barbara M. Lazarow Scholarship, and they are on the Honor Roll of Donors for the construction of Feil Hall.
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