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  • 12.20.16 Leonard Wasserman ’72 Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
    Leonard Wasserman

    Brooklyn Law School Adjunct Professor Leonard Wasserman ‘72 has been selected to receive the International Association of Top Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. Wasserman, an expert in public/private partnerships, serves as special real estate transactional counsel at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.   read more

  • 12.20.16 Real Estate, Filmmaking Success of Charles Cohen ’77 Featured in Palm Beach Post
    Charles Cohen

    Charles Cohen ’77 was the subject of an in-depth profile in the Dec. 15 Palm Beach Post that highlighted his long and successful career in real estate and film. Cohen’s lifelong love of theater, film, architecture, and design have come together in his most recent project to renovate West Palm Beach’s Carefree Theatre, building six new auditoriums and adding 97 apartments to the site.   read more

  • 12.12.16 Allyson Stavis ’15 Featured in “48 Hours” Episode About Notorious Attempted Murder Case
    48 Hours

    Allyson Stavis ’15 was featured in a recent episode of the CBS News program “48 Hours” for her role in People of New York v. Jacob Nolan. Stavis, an associate with Koster Brady & Nagler, LLP, was part of the team representing Jacob Nolan, who was charged with attempted murder of his cousin’s ex-boyfriend. The defense team argued a unique psychiatric defense, claiming the defendant was suffering from “diminished capacity,” due to mental illness and manipulation by his cousin, Pamela Buchbinder, a psychiatrist, when he attempted to kill her ex-boyfriend.   read more

  • 11.30.16 Mark Baker ’72 and Marc Agnifilo ’90 Secure Client’s Release After 20 Years in Prison
    Scales of justice

    After serving 20 years for two wrongful convictions, Anthony DiPippo was recently acquitted and released from prison thanks to the work of two Brooklyn Law School graduates: Mark Baker ’72 and Marc Agnifilo ’90.  read more

  • 11.29.16 Carrie Goldberg ’07 Featured in The New Yorker for Pioneering Privacy Work
    Carrie Goldberg

    In the December 5, 2016, issue of The New Yorker, Carrie Goldberg ’07 is profiled as a leader in the growing crusade against nonconsensual pornography, also known as “revenge porn.”   read more

  • 11.29.16 Trustee Frank Aquila ’83 Named Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions MVP
    Frank Aquila

    Brooklyn Law School board member Francis J. Aquila ‘83 has been named an Mergers & Acquisitions MVP by Law360 for the third time.   read more

  • 11.18.16 Hon. John M. Leventhal ’79 and Professor Liz Schneider Discuss the Fight Against Domestic Violence
    Judge Leventhal & Professor Schneider

    Hon. John M. Leventhal ’79, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, returned to the Law School on Nov. 14 for a presentation and discussion with Professor Liz Schneider about the current domestic violence crisis. Leventhal, author of the book My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims, presided over the first felony domestic violence court in the nation, between 1994 and 2008.   read more

  • 11.03.16 Molly McGrath '12 on the Front Lines of Protecting Voting Rights
    Voting

    Molly McGrath ’12 has been featured recently in The New York Times and on the Today Show for her work to protect voters’ rights in Wisconsin. As national campaign coordinator with the nonprofit voting rights organization VoteRiders, she assists individuals who are struggling to obtain the proper identification to vote.  read more

  • 11.02.16 Jeff Gewirtz ’94, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Chief Legal Officer, Offers Career Insights to Professor Jodi Balsam’s Sports Law Class

    Professor Jodi Balsam welcomed Jeff Gewirtz ’94, executive vice president of business affairs and chief legal officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, to her sports law class on Oct. 24 to discuss the many career avenues open to a sports and entertainment lawyer.  read more

  • 10.03.16 Daniel Kaplan ’52: Still Making Big Deals at Age 87
    Dan Kaplan

    Daniel Kaplan ‘52 recently spoke with The American Lawyer about his long career in the law and still practicing – and making big deals – at age 87.   read more

  • 09.30.16 Rachel Freier ’05 Makes History in Election for State Civil Court Seat
    Rachel Freier

    Rachel “Ruchie” Freier ’05 became the first Hasidic woman in New York State history to be elected as a civil court judge after winning the September primary for the seat in the Fifth Judicial District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge.   read more

  • 09.30.16 Charles Ortner ’71 Named to Kennedy Center Board of Trustees
    Charles Ortner '71

    President Barack Obama has announced his intention to re-appoint Charles B. Ortner ’71 to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was first appointed to the board in 2010 to a six-year term.      read more

  • 09.28.16 Greg Zamfotis ’07 and John Rudikoff ’06 Discuss the J.D. as Entrepreneurial Tool
    Greg Zamfotis, John Rudikoff, Harold O'Grady

    Gregory Zamfotis ‘07 and John Rudikoff ’06 recently sat down with Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor Harold O'Grady to discuss how law students can broaden their career prospects by being willing to take risks and engage in a business venture at some point in their careers.      read more

  • 09.18.16 Anthony Beneduce ’16 Receives Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Scholarship
    Anthony Beneduce

    Anthony Beneduce ’16 was the recipient of the second annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation at a ceremony on Sept. 15.  read more

  • 09.15.16 Frank Barbaro ’66, Champion of Progressive Causes, dies at 88
    Frank Barbaro

    Frank Barbaro ‘66, who became known as a champion of labor rights and a progressive New York State assemblyman, died on September 4 at the age of 88. He was president of the Class of 1966.    read more

  • 08.22.16 Matthew E. Swaya ’81 Makes Gift to Inspire New Students at Convocation
    Matthew Swaya

    Matthew E. Swaya ’81 recently made a generous donation to the Law School with a unique provision. He requested that a portion of his gift be used to cover the expense of giving every entering student a copy of the book Judging Statutes, by the Hon. Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Swaya, chief ethics and compliance officer for Starbucks, shared the stage with Judge Katzmann as featured speakers at the 2016 Brooklyn Law School Convocation on August 22, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  read more

  • 07.14.16 Hon. John M. Leventhal ’79 Appears on Fox News to Discuss His New Book on Domestic Violence
    John Leventhal

    Hon. John M. Leventhal ’79, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, appeared on Fox News to talk about his new book, My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims. Leventhal shared insights from his career as the presiding judge of the Brooklyn Domestic Violence Court – the first of its kind in the nation when it launched in 1996 and today a model for judges and courts around the world.   read more

  • 07.11.16 Brooklyn Law School Students Selected for Coveted Fellowships
    Scales of justice

    Each year, Brooklyn Law School students are awarded prestigious fellowships that offer opportunities to gain valuable professional experience and careers, work with seasoned attorneys and judges, and delve deeper into their areas of interest in law. The following students join a long list of fellowship awardees from the Law School.  read more

  • 07.05.16 Irving Pollack ’42, Founding Director of Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, Dies at 98
    Irving Pollack

    Irving Pollack, a 1942 graduate of Brooklyn Law School who established the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division in 1972, died on July 1.  read more

  • 06.29.16 Erika Lorshbough Named to List of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40
    Erika Lorshbough '12

    The National LGBT Bar Association has named Erika Lorshbough ’12 one of the nation’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” Lorshbough serves as legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she monitors and analyzes legislative activity and agency actions implicating civil rights and civil liberties. She also works with NYCLU’s coalition partners to promote community-driven law reform based upon constitutional principles.  read more

  • 05.23.16 Bronx Post Office Named After Herman Badillo ‘54
    Herman Badillo

    A post office in the Bronx has been renamed in honor of Herman Badillo ’54, a trailblazing public servant who passed away in 2014 after a long and distinguished career including four terms in Congress and more than 20 years on the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees.  read more

  • 04.15.16 Errol Louis ’05 Receives High Praise From The Washington Post
    Errol Louis

    The title said it all. Leading up to the ninth Democratic debate this election season, The Washington Post ran a story titled "We know this is the 10,000th Democratic debate. But you should really tune in — for Errol Louis." Well known to most New Yorkers as host of NY1’s Inside City Hall and a prominent columnist for the New York Daily News, Errol Louis ’05 has steadily built a solid reputation as a thoughtful, well-informed, even opinionated, reporter.  read more

  • 04.13.16 Leon H. Charney ’64, Television Host, Real Estate Investor, and Force for Peace, Dies at 77
    Leon Charney

    Leon Charney ’64, television host, prominent Manhattan real estate investor, and strong supporter of Israel, died March 21 at age 77.  read more

  • 04.04.16 Mathew Tully ’02 Honored for Work on Behalf of Veterans
    Mathew Tully

    Mathew B. Tully ’02, a decorated Army veteran, has been recognized as one of the one of the nation’s most influential veterans by HillVets, a non-profit that helps veterans with “second service” careers via networking, employment, and educational opportunities.  read more

  • 04.01.16 Claudine K. Brown ’85, Leader in Arts and Education, Dies at 67
    Claudine K. Brown

    Claudine K. Brown ‘85, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access for the Smithsonian, died March 17.   read more

  • 03.28.16 Nicholas Scoppetta ’62, Former Commissioner of NYC Fire Department, Dies at 83
    Brooklyn Law School - Nicholas Scoppetta '62

    Nicholas Scoppetta ’62, former Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York and the first Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, died March 24 at age 83.  read more

  • 03.24.16 Helen Neuborne ’74 Recognized by the Aspen Institute
    Helen Neuborne

    The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, held a tribute to Helen Neuborne ’74 at its Aspen Forum on Women & Girls: Conversations Across Generations Forum on March 7.  read more

  • 03.07.16 Borough Manhattan Community College Names Odelia Levy ’05 as Chief Diversity Officer
    Odelia Levy

    Odelia Levy ’05 has been named Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to the President at Borough Manhattan Community College/City University of New York.  read more

  • 02.01.16 Gail Cohen ’85 Named Chair of Fiduciary Trust Company International
    Gail Cohen

    Fiduciary Trust Company International, a leading wealth management firm, recently announced Gail Cohen ’85 as the chair of the company’s board of directors and general trust counsel.  read more

  • 02.01.16 John Rudikoff ’06 Named to Lead Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE)
    Brooklyn Law School - John Rudikoff

    John Rudikoff ’06, former general counsel and director of business development for the international architecture firm MASS (Model of Architecture Serving Society) Design Group, has been named CEO and managing director of CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School. Rudikoff will lead CUBE’s operations and strategy, cultivate partnerships, and lead fundraising efforts to expand opportunities for student, faculty, and alumni.   read more

  • 01.26.16 Celine Chan ‘10 and Stephen Popernik ’13 Appointed to the Board of Trustees
    Celine Chan '10

    The Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees has appointed Celine Chan ‘10 and Stephen Popernik ’13 as Recent Graduate Trustee Members.

    “At a time when innovation is more important than ever to legal education, these highly accomplished young attorneys bring valuable expertise to our leadership,” said Stuart Subotnick, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with Celine and Stephen on exciting initiatives that will benefit the entire Law School community.”  read more

  • 01.20.16 Four Alumni Receive Judicial Appointments from NYC Mayor
    Judge Marguerite Dougherty

    Miriam Cyrulnik '80, Donald Leo '91, Dean Kusakabe '95, and Marguerite Dougherty '01 were among the 26 recent judicial appointments made by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.   read more

  • 01.04.16 Hon. Sterling Johnson Jr. '66 and Hon. John M. Leventhal '79 Honored at Annual Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Dinner
    Scales of justice

    Hon. Sterling Johnson Jr. ‘66, a Senior Judge in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; and Hon. John M. Leventhal ‘79, Associate Justice, Appellate Division Second Department were among the six honorees at the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Annual Dinner at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel in December.   read more