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November 2017 Alumni Highlight

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Susan Payne MullikenSusan Payne Mulliken (Dec. ’10) is an expert multi-tasker – she is an attorney with three young daughters (Erin, 8; Clare, 5; and Kelly, 2) – and her expertise in juggling work and family was first honed at Pace Law.  “I had my first daughter, Erin, while I was still a student at Pace Law, during the summer between my 2L and 3L years. After her birth, I did switch to part-time, but did not take any time off and graduated just one semester after my class. I was very motivated to stay on track and the Pace Law faculty and staff were very supportive and encouraging. They helped make the challenges of balancing motherhood and law school manageable and possible.”

While some students head to law school directly from undergraduate school that was not the case for Susan. After graduating magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A. in Psychology, Susan moved to New York City. In the City she worked in television production, including with HBO and Nickelodeon –meeting her future husband during her work at Nickelodeon. From there, Susan moved to California to attend graduate school at San Diego State University. After graduating with her Masters in Communication, Susan worked as an adjunct professor at three different colleges in San Diego. Shortly thereafter, she moved back to New York City and began working at Long Island University-Brooklyn as an academic advisor and adjunct instructor. After working at LIU for about two years, Susan decided to apply to law school. “In the back of my mind, I had always thought about law school. Finally, I decided it was now or never.  I left my job in August of 2007 and started at Pace Law that fall.”

Pace offers a myriad of opportunities to gain practical experience and Susan took advantage of as many as possible. During the summer after her 1L year she interned for Family Court Judge Sandra B. Edlitz and also spent time as a research assistant for Professor Leslie Garfield. In the fall of 2008 she was an extern in the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program and also a student worker in the Office of Student Services. In 2010, after having Erin and with the encouragement and assistance of the Pace Law Career Services staff, Susan applied for and was a recipient of the competitive Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship summer grant. This funding allowed Susan to accept an unpaid summer internship with the New York State Division of Human Rights while also providing Erin with quality child care. “There were so many opportunities and I wanted to make sure I gained as much real life experience as possible before graduating. Each experience for me was one step closer to figuring out what I wanted to potentially do once I was an attorney and what I did not. Professionally at Pace, my favorite experience was the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Family Court Legal Program externship. I learned so much by speaking with clients and filing petitions and going before the judge, lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom. I also learned so much through FCLP Director Tracey Alter and the staff attorneys, volunteers, and other student externs.”

Following graduation and while awaiting admission to the bar, Susan’s job hunt intensified and became more focused. “I realized that what I really wanted to do was to return to the field of higher education but in a legal capacity. I began to apply to any relevant position, hoping that it would eventually lead me to a job within a General Counsel’s office at a college. In June of 2012, Susan’s passion for multi-tasking continued when she started a position in contract management at Mercy College within the School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHNS) and gave birth to her second daughter, Clare, three weeks later. “I couldn’t believe that I ended up finding my opportunity right as I was about to give birth to my second daughter but I was motivated to make it work and was very excited by yet another set of challenges.” Exactly two weeks after Clare was born, Susan was admitted to the New York State Bar.

At Mercy, Susan performed contract review, negotiation, and administration for the SHNS. “I managed all phases of the contract approval process for clinical affiliation agreements. I was in the position for over three years and learned a great deal about contracts. I was also able to learn about other legal issues within an institution of higher education.”  In 2015, Susan gave birth to her third daughter, Kelly, and also began her current position as Assistant General Counsel at Mercy College. In this position, Susan reviews and negotiates a larger variety of contracts including clinical affiliation agreements, software and library licensing agreements, consulting services agreements, non-disclosure agreements, sponsored program research agreements, among others, and also works closely with the risk management team in dealing with insurance and liability-related issues. “I feel very fortunate to be in my current position and am learning all the time. I absolutely love the energy and vibrancy of a college campus and the multitude and complexity of issues that occur every day. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend the National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference and have really enjoyed meeting and learning from peers from schools all over the country.”

As the mother of three young daughters, Susan’s top priority is attempting to maintain a healthy work/life balance. “I am fortunate to have an amazing support network comprised of my husband Nate, my parents, family and friends and an amazing day care facility and a very family-friendly employer. I am also lucky that an outstanding summer day camp program operates on Mercy’s campus that Erin has attended the past three summers and that both Erin and Clare will attend next summer.”

Susan looks fondly on her days at Pace Law and will always remember the support she received from the faculty and staff as she struggled to navigate law school, motherhood, and job searching “especially the late Professor Ralph Stein, who I miss every day, Professor Tracey Alter, and Professor Leslie Garfield, who always went above and beyond. I’m not sure I’d be where I am today without the three of them.” A few of Susan’s favorite memories at Pace Law are ones that many Pace alumni will be able to relate to, including: “having lunch with Professor Stein in the cafeteria, studying in the library with the same crew of regulars who always sat in the same area as me, and the annual Earth Day event on the lawn, which was one of the few times I actually relaxed and socialized with people outside of the library! I even brought Erin to Earth Day when she was eight months old and she was a big hit with both my classmates and the faculty and staff. Who knows? Maybe one day she’ll be back at Pace as a 1L!”

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Class Notes

SPRING 2017

CLASS NOTES

1980 

V. Gerard Comizio has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the Corporate Department.   

Philip M. Halpern was honored at the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s 2017 Equal Access to Justice Dinner. 

Martin Hersh was elected Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law and Special Needs Section for the one year term beginning June 1, 2017. Martin has his own firm, The Law Offices of Martin Hersh, Esq. located in Liberty, NY. It is a boutique law office concentrating in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning.


1981 

George Oros was named Westchester County's Director of Economic Development. 

1985 

Thomas H. Welby, P.E., Esq., ’85, has received the Chair’s Award from the Construction Management Association of America.  The award was given in recognition of Mr. Welby’s service as CMAA’s representative to the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, and the American Arbitration Association. Thomas is a partner with Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law (Construction Law) at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. 

1989 

Karen Mignone was appointed as Group Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs with Xeros Technology Group. 

1993

 Robert E. Lytle was installed as the 2017 President of the Mercer County Bar Association (MCBA). He is a partner with Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C. 

1998 

Peter Tambini recently achieved a very successful verdict for his clients with his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C 

1999


Matthew E. Brotmann is now principal attorney with the New York Power Authority. 

Martin C. Geagan became a Litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.  

2001

Kelly Turturro was appointed to the position of Regional Director for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 3.

 
2005
 

Robert A. Stout, Jr. was named partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.    

2007 

Dean W. Sattler was elected to partnership at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He is a member of the Corporate Group.

Saad Siddiqui is running for White Plains Common Council. Saad has his own law practice, Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP. 

2008

Clare K. Schum was promoted to Attorney Mentoring Supervisor at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate, where she has practiced for nearly three years. 

2011 

Leslie A. Jaluria recently moved from Connecticut to California. She also had her third son.  Leslie was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2016. 

2012 

Christine M. Brew is an associate with Cohen and Wolf, P.C., practicing in the Trusts and Estates, Tax, Elder Law, and Business & Corporate Groups.


Samantha A. Lyons who has been an associate at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano since 2013, has been promoted to senior associate. 

Christopher M. Psihoules is now Trial Attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  

2013 

Jaclyn Calcagno is an associate with Akerman LLP. She focuses on real estate development. 

Heather Leibowitz had her op-ed, “Solar is Clean, Popular and Under Attack” published in the Gotham Gazzette.   

2014 

Erica Gilerman became Assistant Executive Director with the Hebrew Educational Society.  

2016 

Lauren C. Enea joined the firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP as an associate attorney. 

Andrea Rodricks has joined the admissions teach at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law as Assistant Director of Admissions. Andrea is a recent graduate with dual JD and MBA degrees from Elisabeth Haub School of Law and the Lubin School of Business, with concentrations in environmental law and international business.