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August 2016 Alumni Highlight
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Mila Romanoff ('11), had set the goal to work in the International Affairs field since she first began studying law. In 2008, Mila graduated summa cum laude from the National Academy of Law in Odessa, Ukraine, where she concentrated on International Law, Human Rights, and Intellectual Property. In 2011, Mila graduated from Pace Law with her LL.M. in both Comparative Law and Environmental Law. She was then admitted to the New York State Bar.
"Already being a licensed attorney in Ukraine, I was looking to diversify my knowledge more. Pace provided many interesting opportunities during my time as a student and as a post graduate. I was able to work in multiple areas of law in order to solidify my core attorney skills which helped prepare for a career in international law and policy."
Currently, Mila serves as the Privacy and Legal Officer at Global Pulse - a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General which focuses on accelerating the use of Big Data for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which she’s been working on since 2012. "Big Data is a powerful fuel of today’s world. Data Privacy and Data Protection law in the ‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ world is a rapidly developing space requiring constant learning, adaptation to present technologies and risks, and multi-stakeholder engagement globally."
In her capacity as a Legal Specialist, she advises and implements mechanisms for public-private data partnerships. Mila currently leads the development and implementation of Global Pulse’s data privacy and data protection strategies and policies, including across the Pulse Labs in Asia, Africa, and at the UN headquarters in New York. She coordinates an international Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group and represents Global Pulse on a number of UN and non-UN working groups on big data and privacy.
Before joining the UN and while still in law school in Ukraine, Mila worked in a variety of roles and organizations which served the public cause. She started at the Odessa Kiyivskiy District Court, and next went on to an externship at the Odessa City Office of Land Resources, and then to the Odessa Regional Department of Justice. Mila also worked in the private sector as a commercial contracting and litigation attorney at New York and Ukrainian law firms. After beginning her enrollment at Pace, she continued her passion in International Law at both the Permanent Mission of the Union of the Comoros to the United Nations, and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations.
Mila believes that gaining practical experience is the key to success, which is why throughout her school years, she also worked pro bono at Pace legal clinics - gaining litigation skills. In addition to and when she had free time from her regular classes and required study time Mila also worked part-time as a legal assistant at a New York law firm, specializing in contracts and real estate.
She has been a guest speaker at multiple international events and institutions presenting on data privacy and big data ethics globally. These events engaged all sectors and stakeholders in solving the pending issues relating to the establishing of frameworks and policies that enable protection of the right to privacy and the use of Big Data for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Most recently, she presented during the expert meeting on "Safeguarding Rights in the Big Data Revolution" at Wilton Park in the UK, the UN Internet Governance Forum panel on "Big Data for Development: Challenges and Opportunities", hosted in Brazil, the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting of the data protection regulators on Privacy and Disaster Preparedness, organized in Peru, and for the meeting of the Privacy Advisory Group on Big Data for Development "Towards Responsible Governance" at the Peace Palace in the Hague.
Mila is an active member of several legal and privacy associations, such as NYCBA, WBA, NYSBA, and IAPP. As a legal observer and a member of the NYCBA she was selected to join Military Commission proceedings on the issues of attorney-client privilege, confidentiality, data security, and privacy of communications at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay. Mila is also an independent member of the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board.
"Pace is a wonderful school where I received not only a high quality education, but also met a lot of interesting people who guided the students throughout the studying process. I think Pace can be distinguished by its atmosphere of mentorship and warm welcome to all of the students who are willing to work hard towards their goals."
If Mila had one piece of advice for those pursuing a law degree, it would be to "[s]eek opportunities for practical experience to apply the theories learned in classes. Work hard and zealously towards pursuing your career passion, no matter the obstacles that life may bring. I embraced the goal to work in international law in high school – since then my career experiences have made me a forward looking thinker and believer; it introduced me to many inspirational people along the way with whom I have been fortunate to work with both previously and currently. I look forward to continuing to contribute towards stronger law and policy as part of my professional growth."
Hon. Francesca (Leibold) Connolly was appointed by NYS Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti to the position of Associate Justice of the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, second Department, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts. In this capacity, she will hear appeals from the District, City, Town, and Village courts in Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. This assignment is in addition to her current duties as a Supreme Court Justice, Ninth Judicial District, where she presides over a general civil calendar and the Ninth Judicial District Environmental Claims Part. She has been serving as a Supreme Court Justice since 2009.
Fredric I. Green has been appointed chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and a second deputy district attorney.
Joseph A. Saccomano was elected to the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Westchester. Joseph is the Office Managing Shareholder of the White Plains and Albany offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dr. Nader J. Sayegh was praised for his “countless contributions to society” in a statement issued by Rep. Eliot L. Engel. Dr. Sayegh’s passion for community involvement was noted, specifically through his service on various Boards.
Robert J. Waine has joined the firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He will practice out of the corporate department and work with the real estate group.
Susan M. Corcoran was honored as a Distinguished 2014 Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for her extraordinary pro bono efforts in 2014.
Joseph A. Ruhl has joined Orange Bank and Trust Company as a regional president. Previous to this he was with Hudson Valley bank as seinor vice president and division executive in charge of its legal services division.
Marla E. Wieder was elected Secretary of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law section. She also received the Environmental Section Council Award this year.
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis was elected to a one year term on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law section.
R. Nadine Fontaine was appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor with a focus on Human Services. Prior to this, she was at Epiq Systems, Inc., where she was a Director.
Carl L. Finger (LLM) was elected as a trustee for the Village Board in Scarsdale. Carl is a member of Fingers & Finger, P.C., a White Plains law firm.
Joseph A. Sarcinella was elected to Partner at Thompson & Knight LLP. His practice is concentrated on real estate, finance, and corporate matters.
David I. Aboulafia’s first book, a dark psychological horror novel entitled “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly,” will be released by Cosmic Egg Books, an imprint of John Huint Publishing in Summer 2015. His second book, a collection of comedic essays entitled “Snapshots from my Uneventful Life,” will be released by Library Tales Publishing at the same time.
Eric S. Andreas’ novel Origins Rising has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for Young Adult Fiction. This is Eric’s debut novel which “tells the story of how people re-evolve after a catastrophic asteroid strike into flyers, swimmers, and swift runners. Click here to read more.
Bridget A. Short joined Fox Rothschild LLP as a partner in their New York office. Her practice areas are copyrights, intellectual property, IP Litigation, Patent Prosecution & Transactions, and Trademarks.
David P. Steinberger joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP in their environmental and natural resources practice. He is a partner based out of their Denver office.
Elizabeth Verrier delivered the keynote address for the 31st annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on February 21 at Bethany College. Elizabeth is Vice President and Senior Counsel at American Express.
Maiaklovsky Preval formed the Maiaklovsky Law Firm, PLLC.
Jinhi Park taught international business law as a full time lecturer at Pai Chai University in Korea after 9 years of teaching as well as working as a Foreign Legal Consultant/Attorney for E.M. Hwang & Partners in the trademark department. In March, Jinhi started working as a partner at Heis Law Office in Seoul, Korea as a foreign attorney.
Dev B. Viswanath received a proclamation from the NYC Council in October 2014, on the eve of the Diwali Celebrations at City Hall. The proclamation was for contributions to the City of New York and community service.
Janice Dean was elected to a three year term on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Section as a member at large. She also co-authored an article published in Environmental Law in New York entitled “Too Early or Too Late? Statutes of Limitations in Hazardous Waste and Oil Spill Claims.”
Jennifer A. Lofaro was promoted to partner at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP. She advises and represents regional and national institutional lenders and developers, as well as individual and corporate borrowers, in residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Carlisle McLean was appointed by Maine Governor Paul LePage to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC is an agency that plays a key role in energy matters that are part of Governor Paul LePage’s policy priorities. Carlisle became Governor LePage’s chief legal counsel in 2013. Prior to that, she practiced with Preti Flaherty in environmental, land use, and climate strategy law.
Danielle Bifulci Kocal had her article “Creating an Asynchronous Distance Learning Class” published in The Learning Curve, which is the publication for the Academic Support section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Nicholas E. Bowers recently celebrated five years of his firm, The Law Office of Nicholas E. Bowers, PLLC, being in business. In 2014, Nicholas closed numerous transactions on the purchases and sales of coops, condos and houses in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. He also continued to conduct commercial lease reviews and negotiations and managed numerous real estate litigations.
Jason S. Herman is currently Deputy Counsel at the New York City School Construction Authority.
Rosario M. Patane was promoted to Shareholder at Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo, P.C.
Neal E. Kumar is a third year Associate in the Washington, DC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. In October 2014, he married Sweta Lamichhane.
Erika C. Otocka has joined Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara. She will be representing individuals in all aspects of family and matrimonial law. Previously, she practiced with the Law Offices of Gary I. Cohen, P.C. in Stamford, CT.
Alisandra B. Carnevale was elected to the Board of Directors for the Pennington Business and Professional Association. She is an attorney concentrating in Family and Divorce Law at The Law Office of Alisandra B. Carnevale. Read more on her law practice here.
Lane Marmon was named a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune (2014) and 10 Best Attorneys – Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2014). She is a senior associate at Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC.
Joshua A. Roman was offered and accepted a position as Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson, United States Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y. The clerkship will begin in the fall of 2015 and conclude in the fall of 2017.
Christine E. Goodrich will be joining the New York office of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP. She will continue to practice securities arbitration and litigation.
Gloribelle J. Perez was sworn-in as President of the Dominican Bar Association.
Craig Relles was featured in The National Jurist on how the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP) helped him get his start as a solo practitioner. Craig’s firm is named the Law Office of Craig Relles and he was one of the first to take part in the PCLP as a legal fellow. Read more here.
Kerriann Stout and Pouyan Darian founded Darian Stout, LLP. Kerriann and Pouyan previously worked together as Fellows at the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP). Their new law practice is housed at and incubated by the PCLP.
Joseph E. Fornadel published his article entitled The Community Risk and Resiliency Act: Building on the New York State Legislature’s Climate Change Framework in the January/February volume of New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, published by Thomson Reuters. Joseph is a Senior Court Attorney at the New York Court of Appeals.
Justin M. Guido started working as a prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office immediately after graduation. Since then he has had approximately 20 jury trials, wrote an appeal, and continues to litigate on a daily basis. He recently obtained a guilty verdict in a case that was published in the Miami Herald. Click here to read more.
John D. Scherer has joined Masini Law Group PC in Garden City as an associate attorney.
Benjamin S. Lowenthal has joined Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP in White Plains, NY. His areas of practice will be commercial litigation, corporate and business law, and real estate law.