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Alumni Highlights and Class Notes
December 2015 Alumni Highlight
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Nancy J. Barry (’89)
Nancy J. Barry (’89) chose Pace Law School for practical reasons: it was close to home and her place of employment at the time. It turns out that logic was a smart way to make this choice. Not only did Nancy meet (sort of) her future husband (Kevin Barry, Class of 1987) at Pace, but she attributes her successful career now to the education she received at Pace Law.
After graduating law school, Nancy worked at the firm of Plunkett & Jaffe, P.C. in their commercial litigation practice. After this, Nancy had her own law practice, which she focused on general civil litigation, real estate transactions, and the probate and administration of decedents’ estate. From there, she joined her husband at his firm representing individuals, corporations, and municipalities in the defense of personal injury actions, insurance, and subrogation matters, along with transactional real estate, and general litigation in the state and federal courts. However, as a law student, Nancy worked at the Office of the Westchester County Executive and she knew that it was with government where she ultimately desired to spend her career.
Nancy moved on from private practice to become the Principal Law Clerk to fellow Pace Law alumna, the Honorable Susan Cacace (Class of 1989), who remains one of her closest friends to date. From there she became the Principal Law Clerk to the then Administrative Judge, the Honorable Francis A. Nicolai. Immediately after that, Nancy became a Court Attorney Referee at Westchester Supreme Court under Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman. In this position, she directed the mortgage foreclosure settlement part district-wide.
Recognized for her hard-work and can-do attitude, Nancy ultimately became Chief Clerk of Westchester Supreme and County Courts. She is currently the highest ranking non-judicial employee in Supreme and County Court. Holding this title since September 2010, Nancy is responsible for managing all aspects of court operations. She has also led many technologically innovative efforts throughout the courts – including, implementing the State’s pilot program for the electronic filing of matrimonial matters and also directing the implementation of the mandatory electronic filing system for civil cases. Nancy enjoys the varied hustle and bustle that her day to day schedule brings – from her responsibility to each Judge at the Courts, to working with regional court administrators and the Office of Court Administration, to hiring interns and clerks. Nancy’s attributes her career history and her “practical and thorough education” she received at Pace to her success and also in preparing her to handle the great responsibilities she encounters every day as Chief Clerk.
Not one to sit still, Nancy is also active in the community. She is a member of the Ninth Judicial District Pro Bono Local Action Committee; a member of the White Plains Bar Association and Columbian Lawyers Association of Westchester; Vice Chair of the City of White Plains Ethics Board; a past P.T.A. Council President for White Plains City Schools; and Co-Founder for the White Plains Hospital Center Neonatal Support Group.
In November 2014, Nancy was awarded the Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Award at a ceremony at the Appellate Division Second Department in Brooklyn. The award is presented to court employees within the Appellate Division for excellence in service. Nominated by the Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman, Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, the award was presented by Justice Mollen, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division Retried.
Of her time at Pace, Nancy fondly remembers her favorite professor as Jay Carlisle, whom she still keeps in touch with today. Her favorite class was NY Practice, naturally, taken with Jay and preparing her for her long established career in the New York court system. “It truly was and remains an essential part of a law school education. New York Practice, in particular taught by Jay Carlisle, was a rite of passage. It has remained a point of reference to me throughout my career.” If you ask Nancy the best part of her Pace education, her answer is simply “her husband.” Nancy and her husband, Kevin, did not “officially” meet until after Kevin graduated, but Nancy knew who her husband Kevin was while he attended Pace though he graduated two years prior to her. Later, they were introduced through a mutual friend, who also graduated from Pace! And the rest, as they say, is history.
Nancy currently resides in White Plains with her husband Kevin. They have two children, Kevin, Jr, a 2014 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a 1st Lieutenant in the Army and Meghan, a senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, playing softball, and watching her daughter swim for Hartwick.
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.