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July 2015 Alumni Highlight

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Emily CollinsEmily A. Collins (‘04)

The winner of Pace’s 2014 Nicholas A. Robinson Award for Alumni Achievement is not one to rest on her laurels.  Emily Collins received her J.D. from Pace in 2004 and has been seizing opportunities to build her environmental legal career ever since.  Case in point: When asked how she got her current job as Executive Director and Managing Attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, she replies simply, “I founded the organization.”

Fair Shake is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Akron, Ohio.  It is designed to be both a law firm for modest means clients with environmental and community health needs and a residency program that incubates practitioners into their own modest means practices.  At Fair Shake, Emily supervises client matters, mentors and teaches Resident Attorneys in practice skills and entrepreneurship, and is responsible for the overall health and sustainability of the organization.  “I always feel most proud when one of our young attorneys feels like they have accomplished something because we put our belief and confidence behind them,” says Emily.

Before founding Fair Shake, Emily worked as a student attorney in the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, an Assistant Public Interest Counsel at the Office of Public Interest Counsel in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and a clinical professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she directed the Environmental Law Clinic.  Looking back on her time at Pace, Emily reports that the thing that best prepared her to practice was the Environmental Skills class and its focus on statutory interpretation and methods of interpretation.  “I hear Professor Miller asking me, ‘What does the statute say?’ every single time that I begin looking into working through an environmental legal question,” she half jokes.

Nicholas A. Robinson with Emily Collins, Award winner for Nicholas A. Robinson Award for Alumni AchievementReflecting her proactive, entrepreneurial spirit, Emily encourages current Pace Law students and graduates to seek out and create opportunities for themselves.  “In all likelihood, you're already a better practitioner than the vast majority of attorneys out there,” she says.  “Be yourself, look for opportunities to do something that you find fulfilling, and if you see something in the profession that you think is a problem, it probably is.  Please do something about it.”

Although Emily has spent time working in New York and Texas, she’s most at home in the area of our country where Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia meet, the area that she now serves with Fair Shake.  “I think that the hills and deciduous forests of the Appalachian plateau are the most beautiful in the country,” she says.  While she spends much of her time working in Pittsburgh, she enjoys trail running and cycling in and around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Emily and her wife have four dogs and two goats in Stow, Ohio and also spend time helping her mom and step-dad take care of a 300-acre farm where they raise Appaloosas.

 

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Class Notes

Spring 2015

CLASS NOTES

 

1982

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.

1987

Fredric I. Green has been appointed chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and a second deputy district attorney.

1988

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.

1989

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.

1990

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.

1993

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.

1994

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.

1997

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.

1998

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.

1999

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.

2002

Maiaklovsky Preval formed the Maiaklovsky Law Firm, PLLC.

2003

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. 

2004

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. 

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

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. 

2008

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.

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

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.

2013

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.
 

2014

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.