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August 2017 Alumni Highlight

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Mark MeekerMark Meeker (Dec. ’09) graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts, where he studied advertising, and shortly thereafter he earned a Master of Arts from Kent State University while in the media management sequence. It wasn’t until grad school that he first began to consider law school. “During one conversation with my advisor, he mentioned that I was doing well and that I should think about continuing. Continuing? What would that mean? Neither of my parents had college degrees, so I was already farther along academically than I ever expected to be. But I bought a couple of study guides, worked through them in the evenings for about a week-and-a-half, took the LSAT, and scored in the 96th percentile. That’s when I knew that law school was somewhere in my future. The question was, ‘When?’ At that point, I was still barely on the fringes of the advertising industry, and I wasn’t ready to change directions.”

Things really started to happen for Mark when he packed his bags and went chasing after his first ad agency job. In all, he spent the first eighteen years of his career in a variety of advertising and marketing roles, working primarily in account services for media companies and on the agency side of the business for brands such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Sonic, Pepsi, and Bank of America. “I loved what I was doing at the time, but after I met my wife and got engaged, suddenly chasing advertising jobs all over the country lost its appeal. That’s when we decided to make a change, and about six weeks after our wedding I entered law school.”

Mark started at Pace Law as a 1L in August 2006. “I was drawn to Pace because of its location. In my previous career, I had spent time working in Ohio, where I’m from, then D.C., Virginia Beach, Chicago, Kansas City, and Connecticut. My most recent position had been in New York City and we wanted to stay in the area. Pace also showed a lot of flexibility in their academic programs. I would be able to attend part-time and still graduate in 3-1/2 years. It was ideal.”

During Mark’s time at Pace, he excelled academically as well as in his involvement with the Pace community and student organizations. As a result of his high academic achievement, he was consistently on the Dean’s List, served as Executive Editor of the Pace International Law Review, and graduated cum laude with a certificate in International Law. To Mark, though, one of his best experiences was being involved with the Intellectual Property Student Organization. He started out as IPSO’s Treasurer and eventually became President. “It was the perfect organization for me to get involved with. It combined my past experiences in the marketing, advertising and branding world with new legal topics that I was studying such as trademarks and intellectual property. I was lucky enough to meet and work with some great people who helped me push the organization forward as we sought out alumni working in IP, compiled a list of all of the alumni that we could find in the field, and tried to connect them back with the law school.”

Recognizing the importance of getting your feet wet in a variety of areas, Mark pursued as many practical opportunities as he could. While at Pace, he was an intern for the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, a legal assistant with the law firm Worby Groner Edelman LLP, an intern with the World Intellectual Property Organization at the U.N., and a legal assistant with the New York State Office of the Attorney General. “I like to stay busy and continually meet new people; network. Each new opportunity for me was a step towards the next one.” During his final year-and-a-half at Pace, Mark worked at Pernod Ricard USA as a legal consultant, and this position stretched beyond his graduation.

Then, in July 2010, Mark joined a small law firm as an associate, reviewing and evaluating telecommunications real estate agreements for AT&T, editing and approving amendments, and drafting legal opinions related to landlord/tenant issues. Mark remained in this position for four years before launching a venture as a solo practitioner, focusing on his first passion, providing counsel surrounding branding, trademarks and social media. It was shortly after Mark hung out his own shingle that he was presented with an opportunity to join American Maritime Safety, Inc., based in White Plains, first as Director of Membership and Legal Services and now as Assistant General Counsel. In his current role, Mark conducts nationwide, on-site training classes for drug and alcohol testing plus sexual harassment. He also provides legal guidance to over 400 member companies regarding compliance with federal regulations impacting the maritime industry while also supervising staff. “I feel lucky to be in-house with such a large organization. Compliance is an interesting field on its own, but coupled with the maritime industry, it really keeps me on my toes. Plus I’m able to pursue a people-oriented aspect of this position with the training and public speaking that I do, which I really enjoy.”

Throughout Mark’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional life, what has remained most consistent, aside from his work ethic, is his passion for networking and connecting people. In 2011, Mark founded the Pace Law Alumni Network (P.L.A.N.). “My goal with P.L.A.N. was to connect Pace Law alumni with one another in a casual atmosphere. I’ve found that networking can lead to a great many opportunities, professionally and otherwise. So, we started holding these quarterly networking events back in 2011, alternating between White Plains and New York City. They’ve steadily grown in size, and now our attendance usually ranges between 30 and 70 people. We even have faculty attend, and Dean Yassky has become a familiar face.”

Not one for downtime, in 2013 Mark was added to the Pace Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and was recently elected as the incoming President. He will start his term in September 2017. “Among my goals as President will be to increase the Board’s visibility and to expand the lines of communication between the alumni population and the Board.”

Aside from the marketing, advertising, and the law, Mark has always had a passion for the outdoors. “Biking, swimming, kayaking, camping, I like to stay active and get outdoors whenever possible.” In 2014, Mark became a kayak and stand-up paddleboard instructor with L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School and recently achieved American Canoe Association certification in both disciplines. Mark lives in Mount Vernon with his wife Cathy, who works for Pace University in Pleasantville.

If Mark could give any advice to future and current law students, and alumni alike, it would be to network. “Keep making new connections and maintaining past ones. Networking is key in finding out what career will be right for you and then finding opportunities. Oh, and speaking of which, come to our next P.L.A.N. event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the back garden of Tuttles Bar & Grill at 735 2nd Avenue in New York City.”

*The P.L.A.N. Facebook group can be found here.

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Class Notes

SPRING 2017

CLASS NOTES

1980 

V. Gerard Comizio has joined 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.