Class Notes and In Memoriam

Gavel Gala 2019

Class Notes - November 2020

Harry Buck ‘79, CEO, Legal Outsourcing 2.0, moderated the Webinar, ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists) NY Metro Chapter: AI Series: The Process of Innovation in the Legal Tech Space – click here.

Jerry Silber ’83 has been recognized by his employer, Verizon Communications, for his many pro bono efforts and “stretching beyond his core responsibilities to help achieve a greater result.”  Jerry is Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Verizon Business Group and sits on its Executive Leadership Team. Jerry also is an Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville's School of Professional Studies, where he teaches a graduate seminar on Communications Regulation & Ethics.

Mary Chapyak ’85 recently made a gift to Haub Law in memory of her dear friend and fellow law school alumna, Donna Kramer, also Class of 1985, who passed away on October 4th. Mary recalls “we met during our first week as 1Ls in 1982, became fast friends and maintained a close friendship for 35 years.”  

Christian Robert Cullen ’87 was promoted from Senior Assistant County Attorney to Chief Assistant County Attorney in the County of Dutchess Department of Law.

Maya van Rossum ‘92, Delaware Riverkeeper and Founders of “Green Amendments for the Generations,” was selected by the River Network as a “2020 River Hero” – read more here.

Kathryn Pasternak ‘97 has joined the Rotary Club of Marco Island Noontime – read here.

Lorraine Diamond ‘01 won the race for District Attorney in Montgomery County. Read more here.

Christopher Rizzo ‘01 was listed in the New York Metro 2020 edition of “Super Lawyers” under Environmental Law.

Meagan R. Brillault ‘03 was listed in the New York Metro 2020 edition of “Super Lawyers” under Environmental Litigation.

Lisa Denig ’09 was featured in the NY Law Journal as part of the 2020 Professional Excellence Awards. Lisa was recognized as a recipient of an Innovation Award – read here.

Ashlea L. Palladino ’09 formed a partnership with Jamie G. Leberer to form Leberer & Palladino, PLLC. This partnership will continue the practice of matrimonial and family law in the Buffalo, New York region. Leberer & Palladino, PLLC is dedicated to family law and divorce in Buffalo, New York with practice areas centering on the most pressing family-related legal issues such as child custody and visitation, prenuptial agreements, child support, spousal support, division of personal and real property, military divorce issues, and much more.

Amarilda Brahimi, Dec. 2010 is being honored with a Sole Practitioner Award by Long Island Business News In The Law.

Brian W. Kennedy ‘12 was named to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Brian W. Kennedy is an associate at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP and concentrates his practice in Land Use and Zoning. Congratulations to Brian!

Chartwell Law is pleased to announce that Nicholas R. Switach ’13 been named to the 2020 New York Metro Rising Stars® List for workers’ compensation.  Mr. Switach concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation defense, representing large self-insured & municipal employers, professional employer organizations, and construction companies through all aspects of litigation. He also deals with, and has written articles about, general municipal law including Section 207(a) and 207(c) claims. Mr. Switach is an associate attorney in the firm’s New York, NY office.

Adam Weiss ’13 was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. He is an attorney with Lever & Ecker, PLLC.

Jerome Orlhac (LLM ’17) was listed in the New York Metro 2020 as a RISING STAR in Insurance Coverage, Environmental.

Lydia Rainey ‘18 has been hired as an associate attorney with Wesley Clark and Peshkin. She previously served as an associate at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.

Jeffrey Deskovic’s ’19 article DNA Nice Start but No Cure-All, was featured in a special Looking Back section on The Davis Vanguard – read here. His article Truth and Justice – The Innocent Prisoner’s Dilemma, was featured in a special Looking Back section on The Davis Vanguard – read here.

In Memoriam

BalzerEric L. Balzer ’79 died suddenly and unexpectedly on May 28, 2020 – read more about Eric’s life here.

Phil Foglia ’80 died of complications from COVID-19 on April 21st. He was 69. Phil began his legal career at the Bronx DA’s Office, later as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the SDNY, a partner at a private firm, the Executive VP of SEBCO, and in August 2019, he retired after a lengthy career with the Office of the New York Inspector General as Chief of Investigations and Special Deputy Inspector General. Additionally, Phil co-founded the Child Reach Foundation. You can read more here and  here. Professor Ben Gershman notes: “The loss of Phil Foglia is immeasurable and incomprehensible. Phil was a leader at our law school as a student and alum, a champion in the fight against public corruption, and a hero to all Italian-Americans seeking to preserve their heritage. I am proud to remember Phil as my wonderful student and friend.”

Barbara Zernike '80 died on April 18, 2020. Read her obituary here.

The Honorable Steven Milligram ‘81,
Orange County Supreme Court Judge, who was fighting the COVID-19 virus has passed away. Judge Milligram was a partner at Catania, Mahon, Milligram and Rider (now Catania, Mahon & Rider) and served eight years as Monroe Town Justice until his election in November to the Supreme Court justice seat for the Ninth Judicial District. He took office in January 2020. Read more here and here. Several professors remembered Judge Milligram fondly – Jay Carlisle notes: "Justice Milligram was an outstanding student at PLS, an extraordinarily successful lawyer and achieved his lifelong goal of being elected and installed in January of 2020 as a Supreme Court Justice of New York. May he rest in peace." Professor Jim Fishman remembers Steve as a pleasant student who seemed to enjoy law school. He notes that he is “glad he attained his life’s goal to become a judge, but so sad he passed away so soon.” Professor Humbach notes, “I remember Steve very favorably, a person with many friends who was obviously on his way to going somewhere in the profession. It is tragic to see the arc of his career cut short.”

Marilyn Davis '81 died on April 20, 2020. Read here obituary here.

Ingrid Reuter
Ingrid Ann (Petersen) Reuter ‘84 died at home in New York City on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Read her obituary here.

Michael Tomkovitch
Michael J. Tomkovitch '84
died on May 16, 2020. Read his obituary here.

Donna Kramer
Donna Kramer ’85 passed away on Sunday, October 4 – learn more here.

David Bushman
David Bushman (’87) passed away on April 5, 2020 from COVID-19 complications. You can read his obituary here.

Ruth Kassel
Ruth Kassel
, a graduate of the class of 1988, died on May 5, 2020. Upon graduation, Ruth practiced family law. You can read her obituary here.

Dianne PallmerineDianne Rosen Pallmerine ’93 passed away on June 12, 2020. She was a very well-respected Elder Law Attorney and certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association. Read more about Dianne and her life here.

Alumna Ellen Belson (’94) passed away on June 21, 2020. After graduating from Pace, Ellen practiced elder law, wills, trusts, and estates in White Plains; she greatly assisted many elderly clients. Read more here.

Richard BlassbergRichard Blassberg ‘00 passed away on September 23, 2020. You can read his obituary here. Professor Emeritus Carlisle notes that Richard “was an outstanding graduate of our Law School and dedicated his life to helping others. I will miss him very much.” Professor Bennett Gershman also fondly remembers Richard. “Richard was my savvy and cynical student. He was always the rebel. A fierce fighter against injustice and abuse of power, Richard's scathing portrayal of Westchester D.A. Jeanine Pirro ("The Jeanine Machine") is a classic account of an unhinged and ruthless prosecutor. Richard's journalistic dissection of the cronyism and corruption of Westchester County politics was courageous, and devastating.  He has a special place in my life. His voice will be missed.”

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