Class Notes and In Memoriam

Gavel Gala 2019

Class Notes - July 2020

Philip Halpern ‘80 was given his official designation order signed by Chief Judge Katzmann for his sitting on the Court of Appeals. Judge Halpern is the first Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University to achieve this honor.

Wayne A. Humphrey ’94 was elected to serve as Westchester County Family Court Judge. Congratulations to Judge Humphrey on this very significant achievement.

Christopher Soules (’00) has been named interim executive director of human resources and talent development for Stamford Public Schools. Read more here.

James Hyer (‘05) was a recipient of a New York State Commendation 2020 award. On June 29, 2020, New York State Senator Pete Harckham, in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Pride Month, presented New York State Commendation 2020 awards to Rachel Simon and James Hyer during a special ceremony at Pace University. Simon is Pace University's Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs and Coordinator of Pace's LGBTQQ Center. Hyer, a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, is Administrative Law Judge for the Westchester Human Rights Commission and former board member of The Loft: LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains, NY. Learn more here.

Shamik Trivedi ('08) has joined the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (Large Business and International) as Domestic Special Counsel. Shamik is based out of the IRS LB&I headquarters in Washington DC, and advises IRS examiners and field attorneys on strategic tax controversy issues. Previously, Shamik was a senior manager in the Washington National Tax Office of Grant Thornton LLP.

Lisa Denig (‘09) has been named one of the New York Law Journal's Attorney Innovators of the Year for her work to revamp the civil courts so litigants can choose to mediate instead of litigate. The NYLJ notes that “Our Innovation awards recognize creative and inspiring approaches and forward-thinking firms and individuals.” Lisa is special counsel for ADR initiatives with the Office of Court Administration.

Oleg Nekritin ’09 recently appeared on behalf of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey as Amicus Curiae arguing that under the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act, the State cannot charge people with a crime of 4th degree contempt for violating their pretrial release conditions.  The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed with the argument and ruled that the state of New Jersey can’t charge individuals criminally for violating pretrial release conditions. Mr. Nekritin notes that this should also result in convictions being vacated. Click here to read more. Additionally, Oleg also submitted a brief which resulted in a successful appeal that helped to create a new cause of action in the 3rd Circuit, which was recently followed by a court in the 2nd Circuit. Oleg summarizes the precedential cause of action as involving police officers who "conspire through silence" to deprive people of their civil rights. Read more here. Regarding his time at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Oleg said, “I am forever thankful to my classmates at Pace who exposed me to a diversity of  ideas and values and who challenged and helped show me how to truly be a critical thinker and a more importantly a truly empathetic person. Not a day goes by which I don't think about them and my experience at Pace.” Congratulations to Oleg on his recent victories!

Joseph Marutollo (’10) was promoted to Principal Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Joseph Sauer ‘13 was promoted to senior counsel at the New York-based law firm Fullerton Beck LLP. Learn more here.

Julio Borges (LLM ’17) had his article, The Politics of Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Risky Bet for Environmental Law and Policy in Brazil, published by the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review – read here.

SJD graduate, Tarini Mehta ’19, was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the O. P. Jindal Global University's School of Environment and Sustainability. Tarini notes that “[t]his is a new multi-disciplinary school offering an innovative program covering law, policy and science related to environmental conservation, sustainable development and climate change.” She will be teaching courses on environmental law, as well as the intersection between human rights and the environment.

Rebecka J. Levitt ’20 was quoted in the article Push for Diploma Privilege in New York Intensifies as September Exam Looms – 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.

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.

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