Leadership Awards Dinner

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The Law Leadership Dinner, first held in 1995, is the signature fundraiser for the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and provides the setting for the presentation of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the legal community.

Additional awards are presented each year to recognize outstanding alumni and other law leaders, including the Haub Impact Award, honoring individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Haub Law community, and the Visionary of Justice Award, honoring those who raise awareness about human rights concerns, and/or motivate the initiation of social justice efforts within their communities. The Shining Star Award recognizes up-and-coming Haub Law alumni in all areas of legal practice who have made significant contributions to the profession, their organizations, and the community early in their careers.

Funds raised at the annual Law Leadership Dinner help to underwrite the Law School's outstanding academic programs, faculty and students.

29th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2024
Distinguished Service Award:
Paul Humphreys ’09
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US, LLP

Anthony B. Gioffre III ’94
Managing Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Visionary of Justice:
Cindy Kanusher, Esq.
Executive Director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center

Shining Star Award:
Leigh Ellis ’15, Assistant Professor at Creighton University School of Law
Colin Myers ’21, Corporate Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Scott Wenzel ’17, Senior Associate, Yankwitt LLP
Venesha White ’22, Associate, Dorf Nelson & Zauderer

28th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2023
Distinguished Service Award:
Susan S. Brown ‘97
Co-Founder and Of Counsel, at Glassman & Brown LLP

Anna Marciano Romanella ‘00
VP, Sustainability Zone North America Nestle
General Counsel & Head of Sustainability, Nespresso USA

Haub Impact Award:
John T. O'Connor ‘86
Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Rising Star Award:
Jonathan Campozano ‘17
Hana Heineken ’10
Najia S. Khalid ‘09
Shamik N. Trivedi ‘08

27th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2022
Distinguished Service Award:
Mayo Bartlett ’92
Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC

Brian S. Hermann ’91 (Lubin)
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Inaugural Haub Impact Award:
John C. Lettera ’99
Founder & CEO, RealFi Financial, LLC

Rising Star Award:
Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe ’07
Fatima Silva ’08
Michael Bauscher ’10
Kevin Sylvester ’14
Cayleigh Eckhardt ’15

26th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2021
Distinguished Service Award:
Virginia Wong, Esq. ’93
Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP

Honoring the memory of:
Henry Miller Esq.
Trustee Emeritus and Senior Partner of Clark, Gagliardi and Miller, P.C.,
Honorable Steven I. Milligram, Esq. ’81
NYS Supreme Court Justice

Inaugural Rising Star Award:
Keji Ayorinde, Esq. ’08
Robyn Downing ’17
Caesar Lopez ’12
Christopher Messina, Esq. ’10
Steven Sarno, Esq. ’09

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25th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2020
Louis V. Fasulo, Esq. '83
Director of Advocacy Programs at Haub Law 
Partner, Fasulo, Braverman & DiMaggio LLP

Honorable Terry Jane Ruderman, Esq. '80
Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District
Associate Justice, Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, 9th
 & 10th Judicial Districts

Jerold Ruderman
Senior Counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

24th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2019
Christopher B. Fisher, Esq. '94
Managing Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Dennis J. Kenny
Senior Vice President and General Counsel (Retired), Transamerica Leasing, Inc.

23rd Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2018
Jeffrey J. Delaney, Esq. ’92
Partner, Pillsbury

Anthony J. Enea, Esq. ’85
Partner, Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP

22nd Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2017
The Honorable Janet DiFiore
Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and of the State of New York

Jay C. Carlisle II
Professor Emeritus

21st Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2016
Chris Carnicelli, Esq. ‘93
Chairman and CEO, US Branch, Generali

Peter S. Goodman, Esq. ‘86
Principal, McKool Smith

20th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2015
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Chief Judge of the State of New York

Andrew Tung, Esq. '95
Partner, Divney Tung Schwalbe, LLP

19th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2014
Bradford W. Hildebrandt
Hildebrandt Consulting

Judith E. Turkel, Esq. ‘81
Turkel Forman LLP

18th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2012
Anthony G. Piscionere, Esq. ‘80
Piscionere & Nemarow

John C. Lettera, Esq. ‘99
Lettera/Mosiello LLP

17th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2011
David Anthony Pope
Generoso Pope Foundation

Robert S. Tucker, Esq. ‘96
T&M Protection Resources

16th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2010
Liliane A. Haub
Elizabeth Haub Foundation USA

Christian W.E. Haub
Emil Capital Partners, LLC

Thomas H. Welby, Esq. ‘85
Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP

15th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2009
Delores Scott Brathwaite, Esq. ‘84
Greenburgh Town Court

Thomas J. Lalla, Esq.

John J. Rapisardi, Esq. ‘82
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

14th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2008
Vernon J. Brown, Esq. ‘96
V. Brown & Company, Inc.

Robert B. Marcus, Esq. ‘79
Robert Marcus Law

Steven J. Schwartzapfel, Esq. ‘80
Schwartzapfel Partners

13th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2007
Noah J. Hanft, Esq.

Professor Emeritus Janet A. Johnson
Pace Law School

12th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2006
Philip M. Halpern, Esq. ‘80
Collier Halpern Newberg Nolletti & Bock LLP

Judith Ann Lockhart, Esq. ‘85
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Donald J. Rosenberg, Esq.
Qualcomm Incorporated

11th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2005
David Boies, Esq.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Kathleen Donelli, Esq. ‘85
McCarthy Fingar LLP

John T. O’Connor, Esq. ‘86
Hunton & Williams LLP

10th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2004
David R. Andrews, Esq.

Alfred E. Donnellan, Esq. ‘81
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiedekehr LLP

9th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2003
V. Gerard Comizio, Esq. ‘80
Paul Hastings LLP

Patrick V. Delorio, Esq.
The Delorio Law Firm

8th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2002
Michael C. Finnegan, Esq. ‘87
Continental Organics

The Honorable Sondra Miller
McCarthy Fingar, LLP

7th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2001
The Honorable Terry Jane Ruderman ‘80
White Plains Court of Claims

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Esq. ‘87
Pace Law School

6th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 2000
John P. Cahill, Esq. ‘85
The Pataki-Cahill Group

Lucille A. Fontana, Esq. ‘81
Clark Gagliardi & Miller P.C. 

5th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 1999
Marvin D. Genzer, Esq. ‘81

William F. Plunkett, Jr., Esq.

4th Annual Law Leadership Awards, 1998
William F. Harrington, Esq.

Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger
Pace Law School

3rd Annual Law Leadership Awards, 1997
Henry G. Miller, Esq.
Clark, Gagliardi & Miller, P.C. 

2nd Annual Law Leadership Awards, 1996
William M. Mooney, Jr.
Westchester County Association
Pace Law School Class of 1979

Inaugural Law Leadership Awards, 1995
Cuddy & Feder
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker