Pace | Haub Law Advocacy Program Celebrates its Successes at the Third Biennial Gavel Gala

April 28, 2024
Gavel Gala 2024

The Pace | Haub Law Advocacy Program hosted its third biennial Gavel Gala on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY. The mission of the Gavel Gala is to honor the advocacy program’s hardworking and dedicated coaches, the successes of former law school alumni, to celebrate the school’s current law students in the advocacy program, provide students the opportunity to network with attorneys and judges, to provide scholarship money to allow our students the opportunity to travel and compete across the nation and in prestigious international opportunities. This year, the Program had a lot to celebrate as it was recently ranked # 13 in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings.

Over 240 attendees spent the evening networking, dancing, and celebrating the program’s successful past, present, and future. The evening included an awards ceremony that recognized the Advocacy Program’s dedicated alumni, students, and volunteers. “The importance of bringing our community together in celebrating our collective effort of mentoring the best future advocates is essential to maintaining the tremendous excitement and success of our students and recent alumni,” said Director of Haub Law’s Advocacy Programs and Professor of Practice in Advocacy, Louis Fasulo. “We are making a great impact on the legal community, and this is just another opportunity to showcase the excellence our Program has achieved.”

This year reflected the greatest number of winning teams, semifinalists, and quarterfinalists in the Program’s history. “This is a reflection of not only the awardees tonight, but of all our student competitors and coaches,” said Professor Fasulo. “We had an amazing year, and I am so proud of everyone’s effort and eager to see where we take this Program next.”

The Gavel Gala had several generous 2024 dinner sponsors, including the firms of Sullivan & Galleshaw, Fasulo Giordano & DiMaggio LLP, the Law Offices of Patrick Joyce, Miller Zeiderman LLP, Lexplug, and an anonymous supporter of our BLSA teams and coaches. The Gala also had support by donations made by many alumni as well as raffle donations from many local businesses throughout Westchester County. The Gavel Gala would not have been possible without the efforts of Sabrina Rehfeld, Isabella Eitner, and Antony Galvano who worked endless hours to make it a perfect evening for all. Additionally, the Program would like to thank the Public Relations and Event team, Advocacy Program Event Coordinator, Loretta Musial, Assistant Dean for External Affairs, Rachael Silva, and our Dean of Students, Angie D’Agostino for all their assistance.

2024 Gavel Gala Awards

2024 Loretta Musial Service Award
Eva Ferrari of E.V.A Travel

2024 Alex Gastman Coach’s Award
Brad Gorson ’13
Samantha Tighe ’20

2024 Public Sector Rising Stars
Natale Corsi ‘19
Griffin Kenyon ‘15
Jordan Montoya ‘17
The Honorable Taylor Piscionere ‘13
Christopher Smith ‘17

2024 Private Sector Rising Stars
Ashley Kersting ‘16
Giuliana Trivella-Muller ‘17
Nicole Murdocca ‘14
Christopher Peticca ‘18

2024 Student Awards

Keith Sullivan Outstanding Advocacy Award
Chloe Devanny
Liam Rattigan
Stephanie Areford
Amanda Dinkin
Arianna Cruickshank
Joseph Demonte

Michelle Simon Leadership Award
Chloe Devanny
Sarah Kissel
Antony Galvano

Unsung Hero Award
Kimberly Abrahall
Andrea Garcia

Advocate of the Year Award
Joseph Demonte


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