For Immediate Release:  Jun 2, 2009
2009, 06, 02

Hofstra Law Announces 2009 Graduation Awards

Hofstra Law Announces 2009 Graduation Awards

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law proudly hosted the 2009 Graduation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2009 on the Hofstra University campus.  Administrators, faculty members, graduates, along with friends and families, gathered in the Adams Playhouse for the festivities.  
 
Speakers included Dean Nora V. Demleitner, Jessica Horowitz '09, Richard Facundo ’09 andProfessor Mitchell Gans, Professor of Law, this year's recipient of the Teacher of the Year award.
 
Student award winners included:

Sara Ali of South Ozone Park, New York - Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence

Gregory Beck of Franklin Square, New York - Citation of Excellence in Torts Law Courses

Andrea Brodie of Scottsdale, Arizona - Citation of Excellence in Child Advocacy Clinical Courses

Diana Buchanan of Vermillion, Ohio - Pro Bono Program Certificate Bronze Level

Angela Burton of Decatur, Mississippi - Citation of Excellence in Family Law Courses and The William Eric Goldberg Scholarship

Megan Canepari of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts - Outstanding Law Student Award

Heather Canning of Scituate, Massachusetts - Citation of Excellence in Commercial Law Courses

Gianfranco Cuadra of Newburgh, New York - Citation of Excellence in International Law Courses

Barbara Ann Dillon of Rockville Centre, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificates Silver Level and Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence

Dr. Frank Dolisi of Astoria, New York - Citation of Excellence in Health Law Courses

Dennis J. Drehner of San Antonio, Texas - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Viviane Dussek of Maplewood, New Jersey - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Charles Shane Ellison of Pueblo, Colorado - Citation of Excellence in Political Asylum
Clinical Courses

Mary Ernst of Saint Petersburg, Florida - Monroe H. Freedman Excellence in Criminal Justice Award

Andrew Garbarino of Sayville, New York - Citation of Excellence in Estate Planning Law Courses

William Geddish of Carle Place, New York - Citation of Excellence in Estate Planning Law Courses, Gina Maria Escarce Memorial Award

Melissa Gerrow of Hempstead, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Silver Level and Citation of Excellence in Community and Economic Development Clinical Courses

Michael Guerriero of Hicksville, New York - Citation of Excellence in Law Reform Advocacy Clinical Courses

Drew Gulley of Downers Grove, Illinois - Citation of Excellence in Procedural Law Courses and Hofstra Law Review Alumni Writing Award

Zacharie Harden of Sandyston, New Jersey - Citation of Excellence in Criminal Law Courses

Eric Hannas of Madison, Connecticut - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level and Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence

Jessica Horowitz of Cleveland, Ohio - Pro Bono Program Certificates Bronze Level and Pro Bono Leadership Award

Adam Hughes of Uniondale, New York - Citation of Excellence in Mediation Clinical Courses

Jennifer Karapetian of Orange County, California - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Lindsey Karl of Copiague, New York - The Maurice A. Deane Award

Caroline Kinsey of Export, Pennsylvania - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Jennifer Koo of Dayton, Ohio - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Natalie Khalatov-Kirimnus of Woodmere, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Nadia Kruler of Brooklyn, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Jaime Laginestra of North Babylon, New York - Third-Year Scholastic Achievement Award

Emily Madden of Derwood, Maryland - The Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship

Rachel Marin of Sussex County, New Jersey - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Matthew McKenzie of Grand Ledge, Michigan - D. Carl Lustig III Award for Outstanding Performance in Tort Law

Vesselin Mitev of Cedar Falls, Iowa - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Sarah Moore of Huron, Ohio - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Danielle Moran of Dix Hills, New York - Citation of Excellence in Tax Law Courses

Erin Murtha of Farmingdale, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Danielle Notaro of Southold, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Bronze Level

Juan Jose Perez of Columbus, Ohio - Citation of Excellence in Government Law Courses, Citation of Excellence in Securities Arbitration Clinical Courses, The Deborah Sloyer Memorial Scholarship in Trial Advocacy and The William Eric Goldberg Scholarship

Michael Piekny of Yorktown, New York - Citation of Excellence in Bankruptcy Law Courses

Anika Price of Brooklyn, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Gold Level

Sonja Pollack of Oyster Bay, New York - Citation of Excellence in Corporate and Securities Law Courses

Megan Ramsey of Lafayette, Indiana - Gina Maria Escarce Memorial Award

Jessica Reznak of East Moriches, New York - Citation of Excellence in Constitutional Law Courses

Valina Rudolph of Far Rockaway, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Silver Level

Christopher Max Russell of Ogden, Utah - Citation of Excellence in Advocacy and Litigation Courses

Michael Ryan from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania - Citation of Excellence in Intellectual Property
Law Courses

Daniel Satterfield of Hopkinsville, Kentucky - Leon Stern Award of the Criminal Courts Bar of Nassau County

Timothy Schmidt of Richmond Hill, New York - Citation of Excellence in Labor and Employment Law Courses

Brittany Parker Shea of Los Angeles, California - The Judge Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Monroe H. Freedman Excellence in Criminal Justice Award


Taryn Shechter of Westbury, New York - Citation of Excellence in Criminal Justice Clinical Courses, Pro Bono Leadership Award and Pro Bono Program Certificate Bronze Level

Cindy Shiau of Bayside, New York - Herman Hillman Memorial Scholarship

Brittany Shrader of Frederick, Maryland - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Family Law

Caitlyn Slovacek of Norfolk, Massachusetts - Citation of Excellence in Environmental and Natural Resources Law Courses

Micah Snitzer of St. Louis Park, Minnesota - The Benjamin Weintraub and Alan Resnick Bankruptcy Law Award

Tracy Sorensen of Farmingdale, New York - Citation of Excellence in Bankruptcy Law Courses

Gary Steen of Kearny, New Jersey - Herman Hillman Memorial Scholarship

Robert Szyba of Garfield, New Jersey - Distinguished Service to the School Award

Shirley Wang of Bayside, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificate Bronze Level

Michael Ward of Malverne, New York - Citation of Excellence in Property Law Courses

Tole Zacharia of Farmingdale, New York - Pro Bono Program Certificates Bronze Level

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