Hofstra Law

Alumni Association

The more than 13,000 alumni of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law make up our Alumni Association.

Membership in the Alumni Association is free to all alumni. The Alumni Association provides alumni with opportunities to engage with their fellow alumni, students, faculty and administrators for their personal and professional development, as well as to enhance Hofstra Law programming.

The Alumni Association is led by an executive board and is organized into three committees — Career Services, Development and Diversity — each of which works closely with a member of the Hofstra Law administration. The executive board, roles of the committees, and committee co-chairs are as follows:

Michael Schnipper ’04, President
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
50 Jericho Quadrangle, Suite 300
Jericho, NY 11753

JoAnna R. Nicholson ’08, Vice President
Associate General Counsel, North American Partners in Anesthesia
68 South Service Road, Suite 350
Melville, New York 11747

Andrew L. Oringer ’84, Vice President
Partner and Co-Chair, ERISA & Executive Compensation Group,
Dechert LLP
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Seth A. Presser ’07, Secretary
General Counsel, Bulova
350 5th Avenue, 29th Floor
New York, NY, 10118

Terrence L. Tarver ’07, Vice President
Owner, Tarver Law Firm, P.C.
1140 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530

Hon. Denise L. Sher '78, Judicial Liaison
Justice, Nassau County Supreme Court
100 Supreme Court Drive Mineola, NY 11501

The Career Services Committee assists Hofstra Law by, among other things, engaging in outreach to fellow alumni for the purpose of identifying potential internship and postgraduate employment opportunities for Hofstra Law students and graduates, promoting alumni participation in Hofstra Law’s on-campus recruitment programs (OCI), identifying alumni who are willing to serve as professional mentors for current students, and participating in career- and professional-development-related programming run by Hofstra Law.

Simone Hicks ’12 
Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Adam D. Kahn ’13
Associate, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona LLP
225 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 200
Melville, NY 11747

Lauren Norton-Lerner ’96 
Referee, Queens County Family Court, Part 45
151-20 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11432


Christopher Caruso ’00
Senior Associate Dean for Career Services, Compliance, and Strategic Initiatives
(516) 463-5861

Daphne Telfeyan
Senior Assistant Dean for Career Development and Employer Relations
(516) 463-5871

The Development Committee assists Hofstra Law’s Office of External Relations with alumni programs and fundraising initiatives. The committee consists of alumni class agents, who serve as ambassadors of Hofstra Law, contacting classmates to build a stronger alumni community and encourage gifts to The Fund for Hofstra Law.

Michael Romano ’11
Romano & Associates
400 Garden City Plaza, #432
Garden City, NY 11530


Lisa Berman
Associate Dean for External Relations
(516) 463-4758

The Diversity Committee was formed to further Hofstra Law’s efforts to maintain a diverse student body, faculty and administration. The committee supports Hofstra Law’s efforts to identify and recruit students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; provide support to minority students and organizations through participation in their programs and events, as well as serve as mentors and advisors; assist in engaging alumni from diverse backgrounds and help to develop ways of encouraging their participation in alumni activities; and help to build financial support for Hofstra Law’s diversity scholarships and overall fundraising efforts.

Jane Chen ’17
Associate, Forchelli Deegan Terrana
333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 1010
Uniondale, NY 11442

Brittany Johnson ’14
Director of Labor Relations, CBS Corporation
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Judith Massis-Sanchez ’13
Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
Queens College/CUNY

Neethu Venugopal ’09
Senior Attorney, NYS Education Department
80 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205


Lisa Monticciolo
Dean of Students and Diversity and Inclusion Officer
(516) 463-4809