Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2011



Charles J. McEvily, partner at DaSilva Hilowitz & McEvily, was elected president of the New York Family Law American Inn of Court. He also was honored for his pro bono services to domestic violence victims through the Legal Resource Network at a recognition luncheon hosted by Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence on June 10, 2011, at the Hofstra University Club.


Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was the undergraduate speaker at Fairfield University’s commencement on May 22, 2011, and was presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Rene P. Fiechter, assistant district attorney and director of community affairs for the Nassau County District Attorney, was elected president of the Long Island American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement.

Joanne F. Goldstein, Massachusetts secretary of labor and workforce development, was honored in November 2011 by the Worchester Educational Development Foundation with one of its first Distinguished Alumni and Friends awards. The awards recognize people of integrity who attended Worcester public schools, made exemplary contributions to their field or the betterment of society, achieved outstanding success or served as outstanding role models for Worcester public school students.


Lance J. Lieberman joined Cozen O’Connor in July 2011 when the firm added 19 lawyers from Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane, an internationally recognized New York-based intellectual property law firm. He has been practicing intellectual property law since 1976.


Saundra Gumerove, vice president of the board of directors of AHRC Nassau, was presented with the Hodgson/Jacobs Law Award by NYSARC. The award is presented to an attorney who resides and practices in New York state and has demonstrated a sincere interest in and commitment to the area of disability law.

Howard Jurist, partner at Goodman Jurist & Pandolfo, was elected president of AHRC Nassau in Brookville, NY.

Stephanie Ortoleva, senior human rights legal advisor at BlueLaw International, co-presented the workshop “Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities” at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities on April 19, 2011.


Joseph P. Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, was featured in The Wall Street Journal article “In Alabama, Beware the Borg” on January 24, 2011.

Brian Conneely, partner at Rivkin Radler, was honored by the Suffolk County Bar Association for his dedication and service to the association.

Hon. Paula J. Hepner, supervising judge for the Kings County and Richmond County Family Courts, presented two workshops at the 74th Annual Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in New York City on July 24-27, 2011: “Culturally Competent Practices for Meeting the Needs of LGBT Youth in the Dependency and Juvenile Justice System” and “Where Is Evidence Leading Us Now? Current Trends in Research, Performance Measurement, and Program Evaluation”.

Martin E. “Marty” Kohler, criminal defense attorney at Kohler & Hart in Milwaukee, was a panelist for “Legal Issues in the Workplace: The Employer and Employee Perspective” at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s seminar For the Record: Best Practices for the Employer, Employee and Clinic on May 24, 2011.

Leo B. Schoffer was appointed a member of the board of trustees of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in February 2011. A developer and businessman with offices in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and an attorney specializing in environmental law, he also serves on the board of governors of the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation and the board of overseers of the Rutgers University Foundation.


Derrick G. Arjune, wrote and self-published The Mailbox Syndrome (Xlibris, February 2011). The book sheds light on the challenges facing the family unit in the minority community.

Jay Baris joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in March 2011 as a partner in the New York office. He leads the firm’s investment management practice.

Marlene Monteleone is managing partner at Bivona & Cohen. The firm is among the less than 6 percent of all firms nationwide with a woman in that leadership role.

Neal R. Platt, partner at Shwal & Platt and adjunct professor at Hofstra Law, had his article “Good Will Enduring: How to Ensure that Trademark Priority Will Not be Destroyed by the Sale of a Business” quoted in a treatise by J. Thomas McCarthy, of counsel at Morrison Foerster and a nationally renowned authority on trademarks and unfair competition, and the rights of publicity.


Patti Alleva, the Rodney & Betty Webb Professor of Law and Faculty Development Fellow for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota School of Law, was selected for inclusion in the National Best Law Teachers Study, which is trying to discern what type of teaching produces exceptional learning in students.

Ilene S. Cooper, partner at Farrell Fritz, joined the steering committee and Long Island advisory board of Friends of Karen, which provides financial, emotional and advocacy support to families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Ilene S. Cooper, partner at Farrell Fritz, was honored in May 2011 at Touro Law Center’s commencement ceremony with the Adjunct Professor of the Year award. She has been a professor at Touro for 17 years and also serves on Touro’s board of governors.

Kieth I. Rieger, an attorney at Barrocas & Rieger LLP, was honored for his pro bono services to domestic violence victims through the Legal Resource Network at a recognition luncheon hosted by Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence on June 10, 2011, at the Hofstra University Club.

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