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Suzi Morales specializes in law, careers and networking, and workplace issues. She enjoys telling compelling stories and explaining complex concepts in a tone that fits her audience. In addition, Suzi has more than a decade of experience as an intellectual property attorney helping clients establish and protect their brands. With this background, Suzi understands and helps companies communicate brand voice.

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Assembly Member Aravella Simotas ’04 Speaks at Women’s History Month Event

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Fordham Law Women sponsored an event at the Law School on March 5 honoring women’s contributions from the suffrage movement until today. The featured speaker, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, ’04, was the first woman elected to the Assembly from the 36th District in Queens.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2020/03/13/assembly-member-aravella-simotas-04-speaks-at-womens-history-month-event/

Fordham Celebrates 10th Anniversary of New York State Attorney Emeritus Program

On December 2, 2019, Fordham Law School hosted an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of New York State Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP), an afternoon of reflection on the first decade of the program in the context of pro bono service and access to justice in New York and around the country.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2019/12/20/fordham-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-new-york-state-attorney-emeritus-program/

Peter Friedman Founds Summer Fellowship to Honor His Grandmother Lillian Rosenbaum ’25

In 1925, just seven years after Fordham Law School admitted its first women and one year after the first female graduated, Lillian Rosenbaum graduated from Fordham Law. Ninety-five years later, her grandson, bankruptcy lawyer Peter Friedman, has made a generous gift to provide one summer fellowship a year for 10 years to Fordham Law students working in the public interest.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2020/04/21/peter-friedman-founds-summer-fellowship-to-honor-his-grandmother-lillian-rosenbaum-25/

Fordham Law Student Nadav Ben Zur ’20 Wins National Legal Writing Award

Nadav Ben Zur ’20 first learned about the distinction between legislative and nonlegislative rules in his 1L Legislation and Regulation (“Leg-Reg”) class. This is an important concept in administrative law because agencies are required by law to provide stakeholders with notice and the opportunity to comment on legislative rules, but they need not go through this often cumbersome process for nonlegislative rules.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2020/03/24/fordham-law-student-nadav-ben-zur-20-wins-national-legal-writing-award/

Julie Yap ‘05 Appointed California Superior Court Judge

On May 20, 2020, Julie Yap ‘05 was sworn in as a superior court judge in the Sacramento County Superior Court of California. Yap’s judicial appointment is the culmination of her extensive experience in the judiciary, private practice, academia, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2020/06/26/julie-yap-05-appointed-california-superior-court-judge/?_ga=2.69641688.952803525.1593288939-118494581.1521589067

Vulnerability happens: Turning a moment of stress into success

An unusual thing happened during a recent panel discussion I attended. About a quarter of the way through an informative presentation, in front of a room full of about fifty attorneys and with no indication that anything was amiss, one of the speakers stopped dead. She looked at the audience and said, “I’m sorry, guys, I’m so nervous. I can’t do this.”

https://abaforlawstudents.com/2018/04/30/vulnerability-happens-turning-a-moment-of-stress-into-success/

The Do’s (and Don’ts) to Make the Most of Virtual Networking

Your inbox is probably full of invitations to virtual happy hours and webinars. While this can be overwhelming, these events offer an opportunity to connect in a way that a traditional networking event — with its elevator pitches and frantic exchange of business cards — might not.

https://www.jerseysbest.com/community/the-dos-and-donts-to-make-the-most-of-virtual-networking/

Visual Advocacy: Cardozo Indie Film Clinic Helps Underrepresented Voices Be Heard

In 2018, writer/director Ekwa Msangi was working on her first feature film. She had experience with short films but knew that to attract investors for a feature, she would have to have her business in order. That summer, the Cardozo Indie Film Clinic led a panel presentation at the Tribeca Film Institute development laboratory. Shortly after that presentation, Msangi and her producer began working with the clinic on projects ranging from corporate formation to intellectual property clearance.

https://cardozo.yu.edu/news/visual-advocacy-cardozo-indie-film-clinic-helps-underrepresented-voices-be-heard

Fordham Law Students Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 18 and 19, 2021, Fordham Law students participated along with more than 3,500 other volunteers in the 20th Annual MLK Serve-a-Thon sponsored by policy and advocacy organization Hunger Free America. Volunteers chose from over 20 remote discussions on hunger issues and then volunteered on a phone bank calling homes with household incomes under $30,000 a year to inform them they may be eligible for food assistance programs.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/01/25/fordham-law-students-give-back-on-martin-luther-king-jr-day/

Webinar Explores the Impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland

“Everything has changed.” This statement by Professor Colin Harvey of the Queens University Belfast School of Law seemed to be the consensus of a recent virtual panel at Fordham Law exploring the ramifications for Brexit on Northern Ireland.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2020/12/09/webinar-explores-the-impact-of-brexit-on-northern-ireland/

According to 3L Gage Dabin: The First Amendment Doesn’t Belong to One Political Party

It’s a weeknight in Arlington. People mill around at after-work happy hours. A group of students jogs by, talking animatedly as they go. Catching a piece of their conversation, they seem to be discussing what seems like an unusual topic: the Interstate Commerce Clause. This is third-year Scalia Law student Gage Dabin and his running buddies. “We’re all Con Law nerds,” he says.

https://www.law.gmu.edu/news/2020/according_to_3l_gage_dabin_the_first_amendment_doesnt_belong_to_one_political_party

Memorial Honors Second Circuit Judge Lawrence Pierce ‘51

On February 24, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held an interactive virtual memorial celebration honoring Judge Lawrence Pierce ‘51, who passed away in 2020 at age 95.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/03/09/memorial-honors-second-circuit-judge-lawrence-pierce-51/

Sally Alghazali: Refugee, Musician, Human Rights Activist, Law Student

Second-year Scalia Law student Sally Alghazali was scheduled to begin an internship in the summer of 2020 with the Department of State at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. When she learned at the end of April that the program was cancelled due to the pandemic, she asked herself how she could still work in human rights. The result was Human Rights Weekly, a blog she founded to discuss policy and legal perspectives around human rights.

https://www.law.gmu.edu/news/2020/sally_alghazali_refugee_musician_human_rights_activist_law_student

Alumni Spotlight: Transactional Attorney and Adjunct Professor Sylvia Fung Chin ‘77

Many attorneys say they were inspired to pursue the legal profession by watching television lawyers like Perry Mason. For Sylvia Fung Chin ‘77, the fictional litigator was more of a subject of curiosity than a role model. “Perry Mason was this figure who carried all of his law knowledge in his head,” she says. “And I was in awe of him and the way every episode he managed to get the defendants to confess on the stand.”

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/03/25/alumni-spotlight-transactional-attorney-and-adjunct-professor-sylvia-fung-chin-77/

Buta Biberaj (JD ’93) Becomes First Elected Female Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney

It was a day Buta Biberaj describes as “amazing weatherwise,” when she sat before a crowd that included her family, listening to then-Judge Ginsburg and anticipating her own graduation from George Mason Law.

https://www.law.gmu.edu/news/2020/buta_biberaj_jd_93_becomes_first_elected_female_loudoun_county_commonwealths_attorney

Black Law Students Association Honors Outstanding Black Alumni

On February 18, 2021, the Fordham Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted a virtual event recognizing 15 Black alumni for their extraordinary achievements in private practice, government, and corporate legal departments. They were honored for contributions ranging from training and mentoring to leadership in their fields.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/02/22/black-law-students-association-honors-outstanding-black-alumni/

Hema Lochan ’21 Awarded Third Place in Legal Tech Fiction Competition

Hema Lochan ’21 was recently awarded third place in the inaugural Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, for her short story about the inherent biases of an artificial intelligence court security system. Lochan’s story, “F(A.I.)LIED US,” followed Melanie, an attorney of color, as the court’s facial analysis technology for security screening failed to recognize her while a white male colleague passed through without incident.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/03/19/hema-lochan-21-awarded-third-place-in-legal-tech-fiction-competition/

3L Cody Ray Milner Cited in D.C. Circuit Concurring Opinion

Scalia Law 3L Cody Ray Milner has for years been interested in allocation and separation of governmental powers. “I’ve always been fascinated by the D.C. Circuit,” he says, noting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regularly addresses questions within the scope of his interest. That’s why it was not surprising that Milner was recently texting with a friend about a new separation of powers decision.

https://www.law.gmu.edu/news/2021/3l_cody_ray_milner_cited_in_d.c._circuit_concurring_opinion

New York State Senators Recognize Fordham Law Students for COVID Rent Relief Program

Fordham Law students were recognized by four state senators for their work assisting applicants for New York State’s COVID Rent Relief Program during a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the senators on February 16, 2021.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/03/09/new-york-state-senators-recognize-fordham-law-students-for-covid-rent-relief-program/

New Summer Fellowship Honors Judge Ruben Martino’s Public Service Legacy

For years, the Bronx County Family Court would transform on Tuesdays from a courtroom into the unlikeliest of dance floors. Promptly at 1 p.m., Judge Ruben Martino would end the court’s sessions, and with the help of his staff, including Court Officer Jermel Singleton ‘22, push chairs and tables aside to make room for a weekly salsa lesson led by Judge Martino and attended by administrative staff, court officers, and other judges.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/04/07/new-summer-fellowship-honors-judge-ruben-martinos-public-service-legacy/

What will the workforce look like post-pandemic?

According to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID website, more than 2.5 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated as of mid-April. Those numbers are steadily climbing, and more than half of the individuals who have received at least one vaccine dose are between the ages of 30 and 64. As the state’s working population continues to be vaccinated, many employees who have worked remotely during the pandemic will begin returning to the office.

https://www.jerseysbest.com/community/what-will-the-workforce-look-like-post-pandemic/

Raila Cinda Brejt ’21 Awarded Second Place in ABA Health Law Writing Competition

Third-year student Raila Cinda Brejt ’21 was recently awarded second place in the 2020 American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Student Writing Competition for her paper “Food Regulation and the Nondisclosure of Ingredients: Ignorance is Not Always Bliss.” Her interest in the subject matter was first piqued when she was working in a doctor’s office before her first year at Fordham Law.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/05/19/raila-cinda-brejt-21-awarded-second-place-in-aba-health-law-writing-competition/

Law Students With Children Share How They Do It All

Like any parent of an infant, Seth Whiteman ‘21 is eager to hear the first word that comes out of his six-month-old daughter’s mouth. He just hopes it won’t be a legal concept. “She has been taking a lot of law classes,” he laughs, noting that he studies in the same room where she sleeps, especially now that he studies and works remotely due to the pandemic. “My room is my office, my bedroom, and my nursery.” For Fordham Law students who are parents, this balance of the competing priorities...

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/05/21/law-students-with-children-share-how-they-do-it-all/

Stephen Rutman ‘22 Wins Notre Dame Law School’s Church, State & Society Writing Competition

The Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame Law School recently awarded Fordham Law second-year student Stephen Rutman ‘22 first prize in its inaugural writing competition. Rutman’s note, “Civics in Yiddish: State Regulation of Language of Instruction in New York’s Private Schools,” explores the tension between non-English language instruction in New York City private schools and state regulation over educational standards.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/06/07/stephen-rutman-22-wins-notre-dame-law-schools-church-state-society-writing-competition/

Has covid caused a labor crisis in N.J.?

When the pandemic began, Denise Christopher, owner of commercial cleaning company Attention to Detail Janitorial Services in Brick Township, didn’t want to send her employees to service the company’s accounts due to concerns for their safety. Instead, she and her business partner provided the company’s disinfecting services themselves. Even so, Christopher said she was able to retain her employees throughout the pandemic. But now, Christopher is having difficulty keeping up with demand.

https://www.jerseysbest.com/community/has-covid-caused-a-labor-crisis-in-n-j/

Alumni Spotlight: Aviva Will ’95 Leads $100 Million Initiative to Fund Female and Diverse Litigators

When Aviva Will ’95 was a young litigation associate in the 1990s, she recalls seeing only a handful of female partners at her large firm. “I didn’t think women had a fair shake at big law,” she notes. Now, as co-chief operating officer of legal finance and asset management firm Burford Capital, Will is leading Burford’s Equity Project, which recently announced a new funding phase to provide an additional $100 million in litigation funding for women and racially diverse attorneys.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/10/21/alumni-spotlight-aviva-will-95-leads-100-million-initiative-to-fund-female-and-diverse-litigators/

Mitchell Hamline alum helps tenants struggling in pandemic economy

Federal, state, and local governments have provided billions of dollars to help tenants who were unable to keep up with their rent during the pandemic. But even with that assistance, tenants have continued to struggle because there were still gaps and the process was complicated by proceedings held online. That’s where Helen Paillé ‘12 comes in.

https://mitchellhamline.edu/news/2021/08/27/mitchell-hamline-alum-helps-tenants-struggling-in-pandemic-economy/

Alumni Spotlight: Union General Counsel and Author Mark Torres ‘08

Mark Torres ‘08 calls himself “a Teamster with a law degree,” but he’s much more than that. In addition to serving as general counsel of the Teamsters Local Union 810 in Long Island City, he is the author of four books, most recently Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, which was published in March 2021. Wearing many hats is not new to Torres. In the 1990s, he worked as a refrigeration engineer at New York University and became a member of the Local 810.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2021/07/29/alumni-spotlight-union-general-counsel-and-author-mark-torres-08/

5 tips to retain employees

As employers face the long-term impact of the pandemic, retaining employees may continue to be a challenge.  For Rob Lyon, business growth coach and owner of New Jersey’s Best Carpet, Tile & Grout Cleaning, the solution begins and ends with company culture. “(People) know they’ll have to get back to work,” Lyon said. But with new jobs available, he believes it will be more difficult to retain employees in a negative work environment. 

https://www.jerseysbest.com/community/5-tips-to-retain-employees%E2%80%AF/

Supreme Court Takes on the Case of the Cursing Cheerleader

Imagine if your high school drama became the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. That’s what happened in June 2021 when the Court decided Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., which considered how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to the free speech rights of public school students outside of school grounds.

https://njsbf.org/2021/09/05/supreme-court-takes-on-the-case-of-the-cursing-cheerleader/

Why working from home is good for business

In more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s been rare to find good news for businesses. One silver lining as employees and businesses navigate the next steps could be the shift to remote work.

https://www.jerseysbest.com/community/why-working-from-home-is-good-for-business/

Iowa Law alums make their mark as professors and legal scholars

They come from all over the country and teach on subjects from first year classes to niche subjects. Some say they always aspired to become professors, and some came to academia by a more winding route. They have been in private practice and clerkships, and one even helped Al Gore write a book. These are some of the many Iowa Law alumni who now make their mark as professors.

https://law.uiowa.edu/news/2021/10/iowa-law-alums-make-their-mark-professors-and-legal-scholars

Iowa Law alums share their paths to the judiciary

According to Judge C.J. Williams (JD88) of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, “my entire career frankly has been a series of accidents.” Williams remembers being drawn toward law school because he enjoyed his undergraduate business law class at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Williams is not the only Iowa Law alum who began a trajectory to the judiciary in part through a judicial clerkship.

https://law.uiowa.edu/news/2021/09/iowa-law-alums-share-their-paths-judiciary

Land of Opportunity New Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice expands opportunities for students

Kiria Abreu Jimenez ’21 came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic as a child. Now a citizen, she says she doesn’t take her status lightly, noting that some of her immigrant friends’ situations are not as stable, which makes them vulnerable to having their worlds utterly disrupted. That is why Abreu Jimenez was drawn to a career in immigration law.

https://www.law.umaryland.edu/Magazine/Land-of-Opportunity/

The Writing Law School: Iowa Law continues its tradition of innovative legal writing education

Iowa Law has long been at the forefront of legal writing education. Although the program has evolved over time, current students and alumni alike attest that the emphasis on one-on-one instruction and consistent feedback sets the Iowa Law writing program apart and teaches the art and science of legal writing needed for success in practice.

https://law.uiowa.edu/news/2021/10/writing-law-school

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