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  • 12.10.15 William Gladstone ’55 Crowned King of Baseball
    William Gladstone

    William Gladstone ’55, former co-chief executive of Ernst & Young (E&Y) and current president and principal owner of the Tri-City ValleyCats (the Troy, N.Y.–based Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros), has been named the 2015 King of Baseball for his longtime dedication and service to the sport. He received the award in early December at the Baseball Winter Meeting Banquet in Nashville, Tenn.

  • 12.01.15 David Karopkin '15 Works to Save New York City Birds
    David Karopkin

    David Karopkin '15 celebrated "Thanksliving" in November not only by chowing down on tofurkey instead of turkey, but by actively celebrating his successful work to protect birds. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, longtime vegan, and committed social justice activist, Karopkin has dedicated countless hours to working for animal rights, founding GooseWatchNYC to protect New York City’s wildlife a year before he enrolled at the Law School.

  • 10.28.15 Anne del Castillo ’11 Named COO and General Counsel of NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
    Anne del castillo

    Anne del Castillo ’11 has been appointed chief operating officer and general counsel of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The agency develops the city's diverse media functions, encourages local economic activity in the entertainment industry, and spurs the development of new media.

  • 10.27.15 David Liederman ‘75, of David’s Cookies Fame, Innovates in the Kitchen Again
    David Liederman '75

    After making a name for himself from his famous chocolate chunk cookies, David Liederman ’75 is back in the kitchen—and the news. This time, the innovative chef has taken his genius to the trash. According to a recent story in The New York Times, Liederman asked a contractor to cut a hole in his butcher block island, so that scraps can be quickly disposed below without making multiple trips to the garbage can. The idea has become so popular among Liederman’s friends that some have even started building their own “David Holes” in their kitchens.

  • 10.16.15 Manhattan Municipal Building Renamed for David Dinkins ’56
    Mayor David Dinkins

    At a ceremony held Oct. 15, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially renamed the Manhattan Municipal Building for former Mayor David Dinkins ’56 in honor of his service to the city. The building at 1 Centre Street is now called the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building.

  • 10.06.15 Brooklyn Law School Graduates Named New York Super Lawyers

    More than 500 Brooklyn Law School graduates were recognized in the 2015 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. The Law School was ranked fourth – one spot above Harvard Law School— for having the most alumni selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List. The magazine honors attorneys in each state based on peer recognition, professional achievement, and independent research.

  • 09.30.15 Bernadette Panzella ’81 and Susan Karten ’83 Find Redemption on 91st Street
    Bernadette Panzella and Susan Karten

    More than 35 years ago, Bernadette Panzella ’81 (then a hairstylist) and Susan Karten ’83 (then a secretary) both made their way to Brooklyn Law School, taking classes in the evenings after working during the day. Each built a successful law practice of her own, and they met for the first time in 2008 to join forces in a landmark case: They took on the male-dominated construction industry, representing the families of a pair of construction workers tragically killed in a crane collapse on 91st Street in Manhattan. In August 2015, after the longest civil trial in New York’s history, the powerhouse duo won more than $96 million in damages for their clients.

  • 09.29.15 Elizabeth M. Fink `73, Outspoken Social Justice Lawyer, Dies at 70
    Elizabeth Fink

    Elizabeth M. Fink ‘73, who dedicated her law career to fighting for social justice, died on Sept. 22 at age 70. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, she was named by her parents for Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and later national chairwoman of the Communist Party. For nearly three decades, Fink worked tirelessly as a civil rights attorney, most notably winning a $12 million settlement for inmates involved in the 1971 riot at Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum-state prison in upstate New York.

  • 09.23.15 David Fraiden ’01 Gets Jets Fans Fired Up
    David Fraiden JuggleStar

    Brooklyn Law School graduates are known for their ability to successfully juggle multiple responsibilities—and make it look effortless. But David Fraiden ’01, accomplishes that while also riding a unicycle. Fraiden, a taxi violation hearing officer in Long Island City, has a side career as JuggleStar: a fire-breathing, bowling pin juggler on one wheel who entertains thousands of New York Jets fans at home games in MetLife Stadium.

  • 09.16.15 Leonard Silverman ’54, Former Court of Claims Judge and NYS Assemblyman, Dies at 84
    Brooklyn Law School - Leonard Silverman '54

    Leonard Silverman, Class of 1954, a former Court of Claims judge who served five terms in the New York State Assembly and who was known for finding common ground both in Albany and on the bench, died on Sept. 7 of natural causes.

  • 09.16.15 Clara Altman ’07 Named Director of the Federal Judicial History Office
    Clara Altman

    Clara Altman ’07 was appointed Director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center, in Washington, D.C., the research and education agency of the federal courts. In her new role, Altman is tasked with promoting and coordinating programs related to the history of the judicial branch.

  • 08.06.15 Michael Schnall ’00 Named Vice President of Community Engagement Initiatives at New York Road Runners
    Michael Schnall

    Michael Schnall ’00 has been named by the New York Road Runners (NYRR) to the newly created position of Vice President of Community Engagement Initiatives.

  • 08.05.15 Gil Goldschein ‘99 Heads Entertainment Powerhouse Bunim/Murray Productions
    Brooklyn Law School - Gil Goldschein '99

    Gil Goldschein ’99 took the helm as the new chairman and CEO of reality show pioneer Bunim/Murray Productions in April. Three months later, the company premiered its much-anticipated docuseries, “I Am Cait,” which chronicles the transition of Caitlyn Jenner. The show is the latest in a string of television hits for Bunim/Murray, which is credited with creating the concept of reality programming.

  • 08.04.15 Susan Karten ’83 and Bernadette Panzella ’81 Win Case in Landmark Civil Trial
    Susan Karten and Bernadette Panzella

    Brooklyn Law School alumnae Susan Karten ’83 and Bernadette Panzella ’81 represented the plaintiffs in a landmark civil trial that resulted in more than $96 million in damages being awarded to the families of a pair of construction workers killed in a crane collapse in New York City in 2008. The civil trial, which concluded on August 4, was one of the longest in the City’s history.

  • 07.15.15 Faculty and Alumni Authors Offer Legal Tips for Elder Planning
    Brooklyn Law School - Adjunct Professor Judith D. Grimaldi '93 and Joanne Seminara '85

    Adjunct Professor Judith D. Grimaldi '93 and Joanne Seminara '85, who specialize in elder law and estate planning at Grimaldi & Yeung, recently celebrated the release of their new book, 5@55: The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55 (Quill Driver Books, June 2015), at the Borough Hall Rotunda. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile attended the book launch.

  • 06.30.15 Alumni Take Top Positions at New York Legal Groups
    Brooklyn Law School - Lady Justice Borough Hall

    Six alumni have been named in recent months to lead statewide and regional legal associations in the New York area.

  • 06.18.15 Jeffrey Forchelli ’69 Recognized as ‘Outstanding CEO’
    Jeffrey Forchelli

    Jeffrey Forchelli ’69, a member of Brooklyn Law School’s Board of Trustees, was recently named 2015 Outstanding CEO by Long Island Business News (LIBN).

  • 06.17.15 Gala Honors Law School Icons on Ellis Island
    Salute to Brooklyn Law School Icons Celebration

    “What a night!” said Dean Nicholas Allard as he welcomed more than 530 guests who filled the Great Hall on Ellis Island for the Salute to Brooklyn Law School Icons Gala on June 11. The event recognized eight individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Law School’s national and international reputation and to their own fields: Professor Emeritus Joseph Crea ’47; former New York City Mayor David Dinkins ’56; Professor Emeritus Richard Farrell ’64; Associate Professor of Legal Writing Linda Feldman ’83; Director of Admissions Henry Haverstick III, who retires at the end of June; Centennial Professor of Law Susan Herman; Centennial Professor of Law Roberta Karmel; and Aaron Twerski, the Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law.

  • 06.01.15 Melissa Brennan ’09 and Tanisha McKnight ’04 Named ‘Rising Stars’ by New York Law Journal
    Rising Stars

    Melissa Brennan ’09 and Tanisha McKnight ’04 were among the 50 young lawyers chosen as 2015 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges for the New York Law Journal.

  • 05.11.15 Jennifer Broomfield ’02 Named Title IX Director at Florida State University
    Brooklyn Law School - Jennifer Broomfield '02

    Florida State University (FSU) has named Jennifer Broomfield `02 as its first full-time Title IX Director.

  • 05.11.15 Stuart A. Minkowitz ’92 Named Assignment Judge of Morris/Sussex Vicinage
    Stuart Minkowitz

    New Jersey Superior Court Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz ’92 will lead the Morris/Sussex Vicinage, effective May 28. The appointment was announced by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

  • 05.06.15 U.S. Attorney’s Office Names Winston M. Paes '03 Head of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in Brooklyn
    Winston Paes

    In more than six years as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, Winston M. Paes ’03 hasn’t lost a case. Recognizing that winning streak, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently named him Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section for the Eastern District of New York.

  • 05.01.15 Raja Rajeswari ’98 New York City’s First Indian-Born Woman Judge
    Raja Rajeswari

    Raja Rajeswari ’98 was recently appointed as a criminal court judge in New York City — a first for an Indian-origin woman. She was nominated for the position by Mayor de Blasio in April.

  • 04.16.15 Rabbi Joseph Potasnik ’86 Delivers Keynote at St. Francis College Holocaust Remembrance
    Rabbi Joseph Potasnik '86

    Rabbi Joseph Potasnik ’86 delivered the keynote address, “Being Human in the Face of Inhumanity” at the St. Francis College Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, April 16. 

  • 02.17.15 Martin Bandier ’65 Honored with President's Merit Award at Pre-Grammy Gala
    Brooklyn Law School Alumnus Martin Bandier

    Martin Bandier ’65 was honored with the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award at the annual pre-Grammy Gala on February 7. Bandier is Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

  • 01.28.15 NYC Proposal to Grade Salons and Spas Cites Note in Journal by Sarah Walsh ’13
    Brooklyn Law School Alumna Sarah Walsh

    A note by Sarah Walsh ’13 in the Journal of Law and Policy, “Beyond the Polish: An Examination of Hazardous Conditions in Nail Salons and Potential Solutions for the Industry in New York City,” recently became the basis for legislation introduced in the New York City Council to institute a review system for salons and spas similar to the grading system for New York City restaurants.

  • 01.22.15 Trustee David Barse ’87 Talks Top Stock Picks on CNBC
    David Barse

    Brooklyn Law School Trustee David Barse ’87 appeared on the CNBC program Squawk Box on Jan. 20 to share his top stock picks in an uncertain market.

  • 01.14.15 Allen Grubman ’67 featured in February 2015 issue of Vanity Fair magazine
    Brooklyn Law School Alum Allen Grubman

    Allen Grubman ’67 talked to Vanity Fair about his career as the most powerful lawyer in the music business today representing superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, and his not-so-stellar performance at Brooklyn Law School.