January — June 2012
Jennifer Choe Groves ’94 has joined the Washington, DC office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC as a member and vice chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group for Enforcement and Entertainment. She was previously chair of the international intellectual property rights and entertainment practice groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, located in the Washington, DC office.
The State Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mirtha Ospina ’96, an Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor since 1998, to the Superior Court bench.
Jonathan Askin ’90 wrote “Dirty Pictures, DIrty Water and Dirty Politics” for the Huffington Post blog.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Thomas J. Butler ’82 director at its Office of Credit Ratings. Butler previously worked at two major law firms and several financial services groups, including UBS Securities LLC and Babcock & Brown, Inc.
Romal Bullock ’03 has been appointed Tax Assessor for the City of Newark. He previously was with Nowell Amoroso Klein Bierman, P.A.
Hannah Pennington ’01 has been selected by the New York Legal Assistance Group as the recipient of its Fight for Justice Award. Pennington is director of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services Bronx Legal Project.
Mary Beth Hogan ’90, partner and member of the management committee at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, answered questions about her personal and professional mentoring activities in a Q&A with the New York Law Journal (5/18/12)
Jonathan B. King ’08 has joined Moses & Singer LLP as an associate in the firm’s real estate practice. His practice involves commercial real estate with an emphasis on commercial leasing.
Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters '96 has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee on Public Access to Court Records.
Sunil Raval ’00 and Rory Alegria ’11 have joined Diehl Servilla LLC as associates. Raval’s practice includes opinions, counseling, and patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution for large and small corporate clients. Alegria concentrates his practice in patent preparation and prosecution, especially in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive catalysts, semiconductors, and cosmetics.
Genova, Burns & Giantomasi has changed its name to Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster and added Elnardo J. Webster II ’96 as partner and Jennifer M. Carrillo-Perez ’04 and Ana Murteira ’10 as associates.
David J. Kapler ’94 has joined the Kintzinger Law Firm, P.L.C., Dubuque, IA as an attorney. Previously with Dubuque Bank & Trust Company/Heartland Financial USA, Inc., he will focus his practice on banking, commercial transactions, real estate, family law, and employment law.
Josephine R. “Jo” Potuto ’74, Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, delivered the Nebraska Lecture, which is the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture, on “The NCAA: Who, What, When, Where, How and Certainly Why.” Potuto is the university’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and the Big Ten conference.
Flor Bermudez ’00, Youth in Out–of–Home Care staff attorney at Lambda Legal, has been selected a recipient of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2012 Top Lawyers Under 40 Award.
Elda Beylerian Feldman ’91 and Heidi I. Hansen ’01 have been elected counsel at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Feldman practices in the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group and Hansen in the Tax and Trusts & Estates Group.
The ACLU-NJ has selected Amy Gottlieb ’96 as the 2012 recipient of its Legal Leadership Award for her efforts as director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Project.
The 2012 New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine spotlights Christina Vassiliou Harvey ’04, an associate at Lomurro Davison Eastman & Muñoz PA as a “rising star” in the profession.
Hon. Virginia Long ’66, having reached the mandatory retirement age, has stepped down from the New Jersey Supreme Court. The third woman appointed to the Court, Justice Long will be a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP.
Jason L. Sobel ’97 has been named partner at Genova Burns & Giantomasi, based in the firm’s Red Bank office. He is a member of the Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment and Environmental Law Practice Group.
Roadblocks to Freedom: Slavery and Manumission in the United States South is the title of the latest book by Andrew Fede ’82, a partner at Archer & Greiner, P.C. Fede also teaches history and political science courses as an adjunct at Montclair State University.
Hazel O’Leary ’66 has announced that she will retire as president of Fisk University at the end of 2012, a position she has held since 2004. O’Leary was U.S. Secretary of Energy from 1993-1997.
The Auburn Plainsman profiles Theodore Becker ’56, the Alma Holladay Professor of Civic Engagement at Auburn University, where he has taught for the past 24 years. Author of the blog last-lost-empire.com, Becker spent 24 years teaching political science at the University of Hawaii.
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. has added Grace H. Lin ’07 as an associate in its Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Financial Services, Securities, and E-Commerce & Information Technology Groups.
Kala Jodhan ’10 as been named January 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice for her work in VLJ’s Newark Legal Advice and Resource Clinic for Consumers and its Merck/Lowenstein Bankruptcy Clinic.
Patrick Morrisey ’92, a partner at King & Spalding, has filed to run for the office of Attorney General in West Virginia.
Matthew Dunn ’03 has been promoted from associate to counsel by Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department.
Kelly Zelezen ’03 has been named a member of the firm at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. She concentrates her practice on the asset management industry.
Dechert LLP has promoted Steven P. Kirberger ’01 to counsel. He is a member of the firm's financial services practice in New York.
Brian Bollwage ’93 has been appointed vice president of global regulatory affairs by Theorem Clinical Research. He was previously director of global regulatory science at Bristol-Myers Squibb and executive director and regulatory counsel of global regulatory intelligence at i3 Research.
Fish & Richardson has named William O’Sullivan ’04 a principal in its Patent Group in New York and Michael Zoppo ’04 a principal in the firm’s IP Litigation Group.
Rutgers–Newark Vice Chancellor for Student and Community Affairs Marica Brown ’94 received the Steward of the Dream Award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration sponsored by the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts and the NAACP.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins ’68 has been appointed chief administrative judge of criminal courts in New York City. Judge Kamins will continue to serve as the administrative judge for criminal matters in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Richard Bernstein ’05 has been elected to member of the firm in the Investment Management Group of Lowenstein Sandler PC.
Wolff & Samson PC has promoted Stephen A. Kisker ’94 to member of the firm in the Real Estate, Development and Land Use and the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Groups. The firm has promoted David M. Dugan ’02 to counsel in the Litigation Group.