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Joseph Mezzacca Jr. ’71, who served as Madison borough attorney as well as maintaining a private practice in Madison for many years, died on June 5 at the age of 65.   

Retired Appellate Division judge Marilyn H. Loftus ’61, who headed the country’s first Supreme Court Task Force on Women in the Courts, died on May 2 at the age of 75.

Morton L. Anekstein ’63, who was retired from the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, died on May 1.

Delzie M. Cheek ’36 died on April 30 at the age of 100. She was a former resident of Spring Lake.

Hon. James William (Bill) Boyle ’50 died on April 26 at the age of 88. He was a Special Agent of the FBI for four years then went into private practice in Freehold. In 1955 Boyle became a Magistrate Judge, and later served as the municipal attorney for Freehold and Manalapan Township, mayor of Freehold, Monmouth County Surrogate, and finally a judge of the State Workers Compensation Court for 13 years until his retirement in 2000.

Maria Salapska ’98, an adjunct professor at Phoenix School of Law, died on April 17 at the age of 60. Salapska, who relocated to Phoenix in 1999 and served as judicial clerk to Hon. Roslyn O. Silver, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, was a member of the State Bar of Arizona Legal Services Committee, Ethics Committee, and Committee on Arbitration of Fee Disputes. 

Ltc. Conrad W. Forys ’70 died on April 5. He was 73. Forys served as a JAG officer at Fort Devens, MA, Okinawa and Germany. After retiring from the Army in 1988, he worked as an attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. He was instrumental in the development of contracts creating the EZ-Pass system and was honored for helping to evacuate co-workers during the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Bernard Horwitz ’52 died on March 22 at the age of 89. He maintained a private practice in Newark for 50 years. 

William W. Voorhees Jr. ’73, a solo practitioner with an office in Chester, died on March 8 at the age of 65. A past chair of the Legal Malpractice Insurance Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a former member of the District X Ethics Committee, and a founder of the Professionalism Committee of the Morris County Bar Association, Voorhees was listed in Best Lawyers in America

William Phillips Kirkpatrick ’58,
1957-58 editor of the Law Review and named graduate of the year by the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, died on March 3 at the age of 80. He served as Rumson Municipal Court judge for more than 35 years, stepping down from the bench in 2001. For more than 50 years he maintained a practice in Rumson where he specialized in real estate and civil litigation.

Barbara A. Manahan ’85, a partner in the Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group at Wolff and Samson PC, died on March 3. She was 58. Manahan was past president of the Summit Bar Association and a former investigator and member of the District XII Ethics Committee for Union County.
R. Bruce Veeder ’50, who practiced law for 60 years, died on March 2 at the age of 88. He was an attorney with his father’s law firm and with the law firm of Veeder, Veedeer and Briggs.
Hon. Nicholas H. Politan ’60, who retired in 2002 as a judge of the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, died on Feb. 20. He was 76. Judge Politan clerked for the Hon. Gerald McLaughlin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then was in private practice until his elevation to the federal court in 1987.   

Hon. Roland A. Winter ’50
, a retired administrative law judge, died on Feb. 12 at the age of 87. He served as a municipal attorney and judge for Edison Township from 1958–1977 and as an administrative law judge from 1994–1998. 

Martin Verp ’52
, who held prominent positions in city and Passaic County government for more than four decades, died on Jan. 20. He was 83. His public service roles included legal counsel to the Paterson Housing Authority, county counsel, and counsel to the Passaic County Democratic Party. Verp practiced law until three years ago, focusing on public, family and real estate matters.

John B. Zaloom ’66, who had a long career as a corporate attorney in the computer services industry, died on Jan. 18 at the age of 70. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge Gordon H. Brown in Paterson.

Jerome Levy ’41 died on Jan. 7 at the age of 97. A long-time resident of Bayonne, he was active in many community organizations.


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.