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    50+ Luncheon                                                                                                                                 ClassAction
                                                                                                                                                    Compiled by Cynthia Watts

1st Row – Richard M.           The Law School hosted its fourth annual
English ’53, Herbert Shafer    50+ Reunion Luncheon
’50, Hon. James Kane ’53,
David A. Doll ’50, Hon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dinner at the Hyatt Regency

                                           he Law School hosted its fourth annual
Joseph J. Sedita ’50
2nd Row – Hon. John P.
                                           50+ Reunion Luncheon, an event that
                                           welcomes alumni who have graduated 50
                                           or more years ago.Alumni and guests
                                                                                                                                             What’s new?                                                                                             Buffalo.Vispi is in private practice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in Buffalo.
Lane ’53, Harry D. Maynor
                                           joined Vice Dean Alan S. Carrel ’67 as this                                                           Keep in touch with your former classmates, professors

’57, Richard Lipsitz ’43,
John J. Barone ’57, Hon.       wonderful tradition continued on Aug. 8. In atten-                                                            and friends by sending us your personal and professional        Richard Lipsitz ’43 received the
Charles R. Newman ’50,         dance were alumni ranging from the classes of 1943 to                                                         news for publication. Please make sure the news you submit      UB Law Alumni Association’s
Wells E. Knibloe ’50,                                                                                                                                                                                        Distinguished Alumnus Award.
                               1957. The event took place in the newly renovated Law                                                         is accurate, complete and legible. Include a color picture if   He was honored for his many
George M. Zimmermann           School Conference Center in O’Brian Hall. In addi-                                                            you wish.
’49                                                                                      Andrew Diakun ’52, Harry D. Maynor                                                                                  contributions to the betterment of
                               tion to the lively conversations between alums, May       ’57, Robert J. Plache ’57, and John W.                                                                              the community at the association’s      Hon. Mary Ann Killeen ’52
                               2007 graduates Renee M. Rozier and Jacia T. Smith         Rickers Jr. ’52                                     Three ways to submit                                            45th annual meeting and dinner          received the Women in Law Award
3rd Row – Philip H.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the 8th Judicial District’s
Magner Jr. ’49, John W.        joined the group and briefed attendees on new                                                                     Clip-out coupon:                                            on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Buffalo. Lipsitz is of counsel in the   Gender & Racial Fairness
Rickers Jr. ’52,Andrew         developments at the Law School                                                                                    For your convenience, a clip-out coupon is printed on the                                           Committee on May 23 at the Hyatt
Diakun ’52,Alexander J.        from the perspective of recent                                                                                                                                                Buffalo firm Lipsitz Green Scime
                                                                                                                                             back cover flap.                                                 Cambria.                                Regency Buffalo. Killeen is a
Russ ’52, Frank R. Papa ’52,   students.                                                                                                                                                                                                             retired Erie County Family Court
Robert J. Plache ’57                                                                                                       Wells E.              Add a photo:                                                                                        judge.
                                                                                                                           Knibloe ’50,          Include a non-returnable color portrait with your press     John Canale ’47 has been included
                                                                                                                           John W. Rickers   release and mail to:                                            in Best Lawyers in New York State.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Canale is special counsel at            Robert J. Plache ’57 has been
    Richard Lipsitz                                                                                                        Jr. ’52, and          Cynthia Watts, Class Action Editor, UB Law Forum,                                                   named one of the best lawyers in
      ’43, Robert J.                                                                                                       Alexander J.                                                                      Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo. He
                                                                                                                           Russ ’52
                                                                                                                                             312 O’Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.                            practices in bodily injury              America in the Woodward White
    Plache ’57, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2008 listing. He is a partner in the
  Frank R. Papa ’52                                                                                                                              Via the Web:                                                litigation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     firm Damon & Morey, specializing
                                                                                                                                                 Fill out the form at                                                           in probate, trust and estate law in
                                                                                                                                                 To include a hi-resolution color portrait (300 dpi          Joseph C.Vispi ’49 was awarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Charles H. Dougherty Civility       the Buffalo office. Plache is a
                                                                                                                                             minimum) e-mail a jpg to:                                                          former assistant U.S. attorney for
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Award from the Bar Association of
                                                                                                                                                 For questions call (716) 645-2107                           Erie County at its 120th annual         the Western District of New York

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Alumni Briefs                                                                                                                                                                                                         1st Row – Hon. John J.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gruber, David H. Lund,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hon. Mary Ann Killeen,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Phyllis H.Wilkinson,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anthony J. Spann
and a former lieutenant in the U.S.
Navy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2nd Row – Hon. David J.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mahoney Jr., Thomas J.
Ronald D.Anton ’58 has
published his second book, God’s
Seven Ways to Ease Suffering. The
book is dedicated to late UB Law
Dean Jacob Hyman.Anton served
                                       SA THEDATEfor                                                                                                                                                                  Kelly, Morton H.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John A. Krull, Patrick T.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hurley,Alexander J.
on the UB Law faculty from 1960
to 1962. He is an attorney in
Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Maryann Saccomando Freedman
                                       YOURREUNION:                                                                                                                                                                   3rd Row – Hon. Mary K.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carr, Harry P.Weinrib,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Andrew Diakun,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nicholas A. Pierino,
’58 was named president of the         1953,1958,1963,1968,1973,1978,1983,1988 and 1998                                                                                                                               Dominic J. Terranova
Buffalo Geological Society and was
elected to the board of directors of
Western New York Heritage Press        With gratitude, the Law School recognizes those alumni and friends that have given their time
for a three-year term. She is of       and energy to help organize, plan and attend their reunion event.Although every effort has been
counsel in the Buffalo firm Cohen       made to assure the accuracy of the reunion pages, we apologize for any inadvertent errors or mis-
& Lombardo.
                                       takes. If you have any questions or wish to report an inaccuracy, please contact: Amy Hayes
                                       Atkinson,Assistant Director of Reunion and Special Programs, 315 O’Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY

                                       14260-1100 at (716) 645-6224 or e-mail

                                       Thank you! And we hope to see everyone at their next reunion.

                                                                                                                                           Class of’52
                                       Check out all the information at Contact Amy Hayes Atkinson
Hon. Charles F. Graney ’61 was         at (716) 645-6224 or
honored by the Appellate Division,
4th Department, in Rochester,
N.Y. He received a special award       50+ Reunion Luncheon          Wednesday,Aug. 6, 2008
for his more than 20 years of
service to the Law Guardian            Class 1953                    55th Reunion June 26, 2008
Advisory Committee. Graney is a
retired Genesee County Family          Class 1958                    50th Reunion May 16 & 17, 2008
Court judge.                           Class 1963                    45th Reunion June 28, 2008
                                       Class 1968                    40th Reunion June 6 & 7, 2008

William A. Niese ’61 of Bonsall,                                                                                                                        ontinuing with their
Calif., has been named to the
board of the University at Buffalo     Class 1973                    35th Reunion June 6 & 7, 2008                                                      reunion tradition, the
Foundation for a three-year term.      Class 1978                    30th Reunion June 6 & 7, 2008                                                      Class of 1952 gath-
Niese is retired from the Times                                                                                                                         ered on June 21 to
Mirror Co. of Los Angeles.             Class 1983                    25th Reunion May 2 & 3, 2008                                                       honor their 55-year
                                       Class 1988                    20th Reunion May 2 & 3, 2008                                          reunion from UB Law School. The
Robert D. Kolken ’65 has formed                                                                                                            dinner was held at the historical
the Buffalo firm Kolken & Kolken        Class 1998                    10th Reunion May 2 & 3, 2008                                          Mansion on Delaware Avenue.
with his son, Matthew Kolken. The                                                                                                          Folks from Florida and Pennsylva-
firm specializes in immigration                                                                                                             nia made the trip to visit with
and nationality law. Kolken is a                                                                                                                                                                               Above, Dominic J. Terranova
Buffalo resident.                                                                                        Below: Hon. Mark G. Farrell       friends and classmates honoring
                                                                                                                                           this milestone.                                                     and Andrew Diakun
                                                                                                         ’72,Arthur E. Jackson Jr. ’72,
John A. Cirando ’66 was named to                                                                         June Bates, and Larry D.                                                                        Hon. David J. Mahoney Jr.
the 4th Judicial Department                                                                              Bates ’72                                                                                       and Hon. John J. Gruber
judicial screening committee. He
practices in the Syracuse, N.Y.,                                                                                                             Alexander J. Russ
firm D.J. & J.A. Cirando.                                                                                                                         and Andrew
                                                                                                                                                     Diakun                                                                    Patrick T.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hurley, Hon.
Alan S. Carrel ’67, vice dean at UB                                                                                                                                                                                            John J. Gruber,
Law School, received the UB Law                                                                                                                                                                                                and Phyllis H.
Alumni Association’s                                                                                                                                                                                                           Wilkinson
Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Carrel was honored for his                                                     Above:
                                             Above: Robert E.Walter ’67,       Denise E.
commitment to public service at              Sheldon B. Benatovich ’67, and
the association’s 45th annual                                                  O’Donnell ’82,
                                             Alan S. Biernbaum ’67             Prof. Dianne
meeting and dinner at the Hyatt
Regency Buffalo on May 3.                                                      Avery ’82

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Keenan, Richard A. Grimm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jr., Dr. Charles S.V. Telly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harry D. Maynor, Thomas J.
Frederick A.Wolf ’67, special                                                    by Business First and the Buffalo      Analysts of Western New York. He                                                                                                          Shanahan, Mark Klafehn,
counsel in the Buffalo firm Damon                                                 Law Journal. Brock is a partner in     is a partner in the firm Phillips Lytle                                                                                                    Grace Marie Ange,Weston
& Morey, was included in the land                                                the Buffalo firm Jaeckle                in the Buffalo office.                                                                                                                    B.Wardell Jr., Robert J.
use and zoning law category in the                                               Fleischmann & Mugel and former                                                                                                                                                   Plache, Sanford M. Silver-
2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in                                              vice president of the UB Law           Hon. Lawrence Brenner ’73 was                                                                                                             berg, Richard F. Griffin, F.B.
America.Wolf also concentrates his                                               Alumni Association.                    named to the board of the Public                                                                                                          Hamsher, Paul Shatkin
practice in municipal, banking and                                                                                      Service Commission. Brenner is
business law.                                                                    Hon. Mark G. Farrell ’72 was           deputy chief administrative law
                                                                                 appointed to the Special               judge for the Federal Energy
Robert P. Fine ’68, managing                                                     Commission on the Future of the        Regulatory Commission in
partner in the firm Hurwitz & Fine                                                New York State Courts. He also was     Washington, D.C.
in Buffalo, was named to the 4th                                                 installed as president of the New
Judicial Department judicial                                                     York State Magistrates Association     James W. Gresens ’73 has become a
screening committee. He was also                                                 for 2007-08. Farrell is Amherst,       partner in the Buffalo firm Duke
named to The Best Lawyers in                                                     N.Y., town justice and president-      Holzman Photiadis & Gresens. He
America 2007. Fine is a past                  Maryann Saccomando                 elect of the New York State            was a former member of the firm
recipient of the UB Law Alumni                   Freedman ’58                    Magistrates Association. He is a       Gresens & Gresens in Buffalo.
Association Distinguished                                                        past recipient of the UB Law
Alumnus Award and is an adjunct                                                  Alumni Association Distinguished       Hon. Thomas M.Van Strydonck
faculty member at UB Law School.                                                 Alumnus Award and a past               ’73 received the UB Law Alumni
                                                                                 president of the UB Law Alumni         Association’s Distinguished
Giles P. Manias ’68, a Buffalo                                                   Association.                           Alumnus Award on May 3 at the
attorney, was appointed vice                                                                                            45th annual meeting and dinner at
president of the Bar Association of                                              Samuel Fried ’72 has retired from      the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. He was
Erie County. He chairs the                                                       the practice of law and founded        honored for his conscientious and
association’s senior lawyers’                                                    Flights of Fancy Adventures, a         diligent performance in the

                                                                                                                                                                  Class of’57
committee and the international                                                  birding and golf travel company.       judiciary.Van Strydonck is a New
sister cities committee.                                                         He runs the company with his wife,     York State Supreme Court justice
                                                                                 Donna Mages, also a retired            for the 7th Judicial District in
Vincent J. Moore ’69 was listed in                                               attorney. Fried has run tours to 10    Rochester, N.Y. He is a member of
The Best Lawyers in America 2008.                                                states, seven Canadian provinces       UB Law School’s Dean’s Advisory
Moore is a senior partner in the                                                 and territories, eight Latin           Council and a trial technique
Buffalo firm Damon & Morey and                                                    American countries and Australia.      instructor.
is chair of the firm’s real estate                                                He has published 35 feature articles
department.                                                                      in magazines, including the United     Frank J. Buffomante ’74 was
                                                 Robert P. Fine ’68              States Golf Association                named Practitioner of the Year at                                                                                                                        Kate Wardell,Weston B.
                                                                                 environmental section, and over        the annual Attorney Recognition                                                                                                                          Wardell Jr., and Harry D.

’70s                                                                             1,000 of his photographs have been     Reception of the Bar Association of

                                                                                                                                                                             he weekend of May 18-19 brought the Class of 1957 together for their milestone                                       Maynor
                                                                                 published worldwide. Fried is a        Erie County’s Aid to Indigent                        50-year reunion. The weekend was met with beautiful weather, which further
                                                                                 resident of Bloomfield, Conn.           Prisoners Society. Buffomante is a
                                                                                                                        partner in the firm Labin &                           enhanced the momentous weekend.
                                        Cohen & Lombardo and                     Anthony J. Latona ’72 spoke at the     Buffomante in Williamsville, N.Y.                      On Friday, the acclaimed Rue Franklin restaurant was the setting for the Class
William E. Mathias II ’71 was           concentrates his practice in civil       National Business Institute                                                                 of 1957’s reunion dinner. Classmates became reacquainted with each other
recognized for his exemplary            litigation, corporate,                   program “The Art of Settlement”in      Christopher T. Greene ’74, senior         over cocktails and a sit-down dinner in the Rue’s beautiful atrium.
performance in business by the UB       environmental, estates and trusts,       Buffalo. Latona is a partner in the    partner in the Buffalo firm Damon             Saturday afternoon, several classmates gathered at the Law School with the dean for
Law Alumni Association. He              and municipal law. Nosek lives in
                                        Lancaster, N.Y.
                                                                                 Buffalo firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &      & Morey, has been included in the         lunch in the recently rehabbed Law School Conference Center on the fifth floor. After the
received the Distinguished                                                       Mugel in the litigation practice       2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in       lunch, the class was seated on stage with faculty,VIPs and other dignitaries for the Class of
Alumnus Award at the association’s                                               group.                                 America. Greene is a member of            2007 commencement exercises at the Center for the Arts. As part of the ceremony, the
45th annual meeting and dinner on       Paul A. Battaglia ’72 is listed in The                                          UB Law School’s Dean’s Advisory
May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.     Best Lawyers in America for 2008.                                                                                         Class of 1957 was honored for their accomplishments.
                                                                                 Thomas F. Segalla ’72 and Susan E.     Council and a former recipient of
Mathias is managing partner in the      He is a partner in the firm Jaeckle       Van Gelder ’97 co-authored a           the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
firm Lippes Mathias Wexler               Fleischmann & Mugel in the               chapter,“Causation in Mold Cases:      He is a Buffalo resident.
Friedman in Buffalo and a member        Amherst, N.Y., office. In addition,      Practice Pointers for Defending
of UB Law School’s Dean’s               he is an adjunct instructor at UB        Exposure Claims,”for the Defense       Michele O. Heffernan ’74, a Buffalo
Advisory Council.                       Law School.                              Research Institute Library Series      resident, is listed in the 2008 edition
                                                                                 2007 on Exploring Toxic Tort and       of The Best Lawyers in America in                                                                                                          Harry D. Maynor and
Joseph B. Mistrett ’71 has retired as   Peter J. Battaglia ’72 was elected       Environmental Liability Claims.        the employee benefits category.                                                                                                             Sanford M. Silverberg
chief federal public defender in        treasurer of the Bar Association of      Segalla also was appointed chair of    Heffernan is a partner in the
Buffalo. He held this position since    Erie County. He is underwriting          USLAW NETWORK’s insurance              Buffalo firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &
2004 and previously served as a         counsel at Ticor Title Insurance Co.     committee. He is a partner in the      Mugel.
federal public defender for 15 years.   in Buffalo.                              Buffalo firm Goldberg Segalla and a                                                                                                                                                Richard A. Grimm Jr.,
Mistrett will move to Washington,                                                member of the Defense Research         Helen Osgood ’74 has become a                                                                                                              William F. Keenan, and
D.C., to be near his family.            David G. Brock ’72 was named vice        Institute’s Toxic Tort and             partner in the firm Damon &                                                                                                                 Thomas J. Shanahan
                                        chair of Planned Parenthood of           Environmental Law Committee.           Morey in the Buffalo office. She is a
Anthony M. Nosek ’71 was named          Western New York. He is also                                                    member of the firm’s real estate and
village attorney in Depew, N.Y. He      included in the 2008 edition of The      John C. Spitzmiller ’72 was named      banking department. Osgood
is of counsel in the Buffalo firm        Best Lawyers in America and is           program coordinator of Estate          handles matters involving
                                        listed in “Who’s Who in Law”2007
                                                                                                                                                                   Robert J. Plache,
                                                                                                                                                                   Richard F. Griffin, and
                                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Charles S.V. Telly
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Walsh and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Robert A.

commercial lending and credit                                                inclusion in The Best Lawyers in         Cheryl Smith Fisher ’76, a partner
restructuring.                                                               America 2007. Mooney is a member         in the firm Magavern Magavern
                                                                             of the firm Hurwitz & Fine in             Grimm in Buffalo, has been
Gregory C.Yungbluth ’74, a senior                                            Buffalo, practicing product liability,   selected for the 2008 edition of The
partner in the Buffalo firm Damon                                             professional liability, and large loss   Best Lawyers in America. She was
& Morey, was included in The Best                                            and catastrophic injury litigation.      honored in the area of ethics and
Lawyers in America 2008.                                                                                              professional responsibility law, the    Melvyn L.
Yungbluth is co-chair of the firm’s                                           Thomas A. Palmer ’75, a partner in       first time the publication               Hurwitz
corporate department.                                                        the Amherst, N.Y., office of Jaeckle     recognized this specialty. Fisher is    and Phillip
                                                                             Fleischmann & Mugel, is named in         president of the Bar Association of     Brothman
Dianne Bennett ’75 was appointed                                             The Best Lawyers in America 2008.        Erie County.
chair of the 4th Judicial                                                    Palmer practices business and

                                                                                                                                                              Class of’62
Department judicial screening                                                corporate law.                           Edward J. Kelly ’76 of
committee by New York Gov. Eliot                                                                                      Jonesborough, Tenn., was named a
Spitzer. Bennett is of counsel in the                                        Hon. Janice M. Rosa ’75 was re-          Senior Fulbright Specialist and
Buffalo firm Hodgson Russ. She is a                                           elected to the board of trustees of      spent the summer teaching
past recipient of the UB Law                  Anthony M. Nosek ’71           the National Council of Juvenile         alternative dispute resolution in
Alumni Association Distinguished                                             and Family Court Judges. Rosa is a       Baku,Azerbaijan. Kelly is university
Alumna Award.                                                                New York State Supreme Court             counsel at East Tennessee State
                                                                             justice, 8th Judicial District, in       University and Quillen College of
Dale A. Ehman ’75 was named                                                  Buffalo, and is supervising judge        Medicine in Johnson City, Tenn. He
“Who’s Who in Law”2007 by                                                    for matrimonial matters.                 also teaches law at Appalachian
Business First and the Buffalo Law                                                                                    School of Law in Grundy,Va.

Journal. Ehman practices in the                                              William F. Savino ’75 was                                                                                                                                                                   he class of 1962 marked
Buffalo firm Bouvier Partnership in                                           recognized in the 2008 edition of        Richard M. Miller ’76 is a partner                                                                                                                 their 45th year reunion
personal injury litigation. He is a                                          The Best Lawyers in America. He is a     in the firm Fox Rothschild in                                                                                                                       on June 8-9. The
resident of Amherst, N.Y.                                                    senior partner and chairman in the       Princeton, N.J., where he has been                                                                                                                 weekend brought old
                                                                             business litigation and insolvency       named co-chair of the                                                                                                                              friends together for an
Pamela Davis Heilman ’75 has                                                 department in the Buffalo office of      international business practice                                                                                                        opportunity to reminisce and catch
been elected to the board of                                                 Damon & Morey. Savino is also a          group. He previously practiced in
governors of the Shaw Festival, one                                          bridge course lecturer at UB Law         the firm Miller Mitchell, which                                                                                                         up on current happenings. As in
of the largest repertory companies                                           School and a past president of the       merged with Fox Rothschild.                                                                                                            past reunion traditions, a
in North America. Heilman is a                                               UB Law Alumni Association.                                                                                                                                                      classmates-only dinner was held on
partner in the Buffalo firm                                                                                            Rodney O. Personius ’76 was                                                                                                            Friday evening. More than half the
Hodgson Russ in the corporate &                                              Diane F. Bosse ’76 was named to a        inducted into the International                                                                                                        class gathered at the Rue Franklin
securities and nonprofit law                  Hon. Mark G. Farrell ’72        two-year term on the law school          Academy of Trial Lawyers at its                                                                                                        restaurant for an evening of
practice groups. She is also a                                               accreditation committee of the           annual meeting in Chicago.                                                                                                             conversation and fine dining.
member of UB Law School’s Dean’s                                             ABA section of legal education and       Personius is a partner in the firm                                                                                                          On Saturday morning,
Advisory Council and is a Buffalo                                            admissions to the bar. Bosse is chair    Personius Melber in Buffalo.                                                                                                           classmates and guests were invited
resident.                                                                    of the New York Board of Law
                                                                             Examiners and is of counsel in the       John Stuart ’76 was reappointed to                                                                                                     by Dean Nils Olsen to the Law
Charles G. Humphrey ’75 has                                                  firm Bender, Crawford & Bender in         a four-year term as state public                                                                                                       School on UB’s North Campus. The
become a partner in The Wagner                                               Buffalo.                                 defender in Minneapolis, where he                                                                                                      class was treated to the unveiling of
Law Group in Boston. The firm                                                                                          resides. Stuart has held the position                                                                                                  their class composite feature their
specializes in ERISA/employee                                                Patrick J. Brown ’76 was selected by     since 1990.                                                                                                                            senior pictures created from their
benefits, and Humphrey will serve                                             the U.S. Court of Appeals for the                                                                                                                                               yearbook – The Advocate – which
clients in Boston and Buffalo.                                               Second Circuit to serve a three-year John M. Thomas ’76 is resigning as                                                                                                         now hangs on the third floor on the
                                                                             term on the attorney advisory        dean of the University at Buffalo                                                                                                          administrative wing with other class
Edward D. Manzo ’75 is the lead                                              group to the Second Circuit          School of Management. He will                                                                                                              composites.
author and editor in chief of Claim                                          criminal justice act committee.      continue to work with the school’s
Construction in the Federal Circuit                                          Brown is a partner in the firm        global business programs as a
(Thomson West, March 2007).                                                  LoTempio & Brown in Buffalo.         faculty member. Thomas has
Manzo writes this annually in                                                                                     helped to establish the school as a
conjunction with members of the                                              Richard F. DiGiacomo ’76 was         leader in international business
litigation committee of the                                                  named assistant secretary of the UB education. The school was named
Intellectual Property Law                      Harry F. Mooney ’75           Law Alumni Association. He is a      by BusinessWeek as one of the               1st Row – Phillip Brothman,
Association of Chicago. He also                                              partner in the firm Nesper Ferber & country’s top five business schools            Angelo F. LaDuca, Marvin T. Dubin,
appeared on the television                                                   DiGiacomo in Amherst, N.Y.           for the fastest return on MBA               Robert D. Gunderman,Waldron S.
program First Business Morning                                                                                    investment. Thomas is a Buffalo             Hayes Jr., Francis P. McGarry
News on WCIU and MeTV in                Harry F.Mooney ’75 received the      Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76 was           resident.
Chicago. He discussed the music         2007 Robert Kiebala Memorial         inducted into the Litigation                                                     2nd Row – Melvyn L. Hurwitz, Gerald
industry’s winning a major digital      Award from the Defense Trial         Counsel of America. DiLorenzo is     Margaret W.Wong ’76 was                     J. Greenan Jr., Robert A. Moeller
piracy copyright case. Manzo is a       Lawyers Association of Western       managing partner in the firm bond honored with the UB Law Alumni
founding partner in the firm Cook        New York. He is also listed in       Schoeneck & King in the firm’s        Association’s Distinguished                 3rd Row – James R.Walsh,William D.
Alex in Chicago, concentrating his      “Who’s Who in Law”2007 by            New York City and Garden City        Alumna Award on May 3 at the                Schulz, Peter D. Cook,
practice in intellectual property       Business First and the Buffalo Law   offices. He is co-chair of the firm’s 45th annual meeting and dinner at           Roger T. Davison                      Above: Angelo F. LaDuca, Roger T.
litigation and counseling. He is a      Journal, and was selected for        labor and employment law             the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.Wong                                                    Davison, and William D. Schulz
resident of Lake Forest, Ill.                                                department.                          was recognized for her leadership                                                                                     Above: Francis P. McGarry,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James R.Walsh, and Phillip Brothman

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by example as a private                                                     Western New York. Pryor is             School’s Dean’s Advisory Council,    is an adjunct faculty member at UB                                                                                    economic and land development,
practitioner. She is managing
partner of Margaret W.Wong and
Associates in Cleveland and is also
a member of UB Law School’s
Dean’s Advisory Council.
                                                                            president of SBLI USA Mutual Life
                                                                            Insurance in New York City. She is
                                                                            a past recipient of the UB Law
                                                                            Alumni Association’s
                                                                            Distinguished Alumna award and
                                                                                                                   a former recipient of the UB Law
                                                                                                                   Alumni Association’s
                                                                                                                   Distinguished Alumna Award, and
                                                                                                                   a past president of the UB Law
                                                                                                                   Alumni Association.
                                                                                                                                                        Law School.
                                                                                                                                                        Michael J. Lombardo ’80 was
                                                                                                                                                        recognized with the Special Service
                                                                                                                                                        Award from the Bar Association of
                                                                                                                                                                                                Births                                                                        business and corporate, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              financial services practice groups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kenneth R. Kirby ’82 has accepted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a position as an associate in the
                                                                            is a member of the UB Law School                                            Erie County. Lombardo is a               To Steven Schwartz ’80 and Jane Manning, a son,William,                      Buffalo firm Mattar D’Agostino &
Cynthia A. Falk ’77 was honored                                             Dean’s Advisory Council.               Raymond P. Reichert ’79 has been     member of the association’s real         on Feb. 17, 2007, in New York City.                                          Gottlieb. He counsels clients
by the 8th Judicial District Gender                                                                                re-elected president of the Legal    property law subcommittee. He is a                                                                                    regarding civil litigation, appeals,
& Racial Fairness Committee at                                              David F. Smith ’78 has been            Aid Bureau of Buffalo, appears in    partner in the firm Duke Holzman          To Evan Shapiro ’87 and Steven P. Count, a daughter, Lila,                   professional liability and insurance
the Women in Law Awards                                                     named to the board of directors of     The Best Lawyers in America 2008     Yaeger & Photiadis in Buffalo.           on Aug. 15, 2007, in Brooklyn, N.Y.                                          coverage.
luncheon May 23 at the Hyatt                                                National Fuel Gas Co. in               and is listed in “Who’s Who in
Regency Buffalo. Falk is a solo                                             Williamsville, N.Y. Smith is           Law”2007 by Business First and the   Michael A. Piette ’80 has been           To Hilary C. Banker ’96 and Jeffrey Leichtnam, a son,                        Brenda Levinson ’82 was elected
practitioner in Niagara Falls, N.Y.                                         president and chief operating          Buffalo Law Journal. Reichert is a   named to The Best Lawyers in             William Stephen, on May 22, 2007, in Buffalo.                                president of the Court Attorneys
                                                                            officer of National Fuel and           partner in the firm Jaeckle           America 2008 and is listed in                                                                                         Association of New York City. The
Barry R. Fertel ’77 was re-elected                                          president of National Fuel Gas         Fleischmann & Mugel, practicing      “Who’s Who in Law”2007 by                To Lourdes M.Ventura ’98 and Rene F. Solorzano, a son,                       association is a labor union that
to a four-year term on the city               Garry M. Graber ’78           Supply Corp. and Empire State          in the tax and economic land         Business First and the Buffalo Law       Mateo Rene, on Sept. 26, 2007, in New York City.                             represents court attorneys
council in New Rochelle, N.Y. In                                            Pipeline. Smith joined the             development practice group in the    Journal. He is a partner in the real                                                                                  employed by the Unified Court
addition, Fertel opened his own                                             company in 1978. He is a member        Buffalo office.                      estate practice group of the firm         To Tara Johnson ’02 and Michael Johnson, a daughter, Sydney,                 System in New York City. Levinson
practice in New Rochelle                                                    of UB Law School’s Dean’s                                                   Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in           on Nov. 13, 2006, in Webster, N.Y.                                           is a special referee on matrimonial
specializing in education law and                                           Advisory Council and a former          Michael B. Risman ’79 was            the Amherst, N.Y., office.                                                                                            and election matters in Bronx
litigation.                                                                 recipient of the UB Law Alumni         appointed to the board of                                                     To Michael A. Chiantella ’03 and Karen Chiantella,                           Supreme Court.
                                                                            Association’s Distinguished            directors of the Jewish Federation   Steven Schwartz ’80 is chief of the      a son, Dylan John-Noel, on November 27, 2007
Margaret P. Gryko ’77 has been                                              Alumnus Award.                         of Greater Buffalo. Risman is a      District Court trial bureau and                                                                                       Denise E. O’Donnell ’82 has been
inducted as a fellow of the College                                                                                partner in the Buffalo firm           director of training for the Nassau      To Andrea M. Rigdon ’03 and Jay A. Rigdon, a son,                            appointed commissioner of New
of Labor and Employment                                                     Peter F. Brady ’79 was appointed       Hodgson Russ and is a bridge         County district attorney’s office in     Daniel Alexander, on June 5, 2006, in Snyder, N.Y.                           York State’s division of criminal
Lawyers. She also was elected vice                                          treasurer of the Bar Association of    course lecturer at UB Law School.    Mineola, N.Y. He lectures                                                                                             justice services. She is a former
president of the Niagara Frontier                                           Erie County. He is a partner in the                                         nationally on trial advocacy, is on                                                                                   partner in the Buffalo firm
Corporate Counsel Association.                                              firm Brady & Schaefer in Amherst,       Joseph M. Schnitter ’79 has          the faculty of the National                                                                                           Hodgson Russ and a former first
Gryko is assistant general counsel                                          N.Y.                                   become a member of the board of      Advocacy Center in Columbia,           New York State Trial Lawyers           Denmon is a shareholder in the          assistant U.S. attorney for the
at Delaware North Cos. in Buffalo                                                                                  directors of the Western New York    S.C., and recently spoke to the        Association. Binko practices           firm Carlton Fields in Tampa, Fla.       Western District of New York.
and is president of the UB Law                                              Richard W. Cole ’79 has joined the     Trial Lawyers Association. He is a   National District Attorneys            personal injury law in his firm in      He has a transactional practice         O’Donnell is a Buffalo resident and
Alumni Association.                                                         Hamburg, N.Y., firm Shaw & Shaw         partner in the firm Brown & Kelly     Association executive conference in    Cheektowaga, N.Y.                      concentrated in securities              a past president of the UB Law
                                                                            as an associate. He concentrates in    in Buffalo.                          Park City, Utah. Schwartz resides in                                          regulation, corporation finance,         Alumni Association.
R. Michael Tantillo ’77 was named                                           matrimonial and family law.                                                 Bronx, N.Y.                            Hon. Christopher E. Cahill ’82 has     and mergers and acquisitions.
Prosecutor of the Year by the New              Ann E. Evanko ’79                                                                                                                               been nominated by New York Gov.                                                Mark W. Pedersen ’82 has been
York Prosecutors Training
Institute and the New York State
District Attorneys Association.
Tantillo is Ontario County district
attorney in Canandaigua, N.Y.,
                                                                            Ann E. Evanko ’79 was listed in
                                                                            The Best Lawyers in America 2007.
                                                                            She is a partner in the Buffalo firm
                                                                            Hurwitz & Fine, is a member of
                                                                            the management committee and
                                                                                                                   ’80s                                 Hon. C. Randall Hinrichs ’81 was
                                                                                                                                                        named Suffolk County Criminal
                                                                                                                                                        Bar Association Judge of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                        Hinrichs is a Suffolk county court
                                                                                                                                                        judge in Riverhead, N.Y.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Eliot Spitzer to serve as a Supreme
                                                                                                                                                                                               Court justice in the 3rd Judicial
                                                                                                                                                                                               District in Kingston. Cahill served
                                                                                                                                                                                               as law clerk to the late Hon.Vincent
                                                                                                                                                                                               Bradley, who previously held the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John P. Feroleto ’82 was named to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Western New York Trial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lawyers Association board of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      directors. Feroleto is a Buffalo solo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              appointed to a four-year term as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              military judge to the U.S. Navy-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marine Corps Court of Criminal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Appeals in the U.S. Navy JAG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Corps. Pedersen is law clerk to
where he resides.                      serve on the Monroe County Bar       serves as vice president of the firm.   Gerard Citera ’80 has joined the                                            position.                                                                      Hon. Charles J. Siragusa, U.S.
                                       Association board of trustees in                                            firm Chadbourne & Parke as            Jean T.Walsh ’81 has been                                                     John Giardino ’82 has recently          District Court,Western District of
Garry M. Graber ’78 served as a        Rochester, N.Y. He is a partner in   Terrie Benson Murray ’79 was           counsel in the New York City         appointed chair of the New York        Paul J. D’Amato ’82 was named          completed a $22 million                 New York, in Rochester, N.Y.
moderator for the New York State       the firm Phillips Lytle in the        elected for a two-year term to the     office. Citera is a member of the    State Bar Association’s criminal       Region 8 director of the New York      redevelopment project in Buffalo
Bar Association’s CLE program          Rochester office.                    Philanthropic Education                firm’s securities litigation and      justice section.Walsh is principal     State Department of                    to beautify dilapidated property.       Catharine M.Venzon ’82, a
“Working Out and Litigating the                                             Organization as guard for the CM       regulatory enforcement practice      rule counsel for the New York Stock    Environmental Conservation, in         He is also working to redevelop a       Williamsville, N.Y., resident, was
Problem Loan”in Syracuse, N.Y.         Hon. Marilyn L. O’Connor ’78 has     Chapter based in Orchard Park,         group.                               Exchange.                              Avon, N.Y. He has been acting          continuing care retirement              honored at the Women of
Graber is a partner in the firm         retired as a Monroe County family    N.Y. She is one of the founding                                                                                    director since June.                   community in Buffalo with the           Distinction Awards dinner
Hodgson Russ, in charge of the         court judge in Rochester, N.Y. She   members of the chapter and is the      Barry Ginsberg ’80 has been          Karla D.Wilsey ’81 received the                                               Buffalo Municipal Housing               sponsored by the Girl Scout
firm’s restructuring, bankruptcy        was honored at a retirement          project chairperson for                named general counsel for New        President’s Award for Contribution    Richard A. Denmon ’82 was               Authority. Giardino is CEO of           Council of Buffalo and Erie
and commercial litigation practice     dinner at the Shadow Lake Golf &     Educational Loan Fund. Murray is       York State’s Commission on           from the Monroe County Bar            appointed chair of the disclosure       Centerstone Development in              County. She was recognized for her
group. He is a past president of the   Racquet Club in Penfield, N.Y.,       an associate in the firm Cohen &        Public Integrity. He previously      Association in Rochester, N.Y.        and continuous reporting                Buffalo and a partner in the Buffalo    leadership and work with several
Bar Association of Erie County         where she resides.                   Lombardo in Buffalo.                   worked in the New York County        Wilsey is senior vice president and   subcommittee of the Federal             firm Lippes Mathias Wexler &             troops in Williamsville.Venzon
and the UB Law Alumni                                                                                              district attorney’s office in New    general counsel at Public Abstract    Regulation of Securities committee      Friedman.                               practices in the Venzon Law Firm
Association, and a past recipient of   Mark G. Pearce ’78 was appointed     Jean C. Powers ’79 was appointed       York City.                           Corp., in Rochester.                  of the business section of the                                                  in Buffalo.
the UB Law Alumni Association’s        by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to    president of the Buffalo Niagara                                                                                  American Bar Association. He has        Vincent O. Hanley ’82 has been
Distinguished Alumnus Award.           the Commission on Increasing         Chapter of the National                Hon. Barbara Howe ’80, Erie          Maureen T. Alston ’82 of              also been listed in Chambers USA        elected chairman of the Hilbert         Laurie S. Bloom ’83 was elected
                                       Diversity in the State Government    Association of Women Business          County surrogate court judge,        Rochester, N.Y., received the         Guide to America’s Leading Business     College board of trustees in            vice president of the UB Law
Thomas Maligno ’78 has been            Workforce. Pearce is a partner in    Owners. She also was named in          received the Women in Law Award      Champion of Diversity Award           Lawyers 2007-08 edition, The Legal      Hamburg, N.Y. He is listed in The       Alumni Association. Bloom is
named executive director of the        the Buffalo firm Creighton Pearce     The Best Lawyers in America 2008       from the 8th Judicial District’s     from the Rochester Black Bar          500 and The Lawdragon 500               Best Lawyers in America for 2008        counsel in the firm Nixon Peabody
public advocacy center at the          Johnsen & Giroux and a past          and is listed in “Who’s Who in         Gender & Racial Fairness             Association.Alston is managing        Leading Dealmakers. He was also         and in “Who’s Who in Law”2007           in Buffalo.
Touro Law Center in Central Islip,     president of the Minority Bar        Law”2007 by Business First and the     Committee. She was honored at        partner in the firm Harter Secrest & selected for Florida Super Lawyers        by Business First and the Buffalo
N.Y. He previously was executive       Association of Western New York.     Buffalo Law Journal. Powers is a       the awards luncheon on May 23 at     Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office. 2007. In addition, he was a panelist    Law Journal. Hanley is a partner in     James W. Everett ’83 had his article
director of Nassau Suffolk Law                                              partner in the Amherst, N.Y., office   the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Howe      She is the first woman to serve as     at the 2007 fall meeting of the New     the firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &           “Are Promissory Notes Securities?”
Services.                              Vikki L. Pryor ’78 received the      of the firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &       is a past recipient of the UB Law    the firm’s managing partner.           York State Bar Association business     Mugel in the Buffalo office. He         published in the U.C.C. Law
                                       Education Award from the             Mugel, practicing in the real estate   Alumni Association’s                 Richard S. Binko ’82 has been         law section in Palm Beach, Fla.         practices in the firm’s real estate,     Journal,Vol. 40, No. 2. The article
Mark J. Moretti ’78 was chosen to      Minority Bar Association of          group. She is a member of UB Law       Distinguished Alumna Award and       elected second vice president of the                                                                                  critiqued the application of

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        he 40-year re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        union of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Class of 1967
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was celebrated
Uniform Commercial Code Article                                                  Patrick J. Higgins ’84 has been            the UB Law Alumni Association                                                                                                               on June 9.This
8 to promissory notes. Everett                                                   named president of the Albany              Distinguished Alumna Award.                                                                                                    momentous occasion
works for the New York State                                                     County Bar Association in Albany,                                                                                                                                         brought together old
Insurance Department in Albany,                                                  N.Y. Higgins is a partner in the firm       Virginia C. McEldowney ’85 was                                                                                                 friends and spouses in cele-
N.Y., where he resides.                                                          Powers & Santola in Albany, where          named vice president of the                                                                                                    bration of the accomplish-
                                                                                 he resides.                                Healthcare Executive Forum of                                                                                                  ments of the class.
Diane M. LaVallee ’83, of Buffalo,                                                                                          Western New York. McEldowney is                                                                                                    The reunion was kicked
was elected to the nominating                                                    Jennifer J. Parker ’84 received the        special counsel in the firm Damon                                                                                               off on Saturday morning at
committee of the Bar Association                                                 Business Person of the Year Award          & Morey in the Buffalo office. She is                                                                                          the Law School for a
of Erie County. LaVallee is a trial                                              from the Minority Bar Association          a member of the firm’s business
advocacy and bridge course                                                       of Western New York. Parker is             and corporate department and the                                                                                               brunch hosted by Dean
instructor at UB Law School.                                                     president and CEO of Black Capital         firm’s health care group.                                                                                                       Nils Olsen. Dean Olsen
                                                                                 Network in Buffalo, where she                                                                                                                                             welcomed the class to the
Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden ’83 was                                                  resides.                                   Lisa Bloch Rodwin ’85 was                                                                                                      Law School and treated
named president-elect of the UB                                                                                             honored at the fifth annual It                                                                                                  them to a tour of the
Law Alumni Association. She is a
                                                   Hon. Michael L.
                                                                                 Nancy W. Saia ’84 received the             Happened to Alexa Foundation                                                                                                   school’s facilities. The
Buffalo City Court judge and a                                                   Special Service Award from the Bar         dinner on June 8, and also received                                                                                            Country Club of Buffalo
bridge course instructor at UB Law                 Hanuszczak ’84                Association of Erie County. She is a       the Susan Still Profile in Courage                                                                                              played as the backdrop and
School. Ogden is also a past                                                     member of the association’s real           Award from the Erie County                                                                                                     location for the reunion
president of the Minority Bar                                                    property law subcommittee and              Family Justice Center. Rodwin is
Association in Buffalo.                                                          was recognized for her efforts in          chief of the Erie County district                                                                                              dinner that evening.
                                                                                 creating the association’s new real        attorney’s office domestic violence                                                                                            Harold Brand and Frank
Robert W. Patterson ’83 is listed in                                             estate contract. Saia is a Buffalo solo    bureau in Buffalo.                                                                                                             Clark acted as emcee for
The Best Lawyers in America 2008.                                                practitioner and a member of the                                                                                                                                          the evening with tales of
Patterson is a partner in Jaeckle                                                board of directors of the bar              Alberto Benitez ’86 is listed as one                                                                                           Law School days and their

Fleischmann & Mugel in the                                                       association.                               of the top faculty members, based                                                                                              escapades, which brought
employee benefits practice group.                                                                                            on student evaluations of courses,                                                                                             rave reviews from class-
He is a Buffalo resident.                                                        George F. Bellows ’85 of Buffalo is        at George Washington University                                                                                                mates and friends.
                                                                                 listed in The Best Lawyers in              Law School in Washington, D.C.
Hon. Sara Sperrazza ’83 was                                                      America 2008. Bellows is a partner         Benitez is a professor of clinical law
honored at the fifth annual Women                                                 in the business and corporate and          and director of the immigration                                                                                                1st Row (seated) – Hon.
in the Law Awards luncheon May                                                   financial services practice groups in       clinic.                                                                                                                        Timothy J. Drury
23 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.                                                 the firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &
She was recognized by the 8th                                                    Mugel in the Buffalo office.               Deborah A. Kirby ’86 was named                                                                                                 2nd Row – Sheldon B.
Judicial District’s Gender & Racial                                                                                         special counsel in the firm Colucci                                                                                             Benatovich, Hon. Samuel

Fairness Committee for her                      Donna L. Burden ’87              Sandra Cassidy ’85 has become              & Gallaher in Buffalo. She                                                                                                     L. Green, Robert S.
contributions to the bench, bar and                                              corporate counsel and vice                 concentrates her practice in health                                                                                            Pacholski, Carol J.
community. Sperrazza is acting                                                   president of legal affairs for Plaintiff   and business law.                                                                                                              Alaimo, Harold J. Brand
Supreme Court justice and Niagara                                                Support Services in Amherst, N.Y.                                                                                                                                         Jr.
County Surrogate Court judge in                                                                                             Kathleen A. Lynch ’86 received the
Lockport, N.Y.                           of directors of the Boys & Girls Club   Paula M. Ciprich ’85 was selected          2007 Liberty Bell Award from the                                                                                               3rd Row – Hon. David A.
                                         of Buffalo.He also was named to the     as assistant treasurer of the UB Law       Bar Association of Erie County. She                                                                                            Gerard,Alan S. Carrel,
Amy Ruth Tobol ’83 has been              2007 listing of“Who’s Who in Law”       Alumni Association. She is general         is an attorney for the Western New                                                                                             Ralph Morabito,
named associate dean of the              by Business First and the Buffalo Law   counsel at National Fuel Gas Co. in        York Law Center in Buffalo and                                                                                                 Roger A. Pies
Hudson Valley Center of Empire           Journal.Collins is chairman of the      Williamsville, N.Y.                        coordinator of the Mayor’s Anti-
State College in Hartsdale, N.Y. She                                                                                        Flipping Task Force.                                                                                                           Stairs (top to bottom) –
                                         litigation group in the firm Bouvier                                                                                                                                                                               David F. Lawlor, Timothy
is also a tenured associate professor.   Partnership in Buffalo.                 Victor J. D’Angelo ’85 has joined
                                                                                 the staff of the New York                  Lisa McDougall ’86 co-authored                                                                                                 M. O’Mara,Walter L.
Perry Binder ’84 co-organized and                                                Liquidation Bureau as deputy chief         The New York State Physician’s                                                                                                 Rooth, Paul E. Rudnicki,
                                         John P. Freedenberg ’84 of                                                                                                                                                                                        Hon. Frank J. Clark,
spoke at the Corporate Intellectual      Amherst, N.Y., was selected as the      of staff in the Manhattan office.          HIPAA Privacy Manual.
Property Institute at Georgia State                                              D’Angelo was previously assistant          McDougall is a partner in the firm                                                                                              Frederick A.Wolf,Alan S.
                                         national chair of the Defense                                                                                                                                                                                     Biernbaum, Robert E.
University in Atlanta, Ga., where he     Research Institute’s product            attorney general in the claims             Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office
is a Legal Studies professor in the                                              bureau of the Office of the New            and is coordinator of the firm’s                                                                                                Walter, Michael A.
                                         liability committee. Freedenberg is                                                                                                                                                                               Connors,Arthur A. Russ,
Robinson College of Business. In         a partner in the firm Goldberg           York State attorney general, in            health care practice group. She is a
addition, Binder nominated and                                                   Manhattan.                                 Buffalo resident.                                                                                                              Robert M. Kornreich
                                         Segalla in Buffalo, practicing in
introduced Mr. Truett Cathy,             product liability, catastrophic
founder and chairman of Chick-fil-        personal injury and intellectual        Gayle L. Eagan ’85 was selected for        Gregory Rabb ’86 was elected city
A restaurants, for the university’s      property litigation.                    inclusion in The Best Lawyers in           council president in Jamestown,
annual IP Legends Award, which                                                   America 2008 in the trusts and             N.Y. He is the first openly gay
honors attorneys and business            Hon. Michael L. Hanuszczak ’84          estates category. She was also             person to hold that position. Rabb
people who have made significant          co-authored the article “Family         named to the 2007 listing of “Who’s        is a Jamestown resident.
contributions in the field of             Law”which appears in the 2005-06        Who in Law”by Business First and                                                    Above, Harold J.                                             David F. Lawlor,
intellectual property.                   Survey of New York Law, published       the Buffalo Law Journal. Eagan is a        Victor R. Siclari ’86 became             Brand Jr. and Hon.                                           Carol J.Alaimo,
                                         in 2007 by the Syracuse University      partner in the Buffalo firm Jaeckle         assistant general counsel for Mellon     Samuel L. Green                                              Robert E.Walter,
George W.Collins ’84 of Amherst,         Law Review. Hanuszczak is an            Fleischmann & Mugel. She is                Financial Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pa.,                                                                   Paul E. Rudnicki,
N.Y.,was re-elected for a second         Onondaga County family court            treasurer of the UB Law Alumni             supporting the asset management                                                                       Hon. Samuel L. Green,
term as vice president of the board      judge in Syracuse, N.Y.                 Association and a past recipient of        business. Siclari was previously a                                                                    and Arthur A. Russ Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ralph Morabito,Alan S. Carrel, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hon. Frank J. Clark
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partner in the investment                                                         Lawyers Association. He is a           Gillian D. Brown ’89 was named
management group of Reed Smith                                                    partner in the firm Anspach Meeks       special counsel in the firm Colucci
in Pittsburgh.                                                                    Ellenberger in Buffalo.                & Gallaher in Buffalo. He will focus
                                                                                                                         his practice in housing and
Candace Vogel-Yood ’86 was                                                        D.Andrew Winston ’87 has               development law, municipal law,
awarded the International                                                         accepted a position as a trial         landlord-tenant law, estate law and

                                                                                                                                                                  Class of’72
Association of Financial Crime                                                    attorney with the Equal                criminal defense work. Brown
Investigators Prosecutor of the Year                                              Employment Opportunity                 previously served as general
Award for New York State.Vogel-                                                   Commission in Denver. He writes:       counsel to the Buffalo Municipal
Yood is an Erie County assistant                                                  “Even after 20 years in the blood      Housing Authority. He is a Buffalo
district attorney in Buffalo. She is a                                            pits of the American legal system, I   resident.
member of the board of directors                                                  am yet to be disabused of the
of the Erie County Bar Association                                                notion that government can be a        Douglas W. Dimitroff ’89 was
and a past member of the board of                                                 force for good.”                       elected president of the New York
directors of the UB Law Alumni                                                                                           State Wireless Association, which
Association.                                                                      Mark E. Brand ’88 has been named       he founded. Dimitroff is a partner
                                                Karen R. Kaczmarski ’89           to the Community Impact                in the Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle.
H. Todd Bullard ’87 has joined                                                    Council, a subcommittee of the         He practices commercial real estate
Harris Beach as an equity member                                                  United Way of Buffalo and Erie         and telecommunications law.
in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He                                                County. Brand is a partner in the                                                                                                                                                        1st Row – Angelo A. Buffomante,

specializes in public finance and                                                  Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle. He is a    Vincent E. Doyle III ’89 was                       o mark their 35th reunion from UB        into a class composite, framed and hung on the
                                                                                                                                                                            Law School, the Cass of 1972 gathered    third floor of O’Brian Hall with other class           Hon. Eric L. Glazer,A. Sheldon
economic development and                                                          past member of the board of            appointed to the 4th Judicial                                                                                                                     Gould, Bernard M. Brodsky,
business and commercial litigation.                                               directors of the UB Law Alumni         Department judicial screening                      on the weekend of June 8-9.              composites.All class members also received their      Isaac Fromm,William Z. Reich,
Bullard also received the Trailblazer                                             Association and a past president of    committee. Doyle is a partner in                     The weekend commenced on Friday        own copy at the reunion dinner as a reminder of       Jeffery A. Spencer, Timothy J.
Award from the Rochester Black                                                    UB Law School’s GOLD Group.            the Buffalo firm Connors & Vilardo                  evening with cocktails and hors          their days in Law School.                             Kane, Larry D. Bates,Warren B.
Bar Association.                                                                                                         and a member of the board of           d’oeuvres at the old Law School at 77 W. Eagle St.       Classmates continued their reunion weekend        Rosenbaum
                                                                                  Terrence M. Gilbride ’88 was           directors of the UB Law Alumni         Alumni came to see how their old law school was      with a stations dinner at Marinaccio’s Restaurant
Donna L. Burden ’87 has partnered                                                 elected to the UB Law Alumni           Association.                           recently transformed into a marvelous library        in Amherst, with dance music provided by the Sid      2nd Row – Michael L. Calvete,
with Jonathan S. Hickey ’01 to                                                    Association board of directors. He                                            facility while having an opportunity to catch up     Winkler Band. It was a great opportunity for all to   Samuel L. Newman, Hon. Mark
form the firm Burden Gulisano &                                                    is a partner in the Buffalo firm        Karen R. Kaczmarski ’89 has                                                                                                                       G. Farrell, Ralph Cessario, Gerald
Hickey in Buffalo. The firm will                                                   Hodgson Russ.                          accepted a position as assistant       with friends. The festivities continued as           rekindle their Law School relationships and
                                                                                                                                                                classmates made their way over to Dubois on          continue the class’ reunion tradition.                B. Cohen, Hon. Margaret
handle cases involving catastrophic                                                                                      dean for development at UB Law                                                                                                                    Anderson Montondo, Thomas F.
personal injury, particularly in                                                  William E. Grieshober Jr. ’88 has      School. She formerly practiced in      Niagara Street – a familiar and favorite hangout                                                           Segalla, George E. Riedel Jr.,
trucking/transportation                                                           been named managing director,          the firm Harter Secrest & Emery in      from their law school days.                                                                                Arthur E. Jackson Jr., Thomas G.
negligence, as well as product                                                    new ventures division, at Rich         Buffalo. In addition, she also has         On Saturday morning, Dean Nils Olsen                                                                   Sellers
liability, premises liability, labor law          H. Todd Bullard ’87             Products Corp. in Buffalo. He was      been named to the social services      welcomed the class to the “new”Law School on
and municipal law. Burden has 20                                                  previously deputy general counsel      transition panel formed by Erie        the UB North Campus.As a special gift, the Class                                                            3rd Row – John J. Quakenbush
years of experience as a trucking                                                 in the corporation.                    County Executive Chris Collins.        of 1972’s senior yearbook pictures were compiled                                                           Jr., Raymond H. Barr, David
law trial attorney. She also                                                                                             Kaczmarski is a Hamburg, N.Y.,                                                                                                                    Brock, Charles J. Genese, John
addressed the ABA section of                                                      Paul F. Hammond ’88 was named          resident.                                                                                                                                         M.Anderson, Joseph W.
litigation products liability                                                     “Who’s Who in Law”2007 by                                                                                                                                                                Carosella,William C. Lobbins Jr.
committee at its Women in                  Smith Keller Miner & O’Shea in         Business First and the Buffalo Law     Dean P. Smith ’89 and Joseph R.
Products Liability conference in           Buffalo.                               Journal. He is a litigation partner    Bergen ’91 have opened the                                                                                                                        Left: Seated, Helene Cohen
New Orleans, and was reappointed                                                  practicing in personal injury in the   personal injury firm Smith Bergen                                                                                                                  and Gerald B. Cohen.
chair of the Defense Research              Michael W. Reville ’87 of Buffalo      Buffalo firm Bouvier Partnership.       & Schiffmacher in Buffalo. Smith
                                           has been promoted to assistant vice                                                                                                                                                                                             Standing, Isaac Fromm and
Institute’s trucking law committee.                                               Hammond is a Buffalo resident.         previously practiced in the Law                                                                                                                   Jessica Fromm
                                           president of National Fuel Gas                                                Offices of William Mattar in
David P. Flynn ’87 was selected to         Distribution Corp. in Williamsville,   Brian M. Martin ’88 has become         Williamsville, N.Y.
the executive committee of the             N.Y. He is responsible for the         senior vice president, general
National Brownfield Association’s           utility’s rate matters and             counsel and corporate secretary of

New York chapter for a two-year            compliance with state and federal      KLA-Tencor in San Jose, Calif. He
term and is also event committee           rate-related regulations. Reville      previously served as vice president,
chair. He also was named vice chair        joined the company in 1991 as an       corporate law group, at Sun
of the ABA section of environment,         attorney in the legal department.      Microsystems in Menlo Park, Calif.
energy and resources site                                                         Martin is also an adjunct professor
remediation committee for a one-           Evan Shapiro ’87 is a principal in     at UB Law School.                      Stuart P. Gelberg ’90 taped a two-
year term. Flynn is a partner in the       the firm Boundas Skarzynski Walsh                                              part radio program for The Law
firm Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo          & Black in New York City. She          Hon. Forrest Strauss ’88 has been      You Should Know on radio station
office and a past member of the            focuses her practice in commercial     appointed village justice in           WHPC in Garden City, N.Y. He
board of directors of the UB Law           D&O and E&O insurance. She was         Monroe, N.Y. He is in charge of        was invited to speak on “The Effect
Alumni Association.                        also named in the New York Times       establishing one of the first justice   of the 2005 BAPCPA Amendments                William C. Lobbins Jr.,
                                           “Super Lawyers”section for the         courts in New York State in over 20    to the Bankruptcy Code.”The show             Helen Newman, and
Brian C. Mahoney ’87 was elected           second year in a row. Shapiro is a     years. In addition, he serves as       is hosted by Kenneth J. Landau ’80.          Samuel L. Newman
to the board of directors of the Bar       Brooklyn, N.Y., resident.              acting justice in the Village of       Gelberg is a solo practitioner in
Association of Erie County. He is                                                 Harriman. He continues as a staff      Garden City.                                 Right: Arthur E. Jackson                                            Above: Jack Montondo, Hon.
also treasurer of the Western New          David M. Stillwell ’87 was re-         attorney for the New York State                                                         Jr., Lisa Dorato, and                                           Margaret R.Anderson Montondo,
York Trial Lawyers Association.            elected to the board of directors of   Grievance Committee, 9th District,     Paula M. Eade Newcomb ’90 was                    Joseph W. Carosella                                             Diane Quackenbush, and
Mahoney is a member of the firm             the Western New York Trial             in White Plains.                       named to the board of directors of                                                                               John J. Quackenbush Jr.

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the Erie County Bar Foundation
for a three-year term. Newcomb is
special counsel in the firm Bouvier
Partnership in Buffalo, where she
handles matters involving toxic tort
and personal injury litigation. She
                                                                               corporate department in the
                                                                               Buffalo office. He practices in
                                                                               health care; prior to entering law,
                                                                               Rubinstein maintained a private
                                                                               practice in psychotherapy.
                                                                                                                       Russell J. Matuszak ’92 was elected
                                                                                                                       president of the Niagara Frontier
                                                                                                                       Corporate Counsel Association. He
                                                                                                                       is legal counsel for HealthNow New
                                                                                                                       York, in Buffalo.
                                                                                                                                                               Class of’77
is a resident of West Seneca, N.Y.                                             Scott B. Schwartz ’91 spoke at a        Gregory V. Pajak ’92 has joined the
                                                                               panel discussion for the Intellectual   Buffalo firm Cellino & Barnes as a
Hon.Wendy S. Ricks ’90 has been                                                Property Law Institute hosted by        partner, representing victims of
elected town justice in Saugerties,                                            the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.         personal injury. He previously was a
N.Y., for a four-year term. Ricks                                              Schwartz discussed best practices       partner in the firm Chelus Herdzik
previously practiced in the firm                                                for handling actions before the         Speyer Monte & Pajak in Buffalo.
Rusk Wadlin Heppner &                                                          trademark trial and appeal board.
Martuscello in Kingston, N.Y., but                                             He also co-hosted a discussion on       Edward Tirpak ’92 has become
recently opened her own practice                                               trademark dilution for the              associate director of technology
in Saugerties.                                 Robert P. Heary ’91             International Trademark                 and commercial development at
                                                                               Association, and gave a lecture on      Roswell Park Cancer Institute in
Tina Marie Stanford ’90 has been                                               “Anti-Counterfeiting Measures           Buffalo.
nominated by New York Gov. Eliot                                               From the Trademark
Spitzer to serve as chairwoman of                                              Administrator’s Perspective”for the     Christopher J. Belter ’93 was
the New York State Crime Victims                                               International Trademark                 named national vice chair of the
Board. Stanford is an Erie County                                              Association’s trademark                 Defense Research Institute’s
assistant district attorney in                                                 administrators workshop series. He      construction law committee. He is
Buffalo.                                                                       is a member of the intellectual         a partner in the firm Goldberg
                                                                               property department in the firm          Segalla in Buffalo and lives on
Sean P.Beiter ’91 of Amherst,N.Y.,                                             Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia.         Grand Island, N.Y.
was named president of the Greater
Niagara Frontier Council,Boy                                                   Laurie Ambrose Walsh ’91 is a           Thomas J. Cannavo ’93 has been
Scouts of America.He also is named                                             tenured professor and chair of the      named a partner in the firm
in the 2008 edition of The Best                                                history and government                  Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak in
Lawyers in America.Beiter,an Eagle                                             department at Daemen College in         Buffalo. He advises clients on
Scout,is a partner in the firm Jaeckle                                          Amherst, N.Y. She resides in North      matters regarding self-insured and
Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo.                                                Tonawanda, N.Y.                         insurance defense litigation,
                                                                                                                       environmental and toxic tort
Joseph R. Bergen ’91 is a partner in                                           Steven J.Weiss ’91 was elected co-      litigation, and medical malpractice
the newly formed personal injury              LaMarr J. Jackson ’92            chair of the low income and             defense.
firm Smith Bergen & Schiffmacher                                                affordable housing subcommittee
in Buffalo, where he resides. Bergen                                           of the New York State Bar               Michelle M. Parker ’93 has been
and Dean P. Smith ’89 opened the                                               Association real estate committee.      appointed chair of the Erie County

                                                                                                                                                                           lumni and friends from the Class of 1977 commemorated their 30th reunion June 8-9. The
firm in October 2007. Bergen                                                    Weiss is a partner in the firm           Bar Foundation 2007 campaign.                                                                                                                     1st Row – Sharyn G. Rogers,
previously practiced in the Law                                                Cannon Heyman & Weiss in                Parker is a partner in the firm                      reunion got under way with a happy hour at Shanghai Red’s overlooking Buffalo’s picturesque   Barbara J. Delgross,
Offices of William Mattar in                                                   Buffalo, practicing in affordable       Anspach Meeks Ellenberger in                        waterfront. Even with an unexpected downpour and thunderstorms, spirits remained high as      Leslie Kirschner Rauhala,
                                        Robert P. Heary ’91 is a member of                                                                                                 friends greeted one another and kicked off the reunion weekend.
Williamsville, N.Y.                     the board of directors of the UB       housing and community                   Buffalo. She is vice president of the                                                                                                             Christine M. Carty,William D.
                                        Law Alumni Association. He is a        development transactions.               Defense Trial Lawyers of Western                      Saturday morning the class gathered in the lobby of O’Brian Hall for a brunch hosted by     Maldovan
Laurice A.Ghougasian ’91 was a          managing partner in the firm                                                    New York, treasurer of the Evans        Dean Nils Olsen. Following the brunch, classmates toured the Law School’s facilities, which provided an
panelist for the American Bar           Hiscock & Barclay in Buffalo.          Thomas P. Cunningham ’92 has            Democratic Club and a director of       opportunity for the alumni to see firsthand the advancements that the school is making.                    2nd Row – Rebecca P. Dick,
Association Section on Business                                                become a managing partner in the        the Evans-Brant Chamber of                 The renowned Chop House in downtown Buffalo was the site for the Class of 1977’s big reunion           Kandace F. Melillo, Joseph M.
Law Spring Meeting program in           Jane E. Hughes ’91 has become          firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf                Commerce in the Town of Evans,          dinner. They were treated to scrumptious prepared food with plenty of opportunity for conversation        Melillo, Flora Miller Sliwa, Gene
Washington,D.C.,called “First,Do        associated with the Buffalo firm        Cunningham & Coppola in the             N.Y., where she resides.                about their lives today as well as remembering their days in Law School.                                  A. Rauhala, Laurence K. Rubin
No Harm:What Business Lawyers           Watson Bennett Colligan Johnson        Buffalo office. He practices in
Need to Know to Represent a             & Schecter. She focuses her practice   insurance defense, insurance            Mary Q.Wydysh ’93 has been                                                                                                                        3rd Row – Mark C. Rodgers,
Nonprofit Organization.”                 in matrimonial and family law.         coverage and commercial                 named president of the Western                                                                                                                    George A. Rusk, Kenneth A.
Ghougasian is a tax law specialist                                             litigation. Cunningham is a             New York Trial Lawyers                                                                                                                            Manning, Steven J. Pheterson,
with the Exempt Organizations                                                  resident of East Amherst, N.Y.          Association.Wydysh is a partner in      Leslie Kirschner Rauhala,                                                                                 Michael R. Tantillo, David E.
                                        Lizabeth A. Martin ’91 has been                                                                                        Flora Miller Sliwa and
Division,Rulings and Agreements         promoted to partner in the firm                                                 the firm Goldberg Segalla in                                                                                                                       Parker, Barry R. Fertel, John C.
office of the Internal Revenue                                                 LaMarr J. Jackson ’92 has become a      Buffalo. She is a past president of     Laurence K. Rubin                                                                                         Doscher, Ronald B. Eskin
                                        Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office.
Service in Washington,D.C.The           She is a member of the firm’s           partner in the firm Harris               the Defense Trial Lawyers
Rulings and Agreements office           immigration practice group,            Chesworth O’Brien Johnstone             Association of Western New York                                                                                                                   4th Row – David J. Colligan,
processes applications for tax          concentrating on U.S.                  Welch & Leone in Rochester, N.Y.        and a past member of the board of                                                                                                                 Charles Chehebar, David J.
exemption and provides direction        immigration and nationality law.       Jackson is the first African-            directors of the UB Law Alumni                                                                                                                    Clegg, Bruce S. Zeftel, Dennis R.
through private letter rulings and      Martin lives in Williamsville, N.Y.    American female partner in the          Association.                                                                                                                                      McCoy, Margaret P. Gryko,
technical guidance.Prior to her                                                firm. She also received the Pioneer                                                                                                                                                        Donald W. O’Brien Jr., Ronald
current position at the IRS,            Steven I. Rubinstein ’91 was named     Award from the Rochester Black          Sharon Angelino ’94 has become a                                                                                                                  C. Berger, Michael Cooperman
Ghougasian served for two years as      to Dopkins & Co.’s 2007 advisory       Bar Association. She practices in       partner in the firm Goldberg
an administrative law clerk for Judge   board. Rubinstein is a partner in      matrimonial and family law, labor       Segalla in Buffalo.Angelino
Diane Gilbert Sypolt at the U.S.        the firm Damon & Morey,                 relations, business law, trusts and     handles cases involving insurance
Court of Federal Claims.She resides     practicing in the business and         estates, and criminal law.              coverage and health care law. She is
in Arlington,Va.                                                                                                       a resident of Hamburg, N.Y.                                                                      George A. Rusk and David J. Clegg

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Kevin E. Raphael ’94 is joining the
Philadelphia firm Pietragallo
Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti.
Raphael was previously a member
of Miller Alfano & Raspanti in
Philadelphia, which has merged
with Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon.
He was a guest speaker at the
Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 13th
                                                                             Writers’ Rights and Responsibilities.
                                                                             Randolph is a Buffalo solo

                                                                             Eric W. Schultz ’95 has joined the
                                                                             Buffalo firm Hiscock & Barclay as
                                                                             counsel. He concentrates in U.S.
                                                                             immigration and nationality law.
                                                                                                                     Benjamin D. Pierson ‘96 is a
                                                                                                                     partner in the firm Cooley
                                                                                                                     Godward Kronish in
                                                                                                                     the New York City office in the
                                                                                                                     business department. He practices
                                                                                                                     corporate law.

                                                                                                                     Anita Coles Costello ’97 has been
                                                                                                                     named president of the board of
                                                                                                                                                                   Class of’82
annual Health Law Institute in                                               Christopher J. Shea ’95 has             directors of Hallwalls
Philadelphia, and was selected as a                                          merged his solo practice and            Contemporary Art Center.
Super Lawyers Rising Star for                                                formed the litigation firm               Costello is a partner in the firm
2007. He was honored for his work                                            Thompson O’Connor & Shea in             Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo
in white-collar criminal defense. In                                         Meriden, Conn. Shea handles the         office.
addition, he spoke at the                                                    firm’s criminal defense practice.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “A Day                                                                                  Hon. Lenora B. Foote ’97 was
on Health Law”and at the                       Ranjana Kadle ’96             Joseph N. Del Vecchio ’96 has been      named a state director of the
Progressive Audio Conference on                                              promoted to vice president of           Women’s Bar Association of the
the topic “Non-FDA Use and Off-                                              National Fuel Resources in              State of New York,Western New
Label Promotion: Criminal and                                                Williamsville, N.Y. He is               York Chapter. She also received the
Civil Risks You Need to Know.”                                               responsible for the day-to-day          Legal Service Award from the
Raphael practices white-collar                                               management of the company’s             Minority Bar Association of
criminal defense, criminal and                                               energy marketing segment.               Western New York. Foote is Erie
civil health care fraud defense,                                             Previously assistant vice president,    County Family court support
complex commercial litigation,                                               he resides in East Aurora, N.Y.         magistrate in Buffalo. She is a
professional licensing litigation,                                                                                   member of the board of directors
health care law and liquor                                                   Daniel W. Gerber ’96 has been           of the UB Law Alumni Association
licensing litigation. He is a                                                elected chair of the torts, insurance   and a past member of UB Law
Philadelphia resident.                                                       and compensation law section of         School’s GOLD Group. She is a
                                                                             the New York State Bar                  Buffalo resident.
Monica P.Wallace ’94 was chosen                                              Association. Gerber is a partner in
as a local director of the Western                                           the firm Goldberg Segalla in             Daniel M. Killelea ’97 is practicing
New York Chapter of the Women’s                                              Buffalo, practicing in commercial       as an associate in the Buffalo firm                                                                                                   Johannah M. Farugia,    1st Row – Lynne A. Monaco,
Bar Association of the State of                                              litigation. He was listed in Who’s      Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. He                                                                                                     Catharine M.Venzon,      Janet A. Savrin, Catharine M.
New York in Buffalo. She is                                                  Who in Law 2007 and New York            counsels clients regarding criminal                                                                                                 Karen Stifter Snow and   Venzon, Johannah M. Farugia,
employed by the U.S. District                                                Super Lawyers 2007.                     defense. Killelea previously served                                                                                                 Janet A. Savrin          Janis Cohen, Karen Stifter
                                            Anita Coles Costello ’97                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snow, Hon. Paula L. Feroleto,
Court,Western District of New                                                                                        as an assistant district attorney in
York, in Buffalo.                                                            Laurie A. Giordano ’96 is a             Erie County.                                                                                                                                                 Elizabeth I. Freedman, Dianne
                                                                             founding member of the newly                                                                                                                                                                         Avery, Denise E. O’Donnell,
Luke P. Bellocchi ’95 has been                                               formed firm Leclair Korona               Craig A. Leslie ’97 was chosen as                                                                                                                            Neil E. Botwinoff
appointed assistant commissioner,                                            Giordano & Cole in Rochester,           special counsel in the firm Phillips      Robert C. Schwenkel, Patrick J. Dooley,
U.S. Customs & Border                                                        N.Y. The litigation firm                 Lytle in the Buffalo office. He          Edward M. Flint, Richard S. Binko, and                                                                              2nd Row – Cheryl A. Possenti,
Protection, Department of                                                    concentrates its practice in            focuses his practice in products         in background, Joseph A. DeMaria                                                                                    Patrick J. Dooley,Andrea
Homeland Security, in                                                        commercial, employment,                 liability, tort litigation, commercial                                                                                                                       Schillaci, Susan A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eberle, Howard C. Bluver, John

Washington, D.C. He helps                                                    securities, ERISA, insurance and        litigation, and real property                       he Class of 1982 reunion tradition
produce legislation and policy to                                            personal injury matters. Giordano       valuation and tax assessment.                       continued in grand fashion for their                                                                     P. Feroleto, Keith W. Balis,
protect the country’s borders from                                           was previously a partner in the                                                                                                                                                                      Vincent O. Hanley, Michael H.
                                                                                                                                                                         25th reunion held on May 4-5. The                                                                        Doran, Scott S. Oakley, Edward
dangerous items and persons.                                                 Rochester firm Wolford & Leclair.        David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97 has been                 weekend got under way with cocktails,
Bellocchi previously served as a                                             She has been named Outstanding          elected to the board of directors of                                                                                                                         M. Flint, Julie Rosenblum
                                                                                                                                                                         hors d’oeuvres and breathtaking views                                                                    Solarz, Robert C. Schwenkel
staff member in the U.S. Senate                                              Young Lawyer of the Year for 2007       the UB Law Alumni Association.
and U.S. House of Representatives.                                           by the New York State Bar               He is a partner in the Buffalo firm       of Lake Erie and Buffalo’s skyline at Shanghai Red’s
                                                                             Association and was selected as one     Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf                     in the Buffalo Harbor. The night was spent               Andrea Schillaci, Steven B.                                3rd Row – Jonathan S.
Hon. John J. Flynn ’95 was                                                   of “The Best Laywers in America.”       Cunningham & Coppola.                    mingling and swapping stories with former                Getzoff, Thomas A. Catalano and                            Malamud, Gary A. Carleton,
appointed town justice in                                                                                                                                     classmates in a grand setting.                           Elizabeth I. Freedman                                      Michael J. Surgalla Jr.,
Tonawanda, N.Y. He is also an                                                Ranjana Kadle ’96 was elected to        Scott M. Philbin ’97 joined the              On Saturday, the class gathered once again for a                                                                Guy A.Van Baalen, Thomas A.
attorney in the firm Bouvier                 David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97       the board of managers of the            firm Bond Schoeneck & King as             daylong celebration of their accomplishments.                                                                       Catalano,William C.Altreuter,
Partnership in Buffalo.                                                      Buffalo Museum of Science. Kadle        senior counsel in the Buffalo office.                                                                                                                        John A. Ziegler, Steven B.
                                                                                                                                                              The day commenced with brunch at the Law                                                                            Getzoff, Joseph A. DeMaria,
                                       office. She concentrates in estate    is a partner in the Buffalo firm         Philbin specializes in litigation and    School, followed by a tour. Dean Nils Olsen was
Christine Keller ’95 was named                                               Hodgson Russ, practicing in the         is an Amherst, N.Y., resident.                                                                                                                               Louis P. Gigliotti, David H.
                                       planning and administration and                                                                                        there to greet the alums and show off the                                                                           Nelson, Mark S. Klein, Richard
head of the health and welfare                                               intellectual property and
practice group of Groom Law
                                       is a member of the firm’s private
                                                                             technology group, and is a bridge       Mary Comeau Raymond ’97 has              improvements to the school.                                                                                         S. Binko
                                       clients group.                                                                                                             That evening, the class was treated to dinner
Group in Washington, D.C. She                                                course lecturer at UB Law School.       been selected as a 2007 Up &
has been a principal in the firm                                                                                      Coming Attorney by The Daily             back on the waterfront, but this time at the Buffalo
                                       Sallie G. Randolph ’95 and                                                                                             Yacht Club. The outdoor deck was popular among
since 2006.                            Anthony N. Elia ’00 were featured     Jonathan J. Kelly ’96 has become a      Record in Rochester, N.Y. She is
                                       guests in a live 70-minute            partner in the firm Sidney Austin        special counsel in the Buffalo firm       classmates and guests due to the gorgeous weather.
Nicole M. Marro ’95 has been           teleseminar on the law for writers.   in the New York City office. He         Damon & Morey, practicing in the
named counsel in the firm Nixon                                               practices in the insurance and          business and corporate                                                                                                          Robert C. Schwenkel,
                                       They discussed their book Author                                                                                                                                                                                      Janis Cohen,
Peabody in the Rochester, N.Y.,        Law A to Z: A Desktop Guide to        financial services group.                department.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Howard C. Bluver and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Guy A.Van Baalen

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D. Charles Roberts ’97, corporate                                             Fildes was formerly a partner in the   investigative training and also       Ventura is deputy chief of                                                                                           to speak at the Global Forum for
counsel for Delaware North Cos. in
Buffalo, was appointed to the board
of directors of the UB Law Alumni
Association. He is a past president
of UB Law School’s GOLD Group.
                                                                              firm Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo.

                                                                              Denise Grey ’98 has become an
                                                                              associate in the firm Brownstein
                                                                              Hyatt Farber Schreck in the Las
                                                                                                                     recently helped develop the
                                                                                                                     administration’s line-level
                                                                                                                     supervision training.

                                                                                                                     Stephen A. Sharkey ’98 has
                                                                                                                                                           staff for the New York State
                                                                                                                                                           Democratic Conference, with
                                                                                                                                                           offices in Albany and New
                                                                                                                                                           York City.
                                                                                                                                                           Marc W. Brown ’99 has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Marriages                                                                    Health Leaders 2007 in Tapei. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                also had speaking engagements in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chicago,Atlantic City, N.J., New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                York and China. Her updated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                article on “Doing Business in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                China”was published in the second
                                                                              Vegas office. She is a member of the   accepted a position as senior
Michael P. Stuermer ’97 was                                                   firm’s employee benefits, executive      counsel in the Buffalo firm Bond       named by The Daily Record as            Congratulations to the                                                       edition of Morgan Lewis’Life
selected as a 2007 Up & Coming                                                compensation and ERISA practice.       Schoeneck & King. He represents       a 2007 Up & Coming                                                                                                   Science Deskbook.
Attorney by The Daily Record.
Stuermer is a senior partner in the                                           Shannon M. Heneghan ’98 has
                                                                                                                     financial institutions and other
                                                                                                                     businesses in complex commercial
                                                                                                                                                           Attorney. He is an associate in
                                                                                                                                                           the Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   following newlyweds:                                                         Anthony N. Elia ’00 and Sallie G.
firm Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria                                               become a partner in the Sugarman       litigation involving banking law,     a member of the board of                                                                                             Randolph ’95 co-authored the
in Buffalo.                                                                   Law Firm in the Syracuse, N.Y.,        Uniform Commercial Code and           directors of the UB Law                 Mahindra Maharaj ’93 and Melinda Joelle Gray, Nov. 17, 2007                  book Author Law A to Z: A Desktop
                                                                              office. She practices in the firm’s     general contract law. Sharkey lives   Alumni Association and a                Selina A. Regan ’93 and Stephen M. Molineaux, July 7, 2007                   Guide to Writers’ Rights and
Susan E.Van Gelder ’97 and                                                    litigation department.                 in Williamsville, N.Y.                past president of UB Law                Colleen M. Farrell ’97 and Brett Rewakowski on June 23, 2007                 Responsibilities. They discussed
Thomas F. Segalla ’72 co-authored                                                                                                                          School’s GOLD Group.                                                                                                 their book on a live
                                             Timothy P. Noonan ’99                                                                                                                                 James M.Appler III ’00 and Carrie P. Parks ’03, May 12, 2007                 70-minute teleseminar on the law
a chapter,“Causation in Mold                                                  John J. Koeppel ’98 was named a        Heath J. Szymczak ’98 was selected
Cases: Practice Pointers for                                                  partner in the firm Nixon Peabody       as a “40 Under 40”award recipient     Jennifer K. Dorrer ’99 has              Shannon S. Fuhrman ’01 and John G. Olivier, July 21, 2007                    for writers. Elia practices in the
Defending Exposure Claims,”for                                                in the Buffalo office. He handles      by Business First of Buffalo.         joined the Hawaii State                 Brendan Kelleher ’01 and Jennifer Bermel ’07,August 25, 2007                 New York City firm Silverberg
the Defense Research Institute                                                cases involving fund promotion,        Szymczak is a partner in the          Legislative Reference Bureau.                                                                                        Stonehill Goldsmith & Haber.
Library Series 2007 on Exploring                                              private equity, mergers and            Buffalo firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &     She was recently elected                Amol K. Pachnanda ’03 and Ellen K. Poch ’03, July 21, 2007
Toxic Tort and Environmental                                                  acquisitions, financial services and    Mugel, handling cases involving       secretary of the government             Meredith J. Pelton ’03 and Dr. Christopher Clancy,Aug. 26, 2006              Kimberly Girdlestone ’00 has
Liability Claims. She is a partner in                                         general corporate matters.             business-related torts, complex       lawyers section of the Hawaii           Matthew J. Batt ’05 and Jamie L. Jasinski ’05, Dec. 1, 2007                  entered the social welfare Ph.D.
the Buffalo firm Goldberg Segalla                                                                                     commercial litigation and civil       State Bar Association. Dorrer                                                                                        program at the University at
and a member of the Defense                                                   Tasha E. Moore ’98 has been            litigation. He is director of the     lives in Honolulu.                      John M. Cordon ’05 and Jennifer Rene Tata,August 10, 2007                    Buffalo. She is a Buffalo resident.
Research Institute’s Toxic Tort and                                           named president of the Minority        Canisius College Alumni                                                       Julieann Mathis ’05 and Brian M. Swann ’05, October 20, 2007
Environmental Law Committee.                                                  Bar Association of Western New         Association and a member of the       Damon M. Gruber ’99 has                 Yadira A. Ramos ’05 and Jeffrey L. Herbert, March 24, 2007                   Kelly J. Philips ’00 has become
                                                                              York, in Buffalo. She works for the    Canisius College Pre-Law Advisory     joined the firm Goldberg                                                                                              president of the Western New York
Kelly V. Zarcone ’97 is a local                                               New York State Division of Human       Council in Buffalo.                   Segalla as an associate in the          Meghann N. Carroll ’06 and Timothy Roehl, Sept. 22, 2007                     Chapter of the Women’s Bar
director of the Western New York                                              Rights in Buffalo and is a member                                            Buffalo office. He                      Kristen Houseknecht ’06 and Joseph Verciglio ’06, Sept. 2, 2007              Association of the State of New
Chapter of the Women’s Bar                                                    of the board of directors of UB Law    Carlisle Toppin ’98 has become an     concentrates his practice in            Jennifer C. Tsai ’06 and Timothy James Nestler, Sept. 1, 2007                York, in Buffalo. She is an associate
Association of the State of New                                               School’s GOLD Group.                   associate in the firm Paul Hastings    workers’ compensation                                                                                                in The Sugarman Law Firm in the
York. She practices at Zarcone                                                                                       Janofsky & Walker in the              claims.                                 Matthew J. Morton ’07 and Melissa M. Piotrowicz ’07, Sept. 1, 2007           Buffalo office.
Associates in Amherst, N.Y.                                                   Catherine E. Nagel ’98 was elected     Washington, D.C., office. He is a
                                                                              to the board of directors of the UB    member of the firm’s executive         Amy C. Martoche ’99 has                                                                                              David W. Polak ’00 has started his
                                                                                                                                                           been named a partner in the           Marc A. Romanowski ’99 has                                                     own practice in West Seneca, N.Y.

Erin M. Barclay ’98, former                   John A. Orlowski ’99            Law Alumni Association. She is a       compensation, employee benefits
executive director of the Network                                             partner in the firm Nuchereno &         and ERISA practice.                   Buffalo firm Connors & Vilardo.        joined the firm Harter Secrest &                                                Polak focuses his practice in
of East-West Women, was                                                       Nagel in Buffalo.                                                            She has been with the firm since       Emery in the Buffalo office. He is                                             personal injury, labor and
appointed to the position of deputy                                                                                  Peter C. Trimarchi ’98 has been       2001.                                 an associate practicing in the firm’s                                           employment discrimination
director of the Office of Africa,Asia                                         Bridget M.O’Connell ’98 was            named of counsel in the firm                                                 environmental group.                                                           claims, and insurance litigation,
                                        annual awards luncheon in Albany,                                                                                  Timothy P. Noonan ’99 is writing a                                                                                   representing individuals and
and Europe in the Bureau for                                                  elected secretary of the Western New   Whiteman Osterman & Hanna in                                                Romanowski is a Buffalo resident.      James M.Appler ’00 has been
                                        N.Y., and the Trailblazer Award                                                                                    monthly column for State Tax                                                                                         medical providers regarding no-
International Narcotics and Law         from the Minority Bar Association     York Chapter of the Women’s Bar        Albany, N.Y. He specializes in                                                                                     named a partner in the Buffalo
Enforcement at the U.S.                                                       Association of the State of New        environmental law and alternative     Notes.“Noonan’s Notes on Tax          Daniel E. Sarzynski ’99 was named      firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf                fault matters to obtain
                                        of Western New York.                                                                                               Practice”discusses practice and                                                                                      reimbursement for services
Department of State in                                                        York,in Buffalo.O’Connell practices    energy development and siting.                                              a partner in the Buffalo firm Rupp      Cunningham & Coppola. He
Washington, D.C. Barclay resides in                                           matrimonial and family law in the      Trimarchi was previously an           procedure issues for the state and    Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham &           concentrates his practice in            provided, vehicle and traffic, and
                                        Matthew Clabeaux ’98 chose an                                                                                      local tax practitioner. Noonan is a                                                                                  minor criminal matters. He is a
D.C. with her husband, Daniel                                                 firm Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria        associate in the firm White & Case                                           Coppola. He counsels clients           insurance litigation.
                                        “alternative career”as a public                                                                                    partner in the firm Hodgson Russ       regarding commercial and                                                       former member of the board of
Ullman ’97.                             school teacher. He has written and    in Buffalo,where she resides.          in Manhattan.
                                                                                                                                                           in Buffalo.                           construction litigation.               Wynn L. Bowman ’00 has joined           directors of the UB Law Alumni
                                        cartoon illustrated a memoir about                                                                                                                                                                                                      Association.
Jennifer L. Burke ’98 has accepted a    his experiences, My First Year in     Jennifer Persico ’98 was elected       Ayoka Tucker ’98 received the Hon.                                                                                 Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham
position at Shaw & Shaw in                                                    deputy treasurer of the Western        Michael F. Dillon Law Guardian        John A. Orlowski ’99 recently gave    Amy E. Schwartz ’99 was listed as a    & Coppola in the Rochester, N.Y.
                                        Purgatory. The book chronicles                                                                                     a presentation,“New                   2007 Up & Coming Attorney by                                                   Margot Schoenborn ’00 joined the
Hamburg, N.Y. She is an associate       Clabeaux’s misadventures in a         New York Trial Lawyers                 Award from the Appellate Division,                                                                                 office. He is a trial attorney
concentrating her practice in real                                            Association. She practices and         4th Department, Law Guardian          Environmental Law Affecting           The Daily Record in Rochester, N.Y.    focusing his practice in insurance      New York State Office of the
                                        crumbling urban school district. To                                                                                Lenders: EPA’s All Appropriate        Schwartz is an attorney in the                                                 Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud
estate and banking law.                 preview or purchase the book visit    resides in Buffalo.                    Program in Rochester, N.Y. She also                                                                                defense litigation matters and is a
                                                                                                                     received a special Certificate of      Inquiry Standard,”at a CLE            domestic violence department for       Rochester resident.                     Control Unit, as a special assistant
                               or                                                                                     program in conjunction with the       the Empire Justice Center in                                                   attorney general in the Buffalo
Hon. Betty Calvo-Torres ’98 has        Lisa D. Primerano ’98 was              Recognition from the Bar
been appointed a Buffalo City                                                 appointed treasurer of the             Association of Erie County’s Aid to   banking law committee of the Bar      Rochester.                             Irene Chiu ’00 has transferred from     office. She is assigned to the
Court judge. She is the first                                                  Women’s Bar Association of New         Indigent Prisoners Society. Tucker    Association of Erie County.                                                  the New Jersey office in the firm        Special Projects Unit, which
                                        Tasha Dandridge ’98 was elected                                                                                    Orlowski practices in the Buffalo                                                                                    operates throughout New York
Hispanic female judge in Buffalo’s      recording secretary of the Minority   York,Western New York Chapter.         is a Buffalo solo practitioner.                                             Kristopher A. Schwarzmueller ’99       Morgan Lewis Bockius to the New
history. Calvo-Torres was most                                                Primerano practices in the firm                                               firm Phillips Lytle and advises        has joined the Buffalo firm             York City office. She had an article,   State with the primary mission of
                                        Bar Association of Western New                                                                                     clients on the impact of                                                                                             investigating facilities, institutions
recently of counsel in the Buffalo      York, in Buffalo. Dandridge is an     Lippes Mathias Wexler in Buffalo,      Lourdes M.Ventura ’98 was                                                   Herschel Gelber. He concentrates       “What You Need to Know About
firm Cantor Lukasik Dolce &                                                    where she resides. She is a member     honored in March at the fifth          environmental laws on real estate     his practice in litigation.            Doing Business in China,”               and cost-based providers and
                                        associate in the firm Hurwitz &                                                                                     and business transactions and                                                                                        participating in joint state-federal
Panepinto. She is president of the      Fine in Buffalo, where she resides.   of the board of directors of UB Law    annual Queens Women in Business                                                                                    published in New Jersey TechNews.
Hispanic Women’s League and                                                   School’s GOLD Group.                   Award Networking Event in             property development.                 Mark J. Stuhlmiller ’99 was named      Chiu also addressed the China           investigations of pharmaceutical
                                        Joan M. Fildes ’98 has become                                                                                                                                                                                                           pricing practices and Medicaid
immediate past president of the         associated with the Buffalo firm       Max T. Raterman ’98 is assistant       Queens, N.Y., and the Latin                                                 to the UB Law Alumni Association       Panel at the National Asian Pacific
Minority Bar Association of                                                   special agent in charge for the        American Cultural Center of                                                 board of directors. He is assistant    American Bar Association’s annual       drug rebate underpayments.
                                        Wilder & Linneball. She practices
Western New York. She also              in insurance defense, commercial      Transportation Security                Queens and the Latin American                                               general counsel at Computer Task       convention in Las Vegas and was
received a Special Recognition                                                Administration in Atlantic City,       Women’s Council Women’s                                                     Group in Buffalo.                      invited by the Taiwan government        Jonathan S. Hickey ’01 and Donna
                                        litigation and personal injury.                                                                                                                                                                                                         L. Burden ’87 have formed the firm
Award at the Entre Nosotras 12th                                              N.J. He is in charge of legal and      History Month Celebration.

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Burden Gulisano & Hickey in                                                       specializes in torts, products             aspects of New Zealand’s
Buffalo. The firm will handle cases                                                liability, insurance coverage and          immigration law and policy.
involving catastrophic personal                                                   professional malpractice. He lives
injury, particularly in                                                           in West Seneca, N.Y.                       Scott T. Hanson ’02 has joined the
trucking/transportation                                                                                                      firm Harter Secrest & Emery in
negligence, as well as product                                                    Nadine C. Bell ’02 joined the              Buffalo. He practices in the firm’s
liability, premises liability, labor law                                          Syracuse, N.Y., firm Costello               litigation group, specializing in
and municipal law.                                                                Cooney & Fearon. Bell practices            commercial litigation, products
                                                                                  municipal law, land use and                liability defense, and intellectual
Roseanne McMorrow Lennon ’01                                                      zoning.                                    property prosecution and
has become an assistant attorney                                                                                             litigation. Hanson is a member of
general in the Buffalo regional                                                   Tracie L. Covey ’02 has accepted a         UB Law School’s GOLD Group
office of the New York State                                                      position as an associate in the firm        and lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.
attorney general’s office. She was                                                Bond Schoeneck & King in the
previously an assistant district                                                  Buffalo office. She is a member of         Tara Johnson ’02 has become
attorney in Erie County.                         Jonathan S. Hickey ’01           the firm’s labor and employment             associate counsel for Excellus
                                                                                  law department, focusing on cases          Health Plan in Rochester, N.Y.
Pietra G. Lettieri ’01 was elected                                                regarding the National Labor               Johnson lives in Webster, N.Y.
president of UB Law School’s                                                      Relations Act, the Family and
GOLD Group. She is an associate in                                                Medical Leave Act and the Fair             Jeffrey L. Kingsley ’02 has joined
the firm Harris Beach in Buffalo.                                                  Labor Standards Act.                       the Buffalo firm Goldberg Segalla
                                                                                                                             as an associate. He specializes in
Patrick A. Makin ’01 has accepted a                                               Joanna Dickinson ’02 is practicing         commercial litigation, bankruptcy
position as an associate in the firm                                               as an associate in the Buffalo firm         and restructuring insurance
Getman & Biryla in Buffalo. He                                                    Phillips Lytle. She specializes in trial   coverage, and extra-contractual
handles cases involving                                                           matters including motor vehicle            liability litigation. Kingsley is
commercial and construction                                                       accidents, real property valuation         treasurer-elect of UB Law School’s
litigation, corporate and business                                                and tax assessment, personal               GOLD Group.

                                                                                                                                                                      Class of’87
transactions as well as commercial                                                injury, workplace accidents and
and residential real estate                                                       insurance coverage. Dickinson lives        Kevin J. Kruppa ’02 has become
transactions and estate planning                                                  in Buffalo.                                associated with the firm Rupp
and administration.                                                                                                          Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham &
                                                                                  Hillary K. Green ’02 has accepted a        Coppola in Buffalo. He
Nicole B. Palmerton ’01 became a                                                  position as an associate in the            concentrates his practice in
partner in the Buffalo firm Brown                                                  Buffalo firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf           insurance defense.
& Kelly. Palmerton handles cases                 Joanna Dickinson ’02             Cunningham & Coppola. She
involving insurance defense                                                       practices in commercial and                Temi Ofuya ’02 has become vice
litigation and the representation of                                              employment litigation and is a             president of the legal-global wealth
municipalities and corporations.                                                  Buffalo resident.                          management group of Morgan
She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.                                                                                             Stanley in Purchase, N.Y. Ofuya was

                                                                                  Natalie A. Grigg ’02 is a state            previously practicing in the firm                     he 20th reunion for the Class of 1987 was   1st Row – Kevin S. O’Shaughnessy, Colleen
Erin C. Duggan Pemberton ’01 of                                                   director of the Women’s Bar                Weil Gotshal & Manges in New                         held on May 4-5 in Buffalo. An excellent    Rogers Losi, Doris A. Carbonell-Medina,
Lincoln, Neb., is an associate in the                                             Association of the State of New            York City.                                           turnout of more than 90 classmates and      Carol A. Fitzsimmons, Nancy Tantillo Holtby,
firm Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers &                                                    York,Western New York Chapter,                                                                  friends helped to create an ideal weekend   Carol A. Flaherty, Paul W. Kullman, Paul K.
Ahl in Lincoln. She focuses her                                                   in Buffalo. Grigg is a litigation          Jessica D. Owens ’02 has accepted                    for these alums reconnect.                  Holbrook, Hon. Donna M. Siwek, Joan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Casilio Adams, M. Katherine Kremer
practice in medical malpractice                                                   attorney in the Buffalo firm Rupp           an attorney position with U.S.          On Friday things got under way with a traditional
defense, insurance defense and                                                    Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham                 Citizenship and Immigration             Buffalo happy hour at the class’ former stomping
employment law.                                                                   Coppola and a member of the                Services, Refugee and Asylum Law                                                                 2nd Row – Gerald R. Saffioti Jr., Peter H.
                                                                                                                                                                     grounds of the Steer Restaurant in the University        Abdella, Steven J. Ricca, Mary M.
                                                                                  board of directors of UB Law               Division, in Washington, D.C. She       District. The night provided plenty of laughs and
Robert J. Skutnik ’01 is serving as                                               School’s GOLD Group. She is a              will provide legal advice in                                                                     Comerford,Amy J. Murphy, Karen M. Buckley,
academic liaison to the New York                                                  resident of Tonawanda, N.Y.                domestic asylum law and practice,       opportunities to catch up with old friends.              Carol Giarrizzo Bridge, Jay M. Lippman,
State Victim Assistance Academy.                                                                                             overseas refugee resettlement               Saturday morning brought the Class of 1987           Philip S. Chamot
Skutnik is senior program                                                         Thomas Haidon ’02 was appointed            programs, temporary protected           together at the Law School. Dean Nils Olsen hosted
coordinator for the Center for                                                    as a senior legal adviser to the           status, T and U visas, special          a brunch to welcome many alums back to the Law           3rd Row – Wilmer A. Rodriguez Nunci, Hon.
Health & Social Science Research                                                  United Nations Development                 immigrant juvenile petitions and        School for the first time since their days of studying    George R.Villegas, Rosanne M. Gugino, Elaine
                                                 Stephanie G. Elliott ’03                                                                                                                                                     M. Pers, Michael A. Benson, Jay D. Kenigsberg
Foundation at Buffalo State                                                       Programme in Jakarta, Indonesia,           the Convention Against Torture.         in the library and classes with their professors.
College.                                                                          from January to July 2007. Haidon          Owens previously worked for the         After the brunch, the class was given a tour so that
                                                                                  provided legal advice on human             U.S. Department of Homeland                                                                      4th Row – Lawrence M. Spaccasi, David M.
                                                                                                                                                                     they could see firsthand just how much things have        Crosby, Louis Rosado, John J.Weinholtz, Dorothy
Sheldon Smith ’01, an Orchard              Ellen B. Sturm ’01 is a business       rights issues, development                 Security in San Francisco.              changed since their days at the school.A favorite of
Park, N.Y., resident, was named to                                                assistance and the implementation                                                                                                           H. Ferguson, Samuel M. Spiritos, Leslie Shuman
                                           litigation associate in the firm                                                                                           all classmates was the third floor of O’Brian, where      Kramer, Judith M. Kubiniec, Hon. John L. Michalski
the board of directors of the              Skadden Arps Slate Meagher &           of U.N. reform at the country level.       Kimberly A. Stock ’02 has been
Minority Bar Association of                                                       He returned to New Zealand in July         promoted to senior attorney in the      the class’ third-year composite hangs on the wall.
                                           Flom in Wilmington, Del., where                                                                                           Extra time was spent checking out all the pictures       Stairs (top to bottom) – M. Mark Jacquinot, Eric J.
Western New York, in Buffalo.              she resides.                           2007 to an appointment as a senior         legal division at the Federal Deposit
Smith is an associate in the firm                                                  policy adviser with the New                Insurance Corp. in Washington,          and seeing just how everyone has changed.                Snyder, Hugh M. Russ III, Celia M. Spiritos, Martin J.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zuffranieri, Rachel A. Roth, Craig R.Watson, Paul J.      Top: Joan Casilio Adams,
Nixon Peabody in the Buffalo               Frank V. Balon ’02 has become          Zealand government’s                       D.C.                                        On the evening of May 5, the reunion was             Karp, Thomas C. Farley Jr., Margot S. Bennett, Robin E.   Hon. Donna M. Siwek, and
office.                                    associated with the firm Hiscock &      immigration policy division, where                                                 capped off at the historic Buffalo Club, where they      Nackman, John P. Thielman, Mark G. Nackman, G.            Amy J. Murphy
                                           Barclay in the Buffalo office. Balon   he focuses on international legal                                                  were treated to a delicious meal with plenty of                                                                    Above: Mark G. Nackman and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steven Pigeon, Sharon J. Schwartz, H. Todd Bullard,
                                                                                                                                                                     cocktails, food and great conversation.                  Brian D. Bornstein, Tina L. Snee, Martha M.Anderson       Robin E. Nackman

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gorham, Catherine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nugent Panepinto, Frank J.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Longo,Allison Puglisi Tam,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kathryn K. Lee, Collen M.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Farrell, Mark D.Arcara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2nd Row – Charles D.
Tiffany M. Szymanek ’02 was                                                   Thomas M. Krol ’03 joined the          GOLD Group. He is an associate in                                                                                          Roberts Jr., Michael E.
named a state director of the                                                 Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle as an       the firm Damon & Morey in the                                                                                               Plochocki, Jeremy W.
Western New York Chapter of the                                               associate. Kroll specializes in        Buffalo office.                                                                                                            Schulman, Linda G.
Women’s Bar Association of the                                                commercial litigation. He is a                                                                                                                                    Rouse-Kelly, Thomas Tam,
State of New York, in Buffalo.                                                resident of Lake View, N.Y.            Lisa Danish ’04 has joined the firm                                                                                         Caroline A.Wojtaszek,
Szymanek is a Buffalo attorney.                                                                                      McGuireWoods in the Richmond,                                                                                              Kristina A. Karle, Julie M.
                                                                              Langston D. McFadden ’03 has           Va., office. She is an associate in the                                                                                    Rosenberg, Prudence C.
James C. Thoman ’02 won the U.S.                                              accepted a position as an associate    environmental litigation/toxic tort                                                                                        Philbin, Scott M. Philbin,
Masters National Skiing                                                       in the firm Harter Secrest & Emery      department and concentrates on                                                                                             David R. Pfalzgraf Jr.
Championship in Big Sky, Mont.                                                in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He     complex litigation, with a focus on
Thoman is a member of the                                                     concentrates his practice in general   toxic torts and products liability.                                                                                        Stairs (top to bottom) –
business restructuring and                                                    litigation. He is a Rochester          Danish also spent six weeks                                                                                                Steven E. Laprade, Holly A.
bankruptcy practice group and the                                             resident.                              working with barristers in                                                                                                 Beecher, Craig A. Leslie,
commercial transactions practice                                                                                     London, Edinburgh and Belfast as                                                                                           Lynn Wolfgang Catalano,
group in the firm Menter Rudin &                                               Dia H. Nicolatos ’03 was named to      a recipient of an American Inns of                                                                                         David J. Luzon, Nancy A.
Trivelpiece in Syracuse, N.Y.                 Bethany J. Gilbert ’04          the board of directors of the          Court Pegasus Scholarship.                                                                                                 Pappal,Allison Fields
                                                                              Mental Health Association of Erie                                                                                                                                 Stravino, Jeffrey C.
Christopher G. Todd ’02 practices                                             County. She practices in the           Bethany J. Gilbert ’04 has been                                                                                            Stravino, Joanna L. Silver,
as an associate in the firm Phillips                                           Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle in          elected to an 18-month term on                                                                                             Mary C. Raymond, Karen
Lytle in Buffalo. He focuses his                                              pharmaceutical litigation.             the board of directors of Kevin                                                                                            E. Richardson,Anne M.
practice in commercial litigation                                                                                    Guest House in Buffalo, the                                                                                                Peterson, Denise A.Yates,
and product liability. Todd resides                                           Marybeth Priore ’03 of East            nation’s first hospital hospitality                                                                                         Michael P. Stuermer,
in Hamburg, N.Y.                                                              Amherst, N.Y., has been named          house. Gilbert is an associate in the                                                                                      Danielle M. Grimm,
                                                                              president-elect of the Western         firm Hodgson Russ in Buffalo and                                                                                            Jennifer S. McGinty, Robert
Jessica M. Baker ’03 was elected to                                           New York Chapter of the Women’s        is president-elect of UB Law                                                                                               A. Scalione, Bridget M.
the board of directors of UB Law                                              Bar Association of the State of        School’s GOLD Group.                                                                                                       O’Connell, Jessica V.
School’s GOLD Group. She                                                      New York, in Buffalo. Priore is an                                                                                                                                Murphy, Jennifer D.
practices as an associate in the firm                                          associate in the Buffalo firm           Jason W. Januszkiewicz ’04 is an                                                                                           Bowen,Valerie Curry
Hiscock & Barclay in Buffalo.                                                 Colucci & Gallaher, practicing in      associate in the firm Rupp Baase                                                                                            Bradley, Melissa Hancock
                                                                              products liability, intellectual       Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola                                                                                             Nickson, Mollybeth
Meredith Clancy ’03 of Rochester,                                             property and general litigation.       in the Buffalo office. He focuses his                                                                                      Kocialski McAlpine
N.Y., has joined Harter Secrest &                                                                                    practice in real estate and
Emery in the Rochester office. She                                            Jack Quinn ’03, a New York State       mortgage lending.
practices in the firm’s real estate                                            assemblyman in the 146th
group as an associate. She                                                    Assembly District (R,C,I-              Christy Canali Lilley ’04 accepted
previously practiced in the firm                  Lisa Danish ’04              Hamburg), has joined the               a position as assistant division
Sommer Udall Hardwick Ahern &                                                 Hamburg, N.Y., firm Shaw & Shaw         counsel for Corning Cable
Hyatt in Santa Fe, N.M.                                                       as special counsel handling            Systems, a division of Corning

                                                                                                                                                                   Class of’97
                                                                              matters involving personal injury.     Inc., in Hickory, N.C. She was
Aimana El-Bahtity ’03 has                                                     Quinn is a resident of Hamburg.        previously an associate in the
accepted a position as an associate                                                                                  corporate transactions and
in the firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf                                               Mark A. Starosielec ’03 has become     securities group of Alston & Bird
Cunningham & Coppola in                                                       an associate in the firm Hurwitz &      in Charlotte, N.C., where she
Buffalo. She practices in insurance                                           Fine in Buffalo. He practices in       resides with her husband, James
defense.                                                                      litigation, focusing on automobile     Lilley ’04.
                                                                              liability and tort defense.
Stephanie G. Elliott ’03 joined the                                                                                  James J. Lilley ’04 has become vice
firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf                                                      Joseph M. Tripi ’03 has joined the     president, financial planner, in the
Cunningham & Coppola in                                                       Buffalo firm Lipsitz Green Scime        executive financial planning
Buffalo. Elliott concentrates her                                             Cambria as an associate, practicing    services group of Wachovia Wealth
practice in insurance defense and                                             in plaintiff’s personal injury law.    Management of Wachovia Bank in
commercial litigation including                                               He was formerly an assistant           Charlotte, N.C. He was previously

automobile liability, premises                                                district attorney in Nassau County.    a financial analyst for the Ayco Co.,                         ith a great turnout of over 80 alumni and
liability and labor law.                                                                                             a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, in                            friends, the Class of 1997 created a
                                                                              Jaclyn S.Wanemaker ’03 has             Pittsburgh. Lilley and his wife,                             memorable reunion dinner
                                             Melissa N. Subjeck ’06
Melissa Ann Foti ’03 was elected a                                            joined the firm HoganWillig in          Christy Canali Lilley ’04, reside in                         commemorating their 10th reunion on May
state director of the Western New                                             Amherst, N.Y. She practices in         Charlotte.                                                   5.Alumni from California to Canada made                         Top: Prudence C. Philbin,
York Chapter of the Women’s Bar                                               personal injury.                                                                 the trip to visit with friends and family from Law School days.                    Scott M. Philbin and Julie M.
Association of the State of New        railroad litigation and general                                               Jennifer M. McCann ’04 was                   The one-day reunion started on Saturday morning in the                          Rosenberg
York. She is an associate in the firm                                          Divitta M.Alexander ’04 was            appointed to UB Law School’s
Kenney Shelton Liptak & Nowak
                                       litigation. Hall resides in Buffalo.
                                                                              appointed to the Buffalo Urban         GOLD Group board of directors.            lobby of O’Brian Hall for a brunch hosted by Dean Nils
in Buffalo.                                                                   League board of directors. She is      She practices in the firm Hurwitz          Olsen. Following the brunch, classmates toured the Law                             Left: David R. Pfalzgraf Jr.,
                                       Bernadette M. Hoppe ’03 was                                                                                             School’s facilities, which provided an opportunity for the                         Debi Plochocki, Michael E.
                                       appointed president of the board       an associate in the firm Lippes         & Fine in Buffalo.
Richard A. Hall ’03 has become                                                Mathias Wexler Friedman in                                                       alumni to see firsthand the advancements that the school is                         Plochocki and Colleen M.
                                       of directors of the New York State                                                                                      making. The renowned Chop House in downtown Buffalo                                Farrell
associated with the firm Goldberg       Perinatal Association. Hoppe has a     Buffalo.                               Stephen J. McCann ’04 has joined
Segalla in the Buffalo office. He      family law practice in Buffalo.                                               the Buffalo firm Duke Holzman              was the site for the Class of 1997’s big reunion dinner. They
counsels clients regarding                                                    Jesse Baldwin ’04 was elected          Photiadis & Gresens as an                 were treated to scrumptious prepared food with plenty of
negligence, premises liability,                                               treasurer of UB Law School’s           associate. McCann was a former            opportunity for conversation about their lives today as well as
                                                                                                                                                               remembering their days in Law School.

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associate in the Buffalo firm                                                    an associate in the business and          David T.Archer ’06 is practicing as     Joseph Gawlowicz ’06 has                                                                                                Baldwin is a resident of
Damon & Morey and is a resident
of Amherst, N.Y.
Brian G. Manka ’04 has become
associated with the firm Hiscock &
                                                                                corporate practice group.
                                                                                Thomas L. Kennedy ’05 of
                                                                                Syracuse, N.Y., has joined the firm
                                                                                Bond Schoeneck & King in the
                                                                                                                          an associate in the firm Harter
                                                                                                                          Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo
                                                                                                                          office. He joined the firm’s
                                                                                                                          litigation group and practices
                                                                                                                          commercial litigation.
                                                                                                                                                                  accepted a position as an associate
                                                                                                                                                                  in the firm Harter Secrest & Emery
                                                                                                                                                                  in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He
                                                                                                                                                                  practices in the firm’s labor and
                                                                                                                                                                  employment law group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Law School extends its deepest condolences to the fami-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rotterdam, N.Y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peter H. Brown ’07 has accepted a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          two-year position in the consulate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Barclay in the Buffalo office.                                                  Syracuse office. He practices in the                                                                                         lies and friends of the following friends and alumni/ae:
Manka concentrates his practice in                                              firm’s business restructuring,             Karla Braun-Kolbe ’06 has               Keith J. Gross ’06 is assistant                                                                                         Anne M. Burak ’07 is an associate
professional malpractice and                                                    creditors’ rights and bankruptcy          become associated with the              general counsel at Local 6 UNITE           William J. Diamond ’31, Getzville, New York                                  in the firm Hiscock & Barclay in
products liability defense. He is a                                             practice group.                           Buffalo firm Phillips Lytle. She         HERE in Manhattan.                         William H. Earl ’37, Lockport, New York                                      the Syracuse, N.Y., office.A former
resident of West Seneca, N.Y.                                                                                             specializes in corporate law.                                                                                                                                   resident of Camillus, N.Y., she
                                                                                                                                                                                                             George R. Blair Sr. ’38, Elma, New York
                                                                                Thad G. McMurray ’05 is associate                                                 Minryu Sarah Kim ’06 is an                                                                                              focuses her practice in commercial
Rita Nischal ’04 has joined the                                                 intellectual property manager for         Marie Butchello ’06 has accepted a      associate in the Buffalo firm               Crucian S. Messina ’38, Amherst, New York                                    litigation.
firm Watson Bennett Colligan                                                     the Office of Science, Technology         position as an associate in the firm     Phillips Lytle. Kim focuses her            Vincent S.White ’39, Buffalo
Johnson & Schechter in Buffalo as                                               Transfer and Economic Outreach            Hiscock & Barclay in the Buffalo        practice in civil litigation including     Robyn L. Dare ’42, Niskayuna, New York                                       Erica M. DiRenzo ’07 has become
an associate. She concentrates her                                              at the University at Buffalo. His         office. She specializes in real         commercial, corporate and                  Robert W. Grimm ’47, Pendleton, New York                                     an associate in the firm Hiscock &
practice in corporate and                        Carrie A. Christy ’06          primary responsibility is to oversee      property tax and condemnation.          estate law.                                Francis R.Whitcher ’49, Silver Creek, New York                               Barclay in the Rochester, N.Y.,
commercial law.                                                                 the preparation and prosecution                                                                                              Charles D.Wallace ’51, Orchard Park, New York                                office. She concentrates in
                                                                                of patent applications for UB             Julie R. Carvotta ’06 is an associate   Colleen M. Malchow ’06 has                 Hon. Edward J. Murty Jr. ’52, Falls Church,Virginia                          insurance, professional
Steven E. Peiper ’04 is an associate                                            technology.                               in the firm Harris Beach in the          joined the firm Lewis & Lewis in            Hon. John V. Rogowski ’52, Amherst, New York                                 malpractice, and torts and
in the Buffalo firm Hurwitz &                                                                                              Rochester, N.Y., office. She is a       Buffalo, specializing in workers’                                                                                       products liability defense. She is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Richard C. Kahl ’53, Youngstown, New York
Fine. He concentrates his practice                                              Molly L. Mallia ’05 has been              member of the corporate practice        compensation law. Malchow is a                                                                                          Rochester resident.
in insurance coverage, trucking                                                 elected a local director of the           group representing businesses,          former social worker who                   David M. Coffey ’54, West Seneca, New York
liability and tort defense.                                                     Western New York Chapter of the           not-for-profit organizations and         advocated for the rights of                Thomas M. Donovan ’54, Williamsville, New York                               Monique E. Emdin ’07 has joined
                                                                                Women’s Bar Association of the            health care providers.                  domestic violence victims. She is a        John T. Frizzell ’55, Hamburg, New York                                      the firm Hiscock & Barclay as an
Sarah K. Ranni ’04 has accepted a                                               State of New York. Mallia is                                                      resident of Cheektowaga, N.Y.              Arnold E. Galbo ’55, Buffalo                                                 associate in the Buffalo office. She
position as an associate in the firm                                             secretary-elect of UB Law School’s        Carrie A. Christy ’06 has become                                                   Ronald G. Gannon ’55, Grand Island, New York                                 handles cases involving real
Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office.                                           GOLD Group and is an associate            an associate in the firm Phillips        Ryan K. Micklus ’06 practices as           Pasquale C. Pace ’55, Orchard Park, New York                                 property tax and condemnation as
She practices in the corporate                                                  in the firm Damon & Morey in               Lytle in Buffalo. Christy joined the    an associate in the firm Damon &            George E. Henfling ’58, Midlothian,Virginia                                   well as torts and products liability
practice group, specializing in                                                 Buffalo, where she resides.               firm’s commercial practice group.        Morey in the Buffalo office.               Hon. Edgar C. NeMoyer ’61, Buffalo                                           issues. Emdin, formerly of the
employee benefits law. Ranni is a                                                                                          She is a resident of Williamsville,     He deals with business and                                                                                              Bronx, N.Y., currently resides in
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Abraham Abramovsky ’70, New York, New York
Buffalo resident.                                                               John G.Miskey IV ’05 joined the           N.Y.                                    corporate law.                                                                                                          Buffalo.
                                                                                firm Bagwell Holt Smith Tillman &                                                                                             Donald H. Lischer ’72, Rochester, New York
Cory E. Barry ’05 is an associate in                                            Jones in Chapel Hill, N.C. Miskey         Kimberly A. Colaiacovo ’06              Carla J. Miller Montroy ’06 joined         Anthony M. Miranda ’73, Hamburg, New York                                    Anshu Pasricha ’07 is moving
the firm Orrick Herrington &                                                     handles cases involving family law,       practices as an associate in the        the firm Chelus Herdzik Speyer              Michael J. Karger ’74, Manhattan Beach, California                           from the New York City office in
Sutcliffe in Washington, D.C.,                   Julie R. Carvotta ’06          real estate and civil litigation. He is   Buffalo office in the firm Harris        Monte & Pajak in the                       Robert B.Allen ’77, Buffalo                                                  the firm Sullivan & Cromwell, to
specializing in structured finance                                               a resident of Raleigh.                    Beach. Colaiacovo handles cases         Cheektowaga, N.Y., office. She is          Bette D. Patterson ’78, Amherst, New York                                    the Melbourne,Australia office.
and derivatives transactions. Barry                                                                                       involving business and                  an associate practicing in litigation      Steven Meyer ’85, East Amherst, New York                                     Pasricha will be working with
was previously an associate in the                                              Christopher R. Poole ’05 has              commercial litigation, contract         and is a West Seneca, N.Y.,                Robbie Billingsley ’88, Buffalo                                              clients in Australia and New
firm Cadwalader Wickersham &                                                     become associated with the firm            disputes, zoning and land use           resident.                                                                                                               Zealand as well as other areas in
Taft in New York City.                                                          Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte in          matters and general defense                                                        Jacob D. Hyman, former dean of UB Law School and a longtime                  the pacific. He will be focusing on
                                                                                Buffalo. Poole will practice in           litigation. Furthermore, she            Brent J. Nowicki ’06 is an associate       faculty member, died April 8, 2007, in his Edgewater, Fla., home             issuer side capital markets.
Megan A. Gomez ’05 has accepted                                                 general litigation and general            represents clients in contested         in the firm Hodgson Russ in the             after a brief illness. He was 97.
a position as associate counsel at                                              practice matters.                         matrimonial actions in regards to       Buffalo office. Nowicki practices in                                                                                    Richard T. Tucker ’07 is practicing
Univera Healthcare in Buffalo.                                                                                            equitable distribution and              the business litigation practice           Milton Kaplan, a professor who taught at UB Law School for more than         in the firm Phillips Lytle as an as-
Gomez previously was an associate                                               Brendan J. Rich ’05 was                   financial evaluation of assets.          group, focusing in insurance               two decades, died Feb. 26, 2007. He was 91.                                  sociate in the Rochester, N.Y., of-
in the firm Brown & Kelly in                                                     nominated for the American                                                        coverage litigation. He is a                                                                                            fice. He counsels clients regarding
Buffalo, where she resides.                                                     Diabetes Association Leadership           Christofer C. Fattey ’06 has            member of the board of directors                                                                                        litigation matters including busi-
                                                                                Volunteer Development Program.            accepted a position as an associate     of UB Law School’s GOLD Group.           Mayor Byron W. Brown to the            Amber E. Storr ’06 has become an        ness torts, construction, insurance
Melinda L. Grabowski ’05 has                                                    He is an associate in the firm             in the firm Hodgson Russ in the                                                   Buffalo Municipal Housing              associate in the firm Damon &            coverage and premises liability.
joined the firm Damon & Morey.                                                   Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office.     Buffalo office. He specializes in       Patrick A. Quinlan ’06 has joined        Authority board of                     Morey in the Buffalo office. She        Tucker lives in Honeoye, N.Y.
She practices in the Buffalo office                                                                                       commercial real estate.                 the firm Hamilton Brook Smith             commissioners. She is also one of      practices in business litigation and
as an associate in general litigation.                                          Jennifer R. Scharf ’05 was named a                                                Reynolds as an associate in the          15 New York State unified court         is a member of the board of
                                                                                state director of the Women’s Bar         Elizabeth Fox-Solomon ’06               Concord, Mass., office. He               system legal fellows and is            directors of UB Law School’s            Thomas Tuori ’07 practices in the
Joseph M. Hanna ’05 was honored                                                 Association of the State of New           practices in the firm Jaeckle            practices in intellectual property,      currently assigned to Hon. Sharon      GOLD Group.                             environmental practice group in
by the American Bar Association,                 Brent J. Nowicki ’06           York,Western New York Chapter.            Fleischmann & Mugel as an               focusing on patent preparation           S. Townsend, administrative judge,                                             the firm Harter Secrest & Emery in
which named his article “Beware                                                 Scharf practices as an associate in       associate in the Buffalo office. She    and prosecution in electrical and        New York State Supreme Court,          Melissa N. Subjeck ’06 practices as     the Rochester, N.Y., office. He
of Dawg, Beware of Owner, Too:                                                  the firm Connors & Vilardo in              concentrates her practice in labor      computer technologies.                   8th Judicial District, in Buffalo.     an associate in the firm Hodgson         joined the firm as an associate and
Cleveland Fights for Its Beloved                                                Buffalo.                                  and employment law.                                                                                                     Russ in the Buffalo office. She         has 16 years previous experience as
Dawg Pound and Wins”among                Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.                                                                                       Dana L. Rappa ’06 has joined the         Edward J.Snyder ’06 has moved his      concentrates her practice in            an environmental consultant.
the best published by the ABA’s          He also was accepted into              Lt. Robert C.Whitaker ’05 is a            Paul S. Fusco ’06 focuses his           firm Harris Beach in the Pittsford,       practice from the Rochester,N.Y.,      business litigation.                    Tuori is a Rochester resident.
general practice solo and small          Leadership Buffalo’s 2007 Rising       lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge         practice in tax and employee            N.Y., office. Rappa practices as an      office of Harter Secrest & Emery to
firm division magazine. He was            Leaders class. Hanna is an associate   Advocate General’s Corps. He is a         benefits law. He joined the firm          associate in the public finance and       the Buffalo office.Snyder is an        Nikki L. Baldwin ’07 is practicing
also named the Defense Research          in the firm Goldberg Segalla in         deputy staff judge advocate at            Boylan Brown Code Vigdor &              economic development practice            associate in the firm’s corporate       as an associate in the firm Hiscock
Institute’s Atlantic marketing           Buffalo.                               Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, where he             Wilson as an associate in the           group. She is a resident of Batavia,     group specializing in general          & Barclay in the Albany, N.Y.,
chairman for its October 2007                                                   serves as prosecutor and assistant        Rochester, N.Y., office.                N.Y.                                     business matters including mergers     office. She counsels clients in torts
annual meeting. He will oversee          Jamie L. Jasinksi ’05 practices in     general counsel to the 2nd Marine                                                                                          and acquisitions and securities.He     and products liability defense as
marketing in New York, New               the firm Jaeckle Fleischmann &          Logistics Group.                                                                  Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06 was             lives in East Aurora,N.Y.              well as insurance coverage matters.
                                         Mugel in the Buffalo office. She is                                                                                      recently appointed by Buffalo

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True believer
Ryan McPherson ’02 guides UB Believers community
outreach effort

                    hat is good for the Univer-                                                    presence,including Facebook and MySpace
                    sity is good for Western                                                       pages.There are even videos in support of
                    New York.                                                                      the cause;“we are trying to tell rational sto-
                    That is the core message of                                                    ries in emotional ways that increase reso-
                    UB Believers,an ambi-                                                          nance with our message and demonstrate
tious effort to build a constituency of sup-                                                       the massive impact UB has,” McPherson
porters that reaches far beyond the campus                                                         says.
limits.Through the University’s Division of                                                            The cause is a personal one for McPher-
External Affairs,the campaign has won the                                                          son,a New Hampshire native who worked
loyalties of more than 4,000 individuals –                                                         on developing and formulating public poli-
and counting.                                                                                      cy and then advocating those positions in
    “People will advocate for pre-K through                                                        New Hampshire and Washington,D.C.,be-
12 education,because they have kids,” says                                                         fore coming to UB Law.During Law School
Ryan McPherson ’02,who coordinates the                                                             he worked in UB’s Office of Government
program.“They are attuned to issues                                                                Relations,then became assistant vice presi-
around health care and the economy.But                                                             dent for government and community rela-
higher education seldom,makes it into that                                                         tions.
mix.People who see higher education as a                                                               What good was his legal education?
critical investment in our future tend not to                                                      McPherson says he gets that question a lot.
be as well organized as other groups.”                                                             But,he says,“I use the three years I was
    UB Believers aims to change that,reach-                                                        there,and the training,every single day.I
ing out to the Western New York communi-          and overall quality of life.“In my heart of      use the skills in terms of judgment,looking
ty with a message that emphasizes the Uni-        hearts,” he says,“I think the best strategy in   at a problem,analyzing it,weighing differ-
versity’s incredible economic benefits for its     moving Western New York forward is to            ent options and building coalitions.As a
region.When residents come to understand          support the University and its research base.    lawyer,you are trained to look at both sides
UB’s current and future potential for revi-       This is the best investment people can make      of an issue.They teach you to ask the right
talizing the area’s economy,McPherson             if they want to see Buffalo Niagara transi-      questions and push where you need to                     Thanks UB alumni! You currently make up the largest group of UB Believers,
says,they will become advocates for the           tion our economy and reach our potential.”       push.”
University and will make that support                 Those who sign on as UB Believers                One other thing,he says:With such ex-                which includes more than 4,000 members. But we still need your help to grow
known to the community and their elected          ( receive a bi-           periences as the seven-hour exam in Nils
officials.                                        weekly e-mail with key news from the Uni-        Olsen’s civil procedure course,and studying              stronger. If you haven’t already, please sign up. Then encourage your friends,
    It is an easy argument to make,says           versity and opportunities to advocate for        for the Bar exam,Law School teaches some-
McPherson,who serves as chief of staff for        UB as it moves toward its goal of becoming       thing about stamina.                                     family, coworkers, and neighbors to join the UB Believers and advocate for a
Marsha Henderson,vice president for exter-        a preeminent public research university.             McPherson needs that for the triathlons
nal affairs.UB’s economic impact for 2005-            The goal is to have a ready core of sup-     he competes in,and for keeping up with a                 brighter future for the next generation. And for all of us.
06 was estimated at $1.5 billion; with full re-   porters to lobby state lawmakers on legisla-     busy young family; he and his wife,Alexan-
alization of the UB 2020 plan,which would         tion important to the University.That in-        dra (who runs an environmental organiza-
increase the student body by 10,000 stu-          cludes funding allocations,of course,but         tion dedicated to designing cleaner prod-
dents,the impact is projected to be $2.6 bil-     extends to policy decisions that affect UB as    ucts and manufacturing processes),have a
lion annually,in 2006 dollars.And that fig-        well.For example,McPherson says,the Leg-         4-year-old daughter,Jasmine,and a 2-year-
ure includes everything from direct spend-        islature’s decision to allow differential tu-    old son,Sayward.                                                                See what’s new. Join up. Take action. Visit www.bu
ing by the University’s students,faculty and      ition for UB Law School,rather than follow           But it also comes in handy in weeks like
staff,to construction spending,to the third       in lockstep with general State University of     the one that led to New York Gov.Eliot
of a billion dollars in annual research expen-    New York tuition rates,has enabled major         Spitzer declaring,in his State of the State
ditures the University leverages. The num-        improvements to O’Brian Hall and has al-         message,that “UB will become an economic
ber,however,does not take into account the        lowed the Law School to increase its student     engine for Buffalo,and a flagship institution
thousands of jobs created by the commer-          diversity with targeted financial aid.            for a world-class public university system.”
cialization of UB-developed technology.               If you live in Western New York,you          “That was a great moment,” McPherson
    No other economic engine,McPherson            have seen solicitations for UB Believers.The     says,“to see the governor buy into the vision    5131 UB_Today-7.125x9.75-R.indd 1                                                                   1/17/08 11:54:17 AM
says,has anywhere near the University’s po-       pitch is being made everywhere from bill-        of UB 2020.It was something our university
tential to grow the region’s financial health      boards to direct mail to a major Internet        has been working on for a long time.”

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