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October 2016 Alumni Highlight
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Anne Carpenter ('09) graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2002 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Geology. During her final undergraduate year Anne decide to pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies. In January of 2003, Anne enrolled in a master's program at NYU and obtained an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education, with a focus on policy. Anne then worked for two years as an education and policy coordinator for the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District ("NYCSWCD"). At the NYCSWCD, Anne developed environmental education programs, which she taught to local elementary and high school students. She also worked with agencies such as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection regarding ways to protect and provide access to the City's natural resources. "I got my feet wet with local environmental initiatives in this position, and I learned what goes into implementing and managing environmentally focused education and public access programs. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to pursue my law degree and focus on the environment from a legal aspect."
Anne knew she wanted a law school with a top-rated environmental law program. "I researched a number of law schools and looked into their environmental programs. It was clear that Pace had a well-established program taught by top scholars and practitioners. I believed Pace was where I would be able to jumpstart my career as an environmental lawyer."
At Pace, Anne took the environmental courses necessary to obtain her certificate in environmental law. She fondly remembers her coursework with Professor John Nolon and now retired, Professor Ann Powers. "I really enjoyed my property class, environmental skills, and the environmental litigation clinic. Though it was challenging, I learned how to connect permit-related technical issues to the underlying legal framework in Skills." Notably, Anne was part of the clinic litigation team that worked on the negotiations between Exxon, Riverkeeper (the clinic's client), and the New York Attorney General's Office in response to the Newtown Creek spill litigation. She worked with the Dan Estrin, co-director of the clinic, to prepare for the settlement negotiations, and to actively participate in those meetings. "Looking back, participating in the environmental litigation clinic was the best sort of experience that you can give a law student. It was completely hands-on."
During law school, Anne also participated in the school's Washington, D.C. summer externship program, during which she was a legal intern with The White House Council on Environmental Quality ("CEQ"). At the CEQ, she worked on the development of national environmental initiatives and policies at the executive level. "The D.C. Internship Program allows Pace students to get an inside view into how environmental law and policy are made." Back at Pace, Anne interned for a semester with EPA Region 2 in the Office of Regional Counsel's New Jersey Superfund Division, and worked on CERCLA enforcement and cost recovery actions. As a Research Assistant for the School's Land Use Law Center, she also analyzed the use of zoning laws to mitigate the impacts of climate change. In her last summer before graduating from Pace, Anne was a summer associate with Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, DC.
After graduating magna cum laude from Pace, Anne was offered a position with the environmental litigation team at the firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Washington, DC, where she is now a senior associate. "I focus on environmental and white collar law, especially civil and criminal enforcement. My day-to-day is never stagnant. As part of corporate internal investigations, I have helicoptered to remote oil platforms in Alaska's Cook Inlet to interview workers, and I have worked with clients to learn the technical in's and out's of their business, from refining to home construction. In addition to work on Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act cases, I have participated in administrative hearings before the EPA's Office of Suspension and Debarment, and negotiated administrative resolutions to resolve exclusions from federal contracting following a conviction."
Anne's firm has provided her opportunities to pursue a wide range of legal writing, and she frequently publishes articles and advisories, and has participated in webinars and podcasts. "I enjoy research and writing. I think it is so important to stay up to date on what is going on in your individual field as an attorney. Publishing articles and looking for speaking opportunities is one of the best ways to stay relevant and active in the field." Most recently, Anne was a co-author of the article: "Criminal Prosecution of Environmental and Workplace Safety Incidents Through DOJ's New Worker Endangerment Initiative" published in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (July 2016), and a co-author of the Clean Air Act Criminal Enforcement chapter in the fourth edition of the ABA's Clean Air Act Handbook (May 2016). In 2012, she was honored with the prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for her work on an annual review of environmental criminal cases and trends published each year by Bloomberg BNA.
"If I could give advice to current and future Pace law students, I would tell them to pursue an area of law that they are passionate about. I would also tell them to take courses in law school that will prepare them for their future career as an attorney, and to take advantage of the unique opportunities Pace offers, like the clinic, D.C. externship program, or work with the Land Use Law or Energy and Climate Centers. And, network and stay in touch with the connections you meet while at Pace and through your work– even if it is just a quick email once in a while."
Anne lives in Virginia with her husband and their two-year old daughter. When not working as an attorney, Anne enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, including running and hiking, and relaxing with friends and family.
Hon. Francesca (Leibold) Connolly was appointed by NYS Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti to the position of Associate Justice of the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, second Department, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts. In this capacity, she will hear appeals from the District, City, Town, and Village courts in Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. This assignment is in addition to her current duties as a Supreme Court Justice, Ninth Judicial District, where she presides over a general civil calendar and the Ninth Judicial District Environmental Claims Part. She has been serving as a Supreme Court Justice since 2009.
Fredric I. Green has been appointed chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and a second deputy district attorney.
Joseph A. Saccomano was elected to the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Westchester. Joseph is the Office Managing Shareholder of the White Plains and Albany offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dr. Nader J. Sayegh was praised for his “countless contributions to society” in a statement issued by Rep. Eliot L. Engel. Dr. Sayegh’s passion for community involvement was noted, specifically through his service on various Boards.
Robert J. Waine has joined the firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He will practice out of the corporate department and work with the real estate group.
Susan M. Corcoran was honored as a Distinguished 2014 Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for her extraordinary pro bono efforts in 2014.
Joseph A. Ruhl has joined Orange Bank and Trust Company as a regional president. Previous to this he was with Hudson Valley bank as seinor vice president and division executive in charge of its legal services division.
Marla E. Wieder was elected Secretary of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law section. She also received the Environmental Section Council Award this year.
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis was elected to a one year term on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law section.
R. Nadine Fontaine was appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor with a focus on Human Services. Prior to this, she was at Epiq Systems, Inc., where she was a Director.
Carl L. Finger (LLM) was elected as a trustee for the Village Board in Scarsdale. Carl is a member of Fingers & Finger, P.C., a White Plains law firm.
Joseph A. Sarcinella was elected to Partner at Thompson & Knight LLP. His practice is concentrated on real estate, finance, and corporate matters.
David I. Aboulafia’s first book, a dark psychological horror novel entitled “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly,” will be released by Cosmic Egg Books, an imprint of John Huint Publishing in Summer 2015. His second book, a collection of comedic essays entitled “Snapshots from my Uneventful Life,” will be released by Library Tales Publishing at the same time.
Eric S. Andreas’ novel Origins Rising has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for Young Adult Fiction. This is Eric’s debut novel which “tells the story of how people re-evolve after a catastrophic asteroid strike into flyers, swimmers, and swift runners. Click here to read more.
Bridget A. Short joined Fox Rothschild LLP as a partner in their New York office. Her practice areas are copyrights, intellectual property, IP Litigation, Patent Prosecution & Transactions, and Trademarks.
David P. Steinberger joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP in their environmental and natural resources practice. He is a partner based out of their Denver office.
Elizabeth Verrier delivered the keynote address for the 31st annual Kalon Leadership Scholarship Day on February 21 at Bethany College. Elizabeth is Vice President and Senior Counsel at American Express.
Maiaklovsky Preval formed the Maiaklovsky Law Firm, PLLC.
Jinhi Park taught international business law as a full time lecturer at Pai Chai University in Korea after 9 years of teaching as well as working as a Foreign Legal Consultant/Attorney for E.M. Hwang & Partners in the trademark department. In March, Jinhi started working as a partner at Heis Law Office in Seoul, Korea as a foreign attorney.
Dev B. Viswanath received a proclamation from the NYC Council in October 2014, on the eve of the Diwali Celebrations at City Hall. The proclamation was for contributions to the City of New York and community service.
Janice Dean was elected to a three year term on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Section as a member at large. She also co-authored an article published in Environmental Law in New York entitled “Too Early or Too Late? Statutes of Limitations in Hazardous Waste and Oil Spill Claims.”
Jennifer A. Lofaro was promoted to partner at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP. She advises and represents regional and national institutional lenders and developers, as well as individual and corporate borrowers, in residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Carlisle McLean was appointed by Maine Governor Paul LePage to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC is an agency that plays a key role in energy matters that are part of Governor Paul LePage’s policy priorities. Carlisle became Governor LePage’s chief legal counsel in 2013. Prior to that, she practiced with Preti Flaherty in environmental, land use, and climate strategy law.
Danielle Bifulci Kocal had her article “Creating an Asynchronous Distance Learning Class” published in The Learning Curve, which is the publication for the Academic Support section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Nicholas E. Bowers recently celebrated five years of his firm, The Law Office of Nicholas E. Bowers, PLLC, being in business. In 2014, Nicholas closed numerous transactions on the purchases and sales of coops, condos and houses in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. He also continued to conduct commercial lease reviews and negotiations and managed numerous real estate litigations.
Jason S. Herman is currently Deputy Counsel at the New York City School Construction Authority.
Rosario M. Patane was promoted to Shareholder at Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo, P.C.
Neal E. Kumar is a third year Associate in the Washington, DC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. In October 2014, he married Sweta Lamichhane.
Erika C. Otocka has joined Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara. She will be representing individuals in all aspects of family and matrimonial law. Previously, she practiced with the Law Offices of Gary I. Cohen, P.C. in Stamford, CT.
Alisandra B. Carnevale was elected to the Board of Directors for the Pennington Business and Professional Association. She is an attorney concentrating in Family and Divorce Law at The Law Office of Alisandra B. Carnevale. Read more on her law practice here.
Lane Marmon was named a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune (2014) and 10 Best Attorneys – Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2014). She is a senior associate at Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC.
Joshua A. Roman was offered and accepted a position as Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson, United States Magistrate Judge, E.D.N.Y. The clerkship will begin in the fall of 2015 and conclude in the fall of 2017.
Christine E. Goodrich will be joining the New York office of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP. She will continue to practice securities arbitration and litigation.
Gloribelle J. Perez was sworn-in as President of the Dominican Bar Association.
Craig Relles was featured in The National Jurist on how the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP) helped him get his start as a solo practitioner. Craig’s firm is named the Law Office of Craig Relles and he was one of the first to take part in the PCLP as a legal fellow. Read more here.
Kerriann Stout and Pouyan Darian founded Darian Stout, LLP. Kerriann and Pouyan previously worked together as Fellows at the Pace Community Law Practice (PCLP). Their new law practice is housed at and incubated by the PCLP.
Joseph E. Fornadel published his article entitled The Community Risk and Resiliency Act: Building on the New York State Legislature’s Climate Change Framework in the January/February volume of New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, published by Thomson Reuters. Joseph is a Senior Court Attorney at the New York Court of Appeals.
Justin M. Guido started working as a prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office immediately after graduation. Since then he has had approximately 20 jury trials, wrote an appeal, and continues to litigate on a daily basis. He recently obtained a guilty verdict in a case that was published in the Miami Herald. Click here to read more.
John D. Scherer has joined Masini Law Group PC in Garden City as an associate attorney.
Benjamin S. Lowenthal has joined Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP in White Plains, NY. His areas of practice will be commercial litigation, corporate and business law, and real estate law.