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Affinity Groups

Fordham Law Women's Affinity Group

 

The Fordham Law Alumni Association has established 11 affinity groups, which aim to connect alumni, students, and faculty with shared interests, practice areas, and backgrounds. Five of these groups link directly to the five new optional concentrations J.D. students can choose from.

If you would like to join or be added to the distribution list of one of the groups below, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at lawalumni@law.fordham.edu.

Don’t see one in an area that interests you? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at lawalumni@law.fordham.edu to find out how to start a new group.

Alumni Attorneys of Color

Thank you for attending the 3rd Annual AAC RISE event. Click here to view photos of the event. We hope to see you at another event soon!

Contact: Brenda Gill '95

AAC Mission Statement
The mission of the Alumni Attorneys of Color (“AAC”) Affinity Group is to build an active and engaged community of Black, Hispanic/Latino, and South/East Asian Fordham Law alumni and enhance their connection with one another and the Law School community at large. The AAC also serves as a vehicle to further the professional development of its members by providing networking opportunities and a forum to exchange ideas and business opportunities. The AAC is committed to mentoring current law students and partnering with the Law School in its goal to foster an inclusive educational environment where diverse backgrounds and experiences are respected, welcomed and celebrated.

AAC Steering Committee Members
Michael Blackshear ’99, Global Chief Compliance Officer, Ryan Specialty Group
Natacha Carbajal-Evangelista ’04, Assistant Secretary for Labor & Workforce, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Jane Chuang ’05, Associate Counsel, Common Living Inc.
Deneen L. Donnley ’92, SVP, Con Edison
Edgar De Leon ’98, Principal, The De Leon Firm, PLLC
Nitza Milagros Escalera, Assistant Dean of Diversity Initiatives and Student Affairs, Fordham Law School
Veronica Escobar ’03, Principal and Owner, The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar
Mauricio Espana ’03, Partner, Dechert LLP
Brenda L. Gill ’95, Deputy General Counsel, Sandata Technologies, LLC
Andy Hinton ’89, VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Google Inc.
Shawn Johnson ’02, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Safari Energy, LLC
Azeema Mohaideen ’04, Associate Director of Business Development, Wiley Rein LLP
Romelia Leach ’06, (formerly) Development and Project Management Director, Hearts of Gold
Robin Lenhardt, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
William Malpica ’00, Partner, Martin LLP
Benson V. Martin ’00, Director of Compliance - Legal Department, Empire State Development
WillaJeanne McLean ’86, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Tracey McNeil ’99, Ombudsman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
William Min ’90, EVP and General Counsel, RELX, Risl & Business Analytics
John Owens, Jr. ’04, serves as legal counsel to an Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court
Leah Ramos ’04, Regulatory Compliance Counsel, Structure Tone
Jeanne Samuels ’87, Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Private banking, HSBC Bank USA, N.A 
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri ’02, Partner, CHRO, TPG Global
Drew Valentine ’93, Vice President, People & Culture, IBM Analytics
Michael Yim ’05, Partner, Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP

AAC Subcommittees
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ALSA (American Law Students Association) Liaisons
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Business and Financial Law

Compliance

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Jodi Erlandsen '05
Doel Kar '18
Executive Committee Members:
Emily Jordan '03
Patrick Marano '10

In collaboration with: Robert Mascola, Senior Director of Compliance Programs, Fordham Law and Michael Rasmussen, Assistant Director of Compliance Programs, Fordham Law.

The strength of Fordham Law’s compliance programs is borne out by the collective success of Fordham alumni who are well represented across all sectors of the compliance profession.  Continued engagement by alumni with Fordham helps each of us, as well as current students, continue to grow our careers as well as catch up with classmates and meet new alumni.  One of the best ways for you to channel your connection to the law school is through the Compliance Affinity Group, formed five years ago, for the large group of alumni from the JD, LLM and MSL programs with connections to compliance.  This group, with the support of the school, has organized speaker panels, networking events and programs to connect you with one another and with existing students, as well as other professionals in compliance.  

If you are interested in learning about how you can become more involved with this group, have ideas for event topics, or know of classmates or colleagues working in this field who may not be receiving our messages, we encourage you to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to provide networking events, job opportunities, CLEs and other events that you truly seek!

Going forward we’ll endeavor to communicate with you mainly via our new Fordham Law Alumni in Compliance page on LinkedIn. We would strongly encourage you to open this page in LinkedIn and request to join our group so that you will know about events and matters of interest and invite your network of Fordham alumni in compliance to join as well by sending them an invitation from within the LinkedIn page. Please help us to keep growing and get the word out!

Entrepreneurial Law

Contact:
Chair: 
Maxim Price '08 
Past Chair: 
Scott Scuderi '16

The mission of the Entrepreneur Affinity Group is to create a community of Fordham Law alumni who are either entrepreneurs or who wish to work with them, to learn and improve from the vast years of professional experience within the community, and to develop and foster deep personal and professional relationships with community members.

The group broadly defines entrepreneurs as those who are dedicated to personal and professional growth. It is not a group solely related to starting businesses but, instead, also focuses on general productivity hacks, such as mindset training and system building. 

Intellectual Property and Information Law

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Matthew Siegal '87 
Barry Werbin '81

International Law

LGBTQ+

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Public Interest, Service and Government

Solo/Small Firm

Contact:
Chair:
Veronica Escobar ’03

Women’s Networking - D.C. Chapter

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes ’97
Kim Versace ’94

The Women’s Networking Group, launched in 2014, is an alumnae-formed and alumnae-driven group that aims to connect female legal professionals with one another through networking receptions, brown bag lunches, informative panels, and service activities. Strong professional networks and diverse relationships are particularly important for women lawyers throughout the stages of their careers. The Women’s Networking Group aims to help alumnae form mentoring circles and provides them an opportunity to meet other alumnae and discuss issues that impact them professionally.         

Join our Linkedin Page for event updates: Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group

Women’s Networking - NYC Chapter

Contact:
Co-Chairs:
Kathleen Lyons '87
Victoria A. Turchetti ’03

The Women’s Networking Group, launched in 2013, is an alumnae-formed and alumnae-driven group that aims to connect female legal professionals with one another through networking receptions, informative panels, and service activities. Strong professional networks and diverse relationships are particularly important for women lawyers throughout the stages of their careers. The Women’s Networking Group aims to help alumnae form mentoring circles and provides them an opportunity to meet other alumnae and discuss issues that impact them professionally.

Join our Linkedin Page for event updates: Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group

Alumni Relations

Fordham University School of Law
Alumni Relations
150 West 62nd Street | 8th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6806

Fax: 212-636-6958

Email: lawalumni@law.fordham.edu