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Summer 2000                                        
(June 2000 - August 2000)

Omari West 00 was featured in an article about Gleason's Gym, the boxing club where Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson have all trained. Once a month, the club opens up to "white-collar boxers" who do it for kicks. Mr. West was interviewed as he warmed up for his "white-collar debut" in the ring. "This is the time to put the pedal to the metal," he said. "I'll be testing my limits." After the bout (which the article implies he didn't win), he said, "It was great. I learned a lot about myself and my fighting. It's exhilarating. Did you see that movie 'Fight Club'? This brings something out of you that you don't see every day at work. It's a will to live, a will to survive, a will to overcome." The Washington Post, August 30, 2000.

Julius L. Chambers 65 LL.M. will be the keynote speaker at Greensboro College's fall academic convocation on August 31. Mr. Chambers is chancellor of N.C. Central University in Durham. News & Record, August 27, 2000.

Catherine Shaffer 86 is running for the Position 11 judgeship in King County Superior Court in Washington State. Ms. Shaffer is currently the King County senior deputy prosecutor. The News Tribune, August 26, 2000.

Vinit Bharara 96 is executive vice president, business development, and general counsel of thePit.com, the world's first "sports stock market," which will launch in October. thePit.com will enable users to invest in professional athletes through sports trading cards. Mr. Bharara is a former Wall Street attorney. Business Wire, August 23, 2000.

Li Lu 95 will speak on the democratizing effects of the Internet at the fourth annual Camden Technology Conference Pop!Tech: "Being Human in the Digital Age." The conference will be held October 27-29 at the Camden, Maine Opera House. PR Newswire, August 21, 2000.

Mona Rishmawi 89 LL.M. has been nominated as special adviser to Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and now the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Rishmawi was executive director of Al-Haq, a Palestinian Arab legal-rights group. The New York Post, August 20, 2000.

Melvyn N. Klein 66 authored an editorial titled "Religions share space in holy city," about Jerusalem. Corpus Christi Caller-Times, August 19, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00's speech at the Democratic National Convention on August 17 was covered in numerous national media outlets.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg 88's speech at the Democratic National Convention was covered in many outlets, including USA Today (August 15, 2000) and Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service (August 16, 2000).

Karenna Gore Schiff 00 was the subject of articles in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune (August 16, 2000), and was named winner of the "IT Chick Award" by the Grassroots.com "Torch Awards." She was described as the "hottie (who) has Dems of all ages wanting more" (U.S. Newswire, August 15, 2000). Ms. Gore Schiff will speak at the convention tonight.

James Gilliam, Jr. 70 has made a gift of $1.5 million to his alma mater, Morgan State University, in honor of his parents. The donation, which will begin a fine arts endowment at the university, is the largest in the university's history. The Baltimore Sun, August 15, 2000.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg 88 is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight. Ms. Schlossberg will introduce her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy. (Multiple outlets)

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg 88, who also will speak at the Democratic National Convention, was briefly profiled in a list of DNC speakers. The Houston Chronicle, August 13, 2000 (and many other outlets)

Paul Evanson 66, president of Florida Power & Light (FPL), will move to New Orleans as a result of FPL's merger with Entergy Corp. Mr. Evanson joined FPL in 1992 as CFO. At the new, merged company, he will head the utilities group. (Also, James Broadhead '63 is currently chairman and CEO of Florida Power & Light, and stands to become chairman of the combined companies.) The Times-Picayune, August 13, 2000.

Jason Cooper 02 married Elisabeth Amy Mayer on August 13, 2000. The New York Times, August 13, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00's upcoming speech at the convention is also being mentioned in many outlets.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00, who will speak at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of her father, Al Gore, was profiled by Melissa Block on NPR's Morning Edition. NPR Transcripts, August 11, 2000.

Troy Foster 99 was mentioned by Reform Party candidate Patrick Buchanan in Mr. Buchanan's speech announcing his running mate, Ezola Foster. Ms. Foster is Troy Foster's mother. CNN Live Event transcript, Federal News Service transcripts, and Federal Document Clearing House transcript, August 11, 2000.

Tax Court Judge Joseph C. Small 69 was named Presiding Judge of the Tax Court in the State of New Jersey, effective October 1, 2000. Judge Small was appointed to the Tax Court in 1991. Press release, August 9, 2000.

Stephen Green 67 will join Philadelphia's Pelino & Lentz as a partner in the firm's tax and estates department. Mr. Green was formerly a solo practitioner. The Legal Intelligencer, July 28, 2000.

Michael Lynne 64 was mentioned in an article about Long Island wineries. Mr. Lynne purchased Bedell Cellars last year. The New York Times, July 26, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00 will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August. Gannett News Service, July 24, 2000.

Sheldon Trubatch 77 has joined the Washington office of Hopkins & Sutter as of counsel. He will work in the firm's nuclear energy practice. Mr. Trubatch holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, and previously served as the first in-house nuclear counsel at Chicago's Commonwealth Edison Co. He also held several positions in the office of the general counsel at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Legal Times, July 24, 2000.

Gov. George Pataki '70 was listed as one of George W. Bush's potential running mates. The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL), July 23, 2000

Robert I. Webber 86, who was recently named president and COO of MindArrow Systems, has been made CEO of the company. Business Wire, July 21, 2000 (see In the News, June 30, 2000 for first reference)

Gregory L. Ogden 81 LL.M. has joined the strategic advisory board of NextClient.com, a newly launched web content provider. Prof. Ogden has taught law at Pepperdine for 22 years, and, since 1985, has served as director of the Ira Sherman Center for Ethical Awareness at Pepperdine University. His area of expertise is legal ethics. Business Wire, July 21, 2000.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg 88 will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles next month. USA Today, July 19, 2000.

Naomi Rustomjee 89 has been made partner at the San Francisco firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass (she was most recently special counsel at the firm). She was previously a partner with Marron Reid. Ms. Rustomjee practices general civil litigation. The Recorder, July 17, 2000.

John A. Galotto 93 married Elisabeth Topel on July 15, 2000. Mr. Galotto is an associate with Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe in Chicago. The New York Times, July 16, 2000.

Stan Kasten 76 was the subject of a profile in the Summer 2000 issue of Columbia (the university's magazine). 

Deidra Gold 79 has joined eLoyalty as vice president and general counsel. Ms. Gold was previously corporate secretary and counsel of Ameritech Corporation. eLoyalty is a consulting company focused on building customer loyalty. PR Newswire, July 12, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00 was the subject of an article titled "Karenna Gore Schiff: Talking 'bout her generation" on the University Wire, July 12, 2000.

Richard D. Emery 70 and Edward W. Hayes 72 were both mentioned in today's New York Post as possible candidates to succeed Robert Morgenthau when his current term as Manhattan DA expires at the end of 2001. Mr. Emery, a civil rights lawyer, is known for representing clients in suits against the NYPD. Mr. Hayes was mentioned as a dark horse possibility to succeed Morgenthau. New York Post, July 12, 2000.

Joshua Angel 59 has joined the board of directors of VisionAmerica Incorporated. Mr. Angel is the founder and senior managing shareholder of Angel & Frankel. Business Wire, July 11, 2000.

Kenneth Krupsky 72 has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Mr. Krupsky was most recently a partner at Miller & Chevalier, and prior to that, was deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax policy. He will focus on international tax matters. Legal Times, July 10, 2000.

Charles Fried 60 was a guest on John McLaughlin's "One on One" to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions this term. Judge Fried is a professor at Harvard Law School and former justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He also was solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice for four years, as well as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Harlan for one year. Federal News Service, July 10, 2000.

Theodore Schweitzer 94 married Valerie Ann Feinberg on July 9, 2000. Mr. Schweitzer is an assistant general counsel at Tishman Speyer Properties. The New York Times, July 9, 2000.

Ellen V. Futter 74 was featured in an article about the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. Ms. Futter is president of the museum and was the key person behind the creation of the Rose Center. The Boston Globe, July 9, 2000.

Susanne Vikoren 96 and Christopher Clark '96 were married to each other on July 8, 2000. Ms. Clark is an associate at Goldmans, Sachs and Mr. Clark is an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan. The New York Times, July 9, 2000.

Theodore Schweitzer 94 married Valerie Ann Feinberg on July 9, 2000. Mr. Schweitzer is an assistant general counsel at Tishman Speyer Properties. The New York Times, July 9, 2000.

Susanne Vikoren 96 and Christopher Clark '96 were married to each other on July 8, 2000. Ms. Clark is an associate at Goldmans, Sachs and Mr. Clark is an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan. The New York Times, July 9, 2000.

Stuart R. Singer '65 has joined the new Los Angeles office of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP as special counsel. Mr. Singer specializes in U.S. and international tax and estate planning. Business Wire, July 7, 2000.

Stuart R. Singer 65 has joined the new Los Angeles office of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP as special counsel. Mr. Singer specializes in U.S. and international tax and estate planning. Business Wire, July 7, 2000.

Clark Kelso 83 was named chief deputy and acting insurance commissioner for the state of California. Prof. Kelso is head of the governmental affairs program at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. He will replace Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, who is stepping down amid much scandal. Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2000.

John Johnnidis 65 was appointed senior vice president and general counsel of eMagin Corporation, a leading developer of microdisplays and virtual imaging technology. In the past, Mr. Johnniddis has provided counsel at several companies, including W.R. Grace & Co., Colgate-Palmolive and Ares-Serono. Business Wire, July 5, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00 was mentioned as an integral component of her father's presidential campaign in two articles this week. Ms. Gore Schiff is traveling throughout the country to promote her father. The Dallas Morning News and Cox News Service, July 3, 2000.

Jeffrey Glassberg 93 was the subject of an article about "butterflying," the practice of studying the entire history and science of the insect, not just collecting and preserving them. The article states that New Jersey "is ground zero in the rapidly growing outdoor activity, courtesy of a transplanted Long Islander, Jeffrey Glassberg, who also developed forensic DNA fingerprinting and more recently founded the North American Butterfly Association." It was butterflying that led Dr. Glassberg to earn his Ph.D. in molecular biology, and butterflying that led him to Central Park very early one morning, where he and a friend happened upon a woman who had just been raped. Dr. Glassberg brought the two experiences together to start a company and develop DNA fingerprinting. After selling the company, he attended CLS. The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), July 3, 2000.

Fred Reinke 87 has joined Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells as of counsel in the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice in Washington. Most recently, Mr. Reinke was of counsel at Milbank, Tweed. Legal Times, July 3, 2000.

Steven Carlson 77 has joined the DC office of Dorsey & Whitney as managing partner. Mr. Carlson was most recently in charge of the firm's international group, splitting his time between its London and Minneapolis offices. Legal Times, July 3, 2000.

Maureen M. Stamp 92 was named partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. in July 1999. (Letter)

Nathalie Legagneur 98 has joined the Miami office of Holland & Knight as an associate. Ms. Legagneur, who practices in the areas of real estate transactions, development, and finance, was most recently an associate with Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler. Palm Beach, Miami, and Broward Daily Business Reviews, June 30, 2000.

Samrat Ganguly 00 authored a letter to the editor of The Washington Post in response to an article about Hindu fanaticism and attacks on Christians in India. The Washington Post, June 29, 2000.

Stephen Axinn 62 was the subject of an article titled "When lawyers get involved." Mr. Axinn was hired by the Justice Department last year to review the WorldCom-Sprint merger. Financial Times (London), June 28, 2000.

Francis S. Blake 76 was promoted to senior vice president for corporate business development at General Electric Company. Mr. Blake has been vice president, business development at the company since 1998. PR Newswire, June 28, 2000.

R. Thomas Amis 82 has joined Baker Botts in its DC office. Mr. Amis was formerly a partner at Troutman Sanders. Legal Times, June 26, 2000.

Lynn Forester 79 was the subject of an article titled "Party girl mixes pleasure with big business." Ms. Forester is a telecommunications entrepreneur with an estimated worth of $100 million. She recently raised $1 billion in equity for her company, FirstMark, to develop technology for providing inexpensive video, voice, and data communications for small and medium-sized businesses. Sunday Times (London), June 25, 2000.

Karenna Gore Schiff 00 was quoted in an article about her father. She was described as "Gore's politically savvy daughter... ...a recent Columbia Law School graduate." The National Journal, June 24, 2000.

Aaron Podhurst 60 was elected chairman and media entrepreneur on the board of Miami Art Museum. Press release, June 21, 2000.

Michael Geroe 93 joined Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins as partner in the corporate and international law sections. Previously, he was an associate at Dewey Ballantine. Legal Times, June 19, 2000.

Judge Milton Pollack 29's daughter, Stephanie Singer, married William Miller on June 18, 2000. The New York Times, June 18, 2000.

Lawrence Wu 99 was mentioned in an article titled "Some juvenile offenders salvageable with a bright future." In the article, Mr. Wu is described as "a corporate tax lawyer in New York City and a former editor of the Columbia University Law Review who, as a gang member, was arrested for attempted murder, fighting and other crimes." St. Petersburg Times, June 18, 2000.

Kathryn Rodgers 73 was quoted in Joyce Purnick's Metro Matters column on June 19, 2000. Ms. Rodgers is president of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. In the wake of the recent attacks on dozens of women in Central Park, the article -- titled "Park Rampage Stirs Anguish on Two Fronts" -- addressed the ongoing challenge of fighting violence against women. Ms. Rodgers said, "It's just never stopped. For all the efforts we've been making, we haven't solved the problem. These guys decided they wanted to have fun. What is their idea of fun? To target women. It is gender-based violence. It really is a hate crime. It's still out there. It's so ingrained. I think for sexual assaults, which are anything other than rape, people still think it's no big deal: 'Nothing happened to you, right? You didn't get raped?'" The New York Times, June 19, 2000.

Ricardo Martinez 98 married Julia Chou on June 16, 2000. Mr. Martinez is an associate at Simpson Thacher. The New York Times, June 18, 2000.

Robert Kaplan 64 married Terri Lev Koller on June 18, 2000. Mr. Kaplan is a senior partner at Kaplan, Kilsheimer & Fox. The New York Times, June 18, 2000.

Da Chen 90 authored an editorial titled "When Being a Father Exacted a Price" in The New York Times on June 17, 2000.

Richard K. Sherwin
85 LL.M. and '88 J.S.D. authored a book titled "When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture" (University of Chicago Press, June 2000.). Mr. Sherwin is law professor at NYU. (Press release)

Michael R. Geroe 93 has joined Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins as a partner in the Corporate and International Law sections, where he counsels e-commerce and other clients on corporate, finance, and international business matters. (Press release)

Michael Diamond '69's firm, Diamond & Ostrow, was acquired by the international firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Mr. Diamond, his partner Kenneth Ostrow, and two associates, will remain with the firm. Business Wire, June 14, 2000.

E. Gordon Gee 71 was named to the board of directors of Dollar General Corporation. Business Wire, June 12, 2000.

Sammy Hoi '83 was the subject of an article titled "Art community will miss 'Sammy.'" Mr. Hoi is stepping down as dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. to head Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. The Washington Times, June 10, 2000.

Dr. Uri Geiger 98 J.S.D. was featured in an article about his company, Kirabo. Dr. Geiger is a co-founder and CEO of the luxury retailer of high-end jewelry and diamonds. Business Wire, June 5, 2000.

Thomas Gulotta 69 was the subject of an editorial titled "The Re-Education of Tom Gulotta." Mr. Gulotta has been county executive of Nassau County since 1987. Newsday, June 4, 2000.

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