Alumni News

January – March 2017

Frank Kruppenbacher ‘77, attorney at the firm Morgan & Morgan in Orlando, Fla. and Chair of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, was recently named by Gov. Rick Scott as one of 14 members to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential changes to be approved by Florida voters.

Michael Miller ’84 was designated as future president in a vote of the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates on Jan. 27th. Miller, a former president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, will become the association’s president-elect beginning in June 2017 for one year before assuming the presidency for a year’s term in June 2018.

Sharon A. O’Leary ’85 was promoted to CEO of Fallbrook Technologies (Cedar Park, Tex.), which has developed a cutting edge, fuel efficient transmission system for use in products ranging from bicycles, automotive accessory drives and electric vehicles to small wind turbines.

David Rosenwasser ’96, was named CEO of Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies (Pasadena, Tex.),, a company that provides services for the oil and gas, petrochemical, wastewater, electric power, mining and fertilizer industries.

James Dixon ’90 was named Sr. Vice President and chief operating officer of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc., which brings together three ConEd businesses: Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Development and Con Edison Energy.

Two alumnae from the Class of 2000 have become judges. In January, Bianka Perez was sworn in as a New York City Civil Court Judge. In February, Alison M. Hamanjian was named by Mayor de Blasio as interim Civil Court Judge in the New York City Family Court for a one-year term.

Marylee Jenkins ’91, Intellectual Property Partner at Arent Fox LLP’s New York office, was reappointed a member and designated Chairperson of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Public Advisory Committee for a three year term.

In the wake of President Trump’s labeling journalists the “enemy of the American people” Trevor Timm ’11, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, will join with a coalition of organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Index on Censorship to launch an as-yet unnamed news site to track press freedom violations in the United States.

Benjamin Gilman ’50 a Republican Congressman representing the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. area for 30 years, died 12/17/16 at age 94. He served as Chairman of the International Relations Committee (predecessor to the House Foreign Affairs Committee).

NYLS lost one of its oldest alumni when Murray Koven ’38, passed away on Feb 23rd at age 100. A practicing lawyer for 77 years, Murray was a member of the Alumni Association board and was a regular presence at law school events well into his nineties.  He generosity continues to benefit the lives of our students through the Murray T. ’38 and Dorothy Koven Scholarship.