Gala 2017

Celebrating Groundbreaking Women in the Law

We appreciate your support of New York Law School to ensure a successful event on Tuesday, November 14. Thank you for helping us make our Gala, celebrating “Ground Breaking Women in Law” such a memorable event.

It was an honor for us to recognize such talented and trailblazing women. Your generosity enabled us to raise nearly $700,000, including almost $200,000 in those few minutes during the hand-raise. These contributions will allow more talented and hardworking students to receive a high-quality legal education.

We hope you enjoyed being part of the Law School’s signature event. Please click here to view images of the festivities. You are also invited to click here to view the exciting items being auctioned on Charitybuzz to secure additional funds for NYLS.

Meet Our Gala Honorees

Diversity Champion Award

General Electric (GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive, and predictive. GE is diverse in its platform, its broad portfolio of products and services, and most importantly, its people. Its Women’s Network, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, exists for the company’s nearly 70,000 women to cultivate their leadership skills, business practices, personal contacts, and career opportunities. GE believes a company that changes the world should reflect the world. In that spirit, it has set good faith goals of increasing the number of women in STEM [Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics] roles, as well as the representation of women in its technical entry-level leadership programs, by 2020.

Award for Creative Civic Engagement

Susan Hinkson ’98, LL.M. ’12 is an accomplished leader with expertise in both architecture and the law. She recently joined Capalino+Company as Executive Vice President of the Land Use, Housing, and Real Estate Practice Group. Ms. Hinkson previously served as Vice Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals and Brooklyn Borough Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, in addition to other influential private- and public-sector roles.

Award for Leadership in Public Service

Sybil Shainwald ’76 has advanced a deep commitment to social justice and women’s rights through her groundbreaking advocacy. She was instrumental in expanding the statute of limitations for latent injuries in New York, and she filed the first case under the Revival and Discovery Statute, thus making compensation possible for thousands of women and their children whose injuries had been marginalized or dismissed. She endowed New York Law School’s Sidney Shainwald Public Interest Lecture Series, a tribute to her late husband. This February, the 10th Annual Shainwald Lecture will feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Award for Bold Vision and Inspiration

Hon. Judith Sheindlin ’65 is a distinguished jurist, a Supervising Judge of the Family Court in Manhattan and the star of JUDGE JUDY, the No.1 program in syndication for the last eight years. In 2006, she and her daughter Nicole Sheindlin ’93 co-founded “Her Honor Mentoring.” The program pairs high school seniors with mentors from all disciplines and has thus far graduated 375 women. “The Sheindlin Forum” at USC Annenberg was dedicated on September 12, 2017. Its goal is to create a space for public debate and advancing intellectually rigorous, civil, and healthy discourse.

Award for Advancing a Just Society

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She is an international expert in constitutional law, civil liberties, and human rights who has taught at the School for nearly 30 years. Professor Strossen was President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008 and the first woman to hold that post. A leading voice in today’s critical discussions about the First Amendment, she is writing HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Meet Our Gala Leadership


Dr. Vincent A. Carbonell ’00
United Reprographic Services, Inc.

Mary G. Herms ’12
Managing Director
280 CapMarkets

Holly R. Lake ’99
Miller Law Group

Meryl R. Lieberman ’81
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP

Susan Mendik
Bernard H. Mendik Company LLC

Joe Plumeri ’15 (Hon.)
Joe Plumeri Foundation

Cynthia G. Senko Rosicki ’86
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.

Nicole Sheindlin ’93
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Her Honor Mentoring


Areal R. Allen-Stewart ’14
Vice President, Independent Compliance Risk Management–Global Cards

Luise A. Barrack ’80
Managing Member
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

Jill B. Bienstock ’08
Cole Schotz P.C.

Pamela O. Foster ’00
Managing Director and Associate General Counsel
The Rockefeller Foundation

Stacie A. Michaels ’05
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Wynn Las Vegas LLC

Julie Muniz ’97
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Jaimee L. Nardiello ’03
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Joan V. O’Hara ’11

Tishya M. Signorelli ’00, LL.M ’11
Cole Schotz P.C.

*As of 8/21/2017

Your participation in the Gala will support student scholarships, faculty development and research, and innovative academic centers and programs. Those who donate $5,000 and above are eligible to be recognized with a named scholarship awarded in 2018.


If you would like to purchase a ticket(s) to the Gala, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 212-431-2800.

Your donation to the Gala will support student scholarships, faculty development and research, and innovative academic centers and programs. Those who donate $5,000 and above are eligible to be recognized with a named scholarship awarded in 2018.


If you are unable to attend the Gala and would still like to donate, please click here.

The Gala festivities will include a silent auction to raise additional funds for New York Law School’s programming. Please consider donating an auction item, gift certificate, or gift basket to the silent auction. As an auction donor, you will be recognized at the event and in Gala materials.

If you have any questions, please contact Chanel Heckstall at 212.431.2152 or