Honors, Awards, and Appointments

Deborah Archer, one of the “Top Women in Law,” was interviewed by the New York Law Journal. 

Ronald Filler was elected as a Vice Chair of the International Financial Services Sub-Committee of the ABA’s International Law Committee.

Deborah Archer was named as one of the inaugural “Top Women in Law” by the New York Law Journal.

Jacob Sherkow was selected as a peer review for the publication Science.

Jacob Sherkow was selected to participate in a closed, academic conference on science and technology law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The conference titled “Law-STEM Alliance & Next Generation Innovation” focuses on CRISPR, the Internet of Things, and user innovation platforms.

Ross Sandler was selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of State and Local Government Law as this year’s Jefferson B. Fordham Lifetime Achievement honoree. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the practice of state and local government law by an individual over an entire career, or for contributions over a number of years of service. To read the NYLS press release, click here.

Doni Gewirtzman was asked to serve as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Law and Social Inquiry. For the third consecutive year, he attended Wolters Kluwer’s annual Leading Edge Conference in Chicago, Illinois from July 11-13. The invitation-only conference brought together 25 thought-leaders and innovators in legal education for three days of collaborative discussion and debate about the current state of legal education. 

Ari Waldman was featured in Recognition for Lawyers

Ari Waldman was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of their 2016 “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” To read the press release, click here.

Jacob Sherkow has been selected as a peer reviewer for Cambridge University Press for a book about CRISPR.

Jacob Sherkow has been selected as a peer reviewer for Drug Discovery Today, a journal that “addresses not only the rapid scientific developments in drug discovery associated technologies but also the management, commercial and regulatory issues that increasingly play a part in how R&D is planned, structured and executed.”

Michael Perlin has been named to the Board of Directors of the Washington Crossing (NJ) Audubon Society.

Lenni Benson received an award at City Hall given by the Mayor’s Office that recognized volunteers who have contributed 1000+ hours to their organization as well as corporations who engaged 20% or more of their New York City-based employees in service during 2015.

Michael Roffer has received the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award from the American Association of Law Libraries for his book The Law Book: Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law.

Arthur Leonard is being honored by CUGALA (Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association) as its founding member with the Siegel Award.

Lenni Benson is a recipient of a New York City Mayoral Service Recognition Award from NYC Service, which will be awarded at an event on April 27, 2016. The event will recognize volunteers who have contributed 1000 or more hours helping New Yorkers, as well as corporations that have engaged 20% or more of their New York City-based employees in service during 2015. Prof. Benson is being recognized for her work with Safe Passage Project.

Deborah Archer was appointed Acting Chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Michael Perlin was appointed to the ad hoc advisory committee of a project on “Unfitness to Plead and Indefinite Detention of Persons with Cognitive Impairments: Addressing the Legal Barriers and Creating Appropriate Alternative Supports in the Community,” conducted by the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Alan Appel ’76 has been appointed to the ABA Council to serve as a Council Director for the U.S. Activities of Foreign Persons and Tax Treaties and the Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers committees of the ABA Tax Section. To read a full description of the position, see attached.

Kris Franklin has been invited and agreed to serve on the Editorial Board of the Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies, published by the University of Amsterdam.

Ari Waldman has been named an Affiliate Scholar of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). After being selected through a competitive application process, Ari will now have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of scholars and graduate students on his research agenda, including issues related to online privacy, IP and data information flows, and privacy regulation.

Howard S. Meyers was named Co-Chair of the ABA’s Legal Clinic and Law Student Subcommittee.  This newly formed Subcommittee will work with the ABA’s Securities Litigation Committee to address arbitration and regulatory enforcement matters.

Ronald Filler was reelected to serve on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Futures Association, which is the principal self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures and derivatives industry.

Ann Thomas has been elected to the Board of the African American Policy Forum.

Deborah Archer was named a member of the Advisory Board of the Voting Rights Institute. The Voting Rights Institute is a joint initiative of Georgetown University Law Center, the American Constitution Society, and the Campaign Legal Center. The Institute is housed at Georgetown Law and is focused on developing innovative legal and policy solutions that protect the right to vote, while also training the next generation of voting rights advocates (January 2016).

Deborah Archer was named a member of the Clinical Legal Association Committee on Diversity in Clinical Legal Education (January 2016).

Kris Franklin succeeded to the position of Immediate Past Chair of the Section on Teaching Methods at the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting (January 2016).

William LaPiana has been appointed ABA advisor to the Uniform Law Commission drafting committee for a revised Uniform Principal and Income Act.

Jacob Sherkow has been selected as a 2016-2017 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow by the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University School of Law. The Fellowship is a non-resident fellowship that brings together both junior and senior patent law scholars for a series of invitation-only conferences on patent law and policy. This year’s senior scholars include Prof. John Duffy at the University of Virginia and Prof. Jay Kesan at the University of Illinois.

David Chang has been appointed the Theodore Dwight 125th Anniversary Professor of Law.  His investiture will take place on April 28, 2016.  Read more here.

Ron Filler received the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership from the University of Illinois on October 2, 2015.  The award is given each year to an Illinois alum who gives back in many ways to the university.

David Schoenbrod has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the  George Mason University School of Law.

Doni Gewirtzman has been asked to serve as a peer reviewer for the McGill Journal of Law and Health, a peer-reviewed academic publication from McGill University, for an article on law and emotion.

Anthony Crowell was appointed by the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar to serve on the planning committee for the 2016 Law School Development Conference. The conference, which is held in conjunction with the ABA’s Annual Workshop for New Deans, is scheduled to be held from May 31 to June 3, 2016 in San Diego. ‎

The investiture of Nadine Strossen as the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law took place on Monday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Jacob S. Sherkow has been accepted as a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS). As a certified Editor in the Life Sciences, Jacob has the authority to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions.

Houman Shadab was named to the Editorial Board of Ledger, the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including related research in mathematics, computer science, engineering, law, and economics. Other members of the Board include Christopher Douglas of Oxford University, Vijay Pande of Stanford University, and Srini Devadas of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Class of 2015 Teaching Award was presented to Jeffrey Haas and Gerald Korngold.

The Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Awards were presented to: Houman Shadab for Full-time Faculty Article, “Performance-Sensitive Debt: From Asset-Based Loans to Startup Financing”; Ruti Teitel for Full-time Faculty Book, Globalizing Transitional Justice: Contemporary Essays; David Ferstendig for Adjunct Faculty Article, “Should Counsel for a Non-Party Deponent be a ‘Potted Plant’?” (with Oscar G. Chase); Claire Thomas for Adjunct Faculty Article, “Bridging the Gap for Immigrant Children: Understanding Immigration Relief for Child Migrants” (with Lenni B. Benson); and Gerald Lebovits for Adjunct Faculty Book, New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and Procedure (with Damon Howard and Peter Diskint).

Lynn Su attended the New York State 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament semi-finals held at the James T. Foley federal courthouse in Albany, New York, and served as a bailiff in one of the rounds. Lynn is a member of New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee (LYC) which runs the annual event. She is also a member of LYC’s Mock Trial Subcommittee, the group that wrote the fact pattern and created the case file for the state-wide competition.

Ari Waldman became one of a number of founding members of the Federal Bar Council’s Intellectual Property Committee. The FBC is an organization where practitioners in the Second Circuit can meet, network, and share ideas. Ari will be delivering a talk to the FBC in the coming months.

At the Center for New York City Law’s 20th Anniversary CityLaw Breakfast Celebration, Ross Sandler was honored with a plaque, presented by Anthony Crowell, in recognition of his 20 years of service as Founder and Director of the Center.

The appointment of Anthony Crowell and William LaPiana to a special committee that will be examining the effectiveness of the Joint Committee on Public Ethics mentioned in “Members of JCOPE Study Panel Are Announced.” [New York Law Journal]

The investiture of Richard Sherwin as the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Jacob Sherkow served as a judge for the University of Michigan Law School’s Campbell Moot Court competition.

Ruti Teitel was one of two judges of honor for The Academy on Human Rights 2015 Human Rights Essay Award.

Jethro Lieberman’s paper, “FIGHT THE HYPO: FAKE ARGUMENTS, TROLLEYOLOGY, AND THE LIMITS OF HYPOTHETICALS”, was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: LSN: Courses, Cases & Teaching Materials (Topic).

Arthur Leonard’s reporting for Gay City News on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and subsequent action by President Obama in declining to expand religious exemptions for his executive orders on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by federal contractors was part of the reporting that earned Gay City News an award of “First Place” standing for “Coverage of Religion” by the New York State Press Association. For more information, click here.

On March 20, the Black Law Students Association held its 20th Annual Alumni Awards Dinner. The honorees were be Tamara Belinfanti; Edward Chukwuenmeke Okeke ’97, an attorney at the World Bank; and Judge Dakota Ramseur ’97 of the New York City Civil Court. For more information, click here.

Ronald Filler was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Futures Association (NFA) on February 19. The NFA is similar to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). It is the derivatives industry’s self-regulatory organization (SRO). For more information, click here.

Gerald Korngold has joined the Members Consultative Group for the Fourth Restatement of Property currently being developed by the American Law Institute.

Richard Marsico was appointed to serve as an Impartial Hearing Officer by the New York State Education Department. In this capacity, he will preside over hearings challenging the adequacy of the provision of special education to children with disabilities in New York City.

Michael Botein has been appointed a Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, at Palacký University in the Czech Republic, from March to May.

Michael Perlin was presented with the Abraham Halpern Memorial Award by the Tri-State chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for his outstanding advocacy for the rights of the mentally ill.

Ruti Teitel was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Economic Globalization and Governance.

At the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Stephen Ellmann was elected Chair of the Section on African Law.

Houman Shadab was named an inaugural Fellow at the Coin Center, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. Other members of the Coin Center include prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Stanford University professor of economics Susan Athey, and Thomson Reuters Special Services Chief of Innovation Jason Thomas.

In December, Mariana Hogan taught an intensive Trial Advocacy Program for attorneys at Hogan Lovells and led a workshop on effective motion argument at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Kris Franklin was elected the 2015 Chair of the Section on Teaching Methods at the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting last weekend.

In December, Deborah Archer was appointed to the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Minority Groups Executive Committee.



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