New York, NY (November 8, 2010)—New York Law School will hold the Breaking New Ground. Again. Gala Celebration, honoring Diane Abbey, Founder of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families at New York Law School; Bruce A. Colbath ’85, Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and Steven M. Klosk ’87, President and CEO of Cambrex Corporation. The Gala will take place on Wednesday, November 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
“It is a privilege to honor these three extraordinary individuals,” Dean and President Richard A. Matasar said. “Diane, Bruce, and Steve will receive ‘The Groundbreaker Award’ for their work making a difference in the world, while epitomizing New York Law School’s core values of embracing innovation, fostering integrity and professionalism, and advancing justice for a diverse society.”
Diane Abbey is the founder of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families at New York Law School. The Center prepares students for the practice of family law and assists children and families in need in a variety of pro bono settings. Abbey has worked as an English and English as a Second Language teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx and as an educator for Planned Parenthood, where she spoke at schools, substance abuse centers, and after-school programs. She served on the Capital Campaign committee for New Alternatives for Children (NAC), an organization that provides a range of social services for disabled children and their families. She has served on numerous boards including that of the Brotherhood Synagogue, where she was actively involved in the campaign to totally renovate and restore the 1859 Friends Meeting House which now houses the Synagogue. She has served as a volunteer with the Brotherhood Synagogue Services, in which she was a provider in the Synagogue’s shelter program for the homeless.
Bruce A. Colbath ’85 is a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, in the firm’s litigation group, where he specializes in antitrust law, advertising, and related consumer class-action litigation. He has defended a number of major U.S. and foreign corporations in actions brought in federal and state courts, in a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, automobile distribution, semiconductors, apparel, consumer financial services, and cosmetics. Colbath has also represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of advertising issues, including several major state and federal investigations concerning advertising practices and consumer protection issues. He is active in various bar activities including in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, where he has held leadership positions in several committees and, most recently, served as an editor of one of the Section’s leading treatises, Consumer Protection Law Developments, and drafted the chapter on private advertising litigation under the Lanham Act. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Steven M. Klosk ’87 is President
and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of
Cambrex Corporation, a NYSE listed life sciences company with revenues of
approximately $240 million, which provides products and services to
support the development and manufacturing of small molecule therapeutics
for the pharmaceutical industry. Since joining Cambrex in 1992, Klosk has
served in various positions and participated in the acquisition of eight
businesses, building the company to $500 million in revenues. Prior to
Cambrex, Klosk served as Executive Vice President, Administration of The
Genlyte Group, Inc., a global lighting manufacturer where he was part of
the senior management team that led to the successful public spinoff of
Genlyte and subsequent listing of the company on the NASDAQ stock
exchange. In 2009, Klosk was named one of the top 30 alumni in the class
of 1979 by his Cornell University peers and serves on the
University’s Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board. In addition to
his role on the Cambrex Board of Directors, Klosk serves on the St.
Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board and is a member of the Board of
Directors of NPS, a privately held packaging company.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
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