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New York Law School Alumni Accepted for Admission
To Practice before U.S. Supreme Court

A group of 23 alumni and friends of New York Law School were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in an induction ceremony held on Monday, December 12 in Washington, D.C. Among the Law School alumni participating were 89-year-old Murray T. Koven ’38, who was inducted with his grandson, Joshua R. Cammaker, and Gregory J. Dell ’00 and Carol Giuliano Dell ’01, a husband and wife who met at New York Law School.

To qualify for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court, an applicant must be admitted to practice in the highest court of a state, commonwealth, territory, possession or the District of Columbia for at least three years immediately before the date of the application. The candidates also must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action during that time and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character. Finally, applicants also need two letters of recommendation from members of the Bar of the Supreme Court who know the applicant personally but are not relatives.

Steven B. Shapiro ’84, and Peachetta S. deFreitas ’93, both Vice Presidents of the New York Law School Alumni Association, provided recommendations for many of the New York Law School inductees. Liane J. Bass ’94, Senior Administrator of Graduate Programs at New York Law School, and David G. Post, Adjunct Professor, also served as sponsors.

The evening before the ceremony, Richard A. Matasar, Dean and President of New York Law School, hosted a reception for the inductees and their families at Blackie’s, a well-known Washington, D.C. restaurant. New York Law School also hosted a breakfast in the Lawyers’ Lounge at the Supreme Court on Monday morning before the induction.

Five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court attended the ceremony. They were Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

“Being sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court was my most memorable legal experience,” Danielle J. Butler ’00, one of the New York Law alumni said. “It was such an honor to be presented by our law school for induction into the highest court in our nation. I never felt so professional and esteemed as the moment when I heard my name called to stand before the Chief Justice. The swear-in was a fabulous opportunity arranged by our Alumni Relations Office and Dean Matasar.”

The New York Law School friends and alumni inducted are:

  • Judith Bresler ’74, Counsel with Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLC
  • Danielle Justine Butler ‘00, Counsel with Hill Betts & Nash, LLP
  • Robert Alan Burstein ’76, Burstein & Blum, LLP
  • Philip M. Caal ’98, New York City Law Department
  • Joshua R. Cammaker, corporate partner at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and grandson of inductee Murray T. Koven ‘38
  • Robert Andrew Clinard ’95, in private practice
  • Michael Angelo Costa ’81, Partner & Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Suzanne Davidson, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at New York Law School
  • Carol Giuliano Dell ‘01, Associate with Holm & O’Hara LLP
  • Gregory J. Dell ’00, Associate with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
  • Telesforo Del Valle, Jr. ‘82, in private practice
  • Rani E. Doyle ’95, Associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP
  • John Grocki ’88, the Bank of New York
  • Lloyd N. Hull ’51, in private practice
  • Murray T. Koven ’38, Koven & Krausz, admitted to practice on December 12, 1938 – 67 years to the day before his induction into the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Susan Chana Lask, in private practice
  • Louis Francis Maguire’01, in private practice
  • Christopher Martin Shields, Federal Communications Commission
  • Nancy Castor Sprattlin ’00, Greenberg Taurig, LLP
  • Marea Lane Wachsman ’00, The Law Offices of David M. Schreier
  • Stacy Lyn Weiss ’00, The Law Offices of McCulloh & Weiss

One other alumnus, Frank M. Ortiz ’86, Russo Fusco Scamardella & D’Amato, P.C. was inducted, but unable to attend the ceremony.