Class Notes

Herschel Jackson ’40 was recently named one of Connecticut’s 100 Best Over 100, an annual list of the state’s oldest practicing lawyers. He is an associate at Foote & Mouth in Stamford and hopes to finally make partner this Fall.

Salvatore Barnett ’47 died in prison on March 14th.

Berry Pickens ’53 is a proud grandfather for the 39th time. He writes, “this one is already acting like an MLS alum – sleeping all the time, and complaining about the food!” Congrats, C. Berry, and thanks for keeping Class Notes in mind every time one of your children procreates!

William Walsh ’57 is saddened to announce his death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound just prior to sentencing in his malpractice case. He will leave behind two wives (sorry!) and a whole bunch of children.

John Lansbury ’64 announces his retirement from the practice of law and the sale of his firm, Lansbury & Associates, to his partner, Bill Associates (Vanderbilt ’72). The firm is currently hiring in its Trusts & Estates practice, but is not considering graduates of MLS.

Pastor Jack O’Malley ’68 would be delighted to connect with other wayward alums looking for spiritual satisfaction. You can reach him on Twitter @exlawyerJack. He asks those looking to get in touch to type carefully, because he has received a number of Twitter messages intended for @sexlawyerJack, and he hasn’t been quite sure how to respond.

Traffic Court Judge Whitby Coopersmith ’71 wants to remind all of his fellow alums– stop speeding! Especially Pat Sexton ’71, who he sees is on the docket for next Wednesday.

Alvin Shields ’75 is the first legal director of Senior Lawyers, a non-profit advocacy group fighting for 16-point font on all legal documents, more bathrooms in courthouses, judges who speak louder, and mandatory nap-time during trials.

Brenda Stevens ’80 wrote to say how proud she was to be a member of MLS’s first class of female graduates in 1980. As she celebrates 35 years as a paralegal, she couldn’t be more thrilled with her experience at MLS. “I understand now why we have worked so hard for equality,” she writes, “and how far we have to go.”

Thos Fitzsimmons ’82 has been elected Treasurer of his local Rotary Club (Albany, NY). “Just goes to show you,” Thos writes, “being disbarred doesn’t have to mean the end of your professional career!” Thos also performs regularly as a clown at local children’s birthday parties.

Esther Choi ’86 has joined Counselors For Canines. Esther specializes in Golden Retrievers.

Albert Finn ’89 wants to offer all of his fellow alums the chance to purchase a limited-edition Carbolic Smoke Ball from his personal collection. “It’s really the most amazing thing,” he says, “and I absolutely 100% guarantee it will cure whatever ails you.”

Timothy Lewis ’96 has joined the Phoenix office of Grant & Loan after fifteen years in the firm’s Boston office, where he and his wife started a family and bought the home they believed they would retire in, until the firm told him he could either move to Phoenix or find a new job. “But at least they gave me a week’s notice,” Tim writes.

Alicia Pomeranz ’98 recently gave birth to a son, Harold, named for the partner at her firm that Alicia most believes could help her make partner.

Jeff Rodriguez ’01 is once again between jobs. “If anyone’s looking for an experienced associate,” writes Jeff, “please contact me. I can also make coffee, shine shoes, operate a stapler and a three-hole puncher, and lift the 5 gallon jugs to refill the water cooler. Please, I need work.”

Jen Fernsworth ’04 was just made a name partner at Fernsworth & Fernsworth, a boutique family law firm, started by her brother, Samuel Fernsworth ’03. Right now the firm is operating out of Sam’s old bedroom, but they are looking for office space in downtown Rome, New York, if anyone knows of any deals.

Michael Grace ’06 has lost his MLS diploma. “Good riddance!” he writes.

Vlade Jasperson ’09 is returning to his native Serbia where, he has discovered, the MLS name carries real weight. “I am much respected lawyer,” he writes. “I tell everyone my law school is in America!”

Kate Nigro ’13 is looking to sell her New York Bar Exam preparation materials. “They are cursed,” she writes. “$200 OBO.”

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