This career-focused series introduces students to a variety of distinguished alumni and friends of the law school. Students explore business and legal specialties, network with established professionals, and engage in invigorating conversation over an informal lunch.
September 13, 2011
Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
“Corporate Ethics & Compliance: The Billion Dollar Factor in the Business Equation”
October 4, 2011
Michael J. Boccio ’01
President, Legal and Business Consultant
Boccio and Associates, Inc.
EVP Kelowna Mountain Development Corporation
Former Managing Director of Business Development and Special Counsel
The Trump Organization
“How to increase your chances of professional success in any economic climate”
Michael J. Boccio ’01 told students how he utilized his legal education to become a successful entrepreneur. Following an associate position at a prestigious law firm and then handling complex business deals for Donald Trump, Mr. Boccio decided to start his own company. Among other ventures, Mr. Boccio is now investing in several large international real estate transactions.
October 18, 2011
Rory Cutaia ’85
“Law School: A Foundation for Entrepreneurs”
Rory J. Cutaia ’85, an entrepreneur, talked with students about the role his legal training plays in his many business ventures and the virtues of being a “practical lawyer”. Mr. Cutaia feels law school is the perfect training ground for entrepreneurs and debunked some of the myths regarding becoming an entrepreneur.
October 25, 2011
Robert G. Leary ’86
President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)
ING Insurance U.S.
“Lessons on Applying a Law Degree and Early Legal Practie to a Career in Financial Services”
Robert G. Leary, Jr., ‘86 spoke to students about his experiences at Fordham Law and the importance of developing analytical skills for solving complex legal problems. Mr. Leary discussed why he decided against a traditional law firm partner route.
November 8, 2011
Cynthia Lo Bessette ’95
Deputy General Counsel
Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC
“Asset Management and the Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment”
Cynthia Lo Bessette ’95, spoke to students about her career trajectory in the asset management practice area and gave an overview of the industry. Ms. Lo Besette discussed recent major overhauls of the law affecting the asset management industry and the importance of fiduciary duty.