College Columns May 2015 Issue - Page 10

John W. Kozyak (Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton) accepted the Florida's highest pro bono honor, the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, at the Florida Supreme Court on January 29, 2015. He was honored for his contributions toward fostering diversity in the legal profession through the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and the annual Minority Mentoring Picnic that draws thousands of people from all over the state to forge relationships with minority law students.

Jenner & Block LLP is pleased to announce that internationally renowned restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer Richard Levin - an author of the 1978 US Bankruptcy Code and recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Bankruptcy - is joining the firm as a partner in its NY office and becoming a member of its nationaly recognized Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice, effective May 18, 2015.

BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, announced that William J. Perlstein will be joining BNY Mellon as Senior Deputy General Counsel, effective June 15, 2015. Perlstein will lead the Legal Department practice groups focused on goverment affairs, public policy and regulatory affairs, and the corporate services legal functions supporting M&A, IT, real estate, procurement and sourcing support, and cyber security.

Keith J. Shapiro, co-chair of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP's Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, recently received a special award for his dedication to Emory University School of Law and his significant contributions to the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Shapiro, who earned his law degree from Emory, helped launch the Journal 30 years ago and has served as its alumni advisor for almost two decades.

Bankruptcy MVP: Jenner & Block's Catherine Steege: New York - December 16, 2014 - Jenner & Block LLP's Cathy Steege has had a whirlwind year holding accountable the directors of a bankrupt Illinois casino, protecting the benefits of nearly 50,000 American Airlines Corp. retirees and preparing to take on the case of a lifetime before the Supreme Court, earning her a spot among Law 360's Bankruptcy MVPs of the Year.

Steege attributes much of her success in the past year to the "first-rate" Jenner & Blcok attorneys she works with on her cases and considers teamwork one of the firm's greatest selling points. But she said the most influential attorney of her career has been partner Ronald Peterson, who lured her into the bankruptcy practice while she was still a student at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

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A Special Thank You

Dear Robbin [Itkin},

On behalf of the Gould School of Law, we want to thank you and your fellow panelists for the wonderful panel that you organized and moderated for our law students. We received positive student feedback and loved the student participation question. One of the things to note about your panel was the effective showing of crossover fields. Many students come to USC Gould wanting to do entertainment work but I am not sure if they have fully thought out what entertainment law is. I think your panel showed the crossover between both worlds.

Please extend our appreciation to the fellow panelists and the American College of Bankrupcty. We think it is a worthwhile program.

Best regards,

Rachel Kronick Rothbart, Esq.

Associate Director of Career Services

USC Gould School of Law