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Save the date: “Is a JD right for you?”

A law degree, or JD, is often called “one of the most versatile degrees to attain.” But is becoming a lawyer right for you? Seek your own answer to this question at an event titled “Is a JD right for you?” This roundtable discussion is co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Society of the Gabelli School of Business and the Pre-Law Society of Rose Hill.

The event will help students to understand the multitude of career options that are open to people who earn a law degree. Find out about the career paths of district attorneys, in-house corporate counsel, and even law graduates who do not practice law, but rather use the degree in their careers in accounting or finance. This is a great opportunity to learn and to network. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.

Our roster of attorneys who will speak is still expanding, but at present, it includes:
DAVID FERNÁNDEZ
Corporate | Corporate Trust | Tax-Exempt Organizations | Energy Project Development and Finance
Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Before joining Carted Ledyard & Milburn, Mr. Fernández served as a senior assistant general counsel for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and as bond counsel for a variety of issuers, including the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, New York City Housing Development Corporation, and New York State Housing Finance Authority.

MARIO KRANJAC
Mergers and Acquisitions | Securities | General Corporate
Partner, Manuali & Viskovic LLP

Mr. Kranjac advises domestic and international business entities in matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and raising of capital, securities, asset-based financing, project finance, technology licensing, contracts, commercial transactions, and real estate transactions. He is a 1987 graduate of the Gabelli School of Business and a 1990 graduate of the Fordham University Law School.

MICHAEL MANSFIELD
Public Commissioner, City of New York Business Integrity Commission
Mr. Mansfield began his law-enforcement career in Connecticut in 1979 with the New Haven Police Department, having graduated with honors from Long Island University with a degree in criminal justice. He then earned a JD from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and became an assistant district attorney in Queens. He rose through the ranks and held management positions that included deputy bureau chief of the Rackets Bureau, chief of the Public Corruption Bureau, chief of the Civil Enforcement Bureau, chief of the Arson and Economic Crimes Bureau, and deputy executive assistant district attorney where he was responsible for the office’s Investigations Division. In August 2002, he became executive assistant district attorney for operations and directed the office’s counterterrorism initiatives and its witness-protection program. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed him commissioner and chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission in 2007. The commission aims to eliminate organized crime, corruption, and other forms of criminality in the City’s trade waste industry, public wholesale markets, and the shipboard gaming industry.

MELISSA PAPARONE
Corporate | Corporate Trust
Associate, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Ms. Paparone regularly serves as trustee counsel, counsel to the underwriter, and counsel to the placement agent in connection with public finance transactions. She regularly serves as trustee counsel on a wide range of municipal trust and corporate trust transactions. These offerings have included 501(c)(3) bonds, housing bonds, bond anticipation notes, certificates of participation, general obligation bonds, transportation bonds, hospital and other health care revenue bonds, civic facility revenue bonds, industrial development revenue bonds, water and sewer bonds, lease revenue bonds, tobacco securitizations, Delaware trusts, taxable trusts and collateralized debt obligations. Ms. Paparone began her career as external bond counsel to the New York City Housing Development Corporation and has served as underwriter’s counsel to the New York City Housing Development Corporation, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, New York City Industrial Development Corporation, and New York State Housing Finance Authority.

SALVATORE A. PAPARONE JR.
Entrepreneur & Small Business | Accounting & Finance
Principal, Paparone & Associates, P.C.
Mr. Paparone is an attorney and CPA admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania state and federal courts. He founded his firm after more than 17 years in corporate law, specializing in the oil industry. He has been a vice president, CFO, general counsel, and controller of international and Fortune 100 companies. As a result, he has legal and financial experience at all levels of management.

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