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Brooklyn Law School honors four at its annual Alumni Luncheon

February 8, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Law School (BLS) recognized two of its distinguished alumni with Alumni of the Year awards and two others with Rising Star awards during its annual Alumni Luncheon last month. Pictured from left: Nithya B. Das, Winston M. Paes, Hon. Nelson S. Roman, Martin A. Fischer, BLS Dean Nick Allard and Valerie Fitch. Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Law School.
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The Brooklyn Law School honored four of its distinguished graduates, two with Alumni of the Year awards and two more with Rising Star awards, during its annual Alumni Luncheon that was held at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on Friday, Jan. 29.

“Our incredible alumni have been a key to our leadership in educating and training new lawyers for the challenges of the 21st century,” said Brooklyn Law School (BLS) Dean Nick Allard. “You are key to continuing our scholarship and research devoted to paramount issues — issues whose significance matter far beyond our campus, our city and the Empire State.”

Martin A. Fischer, a 1964 graduate, and Hon. Nelson S. Roman, a 1989 graduate, received prestigious Alumni of the Year awards. Nithya B. Das, a 2006 graduate, and WInston M. Paes, a 2003 graduate, were given Rising Star awards.

“Your achievements as Brooklyn Law graduates give us a sterling reputation, and your engagement and encouragement and support propel us to do ever better,” Allard said.

Fischer has worked for West Center Associates and Hon. Roman is a justice of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Das is the senior vice president and general counsel for AppNexus Inc. and Paes is the chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York.

“You are our best ambassadors,” Allard said. “We need you to spread the good news so that others, too, will join us to support scholarships, grow our innovative programs and create the best leading-edge facilities that a 21st-century law school demands.”

During his speech, Allard spoke highly of the school and touted some of its recent events, including the upcoming Free Speech Conference later this month and a visit from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor scheduled for this spring.

Allard also extolled BLS’s strong alumni network and asked their help in getting students into jobs right out of college. He then challenged them to encourage other alumni to get involved and to give more of their time and money through the BLS Annual Fund.

“Let us work together to give the next generation of Brooklyn Law students a new opportunity to walk in your footsteps and change the world,” Allard concluded.

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