Alumni News & Notes


Michael Blum graduated from UAlbany in absentia in 1971 while attending Tel Aviv University. He served in the Israeli Army and, in 1976, returned to the U.S., where he has worked as a global consultant. He and his wife split their time between homes in California, New York and Tuscany.


Mehmet Odekon, Tisch Family Distinguished Professor at Skidmore College, addressed the Class of 2015 at Skidmore’s graduation ceremony last May. He is a professor of economics.


Donna Scanlon received the 2015 Excellence in Research Award from the University at Albany.


Stuart P. Gelberg was named a 2015 “Legal Eagle” by Pulse Magazine and was also selected as one of only two bankruptcy attorneys for Legal Leaders as determined by Martindale-Hubbell. He was recently honored at the First Annual Access to Justice by the Nassau County Bar Association.


Steve Toretto was promoted to associate general counsel, Corporate Division of Pacific Life Insurance Company. He resides in Mission Viejo, Calif.


Bruce Plaxen became a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the U.S. In addition, Plaxen & Adler, P.A., is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The firm maintains nine locations throughout the State of Maryland.