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Catching Up: Stephen Langenthal

Stephen Langenthal (Law, 1959) writes, "I spent almost 40 years as a lawyer in the motion picture business – over thirty of those years at Warner Bros as Vice President-East Coast Counsel. At the end of 2000 I made the mistake of retiring although I continued to do part time work for Warner and was a principal in a group attempting to put together motion picture financing packages.

My wife, who has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, continues to work as an Educational Test Developer.

Now, unfortunately, I am in severe financial difficulty with a $1,000,000 mortgage in serious default and with foreclosure looming over the apartment that my wife and I have lived in since 1974.

Does anyone in the Columbia community know of a bank or other lending institution with the flexibility to create a mortgage or other financial package which my wife and I will be able to carry so that we can continue to live in our apartment, here in Manhattan, which has a market value of approximately $1,400,000?


Submitted on Apr 21, 2014

Career News: Nicole Gordon

Nicole Gordon (Law, 1977), an attorney and the founding Executive Director of New York City’s Campaign Finance Board, recently accepted a position at The Marshall Project as Executive Director. Gordon will manage The Marshall Project’s non-editorial functions, including development, strategy, human resources, compliance and finance.

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit news organization, edited by Bill Keller, former Executive Editor of The New York Times, that will focus on the American criminal justice system, using both traditional and digital journalism tools to help spark a national conversation about America’s criminal justice system. The Marshall Project's Founder and Publisher is Neil Barsky.

“Nicole Gordon brings the same level of professional excellence to The Marshall Project’s management as Bill Keller brings to editorial,” said Neil Barsky. “With our senior management team now in place, we are moving full speed ahead toward our launch later this year.”

Earlier, The Marshall Project announced the hiring of Gabriel Dance and Tim Golden as Managing Editors.

“I am excited to join The Marshall Project as it pursues its mission to shine a light on the criminal justice system through innovative, high-impact journalism,” Gordon said. “I care deeply about the subject matter and believe we can make a meaningful impact.”

Previously, as vice president of the JEHT Foundation, Gordon oversaw funding of a wide range of criminal justice projects, including evaluating promising reforms in prisoner re-entry policy across the country. She chaired the Accountability Task Force of the New York State Office of Public Safety and, most recently, assisted the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City Department of Investigation on special projects.

Gordon is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. She received the Outstanding Service Award of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, the Columbia Law School Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility, and a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship at Harvard Law School. She produced “An Empire of Reason,” an Emmy-award winning documentary about the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Submitted on Apr 11, 2014
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