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Alumni Association to Honor Stuart Alderoty, Rosemary Alito and Lois Whitman at Annual Awards Dinner

July 03, 2013 – 

The Alumni Association of Rutgers School of Law–Newark will celebrate the achievements of HSBC General Counsel Stuart Alderoty, K&L Gates Partner Rosemary Alito, and founder of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Lois Whitman at its Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville. Stuart Alderoty and Rosemary Alito will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards and Lois Whitman will be honored with the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service.

Stuart Alderoty ’85 is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In this role, he serves as head of the legal function for HSBC – North America. 

Prior to joining HSBC, Alderoty served as Chief Litigation Counsel/Managing Counsel with American Express. In that role, he managed a broad team that was responsible for American Express’s litigation and legal issues related to privacy, insurance, consumer cards, and global advertising and brand management. Prior to joining American Express in 2002, he was a litigator in private practice for 17 years, the last 13 of which were with the LeBoeuf law firm where he was a partner since 1996. Alderoty serves on the board of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation, a not-for-profit community arts center in Red Bank, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

Rosemary Alito ’78 is a Partner at K&L Gates, Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, and author of the treatise New Jersey Employment Law, first published in 1992 and updated annually. In 1999, she was recognized by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey with the Trial Bar Award for outstanding performance as a trial lawyer.  

Alito serves as Chairman of the editorial board of the weekly New Jersey Law Journal. She has been chair of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection; Vice-Chair of the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee; and a member of Supreme Court committees on judicial discipline, funding for assistance to lawyers with addiction problems, and the status of women in the courts. She is a past President of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

Lois Whitman ’76 is the founder and director of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division, which investigates human rights abuses of children around the world and seeks to end them, including the use of children as soldiers, the worst forms of child labor, torture of children, attacks on students, teachers, and schools, juvenile justice, and migrant children. She has been associated with Human Rights Watch since 1985. 

Whitman has conducted human rights investigations and written reports on abuses in many countries around the world, including Turkey, Greece, Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Liberia, Jamaica, Cuba, and Sri Lanka. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Newsday, Kathimerini (Athens) and Africa Report. She has testified before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and United States Congressional committees on several occasions. 

Whitman has taught Women and the Law at Hunter College, Law and Social Work at Stony Brook School of Social Work, and Human Rights of Children at the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs. A lawyer and a social worker, Whitman received a B.A. from Smith College and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She received the Smith College Medal in 2002 and the Dean’s Medal from CUNY Law School in 2009.