Two of New York’s legal luminaries, Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Stephanie Goldstein, Global Co-Head of Litigation and Regulatory Proceedings, Goldman Sachs, will be honored recipients of the annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award, presented by American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) at Cipriani 42nd St. on Tuesday, May 10 at 12 p.m.

Celebrating its 52nd year, the Award has an illustrious history and raises awareness and important support for the HU Faculty of Law and the mission of its American Friends. Presented annually to distinguished members of the New York legal community, the TOL Award recognizes an honoree’s leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the betterment of humanity which was embodied in the high ideals and philanthropic commitment of the late George A. Katz (z”l), co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and dear friend of AFHU.

Fiske is widely credited for pioneering white collar defense as a big-law practice area. He is currently Senior Counsel at Davis Polk after having served as a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice over 46 years. In 1994, he was Independent Counsel in the Whitewater investigation. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1976 to 1980 and as Chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. Fiske is a Fellow and former President of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Among his numerous accolades, Fiske received the Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the New York City Bar Association Medal and the Fordham-Stein Prize, The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, Michigan Law School Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, American Inns of Court Lewis Powell Award for Professionalism and Ethics, James Duane Award for exemplary service to the Southern District of New York.

Fiske received an LL.D. from the University of Michigan, J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School – Order of the Coif, Associate Editor Michigan Law Review, and a B.A. from Yale University.

His fellow Torch of Learning honoree, Stephanie Goldstein, is currently Global Co-Head of Litigation and Regulatory Proceedings at Goldman Sachs. She joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2013 from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York, where she had been a partner since 2000. Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in 1992 and magna cum laude from Brandeis University in 1989.

Torch of Learning Event Co-Chairs are:

Charles A. Stillman, Ballard Spahr LLP;  Alan Levine, Cooley LLP; James P. Rouhandeh, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP; Jonathan L. Mechanic, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP; Robert J. Jossen, Robert Jossen, P.C.; John S. Siffert, Lankler, Siffert & Wohl LLP; Ira Lee Sorkin, Mintz & Gold LLP; Brad S. Karp, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Stephen M. Cutler, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP; H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Adam O. Emmerich and Martin A. Lipton, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Staci Yablon, Winston & Strawn LLP.

The Award Luncheon is supported by all the major law firms in New York City as well as representative corporations and financial institutions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the mission of its American Friends. For more information, to register for the event, or to make a tax-deductible contribution click here, or contact Maura Milles at 212 607-8510, or by email:

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