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CHARGES AGAINST TYCO GC TO GO FORWARD NEW YORK — A Manhattan Supreme Court judge on Tuesday upheld the top count of grand larceny against former Tyco International Ltd. General Counsel Mark Belnick and also denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss six counts of falsifying business records. Justice Michael Obus made his ruling orally, adding that he was not prepared to file a written decision at this time. He did not rule on Belnick’s motion to dismiss a charge that he violated the Martin Act, New York’s securities fraud statute, as well as an additional count of falsifying business records. Instead, the judge asked prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office to present more evidence showing that Belnick acted in concert with former Tyco Chief Executive Officer L. Dennis Kozlowski and Chief Financial Officer Mark Swartz, who are facing enterprise corruption and conspiracy charges in addition to grand larceny, falsifying business records and violating the Martin Act. The district attorney’s office first charged Belnick in September, at the same time as Kozlowski and Swartz, alleging that the lawyer falsified business records to conceal $14 million in unauthorized loans to himself. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau added the grand larceny charge in February, as well as a charge that Belnick violated the Martin Act by participating in a scheme with Kozlowski and Swartz to defraud investors by concealing loans and other self-dealing. — The New York Law Journal GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAM AT HOFSTRA NEW YORK — Jeff Dodge moved across the country last week from San Diego to New York, and he packed with him a combination of experiences that has captured the attention of some forward thinkers at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y. One of three students to receive scholarships under Hofstra’s newly created Fellowships for Advocacy for the Equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, Dodge, 22, will begin his first year on the Hempstead campus about $25,000 ahead of the game. As a recipient of a fellowship that provides a $20,000 tuition grant and a $5,000 stipend each summer, he has pledged a commitment to advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Hofstra announced the creation of the Fellowships for Advocacy for the Equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in February. The awards were created, in part, as a response to the university’s decision a few years ago to allow the armed forces to recruit on campus and an ROTC program to remain, despite objections by some faculty and students that the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is discriminatory to vocal members of the LGBT community. Hofstra’s program will enable Dodge to work the summers between law school semesters with advocacy groups such as Lambda Legal, a nonprofit organization based in New York, and the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of New York. Although he recognizes that his goals after graduation are subject to change, he is interested in alternative dispute resolution with a continued commitment to LGBT issues through pro bono work. — The New York Law Journal

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