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2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees


Please join us in congratulating the
2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner Honorees
Mike Chalos ’70 & Jim Maloney ’80
whose valued contributions to FSMAA
and their industries are noted below.

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2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Mike Chalos, Class of 1970

2018 Dedicated Service Award
Jim Maloney, Class of 1980

Michael G. Chalos graduated from Maritime in 1970, when he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and a Third Mate’s license in the United States Merchant Marine.  He went on to attend Fordham University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1975 with a Juris Doctor degree.
Mr. Chalos is currently a partner at K&L Gates, LLP specializing in traditional maritime law and environmental civil and criminal law, and has represented a number of clients involved in high profile civil and criminal environmental litigation.  He has authored a number of articles on the criminalization of maritime accidents in the United States and other maritime nations, articles relating to investigations and prosecutions by United States authorities of the by-passing of oily water separators and waste oil management systems, and several Environmental Management Systems/Compliance Programs, which are currently in use as part of settlement agreements reached with governmental authorities of pending investigations. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics to industry groups, governmental bodies, law students, and environmental groups. Mr. Chalos is a past Chairman of the US Maritime Law Association’s Committee on Environmental Crimes.

Jim Maloney graduated from Maritime in 1980, after having been among the first to join the new Humanities Study Area Concentration. From 1980 to 1987, he made his living as a licensed deck officer on American merchant ships, then pursued two careers ashore, first as a paramedic and later, after graduating from Fordham Law School in 1995, as an attorney at law.  Maloney is a maritime and constitutional lawyer, and also teaches as an adjunct in the GBAT Department at Maritime.

Jim was an FSMAA Board member for 12 years, serving from 2002 to 2014, and was Secretary from 2006 to 2010.  Most recently, he advised the committee and board in the contract negotiations with SUNY and the college. He is married with two sons.

Photographer: Jonathan Heisler, Hofstra University Photographer

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