James Leitner (LAW ’82) and his wife, Sandra, have made a $2 million gift that will allow Fordham University School of Law to expand the work of the just-launched Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.
Including this gift, the Leitners have given just more than $7 million in the last three years. They made a $3.1 million donation last February that established a second Leitner Family Chair in International Human Rights and funded a human rights clinic. The couple also made a $2 million gift in 2005 that established the first Leitner Family Chair.
The Leitner Center has been created to promote social justice by encouraging knowledge of, and respect for, international law and human rights standards.
The additional funding will be used to develop new initiatives, including a visiting scholars program, and to establish the Human Rights Colloquium, a lecture and discussion series that will feature leading scholars.
James Leitner is president of Falcon Management Corp., a New Jersey-based investment firm that he founded in 1991. Before founding Falcon Management, Leitner held senior-level posts at financial institutions, including chief dealer at Bank of America International, vice president for proprietary trading at Shearson Lehman and managing director at Bankers Trust.
He and his wife have been longtime supporters of the 10-year-old Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights at the Law School. The Crowley Program will now become part of the Leitner Center.