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Fordham Law Reaches Historic $100 Million Campaign Goal


Fordham Law School has reached its $100 million campaign goal.

“The remarkable generosity of Fordham Law’s alumni and friends is matched only by their unstinting loyalty,” said William Michael Treanor, dean of Fordham Law. “Even during these challenging economic times, our community has come together to make a bold investment in the future of Fordham Law.”

Funds raised in the campaign—one of the largest in the history of American legal education—will support five key priorities: a new law school building, scholarships, faculty chairs, centers and institutes, and the Annual Fund.

The campaign, which sparked a 500 percent increase in fundraising since its inception, officially ends in 2013.

“We have achieved the campaign goal just a year and a half since we publicly launched the effort in November 2008.” said Karen Deasy, director of major gifts at Fordham Law. “Over the next three years, the groundwork our donors have laid will allow the law school to achieve even more for the benefit of our students and educational programs.”

Fundraising will now be focused on three important goals:

1. New law school building: To date, Fordham Law has raised $32 million of the $75 million needed.Learn more about naming opportunities in the new building.

2. Scholarships: In a difficult economy, scholarships make it possible for gifted students to attend the law school, regardless of their financial position. There are many ways to support scholarships, from making unrestricted annual fund gifts of any amount to establishing an endowed scholarship with a gift of $100,000 or more. Learn more about funding a scholarship.

3. Dean’s and Bridge Fellows: To help Fordham Law students transition from graduation to employment, the school offers two programs to help them gain legal experience. Our Dean’s Fellows work in our centers and institutes and Bridge Fellows assist public interest/nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and judges. Donors can “adopt” a Dean’s Fellow for six months for $13,000 or a Bridge Fellow for three months for $3,000. To learn more, e-mail Karen Deasy or call her at (212) 636-7438.

The campaign was co-chaired by T.J. Maloney ’79 and Thomas A. Moore ’72. Each contributed more than $7 million to the campaign, including $5 million each toward the new law school building.

The campaign also benefited from the leadership of Denis F. Cronin ’72, chair of the Fordham Law Dean’s Planning Council, and four presidents of the Fordham Law Alumni Association: James S. Brown ’72, Mark H. Tuohey III ’73, John H. Wolff ’76, and John R. Costantino ’70.

To date, 22 gifts of more than $1 million were made during the course of the campaign.

Gifts of $5 million+

• Paul R. Brenner ’67 (deceased)
• James Leitner ’82
• T.J. Maloney ’79 and his wife, Nancy
• Thomas A. Moore ’72 and his wife, Judith Livingston

Gifts of $1 million+
• Anonymous (2)
• Sally J. Bellet ’76
• Douglas A. Cooper ’72
• Jerome Cooper ’53
• Denis Cronin ’72 and his wife, Linda
• George G. D’Amato ’52 (deceased)
• The Gorman Foundation in memory of Owen T. Gorman ’29
• William M. Hartnett ’79 and his wife, Catherine
• Peggy Hill ’64
• Thomas J. Kavaler ’72 and Honorable Loretta A. Preska ’73
• George H. Meehan ’31 (deceased)
• Francis J. Mulderig ’52 (deceased)
• Prof. Pamela A. Samuelson and Prof. Robert J. Glushko
• Paul P. Tanico ’80
• Mark A. Walsh ’84
• Stanley D. Waxberg ’35 (deceased)
• Weil Gotshal

As of May 15, 221 gifts exceeded $100,000. The campaign also has inspired 3,605 first-time donations from alumni, friends and students.


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