Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice celebrated its fifth anniversary on Sept. 26—five years to the day of its launch in 2006.
The center presented honored guest Senator George J. Mitchell (left above), a former visiting professor at the Law School, with the very first George Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award, recognizing Mitchell’s social justice work in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and as Special Presidential Envoy for Middle East Peace.
Over 240 alumni and friends attended a reception at the headquarters of Mutual of America, raising almost $400,000 for the Center’s initiatives on behalf of poverty and consumer law, pro bono counsel initiatives and other social justice programs.
Robert C. Sheehan, former managing partner of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, was honored with the “Spirit of Service Award” and David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York, received the “Life of Commitment Award.”
Attending the event were the center’s founder and director John D. Feerick (right, above), former dean of the law school; University president Joseph M. McShane, S.J.; provost Stephen Freedman, Ph.D.; law school dean Michael M. Martin; former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, and Fordham president emeritus Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J.
Since its founding, the Feerick Center has been recognized for its outstanding work by the New York State Courts with their “Access to Justice Award,” and by the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University with its “Bright Idea of 2010 Award”.