Bree Bernwanger directs the Feerick Center’s New York Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and Immigrant Families Project. Bree joined the Feerick Center from a clinical fellowship at Albany Law School, where she taught and supervised students representing immigrant children and survivors of violence in family court and before immigration authorities. She also practiced as a litigation associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP, where her pro bono matters included family court and death penalty work. Immediately following law school, she contributed to litigation on behalf of detainees at Bagram Air Base and worked on impact litigation and advocacy at the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Bree holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law and a B.A., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dora Galacatos, the Executive Director to the Feerick Center, is a Fordham Law alumna (1996), with experience working in city government, the not-for-profit sector, and legal services for low-income individuals. Prior to coming to Law School, Dora worked for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice and the New York City for Mayor's Office of Drug Abuse Policy from 1989 to 1993, where she focused on program development, program evaluation, and policy analysis. As part of a Skadden Fellowship (1997-98), Dora helped establish a family day care network at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
Dora had served as Staff Director to the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel, working alongside John Feerick. Dora also served as a law clerk to the late-Honorable Milton Pollack (1996-97) and, more recently, to the Honorable Paul A. Crotty (2005-2006), both District Judges in the Southern District of New York. Dora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History (1987), and the New School for Social Research, where she was a Kaplan M. Fellow and received a Master of Science in Urban Policy (1993).
In 2009 Dora was honored by The New York County Lawyer's Association with their Public Service Award. In 2011, Manhattan Legal Services awarded her its Medal of Honor. In 2013, MFY Legal Services, Inc. recognized Dora with its Partner in Justice Award. Dora is a former chair of the New York City Bar Civil Court Committee.
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Robert J. Reilly
Robert J. Reilly, the Assistant Dean for the Feerick Center, is responsible for many of the administrative functions of the Center including finance, planning, development, personnel and administration. He is a primary contact for the Board of Advisors for the Center and is involved in several programmatic areas including the Fordham University Consortium on Social Justice, the H.E.L.P. program providing legal advice to homeless individuals, the Attorney Emeritus Program, our public lecture series, and the CLARO program. He is a graduate of Fordham Law and he returned to the School as Assistant Dean in 1982, after seven years of corporate legal practice, to assist in the building of a strong alumni and development program for the School. He served for several years as the Dean of Students at the Law School, and later as the Assistant Dean for the Offices of External Relations, Communications, Alumni Affairs, and the Office of Public Programming. He has served on the New York State Office of Court Administration's Board of Continuing Legal Education and is involved with several charitable organizations in the New York area. In 2010, he received the annual Charles Carroll Award from the Guild of Catholic Lawyers of the Archdiocese of New York as a lawyer "who has earned distinction in the profession or public service by exemplifying integrity and the highest standards of professional conduct in the promotion and advancement of justice".
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Fern Schair has been Chairperson of the Feerick Center Advisory Board since its inception. Her professional positions include: Senior Vice President of the American Arbitration Association, Chief Administrative Officer of the New York City Bar Association, Program Development Officer for Civil Justice Programs at the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation), and Director of Civil Justice Programs at the Fund for the City of New York. Her current civic positions include member of the Board, Immediate Past President, and Co-Founder of the Children’s Law Center; former Chair and current Board member of the Fund for Modern Courts; Vice-Chair of the Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts (NY); Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Court Interpreters; former Board Chair and current Emeritus Board member of Legal Services-NYC; Co-Chair of the Chief Judge’s Advisory Council on the Attorney Emeritus Program; Co-Chair of the Committee on Non-lawyers and the Justice Gap; and member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the First Judicial Department. Ms. Schair attended Cornell University and graduated from St John’s School of Law.
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Derek Hackett, the Administrative Assistant to John D. Feerick and an Administrative Assistant to the Feerick Center.
Wilma Tamayo-Abreu, the Administrative and Programmatic Assistant for the Feerick Center.
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