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2019 Diploma Ceremony Prizes and Awards

THE ABRAHAM ABRAMOVSKY AWARD

The Abraham Abramovksy Award is presented to a member of the graduating J.D. class in recognition of his/her outstanding performance in Trial Advocacy.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

Nominations for the Abraham Abramovsky Award must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around. Nominations are to be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@law.fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019.  

THE CLASS OF 1911 PRIZE

On the Occasion of its Silver Jubilee, the Class of 1911 established a prize consisting of the yearly income from the sum of $1,500 to be awarded for the best essay submitted by a student in the graduating J.D. class of the law school on a legal subject that is designated annually by the Dean.  In the event that no essay submitted is deemed worthy of the award, the income from the fund for that year is devoted to the purchase of resources for the Library.  The legal subject designated by the Dean for the graduating class of 2019 is:

"The Connection between Democracy and the Rule of Law."

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

a) Papers are to be submitted to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019, the last day of classes.  

b) Papers must be typewritten (double-spaced) on 8 ½” by 11” paper, 1 inch margins all around.

c) Papers must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, including footnotes.  No paper which exceeds this limit will receive an award.  Any paper received that exceeds this limit will be returned.

d) Citations must be in approved law review form.

e) Papers may appear in other publications, provided their entry in the Class of 1911 Prize competition is duly noted.

f) Since papers are presumed to represent individual study, collaboration with others in its preparation (other than the usual type of law review supervision) is not permitted.

CROWLEY AWARD

The Joseph R. Crowley Memorial Award will be given to the graduating J.D. student(s) who during his/her career at the law school best emulated the qualities of the late Dean Crowley.  All faculty, students and alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for deserving candidates. The following criteria should be considered in determining nominees:

A. Academic achievement;

B. Membership and participation in law school activities;

C. Volunteer activities within the law school community;

D. Volunteer activities outside the law school community;

E. Demonstrated commitment to assisting fellow students and members of the faculty or administration;

F. Achievements that have worked to enhance the reputation of the law school; and,

G. Other qualities consonant with the late Dean Crowley’s standard of “intelligence, industry, and integrity.

Nominations for the Joseph R. Crowley Memorial Award must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around.  Nominations are to be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019.  

The recipient of the Joseph R. Crowley Memorial Award will be announced at the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony.
 

 

 

THE MARY DALY PRIZE

The Mary Daly Prize in Legal Ethics is awarded to the graduating J.D. student who publishes the most significant writing relating to lawyers’ professional responsibility and/or the legal profession. It was established by the directors of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics in memory of their beloved colleague Mary Daly, who directed the Stein Center in the 1980s and 90s.  

Nominations are to be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019 or to Professor Bruce Green bgreen@fordham.edu or Professor Russ Pearce rpearce@fordham.edu.

DEAN’S SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is given to a student in the graduating J.D. class who has made a singular and distinctive contribution to the Law School community.  
 

DONALD J. FEERICK PRIZE IN LABOR LAW

The Donald J. Feerick Prize in Labor Law is to be awarded to the J.D. student who submits the best paper on a subject in labor law, which is interpreted broadly to include alternative dispute resolution approaches to problem solving.  The Donald J. Feerick Prize in Labor Law was established by the faculty, administration, and staff of Fordham Law School in honor of Donald J. Feerick, the late brother of Dean John D. Feerick, who served as Dean of Fordham Law School from 1982 – 2002.

The Donald J. Feerick Prize, an award in the amount of $500, will be presented at the May 2018 Diploma Ceremony.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

1. Papers must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019 to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu

2. Papers must be typewritten in 12-point, Times New Roman font on 8 ½” by 11” paper, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins all around.

3. Papers should not exceed 50 pages in length, including footnotes.

4. Papers may be written: 
a) Solely to be considered for this award, 
b) As a final paper on a labor law topic (as defined above) for a law school course, or 
c) To appear in other publications, provided their entry in the Donald J. Feerick Prize competition is duly noted.

5. Papers are presumed to represent individual study and collaboration with others in its preparation (other than the usual type of law review supervision) is not permitted.
 

THE EUGENE J. KEEFE AWARD 

The Eugene J. Keefe award is presented to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community.  This award was established in memory of a beloved faculty member who served at Fordham from 1926 to 1968.

Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019.  Please note that this date is earlier than the other award submissions.


 

THE DONALD MAGNETTI AWARD

The Donald Magnetti Award is presented to a member of the graduating J.D. class in recognition of his/her outstanding public commitment and contribution to those beyond the Law School Community. 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Nominations for the Donald Magnetti Award must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around. Student Affairs until.   Nominations should be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu  by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019. 
 

THE ADELE MONACO MEMORIAL AWARD

The Adele Monaco Memorial Award is presented to a member of the graduating J.D. class in the evening division who has made a positive impact on the lives of evening division students through the demonstration of compassion, courage, determination and commitment to public service.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Nominations for the Adele Monaco Memorial Award must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around. Nominations should be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019.  

THE WALTER B. KENNEDY AWARD

THE WALTER B. KENNEDY AWARD is presented to a J.D. member of the Fordham Law Review in recognition of extraordinary service that exemplifies the commitment to legal excellence of Professor Walter D. Kennedy, who served as the Law Review’s moderator from 1935 to 1945.

 

THE KEITH C. MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD

THE KEITH C. MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to a member of the graduating J.D. class who has demonstrated unselfish dedication to the Fordham Moot Court program.  It is named in memory of Keith Miller who was the managing editor of the Moot Court Board in 1986-87.

THE MONSIGNOR JAMES J. MURRAY PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE

THE MONSIGNOR JAMES J. MURRAY PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE is given to a graduating Fordham Law School J.D. student who is committed to a career in public service.  The prize was established through a generous gift from James J. Houlihan, GSB ’74, Christie L. Houlihan, Law ’11, and the Houlihan family.  Just as Monsignor Murray exemplified the Fordham Law motto, “in the service of others,” it is the hope of the Houlihan family that the recipients of this prize will commit their professional lives to public service.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Nominations for the Monsignor James J. Murray Prize for Achievement in Public Service must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around. Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019 by Professor Bruce Green at bgreen@fordham.edu or lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu


 

THE ANN MOYNIHAN AWARD

THE ANN MOYNIHAN AWARD is presented to a member of the J.D. graduating class in recognition of his/her outstanding performance in the Law School’s Clinical program. 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Nominations for the Ann Moynihan Award must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around. Nominations should be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019.   
 

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS AWARD

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS AWARD is sponsored by the 
National Association of Women Lawyers and recognizes an outstanding J.D. law graduate of each American Bar Association approved law school.  The Dean invites faculty, students and administrators to submit nominations for deserving candidates.

The following criteria should be considered in determining nominees for this award: 
a. Contributes to the advancement of women in society;
b. Promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession;
c. Exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm;
d. Demonstrates academic achievement; and
e. Earns the respect of faculty, administration and fellow students.

A nominating letter accompanied with the nominee’s resume should be emailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu by 5:00 p.m., April 12, 2019.  The nominating letter is limited to one side of a single 8 ½” by 11” page and should be signed by the nominator.  

The recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award will be announced at graduation.
 

THE PARCHOMOVSKY – SIEGELMAN STUDENT GRADUATION PRIZE

THE PARCHOMOVSKY – SIEGELMAN STUDENT GRADUATION PRIZE is awarded to the graduating J.D. student who produced the best work of scholarship published in one of Fordham’s Law School Journals. Faculty and Journal Board members are invited to nominate up to three J.D. or L.L.M. degree candidates who are deserving of being considered for this award. A copy of the published work should be e-mailed to lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.    

THE ROBERT ARAM RENZULLI PRIZE IN CRIMINAL LAW

THE ROBERT ARAM RENZULLI PRIZE IN CRIMINAL LAW is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has excelled in the area of criminal law during his/her three years at Fordham Law School, and who intends to engage in public service criminal law work upon graduating. The prize is supported by the Renzulli Charitable Trust, Kevin and Jeanine O’Brien and Martin J. and Mary Ann McLaughlin.

Nominations for the Robert Aram Renzulli Prize in Criminal Law must be in writing and should be submitted on one 8 ½” by 11” page, 1 inch margins all around.  Students are encouraged to nominate themselves for this award.

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019 by e-mailing lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu. The recipient of the Robert Aram Renzulli Prize in Criminal Law will be announced at the Law School’s Diploma Ceremony.  There is also a $1,000 money award.

 

THE JORENE FRENKL ROBBIE ’79 MEMORIAL LEGAL RESEARCH PRIZE

THE JORENE FRENKL ROBBIE ’79 MEMORIAL LEGAL RESEARCH PRIZE is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the Advanced Legal Research Program.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Nominations for the Jorene Frenkl Robbie ’79 Memorial Legal Research Prize should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs at lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu until 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2019.  The teachers in the Advanced Legal Research program will select the recipient of this award. 
 

AWARDS DETERMINED BY THE SBA

THE PHILIP R. FUSCO MEMORIAL AWARD is presented by the Student Bar Association to a J.D. student who participated in the intramural athletic program while demonstrating dedication, enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and academic achievement.

THE ADJUNCT TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented by the Student Bar Association to the adjunct professor selected by students for excellence inside and outside the classroom and for exhibiting the highest level of education to his or her students.

THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented by the Student Bar Association to the professor students identify as being a master teacher. 
 

AWARDS DETERMINED BY GRADES

THE ACTUM FOUNDATION PRIZE is awarded to a graduating LL.M. student who, in the judgment of the administration, has done distinguished work in the Banking, Corporate and Finance Law Program.  The prize was established through the generosity of Pierre Charpie of Switzerland, a 1995 and 1996 graduate of the Fordham LL.M. 

THE CHAPIN PRIZE is awarded to the student in the graduating J.D. class who has attained the highest weighted average throughout law school.  This prize was established in memory of Professor H. Gerald Chapin, who served on the Faculty of the Law School from its founding in 1905 until his death in 1920.

THE DAVID F. AND MARY LOUISE CONDON PRIZE is awarded to the J.D. student who attains the highest grade in American legal history.

FASHION LAW M.S.L. AWARD is given to the graduating M.S.L. student with the best overall performance in the Fashion Law program.  

THE JOHN D. FEERICK AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION is established through the generosity of Dennis Kenny ’11. It is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in the International Dispute Resolution program who attains the highest cumulative average. 

THE BENJAMIN FINKEL PRIZE is awarded to that member of the graduating J.D. class who has excelled in the course in bankruptcy.  It is named in memory of a distinguished alumnus, who was long a practitioner in this field, Benjamin Finkel ‘27.

THE FORDHAM LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEDAL IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW is awarded to the member of the graduating J.D. class who excelled in Constitutional Law in his or her first year.

THE WHITMORE GRAY PRIZE is awarded to the graduating J.D. student who, in the opinion of a committee of the Faculty, has been outstanding in courses or activities relating to international law practice.  It was established through the generosity of Professor Whitmore Gray, a distinguished visiting professor at Fordham.

THE EMILY C. AND JOHN E. HANSEN AWARD is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Program who attains the highest cumulative average. It is established in honor of Professor Hansen’s parents. 

THE EDWARD J. HAWK PRIZE established through the generosity of Professor Barry E. Hawk, is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in the International Business and Trade Law program who attains the highest cumulative average.

THE CARLOS HAWKER PRIZE is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in the Corporate Compliance program who attains the highest cumulative average. This award was established through the generosity of Carlos Hawker, a 2008 graduate of Fordham’s LL.M. program.

THE HUGH R. JONES AWARD in law and public policy is presented to the student in the graduating J.D. class who has attained the highest combined weighted average in the subjects of Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility.  The prize is named in honor of the distinguished former member of New York’s highest court.

THE JUDY AND DENNIS KENNY FASHION LAW LL.M. AWARD is given to the graduating LL.M. student with the best overall performance in the Fashion Law program.  The award honors Dennis Kenny '61, who worked closely with fashion industry clients immediately following his graduation from law school, effectively making him Fordham's first fashion lawyer -- though the field itself wasn't established until almost half a century after his graduation. 

THE JAMES LEITNER AWARD is established by faculty and alumni of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.  This $1,000.00 prize is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in International Law and Justice who attains the highest cumulative average.  It is named for James Leitner, with gratitude for his unparalleled generosity and support for human rights around the world.

THE MICHAEL M. MARTIN AWARD is given to the graduating M.S.L. student with the best grades in the M.S.L. program in Compliance.  This award is established in honor of former Dean Michael M. Martin under whose tenure the M.S.L. degree was conceived and developed.

THE EMMET J. McCORMACK FOUNDATION PRIZE is awarded to the J.D. student who has attained the highest grade in Admiralty Law.
            
 THE LAWRENCE J. McKAY PRIZE is awarded to the graduating J.D. students who represented the Law School in the National Moot Court Competition.

THE HONORABLE JOSEPH M. McLAUGHLIN PRIZE is awarded to the J.D. student who attained the highest combined weighted average during his or her first year.  The award is named in honor of the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals.

THE ADDISON M. METCALF LABOR LAW PRIZE is awarded to the student in the graduating J.D. class who has received the highest grade in the basic labor law course.  The prize was created through the generosity of Mr. Addison Metcalf, a longtime member of the Law School’s administrative staff.

THE HENRIETTA METCALF PRIZE is awarded to the student in the graduating J.D. class who has received the highest grade in contracts.

THE PETER J. O’CONNOR PRIZE is awarded to the J.D. student with the highest weighted average in courses in Evidence and New York Practice.  It is named in memory of Professor O’Connor, a 1956 graduate of the school, who taught at Fordham Law for 15 years until his death in 1988.

THE THOMAS F. REDDY, JR. PRIZE is awarded to the graduating J.D. student with the highest grades in courses in intellectual property.  It is presented in memory of Thomas F. Reddy, Jr., a 1941 graduate of the school, who was a senior partner in the firm of Penine & Edmond, and a widely respected authority in this field of law.

THE ROBERT SCHUMAN PRIZE established through the generosity of Professor Roger Goebel, is awarded to the graduating J.D. and LL.M. student who has achieved the highest grades in courses in European Union Law.  The prize is named in honor of the distinguished former Foreign Minister of France who was one of the leading statesmen inspiring the creation of the European Union.

THE SENIOR PRIZE is awarded to the students in each division of the graduating J.D. class who attain the highest weighted average throughout the year.

THE WILLIAM MICHAEL TREANOR AWARD is named for former Fordham Law School Dean William Michael Treanor and is awarded to the graduating LL.M. student in the U.S. and Comparative Law Program who attains the highest cumulative average.  Established through the generosity of Professor Thomas Lee and Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine, this award recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by Dean Treanor to the development of the Law School’s LL.M. and international programs.

THE MILTON YOUNG PRIZE is awarded to that member of the graduating J.D. class who has excelled in courses in the field of taxation. It is named in memory of Milton Young, a member of the class of 1931 and has been endowed through the generosity of the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation. 

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