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The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC)

  • is the place where Fordham Law students can devote their passions, interests, and skills to pro bono, public service and community service work from their first week in law school. PIRC is the home of dynamic student–run organizations involved in public interest work.

  • is a place where students are introduced to rewarding public interest work—through participation in PIRC student groups and a rich array of public service career support.

  • provides support to the ever-growing number of public interest student groups by providing a physical home with up-to-date office technology and supplies as well as staff who are available as mentors and liaisons to enable the student groups to carry out their important missions.  PIRC is a very welcoming place where students plan activities, share information and get to know like-minded students.  Students committed to public interest feel and those interested in exploring the work for the first time, can feel at home in PIRC.

  • counsels students who are exploring public service work, complement the services provided by the Career Planning Center.


Tom Schoenherr

Assistant Dean of Public Interest Resource Center


Dean Tom Schoenherr is the founder of the Public Interest Resource Center at Fordham Law School and has served as its director since it was established in 1991. Previously he was the Associate Director of the Career Planning Center at Fordham Law School for 5 years. He has counseled thousands of law students and alumni extensively in all phases of career planning and development.

Dean Schoenherr has been a moderator and a speaker on numerous public interest career panels at conferences including: the American Bar Association/National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (ABA/NLADA) Equal Justice Conference, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Equal Justice Works (EJW), Lavender Law, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), the Lesbian & Gay Law Association of New York (LeGaL), and the New York County Lawyer’s Association. He is a member of the ABA, AALS, the New York State Bar Association's Pro Bono Coordinators' Network, the ABCNY’s Public Service Network, and the NYC Metro Law School Public Interest Administrators Network. He did his graduate coursework in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at New York University and holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Binghamton University.

Dean Schoenherr currently serves as the co-chair of the National Advisory Committee of EJW. He has also served as the chair of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, chair of NALP’s Public Service Committee and LGBT Committee, and as the Member-at-Large on NALP’s National Board of Directors.

Leah Horowitz

Director of Public Interest Student Engagement


Leah Horowitz received her law degree from Fordham Law School and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. During her years at Fordham, Leah was a Stein Scholar and served as the president of two PIRC student organizations. Upon graduation, Leah worked as a public defender at the Bronx Defenders for nine years. While at the Bronx Defenders, in addition to zealously representing clients, Leah created the Client Library to provide books to incarcerated and non-incarcerated clients and started an initiative to address Solitary Confinement.

Leah is admitted to the Bar in New York and Connecticut.

Aisha Baruni

Director of Public Interest Scholars & Counseling


Aisha works with the Law School’s Stein Scholars Program in Public Interest Law & Ethics. She also counsels students and alumni on all aspects of the public sector job search and organizes programs and events for the Fordham community. For almost ten years prior to coming to Fordham, Aisha worked as a civil legal services attorney representing low and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure, many of whom had predatory mortgage loans. She began this work in Philadelphia, as an Independence Foundation Fellow at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and continued it in New York at Queens Legal Services (part of Legal Services NYC). Prior to her direct legal services work, Aisha clerked for Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for Judge William L. Chapman, Jr. and Judge Michael K. Newell of the Delaware Family Court.  Aisha is a graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law and Swarthmore College.

Aisha is admitted to the Bar in New York and Pennsylvania. 


Adiaha Eno

Office Manager


Adiaha Eno is the Office Manager for The Public Interest Resource Center. She will be able to help with any administrative task you may need such as helping with e-mail accounts, petty cash, student group space, and listing opportunities in PIRC UP! 

Public Interest Resource Center

Fordham University School of Law
Public Interest Resource Center
150 West 62nd Street, Room LL-100, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6952

Fax: 212-636-7189