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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.


Leah Horowitz

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Social Initiatives


As Assistant Dean, Leah leads and coordinates much of the public interest and social justice efforts at the law school. Prior to becoming Assistant Dean, she was the Director of Public Interest Student Engagement in PIRC, working closely with public interest students and student leaders of our pro bono projects. Prior to coming (back) to Fordham, Leah worked as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders for almost a decade. While at The Bronx Defenders, in addition to zealously representing clients, she created the Client Library to provide books to incarcerated and non-incarcerated clients and started an initiative to address solitary confinement. Leah will always be a public defender at heart. Leah 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.

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



Aisha Baruni

Director of Public Interest Scholars & Fellowships


Aisha counsels students and alumni on all aspects of the public interest job search and organizes programs and events for the Fordham community. She runs the Law School's Stein Scholars Program in Public Interest Law & Ethics. Additionally, she works closely with students and alumni pursuing post-graduate public interest fellowships.

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, where she was a Rubin Public Interest Scholar, and Swarthmore College.

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


Adiaha Foglino

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 email 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