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Judge Ruben Martino Fellowship

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The Judge Ruben Martino Fellowship commemorates the life and work of Judge Ruben Martino, a wise, kind and brilliant jurist whose life exemplified the pursuit of equal justice.  Judge Martino grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Bronx Science High School, Yale College, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  After graduation, he became an advocate for low-income clients as a staff attorney for Bronx Legal Services and later a staff attorney and supervising attorney for Bronx Legal Aid.  He was appointed a Housing Court Judge in 1994 and a Family Court Judge in 2003.  From 2004 to 2014, he served as the presiding judge at the Harlem Community Court, and in 2017 became the Supervising Judge of Bronx Family Court.  Judge Martino was a member of both the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Latino Judges Association. He was also a friend of Fordham Law School and generously devoted his time as a judge for mock hearings and trials for our Housing Rights Clinic.  In all aspects of his life, Judge Martino embodied Fordham Law School’s commitment to educating lawyers in the service of others.   The Fellowship seeks to encourage first generation law students, as well as law students from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession.


To apply for this Fellowship please contact our Assistant Dean Leah Horowitz at


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