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Speaker Series

Since its establishment in 2006, the Center’s Social Justice has invited visionary and innovative speakers to the Law School to address topical social justice issues. Each year the Center brings four unique speakers to speak during the lunch hour. The Speaker Series is open to Fordham law students, administrators, alumni, friends and family.  

Due to Covid, for the time being, the Center has had to adapt the Speaker Series to a virtual setting. 

To view and register for the 2021-2022 Speaker Series please visit the Feerick Center Events page.


Past Speakers

2020 – 2021 Social Justice Speaker Series
Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
Diana Marin, Supervising Attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center 
Hayley Gorenberg, Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest 
Sateesh Nori, Attorney in Charge, Queens Neighborhood Office The Legal Aid Society

2019-2020 Social Justice Speaker Series
Betsy Tsai, Director, Courtroom Advocates Project, Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
Jose Chapa, Senior Policy Associate, and Terry Lawson, Supervising Policy Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project
Sean Morales-Doyle, Senior Counsel, Democracy Project, Brennan Center for Justice 
Peter B. Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy & Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center 

2018-2019 Social Justice Speaker Series
Susanna Blankley, Coalition Coordinator, Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, and Marika Dias, Director, Tenants Rights Coalition, Legal Services NYC
Matt Gonzales, Director, School Diversity Project, and David Tipson, Executive Director, New York Appleseed
Andy Morrison, Campaign Director, and Susan Shin, Legal Director, New Economy Project
Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

2017-2018 Social Justice Speaker Series
John Kiernan, then President, New York City Bar Association
Andrea Panjwani, then Attorney, Immigration Unit, My Sisters’ Place        
McGregor Smith, Executive Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and Professor Brian Glick, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

2016-2017 Social Justice Speaker Series
Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program
Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF 
Virginia M. Goggin, Director of Legal Services, NYC Anti-Violence Project
Hon. Milton Tingling, then New York County Clerk

2015-2016 Social Justice Speaker Series
Brooke Richie-Babbage, Founder and then Executive Director, Resilience Advocacy Project
Fred Freiberg, Executive Director & Michael Nixon, Legal and Policy Director, The Fair Housing Justice Center
Paul K. Sonn, General Counsel & Program Director, National Employment Law Project
Rachel D. Godsil, then Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

2014-2015 Social Justice Speaker Series
Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program
Harvey Epstein, then Director, Community Development Project (CDP), Urban Justice Center (now State Assemblymember)
Karen L. Murtagh, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
Sarah Leberstein, then Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Center and Carmela Huang, Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center

2013-2014 Social Justice Speaker Series
Professor Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law and Razeen Zaman, NYS Youth Leadership Council
Elisabeth Mason, CEO and Founder, Single Stop USA
Joyce Smith, then Executive Director, Family Justice Center
Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity

2011-2012 Social Justice Speaker Series
Norma Ramos, then Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International 
Aryah Somers, then Staff Attorney / KIND Fellow, The Door
Anne Marie Mulcahy, Director, Vera Institute of Justice - Unaccompanied Children Program
Steven Choi, then Executive Director, MinKwon Center for Community Action
Josh Zinner, then Co-Director, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project

2010-2011 Social Justice Speaker Series
JoAnne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society  
Kevin Ryan, President and CEO, Covenant House
Purvi Shah, Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College, City University of New York
David Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society of New York 

2009-2010 Social Justice Speaker Series
Luis Garden Acosta, Founder, President & CEO of El Puente 
Richard Green, President & CEO of Crown Heights Youth Collective
Ellen Baxter, Founder and Executive Director of Broadway Housing Communities 
Karen Karp, President of Karp Resources

2008-2009 Social Justice Speaker Series 
Irwin Redlener, M.D., President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund and Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Judge Alex Calabrese, then Acting Supreme Court Justice, Red Hook Community Justice Center 
Lawrence F. Murray, then Vice President and Director of Youth Programs, Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University 
Rajesh D. Nayak, then Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project

2007-2008 Social Justice Speaker Series 
Joel Magellan, Executive Director, Asociación Tepeyac 
Sister Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services
Leonard Noisette, then Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Ana L. Oliveira, President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Women’s Foundation

2006-2007 Social Justice Luncheon Speaker Series 
Rosanne Haggerty, President and Founder, Common Ground 
Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Pathways to Housing

Contact Us

Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, 7 Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7671

Fax: 646-312-8238