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Awards and Benefit Reception

On Monday October 21, 2019, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice held its 2019 Awards and Benefit Reception at Mutual of America.  The center honored an extraordinary group of individual and organizational honorees and a variety of speakers helped us present the awards and recognize these heroes. The event also provided an opportunity to spotlight and raise support for the continued work of the center. 

Thank you to all of the donors, partners and friends who helped make the 2019 Awards and Benefit Reception such a success and surpass our fundraising goal! The center is able to carry out its important work with Fordham Law School students, alumni, and other partners because of this generous support and we are very grateful.


Denis Cronin 240 x 240   Denis F. Cronin ’72
James F. Gill Spirit of Hope Award


Denis F. Cronin ’72 has been president and chief executive officer of Royalnest Corp. since 2005. Royalnest Corp. owns and develops commercial and residential real estate in New York and North Carolina.  Denis was also a founding partner of Cronin & Vris, LLP, a boutique bankruptcy firm in New York, which merged into Vinson & Elkins in 2007. Denis was a partner in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins, former co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s management committee. Before starting Cronin & Vris, he worked for 21 years at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, including sixteen years as partner and six years as administrative managing partner (1981-1987).  Denis’ principal areas of focus are corporate restructurings, workouts, chapter 11 reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial law, and mediation. He has been appointed by bankruptcy courts and litigants as a mediator in many large commercial disputes. 

Denis has been recognized as a highly regarded “Senior Stateman” by Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for business in bankruptcy/restructuring law. Denis has also been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years and for many years as one of the “Best Lawyers in New York” by New York Magazine.  He was also named many times a “New York Super Lawyers” in surveys by Law & Politics.  Denis has served as chair of Fordham Law’s Dean’s Planning Council (2005-2016), trustee for 28 years and president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association (2002-2004), chair of the Law School’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, and vice-chair of the Law School’s $100 Million Capital Campaign.  He has been recognized for his extensive leadership and service on behalf of Fordham Law School with the Medal of Achievement from the Fordham Law Alumni Association and the Leonard F. Manning Achievement Awards from the Fordham Law Review.  Denis has been a leader in philanthropic and nonprofit efforts, including serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of Colgate University from 2011-2015 and also as trustee from 1999-2008. Denis served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Buckley Country Day School (1988-2003), including as chair (1996-2000).  Denis graduated from Colgate University, which he attended on scholarship and served as captain of the varsity basketball team. He is also a graduate of Fordham Law School.  

Nancy E. Delaney   240 x 240   Nancy E. Delaney ’88
Spirit of Service Award


Nancy E. Delaney ’88 is a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, in the Litigation Group.  Her practice focuses on litigation of civil jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts, as well as on representing clients before regulatory bodies in contested proceedings and litigating of disputes in a variety of arbitral and industry forums. A seasoned litigator, Nancy has a track record of success in complex commercial litigations and in prominent securities and white-collar investigations. She recently led the Curtis team in a securities arbitration case described as the “biggest individual fraud perpetrated on small investors in the UK” by the Financial Times. Nancy succeeded in obtaining a comprehensive international arbitration award (with indemnification damages and attorney’s fee) for its client, CRT Capital Group, and in obtaining the subsequent award confirmation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Nancy also represented the Estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in the adversary proceeding against JPMorgan. She also has substantial experience representing private and high-net-worth clients in contested matters. With regard to securities and commercial arbitration, Nancy has represented several clients, including broker-dealers, in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She has also acted as counsel for state-owned entities and international organizations, as well as publicly and privately held companies, in American Arbitration Association (AAA) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitrations. Nancy also has experience representing clients in connection with government investigations. She has counseled individuals and corporations in investigations initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In a notable matter, Nancy represented a U.S. financial company in an SEC investigation arising out of Chinese company reverse mergers on U.S. stock exchanges.

Nancy has demonstrated her deep loyalty to and involvement with Fordham Law School throughout her career, including serving as a mentor and supporter of many recent graduates.  She is a graduate of Fordham University, summa cum laude, and Fordham Law School.

Sharon McCarthy 240 x 240   Sharon L. McCarthy ’89
Spirit of Service Award


Sharon L. McCarthy ’89 is a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP where her practice focuses on white-collar criminal matters and civil and criminal tax controversies. Prior to entering private practice, Sharon spent 12 years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, including as deputy chief of the Criminal Division and as chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. From May 2008 until April 2009, Sharon served as special counsel to the New York State Attorney General in an investigation into political interference with the New York State Police. She began her legal career by clerking for the Honorable John F. Keenan, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, followed by three years as an associate at Lankler Siffert & Wohl in New York.   Sharon has served in leadership roles with Fordham Law School and the organized bar. She was elected to serve as the first woman president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Sharon is a 1985 graduate of Colgate University and a 1989 graduate of Fordham Law School. 

Antonio Molestina 240 x 240   Antonio X. Molestina ’89
Spirit of Service Award


Antonio X. Molestina’89 is a managing director at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. in New York.  Tony is a member of ABN AMRO Bank’s U.S. executive management committee and serves as its chief legal officer and head of compliance for the United States. Prior to joining ABN AMRO, Mr. Molestina was a senior managing director and the U.S. general counsel for Fortis Bank N.V. (now part of BNP Paribas).  Before Fortis Bank, Antonio was the international general counsel for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), where he was responsible for all legal support in Europe, Asia and the Americas for CIBC.  Tony practiced law at Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, where he was an associate in the International Finance and Corporate Practice Group, and at Mayer Brown in New York, where he was part of the International Finance and International Capital Markets Groups. Tony engages in extensive service activities, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bowery Residents Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Clark University, his alma mater.  In November 2018, he volunteered through the Dilley Pro Bono Project on a service trip organized by the Feerick Center. Tony is a 1985 graduate of Clark University and a 1989 graduate of Fordham Law School. 

Stacey J. Rappaport 240 x 240 (updated)   Stacey J. Rappaport ’96
Champion of Justice Award


Stacey J. Rappaport ’96 is a partner at Milbank LLP in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Group and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She has achieved a national reputation for her track record of success in complex financial transaction cases involving commercial disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. She represents some of the nation’s most distinguished corporations and financial institutions. Currently, she is leading the defense of major insurance companies in cost of insurance adjustment class action litigation.  In 2019, Crain’s New York Business named Stacey to its “Notable Women in Law” list, which recognizes leading women lawyers in New York City with distinguished careers who engage in significant civic and philanthropic activities. In addition to her pro bono legal service, she serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, which focus on achieving workplace gender equity, combating gender-based violence, and providing legal services to indigent populations.  These organizations include the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law, Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc., which operates Fordham Law School’s clinical program, and Sanctuary for Families, Inc., a leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence in New York. Stacey is a graduate of Cornell University and Fordham Law School. 

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. Integrity, prudence and reliability are the values that have guided the Company since its inception and that continue to serve its customers well. Under its current Chairman, President and CEO, John R. Greed, Mutual of America has continued its leadership and dedication to making a difference in the world, not only by helping individuals meet their long-term financial objectives, but also by having a direct, positive impact on the future of our society. The Mutual of America Foundation is well known for its Community Partnership Award program that annually recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations in the United States that, in partnerships with public, private or social sector leaders, have made outstanding contributions to their communities and that serve as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good.  Because of the enthusiastic participation of its employees, Mutual of America is ranked among the leading fundraisers in a number of charitable events including American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk and the annual Concern Spring Run, a fundraiser for Concern Worldwide. Among other efforts, Mutual of America’s longtime leaders Thomas J. Moran and William J. Flynn GSAS ’51, whom the Feerick Center honors posthumously, were deeply committed and instrumental to the Ireland peace process.

William j flynn 240 x 240  

William J. Flynn, GSAS ’51
(awarded posthumously)

George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award 


William J. Flynn GSAS ’51, served as a Fordham University trustee (1992–1997), a Fordham trustee fellow (2005–2008) and chairman emeritus of Mutual of America until he passed away on June 2, 2018. He joined Mutual of America as president in 1971. The following year, he was appointed president and chief executive officer, and in February 1982, chairman of the Board, president and chief executive officer. He retired from Mutual of America in 1994 but continued to serve as board chairman until 2005, when he retired from the Board and was awarded the honorary title of chairman emeritus. Mr. Flynn had an exceptional career and played a significant role in Mutual of America’s success over many decades. His many years of dedicated service to Mutual of America were distinguished by his visionary leadership and driven by his unwavering belief in Mutual of America’s mission to help those who dedicate their lives to helping others. Mr. Flynn was involved with numerous philanthropic organizations, and on the world stage, he played a critical role in bringing peace to Ireland. His personal commitment to addressing social issues is well known and admired, and he was honored many times within the United States and abroad. 

Thomas Moran 240 x 240  

Thomas J. Moran 
(awarded posthumously)

George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award


Thomas J. Moran gave a life of service to Mutual of America, joining the Company in 1975 and retiring from the Board in March 2018. He served as chairman emeritus until he passed away on August 12, 2018. In October 1994, he was appointed chief executive officer and successfully led the Company for 22 years before retiring in April 2016. He was appointed chairman of the Board in June 2005 and retired from Mutual of America’s Board in March 2018. Mr. Moran had an extraordinary 43-year career at Mutual of America. He was instrumental in the Company’s conversion into a mutual life insurance company and its growth to a retirement savings company with over $20 billion in assets. In addition to his remarkable business accomplishments, Mr. Moran willingly gave of his time, talents and resources to countless humanitarian and community causes, both domestically and throughout the world, including Concern Worldwide U.S., Inc., a humanitarian organization that has a mission of working toward the elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries, which he chaired for more than a decade. He is well known for his efforts helping to secure peace in Northern Ireland. Mr. Moran served as the Chancellor of Queens University in Belfast, served on the Board of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2015. There can be no doubt that Mr. Moran’s lifetime of service and unmatched generosity forever changed thousands of lives around the world. 

Terra Firma: Healthcare and Justice for Immigrant Children

Terra Firma is a nationally-recognized, award-winning, pioneering and innovative medical-legal partnership that serves immigrant children, including newly arrived unaccompanied immigrant children.  A project of Catholic Charities New York, The Children’s Health Fund, and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Terra Firma’s philosophy is grounded in the principle that all children deserve comprehensive healthcare and justice.  Terra Firma’s staff strive to facilitate access to medical care and to enhance the role of medicine and mental health in legal services.  Its approach is holistic:  Terra Firma seeks to deliver not only high-quality direct services but also to strengthen local communities.  Terra Firma actively engages in public policy advocacy.  Terra Firma’s ultimate goal is to empower and help enable immigrant children to develop resilience, attain stability, and reach their full potential.  

Cristina muniz de la pena 240 x 240   Dr. Cristina Muñiz de la Peña
Life of Commitment Award


Cristina Muñiz de la Peña, Ph.D., is the mental health director and co-founder of Terra Firma at Montefiore Medical Center and the Children’s Health Fund, where she provides mental health services to unaccompanied immigrant children, with a focus on adolescence, complex trauma, family-systems therapy, and acculturation.  Cristina has worked with immigrant children and families in Spain and in the U.S.  She is co-author of “Terra Firma: Medical-Legal Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Garifuna Children,” Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2015) “Working with Parents and Children Separated at the Border: Examining the Impact of the Zero Tolerance Policy and beyond,” Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma (2019). Cristina testified in front of the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee about the negative impact of child-parent separation at the border in February of 2019. Cristina earned her doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her expert certificate in family-systems therapy from the Unidad de Investigación en Intervención y Cuidado Familiar at the Universidad de A Coruña in Spain. 

Alan Shapiro md 240 x 240   Dr. Alan Shapiro, M.D.
Life of Commitment Award


Alan Shapiro, M.D., is medical director and co-founder of Terra Firma, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and senior medical director for Community Pediatric Programs, a collaboration between the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the Children’s Health Fund.  Dr. Shapiro has lead medical teams in the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Sandy and is the recipient of the 2012 Children’s Health Fund Founders’ Award.  He is the co-author of “Terra Firma: Medical-Legal Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Garifuna Children,” Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2015).  He received his B.S. in psychology from Emory University and is a graduate of State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn and completed his residency in Pediatrics from Montefiore Medical Center’s Residency Program in Social Medicine.

Brett Stark, Esq. 240 x 240   Brett Stark
Life of Commitment Award


Brett Stark is legal director and co-founder of Terra Firma at Catholic Charities New York, where he represents unaccompanied immigrant children in federal and state litigation, specializing in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases.  A former Equal Justice Works fellow, Brett has worked in refugee resettlement in Kenya, on human rights in Israel, and was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan.  Brett is the co-author of “Terra Firma: Medical-Legal Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Garifuna Children,” Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2015), “The Right to Have Rights: Loss of Citizenship, Asylum, and Constitutional Principles,” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2016), and “The Ethical and Public Health Implications of Family Separation,” Journal of Law, Medicine, and & Ethics (2019).  Brett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Rochester.

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Ellen V. Bellet ’88
  • Sally J. Bellet ’76
  • Louise R. Firestone ’85 and Joseph Pizzurro
  • Thomas J. Kavaler ’72
  • Dennis J. Kenny ’61
  • Maura McInerney ’88
  • Thomas A. Moore ’72
  • Marcelo A. Mottesi
  • Charles K. O’Neill ’72
  • Claire O'Toole and Daniel P. O’Toole ’92
  • Achilles M. Perry ’89
  • Allison D. Powell ’96
  • James W. Quinn ’71
  • Maureen A. Cronin Rimon ’02
  • James J. Roth ’83 
  • Kathleen A. Walsh ’89

Committee Members

  • David B. Anders ’94
  • Maureen S. Bateman ’68
  • Laurie Berke-Weiss ’83
  • Robert D. Bickford Jr. ’74
  • Patrick A. Burns ’71
  • Bradley J. Butwin ’85
  • Alfred Cavallaro ’86
  • Sylvia Fung Chin ’77
  • John R. Costantino ’70 and Barbara Costantino
  • Kevin J. Curnin ’95
  • Stacey O’Haire Fahey ’88
  • Timothy J. Feighery ’87
  • Robert A. Ferris ’66 and Evelyn J. Ferris
  • Scott J. Fitzgerald ’92
  • Margaret M. Giordano Friedberg ’88
  • Rafal Gawlowski ’00
  • Joseph E. Geoghan ’64
  • Rose A. Gill ’88
  • Rita M. Glavin ’96
  • Dina S. Grant ’85
  • Edward W. Greason ’58
  • John J. Hanley ’00
  • Mark J. Hyland ’80
  • Patricia M. Hynes ’66
  • Edward M. Joyce ’86
  • Constantine N. Katsoris ’57
  • Karl P. Kilb ’95
  • Mary Ellen L. Kris ’76
  • David A. Luttinger Sr. ’62
  • E. Barry Lyon ’76
  • Megan K. McNamara ’13
  • Michael J. McNamara ’83
  • J. Gregory Milmoe ’75 and Laura Milmoe
  • Neal J. Miranda ’80
  • John J. Normile ’88
  • Joshua L. McGuire ’09
  • Mary Beth Morrissey ’82
  • Bernard F. O'Hare ’80
  • Kathleen M. O'Hare ’80
  • Carlos G. Ortiz
  • Jack E. Pace III ’98
  • Jeremiah J. Quinlan ’75
  • George A. Reilly ’84
  • Robert J. Reilly ’75
  • C. David Sammons ’88
  • Karla G. Sanchez ’95
  • James P. Sauter ’87
  • Paul A. Soden ’68
  • Thomas M. Souther ’84 and Catherine C. Souther ’84
  • Michael K. Stanton Jr. ’86
  • Irene A. Sullivan ’75
  • Michael J. D. Sweeney ’96
  • Francis J. Sweeney Jr. ’79
  • James E. Tolan ’62
  • Constance M. Vaughan
  • Steven P. Vincent ’83 and Nancy Tormey Vincent ’82
  • Susan M. Whelan ’84
  • Henry F. White Jr. ’76
  • Edward M. Wolfe ’91 and Elisabeth K. Wolfe ’97
  • Victor L. Zimmermann Jr. ’77


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Awards and Benefit Reception 2018

2018 Feerick Center Awards & Benefit Reception


DATE:  Monday, October 15, 2018

TIME:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

PLACE:  Mutual of America, 320 Park Avenue at 50th Street


Robert J. Reilly ’75
George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award

Rita M. Glavin ’96
Spirit of Service Award

J. Gregory ’75 and Laura Milmoe
Spirit of Service Award

Daniel P. O’Toole ’92
James F. Gill Spirit of Hope Award

Cesar A. Perales ’65
Life of Commitment Award