Feerick Center for Social Justice

Feerick Center for Social Justice

The Center’s establishment reflects Fordham Law School’s long tradition of and commitment to legal education in the service of others and builds on Professor John D. Feerick’s contributions as Dean of the Law School (1982-2002) and currently as the Sidney C. Norris Professor of Law.

Upcoming Events

Where political power resides, How it is used to oppress marginalized communities, and What to do about it are the core inquiries of this exciting first-time workshop, which will examine how leaders organize communities and how collaborating with lawyers and other advocates advances local capacity to acquire and intentionally exercise power.

Because building movement power is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary effort, this workshop is for lawyers and non-lawyers. Advancing justice through structural change requires the skills, knowledge and self-understanding needed to challenge and disrupt entrenched power.

Participants should be prepared to discuss Why they aspire to lead and support grass-roots change.

At a time of authoritarian retrenchment, erosion of democratic principles, and blowback against hard-earned gains for historically discriminated-against groups, fighting system inequities and supporting community organizing have never been more important.


Discussion Topics:

  • Brief history of social movements
  • Theories of social change
  • Principles of movement law
  • Basic tenets of community organizing and resilient relationships
  • Power mapping
  • Strategies and tactics of movement lawyering


Facilitators:

The workshop will be presented by two highly experienced facilitators with deep and diverse experience in community organizing and movement lawyering.

Marika Dias

Andrea N. Juarez Mendoza

Marika Dias

Managing Director, Urban Justice Center's Safety Net Project

Andrea Juarez Mendoza

Activist & Doctoral Researcher, City University of New York

CLE credit for this program is pending in accordance with the requirements of the New York and New Jersey states CLE boards. If approved, newly admitted, and experienced attorneys (transitional and nontransitional) may earn a total of up to 7.5 credits as detailed below:

• Day 1: 4.5 CLE credits (3.5 professional practice, 1.0 ethics)
• Day 2: 3.0 CLE credits (1.5 skills, 0.5 ethics, 1.0 diversity)


One-time fee of $100, waivable upon request.

Registration application requires a CV and Statement of Interest.

Register


*PLEASE NOTE places are limited to facilitate active group engagement and discussion.


 

We Have an Opportunity for You!

In the AmeriCorps VISTA program, you can serve in the community by working on a social justice project. You will work alongside community leaders and local organizations to make a lasting impact. This is a wonderful opportunity for a person passionate about economic equity and access to justice who is interested in pursuing a public interest career. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to a one-year, full-time term of service. In exchange, you will receive a modest living allowance, a $6,895 education award (to put towards education expenses such as student loans or future tuition expenses), or $1,800 cash stipend award, relocation payment assistance, health coverage, and many other benefits. 

Service terms begin as of June 2024. Positions available are: 

 

Learn about AmeriCorps VISTA program, benefits, and application process. 

 

For more information, please contact Monique Boamah, 2023-2024 VISTA Leader at [email protected].

The Feerick Center is committed to recruiting and retaining a team from different cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and abilities, especially team members from groups that have historically been underrepresented in professional workplaces. 

Feerick Center News

Dean Matthew Diller Named Senior Counsel at Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice

Dean Matthew Diller Named Senior Counsel at Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice

The Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School has announced that Dean Matthew Diller will be joining the Center as senior counsel, beginning in fall 2025. Diller, who …

Thanina Haddadi, LL.M. ’24 and Julia Tedesco ’23 Celebrated as Emerging Leaders in Immigrant Justice Advocacy

Thanina Haddadi, LL.M. ’24 and Julia Tedesco ’23 Celebrated as Emerging Leaders in Immigrant Justice Advocacy

Thanina (Nina) Haddadi, LL.M. ’24 and Julia K. Tedesco ’23 were each honored with the Feerick Center for Social Justice’s Defender of the Dream Awards at the Center’s 8th Annual …

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Feerick Center Awards Honor Public Service Leaders

Feerick Center Awards Honor Public Service Leaders

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Incarceration and Mental Health: How A Different Approach to Mental Health May Be Key to Closing Rikers

Incarceration and Mental Health: How A Different Approach to Mental Health May Be Key to Closing Rikers

New York City has committed to closing the infamous Rikers Island jail by 2027, but to do so the City will need to cut the jail’s population nearly in half. …

Razeen Zaman ’16 Receives Defender of the Dream Award at 7th Annual Feerick Center FriendRaiser

Razeen Zaman ’16 Receives Defender of the Dream Award at 7th Annual Feerick Center FriendRaiser

Razeen Zaman ’16 was honored with the Feerick Center for Social Justice’s Defender of the Dream Award at the Center’s 7th Annual Friendraiser on April 24. At the time, Zaman …

Fordham Law Students Assist Asylum Seekers in Texas with Feerick Center

Fordham Law Students Assist Asylum Seekers in Texas with Feerick Center

Fordham Law students Jose Olivares Blanca ’25, Ana Belzunce Crompin ’25, Ross Levin ’25, and Sonia Montejano ’24 traveled to El Paso, Texas, for their spring break with the Feerick …

Feerick Center Honors Public Service Leaders at Annual Awards & Benefit Reception

Feerick Center Honors Public Service Leaders at Annual Awards & Benefit Reception

The Feerick Center for Social Justice held its annual Awards & Benefit Reception on Oct. 24 at the headquarters of Mutual of America in New York City. Distinguished guests and …

Feerick Center Event Highlights Impact of Asylum and Immigration Policy on Families

Feerick Center Event Highlights Impact of Asylum and Immigration Policy on Families

The Feerick Center for Social Justice hosted a panel event, “The State of Asylum Processing & U.S. Immigration Policy: The Impact on Families,” on July 12 which discussed recent changes …

Fordham Law’s APALSA Highlights Importance of AAPI Heritage Month through Events and Collaborations

Fordham Law’s APALSA Highlights Importance of AAPI Heritage Month through Events and Collaborations

Though the 2021-2022 academic year officially comes to a close in less than two weeks, Fordham Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) ensured that its members, as well …

Plight of Essential Workers Highlighted during Feerick Center’s Social Justice Speaker Series

Plight of Essential Workers Highlighted during Feerick Center’s Social Justice Speaker Series

The Feerick Center for Social Justice held its fourth and final Social Justice Speaker Series event of the 2021-2022 academic year on March 24, featuring Estee Ward, a staff attorney …

Dismantling Unjust Interest Rates for Debt Collection Judgments

Dismantling Unjust Interest Rates for Debt Collection Judgments

Feerick Center for Social Justice Deputy Director Karuna Patel wrote an article, published in the University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Regulatory Review, discussing the costs of credit and debt …

Jessie Boas ’19 Receives Inaugural Defender of the Dream Award at Feerick Center 2022 FriendRaiser

Jessie Boas ’19 Receives Inaugural Defender of the Dream Award at Feerick Center 2022 FriendRaiser

On March 10, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice held its annual Virtual FriendRaiser, where Jessie Boas ’19 was honored with the Center’s inaugural Defender of the Dream …

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Irish Unity In Our Time? Irish Politicians Discuss Nation’s Future with Fordham Law Community

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On School Admissions, New York City’s Next Step Must be Forward, Not Back

On School Admissions, New York City’s Next Step Must be Forward, Not Back

Dora Galacatos, executive director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, co-authored an op-ed for the Gotham Gazette urging New York City school admissions processes to take steps toward equity. …

The Future of Geographic Screens for NYC’s High Schools is Up in the Air Amid Concerns over Diversity, Commutes

The Future of Geographic Screens for NYC’s High Schools is Up in the Air Amid Concerns over Diversity, Commutes

The latest report from the Feerick Center for Social Justice, titled The Next Step: Prioritizing Equity and Recovery in NYC High School Admissions, was highlighted in an article in Chalkbeat. Dora Galacatos ’96, …

Feerick Center for Social Justice Releases Report Calling on NYCDOE to Take Concrete Steps for Greater Equity in Admissions Methods

Feerick Center for Social Justice Releases Report Calling on NYCDOE to Take Concrete Steps for Greater Equity in Admissions Methods

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Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice Celebrates 15th Anniversary Milestone

Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice Celebrates 15th Anniversary Milestone

The Feerick Center for Social Justice had much to celebrate on Oct. 18 as it marked its 15th anniversary and recognized esteemed leaders in the legal profession from the Fordham …

Fordham Law Mourns the Loss of FLAA Lifetime Director Dennis J. Kenny FCRH ’57, LAW ’61

Fordham Law Mourns the Loss of FLAA Lifetime Director Dennis J. Kenny FCRH ’57, LAW ’61

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