Matthew Diller

Fordham Law Dean Matthew Diller

Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law

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Areas of Expertise: Poverty Law/Social Welfare

  • Matthew Diller is a prominent scholar of social welfare law and policy. He has lectured and written extensively on the legal dimensions of social welfare policy, including public assistance, Social Security, and disability programs and on disability law and policy. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law JournalUCLA Law ReviewTexas Law Review, and Michigan Law Review.

    Dean Diller began teaching at Fordham Law in 1993. He was the Cooper Family Professor of Law and co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.

    From 2003 to 2008, he served as the associate dean for academic affairs. He has received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for the Advancement of Urban Law from the Fordham Urban Law Journal (2000), the Eugene J. Keefe Award for outstanding contributions to the Law School (2002), and the Dean’s Medal of Achievement (2009). Prior to being appointed dean at Fordham Law, he served as dean at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from 2009 to 2015.

    Dean Diller is a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice and is chair of the commission’s Committee on Law School Involvement. He serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of New York and is a member of the executive committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a member of the Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

    He served as a member of the board of directors of Legal Services NYC from 1999 to 2009, and he was vice chair from 2003 to 2007. He was a member of the executive committee of the poverty law section of the Association of American Law Schools and was chair in 1999–2000. From 2000 to 2008, he was a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. He was also a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. In fall 1999, he was scholar-in-residence at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

    He received an A.B. and a J.D., both magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Mansfield of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York, where he was a staff attorney in the civil appeals and law reform unit.

    In 1991, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York honored him with a legal services award. In 2014, the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded him the Deborah L. Rhode Award for his leadership in legal education and public service.


    A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1981
    J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1985

  • Dean Matthew Diller talks about what sets Fordham Law apart and his priorities for the School. Learn more about him in the Fordham Lawyer story.

    Meet Matthew Diller: husband, father, legal scholar, biking enthusiast, and Fordham Law School’s 11th Dean. Journey with him via this video diary as he rides from his home in Brooklyn to his new office at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus—and reflects on what it means to be part of the Fordham Law community.

Matthew Diller In the News

A Message to the Fordham Law Community | Dean Matthew Diller

Fordham Law Review Symposium Celebrates the Legacy of Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann

Fordham Law Celebrates the Class of 2023 at 116th Diploma Ceremony

Public Interest Resource Center Holds 32nd Annual Public Interest Student Awards Ceremony

Urban Law Journal Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Discussion on the “Future of Prosecution”

Fordham Law School and Skadden Launch Scott Simpson Cross-Border Institute

Judicial Center Hosts its 2023 Judicial Day in Residence featuring Judges from the Southern District of New York

Fordham’s Maria L. Marcus National Moot Court Team Celebrates New Name with Competition Victory

U.S. News & World Report Participation: A Message from Dean Matthew Diller

Fordham Law Celebrates Launch of Center on Asian Americans and the Law

Judge Robert Kirsch ’91 Nominated to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey

Dean Matthew Diller Authors New York Times Letter to the Editor on U.S. News Rankings

First-of-its-Kind Global Anti-Racism Clinic Launches at Fordham Law

preLaw Magazine Ranks Fordham Law a Top School for Racial Justice, Tax Law, and Criminal Law

Merck Chair Ken Frazier Receives Fordham-Stein Prize

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

30th Annual IPLJ Symposium Looks at Legal Efforts to Protect Ukrainian Cultural Heritage

Fordham Law Celebrates “Giants in the Field of Labor Law” Through Creation of the Joseph Vitale Labor Fellowship

New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge Madeline Singas ’91 Reflects on Her Ascent to the Bench

Professor Eleanor Brown Joins the Fordham Law Faculty