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2012 Feerick Center Awards & Benefit Reception

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Feerick Center for Social Justice held the 2012 benefit and awards reception to honor friends and alumni whose lives exemplify the values of the Feerick Center.  The Award recipients for 2012 were:

George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award
Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J.
, President Emeritus of Fordham University, has served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Feerick Center for Social Justice since its creation in 2006.  He was the longest-serving president in the history of Fordham University (1984-2003) strengthening every part of the institution during that period.  Earlier in his career he served on the faculty of several educational institutions and served as editor in chief of the Jesuit weekly magazine of news and opinion, America. His career has included several terms of volunteer service on civic bodies including as the founding chairman of the highly praised NYC Campaign Finance Board.  His advice and counsel to the Center has been felt in almost all of its undertakings.

Spirit of Service Award
Dennis J. Kenny '61
, retired Vice President and General Counsel of Transamerica Leasing, Inc, has been among the most visible advocates for the goals of the Feerick Center. After a highly respected career as counsel to one of the world's largest transportation equipment leasing companies, Dennis has been involved with several Center programs including the creation of a mediation center in the west African Republic of Ghana, the social justice public lecture series at Fordham Law School, the formation of the CLARO program in Westchester county, and the original Center meetings that ultimately led to the creation of the Attorney Emeritus Program for the State of New York.  Dennis, early in his legal career, provided pro bono counsel to Freedom Riders in the southern part of the US.

Spirit of Hope Award
Claire F. O'Brien '83
, a partner in Davidson, Dawson & Clark LLP, and her husband, Tim, were the first persons to contribute to the campaign to create an endowment for the Feerick Center for Social Justice. Claire has a law practice that is primarily devoted to representing not-for-profit corporations and through this work has developed an understanding of the importance of securing the financial underpinnings of organizations that provide support and aid for segments of society that are in need. Such organizations are the engines that develop a more just society. She is involved with several charitable organizations in their community of Larchmont, NY.

Spirit of Hope Award
Timothy J. Brosnan '84
, Executive Vice President for Business of Major League Baseball, has been involved with assisting in the education of economically disadvantaged boys and girls almost since the day of his graduation from Fordham Law School. His career has included the private practice of law at a major firm and public service with the NYS Commission on Government Integrity. In his current role with major league baseball Tim oversees all domestic and international business functions including licensing, sponsorship, domestic and international broadcasting and MLB Productions.  He and his wife, Claire, were the first persons to respond to the Feerick Center's appeal to create a permanent endowment.

Life of Commitment Award
At the time of the award, Norma Ramos was the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International (CATW), a non-governmental organization that promotes women's rights.   Founded in 1988, CATW was the world's first organization to fight human trafficking internationally. A graduate of Fordham College and Temple Law School she has built a distinguished career as a public interest attorney and social justice activist. Earlier in her career she served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency and as an Administrative Law Judge for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.  Ms. Ramos participated as a lecturer in the Feerick Center Speaker Series in 2011 and was enthusiastically received by the Fordham Law community for her powerful and inspirational presentation.

For additional information please contact:  Assistant Dean Robert J. Reilly at 1-212-636-6807 or