Fordham Law


Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Judge John E. Sprizzo

January 05, 2009

Fordham Law School is saddened by the death of former law professor Judge John E. Sprizzo.

Judge Sprizzo joined the faculty in 1968 and taught for four years as an associate professor of law.

After his tenure at Fordham, Judge Sprizzo worked in private practice at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle before being appointed by President Reagan in 1981 to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

Even after assuming the federal judgeship, Judge Sprizzo returned to Fordham Law often to judge the finals of the law school’s moot court competitions.

“John was a very gregarious fellow,” said Professor Gus Katsoris. “He was large in stature, large in intellect, and he was not a shy person. He was a tremendous asset to the school during his tenure here and remained loyal to the school while he was on the bench. He will be missed.”

Judge Sprizzo passed away on December 16, 2008.