Fordham Law

Fordham Law Alumni to be Honored at Scholarship Dinner

April 22, 2009

Fordham Law alumni Cesar Perales '65 and Karla Sanchez '95 will be honored at the Dominican Bar Association's 2009 Scholarship Dinner Dance, "New Era for Immigrant Dreams." The dinner will be held Thursday, May 21, at the Harvard Club in Manhattan.

Sanchez is the first and sole Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap. She is chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and of Patterson Attorneys of Color, an affinity group focused on issues relevant to its member attorneys. She has been recognized as one of the "40 Under Forty" by Crain's New York Business. Sanchez graduated Fordham Law cum laude, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was note and comments editor for the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.

Perales helped establish the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) and serves as its executive director. Under his leadership, PRLDEF helped to establish the right to bilingual education, to remove barriers to public employment for Latinos, and to increase access to government benefits for non-English speaking applicants. Perales served under President Jimmy Carter and Governor Mario Cuomo. A community health care system he developed while at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center has received national recognition.

As part of its mission, the Dominican Bar Association assists in the recruitment and retention of Dominicans and Latinos in U.S. law schools and provides students with mentoring, scholarships and other assistance.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger