Fordham Law


Fordham Law Professor Matthew Diller to Become Dean of Cardozo Law School

April 30, 2009

Matthew Diller has been appointed dean of Cardozo Law School in New York City.

Diller joined the Fordham Law faculty in 1993. He currently serves as Cooper Family Professor Chair and co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. From 2003 to 2008, he served as associate dean for academic affairs.

"For sixteen years, Matt has been the heart and soul of this Law School—an extraordinary teacher, a brilliant scholar, someone powerfully devoted to public service, a colleague without peer, and a superb academic leader," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "I am more grateful to him than I can say for his wonderful work as associate dean for academic affairs. His brilliant vision, his profound commitment to Fordham Law, and his astonishing gifts had the most profound effect on this Law School. Cardozo is fortunate indeed."

In 2002, Diller was recognized by the Fordham Law graduating class with the Eugene Keefe Award for outstanding contributions to the Law School, and in 2000, he received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for the Advancement of Urban Law from the Fordham Urban Law Journal. In 1991, he received the legal services award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

"The sixteen years I have spent at Fordham Law have been a remarkable experience for me. Fordham Law School is a very special place. The students are superb, full of talent and energy; the faculty consists of amazingly dedicated and gifted teachers and scholars; and the administrators produce minor miracles on a daily basis," said Diller. "I cannot begin to summarize what I have learned from being a part of this community, but it will stay with me always and will stand me in good stead in the future."

Diller will begin his deanship on August 1. He will be the sixth dean to lead Cardozo, succeeding David Rudenstine.