Fordham Law

Fordham Law Holds 102nd Diploma Ceremony

May 20, 2009

Fordham Law School held its 102nd graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor and Fordham University President Joseph McShane, S.J. conferred the J.D. degree on 469 graduates and the LL.M. degree on 136, the largest graduating class in the Law School's history. Class members performed nearly 120,000 hours of volunteer work in the public interest during their time at the Law School.

Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City public schools, gave the graduation address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Klein urged the graduates to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way, even when others discourage them from doing so.

NYC Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein delivers the graduation address at the ceremony.

At the ceremony, awards were also given to faculty and graduates for service and achievement. The Eugene J. Keefe Award, given to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham Law community, was presented to George Kottas '09. The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Sean Griffith, professor of law, and the inaugural Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award was given to Hon. Mark Dillon. The Dean’s Medal of Achievement was awarded to Professor Matthew Diller, who will be leaving the Fordham Law to become Dean at Cardozo Law School.

Dean Treanor presents the Dean's Medal of Achievement to Professor Matthew Diller.
Graduate James Kelly '09 (and MBA '02) proposed to his girlfriend, Jennifer Marino MBA '02, immediately after receiving his degree. She accepted.
Dean William Treanor applauds the
Class of 2009 for their many accomplishments.
George Kottas '09 received the Eugene J.  Keefe Award at the ceremony.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger