Fordham Law

Weil, Gotshal & Manges Establishes Memorial Scholarship

September 01, 2009

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has established a scholarship at Fordham Law to honor the memory of Michael K. Stanton '59. The firm gave a gift of $100,000 and individual lawyers contributed more than $80,000 to initiate the endowed scholarship.

"Mike was a tireless supporter of Fordham Law School and dedicated enormous amounts of his time and talent to the Fordham Law Alumni Association," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "We are extremely grateful that Weil, Gotshal & Manges chose to remember and honor him in this way."

Before his death in July, Stanton worked as Senior Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  Over his 40-year career, Stanton represented well-known clients including Barbara Streisand and the Beatles. Stanton was the first Fordham Law graduate to join the firm.

Stanton graduated from three different Fordham schools: Fordham Prep in 1950, Fordham College in 1954, and Fordham Law School in 1959. His undergraduate peers elected him class president. During his Law School years, he served as an editor of the Fordham Law Review. As an alumnus, Stanton led the Annual Fund for two years and served as president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association (FLAA). He also founded the Golden Rams program, and he nurtured the Corporate Counsel Association. In 1993, he received the Governor Malcolm Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Westchester-Putnam Chapter of the FLAA, and in 1999, he was awarded the Medal of Achievement, the FLAA's highest honor. Today, his son Michael K. Stanton, Jr. '86 carries on the tradition of giving back to Fordham Law as a member of the FLAA board.

Weil partners James Quinn '71 and Salvatore Romanello '97, with support from the firm's chairman, Stephen Dannhauser, provided the impetus for the scholarship.

"Mike was a good friend and a gifted litigator," said Quinn. "We here at Weil thought this scholarship would be an appropriate way to express our gratitude to him and to honor his life and achievements."

"Mike was Fordham Law's biggest supporter," Romanello added. "As fellow alumni, Jim and I share Mike's affection for the Law School and understand the importance of giving back. We helped create this scholarship to remember Mike and to contribute to the School that he loved so much."

Contact: Stephen Eichinger