Fordham Law

$1 Million Gift from Kavaler, Preska Continues Momentum for New Law School Building

September 08, 2009

A generous $1 million gift from Thomas J. Kavaler ’72 and his wife, Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73, continues the fundraising momentum for the new Fordham Law School building, as part of the Law School’s ambitious $100 Million Campaign. Their gift, which will fund the Dean’s Suite in the new building, brings to nine the number of gifts of $1 million or more made toward the building.

“Loretta and I got our start at Fordham Law, and we owe much of our success to the faculty who gave us a thorough grounding in the law and in the profession,” said Kavaler. “With our gift, we hope to ensure that future generations can get as good a start as we did.” Kavaler is a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Preska is Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

“In addition to their extraordinary accomplishments, the ways that Tom Kavaler and Judge Preska have devoted themselves to the Law School throughout their careers are truly inspiring,” said William Michael Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law. “I am delighted that the Dean’s Suite in the new building will bear their names. Nothing could be more fitting.”

Other gifts exceeding $1 million have been made by:

    * T.J. Maloney ’79 and his wife, Nancy: Library
    * Thomas A. Moore ’72 and his wife, Judith Livingston: Advocacy Center
    * The Gorman Foundation: Moot Courtroom
    * Peggy Hill ’64: Faculty Conference Room
    * Denis Cronin ’72: Library Café
    * William M. Hartnett ’79: Classroom
    * Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP: Classroom
    * Walter H. Simson Foundation (stewarded by Emile Dominianni ’57): Classroom

Gifts of all sizes are needed to complete the campaign, and naming opportunities in the new building range from $1,000 to $25 million. Learn more about naming opportunities in the new building.

The new Law School building was designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to reflect the excellence of the School’s faculty and students.

It features spacious simulation rooms, modern clinic areas, and public spaces that foster collaboration and innovation — as well as state-of-the-art technologies. This past summer, the New York City Council approved the University's plan for the Lincoln Center Campus — along with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's review, the final step in the municipal approvals process. The Law School building will be the first completed under the plan, and construction is expected to take three years from groundbreaking to completion.

Learn more:
-   Watch a virtual tour.
-   Review the university's plan for the Lincoln Center campus.

For more information about making a gift to the building, e-mail Julie Lucas, Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement.