Fordham Law


James Leitner ’82 Awarded Columbia Alumni Medal

November 09, 2009

Fordham Law alumnus James Leitner ’82 received the Columbia University Alumni Medal for his distinguished service on behalf of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The award was presented by Columbia President Lee Bollinger at the school’s commencement in May, and Leitner was recognized in November at the annual Columbia Alumni Association Assembly.

“Jim is a visionary in the field of international human rights, and his support of both Fordham and Columbia is extraordinary,” said Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor. “We are proud to call him an alumnus and friend and are grateful for his many years of dedicated service to two of New York’s preeminent educational institutions.”

Leitner is the President of Falcon Management, where he manages absolute return portfolios. Prior to Falcon, he worked as an FX trader at Morgan Guaranty, chief dealer at Bank of America International, Vice President for proprietary trading at Shearson Lehman, and Managing Director at Bankers Trust.

He serves on the advisory board of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law. He is also a member of the Yale Investment Committee, a Fellow of Yale’s Pierson College, a member of the Dean’s Council of the SIPA at Columbia, and a member of the Manhattanville Ad Hoc Committee.

Leitner received his BA from Yale and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia, before receiving his JD from Fordham Law.