Fordham Law

Edward and Mary Greason Give $250,000 for New Law School Building

January 15, 2010

A generous $250,000 gift from Edward and Mary Greason boosts the success of Fordham Law School's $100 Million Campaign, which has already raised more than $90 million. The gift will fund the north view circular staircase of the new Law School building.

"I gave the donation because I believe in the fine legal education and ethical values that Fordham is providing to young students, including those who, because of financial considerations, attend the evening program," said Greason.

A graduate of the evening program himself, Greason received his J.D. in 1958. He practiced law with the intellectual property firm of Kenyon and Kenyon and retired as the senior partner after 42 years of practice.

Fordham Law's new building was designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and will feature spacious simulation rooms, modern clinic areas, and public spaces that foster collaboration and innovation—as well as state-of-the-art technologies.

"The Law School has progressed tremendously in the past 20 years, and the new building is very much needed," added Greason. "I think the building will help increase the Law School’s national standing."

"Ed's dedication to the Law School is remarkable and inspiring," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "This gift demonstrates his tremendous commitment to the Campaign and to the future of Fordham Law."

Greason is a longstanding member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association and is presently serving as a director emeritus of the association. His connections to the Law School extend beyond himself: two of his sons graduated from Fordham Law—Bill in 1987 and Ed, Jr., in 1991. His granddaughter, Elizabeth, may also be a future graduate.

"She's too young to know if she'll go to Fordham Law yet," said Greason. "But we'll work on her."

Contact: Stephen Eichinger