Fordham U. Honors Vallone Sr. And Camarinos

Michael Camarinos '10 and Peter F. Vallone, Sr. '59 in The Queens Gazette, April 28, 2010

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Fordham Law’s Dispute Resolution Society honored Peter F. Vallone Sr., a 1959 graduate of the law school, by inducting him as the first honorary member in their history at the Ninth Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony held at Landmarc at the Time Warner Center on April 22.

The 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report ranked the Dispute Resolution program eighth in the nation, making it the highest ranked program in the history of Fordham University and Fordham Law. “Whether Speaker Vallone was meeting with mayors, councilmembers, presidents, or popes, he has been at the forefront of conflict and has shown us over the course of his career as a lawyer and elected official that he has the poise and knowledge to handle and manage conflict with the highest level of success,” said Michael Camarinos president of the Fordham Law Dispute Resolution Society and Astoria resident.

Michael Camarinos who is a 2010 Juris Doctor candidate was also the recipient of one of Fordham Law’s most prestigious honors, the John D. Feerick Award named for the former dean of Fordham Law and given to a graduating student with an exceptional commitment to the principles of Alternative Dispute Resolution. “Under Michael’s leadership, the society enjoyed a landmark year of accomplishment. His leadership and example set a tone for such success that is sure to carry on in future years,” said John D. Feerick, former dean of Fordham Law, former chair of New York State’s Commission on Public Integrity and a corporate director of Wyeth, Group Health Inc., and Sentinel Mutual Funds, as well as a trustee of New York Medical College and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Feerick was recently named among the top 100 Irish- American lawyers by Irish-America Magazine.

Overall, the evening celebrated two Astorians with strong Fordham ties that can assure promise to the next generation of young people seeking a similar path of study in law. In addition to finishing his studies at Fordham Law, Camarinos received his BA from Fordham College in 2007 as a dean’s list student, an American Bar Association negotiation champion, a director of the Astoria Civic Association since 2002 and is the founder of the recently formed, Astorians for Responsible Government (ARG).