Fordham Law

Professors Capra, Martin Receive Dean's Medal of Recognition

May 25, 2010

Fordham Law Professors Daniel J. Capra and Michael M. Martin received the Dean's Medal of Recognition at the Law School's 2010 graduation ceremony on May 24. The Dean's Medal is the most important honor bestowed by Law School Dean William Michael Treanor and is awarded for outstanding contributions to Fordham Law.

Daniel Capra joined the Fordham Law faculty in 1981 and teaches Evidence and Constitutional Criminal Procedure. He has produced influential scholarship including many articles and treatises. Among his most notable accomplishments is his role as principal draftsman of Rule 502 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. He has also co-authored the first casebook on electronic discovery and digital evidence, served as Reporter for a number of Judicial Conference Committees (including the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules), published opinions as Special Master in a number of high-profile civil actions (including In re Refco, In re Bausch & Lomb, and In re IPO Securities Litigation), and advised the nation’s top federal judges on sentencing regulations following United States v. Booker.
Dean Treanor awards Daniel Capra the Dean's Medal of Recognition.

"Dan's impressive contributions cross the spectrum," said Dean Treanor. "He is a brilliant teacher, one of the leading evidence scholars in the country, and an important advisor to the judiciary who is revered by judges across the country."

Capra has done extensive work on legal reform in China. Last year, he was the keynote speaker at a daylong conference of scholars and judges in Beijing, which was devoted to discussion of his three-volume treatise on the Fourth Amendment, published in Chinese.

As Chair of the Fordham Law clerkship committee, Capra has guided efforts that have significantly increased the number of students who have obtained federal clerkships and judicial internships. In 2006, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year award.

Capra received his A.B. summa cum laude from Rockhurst College and his J.D. from University of California-Berkeley (Boalt), where he graduated first in his class, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as Associate Editor of the California Law Review.

Michael M. Martin joined the Fordham Law faculty in 1972 as an Associate Professor. His principal subjects are Torts, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Conflicts of Law. In 2005, he was named Teacher of the Year.

Michael M. Martin at the 2010 graduation ceremony.
"Like Dan Capra, Mike is an extraordinarily gifted teacher," said Dean Treanor. "Mike is also a superb scholar whose insights and analysis have profoundly shaped the field of evidence."

Martin’s scholarship is distinguished: he is a co-author (with Capra) of the five-volume Federal Rules of Evidence Manual and of the New York Evidence Handbook. He has also written other books, law review articles, and (for 26 years) a column on Evidence for the New York Law Journal.

For the past 38 years, Martin has displayed unflagging dedication to the Law School. He served as Associate Dean from 1995 to 2001 and twice since has stepped in on short notice to be Associate Dean for Administration. From 1983 to 1995, Martin was the faculty moderator for the Fordham Law Review. He has served on numerous Law School committees, most recently chairing the Building committee, and has represented the Law School on a variety of University committees.

Before joining Fordham, Martin taught at the University of Washington and the University of Chicago law schools. He has also held a visiting professorship at the University of Virginia law school.

Martin received his J.D. with High Distinction from the University of Iowa, where he had received his B.A. At law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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