Fordham Law

John Feerick Honored by Belfast Charity

October 15, 2010

Former Law School Dean John Feerick '61 was recently honored by the Flax Trust, a Belfast charitable organization committed to peacemaking and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Feerick, the
Sr. Mary Turley, President of Flax Trust, presents the award to John Feerick.
Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service at Fordham Law and Founder and Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, was recognized at the charity's twentieth annual banquet, held at the 21 Club in Manhattan.

Feerick has been a dedicated public servant throughout his career and was lauded at the event for his pioneering work in developing mediation training in Northern Ireland. This work includes a program conceived and directed by Feerick that brought 22 local Northern Ireland community leaders—school principals, labor leaders, police officers, and youth group leaders—to New York to learn to be mediators in their communities. Feerick's program, which was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of State, was effective in building peace, as this initial group went on to train others in their home communities.

The Flax Trust was founded in 1977 and is one of the largest and longest established development trusts in Ireland. From its inception, the Flax Trust has promoted and practiced reconciliation through economic and social development.
(l–r) William J. Flynn, Chairman Emeritus of Mutual of America and Chairman of Flax Trust/America; Hon. Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland; John Feerick; J. Kenneth Hickman, Arthur Anderson (ret.) and Trustee Emeritus of Fordham University; and James E. Quinn, President of Tiffany & Co.