Fordham Law

Robert Reilly Receives Charles Carroll Award

October 13, 2010

Robert Reilly '75, Assistant Dean for Fordham Law's Feerick Center for Social Justice, has been named the recipient of the Charles Carroll Award by the Guild of Catholic Lawyers of the Archdiocese of New York. Named after the only Catholic patriot to sign the Declaration of Independence, the annual Carroll award recognizes a Catholic lawyer who has earned distinction in public service. Reilly received the award October 4 at the Union League Club in New York City.

“If the Selection Committee for this Award had looked even a little bit further, they would have found many [worthy] recipients,” said Reilly, in accepting the award. “But let me assure you . . . they could not have found a recipient who was more grateful.”

For the past four years, Reilly has helped develop Feerick Center programs that educate law students and others in problem-solving social justice issues, particularly homelessness, hunger, and asset preservation for the poor. He is also a regular volunteer on the city’s annual HOPE Count, where the Fordham community rallies to help count the homeless in the Bronx.

Reilly has been the president of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of the Irish in America (Notre Dame University Press, 2000). He also serves as a volunteer guide at the Museum of Natural History.

The Guild of Catholic Lawyers of the Archdiocese of New York presents the Charles Carroll Award annually to the Catholic lawyer who has earned distinction in the profession or in public service exemplifying integrity and the highest standards of professional conduct in the promotion and advancement of justice.

Past recipients have been Edward Cardinal Egan, of the Archdiocese of New York; Malcolm Wilson, former governor of New York; Joseph Bellacosa, retired judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Edward Re, former chief judge of the Court of International Trade; Joseph McLaughlin '59, former Law School dean and judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; John Feerick '61, Founder and Director of the Feerick Center and former dean of Fordham Law; and Amy Uelmen, Director of the Law School's Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work.