Fordham Law

James Leitner to be Honored at Corporate Counsel Dinner

October 29, 2010

James Leitner '82 will be honored with the Richard J. Bennett Memorial Award at Fordham Law's 17th annual Corporate Counsel Dinner to be held on November 11 at Capitale. The award James Leitner '82recognizes corporate leaders with the highest standards of ethical conduct, moral purpose, and selfless commitment.

Leitner is President of Falcon Management, where he manages absolute return portfolios. Prior to Falcon, he worked as a trader at Morgan Guaranty, chief dealer at Bank of America International, Vice President for proprietary trading at Shearson Lehman, and Managing Director at Bankers Trust.
The combination of his financial successes and his dedication to Fordham Law have allowed him to pursue his abiding interests in human rights and international law. In 2005, he created the Leitner Family Chair in International Human Rights. Two years later, he gave another multimillion dollar gift that established a second Leitner Family Chair in International Law, as well as internships and a human rights clinic. His additional gifts helped launch the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. Through more than a dozen programs, the Center allows students to work with an international community of scholars and activists to promote social justice and international human rights standards throughout the world.
Leitner serves on the Dean’s Planning Council and the advisory board of the Leitner Center. He is also a Fellow of Yale’s Pierson College, a member of the Dean’s Council of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, and a member of the Manhattanville Ad Hoc Committee.

Last year, he received the Columbia University Alumni Medal for his distinguished service on behalf of SIPA, and during the 2010 Fordham Law Diploma Ceremony he was honored with the Eugene J. Keefe Award, which is given to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham Law community. In November, he will also receive the Yale Medal, which is the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni, conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the university.
He received his B.A. from Yale and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia, before receiving his J.D. from Fordham Law.

The Richard J. Bennett Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of Dick Bennett ’42, who established himself as a nationally recognized corporate leader during his exceptional career at Schering-Plough Corporation, where he served as General Counsel, the President, and Chairman.