Hon. Arthur Gonzalez '82 Honored at Annual Luncheon

March 05, 2012

The Fordham Law Alumni Association bestowed its Medal of Achievement on Hon. Arthur Gonzalez '82 at the Annual FLAA Luncheon on Saturday, March 3, at Cipriani Wall Street. The medal is the highest honor given by Fordham Law to its alumni.

"Judge Gonzalez has left an important mark in the courts, and we are proud to call him a graduate and friend," said James S. Brown '72, FLAA President, in presenting the medal to Judge Gonzalez. "His steady, measured footfalls will resound in the hallways of the Southern District and at Fordham Law for a long time to come."

Two days before the luncheon, on March 1, Judge Gonzalez retired from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, where he had been Chief Judge since 2010. He was first appointed judge of the Southern District in 1995. During his tenure, he handled some of the country's largest bankruptcy cases, including Enron, WorldCom, and Chrysler.

Judge Gonzalez graduated from Fordham College in 1969. He worked as a New York City public school teacher until 1982, earning his law degree from Fordham Law's evening program. Before becoming a judge, he served as assistant U.S. trustee in the Southern District, and practiced law at Pollner Mezan Stolzberg Berger & Glass and Gaston & Snow.

Hon. Sherry K. Heitler '76 served as emcee of the luncheon and Ray Kelly, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, was the featured speaker. Kelly's appearance at the event sparked a protest outside the venue, where members of Fordham Law's Muslim Law Students Association and other groups voiced their concern over recent surveillance operations conducted by the police.

Read coverage of Kelly's appearance by the Associated Press, NY1, the Daily News, and the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Read Fordham University's statement regarding NYPD surveillance of Muslim Student Associations.

Read Commissioner Kelly's remarks from the luncheon.