Fordham Law

Fordham Law Student, Alum to Receive Awards at New York Bar Foundation Ceremony

April 07, 2008

Fordham Law student Ji Zhang ’10 has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship administered by the New York Bar Foundation. As the winner of the $5,000 fellowship, Zhang will work this summer in the chambers of the Honorable Herman Cahn, New York Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division. The award is available to first-year law students attending a law school in the State of New York who demonstrate an interest in commercial and federal litigation.

John R. Horan, president of the New York Bar Foundation said, “We are pleased to award, for a second year in a row, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship to a Fordham Law School student. Mr. Zhang is an eminently qualified candidate for this fellowship and his academic record and work experience demonstrate his commitment to scholarly excellence.”

Zhang will be recognized by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the Foundation during an awards ceremony at the Section’s Smooth Moves II program on April 7 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
At the same ceremony, Fordham Law alumnus Cesar A. Perales ‘65, president and general counsel of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, will receive the 2008 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award. The award is named in honor of Judge Smith, who recently retired as an associate justice of the New York State Court of Appeals and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham Law since 1981.

Founded in 1988, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA strives to improve the quality of representation of commercial clients in litigation matters, provides a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhances the administration of justice.  The Section is committed to serving the professional development goals of attorneys of color and to fostering diversity in the profession.

Contact: Jennifer Spencer