Fordham Law


Memorial Services for Associate Dean Ann Moynihan

July 27, 2007

Updated 07.28.07, 3:35PM: Detailed Memorial Service Information

To the Law School Community,

I am sorry to have to announce another tremendous loss to the Fordham Law community. Associate Dean and Clinical Professor Ann Moynihan passed away in her sleep last night at her country home in the Catskills. We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this sudden loss.

Ann was simply an amazing person.  She was brilliant, creative, and warm; a great teacher, friend, and colleague.  She devoted her life to helping those in need.  As a Legal Aid lawyer, she pioneered the effort to establish legal rights for homeless families.  After becoming Attorney in Charge of Legal Aid's largest civil division office, she stepped down to start a new career as a trial attorney in Legal Aid's Criminal Division.

Ann began working at Fordham Law as a professor in the Legal Writing program and eventually founded the Law School’s Family Advocacy clinic, pioneering new interdisciplinary approaches in collaboration with the School of Social Service.  She helped to build the clinical program into one of the finest in the nation.  For the past two years, she has served as a remarkably gifted Associate Dean for Administration.

Ann was filled with creative energy.  She saw potential where others saw none.  In a short time, she transformed our School, both in ways that are immediately visible, such as her leadership in making the Law School more physically welcoming to students in the lobby and the atrium, and in ways that are not as immediately apparent.  She viewed no problem as beyond solution and she had the drive and skills to make her solutions become realities.

Ann was also a great mentor and teacher.  She worked tirelessly with both students and colleagues to help them reach their potential.  She was a "hands on" leader with strong views, yet at the same time, she possessed a unique ability to let others shine and took great joy in helping them flourish.  

The funeral service will be on Tuesday in Greenville, New York.  The wake will be held in Greenville on Monday evening; details are below.

We will also hold an appropriate memorial for her here at the Law School. We invite you to send your memories and stories about Ann to us by e-mail.

Ann Moynihan was a gift to the Fordham Law community. She inspired us and she challenged us, and her passing is a profound loss to the school. As much as we will miss her, we are grateful to have known this extraordinary person.

- Bill Treanor


Memorial Service Information

The wake will be held at the A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, in Greenville New York, from 4-8 pm on Monday, July 30.  The phone is 518.966.8313.  (Map)

The funeral service will be at Church of St. John the Baptist in Greenville, next door to the funeral home, at 11 am on Tuesday, July 31.  A lunch will follow.

Driving directions from the New York State Thruway
Take Exit 21, Catskill.  At the light, turn left, then make a quick right onto Route 23 West.  Proceed 9 miles, then turn right onto Route 32 North.  There is a light and a sign to Greenville (9 miles) at the intersection.  At the next light, turn left onto Route 81 West.  The Funeral Home is the second building on the right; St. John the Baptist is next door.