Fordham Law

Professor, Two Alumnae Named Among 50 Most Influential Women

May 29, 2007

Fordham Law professor Deborah W. Denno has been named one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

Denno, who has taught at Fordham Law since 1991, is one of the nation's foremost experts on lethal injection and the death penalty. She is frequently consulted by the media, and her work is often cited by the courts. Her 2002 article, When Legislatures Delegate Death: The Troubling Paradox Behind State Uses of Electrocution and Lethal Injection and What It Says About Us, published in the Ohio State Law Journal, was an unprecedented examination of the ways in which states carry out lethal injection.

"Debby Denno is absolutely tireless in her work, as a teacher, a scholar, and as an advocate," said William M. Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law School. "She is a truly outstanding lawyer and professor with a commitment to making a real difference in her field. This is a well-deserved recognition for an extraordinary professor."

Alumnae Patricia M. Hynes '66 and Tina L. Brozman '76 were also recognized as two of the 50 most influential women lawyers.

Hynes is a senior counsel at Allen & Overy. She also served as chairman of The Legal Aid Society of New York and was instrumental in negotiating arrangements that saved the organization from bankruptcy in 2004.  Hynes is a Fordham Law Centennial Founder and is an officer of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

"The work of Pat Hynes is representative of the commitment of Fordham alumni to engaging in a practice committed to the service of others," Dean Treanor said. "Pat is a role model for attorneys who desire to excel in their careers without sacrificing a dedication to serving their communities."

Brozman is a partner at Bingham McCutchen where she serves as co-leader of Bingham's Financial Restructuring practice group and deputy chair of the firm's Financial Institutions Area. She was formerly the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

"Tina Brozman has had an exceptionally successful career both on the bar and the bench," Dean Treanor said. "I am so pleased that she has received this honor recognizing her influential work in the important area of bankruptcy law."

The National Law Journal last published a list of the most influential women in the law in 1998. Women were selected on the basis of "demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries and do big things," the Journal said. Lawyers at law firms, law professors, and in-house counsel were considered; judges and non-practicing lawyers were not eligible for the National Law Journal's distinction.

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