Fordham Law

Memorial for Jesse Smith, Class of 2009

February 09, 2007

The following message was sent by Dean Treanor to the Fordham Law community on Friday afternoon.

I am very saddened to share with you the news that Jesse Smith, a member of section seven of the first-year day class, passed away Thursday after a battle with leukemia. He was 22.
Jesse graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006. While there, he was a high school competitive debate coach, volunteering his weekends to teach local high school students. Jesse was first diagnosed with leukemia the summer after his sophomore year at Michigan and was until recently in remission. In his application to Fordham, he said that the generosity of the doctors who treated him inspired him to become a lawyer:
"To truly help someone, you have to understand their experience, including what it is like to feel your life threatened, and make it clear to them that you can make things better. My new perspective reinforced my desire to practice law, since I believe the law, and a good lawyer, are there to save lives."
We join with Jesse's friends and with his family in mourning his tragic and untimely loss. A memorial service in his honor will be held tomorrow. Jesse's mother and stepfather have extended an invitation to all Fordham faculty and students to attend the service:
Saturday, February 10
Andrett Funeral Home
353 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 475-2024
Visitation 4-8 p.m.
Memorial 8-9 p.m.
I encourage all Law School students who would find it helpful to take advantage of counseling services at this time. The University Counseling Center is located on the 2nd floor of McMahon hall, and you can call their Helpline at (212) 636-6225. Additionally, Campus Ministry representatives are available at (212) 636-6267 or by visiting their office on the 2nd floor of Lowenstein.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jesse's family and friends at this time.
Bill Treanor