Law School Student Affairs Dean Honored with National AwardJanuary 03, 2007
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Nitza Escalera was recently selected to be honored with this year’s American Association of Law Schools' (AALS) Student Services Peter N. Kutulakis Award. This award, established in the memory of Associate Dean Peter N. Kutulakis of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, recognizes the outstanding contribution of an institution, administrator, or law professor in the provision of service to students.
"Those of us in the Fordham Law School community are well aware of Nitza's extraordinary devotion to the students of this school, her remarkable gifts as a counselor, and her dedication to the mission of legal education," William Michael Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law School, said. "We at Fordham have been truly fortunate to benefit from her wisdom and commitment. I am very happy that the AALS has recognized Dean Escalera’s great career of service and given her this honor."
Each year, one person or institution is honored with the Kutulakis Award. The award will be presented to Dean Escalera by the Student Service Section on January 3, 2007, in Washington, DC, as part of this year's annual AALS convention.
Dean Escalera arrived at Fordham Law in 1994 from the Community Service Society, Inc. Over the past twelve years, she has become a leader in the Fordham Law community, especially by taking part in numerous service projects. These include accompanying the Crowley Group to Romania, being a regular participant in the Law School's Habitat for Humanity Spring Break project, and working with the Law School's Community Economic Development Clinic. Dean Escalera has also served on the Self-Study Committee, the Board of the Lincoln Square Legal Service, Inc., and on the search committee for the University's Vice President for Student Affairs. She was also a past Chair Elect and Chair of the Student Services Section of the AALS.