Fordham Law

Alumni Admitted to Supreme Court for Centennial

June 06, 2006

One hundred Fordham Law School alumni were admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court at a ceremony held on May 15, 2006.

Since 1986, the Fordham Law Alumni Association has been sponsoring the annual Supreme Court Admission Ceremony, an induction ceremony for about thirty members of alumni each year at the Supreme Court. This year to celebrate the School's centennial anniversary, 100 alumni were inducted.

The admission ceremony was held in the Supreme Court Building and was attended by approximately 225 Fordham graduates, their families and friends. After an introduction of each participant to the Justices by Constantine N. Katsoris, Wilkinson Professor of Law, the graduates were administered an oath by the Supreme Court clerk before Chief Justice John Roberts accepted their admittance. A private luncheon reception followed with remarks retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O'Connor, the recipient of the 1992 Fordham-Stein award, spoke on the importance of judicial independence.

"To be able this year to admit 100 of our Fordham Law graduates for our centennial helped make one of the most thrilling and joyful events for our alumni even more meaningful," William M. Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law, said. "It was a great way to honor our alumni and also to continue in our centennial year celebration."

To date, nearly 1,000 alumni of the Fordham Law School have been admitted to practice before the nation's highest court through the annual Fordham ceremony. In 1991, a similar ceremony was held when 150 alumni attended the admissions in honor of Fordham University's Sesquicentennial Anniversary.