Fordham Law

Fordham Law Alumni Association Announces Medal of Honor Recipients

March 03, 2006

Two graduates will be presented with the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s Medal of Honor at Saturday’s Annual Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Maureen Scannell Bateman '68 and the Hon. Denny Chin '78 will both be presented with the prestigious award on Saturday.  Dean William Michael Treanor said the School is pleased to honor two members of the Fordham family during its centennial celebration year.

"Judge Chin and Maureen Bateman embody the qualities of talent, hard work, ability, and service that are the hallmark of a Fordham education," Treanor said.  "They are graduates who uniquely blend a love of Fordham and careers in the law that have nobly served the American democratic enterprise."

Maureen Scannell Bateman is a partner at Holland & Knight, resident in both the New York and Boston offices. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Bateman served as
Senior Special Counsel to the Bank of America to conduct an independent review of the mutual fund policies and practices.

Before joining Bank of America, Ms. Bateman had three decades of experience in the legal and financial services fields. She served as executive vice president and general counsel of State Street Corporation, managing director and general counsel for the United States Trust Corporation of New York, and as an associate attorney in trusts and estates with Davis Polk and Wardwell in Manhattan, New York.

Judge Denny Chin was appointed a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York in 1994, the first Asian-American appointed as a U.S. District Judge outside of the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Chin began his distinguished legal career as a clerk for the Honorable Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He went on to Davis Polk & Wardwell until his 1982 appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 1986, he started a law firm, Campbell, Patrick & Chin, with two colleagues from the U.S. Attorney's Office. In 1990, he joined the law firm Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., where he specialized in labor and employment law representing employees and unions.