Assistant Dean of Public Interest Resource Center
Dean Tom Schoenherr is the founder of the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) at Fordham Law School and has served as its director since it was established in 1991. Previously he was the Associate Director of the Career Planning Center at Fordham Law School for 5 years. He has counseled thousands of law students and alumni extensively in all phases of career planning and development.
Dean Schoenherr has been a moderator and a speaker on numerous public interest career panels at conferences including: the American Bar Association/National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (ABA/NLADA) Equal Justice Conference, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Equal Justice Works (EJW), Lavender Law, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), the Lesbian & Gay Law Association of New York (LeGaL), and the New York County Lawyer’s Association. He is a member of the ABA, AALS, the New York State Bar Association's Pro Bono Coordinators' Network, the ABCNY’s Public Service Network, and the NYC Metro Law School Public Interest Administrators Network. He did his graduate coursework in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at New York University and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Binghamton University.
Dean Schoenherr currently serves as the co-chair of the National Advisory Committee of EJW. He has also served as the chair of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, chair of NALP’s Public Service Committee and LGBT Committee, and as the Member-at-Large on NALP’s National Board of Directors.