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Dear Colleagues,

Toni Jaeger-Fine, our remarkable Assistant Dean for Non-JD and International Programs, has informed me that she plans to step down from her position at the end of this school year. 

Since her arrival at Fordham Law in 2006, Toni’s leadership has been nothing short of transformative. She has brought great depth to our LLM program, adding degree programs in International Law and Justice, International Dispute Resolution, Corporate Compliance, Fashion Law, Real Estate Law, and U.S. Law, and overseeing our MSL and SJD programs. Toni has created signature offerings like the Summer Institute and the Pre-Law Institute and has developed many other important short courses, most recently the Women’s Leadership Institute and the Structural Issues in Law Firm Management program. Together, these programs have introduced thousands of lawyers, law students, and others to our school, providing them with knowledge and expertise as well as a sense of the community that is our–and Toni’s–hallmark. 

Toni is a brilliant lecturer and classroom teacher in demand the world over. She is an accomplished author of numerous books, on topics ranging from the American legal system to professionalism. And throughout her time with us, Toni has been a superb and tireless ambassador for Fordham Law, forging relationships with law schools throughout the world and building bridges that span continents and cultures. 

I have asked Nestor Davidson to chair the search committee for a new assistant dean. The committee includes Bernard Daraz, Paolo Galizzi, Martin Gelter, Lucy Onyeforo ’17 (LLM), and Vera Tkachuk. The firm of Spellman Johnson will be assisting in the search.

Below is a message that Toni has asked me to share with all of you. I want to congratulate Toni. I am deeply grateful to Toni, and am delighted that she has agreed to stay involved with the law school working on projects with us into the future.

Dean Matthew Diller
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with very mixed emotions that I write to announce that I will be stepping down from my position as Assistant Dean for International and Non-JD Programs at Fordham Law, effective sometime this summer. I hope to remain at the Law School to do some teaching and work on select projects.

It has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to have worked at Fordham Law. In these 16 years, I have grown immensely under the leadership of the Deans and Associate Deans under whom I have served: Nestor Davidson, Matthew Diller, Sheila Foster, Clare Huntington, Joseph Landau, Michael M. Martin, Linda Sugin, and William Michael Treanor; as well as the many other faculty members and administrators who have guided me and served as exemplars of professionalism. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have served under such distinguished teachers, scholars, and leaders in legal education.

I also thank the University leadership for its support, especially Father Joseph McShane, S.J, the late Dr. Stephen Freedman, Dr. Dennis C. Jacobs, Dr. Ellen Fahey Smith, and Dr. Jonathan Crystal.

I thank the members of my team, current and former, who have been true and committed partners in the work of my office over the years: Anthony Agolia, Kiran Chahal, Phillip Chavira, Bernard Daraz, the late Matthew Dzioba, Jane Holmes, Robert Mascola, Michael Rasmussen, Laura Shields, Marty Slavens, Megan Smiley, and Kandice Thorn.

Above all, I thank the literally thousands of students, lawyers, scholars, judges, and others who have passed through our office doors (physical or remote) as LL.M., M.S.L., S.J.D., or exchange students; participants in our Legal English Institute, Pre-Law Institute, Summer Institute, Winter Institute, program on law firm management, program on leadership for women, study abroad programs, and custom programs; visiting scholars and research fellows; and the many other colleagues I have gotten to know through my work at Fordham Law. You have enriched my life in immeasurable ways, and I will forever treasure the gift of getting to know you, teach you, and learn from you.

My greatest hope is that my successor will be a committed and outstanding steward and take the work of our office to the next level of innovation and excellence. If you know someone who may be a good fit for this position, please direct them to this page, where the listing will appear once it posts.

Warm regards,


Toni Jaeger-Fine
Assistant Dean, International and Non-J.D. Programs
Fordham Law School
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