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Dear Fordham Law Community,

We are collectively called to promote justice and equity during this pivotal time. In honor of George Floyd’s legacy, and in recognition of those impacted by racial injustice, we renew our commitment to anti-racism in dismantling systemic racism at Fordham Law School and in the legal profession.   

In solidarity and support,

Dean Kimathi Gordon-Somers
Director Kamille Dean
Director Jennifer Haastrup
Pursuing Justice for George Floyd
In a statement following Derek Chauvin's conviction, Dean Matthew Diller reflects on the verdict and the "way forward toward overcoming the injustices that have so tenaciously endured." Read more 

Professor Bennett Capers, director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice, shared his reflections on the trial and the work to do in policing in an op-ed for The New York Daily News

Abdulai Turay ’21 Named Law Student of the Year by The National Jurist
Second-year student and Black Law Students Association President, Abdulai Turay was named Law Student of the Year by The National Jurist. Abdulai shares his journey to becoming a law student and how he continues to fight for racial justice in legal education and the profession. Read more 
Judicial Center Welcomes Judge Christine Arguello (D.Colo.) as its 2021 First to the Bench Speaker

The Center for Judicial Events & Clerkships (CJEC) welcomed Judge Christine Arguello, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, for a fireside chat as part of its First to the Bench event.  Last year, the CJEC in partnership with Fordham’s First Generation Law Students (F1GS) developed the First to the Bench event. Read more
New Summer Fellowship Honors Judge Ruben Martino’s Public Service Legacy

A new summer fellowship has launched to honor the late Judge Ruben Martino, a college classmate and former Legal Aid colleague of Professor Russell Pearce. The fellowship honors the Judge’s commitment to public service. Jermel Singleton ’22, who served as a court officer for Judge Martino the year before his passing, shares his memories of Judge Martino and his legacy. Read more
Fordham Law Dialogue Days
Students, faculty, and staff came together to reflect on the issues of injustice in society. 

A Post-Verdict Discussion: Justice for George Floyd?
Members of the Fordham Law community shared thoughts and feelings towards racial justice and reform. The conversation was led by Professor Bennett Capers, director of Center on Race, Law and Justice, as well as attorney Shannon Cumberbach, Founder & Facilitator of Uproot.ed

Eviction Moratorium: The Future of Affordable Housing and Residential Real Estate After the Pandemic
The New York City landscape changed drastically since the global pandemic.  At the latest Dialogue Day, we collectively discussed the stability of the residential housing market from the perspective of the landlord and tenant considering the eviction moratorium post-COVID-19.  If you were unable to attend or would like to watch it again, you can do so here

Student Achievements

Kimberly Ayudant ’21

Latin American Law Students Association President, Kimberly Ayudant will have an article she wrote published in the Fordham Law Review Online. Her article will address the increased levels of school segregation across the nation and how the Strength in Diversity Act could address this growing problem. Kimberly’s article will be published in early May. 
Upcoming Events

2021 Virtual Denny Chin Award Ceremony

Join Fordham APALSA on Thursday, April 29 for its award ceremony featuring guest speakers civil rights leader Rocky Chin, alumnus Gene Kang ’11, and Professor Youngjae Lee. 

The Jewish Contribution of the Development of Broadway

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, join the Jewish Law Students Association for an event about the Jewish influence on theater. 

Around the Law School

Update on the Racial Climate Survey
The racial climate survey ended in mid-April. Thanks to all of the many students, staff, administrators, and faculty who participated! The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, which designed the survey, will be analyzing the results and delivering a report to the Fordham Law community in the coming months.

Youth Law Day

Fordham Law’s Youth Law Day is a legal education program for high school juniors and seniors that seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession. This year’s program, which was held on Monday, April 19th, hosted three schools — Stuyvesant High School, William Cullen Bryant High School, and High School for Law Advocacy and Community Justice. Student participants got a real, hands-on experience as to what it is like to be a law student, which included a mock class taught by Fordham Law students. The event featured keynote speaker, Yarelyn Mena ’19.

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