Fordham Law

Dora Galacatos '96 Appointed Executive Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice

January 07, 2013

Dora Galacatos '96 has been appointed Executive Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice effective January 1, 2013. Galacatos has been with the Feerick Center since its creation in 2006. She succeeds Professor John D. Feerick '61 who will take the title of Senior Counsel and will remain actively engaged in the activities, administration, and planning for the Center.

Galacatos, with long experience in providing legal services for low-income persons, has been recognized for her superb work in this area including receiving the Medal of Honor from Manhattan Legal Services in 2011 and the Public Service Award of the New York County Lawyers Association in 2009.

"Dora's dedication to the Center's noble mission is inspiring," said Dean Michael M. Martin. "She works ceaselessly to strengthen the efforts of the Center in its goal to help the most vulnerable and underrepresented of New York's residents, and we look forward to her continued accomplishments."

"I am thrilled by Fordham Law School Dean Michael Martin's appointment of Dora, a jewel of a leader with an extraordinary commitment to helping the poor," added Professor Feerick. "I am pleased by my designation as senior counsel, enabling me to pursue my teaching and scholarly interests while remaining heavily involved in the poverty and problem solving work of the Law School's Social Justice Center."

A Fordham Law graduate, Galacatos has extensive experience working in city government, the nonprofit sector, and legal services for low-income individuals. Before enrolling at Fordham Law as a student, she worked for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice and the New York City for Mayor's Office of Drug Abuse Policy (1989–1993), where she focused on program development, program evaluation, and policy analysis. As part of a Skadden Fellowship (1997–98), she helped establish a family day care network at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, in Washington Heights.

Prior to returning to the Law School to work for the Feerick Center, Galacatos served as Staff Director to the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel, working alongside John Feerick. She also served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Milton Pollack (1996–1997) and then to the Honorable Paul A. Crotty (2005–2006), both U.S. District Court Judges in the Southern District of New York. Galacatos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her B.A. in history (1987) and the New School for Social Research, where she was a Kaplan M. Fellow and received an M.S. in urban policy (1993).

Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice was established in 2006 as a permanent legacy of the School’s Centennial celebration. The Feerick Center works with students, alumni, lawyers, and community volunteers to connect low-income New Yorkers to the legal resources they need and cannot afford. The Center trains law students and others to engage in social justice efforts. The Center seeks to frame concrete, achievable solutions to discrete problems of urban poverty through volunteer efforts, academic courses, legal and policy research, and public conferences and lectures.