Fordham Law

Fordham Law Alumni Admitted to Supreme Court Bar

June 07, 2013

Thirty-three Fordham Law alumni were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court at the annual Fordham Law Alumni Admission Ceremony on May 28. The event, held at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., included a breakfast for the alumni and their guests and a tour of the courthouse.

The Admission Ceremony has taken place annually since 1986. Each year, the prospective members of the bar gather in the Supreme Court courtroom, where an already admitted Fordham Law alumnus makes a motion to admit the new members. This year, the motion was made by Professor Constantine N. “Gus” Katsoris ’57, who has been involved with the Admission Ceremony for over 25 years. Seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices—all excluding Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer—were in attendance.

“This ceremony has been a mainstay of our alumni activities each year, resulting in the admissions of over 1,000 of our graduates to practice before the high court,” said Professor Katsoris. “It has been an honor to have been permitted to act as sponsor of so many of our alumni, faculty, and friends.”

This year, the group of admitted alumni was more than double those of recent years: 12 alumni were admitted in 2011, and 10 in 2010. Michael Schiumo, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations, attributes the increase to the efforts of the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s strategic planning initiative in engaging younger Fordham Law graduates. According to Schiumo, this year’s cohort included a high proportion of alumni who had graduated in the past ten years, a point of contrast with previous groups of admitted alumni.