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Current Endowed Chairs

In our Centennial year, Fordham Law School endowed seven chairs through the generosity of its alumni. These gifts made clear statements about the value our graduates place on their experience at Fordham Law and their support for the School’s scholarly commitment. Since then, four additional chairs have created. Below, seven donors explain what inspired them to make such profound commitments to Fordham Law.


photo THE EDWARD AND MARILYN BELLET CHAIR IN LEGAL ETHICS, MORALITY AND RELIGION

The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, named after my grandfather, has achieved enormous success in matters related to public service and ethics. The Edward and Marilyn Bellet chair, named after my parents, continues the important work of the center.

—SALLY J. BELLET ’76



photo THE COOPER FAMILY CHAIR IN URBAN LEGAL ISSUES

Members of my family helped create and manage four private bus lines in Queens and Brooklyn. These lines helped New York to grow and set an early standard for mass transit infrastructure. Three of us are graduates of the Law School; my father and Dean Mulligan were great friends. Given all of these connections, it is fitting that a chair be created to honor them by contributing to the greatest Law School in the greatest city in the world.

—DOUGLAS A. COOPER ’72



photo The Cooper family has strong ties to Fordham Law School. The lasting influence of William and Burton Cooper on the transit industry came about because of their vision of an ever-evolving and improving urban setting. Because of these ties, influence, and vision, it is vital that the school take those steps to assure that its faculty impress upon students the importance of transit and its impact upon the social fabric of this city.

—JEROME COOPER ’53



photo THE LEITNER FAMILY CHAIRS IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

I established the Leitner Family Chair in Human Rights to honor the work Martin Flaherty and Tracy Higgins are doing to make the world a better place and engage students and faculty at Fordham Law School in the process.

—JAMES LEITNER ’82



photo THE T.J. MALONEY CHAIR IN BUSINESS LAW

Fordham Law’s pragmatic approach to legal education helped me immeasurably in my journey from law practice into private equity. The chair in business law which I endowed at Fordham Law was a good way to give back to the School—and specifically to the program—that gave me so much.

—T.J. MALONEY ’79



photo THE BRENDAN MOORE CHAIR IN ADVOCACY

The Brendan Moore Chair in Advocacy was established in memory of my brother to foster and enhance trial skills in future Fordham lawyers.

—THOMAS A. MOORE ’72



photo THE ALBERT A. WALSH ’54 CHAIR IN REAL ESTATE, LAND USE AND PROPERTY LAW

My father used his Fordham Law degree to work for better public housing for low- and middle-income populations. I wanted to create a chair in his honor so that Fordham Law can remain dedicated to the thoughtful study of real estate, land use, and property law and its responsible practice in urban settings.

—MARK A. WALSH ’84