The Student Bar Association at Fordham Law School presented the Eugene Keefe Award (it's highest honor) to the Feerick Center in 2007, noting "even in the few months of its existence, the Feerick Center has been able to move to a central position in the Law School's educational culture the importance for all of us to contribute to the goal of Social Justice, that is, sensitivity to the needs of the poor, particularly on the issues of hunger and homelessness. The Feerick Center has done so by creating courses, a clinic, two symposia, a summer fellowship program, and a brown bag luncheon lecture series for students".
The Feerick Center has been awarded a grant by the New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, in the amount of $100,000, to fund 2 student fellowships each year for a 5 year period. These Fellows will focus in particular on domestic violence and consumer law projects, engaging in legal and policy research on a pilot project to create education clinics for survivors with consumer debt cases, and to assist social service agencies helping these survivors. This gift, announced in 2010, is the largest grant ever made by this Foundation.
The Feerick Center was recognized in 2010 by the New York Civic Corps (similar to VISTA and AmeriCorps) by being selected from among hundreds of applicant organizations to receive volunteers under this highly regarded program. The Center has been awarded two volunteers for a year, paid by the Civic Corps, to work on projects at the Feerick Center to advance a volunteer program to recruit more senior attorneys (55 years and older) to meet the legal needs of those in New York who cannot afford counsel. This program was conceived by the Feerick Center and has been adopted by the Unified Court System of the State of New York as the "Attorney Emeritus" program.
The "Attorney Emeritus" program of New York, conceived by the Feerick Center, is expected to be recognized by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as one of the "Bright Ideas" of 2010. The announcement of this recognition is to take place this fall.
The CLARO Program in New York and Bronx counties, which is coordinated and supported by the Feerick Center, has been selected to receive the New York State Courts Access to Justice Pro Bono Star Award for its outstanding work and dedicated service to litigants in Consumer debt cases. The award presentation took place during National Pro Bono Week on October 25, 2010, at the New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
Professor Elizabeth Cooper, The Center's Faculty Director, has been selected to Chair the Legal Education Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Dora Galacatos, Senior Counsel at the Feerick Center, received a 2009 Public Service Award of the New York County Lawyers' Association for her dedication and work in public service.
Dora Galacatos has been selected as Chair of the Civil Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Dora Galacatos has been selected to serve on the Advisory Board for the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
Dora Galacatos received the Medal of Honor from Manhattan Legal Services at its 2011 Awards Reception. She was recognized for her work with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), which helps low-income New York City residents with consumer debt collection cases and issues.
Fern Schair, and John D. Feerick have been appointed Co-Chairs of the New York State Chief Judge's Statewide Committee on the Attorney Emeritus program.
John D. Feerick, Founder and Director of the Center, received the 2010 Flax Trust Award, an annual award presented by the Flax Trust of Northern Ireland, a registered charity formed in Belfast in 1977, in recognition of his years of effort to aid in “the reduction and elimination of community tensions and religious prejudices by creative engagement in economic and social development” in Northern Ireland.
John D.Feerick was selected by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution to receive its prestigious D'Alemberte-Raven Award for 2011. The award recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community who have contributed significantly to the field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writings in the area of dispute resolution or continuing education programs.
John D. Feerick has been named the 2011 recipient of the American Bar Association's Robert J. Kutak Award. The Kutak Award is given annually to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench, and the bar. Prof. Feerick was chosen for his lifelong enthusiastic service to the bar, the judiciary, and legal education. During his distinguished legal career, he has served as an advisor to the ABA Commission on Electoral College Reform, a member of the ABA Special Constitutional Convention Committee, and president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. His service as a member of the ABA Conference on Presidential Inability and Succession in 1964 led to his participation in the drafting of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Prof. Feerick also served the New York City Bar as a member or chair of a number of its committees, including the Special Committee on the New York Constitutional Convention of 1967, and was the founding chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Justice Center.
John D. Feerick has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Holy Child Spirit Award presented by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus at their Annual Dinner on March 29, 2012 at the South Street Seaport in New York marking the 150th anniversary of the Sisters arrival in the United States. http://shcj.org/amer/JohnDFeerick1.htm