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2013 Feerick Center Awards

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Feerick Center for Social Justice held its 2013 benefit reception to honor friends and alumni whose lives exemplify the values of the Feerick Center.


James E. Tolan ’62, an active contributor to the Feerick Center since its launch in 2006, received the Spirit of Service Award. Tolan’s involvement with Fordham Law dates back over 50 years: he has served as President of the Fordham Law Alumni Association, Chairman of the Annual Fund, and head of the Board of Advisors for the Crowley Program in Human Rights. He has been a major promoter of the Feerick Center’s Public Lecture Series and was involved with the alternative dispute resolution program that the Center has established in Ghana.

The recipient of this year’s Spirit of Hope Award, Peggy Healy ’96, has been a human rights advocate for nearly 40 years. As Senior Vice President for Latin America for Covenant House International, she oversees four programs for homeless and trafficked youth in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. A Stein Scholar during her time at Fordham, Healy has been a member of the Board of Advisors for the Feerick Center since its founding.

The recipient of the Champion of Justice Award will be Kevin J. Curnin '95, who is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Feerick Center. Kevin is a partner and the founding Director of the Public Service Project at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. The firm now provides comprehensive and sophisticated legal assistance to a wide number of underserved communities in New York. Since Kevin began to develop and focus this area of the firm it has received over 60 awards for the contributions it has made.

Seymour W. James Jr., received the Life of Commitment Award. At the time of the award ceremony, James was the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, the largest public defender organization in the country and the primary indigent defender in the city. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Society’s criminal defense trial, parole revocation defense, appellate and post-conviction criminal practices. He is also a former President of the New York State Bar Association and serves on Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Justice Task Force and the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.
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