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Fordham-Stein Prize

First awarded in 1976, the Fordham-Stein Prize is presented annually to a member of the legal profession whose work embodies the highest standards of the legal profession. 

Prize recipients:
- exemplify outstanding professional conduct
- promote the advancement of justice
- bring credit to the profession by emphasizing in the public mind the contributions of lawyers to our society and to our democratic system of government

From its inception, the winners of the Prize have been men and women with distinguished careers who reflect a profound commitment to the public good. Past winners include:
- two Chief Justices of the United States
- five Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States
- three former United States Attorneys General
- three former Secretaries of State
- leaders of the bench and bar

The Fordham-Stein Prize Prize is a public service program of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law. It is formally presented every autumn.


2014 Fordham- Stein Prize Recipient

Mary Jo White

Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission

Chair Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White was sworn in as the 31st Chair of the SEC on April 10, 2013. Chair White arrived at the SEC with decades of experience as a federal prosecutor and securities lawyer. She served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and later Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1993, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1978 to 1981 and became Chief Appellate Attorney of the Criminal Division.

Following her service as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Chair White became chair of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.

Chair White has won numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding work both as a prosecutor and a securities lawyer.


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