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The Mary Daly Prize in Legal Ethics


The Mary Daly Prize in Legal Ethics is awarded to the Fordham Law School graduating student who publishes the most significant writing or makes the most significant other contribution relating to lawyers' professional responsibility and/or the legal profession. It was established by the directors of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics in memory of their beloved colleague Mary Daly, who directed the Stein Center in the 1980s and 1990s.

This Year's Winner

Jason Tortora ’14 has been named this year’s Mary Daly Prize recipient. Jason, author of the note “Reconsidering The Standards Of Admission For Prior Bad Acts Evidence in Light of Research on False Memories and Witness Preparation,” 40 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1493 (2013), is a member of the Stein Scholars Program. While at Fordham, he interned with a state prosecutor's office and the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice, participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, and volunteered in a prison visitation project organized by the Legal Aid Society. He has also been an active member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, doing well at competitions and serving as this year’s Alumni Affairs Editor. Jason will be working with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division upon graduation.

Previous winners of the Mary Daly Prize include:

  • 2013: Jerry Dickinson and Joanna Zdanys
  • 2012: Theodore R. Sangalis
  • 2011: Mari Gracie Byrne and Marni Lynn Von Wilpert