Professors Elizabeth Cooper, Mark Patterson, and Benjamin Zipursky were awarded the Bene Merenti medal in honor of 20 years of service to Fordham at the University’s annual convocation on March 1.Professor Cooper, Faculty Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, was recognized for her leadership, dedication to positive social change, and innovative teaching methods. During her time at Fordham, she has pioneered new policy oriented, creative problem-solving approaches to clinical legal education. She has also worked to promote equality at Fordham, in New York City, and in the state. Professor Patterson was lauded for the breadth and depth of knowledge that he offers to his students and the Fordham community at large. A former research engineer, Patterson teaches antitrust law, contract law, patent law, intellectual property law, and Internet law. Recently, he has taught in Italy as a visiting professor. Professor Zipursky, who holds the James H. Quinn Chair in Legal Ethics, has served as the Law School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and its first Associate Dean for Research. Zipursky was praised for his outstanding scholarship in the field of torts and his influential civil recourse theory. In addition to publishing over 60 articles and chapters on torts, jurisprudence, and legal ethics, as well as a leading casebook and treatise, Zipursky serves as moderator for the Fordham Law Review.