Great Seats


Over the summer, Fordham Law School elevated six professors to endowed chairs named for prestigious practitioners and scholars in their areas of expertise. These new chairholders carry on a proud tradition of research and teaching. Get to know why each is sitting pretty.

James J. BrudneyJames Brudney

The Joseph Crowley Chair in Labor and Employment Law

Brudney, a leading scholar of workplace law and statutory interpretation with broad experience in professional practice, public service, and policymaking, is the inaugural Joseph Crowley chairholder. He investigates the dynamic relationship between labor law and the judicial and legislative branches of government.

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Nestor DavidsonNestor M. Davidson

The Albert A. Walsh ’54 Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law

A prolific scholar of property, land use, and local government law, Davidson has brought to Fordham Law deep experience as a practicing attorney, devoted public servant, and engaging teacher. Shortly after joining the Law School, he launched the School’s Urban Law Center, for which he serves as faculty director, and he has also served as associate dean for academic affairs.

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Tanya K. HernándezTanya Hernandez

The Archibald R. Murray Professorship

Hernández is an internationally recognized expert on comparative race relations; her scholarship offers a fresh, nuanced perspective on issues related to antidiscrimination and equality law. Her most recent book examines the existence of customary laws of racial regulation in Latin American states. She serves as associate director and head of global and comparative law programs and initiatives for the School’s Center on Race, Law, and Justice.

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Clare HuntingtonClare Huntington

The Joseph M. McLaughlin Professorship

Huntington specializes in family law and poverty law, and her expertise is bolstered by prior experiences with foster care, youth services, and international development agencies. Her recent book offers a theoretical framework for the reform of our family law system so that it can better address the social, psychological, and emotional needs of families. She serves as the School’s associate dean for research.

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Ethan J. LeibEthan Leib

The John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law

The author and editor of four books, Leib is a noted expert in constitutional law, legislation, and contracts. In his book Friend v. Friend he takes stock of a critically important social institution—friendship, investigates its ongoing transformations, and contends that it could benefit from more sensitive public policies. More recently, he has examined fiduciary principles to determine whether or not they can illuminate relationships in public law.

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Richard SquireRichard Squire

The Alpin J. Cameron Chair in Law

A keen observer of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy law, Richard Squire has earned multiple awards for scholarship that approaches legal questions from the perspective of economic analysis. In his forthcoming book, he dispels common myths about the Wall Street bailouts of 2007 and 2008.

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