On April 24, the Fordham Law Historical Society will co-host with the Feerick Center for Social Justice an event on presidential succession, which will feature a discussion of the New York court system and its history. The Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, who served on the New York Court of Appeals for seven years before retiring in 2006, will deliver a lecture and former Dean John D. Feerick ’61, who assisted Congress in drafting the 25th Amendment in 1967, will discuss the issue of presidential succession.
Fordham’s Historical Society, the first of its kind among New York City law schools, formed following the push from the Historical Society of New York Courts to enhance legal history understanding among law students, said 2L Yena Hong, who helped establish the Law School’s society and write its bylaws with alumnus Christopher LaVigne ’09. Prior to attending Fordham, Hong worked as a paralegal at Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP with LaVigne, a Historical Society of the New York Courts member.
“The Historical Society will help provide students context on why what we’re learning about the law is relevant today, and how it can progress in the future,” said Hong, who co-chairs the society with fellow 2L Kara Krakower.
The Historical Society previously co-organized an event with Fordham Law Women and the Fordham chapter of Black Law Students Association to attend a showing of the documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed at the City Museum of New York on Jan. 24. The society also encourages students to attend events connected with the Historical Society of the New York Courts.
The Fordham Law Historical Society is hoping to collaborate with Fordham Law Women, Fordham Law Federalist Society, and Fordham’s American Constitution Society for Law and Policy next year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of woman attending Fordham Law, Hong said. Krakower is on the 100 years of Women at Fordham executive committee.
The connections between New York’s history and the legal world are not always obvious, Krakower said, such as the history of judges and courthouses or the events and movements key in the development of laws.
“We’re hoping to bring a historical perspective to some of the things we talk about in Law School, both at an individual level, profiling people in legal history, as well as New York legal history in general,” Krakower explained.