Fordham Law Kicks Off 100 Years of Women Event at The New York Historical Society


On the evening of September 12, Fordham Law kicked off 100 Years of Women—a yearlong celebration recognizing the achievements of women alumni, faculty, and students of Fordham Law. More than 400 alumni and friends gathered at the New York Historical Society precisely one hundred years to the day after the Fordham Law faculty voted to admit women to the Law School. 

In keeping with the theme of the evening, “Fordham Law Women—Past, Present, Future,” the Law School honored three women whose collective accomplishments represent a legacy of strength and courage.

Geraldine Ferraro ’60 was inducted into the School’s Alumni of Distinction display, which celebrates graduates who have broken barriers in the legal profession.

Hon. Loretta A. Preska ’73 received the Fordham University President’s Medal, a distinguished award that has been bestowed only 36 times in 177 years.

3L Tanyell Cooke represented the future of Fordham Law women at the event. In her remarks, Cooke, the current president of the Student Bar Association, detailed her own struggles and triumphs on the road to Fordham Law, and the ways in which women have supported her through difficult times.

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