The Fordham Law community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna and adjunct professor Kimberly Greer ’16. She died tragically on December 21 at the age of 28.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Kimi’s passing. She had tremendous positive energy, ideas, and talent. She was committed to making the Law School and her surroundings a better place,” said Matthew Diller, Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. “She was an incredible, young lawyer who accomplished so much in so little time. Our community is the better for her leadership as a student, as president of the Student Bar Association, and then as a member of our adjunct faculty. Kimi was much loved by all and we will miss her greatly.”
As a law student, Kimberly Greer immersed herself thoroughly in the life of Fordham Law. During her 3L year, she led the Student Bar Association as its president. She competed on the moot court national team and won First Place Oral Advocate, Best Brief, and Regional Championship awards. She also served as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Legislation & Regulation and she was an associate editor for the School’s intellectual property journal. Always considering how she could improve the law school experience for her peers, she worked with the Law School administration to create an important governance change by placing students on faculty committees. She served as a student representative on the Student-Faculty/Student Services Committee as well as on the Curriculum Committee, and since her graduation was serving as a member of the recent graduate committee.
Kimberly was singularly devoted to her law school alma mater and gave herself to the Fordham Law community with boundless enthusiasm. She was filled with creative ideas and the drive to transform those ideas into action. In November, Kimberly married her beloved Fordham Law classmate, Michael Singer ’16.
At her graduation in 2016, she received the Eugene J. Keefe Award, presented to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community. The Keefe Award is rarely presented to a student.
Kimberly graduated cum laude from Fordham Law. Following her graduation, she worked at Vedder Price as an associate. This past spring, she began a clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for Hon. Katharine H. Parker ’92, and this fall she started teaching advanced appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law. Her students greatly admired her for being so engaged with the class and always willing to help. She was well known for meeting with students after class to help with mooting, strategizing, and providing feedback that was uniformly considered invaluable. As one student put it, “Professor Greer is amazing.” Kimberly had been selected by Hon. Vincent Briccetti ’80 to clerk in his chambers and was to start in November 2019.
Kimberly earned a B.A. cum laude in legal studies and communications from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, she was involved in student theater and Dance Marathon, and won an award for best undergraduate legal thesis.
In addition to her husband, Kimberly is survived by her father, George Greer; two brothers, Matt and Jon; and an extended group of loving family and friends. The whole Fordham community mourns this terrible loss.
Kimberly’s funeral will be held this Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Gutterman’s Funeral Home at 8000 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, NY.