Fordham Law’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts


Dear Fordham Law Community,

Fordham Law was founded to expand opportunities for those who had traditionally been excluded from the legal profession. At the same time, we have significantly more work to do—especially now—to truly ensure that all of our students, particularly those from underrepresented communities, experience a learning environment that is supportive and free from bias.

Moving forward requires deep reflection on our past and thoughtful collaboration among students, faculty, and administration about our present and future. In June we made a commitment to work along three paths to address structural racism in our own community and to combat racism in society more generally. We are 1) increasing diversity and supporting our students, 2) making Fordham Law welcoming and inclusive, and 3) addressing racism in the legal system and our community.

To date, we have raised more than three million dollars to support these efforts. Thanks to generous donations from an anonymous donor; pharmaceutical executive, David Tanen ’96; former Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Denis Cronin ’72 and Linda Cronin; Microsoft; the Miranda Family Fund, and others, we are able to fuel these efforts now and into the future. The philanthropic support of our partners is critical to the actions we are taking to make Fordham Law School more diverse, equitable, and inclusive and to combat racism in our community, the legal profession, and our nation. Read More.

While we have taken important steps along these paths, they are only the beginning of a way forward toward making our community, our profession, and our society racially just, equitable, and inclusive.

Read about Fordham Law’s next steps


Matthew Diller
Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law


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