Dean’s Message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A Message from Dean Matthew Diller
January 14, 2022

Dear Fordham Law Students,

It seems fitting that our spring semester begins after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service that intends to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, and create solutions to social problems.

Father McShane’s eloquent note about Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and the pervasive injustice related to issues of race in our country makes a clear case for empathy and for finding our humanity. One way to do that is by committing to actions that will help—in some way—to ameliorate the circumstances of others.

This Monday, January 17, the Law School will be closed to honor and remember Dr. King’s legacy. I encourage you to consider individually commemorating this legacy through community service. Below are organizations holding projects this weekend and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in and around New York City. Please click the links for more information.

Thank you for working in the service of others.


Dean Matthew Diller


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