Resolution J2026-2013

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Stein Scholars Program



  • May 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Stein
Scholars Program established by Fordham University School of Law's Louis
Stein Center for Law and Ethics on June 6, 2013

WHEREAS, Fordham Law School's Louis Stein  Center  for  Law  and  Ethics
established  the  Stein  Program 20 years ago to support and educate law
students who are committed, in the words of the Law School's  motto,  to
practicing law "in the service of others"; and
  WHEREAS,  The Stein Scholars Program selects approximately 20 students
from each entering Fordham  Law  School  class  to  participate  in  the
Program throughout the time they attend Law School; and
  WHEREAS, Interning in public interest law offices and participating in
student  volunteer organizations, Stein Scholars collectively contribute
more than 10,000 hours of public service each year; and
  WHEREAS, Through their regular presentation of programs  on  contempo-
rary  issues of public interest law and their establishment of and lead-
ership in other student  organizations,  Stein  Scholars  have  enhanced
Fordham  Law  School's  efforts  to  train  students dedicated to public
service and committed to the highest professional  and  ethical  values;
  WHEREAS,  Stein  Scholars have undertaken specialized academic work in
public interest law and ethics to educate themselves for future  careers
in  which  they  will employ their skills and knowledge to improve their
communities and the lives of its members; and
  WHEREAS, Graduates of the Stein Scholars  Program,  as  attorneys  and
public  citizens,  have  gone  on  to  serve  the public countless ways,
including through positions in  federal,  state,  and  local  government
agencies,  through service to vulnerable and low-income clients who seek
fulfillment of basic human needs such as housing, medical care and  fair
work  conditions,  by  protecting public safety and defending individual
liberty, by promoting civil rights,  environmental  justice,  and  other
causes, through efforts to improve the law and the legal profession, and
through volunteer work and civic engagement in their communities; and
  WHEREAS,  Over the past 20 years, the Stein Scholars Program has bene-
fited from the dedication of its faculty and directors, from the support
of the Fordham Law School administration, and from the generosity of the
late Louis Stein and his friends and family,  including  his  wife,  the
late  Bess  Stein, their three daughters, Ruth Nathanson, Audrey Merves,
and the late Marilyn Bellet, and his grandchildren and  great-grandchil-
dren; and
  WHEREAS,  20 years after its establishment, the Stein Scholars Program
has grown into a strong, ongoing professional community of students  and
graduates  who  support each other's effort to serve the public and who,
through their work, daily reaffirm the ideal of law as a public calling;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the Stein Scholars Program established by Fordham University
School  of  Law's  Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics for 20 years of
public service; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.


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