Fordham Prof Named
St. John's Law Dean

January 30, 2004

Special to LawSchool.com


Prof. Mary C. Daly, a professor of legal ethics at Fordham Law School, will become dean of St. John's University School of Law, effective August 1. She will succeed Dean Joseph W. Bellacosa.

A Fordham Law alumna, Prof. Daly is co-director of Fordham's Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. She was an associate at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance), and an assistant U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District.


From the St. John's press release:

“We are very excited to have found such a capable person to take the reins from Judge Bellacosa,” said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s University. “Professor Daly has proven herself to be a bright, articulate and compassionate person, as well as a brilliant scholar. We welcome her and look forward to her leadership.”

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity and challenge,” said Prof. Daly. “St. John’s School of Law is highly-regarded as an outstanding law school by lawyers and scholars across the country. It has flourished under the stewardship of Judge Bellacosa. I am looking forward to continuing the work begun by him in making St. John’s School of Law the best it can be, for its students, faculty and alumni.”

Dean Bellacosa added that he and the Faculty are delighted with the appointment of Professor Daly as Dean. "We are all confident that her role as Dean and Professor will add lustre to the great reputation of our Law School", he said, " and her leadership and initiatives will take the Law School to even new heights."

Mary C. Daly is the James H. Quinn Professor of Legal Ethics at Fordham University School of Law. She serves as the Director of the law school's Graduate Program and the Co-Director of its Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.  Professor Daly has published numerous articles on legal ethics, especially in the area of corporate and cross-border practice.  She is the co-editor of Rights, Liability and Ethics in International Legal Practice (Transnational Juris Publications, Inc.1995) and the editor of The New York Code of Professional Responsibility: Opinions, Commentary, and Caselaw (Oceana Publications 1997 & 2003 Supp).

Professor Daly was the Reporter for the ABA Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice.  She is the past chair of the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Professional Responsibility Section and the Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct. She served as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department in 1990-96 and as the Reporter to the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the Profession in 1994-95. 

She is a graduate of Thomas More College and Fordham University School of Law and holds an LL.M. degree from New York University. After graduating from Fordham Law School, she was a fellow at the University of Paris Law School.  From 1973 through 1975, she was an associate at the firm of Rogers & Wells.  From 1975 to 1983, she was as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and served as the Deputy Chief and Chief of that Office's Civil Division.

From her Fordham bio:

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