Fordham University School of Law Feerick Center Honors IJC Executive Director, Jojo Annobil

Fordham University School of Law Feerick Center Honors IJC Executive Director, Jojo Annobil

On Monday, October 16, 2017 Fordham University School of Law Feerick Center for Social Justice will be honoring Immigrant Justice Corps’ Executive Director, Jojo Annobil, with a Champion of Justice Award.


2017 Feerick Center Awards & Benefit Reception

Hon. Irene Krumeich Duffy & Hon. Kevin T. Duffy
George J. Mitchell Lifetime Public Service Award

The Family of Denis McInerney ’51 (posthumously)
Irene M. McInerney
Kathleen M. McInerney O’Hare ‘80
Bernard F. O’Hare ‘80
Denis J. McInerney ‘84
Maura McInerney ‘88
Kathleen M. O’Hare ‘15
Spirit of Service Award

Jojo Annobil ‘90
Champion of Justice Award

Dora Galacatos ‘96
Life of Commitment Award

Honorable Irene Krumeich Duffy ’57, after a brief period in private practice, Irene joined the SEC, and later was with the Corporation Counsels office for Yonkers, and the District Attorney’s office in Westchester where she was head of the frauds bureau. In the mid ‘70s Irene Duffy was appointed to the Family Court and then as an Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice. Her intellect, grasp of procedure, sensitivity and caring were characteristic of her time on the bench.

Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy ‘58, recently retired from the United States District Court (SDNY), spent substantially all of his 60 year professional career in public service. Serving first as an Assistant United States Attorney, and later as the New York Regional Administrator of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Dealing with some of the most significant criminal trials in American history, including the first World Trade Center bombing, he was recognized for his fairness as he “carefully, impartially, and commendably conducted the two lengthy and extraordinarily complex trials” at great personal sacrifice.

Denis McInerney ’51, a paratrooper veteran of World War II, Denis became an executive partner at the distinguished firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and a President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association. He was a Founding Director of Volunteers for Legal Services. His career as a superb litigator and leader of the bar was a major milestone in the opening of opportunities in the New York legal community.

Irene M. McInerney has been an active in community, educational and church affairs for many decades while raising three children who all became Fordham Lawyers. A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, Irene began her career in the early days of television on several shows and became the Host of “The Woman’s Club” one of the first daytime television talk shows. She also served for many years on the auxiliary board of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Westchester.

Denis J. McInerney ’84 is a litigation partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the criminal defense and investigations group. He served for 4 yours in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, having earlier in his career served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York.

Maura McInerney ’88 is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia and serves on its Leadership Team. The Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education to all students in Pennsylvania particularly those living in poverty. Maura is engaged I litigation, as well as legislative and policy work at the national and state level and is a recognized expert on laws involving the educational rights of homeless children and those in foster care.

Kathleen McInerney O’Hare ’80 began her legal career in the corporate law area at Alexander & Green, at the time the oldest firm in New York City. In recent years she has been active with organizations that enhance educational opportunities for children with learning disabilities as well as supporting hospital care programs in Westchester County.

Bernard F. O’Hare ’80 is a partner at Patterson Belknap in the Financial Services and Employee Benefits area. Brian has an active pro bono practice and currently is assisting a non-profit that works on behalf of children who are at the greatest risk for school-based discrimination or poverty/disability based on race, ethnicity, and immigrant or language status.

Kathleen M. O’Hare ’15 was very involved as a volunteer with CLARO and on the Board of the Consumer Law Advocates with Feerick Center when she was a student at the Law School. She was also a Stein Scholar, and a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, and created materials for pro bono volunteers to assist in veteran’s benefits appeal cases. She currently holds a New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship working with NYS Department of State on consumer and energy law issues.

Jojo Annobil ’90 is the Executive Director of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program wholly dedicated to meeting immigrants need for high-quality legal assistance. He has been recognized as an “indefatigable advocate for immigrants” after his 26 year tenure at the Legal Aid Society, including the last 10 years as the Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit.

Dora Galacatos ’96 is the Executive Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice and oversees all of its diverse initiatives at combating poverty and addressing common challenges faced by low income New Yorkers. An important part of the Feerick Center since its creation, Dora’s career has included academia, city government, non-profit and legal services for low-income individuals. The recipient of several awards for public service, she is the driving force behind the professional excellence, leadership, training and partner outreach that is the signature of the Feerick Center.

Kevin N. Ainsworth ‘94
Pamela R. Chepiga ‘73
Nancy E. Delaney ‘88
William M. Hartnett ’79
Patricia A. Murphy ’81
Catherine Curran Souther ‘84
Thomas M. Souther ‘84


For more information click here or please contact Assistant Dean Robert J. Reilly at or 212-636-6807.

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