Fordham University School of Law announced that it has received a donation in memory of alumna Geraldine Ferraro to benefit the school’s clinical education program. The gift from Ms. Ferraro’s husband, John Zaccaro Sr., and children will support the university’s law school and undergraduate residence hall, which will house the Geraldine A. Ferraro Clinical Education Center when it opens in 2014. The center will provide space for clinic students to meet with clients, most of whom would otherwise be unable to afford representation.
“We believe, as Geraldine did, that clinics are an integral part of a complete legal education, and this gift will enhance the clinical experience for generations of Fordham Law students to come,” Michael M. Martin, the school’s dean, said in a statement.
Ms. Ferraro graduated from Fordham Law in 1960, one of only two women in a graduating class of 179. She attended part-time while working as an elementary school teacher. After graduation, she established and headed the special victims unit in the Queen’s District Attorney’s Office and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1984, she became the first female vice presidential candidate on a major-party ticket when she was selected as the running mate for Democrat Walter Mondale. She also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Ferraro died at the age of 75 in March 2011 from multiple myeloma.
“A role in Fordham’s Clinical Education Center gives her, in eternity, a role in representing the underprivileged as well as the ability to impact the lives of future leaders,” Ms. Ferraro’s son, John Zaccaro Jr., said in a statement. “I think that’s what my mother would have loved.”
The school said that the family did not want to make the amount of the donation public.