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Dean Arthur F. Fama, Jr. graduated in 1983 from Cornell University. Following this memorable time in his life, he made the decision to choose the legal profession. He graduated from Fordham Law School in 1986 after serving as commentary editor of Law Review. Soon after graduation, he found himself pursuing a federal clerkship, one that he says taught him things law school can't prepare a law student for. Working with the Honorable Inzer B. Wyatt in New York's Southern District, Fama knew he'd made the right decision.
Soon after his time on the judicial level, he accepted a position with the New York State Commission on Government Integrity. In this role, he was tasked with investigating corruption on both the local and state levels in New York. Needless to say, it was an exciting, though stressful, career choice. Still, it was time well spent, says Fama.
The college dean was then offered a position with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom, LLP. He spent his summer there before being promoted to Counsel. The next sixteen years found him with the firm as it built its reputation to one of the finest law firms in the northeast. In this capacity, he found himself serving as a mentor to incoming lawyers and because of his assertive approach he actively participated in the interviewing, recruiting and training efforts for the firm.
These days, Dean Fama enjoys working with law students as they find their way and make their career choices following graduation. It's his experience and natural ability to put others at ease that serves him so well. Students have come to rely on Fama and his team for things such as interviewing seminars, various workshops, resume writing and general career advice. Dean Fama continues to remain active in public interest organizations. From serving as the Acting Director of the Unlearning Stereotypes Program for the New York Civil Rights Coalition to working with homeless shelters and food banks, Fama is dedicated to his community as much as his commitment to the students at Cardozo Law.
The renovations continue, just as the Career Services staff continues to move forward. With several lawyers who call this department home, these outgoing students have a wealth of experience to pull from - and it shows in the quality of lawyers that the law school produces each and every year.
For more information on Dean Fama or the Career Services department at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, visit the website at Cardozo.YU.edu.
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