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First Top 100 Irish Attorneys List Names Dean Emeritus, Faculty and Alums

October 22, 2008

Seven members of the CUNY School of Law community, past and present, have been named among the Legal 100 by Irish America magazine in its October/November 2008 issue. Sue Bryant and Fred Rooney, current members of the community, are included. Also named are Emeritus Dean Kristen Glen, and CUNY Law graduates Sean Crowley (Class of 1993), Marty Glennon (Class of 1996) and Peter Gleason (Class of 2000). And CUNY Law Foundation Board member Brian O’Dwyer also made the list.

(Photo l-r): Emeritus Dean Kristen Glen, Professor Sue Bryant, and Fred Rooney, Director of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN)
(Photo l-r): Emeritus Dean Kristen Glen, Professor Sue Bryant, Fred Rooney, Director of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN)

The spread, an inaugural celebration for the magazine that touts the list by saying the 100 attorneys are the top Irish lawyers in the United States, includes articles on each of the individuals named, citing their work in the law as well as their connections to Ireland.

Professor Sue Bryant, for instance, is the former director of clinical programs at CUNY Law. Her ancestors on both sides emigrated from County Clare in the mid-1950s.

Rooney, a graduate of CUNY Law’s first class in 1986, traces his roots to County Cork. He is director of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) at the Law School. CLRN supposes a network of alumni who are solo and small-firm attorneys in community-based practices and are working to enhance access to civil justice in the New York City area. Rooney currently is working in Pune, India establishing a CLRN-like program among new attorneys there.

Dean Emeritus Glen is currently a judge on Manhattan’s Surrogate Court after spending 10 years as dean of the Law School. Her grandparents hailed from County Leitrim, and the family claims relationship to Irish politician and nationalist Countess Markiewicz, the first woman in Europe to hold a cabinet position.

Glennon is a partner in the Long Island, New York law firm of Archer, Byington, Glennon and Levine, where he practices labor, employee benefits and employment law. He began his career as a third-generation member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and remains a card-carrying union member. While at the Law School, Glennon helped establish the Joe Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship with Sean Crowley. The fellowship provides scholarships for CUNY Law students interested in civil rights issues.

Crowley, a partner at the New York City law firm of Davidoff, Malito and Hutcher LLP, where he focuses on government relations, also is named to the list He is a first-generation Irish-American; his mother was born in County Down, and his father’s parents hailed from County Cavan.

Gleason is a private practice attorney who serves as counsel to Levine & Gilbert, a New York law firm specializing in personal injury, accident and health, insurance, wrongful death, civil law and service law. Glean also served for more than 20 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant. His four grandparents emigrated from Ireland.

O’Dwyer is a senior partner in the New York litigation firm of O’Dwyer and Bernstien and has been cited as winning the highest personal injury award – $61 million – in the United States. He is the son of County Mayo native Paul O’Dwyer, a famed civil rights lawyer and politician who founded the O’Dwyer law firm and who established a decade of public interest summer fellowships for CUNY Law students.

The list also includes Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts. The magazine says that the list is comprised of lawyers from around the United States who share a passion for the law and pride in their heritage.

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