FLOM, JOSEPH H

March 3, 2011

The New York Times February 25, 2011 Friday Late Edition – Final

Paid Notice: Deaths FLOM, JOSEPH H

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FLOM–Joseph H. It is with great sadness that The City College of New York marks the death of Joseph H. Flom, Class of 1948, even as we celebrate the life of one of our most illustrious graduates. Having had to leave the College to serve in World War II, Flom went directly into Harvard Law School immediately after the war. He was awarded his long-awaited Bachelor’s Degree by City College in 2003; in 2004, he received the President’s Medal and in 2005, the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa, from his alma mater. On a personal note, President Lisa Staiano-Coico said that Joe Flom’s infectious enthusiasm in support of our students’ success and his deep and creative thoughtfulness about how to help them achieve that success — placed him among the greatest friends to any college that she had ever known.

In the 61 years since he was hired as the first associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, Joe Flom built the law firm into to one of the largest and most widely admired firms in the world. Skadden Arps has consistently been ranked at the top of every list of the best law firms, and he has been described as “the best lawyer of his generation.” As one of the charter signatories of the American Bar Association’s pro bono challenge, Flom led the way in setting the industry standard for commitment to pro bono service. Under his leadership, Skadden Arps was one of the first law firms to hire a full-time senior attorney whose primary responsibilities include the coordination of pro bono efforts, and his New York office now places attorneys in the New York Legal Aid Society and The Lawyers Alliance of New York. In addition, in 1988 he established the Skadden Fellowship Foundation in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The Skadden Fellows Program, described by The Los Angeles Times as a “legal peace corps,” gives Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work, and more than 90% of its graduates continue working in the public interest. Joe Flom’s service to City College has been quiet but unwavering over a lifetime of professional success. His support of City College’s Honors Program, Center for Mathematics Education, and Emergency Fund through the Flom and Petrie Foundations exemplifies the scope and depth of his determination to give future generations the opportunities that he had. In 2005, as a special present for his 80th birthday, his fellow partners at Skadden Arps joined together to endow the Joseph H. Flom Award for Academic Excellence at The City College of New York. The Flom Prize, as it is called, is awarded annually to the most outstanding graduate of the class. Previous recipients have included CCNY Rhodes Scholars Lev Sviridov and David Bauer. In 2008, together with his colleagues at Skadden Arps, Flom established the groundbreaking Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at City College with a $10 million grant. The Skadden Arps Program seeks to help address a national problem and increase the number of individuals from populations currently underrepresented in law school and the legal profession. The Program provides talented students of low income status and diverse backgrounds with the tools, experience and education necessary to succeed in law school and ultimately a legal career.He served as a highly regarded leading member of the City College 21st Century Foundation Board. In 2004, Joe Flom’s alma mater presented him with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Achievement and Public Service to the City of New York and The City College of New York. In 2005, the City College of New York awarded him the Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, Judi Sorenson Flom, his sons Jason and Peter Flom, his daughter Nancy Laing, and his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His contributions to the profession of law and to a just society will forever remain a beacon to the students, faculty, and alumni of the City College and to the countless lives he transformed. Lisa Staiano-Coico, President, The City College of New York