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Fordham Law Partners with Woodrow Wilson Center to Address Privacy Issues

Father McShane Named CICU Chair

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MSpellman Hall Opens, Named for Fordham Alumnus

Fordham Law Partners with Woodrow Wilson Center to
Address Privacy Issues

Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars have announced a joint project on privacy and information systems that are being developed to help locate missing persons during natural disasters.

The Privacy and Missing Persons in Natural Disasters Project is part of an international effort led by the Missing Persons Community of Interest (MPCI) to unify a wide array of databases and technologies to enhance searches for those missing following natural disasters. MPCI, which emerged in response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake, includes participants from local disaster management, international humanitarian relief organizations, private sector technology companies, nonprofits, and digital volunteer communities.

The project will evaluate privacy challenges presented by MPCI’s efforts, such as protecting sensitive information provided in a search, and compliance issues related to privacy laws. CLIP will propose strategies and recommendations to help MPCI reduce the risk of privacy infringement, and protect the safety and well-being of affected individuals, while maintaining the efficacy of missing persons’ registries.

“Fordham Law School is extremely proud that the Wilson Center has formed this partnership with the Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy,” said Michael M. Martin, dean of Fordham Law. “CLIP is consistently at the forefront of information law, and its project with the Missing Persons Community of Interest nobly incorporates CLIP’s legal prowess with Fordham Law’s mission of practicing law ‘in the service of others.’”  




Father McShane Named CICU Chair

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Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, has been named chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York state.

Father McShane was first elected to the CICU Board of Trustees in June of 2005, and has also served as its vice chair. His term as chair will run from 2012-2014.

“I welcome the chance to work with CICU’s president, Laura Anglin, and my colleagues in private higher education, to advance the interests of our collective student body,” said Father McShane. “The private colleges and universities of New York play a crucial role in ensuring both access to, and affordability of, higher education in the state. Given that the member institutions of CICU are among the main providers of intellectual capital in the state—both through their many graduates and the research they produce—I am honored to do whatever I may to advance CICU’s mission.”

Although not a government agency, CICU is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Board of Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy. The commission is governed by a board of trustees composed of chief executive officers or institutional trustees of member campuses who represent the diversity of the CICU membership in terms of institutional type, size, and geographic location.



This Month in Fordham History

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Spellman Hall Opens, Named for Fordham Alumnus
In July 1947, Fordham opened a new building next to Keating Hall that would provide a home and a sense of community to Jesuits-in-training who were dispersed around the Rose Hill campus.

Robert I. Gannon, S.J., then-president of Fordham, came up with the idea for the building and modeled it on the Jesuit residence at Cambridge University, where he had studied. The three-story brick building was named for Fordham alumnus Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York at the time.

Spellman Hall housed about 50 Jesuit scholastics studying at Fordham or other area universities, as recounted by Robert J. Roth, S.J., in As I Remember Fordham (Fordham University Office of the Sesquicentennial, 1991). The scholastics came from all over the world, as far away as the Philippines and India, which “made for a good exchange of ideas, information, and viewpoints,” he wrote.

Today Spellman Hall is a residence for Jesuits who serve the University.


— Chris Gosier



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