The St. John's University School of Law mourns the passing of
Mary C. Daly, Dean of the School of Law and John V. Brennan
Chair of Law and Ethics. Dean Daly served as Dean of School
of Law from 2003-2008.
Before assuming the deanship, she was the James H. Quinn
Professor of Legal Ethics at Fordham University School of Law,
where she also served as the Director of the law school's Graduate
Program and the Co-Director of its Louis Stein Center for Law and
Dean Daly had published numerous articles on legal ethics,
especially in the area of corporate and cross-border
practice. Among her recent scholarly publications are:
INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE: PROFESSIONAL RIGHTS AND LAWYER ETHICS
(forthcoming); Teaching Integrity in the Professional
Responsibility Curriculum: A Modest Proposal for
Change, 72 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 261 (2003); The Structure of
Legal Education and the Legal Profession, Multidisciplinary
Practice, Competition, and Globalization, 52 JOURNAL OF LEGAL
EDUCATION 480 (2002); Aristocrat, Monopolist, or Entrepreneur?:
A Comparative Perspective on the Future of Multidisciplinary
Partnerships in the United States, France, Germany, and the United
Kingdom After the Disintegration of Andersen Legal, 80
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW QUARTERLY 589 (2002); and The Ethical
Implications of the Globalization of the Legal Profession: A
Challenge to the Teaching of Professional Responsibility in the
Twenty-First Century, 21 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL
(1998). She is also the editor of THE NEW YORK CODE OF
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: OPINIONS, COMMENTARY, AND CASELAW
(Oceana Publications 1997 & 2005 Supp).
A member of the Class of 1972 at Fordham University School of
Law where she served as the Book Review Editor of the Law Review,
Dean Daly began her legal career as an associate at the firm of
Rogers & Wells. She left private practice to enter public
service as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern
District of New York in 1975. She subsequently served as the
Deputy Chief and Chief of that office’s Civil Division. Dean
Daly joined the faculty of Fordham Law School in 1983.
In addition to being a teacher and scholar, Dean Daly has played
a very active role in both state and national professional
organizations. She was the Reporter for the ABA Commission on
Multidisciplinary Practice from 1998 to 2000. She currently
serves as a member of the Out-of-the Box Committee of the American
Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the
Bar and was a Member of the Standing Committee on Professional
Discipline from 2001 to 2004.
Dean Daly was also the Reporter to the New York State Bar
Association Task Force on the Profession from 1994 to 1995.
She is a past chair of the Committee on Professional and Judicial
Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the
Professional Responsibility Section and the Section on Graduate
Programs for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law
Schools, and the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on
Professional Conduct. She served as a member of the
Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division,
First Department from 1990 to 1996.
Dean Daly was recently a member of three separate delegations of
the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, visiting Chile,
Rwanda, and Brazil in 2002 and 2003 to lecture on legal ethics and
pro bono obligations. Dean Daly also served as a Trustee of
the Federal Bar Council Foundation from 1997 to 2004.
Dean Daly earned her B.A. in Cursu Honorum from Thomas
More College, Phi Beta Kappa (1969), her J.D., cum laude,
from Fordham University School of Law, (1972), and an LL.M. with
emphasis in Comparative Law from New York University School of Law
(1978). She was a Zichkla Fellow at the Université de Paris,
Faculté de Droit (1973).