Fenton Honored at Suffolk Law School


BOSTON, MA - John E. Fenton Jr. of Andover, distinguished professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, recently received the 2004 Irish American Person of the Year Award from the Irish American Law Society of Suffolk University Law School.

Fenton was recognized for his countless contributions to the Law School community, including his teaching and mentoring of thousands of Irish American graduates of Suffolk Law School, as well as his tireless service to charitable and social service organizations.

In presenting the award, Chris Boulger, president of the Irish American Law Society, said, “Judge Fenton recognizes that the goals of the team always come first, whether that team is your community, your school, your workplace, your church or your family. And for the team to succeed, you must sacrifice and give selflessly. It is hard to imagine anyone who is more focused on the good of the team, and who is more willing to give of himself, than Judge John E. Fenton Jr. This attribute, more than anything else, is the reason that Judge Fenton is receiving the Irish American Person of the Year Award.”

Fenton began his teaching career at the Law School in 1957. He served as law dean from 1994 to 1999 when he was named distinguished professor of law. Fenton is the former chief justice for administration and management of the Massachusetts Trial Court. He is chairman of the board of the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and a governor of Caritas Christi Health Care System.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum– more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology– enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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