New York, NY (March 6, 2018) – For the third year in a row, The National Jurist has named a New York Law School (NYLS) student, Christopher (Chris) Fernandez, among the “Law Students of the Year.” Chris, a third-year Evening Division student, is one of only 20 honorees nationwide and one of four finalists for the Northeast.
Chris, who is being recognized for his exemplary academic performance and his extraordinary commitment to the community, adeptly balances law school and a full-time job, excelling on both fronts. By day, he is a claims examiner at the Manhattan law firm Klein Law Group P.C. In the job, he works closely with people injured at work, many of whom are immigrants and unaware of, or afraid to pursue, opportunities for compensation.
At night, he attends NYLS’s Evening Division, where he is at the top of his class and a star member of the Moot Court Association, Trial Competition Team, and New York Law School Law Review. Chris was a member of the NYLS team that placed first in the region and fourth in the nation in the 68th Annual Moot Court Competition, which concluded in January 2018. He previously earned “Best Oral Advocate” in the February 2017 American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, where he helped NYLS become a finalist for the Brooklyn region. Chris also volunteers at Future 5, a community organization that helps motivated low-income high school students in Stamford, Connecticut connect to their full potential.
“Chris is an exceptionally gifted advocate and a star on the rise,” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School. “In a courtroom, he is remarkably fluid, compelling, and persuasive. In all aspects of life, he is deeply kind, compassionate, and civic-minded. He exemplifies the values New York Law School stands for, and I am so proud that he has earned this honor.”
“I am humbled by and thankful for this honor,” Chris said. “The countless individuals who support me academically and professionally share in this honor. I receive unwavering support from the New York Law School faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as from my employer, family, and many of my classmates. To them I am indebted for my success. I hope to repay them in the future with advocacy—always fighting for what is right and just both inside and outside the courtroom.”
In 2018, Chris will be a Summer Litigation Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he hopes to practice after graduation. Though he is pursuing his love of litigation, Chris also plans to continue his work in the community.