Albany Law School Professor Mary Lynch and alumna Megyn Kelly ’95, anchor of America Live on the Fox News Channel, were among those honored by the Irish Legal 100 at an awards ceremony at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13. The Irish Legal 100 is comprised of some of the most accomplished and distinguished lawyers of Irish descent from around the United States. Lawyers are chosen from law schools, law firms, the judiciary and industry. Other 2011 honorees include:
Professor Lynch, director of Albany Law School's Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT), is a long-standing proponent for legal education reform, including editing and contributing content to the Best Practices for Legal Education blog. She has also served as co-director of the law school's Law Clinic & Justice Center. Prior to joining the Albany Law School faculty in 1989, she worked as an assistant district attorney in New York County. A Bronx native and daughter of Irish immigrants, she earned her bachelor's degree from New York University and her law degree from Harvard Law School. Kelly joined Fox News Channel in 2004, initially working as a general assignment reporter based in Washington, D.C., before taking on her current role as anchor and host. Prior to beginning her career as a journalist, she practiced law as a corporate litigator. She last visited the Albany Law School campus for her 15th class reunion in 2010, delivering a talk to fellow graduates and receiving an Alumni Achievement Award. While a student, Kelly was an editor for the Albany Law Review.