2024 Leadership Summit Speaker

Marta Galan Ricardo

Assistant Dean of Professionalism & Lawyering Skills Program Director

Fordham Law School


Marta Galan Ricardo is the Assistant Dean of Professionalism and Director of Lawyering Skills at Fordham Law School. She oversees the Law School’s professional skills and professional identity formation initiatives and programs by leading the Office of Professionalism and the Fundamental Lawyering Skills program.

Ms. Ricardo previously served as the Dean of Career Services at Columbia Law School. She received her J.D. from Columbia in 1994 and her BA in Political Science with highest honors from University of Florida. Ms. Ricardo spent most of her professional career working as a lawyer, rating analyst, and investment banker in the structured finance industry. She returned to work at Columbia Law in 2007 as an academic counselor and joined the Office of Career Services in 2009 working with alumni and international students. Ms. Ricardo is an active member of the New York State Bar Association where she served as the Chair of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and is a member of the Committee on Attorney Well-Being. She also served as the Chair of the Well-Being Section of the National Association for Law Placement. She is most proud of being part of the effort to eliminate the mental health question on the NY bar admission application.