CUNY Matters, Winter 2001 0
Winter 2001


Exchanging Riffs for Tiffs

 


D. Mighael Anglin
New Trustee D. Michael Anglin before and after his career cange.
he Board of Trustees' newest member, D. Michael Anglin, says "you cannot play in a band without dedication, concentration, and focus." This is especially so if, as Anglin did for ten years, you are performing in the premier Salvation Army band in the nation, the New York Staff Band. The son of Salvation Army missionaries who are now retired, Anglin was a full-time bandsman (playing cornet and drums before finally focusing on the tuba) while earning a B.A. in sociology and psychology at Brooklyn College, and he has been grateful to discover that dedication, concentration, and focus are precisely what is called for in his soon-to-be profession. For he is in his third year of study at the CUNY School of Law and is scheduled to graduate next spring.

Anglin, who attended high school in Guyana and St. Lucia before moving to New York in 1981, toured extensively across the country with the Staff Band, and also to Europe, Asia, and Australia. Nor did his travels end when, challenged by the cries of anguish of a close friend who was beginning her law studies, Anglin decided to try the lawyer's life. In 1999 he clerked in South Africa for a judge named Mohammed Navsa, the youngest judge to be appointed to the High Court since the establishment of democracy.
D. Mighael Anglin
New Trustee D. Michael Anglin before and after his career cange.

Speaking of which, Anglin reports one highlight of his "eye-opening" stay was being in South Africa for the presidential election that made Thabo Mbeki the successor to Nelson Mandela. In spite of fears of violence, he recalls (and the thought will make any American voter wistful) the day was one of "very calm proceedings." And, what is more, the record turnout vastly exceeded that of the American presidential vote.

By virtue of his election as Chair of the University Student Senate in October, Anglin became on October 23 an ex officio and voting member of the CUNY Board of Trustees. Since returning from Africa, Anglin has worked as an intern for Legal Services of New York and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. After graduation he hopes, in the long CUNY Law radition, to focus on public interest law in the area of international human rights