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February 5, 2019

The National Jurist’s Winter 2019 Rankings Report places CUNY Law at the top of the largest ever “honor roll” for law school diversity.   “Topping our list is City University of New York School of Law. Nearly half of its students are minorities. More than one-third of its faculty is diverse. Part of CUNY Law’s mission […]

Court Square Law Project Receives ABA Award for Legal Access

January 28, 2019

  Court Square Law Project, a pilot initiative of the NYC Bar Association and CUNY Law, has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access   The Brown Award recognizes programs and projects that enable affordable access to legal services in ways that are exemplary and replicable […]

Office Hours with Raquel Gabriel

January 22, 2019

Originally from Jersey City, Raquel Gabriel is a graduate of American University, Howard University School of Law, and Rutgers. In her free time, she can be found at bookstores, scouring the internet for news on the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and spoiling her cats. Raquel is alternately amused and resigned to the fact she fills the […]

CUNY City Counseling Launches New Resource Group

January 16, 2019

By Alizabeth Newman, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement   The CUNY City Counseling Program‘s Fall Conference on November 16, 2018, brought together more than forty staff members representing seventeen elected official offices and four community-based organizations to consider the most pressing legal needs of New Yorkers. Those gathered heard from three CUNY Law alumni attorneys: Julia Hernandez, ’12, […]

Honoring Judge Seymour Boyers

January 8, 2019

The Honorable Judge Boyers’ vision to see the creation of City’s first public law school was a founding force of CUNY Law; his distinguished and impactful life was devoted to the service of others and advancing the cause of justice. He was known not only for his fine mind but also for his unwavering honesty and […]

2018 in Review: Calling Everyone

December 29, 2018

We know transforming the law and justice is a team effort. It’s called movement-building for a reason: our work, our words, our convictions have to move hearts and minds in the direction of change. We’ve gathered some of our favorite moments of our community working towards change–together.   JUSTICE AT WORK When the crisis of immigrants, […]

INRC Wins Asylum for Woman Fleeing Domestic Violence

December 28, 2018

By Katherine Dennis, Andrea Natalie, and Andrea Velasquez The Immigrant and Non-Citizens Rights Clinic (INRC) is delighted to share the asylum victory of Ms. J, a longtime client and survivor of domestic violence. She won her case before the New York City Immigration Court and is now able to safely remain in the United States with […]

2018 in Review: What We’ve Done

December 28, 2018

 Progressive scholarship, published opinions, and online networking are hallmarks of our faculty members. We’re proud to hire law professors who are activists, researchers, organizers, scholars, and grassroots leaders in their own right. 2018 was a year that forced us to engage more deeply, read more widely, and speak more clearly. And our faculty helped us […]

2018 in Review: What We’ve Won

December 28, 2018

The past year brought a groundswell of grassroots organizing, community-led advocacy, and hard-fought victories to the forefront of national consciousness. 2018 challenged us to find new ways to show up for one another and dared us to stay focused and driven through all the noise. It’s no surprise our network of activists, organizers, advocates, and […]

In the Balance: Kary Moss

December 4, 2018

Kary Moss, a class of ’88 graduate, is laser-focused on democracy. She led the ACLU of Michigan when the Flint water crisis seeped into public consciousness, supporting grassroots organizing in its most fundamental form. She worked alongside RBG as a staff attorney for the Justice’s Women’s Rights Project. And now she has returned to NYC as the […]

Office Hours with Professor Nermeen Arastu

October 31, 2018

Coming from an immigrant background herself, Professor Nermeen Arastu has always been in awe of stories of immigration. She has adopted the story of her own grandparents’ leap of faith as they migrated to Pakistan from India after the partition, the journey her parents made a generation later when they immigrated to the United States, […]

Event: Separating Facts from Fake News: Environmental FOIA in the Trump Era

October 17, 2018

  Saturday, November 3rd 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CUNY School of Law 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101 When Sarah Lamdan wrote the book Environmental Information: Research, Access, and Environmental Decisionmaking in 2016, she did not know that access to environmental information was about to change dramatically with the election of Donald […]

The Future of Housing in NYC: Alumni Convening

October 3, 2018

Leading the charge and from the trenches, alums are challenging how we think about housing.     On Wednesday, September 26, 46 alums and many students and faculty convened at CUNY Law for an intense and powerful dialogue about the challenges and opportunities created by the new right to counsel for attorneys practicing in the […]

Prof. Julie Goldscheid on Kavanaugh Hearings for PBS NewsHour

September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 – Professor Julie Goldscheid appeared on PBS NewsHour’s evening broadcast on Wednesday with an analysis of the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today Prof. Goldscheid, along with more than 250 other law professors with experience teaching, researching, and writing about issues of gender violence and representing gender violence survivors in […]

In the Balance: Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

September 19, 2018

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Class of ’11 graduate, can most often be found traveling to meet clients or leading solidarity delegations in Latin America. When she’s not on a plane, she’s “seditiously conspiring” to help communities challenge systemic oppression. Not only is she an attorney and a professor, she is also an avid dancer and […]

ALUMNI CONVENING: Emerging Intersections in Elder Law

September 19, 2018

On September 6, 2018, the Office of Alumni Engagement, along with the Elder Law Clinic, held this year’s first Alumni Convening on an emergent issue in New York City.  Stay tuned for more Alumni Convenings in the coming months.     On September 6, 2018, over 60 alumni, students and faculty convened to celebrate the […]

There’s A New Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Treaty

September 17, 2018

There’s A New Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Treaty: But Where Are Women’s and LGBTI Rights?   CUNY Law’s Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic announces a new initiative and launches a Crimes Against Humanity Toolkit focused on promoting international gender justice.   New York—A new international treaty focusing on crimes against humanity such as massacres, […]

Office Hours with Charisa Smith

September 14, 2018

Office Hours with Professor Charisa Kiyô Smith   Professor Charisa Kiyô Smith’s teaching areas include juvenile justice, family law, and torts.  Her past work for women’s rights organizations and sexually exploited youth inspires her to foster community empowerment, youth agency, and self-determination.  Professor Smith is particularly excited to assist contemplative law endeavors at CUNY and […]

Faculty in Focus: McArdle on Kavanaugh’s Judicial Rhetoric

July 16, 2018

We have a nominee for the Supreme Court. Here’s what Professor Andrea McArdle, our resident expert on judicial rhetoric, wants you to know.   District of Columbia Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated earlier this week by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, has a reputation for […]

Letter to AG Sessions: Grant Asylum for Domestic Violence Survivors

July 2, 2018

“The A–B–. decision seeks to deny asylum for an entire class of people, even though some fleeing domestic violence may technically qualify under Sessions’ extremely narrow interpretation of the law. Dangerously, the ruling suggests that virtually all claims related to private acts of violence will not succeed. Some asylum-seekers may now be turned away before they can […]

ON THE DOCKET: Trump v. Hawaii

June 27, 2018

In a decision that stands to echo throughout American history for generations to come, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that the president’s “Muslim Ban” to restrict travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries will stand. Here’s what you need to know. THE RULING STATEMENTS FROM THE CUNY LAW COMMUNITY […]

In Response to Attacks on Our Values and Community

June 27, 2018

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW In this moment of national reckoning, we must move from outcries of distress and disgust to conversation, action, and transformation. Now is the time to lead: mobilize, organize, call our representatives, and vote. Now is the time to connect with skeptics who have resisted the idea that the administration […]

What Will We Tell Our Son?

June 7, 2018

Two queer members of the CUNY Law community on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling. By Professor Allie Robbins (’09) and Lisa Zayas (’11) Whenever anything big happens, we ask each other, what will we tell our son? Our goal is to raise a kind, compassionate, person. We want him to be happy […]

ON THE DOCKET: The Supreme Court Ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop

June 4, 2018

Today’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has a lot to unpack. The central question, of whether the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause could be wielded as a weapon against non-discrimination law, seems to have received a stay of execution. And unlike Jack Phillips’ confectionary creations, these layers need to be […]

New Alumni Practice Groups Launch at CUNY Law

May 29, 2018

The first iteration of a new Alumni Engagement initiative united alums working in solo and small firm lawyer for the school’s first Practice Group meeting on May 23, hosted in the co-working space available at 2 Court Square.   The Solo/Small Business Practice Group brought together students, experienced alumni in the initial stages of small […]

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