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Professor Bratspies Innovates on Reform Proposal

December 29, 2008

Professor Bratspies collaborated with a group of scholars from the Center for Progressive Reform to propose a series of innovative reforms that the incoming Obama administration could implement via executive order

The National Jurist Ranks CUNY Law Among Top Ten Public Interest Law Schools

November 28, 2008

Dean Michelle Anderson, “We have more students going into public law percentage-wise. Our motto is ‘law in the service of human needs’

Panel on Violence against Women and Children Features CUNY Law

November 14, 2008

Three scholars and one alum from CUNY School of Law highlighted the critical importance of women’s leadership in addressing violence against children and women during a Friday, Nov. 14 panel, “Advocating for Change: Justice for Women and Children in the Family.” View Photo Slideshow ยป Dean Michelle J. Anderson moderated the 75-minute discussion, which was […]

Student Rachel Seger Receives Scholarship

November 13, 2008

Third-year student Rachel Seger has received the Queens County Women’s Bar Association Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship

Alum Wins Legal Rookie Award

November 11, 2008

Don Nguyen (Class of 2007), has won a Legal Rookie of the Year Award from the New York City Law Department Corporation Counsel, marking the first time since 2004 that such an accolade has gone to a CUNY School of Law alumnus. Don has worked in the Brooklyn Tort Division for just over one year. […]

CUNY Law Poll Watchers Out in Force in Election Day Effort

November 5, 2008

In what is believed to be the largest student-initiated poll-watching effort in New York City, roughly 150 students from CUNY School of Law trained in proper Federal and state voting procedures fanned out across New York City yesterday to prevent voter intimidation. Students also participated in exit polling to learn about incidents suffered by voters. […]

Center on Latino and Latina Rights & Equality Debuts at CUNY Law; First Center of its Type in the World

October 28, 2008

CUNY School of Law announces the opening of the new Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) to focus on legal issues impacting the Latino community in the United States, including women’s rights, educational equity, employment discrimination, voting rights, and immigrants’ rights, among others. The Center is believed to be the only law […]

First Top 100 Irish Attorneys List Names Dean Emeritus, Faculty and Alums

October 22, 2008

Seven members of the CUNY School of Law community, past and present, have been named among the Legal 100 by Irish America magazine in its October/November 2008 issue. Sue Bryant and Fred Rooney, current members of the community, are included. Also named are Emeritus Dean Kristen Glen, and CUNY Law graduates Sean Crowley (Class of […]

CUNY School of Law Students To Prevent Voter Interference on Election Day Throughout New York City; Focus on Queens

October 21, 2008

October 21, 2008 (New York, NY) – More than 75 trained CUNY School of Law students will fan out at polling spots across New York City on Election Day to protect voters’ rights and to ensure that there is no interference as voters cast ballots. The students will be placed throughout the city by the […]

Bar Study Grant Program Helps Boost Bar Pass Rate

October 21, 2008

A story in the Queens Tribune this week (Oct. 16-Oct. 22, 2008) highlights an innovative CUNY School of Law study program, the Bar Grant, to help explain dramatic improvements in the School’s Bar passage rate. Because many of CUNY Law’s students, who make the school one of the most diverse law schools in the country […]

Summer Internships 2008

October 1, 2008

From employment law to housing, from Brooklyn to Hawaii, CUNY Law students turn classroom practice to lawyering during summer internships. Here, some of their stories

CUNY Hosts Moot Court Competition

September 25, 2008

CUNY Moot Court hosted the oral arguments of the Thirteenth Annual CUNY Moot Court Summer Competition on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. The team of Stephen Rutkowski (2L) and Davida Silverman (2L) won the final round of the competition against the second place team of Reka Bala (2L) and Madhuri Kumar (2L). Davida Silverman won the […]

2007 Graduates Helping Homeowners Featured In Press

September 5, 2008

Common Law Inc., a non-profit consortium of three CUNY Law alums from the class of 2007, created a clinic to help homeowners in foreclosure that was the feature of a WNYC radio interview that aired several times on Thursday, Sept. 4.

CUNY Law Welcomes First-Year Students

August 25, 2008

“Dream the impossible dream,” and, contrary to the lyrics of popular songwriter John Mayer, “don’t wait for the world to change.” Change it yourself, the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, told the Class of 2011. “If you can’t dream, then you can’t achieve.” “The idea of […]

New Program to Train Start-Up Lawyers In India

August 25, 2008

As it reaches its 10-year milestone, the Community Resource Legal Network (CLRN), a network of hundreds of New York City-area attorneys serving local communities and individuals in need, will replicate its program at Symbiosis Law School ( in Pune, India. The new program is to begin Oct. 1 under the leadership of CLRN director Fred […]

Prof. Zeidman and Team Awarded CUNY Grant

August 4, 2008

Prof. Steve Zeidman and two colleagues from John Jay College of Criminal Justice have been awarded a $38,000 CUNY Collaborative Research Grant. The team will research the classification, treatment and recidivism of sex offenders in the criminal justice and mental health systems in New Jersey. The team’s project is titled: “Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and […]

Professor Beryl Blaustone Receives Raves for Keynote

July 27, 2008

Professor Beryl Blaustone has received accolades from the Best Practices in Legal Education blog for her presentation at the International Clinical Conference in Cork, Ireland last month. In one post to the blog, a writer noted that the professor did a “masterful job of demonstrating her techniques for providing meaningful feedback to students in a […]

Four Students Win Civil Rights Fellowship

July 17, 2008

Four students at CUNY School of Law have received the 2008 Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship. The fellowship, which is worth $1,000 for each student, was established in 1996 by Mary Nevins, now Director of Academic Planning and Programming, with the help of alums Kevin Love, Marty Glennon and Sean Crowley, to assist students whose […]

Professor Rebecca Bratspies’ Latest Book Published

July 2, 2008

Associate Professor Rebecca Bratspies’ latest book, Progress in International Law, has just been released by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. The book, which Professor Bratspies co-edited with Associate Professor Russell Miller of Washington & Lee University Law School, is a comprehensive accounting of international law. Forty leading international law theorists contributed. Professor Bratspies’ teaching and scholarly research […]

Professor Bratspies Book Published

June 11, 2008

Associate Professor Rebecca Bratspies’ latest book, Progress in International Law, has just been released by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. The book, which Professor Bratspies co-edited with Associate Professor Russell Miller of Washington & Lee University Law School, is a comprehensive accounting of international law. Forty leading international law theorists contributed. Professor Bratspies’ teaching and scholarly research […]

Alum Honored for Outstanding City Torts Work

June 9, 2008

Michael Shender (Class of 2003) has been selected to receive a Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. Michael works in the torts division of the Brooklyn Regional Office. The six awardees were selected by the New York City Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of […]

Commencement 2008: Graduates Pledge to Serve the Public Good

May 20, 2008

From the Steinway Brass Quintet to the conferral of honorary degrees to noted human rights activist Dolly Filartiga and The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, the Class of 2008 commencement exercises on May 18 drew applause, emotion and a deep sense of accomplishment for the 135 students of the 3L graduating class, their professors and the […]

Professor Zeidman Named to Advisory Committee

May 19, 2008

Professor Steven Zeidman has been named to Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. He joins three other new members. The 19-member committee’s mission is to nominate candidates for appointment and to evaluate incumbent judges for reappointment to the Family Court and Criminal Court. Professor Zeidman was nominated by Dean Michelle J. Anderson

Professor Copelon to be Honored by Women’s Medical Fund

May 5, 2008

Professor Rhonda Copelon, director of the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic at CUNY Law, is to receive the Women’s Medical Fund’s 2008 Rosie Jimenez Award at its annual spring reception on Thursday, May 15. In 1980, as an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Copelon argued the landmark case of Harris v. McRaebefore […]

Professor Kirchmeier Appears on Regional News Network

April 15, 2008

Professor Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier appeared on April 14 on the Richard French Live TV show on RNN Regional News Network talking about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Kennedy v. Louisiana. The case concerns the constitutionality of the use of the death penalty for child rapes not involving homicide. View the video »

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