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Alum Stephen Bergstein Wins First Amendment Decision

August 1, 2011

Stephen Bergstein (’93) of Bergstein & Ullrich LLP won a decision in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals when it concluded that the First Amendment protected

Alum Harvey Epstein of Urban Justice Center Leads Lawsuit Against NYCHA, Others

August 1, 2011

The Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, led by Harvey Epstein (’94), and the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project,

Same-Sex Marriage and Immigration: Alum Yogi Patel Weighs in on Challenges

August 1, 2011

With the first same-sex marriages taking place in New York on July 24, Yogi Patel (’06) discusses the impact of the law on non-citizens who plan to marry same-sex U.S. citizen partners.

CUNY Law School to Move: Service to Asian and Other Underserved Communities Will Be Strengthened

July 20, 2011

On June 30, 2011, New York State Assembly Member Grace Meng, New York City Council Member Peter Koo, and Flushing Chinese Business Association Executive Director Peter Tu toured 2 Court Square, the future home

Professor Kassem on Due Process and the Obama Administration

July 13, 2011

In an op-ed in Aljazeera, Professor Ramzi Kassem, who directs CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, talks about the Obama Administration’s continuation of Bush-era practices that erode due process and justice.

Prof. Gomez-Velez Discusses Effect of Budget Cuts on Education

July 2, 2011

Professor Natalie Gomez-Velez, who formerly served as the Bronx Representative on the New York City Panel for Educational Policy and as the representative of the Twelfth Judicial District on the New York State Board of Regents

Prof. Bratspies Assists on Amicus Brief on International Environmental Case

July 2, 2011

Professor Rebecca Bratspies, whose research focuses on environmental and public international law, helped write

CUNY Law Distinguished Professor Robson on Same-Sex Divorce

June 29, 2011

Reuters quotes constitutional law expert and Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson on same-sex divorce.

Pamela Spees (’98) Leads Lawsuit Against Former Honduran Leader

June 28, 2011

Pamela Spees, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, is lead counsel in a complaint filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on behalf of the parents of a 19-year-old who was shot

NY Assemblyman O’Donnell (’87) Helps Usher in Same-Sex Marriage Law

June 27, 2011

The recently passed legislation in New York State legalizing same-sex marriage was sponsored in the state assembly by Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (’87), the first openly gay man in the Assembly

Prof. Borgmann and Alum Colleen Meenan (’91) Featured in New York Times

June 27, 2011

The New York Times reports on new restrictions in several states that ban abortions at 20 weeks after conception. The Supreme Court has said that abortion cannot be banned until a fetus is viable

Colleen Normile (’13) and Sonya Mehta (’13) Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship to Fight for Social and Economic Justice

June 27, 2011

Colleen Normile (’13) and Sonya Zehra Mehta (’13) have been awarded 2011 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships, which provide law students with diverse, challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice

Doherty Civil Rights Fellowships Awarded: Students Interning in Dublin and Turkey

June 23, 2011

Jaclyn Sheltry (’13) and Leila Shifteh (’13) have been awarded the Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Fellowship for 2011. This annual fellowship offered by the Irish Law Students Association (ILSA) at CUNY Law assists students

Prof. Rossein on Disparate Impact of the Recession on African-Americans

June 16, 2011

Professor Rick Rossein, former Commissioner of the New York City Equal Employment Practices Commission, comments on the disparate impact of the current rate of unemployment on African-Americans.

Jessica Glynn (’09), of SEPA Mujer, Discusses Bill that Could Undermine Domestic Violence Victims

June 15, 2011

In a new article from Long Island Wins, Jessica Glynn (’09), supervising attorney at SEPA Mujer, writes how pre-paid cell phones for victims of domestic abuse are sometimes victims only means of escape from their abusers.

Renee Smith (’12) Awarded Association of Black Women Attorneys’ Scholarship

June 15, 2011

On June 14 at the 35th anniversary gala of the Association for Black Women Attorneys, Renee S. Smith (’12) was awarded the association’s 2011 scholarship.

Distinguished Professor Robson Discusses Series on Sexuality and the Law

June 13, 2011

Constitutional law expert and Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson recently edited a new series of essays on sexuality and the law.

Dean Michelle Anderson on Allegations of Rape in Strauss-Kahn Case

June 1, 2011

Dean Michelle J. Anderson, a legal scholar and expert on rape law, discusses the allegations of rape in the widely covered case involving IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn

WPIX-TV Features CUNY Law Students: Legal Rights Under Police Questioning

May 26, 2011

CUNY Law Students Jean Stevens and Nicholas Easterday are interviewed on what to do if you are stopped and frisked by the police.

Alums Honored by Dominican Bar and the NYC Bar Association

May 24, 2011

The Honorable Rita Mella (’91) and CUNY Law student Julie Novas (lL) are being honored by the Dominican Bar at its Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance

Distinguished Prof. Robson Argues Lesbians Have a Stake in Reproductive Rights

May 24, 2011

Constitutional expert and Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson, who is also the author of many published works including Sappho Goes to Law School and

Professors Goldscheid and Rossein and Alum Federman (’10) Featured in NY Times

May 20, 2011

Professor Julie Goldscheid, who argued U.S. v. Morrison before the Supreme Court, weighs in on the characterization and stereotypes of women who allege rape

Melinda Cooperman (’12) and Victoria Roytenberg (’12) Awarded J.W. Saxe Prize for Public Service

May 18, 2011

Two CUNY Law students, Melina Cooperman and Victoria Roytenberg, were among 12 students nationwide to receive support from the J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund for their public service

Alum Tonya Gonella Frichner (’87), Founder of the American Indian Law Alliance, Discusses “Geronimo” as Code Name Targeting Bin Laden

May 18, 2011

Tonya Gonella Frichner, president and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance and member

Scott Wells (’07) Wins Victory for Privacy Rights of Mentally Disabled Patients

May 18, 2011

Well’s victory was in the New York State Court of Appeals: Matter of Miguel M. (2001 NY Slip Op. 03886 (2011)). The Court’s ruling ensures that mentally disabled patients receive the same HIPAA privacy protection as other citizens.

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