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NY Times Features Alum Thomas Mariadason’s Letter to the Editor on Quotas at Colleges

December 28, 2012

Alum Thomas Mariadason’s (’09) Letter to the Editor about quotas for Asian-Americans at colleges was published in the New York Times. His letter responds to a December 19 op-ed piece on implicit quotas for Asian-Americans at colleges and universities.

Prof. Zeidman in NY Law Journal on Disparity in Felony Conviction Rates

December 21, 2012

An article in today’s New York Law Journal examines the disposition of felony cases across the five boroughs of New York City and finds that “state data indicates that whether a felony case goes to trial, whether there is a conviction, whether the offender goes to state prison, whether the case is dismissed and whether the case is even prosecuted may hinge largely on where the crime occurred.”

Shirley Lin (’10) Secures Settlement in Labor Exploitation Case

December 18, 2012

Alum Shirley Lin (’10), an attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), secured a settlement in Manhattan federal court in the case of Kim v. NYLA Cafe, LLC. The suit against Spitzer’s Corner, its owner, general manager, and former executive chef, filed by AALDEF on behalf of Edward Kim, alleged multiple violations of federal and state labor laws.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Launches Incubator, Inspired by CUNY Law

December 12, 2012

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, will launch a solo incubator in 2013. They join a group of 10 similar programs at other law schools that have launched programs that focus on helping graduates set up their own practices. CUNY Law’s Incubator for Justice program, which launched in 2007, was the first of its kind in the nation and has served as a model for many of these programs.

CUNY Law’s Bar Pass Rate Seventh in State

December 12, 2012

The New York Law Journal reported on the July 2012 bar pass rates of New York’s 15 law schools for first time takers. CUNY Law’s rate of 83.5%–the highest in the school’s history–placed the school seventh.

2012 Marks Historic Year at CUNY Law

December 11, 2012

This year marked a year of notable changes and accolades for CUNY School of Law.

Alums Rita Mella and Nelida Malave-Gonzalez Join Surrogate’s Court

December 7, 2012

Two CUNY Law alums were recently elected to Surrogate’s Court in New York City. Judge Rita Mella (’91), who was elected to Civil Court in 2006, was sworn in at the New York County Surrogate’s Court on December 6. Judge Nelida Malave-Gonzalez (’91), who has been a Civil Court judge in the Bronx since 2005, will be sworn in at the Bronx County Surrogate’s Court on December 11.

Distinguished Prof. Robson on Affirmative Action Policies in Education

December 6, 2012

A Lawyers.com article discussed a federal court throwing out Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. The article cites a recent post by Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson on the Constitutional Law Prof Blog.

CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera Nominated for NYS Court of Appeals Seat

December 5, 2012

Professor Jenny Rivera has been nominated by the Judicial Nomination Commission as one of seven candidates for a seat on the New York State Court of Appeals. The nomination is to fill the seat that will be vacated when Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick retires at the end of December.

CBS Quotes Distinguished Prof. Robson on Potential of Supreme Court DOMA Cases

December 5, 2012

In a CBS News article, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson comments on the likelihood that the Supreme Court will hear any of the eight cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

CLORE Co-hosts Panel on Disappearance of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Puerto Rico

December 4, 2012

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), along with the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, assembled a panel to discuss recent attempts by the Puerto Rican legislature to eliminate civil liberties and human rights.

CUNY Law’s Center on Urban Environmental Reform Hosts Environmental Resilience Seminar

November 28, 2012

On October 17, 2012, CUNY’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) hosted the New York City Urban Field Station and the New York City Parks and Recreation Quarterly Research Seminar on the resilience of social-ecological systems.

Prof. Jenny Rivera to Receive ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

November 27, 2012

CUNY Law Professor Jenny Rivera has been selected as one of six lawyers to receive the 2013 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

Distinguished Prof. Robson on Recent State Secession Petitions

November 27, 2012

Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson is quoted in a CBC News piece and a South Carolina Lawyers Weekly article on recent petitions to secede from the United States filed in some states.

Prof. Jonathan Moore’s Central Park 5 Wrongful Conviction Case featured in NY Law Journal

November 26, 2012

Adjunct Professor Jonathan Moore’s case, In Re McCray, 03-Civ-09685, was the subject of a front page feature in the New York Law Journal on Friday, November 23.

Prof. Bratspies on BP Settlement for 2010 Oil Spill

November 26, 2012

In a blog post for IntLawGrrls, Professor Rebecca Bratspies discusses the BP criminal settlement with the Department of Justice for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Distinguished Prof. Robson in NY Times on Monitoring Online Activities of Sex Offenders

November 19, 2012

In a New York Times article, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson commented on laws around the country that require online information for sex offenders, including a new California law that allows the online activities of sex offenders to be monitored.

Prof. White in Huffington Post on Program to Abolish People’s Debt

November 16, 2012

Professor Alan White was quoted in a Huffington Post story on the Rolling Jubilee, a program created by supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement designed to buy distressed consumer debt and then have it discharged.

Launching a Law School, Supporting Its Future: CUNY Dean Dave Fields

November 15, 2012

City University of New York dean Dave Fields recently made the biggest bequest in CUNY Law’s history: $1 million.

Defending Rights Before the Supreme Court: Jonathan Libby (’96)

November 15, 2012

It’s not every day that you get to present a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, but that’s what Jonathan Libby (’96) found himself doing earlier this year with United States v. Alvarez, also known as the “Stolen Valor” case.

Recognizing Law School Staff Achievements

November 15, 2012

To recognize staff members for their consistently great day-today work, the Law School held its first staff recognition awards ceremony on Monday, October 22, 2012, in the Dave Fields Auditorium.

Student Spotlight: Ada George (’14)

November 15, 2012

If you’re looking for Ada George (’14) and she’s not in class, chances are she’s in her favorite spot, in a fifth-floor corner study room, with her papers spread out on the table.

Building on CUNY Law’s Public Interest Mission Institution: Gregory Koster

November 15, 2012

A generous donation by Gregory Koster, who was chief law librarian, associate dean for administration and finance, building project manager, and professor of law for 30 years at CUNY Law, is being recognized

Bringing Nature to Students, Staff, and Faculty

November 15, 2012

It’s hard to get students to pause for one moment, to glance up from smartphones or tablets as they charge from class to class.

Committed to Justice for All: David F. Everett

November 15, 2012

David F. Everett was an assistant district attorney for more than 12 years in Queens and Brooklyn before he launched his own civil trial and criminal defense law practice in New York more than 15 years ago.

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