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Archive for April, 2012

Distinguished Prof. Robson on First Amendment in Death Threat Case

April 27, 2012

Distinguished professor and constitutional law expert Ruthann Robson weighs in on on the parameters of free speech in a case centering on threats made online between classmates.

Students in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic and Alums Help CUNY/Daily News Education Effort

April 27, 2012

In April 2012 students in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic (IRRC) provided free, confidential information in English and Spanish to individuals around New York City facing immigration issues.

CLORE Convenes Leaders to Map Out Strategies on Social Justice

April 26, 2012

In March 2012, CUNY Law School’s Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) convened leading progressive lawyers and activists in an effort to chart out new strategies to address threats to civil rights

NY Assembly Member O’Donnell (’87) Inspires Students

April 23, 2012

On his recent visit to the Law School on April 12, New York State Assembly Member and alum Daniel O’Donnell (’87) inspired students with his work on championing key legislation that legalized same-sex marriage in New York State

Drawing on Clients’ Strengths: Nate Treadwell (’09)

April 15, 2012

Nate Treadwell (’09) had a client who was severely mentally ill and couldn’t write checks or mail them.

Supporting CUNY Students Through School: Richard Bailey (’12)

April 15, 2012

Richard Bailey (’12) was in the right place at the right time the afternoon he overheard some students talking about their work in the Economic Justice Project (EJP).

Launching A New Practice: Rosanna Roizin (’08)

April 15, 2012

Rosanna Roizin (’08) had only to look at her own life to find inspiration for starting a small law practice.

Safeguarding Benefits for Students: Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez (’12)

April 15, 2012

Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez (’12) recalled one of her most memorable clients from the Economic Justice Project (EJP) as a “brilliant Latina student at LaGuardia Community College

From Kansas to New York City: Sarah Lamdan

April 15, 2012

Slinging coffee at a café in Lawrence, Kansas, might not be the typical experience that inspires someone to become a lawyer, but it was for Sarah Lamdan.

Supporting Muslim Communities in New York City: Amna Akbar

April 15, 2012

Amna Akbar joined the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) project of the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic in fall 2011 as a supervising attorney and adjunct professor

Diala Shamas: Liman Fellow with the CLEAR Project

April 15, 2012

Diala Shamas is one of only seven recipients of Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship this year.

Supporting CUNY Law Grads in Solo Practice

April 15, 2012

When lawyers launch their own practice, these kinds of questions can prove the most difficult to address—and they can make the difference in whether a practice succeeds or fails.

SEVA Wins Union Square Award

April 15, 2012

SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project, a nonprofit, community- based organization cofounded by Gurpal Singh (’08), won a prestigious Union Square Award in December for its work mobilizing and training residents of under-resourced immigrant communities as community organizers.

Bringing Justice to the Underserved through MFY

April 15, 2012

A client had to travel to Egypt because his mother had died. When he returned to New York City, he was on the verge of losing his home. MFY Legal Services, where several CUNY Law and Economic Justice Project alumni are staff attorneys, took on his case.

15 Years Striving for Economic Justice: A Look Back

April 15, 2012

In 1996, when Congress enacted federal welfare reform, “CUNY began hemorrhaging thousands of students,” according to Stephen Loffredo, director of the Economic Justice Project (EJP) at CUNY Law.

30 Years at 65-21 Main Street

April 15, 2012

As CUNY Law prepares for its historic move to Long Island City, three longtime staff members reflect on their time at the Law School and share some of their favorite memories.

Defending People In Need: Andrew Lisko (’10)

April 15, 2012

Andrew Lisko (’10) had been pulling some late hours at the Law Office of Andrew Lisko, working on a client’s felony DWI case, when the judge declared a mistrial. The arresting officer had to take bereavement leave because his mother had died.

Helping Small Businesses Succeed: Yogi Patel (’06)

April 15, 2012

When clients visit Yogi Patel (’06), they’re treated to a view of the Flatiron Building from the conference room.

Advocating for Environmental Justice: CUNY Law Launches Center for Urban Environmental Reform

April 15, 2012

Growing up in a poll uted steel town in the 1970s had a big impact on the director of CUNY Law’s new Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER).

John Whitlow (’03) Joins CED Clinic

April 15, 2012

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1980s, John Whitlow (’03) spent a lot of his childhood at the home of a friend whose father had been exiled from Spain by Francisco Franco because of his political activities.

Prof. Borgmann on Implications of Oklahoma “Personhood” Bill

April 11, 2012

Thomson Reuters cites Professor Caitlin Borgmann in an article about Oklahoma Senate Bill 1433, or the Personhood Act.

Prof. Robson on Efforts to Ban Sex Offenders from Using Online Social Sites

April 10, 2012

In a Salon article, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson commented on recent initiatives in several states to restrict or ban registered sex offenders from online sites focused on social networking, virtual gaming, and online dating.

CUNY Law Has 6th Lowest Tuition Increase Among Law Schools 2000-2010

April 5, 2012

PreLaw Magazine reports that CUNY School of Law has had the 6th lowest increase in tuition among law schools across the country from 2000 to 2010.

Eli Federman (’10) on “Stand Your Ground” Law in Trayvon Martin Case

April 5, 2012

In a Huffington Post blog entry, Eli Federman (’10) argues that it was Trayvon Martin, rather than George Zimmerman – who killed Martin – who had the right to defend himself under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Brief from IWHR Students and Advocates Leads to Precedent-Setting Decision

April 3, 2012

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has found that the government of Chile violated the rights of Karen Atala, a lesbian mother, when it stripped her of custody of her daughters because of their “unique family.” The ruling affirms

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