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Archive for December, 2012


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).

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