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CUNY Law Professor Awarded National Fellowship

November 12, 2013

Professor Rebecca Bratspies has been named an Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow for 2013–2014. As a fellow, she will receive a $10,000 grant to help support an innovative community-based conservation project and an opportunity to network with other committed leaders.

JURIST: Distinguished Prof. Robson on the Affordable Care Act and Contraception Mandate

November 5, 2013

In a column for JURIST, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson discusses the Affordable Care Act and on the contraceptive mandate challenges by corporations.

Nermeen Arastu, Ann Cammett (’00), and Sofia Yakren Join CUNY Law Faculty

November 1, 2013

CUNY School of Law welcomed three new members to its faculty this fall: Nermeen Arastu, Ann Cammett, and Sofia Yakren.

Terri Nilliasca (’11) Receives Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award

November 1, 2013

Terri Nilliasca (’11) was presented with the Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award.

The Nation: Diala Shamas on FBI Surveillance of Muslims

November 1, 2013

In The Nation magazine, Diala Shamas discusses the similarities between the surveillance on American Muslims by both the New York Police Department and the FBI.

NY Times and Daily News Quote Adj. Prof Jonathan Moore on Appeals Court Stay of Historic Judgement

November 1, 2013

The New York Times and the New York Daily News front page coverage both quote CUNY Law Adjunct Professor Jonathan Moore concerning a federal appeals court stay of an historic ruling enjoining the New  York Police Department from conducting unconstitutional stops of minority New Yorkers. The appeals court stayed the judgment pending hearing of the city’s appeal.  Prof. Moore is one of […]

Harvey Epstein (’94) in Daily News on How NYC Housing Authority Outside Lawyer Program “Outguns the Poor Needing Fixes”

November 1, 2013

The NY Daily News’ exclusive report on how the New York City Housing Authority spends $8 million a year on outside lawyers to oppose tenants seeking repairs in housing court, more than it spends on bricklayers or exterminators, quoted CUNY Law graduate Harvey Epstein (’94), the head of the Community Development Project at The Urban Justice […]

CUNY Alum Helen Foster (’92) Celebrates Opening of Housing for Seniors

November 1, 2013

Acting Commissioner of the New York State Division on Human Rights and former New York City Council Member Helen Foster (’92) joined other city and state partners in celebrating the groundbreaking of Boston Road, a new 154- unit permanent support residence for older adults. Boston Road is one of the first to use the New […]

Distinguished Prof. Ruthann Robson on Second Circuit Decision to Stay Stop and Frisk Opinion

October 31, 2013

Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson discusses the opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on the recent stop and frisk decisions.

Patricia Lavelle (’03) Running to Raise Funds for Civil Practice

October 31, 2013

Patricia Lavelle (’03), immigration staff attorney at Legal Aid, is running in the 2013 ING Marathon on November 3, 2013, for Team LAS (Legal Aid Society) to help raise funds for Legal Aid Civil Practice. Lavelle will be running along with Legal Aid Board Member Aaron H. Marks of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Freidman LLP, […]

Celina Caban (’14) Receives 2013 Ms. JD Fellowship

October 31, 2013

Celina Caban (’14) has been awarded the 2013 Ms. JD Fellowship.

Alumna Kim Dvorchak’s Work in Juvenile Defense Featured in Denver Post, NY Times

October 28, 2013

A video from the Denver Post features alumna Kim Dvorchak (’95), executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition. The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and justice for all children in Colorado. Dvorchak founded the CJDC in 2009. She previously worked as a staff […]

Suzannah Phillips Presents on Human Trafficking at the United Nations

October 25, 2013

Suzannah Phillips, fellow with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY Law, was invited to present at a Global Consultation on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Trafficked Persons hosted by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Trafficking at the United Nations on October 24.

Profs. Howell and Smith Futrell on Impact of Stop & Frisk

October 18, 2013

Professors Babe Howell and Nicole Smith Futrell discuss the impact of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice on “Inside Out”.

CUNY Law Receives National Diversity Award

October 18, 2013

City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law has been named a recipient of the annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88) Wins 2013 Impact Award

October 18, 2013

Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88) was the recipient of the New York Law Journal’s Impact Award.

Prof. Robson Op-Ed for National Law Journal: “High Fashion or Religious Fervor?”

October 15, 2013

“High Fashion or Religious Fervor? Headwear Laws Fraught With Trouble” is Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson’s latest op-ed piece in the National Law Journal.

Eli Federman (’10) on Criminal Accountability for Police Misconduct

October 11, 2013

In a Huffington Post article, alumnus Eli Federman (’10) discusses the perception that there is a double standard when enforcing accountability for police misconduct. Read more

Eli Federman (’10) Discusses the Impact of Controversial Remarks of Corporate CEOs

October 11, 2013

Alum Eli Federman (’10) discusses the impact of controversial remarks of corporate CEOs on consumers in an opinion piece for Forbes. Read more

Ada George (’14), Everett Hopkins (’14), Somalia Samuel (’14), & Victor Negron (’15) Speak at Annual BMI Conference

October 11, 2013

CUNY School of Law students Ada George (’14), Everett Hopkins (’14), Somalia Samuel (’14), & Victor Negron (’15) spoke at the Annual Black Male Initiative Conference at York College last week.

Prof. Calvo Discussion of Windsor Featured on ImmigrationProf Blog

October 9, 2013

Professor Janet Calvo’s discussion of the Windsor decision’s impact on immigration law is featured on the ImmigrationProf Blog.

CUNY Law Hosts Eighteenth Annual CUNY Moot Court Summer Competition

October 3, 2013

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, CUNY Moot Court hosted the oral argument component of the Eighteenth Annual CUNY Law School Moot Court Summer Competition.

Report Released – From Forced Sterilization to Forced Psychiatry: Violations of the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities and Transgender Persons in Colombia

October 1, 2013

Today, human rights organizations submitted a joint shadow report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). The report, titled From Forced Sterilization to Forced Psychiatry: Violations of the Human Rights of Women with Disabilities and Transgender Persons in Colombia, by fourteen organizations including MADRE, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the International Women’s Human Rights (IWHR) Clinic at CUNY School of Law, and a coalition of Colombian organizations which includes PAIIS Law Clinic at the University of Los Andes in Bogota will be considered during the review of the Government of Colombia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be held at the UN in Geneva on October 2, 2013.

Alums Fight for Rights of LGBT Bi-National Couples

September 26, 2013

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this past June, alum Amir Rasoulpour (’12) started a small law firm focused in large part on representing gay and lesbian bi-national couples seeking marriage visas.

Natasha Bannan (’11) Files Vieques Human Rights Petition in OAS

September 25, 2013

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan (’11) on behalf of The National Lawyers Guild is co-lead counsel, with Annette Martinez of the the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights (ICADH) and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, in filing a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the United States for severe human rights violations in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

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