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Judge Rosemary Barkett Joins the Sorensen Center as the 2015-2016 Scholar-in-Residence

October 19, 2015

Judge Rosemary Barkett has joined the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice as the scholar-in-residence for the 2016-2016 academic year.

Judge Rosemary Barkett

Judge Rosemary Barkett

Judge Barkett joined the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague in October 2013. Immediately prior to joining The Tribunal, Judge Barkett served for almost two decades as one of twelve active judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She has written landmark opinions in many areas, including immigration, constitutional law, labor rights, sexual harassment, disability rights, privacy rights, and rights of speech and association. She previously served as the first woman Justice in the Florida Supreme Court’s history and was chosen to become Florida’s first woman Chief Justice.

“Judge Barkett is a splendid scholar-in-residence, given her deep commitment to improving justice and her years of experience working on the judiciary from the local to global,” said Camille Massey, founding executive director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. “Judge Barkett is a dynamo with a remarkable personal story who clearly loves engaging with aspiring social justice lawyers.”

Judge Barkett’s parents were originally from Syria and moved to Mexico where Judge Barkett was born in Ciudad Victoria. When she was six, her family moved to Miami and she later became a U.S. citizen.

Judge Barkett will be in residence at the Sorensen Center in CUNY Law for several weeks this month and again in the spring of 2016. She will guest lecture, lead seminars, speak at public events, and engage in a series of intimate conversations with students, faculty and staff on a wide range of issues, including gender-based violence, the death penalty, unaccompanied minors, and her work at the tribunal.

On Tuesday, October 27, from 6:00-7:30 pm, Judge Barkett and Professor Victor Goode will  join Professor Ruthann Robson’s first year class, “Liberty, Equality, and Due Process.” The class will be held in Dave Fields auditorium and open to the CUNY community. “The Courts, Social Change, and Inequalities” will be the topic of the lecture, covering the role of state, federal appellate and international courts.

There will also be an event on October 28 on the death penalty with Judge Barkett and Professor Jeff Kirchmeier whose book, Imprisoned by the Past: Warren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty, was published over the summer.

The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, which launched in October
2014, was named after Ted Sorensen who was counselor to President John F. Kennedy.
The Sorensen Center trains CUNY Law students to work from the local to the global levels,
protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. It advances
scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice.
Justice Richard J. Goldstone was the inaugural scholar-in-residence, serving in the academic year 2014-2015.


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