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There’s A New Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Treaty

September 17, 2018

There’s A New Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Treaty: But Where Are Women’s and LGBTI Rights?   CUNY Law’s Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic announces a new initiative and launches a Crimes Against Humanity Toolkit focused on promoting international gender justice.   New York—A new international treaty focusing on crimes against humanity such as massacres, […]

Office Hours with Charisa Smith

September 14, 2018

Office Hours with Professor Charisa Kiyô Smith   Professor Charisa Kiyô Smith’s teaching areas include juvenile justice, family law, and torts.  Her past work for women’s rights organizations and sexually exploited youth inspires her to foster community empowerment, youth agency, and self-determination.  Professor Smith is particularly excited to assist contemplative law endeavors at CUNY, and […]

Faculty in Focus: McArdle on Kavanaugh’s Judicial Rhetoric

July 16, 2018

We have a nominee for the Supreme Court. Here’s what Professor Andrea McArdle, our resident expert on judicial rhetoric, wants you to know.   District of Columbia Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated earlier this week by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, has a reputation for […]

Letter to AG Sessions: Grant Asylum for Domestic Violence Survivors

July 2, 2018

“The A–B–. decision seeks to deny asylum for an entire class of people, even though some fleeing domestic violence may technically qualify under Sessions’ extremely narrow interpretation of the law. Dangerously, the ruling suggests that virtually all claims related to private acts of violence will not succeed. Some asylum-seekers may now be turned away before they can […]

ON THE DOCKET: Trump v. Hawaii

June 27, 2018

In a decision that stands to echo throughout American history for generations to come, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that the president’s “Muslim Ban” to restrict travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries will stand. Here’s what you need to know. THE RULING STATEMENTS FROM THE CUNY LAW COMMUNITY […]

In Response to Attacks on Our Values and Community

June 27, 2018

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW In this moment of national reckoning, we must move from outcries of distress and disgust to conversation, action, and transformation. Now is the time to lead: mobilize, organize, call our representatives, and vote. Now is the time to connect with skeptics who have resisted the idea that the administration […]

What Will We Tell Our Son?

June 7, 2018

Two queer members of the CUNY Law community on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling. By Professor Allie Robbins (’09) and Lisa Zayas (’11) Whenever anything big happens, we ask each other, what will we tell our son? Our goal is to raise a kind, compassionate, person. We want him to be happy […]

ON THE DOCKET: The Supreme Court Ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop

June 4, 2018

Today’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has a lot to unpack. The central question, of whether the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause could be wielded as a weapon against non-discrimination law, seems to have received a stay of execution. And unlike Jack Phillips’ confectionary creations, these layers need to be […]

New Alumni Practice Groups Launch at CUNY Law

May 29, 2018

The first iteration of a new Alumni Engagement initiative united alums working in solo and small firm lawyer for the school’s first Practice Group meeting on May 23, hosted in the co-working space available at 2 Court Square.   The Solo/Small Business Practice Group brought together students, experienced alumni in the initial stages of small […]

CUNY Law’s INRC and The NYIC Publish New Report on Policing and Surveilling Latinx Communities

May 29, 2018

  On May 18, CUNY Law faculty members Nermeen Arastu and Talia Peleg, of our Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC), and Babe Howell, expert in criminal law and gang policing and surveillance, partnered with the the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) to release a new report, Swept Up in the Sweep: The Impact of Gang […]

In the Balance: Edwina Richardson-Mendelson

May 25, 2018

The Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson is Class of ’88 alumna celebrated for her commitment to Family Law and Criminal Justice. Currently a Judge of the Court of Claims, as well as a state-wide Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, she also presides over the New York County Supreme Court Criminal Term Youth Part. Read on for […]

Office Hours with Nina Chernoff

May 24, 2018

Nina Chernoff cemented her place in the CUNY Law Professor Hall of Fame this year when she was given the Outstanding Professor Award by the graduating class of 2018.  Proving for perhaps the first time that it is, in fact, possible to make Powerpoints both informative and entertaining, Nina is known for unparalleled cat memes […]

Amplifying the Sound of our Voices

April 25, 2018

This post comes to you from the City University of New York Law Review. In the coming weeks we’ll share more highlights and stories from our Law Review team highlighting student authorship and advocacy.   One of the biggest obstacles students face is envisioning themselves at their end goal, particularly students who are the first […]

Office Hours with Professor Victor Goode

April 17, 2018

 If we asked you to pen your own introduction, what would you add to the “standard faculty intro” to give us the really important stuff? In many ways, I’ve been a “legal architect” throughout my career. By that I mean that I’ve helped build several important legal institutions, including the National Conference of Black Lawyers […]

1L Advice: How I got the Fellowship

March 27, 2018

When Victor Cheng ’18 was an undergraduate, he studied marketing and international business, inspired by his Chinese immigrant father’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive. A few short years later and everything had changed; Victor came to CUNY Law to alter the face of Immigration Law as we know it. Below, he shares how his singular focus […]

Office Hours with Professor Babe Howell

March 20, 2018

Professor Babe Howell has been teaching Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, and Lawyering at CUNY Law for nearly nine years, work she approaches with a focus on the reality behind criminal law and our legal system – particularly the racial and class disparities. When not teaching, the self-proclaimed luddite can typically be found reading. […]

KEEPING COUNSEL: Richard Celestin ’06

March 19, 2018

ADVICE FOR ALUMNI, BY ALUMNI ON HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN CAREER INSPIRATION By Richard Celestin ’06 While at CUNY Law, Richard focused his studies on criminal defense and juvenile justice while nurturing his love for education. After graduation, Richard became an entrepreneur, creating programs to advocate for underrepresented youth in the not-for-profit sector. His […]

IN THE BALANCE: Ting Ting Cheng ’09

March 19, 2018

How alumni are pursuing liberty and justice   It’s been a whirlwind twenty-four months for Ting Ting Cheng, a Class of ’09 alumna currently serving as an attorney for the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  During that time, she helped expand sexual harassment protections, co-founded the Women’s March on Washington and its offshoot […]

MARCH BOOKMARK: OUTlaws Edition

March 19, 2018

This month, our Bookmark feature is brought to you by OUTlaws, CUNY Law’s intersectional queer community for people of all genders, sexual orientations, and HIV statuses. OUTlaws strives for collective liberation in solidarity with other student groups and empowers community members to deconstruct legal barriers and effect legal & social progress.   “Trans Day of […]

ON DISPLAY: After Decades in Prison, Women Pose for Portraits in their Own Rooms and Reflect

March 19, 2018

“When you see this photo I took of you, what does it make you think?” This post features the work of Pete Brook, writer, curator, and educator focused on photography, prisons, and power. You can find more of his work at   www.prisonphotography.org “Look where I am now. Five years ago, I came out from a little cell, […]

What Public Interest Law Looks Like: Areas of Practice

March 19, 2018

For most of us, the type of work we do and the way we do it is one of the most critical components of happiness. If you’re heading to law school to make justice accessible and attainable for more people in more places, you already know that public interest work could be your calling. But […]

Sorensen Center to Host Darren Walker in Conversation with Justice Albie Sachs

March 18, 2018

Join us for the next part of the Sorensen Center’s Speaker Series, “Critical Voices: From Local to Global,” on addressing inequalities and what it means to live in a constitutional democracy today   TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 6:00 pm     Welcome Reception 6:30 pm     Conversation 7:30 pm     Reception   The Sorensen Center for […]

CUNY LAW CLINICAL PROGRAM RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION

March 18, 2018

Faculty, students, and community partners collaborate to create singular clinical experience  One of the best clinical programs in the nation can be found at the City University of New York School of Law, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings just released. We’re delighted to have the external validation of ranking #3 for the fourth […]

Advice Column for Students: Recharge to Take Charge

February 6, 2018

This advice column written by students for students, with a particular focus on useful information for students in their first year of law school (1Ls). Recharge to Take Charge is brought to you by current student Jelissa Grant, expected to graduate this May 2018. 

February Bookmark List

February 6, 2018

This month’s list is brought to you by CUNY Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Check out their roundup of books, articles and more that are not to be missed. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keanga-Yamahtta […]

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