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2018 in Review: Calling Everyone

December 29, 2018

We know transforming the law and justice is a team effort. It’s called movement-building for a reason: our work, our words, our convictions have to move hearts and minds in the direction of change. We’ve gathered some of our favorite moments of our community working towards change–together.



When the crisis of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers facing targeted deportation, family separation, and being denied entry and safety took over our collective consciousness this year, CUNY Law was there. Countless alumni volunteered their talents and time, folks traveled to the border, and faculty and staff organized resources and raised funds. We were especially proud of students, staff, and faculty who traveled to Albany to provide pro bono support for ICE detainees who had been transferred away from the Mexican border to a detention center upstate. The Sorensen Center team, members of the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and others made a big difference with a simple act of service.

Another top example of collaboration is the work of Professors Nermeen Arastu, Babe Howell, and Talia Peleg in partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition in the form of a new report entitled Swept Up in the Sweep: The Impact of Gang Allegations on Immigrant New Yorkers. The policing report examines the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) use of over-broad gang allegations and targeting to detain, revoke the visas of, and deport Latinx community members. The stunning report provided the foundation for a new amicus curiae brief and is referenced throughout and attorneys are submitting the report as evidence in immigration proceedings.

And finally, want to recall and celebrate our favorite declaration of the year: CUNY Law is the #1 law school for doing good. Our clinics are in the top three in the nation; our graduates have the highest percentage of employment in public and civil service jobs; our mission is focused on transforming the law so that it includes those it would otherwise seek to oppress, marginalize, or silence. Thank you, everyone, for helping us build this community.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Alum Martha S. Jones’ responded to an ivy league lament on the state of law schools by declaring us “A Law School that Fuels Democracy.”


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