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Alum Paula Edgar (’06) Featured in Ms. JD

March 23, 2015

Ms. JD featured an interview with alum Paula Edgar (’06) in a recent blog post. Edgar is Principal of PGE, LLC, a boutique coaching and consulting firm. The firm provides innovative and strategic solutions on career management, executive/leadership development, organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, networking and social media strategy.

Cynthia Conti-Cook (’06) to Run New Cop Accountability Program

December 1, 2014

The New York Daily News reports on the new Cop Accountability Program (CAP), a database that will collect information about police officers accused of wrongdoing.

Judge Serita’s (’89) Human Trafficking Intervention Court Marks 10th Anniversary

November 25, 2014

The New York Times featured an article on Judge Toko Serita’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens. The court—which aims to “change the legal conversation around the multibillion-dollar sex trade by redefining the women in it as victims instead of criminals,” according to the article—is marking its 10-year anniversary.

Jessica Glynn (’09) Leading Office of Violence Prevention in Stockton, CA

November 25, 2014

Alumna Jessica Glynn (’09) was the subject of an article in Stockton’s The Record about her new role as the manager of the Office of Violence Prevention in Stockton, CA.

Martha S. Jones (’87) on Ferguson and 1983 Case of Michael Stewart

November 25, 2014

In a piece for the Huffington Post, alumna Martha S. Jones (’87) reflects on Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown, and she recalls the death of Michael Stewart at the hands of police in New York City in 1983.

Judith McCarthy (‘91) Inducted as Southern District Magistrate Judge

November 19, 2014

CUNY Law alumna Judith McCarthy (‘91) was inducted as a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. McCarthy was previously the executive vice president and general counsel of the New York Power Authority. Read the full article

Eli Federman (’10) on Yom Kippur Tradition

October 9, 2014

Eli Federman (’10) argues that the Yom Kippur tradition known as Kaparot should be left alone.

Longtime Work of Tonya Gonnella Frichner (’87) on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Acknowledged at United Nations

October 9, 2014

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the contributions of Tonya Gonnella Frichner (’87) (Onondaga Nation) and her longtime commitment to the advancement of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Sharon Clarke (‘93) Wins Civil Court Judge Primary Election

September 29, 2014

Alumna Sharon Clarke (‘93) has won Brooklyn’s 6th district Democratic primary election to serve as a Civil Court Judge.

UN Calls on U.S. to Halt Trial and Detention of Youth in Adult System

September 5, 2014

The IWHR Clinic and other advocates submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) describing how racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system are the most extreme in the treatment of youth. Last week, the Committee called on the US government to meet international human rights standards by halting prosecution of youth in adult courts and ending the imprisonment of youth in adult facilities.

2014 CUNY School of Law Commencement [Photos + Video]

July 7, 2014

More than 140 CUNY School of Law students received their Juris Doctor degrees at the May 16 graduation ceremony.

Paula Z. Segal (’11) Interviewed on BrianLehrer.TV about Community Land Access

April 25, 2014

Paula Z. Segal (’11) was a guest on Brian Lehrer’s TV show to speak about 596 Acres, an organization that builds online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access.

In Support of Lifelong Learning

April 14, 2014

While teaching in a junior high school in the 1960s, I met and became close with several students and mothers who were victims of domestic abuse. Trying to help, I referred them to the police. The police did not take the problem seriously and often let the abusers, once sufficiently calmed, go back home. The injustice of this struck a chord with me, and that’s when the idea of becoming a lawyer first took hold.


Mayor de Blasio Reappoints Harvey Epstein (’94) as a Tenant Representative on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board

March 28, 2014

Mayor de Blasio reappointed Harvey Epstein (’94), project director of the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, as a tenant representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

Eugene Chen (’13) Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship

March 19, 2014

Eugene Chen (’13) has been awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship to start in September 2014. Chen will be working at the New York Legal Assistance Group, serving low-income LGBT people from communities of color facing housing issues, particularly those who are aging, transgender, affected by HIV/AIDS, or have children in the household. […]

Katherine Gallagher (’00) Discusses UN Findings on Sexual Misconduct by Priests on PBS Newshour

February 6, 2014

Katherine Gallagher ( ’00), senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discussed the findings in a United Nations report on how the Vatican responded to widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests on the PBS Newshour. Watch the segment here

Moira Meltzer-Cohen (’12) Wins Student-Activist’s Release from Grand Jury Detention

February 3, 2014

Moira Meltzer-Cohen (’12) secured the release of a man jailed eight months for refusing to appear before a federal grand jury on the ground that the man, Gerald Koch, would continue to resist no matter how long he is incarcerated.

Judith C. McCarthy (’91) Selected as Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York

January 31, 2014

The Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) has selected Judith C. McCarthy (’91) to serve as a magistrate judge for a term of eight years. She will serve on the bench at the Charles L. Brieant United States Courthouse in White Plains. Ms. McCarthy […]

Brad Parker on 5th Anniversary of Operation Cast Lead

January 30, 2014

Today, Al-Jazeera English published an opinion piece from alumnus Brad Parker (’10) that reflects, five years later, on the toll of Israel’s January 2008 military offensive in Gaza and the effects of the subsequent fact-finding mission of the UN Human Rights Council.

Paula Edgar Receives Woman of Inspiration Award

January 29, 2014

Paula Edgar (’06) is being recognized by Ms. JD for its first Woman of Inspiration Award.

NY Times Reports Comments by Fahd Ahmed (’08) on New Justice Department Profiling Rules

January 17, 2014

The New York Times front page report on U.S. Justice Department plans to strengthen rules on discriminatory profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation unless actually relevant to an investigation, included comments by CUNY Law graduate Fahd Ahmed (’08).

Muhammad Faridi (’07) Receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

January 15, 2014

Muhammad U. Faridi (’07) of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP will receive the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the New York State Bar Association at the annual meeting in late January 2014. The award honors a young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. Read More

Zoe Rawson (’07) on LA’s New Approach to Discipline in School

January 15, 2014

Alumna Zoe Rawson (’07) is quoted in a recent NPR story about new policies that have been enacted in Los Angeles schools to “take a less punitive approach” to common misbehavior in elementary and middle school. According to the article, “students under the age of 13 will no longer be subject to school police citations […]

Camille Massey Appointed as Founding Executive Director of Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law

January 14, 2014

L. Camille Massey, J.D., has been named the Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

Cesar Vargas (’11) on California Ruling Regarding Immigration Status and Legal Careers

January 9, 2014

A recent New York Daily News article reports on the decision of the California State Supreme Court to allow Sergio Garcia, who entered the U.S. illegally as a teen and has passed the California Bar Exam, to be admitted to the bar.

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