Alum Shirley Lin (’10), an attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), secured a settlement in Manhattan federal court in the case of Kim v. NYLA Cafe, LLC. The suit against Spitzer’s Corner, its owner, general manager, and former executive chef, filed by AALDEF on behalf of Edward Kim, alleged multiple violations of federal and state labor laws.
Two CUNY Law alums were recently elected to Surrogate’s Court in New York City. Judge Rita Mella (’91), who was elected to Civil Court in 2006, was sworn in at the New York County Surrogate’s Court on December 6. Judge Nelida Malave-Gonzalez (’91), who has been a Civil Court judge in the Bronx since 2005, will be sworn in at the Bronx County Surrogate’s Court on December 11.
It’s not every day that you get to present a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, but that’s what Jonathan Libby (’96) found himself doing earlier this year with United States v. Alvarez, also known as the “Stolen Valor” case.
On Friday, October 26, 2012, faculty, alumni, and staff came together in CUNY Law’s new building to celebrate the reunion classes of 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2011.
A recent article from the ABA Journal discussed the growing trend of several law schools around the country launching incubators to help recent graduates set up solo practices.
Alum Michael Figura (’12) was named the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) Legal Fellow at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), which advocates for the rule of law and the defends civil liberties. The MLFA supports legal cases and programs in defense of civil liberties and rights in America.
Alum Jonathan Darche (’05) is being honored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) with a 2012 Citation for Special Achievement in Public Service. The award ceremony will be held in New York City on September 19, 2012.
Alum Carolyn Coffey (’04) is being honored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) with a 2012 Public Service Award.
On August 11, alum Barbara Trapasso (’86) was named a Woman of Distinction by New York State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt at his Sixth Annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony held in Albertson, NY.
On June 26, the Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) held its first annual Scholars Workshop on Regulating the Urban Environment. The day-long workshop brought together scholars, activists, and regulators to examine the challenging legal and regulatory questions implicated by environmental justice.