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Norma Francullo (’95) on Switching Focus to Special Education

December 20, 2013

Learning Ally spoke with alumna Norma Francullo (’95) about switching her legal practice focus to special education after her twin children were diagnosed with dyslexia. Francullo said, “I have a lot of experience working with other parents and want to help families before they get to a horrible place. That often involves figuring out next […]

Raquel Batista (’03) Named a Top Pro-Choice Hero of 2013

December 20, 2013

RH Reality Check named alumna Raquel Batista (’03) as one of its top pro-choice heroes of 2013. According to the post, it is recognizing “hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.” About […]

Nitin Savur (’99) Awarded Thomas E. Dewey Medal

December 20, 2013

Alumnus Nitin Savur (’99) was one of six winners of the Thomas E. Dewey Medal, an award presented annually to one “outstanding” assistant district attorney in each of the five boroughs, as well as the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.  Savur is the deputy chief of the trial division of the New York County […]

Joy Rosenthal (’96) Book Review Featured in ACResolution

December 20, 2013

Alumna Joy Rosenthal (’96) reviewed the book Dignity: The Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict in the fall 2013 issue of ACResolution, the quarterly magazine of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Read the review

Alumnus Raul Pinto Fights Racial Profiling in North Carolina

December 18, 2013

Raul Pinto ’10, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, was recently interviewed by CNN en Español about the findings of a report commissioned by the Department of Justice to analyze traffic stops by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. The report showed that racial profiling of Latino drivers is occurring. The […]

CUNY Law Impact: Tracy Welsh

December 18, 2013

A career as an AIDS advocate began nearly two decades ago for Tracy L. Welsh (’91) when she joined the legal team at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) as a staff attorney. “In the early years, a lot of my work focused on defending the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in family cases, housing […]

CUNY Law Impact: Ignacio Jaureguilorda

December 17, 2013

Ignacio Jaureguilorda (’02) went right to work in the HIV/AIDS field in his first job out of law school. He secured a staff attorney position at the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) in 2002.

Strengthening Women’s Rights In Haiti

December 16, 2013

Catching up with globe-trotting CUNY Law Professor Lisa Davis (’08) can be a challenge, especially when she’s tracking the progress of long-term projects taken on by the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) and her students.

Making a Mark in Housing Court

December 16, 2013

This fall’s newest group of LaunchPad for Justice fellows are already beginning to leave their mark in New York’s housing court.

Fighting Surveillance of American Muslims: The CLEAR Project

December 16, 2013

Imagine you’re about to walk out of your home to head to work. But as you open the door, you see someone waiting for you who claims to be a law enforcement agent.

Accolades for Teaching

December 16, 2013

When the authors of What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013) selected CUNY School of Law’s own Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson for inclusion in their new book, they had to do their homework.

Live in the Public Square

December 16, 2013

This fall CUNY Law launched Public Square Live, a new series of public programs that explore the intersection of law and social justice.

Righting Wrongs at CUNY Law: New Approaches to Student Recruitment

December 16, 2013

Nationwide, law school applications are down almost 40 percent since 2010, according to the Law School Admission Council, in part because of the criticism of law schools.

Rebecca Seawright: “There’s Work to Do”

December 16, 2013

Moving through New York’s legal and social justice communities, we see the impact of CUNY School of Law everywhere.

Giving Thanks

December 16, 2013

President Calvin Coolidge believed that “no person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward
for what he gave.”

CUNY Law Impact: Sina Choi

December 16, 2013

As a staff attorney at Housing Works, an organization that battles AIDS and homelessness, Sina Choi (’08) is on the frontlines assisting people living with HIV/AIDS.

CUNY Law Impact: Jessica Reed

December 12, 2013

Wander the hallways of Bronx Housing Court, and you might just catch Jessica Reed (’07) shouting out the name of a law firm, trying to locate a landlord’s opposing counsel before locking into battle, and advocating for her client.

CUNY Law Impact: Pavita Krishnaswamy

December 11, 2013

Since graduating from CUNY Law School, Pavita Krishnaswamy (’02) has had a long-lived, 11-year tenure at the same organization: South Brooklyn Legal Services, a program of Legal Services NYC.

CUNY Law Impact: Odella Woodson

December 10, 2013

Protecting the rights of clients who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS is something Odella Woodson (’03) has done for about a decade, representing them in housing court or family court.

CUNY Law Impact: Christa Douaihy

December 9, 2013

For Christa Douaihy (’08), the roots of her HIV/AIDS justice work go deep, back to the early 1990s in Scranton, PA.

CUNY Law Impact: Ira Needleman

December 6, 2013

For Ira Needleman (’96), HIV/AIDS work came hand-in-hand with a return to his home city of New York. After graduating first from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and later CUNY Law School, Needleman worked in Pennsylvania, Westchester, and Rochester, starting in general practice, and then moving into custody and domestic violence cases, and, at […]

CUNY Law Impact: Randy Petsche

December 5, 2013

Randy Petsche (’89) had 14 years of experience in landlord-tenant law and a number of years as a volunteer tenants’ organizer on the lower west side of Manhattan before joining Bronx AIDS Services (BAS).

Kary Moss (’87) in Suit Challenging Anti-Abortion Directives to Hospitals

December 4, 2013

Kary L. Moss (’87), the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, is one of the attorneys in a federal lawsuit filed November 29, 2013, challenging bishops’ directives to Catholic hospitals which hamper care of pregnant women in medical distress, leading to medical negligence.

CUNY Law Impact: Mark Hess

December 4, 2013

During the oppressive July heat wave this past summer, Mark Hess (’12), a housing attorney for the HIV Law Project, helped his client comply with an agreement to deaden the sound of his allegedly heavy feet.

CUNY Law Impact: Mona Moayad

December 3, 2013

When Mona Moayad (’11) joined Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), she had to hit the ground running, and she hasn’t stopped running ever since.

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