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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.

CUNY Law Impact: Ed Campanelli

December 2, 2013

Ed Campanelli (’03) got his start working with clients living with HIV/AIDS in 2002, as a summer intern for the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC). He also worked there as a paralegal his last year of law school.

CUNY Law Impact: Jeffrey Brooks

December 1, 2013

Well before Jeffrey Brooks (’04) had a six-year stint working with HIV/AIDS clients at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and before he earned his JD from CUNY Law School, he was a young man living in New York City in the early 1980s.

Brad Parker (’10) on Use of Drones in Operation Pillar of Defence

November 27, 2013

Al-Jazeera English published an opinion piece from alumnus Brad Parker (’10) that reflects, one year later, on the toll of Israel’s November 2012 military offensive on children in Gaza and the specific use of drone technology during the offensive.

Eli Federman (’10) on Limits of Religious Freedom

November 25, 2013

Alumnus Eli Federman (’10) discusses the health issues related to Metzitzah b’pheh, an ancient Jewish religious practice of completing a circumcision, and how New York City has stepped in to take precautionary measures to ensure public health and safety. Federman writes, the “balance between religious freedom and parental rights and the state’s responsibility to ensure […]

Terri Nilliasca (’11) Receives Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award

November 1, 2013

Terri Nilliasca (’11) was presented with the Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award.

Harvey Epstein (’94) in Daily News on How NYC Housing Authority Outside Lawyer Program “Outguns the Poor Needing Fixes”

November 1, 2013

The NY Daily News’ exclusive report on how the New York City Housing Authority spends $8 million a year on outside lawyers to oppose tenants seeking repairs in housing court, more than it spends on bricklayers or exterminators, quoted CUNY Law graduate Harvey Epstein (’94), the head of the Community Development Project at The Urban Justice […]

CUNY Alum Helen Foster (’92) Celebrates Opening of Housing for Seniors

November 1, 2013

Acting Commissioner of the New York State Division on Human Rights and former New York City Council Member Helen Foster (’92) joined other city and state partners in celebrating the groundbreaking of Boston Road, a new 154- unit permanent support residence for older adults. Boston Road is one of the first to use the New […]

Patricia Lavelle (’03) Running to Raise Funds for Civil Practice

October 31, 2013

Patricia Lavelle (’03), immigration staff attorney at Legal Aid, is running in the 2013 ING Marathon on November 3, 2013, for Team LAS (Legal Aid Society) to help raise funds for Legal Aid Civil Practice. Lavelle will be running along with Legal Aid Board Member Aaron H. Marks of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Freidman LLP, […]

Alumna Kim Dvorchak’s Work in Juvenile Defense Featured in Denver Post, NY Times

October 28, 2013

A video from the Denver Post features alumna Kim Dvorchak (’95), executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition. The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and justice for all children in Colorado. Dvorchak founded the CJDC in 2009. She previously worked as a staff […]

Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88) Wins 2013 Impact Award

October 18, 2013

Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88) was the recipient of the New York Law Journal’s Impact Award.

Eli Federman (’10) on Criminal Accountability for Police Misconduct

October 11, 2013

In a Huffington Post article, alumnus Eli Federman (’10) discusses the perception that there is a double standard when enforcing accountability for police misconduct. Read more

Eli Federman (’10) Discusses the Impact of Controversial Remarks of Corporate CEOs

October 11, 2013

Alum Eli Federman (’10) discusses the impact of controversial remarks of corporate CEOs on consumers in an opinion piece for Forbes. Read more

Alums Fight for Rights of LGBT Bi-National Couples

September 26, 2013

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this past June, alum Amir Rasoulpour (’12) started a small law firm focused in large part on representing gay and lesbian bi-national couples seeking marriage visas.

Natasha Bannan (’11) Files Vieques Human Rights Petition in OAS

September 25, 2013

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan (’11) on behalf of The National Lawyers Guild is co-lead counsel, with Annette Martinez of the the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights (ICADH) and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, in filing a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the United States for severe human rights violations in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Kelly Marie Fay Rodriguez (’12) Selected as Center for American Progress Fellow

September 23, 2013

Kelly Marie Fay Rodriguez (’12) was named one of 15 Leadership Institute Fellows for 2013-2014 by the Center for American Progress.

Devika Kewalramani (‘95) Appointed Chair of NYC Bar Professional Discipline Committee

September 18, 2013

Alum Devika Kewalramani (’95), a partner at Moses and Singer LLP, has been appointed chair of the Professional Discipline Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Farah Diaz-Tello (’09) on Pregnant Woman Facing Criminal Charges After Overdose

September 10, 2013

Alum Farrah Diaz-Tello (’09), a staff attorney with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, spoke with The Altoona Mirror about the case of a woman in Pennsylvania who allegedly overdosed while nine months pregnant.

Queens Courier Spotlights Judge Margaret Parisi-McGowan (’87)

August 6, 2013

The Queens Courier’s Spotlight on Justice series recently focused on alum Judge Margaret Parisi-McGowan (’87) and her work on the Queens County Family Court.

Hon. Sondra Pardes (’86) Named New Dean of Nassau Academy of Law

August 1, 2013

The Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, has elected the Honorable Sondra Pardes (’86) as its new dean.

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