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.
On September 24, Sanctuary for Families will present Harlene Katzman (’95) with the Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award for her work representing battered immigrant women and victims of human trafficking. Katzman is currently Pro Bono Counsel and Director at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Alum Mae Watson Grote (’99) spoke on a segment of PBS’s Need to Know about the work of the nonproft organization she founded, The Financial Clinic. Grote discussed how the Clinic’s financial coaches work with their clients to create a budget to map out their situation and achieve financial goals.
In United States v. Alvarez, the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed in a vote of six to three that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional. Alum Jonathan Libby (’96) represented Xavier Alvarez and argued the case before the United States Supreme Court in February.
Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88) was recently profiled by City Limits, in which she discussed her work as chief administrative judge of New York City’s Family Court. The interview touches on the effects of budget cuts, increasing caseloads, and pro se representation in Family Court. Richardson-Mendelson also discusses her vision for the future of the Family Court system.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced seven appointments to the city’s Districting Commission, including alum Oscar Odom III (’96). Alum Tracey Bing (’96) received a New York City Bar Association Legal Service Award.
Alum Danny Kirchoff (’09) is spotlighted in the June 2012 Equal Justice Works Newsletter for his continuing efforts to provide legal services to low-income transgender Californians.