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Joey Mogul (’97) Honored with 2013 Vanguard Award

April 23, 2013

Alum Joey Mogul (’97) was honored with a 2013 Vanguard Award at a ceremony sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

Martha Weithman (’00) Wins Appellate Ruling on Rent Protection for SRO Residents

April 19, 2013

Alum Martha Weithman (’00) won a unanimous ruling from the Appellate Division, First Department, finding that a person who lives in a single room occupancy building (SRO) for at least six months, becomes a permanent tenant protected by the Rent Stabilization Law, regardless of whether the tenant has a lease.

New Employment Numbers Show CUNY Law Continues to Lead in Public Interest

April 16, 2013

Today’s New York Law Journal reports on recently released statistics from the American Bar Association on the employment of 2012 grads. CUNY Law continues to have one of the highest rates in the nation and the highest in New York State of sending graduates into public service and public interest jobs.

Andrea Costello (’98) Wins End of Age Restriction for Morning After Pill

April 10, 2013

Alum Andrea Costello (’98) was the lead counsel in a historic ruling on April 5th, in which a federal judge ordered the federal Food and Drug Administration to make emergency contraception available to all women, regardless of their age, without prescription requirements.

Christina Piaia (’07) in NY Times on Park-Naming Contest Decision

March 26, 2013

Alum Christina Piaia (’07) was quoted in The New York Times about the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy deciding to end a contest to name a lawn at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Lori Knipel (’97) on Relationship Between Politics and Community Service

March 26, 2013

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle spotlights the career of alum Lori (Citron) Knipel (’97) as a lawyer, political leader, and civic activist.

Dean Michelle Anderson Delivers NYC Bar Keynote on Diversity in the Legal Profession

March 19, 2013

On Friday, March 15, Dean Michelle J. Anderson gave the keynote address at “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Best Practices for Supporting Diverse Students During Law School and Into Employment” at the New York City Bar Association.

Sharon Stapel (’98) on LGBT Protections in VAWA

March 8, 2013

In an article for the Huffington Post, alum Sharon Stapel (’98), Executive Director of the NYC Anti Violence Project, discusses the new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law by President Obama on March 7, 2013.

Eva Golinger (’04) Discusses Legacy of Hugo Chávez on Democracy Now

March 7, 2013

Alum Eva Golinger (’04) discussed the legacy of Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela, with Democracy Now co-hosts Juan Gonzalez an Amy Goodman.

Victoria Neilson (’94) in JURIST on Immigration Reform and LGBT Issues

February 25, 2013

In a guest column for JURIST, alum Victoria Neilson (’94) discusses the need for lawmakers to address LGBT issues as they begin reforming the nation’s immigration policies.

Shirley Lin (’10) in NY Daily News on Unfair Treatment of Domestic Workers

February 25, 2013

The New York Daily News recently reported on lawsuit being brought against a Westchester couple that claims the couple treated their nanny unfairly, subjecting her to their vicious dog and not paying her for overtime worked.

Eli Federman (’10) on Social Media and Workplace Productivity

February 4, 2013

Alum Eli Federman (’10) discusses the impact of social media usage on workplace productivity in an article for Social Media Today.

NYS Senator Jeff Klein (’93) Featured in Albany Times-Union

January 10, 2013

Alum and New York State Senator Jeff Klein (’93) is featured in the Albany Times-Union. The article describes his path to the state capitol and highlights the work he is doing in the senate.

NY Times Features Alum Thomas Mariadason’s Letter to the Editor on Quotas at Colleges

December 28, 2012

Alum Thomas Mariadason’s (’09) Letter to the Editor about quotas for Asian-Americans at colleges was published in the New York Times. His letter responds to a December 19 op-ed piece on implicit quotas for Asian-Americans at colleges and universities.

Shirley Lin (’10) Secures Settlement in Labor Exploitation Case

December 18, 2012

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.

Alums Rita Mella and Nelida Malave-Gonzalez Join Surrogate’s Court

December 7, 2012

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.

Defending Rights Before the Supreme Court: Jonathan Libby (’96)

November 15, 2012

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.

Welcoming Alumni to New Law School Home

November 15, 2012

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.

ABA Journal Features CUNY Law Incubator

October 1, 2012

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.

Michael Figura (’12) Named MLFA Legal Fellow at Bill of Rights Defense Committee

September 27, 2012

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.

Jonathan Darche (’05) Honored by NYSBA for Public Service

September 7, 2012

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.

Carolyn Coffey (’04) Honored with NYCLA Public Service Award

August 23, 2012

Alum Carolyn Coffey (’04) is being honored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) with a 2012 Public Service Award.

Barbara Trapasso (’86) Named a “Woman of Distinction”

August 20, 2012

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.

CUER Holds First Annual Scholars Workshop on Regulating the Urban Environment

August 15, 2012

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.

Harlene Katzman (’95) to Receive the Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award

August 14, 2012

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.

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