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.
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.
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.
In one of the first Occupy Wall Street protest cases to go to trial, alum Paul Keefe (’07), along with Gideon Oliver, represented Alexander Arbuckle, who was taking photos at a January 1 march and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
The National Law Journal features Fred Rooney (’86), director of CUNY Law’s Community Legal Resource Network, and his efforts to help Thomas Jefferson School of Law launch an incubator for solo practitioners.
In a column in the New York Post, alum Eli Federman (’10) discusses his concerns with charging fees for “faith healing” in treating physical ailments.
Tonya Gonnella Frichner (’87), president and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance, will receive an honorary degree from Colby College at its upcoming commencement ceremony.
On April 11, 2012, CUNY Law’s Career Planning Office held a networking reception for students and recent graduates at Macaulay Honors College in Manhattan.
Fred Rooney, Director of CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and Office of External Relations, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo Law School
Distinguished professor and constitutional law expert Ruthann Robson weighs in on ABC.com on the parameters of free speech in a case centering on threats made online between classmates.
On his recent visit to the Law School on April 12, New York State Assembly Member and alum Daniel O’Donnell (’87) inspired students with his work on championing key legislation that legalized same-sex marriage in New York State