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2018 in Review: Calling Everyone

December 29, 2018

We know transforming the law and justice is a team effort. It’s called movement-building for a reason: our work, our words, our convictions have to move hearts and minds in the direction of change. We’ve gathered some of our favorite moments of our community working towards change–together.   JUSTICE AT WORK When the crisis of immigrants, […]

INRC Wins Asylum for Woman Fleeing Domestic Violence

December 28, 2018

By Katherine Dennis, Andrea Natalie, and Andrea Velasquez The Immigrant and Non-Citizens Rights Clinic (INRC) is delighted to share the asylum victory of Ms. J, a longtime client and survivor of domestic violence. She won her case before the New York City Immigration Court and is now able to safely remain in the United States with […]

2018 in Review: What We’ve Done

December 28, 2018

 Progressive scholarship, published opinions, and online networking are hallmarks of our faculty members. We’re proud to hire law professors who are activists, researchers, organizers, scholars, and grassroots leaders in their own right. 2018 was a year that forced us to engage more deeply, read more widely, and speak more clearly. And our faculty helped us […]

In the Balance: Kary Moss

December 4, 2018

Kary Moss, a class of ’88 graduate, is laser-focused on democracy. She led the ACLU of Michigan when the Flint water crisis seeped into public consciousness, supporting grassroots organizing in its most fundamental form. She worked alongside RBG as a staff attorney for the Justice’s Women’s Rights Project. And now she has returned to NYC as the […]

ON THE DOCKET: Trump v. Hawaii

June 27, 2018

In a decision that stands to echo throughout American history for generations to come, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that the president’s “Muslim Ban” to restrict travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries will stand. Here’s what you need to know. THE RULING STATEMENTS FROM THE CUNY LAW COMMUNITY […]

In Response to Attacks on Our Values and Community

June 27, 2018

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW In this moment of national reckoning, we must move from outcries of distress and disgust to conversation, action, and transformation. Now is the time to lead: mobilize, organize, call our representatives, and vote. Now is the time to connect with skeptics who have resisted the idea that the administration […]

ON THE DOCKET: The Supreme Court Ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop

June 4, 2018

Today’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has a lot to unpack. The central question, of whether the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause could be wielded as a weapon against non-discrimination law, seems to have received a stay of execution. And unlike Jack Phillips’ confectionary creations, these layers need to be […]

New Alumni Practice Groups Launch at CUNY Law

May 29, 2018

The first iteration of a new Alumni Engagement initiative united alums working in solo and small firm lawyer for the school’s first Practice Group meeting on May 23, hosted in the co-working space available at 2 Court Square.   The Solo/Small Business Practice Group brought together students, experienced alumni in the initial stages of small […]

CUNY Law’s INRC and The NYIC Publish New Report on Policing and Surveilling Latinx Communities

May 29, 2018

  On May 18, CUNY Law faculty members Nermeen Arastu and Talia Peleg, of our Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC), and Babe Howell, expert in criminal law and gang policing and surveillance, partnered with the the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) to release a new report, Swept Up in the Sweep: The Impact of Gang […]

In the Balance: Edwina Richardson-Mendelson

May 25, 2018

The Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson is Class of ’88 alumna celebrated for her commitment to Family Law and Criminal Justice. Currently a Judge of the Court of Claims, as well as a state-wide Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, she also presides over the New York County Supreme Court Criminal Term Youth Part. Read on for […]

Office Hours with Nina Chernoff

May 24, 2018

Nina Chernoff cemented her place in the CUNY Law Professor Hall of Fame this year when she was given the Outstanding Professor Award by the graduating class of 2018.  Proving for perhaps the first time that it is, in fact, possible to make Powerpoints both informative and entertaining, Nina is known for unparalleled cat memes […]

Amplifying the Sound of our Voices

April 25, 2018

This post comes to you from the City University of New York Law Review. In the coming weeks we’ll share more highlights and stories from our Law Review team highlighting student authorship and advocacy.   One of the biggest obstacles students face is envisioning themselves at their end goal, particularly students who are the first […]

Office Hours with Professor Babe Howell

March 20, 2018

Professor Babe Howell has been teaching Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, and Lawyering at CUNY Law for nearly nine years, work she approaches with a focus on the reality behind criminal law and our legal system – particularly the racial and class disparities. When not teaching, the self-proclaimed luddite can typically be found reading. […]

KEEPING COUNSEL: Richard Celestin ’06

March 19, 2018

ADVICE FOR ALUMNI, BY ALUMNI ON HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN CAREER INSPIRATION By Richard Celestin ’06 While at CUNY Law, Richard focused his studies on criminal defense and juvenile justice while nurturing his love for education. After graduation, Richard became an entrepreneur, creating programs to advocate for underrepresented youth in the not-for-profit sector. His […]

IN THE BALANCE: Ting Ting Cheng ’09

March 19, 2018

How alumni are pursuing liberty and justice   It’s been a whirlwind twenty-four months for Ting Ting Cheng, a Class of ’09 alumna currently serving as an attorney for the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  During that time, she helped expand sexual harassment protections, co-founded the Women’s March on Washington and its offshoot […]

MARCH BOOKMARK: OUTlaws Edition

March 19, 2018

This month, our Bookmark feature is brought to you by OUTlaws, CUNY Law’s intersectional queer community for people of all genders, sexual orientations, and HIV statuses. OUTlaws strives for collective liberation in solidarity with other student groups and empowers community members to deconstruct legal barriers and effect legal & social progress.   “Trans Day of […]

ON DISPLAY: After Decades in Prison, Women Pose for Portraits in their Own Rooms and Reflect

March 19, 2018

“When you see this photo I took of you, what does it make you think?” This post features the work of Pete Brook, writer, curator, and educator focused on photography, prisons, and power. You can find more of his work at   www.prisonphotography.org “Look where I am now. Five years ago, I came out from a little cell, […]

What Public Interest Law Looks Like: Areas of Practice

March 19, 2018

For most of us, the type of work we do and the way we do it is one of the most critical components of happiness. If you’re heading to law school to make justice accessible and attainable for more people in more places, you already know that public interest work could be your calling. But […]

Sorensen Center to Host Darren Walker in Conversation with Justice Albie Sachs

March 18, 2018

Join us for the next part of the Sorensen Center’s Speaker Series, “Critical Voices: From Local to Global,” on addressing inequalities and what it means to live in a constitutional democracy today   TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018 6:00 pm     Welcome Reception 6:30 pm     Conversation 7:30 pm     Reception   The Sorensen Center for […]

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