Third-year Elder Law Clinic students Carolyn Fakury, Mary Elizabeth Murray, and Katie Redmon, along with Nora Moran, a social work intern from Hunter College, discuss the clinic and what inspired them to become lawyers.
CUNY Law hosted the third annual Conference on Access to Justice, which is part of the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York created by New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.
Under the leadership of Professor Carmen Huertas-Noble, the Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic organized and hosted the first New York City Worker Cooperative Conference at CUNY Law.
Next fall, CUNY School of Law, New York City’s only public law school, will realize a long-held dream: a part-time J.D. program.
As New York City’s only public law school, CUNY School of Law prepares students to practice “law in the service of human needs.” Whether serving as staff attorneys at legal assistance organizations, judges, or proprietors of small
law firms serving communities in need, CUNY Law alums continue to make a profound impact.
“The Role I Want to Play” The following is an excerpt from the graduation remarks of Somalia Samuel (’14). Samuel entered the law school through the Pipeline to Justice program.
Twenty years ago, a historic moment occurred in our efforts as a nation to address intimate partner and gender violence.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law, and since then, the rate of intimate partner violence has dropped dramatically—67 percent between 1993 and 2010, government figures show.
Making the world a better place increasingly requires a global perspective and global experiences.
For Brad Parker (’10), one of the defining moments at Defense for Children International (DCI)–Palestine can be summed up by a piece of video footage that his organization obtained from a security camera in Ramallah. It shows Israeli soldiers shooting and killing two Palestinian teenagers taking part in a demonstration.
Justice Richard J. Goldstone is the first scholar-in-residence at the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law. Camille Massey, the center’s founding executive director, joined Goldstone in a conversation about the role he played in the transition from apartheid South Africa to democracy, and other topics.
I know my husband Ted would be proud and honored by the creation of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.
One August afternoon, I sat on the floor of the law office in downtown Sana’a, Yemen, where I’d been working in the summer before starting law school…
For Golnaz Fakhimi (’11), international human rights work started at CUNY Law. As a student in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC), she advocated on behalf of prisoners in U.S. military custody at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
Born in Nebraska to a Unitarian family, Theodore C. Sorensen registered for noncombatant service as a conscientious objector when he turned 18. On his application, he identified himself as a “peace maker.”
If you look at the lineup for the official launch of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law, you know it’s off to an auspicious start. After all, it’s not every day that former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan visits a law school to open a center and Grammy Award–winning artist and activist Alicia Keys offers a surprise performance for the celebration.
Meet Justice Richard J. Goldstone, the first scholar-in- residence at the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law.
Eugene Chen (’13), Rage M. Kidvai (’14), and Molly Coe (’14) were each awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship, to begin in September.
While teaching in a junior high school in the 1960s, I met and became close with several students and mothers who were victims of domestic abuse. Trying to help, I referred them to the police. The police did not take the problem seriously and often let the abusers, once sufficiently calmed, go back home. The injustice of this struck a chord with me, and that’s when the idea of becoming a lawyer first took hold.
Last fall, Alex MacDougall (’14) participated in the Family Law Concentration, led by Professor Ann Cammett. As part of the concentration, MacDougall interned at CONNECT, which seeks to create safe families and peaceful communities through legal empowerment, grassroots mobilization, and transformative education. These are her reflections on that experience.
It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work on a bill for the New York State Legislature, but that’s exactly what Lucas Cuéllar (’14) did during his internship in the summer of 2013 at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. Working under supervising attorney Emily Ruben on a number of projects, Cuéllar helped draft a bill proposal to the State Legislature to increase and standardize spousal support.
While rummaging through her bag last spring, Dalourny Nemorin (’14) came across a business card she had received about a year before from New York City Family Court’s chief administrative judge, Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88). As a first-year student, Nemorin had met the judge at an awards luncheon, after winning a scholarship from the Association of Black Women Attorneys.
In October 2013, I delivered a keynote lecture at the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference on the critique and reform of legal education in the United States. It is a topic on the minds of many law school deans lately.
Building a movement of economic justice. That’s a big goal for CUNY Law’s Community & Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) and the clients in its worker cooperative docket.
Women who are trafficked into the sex industry face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives.
“Hi, I’m Melanie Hart,” says the new director of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and External Affairs with a firm handshake, a broad smile, and seemingly boundless energy. We’re meeting in her office with an expanse of Queens as the backdrop. Hart comes to CUNY Law with a lifelong commitment to public service.