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.