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CUNY Law Moot Court Celebrates Recent Successes

April 2, 2014

Congratulations to CUNY Law Moot Court for successful competitions in the last several weeks, including several teams that advanced in their competitions against other schools, a finalist team, and a CUNY Law student winning an individual oralist award.

Mayor de Blasio Reappoints Harvey Epstein (’94) as a Tenant Representative on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board

March 28, 2014

Mayor de Blasio reappointed Harvey Epstein (’94), project director of the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, as a tenant representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.

U.N. Criticizes U.S. for Incarcerating Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons

March 27, 2014

Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee (“Committee”) criticized a broad range of U.S. laws and policies that treat youth under 18 as adults in the criminal justice system. “The Human Rights Committee’s statements reflect international consensus and a common sense understanding that youth are different than adults and that subjecting them to adult criminal punishments is a human rights violation,” says Cindy Soohoo, director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) at the City University of New York School of Law.

U.N. Condemns Criminalization of Trafficking Victims as a Human Rights Violation

March 27, 2014

Today, the U.N. Human Rights Committee urged that the U.S. end the prosecution of human trafficking victims for crimes that they are forced to commit. The Committee expressed concern that victims of sex trafficking are arrested and convicted for prostitution and related offenses, and recognized that there is insufficient identification of trafficking victims. The Committee urged […]

Prof. Borgmann on Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case and FDA Labeling

March 25, 2014

Professor Caitlin Borgmann spoke to the Wall Street Journal today about Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case today, which will address whether for-profit companies have a religious right to refuse to comply with the federal contraception rule.

Rage M. Kidvai (’14) Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship

March 24, 2014

Rage M. Kidvai (’14) has been awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship, starting in September, to work at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), providing legal representation on asylum applications for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) immigrants.

CUNY Law Students Advocate in Albany for Important Social Policy Reform

March 24, 2014

On March 12, 2014, students from CUNY Law’s Economic Justice Project (EJP) joined forces with Hunter College’s Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) and the Empire State Economic Security Campaign (ES2), a statewide coalition of more than 200 social service providers, faith-based groups, and concerned citizens, to educate New York State legislators on several important social initiatives including access to quality education, affordable healthcare and housing, a healthy environment, living wage, and stronger safety net programs.

New Report on Syrian Women & the Peace Process

March 21, 2014

To mark the three-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law (IWHR), MADRE, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) have released a report detailing the egregious pattern of sexual violence Syrian women face in the war on Syrian women’s exclusion from high-level peace negotiations.

Somalia Samuel (’14) Awarded Bertha Fellowship at Center for Constitutional Rights

March 21, 2014

Somalia Samuel has been awarded a two-year Bertha Fellowship at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She will be working on its Government Misconduct/Racial Justice (GMRJ) docket of cases, which have included Floyd v. City of New York, Blum v. Holder, Hassan v. City of New York, Ashker v. Brown, and Vulcan Society v. City of New York, among others.

Father of Environmental Justice Discusses Environmental Injustice at CUNY Law

March 20, 2014

Dr. Robert Bullard, dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, will join Anna Sale, WNYC host and reporter, and CUNY Law Professor Rebecca Bratspies in a discussion of environmental justice and the future of the field as income inequality continues to grow and climate change places increasing demand on limited resources.

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