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Prof. Siegel on the History of “Stop-and-Frisk” Cases

May 19, 2014

Professor Franklin Siegel traced the fifteen year long legal challenge to the unconstitutional racial profiling practices of the New York City Police Department in a Journal article distributed at a tribute to the Floyd v. City of New York legal team.

Prof. Kirchmeier Reviews Book about Death Penalty

May 13, 2014

Professor Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier, an expert on the death penalty reviewed Robert Blecker’s new book, “The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst” for the New York Law Journal.

Distinguished Prof. Robson on Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Ruling

May 13, 2014

Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson was consulted by the Los Angeles Times on her thoughts about the constitutionality of the Arkansas gay marriage ban ruling.

Children’s Lives at Stake: U.S. Policies of Incarcerating Children in Adult Correctional Facilities

May 2, 2014

Read this Human Rights At Home blog post by IWHR clinic students Nell Hirschmann-Levy and Meghan McLoughlin on youth in adult jails and prisons in the U.S.

Paula Z. Segal (’11) Interviewed on BrianLehrer.TV about Community Land Access

April 25, 2014

Paula Z. Segal (’11) was a guest on Brian Lehrer’s TV show to speak about 596 Acres, an organization that builds online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access.

Distinguished Prof. Robson on First Amendment Protections for Public Employees

April 25, 2014

Distinguished Professor Robson wrote the argument preview for Lane v. Franks, an upcoming Supreme Court case, on the SCOTUSblog.

Prof. Rick Rossein on Employing Certain Religious Groups

April 15, 2014

Some members of the Jewish religious community believe that studying the Talmud helps develop critical thinking skills and helps with professional jobs, especially those that require data analysis. Professor Rick Rossein was recently interviewed by Jewish News One about his views on this issue. He said: “I would certainly advise against that. Because once again, […]

Equal Justice Works Fellowships Awarded to CUNY Law Alumni

April 14, 2014

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.

Rage Kidvai,CUNY School of Law graduate, class of ’14

In Support of Lifelong Learning

April 14, 2014

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.

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From the Field: Alex MacDougall (’14) on Family Law

April 14, 2014

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.

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CUNY School of Law Presents Special Panel on Diversity and Inclusion

April 14, 2014

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law will present “Diversity & Inclusion: Opportunities and Challenges in the Age of Globalization” featuring Brown University Professor Evelyn Hu-Dehart, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Lucas Cuéllar (’14) Sparking a Passion for Family Law(’14)

April 14, 2014

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.

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Dalourny Nemorin (’14) Defending Youth in Family Court (’14)

April 14, 2014

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.

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Reflections From the Legal Academy

April 14, 2014

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.

Thoughts on the changing legal profession and its impact on law schools

Creating a Legal Framework for Union Co-ops

April 14, 2014

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.

From left: John Whitlow, Carmen Huertas–Noble, Andrew Long (’14) and Chris Adams (’14)

New Report Released on Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims

April 14, 2014

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.

Participants in the February Public Square event, from left: John Temple, New York County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Program; Suzannah Phillips, IWHR Clinic; The Hon. Toko Serita (’89), Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court; Sienna Baskin (’07), Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center; Kate Mogulescu, Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society; and Cindy Soohoo, IWHR clinic.

CUNY Law Welcomes Melanie Hart to CLRN

April 14, 2014

“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.

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Madeleine Reese Receives Dean’s Justice Award

April 14, 2014

The spirit of the late CUNY Law professor Rhonda Copelon was palpable at a recent Public Square event honoring international women’s rights advocate Madeleine Rees.

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.

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