Events

Spring 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Impact Today!: Advocacy for the Homeless

Impact Today! is a discussion series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 5 will feature a discussion on how advocates fight for the rights of the thousands of people facing homelessness in New York City. What policies can be implemented to help people secure housing and resources? What rights do homeless individuals and families have? What policies are currently being considered and what impact will those polices have?

Jacquelyn Simone, policy analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless and Josh Goldfein, attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Family Rights Project will discuss their work as policy and legal advocates for the homeless.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Symposium on Special Education Law: Past, Present, and Future

Special Education experts reviewed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent term, and assessed the impact of its landmark decisions in Endrew F. and Fry.

CLE Materials:

Handout for Morning Program

Panel 1: From Rowley to Endrew F.: The Meaning of a FAPE

Panel 2: Endrew F. and Fry One Year Later: Practice Considerations

Handout for Lunch Program

Panel 3: Systemic Challenges and Reforms in New York City

Monday, March 19, 2018

Impact Today!: The State of Juvenile Justice

Impact Today! is a discussion series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 4 featured a discussion on what policies are being considered for the advancement of racial equality and juvenile justice.

This program featured Andrea McChristian, Associate Counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. She discussed her work at the Institute, as well as her expertise as a policy and legal advocate for juvenile justice and racial equality.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Impact Thursday 8: Race and Immigration in the Age of Trump

This timely and important panel discussion addressed the racial dimension of US immigration policy and law – how racial, ethnic and other forms of discrimination have informed immigration policy historically, and how the President’s campaign rhetoric regarding issues of race and immigration is being translated into public policy. The panel also discussed how the legal profession can respond productively to these developments in the midst of an increasingly racially and politically-charged climate.

Panelists included:
Lenni Benson, Professor of Law, New York Law School and Founder, Safe Passage Project
Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director, African Communities Together
Rose Cuison Villasor, Professor, University of California Davis, Davis School of Law
Bitta Mostofi, Acting Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Moderator:
Jami Floyd, Host, “All Things Considered,” WYNC

1.5 CLE Credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (Transitional and Non-transitional). Networking Reception to follow panel.

Fall 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Impact Thursday 7: New York City’s Right to Counsel for Eviction Cases: Implementation and Implications

Under newly adopted legislation, New York City has become the first jurisdiction in the country to ensure legal representation for all low-income tenants in eviction proceedings. The law’s implementation and implications will be discussed.

Panelists included:
Marika Dias, Director of Tenant Rights Campaign, Legal Services NYC
Randy Dillard, Tenant Leader, Community Action for Safe Apartments
Jordan Dressler, NYC Civil Justice Coordinator
Honorable Jean Schneider, Citywide Supervising Judge of the New York City Housing Court

Moderator:
Andrew Scherer, Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School

Co-sponsored by Center for City Law.

Image of Impact Today! The 2016 Election, Electoral Politics And The Constitution

Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Today! Program 3: The 2016 Election, Electoral Politics, and The Constitution

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 3 featured a discussion on what the 2016 Presidential election can tell us about electoral politics and the Constitution. This program featured New York Law School Professor Doni Gewirtzman.

Flier of Wrongful Convictions Panel With Author Ken Klonsky

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wrongful Convictions Panel with Author Ken Klonsky

Author Ken Klonsky discussed his book, Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, based on the exoneration of David McCallum. Other panelists included former NYLS professor Oscar Michelen and exonerees David McCallum and Calvin Buari.

Flier of Impact Today! Sanctuary Cities and Federalism

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Impact Today! Sanctuary Cities and Federalism

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Bitta Mostofi, an immigrant rights attorney and Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, led a timely discussion on the rights of local governments to become “Sanctuary Cities.” Where did this idea originate? What does this look like in New York City in 2017? What actions may the federal government take to enforce federal immigration laws in local governments?

Flier of Impact Today! Free Speech On Campus

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Impact Today! Lunch Series – Free Speech on Campus

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Professor Nadine Strossen, former President of the American Civil Liberties Union, led a discussion about free speech on campus. What limits on free speech are permissible? What limits should be permissible? How do the events in Charlottesville affect how we defend freedom of speech?