Events

Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

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, will lead 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?

Lunch will be provided. This event is open to all NYLS students, staff and faculty. Attendance counts toward the Impact Center Community Hours requirements.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

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, will lead 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? What other questions do you have about this hotly debated topic?
Lunch will be served. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Spring 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

Important Rights are at Risk! Combating Harmful Deregulation 

Join the Impact Center’s Regulatory Response Group for a discussion on how Congress and President Trump are using the Congressional Review Act to repeal important public protections. Learn what you can do in response.

 

Pizza will be served.

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

IMPACT TODAY! Lunch series – Program 5: Immigration Rights

Join us for a semester-long, biweekly lunch series on how the new administration will impact civil rights and civil liberties.

 

Professors Lenni B. Benson and Claire R. Thomas will discuss the changing immigration environment under the Trump administration. Specific topics covered will include immigration rights, immigrants’ access to accurate information, as well as careers in immigration law.

Friday, April 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m., NYLS Auditorium

Equal Educational Opportunity Symposium

Topics include: Desegregation, Integration, and Equality, Title IX and Gender Equity, Educating Children with Disabilities

CLE Materials

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204) 

IMPACT Today! Lunch Series – Program 4: Voting Rights and Election Reform

Join us for a semester-long, biweekly lunch series on how the new administration will impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Leah Aden, Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Carlin Meyer, Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School, will discuss voting rights and election reform issues nationally and in New York State.  Specific topics will include voter ID laws, redistricting, early voting, and felony disenfranchisement.

Register here: www.nyls.edu/ImpactTodayRSVP

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204) 

IMPACT Today! Lunch Series – Program 3: Reproductive Rights

Join us for a semester-long, biweekly lunch series on how the new administration will impact civil rights and civil liberties.

How will the change in administration affect reproductive rights? What legal obstacles may confront the administration in its efforts to change policy? How can students get involved? Erin Beth Harrist, Senior Staff Attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, will lead this discussion.

Register here: www.nyls.edu/ImpactTodayRSVP

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Faculty Commons

Legal Observer Training with Johanna Miller ’07 of the New York Civil Liberties Union  

Become a certified legal observer for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). Certified legal observers observe protests and marches on the NYCLU’s behalf to ensure that individual rights are respected.

The training – by Johanna Miller ’07. Advocacy Director for the NYCLU – will teach you which law enforcement activities to look for when monitoring a protest, how to document and photograph your observations, and how to stay safe while doing so. Once you complete the training, the NYCLU will include you on its list of certified legal observers.

Register here: www.nyls.edu/ImpactRSVP

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

IMPACT Today! Lunch Series: LGBT Rights 

Join us for a semester-long, biweekly lunch series on how the new administration will impact civil rights and civil liberties.

How will the change in administration affect LGBT rights? How will the appointment of Judge Neil Grouch change the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, which will likely rule on several issues important to the LGBT community over the next year? Professor Art Leonard will lead a discussion on the changing legal landscape.

Register here: www.nyls.edu/ImpactTodayRSVP

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New York Law School Auditorium

The Trump Administration and Its Implications for Economic Justice 

Check-in for CLE: 5:15 p.m.

CLE Program:  5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Networking Reception: 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Speakers include Janet Sabel, Chief Deputy Attorney General, NYS Attorney General’s Office, David Jones, President and CEO, Community Service Society, Paul Sonn, General Counsel and Program Director, National Employment Law Project, David Udell, Executive Director, National Center for Access to Justice.

Register here: www.nyls.edu/ImpactThursdays

CLE Materials HERE

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom

Impact Today! Lunch Series – Executive Power

What, exactly, does the Constitution allow the President to do? What are the limits of presidential power over foreign affairs, national security, law enforcement, or domestic policy? Join Professors Doni Gewirtzman and Rebecca Roiphe to discuss the scope of executive power in the age of Trump.

RSVP: www.nyls.edu/ImpactToday

Friday, February 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., New York Law School Auditorium

Family, Gender, and Juvenile Justice: A conference to explore the roles of gender and family for NYC youth involved with the juvenile justice system

Speakers include: Angela Albertus, Chief, Family Court Division, NYC Law Department, Ana Bermúdez, Commissioner, NYC Department of Probation, Jeannette Bocanegra, Director of Family Engagement, Community Connections for Youth, Gladys Carrión, Former Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services and NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Anthony W. Crowell, Dean & President, NYLS, Hon. Jacqueline Deane, NYC Family Court, Jennifer Ferone, Research Project Dir., Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, Felipe Franco, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Lisa F. Grumet, Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children & Families, NYLS, Kim Hawkins, Professor of Law, NYLS, Jeremy C. Kohomban, President and CEO, The Children’s Village, Sarah Mikhail, Director of Families and Opportunities, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, Lindsay Rosenthal, Sr. Program Assoc. & Gender Justice Fellow, Vera Institute of Justice, Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice, The Legal Aid Society

Co-sponsored by Children’s Defense Fund – New York

CLE (3.0 Credits, Areas of Professional Practice, Transitional and Non-transitional)

CLE Materials: Please click here.

Data Presentation: Please click here.

OJJDP Policy Guidance on Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: Please click here.

Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., New York Law School

The Fight for Housing Justice: Activism, Law, Policy and Perspectives

This symposium – exclusively for attorneys and paralegals with two years or less of housing advocacy experience – will feature experts, advocates, academics, and activists from a variety of communities and backgrounds.

Speakers will address the history of the housing movement, current struggles and the roles attorneys can play in advocating for housing rights and housing justice. Meet your colleagues who are working in the same field. CLE credit available.

CLE Materials HERE

Monday, January 23, 2017, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Boardroom (W204)

Impact Center Planning Meeting: How Can I Get Involved? 

Join an open discussion with Impact Center students, faculty, and staff. We will consider future Impact Center advocacy initiatives and educational programming on civil rights, civil liberties and other social justice issues.
Attendance counts toward the Impact Center’s community hours requirement. 1Ls and other students interested in joining the Center are welcome.

 

Fall 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016,  5:00 p.m, NYLS Auditorium

The Presidential Election and the Muslim Community: Charting a Path Forward

Please join us for a panel discussion about the impact of the presidential election on the Muslim community.
Speakers include Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Debbie Almontaser, President, Board of Directors, Muslim Community Network; and Sadiq Reza, Professor of Law, New York Law School.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., NYLS Boardroom

Social Justice Salon Series – The Quest for Social Justice: Is Law School Part of the Problem?

The Social Justice Salon Series is an opportunity for students, faculty and administrators to explore critical social justice issues in an informal and relaxed setting. Join the discussion, led by Professor Doni Gewirtzman.

Recommended reading: excerpts from Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy by Duncan Kennedy. Please email impactcenter@nyls.edu for a copy.

Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., NYLS W204

From Warner Bros. Heir to Racial Justice Advocate: Discussion with Lewis M. Steel ’63

For the last 50 years, Lewis Steel ’63 has dedicated his career to advancing civil rights and racial justice. His recently published memoir The Butler’s Child: An Autobiography captures his extraordinary life, from his roots as a Warner Bros. heir to his work on historic civil rights and anti discrimination litigation. Mr. Steel will discuss his memoir, as well as his perspectives on the challenges to reforming our criminal justice system and achieving racial justice.

RSVP here.

Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Impact Center Student Space, 4th floor, E Building

Poetry Reading and Discussion – What Lawyers Can Learn from the Language of Poetry: Three Poets Read Poems Touching On Identity (Gender, Race, National Origin).

Followed by an open discussion of how we might learn from and use the language of poetry as a tool in our efforts to persuade in both written and oral legal arguments.
Moderated by Professor Susan Abraham, who will also read, joined by poets Gbenga Adesina and Andres Cerpa.

RSVP here.

 

Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New York Law School

The Election, The Supreme Court, The Constitution, and The Rule of Law: A Panel Discussion on Law and the Implications of the Presidential Election

The first Impact Thursday event of the year will feature Professor Richard Epstein of NYU Law, Professor Jamal Greene of Columbia Law School and Professor Nadine Strossen of NYLS.

Check in for CLE starts at 5:15 p.m. CLE Program from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Networking reception from 6:45-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

CLE materials HERE.

Video of the panel HERE.

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Room W204 (Boardroom)

Salon Series: Should 16-year-olds accused of crimes be tried as adults?

The debate over raising the age of criminal responsibility. Professor Kim Hawkins will lead this discussion.

Reading: Sarah Childress, More Status Consider Raising the Age for Juvenile Crime, FRONTLINE (June 2, 2016): www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/more-states-consider-raising-the-age-for-juvenile-crime

RSVP here.