Equal Educational Opportunity: Progress, Challenges and Next Steps
Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
New York Law School Auditorium & Events Center – 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
7.0 Continuing Legal Education Credits available in Areas of Professional Practice (Transitional and Non-transitional).
Attendance is free. Coffee/bagels and lunch will be provided.
- Desegregation, Integration, and Equality
- Public Education and the Trump Administration
- Title IX and Gender Equity
- Educating Children with Disabilities
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.: Opening remarks
- Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, New York Law School
- Richard Marsico, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Co-Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and Director, Law School Pipeline Project
9:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Desegregation, Integration, and Equality (2.0 CLE Credits)
- Elise Boddie, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
- Brad Lander, Council Member, New York City Council
- Dennis Parker, Director, American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program
Moderator: Deborah N. Archer, Professor of Law, NYLS; Co-Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and Director, Racial Justice Project
11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.: Break
11:10 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Title IX and Gender Equity (2.0 CLE Credits)
- Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center
- Erin Beth Harrist, Senior Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
- Robert Kim, William T. Grant Distinguished Fellow, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Operations and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 2011-2016
- Benita Miller, Executive Director, New York City Children’s Cabinet
Moderator: Susan J. Abraham, Professor of Law, New York Law School
12:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.: Lunch
- Keynote: “Public Education and the Trump Administration: Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties,” by Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union (1.0 CLE Credits)
- Introduction: Lisa F. Grumet, Associate Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, New York Law School
2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.: Break
2:25 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.: Educating Children with Disabilities (2.0 CLE Credits)
- Jean Marie Brescia, Senior Counsel, Mayerson & Associates
- Susan R. Briggs, Of Counsel, Cohen Schneider and O’Neill
- Karin Goldmark, Senior Education Policy Advisor to the First Deputy Mayor, New York City
- Nelson Mar, Senior Staff Attorney, Bronx Legal Services
Moderator: Richard Marsico, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Co-Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and Director, Law School Pipeline Project
The Fight For Housing Justice: Activism, Law, Policy, and Perspectives
Friday, January 27, 2017
9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New York Law School
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
- NYLS Impact Center for Public Interest Law
- Center for Court Innovation | Poverty Justice Solutions Project
- The Legal Aid Society
- Legal Services NYC
- New York Assistance Group
Equal Before The Law? Civil Rights and Access to Justice
Friday, April 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
New York Law School – Auditorium and Events Center
Equality before the law is a central tenet of our legal system. However, in practice many individuals face barriers to achieving justice through the courts. This symposium will consider legal, ethical and professional issues relating to civil rights and access to justice.
6.5 CLE credits will be available (transitional and non-transitional), including 4.0 credits in Ethics and Professional, and 2.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice.
- Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations
- Developments in Civil Procedure
- Justice Shall Ye Pursue
- The Changing Nature of the Profession
Schedule of Events
9:20 am to 11:00 am – Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations
2.0 CLE Credits, Ethics & Professionalism | CLE materials
Andrew Scherer, Moderator
Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, New York State Court of Appeals
Lenni Benson, New York Law School
Seymour James, Legal Aid Society (NYC)
Maria Mottola, New York Foundation
11:10 am to 12:50 pm – Developments in Civil Procedure: Civil Rights Plaintiffs and Access to Courts
2.0 CLE Credits, Areas of Professional Practice | CLE materials
Erika Wood, New York Law School, moderator
Dennis Parker, ACLU
Alexander Reinert, Cardozo Law School
Elizabeth Schneider, Brooklyn Law School
12:50 pm to 2:10 pm – Keynote Address, “Justice Shall Ye Pursue” by Hon. Jonathan Lippman and Lunch
0.5 CLE Credits, Areas of Professional Practice | CLE materials
2:25 pm to 4:05 pm – The Changing Nature of the Profession and Access to Justice
2.0 CLE Credits, Ethics & Professionalism | CLE materials
Carol Buckler, New York Law School, moderator
Ray Brescia, Albany Law School
Judge Fern Fisher, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, New York City Courts
Lillian Moy, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
David Udell, National Center for Access to Justice, Cardozo Law School
4:05 to 4:10 – Closing Remarks
Beyond Permanency: Challenges for Former Foster Youth
Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Please join us for an all-day symposium that will bring together government officials, non-profit agencies, youth formerly in foster care and academics in order to discuss challenges youth adopted out foster care may face and possibilities for reform.
To register and to complete an anonymous survey for this event, click here. The event registration page will appear after you complete the survey.
Attendance is free. 6 CLE credits available (Transitional and Non-Transitional).
Co-sponsored by: The Children’s Law Center; the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at NYLS; Lawyers for Children; the Legal Aid Society; the New York City Administration for Children’s Services; and New York City Family Court.
Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives & Proposals
The Symposium Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Proposals, which took place on Friday October 10 at NYLS, addressed human trafficking in its broadest meaning, as a form of exploitation growing from economic inequalities and both domestic and global migration to seek better work and a better life which has special risks for women and children. The organizers created this symposium to promote further discussion of human trafficking among front line workers from government, NGOs, philanthropies, the legal profession and others with specialized training or experience, as well as community-oriented private businesses, all of whom share the burden of seeking solutions and implementing policies related to combating trafficking.
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The Annual Social Justice Symposium
Click on the titles below for information on event speakers, topics, publications, and audio or video links:
- Economic Inequality in New York City: Causes and Solutions (2014 – 2015 Symposium)
- Innovations in the Fight against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives and Proposals (2014–15 Symposium)
- Remembering the Dream, Renewing the Dream (2013–14 Symposium)
- Freedom of Choice at the End of Life: Patients’ Rights in a Shifting Legal and Political Landscape (2012–13 Symposium)
- Ripples of Injustice: The Impact of Criminal Justice Policies on Minority Communities (2011–12 Symposium, Spring)
- Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11 (2011–12 Symposium, Autumn)
- Challenging the School-to-Prison Pipeline (2008–09 Symposium)
- The Community Reinvestment Act: Still Relevant at 30? (2007–08 Symposium)
- Seeking Review: Immigration Law and Federal Court Jurisdiction (2005–06 Symposium)
- Next Wave Organizing Conference (2004–05 Symposium)
- Brown Is Dead? Long Live Brown! A Commemorative Symposium on the Influence of Brown v. Board of Education on Lawyers and the Law (2003–04 Symposium)