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Justice Speaks Lunches

The Justice Speaks lunch series brings local and national figures to the Law School to engage
students to consider the law’s role as a force and tool in society.

News of upcoming and recent Justice Speaks lunches are posted on our Center blog, justiceactioncenter.com.

Past Lunches in the Series

The Immigration Bill: Key Aspects & Effects — November 7, 2013

  • Lenni Benson, Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Mark Noferi, Associate Fellow at the Center for Migration Studies
  • Michael Mandel, Co-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Media Advocacy Committee

Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State — October 16, 2013

  • Judge Michael Corriero, Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice

Digital Empowerment: International Human Rights Go Local — April 24, 2013

  • Professor Molly Land, Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School

Mental Disability: Overcoming Social and Legal Prejudices — April 17, 2013

  • Professor Michael Perlin, Professor of Law, Director of the Mental Disability Law Program and Director of the International Mental Disability Law Reform Project
  • Professor Heather Cucolo, Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School

Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Future — April 10, 2013

  • William A. Ruskin, Attorney at Epstein Becker Green
  • Daniel Raichel, National Resources Defense Council, Legal Fellow of the New York Urban Program

Human Trafficking in New York: Protecting and Prosecuting — February 20, 2013

  • Christa Stewart, Coordinator of the New York State Human Trafficking and Unaccompanied Children Programs
  • Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project

The State of Voting Rights in America — October 17, 2012
Co-Sponsored with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

  • Vishal Agraharkar, Counsel for Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Glenn Magpantay, Director, Democracy Program at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Andrew Schlichter from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Representing 866-OUR-VOTE, a Non-Partisan Election Protection Coalition
  • Moderated By: Joshua Freeman, 2012-2013 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, Justice Action Center, New York Law School

Where Will They Go? The Impact of International Climate Displacement — April 11, 2012

  • Alice Thomas, Climate Displacement Program Manager at Refugees International
  • Professor Nicholas Robinson, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah
  • Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law; Co-Director, Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Pace Law School
  • Moderated by: Aisha Elston-Wesley, 2011-2012 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, New York Law School

Grassroots Community Organizing: Worker Cooperatives — March 7, 2012

  • Gowri Krishna, Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Community Economic Development Clinic, Fordham Law School
  • Vanessa Bransburg, Cooperative Coordinator at the Center for Family Life
  • Teresa Bacilio (Perez), Founding Member of Sí, Se Puede! Coop

LGBTQ Youth in the Age of Claimed Acceptance and Bullying — February 7, 2012

  • Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel and Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Matthew Faiella, Staff Attorney, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Ronald Scott, Staff Attorney, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Moderated by: Professor Arthur Leonard, Professor of Law at New York Law School, Founder of New York City’s LGBT Bar Association, and Editor of the Lesbian/Gay Law Notes

Persecution and Protection: The Role of Gender and Sexuality in Refugee and Asylum Law — November 16, 2011

  • Lori Adams, Managing Attorney of the Refugee Protection Program at Human Rights First
  • Victoria Neilson, Legal Director at Immigration Equality and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law
  • Moderated by: Aisha Elston-Wesley, 2011-2012 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, New York Law School

Same-Sex Marriage in the Age of DOMA — Wednesday, October 12, 2011

  • Melissa Goodman, Senior Litigation and Policy Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel and Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Professor Arthur Leonard, Professor of Law at New York Law School, Founder of New York City’s LGBT Bar Association, and Editor of the Lesbian/Gay Law Notes
  • Moderated by: Cortney Nadolney, 2011–2012 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, Justice Action Center, New York Law School

Powers for Good: Medical-Legal Partnerships to Fight Poverty — September 14, 2011

  • Paul Testa, Attending, Department of Emergency Medicine Bellevue Hospital Center / NYU Langone Medical Center New York University School of Medicine
  • Randy Retkin, Director and Founder of LegalHealth, New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Moderated by: Eberle Schultz Bassani, 2011–2012 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, Justice Action Center, New York Law School

Who Owns Your Body? — April 13, 2011

  • Chris Hansen, Senior National Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Moderated by: James Grimmelmann, New York Law School

Do Recent Immigration Laws Constitute Racial Profiling? — March 16, 2011

  • Elora Mukherjee, Staff Attorney for the ACLU Racial Justice Program
  • Andre Segura, Attorney with the Immigrants’ Rights Project

Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?
 — February 16, 2011

  • Luisa Cabal, Director of the International Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Cynthia Soohoo, Director of the U.S. Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Marianne Mollman, Advocacy Director, Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch
  • Moderated by: Edward A. Purcell, Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, New York Law School

Marijuana: Legalize It or Criticize It? — November 10, 2010

  • Gabriel Sayegh, State Director, New York, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Dr. Paul Casadonte, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York School of Medicine & Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs, New York VA Medical Center
  • Moderated by: Eugene Cerruti, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Modern Slavery: The Trafficking of Women and Children — October 13, 2010

  • Olga Byrne, Senior Program Associate, Center on Immigration and Justice, Vera Insitute for Justice
  • Ellen Fried, Board Member, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)
  • Moderated by: Frank Munger, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Is No Child Left Behind? The Status of the No Child Left Behind Act
 — September 15, 2010

  • Shael Suransky, Deputy Chancellor, Division of Performance and Accountability, New York City Department of Education
  • Leony Halmson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters
  • Moderated by: Richard Marsico, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Political Extremism and Reproductive Justice — April 21, 2010

  • Sabrina Shulman, Political Director, NARAL Pro-Choice New York
  • Rebecca Hart, Legal Fellow, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Moderated by: Carlin Meyer, Professor of Law, New York Law School

From Jungle Gyms to Jail Cells: Policing in the Schools — March 17, 2010

  • Angela Jones, School to Prison Pipeline Coordinator, NYCLU
  • Johanna Miller, PolicyCounsel, NYCLU
  • Moderated by: Deborah A. Archer, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Terrorism Today: A State of Fear? — February 17, 2010

  • Julian G. Ku, Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law
  • David Rittgers, Legal Policy Analyst, The Cato Institute
  • Moderated by: Stephen Ellmann, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Crime, But Why Punishment? An Examination of Modern Justice — November 18, 2009

  • Cheryl Bader, Criminal Defense Clinic, Fordham School of Law
  • Michael B. Mushlin, Pace Law School; Correctional Association of New York; ABA Task Force on the Legal Status of Prisoners
  • Moderated by: Eugene Cerruti, Professor of Law, New York Law School

The Prognosis for Healthcare Reform — October 14, 2009

  • Jennifer Nicholson, Associate Program Officer, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Jess Wisneski, Legislative Director, Citizen Action New York
  • Moderated by Peter Strauss, Professor, New York Law School

Little Adults: Minors, the Law, and Changing Sexual Mores — September 16, 2009

  • Cynthia Godsoe, Professor, Brooklyn Law School
  • Marjorie Heins, Founder, Free Expression Policy Project
  • Moderated by: Doni Gewirtzman, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

Social Justice Policy: Crafting a To-Do List — April 22, 2009

  • Somjen Frazer, Senior Policy Activist, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
  • Johanna E. Miller, NYLS ’08, Public Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Erica Kagan, Brooklyn Law ‘08
  • Moderated by: Anne Goldstein, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

President Obama Signs Fair Pay Act: What It Means To YOU! — March 11, 2009

  • Beverly Cooper Neufeld, Coordinator, Equal Pay Coalition NYC; Co-Chair, New York Women’s Agenda, Government Affairs
  • Lisa Lipman, Pro Bono Attorney, Equal Pay Coalition NYC, New York Women’s Agenda
  • Deborah Vagins, Policy Counsel for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Legislative Office
  • Moderated by: Carlin Meyer, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Let’s Talk About Sex: A Discussion on the Constitutionality and Effectiveness of Government-Funded Abstinence-Only Education Programs — February 5, 2009

  • Joan Bertin, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Censorship
  • Dr. John Santelli, Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, and Chairman, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Bonnie Scott Jones, Deputy Director, Domestic Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Moderated by: Elise Boddie, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

A Suspect Classification: The Path to Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages — November 12, 2008

  • Ross D. Levi, Esq, Director of Public Policy & Education, Empire State Pride Agenda
  • Stephen Newman, Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Moderated by: Arthur Leonard, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Alternatives to Incarceration Programs: Punishment, or Get Out of Jail Free? — October 1, 2008

  • James Lee Feck, Juvenile Defense Attorney, Bronx NY
  • Kai Livramento, former Courtroom Advocate, Fortune Society and 1L, New York Law School
  • Harvey Weineg, Senior Director of Courtroom Advocacy, Fortune Society
  • Moderated by: Eugene Cerruti, Professor of Law, New York Law School

PIPE(line) DREAMS: Solving the Puzzle of Energy Independence — September 10, 2008

  • James Van Nostrand, Executive Director, Energy & Climate Center, Pace Law School
  • Moderated by: Lawrence P. Schnapf, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, New York Law School

The Bronx Defenders: A Holistic Approach to Defense — April 9, 2008

  • Robin Steinberg, Executive Director, Bronx Defenders
  • Moderated by: Professor Mariana Hogan, Director, Externship Program

The FCC’s Power to Limit Freedom of Speech Within Media — February 27, 2008

  • Robert Corn-Revere, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Moderated by: Professor Nadine Strossen, President, ACLU

The Effect of “Sanctuary Cities” on Immigration Policy — January 31, 2008

  • Udi Ofer, Advocacy Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Matilde Roman, General Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs
  • Moderated by: Associate Dean Lenni Benson

Framing the Debate
 — November 7, 2007

  • Srinu Sonti, Member of Chris Dodd’s Campaign Organization
  • Moderated by: Professor Rick Marsico

Family Responsibility Discrimination
 — October 16, 2007

  • Professor Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings School of Law
  • Mary Still, Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University
  • Moderated by: Professor Kris Franklin

Forced Treatment and Persons with Mental Disability
 — September 10, 2007

  • Dennis Bruce Feld, State of New York Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • Deborah Dorfman, Director of Legal Advocacy, Washington Protection & Advocacy System
  • Moderated by: Professor Michael Perlin

Back to Basics: Labor Unions & Immigrants
 — March 21, 2007

  • Kevin Finnegan, Levy Ratner
  • Brent Garren, UNITE HERE
  • Moderated by: Professor Lenni Benson

New Orleans Post-Katrina: Rebuilding Criminal Defense
 — February 15, 2007

  • Leonard Noisette, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
  • Stephen Singer, Loyola Law School
  • David Utter, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
  • Moderated by: Professor Frank Bress

Women’s Rights are Civil Rights: The Supreme Court & Choice
 — November 14, 2006

  • Marcia Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center
  • Priscilla Smith, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Moderated by: Professor Carlin Meyer

The Mid-Term Elections: Vindication! But for Whom?
 — October 10, 2006

  • Dick Brennan, FOX 5 News
  • Marcia Kramer, WCBS New York
  • Lis Wiehl, FOX News Channel
  • Moderated by: Professor Seth Harris

It’s Not Politics as Usual in the New York City Council
 — September 19, 2006

  • Council Member David Weprin, New York City Council