Student Capstone Journal

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Welcome to the Justice Action Center Student Capstone Journal. Capstone projects are prepared by New York Law School students as their final project for the Center. Students affiliate with the Center starting in their second year, and complete several requirements, including concentrating in a particular area of social justice law, completing a social justice placement, and completing a capstone. The most recent capstone projects are compiled in this Journal.

The list below includes the most recent capstone projects. Click on “Abstract” to view a short description of any capstone. To download a PDF of the entire capstone, click on “Complete Document.”

Volume VII (2011–12)

How to Stop the Bleeding: Band-Aids or Cures? The Problems Facing our Non-Immigrant Worker Visa Programs and Potential Solutions
Author: Matthew Beatus
Date Posted: December 2012
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The Third Party Doctrine in the Digital Age
Author: John P. Collins
Date Posted: December 2012
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Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization: “Voluntariness” and Punishment
Author: Elizabeth Ferguson
Date Posted: December 2012
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Making Up Much as They Go: Balancing Risks in Choosing Where to Try Terrorism Suspects
Author: Mark Ferguson
Date Posted: December 2012
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Striking! The Sources and Treatment of the Right to Strike in the United States and Europe
Author: John Grunert
Date Posted: December 2012
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Radicalizing Consent: Towards Implementing an Affirmative Consent Model in New York’s Rape Law
Author: Andy Izenson
Date Posted: December 2012
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Best Practice Guide: Analyzing the Role of Forensic Evaluators in the New York State Court System
Author: Meredith Kelly, Dinneen Mazzone, and Cassandra Volkheimer
Date Posted: December 2012
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Tinkering with Inconsistency: First Amendment Student Speech
Author: Joseph Mancino
Date Posted: December 2012
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Reintegrating Inmates with Mental Illness to the Community: Examining the Settlement of Brad H. v. City of New York
Author: Anna Ostrom
Date Posted: December 2012
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Con Text: Why the Information Contained on a Cell Phone Should be Subject to Higher Scrutiny
Author: Marie Louise Priolo
Date Posted: December 2012
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Chapter 4 of the Laws of 2014: A Proposal to Empower the New York Court of Appeals in Criminal Cases
Author: Joseph Schneiderman
Date Posted: December 2012
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Legislative Prayer: A Practical Guide
Author: Harleigh S. Tensen
Date Posted: December 2012
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Volume VI (2010–11)

Manual on Civil Commitment Laws
Author: Crystal Igneri and Isabella Wozniak
Date Posted: October 2011
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No-Fault Divorce Law: Attorney Handbook
Author: John Marchione
Date Posted: October 2011
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The Supreme Court Decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services and the Confusion It Caused in Jury Instructions
Author: Zalika Pierre
Date Posted: October 2011
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When Cameras Become as Deadly as Guns: The Constitutionality of Perp-Walks
Author: Matt Toporowski
Date Posted: October 2011
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Volume V (2009–10)

Becoming a Public Defender: Reflections on Personal Experience and Public Policy
Author: Julia E. Burke
Date Posted: December 2010
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Treatment of Persons Institutionalized Because of Mental Disability
Author: Matthew Connahan
Date Posted: December 2010
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Child Support and the Role Law Students Can Play in Aiding Parents Initiate and Enforce a Child Support Order
Author: Lauren Edelman
Date Posted: December 2010
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Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: Organizing in New York
Author: Hannah Faddis
Date Posted: December 2010
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Pay Equity: Economic Empowerment of Women
Author: Jillian Hunt
Date Posted: December 2010
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The Legality of the Predator Anti-Terrorism Program under United States and International Law
Author: Jamie Kleidman
Date Posted: December 2010
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Domestic Violence and Housing in New York City: A Manual for Domestic Violence Survivors and Advocates
Author: Jessica Nitsche
Date Posted: December 2010
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The Power of Information: Fighting Search and Seizure Violations through Preventive Means
Author: Preethi Swamy & John McGowan
Date Posted: December 2010
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Establishing the Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific
Author: Naomi Weinstein
Date Posted: December 2010
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Lion Baiting: The Use of Agricultural Poisons to Kill Wild Carnivores in Africa
Author: Ann Young
Date Posted: December 2010
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Volume IV (2008–09)

The Office of Counsel for Children and Parents: Administrative Handbook
Author: Natalie DiDonna
Date Posted: March 2010
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Pakistani Election Law and Its Compliance with International Law
Author: Shana Don & Manleen Singh
Date Posted: March 2010
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Voter Protection in New Orleans
Author: Jessica Fisher & Zachary Kerner
Date Posted: March 2010
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The Empirical Legal Scholarship Movement: Conclusions, Predictions, and Practical Implications
Author: Veronica Frösen
Date Posted: March 2010
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Subprime Home Mortgage Lending in New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island 2006–2007
Author: Julia Greenberg & Jamie Kuebler
Date Posted: March 2010
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Mental Disability and the Death Penalty in China
Author: Maryam Maleki
Date Posted: March 2010
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Understanding the Immigration Court Rules: An Informational Guide
Author: Bethany Ow
Date Posted: March 2010
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Availability of Pro Bono Attorneys for Unemployment Insurance Claimants
Author: Christopher Petrozzo
Date Posted: March 2010
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Safe Passage Immigration Project
Author: Zarina Syed
Date Posted: March 2010
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Volume III (2007–08)

The New Age of Scarlet-Letter Punishment
Author: Sabrina Antebi
Date Posted: November 2008
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There Will Not Be a Blood Drive
Author: Ericka Fowler
Date Posted: November 2008
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Street Law: A Course in Practical Law
Author: Stephanie Sado
Date Posted: November 2008
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The Right to Appointed Counsel in Civil Cases: A State-by-State Analysis
Author: Arika E. Sánchez
Date Posted: November 2008
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International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law: Right to Counsel in Involuntary Civil Commitment Proceedings
Author: Heather Webb
Date Posted: November 2008
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Subprime Home Mortgage Lending in New York City and Westchester County, 2005–2006
Author: Jane J. Yoo
Date Posted: November 2008
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The Subprime Mortgage Market Collapse: Causes and Solutions
The subprime mortgage market collapse has proved so large and complex that three Center students completed a joint, three-part capstone project that attempts to piece together the major issues behind the subprime market failure from what is currently known about the loan products used and the process of securitization of those loans. These three capstones are arranged below for easier reference:

Introduction
Date Posted: November 2008
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Exotic Loan Products and the Collapse of the Subprime Mortgage Market
Author: Ruth S. Uselton
Date Posted: November 2008
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Securitization’s Role in the Collapse of the Subprime Mortgage Market
Author: Amy L. Festante
Date Posted: November 2008
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Solving the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
Author: Carlos L. Lopez
Date Posted: November 2008
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Or download the complete report, including the introduction and all three parts: Click Here

Volume II (2006–2007)

Know Your Legal Rights: A Guide for LGBT Youth
Author: Jennifer Addonizio
Date Posted: May 2007
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Reentry and the Collateral Consequences of the Criminal Process in New York State
Author: Marisa Baldaccini
Date Posted: May 2007
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Representing Low-Income Families in Estate and Life Planning: Guardianship of Minor Children
Author: Catherine Corwin
Date Posted: May 2007
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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Five-State Resource Guide
Author: Alice King
Date Posted: May 2007
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An Analysis of the Impact of Discovery Rules on Dispositions in Criminal Cases
Author: Connie Solimeo
Date Posted: May 2007
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Uncovering the Use of Human Rights in Trade Negotiations
Author: William Vidal
Date Posted: May 2007
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Volume I (2005–2006)

Collateral Sanctions Resource
Author: Jill Janeczko
Date Posted: May 2006
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The Unemployment Action Center’s Self-Representation Manual
Author: Morgan Kunz
Date Posted: May 2006
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A Practitioner’s Guide to Collateral Consequences of Conviction
Author: Christine Tramontano
Date Posted: May 2006
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DISCLAIMER

THESE PROJECTS ARE FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. BECAUSE THE LAW CHANGES QUICKLY, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THESE PROJECTS WILL ALWAYS BE UP-TO-DATE OR CORRECT. IF YOU HAVE A LEGAL PROBLEM, WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY.