NYLS in the News

The Villager, “Lawyers Quickly Learn How to Help Child Migrants.”

September 04, 2014





NYLS Safe Passage Project
Subject: Immigration; Immigration Law

About 120 people, mostly law students and lawyers, attended a crash course on immigration law on Aug. 22 at New York Law School as part of the Safe Passage Project. They will seek to join an effort arguing that 3,347 children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, and now in New York State, came to this country for asylum and should not be deported.

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New Republic, “Catholic Schools Are Brazenly Firing Pregnant Lesbian Teachers.”

By Hillary Levey Friedman
September 04, 2014





NYLS Faculty Ari Ezra Waldman
Subject: Employment Law; Discrimination; LGBT

None of these women were ministerial employees, but allegedly lost their jobs for their “out of wedlock” or “nontraditional” pregnanciesin other words, for violating one of the school’s morality clauses. According to Ari Waldman, a professor of Law at New York Law School, “These so-called morality clauses are attempts to make end runs around anti-discrimination laws by employing the pretext of religious freedom. Your freedom to worship your religion gives you no more right to discriminate than you having red hair. And when it’s done in schools, it creates an environment where young people learn that is O.K. to discriminate against someone for who they are, something that has nothing to do with an employee’s ability to do her job well.” (As the Archdiocese of Cincinnati learned, though, this isn’t a legally infallible approach to getting rid of an employee.)

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The Bitcoin Lawyer, “Professor Houman Shadab of NYLS on Smart Contracts and Bitcoin Banks.”

September 04, 2014





NYLS Faculty Houman Shadab
Subject: Bitcoin

Ryan talks to Professor Houman Shadab of New York Law School about blockchain-based derivatives and securities. And how “smart contracts” might mean robots will come to take your kidney if you forget to make a credit card payment. Professor Shadab also explains what “Bitcoin banks” are and how they might function.

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New York Law Journal, “Attorneys Jump In to Help Children in Immigration Court.”

By Tania Karas
September 04, 2014





Claire Thomas '11
Subject: Immigration Law

Claire Thomas, an adjunct professor at New York Law School who works part-time for Safe Passage, said she has devoted 80 hours per week to unaccompanied minors since April. The three-person organization works with about 300 pro bono attorneys to take cases from one of the regular juvenile dockets. Those children are Safe Passage’s priority, Thomas said.

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Gay City News, “Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana.”

By Arthur Leonard
September 03, 2014





NYLS Faculty Arthur Leonard
Subject: Marriage Equality; LGBT

Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage

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New York Law Journal, “Lawyers Who Lead By Example.”

September 02, 2014





NYLS Faculty Lenni Benson
Subject: Pro Bono; Awards

PRO BONO: Attorneys with an outstanding record of providing crucial legal services to poor or nearly poor New Yorkers

Lenni Benson, professor, New York Law School
Marnie Berk, director of pro bono programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
John Giouroukakis, partner, Latham & Watkins
Caroline Heller, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Mark Hoenig, partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
John Kiernan, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Steven Kolleeny, special counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Jennifer Kroman, director of pro bono practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Richard Mancino, partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Walfrido Martinez, managing partner, Hunton & Williams
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
David Sherman, associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Jerri Shick, pro bono counsel, O’Melveny & Myers
Arthur Siegel, member, Bond, Schoeneck & King
Ona Wang, partner, Baker & Hostetler

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Gotham Gazette, “The Week Ahead in New York Politics, September 1.”

By Kristen Meriwether, Ben Max, Katrina Shakarian & David King
September 01, 2014





CityLaw Breakfast Series
Subject: Carl Weisbrod; New York City Planning

But first: catch a “CityLaw Breakfast with Carl Weisbrod, Chair of the NYC City Planning Commission” on Friday morning at New York Law School.

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Cicero Magazine, “Ruti Teitel on Why Power is Shifting in International Law.”

By The Editors
August 28, 2014





NYLS Faculty Ruti Teitel
Subject: International Law

In her recent book, Humanity’s Law, Ruti G. Teitel, a law professor at New York Law School, points to a paradigm shift in international affairs, whereby previous eras that focus on state security and power are giving way to a greater discourse on international law and human rights.

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Village Voice, “Five Unaccompanied Children To Be Deported From New York, The First Since Hearings Began.”

By Tessa Stuart
August 28, 2014





Safe Passage Project
Subject: Immigration

Those five organizations–the Door, Legal Aid Society, New York Law School’s Safe Passage Project, Catholic Charities and the New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association–usually trade off handling the court’s juvenile docket, which hears about 30 individual cases every month.

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BET, “Danny Oquendo Begins Law School; Wants to Advocate for Autistic Children.”

By Natelege Whaley
August 27, 2014





NYLS 1L Danny Oquendo
Subject: Avonte Oquendo; Danny Oquendo; Autism

News of Avonte Oquendo’s death was a sad ending to a three-month search for the 14-year-old who went missing after walking out of his high school in Queens, New York, in October 2013.  Avonte’s older brother, Danny Oquendo, who has spoken on behalf of the family previously, will not let his brother’s death go in vain. He started law school this week and has plans to become a legal advocate for autistic children. He passed the LSAT six years ago and will finally put his passion to work. 

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