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“City Council speaker candidates back extending term limits”

By New York Post
November 20, 2017

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Eight candidates vying to become the next City Council speaker said Monday they back extending term limits for Council members.

While debating at a New York Law School forum, seven of the candidates said they support giving Council members the opportunity to run for a third, four-year term rather than the current two-term system.

Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Brooklyn), who could not attend the forum due to a scheduling conflict, told The Post afterwards he also supports returning to three terms.

Most of the candidates, including Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), said voters in a referendum should decide any extension — and that the potential extra four years in office should be limited to council members only.

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“New York Law School Wins Moot Court Competition”

By New York Law Journal
November 20, 2017

NYLS Moot Court Featured

New York Law School won the regional rounds of the 68th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place Nov. 15 and 16 at the New York City Bar Association. Fordham Law School took second place.

The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New Lawyer Council’s National Moot Court Competition Committee of the City Bar. Both teams will advance to the final rounds, along with 26 other winning and runner-up teams from 14 regions across the U.S.

Back row, from left: Christopher Fernandez, New York Law School; U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, Eastern District of New York; Mark Goodman, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, Southern District of New York; and Samuel Ballard, Fordham Law School.

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“New York Law School Wins Regional Moot Court Competition”

By City Bar
November 17, 2017

NYLS Alumni: Christopher Fernandez ‘19 and Nicole Santora ’19

New York Law School won the regional rounds of the 68thAnnual National Moot Court Competition, which took place November 15-16 at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team consisted of Christopher Fernandez and Nicole Santora.

Fordham Law School, represented by Samuel Ballard and Aviva Kushner, took second-place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds in early 2018. Twenty-eight winning and runner-up teams from 14 regions across the United States will compete in the final rounds of the competition, January 29 – February 1, at the City Bar.

Best Brief honors also went to New York Law School. Runner-up Brief was awarded to Seton Hall School of Law, whose team consisted of Andrew Boccio, Anthony Cocuzza and Nicholas Adzima. Best Oralist was awarded to Samuel Ballard of Fordham Law School, with runner-up honors going to Aviva Kushner of Fordham Law School.

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“In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests”

By New York Times
November 15, 2017

NYLS Alumni: Camille Mackler ’06

After nearly 100 applications to renew permits that let immigrants stay and work in the United States legally were rejected because they had been delayed in the mail, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency last week said nothing could be done; the decisions were final.

But on Wednesday, the agency reversed its position. In light of the delays, it agreed to allow those rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Department of Homeland Security’s acting director, Elaine C. Duke, told the immigration agency to allow applicants to resubmit their paperwork if they have proof that they mailed their renewal in a timely manner and that the reason it missed the Oct. 5 deadline was because of Postal Service delays. Homeland Security issued the guideline in a statement Wednesday night.

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“LGBT Law Notes Podcast”

By PodBean
November 14, 2017

NYLS Faculty: Arthur Leonard

Discussion of: (1) a great first ruling in one of the four movement organization lawsuits brought to stop President Trump’s ban on transgender troops; (2) two memorandums issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in October that threaten LGBT rights; (3) a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ordering a new trial after a district court failed to ask jurors about anti-gay biases; and (4) a New York City judge allowing a Polish gay couple to get divorced, despite New York’s statutory residency requirement.

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“Ex-ACLU Chief Urges Free Speech”

By Valley News
November 10, 2017

NYLS Faculty: Nadine Strossen

Hanover — Nadine Strossen, a former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, visited Dartmouth College on Thursday to discuss free speech, hate speech and their place on campus, where efforts to confront bigotry have led to concerns about censorship.

A campus activist herself during her college years, Strossen said she had been “absolutely thrilled about the resurgence of student activism on behalf of racial justice.”

“But what was disheartening to me,” she said, “was the sense … that too many of today’s campus activists see freedom of speech as an enemy of those causes, rather than what I believe it to be, which is its greatest ally.”

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“Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes Associate Catherine L. Corey”

By New Jersey Law Journal
November 09, 2017

NYLS Alumni: Catherine Corey ’10

Goldberg Segalla Welcomes Elizabeth A. Chang Goldberg Segalla adds associate Elizabeth A. Chang to the firm’s general liability practice group…

Goldberg Segalla Welcomes Elizabeth A. Chang

Goldberg Segalla adds associate Elizabeth A. Chang to the firm’s general liability practice group in Princeton. Chang was previously with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Roseland. She focuses her practice on employment and labor, professional liability, and casualty matters. Equipped with broad litigation experience, Chang also draws on deep in-house insight into employment and labor issues, civil rights claims, and professional liability matters. She worked as an employment practices liability claims specialist in the North American arm of one of the world’s largest insurers, where she focused on employment discrimination claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age in Employment Discrimination Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and advised corporate and public entities on claims liability, coverage, mediation strategy, and settlement negotiations. After earning her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan, Chang earned her law degree at Rutgers Law School-Camden. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk for Judge Lisa F. Chrystal of the New Jersey Superior Court, and became a certified mediator.

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“Like Russia, Congress Pits Americans against each other”

By The Hill
November 09, 2017

NYLS Faculty: David Schoenbrod

In House and Senate intelligence committee hearings last Wednesday, legislators blasted Russia for running social media ads designed to inflame divisions in the United States. One ad, for example, promoted a rally to celebrate a new Islamic center in Houston, while another promoted a counter-demonstration. That’s called playing both ends against the middle. And it’s a trick Congress knows well and should stop.

Consider this Monday’s hearings on the Republican tax proposal. Democrats urged anger at Republicans for wanting to cut taxes for the rich, and Republicans urged anger at Democrats for opposing reforms needed to promote growth and jobs, but neither party tells us how it would change current taxing and spending policies which, if continued, will lead to financial disaster. The legislators of both parties cover up their flight from fiscal responsibility by whipping up hatred.

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“Yeger Trounces Hikind In Hard Fought City Council Race”

By Kings County Politics
November 08, 2017

NYLS Alumni: Kalman Yeger '11

After a hard-fought and often mud-slinging election season, Democratic attorney Kalman Yeger won in a landslide over Yoni Hikind last night in the 44th District City Council general election covering Borough Park, Bensonhurst, Midwood and Kensington.

According to City Board of Election results, Yeger had 11,066 or nearly 67 percent of the electorate to Hikind’s 7,754 votes or about 29 percent of the vote.

“I am truly grateful for the support we received in our community across the board. There’s no division because we proved that we have brotherhood all across the community. No matter what people say, we had support in every part of our neighborhood from the Orthodox community to the Hasidic community, the Roman Catholic community – in Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Midwood, Kensington and the parts of Gravesend that we represent,” said Yeger to a large crowd of supporters at the Stars And Stripes Democratic Club, 7321 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

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“Kalman Yeger Defeats Yoni Hikind in NYC Council Race to Replace David Greenfield”

By The Yeshiva World
November 07, 2017

NYLS Alumni: Kalman Yeger '11

The voters have spoken.

Kalman Yeger has won the race against Yoni Hikind to replace outgoing Councilman David Greenfield (D-44th) – representing parts of Boro Park, Midwood, Kensington, Bensonhurst and Gravesend.

The seat is being vacated by Councilman David Greenfield, who is taking over the leadership of the Met Council of Jewish Poverty.

Kalman Yeger began his career in public service at the age of 19 as a community liaison and assistant to Councilman Lloyd Henry. Since 2010, he has served as a Senior Advisor and is currently Counsel to New York City Councilman David Greenfield. He has advised countless public officials, including Councilman Alan Maisel, former Council Members Lew Fidler, David Yassky and Michael Nelson, Senator Simcha Felder, Borough Presidents Melinda Katz and Eric Adams, and former Borough President Fernando Ferrer.

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