The Center for New York City Law at New York Law School Celebrates Two Decades and 125 Breakfasts

The Center for New York City Law at New York Law School Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with Four Corporation Counsels/Four Perspectives and the Inaugural Civic Fame Awards

New York, NY(May 4, 2015)— As New York Law School (NYLS) heads into its 125th year, its Center for New York City Law celebrated 20 years and 125 breakfasts on May 1, 2015 with an engrossing panel discussion featuring four of the Corporation Counsels from the past three decades: Zachary Carter, the incumbent (de Blasio), Michael Cardozo (Bloomberg), Hon. Paul A. Crotty (Giuliani) and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr. (Koch).  The Corporation Counsels reflected on some of the critical legal challenges of their respective tenures including gay rights, apartheid disinvestment, landmarking, protection of the watershed, public health, police brutality and stop-and-frisk.  In addition, NYLS presented its first Civic Fame awards to three of New York’s most dedicated citizens: Jeffrey Friedlander, First Assistant Corporation Counsel; Mary McCormick, President, Fund for the City of New York; and Stanley S. Shuman, Allan & Co., LLC, Chair, Center for New York City Law Advisory Committee.

“I congratulate Professor Ross Sandler, founder of the Center for New York City Law, for his tireless efforts on behalf of New York Law School and New York City itself. For 20 years, these breakfasts have opened up the process of government to the public by providing an open forum for discussion with key players in government,” said Dean and President Anthony Crowell. “Today’s talk by Corporation Counsels from four different administrations reflects the Center’s enduring commitment to civic engagement, as do the Civic Fame awards bestowed today on recipients who, collectively and individually, have raised the bar for serving the City and the School.”

CityLaw breakfasts are known as a place where elected and appointed officials, community leaders and politicians come to speak their minds.  Held at least six times a year and free to the public, they face an unfiltered audience of concerned citizens, industry advocates, supporters and detractors who enliven the Q&A every time. Recent speakers include United States Attorney Preet Bharara and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

“Today’s breakfast marks the 125th breakfast in the CityLaw series. Together these breakfasts constitute a living record of New York City policies, programs and challenges. Videos of these breakfasts are available on citylaw.org.” said Professor Ross Sandler, founder of the Center for New York City Law.

NYLS’s Center for New York City Law offers more than just these popular, thought -provoking and news-making breakfasts.  The academic and public mission of the Center for New York City Law is to provide information about, and analysis of, the laws and legal processes that govern New York City. The Center seeks to make the City’s government and decisions more fair, comprehensible and open to the public. The Center pursues its mission by scholarly research and writing and by widely disseminating information about New York City in accessible and easily understood formats. In addition to its breakfasts, it offers:

  • CityAdmin: A free research internet library of New York City administrative decisions with more 115,000 searchable decisions from 28 NYC agencies. CityAdmin.org
  • CityLaw: A 24-page bi-monthly journal providing an overview of the City’s regulatory developments that reports on administrative, legislative, and judicial decisions.
  • Cityland: An online publication providing in-depth coverage of land use applications undergoing public review and related legal challenges. CityLandnyc.org

Also at today’s breakfast, the first recipients of the School’s Civic Fame award were honored.  NYLS and the Center for New York City Law established this annual tribute, named for the iconic statue standing atop the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan, to recognize those who have given extraordinarily dedicated service to the civic life of New York City and to the School.

The inaugural New York Law School Civic Fame recipients are:

Jeffrey Friedlander, First Assistant Corporation Counsel

For his extraordinary dedicated service of 44 years at the New York City Law Department, including Twenty Years as First Assistant Corporation Counsel, and for his exceptional service to the civic life of New York City.

Mary McCormick, President, Fund for the City of New York

For her extraordinary dedicated service as President of the Fund for the City of New York and for her exceptional service to the civic life of New York City.

Stanley S. Shuman, Allan & Co., LLC, Chair, Center for New York City Law Advisory Committee

For his extraordinary dedicated service as Chair of the Center for New York City Law Advisory Council and for his long and exceptional service to the civic life of New York City

Sheila Aresty ’94, Steven and Sheila Aresty Foundation

For her extraordinary dedicated service to the Center for New York City Law and New York Law School and for her exceptional service to the civic life of New York City.

Mr. Friedlander, Ms. McCormick and Mr. Shuman were present to accept their awards.

To watch the 125th CityLaw Breakfast, go to www.citylaw.org.

About New York Law School

Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening its doors nearly 125 years ago, NYLS has produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gained broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Its renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in key areas of the law, including business and finance; government and public interest; and intellectual property, media, technology and applied sciences. NYLS has more than 17,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,000 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. programs. The Law School also offers advanced-degree programs in American Business Law and Tax Law. The National Jurist rated NYLS No. 1 for clinical and experiential learning in New York State and No. 13 nationally. It also rated NYLS No. 15 nationally for its graduate Tax program. The New York Law Journal rated NYLS No. 1 for its graduate American Business Law program.

 

Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.