New York, N.Y. (February 8, 2012) — New York Law School has launched a new academic series, Occupy Mondays, that will explore the legal issues underlying the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Every Monday through the end of April, a new topic will be discussed in depth by New York Law School faculty, students, and special guest speakers.
“Our law school is so close to Zuccotti Park that students couldn’t help but be curious, when not involved,” said Professor Carlin Meyer, Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families and the organizer of Occupy Mondays. “In the middle of one of the marches across the Brooklyn Bridge, I realized that the best way I could help was to enlist faculty and students in an exploration of the issues being raised. In one of our sessions, our tax and estate law faculty explained how we got to the place where the 99 percent carry so much of the tax burden while owning so comparatively little of the wealth. It wasn’t that way 35 years ago!”
On February 13, Occupy Mondays will host a panel on how public perception of the movement was influenced by the media with author and MSNBC Contributor Jeff Kreisler and Professor Michele Zierler, Director of the Program in Law and Journalism at New York Law School. On February 27, the topic will be “OWS and Organized Labor: Who Speaks for the 99 Percent?” with labor journalist Mike Elk, who is also a third-generation union organizer, as well as Professors Chaumtoli Huq and Arthur S. Leonard. Upcoming sessions in March and April will cover elections, education in the United States and European Union, and how technology plays a role in the movement.
For a full list of topics, please visit www.nyls.edu/occupymondays. The Occupy Mondays Series will be held at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway. It is free and open to the public. Please e-mail email@example.com if you would like to attend.
The Occupy Mondays Series is co-sponsored by the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, the Justice Action Center, and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, tax law, real estate and urban legal studies, international law, financial services and regulation, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,350 full-time students and 400 part-time students in its J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
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