New York, NY (March 14, 2013) — New York Law School (NYLS) was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. NYLS is the only law school in New York State to make the list, and one of only three law schools in the country named to the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“From our beginnings in 1891, New York Law School has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to service,” Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell said. “New York leads the nation in community service, and as New York’s law school, one of our goals is to serve the public interest while both contributing to the community and advancing the legal profession. No place other than New York could provide the kind of human interaction and context to do as much meaningful legal work. We accomplish this through a wide range of public service opportunities, including championing several student and faculty run pro bono projects; supporting a variety of public service oriented academic centers, such as the Justice Action Center and the Diane Abbey Center for Children and Families; and, offering students a Public Service Certificate in recognition of their volunteer work.”
Among many community service programs at NYLS, the programs highlighted by the Honor Roll include:
• The NYLS Safe Passage Project, which trains and mentors pro bono attorneys and law students to help unrepresented immigrant youth secure Special Immigration Juvenile status. Last year, the Safe Passage Project established a unique partnership with the New York Immigration Court, which has more than 5,000 unaccompanied minors currently on its juvenile docket, to provide minors with trained pro bono attorneys and students to act as their counsel.
• NYLS’s Street Law Project, which brings law students into public schools to educate students about the Fourth Amendment and their legal rights. NYLS students are currently teaching students at Middle School 22 in the Bronx and the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem. The Street Law program began in 1972 at Georgetown University, and since then, more than 60 law schools around the world have enacted similar programs.
• The Racial Justice Project, which is a legal advocacy initiative designed to protect the constitutional and civil rights of people who have been denied those rights on the basis of race and to increase public awareness of racism and racial injustice in the areas of education, employment, political participation, and criminal justice. Most recently, the Racial Justice Project filed an amicus brief on behalf of Congressman John Lewis in Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in February.
“Congratulations to New York Law School, its faculty, and students for their commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Through their work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.
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. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,500 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program and 95 students in its five advanced degree programs in American business law, financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. www.nyls.edu
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.