Diversity Events and Spotlights


Throughout the year, NYLS hosts a variety of events, from forums that address challenges to our civil society to gatherings that celebrate the achievements of our faculty and students. Past events include Opportunities and Challenges: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Today’s Legal ProfessionPutting Diversity Into Practice: What the Legal Industry Says (and Doesn’t Say) About Today’s Diversity ChallengesJudicial Confirmation Hearings in the Era of #MeToo; and the Black Law Students Association’s  Alumni Awards Dinner.


charles phillips addresses the room at commencementCharles Phillips ’93 Ranked No. 4 on “Top 50 Tech Services CEOs of 2019” List

Phillips joined Infor as CEO in 2010. Prior to Infor, he was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. Read the full story.



new york law schoolPost-Conviction Innocence Clinic Wins New Hearing for Client

NYLS’s Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic won a favorable decision from a state appeals court on behalf of one of its longtime clients. Read the full story.




portrait of Amelia Pursaud

Amelia Persaud 3L Named Black Law Students Association’s Northeast Region President of the Year

Persaud largely credits her success as a BLSA chapter president to the support of the Black lawyer community and NYLS alumni in particular. Read the full story.



new york law schoolStudents and Alumni Contribute Over 1,000 Hours to LawHelpNY

In 2018, NYLS students and alumni provided more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service to people using LawHelpNY’s LiveHelp program. Read the full story.




lenni benson poses with two dominican bar association board membersDominican Bar Association’s 2019 Board of Directors Includes Seven Alumni

This year, six of the incoming DBA Board members, as well as the DBA’s Immediate Past President, are NYLS alumni. Read the full story.



portrait of new york law school alum, the honorable carolyn walker-dialloHon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo ’03 Named Supervising Judge of Kings County Civil Court

Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo ’03, the first Muslim woman elected as a judge in the United States and the first Muslim to serve as a judge in New York State, is taking the next step in her groundbreaking career. Read the full story.


new york law school alum rick shea, class of 2018

Rick Shea ’18 Prepares to Become a U.S. Army JAG Officer in Korea

A year after he applied to become a JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer in the U.S. Army, Rick Shea ’18 is preparing to undergo basic training, study military law, and tackle a two-year assignment in Korea. Read the full story.



Maraya Aboly-Brown 1L

National Black Law Students Association Spotlights Maraya Aboly-Brown 1L

Maraya Aboly-Brown 1L was recently featured on the website of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) as a “1L Spotlight,” one of just four students featured from local BLSA chapters. Read the full story.



Rubi Bala Sharma 3L EveningLaw Students Provide Counsel to Diverse New York City Nonprofits and Small Businesses in Rigorous New Clinic

NYLS added a new clinic to its experiential learning offerings in August 2018. The Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic is a yearlong, 8-credit commitment composed of both seminar and fieldwork experience. Read the full story.



portrait of diverse student jenna d'attiloInspired by Her Father, Jenna D’Attilo 3L Advocates for Veterans

At NYLS,Jenna D’Attilo 3L has channeled her personal commitment to veterans’ issues, inspired by her father’s story, into a rewarding professional pathway. Read the full story.



portrait of nyls student shambree bonnerShambree Bonner ’18 Wins Prestigious Real Estate Scholarship

The New York Women Executives in Real Estate—known as WX—has named Shambree Bonner ’18 a WX Scholar based on her talents and interest in real estate law. Read the full story.



Portrait of professor of law lenni bensonProfessor Lenni Benson Co-Authors Letter Criticizing Immigration Court Quotas

Professor Lenni Benson co-authored an August 14 letter to Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions expressing alarm about new case completion quotas for immigration judges. Read the full story.



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NYLS Wins Recognition for Supporting Diversity in the Legal Profession

NYLS has been recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) for its outstanding commitment to diversity as a legal educator. Read the full story.



portrait of sophia barclaySophia Barclay Wins Fellowship for Her Work to Empower Women

Sophia Barclay 3L has won a 2018–19 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a leading supporter of women’s graduate education. Read the full story.



claire thomas and barbie melendez in albanyNYLS Team Journeys Upstate to Assist Detained Immigrants

“Do you want to spend the weekend at Albany Jail with me?”

When Adjunct Professor Claire R. Thomas ’11 sent the text message to Barbie Melendez 4L Evening on a late July afternoon, she knew the answer would be yes, even if the details came later. Read the full story.


interview sessions at the nbsla job fairNYLS Hosts Northeast Job Fair for the National Black Law Students Association

For the eighth consecutive year, NYLS hosted a daylong job fair for the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA). Read the full story.


new york law schoolNYLS’s Immigration Law Leadership

As “New York’s law school,” supporting a pipeline of competent, ethical, and compassionate immigration lawyers who will lead in all parts of the field is vital to our mission. So too is expanding access to justice for vulnerable communities. Read the full story.



portrait of mary stewart at new york law schoolMary Stewart-Holmes 2L Wins Equal Justice Works’ Public Interest Award

Mary Stewart-Holmes 2L has won the 2018 Regional Public Interest Award from Equal Justice Works. As the Mid-Atlantic Region winner, she was among eight law students honored for providing extraordinary service, including through clinics, volunteer work, internships, and extracurricular projects. Read the full story.


portrait of nyls professor arthur s leonardProfessor Arthur S. Leonard Co-Authors Brief in Case on LGBT Prison Conditions

Professor Arthur S. Leonard has co-authored an amicus brief in support of a gay inmate who was savagely beaten and subject to homophobic slurs by other inmates in a Florida prison. Read the full story.



Dominican bar association leadersDominican Bar Association’s Board of Directors Includes Four Alumni

NYLS is well-represented among the Dominican Bar Association’s 2018 leaders. Four of its five officers are NYLS graduates. Read the full story.




safe passage project logoCNN Features NYLS’s Safe Passage Project and Professor Lenni Benson

Professor Lenni Benson and the Safe Passage Project at NYLS, the nonprofit she founded in 2006 to provide free legal counsel to unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers, are prominently featured in a new CNN report. Read the full story.



portrait of new york law school student niyati sangani

Niyati Sangani ’17 Wins New York State Bar Association Writing Award

For the second year in a row, an NYLS student won a prestigious writing competition sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section. The annual competition is open to all J.D. and LL.M. degree candidates. Read the full story.



image of a map plotting immigration routes around the world

On World Refugee Day 2018, Listen to a Podcast on Immigration and Women With Professor Claire R. Thomas ’11

June 20 is World Refugee Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness about the struggles of refugees throughout the world. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Read the full story.


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