Diversity Spotlights

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.


n y l s 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 sanganiNiyati 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 worldOn 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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