Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Impact Center for Public Interest Law

The Impact Center for Public Interest Law is committed to utilizing the law and legal education to advance social justice, promote the practice of public interest law, and expand the role of public interest law in the professional development of New York Law School students.

Upcoming Impact Center for Public Interest Law Events

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The Center uses a wide range of tools to advance its goals, including academic programs, events, publications, experiential opportunities, advocacy and policy initiatives, and fellowships.

The Center also shares space with NYLS’s Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono Initiatives, a “one-stop” resource for students seeking public interest-focused academic and career advising, and it is part of NYLS’s Social Justice Hub, home to this advising operation and space for a number of outside partner nonprofits.

For Students

All students are welcome to join the Center as affiliates. Affiliating allows students to engage in public interest law practice and expand their networks in the field. Those committed to social justice and interested in becoming highly skilled public interest advocates and public servants are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about joining the Center and apply.

Faculty Leadership

Richard Marsico
Professor of Law
Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Andrew Scherer
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law

Swati Parikh
Adjunct Professor
Executive Director, Office of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives


The Center sponsors conferences, CLE programs, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, symposia, workshops, and much more. The Center also hosts Impact Today!, a weekly series highlighting how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.


The Center offers several publications:

  • Guide for pro se litigants
  • LGBT Law Notes, a publication of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York that reports on lesbian/gay and AIDS-related legal developments. Professor Arthur Leonard is Editor.

The Center also sponsors The Clinical Law Teaching & Practice eJournal, part of the Social Science Research Network. View e-journal articles.

Institutes and Projects

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