Events

Spring 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Racial Bias and Over-Policing: Five Years After Floyd

A panel discussion on the progress made and setbacks experienced in addressing over-policing of communities of color and stop-and-frisk five years after Floyd v. New York.

Panelists:
Monifa Bandele, Senior VP at MomsRising.org and activist with Communities United for Police Reform, which helped launch the Floyd case
Darius Charney, Senior Staff Attorney at The Center for Constitutional Rights and lead counsel on Floyd
Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and expert witness during the Floyd litigation
David Ourlicht, Public Defender with The Legal Aid Society and one of the original Floyd plaintiffs

Moderator: Simone Weichselbaum, Staff Writer at The Marshall Project

CLE Credits: 1.5 in Area of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (NY Non-transitional).

View CLE Materials Here.

Monday, April 22 2019

Housing Advocacy Practitioners’ Round Table

New York City’s legislation guaranteeing the right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction has created many new housing jobs and drastically changed the world of housing advocacy. Join us for a conversation on several types of careers in housing, the cultural changes recently see in housing practice, and the work that still must be done.

We will be joined by the following NYLS alumni who have built careers in housing advocacy:
Catherine Barreda of Queens Legal Services Tenant’s Rights Coalition
Jeanette Cepeda of Staten Island Legal Services
Samuel J. Himmelstein of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Racial Justice Roundtable: Homelessness and Youth

The Racial Justice Roundtable series provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss emerging racial and social justice issues. Each Racial Justice Roundtable session will be facilitated by a leading advocate who is developing cutting edge strategies to address these emerging issues.

The Racial Justice Project invites you to a conversation on Homelessness and Youth with Senior Staff Attorney at The Door’s Legal Services Center, Michael Williams and Senior Program Associate of New York State- Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students at Advocates for Children, Arija Linauts.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Symposium on Restorative Criminal Justice: Changing the Lens

This Symposium will bring together defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, court program directors, non-attorney practitioners, and others who will speak about how restorative justice principles and practices are being incorporated into different aspects of criminal justice in New York and elsewhere.

Symposium Schedule

CLE Materials

Keynote Speaker Judge Janine Geske

Panel 1: What is Restorative Justice? Origins, Circle Process, and Connection to Criminal Justice

Presentation: Integrating Restorative Justice into Criminal Practice

Lunch with Special Guests Kate and Andy Grosmaire

Panel 2: Red Hook Community Justice Center – How One Court Incorporates Restorative Practices

Presentation: Prosecutors’ Use of Restorative Justice

Panel 3: Culture Change – Incorporating Restorative Justice into the Training of Lawyers and Judges

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Texas v. Johnson: Flag Burning as Protected Expression

In 1984, Joey Johnson burned an American flag in protest at the Republican National Convention. He was convicted under a Texas criminal statute, fined, and sentenced to prison but his appeal eventually reached the Supreme Court, which held that his act was protected under the First Amendment.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision, join us for a lively discussion between Johnson and NYLS Professor Nadine Strossen, First Amendment scholar and former President of the ACLU.

Co-presented by The Impact Center for Public Interest Law and the New York Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Impact Today! Environmental Crisis: The Impact of Climate Change and Current Law, Policy, and Regulation 

Solving the climate change problem requires profound changes in the behavior of governments, corporations, nonprofit institutions and individuals around the world. Michael Burger, Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, will discuss current issues in climate change, the impact on human rights, and the power of environmental advocacy.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Impact Thursday – Amazon Postmortem: A Discussion on Grassroots Organizing, Law, and Policy

The Impact Center hosted a panel discussion on the strategies and efforts of grassroots community groups that led to Amazon abandoning plans to locate in Long Island City. What legal leverage existed? What are the policy implications? How can lawyers support organizing?

Panelists Included:
Lena Afridi, Director of Economic Development Policy, Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development
Shekar Krishnan, Esq., Director of Legal Advocacy, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Tania Mattos, Co-Founder and Organizer, Queens Neighborhoods United
Sasha Wijeyeratne, Executive Director, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

Moderator:
Arun Venugopal, Reporter, WNYC

Co-sponsored with the New York Law School Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic

CLE Materials

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 

Impact Today! National Emergency or Manufactured Crisis?

Join us for a hot topic discussion with Professors Lenni Benson and Claire Thomas on the ramifications of the National Emergency, the humanitarian crisis at the Southern border, and the on-going impact of zero tolerance immigration policies on immigrant communities, migrants fleeing violence and poverty, and families separated at the border.

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Impact Today! PEN America v. Trump: Journalists and the First Amendment 

Last October, PEN America filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to stop President Trump from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes. Join us for a discussion with Nora Benavidez, PEN America’s Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, about the status of the lawsuit and to learn about emerging issues around First Amendment litigation to protect press freedom.
Co-sponsored by the NYLS chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Impact Today! The Future of Roe v. Wade

For 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect. Members of the Center’s Judicial Strategy Team, Laura Portuondo and Amy Myrick, will join us to discuss the future of Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights in the United States.

Co-sponsored by the NYLS Legal Association for Women.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Racial Justice Roundtable: Critical Race Theory

The Racial Justice Roundtable series provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss emerging racial and social justice issues. Each Racial Justice Roundtable session will be facilitated by a leading advocate who is developing cutting edge strategies to address these emerging issues.

The Racial Justice Project invites you to join us for a conversation with Professor Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia Law School on Critical Race Theory – and its applicability globally, especially in South Africa. Professor Thomas will be in conversation with Professor Penelope Andrews, New York Law School, who has just ended her term as Dean of the University Of Cape Town Faculty Of Law.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Impact Today! Transgender Rights in the Trump Era

In October 2018, the New York Times reported on a leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that limited the legal definition of “sex” to one that would risk the erasure of transgender people under federal civil rights law. Transcend Legal’s Executive Director, Noah E. Lewis, and Director of Name & Gender Recognition, Charlie Arrowood, will join us to speak about the fight for transgender rights under the Trump administration. Co-sponsored by NYLS OutLaws.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Racial Justice Roundtable: Civil Rights: Then and Now

The Racial Justice Roundtable series provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss emerging racial and social justice issues. Each Racial Justice Roundtable session will be facilitated by a leading advocate who is developing cutting edge strategies to address these emerging issues.

The fight for civil rights will always be relevant. Join us for a meaningful conversation on the past, present, and possible civil rights battles across the United States. Leading the discussion are Mr. Dennis Parker, the Executive Director and Ms. Britney Wilson, Staff Attorney, from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Impact Today! Corporations are People Too: A Conversation with Professor Kent Greenfield

In this post-Citizens United world, Americans are still struggling with questions concerning corporate personhood. Join us for a discussion with Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, on the above topics in light of his new book, Corporations Are People Too (And They Should Act Like It). Co-presented by the NYLS chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Circle Up, Documentary Film Screening

The New York Law School Impact Center for Public Interest Law, Restorative Justice Initiative, and Brownsville Think Tank Matters, Inc. hosted a screening of Circle Up, a restorative justice documentary by Julie Mallozzi. Professor Susan Abraham introduced the film and Julie Mallozi and Janet Connors led a discussion following the film.

Monday, January 21st – Monday, January 28th

MLK Week of Action

The Impact Center for Public Interest Law joins student leaders for a week of events as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., engage in community service, and learn what it means to be an activist.

Monday, January 21st:
MLK Day of Service with the Bronx Charter School for Law and Social Justice

Tuesday, January 22nd:
Activism 101 with the Equal Rights Coalition

Wednesday, January 23rd:
Impact Today: Defending Activists, Bringing Protest Into the Courtroom

Thursday, January 24th
Copwatch Training with the National Lawyers Guild

Monday, January 28th
Impact Today: Movement Lawyering and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Fall 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Impact Thursday 10: The Criminalization of Poverty

A panel discussion on the treatment of low-income people as criminals simply because of their poverty and what needs to be done about it. Panelists include:

Nusrat Choudhury (Deputy Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program),

Peter Edelman (Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law & Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center),

Hon. Lisa Foster (ret.) (Co-Director, Fines and Fees Justice Center),

Robert Robinson (NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care and National Economic & Social Rights Initiative).

Monday, November 5, 2018

Impact Today! Voting in 2018: The State of the Midterm Union

The 2018 midterm elections hold enormous consequences for all three branches of our government and the future of the country. Join us for a discussion with Sophia Lin Lakin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project who is actively litigating voting rights cases across the country. She will discuss the impact of foreign election interference, discriminatory voting practices and voter identification requirements, the dilution of minority votes in local elections, and other barrier to voting in the midterm elections.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Racial Justice Roundtable: Excessive Force and the Killing of the Unarmed Black Male  

The Racial Justice Roundtable series provides a forum for students and faculty to discuss emerging racial and social justice issues. Each Racial Justice Roundtable session will be facilitated by a leading advocate who is developing cutting edge strategies to address these emerging issues.

Join us for a meaningful conversation on the injustices associated with the killings of unarmed black men. Mr. Vincent Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, will discuss recent killings of unarmed black men by the police, advocacy initiatives, and what can be done to effect real change. CCR is known for its groundbreaking litigation on racial profiling and unconstitutional stops such as Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al. Vince is a frequent guest on NBC and Democracy Now!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What’s Next for SCOTUS? A Panel Discussion on the Upcoming Supreme Court Term

A panel of NYLS professors will discuss the Supreme Court’s current docket, the significance of Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the current state of the appointments process, and the ramifications of a newly appointed justice joining a closely divided Court. Co-sponsored by the NYLS chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Impact Center for Public Interest Law.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Impact Today! Everytown for Gun Safety: Legislative Advocacy for Social Change

Everytown for Gun Safety is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and the means to reduce it. Billy Rosen, Managing Director of State Policy and Government Affairs at Everytown, and instructor in a new legislative advocacy clinic at NYLS, will speak about the organization’s legislative tactics and goals, the challenges facing gun control advocates, and the larger movement for change.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Impact Today! Judicial Confirmation Hearings in the Era of #MeToo

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

When Hon. Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, the #MeToo movement was ushered into the world of judicial confirmation hearings. Judge Shira Scheindlin (ret.), a leader on gender equity in the legal profession, will join us to discuss the Kavanaugh hearings and their place in the #MeToo era as well as the similarity to the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.

Co-sponsored by the NYLS Legal Association for Women.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Impact Today! Will Mueller Bring Down the President? Legal and Ethical Issues Involved in the Russia Probe

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Professor Rebecca Roiphe, an expert on legal ethics and prosecution, will discuss the likely outcomes of the Mueller investigation, the current legal issues and potential charges against President Trump, and the likelihood that a sitting president could be indicted for a crime.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Impact Today! The Kavanaugh Conundrum: A Recap of the Senate Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

The Confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court are promising to be contentious to say the least. Professor Doni Gewirtzman, an expert on constitutional law, will provide an analysis of the hearings and discuss the significance of the Kavanaugh nomination.

Co-sponsored by New York Law School’s chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Spring 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Impact Today!: Advocacy for the Homeless

Impact Today! is a discussion series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 5 will feature a discussion on how advocates fight for the rights of the thousands of people facing homelessness in New York City. What policies can be implemented to help people secure housing and resources? What rights do homeless individuals and families have? What policies are currently being considered and what impact will those polices have?

Jacquelyn Simone, policy analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless and Josh Goldfein, attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Family Rights Project will discuss their work as policy and legal advocates for the homeless.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Symposium on Special Education Law: Past, Present, and Future

Special Education experts reviewed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent term, and assessed the impact of its landmark decisions in Endrew F. and Fry.

CLE Materials:

Handout for Morning Program

Panel 1: From Rowley to Endrew F.: The Meaning of a FAPE

Panel 2: Endrew F. and Fry One Year Later: Practice Considerations

Handout for Lunch Program

Panel 3: Systemic Challenges and Reforms in New York City

Monday, March 19, 2018

Impact Today!: The State of Juvenile Justice

Impact Today! is a discussion series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 4 featured a discussion on what policies are being considered for the advancement of racial equality and juvenile justice.

This program featured Andrea McChristian, Associate Counsel at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. She discussed her work at the Institute, as well as her expertise as a policy and legal advocate for juvenile justice and racial equality.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Impact Thursday 8: Race and Immigration in the Age of Trump

This timely and important panel discussion addressed the racial dimension of US immigration policy and law – how racial, ethnic and other forms of discrimination have informed immigration policy historically, and how the President’s campaign rhetoric regarding issues of race and immigration is being translated into public policy. The panel also discussed how the legal profession can respond productively to these developments in the midst of an increasingly racially and politically-charged climate.

Panelists included:
Lenni Benson, Professor of Law, New York Law School and Founder, Safe Passage Project
Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director, African Communities Together
Rose Cuison Villasor, Professor, University of California Davis, Davis School of Law
Bitta Mostofi, Acting Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Moderator:
Jami Floyd, Host, “All Things Considered,” WYNC

1.5 CLE Credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (Transitional and Non-transitional). Networking Reception to follow panel.

Fall 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Impact Thursday 7: New York City’s Right to Counsel for Eviction Cases: Implementation and Implications

Under newly adopted legislation, New York City has become the first jurisdiction in the country to ensure legal representation for all low-income tenants in eviction proceedings. The law’s implementation and implications will be discussed.

Panelists included:
Marika Dias, Director of Tenant Rights Campaign, Legal Services NYC
Randy Dillard, Tenant Leader, Community Action for Safe Apartments
Jordan Dressler, NYC Civil Justice Coordinator
Honorable Jean Schneider, Citywide Supervising Judge of the New York City Housing Court

Moderator:
Andrew Scherer, Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School

Co-sponsored by Center for City Law.

Image of Impact Today! The 2016 Election, Electoral Politics And The Constitution

Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Today! Program 3: The 2016 Election, Electoral Politics, and The Constitution

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Program 3 featured a discussion on what the 2016 Presidential election can tell us about electoral politics and the Constitution. This program featured New York Law School Professor Doni Gewirtzman.

Flier of Wrongful Convictions Panel With Author Ken Klonsky

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wrongful Convictions Panel with Author Ken Klonsky

Author Ken Klonsky discussed his book, Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, based on the exoneration of David McCallum. Other panelists included former NYLS professor Oscar Michelen and exonerees David McCallum and Calvin Buari.

Flier of Impact Today! Sanctuary Cities and Federalism

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Impact Today! Sanctuary Cities and Federalism

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Bitta Mostofi, an immigrant rights attorney and Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, led a timely discussion on the rights of local governments to become “Sanctuary Cities.” Where did this idea originate? What does this look like in New York City in 2017? What actions may the federal government take to enforce federal immigration laws in local governments?

Flier of Impact Today! Free Speech On Campus

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Impact Today! Lunch Series – Free Speech on Campus

Impact Today! is a lunchtime series hosted by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. The series highlights how current events impact civil rights and civil liberties.

Professor Nadine Strossen, former President of the American Civil Liberties Union, led a discussion about free speech on campus. What limits on free speech are permissible? What limits should be permissible? How do the events in Charlottesville affect how we defend freedom of speech?