Panel • Dinner • Training
TUESDAY, Nov. 12th | Cardozo, Room 424
4:00-5:30 PM > Panel Discussion
5:30-6:00 PM > Brief Dinner Reception
6:00-7:30 PM > Training: Street Law - Know Your Rights (NLG)
Join us from 4:00-5:30 pm in room 424 for a panel discussion of Floyd
v. New York City, which declared unconstitutional stop and frisk
practices by the NYPD, based on race and
national origin, followed by a Street Law Training to inform
participants of their rights in police encounters. All students and
Panelists will include:
• Ellen Yaroshefsky, Cardozo clinical professor
• John Moore, civil rights attorney with Bedlock Levine & Hoffman LLP (tentatively confirmed)
• Jason Starr, Nassau County Chapter Director of New York Civil Liberties Union
• Tajuana Johnson, Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society
The panel will be followed by a Street Law/Know Your Rights training
from 6:00-7:30 PM (same room, 424), in which participants will be
trained to lead workshops informing community members of their rights
during police stops.
Students are encouraged to complete the Street Law Training!
Food will be served and it will be a great opportunity to mingle with faculty and local practitioners!
Sponsored by the Cardozo Criminal Law Society, National Lawyers Guild
(NLG), Public Service Scholars, Black Law Student Association.
"MONEY OUT/VOTERS IN" - THE ROLE OF MONEY AND THIRD PARTY POLITICS TODAY - BEYOND CITIZENS UNITED.
Discussion with Dan Cantor of the Working Families Party and Liz Kennedy of Demos. Moderated by Prof. Kate Shaw of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
So called "third party" political movements have played critical roles throughout U.S. history, from the abolitionist movement to the women's suffrage movement, of which third parties were original advocates. However those voices and demands for rights and recognition were only reluctantly and meagerly adopted by the established political-judicial system, a trend that arguably continues to this day.
This panel discussion will focus on the role of power and money in elections and politics in the United States today. We will discuss the role of Super Pacs and the impact of Citizens United with it's long line of predecessor cases. A unique focus will be provided on local democracy and the role of political third parties and voices outside the political mainstream. Successful and innovative organizing and legislative solutions will be discussed, exemplified by the Working Families Party.
WHEN: April 16, 2013 | 4:30pm to 6:00pm
WHERE: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Ave., Room 102 (Ground Floor)
Free and open to the public.
RSVP: For non-Cardozo/YU attendees please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by Cardozo National Lawyers Guild (NLG).
April 16, 2013 | 4:30pm to 6:00pm | Cardozo, Room 102.
Panel: 'Eyewitness (Mis)Identification in Criminal Law: The Science of What you Perceive and How you Remember It'.
Eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful
convictions nationwide, playing a role in nearly 75% of convictions
overturned through post-conviction DNA
testing. It’s a clichéd part of every crime drama: a witness points to a
suspect and says, “That’s him!” But how accurate are eyewitnesses
really? How can your perception be affected by outside factors? How
accurate is your memory of what you saw, or think you saw? How
accurately are victims able to give detailed physical descriptions of
their attackers? "Estimator variables" – factors that cannot be
controlled by the criminal justice system – include the lighting at the
crime scene, the distance from which the witness saw the perpetrator,
the race of the witness versus race of the victim (identifications have
proven to be less accurate when witnesses are identifying perpetrators
of a different race), the presence of a weapon, the degree of trauma
during the viewing, and whether the witness has talked with other
eyewitnesses or seen news reports of possible suspects.
for an engaging, thought-provoking, and educational interactive
workshop with the Innocence Project’s Eyewitness Identification
Litigation Fellow, Karen Newirth, and introduction by Jonathan Oberman.
Hosted by: Cardozo's National Lawyers Guild (NLG), BLSA, and the Criminal Law Society.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Thursday, April 18 | 4:30-6:00 PM
Cardozo School of Law, Room 1008
Questions? Email email@example.com
Every year around March 1st NLG chapters at law schools around the country mark their opposition to the death penalty.
In addition to making available various factual information the tabling
will highlight the disturbing finality of both the death penalty and
long term incarceration in the face of so much uncertainty about actual
The controversial U.S. sentencing practices are augmented by factors including:
* False confessions
* Eyewitness misidentification
* Government misconduct
* Informants' motives
* Bad lawyers
* Mental illness
* Lack of legal representation and information
At the table on Thursday 2/28 information and opportunities for further
involvement will be provided from the Innocence Project, the NLG,
Amnesty International and the NAACP-LDF.
Please stop by NLG's table in the Cardozo lobby!
We'll be there all day.
Registration is open for the 19th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference
at Yale Law School!
The RebLaw Conference
an annual, student-run conference that brings
together amazing practitioners, law students, and community
around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches
and social change. Many Cardozo
students have attended in past
years, and we expect a large Cardozo contingency again this year. It
provides a welcome break from law school, a refreshing way of learning
outside of the classroom, and a reminder of why you came to law school
or inspiration for what you could do with your law degree that never
occurred to you before. Several amazing panels will be held both days,
covering pertinent issues ranging from progressive politics, race, class, LGBTQ, environmental, privacy
other areas. This year's key-note speaker is Bryan Stevenson, founder
of Equal Justice Initiative. See the full schedule here: www.yale.edu/reblaw
Law School, New Haven, CT.
Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2013
Standard registration is $30. REGISTER HERE
Cardozo National Lawyers Guildhttps://sites.google.com/site/cardozonlg
Possible Reimbursement: We hope that
Cardozo will be able to reimburse students' registration and
transportation expenses. Stay tuned for more. You will still need to
register and pay the fee in advance. Reimbursement will only happen
retroactively. REGISTER TODAY, and RSVP to Cardozo National Lawyers
Guild (see above).
Cardozo NLG is happy to congratulate Amy for her award last week at the 2012 NLG National Convention in Pasadena, CA.
Each year at the National Lawyers Guild National Convention, the C.B.
King Award is given to a law student whose commitment to the struggle
for justice is an example to others.
Amy served as a board
member of the Cardozo NLG chapter for two years. A Know Your Rights
trainer with the NLG Street Law Project, she is one of a few members to
have started an NLG CopWatch team in Brooklyn. Amy is a former public
school teacher, and founded Cardozo's Suspension Representation Project
so that law students could use their skills and privilege to represent
students facing suspension. Outside of law school, she produced and
directed a short video on the impact of race on mediation, and spent a
summer working with Brooklyn communities using such alternative dispute
tools. Amy will soon start her new job as Public Defender in New York
Cardozo NLG is hosting a panel on voter suppression with Ms. Keesha Gaskins of the Brennan Center for Justice and Mr. Dale Ho of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. On Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012, at Cardozo School of Law, Room 205, at 12 PM Noon.
The panel will discuss issues around voter identification laws and
proof of citizenship laws, barriers to voter registration, and felon
Please join your fellow students for this important and highly timely discussion. In Room # 205 - And please enjoy the Chinese food!
Sponsored by Cardozo's National Lawyers Guild, Cardozo Students for
Human Rights, Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law
Students Association, American Constitutional Society, and Cardozo
Keesha Gaskins is Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy
Program. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Gaskins was Executive
Director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota where she worked on a
wide range of voting rights and civil rights issues. Ms. Gaskins’
portfolio is within Voting Rights and Elections with a particular focus
on voter suppression issues including voter identification and proof of
citizenship laws. She is an expert on redistricting and redistricting
reform. Ms. Gaskins is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues related
to women and politics, movement building and democratic reform.
Ms. Gaskins is a long-time organizer, lobbyist and an experienced
trial attorney. Ms. Gaskins graduated from Northeastern University
School of Law in 1999. Ms. Gaskins served as a judicial clerk for the
Minnesota Supreme Court and as a judicial intern for Justice Ireland of
the Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She
worked as a practicing trial attorney in the areas of products liability
and employment law until 2006, most notably with the trial firm of
Bowman and Brooke LLP and volunteered for many years as a special
appellate public defender. In 2008 Ms. Gaskins was a Feminist Leadership
Fellow with the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute
of Public Affairs - Center on Women and Public Policy.
She served on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota State Bar
Association, the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Black Lawyers
Association and the NAACP Minnesota-Dakota State Conference Executive
Dale Ho joined the staff of LDF in September 2009 as Assistant
Counsel in the Political Participation Group. His work at LDF includes
litigation under the Voting Rights Act, felon disfranchisement,
prison-based gerrymandering, barriers to registration, and ballot
access. For two years prior, he was the NAACP LDF Fellow at Fried,
Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he litigated complex
commercial matters and federal civil rights cases. He previously served
as a Law Clerk, first to Judge Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of New York, and then to Judge Robert S.
Smith, New York Court of Appeals. His writings have appeared in the
Florida Law Review, the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, and the
Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Dale graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 2005, and from
Princeton University with an A.B. in Political Philosophy, Highest
Honors, in 1999.
WORKER STRIKES AT 28 WALMART STORES IN 12 STATES: Protesting working conditions, poverty wages and harassment.
WHERE ARE THE MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS AND THE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES, WHERE ARE ROMNEY AND OBAMA?
These strikes are happening right now. They directly or indirectly affect nearly all Americans, whether it's the 47%, the 99% as workers and consumers, or the 1% who own stock in publicly traded similarly large big-box stores like Target. Yet there is barely mention of these strikes on CNN, FoxNews or MSNBC. If the NYTimes or the Wall Street Journal mention these and other strikes they are relegated to a small note, and hence are not portrayed as the significant event and expression of deep discontent that they represent. These strikes and many other events are relegated to the back of the main-stream-news bus at best, and at worst are entirely silenced. The people whose voices are thus ignored are what Amy Goodman refers to as the "silenced majority", and the so-called main-stream media is more accurately described as the "narrow media".
Interestingly mainly left leaning and progressive media outlets are reporting on the issue in any significance, whether it's the Huffington Post, Salon.com, The Nation, DemocracyNow or the Theroot.com. Yet Walmart workers are not by any means generally progressive or overwhelmingly Democratic Party supporters. They are however undoubtedly American workers, and as such the conservative media and the major media outlets should, by their own expressed standards, focus on these strikes. Only a narrow focus from these media outlets can explain the absence of coverage, whether its by choice or a failure of institutional culture.
Breaking through the airwaves is part of the democratic problem in the U.S. It represents a failure in the democratic process, and an overwhelming challenge for those whose voices are marginalized and disenfranchised. The Abolitionist Party and movement was ignored for decades, womens suffrage groups were ignored, and along with LGBT rights today these movements were only reluctantly adopted by the major media outlets and the two main political parties, and the movements still have a long way to go.
The goal of a democracy should not be to exclude individuals and groups from institutions like marriage, the military, from the voting process, or from access to justice and legal representation. Always the goal should be towards inclusion. In the words of Jean-Bertrand Aristide: "The problem is exclusion, the solution is inclusion." Thus when bills of legislation and other solutions are proposed a simple but ever important question to ask is "will this exclude people or will it help move more people towards greater inclusion?"
When entire segments of the population are silenced they are being excluded from the political debate and from the political solutions. In effect the most pressing concerns and issues are left either entirely unaddressed or only haltingly and inadequately acknowledged.
By Marco Conner
CARDOZO NLG WILL FOCUS ON THESE ISSUES THIS FALL. From voter suppression and prison gerry-mandering to the role of third parties, money and power in our political system. Stay tuned, and share your thoughts.
Saturday Sept. 29 @
. Organized by law students around the city. Learn about
alternative careers, how to stick to your (social justice) values while a
law student, mindfulness/meditation and the law, and the movement to
end stop & frisk practices, THEN get trained to be a Legal
Observer/Street Law Trainer/Immigration Court Observer! Awesome
networking. It's free. Breakfast, lunch and dinner-snacks provided.For full schedule and registration click here
Session Topics Include:
- Hot Topic: The Struggle to Stop Stop and Frisk in NYC
- Don't Survive, THRIVE! Tips and Strategies to Maintain Sanity and Values in Law School
- Co-ops, Start-Ups and Solos: Alternative Careers
- Mindfulness and the Law 101 Trainings Include:
- Legal Observer
- Street Law Project: Know Your Rights (when interacting with law - enforcement)
- Immigration Court Observation Project (ICOP)
Melissa Broudo -- Attorney, Sex Worker’s Project at Urban Justice Center
Susan Tipograph - Criminal defense attorney
Deb Diamant - Attorney, Law Office of Rankin and Taylor
Yetta Kurland- Attorney and founder, Kurland, Bonica, and Associates, P.C.
Jay Kim - Attorney and co-founder, Common Law
Armen Merjian - Attorney, Housing Works
Jeanne Anselmo - Co-director, CUNY Contemplative Urban Legal Practice (CCULP) at CUNY School of Law
Bina Ahmad - Attorney, The Law Offices of Lamis Deek
Ian Head, legal worker, CCR
Brooklyn Law NLG, Cardozo Law NLG, Columbia Law NLG, CUNY Law NLG, NYU Law NLG, NY Law School NLG AND NLG-NYC!
Equal Justice Works is a great network helping young lawyers and law students with funding and career connections for community-based and social justice legal work. They are hosting their annual conference and career fair on October 26-27 in Arlington, VA, and the deadline for registering and applying for interviews has been extended to September 17. *** Cardozo will reimburse students for the registration fee!
If you're interested, visit:
... or contact our own Leslie Thrope in career services with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several positions were posted earlier this week, including those from
organizations with several summer internship openings for 2L students as
well as a few more full-time entry level attorney openings.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Important Dates:
August 15 - September 17:
Student registration and application; Law school professional registration begins
September 20 - October 4:
Employer application review and interviewee selection
September 20 - October 11: Student accept/decline interviews
Last day for students to request a refund; Law school professional registration ends
October 26 - October 27
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
Please also enter your registration for
the conference on the events tab on symplicity.
Questions? Contact Leslie Thrope in career services at email@example.com