Floyd and What It Means for Stop and Frisk - Nov. 12th

posted Nov 11, 2013, 6:05 PM by Cardozo NLG

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 alumni invited.

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.

April 16 at 4:30PM | "MONEY OUT/VOTERS IN" - Panel

posted Mar 27, 2013, 1:20 PM by Cardozo NLG   [ updated Mar 27, 2013, 1:22 PM ]


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

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by Cardozo National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

April 16, 2013 | 4:30pm to 6:00pm | Cardozo, Room 102.

April 18 at 4:30 pm | 'Eyewitness (Mis)Identification in Criminal Law

posted Mar 19, 2013, 3:34 PM by Cardozo NLG   [ updated Mar 27, 2013, 1:23 PM ]

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.

Join us 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.

Thursday, April 18 | 4:30-6:00 PM
Cardozo School of Law, Room 1008

Questions? Email

Annual Student Day Against the Death Penalty and Longterm Incarceration

posted Feb 25, 2013, 6:11 PM by Cardozo NLG

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 guilt.

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.

Come to RebLaw 2013 Conference! Feb. 22-23.

posted Jan 25, 2013, 7:33 AM by Cardozo NLG

Registration is open for the 19th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School!

What: The RebLaw Conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together amazing practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law 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 and other areas. This year's key-note speaker is Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative. See the full schedule here:

Where: Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.

  Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2013

Standard registration is $30. REGISTER HERE:

RSVP: Please RSVP to Cardozo NLG so we can coordinate lodging and reimbursement. RSVP via email to Marco Conner at

Transportation: Convenient train service by Metro North from NYC Grand Central Station: 

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 National Lawyers Guild

2012 Cardozo J.D. graduate Amy Cross receives C.B. King Award!

posted Oct 24, 2012, 2:07 PM by Cardozo NLG   [ updated Oct 24, 2012, 2:10 PM ]

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 City.


Voter Suppression Event Wed 10/24 at Cardozo - Lunch Panel

posted Oct 22, 2012, 6:52 AM by Cardozo NLG

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 disenfranchisement. 

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 FIRE.

About the speakers:

Keesha Gaskins

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 Board.


Dale Ho

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.

"Exclusion is the Problem, Inclusion is the Solution"

posted Oct 10, 2012, 1:16 PM by Cardozo NLG

WORKER STRIKES AT 28 WALMART STORES IN 12 STATES: Protesting working conditions, poverty wages and harassment.

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,, The Nation, DemocracyNow or the 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.

DisOrientation 2012! Don't Forget to Register

posted Sep 19, 2012, 8:59 AM by Cardozo NLG   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 9:00 AM ]

Saturday Sept. 29 @ NYU Law. 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)

Speakers Include:
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 career fair in Arlington, VA - register by Sept. 17

posted Sep 13, 2012, 3:49 PM by Cardozo NLG

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:

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
October 16                                  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

1-10 of 46