The Fordham Law Clinic: Year-in-Review and Looking Ahead

Pro Bono Scholars 2018

All ten 2018 Pro Bono Scholars passed the bar, the second consecutive year that all scholars have passed.

Good news spreads quickly. Check out our latest accomplishments.

Changing a Law in New York State

Students in the Legislative & Policy and Federal Tax clinics worked together to advocate for a change in the tax law which they believe disadvantages the poor. It all began with a Tax Clinic client who couldn’t pay his back taxes and had his driver’s license suspended as a penalty, thereby disadvantaging him even further because he needed to drive to work and […]

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Posted: April 27, 2018

Clinic Student Deema Nagib Wins Fordham Law Public Service Award

Deema Nagib, a student in the Criminal Defense Clinic, received this year’s Public Service Valedictorian Award. Nagib committed over 1,000 hours to public service during her three years of law school. As a law clinic student, she was able to work with other law students, a social work student, and the clinic’s supervising psychologist, using an interdisciplinary approach to solving […]

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Posted: April 27, 2018

Family Advocacy Clinic Partners with Albert Einstein College of Medicine to Help Children with Developmental Disabilities

Leah Hill, associate dean for experiential education and director of the Family Advocacy Clinic, partnered this semester with the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The Family Advocacy Clinic and the Bronx Defenders comprise the partnership’s legal arm, which will help prepare a cadre of disability-informed legal professionals, […]

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Posted: April 27, 2018

Ian Weinstein to Receive Teacher of the Year Award at Diploma Ceremony

Ian Weinstein will receive Fordham Law’s Teacher of the Year award at the Law School’s diploma ceremony on May 22. Weinstein joined Fordham Law in 1991 as a full-time clinical legal educator and has played a key role in the growth of the clinical program since then. He was named the School’s first associate dean for clinical legal education, in […]

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Posted: April 27, 2018

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Holds One-Day Legal Clinic for Small Business Owners

Students of Fordham Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic recently conducted their first one-day legal clinic with Community Capital New York. Collaborating with alumnus William Malpica ’00, a partner in Martin LLP’s business and corporate group, students provided valuable legal services to 12 low- and moderate-income small-business owners. “It was quite a rewarding experience getting involved with […]

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Posted: April 16, 2018

Women’s Rights and the Carceral State

Fordham scholars Chi Mgbako and Jeanne Flavin, strong critics of carceral state approaches toward sex work and women’s reproduction, discussed their scholarship and advocacy related to the subject, their storytelling methods, and the intersectional nature of human rights movements during the Maloney Library’s most recent Behind the Book event on April 11. Mgbako, a clinical […]

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Posted: April 16, 2018

The Good Friday Agreement, 20 Years Later

Fordham Law School marked the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10 with a program featuring reflections and presentations on the accord that quelled decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. The event included a prerecorded interview of former Senator George J. Mitchell, who chaired the peace negotiations as United States special […]

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Posted: April 16, 2018

U.S. News Ranks Fordham Law #37 in Nation, Evening Program #3

In its 2019 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released today, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law No. 37 among 192 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The Law School’s part-time, evening program is ranked No. 3 out of 72 such programs. Last year, the School ranked No. 36 overall and No. 3 among […]

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Posted: March 20, 2018

Introducing the Spring 2018 Pro Bono Scholars

On March 5, ten Fordham Law students in their final semester of law school began working full time in nonprofit legal service organizations, helping provide access to justice to underserved populations in New York City. These students sat for the New York bar exam in February 2018 and will graduate in May, at the end of their third year. […]

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Posted: March 12, 2018

ELC Students Conduct Legal Symposium for Entrepreneurs

Students in Fordham Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), under the supervision of Professor Bernice Grant, recently conducted a legal symposium for entrepreneurs in preparation for the Fordham Foundry’s second annual Pitch Challenge to be held on April 8. In the Pitch Challenge Fordham student entrepreneurs will compete for $20,000 prize money. Clinic students educated the entrepreneurs about various legal issues they […]

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Posted: March 12, 2018

Leitner Human Rights Clinic Students Present Gendered-Approach Inputs to UNHCR

Students in the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic presented a report to representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New York, urging the UNHCR to include concrete, gendered-approach inputs in the forthcoming Global Compact for Refugees for consideration by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. The students discussed their analysis of […]

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Posted: March 8, 2018

Immigrant Rights Clinic Wins Asylum for Chadian Man

After years of research and preparation, students in the Immigrant Rights Clinic have helped an African man secure asylum in the United States. The man had suffered punishment for his sexual orientation and faced threat of further persecution if forced to return to his home country of Chad. The clinic’s work for the Chadian man […]

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Posted: March 8, 2018

Leitner Human Rights Clinic Partners with Amnesty International Japan

Clinical Professor Chi Mgbako and Walter Leitner Human Rights Clinic students Hannah Ahern, Adela Hurtado, Lisa Matsue, Giselle Sedano, and Carolina van der Mensbrugghe recently traveled to Tokyo to formally present testimony from a white paper they had prepared to the Japanese Ministry of Justice on procedural reform recommendations for the treatment of death row prisoners. […]

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Posted: February 6, 2018

Fordham Law Students Take Second Place in the ABA’s Region 2 Client Counseling Competition

Fordham Law School’s experiential program, under the direction of Professor and Faculty Director of Professional Skills Beth Schwartz, hosted the ABA Law Student Division’s Client Counseling Competition on Feb. 3 and 4.This is the first time that Fordham hosted the competition and that Fordham Law students participated. Professors Jay Rubin and Gerald Lebovits, faculty with the Fundamental Lawyering Skills, coached […]

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Posted: February 6, 2018

Clinic Students Participate in Successful Consumer Debt Appeal

Fordham Law School’s Consumer Litigation Clinic recently teamed with other consumer advocates on an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which reinstated a challenge to systemic debt-collection practices that victimize low-income people. During the fall 2016 semester, Brian O’Toole ’17 and 3L Meredith Cusick reviewed and analyzed dozens […]

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Posted: January 30, 2018

Federal Tax Clinic Wins Case to Relieve Client’s Debt

The Federal Tax Clinic notched another victory this fall when Fordham Law students won a case for a client whose spouse had mismanaged household finances, saddling the client with tax debt that should not have been hers to pay. The client approached the clinic after her husband had failed to pay over $200,000 of taxes […]

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Posted: January 18, 2018

Fordham Law Set to Return to Ireland

This summer, Fordham Law students will carry on a proud tradition of learning from and engaging with legal, political, and academic leaders responsible for the peace process between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Started in 2001, the Belfast/Dublin Summer Program provides students invaluable firsthand experience into international law and dispute resolution via internships […]

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Posted: January 10, 2018

Thomas Schoenherr Wins Father Robert Drinan Award

Thomas Schoenherr, founder and assistant dean of Fordham Law’s Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), has guided Fordham Law students on pro bono and community service work for nearly 30 years. On Jan. 3, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities presented him with the Father Robert Drinan […]

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Posted: January 4, 2018

Taking Ethics to a Higher Level

A conversation with five Fordham Law professors about ethics and professional responsibility. When it comes to being an ethical lawyer, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct seem to be what most states rely on to form their own rules of acceptable lawyerly behavior. At Fordham Law, however, ethics is not just a matter of […]

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Posted: December 21, 2017

Artist Representation Society Launches

Though artists enrich society’s culture and its members’ imaginations, they are often deprived of justice. Fordham Law’s Artist Representation Society, a new organization of the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), aims to combat exploitation of artists and to educate artists about their legal rights. Spearheading the group are Anna Cui and Andreas Moffett, 1L students […]

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Posted: December 14, 2017

Symposium Examines Landmark Interracial Marriage Ruling’s Legacy

Two dozen scholars of law, sociology, and history from across the country convened for the two-day Fordham Law Review Symposium, held November 2–3 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The event was presented in conjunction with the Law School’s Center on […]

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Posted: November 9, 2017

Fordham Law School Wins Award for Ethics Program in Ghana

A joint program between Fordham Law School, White & Case LLP, and the School of Law of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) won this year’s American Lawyer’s Global CSR Project of the Year. The prize, presented at the Edison Ballroom on Sept. 25, was awarded for the group’s establishment of a […]

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Posted: October 26, 2017

Bill Geared for Protecting Models Against Sexual Harassment Is Supported by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic

Elizabeth Cooper was mentioned in a Women’s Wear Daily article about a bill to protect fashion models who face sexual harassment. Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, a former model, noted that she and other models have spoken about “the systematic sexual harassment and abuse on the job — and yet, powerful individuals have tried to […]

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Posted: October 25, 2017

Is Amazon Too Big?

Ron Lazebnik was quoted in Amherst Wire about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods as a possible antitrust law violation. The deal between Whole Foods and Amazon became official in August. The first order of business? Cut prices at the high-end grocery store by 43 percent, sending a huge shockwave throughout the $800 billion supermarket industry, […]

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Posted: October 24, 2017

After Weinstein Scandal, a Plan to Protect Models

Elizabeth Cooper was quoted in a New York Times article about New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s proposed bill to protect fashion models who face sexual harassment. Trish Goff, a former top model, discussing her experiences with Mr. Weinstein, told The New York Times, “The horrible thing is, as a model, it wasn’t that unusual […]

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Posted: October 23, 2017

Securities Arbitration at Fordham Law: A Team Effort

The way Fordham Law Professor Constantine N. “Gus” Katsoris ’57 remembers it, securities disputes before 1987 mirrored the Old Testament’s Tower of Babel. Each jurisdiction hearing securities cases spoke different languages, or rather conformed to different rules, creating “confusion and bedlam,” according to Katsoris, which prevented disputes from reaching timely or cost-effective resolutions. Katsoris championed […]

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Posted: September 14, 2017

What It’s Truly Like to Be a Fashion Model

Elizabeth Cooper is quoted in a New York Times article about models in the fashion industry facing sexual harassment. Elizabeth Cooper, an associate professor of law at Fordham University and the director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, said that full-time employees who have experienced sexual harassment have a chain of reporting they can […]

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Posted: September 11, 2017

Fordham Law School Launches Innovative Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Led by Bernice Grant

Fordham Law School has launched an innovative Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. It is part of a larger entrepreneurial law program at the School that combines a foundational curriculum in law and entrepreneurship with opportunities for students to work directly with early-stage startup companies and social enterprises in the vibrant and growing startup community in New York […]

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Posted: August 24, 2017

Seeking Shelter

Fordham alumnus fights for refugee rights at the border. Fordham Law alumnus Angelo Guisado ’12, along with two of his fellow attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights, earlier this month filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. border agents of systematically denying refugees their right to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. On July 12, Guisado, […]

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Posted: August 14, 2017