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Fordham Law School’s Lincoln Center campus was once the site of the real-life dramas portrayed in beloved classics like West Side Story. Here are some of OUR west side stories that showcase the critical work of Fordham Law’s clinical students and practitioners.

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What Pictures Are the Prosecution and Defense, Trying to Paint in Weinstein’s Trial?

Professor Cheryl Bader sat down for an interview with ABC News to discuss the prosecution and defense teams’ strategies in the ongoing Harvey Weinstein trial. They [the defense team]want jurors to look at this case as a pay to play case. That these particular women were willing to sleep their way to the top, they wanted [...]

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Posted on February 10, 2020

Expert Analyzes Harvey Weinstein Prosecution, Defense Strategies

Professor Cheryl Bader shared her expert opinion with CBSN New York, analyzing the prosecution strategy in the Harvey Weinstein trial. All eyes are on this case and the prosecutor came out this morning with guns fired. Very graphic detail about the various encounters with these women and they need to do that because there are [...]

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Posted on January 27, 2020

Harvey Weinstein’s Dream Jury Is Conservative, Traditional, Skeptical

Professor Cheryl Bader was quoted in an article for Bloomberg examining Harvey Weinstein’s upcoming trial and how jury selection is likely to occur. Opening arguments in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial are more than a week off, but his lawyers are fighting for his freedom now, and the jury they select is the key to it. The [...]

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Posted on January 13, 2020

USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) Visits IPIL (Intellectual Property and Information Law) Clinic

Tim Rooney, from the USPTO, recently visited with Ron Lazebnik, supervising attorney of the IPIL clinic and spoke with clinic students about relevant topics such as various job opportunities for lawyers at the USPTO and the importance of taking advantage of experiential opportunites at the law school — such as the clinic.  He also enlightened [...]

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Posted on December 19, 2019

Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann Meets With Students in Democracy and Constitution Clinic

Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court met with former dean John Feerick, and Professor John Rogan and students in the Democracy and Constitution Clinic.  He offered his insights on legislative reform and the judiciary. The clinic conducts research to develop reforms to strengthen the nation’s [...]

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Posted on December 19, 2019

Helping People Get Out From Under

“Most of the people who come seeking help from the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Offices (CLARO) are low and moderate-income New Yorkers working more than one job, whose wages just haven’t been able to keep up with the cost of living,’ explains Dora Galactos, adjunct professor of law and executive director of the Feerick [...]

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Posted on December 19, 2019

Federal Tax Clinic Wins Big for Taxpayer

A taxpayer received a Notice of Deficiency for approximately $300,000 and contacted the Fordham Tax Clinic, directed by Professor Elizabeth Maresca, for assistance. She came to the U.S. from the Caribbean and had limited English proficiency. She focused her life on caring for her two children, one of whom had a severe disability and subsequently [...]

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Posted on December 18, 2019

Criminal Defense Clinic Students Attend the 7th Annual Parole Summit in Upstate New York

Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic (CDC), supervised by Professor Martha Rayner and Kaela Economos, the Clinic’s Social Worker, travelled to the correctional facility in Otisville, NY to attend a day-long Parole Summit. The extraordinary thing about this conference is that it was sponsored and planned by the Lifers and Long-Termers Organization — incarcerated persons [...]

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Posted on December 18, 2019

Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

IPIL Clinic alumni reminisced about how much they enjoyed working with their clients and how it was one of their favorite parts of law school. IPIL clinic alumni are, from left to right: Chawick Boswell ’16, Prof. Ron Lazebnik, Mazwell Friedman ’17, Nora Choueiri ’14, and Erica Palaia ’14. The Clinic, directed by Ron Lazebnik, was originally started up and funded by a [...]

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Posted on December 17, 2019

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

Students in Fordham’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), directed by Professor Bernice Grant, conducted their second pop-up small business legal clinic at Community Capital New York.  Collaborating with Will Malpica ’00 and two of his colleagues in Martin LLP’s business and corporate group, students provided valuable legal services to nine underserved small business owners, in English as well as [...]

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Posted on December 17, 2019

This New Bill Aims To Address The Disproportionate Discipline of Black Girls in Schools

Professor Leah Hill was quoted in an article focusing on the Ending PUSHOUT Act, which addresses the disproportionate over-policing black girls receive in schools. Black girls are seven times more likely to be suspended from school and four times more likely to be arrested at school compared to white girls. The Ending PUSHOUT Act was introduced on Dec. 5 [...]

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Posted on December 16, 2019

Fordham Law Students Join the Fight for Period Equity

In the state of Wisconsin, a person joining a gun club would not be charged a tax on their membership fees. In that same state, however, a person buying a box of tampons would be charged sales tax. What is the difference? Wisconsin considers the gun club membership “essential,” but the tampons a luxury. Thirty-three [...]

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Posted on November 25, 2019

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Visits Fordham Law’s Democracy Clinic

“Cuomo Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo ’95 recently spoke with students in Fordham Law’s Democracy and the Constitution Clinic about the clinic’s projects and how to effectively communicate about legal reform to a general audience. Cuomo drew on his experience as a practicing lawyer and two decades as a television journalist to respond to the [...]

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Posted on November 20, 2019

Fordham Law Students Find Success in Fall 2019 Trial Competitions

Third-year law students from the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center have set the bar high in this season’s noteworthy trial competitions. Fordham won first place at the Queens District Attorney’s National Trial Competition that concluded on October 20. Team members Michael Chubinsky, Andrew Kim, Paige Mainkin, and Sarah Stein were coached by Kate Flatley ’15 [...]

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Posted on October 23, 2019

Opening Doors

Journalist Sara Rimer profiled New York State Supreme Court Justice La Tia W. Martin, the founder of the Scales of Justice Academy, a program based at Fordham Law School and administered by Professor Leah Hill. A decade ago, Bronx-born-and-bred New York State Supreme Court Justice La Tia W. Martin wanted to find a way to [...]

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Posted on October 3, 2019

Creating a More Just World: Catching up With Pro Bono Scholar Program Alumni

Fordham Law School’s Pro Bono Scholar program allows participants to discover and develop their interests while working with a like-minded community of service-focused peers and mentors. By devoting their final semester of law school to real-life pro bono practice on behalf of indigent and low-income New Yorkers, Pro Bono Scholars gain practical work experience prior [...]

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Posted on October 2, 2019

Clinical Teaching Inspired by Fordham Law Clinical Experience

Fordham Law’s clinics offer students the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world legal and public interest work. Students who participate have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a variety of areas including international human rights, family advocacy, immigration rights, and corporate social responsibility. Several Fordham Law clinic alumni, inspired [...]

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Posted on October 2, 2019

Kathleen Scanlon ’86: Shedding Light on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Kathleen Scanlon ’86 said she chose to earn her J.D. at Fordham Law primarily for its philosophy—“in the service of others”—and for its tightly knit community. Today, as chief circuit mediator at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, she lives the Fordham philosophy and remains active in the Law School community as [...]

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Posted on September 27, 2019

 International Mediation Gets Some Enforcement Teeth

Earlier this month, 46 nations signed the United Nations’ Singapore Convention on Mediated Settlements, which offers concrete methods for enforcing international commercial settlement agreements resulting from mediation. It will come into force once it is ratified by at least three UN Member States. Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, director of Fordham Law’s Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution [...]

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Posted on September 27, 2019

The Biggest Hurdle In a Data Breach Case? Getting the Defendant in Court

Professor Cheryl Bader was consulted for a LegalTech News article that discusses the Capital One data breach and the reasons why it is so difficult to prosecute data breach crimes. Prosecuting data breach cases also requires tracking and preserving digital evidence in a manner that complies with the rules of evidence, which have struggled to [...]

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Posted on September 9, 2019

Training and Support Program Helps Prepare Young Women for Entrance into Law School

Fordham Law School is hosting the 11th annual Scales of Justice Academy, a three-week legal education program aimed to help prepare young women for entrance into law school. The current session commenced on July 8, 2019 and was kicked off with an address by the Honorable Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals [...]

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Posted on July 11, 2019

Stacey J. Rappaport ’96: Making Law Firms (and the World) a Better Place for Women

As a corporate litigator and the first woman elected to Milbank LLP’s five-member Global Executive Committee, Stacey J. Rappaport is as tough as they come. But what truly drives her is helping other women, whether they’re colleagues on the way up or those who are utterly powerless. Ask Stacey Rappaport if it was intimidating for [...]

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Posted on June 18, 2019

Clinic Visits Washington to Advocate for Reforms to Strengthen Democracy

Students in Fordham Law’s Democracy and the Constitution Clinic discussed their work with members of Congress and legislative staffers when they traveled to Washington, DC earlier this semester. They met with Representatives Thomas Suozzi, Jerrold Nadler, and Jamie Raskin. Two were once Fordham Law students themselves: Suozzi ‘89 and Nadler ’78. The clinic focuses on [...]

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Securities Arbitration Clinic Participates in Investor Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

A group of Fordham Law students from the Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic traveled to Washington, D.C. in early April to participate in an SEC Investor Advocacy Clinic Summit organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Joined by their supervisor Prof. Paul Radvany, the group attended the one-day summit with more than 60 fellow [...]

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Posted on May 1, 2019

Clinic Successfully Advocates for Poverty Amendment to Tax Law

A group of Fordham Law students and clinic professors have been strongly advocating for an important amendment to a New York State tax law. This week they gathered to celebrate a victory in the form of the amendment’s passing. Tax Law § 171-v mandates the Department of Taxation and Finance to suspend an individual’s driver’s [...]

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Posted on April 5, 2019

New Tax, Poverty, and Justice Clinic Addresses Driver’s License Suspensions

Over 24,000 New Yorkers have suspended driver’s licenses because they owe $10,000 or more in past due taxes. The new Tax, Poverty and Justice Clinic is working to amend the law that allows the suspension, NYS Tax Law §171-v, to carve out a hardship exception for those taxpayers who are too poor to pay their taxes. [...]

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Posted on March 7, 2019

Fundamental Lawyering Skills Students Compete at Regional ABA Negotiation Event

A team of two students from Fordham’s Fundamental Lawyering Skills program recently participated in the Regional ABA Negotiation Competition in Philadelphia. Led by faculty supervisor Professor Beth Schwartz, law students Matthew Ioannou and Alessandra Dagirmanjian competed in scenarios related to the professional obligations of lawyers. Last year was the first ABA Negotiation Competition that Fordham Law entered [...]

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Posted on March 7, 2019

Leah Hill Receives Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Award on Behalf of the Family Advocacy Clinic

Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Award is given “for being an outstanding example of leadership in the facilitation of partnerships between public, private, and special sector organizations to build better communities for the future.” In 2018 and again this semester, the Family Advocacy Clinic, directed by Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Leah Hill, joined [...]

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Posted on March 6, 2019

Brian Glick to Receive PIRC Public Interest Faculty Member of the Year Award

Professor Brian Glick, supervising attorney of the Community Economic Development Clinic, will be presented with the Public Interest Faculty Member of the Year Award at the PIRC Awards Dinner on April 4, 2019. Since establishing the CED Clinic nineteen years ago, Glick has worked alongside students to provide vital legal services to newly developing nonprofits, grassroots organizations, [...]

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Posted on March 6, 2019

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