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Fordham Hosts Biannual Trial Advocacy Competition

Founded in 1995, the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center recently held its biannual trial advocacy competition. Over the course of five days in July, 68 competitors participated in 17 simulated trials, mentored by 21 faculty from Fordham Law as well as 24 faculty instructors from outside Fordham. Adam Shlahet ’02, director of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, led [...]

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Posted on September 25, 2018

Fordham Law Offering New Fall Clinic: Democracy and the Constitution

The Fordham Law Clinical and Experiential Program has launched a Democracy and the Constitution clinic this fall, led by Professor and former Dean John Feerick and Professor John Rogan, who also co-taught the Presidential Succession clinic in 2016–2017. The clinic will take a holistic approach to the legal and social spheres of democracy, involving both legal research and analysis of public interaction [...]

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Posted on September 25, 2018

IRS Entertains a Stipulation of Settlement with the Federal Tax Clinic

Federal Tax clinic students Vick Paul and Brianna Discenza, under the direction and supervision of Professor Elizabeth Maresca, negotiated a resolution of a case where the IRS was holding a woman responsible for a large tax debt created entirely by her ex-husband. The Federal Tax clinic client, who lacks a college degree, married a high-level Wall Street executive. Despite [...]

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Posted on September 25, 2018

Irish Chief Justice’s Brexit Speech Continues Ireland-Fordham Ties

Over the past two decades, Fordham Law School has forged sturdy ties with Ireland through numerous connections: participating in the peace process between the Republic of Ireland and North Ireland in the mid-1990s, instituting the ongoing Belfast/Dublin Summer Program in 2001, sending its students to clerk for the Irish Supreme Court, and inviting Irish Supreme [...]

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Posted on September 24, 2018

Entrepreneurial Startups Get Started with the Law

Strict privacy laws. Heated disputes involving intellectual property. The risks and rewards of offshoring. These are just a few issues that Sean Coutain has to reckon with, working in compliance for a big tech company. “If you have an app you can download anywhere in the world, you’re subject to jurisdiction anywhere in the world,” [...]

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Posted on September 19, 2018

Fordham Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Launches Podcast

Fordham Law’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic has launched a podcast, Startup LAWnchpad, which will help familiarize entrepreneurs and businesspeople with the legal issues they need to be aware of as they get their companies up and running. Episodes of Startup LAWnchpad will feature Fordham Law professors, alumni, and students discussing various legal topics related to entrepreneurship, [...]

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Posted on September 17, 2018

Two Decades Later, a Conference on Law and Religion Still Resonates

Twenty years ago, Fordham Law convened “Rediscovering Religion in the Lives of Lawyers and Those They Represent,” a conference that brought together lawyers, judges, students, and scholars looking to help those in the legal field reconcile their deeply held religious beliefs with their professional lives. Amy Uelmen, a lecturer at Georgetown University, was one of those in [...]

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Posted on September 11, 2018

Family Advocacy Clinic Partners with Medical Center for One-Day Clinic

On June 20, Fordham Law’s Family Advocacy Clinic partnered with the Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (CERC)—a branch of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine—to run a one-day clinic for families with special-needs children. At the CERC, located in the Bronx, children complete various psychiatric, psychological, speech, and language evaluations in order [...]

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Posted on July 25, 2018

Solimene: Government Responsible For Difficulties Reuniting Families

A California federal judge’s preliminary injunction issued on June 26 forced the Trump administration to begin the process of reuniting thousands of migrant families it separated as part of its heavily criticized “zero tolerance” immigration policy. But as the ensuing weeks have demonstrated, making families whole again, particularly when no plan for doing so previously [...]

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Posted on July 16, 2018

Mayor’s Marijuana Policy Is Illegal, Unconstitutional And Irrational

Clinic Professor Martha Rayner wrote an op-ed in Crains New York about Mayor DeBlasio’s stance in marijuana and drug enforcement laws. The Police Department’s recent announcement that it will no longer arrest people for publicly smoking marijuana is welcome news, but carving out an exception for those with arrest histories violates the constitution, state statutes [...]

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Posted on July 10, 2018

Recent Grad Frank Kearl Wins National Lawyers Guild’s C.B. King Award

During his decorated Fordham Law career, Frank Kearl ’18 helped organize over 30 events on hot-button issues such as immigration, LGBTQ rights, and mass incarceration, participated in public interest projects across the United States and in Mexico, and held leadership roles in a number of student-run public interest groups at the Law School. For his [...]

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Posted on June 27, 2018

Law Clinic Provides Helping Hand for New Business Owners

Coss Marte does not need help starting a business. In fact, Marte is by any measure a success story. After serving time in prison for drug dealing, he returned to his native Lower East Side and opened ConBody, a boutique gym where New Yorkers learn a workout regime that he taught himself in prison—one that enabled [...]

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Posted on June 25, 2018

Family Advocacy Clinic Partners with Center for Families to Run Pop Up Clinic at Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc.

Attorney Andrew Weisfeld, Christina Eadie, and clinic interns Deborah Levine and Sloane Lewis collaborated with the Albert Einstein Medicial College to run a one-day, pop-up clinic at LSLS, Inc. on the 9th floor.  LSLS, Inc., the law firm arm of the Fordham Law Clinic, performed intakes and gave brief advice in person after reviewing client family documents. The [...]

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Posted on June 20, 2018

Protecting Your Film’s Intellectual Property

Professor Ron Lazebnik, who teaches the Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic, will be presenting at the NYC Women Filmmakers Workshop, “Protecting Your Film’s Intellectual Property,” on Wednesday, June 20th, at New York University. Together with transactional attorney Andrea Cannistraci, they will discuss their expertise in intellectual property in the film industry and how one can better understand and [...]

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Posted on June 20, 2018

Securities Clinic Hosts Annual Roundtable

Earlier this week, the Securities Arbitration Clinic held its annual roundtable event. Professor Paul Radvany hosted representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and a number of clinical professors from various law schools. Together, they met to address current issues and trends in the Securities industry as well as discuss these areas in their own clinics.

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Posted on June 20, 2018

LPA Clinic Advocates in Albany for Tax Debt Law Reforms

Students in Fordham’s Legislative Policy and Advocacy Clinic convened with elected officials and authored an op-ed during the spring semester as part of ongoing efforts to reform the state’s tax debt law so that thousands of New Yorkers facing extreme financial hardship would be exempt from license suspension. Under the supervision of Clinical Professor Elizabeth [...]

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Posted on June 19, 2018

How the End of Temporary Protected Status Will Endanger Immigrants of Color

Since November 2017, the Department of Homeland Security has announced the end of Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 people, many of whom have worked, paid taxes, and raised children in the United States for almost two decades after environmental disasters, armed conflict, or other extraordinary conditions forced them to flee their native countries. [...]

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Posted on June 18, 2018

Jessica Rose ’01 Named Executive Director of Brooklyn A

Fordham Law alumna Jessica Rose ’01 has been named executive director of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A after a distinguished 15-year career at the public interest nonprofit. Rose joined Brooklyn A’s Community & Economic Development Program in 2004 as a staff attorney and became the director of the CED Program in 2008. This summer, she [...]

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Posted on May 14, 2018

The Appearance of Professionalism

In the following abstract of a forthcoming article, Professor Elizabeth Cooper proposes that appearance conformities of lawyers are challenges to self-identity in the The Appearance of Professionalism, 70 Florida L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019) The dominant image of a lawyer overwhelmingly remains a neatly dressed person wearing a conservative, dark suit, white shirt, and appropriate [...]

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Posted on May 11, 2018

Tax Debt Law Harshly Affects Low-income Earners

Elaina Aquila and Gabrielle Kornblau, along with Emerson Argueta and Jessie Boas, all students in the Legislative and Policy Advocacy Clinic, wrote an op-ed for the Times Union about a tax law that allows the state to suspend an individual’s driver’s license for owing back taxes. Imagine struggling to keep a roof over your head and [...]

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Posted on May 1, 2018

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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on March 12, 2018

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