Social Justice

Dear Colleagues,

Recent events pose a challenge that we have never seen before—a global health LSLS Lawyer - Michael W Martinpandemic combined with a national movement for racial justice. The students and faculty in our clinics are responding by working harder than ever to serve their clients with crucial legal counsel and representation and the development of innovative policy proposals. We are grateful for the driven clinicians here at Fordham Law and our colleagues in the greater law community for their unflagging dedication to serving the underserved. Thank you for your incredible work.

Michael W. Martin, Associate Dean for Experiential Education

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Presidential Candidates Should Undergo Background Checks

Joe Beery ’20, Alexis Carra ’20, and Emily Viola ’21, students in Fordham Law’s Democracy and Constitution Clinic wrote an op-ed, published in Medium, arguing that presidential background checks are necessary and would provide useful information to voters. Picture a crisp D.C. morning on January 21, the first day of a new presidential administration. An [...]

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Posted on September 10, 2020

Simulated Lawsuit Teaches Emergency Medicine Residents How Med/Mal Works

Adam Shlahet ’02, director of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, collaborated with Mark Curato, DO, the assistant director of the EM residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, to bring a medical malpractice litigation practicum to a group of eight residents to help them understand how malpractice litigation works. The case involves [...]

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Posted on September 10, 2020

Launch Of Free Citywide Mediation Program For NYC Establishments From Harlem To Hollis

Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, director of the ADR & Conflict Resolution Program and the Mediation Clinic, was quoted in Harlem World Magazine regarding the launch of a program in New York City that will offer free mediation to New Yorkers and hospitality businesses. Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced MEND NYC, a program to provide mediation to New Yorkers and [...]

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Posted on August 19, 2020

Congress Can Provide Mail Voting for the Presidential Election

The article was researched and written by students in Fordham Law’s Democracy Clinic. Administering the upcoming 2020 presidential election poses unique challenges in light of COVID-19. To say the least, traditional in-person voting at polling sites runs antithetical to social distancing guidelines. Yet the reality is that Election Day will move forward regardless of the [...]

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Posted on August 11, 2020

Stop the Stigma Against Menstruation; Starting with the Bar Exam

Professor Elizabeth Cooper, faculty director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, co-authored an article on upcoming bar exams around the country and the ban on bringing in one’s own menstrual products to the exam. Distrust of people who menstruate needs to stop. For too long, menstruation has been an after-thought or something to be [...]

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Posted on July 29, 2020

It’s Time to Abolish Electors

This article was written by Andrew Vazquez ’22, relying on research and analysis that Jenny Brejt ’20 conducted for the Democracy Clinic’s study of the Electoral College. Students in the Democracy Clinic develop non-partisan reforms to the nation’s institutions. The clinic’s report on the Electoral College is among a slate of reports released earlier this [...]

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Posted on July 9, 2020

Pro Bono Scholars Swear In Virtually

Three Pro Bono Scholars from the class of 2020, Anna Aboody, Siobhan D‘Angelo, and Ciera Wilson, were admitted to the bar virtually during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the Pro Bono Scholars Progam, students devote their last law school semester to pro bono legal work on behalf of low income and indigent people. Working with one of [...]

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Posted on July 1, 2020

Federal Litigation Clinic Students Argue Appeal Before Second Circuit

Prior to the coronavirus shutdown, recent graduate Katherine Anne Boy Skipsey ’20, along with Nina Riegelsberger ’21 and Ruadhan McKeone ‘20, had the remarkable and rare opportunity to argue an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Preparing and rehearsing for nearly two months, the three Federal Litigation Clinic students, [...]

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Posted on June 12, 2020

School Dress Codes Still Disproportionately Affect Black and Gender Non-Conforming Girls

Professor Leah Hill shared her expert opinion with Supermajority on the many zero-tolerance dress codes in schools that disproportionately affect Black and gender non-conforming girls. Two high school seniors were recently barred from their graduations due to school dress codes, shining light on how these codes disproportionately punish Black girls. Earlier this month, Kieana Hooper told NBC [...]

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Posted on June 10, 2020

Fordham Law School Releases Reports Aimed at Checking Presidential Power and Improving Government Ethics and Transparency

June 8, 2020 – A Fordham Law School clinic is recommending a slate of non-partisan reforms to strengthen the United States’ institutions and its democracy. In six policy reports announced today, the Democracy and the Constitution Clinic calls for reforms to check presidential powers, improve ethics and transparency in government, and ensure fair and effective [...]

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Posted on June 4, 2020

Crimes of Conviction Should Not Drive Prison Health Policy

Professor Martha Rayner wrote an op-ed for New York Law Journal on the New York response to health and safety in prisons during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when asked at his daily press conferences about the health and safety of people locked-up in his state prisons, claims all necessary steps are being taken. That’s [...]

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Posted on May 28, 2020

Video: Professor Gemma Solimene Discusses TPS Status for Haitian Immigrants

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Gemma Solimene joined Raymond Audain, senior counsel for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, for a wide-ranging discussion of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian citizens in the United States.  TPS allows immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily while their country of origin recovers from a disaster—that disaster could come [...]

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Posted on May 27, 2020

Immigrant Rights Clinic Wins Green Card Victory for Abuse Victim

On March 9, 2020, just before Fordham University shut down its campus, a client of Fordham Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) came to the Law School to pick up an envelope containing green cards for her and her two daughters. The day was over four years in the making. Anna* had moved to the United [...]

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Posted on May 22, 2020

Rep. Thomas Suozzi ’89 Meets with Democracy Clinic

Congressman Thomas Suozzi ’89 recently met by videoconference with Fordham Law’s Democracy and the Constitution Clinic. The second-term congressman gave the students feedback on their proposals for reforms to the country’s institutions and its democracy. The meeting touched on projects the clinic has worked on over the past year, including reforms to the way special [...]

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Posted on May 11, 2020

LISTEN: Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Debuts Season 2 of Startup LAWnchpad Podcast

From crowdfunding to cryptocurrency, social impact investing, benefit corporations, and access to capital for female and minority entrepreneurs, the second season of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic’s Startup LAWnchpad podcast* explores a wide array of complex issues faced by startups as they obtain financing. This season’s theme can be best described as “From Seed Capital to [...]

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Posted on April 28, 2020

Law School Clinics Work to Help Prisoners Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Social distancing saves lives. But how are you supposed to guard against infection from the coronavirus if you’re trapped in an environment where social distancing is impossible? For the past five weeks, students and staff at Fordham Law School’s Federal Litigation Clinic and Criminal Defense Clinic have been working to secure the release of inmates [...]

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Posted on April 22, 2020

Fordham, Cornell Law School Clinics Offer Coronavirus Help

Fordham Law’s Federal Litigation Clinic was featured in an article for New York Law Journal for its response and quick action to serve its clients due to the COVID-19 crisis. “No matter what your subject matter is, there are COVID-related issues, so you don’t need to start a COVID clinic,” said Michael W. Martin, the [...]

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Posted on April 11, 2020

Expert Analysis Of Harvey Weinstein’s Sentence

Professor Cheryl Bader shares her expert opinion on Harvey Weinstein’s sentence with CBS New York. Often the defense will give some statement about their remorse. I think it’s very difficult in this case for Harvey Weinstein to really show remorse that would be adequate for the judge in a case where there’s been this siginificant conduct [...]

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Posted on March 16, 2020

ABA Recognizes Jacqueline Nolan-Haley with Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution has named Fordham Law Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley as the 2020 recipient of its Outstanding Scholarly Work Award. Professor Nolan-Haley is being recognized by the ABA for her landmark work in Northern Ireland: The 2020 Scholarly work award honors Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, of Fordham University. Professor Nolan-Haley is [...]

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Posted on February 28, 2020

Expert Cheryl Bader On Harvey Weinstein Verdict: ‘A Real Victory For The Prosecution And The #MeToo Movement’

Professor Cheryl Bader calls the Harvey Weinstein verdict a “real victory for the #MeToo movement” in a segment on CBS New York. This is a real victory for the prosecution and for the #MeToo movement. Even though it is a split verdict, they found guilt on what really is a top charge. In other words, [...]

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Posted on February 26, 2020

How an Unheralded Change to Criminal Procedure Law §150.20 Will Overhaul Arrest Procedures in New York

Professor and co-director of the Criminal Defense Clinic Martha Rayner and third-year student Alex Garber co-wrote an article for the New York Law Journal examining the modification to Criminal Procedure Law §150.20 that will significantly impact New Yorkers. This alteration constitutes a sea change in arrest procedures in New York state, where until now, the [...]

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Posted on February 25, 2020

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

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