Defending Immigrants Rights by jennyyingdi


									A   C O M M U N I T Y   O F   J U S T I C E

CUNYLAW                            SPRING 2007


Also Inside: Carnegie Report Lauds CUNY Law
Spr ing | 2007

11 CUNY Law Lauded by Carnegie Foundation
12 Guantánamo Bay: A Symposium
13 Immigration “Reform”?
15 Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic
     • Hands-On Clinic Fights for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

     • IRRC Faculty: Building a Movement

     • IRRC Client Profiles

1    Dean’s Message
2    Clinic
3    News in Brief
8    Spotlight
20   Staff News
22   Student News
24   Alumni/ae Notes

     Cover photo: Valmiki Reyes, 3L, by Andrew Sta. Ana, 3L
Dear Friends,

         s you know, CUNY School of Law egie Foundation for the Advancement of                               Professor Rebecca Bratspies has done a
         is an academic institution devoted Teaching, which recently issued a national, whirlwind tour of conference presentations
         to the public interest. Our mission book-length report on the status of legal ed- this semester, what she calls the “thinking big
is to graduate highly skilled attorneys who ucation entitled, Educating Lawyers: Prepara- thoughts marathon.” First, she co-organized
will practice “Law in the Service of Human tion for the Profession of Law. In its study, the the Fifth Annual University of Idaho Interna-
Needs.” We are proud to send a greater Carnegie Foundation heralds CUNY School tional Law Symposium entitled, “Free Trade
percentage of our graduates into                                                                                or Fair: The Softwood Lumber Dispute
public interest work than any other                                                                             and Beyond,” and presented an arti-
law school in the nation. We are also                                                                           cle at it entitled “Can Fisheries Survive
proud to have an outstanding clinical                                                                           Free Trade.” Seven days later she was
program that is consistently ranked                                                                             at Yale Law School presenting another
among the top ten in the nation.                                                                                article entitled, “Rethinking Decision-
    At CUNY School of Law, we aim                                                                               making in International Environmental
to help the legal profession bet-                                                                               Law: A Process-Oriented Approach to
ter reflect the extraordinary diver-                                                                             Sustainable Development,” at the Fifth
sity of New York City. We are one of                                                                            Annual Young Scholar’s Conference
the most diverse law schools in the                                                                             for the Yale Journal of International Law.
country, and we have a special com-                                                                             Five days later, Rebecca was in Kan-
mitment to immigrant populations.                                                                               sas presenting another article entitled,
    We ourselves are a multi-cultural                                                                           “The American Approach to Regulat-
community. Every year at graduation,                                                                            ing GMOs,” at the “Genetically Mod-
for example, students welcome their                                                                             ified Organisms: Philosophy, Science,
parents and friends in their native lan-                                                                        and Policy” Symposium for the Kansas
guages. Last year, students spoke in                                                                            Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Arabic, Creole, Danish, Farsi, French,                                                                             Professor Sidney Harring will be the
Irish, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Ital-       Dean Michelle J. Anderson and a lion celebrate the Lunar New       Fulbright-Lund Distinguished Chair
                                             Year                                                               in Human Rights Law at the Univer-
ian, Korean, Spanish, and Urdu.
    Many of our students, faculty, and staff are of Law as an exemplar of the kind of legal ed- sity of Lund in Sweden next year as well.
first and second generation immigrants from ucation that effectively integrates theory and                    Congratulations to these outstanding
all over the world. They hail from Afghan- practice. We are the most frequently and fa- faculty members!
istan, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, vorably cited law school in the Report. This                      It is a great time for CUNY School of
Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Ec- is excellent news that everyone in the CUNY Law. As the new Dean, I was pleased to be
uador, Egypt, France, Gambia, Georgia, Guy- Law family can take pride in.                                 able to participate in the CUNY School of
ana, Honduras, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel,          Let me just highlight a few bits of faculty Law’s annual Chinese Lunar New Year cel-
Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Phil- news that materialized as we were going to ebration, which the above photo memorial-
ippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, press:                                                        izes. This is the Year of the Pig, an auspi-
Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Ko-          The New York State legislature has just cious time for everyone. I understand that
rea, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad, elected Professor Natalie Gomez-Velez to the pig in the Chinese zodiac represents pu-
Uganda, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Viet- the New York State Board of Regents. Chief rity of heart, honesty, tolerance, loyalty, fer-
nam, among other countries.                        Judge Kaye also appointed Natalie to serve tility, and patience. These are great traits for
    Professor Sameer Ashar’s Immigrant as a member of the Independent Judicial all of us to celebrate as we devote ourselves
and Refugee Rights Clinic, which you will Election Qualification Commission.                               to public interest law and the strength of
read about in this issue, is one of the most          Professor David Nadvorney is the new immigrant communities everywhere.
popular in the Law School. Our Immigrant editor of The Learning Curve, the newsletter
Initiatives program, also featured herein, of law school academic support profession-                        Yours,
helps thousands of people in the larger als. He is also the new editor of the Aca-
New York City metropolitan area navigate demic Support blog.
the immigration process and obtain United             Professor Ruthann Robson will be the
States citizenship.                                keynote speaker at an upcoming confer-
    In this issue of the Magazine you will read ence at the University of British Columbia                   Michelle J. Anderson
a lot of exciting news about CUNY School of entitled, “Standard Margin: Contemporary                         Dean and Professor of Law
Law. I encourage you to pay special atten- Issues in Canadian Law & Sexuality.”
tion to the story on page 11 about the Carn-

                                                                                                                                       Spring 2007 | 1

                                                                             A Conversation with Clinic
                                                                                Director Susan Bryant
                                                                         on Immigration Programs at CUNY Law

        ue Bryant has led the clinical program at the Law School to national prominence. She is recognized as a leader in clinical legal education
        because of her scholarly work on cultural competence and collaboration and, more importantly, because she has been a kind and insightful
        mentor for generations of teachers in the field. In addition to founding the Battered Women’s Rights Clinic with Maria Arias at CUNY Law
and nurturing all of the other strong clinical programs through periods of transition and growth, Bryant has played a central role in the development of
immigration offerings. In 1997, together with Janet Calvo and former Dean Kris Glen, and with funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute,
she created Immigrant Initiatives as an umbrella organization for the immigration programs offered at the Law School, including the Immigrant and
Refugee Rights Clinic.

Q: Why did the Law School start                    immigrants’ perspectives throughout                  legal education, the CUNY experience to
    Immigrant Initiatives?                         the curriculum. Several CUNY faculty,                legal services, judicial organizations, and
A: We recognized that we were accumulat-           together with faculty from other law                 other law school clinics. It is essential
ing expertise on how law schools could af-         schools, took responsibility for creating            that clinical legal scholars use their ex-
fect change in and on behalf of immigrant          these models. I worked on how to inte-               pertise and capacity to develop best prac-
communities. We had a sense that stu-              grate immigrant perspectives in clinical             tices and new models of service provision
dents brought the modern immigrant ex-             education. We sponsored a conference at              and I feel privileged to have been able to
perience to the Law School and would re-           the Law School and asked participants to             do so in this area.
turn to practice in their communities. We          present these teaching models. I worked
thought that it made sense to think con-           with Jean on the model that eventually               Q: How are you re-visioning Immigrant
ceptually about our educational offerings          led to teaching materials and my article,               Initiatives in 2007?
and the services we were providing as ini-         The Five Habits: Building Cross-Cultural             A: The Law School can be at the forefront
tiatives or models that could be replicated        Competence in Lawyers, in the Clinical Law           of immigrant legal services in New York
at other law schools and in legal services         Review. Early in the course of develop-              City on at least two dimensions: first, we
offices. For example, the work that I did           ing the habits, Jean and I realized that ne-         can be the preeminent community edu-
with [Yale Law School clinician] Jean Koh          gotiating language difference was a key              cation provider as immigration laws are
Peters and others on cultural competence           component of cross-cultural competence,              changed in Washington. Second, we can
stemmed from Immigrant Initiatives.                but we had to carve it out because it rep-           be a leader in developing effective models
Also, the adoption of a community edu-             resented a project in and of itself. I recog-        of service provision, including community
cation and individual counseling model             nized that lawyers were representing lim-            education, partnerships with grassroots
of service provision was the result of our         ited English proficiency clients in ways              organizational partners, counseling and
work in this area. At the same time, former        that undermined the cases and the rela-              referral, policy advocacy, and individual
Dean Kris Glen was guiding the develop-            tionships. As I have done more research              casework. As the City Council disperses
ment of the Community Legal Resource               on language access issues in recent years,           resources for immigrant legal services to
Network, and the immigration practice              it has become clear that professional in-            numerous organizations throughout the
group was a natural fit for our graduates           terpretation is essential because students’          city, there is great need for the develop-
and complemented what we were doing                or family members’ language capabilities             ment and sharing of best practices in this
at the Law School. We hired CUNY Law               are outside the “domain” of law and le-              area. I hope that we can continue to pro-
graduate, Alizabeth Newman, ’91, and Im-           gal process. My bilingual colleagues in              vide good services through the Clinic and
migrant Initiatives was born.                      the Clinic also raised the bar for how we            be self-conscious about ways in which our
                                                   ought to be providing services to immi-              programs can help transform legal ser-
Q: How has your work in this area stimu-           grant clients. The profession as a whole             vices elsewhere. We will continue to build
   lated your scholarship?                         has gotten more sophisticated in this area           collaborative programs between students,
A: One project of Immigrant Initiatives            in recent years, and I have been happy to            faculty, and alums to these ends.
was the creation of models to integrate            bring, through trainings and continuing                                        —Sameer Ashar

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                                             NEWS IN BRIEF

AALS Visits CUNY Law

       rom March 25-28, a site team of              The AALS has taken a leadership role         Law Schools and the Provision of Legal Ser-
       evaluators from the Association           in pursuing equality of opportunity in le-      vices,” “Learning To Serve” (promoting pro
       of American Law Schools (AALS)            gal education and in the legal profession for   bono service in legal education), “Perspec-
visited CUNY Law School as part of our           all persons. It has been a leader in fight-      tives on Diversity: AALS Special Commis-
application to become a member of the                                                            sion on Meeting the Challenges of Diversity
organization. The AALS site team visited                 Membership                              in an Academic Democracy,” and “The Ra-
classes and talked to students, faculty, and                                                     cial Gap in the Promotion to Tenure of Law
staff about the Law School.                       in the AALS will enhance                       Professors.”
   The AALS, the national learned society                                                           Membership in the AALS will enhance
for law teachers and law schools, and the              the Law School’s                          the Law School’s standing in the legal acad-
principal representative of legal education          standing in the legal                       emy and will enhance the value of a CUNY
to the federal government and other na-                                                          Law degree. In addition, the presence of
tional higher education organizations and           academy and will en-                         CUNY Law School as a full member of the
learned societies, is the central resource for                                                   AALS will further the influence that we can
the “improvement of the quality of legal             hance the value of a                        have on the direction of legal education
education” (see Founded in             CUNY Law degree.                           across the country.
1900, the institution has been led by such                                                          As CUNY Law School enters its 24th
progressive luminaries as feminists Debo-        ing for affirmative action in admissions and     year, membership in the AALS will cement
rah Rhode and Herma Kay Hill, critical le-       against the military’s discriminatory poli-     our important role in legal education, as
gal theorist Mark Tushnet, and critical race     cies on gays and lesbians. The AALS has         reflected in the recently released Carnegie
theorists Gerald Torres and Emma Cole-           issued a number of important special re-        Foundation Report on legal education. It is
man Jordan.                                      ports, including “Pursuing Equal Justice:       a well deserved coming of age.  •

       Anthony Farley Named 11th Haywood Burns Chair

                                                        rofessor Anthony Farley of Boston         adequate response to Hurricane Katrina as
                                                        College Law School has been               a central theme. He argued that Amtrak
                                                        named the 11th Haywood Burns              could have been used to rescue many of
                                                 Chair for 2006-2007. For over a decade,          New Orleans’ poorer population. Instead
                                                 the Burns Chair has brought to CUNY              there was great resistance to offer such aid
                                                 Law distinguished scholars, practitioners,       to the dispossessed, and the roots of the
                                                 and activists whose work continues               Federal response reflect the class and race
                                                 former Dean Haywood Burns’ lifelong              relationships of the nation.
                                                 commitment to “Law in the Service of                Farley’s work in legal theory, constitu-
                                                 Human Needs.”                                    tional law, race, and slavery has appeared
                                                    Acting Associate Dean Pamela Ed-              in numerous academic journals and an-
                                                 wards encouraged Farley to apply. “He            thologies. He hopes that his writings
                                                 is a dynamic teacher, and he brings a dif-       “show the ways in which law is impli-
                                                 ferent perspective to our faculty and stu-       cated in the terrible suffering occasioned
                                                 dents in how he looks at race and class,”        by the false freedoms of the present
                                                 said Edwards.                                    moment.”
                                                    As Burns Chair, Farley teaches two               Asked what being the Burns Chair means
                                                 classes: Critical Legal Theory, and Law          to him, Farley says: “It means a great deal
                                                 and Psychoanalysis. “I am tremendously           to me, personally and politically, to hold
                                                 happy in the CUNY Law community and              the Burns Chair. Haywood Burns was a
                                                 with the absolutely brilliant participants in    beloved, brilliant scholar and activist who
                                                 the two classes.”                                tragically passed on too soon. The Burns
                                                    Farley, likewise, made a strong impres-       Chair is a way to carry on his work. I am
                                                 sion on students when he spoke this past         very excited and proud to carry it on this
 Anthony Farley, 11th Haywood Burns Chair        September on the current state of civil          year. There is no professional honor that
 Photo by V. Hill                                rights, using the federal government’s in-       has ever meant as much to me.”  •
                                                                                                                            Spring 2007 | 3

 An Evening with Theodore M. Shaw
Director-Counsel and President of the                                                                 preme Court heard that case (along with
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational                                                                   one challenging the use of affirmative ac-
Fund, Inc. (LDF)                                                                                      tion at the University of Michigan Law
                                                                                                      School) and ruled in favor of diversity as a

       ed Shaw could have talked about                                                                compelling state interest. Shaw discussed
       how instrumental his role was in                                                               the present Louisville and Seattle integra-
       the landmark Brown v. Board of                                                                 tion cases currently pending in the Su-
Education case. He could have listed all his                                                          preme Court. He also spoke of his love for
achievements as Director of the National                                                              Haywood Burns and CUNY Law School.
Association for the Advancement of                                                                       He reminded us that race is still an issue
Colored People (NAACP LDF). But on                                                                    – that even when an institution creates pol-
the evening of January 30, 2007, Shaw                                                                 icies that address class-based inequalities,
humbly entered CUNY School of Law,                                                                    minorities are often still harmed in the pro-
luggage in hand, and apologized for                                                                   cess. He reminded us that CUNY could be
being late. His opening statement:                                                                    like other schools and just be “good,” or
   “I’m ready,” he said. “Tell me what is                                                             separate itself as Howard University Law
on your mind.”                                 Ted Shaw, Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP School once did – and not get caught up
   Shaw was interviewed by another nota-       Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)        in what more traditional schools deem as
ble advocate, NAACP - LDF Chair (and ce-         from the Brown case to the Michigan affir- satisfactory, but he held the bar higher for
lebrity spouse of Spike Lee), Tonya Lewis        mative action admissions case in which us. Shaw inspired us to remember why we
Lee, Esq., on behalf of CUNY Law’s Black         Shaw served as head counsel for a coalition came to CUNY Law and of the legacy we
Law Students Association. The interview          that represented African-American and La- will represent when we leave here to take
covered much important historical ground,        tino student activists. In 2003, the U.S. Su- up our work.                          —Ify Ike, 2L

                                                   2007 Lunar New Year Celebration

                                                                                                            he Law School hosted its annual
                                                                                                            celebration of the Lunar New
                                                                                                            Year on February 28, 2007, at a
                                                                                                     downtown Flushing restaurant.              The
                                                                                                     luncheon was attended by over 200
                                                                                                     members of the Flushing and Law School
                                                                                                     communities and honored Ti-Hua Chang,
                                                                                                     WCBS reporter; Peter Koo, President of the
                                                                                                     Flushing Chinese Business Association;
                                                                                                     and Hon. Toko Serita ‘89, Judge of the
                                                                                                     Criminal Court of the City of New York.
                                                                                                        Pictured from left to right are: Helen Mar-
                                                                                                     shall, Queens Borough President; Mabel
                                                                                                     Law, Executive Director of the Downtown
                                                                                                     Flushing Business Improvement District;
                                                                                                     Peter Koo, President of the Flushing Chi-
                                                                                                     nese Business Association; Michelle J. An-
                                                                                                     derson, Dean, CUNY School of Law; Judge
                                                                                                     Toko Serita,’89, Criminal Court of the City
                                                                                                     of New York, Kings County; Judge Ran-
                                                                                                     dall Eng, NYS Supreme Court Justice,
                                                                                                     Criminal Term, Queens County; Ti-Hua
                                                                                                     Chang, WCBS reporter; Grace Meng, Esq.;
                                                                                                     and Frank Shih, Assistant Dean of Student
                                                                                                     Affairs, CUNY School of Law.     •
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Rhonda Copelon Awarded
2006 Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award

        honda Copelon, a member                                                                    legal recognition of rape and sexual vio-
        of the CUNY School of Law                                                                  lence as crimes of genocide and torture.
        faculty for over twenty years                                                              Copelon also supervised clinic students’
and co-founder and director of the                                                                 assistance to the women’s caucus at vari-
International Women’s Human Rights                                                                 ous UN conferences including the Fourth
Clinic (IWHR), has been named the                                                                  World Conference on Women (Beijing)
2006 Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award                                                               and their drafting of the Judgement of
recipient. Established in 1992 in memory                                                           the NGO initiated International Wom-
of Ruth G. Schapiro, the first chair of the                                                         en’s Criminal Tribunal on Japan’s Mili-
Committee on Women in the Law, the                                                                 tary Sexual Slavery (“comfort women”).
award honors a New York State Bar                                                                  Copleon explains that, “All our work has
Association member who has made a                                                                  groundbreaking aspects and among our
remarkable contribution to addressing                                                              goals is to engage students in the process
issues affecting women.                                                                            of lawyering to change both the law and
    Professor Copelon explains that, in                                                            the conditions of peoples’ lives.”
her advocacy for women’s rights, she                                                                  Professor Copelon is a board mem-
has sought to be responsive to the inter-                                                          ber of the Center for Constitutional
secting inequalities—such as race, pov-                                                            Rights and the National Economic and
erty, and sexuality—that affect wom-                                                               Social Rights Initiative. She has served
en’s lives. Before coming to CUNY,                                                                 on the Advisory Board of the Women’s
Professor Copelon played a crucial role                                                            Program of Human Rights Watch, and
in the women’s rights movement of the                                                              was a co-founder of and legal advisor
1970s as a staff attorney at the Center                                                            to the Women’s Caucus for Gender Jus-
for Constitutional Rights in New York. Rhonda Copelon, Director of the                             tice. She has also given seminars in gen-
There, she worked on issues surround- International Women’s Rights Clinic                          der and international law for judges of
ing abortion and the prevention of ster-                                                          the ICC, the Special Court for Sierra Le-
ilization abuse, as well as litigating both    olations and resistance to applying human       one, international prosecutors, and activ-
civil rights and international human rights    rights here. Under Copelon’s direction and      ists on the ground.
cases, including several that most law stu-    guidance, students involved in IWHR have            Professor Copelon has recently been
dents read: People v. Liberta, which inval-    worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases, am-      awarded a Fulbright and will be teaching
idated NY’s marital rape exception, and        icus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court       this semester at the Human Rights Cen-
Harris v. McRae, which challenged the cut-     (Bzonkala v. Morrison and Town of Castle Rock   ter at the University of Chile Law School.
off of Medicaid funds for abortions. Co-                                                       There, she also plans on continuing her re-
pelon also co-counseled cases challenging                “All our work has                     search on how legal changes that have re-
a broad range of issues including racism,           groundbreaking aspects                     sulted in understanding sexual violence as
governmental misconduct, and human                                                             torture have affected policy makers and
rights abuses, leading to the landmark            and among our goals is to                    victimized women and will be working
case of Filartiga v. Pena, which opened fed-         engage students in the                    with an NGO on approaches to decrimi-
eral courts to international human rights              process of lawyering                    nalizing abortion in Chile. She will return
claims.                                                                                        to IWHR in fall of 2007.
    Copelon co-founded the IWHR clinic in                 to change both                           On her experiences at CUNY and within
1992 at CUNY in recognition of the fact that      the law and the conditions                   the clinic, Copelon says: “I consider that
there was a need for legal support for a grow-          of peoples’ lives.”                    one of the luckiest things in my life is that
ing international women’s human rights                                                         I am at CUNY Law School and I work
movement as well as a need to bring hu-        v. Gonzales) as well as before international    with students who bring a genuine com-
man rights into U.S. practice. IWHR works      courts and tribunals, such as the ad hoc In-    mitment to social justice. It is a privilege
with activist partners here and abroad and     ternational Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda       and part of my life’s work to pass on what
is viewed in the international community as    and former Yugoslavia.                          I have learned about being a movement
a non-governmental organization with legal         Professor Copleon has supervised a vari-    lawyer so that students can carry the work
expertise. At the same time, about half of the ety of work with human rights treaty bod-       on in their own lives, their own way, and
clinic’s work involves challenging U.S. vi-    ies. The clinic’s work has resulted in the      their own time. —Joanna Donbeck, 2L

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 Cuomo Appoints                                    CLRN is on the Move
 Jenny Rivera as
                                                         wo thousand seven, a year of hope             in different aspects of the law. We have
                                                                                                       members in solo practice and small of-
 Civil Rights Deputy                                     and uncertainty for immigrants,
                                                         ushers in growth and enhanced                 fices and members running and partici-
 Attorney General                                  programming at the Community Legal                  pating in free legal service programs for
                                                   Resource Network (CLRN), especially for             immigrants. CLRN’s range of practitio-

 P    rofessor Jenny Rivera, a member of
      the CUNY School of Law faculty since
 1997, has been appointed Special Deputy
                                                   our many immigration lawyers and other
                                                   members who benefit from access to this
                                                   crucial field of public service law. The
                                                                                                       ners provides exceptional mentoring for
                                                                                                       our members, often realized on CLRN’s
                                                                                                       busy listserv.
 Attorney General for Civil Rights for             year began with welcoming Lisa Reiner-                 Nearly 50 members make up the newly-
 Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.                 Sotelo as CLRN’s new, full-time Associate           configured Immigration Practice Group
    Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo               Director. A 1990 CUNY Law graduate,                 at CLRN. Led by Reiner-Sotelo, and at-
 could not have appointed a more quali-            Reiner-Sotelo brings to CLRN her experi-            tended by members who graduated in
 fied individual for the position. Professor        ences as a staff attorney with a non-profit          1986 through 2006, the group met for the
 Rivera, a native New Yorker and “Lower-           immigration legal services office and in her         first time on February 8, 2007. We look
 Eastsider,” has both the passion and ex-          own community-based solo immigration                forward to regular meetings of this group
 pertise to vigorously advance what she            law practice.                                       offering valuable Continuing Legal Edu-
 describes as an “aggressive, affirmative              In the last several months, CLRN has             cation (CLE) programming and a forum
 enforcement agenda.” Her public inter-                                                                                  for case discussions.
 est career includes legal work in women’s                                                                                  CLRN is offering its
 rights, education, employment discrimina-                                                                               immigration       lawyer
 tion, and language discrimination. Profes-                                                                              members a variety of
 sor Rivera is a former member of the New                                                                                opportunities to pro-
 York City Commission on Human Rights                                                                                    vide much-needed le-
 and was an administrative law judge in the                                                                              gal services and to ex-
 New York State Division of Human Rights.                                                                                pose their practices to
 In addition, Professor Rivera litigated                                                                                 growing potential cli-
 federal and state class actions when she                                                                                ent bases. We are work-
 worked as Associate Counsel for the Puerto                                                                              ing on programming
 Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.                                                                                 at trusted community
 She also clerked in the Southern District of                                                                            sites, like schools and
 New York for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who                                                                                 churches, where CLRN
 currently sits on the Second Circuit Court of                                                                           member attorneys pro-
 Appeals. Professor Rivera has also received                                                                             vide informative talks
 numerous awards for her service and advo-                                                                               to immigrant commu-
 cacy work in the Latina community.                                                                                        nity members and in-
                                                    Gurpal Singh, 2L, Acting Executive Director of SEVA Immigrant
    Rivera explains that there is a theme           Community Advocacy Project and CLRN Associate Director Lisa            dividual counseling
 running through Cuomo’s ambitious civil            Reiner-Sotelo ‘90                                                      where needed. CLRN
 rights agenda: “This is about making peo-                                                                                 member attorneys are
 ple’s lives better and is focused on enforc-      welcomed 40 new members from a va- also getting funding for representing cli-
 ing laws to protect people who are targets        riety of practice areas with differing lev- ents-in-need. Please contact Reiner-So-
 of discrimination and violence: people of         els of experience. Our member attorneys telo at
 color, women of all colors, poor people,          are CLRN’s lifeblood. We are an organiza- edu for further information.
 and sexual minorities.” Professor Rivera is       tion poised to provide vital support to our            The Director of CLRN is Fred Rooney
 optimistic about the work that will result        member attorneys who roll up their sleeves (CUNY Law 1986). CLRN was created by the
 from putting more resources into the Civil        and serve communities-in-need by provid- Law School and supports graduates as they
 Rights Bureau and the creation of her posi-       ing high-quality, affordable legal services.        become solo practitioners or work in small
 tion: “By creating this position and expand-         Among CLRN members who de- community-based organizations. CLRN pro-
 ing the Civil Rights Bureau, Attorney Gen-        vote their practices to serving the needs vides a range of services that include legal re-
 eral Andrew M. Cuomo has sent a message           of immigrant communities, we have a search and continuing education for mem-
 that civil rights is a priority, discrimination   wide range of experience and expertise. bers. It is one of the innovative ways the Law
 is unlawful, and he will vigorously enforce       Some are brand new and some have prac- School provides support for its graduates in
 the laws.”         —Joanna Donbeck, 2L            ticed well over a decade. We serve dif- their mission to increase access to social jus-
                                                   ferent ethnic communities and specialize tice.       •
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                                              Alumni/ae Reception
Marnie Berk ’96 and her spouse, Jon Silvan, hosted an Alumni/ae Reception to welcome Dean Anderson
to the Law School community on March 6, 2007, in a gorgeous loft at the Global Strategy Group in
Manhattan. More than simply welcoming the new dean, the event was a chance to gather alumni/ae from
every graduating class and celebrate CUNY School of Law and its recent accomplishments.

                                                                    David Palmer ‘06, Professor Penny Andrews, and Iván Pantoja ‘06

Denise Holzka ‘96, Joanna Piepgrass ‘96, and Host Marnie Berk ‘96

                                                                    Admarie Llewellyn ‘95, Gregorio Mayers ‘94, Maribel Martinez Gunter ‘95,
                                                                    Jehanne Black ‘97 and Guest

                                                                    Arthur Aidala ‘92, Natalia Antrobus ‘92, Dean Michelle J. Anderson, and
                                                                    Josh Hanshaft ‘92

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Chris Nugent ‘96: Immigration Visionary

        hris Nugent is a graduate of CUNY as the Director. While at the ABA, Nugent diplomats defecting to the United States
        School of Law, class of 1996. In more finalized the negotiation of immigration based on their opposition to their govern-
        than 15 years in the legal profession, detention standards with the Department ments; gays and lesbians fleeing life-threat-
Nugent has established himself as a leading of Justice for the burgeoning population ening harm including execution and life-im-
expert and practitioner in immigration and of over 200,000 immigration detainees and prisonment because of their sexual identity;
refugee law. Nugent is currently a Senior engaged the ABA to focus its attention and and helping unaccompanied non-citizen
Counsel in the Community Services Team at work on the plight of over 8,000 unaccom- children facing uncertain fates if deported.”
Holland & Knight LLP, the largest full-time panied refugee and immigrant children ar-               Nugent acknowledged how difficult it
pro bono program of any law firm in the riving on our shores without parents or has been to deal with the Department of
country, and in 2004, he was awarded the guardians.                                              Homeland Security and the impact of the
Daniel Levy Memorial Award                                                                                “War on Terror” on immigration
for Outstanding Achievement in                                                                            policy in the United States. “Im-
Immigration Law.                                                                                          migration law and practice have
    Nugent’s path to immigration                                                                          become immensely challeng-
and refugee law began when he                                                                             ing post-9/11,” Nugent says.
moved from San Diego to the                                                                               “Criminal law practitioners now
rough and tumble of Brooklyn                                                                              say that immigration law has be-
with the sole purpose of attend-                                                                          come as challenging as death
ing CUNY Law because of its                                                                               penalty litigation when consid-
commitment to public interest                                                                             ering how high the stakes can
law. “I pursued internships and                                                                           be for people fleeing persecu-
summer clerkships in immigra-                                                                             tion and torture, subject to what
tion law at Gay Men’s Health Cri-                                                                         many experts consider an arbi-
sis in New York and the Ameri-                                                                            trary and capricious administra-
can Friends Service Committee                                                                             tive adjudication system.”
in both Miami and Newark,”                                                                                   Nugent’s current work spans
Nugent says. “After graduating                                                                            troubleshooting the perilous sit-
from CUNY, I relocated to South-                                                                          uations for refugees abroad, to
ern California to work for two         Chris Nugent ‘96 and Angelina Jolie celebrate the launch of the    advocating to Congress and the
years as a National Association for National Center for Refugee and Immigration Children, one of the Executive Branch on immigration
Public Interest Law Fellow in com- pro bono projects Holland & Knight LLP supports.                      and refugee policy issues, to direct
munity economic development ef-                                                                          representation of individual cli-
forts with Mexican and Guatemalan indige-          Now at Holland and Knight, LLP, Nugent ents in administrative and federal matters.
nous farm workers in the areas of child care, is involved, at any given time, in approxi- “Each venue has its own set of challenges,”
interpreter services, food security, and edu- mately 50 different matters with attorneys Nugent says. “In international matters,
cation. It was inspiring to work so closely and paralegals in offices around the country. real politics sometimes trump humanitar-
with members of the indigenous communi- “We employ a two-part test for case/project ian concerns to the detriment of individuals
ties facilitating the tools to empowerment acceptance,” he says. “It must be both beau- and classes.” In individual cases, Nugent
and self-realization. Together, we built com- tiful and impossible, and it must have a pos- believes, the adjudicatory system can ap-
munity gardens for food security, provided itive impact on law and policy. It has been pear arbitrary and capricious as applied to
the federal and state court systems with cer- a fascinating ride, from working on Capi- specific clients. “However,” he adds, “the
tified interpreters of indigenous languages, tol Hill on comprehensive immigration re- wide variety of my work and distinct ven-
trained and licensed farm worker women as form and other immigration legislation to ues keep me riveted. And in the end, Don
child care providers, and worked to prevent individual client services including, for ex- Quixote is vindicated when we are able to
attrition of farm worker children from pub- ample, most recently, securing the release of achieve positive reforms in law and policy
lic education.”                                 a United States citizen falsely charged with and justice for individual clients.”
    Eventually Nugent transitioned to the terrorism in Vietnam; Iraqis seeking refu-                              —Ting Ting Cheng, 1L
American Bar Association (ABA) Commis- gee protection in the United States or abroad
sion on Immigration in Washington, D.C., from persecution by the insurgents; foreign

8 | CUNY Law Magazine
                                                                                    Kavitha Pawria ’03:
                                                                                                 On the
                                                                                          Frontlines for
                                                                                    Immigrants’ Rights

        neighborhood in Jackson Heights         coalition of diverse immigrant communi-       deported after visiting the Department of
        bustles with vendors selling curried    ties, and is a consultant with CONNECT,       Motor Vehicles to renew her driver’s li-
        lamb, tacos, and Islamic books. Taxis   an organization dedicated to the preven-      cense because her Social Security number
scoot by and the 7 Train rumbles above          tion and elimination of family and gender     was invalid.
ground on Roosevelt Avenue. Business            violence. Despite working long hours for         Pawria worked with the family to ad-
owners, mostly Desi (of South Asian             little pay, Pawria’s passion is sustained     dress their immediate legal needs and to
descent), open up their restaurants, sari,      by her commitment to developing mod-          “highlight patterns of inter-agency col-
and gold shops for the day.                     els of accountable community lawyering        laboration and launch a campaign to ex-
   After an hour-long commute from Brook-       within movements for justice.                 ert pressure on the DMV not to collaborate
lyn, Kavitha Pawria climbs four flights of           Pawria is from an East Indian immi-       with Homeland Security, given the mas-
stairs to her small, cramped office at Desis     grant family and grew up in Cornwall,         sive impact on immigrants who rely on
Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). DRUM is            a small city outside of Montreal, where       driver’s licenses to earn a living, and the
a member-run, grassroots community or-          she helped to run her family’s small mo-      devastating increase in detention and de-
ganization of mostly women that advises         tel and restaurant business. She moved to     portation resulting from DMV turning im-
and organizes low-income, primarily un-         the United States 12 years ago, where she     migrants in to the Department of Home-
documented, South Asian and Muslim im-          graduated from Cornell University in 2000     land Security.”
migrants – most of whom have been af-           and CUNY Law School in 2003 with a fo-           Pawria explained, “Outside of a grass-
fected by detention and deportation in the      cus on international human rights law. As     roots context, this case would have been
post-9/11 era of the United States’ “War on     a law student, Pawria engaged in policy       treated as just another deportation case, and
Terror.”                                        change with a law reform group in Austra-     no policy change could come of it. Even if
   Pawria joined DRUM in 2004, when             lia focusing on indigenous rights. She also   an individual lawyer wanted to do some-
she received an Open Society Institute          worked with the Center for Constitutional     thing bigger with the case, they often don’t
Community Fellowship to develop the             Rights in New York, where she focused on      have the relationships or experience to or-
“Azaadi Legal Defense Project,” where           human rights litigation. Pawria received      ganize around it in the way a community-
she employed multiple strategies for fos-       the Haywood Burns Award in 2001 and           based organization does.”
tering community-led policy change.             the National Association for Women Law-          As a lawyer and policy analyst-cum-
She stayed on as Legal and Policy Orga-         yers Award in 2003 for her dedication to      community organizer, Pawria has the re-
nizer of the Immigrant Justice Program,         civil rights work.                            lationships and know-how to exact pol-
which encompasses community orga-                   This tireless community lawyer and        icy change. Kavitha has many cases still
nizing, leadership and campaign devel-          savvy political organizer is seemingly shy,   to fight and sees her role this way: “Law-
opment, media work, legal referrals, lo-        until she begins talking about current gov-   yers must not only understand the conse-
cal, national and international coalition       ernment policies which she deems “out-        quences of the law, but must also be deeply
work, and an Immigrant Resource Cen-            rageous,” such as the conflation of “im-       connected to the grassroots in order to
ter. She also serves as part-time coordi-       migration procedures with Homeland            move our communities from individual to
nator for Immigrant Communities in Ac-          Security.” Pawria recalled her first case at   collective action. Using the law is only one
tion – a grassroots, New York City-wide         DRUM of a woman who was detained and          tactic of many.”•
                                                                                                                          Spring 2007 | 9

Hon. Bryanne A. Hamill ‘90:
Giving Back to Move Forward

      udge Bryanne A. Hamill ‘90,                                                                   tims of domestic violence, and parents
      entered CUNY Law at age                                                                       whose children have been removed
      32 (while the mother of two                                                                   by the government). She recognizes
young children), after a 10-year                                                                    that family law is typically not well-
career as a psychiatric nurse, which                                                                paid and hopes that her funds will
included working in inpatient psychi-                                                               help students be able to practice in it.
atric hospitals and outpatient day                                                                  Judge Hamill noted that she is partic-
hospitals in New Orleans and New                                                                    ularly compelled to invest in CUNY
York. During the mid 1980s, while                                                                   Law students because they are ded-
raising a young family in Bermuda,                                                                  icated to ensuring that under-repre-
Judge Hamill volunteered her services                                                               sented groups have access to justice.
counseling victims and perpetrators                                                                 Additionally, she finds the passion of
of domestic violence, and was instru-                                                               our students inspiring.
mental in founding Bermuda’s first                                                                       Judge Hamill also contributes to the
domestic violence shelter.      Upon                                                                School in other ways in order to sustain
graduation in 1990, she practiced law                                                               its mission. She takes part in judging
as an Assistant District Attorney in                                                                CUNY Law’s Moot Court competition,
the Bronx County District Attorney’s                                                                works with CUNY Law students as in-
Office, primarily investigating and                                                                  terns, and has made the journey back
prosecuting child abuse, domestic                                                                   to her alma mater to give a panel pre-
violence, and sex crimes. During                                                                    sentation on family law. She has also
her three years immediately prior to                                                                previously served on the CUNY Law
her 2001 appointment to the Family                                                                  Alumni Association and Foundation
Court bench, Judge Hamill was law                                                                   Boards, and now serves on the CUNY
clerk to Bronx Supreme Court Justice                                                                Law Board of Visitors.
Joseph Fisch. She currently presides     Hon. Bryanne A. Hamill ‘90                                     Judge Hamill gives her time and
over child protective and related                                                                   helps fund causes that she believes
proceedings in Kings County Family                                                                  in. She also feels grateful for the ed-
Court.                                                 Judge Hamill wants to                 ucation she received. In addition, it makes
   Judge Hamill has given back to the Law           ensure the success of our                her feel good to give so that students can
School in a multitude of ways over the                                                       access opportunities they may not other-
                                                   young Law School so that it
years. Because she understands there are                                                     wise have. Judge Hamill wants to ensure
tight restrictions on funds from the public          can continue to provide                 the success of our young Law School so
purse, she has donated generously to the          for others what it provided to             that it can continue to provide for others
general fund of the Law School. She has                                                      what it provided to her – an excellent pub-
                                                     her – an excellent public
also given funds for specific purposes. She                                                   lic interest legal education.
contributed toward the Elder Law Clinic.             interest legal education.                                  —Shelley-Ann Quilty, 2L
She donated funds over multiple years for
the placement of a social worker to assist funds to establish a Family Law Summer
the entire Clinic. Judge Hamill appreci- Fellowship program.
ated that much of the legal work the stu-        Judge Hamill earmarks substantial por-
                                                                                               DONOR REPORT
                                                                                               Our deepest and most sincere
dents do for the Clinic clients requires a tions of her funds for scholarships and fel-
                                                                                               gratitude to all our donors and
multi-disciplinary approach, which in- lowships in family law and court practice,
                                                                                               supporters! The Donor Report
cludes the services of a social worker. To because as a family court judge she is aware
                                                                                               for the 2007 Fiscal Year (July
honor the 20th Anniversary of the School, that this is hugely important, but not well-
                                                                                               1, 2006- June 30, 2007) will
Judge Hamill funded a scholarship to help known, public interest work, represent-
                                                                                               be available in the next issue
a student pursue a career in family law in ing some of our most vulnerable litigants
                                                                                               of the CUNY Law Magazine.
New York. Most recently, she provided in the court system (e.g., abused and ne-
                                              glected children, juvenile delinquents, vic-

10 | CUNY Law Magazine
                                                            CUNY Law Lauded
                                                       by Carnegie Foundation
       he prestigious Carnegie Foundation                                                                     “cannot afford not to” because CUNY was
       for the Advancement of Teaching                                                                        founded in 1983 with a vision … to provide
       has just completed a national                                                                          local students of limited means with access
assessment of the status of legal education.                                                                  to a legal career, but particularly to serve the
The comprehensive book, “Educating                                                                            goals of social justice through the legal repre-
Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of                                                                    sentation of the underrepresented, such as ra-
Law,” takes the legal academy to task for                                                                     cial and cultural minorities and, increasingly,
its over-reliance on Socratic, case-dialogue                                                                  immigrant groups.
instruction. Law schools should teach
students how to use their legal thinking                                                                      The Carnegie Foundation then reports:
in the context of the complexity of actual                                                                       At CUNY, the effort has been to devise
law practice. The Carnegie Foundation                                                                         means to equip students from groups under-
concludes, “Students need a dynamic                                                                           represented in the law to work effectively in
curriculum that moves them back and forth                                                                     a great cause: social justice and wider inclu-
between understanding and enactment,                                                                          sion in U.S. society. … At CUNY, individ-
experience and analysis.”                                                                                     uals find their direction by contributing to a
    CUNY School of Law is the most cited                                                                      powerfully collective educational enterprise.
exemplar of the best in legal education.                                                                      …[CUNY shows] the power of intentionally
It is lauded for providing students with                                                                      designed institutional pedagogy: for stu-
what they need to become ethical prac-                                                                        dents, it is in both cases the school as a whole
titioners in the profession. Along with                                                                       that educates, making teaching and learning
NYU and Yale, CUNY Law is cited as                                                                            more a shared concern than is typically the
employing a dynamic curriculum that                                                                           case in many other law schools.
engages both theory and practice. The
Carnegie Foundation notes, “CUNY cul-                                                                          It concludes:
tivates close interrelations between doctri-           Asked how CUNY, hardly a well-                          From the student perspective, learning the law
nal and lawyering seminars in the first year                                                                is an ensemble experience, its achievement a ho-
and a heavy use of simulation throughout               endowed, affluent institution, can                   listic effect. From the point of view of student
the curriculum. The school also provides               afford to provide such an introduc-                 learning, the apprenticeships of cognition, perfor-
extensive clinical experience linked to the            tion to legal study when their more                 mance, and identity are not freestanding. Each
lawyering sequence.”                                                                                       contributes to a whole and takes part of its charac-
    As a result of this study, various news-           affluent competitor institutions ob-                 ter from the relationship it has with the others. Be-
papers have reported on the new focus on               viously seek the economy of scale                   cause case-dialogue teaching is seldom explicitly
clinical approaches to legal education. The            afforded by large first-year classes,                connected with clinical teaching, few law schools
New York Law Journal’s headline read, “Re-                                                                 achieve the full impact that an integrated ensemble
port: Clinical Approach Is Cure for What               CUNY       administrators        answered,          could provide. …[W]e believe legal education re-
Ails Legal Education,” while the Chronicle             “We cannot afford not to do it.”                    quires not simply more additions, but a truly inte-
of Higher Education read, “Carnegie Foun-                 —From The Carnegie Foundation Report             grative approach in order to provide students with
dation Report Suggests More Focus on                                                                       a broad-based yet coherent beginning for their le-
Clients, Less on Socratic Dialogues.” The             dents, CUNY students spend much of their first        gal careers. It is the systematic effort to do this in
external world is beginning to share the vi-          year in seminar settings that are focused on link-   their curriculum that makes programs like that at
sionary commitment to clinical education              ing legal theory to practice and in which con-       CUNY’s law school so noteworthy.
upon which the founders of CUNY built                 tact between students and faculty is close and
the Law School.                                       frequent. Asked how CUNY, hardly a well-en-             We are proud to be heralded by the Carn-
                                                      dowed, affluent institution, can afford to provide    egie Foundation for the Advancement of
The Carnegie Foundation first describes                such an introduction to legal study when their       Teaching for our innovative curriculum.
our program:                                          more affluent competitor institutions obviously       A summary of the report is available at:
    [W]hile their counterparts at the other schools   seek the economy of scale afforded by large first-
around New York are typically in class with up        year classes, CUNY administrators answered,          elibrary/EducatingLawyers_summary.pdf.
to seventy or eighty of their fellow first-year stu-   “We cannot afford not to do it.” In part, they

                                                                                                                                          Spring 2007 | 11
The Global Effects of
Wrongful Detention,
Torture and Unchecked
Executive Power
 A Symposium

     n many ways, it was a symposium             slot; al-Dossari has nothing to occupy his         The Bush Administration has incurred
     about imaginary law: the Bush admin-        mind besides the Koran and a few letters        criminal and civil liability through its ac-
     istration’s willingness to invent or        from his family and attorneys. “What can        tions, denigrated the United States’ stand-
cherry-pick legal constructs to support          I do to keep myself from going crazy?” al-      ing globally, and aided its enemies, Paust
legally unjustifiable behavior.                   Dossari asked Coangelo-Bryan right before       added. The documented use of dogs, cold
   On Friday, March 23, 2007, the New York       al-Dossari’s first suicide attempt, which        cells, and waterboarding is “manifestly, pa-
City Law Review along with CUNY School           Coangelo-Bryan witnessed. Al-Dossari            tently illegal under international law,” Paust
of Law; the Center for Constitutional            has tried to kill himself three additional      said. “Are members of the executive branch
Rights (CCR), which celebrated its fortieth      times and is now on suicide watch.              above the law? Clearly, they are not.”
anniversary; and the CUNY Student Sen-              “The reality of Guantánamo now is               Besides the monumental efforts of Law
ate presented the symposium, “Guantá-            that a majority of detainees are held in        Review staff—including, most notably,
namo Bay: The Global Effects of Wrongful         Supermax conditions,” Coangelo-Bryan            Symposium Editor Muhammad Faridi—
Detention, Torture, and Unchecked Execu-         said.                                           CUNY School of Law Professors Penelope
tive Power.”                                        Barry Kamins, President of the Associ-       Andrews, Ruthann Robson, and Sameer
   Over the course of four panels—Inter-         ation of the Bar of the City of New York,       Ashar each chaired a panel, and Dean Mi-
national Law in American Courts, A War           delivered forceful opening remarks, con-        chelle Anderson presented Shayne Kadi-
of All Dimensions, The Impact on Domes-          demning the demonization of attorneys           dal, managing attorney of CCR’s Guantá-
tic Law, and Litigation in Progress—lead-        who represent Guantánamo detainees.             namo Global Justice project, with an award
ing scholars and practitioners discussed         “We should be embarrassed by our govern-        for CCR’s fortieth anniversary.
the legal fiction under which Guantánamo          ment’s callous disregard of the rule of law        “Don’t forget that you could be my cli-
Bay exists, the shifting justifications for its   and human rights,” Kamins said.                 ent,” said Donna Newman, U.S. citizen
continued operation, and the impact of the          Keynote speaker Jordan Paust, an in-         Jose Padilla’s attorney while he was desig-
“War on Terror” both at home and abroad,         ternational law expert and law professor        nated an “enemy combatant” by the Bush
all of which have had devastating human          at the University of Houston Law Center,        Administration. “Don’t forget that you
consequences.                                    noted that the countries involved with the      could be taken off the streets.”
   Joshua Coangelo-Bryan, attorney for de-       War on Terror are already bound by trea-           For more information, please visit www.
tainee Jumah al-Dossari, described visiting      ties under which they can prosecute ter- If you are interested in
his client in Guantánamo where he is kept        rorists as war criminals. Instead of using      purchasing a copy of the journal that will doc-
in a nine-foot by twelve-foot sealed com-        these treaties, however, the Bush Adminis-      ument this symposium, email
partment with only one window, which is          tration has resorted to using “coerced inter- or call 718-340-4344.
usually covered. The only way for his cli-       rogation, rendition, and forced disappear-                    —Paul Keefe, Editor-in-Chief,
ent to communicate with other human be-          ance—all of which are war crimes.”                               New York City Law Review
ings is by yelling through his cell’s food

12 | CUNY Law Magazine
                                                      Immigration “Reform”?
        ongress and the President have umented to obtain legal status. The bill that gory for those who have been in the United
        promised      immigration     reform passed the House took an enforcement-only States and employed since 2004. Those in
        legislation. However, they have approach. It contained no pathway for the this category would have to depart from the
divergent views about what “reform” current undocumented to gain lawful status. country if they wished to apply for legal sta-
means, particularly regarding the estimated Controversial provisions made mere unlaw- tus. The bill also created a new guest worker
twelve million people in the United States ful presence in the United States a criminal, visa that would allow these workers to ap-
who do not have permission to live and instead of a civil offense, and unlawful entry ply for resident status in the United States if
work in the U.S, sometimes referred to as and presence were designated as felonies. they otherwise qualified.
“undocumented” aliens.                          It imposed criminal liability on persons or                President Bush’s 2007 State of the Union
    Demographic analysis reveals a com- organizations that assisted unauthorized address outlined his proposal. He advo-
plex and varied population. The Pew Cen- migrants, even on humanitarian grounds. cated measures for border security, crim-
ter reports that 16% of the undocumented Further, the bill mandated an employment inal prosecution, forfeitures for the hiring
are children and 42% percent of undocu- eligibility verification system with increased of undocumented workers, and tamper-
mented adults are women. Many undocu- penalties for employer violations.                               proof identification cards for employees.
mented live in mixed-status families with           The bill that passed the Senate included He urged the establishment of a tempo-
citizens or legal permanent residents. There enforcement provisions, but also provided a rary worker program tied to the needs of
are 6.6 million families with an undocu- way for undocumented persons to gain le- the American market that would bar those
mented head or spouse; 41% of those fam- gal permanent resident status. It increased who did not return to their countries of or-
ilies have children and                                                                                                  igin. He rejected an auto-
30% include citizen chil-                                                                                                matic pathway to perma-
dren. 56% of the unau-                                                                                                   nent legal status for the
thorized come from Mex-                                                                                                  undocumented, stating
ico, 13% are from Asia,                                                                                                  that the undocumented
6% from Europe and                                                                                                       must pay a substantial
Canada, and 22% from                                                                                                     penalty and go to the
other Latin American                                                                                                     “back of the line” to ap-
countries. The undocu-                                                                                                   ply for resident status.
mented are employed in                                                                                                       Many advocates find
a variety of occupations:                                                                                                flaws with all of these ap-
10% in management,                                                                                                       proaches. They argue that
business, and profes-                                                                                                    temporary worker pro-
sional occupations; 32%                                                                                                  grams create a popula-
in service occupations;                                                                                                  tion vulnerable to abuse
12% in sales and admin-                                                                                                  and that a temporary sta-
istrative support; 19% in                                                                                                tus approach is unreal-
construction; 15% in pro-                                                                                                istic, particularly with
duction, installation, and                                                                                               regard to families that in-
repair; 8% in transporta- Yogi Patel ‘06, Catherine Le ‘07, Iván Pantoja ‘07, Sunny Lee ‘07, and Jay Kim ‘07 at the      clude citizen children.
tion and material mov- April 10, 2006 New York City Mobilization Network for Immigrants Rights Rally                     They urge a legalization
ing; and 4% in farming.                                                                                                  program that eventually
While the undocumented constitute about the number of people who could obtain le- allows resident status, citizenship and ad-
4.9% of the overall workforce, they consti- gal status through family or employment ditional reforms in the current immigra-
tute 21% of workers in private households, in the future. It provided for eventual ad- tion system. Reform of family-based immi-
14% in food manufacturing, 13% in farm- justment to resident status for two groups: gration requires expeditious unification for
ing, 13% in furniture production, and 12% in those who entered the United States before family members without regard to national
each of the following: construction, textiles, the age of 16 and demonstrated certain ed- origin or sexual orientation. Reform of em-
and food services.                              ucational or equivalent achievements, and ployment-based immigration requires recog-
    Last year the House and Senate each persons who entered the United States be- nition of this country’s need for lower-skilled
passed immigration “reform” bills but did fore April of 2001 and demonstrated three labor. Reform of refugee-based migration re-
not agree on a final bill. This year the ex- years of employment between 2001 and 2006 quires that the U.S. become a leader in pro-
pected comprehensive immigration reform and six years thereafter with payment of in- viding asylum and refugee status grounded
plan has yet to emerge. A major controversy come taxes. It further established a three- in humanitarian and not foreign policy
is whether to provide a way for the undoc- year Deferred Mandatory Departure cate- concerns.                                         —Janet Calvo

                                                                                                                                 Spring 2007 | 13
 The Immigrant
 and Refugee Rights Clinic

 Hands-On Clinic
 Fights for Immigrant and
 Refugee Rights
           he Immigrant and Refugee Rights       intrusive and punitive immigration laws         have chosen any other law school. We

T          Clinic (IRRC) is one of the many
           stellar offerings of the CUNY
           Law clinical program. The Clinic
offers third-year students a chance to work
on complex and challenging cases involving
                                                 and to model how law schools could work
                                                 in affected communities through a variety
                                                 of clinic and non-clinic programs. Profes-
                                                 sor Newman, an advocate for battered im-
                                                 migrant women’s rights and founder of the
                                                                                                 chose to be here.”
                                                                                                                     – Harlan “Sam” Dye
                                                                                                    The IRRC students are defined by their
                                                                                                 strong commitment to lawyering both to
                                                                                                 meet individual needs and to promote sys-
immigration and labor law and become             Long Island non-profit, SEPA Mujer, joined       temic social change. Valmiki Reyes was
grounded in the array of lawyering skills        the staff to direct CLII and to teach in the    born into an immigrant family and learning
they will need to succeed. The Clinic is a       IRRC. When Sameer Ashar, IRRC Direc-            immigration law has been about “recogniz-
busy and energized place, where students         tor, arrived in 2003, he expanded the mis-      ing the reasons behind the mass migrations
planning a deposition for a labor case sit       sion again to include the labor rights of im-   of the 1980’s that affected my community
alongside students compiling evidence for        migrants. The community work continues          – civil war and lack of economic opportu-
an asylum application, and where students        in several IRRC based projects.                 nities.” He is opposed to our immigration
brainstorming a safety plan for an abused           The Clinic’s docket currently includes       policies, which “treat immigrants as either
immigrant woman overhear other students          employment discrimination, wage and             people to exploit or exclude.” “In the long
on a conference call with community              hour, deportation defense, asylum, self-        run,” Reyes says, “I don’t want to be just an
organizations. “What sustains me and             petitions, and other immigration applica-       immigration attorney, but to use immigra-
what I hope sustains our students is being       tions under the Violence Against Women          tion law to educate and organize the immi-
connected to something larger, a political       Act. In addition, students work with            grant community. As immigrants, we don’t
vision that provides a context for the work      community groups such as Families for           have anything to lose; if we don’t stand up,
we do,” says Sameer Ashar, faculty member        Freedom and the Restaurant Opportuni-           we will always be a lower class subject to de-
and director of IRRC.                            ties Center of New York providing intake,       portation and incarceration.”
                                                 informational workshops, assistance with           Eileen Choi was drawn to the Clinic af-
The History of IRRC                              citizenship applications, and organizing        ter taking Professor Shirley Lung’s Rights of
   Founded in 1993 by Professors Steven          support. Although the clinic has served         Low Wage Workers class. She was moved by
Loffredo and Janet Calvo, the Clinic initially   immigrants since the early 1990’s, as the       the fact that immigrants get the jobs no one
focused on impact litigation. Gradually, the     issue of immigration comes to the fore-         wants and then are treated terribly by their
Clinic’s docket expanded to include asylum       front of national attention, more and           employers: “What repulses me is the idea of
and relief for victims of domestic violence.     more CUNY Law students are inspired             people being used because they lack power.”
The students took on a number of asylum          to begin a career defending the rights of       Andrew Sta. Ana, also a child of immigrants,
cases each year with the goal of pushing im-     immigrants. “The Clinic has always had          was encouraged by his family to become a
migration courts to recognize women who          a healthy enrollment, but interest has          professional, but knew he had to carve out
are targeted for persecution because of their    grown in the past few years,” says 10-          something sustainable and fulfilling for him-
gender as being included in the definition        year veteran Professor Newman.                  self within a professional field. He found a
of a “particular social group” and deserv-                                                       way to bring activism and a career together in
ing of asylum. In 1997, CUNY Law Immi-           The Students                                    the IRRC Clinic. “I see the role of immigrant
grant Initiatives (CLII) was created to alert       “This is more than a job for me and I        lawyers as facilitating freedom of movement
law schools about the need for changes in        think that is true of most of us. We aren’t     and self-determination.”
lawyering for poor people in light of new        in it for the money, if we were, we could

Photo Art by Andrew Sta. Ana, 3L
The Docket                                                                                                      grant communities, and do-
    Rebekah Fletcher and Ai-                                                                                    ing what we can to build their
Ling Chia are working on a                                                                                      capacity.”
212(c) application, a form of dis-                                                                                 Dye says, “The cases we have
cretionary relief for a legal per-                                                                              are never slam-dunks. The pro-
manent resident who is being                                                                                    fessors choose cases that are
deported for crimes that were                                                                                   complex and require original
committed a long time ago.                                                                                      thought and advocacy.” As
Their client is an older woman                                                                                  Newman says, “Since we have
who has been in the United                                                                                      the luxury of time and resources,
States as a green card holder al-                                                                               we take the cases that commu-
most her entire life. This case                                                                                 nity organizations can’t han-
brought up a painful history for                                                                                dle.” Once the students make
her; she was an addict for years                                                                                contact with their clients, the
during which she lost custody                                                                                   professors mostly guide from
of her children and was con-                                                                                    a distance. “We believe that if
victed of some minor crimes.                                                                                    we give the student the respon-
When she went to apply for cit-                                                                                 sibility to build the relationship
izenship, the INS put her in de-                                                                                with the client, the client bene-
portation proceedings. “It is                                                                                   fits. The team that feels respon-
an example of how the system                                                                                    sible puts in the best work,” says
is dehumanizing – there’s very                                                                                  Ashar about this choice.
little room to acknowledge the                                                                                     The bond between the stu-
fact that she’s been here for 33                                                                                dents is also essential to the
years, overcome an intense ad-                                                                                  learning experience. Valmiki
diction, and has been sober for 10 years. Be-
                                                        “You read about                           Reyes says, “We genuinely care about each
cause she has a drug conviction, no mat-                    strategy                              other’s cases. We know the specific details
ter how minor, all of the positive things that                                                    of the area of law we need for our cases, but
she’s done with her life are ignored,” says             and techniques,                           the only way we get a broader view of the
Fletcher.                                                                                         field is to hear about one another’s cases.”
    One exciting aspect of the Clinic is the              but nothing                             Choi also appreciated the confidence that
chance to work on cases that go beyond an in-                                                     the Clinic builds: “I’ve also never faced a
dividual situation. Andrew Sta. Ana worked
                                                          compares to                             real adversary’s lawyer before this experi-
with Rachel Spector on a case against a res-           actually doing it.”                        ence, but I realized that, even though we
taurant for treating its workers of color dif-                                                    are students, we know a lot about the law
ferently from its white workers. They argued                   —Eileen Choi                       and our case. The adversary doesn’t have
that it is a practice very common to the res-                                                     anything over us.”
taurant industry – keeping darker-skinned        ers, so you’d have less chance of success and       From students’ perspectives, it can be
employees in the “back of the house” as          effect on the industry.”                         rough going, but they learn to appreciate
dishwashers and cooks. They worked as co-                                                         this clinical pedagogical style. Fletcher and
counsel with the Asian American Legal De-        The Clinical Experience                          Chia were able to take their client through
fense Fund and in alliance with the Restau-         The Clinic’s docket is developed by weigh-    the process of writing the affidavit, assem-
rant Opportunities Center of New York, of        ing student interest, pedagogical needs of the   bling the application for relief, and oral ad-
which their clients are members. Sta. Ana        Clinic, and how the case will build the ca-      vocacy at the hearing, and Fletcher now
says, “There are challenges in working with      pacity of the community groups with which        says, “I think I could start a job in any area
so many players. You give up some control        the clinic is partnered. Ashar says, “We are     that involves client work and legal strategiz-
over the case when you involve organizers,       providing a very limited amount of legal         ing. Before I wasn’t sure, but now I know
but without them, there would be no public-      services, so we try to do so strategically, by   I’m going to be a good lawyer.”
ity and no pressure on the restaurant own-       taking referrals from groups based in immi-                            — Sienna Baskin, 3L

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IRRC Faculty: Donna Lee, Alizabeth Newman, Liliana Yanez and Sameer Ashar

                                               IRRC Faculty:
                                        Building a Movement
            aculty at CUNY Law started one of             I always had it in my imagination that        opportunity to train new community law-
            the first immigration law clinics in        I wanted to come to CUNY Law because I           yers has won me over.
            the country, well before the subject       knew it was a special place. It seemed to me
    matter was regarded as essential for law           to be a place where people care about the           Liliana Yanez: As the child of immigrant
    studies. The current incarnation of the            concrete, not the abstract; where people care    parents from El Salvador, I was aware of the
    clinic, the Immigrant and Refugee Rights           about the right ways to practice as a lawyer.    types of difficulties and struggles that im-
    Clinic, continues to put immigration law           It was great to come to a law school where       migrants face. As a graduate of Brooklyn
    and the client population at the forefront of      people really believed in the Clinic, from the   College, I benefited from the CUNY sys-
    clinical legal education in the United States.     Dean to the staff.                               tem, which provided me with an affordable,
    Shelley Ann Quilty, 2L, had a chance to talk                                                        quality education and working at CUNY
    with the IRRC faculty about what it means             Donna Lee: I initially got involved in the    Law was my opportunity to give back.
    to be part of the Clinic.                          IRRC because the Clinic had become so pop-
                                                       ular with students, and they needed more fac-    What do you like most about working at
    Why did you decide to get involved in              ulty resources. There was a lot of overlap be-   the IRRC?
    the field of immigration law, especially at         tween clients in the Battered Women’s Rights
    CUNY Law in the IRRC?                              Clinic, where I also teach, and IRRC clients.       Sameer: The sense of solidarity with my
                                                                                                        students and colleagues. I enjoy working
       Sameer Ashar: I wanted to do public in-            Alizabeth (Liz) Newman: I couldn’t imag-      with, and for, the clients, both individuals
    terest law and poverty law. I grew up read-        ine teaching anywhere other than CUNY            and organizational partners. I feel a strong
    ing about the labor, civil rights, and other so-   Law. When I came here to study, I was a          sense of mission; it’s what keeps me coming
    cial movements, and I wondered where the           “frustrated activist” who wanted more clout      into work.
    “movements” were in the late 1990’s. It ap-        to work for immigrants’ rights. It was never
    peared to me that immigrant worker centers         my intention to end up in academia, but the         Liz: Students come into the IRRC al-
    constituted the movement of the times.                                                              ready equipped with skills and polish them

                                                                                                                                     Spring 2007 | 17
here. I enjoy helping students see                                                                             in more reasonable timeframes,
that there are many creative ways                                                                              instead of making people wait so
to make an impact apart from                                                                                   long.
one-on-one representation. I am
delighted to see our graduates                                                                                    Liliana: I’d like to see what was
find jobs they love, using the skills                                                                           called in the past an “amnesty,” but
they worked on in the Clinic.                                                                                  might perhaps be called a statute
                                                                                                               of limitations, whereby if you’re
Immigration law has become a                                                                                   here in the United States for 10
particularly hot political topic                                                                               years and can prove it, then you
as of late. What do you see as                                                                                 could become a lawful permanent
the most damaging myth being                                                                                   resident without having to rely on
propagated regarding “immi-                                                                                    anyone else for sponsorship.
grants” at present?
                                                                                                               What do you hope to achieve
   Sameer: The most damaging                                                                                   through your work at the
myth is the demonization of un-                                                                                IRRC?
documented workers, who are
largely people of color from the                                                                                 Sameer: I hope to support
global south who do “dirty” work                                                                               grass roots organizations and
here in the United States and are                                                                              movements, while serving cli-
exploited. A secondary part of the problem                                                           ents. I hope to train public interest law-
is how law is constructed. How can people                                                            yers to go out and challenge structures of
be “illegal”? Yet that’s how the law defines                “I always had                             oppression.
them. The law creates a sub-class of people
who are sub-human in the eyes of the state.                   it in my                                  Donna: I want to assist the client who
                                                                                                     needs legal services, and, at the same time,
   Donna: The myth that immigrants today
                                                         imagination that                            nurture a new lawyer. I hope to guide stu-
are very different from immigrants in the               I wanted to come                             dents into the profession – into being the ex-
past. I think this myth is premised in racism                                                        cellent public interest lawyers that they want
and classism. Another myth is viewing im-                 to CUNY Law                                to and will be.
migration as a drain on the economy and on
society, as opposed to a resource.                        because I knew                                Liz: I hope to inspire students that they
                                                                                                     can have deeply satisfying careers that
   Liz: The most damaging myth is that
                                                     it was a special place.”                        don’t have to look one certain way; they
immigration is “just” a civil matter. The                      —Sameer Ashar                         have more options then just “finding a job.”
misperception is that because it’s civil, there                                                      I hope students graduate knowing that
is no liberty interest at stake, and the conse-                                                      that they never have to lose their humanity.
quences are not grave. People are not enti-        in. Having more open borders and enhanc-          I hope some will identify a need and will
tled to assigned counsel. But what could be        ing people’s paths to citizenship would rep-      link with community members and activ-
more serious than months of detention, up-         resent some positive steps. Also, the im-         ists to creatively address that need. I hope
rooting lives, and breaking up families.           migration detention complex needs to be           to help students become lawyers who ap-
                                                   challenged. It is counter-productive, unnec-      preciate the tremendous difference their
What direction would you like to see the           essary, and essentially about something other     law degrees can make in the communities
law take in terms of addressing the press-         than security. It is about corporate profits and   they serve.
ing issues pertaining to immigration in            scapegoating.
the United States?                                                                                      Liliana: I hope to be a resource for stu-
                                                       Donna: One thing that’s striking to me        dents both professionally and personally
    Sameer: Corporations and capital cross         is the huge delay involved in the process.        and contribute to the shaping of future
borders freely, so why isn’t labor able to         It takes months for documents to be looked        lawyers who work for change through
move across borders? The global economy            at and for decisions to be made. I would          their service to individual clients and
is intentionally structured so that the exploit-   like to see the law change in a way to ensure     communities.
ers can roam free, but the exploited are fenced    that more humane decisions are made and

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                                                        IRRC CLIENT PROFILES

  Serbian Activist Finds Freedom

   n January 2004, at the age of 27, Dusan Vujovic arrived in the     asylum officer decided
   United States seeking the safety and freedom that his own          against granting asylum
   country could not provide. Dusan comes from the northern           and referred Dusan to
region of Vojvodina, where the overwhelming majority of people        the Immigration Court.
are Serbian Nationalists who still support the views of Slobodan      It was at this point that
Milosevic, a man responsible for committing some of the worst         Dusan came to the Im-
atrocities of our time. Dusan disagreed with the majority and         migrant and Refugee
was very outspoken about his support for democracy and equal          Rights Clinic at CUNY
rights. He wrote articles and speeches, spoke on a student radio      School of Law.
show and attended political meetings.                                    With the support of
   His activism made him a target. Dusan was repeatedly threat-       his student attorneys,
ened and spat upon in the street. His home and vehicle were           Heather Madey ’06 and
vandalized on several occasions and he was severely beaten. In        Marina Meyerovich ’06,
spite of everything, Dusan continued to speak out. Then, in the       Dusan was able to articulate the persecution he had endured. “I
fall of 2003, he was fired from his teaching job for “traitorous ac-   was thrilled that someone finally cared enough to put so much
tivities.” Shortly thereafter, his dog was grotesquely murdered       effort into fighting for my case,” said Dusan. On May 8, 2006, he
and left with a message that he would end up the same. It was         was granted political asylum.
then that Dusan felt he had no choice but to flee.                        Today Dusan is working two jobs and plans to pursue a de-
   When Dusan arrived in the United States he was traumatized         gree in Childhood Behavior at a CUNY graduate school. He
and suffered from depression. He applied for asylum, but was          says, “Day by day, I’m improving my life. I feel like I’m becom-
not represented by legal counsel at his asylum interview. The         ing a regular American.” •

                     Survivor Looks Towards the Future

             hen Joanna Morales and her two children left the         followed her to a store and attacked her with a knife, stabbing
             Dominican Republic, they were not unlike most            her numerous times in the neck, shoulder, and chest.
             immigrant families who come to the United States            Joanna survived the attack, but she had another fight ahead of
hoping to make a better life for themselves.                                                     her. Immigration authorities started
Joanna was fortunate to find work at the                                                          questioning the validity of her mar-
Belmont Race Track, where she fell in love                                                       riage based on the fact that she had
with a man whom she later married. It                                                            been married only a few months before
seemed as if the “American Dream” was                                                            the abuse began. Her student attorney,
starting to come true for her.                                                                   Iván Pantoja ‘06, delved into the case,
    But after the wedding, conditions                                                            working long hours compiling evi-
began to rapidly deteriorate. Her new                                                            dence to prove that her marriage was
husband became angry and aggres-                                                                 valid. “It was a tough case and I could
sive towards her. Verbal and physical                                                            have lost, but he worked so hard. He
abuse became the norm and he threatened                                                          wasn’t like other lawyers. Iván treated
to have her deported if she reported him.                                                        me like I was family,” says Joanna.
When he began abusing her children, Jo-                                                              In September 2006, Joanna’s pe-
anna knew that she had to leave.                                                                 tition was approved and she was fi-
    Joanna was referred to the IRRC by                                                           nally able to return to the Dominican
SEPA Mujer, a domestic violence orga-                                                            Republic to visit her family. Joanna
nization founded by IRRC’s Alizabeth                                                             now works two jobs, as a billing clerk
Newman. Students at the IRRC assisted her in filing a self-peti-       and a computer consultant, to save money for her children’s
tion application under the Violence Against Women Act, which,         education. Yet, she still finds time to volunteer at SEPA Mujer,
if granted, would allow her to obtain legal status independently.     counseling other victims of domestic violence. Although Joanna
But her husband was not about to let Joanna leave. One day he         is still haunted by memories of abuse, she says, “I am lucky. I
                                                                      have hope. I will continue to tell my story to help others.” •

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 “ACE” Program to Offer Legal Aid
 Reprinted with permission from the November
 27, 2006 issue of the Queen’s Courier.

      f Glenn Crutch has learned one thing
      from his day job as the Public Safety
      Supervisor at CUNY Law School for
 the past 12 years, it’s that legal services
 are in short supply for the underserved
 community of South Jamaica where he
 grew up.
    So, after three years of planning, it was
 a special moment for Pastor Glenn Crutch,
 as he is better known to congregants at the
 Anointed Praise and Worship Center in
 South Jamaica, when he officially opened
 his Anointed Community Empowerment
 (ACE) Program Center on Wednesday, No-
 vember 15 and with it, the promise of good
 things to come for the disenfranchised
 he serves, including access to sound legal
    Aimed at reaching those whom Crutch
 believes need help most of all, the working
 poor who earn too much money to qualify
 for government assistance yet not enough
 to escape poverty, the center is now not only
 the permanent home for the food programs,
 clothing drives, employment assistance,
 health counseling and after-school programs
 the church has provided since its founding
 three years ago, but also of a new joint-ven-
 ture between ACE and the City University of
 New York (CUNY) School of Law.
    “It’s a perfect match,” said Fred P.
                                                  Members of the CUNY Law community attend the
 Rooney, Project Director of the school’s         opening of Glenn Crutch’s ACE program center
 Community Legal Resource Network, ex-
 plaining that the school’s purpose is to pro-
 vide justice for the people who can least af-   gages and other issues of particular con-
 ford it. “It gives us an opportunity to put     cern to seniors. The new Medicare prescrip-
 our mission into practice.”                     tion drug benefits inspired many questions,
    The ACE Program law outreach will pro-       Rosenberg said. “People are getting notices
 vide legal representation by way of CUNY        that are difficult to understand, they're con-
 law students supervised by faculty mem-         cerned about losing benefits.”
 bers. Additionally, the outreach will offer        Only recently did Crutch understand
 legal clinics to the broader community such     that the stated goal of the law school where
 as the one on elder law held a few days         he works is so relevant to the community
 prior to the official opening of the center.     he pastors. When he understood that, he
    According to Joseph Rosenberg, super-        approached the school and asked for help.
 visor of CUNY's Elder Law Clinic, about         “I said, 'Why not me?'” Crutch explained.
 20 people attended seeking information          “I have somebody who needs the help that
 on power of attorney, wills, reverse mort-      they offer.” •
20 | CUNY Law Magazine
                                                 Beloved Staff Member Retires
                                                 After 22 Years of Service

                                                        he phones ring off the hook and last-       rolled, and graduated from the School of
                                                        minute applications try to beat the         Law through 2006.
                                                        deadline. Yes, it is crunch time in            From her morning caffeine-induced chat-
                                                 the Office of Admissions, but something             ter, Annette initiated the awarding of the
                                                 is different. It must be the absence of one        “tiara” for the person who found the lost
                                                 of CUNY Law’s beloved staff members—               document, file, or message and “the new
                                                 Annette Flood Liberta.                             word of the week” (terpsichorean became
                                                    Annette decided that it was time to re-         one of her favorite words—please look it
                                                 tire so that she could lavish her family with      up in her honor). Annette’s buoyancy and
                                                 more of the care, love, and warmth that she        search of the “other” did rub off on the rest
                                                 gave everyone at CUNY. As a family mem-            of us – “down dog” and “the mountain”
                                                 ber said at Annette’s retirement party in          did not refer to animal rights nor the envi-
                                                 December 2006, “Thank you for giving her           ronment, but to yoga.
                                                 back to us.”                                            Everyone at the Law School misses
                                                    At a recent Admissions staff meeting,           Annette, especially the Admissions staff.
                                                 there was a lull and sadness we referred to        So from Christine, Debbie, Jane, Marilyn,
                                                 as: “that missing place at the table;” “the        Nancy, and Yvonne, we offer you this re-
                                                 person with the uncanny ability to make            flection: “Thank you, Annette, for being
                                                 things smooth and right;” and “gentleness,         mother, sister, friend, confidante, teacher,
                                                 kindness, and fun.” Applicants remember            counselor, therapist, and wonderful you.
                                                 a kind, motherly voice on the phone and a          We wish you, Tony, and your family much
                                                 person who would take an admitted stu-             good health, happiness, peace, and love.
                                                 dent to a health clinic so a required immu-        Thank you for showing us that we, too, can
                                                 nization report could be submitted on time.        continue to create the environment that we
                                                 In Admissions since August 1984, Annette           so enjoyed while you were here with us!
                                                 has touched everyone who has applied, en-          Happy Life!”     •

Laura Kotkin: New Director of Development

   n my role as Director of Development, I am    itation) the structure
   charged with increasing private philan-       collapses and bad will
   thropy at the Law School. My job is fasci-    erupts. Carefully built,
nating --- I am part detective, searching for    it can slowly be spun
potential donors who believe in our mission;     into the strongest fabric
part ambassador, sharing the excitement          --- a committed family
of all the achievements of our alumni,           of donors who identify
faculty and students to a variety of external    themselves as stake-
audiences; and part conductor, conceiving        holders in the institution.
and executing special events that draw in        Here at CUNY Law, the
new potential supporters. The role is always     anchors of our web are
interesting, and I never go home at night        beginning to take hold. I
having “finished the job,” because there          look forward to working
are always ways to improve an operation.         with many of you as we
Development is a delightful web of inter-        look toward celebrating
connected relationships which are complex,       the 25th Anniversary
intricate and delicate. If approached too        of the Law School and
                                                                             Laura Kotkin, Director of Development
forcefully (think the overly aggressive solic-   beyond.   •
                                                                                                                              Spring 2007 | 21

 Prestigious Fellowships Awarded for Innovative Projects
SIENNA BASKIN, 3L, was awarded a two-               ect from the Manhattan office of Sanctuary             able Tabi and the rest of the HLP team to es-
year Equal Justice Works Fellowship, funded         for Families, an organization where he spent          tablish a vocal, national presence on HIV-
by the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pit-         last summer working as an intern. This proj-          related women’s issues through a network
tman, LLP, to work on a Sex Workers Project         ect will be the first of its kind in the United        comprised of women’s rights advocates and
at the Urban Justice Center in the fall after her   States, highlighting the overlooked issue of          HIV advocates. This network, once created,
graduation. Baskin’s project is the first of its     domestic violence within the LGBT commu-              will facilitate capacity-building, the sharing
kind in the United States that focuses specifi-      nity, a community that must challenge a le-           of best practices, and policy advocacy cen-
cally on the needs and rights of women who          gal and social system that actively denies its        tered on key areas affecting women with HIV
have been trafficked into the United States.         rights. The overarching goal, according to            on a national level. Although the Fellowship
Baskin examines the issues that trafficked           Sta. Ana, is to empower domestic violence             commences in the fall, Tabi has already be-
women face through the lens of domestic vi-         victims through education, advocacy, and di-          gun to intern with the HIV Law Project, so
olence. Framing trafficking as a form of do-         rect legal representation. Sta. Ana particu-          that she can be fully integrated into the or-

 Yasmin Tabi, 3L                                    Andrew Sta. Ana, 3L                                    Sienna Baskin, 3L

mestic violence, Baskin explains, is the key to     larly wants to conduct focused outreach to            ganization by her official start date. She is in
understanding these women’s experiences.            LGBT people of color and LGBT immigrants              excellent company as three CUNY Law alu-
Surprisingly, this approach has not previ-          in order to end the silence around domestic           munae are currently working at the Project:
ously been adopted. Baskin hopes to shed            violence in these communities.                        staff attorney Heather Betz ‘01, Deputy Ex-
light on the plight of immigrant women, pri-                                                              ecutive Director, Cynthia Knox ‘89 and Ex-
marily from Mexico, who are falsely lured           YASMIN TABI, 3L, has received the HIV                 ecutive Director, Tracy Welsh ‘91. Tabi is ex-
into a life of prostitution in the United States    Law Project (HLP) Staff Attorney Fellow-              cited to start this project, which is the first of
by men who pose as caring boyfriends or             ship. She will be working at the downtown             its kind in the United States.
husbands in their native Mexico. Although           Manhattan office of the HIV Law Project for                                 —Shelley-Ann Quilty, 2L
these women have been victimized, Baskin            the next two years. This Fellowship will en-
also recognizes their strength. Her project
aims to ensure the provision of greater legal         CUNY Law Students Lead the Revson Pack
protection to this marginalized population.           CUNY students outdid themselves this year in winning an unprecedented 33 Charles Revson fellow-
                                                      ships totaling $132,000 in summer funding. Only 80 Revsons are awarded each year statewide,
ANDREW STA. ANA, 3L, was awarded a                    and they provide a $4,000 stipend to work in public interest/service employers in the greater New
two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship,              York City metropolitan area. CUNY students vie with hundreds of students from over 12 other New
funded by an anonymous donor. Sta. Ana’s              York law schools for these fellowships. “Our students have done well in previous Revson competi-
project will partner with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-       tions, but we did extraordinarily well this year,” said Sam Sue, Director of Career Planning. CUNY
sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community              students will be working in internships with public interest offices that include the Sylvia Rivera Law
to confront domestic violence issues faced by         Project, which works on civil rights issues facing the transgendered community, the Employment
this community. He will undertake this proj-          Law Project at the Legal Aid Society, and a legal research position at the New York City Council.

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    BLSA Gala: From Civil Rights to Civil Responsibility

       alerie and William Bell, the parents
       of Sean Bell, and other Bell family
       members were guests of honor at
the annual gala dinner of the Black Law
Students Association (BLSA) chapter at
CUNY School of Law. At the March 1st
event, which this year had the theme “From
Civil Rights to Civil Responsibility,” BLSA
presented the Bell family with $1,256 that
students had raised for the Sean Bell Benefit
Fund, an award of honor for the family’s
courage, and also a birthday cake to mark
the occasion of Mrs. Bell’s birthday. Mrs.
Bell told the students she had spent much
time at CUNY Law as a junior high school
student when it was formerly J.H.S. 218.
                                                                                                   Pictured are (front row left to right): Ify Ike,
Sean Bell’s cousin, Aretha Anderson            family and community await the findings              2L, Lourdes Guillaume, 2L, Sean Bell’s parents,
announced that beginning March 5th, Bell       of a Queens County Grand Jury in the                Valerie Bell and William Bell, Tiane Patterson,
family members would be leading a vigil        shooting of Sean Bell by undercover police          2L, and Michelle Burrell, 2L, (back row) BLSA fac-
each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in        early on the morning of his wedding day.            ulty advisor Victor Goode and three other mem-
                                                                                                   bers of the Bell family.
front of the Queens Criminal Court as the
                                                                                                   Photo by Kelechi Onwuchekwa, 2L.

 Mississippi Project Celebrates 15th Anniversary

         he Mississippi Project, a student
         organization at CUNY School of
         Law, marked its 15th anniversary
with a reception at the Citibank Tower in
Long Island City, New York. The project
has sent students into the Mississippi Delta
and Deep South each year during the winter
break to represent indigent clients and work
with civil rights organizations. This year
fifteen students worked with three organi-
zations: The Mississippi Workers’ Center for
Human Rights, the ACLU of Mississippi,
and the Innocence Project in New Orleans.
The students engaged in various projects
such as “Housing as a Human Rights
Campaign” with the Workers’ Center,
interviewing residents in their homes and       Students and Workers from the Mississippi Workers’ Center Engaged in the “Housing as a Hu-
documenting the impoverished conditions         man Rights” Campaign. Pictured from left to right: Courtney Henry, Workers’ Center staff mem-
in which they live ; a teen sex education       ber, Jaribu Hill ‘96, Executive Director of Workers’ Center, Shelley-Ann Quilty, 2L, Ting Ting Cheng,
program with the ACLU, working hands-           1L and Steve Rutkowski, 1L.
on with teens who volunteered to become        wrongly convicted of crimes they did not            Mazza, 1L, Lisa McClurkin, 1L, Therese
peer-educators so as to inform their peers     commit.                                             McNulty, 1L, Thuy Pham, 1L, Shelley-Ann
of their reproductive rights; and compiling      Students who participated this year are:          Quilty, 2L, Stephen Rutkowski, 1L, Rebecca
evidence for the Innocence Project in their    Chris Burt, 1L, Ting Ting Cheng, 1L, Farah          Sanborn, 1L, Maria Thukral, 1L and Jayna
efforts to exonerate people who have been      Diaz-Tello, 1L, Leah Foster, 2L, Atif Hasni,        Turchek, 1L.
                                               1L, Deenita Lake, 2L, Christel Matala de

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 1986                                              2008. Vanzant traveled to South Africa in Feb-     time bending the ears of CUNY alumnae Eve-
                                                   ruary 2007 to conduct workshops and classes        lyn Tossas Tucker ‘90 and Katya Plotnik ‘94.
 Pico Ben-Amotz has been appointed Deputy          addressing the rise of Domestic Violence.
 Commissioner of Labor for Worker Protec-                                                             Michael C. Taglieri, an appellate lawyer for
 tion, New York State Department of Labor.                                                            The Legal Aid Society, was featured in the Jan-
 He was with the Labor Bureau of the New           1989                                               uary 31, 2007, New York Times article, “Jurors
 York State Attorney General for 18 years.         Kimberly A. Ayoung is the owner of Cobble-         Can’t Be Excluded by Nationality,” for a suit
                                                   stone Mortgage Company, Inc. and Scott Ab-         he filed on behalf of his client, a West Indian
 Steven Godeski recently received The Le-          stract, Inc., both located in Rockville Centre,    man who had been denied justice in his crimi-
 gal Aid Society’s 2006 annual Orison Marden       NY. She continues to enjoy teaching as an Ad-      nal trial because the prosecution excluded pro-
 Award for his outstanding dedication and          junct Professor at New York City College of        spective jurors due to their national origin.
 service.                                          Technology, teaching Business Law and Man-
                                                   agement. As an African American teacher, she
 Celeste Lacy Davis, former Director of            became a role model for some students who          1991
 Alumni/ae Affairs and External Relations of       never saw anyone who looked like them in           Gilma Camargo is currently the co-host and
 CUNY Law, recently became the new Execu-          certain kinds of roles. She believes that she      director of a radio program in Panama called
 tive Director of the Funding Exchange (FEX).      holds a special responsibility to her students     JORNADA. Her co-host is attorney, Alexis Sin-
 FEX is a national network of 16 community         to teach more than just the subject matter of      clair, and together they provide information,
 foundations that supports constituency-led        the course.                                        analysis and training in the exercise of partic-
 activism for progressive social change.
                                                                                                      ipatory democracy and freedom of expression
                                                   Kari Caulfield announces the publication            for a community seeking to overcome govern-
 1987                                              of her debut fiction novel entitled, Pretty         mental oppression. Camargo is also organiz-
                                                   Blue, which is available at,
 20th Reunion in 2007                                                                                 ing an NGO to continue her work on inter-
                                                   Barnes&, and select stores. In ad-
                                                                                                      national human rights which concentrates on
                                                   dition to promoting the book, Kari is still en-
 Hon. Margaret McGowan was appointed to                                                               Latin America.
                                                   gaged in general practice. Visit her new web
 the Family Court. She served as a Housing
                                                   site at: or send an e-mail    Eduardo Capulong will be joining the clinical
 Court Judge for eight years and, prior to that,
                                                   to She’d love to
 was a court attorney for New York City Civil                                                         faculty at the University of Montana in Mis-
                                                   hear from you!
 Court.                                                                                               soula starting the next academic year. He is
                                                                                                      presently a lawyering professor at NYU Law
                                                   Hon. Toko Serita was the recipient of the
 Jan Perlin is currently directing a project on                                                       School.
                                                   Distinguished Alumni/ae Award at the Law
 indigenous access to justice and torture pre-
                                                   School’s Lunar New Year Celebration for the
 vention at the Office of the United Nations                                                           Rosemary Lategano is currently the Legisla-
                                                   Flushing Community on February 28, 2007.
 High Commissioner for Human Rights in                                                                tive Aide to New York State Assemblywoman
 Mexico.                                                                                              Margaret Markey of Queens.

 Cindy Stagoff celebrated MLK Day “On,” not                                                           Jolynne Miller is senior counsel at the Na-
 off, at a local Montclair public school. Cindy
                                                     CUNY LAW                                         tional Labor Relations Board in Washington,
 has served as co-chair of this service and cel-     RAISES THE BAR                                   D.C. and an adjunct professor at George Ma-
 ebration project for the past five years. In the                                                      son University School of Law. She is a contrib-
                                                     CUNY School of Law posted a 77% first-time
 spirit of Dr. King’s belief in community ser-                                                        uting editor to two treatises, The Developing
                                                     passage rate for the July 2006 New York
 vice, the program features the delivery of                                                           Labor Law and How Arbitration Works. Re-
 food to 50 homebound seniors in Montclair           State Bar Examination. This is the highest
                                                                                                      cently, she was selected as a government fel-
 by public school students, along with a day         bar pass rate in the 23-year history of the      low by the Labor and Employment Law Sec-
 of modern dance, African drumming, and ed-          School. This number is a testament to the        tion of the American Bar Association.
 ucational activities for children. This year’s      Class of 2006’s hard work and the strategic
 speaker, Yanada Essex, shared her experi-           and concerted effort by the Law School to        Jeffrey Reed is the managing attorney of the
 ences as a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and        prepare students for the Bar Exam.               Olean, New York Office of Legal Assistance of
 explored the economic and racial injustices of                                                       Western New York, Inc. Cases of interest in-
 FEMA’s relief efforts.                                                                               clude a decision by the Appellate Division of
                                                                                                      the Fourth Department reversing a Child Sup-
 1988                                              1990                                               port Magistrate’s finding that a recipient of SSI
                                                   Shoshanna Malett left her job of over eight        could be ordered to pay child support of more
 Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson and                                                                 than the statutorily defined amount of $25
                                                   years as an Asylum Officer with the Depart-
 her courtroom were profiled on the New York                                                           per month (Allegany County Department of So-
                                                   ment of Justice/Department of Homeland Se-
 City Public Radio piece entitled, “A Day in                                                          cial Service ex rel, 273 A.D.2d 916, 710 N.Y.S.2d
                                                   curity in January 2006. She is currently in pri-
 Family Court,” on February 6, 2007.                                                                  745). Reed also writes a monthly birding col-
                                                   vate practice concentrating on immigration
                                                   law, having lots of fun publishing legal arti-     umn for the Olean Times Herald and wrote and
 Iyanla “Rhonda” Vanzant is currently resid-
                                                   cles, living and working in New York with          published, Where to Find Birds in Cattaraugus
 ing in Upper Marlboro, MD, and working on
                                                   husband Peter and children, Noah Morris (8)        County, Allegany State Park to Zoar Valley.
 her fourteenth book to be published in spring
                                                   and Sophie Estefany (3), and spending lots of
 24 | CUNY Law Magazine
15th Reunion in 2007                                    NEW TITLES BY CUNY LAW ALUMNAE
Peter Thomas is still working as a trial lawyer        EVA GOLINGER ’04, The Chávez Code:                 but fiction novel tells the story of Faye Mer-
with an office in Forest Hills, Queens. Thomas          Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela (Olive       cury, a young woman’s emotional search for
reports that his brother, Daniel A. Thomas ’92,        Branch Press, 2006). Using documents ob-           her birth mother. Adoption Crossroads says,
has produced a movie (in which he also has a                                    tained under the U.S.     “In this well written novel, Caulfield has cap-
small part as an attorney) starring Bruce Willis                                Freedom of Informa-       tured the intense emotional issues of adop-
and Halle Berry, entitled Perfect Stranger. The                                 tion Act, Golinger        tion search and reunion. You will not be able
movie will be released on April 13, 2007.                                                                 to put Pretty Blue down until you finish the last
                                                                                lays    out    irrefut-
                                                                                able evidence of the      page of this gripping work.”
1993                                                                            United States govern-
                                                                                                          JENNIFER LOUISE JEFFERSON ’98, De-
Stephen Bergstein’s appellate victory in the                                    ment’s knowledge of
                                                                                                          fending Violet (Thomson
United States Court of Appeals for the Second                                   the plot to overthrow
                                                                                                          Gale, 2006). Ginger Rea
Circuit was featured on the front page of the                                   Chávez and its con-
New York Law Journal on February 8, 2007. The                                                             Reddy, a street-smart law-
                                                                                tinued efforts to de-
case, Lusk v. Village of Cold Spring, 2007 U.S.                                                           yer in gritty Port Grace,
                                                       stabilize Chávez’s presidency. Noam Chom-
App. LEXIS 2060, involved a First Amend-                                                                  is drawn to criminal law
                                                       sky says, “[T]his book is essential reading for
ment challenge to a prior restraint on politi-                                                            when she agrees to help
                                                       those who seek to understand the conflicted
cal speech.                                                                                               nineteen-year-old Violet,
                                                       relations between Washington                               who is accused
Hon. Vanessa Bogan, appointed as a Syracuse,           and Venezuela and the means                                of mistreating her
New York City Court Judge, took the Oath of            of subversion being adopted by                             baby. Jim Fusilli,
Office on December 29, 2006. Bogan expects to           Washington.”                                               author of Hard, Hard City and Tribeca
run for election in November 2007.                                                                                Blues, says, “A crackling good crime
                                                       KARI (CAROLINE) CAULFIELD                                  story that springs from Jefferson’s
Pearl O. Murphy, Esq., P.C., 1 East Main
                                                       ’89, Pretty Blue (Outskirts                                understanding of the criminal justice
Street, Suite 1, Bay Shore, NY 11706, Phone:
                                                       Press, 2006). Nominated for a                              system and her compassion for the
(631) 665-9251, Fax (631) 665-9262, zeskend-
                                                       2007 Evvy Award, Caulfield’s de-                            people it is intended to serve.”

1994                                                against a New York City school teacher charged        an immigration lawyer with the 32BJ Legal
Daniel Flanzig was featured in the January          with rape, the dismissal of all charges against       Fund, now have “two wee ones — Elyas (4
11, 2007, The National Law Journal article, “For    a New York City police officer facing bribery          years) and Solana (7 months), which can make
Some Firms, Law is All in the Family,” regard-      and grand larceny charges, the dismissal of all       the zany world of litigation seem almost tran-
ing working with his sister, Cathy Flanzig, at      charges against a Nassau County school princi-        quil by comparison.”
their personal injury firm, Flanzig & Flanzig.       pal facing felony drug possession charges, and
                                                    a very favorable disposition for an accountant        After four years serving as the Director of Con-
Nora Marino was featured in the March 8,            indicted in the Roslyn School District multi-         stituent Services for former Prince George’s
2007, article, “How’s Busi-         million dollar fraud case. Petrillo has been re-      County Council Member Douglas Peters,
ness? An Attorney You Can Trust,” as an ex-         tained by law firms as a trial expert to provide       Todd M. Turner, moved to a new position
ample of a trustworthy attorney.                    assistance on trial issues. He is scheduled to        as a Legislative Officer with County Coun-
                                                    start lecturing at CLE seminars on trial advo-        cil. Turner serves as an attorney for the Coun-
Michael J. Meehan was quoted in the No-             cacy. He reports that his pride and joy in life are   cil, which includes legislative drafting, budget
vember 2006, ABA Journal article, “Asylum           his wife and two sons.                                oversight, and work on the legislative agenda
Ordeals,” regarding the ability to predict the                                                            with the Maryland General Assembly. He also
outcome of an asylum application based on           Bob Rose is a Supervisory Attorney in the New         continues to serve as a member of the Bowie
immigration judges’ decision histories.             York Office of the Equal Employment Oppor-             City Council since his election in November
                                                    tunity Commission (EEOC), where he focuses            2005.
William Petrillo’s law office, The Law Of-
                                                    primarily on litigating class and policy employ-
fices of William Petrillo, P.C., is based out of                                                           Adriana Vieco is still on detail from the Jus-
                                                    ment discrimination cases in the (“often hos-
Rockville Centre. He specializes in criminal                                                              tice Department to the US Embassy in Bo-
                                                    tile!”) federal courts. He spent much of the lat-
defense. Many of his cases have been covered                                                              gota, Colombia. She is serving as a Resident
                                                    ter half of 2006 preparing for and trying a class
by every major television network and news-                                                               Legal Advisor to the Ambassador and is ac-
                                                    action sexual harassment case which resulted
paper. He is often quoted in the newspapers                                                               tively involved in training Colombian judges
                                                    in a jury verdict on all counts for the EEOC.         and prosecutors in their new accusatory sys-
as an expert on issues related to criminal law
                                                    Rose stays in touch with CUNY Law through             tem. Vieco’s tour should be over this summer,
and trials. Petrillo recently procured an acquit-
                                                    CUNY interns at EEOC, friends, and profes-            and she’ll be back at the Civil Rights Division
tal of all charges in a high profile murder trial
                                                    sors. At home, he and his spouse, Liz, who is         in Washington, D.C.
in Nassau County, the dismissal of all charges

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                                                    their son Reuben in August. She reports that        J. Matthew Donohue recently joined a Port-
                                                    she is a happy Mom and a happy lawyer!              land litigation firm, Markowitz, Herbold,
   IN MEMORIAM                                                                                          Glade & Mehlhaf as an associate attorney. His
                                                                                                        focus is on complex commercial litigation, with
   These names have come to our attention,          1996                                                an emphasis on entertainment and sports law.
   since the last memorial notice was pub-
                                                    After eight years at The Legal Aid Society,
   lished in spring 2006.
                                                    Tracey Bing-Hampson, returned to Harlem Le-         Jeff Schwartz has taken a sabbatical from his
   Frances Boehm                                    gal Services. She began her legal career at HLS     legal practice and his duties on the Board of
                                                    as an IOLA Fellow, where she implemented            the Alumni Association of CUNY Law School
   Robert Boehm                                     the Domestic Violence Project. In her new role      to pursue more worldly and personal ambi-
   John Lowenthal                                   as the Director of the Family Law Unit/Do-          tions. By “worldly” he means that he has been
                                                    mestic Violence project, she assists survivors      living in Mexico for the last 10 months, at-
   Arthur Patterson                                                                                     tempting to embrace another culture and lan-
                                                    of domestic violence in family court matters,
   Haripaul (Paul) Ramkirpal                        including orders of protection, custody/visi-       guage (with mixed results, “verbs in Spanish
                                                    tation, abuse/neglect, and child support. She       are HARD!”). By “personal” he means that he
   Fran Raskin                                                                                          has gotten married, “nearly completed con-
                                                    is thrilled to return to the Harlem Commu-
   Joe Savino                                       nity and to work with Lenina Trinidad, Class        struction of a lake house in Mexico,” and, in
                                                    of 2000. Her daughter Kia is now 14 years old       December, he and his wife Silvia welcomed
   Rodney Arthur Sindab ’92                                                                             their daughter, Natalia Imani, into the world
                                                    and doing great at the Horace Mann School.
   Robert J. Tadler ’96                                                                                 (photos commemorating each event are avail-
                                                    Hon. Robert Spergel was recently appointed          able for viewing online, of course). This year,
   Becky Zalewski ’00                                                                                   he is looking to start a business (“or several!”)
                                                    Judge in The District Court of Nassau County.
   Robert Zuss ’86                                  He will be running for re-election in Novem-        in Mexico, as well as looking to return to his
                                                    ber 2007.                                           practice as a Real Estate/Community and Eco-
                                                                                                        nomic Development attorney back in the U.S.
 Neal Wiesner was featured in the March 8,                                                              Although he is in Central Mexico and not near
 2007, Wall Street Journal article, “The High Bar   1997                                                the beaches, Jeff welcomes anyone from the
 for Redemption,” regarding his 12 year cam-                                                            CUNY Law School community to pay a visit.
                                                    10th Reunion in 2007
 paign for admission to the NY Bar which re-
 fused to admit him nine previous times be-
 cause of his criminal record.
                                                    Patricia Murrell is busy running The Law Of-        1999
                                                    fices of Murrell & Associates, LLC, and a real
                                                    estate firm, MJ Realty Enterprises, LLC, both        Kim Allen has joined Legal Services for East-
                                                                                                        ern Missouri and works on Immigration and
 1995                                               businesses serving clients statewide. Murrell
                                                                                                        Human Trafficking Law.
                                                    found time to teach a Bankruptcy Law course
 Sylvia Alexander is a Development Officer           as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Law School
 in Foundation Relations at the Wildlife Con-                                                           Heidi J. Henle recently opened her own law
                                                    in fall 2006. It is anticipated that she will re-
 servation Society. Her interest in birds led to                                                        office. She specializes in wills/trusts/estates,
                                                    turn in fall 2007 to teach Basic Bankruptcy
 her to work in conservation, but as a writer                                                           matrimonial/family law, and real estate law.
                                                    Law and/or Advanced Bankruptcy Law.
 rather than a lawyer, although she says that                                                           Her office is in Bayside and she can be reached
                                                    Murrell can be reached at (845) 567-0177.
 her legal training has certainly been a bonus.                                                         at 718-766-9427 and 914-239-3218.
 Her focus is Asia and Wildlife Health – so, at
 any given time, she might be researching and       1998                                                Michael Tillman-Davis recently had his ar-
                                                                                                        ticle, “My Time on Rikers Island,” pub-
 writing about anything from dolphin conser-        In 2001, Andrea Costello, returned to Gaines-       lished in the current issue of Law Library
 vation in Burma to human/tiger conflict in          ville, Florida to do civil rights litigation at a   Journal, 99 LLJ 151 (2007). The article de-
 China to saiga migrations in Mongolia to di-       non-profit public interest law office and con-        scribes his time working as a legal coordi-
 verse strains of avian influenza. She reports       tinues to organize for women’s liberation           nator at the jail facilities on Rikers Island.
 that she couldn’t be happier.                      with the National Lawyers Guild. As part of
                                                    an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, she filed
 Jedd Hall and Sandra Hall welcomed the ad-         and settled a class action suit on behalf of hun-   2000
 dition of Gabriella (“Ella”) Hall to their fam-    dreds of low-income persons with disabilities       Victoria Michel Williamson previously, Vic-
 ily on September 15th 2006! They are enjoy-        in Florida that needed home healthcare related      toria Michel, relocated to Washington, D.C.,
 ing every moment with “the world’s happiest        services to prevent them from being forced to       where she welcomed her beautiful daughter,
 baby” and the new love of their life. Jedd con-    live in nursing homes. She is currently one of      Maxime Elizabeth Williamson, into the world
 tinues to work as an Assistant District Attor-     the lead counsel in a lawsuit to challenge the      on June 1, 2006.
 ney for the Berkshire County DA’s Office, and       mass arrests of hundreds of activists at the pro-
 Sandra is still working as a Certified Massa-       tests against the Free Trade Area of the Amer-      Maria E. Osorio and her husband are expect-
 chusetts State Interpreter (Spanish/English)       icas in Miami during 2003. As of February           ing their first child in August of 2007.
 in the beautiful Berkshires.                       2007, Andrea is on her way back to NY to be-
                                                    gin working as an attorney with the Center for      Dr. Martha M. Rumore recently published
 Harlene Katzman was named Dean of the Cen-         Constitutional Rights. The best way to reach        two chapters in Pharmacy Law-Desk Reference
 ter for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law        her is:                  published by Hawthorne Press. The Chapters
 School in 2005. She and her husband welcomed                                                           are entitled “The Function, Evolution, and His-

 26 | CUNY Law Magazine
torical Development of the Law” and “Patent          2007 NYC Triathlon. Come down to the Hudson         tion Program in Circulo, Hempstead, NY. Af-
Law, Trademarks and Copyrights.”                     River on July 22 to cheer on the participants!      ter three years of courtship, she is very happy
                                                                                                         to announce her upcoming wedding to her
Suzanne Tomatore, Director of the City Bar           Savina P. Playter, formerly a Court Attor-          best friend, John Volpe, on August 12, 2007.
Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Chil-           ney for the Honorable La Tia W. Martin at the
dren’s Project, was recently featured in “The        Bronx Supreme Court, recently joined the law        Kara Lee-Brunton and her husband, David,
Back Page” of the New York Law Journal, Fri-         firm of Rodriguez and Fuentes, PC, where             welcomed their first child, three weeks early, on
day, November 24, 2006, in an article entitled,      she handles trials and appeals in the Matri-        December 30, 2006. MacKenzie Paige Brunton
“Our Outreach is Never Done: Attorney-So-            monial/Tort Departments. She recently pub-          was born at 7:48 pm and weighed 6 pounds, 6
cial Worker Team Advocates on Behalf of the          lished an article entitled, “Navigating the         ounces and measured 19 inches. Both mother
Seriously Ill.” She was also featured on Na-         Matrimonial Part in Supreme Court,” in the          and baby are doing well.
tional Public Radio on March 1, 2007, regarding      New York State Bar Association New Lawyer
a report about foreign diplomats’ abuse of do-       Section. Additionally, Ms. Playter, formerly        After completing her clerkship with the Hon-
mestic servants on American soil.                    with Marymount College, joined the adjunct          orable Roberto Alcazar, J.S.C. in Family Court
                                                     faculty at Hunter College.                          in August 2005, Elizabeth A. Ramsey has
2001                                                                                                     been working for the State of New Jersey Of-
                                                     Odella Woodson is a sole practitioner based         fice of the Public Defender, Union County
Tina Minkowitz has been involved in the              in Manhattan. She loves seeing her classmates       Trial Region in Elizabeth, NJ. Ramsey also got
drafting and negotiation process of the Con-         in Court. “It was especially fun seeing John        married to Ray Howell on October 14, 2006,
vention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Whitlow ’03, and Joe Davidson ’03, in Bronx         in her hometown of Marshall, Illinois. “We
for the past five years, as the lead representa-      Housing Court on Halloween when I appeared          were lucky enough to have three CUNY Law
tive of the World Network of Users and Sur-          as Tina Turner-they didn’t bat an eye.” Wood-       alumni attend and celebrate with us.”
vivors of Psychiatry. On December 13, 2006,          son is forever grateful to Ed Campanelli ‘03, for
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with         giving her his great Aunt’s cheese grater allow-
Disabilities was adopted by the UN General           ing her to end her search for the perfect one.      2005
Assembly. Minkowitz states that their main           Eric Torres ‘99 a superb appellate attorney,        Richard M. Goldman’s wife Bridgit Gold-
achievement was a provision guaranteeing le-         is her chief sounding board and advisor (i.e.       man, recently gave birth to their daughter,
gal capacity to people with disabilities on an       bails her out of jams). Woodson is a big fan of     Ayla Sky. Goldman joined the board of Canti-
equal basis with others, which marks a par-          Home and spent some time in It-        corum Virtuosi, Inc., a non-profit arts organi-
adigm shift in the way that law and society          aly, where thanks to David Nadvorney, she met       zation dedicated to the performance of classi-
deal with disability. For the full Convention        Michael Nunziata ’06, who acted as her tour         cal and contemporary choral music.
see             guide around Rome. Nunziata held her hand
rights/convtexte.htm.                                crossing the street which she was not ashamed       Raha Jorjani is an attorney working at the
                                                     of needing. Woodson is getting married in the       Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Proj-
2002                                                 fall. She reports that her partner thinks a pri-    ect, a non-profit agency that provides free le-
                                                     vate wedding is two people and she thinks it is     gal services to detainees in Arizona. She was
5th Reunion in 2007                                  fifty. There is room in between those numbers.
                                                     Non-negotiable is that her niece is going to be
Natasha Godby has been appointed Deputy              a flower girl and her favorite saxophonist will
Public Administrator in and for the County of        be playing the music. “So there might only be         Corrections:
Kings. As Public Administrator she is respon-        four people at this wedding.”                         From the Fall 2006 CUNY LAW
sible for estates of persons of the county who                                                             Magazine
have no heirs or no qualified heirs.
                                                     2004                                                  The article about David Nadvorney (Page
Ian F. Hinonangan will celebrate his fourth
                                                     Michele Domingo is the attorney for the Access        14), written by Tally Goldstein, ’06 misiden-
year as a solo practitioner. Established in the
                                                     to Justice Institute’s Immigration Court Project      tified Goldstein as a 2004 graduate, when
heart of Jersey City, on Newark Avenue, his
                                                     at the Seattle University School of Law. The Im-      in fact, she graduated in 2006. Addition-
solo practice specializes in criminal defense, de-
                                                     migration Court Project works with pro-bono           ally the article misspelled the name of the
portation and residential real estate. Through
                                                     attorneys and law students providing direct           firm where Goldstein is currently employed.
these years, Hinonangan has successfully rep-
                                                     representation for battered immigrant women           The correct spelling is “Shearman & Ster-
resented undocumented immigrants and per-
                                                     in removal proceedings. She represents women
manent residents from all over the U.S. He re-                                                             ling LLP.”
cently won an asylum claim for a citizen from        in removal proceedings and clients in adjust-
Cote-d-I’voire based on tribal membership. His       ment of status matters, and organizes and             The caption of the photo on page 13 titled
practice remains committed to the belief that        teaches CLEs focusing on immigration relief for
                                                                                                           “CUNY Faculty and Staff who were at the
justice is the fulfillment of all laws.               battered immigrant women. She is living in Se-
                                                                                                           Law School in 1986,” mistakenly omitted
                                                     attle, WA with her partner, Minh Carrico.
                                                                                                           Beryl Blaustone from the list of those not pic-
2003                                                 Irma E. Dominguez was recently admitted to            tured. Blaustone is one of the founding fac-
                                                     the United States District Court of the Eastern       ulty members and has been with the school
Inspired by his successful completion of the
                                                     District of New York. She is the Director/At-         since it first opened its doors in 1983.
marathon last summer at the Gay Games in
Chicago, Ed Campanelli is now training for the       torney for the Justice Project and the Immigra-

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recently quoted in the February 25 2007, Stam-      Jota Borgmann’s article “Hunting Expedi-            coalition of community residents, teachers, and
ford Advocate article, “Detained but not deterred   tions: Perverting Substantive Due Process and       parents in the South Bronx. He’s been working
U.S. Army veteran endured harsh treatment in        Undermining Sexual Privacy in the Pursuit of        to ensure that contaminated land in the South
18-month ordeal,” for her successful represen-      Moral Trophy Game,” was recently published          Bronx, upon which the City is proposing to
tation of a U.S. Army veteran who was wrong-        in the UCLA Women’s Law Journal, 15 UCLA            build four new schools, is sufficiently cleaned
fully detained by immigration officials.             Women’s L.J. 171 (2006).                            up before the schools are built. His work, which
                                                                                                        has been covered widely in the press, has led
Jaimee Nelsen was recently promoted to At-          Cynthia H. Conti-Cook is an associate at Stoll,     the City to commit to fund an independent en-
torney I with the Brooklyn Family Court Le-         Glickman and Bellina, LLP, a small law firm          vironmental assessment of the cleanup plan,
gal Services Division of the Administration for     in downtown Brooklyn specializing in police         conduct more testing on-site, craft a long-term
Children’s Services.                                misconduct, civil rights, criminal defense and      maintenance and monitoring program, and fa-
                                                    campaign finance reform.                             cilitate a unique public process for addressing
Kimberly Tate-Brown has returned to pub-                                                                the remaining environmental concerns. Palmer
lic interest advocacy as an attorney at Mental      Heather Cook’s article, “Service Before Self?       was recently given an official commendation by
Hygiene Legal Services in Queens and has re-        Evangelicals Flying High at the U.S. Air Force      the New York City Council and the local South
cently purchased her first home in Riverdale,        Academy,” was the lead article in the January       Bronx Community Board for his work.
Bronx with her husband, Rex.                        2007 issue of the Journal of Law and Education.
                                                    Cook’s article looks at the recent controversies    Ivan B. Pantoja is a staff attorney for The Le-
RJ Thompson was admitted to the Georgia             at the air force academy which were reported        gal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in
State Bar and moved back to Atlanta in October      in the press, and argues that Establishment         Brooklyn.
to accept a position as National Program Coor-      Clause doctrine should be strictly construed in
dinator with the National Coordinating Center       the academic /military arena.                       Stelio Papadopoulo is a staff attorney for Central
of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN).                                                                 Jersey Legal Services, Domestic Violence Unit.
                                                    Maritza Hernandez is currently working as a
USHRN is a national network (which includes
                                                    staff attorney at the Nassau County District At-    Altagracia B. Pierre is currently pursuing an
the CUNY Law International Women’s Human
                                                    torney’s Office in Hempstead, NY.                    MBA degree at Baruch College. She was re-
Rights Clinic) whose mission is to bring peo-
                                                                                                        cently sworn into the NJ Bar and is awaiting
ple together to build a human rights culture in     Tara Jensen was awarded the Bernabei Civil          admission into the NY and DC Bars.
the United States. For more information, please     Rights Litigation Fellowship, a one-year fel-                   lowship with Bernabei Law Firm, PLLC, in            Lara Rabiee is currently working as a Judges’
                                                    Washington, D.C., a civil rights firm special-       Researcher Assistant in the Federal Court of
Rita Verga was appointed to the Board of Di-
                                                    izing in representing plaintiffs in employment      Australia, Sydney Registry. As a general re-
rectors of Common Roads, a non-profit working        discrimination cases.                               searcher at the Federal Court, she works with
with and in support of LGBTQ youth in Cen-                                                              many of the judges, providing research as-
tral Pennsylvania. Her article entitled, “Polic-    Kelly Kuterbach is a staff attorney in the Con-     sistance and in-court work. She also works
ing Their Space: The First Amendment Param-         sumer Unit at South Jersey Legal Services,          closely with the Judges’ associates (equivalent
eters of Student Cyberspeech,” is forthcoming       working in the area of consumer fraud and           to law clerks in the U.S.). Recently, she worked
in the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology     identity theft.                                     on a decision concerning a native title claim
Law Journal. In addition, she recently authored a                                                       by a number of Aboriginal groups in Western
series of articles entitled, “Queering the Immi-    Carla P. Moniz is a staff attorney at Greater       Australia.
gration Debate: The Intersection of Immigrant       Boston Legal Services.
and LGBT Rights,” for Pennsylvania’s Central                                                            Sarah Radcliffe is currently working as a staff
Voice newspaper, and her update of the “Right       Rachel Nicotra is Founder and Executive Di-         attorney at the Oregon Law Center in Portland.
to Strike and Other Forms of Economic Action”       rector of Wage to Live, a new not-for-profit or-
chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Employee      ganization funded by a grant from the Initiative    Farwah Raza recently appeared on UPN’s
and Union Member Guide to Labor Law is forth-       for Public Interest Law at Yale. Nicotra runs the   news concerning a racial profiling event.
coming in the fall of 2007.                         organization with fellow classmate and Direc-
                                                    tor, Nikki Zeichner ’06. Wage to Live is a con-     Amy Roehl was awarded an Equal Justice
                                                    scientious consumption campaign established         Works Fellowship funded by the law firm
2006                                                to raise the wages of workers in NYC’s res-         Greenberg Traurig. This Fellowship will un-
1st Reunion in 2007                                 taurant industry. It employs the same model         derwrite a MFY Legal Services family law re-
                                                    as Fair Trade coffee to certify and promote re-     lated project scheduled to begin in Fall 2007.
Mark Bissada is an associate at Neil A. Wein-       sponsible business practices. The organization      Roehl is presently clerking for New Jersey Su-
rib & Associates in Tribeca, working primarily      hopes to demonstrate that paying well is finan-      perior Court Judge Bernadette DeCastro in the
on employment and family based immigration          cially feasible and potentially beneficial. Visit    Bergen County Family Court.
cases. Although he reports that he is missing to learn more. “We appreciate
                                                    all the support that we have received from the
student life a bit, he is “loving work” and is
                                                    CUNY Law community!”
happy to apply the creative lawyering skills
that he learned at CUNY Law.
                                                    Dave Palmer of New York Lawyers for the Pub-
                                                    lic Interest (NYLPI), currently represents the
                                                    Bronx Committee for Toxic Free Schools and a

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