Lisa Reiner, John-Paul Kocot, and Alizabeth Newman


The Community Legal Resource Network

The Community Legal Resource Network, (CLRN) provides innovative support for CUNY Law graduates in having fulfilling, social justice careers from law school through retirement.

Ongoing training and development

At CUNY Law, we believe that your legal education goes far beyond your years in law school. Rather, it is an ongoing process of professional and individual growth for your entire career. We support that professional development by providing continuing legal education courses, mentoring and opportunities to connect with peers.


Our Continuing Legal Education courses, or CLEs, provide quality current information and are geared toward issues and themes faced when practicing law in the service of human needs. Please click on the title for more information about the program and to register.

2016-2017 CLE and Practice Group Networking Event Line-Up

5:30PM - 6:30Pm -- Networking Session
6:30PM - 8:30PM -- CLE Program

8/23/16 -- The Labor and Employment Law Practice Group presents: "Spotlight on Employment Law: A Challenge to Pervasive Confidentiality Provisions"

9/27/16 -- The Family Law Practice Group presents: "To Move or Not To Move...That Is the Question - Is Tropea Still the Answer for Parents in 2016?"

10/20/16 -- The Immigration Law Practice Group presents: "Avoiding Denials in Extreme Hardship Immigration Petitions: Obstacles and Strategies"

11/14/16 -- The Elder Law/Special Needs Law Practice Group presents: "Basic Elder Law: Instruments and Common Pitfalls"

12/12/16 -- The Real Estate Law Practice Group presents: "Spotlight on Real Estate Law: Foreclosure Defense"

1/19/17 -- The Community Lawyering Practice Group presents: "Exploring Models of Community Lawyering in Both Non-Profit Organizations and Private Practice"

2/16/17 -- The Mindful Lawyering Practice Group presents: "Mindfulness and Social Justice Lawyering"

3/13/17 -- The Landlord/Tenant Law Practice Group presents: "Current Topics in Landlord/Tenant Law"

4/4/17 -- The Alternative Jurisprudence/Mediation/Collaborative Law Practice Group presents: "Understanding Collaborative Divorce: Turning an Oxymoron into Reality"


CLRN connects newer and older alumni to share their experiences and resources, and to discuss the legal issues that arise from practice. Practice groups are based on areas of legal experience, or shared interests, such as CUNY judiciary, motherhood and law, LGBT law, or law and organizing. If you’d like to participate in a group, please send your email, year of graduation, and area of practice to Alizabeth Newman.


Experienced CUNY Law alumni generously volunteer to guide new graduates into the practice of law, based on their areas of interest.  We are always looking for interested alumni to pair with graduates. If you would like to be a legal mentor contact CLRN director Alizabeth Newman.

Forum/Web-Based Exchange/Listserv

CLRN continues to manage and enhance the web-based forum/listserv, which has been a gathering point and means through which attorneys exchange practice tips, best practices, referrals, office management questions and ideas.  If you’d like to join the web forum, please contact Lisa Reiner.


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