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Cover Story - Protecting the Rights of the Vulnerable: Elder Law Clinic

Spring 2013 cover

On the Cover: (l-r) New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge Jenny Rivera and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Spring 2013
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The Elder Law Clinic helps protect the rights of vulnerable people who may not be able to make decisions for themselves.

"A major part of our docket is adult guardianship cases," said Professor Joe Rosenberg. "These cases involve people who are alleged to need a guardian to take care of personal needs or their property management."

Clients don't have to be old, even though "elder" is in the clinic's name. It really has more to do with the issues


2013 Spring – News
Elder Law Clinic: Students’ Perspectives
Third-year Elder Law Clinic students Carolyn Fakury, Mary Elizabeth Murray, and Katie Redmon, along with Nora Moran, a social work intern from Hunter College, discuss the clinic and what inspired them to become lawyers.

Appellate Courts and the Question of Social Facts
A condensed introduction to Professor Caitlin Borgmann's article "Appellate Review of Social Facts in Constitutional Rights Cases."

Lynn Lu: Defending Access to Public Benefits
In her first year at CUNY Law, Clinical Law Professor Lynn Lu has enjoyed teaching the lawyering seminar to first-year students in the fall; this semester, she's co-teaching the Economic Justice Project (EJP) with EJP founder Professor Stephen Loffredo.

Alex Berrio Matamoros: Enhancing Research with Technology
"I'm the librarian with probably the fewest books on my bookshelf," said Alex Berrio Matamoros, the new emerging technologies librarian and library associate professor.

Alan White: Advocating for Economic Justice
Wander past Professor Alan White's office after class and you may find his students deep in conversation about the recent financial crisis and foreclosure situation.

Florence Kerner: Preparing Students for the Bar
If you had been a student at Orientation this past fall and met Florence Kerner, you would not have forgotten her enthusiasm and sheer excitement during that program.

Serving Vulnerable Elders and Their Families: Elizabeth Valentin (’01)
Elizabeth Valentin ('01) laughed when asked how she got interested in elder law.

Nina Chernoff: Committed to Client-Centered Lawyering
It happened by chance. Associate Professor Nina Chernoff had just moved to New York and had not heard about CUNY Law until she paused to speak with CUNY Law professors Babe Howell and Natalie Gomez-Velez at a criminal law lecture.

Lisa Davis: Advocating for Women’s Rights
Lisa Davis ('08) has been associated for years with the International Women's Human Rights Clinic (IWH R), but this is her first year as a full-time clinical professor.

Celebrating Judge Jenny Rivera
On April 8, the Law School celebrated Judge Jenny Rivera and her accomplishments with more than 200 guests, who included students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and family.

Celebrating Judge Jenny Rivera

Professor Jenny Rivera is now the honorable Jenny Rivera.


David Barr: Fighting AIDS Through Activism

When you he ar david Barr (’86) talk about his life in New York City in the 1980s, it’s like a storyline from a gripping movie. But it’s a story that Barr lived.


Janet Malone: Lending a Voice

“I always wanted to give a voice to those who didn’t have one,” recalled Judge Janet Malone (’89).


Beginning a CUNY Law Legacy

Three decades is ample time for a legacy to develop. Consider the Cabans at CUNY law. osvaldo Caban got his J.d. in 1987, the second graduating class; his daughter, Celina, is on track to graduate in 2014. Both have strong feelings for their school.


Serving Vulnerable Elders and Their Families

Elizabeth Valentin (’01) laughed when asked how she got interested in elder law.


Providing Caring Guardians

“Way too often we see horrific incidences of financial exploitation in the elder law cases that come to us,” said laura Negrón (’07). Negrón, as director of the Guardianship Project at the Vera Institute of Justice, and her team try to give clients all the services that guardians should be providing.




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