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Cover Story - The Changing Landscape of Family Law

Fall 2013 cover

On the Cover: Alice Reyes-Lynch, future CUNY Law Alumna and daughter of Joseph Lynch, director of digial media services
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Although family law was once considered the domain of divorce and custody cases, recent years have seen family law attorneys and judges addressing issues connected to housing, employment, immigration, poverty and more. In this feature, our alumni, students, and faculty explore a broader view of the family law field and its impact on the legal profession and society.

With this issue of Public Square, we introduce “Conversations,” in which several members of the CUNY Law community—faculty, alumni, students—get together for an in-depth exploration of a particular aspect of the law.

 
2014 Spring – News
Equal Justice Works Fellowships Awarded to CUNY Law Alumni

Eugene Chen (’13), Rage M. Kidvai (’14), and Molly Coe (’14) were each awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship, to begin in September.


Rage Kidvai,CUNY School of Law graduate, class of ’14



In Support of Lifelong Learning


While teaching in a junior high school in the 1960s, I met and became close with several students and mothers who were victims of domestic abuse. Trying to help, I referred them to the police. The police did not take the problem seriously and often let the abusers, once sufficiently calmed, go back home. The injustice of this struck a chord with me, and that’s when the idea of becoming a lawyer first took hold.

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From the Field: Alex MacDougall (’14) on Family Law

Last fall, Alex MacDougall (’14) participated in the Family Law Concentration, led by Professor Ann Cammett. As part of the concentration, MacDougall interned at CONNECT, which seeks to create safe families and peaceful communities through legal empowerment, grassroots mobilization, and transformative education. These are her reflections on that experience.

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Lucas Cuéllar (’14) Sparking a Passion for Family Law(’14)


It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work on a bill for the New York State Legislature, but that’s exactly what Lucas Cuéllar (’14) did during his internship in the summer of 2013 at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. Working under supervising attorney Emily Ruben on a number of projects, Cuéllar helped draft a bill proposal to the State Legislature to increase and standardize spousal support.


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Dalourny Nemorin (’14) Defending Youth in Family Court (’14)

While rummaging through her bag last spring, Dalourny Nemorin (’14) came across a business card she had received about a year before from New York City Family Court’s chief administrative judge, Edwina Richardson-Mendelson (’88). As a first-year student, Nemorin had met the judge at an awards luncheon, after winning a scholarship from the Association of Black Women Attorneys.

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Reflections From the Legal Academy

In October 2013, I delivered a keynote lecture at the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference on the critique and reform of legal education in the United States. It is a topic on the minds of many law school deans lately.

Thoughts on the changing legal profession and its impact on law schools



Creating a Legal Framework for Union Co-ops

Building a movement of economic justice. That’s a big goal for CUNY Law’s Community & Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) and the clients in its worker cooperative docket.

From left: John Whitlow, Carmen Huertas–Noble, Andrew Long (’14) and Chris Adams (’14)



New Report Released on Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims

Women who are trafficked into the sex industry face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives.


Participants in the February Public Square event, from left: John Temple, New York County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Program; Suzannah Phillips, IWHR Clinic; The Hon. Toko Serita (’89), Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court; Sienna Baskin (’07), Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center; Kate Mogulescu, Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society; and Cindy Soohoo, IWHR clinic.



Madeleine Rees Receives Dean’s Justice Award
The spirit of the late CUNY Law professor Rhonda Copelon was palpable at a recent Public Square event honoring international women's rights advocate Madeleine Rees.



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