On the Cover: Alice Reyes-Lynch, future CUNY Law Alumna and daughter of Joseph Lynch, director of digial media services Spring 2014 PDF
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.
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.
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 thats when the idea of becoming a lawyer first took hold.
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.
Its not every day that you have the opportunity to work on a bill for the New York State Legislature, but thats 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.
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 Courts 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.
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.
Building a movement of economic justice. Thats a big goal for CUNY Laws Community & Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) and the clients in its worker cooperative docket.
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.
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